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'Smallville' Season 10, Episode 8 Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Nov 14th 2010 3:10PM
smallville abandoned['Smallville' – 'Abandoned']

Dark secrets were revealed and more questions were answered in this week's episode of 'Smallville.' The ep was titled 'Abandoned,' but a more appropriate title would have been, 'Mistakes My Parents Made.'

Let's start with one of the biggest revelations of the night (for me anyway). We finally learned why Jor-El is such a jerk! Turns out that the original Jor-El (played by guest star Julian Sands) stripped the computer program version of himself of frailties and failures – meaning he turned himself into a cold and calculating machine incapable of real emotion or understanding.

Makes sense, especially since Jor-El explained, in a Kryptonian home video featuring Lara-El (Helen Slater), that he sent Clark to Earth with all of his knowledge and none of his "ego or regrets." It's too bad he didn't realize that Clark would need a Jor-El that's more kind and caring, like the real deal, instead of bossy and manipulative. Sadly, Jor-El didn't make room in the program for aspects of Lara-El's compassionate heart. Still, the recording revealed that Jor-El would always have faith in Clark no matter what trials he put him through; giving Clark the reassurance he's been seeking from his Kryptonian father.

Lois' mother Ella (guest star Teri Hatcher) also appeared in home video form last night. Hatcher's highly touted guest performance didn't disappoint. She wasn't able to interact with Lois, but the scene still felt emotional and resonant. And we learned that Ella also made a big mistake -- she didn't allow Lois or her sister Lucy to visit her in the hospital before she died. Lois always blamed herself for not being able to see her mother one last time before she passed.

Of course, this realization pushed Lois to project her feelings on to Clark and attempt to resolve his issues with Jor-El. "I'm still gonna try for a thaw in the cold war between Clark and his dad," she told Shelby (who feeds that poor dog?) before she sneaked into the Fortress and called Jor-El out.

He responded by trapping her in stasis until Clark showed up. The fortress hit play on the video, and Clark finally learned who Jor-El really was -- he's not a computer/giant ice fortress, he was a man, brilliant but flawed.

The themes of these two storylines were echoed in the ep's main plot -- featuring Tess returning to Granny Goodness and learning the shocking truth about her origins. She's a Luther! Lex's half-sister, to be exact. And her real name is "Lutessa Lena!" (Lionel must have been on a real bender when he came up with that one!) Will Tess give in to the dark side now that she knows she's a Luthor?

Guest star Christine Willes was appropriately creepy and sublime as Granny Goodness, but her army of leather-clad soldier chicks (featuring Justin Hartley's wife, Lindsay, as Mad Harriet) was a little silly. The idea that Granny can strip a child of her most treasured memories and turn her into a dark-hearted killer is much more interesting.

We also learned that Granny is part of the "unholy trilogy" that also includes our old pal Godfrey (Michael Daingerfield) and Desaad (Steve Byers). They're preparing for "Lord Darkseid." It's good to know that we're not done with Darkseid. But the question remains: Will the show actually present the big blue baddie in his classic comic book form?

This week's ep was another strong and compelling hour from 'Smallville's final season. There are still plenty of challenges and revelations to come before Clark's final hurrah. Here's hoping he gets to give Lois that ring before the show becomes TV history.

Other thoughts:
- So Desaad owns Metropolis' bondage clubs? That's hilarious.

- John Glover is reportedly returning to the show this season as Lionel Luthor. Guess that means he'll be popping up in Tess' memories?

- I'm looking forward to seeing how Tess' discovery will affect her and her role as Watchtower head.

'Smallville' airs Fridays at 8PM ET on The CW.

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Clark sure didn't inherit either Jor-El's or Lara's hair color,did he? So in Granny's basement she just happens to line her cauldron with green kryptonite rocks? What a coinkidink.

November 15 2010 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Michael's comment

So Blondes cannot have anything other than blonde haired children? When did that happen?

January 05 2011 at 11:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Muffy's comment

Actually, given that blondness is a recessive trait (if I remember my high school biology correctly), it *is* at least very unlikely that two blonde parents should have a dark-haired child. Then again, that's with humans. Who knows what the rules of Kryptonian genetics are? Maybe Clark would have been blonde had he grown up on Krypton, but all the exposure to Earth's yellow sun during his childhood darkened his hair! ^_~

January 30 2011 at 4:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Am I the only one who was disappointed that they didn't get Ed Asner to play Granny Goodness?

November 14 2010 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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