Post Game: SMALLVILLE Double: "Warrior" & "Persuasion"

Post Game TV Recap: SMALLVILLE S9E4

S9E13 "Warrior"

"Lethal enforcers are way more interesting.  They were big in the Nineties." -- Alec/Warrior Angel (Carlo Marks)

Funny thing about magic and wish-fulfillment.  Rarely does it come when you expect it.  What's funny (in a peculiar way), is that this episode, "Warrior," is the 13th of the season, though originally it was to be the 10th.  Things got turned around when Smallville returned from winter break and the first new airing of 2010 was preempted for the telethon for Haitian relief efforts that virtually every mainstream network broadcast back on January 22nd.  The producers and CW network, in their infinite wisdom, decided to maintain the integrity of the schedule already set and find a new place to place "Warrior," and fortunately the wait was not that long.  Between the heroes last week in Superman (Clark Kent), Green Arrow and Martian Manhunter, and then this week with Zatanna, the Justice League of America has been well-represented.

"Warrior" kicks off with a cold open at a comic book convention being held in Metropolis.  You'd think Christ's resurrection was being celebrated, there are so many Easter eggs that require pauses and rewinds, if you happen to be equipped with a DVR.  I'm sure I saw Green Arrow and Swamp Thing.   Interesting how they can get away with Star Wars imagery, but since they haven't mentioned anything by name, I guess it's okay.  It's a veritable rainbow of comic, sci-fi fantasy, and the focus is on one particular little boy excitedly roaming the venue on his own.  The kid is clearly taken by the comic book hero Warrior Angel, and he stops at a booth that has a special collector's item issue on display but under glass and lock & key.  He knows the guy running the booth, asking to get a better look at the book that's reportedly never been read by anyone.   Rumor has it that this origin issue of "Warrior Angel" (ten cents, by the way -- oh, those were the days) reveals the secret battle cry of the hero.   A shop mishap by another customer, however, distracts the shopkeeper just long enough for the boy to make off with the book.  While escaping, he runs into a Star Wars Stormtrooper, a convention staple, and this shows us who else happens to be in attendance, this time someone we know.   After clumsily running into Chloe Sullivan, the Stormtrooper reveals herself to be Lois Lane ("I can't see a thing in this helmet!").  They chat about her assignment, how perhaps a more approachable outfit might get Lois more bites on her human interest piece for the Daily Planet, and also how she's not quite sure how to play things with Clark.  The conversation is interrupted by a text Chloe gets about a disturbance elsewhere, but a quick text reply from Green Arrow (engaged with a maniac who specializes in boomerangs no less) puts that distress call to rest.  Lois challenges Chloe to maybe lay off her "CrackBerry" too and engage with the real world more.   Elsewhere, the boy has found a solitary area where he can bust open his "new" acquisition.  Turns out the Warrior Angel character is reminiscent of Captain Marvel, the Shazam one, in that the civilian guise of the hero is a young boy.  But only a couple pages into it, the book erupts with magical energy that consumes him, and it also causes a power surge out in the convention center.   An over-sized planet on a suspension wire gets severed and it only happens to be right above Chloe.   She looks like she's about to get splattered but someone sweeps in to snag the Saturn replica, and it's not Clark!   Warrior Angel has come to life, and Chloe looks quite pleased.

Back to the show after the intros have been made and the bills get paid, Lois is back at the con and she's on the phone with Clark who's running late to meet her there because he's busy taking out some bad guys.  Clark's really in his element now when playing superhero.  To think how awesome it could be if he switched from black to blue & red.  Because he pretends to be talking to her from the Kent family farm in Smallville, she hits him up to make a stop at her apartment at the Talon coffee shop to pick up a new outfit for her.  After going through some interesting choices in her closet, they settle with something in a garment bag she's got there, but we don't know just yet what it is.   At the convention center's locker room, our Warrior Angel is out of costume and checking himself out in a mirror, and that breeze you felt was a thousand fangirl viewers sighing over this hunk'a warrior love.  Taking it in as well is Chloe who's followed him. Unbeknown to her, obviously he's the boy, aged about ten to twelve years in the blink of an eye, and he's adjusting to the fact that he's brimming with power (he needs to check his handshake).  They make their introductions and we find that his name is Stephen Swift.  Chloe confides that she's in the business of helping superheroes, so she's just who Stephen needs in his corner right now.  She suggests grabbing coffee sometime, but he's ready to grab some right there and then.

