Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Smallville Re-Watch / Jitters and Rogue
First up is Jitters, an episode that I was looking forward to ever since I decided to do this re-watch. As I said in the opening paragraph above, this episode is the beginning of the awesome Lex versus Lionel story with their secret kryptonite experiments. These corporate espionage tidbits of story always brought me back week after week in the show's early days. Things change up quite a bit later on in the series though, once Lex takes over the family business.
Earl Jenkins, a former farm-hand for the Kents, has been exposed to some sort of unknown substance and as that substance tries to remove itself from Earl's skin, it causes some series body tremors. These tremors are extremely dangerous and Earl has no control over when they occur. He's already caused one murder early in the episode because of this, and by the end of the episode he's taking Clark's entire classroom hostage during a tour at Lex's plant.
To make matters worse, Clark can't even go near Earl because his blood begins to react to the meteor rock (the unknown substance) under Earl's skin. Clark ends up being the hero though, of course. Lifting Lex and Earl from potential doom as they are about to fall to their deaths. After Clark shows incredible strength while lifting both Early and Lex to safety, Lex asks "How did you pull us both up, Clark?" in a very accusing manor. Clark just tosses the question aside as he explains that it was just adrenaline, he guesses.
I'm sure deep down Lex wants to do the right thing, and probably be more like Clark. But Lex has a very twisted path, especially once we get into the history of his family: namely his mom and brother. I still hold a soft spot for Lex though, I really do. It's his father that caused Lex to end up the way he did later on in the series. So I feel for him. He should of been a hero instead of a villain. Though I guess, according to Smallville's mythology, this was his destiny afterall.
This crooked cop, Sam Phelan, is a character that is easy to hate, very much in the same way as Lionel Luthor. Also, he's our first villain that doesn't suffer from kryptonite poisoning. His most villainous attribute is to gather information on people and use it against them. We see that a few times in this episode as he's trying to protect himself from Internal Affairs.
Once Phelan has an idea of what Clark can do, he drops a generator on him. Seriously. Clark is something extraordinary, to be sure, but for Phelan to act on just his gut instinct and drop a generator on a teenage kid? That's insane. Which is pretty much what Jonathan says later on at the coffee shop when he meets up with Phelan to tell him what's what.
Lex shows his true colors towards the end of the episode. Phelan gets himself shot (I can't think of any other way they could of ended this episode since he knows about Clark) and Lex immediately runs up to him and asks Phelan what he had on Clark. Of course Phelan doesn't tell him, but that only further proves to Lex that there is something there. Then of course at the very end of the episode we see Lex watching a video of Clark running at high speed, but he can't make out who it is properly. This has to be a no brainer for Lex. I'm sure he's positive that Clark has abilities of some kind. Perhaps thinking that he's meteor infected.