Posted May 19 2004 - 03:48 PM
Brilliant. This is the kind of season finale they tried to pull off last year. That's was an incohesive mess.
By unravelling the plotlines around the mysterious stranger, it kept the story focused while evolving all of the storylines that have been coming to a head.
Clark showing up on Lex's behalf even after he'd ended their friendship was perfect: just the kind of thing we'd expect.
Equally, Johnathan willing to sacrifice his life for Clark's freedom was a very real moment that spoke to the heart of what their relationship was.
Terence Stamp's take on Jor-El is by far the most enigmatic and frustrating yet. Just when I thought we'd be doomed to cheap knock-offs of Marlon Brando's fantastic portrayal for all eternity. The fact that he spoke of Lara's love through Kara is curious. But the way he viciously discarded Kara/Lindsay and was willing to do the same to Johnathan confirms our suspicions.
| Wow, didn't see the Chloe angle coming, but I probably should have..... |
I saw it coming, but was still shocked. I figured we'd see them walk in and see her father get shot and then leave her at gunpoint. The house going up was much more ballsy; and much harder write their way out of.
| I also new that that probably wasn't Kara when she killed that Driver for no apparent reason in the begining... |
It's funny, 'cause this is what made me think she was the real deal. The way she terminated the FBI informant was cold and calculating in an inhuman way; far too professional for another charged up Krypto-freak. The only one we've seen act in such a manner is Jor-El. The Luthors bring far more flourish to their cruelty.
| When I saw the big guy go into Lionels cell at the end, I thought he was gonna rough Lionel up so he could go to a hospital and then escape. |
I thought he was going to have one of his guys blow his brains out so he wouldn't have to face disease or prison. The actuality was less dynamic but more fufilling. As Lex finally becomes his father, his father too becomes his son.
| The Lex being poisoned thing was cool and unexpected, but we know he will live because that would mess the continuity up WAY too much to have him dead. |
True enough. But more important: who poisoned him and to what end. What lasting ramifications will it have? Luthor family politics just got a whole hell of a lot more lethal.