It was sure great to get our Smallville back and they do not disappoint. Okay, maybe the slightest bit but only because of my Clananess. But I digress. Brainiac is back and so is our beloved Clark but not before people’s eyes can be open and others end up closed.
Leave it up to our all knowing Chloe to figure out that Clark is not Clark. He comes asking for a shield that will lead her to another Kryptonian here on Earth played by none other than the Jimmy Olsen from the Superman movies, Mark McClure. The only thing that would have made his visit to Smallville better is if he and the Aaron Ashmore Jimmy Olsen would have been there with him. Well back to the Clark thing. When he asks for it, Chloe finds it odd because he never forgets anything. Then Clarkie gets a little violent with her. So that sends Chloe packing off to Smallville to ask Lana about how Clark is acting. Lana is so blinded by love that she doesn’t see it. Lana thinks that maybe Chloe needs to loosen her grip on him and that Clark priorities have changed and now he wants to find some happiness for himself. I don’t see how Lana really didn’t see the change in Clark. It is one thing to open up to her and it is another to sleep with her. Our Clark won’t because he is afraid that he will hurt her. Why can’t this Phantom hurt her? Makes me think that maybe our Clark can be intimate with Lana as well. But Lana was getting told things from Clark that she always wanted him to say and she was lost in it. She learns to late that it wasn’t her Clark.
Brainiac is found, with Lana’s help. Seems he has been sucking all the trace metals out of people and after zone in on where all the bodies were turning up, Lana has localized the area where Brainiac would be. And there he is, sucking the life out of rats. Bizarro Clark now wants Clark’s life all inclusive with Miss Lana Lang. Brainiac thinks this makes him just as weak as our Clark. But tells him that he needs to find the shield that a fellow Kryptonian had left. It was his beacon and if Bizarro has this then maybe when he is in the light his face won’t turn to stone. But Brainiac wants him to find Dax-Ur so he can be repaired. Dax was a scientist who made Brainiac. He came to Earth so he could clear his conscience. Dax was going to use his powers to help man but fell in love with a woman named Grace and decided to live as a human by using Blue Kryptonite. When Bizarro Clark can’t find the shield Lana tells him that may be it is at the Fortress. Bizarro goes and Jor-el tells him to leave which starts the Fortress shaking and he lets the real Clark out. Uh oh! Now what?
Now what would be that he goes back to the farm where Lana is preparing a meal for the other Clark only she discovers that the person she has been with, and I mean that in every since of the word, is not Clark but the Phantom. She is mortified and so is he. He takes her to Oliver’s penthouse and goes to get help from Chloe. But before he does, Clark goes to Lionel for help. Only Bizarro had gotten to Brainiac and told him that he wanted to kill Clark back so he could get Lana to himself. So Brainiac tells him to go and get rid of Clark and he would get the shield from Dax-Ur. You see Lionel looking at himself in the mirror and Clark comes in the room and needs help with how to destroy the Phantom. Lionel tells him to use the shield and it would take him to Dax-Ur. Clark wants to know why he never told him about another Kryptonian and he said Dax had disappeared. After Clark leaves so does Lionel only it isn’t Lionel: it’s Brainiac. So the real Clark goes to the planet and Chloe doesn’t buy that it is the real Clark at first until he steps into the light. There’s our boy. She took the shield from the loft after she thought something wasn’t right and was afraid of what would happen if he did. He grabbed the shield and went to Dax. After being told by Lionel that only Blue Kryptonite would destroy him, he asks Dax if he still had some. And Dax assumed it was for a girl he was in love with. Okay in a weird way it was. He needed to save Lana from the Phantom. And he did but at what cost? I’ve told you too much already. You need to watch and see what happens with Clark, Lana and the Phantom. I can say it is painful, to say the least. Especially for a Clana fan.
There was something else going on big on the episode. Grant decided to go and tell Lionel the truth about who he was. And let’s say big Brother was not happy. Grant says he is his own person and he could do whatever he wanted. Lionel had essentially told Lex the same thing, along with the fact that Julian wasn’t the one lost to him but that he was. What do you think that happens to Julian/Grant and how does Lionel handle it? What does Lex do? I’m not telling you. Watch the episode and see!
Was I happy with the episode? Well it had been a long time since I had seen my Tom on TV. But I didn’t care for how they made Lana not know what was going on or about what happened to Grant and what Lex did. Of course Lex has to go bad. He had to do it sometime. One can’t complain when they get a shirtless Tom. And we had missed Smallville for so long but I really hated the way they did my Clana. But I must take the good with bad and be happy that it is back on. Long live Smallville.