804 Instinct – OSCK Review
INSTINCT- Review by Baudyhallee, moderator OSCK
SV decided to change Maxima from the Warrior Queen who chooses her mate by combat (trying to find the best warrior in the universe) to Maxima, Sex Goddess. Uhh, she was more like Alien Skank Ho Nympho Bimbo, but then it could be just a matter of semantics. I’ll let you decide.
Instinct is the power to discern the true nature of a person or situation. And a synonym for instinct is libido. There’s plenty of that in this episode.
Lex Mansion. We supposedly see the Crystal of Knowledge which built the Fortress in ARRIVAL, it is no longer transparent, but blue. Maybe it’s sad. Or maybe it’s been tampered with. Either way it’s spinning while Tess talks to Dr. Groll. We’ve seen him before, too. He was in ARROW and FALLOUT in Season 6 when he researched the spinning purple obelisk from the big black space ship that Lana called to Earth by getting blood on the stones by killing Genevieve Teague. (Yes! That’s necessary!) The obelisk is apparently referred to as the Kryptonian Black Box. Rolling eyes. Clark managed to split this in two and Lex did research on one part that we know of. It eventually was turned to ash and last year in WRATH we learned it had liquefied, and then it became Brainiac. Can’t keep a good villain down, huh. I mention this because it appears that PS3 are picking up some plotlines from the beginning of season 6 before they were so rudely aborted for the angst, mopiness of the second half of season 6 and most of season 7. The first half of Season 6 as you may recall was very mythos oriented and Clark was a much stronger character. In Season 8, PS3 has jettisoned Clark from the murky quicksand of S7 and we are definitely getting a more beloved traditional Clark Kent then ever before.
Tess tells Groll she expects a lot more information about “boys and their toys.” Groll, who has been pulled out of hiding by Tess, tells her that he knows of the crystal’s origins. Krypton is never mentioned so breathe easy. It’s doesn’t contain any elements from this planet and it appears to be a computer hard drive. Great, the crystal is no longer a spiritual thing from the god, Rao, but it’s another means for Brainiac to attack. Well, let’s just roll out the red carpet!!! Brainiac will never die. He’s got too many pieces of himself all over the place.
Tess isn’t buying the whole “it’s of alien origin” despite the facts. She wants Lex found and she wants him found now! Yea, instinct. So they put the crystal on this vegetable strainer which is a frequency generator because it responds to sonic vibrations. Groll presses a button on his laptop and the thing revs up and BOOM, a beam goes through the roof of the mansion and out into the universe. The humans don’t know what they’ve just done. Typical.
A side note about Groll. This is the guy Blahna threatened in the elevator in ARROW. And she had her picture taken with him by Jimmy in FALLOUT. Then the guy went into hiding. Keep that in mind for later.
Metropolis street (that looks like it was constructed over a cow path, twists and turns). Suit walking down the street with phone in his ear. Talking about stocks. “It’s pump and dump time, my man.” So the lights dim and go out. All the better to see Maxima’s arrival. She leaves her mark on the pavement. So Maxima’s royal costumer must be Wendy O. Williams? “I came when I saw your Kryptonian beacon.” Now, there’s a provocative line! The fromage begins. Maxima introduces herself as the Queen of Almerac. Apparently she can leave her kingdom for the odd booty call. Her and stock guy are tonguing – literally. Stock guy is enjoying the rush – which was described by the male in the house as a combination of ecstasy and Viagra. Maxima describes it as, “A taste of things to come.” She likes that word, huh. I guess you have to use what ya got to get them anyway you can. No personality, huh?
So stock guy thinks he’s won the skank sex lottery and goes for it. Poor bastard. While he’s dying, Queenie is pissed because he’s not Kryptonian and he’s not the one she came for. (Must have had a limited Almerac/Earth translator) But she will find him. (starting to think about the litter box. . .it might need cleaned)
But soft, it’s the Kent Farm and there’s Clark racing down the steps. He tosses his tie and jacket on the counter when he hears scratching at the back door. IT’S SHELBY!!! Aww, pretty puppy! We’ve missed you!!! Did that bad Blahna make you hide in the barn? She’s such a . . . Oops sorry. Clark’s gets the dog food and a can opener. He’s lonely on the farm. Awww, poor Clarkie. He pulls a box out of the silverware drawer and it’s Lana’s necklace. Dude! You keep stuff in the weirdest places! Hmmm, maybe it was the junk drawer? So Shelby is there panting, watching Clarkie phase out, and wondering when he’s going to get his next meal. Clark’s cell rings. It’s Lois. “I need you, Smallville.” Okay! That’s more like it!!!