Elsewhere, Clark finally shows up, even literally running into a guy in his own traditional "Smallville" outfit (red jacket, blue t-shirt).  Did they actually cast some people from a comic convention?  Lois finds him and he's not sure what to make of all the costumes and pageantry.  He's more about the noble aspects of heroism: accountability, sacrifice... yawn.   Lois assures him that this scene is all about wish fulfillment and escaping reality.  Their philosophy debate is cut short, though, when another costumed character enters the discussion.  It's Zatanna, and Clark is surprised to see her make a return.   Lois is not initially aware that they know each other, and while Clark tries to make polite introductions, Zatanna is there on business and she quickly steals away Clark for a private conversation.  The business she's on is a sort of "cleanup tour," going around undoing curses that her father was responsible for many, many years prior.  One such item is the recently stolen comic book, and she thinks whoever currently has it is flush with power.   How right she is.  She taps Clark for assistance on this one tour stop.  He then hears a commotion that Lois is in and he finds that she's holed up in the men's room, using it because the line for the ladies' room is even longer.   But she's not using it to tinkle, no, she's getting into a new outfit.  When she comes out, gone is the Stormtrooper armor and now she's in a far more fetching ensemble.  It's an Amazon uniform, and I can best describe it as Xena's trademark gear with a Wonder Woman color scheme.  As a con guy myself, this was seriously all too familiar.   Heads are turning in her direction a whole lot more now, and she tells Clark that there's a whole new story to cover, the stolen comic caper.  Clark tells her he knows and that's what Zatanna came to him about, saying she's into antiquities (nice cover, Clark).  Lois decides they can split up to cover more ground, and she may have found a dashing Trojan to help her out.

Chloe and Stephen have left the convention and they are out getting that coffee mentioned earlier.  Needless to say, Chloe has some specific tastes in her coffee (why would she order a decaf with 3 shots?).  Stephen prefers milk at first, but in order to appear more grown up he goes for the black coffee and he takes to it exactly as you'd expect a kid to do so.  They talk about superheroes and he is blown away with how she casually handles her routine interaction with the big guns.  So powerful, so naive.   She steers the conversation back to him, and he confides that he's an orphan who was sent to Metropolis to live with his aunt.  You can tell it's true to a certain point, but he glosses over the part about him really being way younger and how he came into the powers, instead saying that it was chemical exposure.  Stephen then hears another boy in distress thanks to his enhanced hearing.  He leaves Chloe to get into costume and comes across a gang of bullies attempting to steal another kid's bike.  Warrior Angel sweeps in and his rescue methods aren't quite what you'd expect from your typical Justice Leaguer.  Angel gives the lead bully the mother of all atomic wedgies, and his obvious power scares them off.  He makes a quick change and Chloe comes upon the scene of the averted crime.  He wants to know what's next.  The kid is too confident, and Chloe might be falling for this guy.   Elsewhere Clark and Zatanna are on their search, and her magic is coming up empty, leading them to a dead lead.  You can tell she's charmed by the increased confidence of the Blur, but he does in fact detect something.  His X-ray vision finds the comic stashed under a box, and Zatanna's fascinated by the extent of his abilities, and how humble he is about what he's working with.  She starts to come on to him, suggesting that whatever it is he has between himself and Lois could use a spark.  Now anyone who knows how Zatanna's spell-casting works, saying words backwards.  Here I think the show should've ran subtitles when she spoke like that so you could tell exactly what she said.  While you see the end result of her spell, it's harder to appreciate the command.  Whatever it is Zatanna says produces dozens of votive candles around the room, and she puts on the moves first by seating Clark and getting on his lap to start kissing.  Clark takes to this at first, but he quickly snaps out of it and cuts things short.  Our lovely magician is bowed but not broken.  Back to work.

