by Kevin Kelly, posted Mar 23rd 2007 7:34AM
(S06E17) You know you're in for a very special Smallville when it starts out with a WWF-style cage match, an extremely gratuitous shot of some very large boobs, and an all-out brawl between Clark and a Zoner who seems stronger than he is. It's like a Bizarro world version of the show starring everyone's favorite Kryptonian. Zowie.
Basically, it's Fight Club meets Smallville meets ... well, Superheroes Gone Wild. Toss in Lois chomping at the bit for a story, and you've got half the makings of a regular old episode of Lois & Clark, or is it just me? Although I don't remember Teri Hatcher donning red leather and claiming to be a wayward stripper from down the street who has a penchant for loving the ladies. Plus, did you catch the way Lois claimed she does a killer "Stars and Stripes" routine? Hello throwback to an old episode.
The bottom line is: we want more knock-down, all-out, hard-fisted fights on this show. Remember when super-powered Lex and Clark duked it out? That seems like ages ago. Plus, Clark and Titan were pretty much just punching each other with a little super-strength behind themselves. Why not go to the extreme and use your heat-vision, super-speed, and anything else you've got at your disposal? I mean, Titan had that weird claw-thing up his arm. I was wondering if it could even puncture Clark's skin ... but then it skewered Titan's so I guess that answered that question. What was that thingamajig anyhow?
Anyhow, the subplot in this episode was sort of a wash. Something happens with Lex and Lana's baby, although it's unclear what (we all know we aren't done with that storyline), and we find out that Lex (of course) was the puppeteer behind the online fight club shenanigans. At least we see Clark struggling with his emotions over killing someone, even if it was indirectly. Plus it's all a direct result of Lana being blackmailed into marrying Lex, and Clark being on the receiving end of snubsville. Martha tells Clark he has to deal with his anger, Lex burns some baby files, and we're on to next week.
No preview at my end here on the West Coast. Anyone else? I know that next week is a pretty Chloe-intensive story, with her finding out some things about her mom, but we're loving the Allison Mack lately ... so bring it on.
Quote of the show:
- "Clark, slow down! I don't have enough money to hire a full-time maid to clean up every time you decide to blow in."