Y’know it would have been a nice touch if Clark had said, “Lois?” and Shelby gave a little woof. Cause we all know Shelby lubs his LoLo. A missed opportunity.
Lois is having the workday from hell and wonders when he’s going to be at work. “I’m flying into the building right now. I’ll be there in a second.” YES!!! And he flashes off. (Clark, are you forgetting something?) Shelby gazes at the can of dog food on the counter. Clark dashes back, has already got the can open and the food in the bowl and presents it to our favorite canine. The dog hesitates and Clark encourages him to eat. This may have been improvised. Tom did a great job! Clark picks up his jacket and tie and races off.
Lois is still talking to him on the phone. She’s doubting he’s that close to work when he shows up right behind her. He tells her he’s actually 2 minutes early. She’s been drinking quarts of coffee to keep awake. She’s had no sleep because Jimmy has moved into the Talon Apartment (doesn’t everyone?) and snores like a freight train. She’s jealous of Clark in the big empty farmhouse. He gets that semi-mope face on. “It is pretty quiet.” She sighes. “You are as about predictable as mullets at Nascar!” She thinks he’s singing the ‘missing Lana blues.’ She’s going to dish out some tough love. (She also did that in ORACLE when Clark said she knew him better than anyone.) “Lana is gone for good. Time to get back in the saddle, Buckaroo. But this go round, you need to look outside your wheelhouse.” To which Clark replies, “I didn’t know I had a wheelhouse.” And we didn’t either. Lois is mixing her metaphors here. Back in the saddle is cowboy/horse stuff. A wheelhouse is the pilothouse on a boat. What?
Lois rolls her eyes. “Of course you do, pretty, friendly, damsel-in-distressy. You need to try a scoop of the other 31 flavors. Maybe less sweet vanilla and a lot more wild cherry.” (Play that funky music, white boy!) Lois is playful in her delivery. “Let’s get back to the work, please.” The thing I like about these DP conversations, Lois is always on the move and Clark is always trying to keep up – which he does. “Good idea. Bury your heartache in your job.” Iconic Lois inclination.
Lois hands him the story about stock guy. Clark wonders how a healthy 25 year old dies from a heart attack. Lois explains that the coroner found sky high elevated endorphins and adrenaline. Clark’s thinking. YEA!!! She begins to expound. “You know, endorphins. They’re hormones that are released when the body performs a certain activity.” He’s still thinking. “Like when you play a sport,” he says as he looks at the coroner’s report. She’s still in a playful mood. “Or there is another activity that two people share, repetitive motion. . .” She sticks her coffee stirrer in her mouth. Oral fixation, Lois? “Builds to a climax.” She’s swaying back and forth. Too damn cute. She smirks at Clark. (This is one of the clips they chose for the credits – I will never look at it the same way again! YES!!!) Clark thanks her. Roflmao. Lois chuckles. (Well, Clarkie if you hadn’t been throwing your balls in the barn for 3 years, she might think you knew a thing or two.)
Clark studies the report. “But they found the victim completely clothed.” That peaks Lois’ curiosity. “You mean he didn’t even get to first base?” Clark tells her the medical examiner found levels higher than any human body could produce. She grabs the report from him and gives him her coffee cup. This story is not for the second banana anymore. Clark looks at the cup and then at Lois. He seems pretty accepting with what is going on.
Talon Apartment. Chloe is unloading Jimmy’s stuff as he walks through the door. Apparently he likes to tape bass fishing shows, read some kind of pop love poems, and collect every CD made by Abba. Jimmy’s complicated and mysterious – and Chloe still has that bubble gum ring. They kiss. “But I would keep the Abba away from Lois. She’s a White Snake girl and I don’t think she would understand this side of you.” Maybe Lois is just taking the Voice of Jor-El’s advice when he was in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, no more freaking Abba!” I’m with them.