Later, we make our first visit to the Daily Planet, and Clark arrives to see Lois at her station and Oliver Queen's actually there with her, and giving her a quick kiss on the head as he says his goodbye.  Before Clark makes it up to her desk himself, he greets Oliver who says he was there to give her Sharks tickets.  With tongue firmly in cheek, Oliver warns Clark that despite him literally being bulletproof that he's going to want to "duck and cover" with Lois, whatever that means.   Steeling himself now, Lois asks about "Lady Fishnets" and what her deal is with her outfits.   Clark assures Lois first that it's what Zatanna wears normally and that she has nothing to worry about.  Lois responds with an assurance of her own that she's not concerned because she considers Clark the most honest man she knows, plus if anything wasgoing to happen, she'd be the first to know.   Somehow her delivery here doesn't exactly ease Clark's mind.   But she's on hold on a phone call all the while and she finally hangs up on an unhelpful missing persons department.  Clark asks why that angle's being looked at regarding their search for a missing comic and she informs him that their thief had an aunt who called in to report her lost nephew.  Lois shows him surveillance footage of one Alec Abrams swiping the "Warrior Angel" comic, and he's been wanted since the incident.  It turns out the Daily Planet had Alec in their database as a potential feature story because he was recognized for writing several "Dear Santa"-style letters to the Blur.  Clearly the kid worshiped Clark (of course not knowing his identity, mind you), and they deduce that he was in need of a big brother after becoming an orphan.   At that time, our little Alec, grown up here as "Stephen," is hanging out with Chloe at Lois' apartment and he's playing Xbox.  Chloe's being kinda lame sitting on the couch while he's having a blast, and for the third instance we bear witness to a situation where someone tells another that they could stand to loosen up.  First with Lois to Chloe (and just a little vice versa), later Zatanna with Clark, and now Chloe's hearing it for what's now been multiple times lately from just about all her friends.  Stephen's youthful exuberance comes through as he shares with her the breakdown of his powers while they play a handball video game.  Suddenly Chloe notices that he's inadvertently floating off the ground, and even he is shocked to find out that he can fly!  He then talks her into a test run of this power throughout the city.

This scene segues into a page of the "Warrior Angel" book that Clark is reviewing at the Watchtower where he's reconvened with Zatanna.  They revisit the whole fantasy sequence she exacted on him earlier, suggesting that he could use the occasional break from reality, though the conversation ends when Chloe shows up, surprised to see them and curious as to what they're working on.  They explain to her the curse on the comic and elaborate on how the publisher had stolen the idea of the hero character from a friend of Zatanna's father, and the curse was meant for the publisher when the first copy was printed.  It was never opened, not until Alec did, and that why the spell worked on him.  Chloe, still feeling a bit of a rush from her first wonderful night in a long time, wonders aloud why having another hero in the mix is a bad thing.  When they share with her how they're searching for the boy now all grown up, Chloe hurriedly leaves them, saying that she's got something to take care of.  Only problem is, she's not there to find out from the two how the Warrior Angel story develops.  Apparently the title didn't see the light of day because it shows Warrior Angel evolve into a monster, so this isn't the origin of a hero...  it's the birth of a villain!

