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'Smallville' - 'Charade' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 23rd 2010 11:33PM
(S09E18) With only four episodes remaining in the season, this felt like an episode that should have come a little earlier. But, it is what it is. I liked the non-linear storytelling aspect of it and almost wish they did an even less linear version of the story to keep it interesting. Now that it's very mature, 'Smallville' as a show is taking more chances.SmallvilleAnother comic book creation, Maxwell Lord, made it to the show. His powers were slightly different than seen in other forms. In this case, he's more of a mind-reader than the mind controller he is in the comics. He's also has less hair on top.

Let's hear it for Blu Mankuma as the Daily Planet's new editor-in-chief Franklin Stein. He's world famous in Canada. I wondered what happened to him after 'Forever Knight.'

How can Tess still be CEO of LuthorCorp if she's on the run from the law? I know, it's 'Smallville' logic and one should not think too hard about. It's conceivable that Tess herself is the Red Queen. She only recently learned about the current version of Checkmate and the Red Queen only recently became a player in the game (and it's exactly the sort of game she would play). It's either her or Martha Kent (but that could be too much of a spoiler of episodes-to-come). Speaking of Martha, did you catch the picture of Jonathan Kent on the table? John Schneider should come back for a cameo. Yeah, he's dead but in a show about a super-powered alien, it's not inconceivable.

Chloe seems to be wearing green in honor of her boyfriend. And she's using a lot of Microsoft products (check out her cell phone and her use of Microsoft Surface). Who makes that tablet computer she uses around the Watchtower?

It must be a bit difficult for Lois to display journalistic professionalism against a man who tried to kill her. Shouldn't Mr. Stein have assigned someone else to the story? Of course, it doesn't matter anymore since neither of them work at the Daily Planet. Think that will last? Yeah. Me neither.

Lois is getting even more brunette as time passes. What's with the kid with the camera phone actually being able to take Lois in a fight? Didn't Lois go one-on-one with the athletic Tess Mercer at the end of last season? It must have been luck.

There was some nice progression in the Lois/Clark relationship with the confession about the Blur, as well as some nice storyline progression now that Clark knows that Zod was communicating with Lois. There are three more episodes to wrap that up.

I could have sworn I've seen that whole setup before with the chairs surrounding the central column. Was it the movie 'Alien' or perhaps 'The Matrix'? They must all share the same props.

It's a major revelation that Lois doesn't actually want to know the Blur's identity and a great idea for the character. In previous incarnations of Lois in various media, she just HAS to know who Superman is. Here, she understands why it's a better idea for her to not know. I hope they stick with that concept (although she'll probably just eventually find out anyway).

This was a good if not great episode and a good step towards the season finale. What are your thoughts?

[You can always relive the excitement with full episodes of 'Smallville' on SlashControl.]

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bkwurm1

Very meh kind of episode. Been down the secrets and lies and tell her you secret, don't tell her your secret, she's at risk, she needs to know, don't tell me, tell me, path way too many times to give a hoot AGAIN. Worse yet, "the Blur" breaks up with her but still fails to mention she was dealing with an imposter...why was that info not allowed? Could be kind of important to know.

The acting in this seemed stilted (and my goodness, ED almost never blinks!! So weird!) and the dialogue all over the place. I honestly rewatched several scenes and still came away not understanding the logic.

Wast of Maxwell Lord. All and all pretty dull stuff.

April 26 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nathaniel

Perhaps when they get rid of this Daily Planet editor, it can finally be time to bring in Perry White. Remembering Clark from the time he passed through Smallville, he can hire Lois & Clark back onto the job.

Am I crazy, or was the party at a set that looked a little too much like the old Talon interior?

April 24 2010 at 11:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Logan

I thought the exact same thing when i saw the place. They definitely reused the Talon set for that scene.

April 25 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason

Nice review, I too would like to know what the device Chloe is using (the table it the handle).

April 24 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jason

Geez what's with my grammer!
I too would like to know what device Chloe is using (the tablet like device with the handle) while in Watchtower

April 24 2010 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David Holtzinger

Chairs around a post, or perhaps beds around a post as in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, sadly canceled.

April 24 2010 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jesse

Also Minority Report

April 26 2010 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Hewitt

So tired of people complaining that Clark is not Superman. This is the story of Clark Kent. If you want to see Superman, go buy a comic book.

April 24 2010 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

when that guy was threatening to mess up Lois's brain and Clark jumped through that image of the Blur, I was sure this was somehow going to cause Lois being unable to recognize the Blur as Clark.
that would neatly explain why she doesn't later recognize Superman as Clark

April 24 2010 at 5:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lere

"It's a major revelation that Lois doesn't actually want to know the Blur's identity and a great idea for the character. In previous incarnations of Lois in various media, she just HAS to know who Superman is." Well, in a show about Superman where in fact there is no Superman it's not a surprise Lois Lane doesn't want to know his identity.

April 24 2010 at 12:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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