Apparently Lois is mad at Jimmy for his deal with Lex about the Arctic. Continuity!!! He’s putting some of his stuff on a bookcase and a pink slip of paper falls to the floor. It’s the Fever letter Chloe wrote to Clark when she was a sophomore in high school. “It looks like I stumbled into the razor wires surrounding the Clark issue again.” So Chloe knew the letter was there. She kept it. (We thought Lana had it.) And she knew what he had in his hands when she was across the room? She tells him its ancient history. “Clark is my best friend and that is all.” He honestly tells her he’s living his worst nightmare. She chastises him for his insecurity. He asks her why she never said or thought those things about him. He hands her back the letter.
Clark in this episode and season will continue to break away from past relationships. It’s the only way for Clark to become the man he is meant to be. Smallville is a prequel. The ending has already been written. It’s the journey and how it will align with the mythos. There should be no surprise that he doesn’t end up with Chloe or Lana. The Clark Kent that was introduced 70 years ago has a lot more to offer than a mopey, angst ridden teenager who refuses to grow up. Fans of previous incarnations have been waiting patiently for Smallville Clark to become who he truly is. Thanks PS3 for giving us hope in four short episodes.
Lex mansion. Tess and assistant enter office and there’s a red box with a black bow. It’s from Oliver. He’s inviting Tess to the Ace of Clubs. He’s sent a dress for her to wear. It’s green. Talk about predictable! Tess refuses the invitation but thanks him for the dress. She seems smitten. She admires the dress and Alien Bimbo is standing at the balcony. Tess makes a comment about her disco attire. Maxima superspeeds beside Tess. “Where’s the owner of the crystal?”
She knows about the crystal? I thought she was looking for a Kryptonian beacon. Different! Tess denies knowledge of a crystal but tells Mindless Frak that if she knew something about the owner she might be able to help her. “He’s Kryptonian and my perfect mate.” Is there a breeze blowing between those ears? MF gripes about not enough Kryptonians on this planet. (Well, if there was more than one . . . it wouldn’t be so easy, huh.) They’re all human. Did she ask them before she kissed them? Probably not. Maybe that’s why there’s so many dead bodies lying around.
So alien tarty pants knows Tess is lying to her, because the beacon came from there. And then she steals the dress because she figures the guy who owns the crystal gave Tess the dress. Huh? She’s choking Tess. “You’re trying to keep him for yourself, aren’t you? Well, I’ve traveled too far to let you stand in my way.” Tess gets tossed across the room for the SV head trauma count. (She’s got a ways to catch up.) Maxima has the invitation and the dress and zips away.
Okay, let me get this straight. We’ve got an alien sex goddess nympho who kisses every man she takes a liking to and kills them (since most guys here are human) and if any female gets in her way, she does some damage to them, too – just because she wants to get laid? What is my vested interest in this character?
Metropolis. Lois finishes talking to a policeman. Clark asks her why she’s so interested in this story now? She says because it’s front page stuff with the super endorphin angle. She’s still mentoring him. He asks what the cop said and she tells him that there was a fire in the alley but they think it is unrelated. “So in other words, there’s no reason for us to come down here.” Lois explains that is a common mistake. She’s an intrepid reporter and figures she could interview a few transients that were in the area. She walks off as Clark does a super vision thing to see Maxima’s mark. Lois returns to tell Clark that there are hormone ladened dead bodies strung from Smallville to Metropolis. All male. She thinks it is a meteor freak. Alien Bimbo’s quest continues.
Stop. Clark has always admired Lois as a reporter. She’s the best at what she does. Her intimate nickname is Reporter. He knows she knows her stuff. Having Lois mentoring Clark just increases the speed of their traditional relationship. Also, Lois on Smallville does have the luxury of explaining any weirdness as being meteor freak related. This helps with Clark’s secret. Aliens don’t necessary have to come into play. Remember in APOCALYPSE Lois asks Clark if he’s a meteor freak. He denies it, but it’s a good deduction on her part.
Metropolis at night. Ace of Clubs. Mindless F is trying to find the Kryptonite beacon bearer. She’s got Ollie’s dress on. The bar is now the Love Shack. Lots of kissing couples around. Jimmy’s at the bar, much as he was in NOIR, getting advice from the bartender, who tells him women should be reminded they aren’t the only “fox in the forest.” Jimmy’s had a few and agrees. Mindless F gets his attention. “I think you’re the man that I’ve been looking for.” Apparently they don’t believe in alien profiling on Almerac either!!!