Chloe quickly tracks down Stephen and she lays it on him how she knows his secrets and how he came into his power.  She wants to get him to see Zatanna to restore him back to normal, but he doesn't take this well, relating to her how his "normal" life was about being bullied all the time, not being a hero with real power to defend himself.   Chloe's attempts to calm him down are in vain, and Alec's rage triggers something lurking inside of him now:  the villain Devilicus.  He quickly transforms into this wicked version of the hero he was, cornering Chloe in the process.  Meanwhile Zatanna is back at the Watchtower, getting Clark's help with assembling a makeshift pentagram on the tower floor made of magic dust.  Clark's also going through a face-recognition program on the computers to track down their boy all grown up.  The pictures find their match, and Clark and Zatanna find that Chloe was aware of their suspect and covering for him, deducing that Chloe wanted to try to fix things first.  Clark uses his super-hearing to find his target, and detecting that Chloe is in distress he tells Zatanna that the counter-cure spell better be ready.  He makes off quickly, but not before giving the Superman fans some candy by ripping open his shirt to show the "S" shirt underneath.   Impressed with his exit, Zatanna fires up the magic pentagram and begins her spell.

Devilicus has taken Chloe to the top of a Metropolis high-rise and he wants to know who it is that's set out to stop him.  Chloe tries to speak to the Alec side of the personality, but the evil and rage is strong inside of him as he forces Chloe to back up, almost to over the building's ledge.   Just then the spell starts to kick in, painful noise that only he can hear.  But the noise becomes obvious as he starts to get consumed by a pentagram energy signature where he's standing.  The blast of energy forces Chloe to fall off the building, though Clark swoops up from street level to save her (looked like flight to me), bringing them both back up to the roof of the building.  There they find Alec, back to his kid self again and so sorry for his breakdown.  In one of the show's more heartwarming  moments, as Chloe consoles him with a big hug, Clark tells him that it's going to be okay.  The next day, the conversation between the child and his idol is picked up at the Kent farm where Clark's brought Alec (not sure why, except to invoke the show's namesake).  Alec feels bad for turning into the bully he always feared.  Clark tells him that overcoming the sadness and loneliness is what helps makes a hero.  Especially with superpowers.  When Alec asks him why he does it all, Clark says it's because he wants to help people, because he chooses to over having to.  When Alec leaves, he gives Clark a picture he drew when he operated as the "Red-Blue Blur."  It's interesting for two reasons:  one, because he speculated the costume looking damn near like the Superman uniform does (so you know Clark might later use that as inspiration, with an "S" as opposed to "RBB"), and two, because is the Blur wearing glasses in that drawing??  Clark takes Alec back to the Daily Planet where he returns to his relieved aunt.  Zatanna's apparently consulted the authorities in getting the charges against the boy dropped.  Clark also says goodbye to Zatanna (Lord, those sexy eyelashes!), who makes one last play for Clark.  As flattered as he is, he's interested in finding his fantasy with Lois.   Eraf eeht llew, Annataz.   He sees Lois who's got some issues with her phone at her desk.  They work out everything over "the other woman," with him even confessing to the kiss that happened and her responding by noshing the first hapless Planet employee who walked by, but he makes good with her by giving her tickets for them to attend a costumed ball finale at the comic book convention.  Apology accepted, and I wish we could've seen the costume that Lois was going to pick for Mr. Kent.

"Warrior" ends with a seriously flirtatious scene between Chloe and Oliver at the Watchtower, as she finds him unwinding with target practice and some single malt scotch.  She's in the need of a drink or four as they relate over their shared inability to let go of their work.  As Oliver includes her in his target practice, he helps her line up an arrow to shoot, the question begs, "How does Chloe know to let go?"

For the record, Mr. Pitts here doesn't like the way the show pronounces "Zatanna."  Me, I think Smallville says it the way I've recognized since I was introduced to the magical heroine over 30 years ago in the JLA books, but Lan hears it more "European," I think, like how many dialects pronounce "Anna" like "Ahh-na."  What say you, readers?  PoTAYto, PoTAHto?


S9E14 "Persuasion"

"You really are an old-fashioned romantic, aren't you?" -- Lois Lane (Erica Durance)

So "Persuasion," unintentionally thanks to the rescheduling, picked up considerably where "Warrior" left off in the "make a wish" department.  Bracing myself for a cutesy Valentine's-themed story here, though, I was pleasantly surprised how this new episode turned out in terms of plot development, and as arguably drawn out as the Zod & the Kandorians plot has been, it served this episode incredibly well.

