Sunday, October 10, 2010

Smallville - Supergirl - Season 10 - Episode 3 - CW

This episode seemed to revolve mostly around the theme of whether a 'hero' should show his face . . or hide in the shadows. It's an argument that has been bounced around in the comics since their inception. But on this particular series, the consensus to date has been to keep your identity a secret, and operate from the shadows. However, back when Clark opened the portal with the book or Rao to send the Kandorians away . . apparently a darkness came through that Jor-El, and now Kara, are worried will get a foothold on Clark. If so, 'In control of your powers, you could become the greatest threat, and weapon, the world has ever seen.' So Kara has come back to give it a different target to go after. Which is why she's gone public. Apparently this is a presence that feeds on the doubt, and darkness in a person's soul. The only people immune to it are those that are pure of heart. Anyways, it's taken possession of Gordon Godfrey's body and is using his media presence, and savvy . . as well as his publicist, to put his face out in front of the entire world and use his words to plant the seed of doubt. He's also about to expose Ollie's identity as the Green Arrow. Lois takes exception to this guys anti-hero rhetoric, so she makes it her mission to take him down. However, apparently he knows of Lois' connection to the Blur and is manipulating her into drawing him out. During all of this, Ollie is feeling especially guilty because of Chloe's sacrifice to save him. He's tired of his crusade and identity bringing harm and heartbreak to those around him. So, at the end of the episode, much to Lois' chagrin, he decides to go public and holds a press conference to release his secret. Anyways, Kara and Clark hold back the shadows . . somehow repelling them with her bracelets. The only way to get rid of them for sure is to send them back through the portal. But they haven't done that yet . . nor do they know how. So for now . . the shadows are just out there in possession of someone else. And although Lois knows Clark's secret, it seems like it gets harder and harder every episode for her to keep that from him. She's constantly stopping herself from slipping up. So . . while the story progress' as far as Lois and Clark is concerned . . and with the looming threat that Jor-El tried to warn him of, it seems like the crux of this story was the question of how Clark should proceed with his secret. Is his penchant for operating in the shadows helping his ultimate destiny . . or hindering it? Clark truly wants to be the best 'hero' he can be. He doesn't want to let anyone down. But it seems as if he's at a crossroads. Does he keep operating the way he is . . fighting the symptoms, without really addressing the problems? Or does he come out of the shadows and become an icon that the rest of the world can rally behind? Of course he doesn't know that's what he'll ultimately become, so . . to him, that's the greatest risk. Plus, he doesn't want to put those around him . . friends or family, at risk. This is the final season of Smallville, and I have a feeling there's going to be some big changes before this is all over with.

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