Talon apartment. Chloe is looking at pictures of her and Jimmy. Clark walks in. (Yea, only Lois knocks) Chloe starts talking about Lois riding in Clark’s mystery van trying to gather clues. Huh uh. Chloe and Lana will always be Velma and Daphne. We discussed that last season. Clark hands her a drawing of Maxima’s marker. Chloe goes into Brainiac mode and tells him it’s the royal crest of Almerac. He’s astonished she’s now the intergalactic wiki. Chloe asks about the burn marks and tells him that Mindless F teleported in recently. She has a eu-krilium bracelet that compresses fabrics of time and space. It really sounds creepy coming from Chloe. Clark is weirded too. Chloe figures out that when Maxima kisses her victims adrenaline and endorphins are released into their system. Maybe she has to use the tongue for that. EWWWW! She’s looking for her mate (yea, we know!) and Clark is the only one who could probably survive her killer kiss. (oh joy, oh rapture, sarcasm)
So Clark wants to talk to Chloe about her “condition” while she types away on the laptop. She tells him she’s analyzed every scenario and that he can’t ‘wave his Kryptonian wand’ to save her. (Personally I think he should wave his Kryptonian wand at Lois – it’s that kind of episode.) Clark wants to help her and she tells him to let it go. Chloe reads a police report that whacky poontang Maxima just killed some German guy outside the Ace of Clubs. Chloe tells Clark to help other people. Diversion!
Ace of Clubs. So Jimmy’s been dancing with Maxima. Apparently, she’s decided to be subtle. Probably not, but she probably isn’t much for scintillating conversation. Jimmy’s about to get lucky when he pulls back and does the honorable thing! Go Jimmy! If only Clarkie would take a clue. “I’m in love with another woman.” Jimmy gets mega points with me even with his Abba fetish.
So Mindless F tells Jimmy just one kiss and then he’ll see . . .visions of old 70’s porn complete with whocka whocka guitars??? More tongue. Did she go for his belt? No really. Jimmy’s bleeding from the nose. Mindless F is disgusted because she’s failed to find her soul mate once again. These damn humans! They just keep getting in the way! Jimmy goes into cardiac arrest. “Help me.” Mindless F steps back shaking her head. “I’m really sorry. You were so sweet. I hoped you were the one.” That’s psychopathic on any planet. Talk about selfish bitches! She goes back to the bar while Jimmy tries to gasp his last breaths.
Clark arrives. Hears and sees Jimmy out on the balcony clutching his chest. He superspeeds to him. Mindless F sees Clark cause she has superpowers too. No heart or brains, but she’s one big super hormone. Clark grabs Jimmy while he’s telling Clark, it’s his heart. Jimmy faints and Clark superspeeds them away.
Okay, we’re making a rule. No other female who is on the show or gets on the show can do the lip bite thing. That’s Lois’ thing and only Lois’ thing! Got it?
The Talon. Chloe is leaving her apartment. Her phone is ringing but she gets distracted. Tess is there. She tries to introduce herself. Chloe tells her she knows who she is and she doesn’t talk to anyone connected to Lex. Tess tries to schmooze her. She wants Chloe to superhack for her. Chloe informs her Lex had her locked up. Tess tells her no laws would be broken. She would be breaking into a unique supercomputer. Chloe realizes Tess knows a little too much about her. She has all of Lex’s records apparently. “You’ve learned well from Lex. When you don’t get your way, you just . . . threaten.” We hear that evil sound that originally was Shelby’s bark in Labyrinth. She tells Tess to get more fire power and leaves.
Jimmy in the hospital. Clark is pacing. Could we be seeing the seeds of their relationship? Jimmy Olson, Superman’s Pal? YES!!! Jimmy wakes up and Clark tells him he’s going to be okay. He needs to know what happened at the Ace of Clubs. Clark knows he was with a woman. “That wasn’t my fault, CK. . . It all started with that letter.” He tells Clark he found an old love letter that Chloe wrote. “And I realized that a person never really gets over their first true love. I mean, you believe you are going to spend the rest of your life with someone, that they’re the one. And when you have to start over again with someone new. . . is it ever the same?” Clark has been listening intently and you can see he’s been thinking about this in his own life. “Everyone has to move on, Jimmy. Chloe must have, because she found you. You don’t know how lucky you are to have each other.” GO CLARKIE!!! Here’s hoping you take your own advice!