A cold open begins with Lois and Clark on an assignment, and judging by the way they're handling their investigation of RAO Industries, I was reminded more of "Laverne & Shirley" antics more than anything.  With Clark keeping his powers close to the vest for obvious reasons, they don't get very far peeking through open windows of the RAO facility for signs of suspicious activity.  The RAO Tower, in some kind of record, is days away from completion.  Now I am a 10-year Chicago resident myself, and many of those years were spent witnessing the construction of the Trump Tower here.  Considering that RAO looks like two of those put together, suspension of disbelief in buying this whole timetable had to fed steroids in order to maintain sanity.  Anyway, Lois and Clark give up on this lead they're following and take a walk through the city on the way back to the Daily Planet.  In almost Mardi Gras-like fashion the city is decked out in Valentine's Day splendor, and Clark tries to explain to Lois how he feels like they're missing out on all the fun.  Lois, in typical fashion, is all cynical about the "holiday."  A Cupid-like young lady approaches them with chocolates and it's one thing Lois can get excited for because she's hungry.  The pixie then blows some "magic dust" on the two, and while it's a tad off-putting, it actually has an effect on Clark judging by the way his eyes quickly glow blue.  They return to the Planet and Lois is all business, but Clark says he'd like just one night to focus on their romantic side.  When he declares that he would like them to have a traditional relationship, Lois' eyes make the same glow for a second and she replies that she'll do anything for his career.  Their editor steps in and tells them news that the RAO solar tower with be up in two days, and Clark's personal investment in this prompts him to take care of something he was working on already.  He splits up from Lois, which is unfortunate because he misses her promptly quitting her job!   Anything for her sweetie!

The business that Clark attends to is seeing Chloe at the Watchtower.  Anyone notice some flowers on her desk?  Paging one Oliver Queen (who, by the way, was not in this episode).  Chloe passes along a pair of IDs and passports that he requested, and she questions the time he's devoted to the Kandorians, especially since one of them murdered his father, Jor-El.  Clark's all huffy and demanding now, and when he tells Chloe that he just wants her to have his back, her eyes glow for a moment as well.  Almost in a trance, she replies that she'll protect him no matter what it takes.  Clark later finds the lucky recipients of the documents he got, Alia (whose eyes creep me the hell out, and it has nothing to do with the pixie dust) and Faora.  As if their own wishes came true, they are grateful to him, surprised and impressed that he would make this effort for them.   Plus they've never known civilian life over being soldiers.  All he asks in return is an idea of who killed his father, but neither are forthcoming as they warn that Zod has a far reach that could set off a major conflict between them all.   Done with his day's work later, Clark returns home to the Kent farm, only to find that some questionable cooking is going on.  It's Lois, preparing a big spread, and she's dressed in her Betty Draper best (from Mad Men, must-viewing, if you must know).  Perky and cheerful to a creepy level, Lois serves them dinner and it is pretty pitiful seeing as Lois before could barely microwave a bag of popcorn, and even Shelby the dog won't have at Clark's discarded pot roast.  She tells him how she took his suggestion earlier about a traditional relationship and how she's moving in with him!  But only in the guest room until they get engaged.  Whoa, now!  Clark is naturally freaked out by this, but the tipping point is her news that she quit her job at the Planet.  Clark knows that whatever's wrong with her has been taken to a whole new level and he makes a hasty exit to figure out what may have gotten into her.

