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Monday, April 10, 2006
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Smallville: Void
The title is supposed to refer to the void in everyone's lives they're trying to fill by communicating with lost love ones. For me, the void is the hour of my life I won't have back from watching this week's Smallville.

At least they didn't succumb to the obvious temptation to get Clark and Lana back together. Nor did it become the "Oh Clark why can't be we be together" dance we got at the end of every season three episode.

Instead, Lana isn't take the break-up well. She's become a death-junkie literally. Using some kryptonite serum stuff, she is able to go under, be dead, talk to her parents and then be shocked back to the land of the living. Of course, her dealer is charging her out the you-know-what for this priviledge and she's gotta turn to stealing from Lex. (Seriously, does the guy even have security..the mansion is broken into every other week and that other week, it's some crazy person coming in to kill Lex. You'd think being a gazillionaire, he'd invest in some personal protection.) Anyway, this leads to Lex getting injected and talking to his mom and Clark being injected and seeing his father. I honestly cared more about these two meeting their deceased loved-ones than I did about Lana's selfish attempts to talk to her parents. Ummm, anyone remember that Lana has an aunt who raised her? Maybe, oh I don't know, Lana could talk to her. And the implication that Lana has this wierd death-wish thing is never brought up really. Seriously, me thinks this girl needs some serious counselling. Of course, the counsellor might make her realize--hey, that Clark guy ain't all he seems and you should look into that.

Anyway, back to Lex and Clark. Lex sees his mom who is pretty upset that he's not really acting on the chance she showed him back in "LexMas". Holy cow, we've got follow-up and a story arc that is actually kind of working. Of course, Lex had the choice of lose Lana now or then...yeah, not much of one, really. And Clark sees Pa out in the barn (as if there'd be anywhere else) and the two have a heart to heart in which we find out a)Pa sure is proud and b)Lionel is up to something. At least now we have it confirmed that Clark knows that Lionel knows about Clark...(did I just type that?!?). How this plays out could be fun as the season goes along. I'd be interested to see how Clark slowly becomes alienntated from those around him he's closest to. Kind of switching places with Lex from the past few years if you will, where he can't trust anyone and how that affects his becoming Superman. Oh yeah, I'm sure some of you will argue that he becomes Supes for some other lofty and noble reason, but this could be a fascinating take on the established mythology.

Veronica Mars: Plan B
After weeks of wondering where he vanished to, Mayor Woody is back! Woo-hoo! (Wait, why does that sound like a commercial for Viagra?)

Anyway, moving on.

"Plan B" is almost Seinfeld-ian in the way the various plot elements come together in the final act. Veronica is asked to help Weevil find a way to bring Thumper to justice--either by legal means or by whatever means Weevil finds necessary. Veronica isn't able to do so in time, thus leading to Weevil hatching a plan to frame Thumper for stealing from the Fitzpatrick's. They handcuff him to a restroom in the stadium as the demolition occurs, thus sealing his fate. But it was just as Lamb was given enough evidence to bring about legal justice on Thumper for the death of Felix. Meanwhile, Molly may be feeling some guilt that Thumper died because her family wanted to break the two of them up.

I will say this--this course of action may put Weevil beyond redemption. Until now, he's had a rough edge, but he did the right thing when push came to shove. He may have crossed too far over to the dark side now to come back.

This one could be deceptive as the season progresses. Mayor Woody is sent a DVD that was taken inside his house. But he's quick to dismiss it as the gardner his wife fired, when I think it's probably something a bit more sinister. It was too obvious to bring it up for it not to lead somewhere.

Meanwhile, Mac is throwing herself at Beaver, who couldn't be less interested. Wait, he's a typical teenage guy and he has Mac practically begging him to sleep with her and he won't do it?!? Something ain't quite right here. It's not that Beaver even seems nervous or that he's offering any type of reason for his lack of interest. He just seems to not care, which is odd. His total lack of reaction is what got my attention. Could it be that Beaver is behind the bus crash and is feeling such guilt that he won't allow himself to be happy or that he's filling the void in his life with things that should make him happy? Or is he trying to use what made his father happy--women, making money, etc--in some attempt to gain his father's approval?

Oh and don't forget--Veronica moves to Tuesdays this week! Set those VCRs and TiVOs accordingly.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 4/10/2006 02:29:00 PM | |
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