Ya gotta love Jimmy. He confesses to Clark that he kissed another woman. Clark tells him it wasn’t his fault. He wasn’t in control. Clark wants to know what she looks like so he can keep her from hurting others. “Everything is a blur after she came up to me at the bar.” Chloe comes in and full body hugs Jimmy. Clark tells her he’s going to be okay. “The important thing is that you guys are together.” Chloe hugs Jimmy again. Clark leaves knowing he has done a good thing. Jimmy holds Chloe in his arms.
Daily Planet at night. Clark has somehow got a hold of the security camera footage at the Ace of Clubs. Yea, I know. He’s trying to see Maxima’s face, but then the lights go out. Guess who!!! Clark gets out of his chair and walks around Lois’ desk. “Clark Kent. It’s a strong name. I like it.” Oh goodie. “Who are you?” Clark demands. She superspeeds around him. “Maxima. You don’t know how long I’ve searched for you.” And then the lip lock. Clark pulls her away and he’s smiling. Putz. He shoves all the stuff off a desk (not Lois’). Clark, don’t be doing that!!! Shades of Crimson! Clarkie has a desk fetish. (More heavy snogging). But apparently Maxima doesn’t. “Not here.” Is she kidding me? They had Puritans on Almerac??? Not likely. So they go into the elevator. What for? Better lighting? Does she want him to see her good side? That ain’t happening. Mindless Heartless Frak.
Shirt rip. Tom had the skin honors tonight! Woohoo. (wrong woman though) Two superbeings hitting the walls of a 1930’s elevator. They don’t make them like they used to. Still going at it. Can I scratch out my eyes now?
Whoops. Not yet. Elevator doors open. LOIS!!! She sees Clark kissing the alien bimbo. And the expression on her face. I could see Lois as a little girl finding out for the first time that life wasn’t fair. A woman with brains, a great body, and uber personality watches the most honorable man she knows with mindless, heartless frak of a woman. He’s going to town like he knows a thing or two. She blinks twice to try and make sure it is real. “Smallville!” Clark comes up for air and sees Lois while still in Maxima’s clutches. “Lois?” as if he’s recovering from a dream. Lois is speechless. Her jaw moves but nothing comes out. Maxima sees what’s going on, she turns to Clark. He’s looking at Lois as if bimbo wasn’t even there. He has that same awestruck look he had in HYDRO after he kissed Lois. Maxima watches Lois. When Lois gets scared, she doesn’t cry like a girl. She gets pissed. “I’ll take the stairs.” She turns and rapidly walks away. Clark, still with enamored expression watches her start to walk off. He doesn’t realize someone else is there until Maxima grabs his face. He looks at her like he’s repulsed. “Let her go.” The music swells. She goes in for a kiss and Clark backs away and chases after Lois.
SQUEEEE!!! GO CLARK GO!!!
Lois is booking it down the hallway. “Lois.” She rolls her eyes and keeps on walking. “Lois! Wait!” She turns ready for a fight. A woman with passion. “What?” Clark stands before her with shirt wide open. She doesn’t give him the first word. With thick sarcasm she begins, “Oh, sorry to rain on your orgy, Smallvile. I think I scared off your date.” Clark watches the empty elevator doors close. “Where’d she go?” he says. He’s got a couple of issues going at the moment. “Probably to find you two a motel room,” says Lois as he quickly turns to her. “You don’t understand,” he says as he tries to rebutton his shirt. He’s frustrated cause he’s in a pickle. Okay, make that several issues. “What’s not to understand? You’re pulling a 9 ½ weeks in the elevator.” Clark still is trying to fix his shirt. “I mean, it might not get you a membership in the mile high club, but hey! You gotta start somewhere.” Clark retaliates starting to get equally pissed. (He never does that with anyone else. Lois brings out his passion. This is just one example.) “Just calm down!” Lois takes offense to that and to prove her point she raises her voice and starts poking his chest with a finger. (I guess the shoulder punch days are over. It’s poke the chest time!) “I am calm! I am perfectly calm!!! Why wouldn’t I be calm? Dial down the ego, Smallville. I don’t care what you do with your love life!” She turns and stomps off.