At the other end of Smallville, Tess Mercer is at the Luthor mansion taking a bubble bath and sipping champagne.  Nice night in, apparently.  She's interrupted by Zod who apparently had no problem getting past security.  In a tête-à-tête over their mutual agendas that includes Zod helping himself to Tess' glass so he can use her fingerprints to access her systems, Zod suggests that Tess could've tipped him off better when it's clear that he snagged those ID docs given to his agents.  Tess tells him that the Kandorians see Kal-El as more savior than he and that the tower may not so much be where he triumphs as where he is eventually buried.   He thinks differently and is certain that she'll be the first person in need of mercy once he gains Kryptonian powers.  Back at the Kent farm later, Chloe pops in to see Clark, not realizing that Lois would be there, feverishly scrubbing the kitchen floor like a dutiful wife.  When Lois shares how close she's now gotten herself to Clark, Chloe's mother bear instincts kick into overdrive thanks to Clark's "wish" to her earlier.  She digs deep to make Lois realize that Clark can't trust her, recalling how Lois all but outed the Blur a while back.  Of course Chloe knows, and we know, that Lois did the right thing in that instance, inadvertently protecting Clark.  So this is a low blow on Chloe's part, underscored by her cruel suggestion that the best thing Lois can do for Clark at this point is to leave him.  I do admit feeling pretty bad for Lois at this point, she looked so heartbroken, even knowing that neither of the two ladies are themselves at the moment.

Clark's back in Metropolis around the scene of the crime, the Valentine's Day street party from a night earlier.  He happens upon the V-Day pixie they met, now packing up her wares, and asks her if there was anything unusual about the chocolates.  She says aside from fat, no, because she plowed through a couple boxes herself, and you can tell this wasn't her funnest Valentine's ever.  Clark notices her supply of the dust that she spread around and asks what the sources of that was.  When she says it came from a Smallville quarry, he instantly realizes that it had to be infused with meteor rock.  [NOTE: From the CW network's own summary to elsewhere on the internet, they labeled this as "gemstone kryptonite.  But nothing in "Persuasion" that we see addresses it as this rare strain of the element.].  Just then, Clark gets a 911 text from Lois, and he returns to the farm to find her in the barn going through some of his old possessions and crying uncontrollably.  She's realized that she's failed the housewife routine and that she's not good enough for him.  It hurts to be around him and she better leave him and town.  He consoles her and assures her that they'll be together forever and she cheers up.  When she says that she will move in with him, I wondered if that was good or bad for him at this point.

But he leaves her there so he can get back to the problem at hand and he returns to the Watchtower to find Dr. Emil Hamilton frantically trying to access all the tower's systems that have been ultra-encrypted by an AWOL Chloe.  Only problem is, Clark still has his power of persuasion and when he tells Hamilton to calm down he does so...  and then some!  We see him like never before, super relaxed, cracking open a beer and kicking his feet up.  Actually this was similar to the recent episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold (teamed with Firestorm) where the Dark Knight was split into three and one personality was super laid back and always craving nachos.  Both were pretty funny!  Anyway Clark tries to explain to the good doctor his predicament and the best Hamilton will offer is that perhaps he should use this to his advantage.  Hmmm...  Around that time, Lois is back at the farm, clearly bounced back from her earlier meltdown and now all about...  wedding preparation??  She gets herself into Martha Kent's old dress and even calls Clark's mother for approval on the whole thing, and then she calls her own family about getting married.  She also is bursting at the seams with joy and dancing around the house like Kevin in Home Alone, set to music (probably the most I've heard on this show since they stopped doing music plugs after each episode seasons ago).  I do have to say that this is an episode that Erica Durance may want to include in her portfolio.  Not quite Emmy-worthy, but it was a real tour de force for her.

