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'Smallville' - 'Persuasion' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 20th 2010 2:05AM
Smallville(S09E14) There goes that possible future. Actually, the destruction of the solar tower was probably a good thing. Since we already saw where that would lead in that "future" storyline, we now have no idea where the season will go. Obviously, there will be some sort of Clark/Zod confrontation down the line, but the context remains a complete blank.

Here's hoping the writers think of something good and it doesn't become one of those 30-second final confrontations with the season's Big Bad in order to save on the special effects budget (so much for 'Doomsday').

When Lois dressed in her retro housewife outfit in an attempt to become a "submissive" wife, it was disappointing not to see Erica Durance wear a pillbox hat as an homage to the Noel Neill version of Lois. The Lois vs. Chloe pseudo-catfight was entertaining. Given the sheer number of costumes she hangs out with, it comes as no surprise that Chloe has learned how to defend herself. Remember the good old days when she actually had meteor powers?

This episode ended up being the 'Smallville' version of 'The Naked Time.' It did, however, have enough of a variation on the theme to keep it interesting (rather than drunk, the characters were mind-controlled). It was curious about how the meteor-rock-infected pixie dust didn't hurt Clark, but rather gave him this strange power. It was also curious about how the cure seemed to be good old-fashioned Kryptonite. I would make a comment about the speed at which Chloe found Clark and Tess at the end (and with the Kryptonite rock to boot), but it's 'Smallville.' It needs more of a suspension of disbelief.

It's also a good thing that they ended any pretense of Clark helping Zod and the Kandorians. It seemed odd that he was doing it in the first place. Who else noticed that Zod's flag looked a lot like a Nazi flag? Even worse, Zod was wearing some sort of Nazi commandant outfit during the funeral at the end. We get it. He's evil.

(On a side note, if anybody wants to see more excellent work by Callum Blue, I recommend the second season of 'The Secret Diary of a Call Girl.')

Also, could Tess have used the word "mercy" more times? We get the point of that one, as well. Just start calling her Mercy

Tonight's episode was a bit of a let-down compared to recent episodes, but it had some good points. Not all of them can be winners. There was some nice development of the Lois/Clark relationship in this one. The phone call between Ma Kent and Lois while she was in dancing bride mode is a nice set-up for the return of Annette O'Toole to the show, even if it's just for an episode.

There is still no official word from The CW about the show's tenth season. It would really suck for a series to make it this long and end on a cliffhanger.

(Check out free episodes of 'Smallville' at Slashcontrol.)

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Stu

Why does zod always look like he's about to kiss everyone he talks to?

February 21 2010 at 3:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brian

Ahahahaha that's so funny, but so true! He's got some weird thing with his mouth, kinda like Laura Leighton does. I think they just can't help it.

February 21 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jinx

Really enjoyed this episode. I agree that not all episodes can be winners, as last week's pile of doggie doo proved!
Roll on season 10!!!!

February 20 2010 at 9:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

Anyone find it a bit creepy that Superman just essentially pulled a Bin Laden in the end and blew up twin towers? With people standing under and around the thing as it collapsed.

February 20 2010 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Aaron

lol. Yea but in his defense he didn't seem happy about it.

February 20 2010 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hessian

A bit SPOILERY in that first sentence, aren't we?

What is SO friggin hard about waiting until after the jump to reveal plot elements? It should be SOP for you folks by now.

If you're going to review a TV show, for the love of Pete, learn to do it in a way that doesn't ruin it for folks.

February 20 2010 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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John Hewitt

Why are you even glancing at an article titled RECAP if you don't wan to know what happens on the show?

February 20 2010 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dox

whats the name of the song that was used in the funeral?

February 20 2010 at 5:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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