Clark watches her and wonders what just happened. He even does a vaguely articulated “Wha?” He turns to check the elevators and then looks down the hallway where Lois left. He puts his hands on his hips and looks like he’s thinking. Huh.
Stop. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I’ve been wanting to see a moment like this for a long time. I think I can trust SVClark to act like the real Clark Kent now. Clark in the comics always had a strong will. That’s how he broke from Maxima’s mind control. The other thing that Clark had in the comics was Lois. She has been his motivating force for 70 years. When Clark snapped out of Maxima’s control because he heard and saw Lois, I knew that PS3 understood Clark’s true nature.
I could go on and on about this scene. So Clark is juiced on alien pheromones and havin a little spree. He hears Lois and acts as if he’s confused like he doesn’t know what he’s been doing. Jimmy said things were a blur for him. They could be for Clark, too. He sees Lois and BAM, that’s it. She is the object of his affection. FINALLY!!!
Lois is walking down the street to her car. She’s still pissed and talking to herself. “Give me a break! Does he really think that I care who he sucks face with?” She enters the car and starts it. “Hello!” as she puts her seat belt on. “SluutyAnna wasn’t even his type.” She turns on her headlights and Maxima is standing in front of her car. Lois knows she means business. Maxima picks up her car and tosses it and it lands upside down across two other cars.
So Lois kicks her way out of her car. Breaking glass everywhere. (She’s no damsel in distress.) Mindless is there waiting to pounce. “I couldn’t kill you in front of him. But now that you’re alone, I’ll make sure you never take him away.” Lois still in the car. (She’s no dummy.) “Who? Smallville?” She’s still pissed at him. Maxima better watch her step. “I don’t know who or what you are, but there is nothing romantic between Lois and Clark.” Lois going for denial. (Well, technically they couldn’t have a relationship because of restrictions for a couple of years and then there was that whole Lana obsession with . . . well y’know.) “You have a deep connection to him. I felt it!” Lois tells her she’s wrong. “Cause even on a good day, we’re barely friends.” Maxima wants to make sure she knows how powerful she is. “He would have never been able to pull away from me if he wasn’t drawn by his attraction to you.” Lois tells her Clark is definitely not attracted to her. “He might not know it yet, but believe me there is a bond. And I could see it on your face when you caught us together, you feel it, too.” Lois is silent. “But I’ve finally found the man that I’ve wanted all my life and you can’t have him!” Maxima draws back a fist as Lois covers her head – there is the sound of guns clicking. A SWAT team tells Maxima to freeze. She faces them.
Stop. So Maxima feels the bond between Clark and Lois. Let’s hope they get a little more demonstrative with that. Notice she never talks about love. Maxima is not about love – it’s all sex, attraction, libido, etc. Maxima in her last two scenes has shown she has real instinct; the power to discern the true nature of a person or situation. Clark and Lois have never admitted or articulated their strong affection for one another or even to themselves. Lois is going into denial because Clark is unsure of his future. He’s going after it, and hopefully will start going after Lois, too, but he’s got a lot to deal with.
Isis Foundation. Clark is talking to Chloe on his cell asking her to walk him through the face recognition software. He has a pic of Maxima. He’s wearing his blue t-shirt and jeans. Must have had a quick trip to the farm and back. Hopefully he fed Shelby again. He tells her he’ll call her back because he’s found Tess standing in Chloe’s office. “Our stars keep crossing.” Clark challenges her presence. “Especially when I find you in a locked office and you don’t have a key.” Tess challenges his presence. Clark tells her that his friend at Isis is helping him with an article. She sees Maxima’s picture and makes a comment. Clark asks if she knows her. He finds out that Tess had a close encounter with her. So the game begins. Clark says he knows the woman is wanted for murder and that she’s only attacked men. “I wonder why she would be after you?” Tess tells him that Maxima has set her heart on finding some one. Clark plays dumb. “Who?” Tess pulls the crystal from a pouch. “The guy who owns this.” She was hoping that Chloe would use her skills to shed some light on it. Clark asks where she got something like that. They found it in the Arctic where Lex was last seen. She questions Clark about the crystal and Lex. “Clark, do you know what this is?” And Clark tells her he’s never seen it before. Her cell rings and she answers it. Clark listens in. We can hear gunfire and a man telling Tess that a civilian female is trapped in a car. The phone goes dead. Tess turns her back to Clark and tries to get the man back on the phone. Clark superspeeds.