I would say that it's at this point, though, that "Persuasion" makes a major detour from the lighthearted fare to the more intense plot-driven stuff.  Clark goes to the RAO construction site to confront Zod about the identity of his father's killer once and for all.  What's surprising is that Clark has the same effect on the major to compel him to tell the truth, though he did not actually do it so he does not confess.   Zod insists that it was Tess pulling the strings, figuring that if he didn't know who really did it he's have Clark take out an obstacle while he could.   In insisting to Kal-El that he had to follow the Kryptonian way and exact revenge on his father's killer, Clark actually convinces himself that he's wanted to do that, so he speeds away to take on his mark.  Meanwhile Chloe is at the Daily Planet in Tess office on her computer.  Tess arrives in time to find that Chloe is attempting to spike her systems with a virus so as to disable the satellites to be used in coordination with the solar tower in order to make the atmosphere empowering for the Kandorians.  Tess says she no longer wants to ally herself with Zod, admitting that Earth would be in better hands with Clark leading the Kandorians.  She offers to work with Chloe, but she's met with a smack across the kisser.  They get into an epic brawl that tears up Tess' office good, and I dare say this surpassed the one Ms. Mercer got in with Lois last year (all the girls on Smallville can scrap!).   After a struggle over a gun drawn earlier, Tess gets it and is about to eliminate Chloe once and for all.   Just then Tess is swept away and it's Clark who takes her to the rooftop, throwing her to the ground hard.  Encircling them in a ring of fire with his heat vision set to "broil" and calling her out for what they both saw in the future of him going powerless, she insists that she didn't know that was going to be a byproduct of the tower going operational.   He assures her that he will in fact save the world, but she won't be around to see that.  He sets his sights on her to vaporize and Chloe comes in just in time with a piece of green kryptonite to subdue him.  The green K appears to affect both him and Chloe as the power of coercion fades away.

While that's happening, Zod's been called to a private meeting with Alia, where she confesses to Jor-El's murder.  She claims that Kal-El's father thought of them as second class and expendable, doing it in the name of Rao.   But she's prepared to pay for her insubordination, presenting Zod with a handgun.  She kneels before Zod one final time as he, after some moments of deliberation, fires upon her a fatal shot (they showed it too, which I thought was kinda gangsta).

Later at the Kent farm, Clark is telling his mom over the phone that the engagement talk was all premature and that the wedding announcement that already made the papers was in the process of being retracted.  Now back to her normal self and chalking up the craziness to bad chocolates, Lois discusses with Clark their relationship and how she's finally ready to recognize it as something real while still taking it slow.  In an instance that you know will burn him later, Clark swears that he's keeping nothing from her, but several seasons of Lana Lang have taught us all what can result in keeping his secret from the woman most important to him.

That night Clark joins his fellow Kryptonians at a traditional funeral for Alia (oh, did anyone else notice bruising on Faora's face, or was that from earlier?).   He steals a minute privately to ask Zod how Alia died, and the major admits that it was by his own hand for the murder of Jor-El.  Clark is clearly not sold on this brand of Kryptonian justice (good thing he didn't do the same to Tess, no?) and he retreats to the Watchtower to see Chloe.  Looking at the RAO Tower's schematics, she confides in him how in her saving Tess from him that is was more protecting Clark from himself.  Taking her suggestion that he truly is the savior they'll need, invoked earlier by Tess, Clark knows what he needs to do, and it's one of the boldest, ballsiest moves he's ever made on the show.   Perched high atop his familiar building from where he typically scopes the Metropolis skyline, Clark fires a shot across the bow in the form of a heat vision blast powerful enough to cause the solar tower to collapse.  Part of me saw the potential damages caused by this and thought Clark should be a little less Blur and a little more Superman in ensuring the safety of the citizens, but it's clear he accomplished what he needed in that Zod, dealing with the press right at that moment regarding the tower's grand opening, bears witness to the destruction of his pet project.  I guess the comics won't be the only media this Spring covering a "War of the Supermen."

So did you get everything you wished for from "Warrior" and "Persuasion"?  Either, or neither?  I thought both were quality offerings in their own respects, the former not really touching the whole Kandorian storyline at all while having plenty of childlike whimsy regarding the superhero business, and the latter really getting into it like we'd yet to see in 2010.  Like I said before, I had expectations of "Persuasion" being as light and fluffy as Lois's homemade pie, and it turned out to be one of the most compelling episodes of the season.  Your thoughts, viewers?

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