Maxima is going after Lois, who is out of her car now. “Bring it, Bitch,” says Lois as she takes a defensive stance. Maxima raises her arm and we see the red/blue blur streak by. Lois looks puzzled at the empty street.
Clark slams Maxima against a door in a back alley. She’s all giggly because she’s found a man who can keep up. Clark turns and walks away from her. “Maybe you shouldn’t have come on so strong.” She tells him he came back for more. “I came back to stop you from trying to kill Lois!” YES!!! (Take a back seat bitch!!!) “What would you have done to her if I hadn’t stopped you?” She walks around Clark. “I couldn’t let her have you. You’re my soulmate.” How many guys did she kill before she figured that out? Clark’s pissed. “You don’t even know who I am!”
So once upon a time on Almerac, lil Mindless heard the fairytales about the guys on Krypton who were worthy to stand beside a Queen’s side. That doesn’t make them king. And since she’s a sex goddess – you know what that guy’s job would be. You don’t need to be brave and gallant for that. Just need a beacon or a wand. Clark tells her he didn’t send the beacon. “It doesn’t matter. I found the last son of Krypton. You’re everything I wished for.” She says Clark is her equal and that she felt his passion that was so much stronger than any other man. She’s putting Clark’s hands on her hips. She sensed Clark was as desperate (ouch!) as she was to find a mate. She’s got her hands on his chest. “You want me as much as I want you.” Clark’s face is all scrunched up. “I don’t want you.” She asks him if he is sure, but she thinks no one else on Earth would be a better match. She knows the loneliness of not finding a soulmate. She tells him to come back with her so he’ll never be alone. “It’s our destiny to be together.” Clark grabs her arms. “My destiny is here. And you’re not a part of it.” He grabs her eu-krilium bracelet and it lights up and sucks her into a fabric of time and space. She whimpers all the way. Clark seems emotional as to what has happened.
Isis Foundation. Clark enters, “Chlo-ee.” The way Tom says this sounds as if it is something Clark has said all his life. It tickles me when he does stuff like that. Jimmy’s going home from hospital in two hours. “. . .and with his hormones in check.” She figured out Jimmy kissed Maxima from his blood panels. Clark says that he really didn’t stand a chance especially since he was vulnerable. He asks about the letter. Chloe confesses that the letter was for Clark. She tells him the circumstances of when she read him the letter in her sophomore year. “It was the only way I had the guts to tell you how I felt was; when you were unconscious.” She pulls the letter out and lets him read it. He does. “The kicker is you did respond with one word. Lana.” Clark thought he always knew. Chloe tells him it was a long time ago. “Don’t worry, I don’t feel that way now. I just wanted you to read it so I could close that chapter in my life and put it behind me.” She doesn’t regret having those feelings because they prepared her for when she did share them with the perfect person. “And to me, that person is Jimmy.” Clark gives her a half grin and she takes the letter from him and teases, “So you blew it, Bud.” Good on you, Chloe!!! Clark grins and says, “I just want you to be happy.” They are BFF. She asks Clark to give her away at the wedding altar. He’d be honored and they hug.
He tells her that there might be away to rid her of her Brainiac infection. Jor-El created Brainiac (the brain interactive construct) and so he might be able to help. He informs Chloe that Tess has the crystal that builds the Fortress and may re-establish Jor-El. Chloe realizes that the crystal is the computer Tess wants her to hack into. Clark knows it’s not at the Daily Planet or the mansion.
Lex mansion. Tess is sparring with her kickboxing coach. Chloe walks in. Tess tells her kickboxing helps to focus her anger. Chloe is a little pissed that Tess broke into Isis. She asks to look at the supercomputer. Tess informs her it has been stolen, but to stick by her phone, she intends to get it back. The kickboxing is featured also in the credits.
Kent Farm. Clark is standing at the loft window. Lois is climbing the stairs. It’s reminiscent of CRIMSON. Lois is as nervous now as she was then. She watches Clark for a moment. Lois Lane is quiet and giving Clark Kent space in his Fortress of Solitude. She clears her throat and he turns to her. “Hey, Lois, what are you doing here?” She starts talking about work. A subject she is comfortable with. The editor pulled the story on Maxima. “Buck up, it’s not your fault.” The police have said that the ‘big haired bimbo’ has vanished off the face of the Earth. “I’m afraid this may not be the last we’ve seen of her.” Lois says she’ll be ready for her. “One supercharged fembot cannot put a dent in Lois Lane.” She grins at Clark and he grins back. He moves closer to her. “Thanks for showing up when you did. I guess you could say, you saved my life.” Lois doesn’t say you’re welcome. “Tell me about it. If I hadn’t severed your love connection you would have ended up like all her other dates.” Clark smiles. “Y’know she said some weird things to me.” Lois gets nervous because she isn’t exactly sure what Maxima told him. “Really?” Clark takes the bull by the horns. “She said she was my soulmate.” Lois scrunches her face. AS IF! “I think you can do a little bit better than a maneating meteor freak.” Clark nods. “I know she’s not the one. It got me to thinking.” He makes another disclosure. “Chloe showed me this love letter she wrote to me years ago. And . . . her feelings were really intense.” Lois listens intently. “And Chloe was right there in front of me and I never realized how she felt. What if my soulmate comes along and I’m too blind to see it?” Lois gulps and gives a little smile. (perhaps she remembers he talk with Martha about finding her Jonathan.) “I don’t know, Smallville. I think that when the right girl walks into your life, you’ll know.” He gives her a half grin and a nod. Then he looks puzzled. “What did Maxima say to you?” Closed lip and then a grin, “Nothing for the front page.” He squints at her. Lois goes for a quick exit. “Well I gotta go. I’m meeting with a realtor. Finding my own place. Those lovebirds are so sweet, my teeth will rot if I don’t move out.” She starts down the stairs. Clark calls her back. “Hey, Lois, uh . . you were right. This house is pretty big. If you want your old room back, it’s yours.” He smiles at her. Lois is thinking, and then gives her answer. “Being housemates didn’t workout for us the first time, Smallville. Why tempt fate?” She gives him a wink. She leaves him. He accepts her decision as he watches her go.
Love Clark and Lois conversations. They actually talk to one another about everything and there’s no angst or mopiness or selfishness involved. Refreshing and good to see. Thanks! Lois is moving into her own apartment. YEA!!! Clark can be in Metropolis in a split second and they’re always working late. Lois always seems to be doing the more mature stuff before Clark does. And Lois is winking again. Lucky Clark!
Lex mansion. Tess is checking her email. There’s one without a name. She opens it. It’s the picture of the crystal, except it has a lightning bolt ‘W’ on it. Text appears, “You are not ready yet.” And then it is signed with a red, ‘X’.
Could be Lex. Could be Blahna since she knew where Groll was. Or it could be Brainiac. Lightning Lad? Will just have to wait and see.
Promo for next week: Looks very intense! Clark and Lois are strapped in kryptonite activated chairs by a madmen who is torturing couples. Clark looks beat up. No powers. Lois is across from him. The guy asks, “Do you love this man?” Chloe and Jimmy get kidnapped before them so it could be a question they ask her. We’ll just have to keep watching. ( Watch it HERE)
Rating: I didn’t like Maxima as a sex goddess – - but she catalyzed other characters’ growth in this episode. Clark found his will and his connection to Lois (which probably still hasn’t gotten to his cranium yet, but it’s moving along at a faster pace than I ever anticipated – which is great!). Lois can no longer hide from her feelings for Clark especially when she knows there is a bond between them. Chloe and Clark now have a mature relationship as friends. Maybe this will stop the god worship and Jimmy from having to be insecure. Tess is still as interesting and ruthless as she ever. I’m a little leery about Maxima coming back, but if she pushes Clark and Lois into each others arms – hey, I’m not going to complain. However, since she is not a warrior, I don’t know how she would fit into a JLA scenario. (Maxima joined the JLA for a time in the comics.) If they handle the Clark and Blahna relationship as they did Clark and Chloe, then I’m not worried. Just don’t let Blahna’s presence drag down the high energy and fun we’ve been getting. We’ve had enough angst for 7 years!!!
4.9 despite the cheesy sex references. Lots of growth for everyone in this episode. Clark, Lois, Jimmy, Chloe. Everybody won!