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"Smallville" Stiletto (2009)

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The Lane, the Kent and the Red-Blue Blur followed by Little Red Riding Chloe

Author: igoatabase from France
27 April 2009

Even if this season has already plenty of great episodes the writers keep surprising us. Again this one was mostly about the whole new Lois and Clark arc but the Doomsday one was also covered. Finding out who Stiletto was even surprised me because I hadn't read anything about it before watching the episode.

In Bride, Erica Durance's emotive performance astonished me and in this one she confirmed that impression. In fact I had to admit that when she was first introduced as Lois Lane I wasn't really into her but now I even compare her to Teri Hatcher. Indeed even they often use her sex appeal to appeal the male audience the character remains genuine, funny, clumsy… Considering how human she's I'm pretty sure many girls identify to her, and that's a great thing because she kicks ass. An other great thing was Clark's development because he keeps getting closer and closer to the whole Superman icon. The time when Tom Welling's acting bored me is also long time gone and now I keep waiting for the weekly Dailyplanet scene where we see Clark and Lois teasing each other. You can't get tired of it, it's pure cosmic love. This time it was even better than usual considering what he did and what happened thereafter.

That was for the bright part because the creature is now lurking in Chloe's lair. She's my favorite character but I have to admit that Allison Mack's previous performances weren't as strong as they should have been. For example I remember a scene when she was supposed to be really sad but only looked like an actress faking the emotion. In this episode she got darker and darker but it felt real. So it's great and very inspiring to see that hard work pays off. She keeps growing on us but also on Allison apparently. In fact now she's almost a tale character and could be featured in Charles Perrault or Lewis Caroll's works. But this time Jimmy also joined the party and in some way it seems the marriage isn't over yet because their characters mirror themselves. It's quite smart from the writers because it makes Chloe and Jimmy even more genuine. If you already liked them you'll care even more for them after watching this episode.

Last but not least, like if it wasn't already enough, all these elements were brilliantly edited together. Of course there were two distinctive story arcs but it felt like they were about to collide, for an ultimate episode. It's even more exciting considering three episodes remain. The last scene will also probably be remembered as one of the best Smallville one, right beside the scenes from episodes like Identity or Bride.

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This was not Erica Durance's Finest Episode!

Author: Elizabeth from Chicago
16 May 2009

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

'Stiletto' focused on Lois and her depreciating name, where she would do anything... for her biggest story yet! It came to the point where someone would mention 'Lois Lane' and the only response would be 'WHO!'. Basically Lois wanted that prospect to change and creating Stiletto, a made up superhero, provided her with the ammunition to do just that. I say ammunition carefully, because it could easily blow up in her face.

All Lois had to do was kick some bad guy a**, save Chloe from a bad robber and make her name in the superhero stars of victory! Although that scene with the robber seemed to be too easy, I wondered why Chloe looked like the 'damsel in distress' when she could easily kick some robber a** just as much as Lois.

"Are you some kind of superhero" "Call me Stiletto"...

Lois embanked like a hero as her foot of armor paralyzed the bad robber on the floor and her hair blew in the wind claiming her victory as the superhero she was born to be.

It felt as though the writers were giving us a comic fairytale there. At one point I imagined that an actual superhero possessed Lois' body. Lois had to be desperate, because not even Lois Lane would stoop to that level.

Stiletto's name rose through the internet waves like a plague, already fans were teaming up 'The Red Blue Blur' and 'Stiletto' as Bluretto. (I wonder if I spelled it correctly?) It's about time they shorten that Red Blue Blur title, how's about Blur man, or wait Super Blur, come on guys help me out here, wait I think I've got it Superm... okay let's slow things down a bit.

This entire episode came across as Comical.

The only bit of the show I really admired was the Chloe and Doomsday scenes.

Allison Mack did a wonderful portrayal of a 'Chloe in need of some serious psychological assistance', bearing the blood on her hands, cleaning up Davis, eh em Doomsday's mess. She was keeping a secret to protect Clark (Chloe deserves a Friend of the year award). After having agreed to staying with Davis under the circumstances, she had to be home before certain time to prevent Doomsday from emerging. I thought Chloe carried more than a load and a burden here, that she practically broke down by the dumpster throwing the remains of the man which accosted her in her home.

I still didn't find out what Chloe and Davis did after Chloe latched the basement door in 'Eternal', hold hands maybe? It does present a creepy image; harvesting Doomsday in your basement, nothing about that is good and there is only so much Chloe could handle and a human being.

She even almost blurted it out to Lois...

Chloe "Can I tell you something..." Chloe if you want to tell someone something, you don't ask you just tell them! Then again how would, 'I'm living with a creature that kills people only when I'm not around him' sound to anyone.

Chloe and Lois did share a personal moment, when Lois came by to ask about Jimmy's whereabouts. (Since when were Lois and Jimmy buddies). Anyway, talk of 'Facebook' surfaced when Chloe mentioned removing Jimmy from her page. I would surprised given the amount of difficulty and excitement in their lives, that they even had the chance to put up an account... i wonder if Clark has one? Speaking of Jimmy, it's been a while since we've seen him really, especially after he walked out on Chloe. He's working in a bar nonetheless, trying to make a living, be it the legal or illegal way. His boss seemed to be doing a lot of illegal work on the side, creating counterfeit money out of Kryptonite...why Kyrptonite? Jimmy knew who he was working for, enough to get an upfront in 'pay' if it had a double meaning, because it was suggested that Jimmy was hooked silly on his prescription drugs, waiting for his next fix.

Boss "...but this is the last time"

Jimmy came to Lois' rescue, being the only person who could take a picture and the only person Lois could trust with her secret. He was foolish enough to get the same camera confiscated from his Boss who was on an apparent high over Stiletto, the new superhero in town. Why would Jimmy keep pictures of Chloe around on that camera in specific, does that mean he's not over her (Of course he's not!), or was that a convenient twist on the writers end, getting the new mob boss to take the camera only the get leverage over Jimmy.

Why bother to search through his camera at all if they just wanted to rough him up?

Extra Treats

**Clark gave Lois the 'big potential story' she wanted in the end.

**Chloe threw that scarf around her neck hastily before Lois arrived, where did it come from? **Even though Davis' or Doomsday's presence was not screened, his implied vicious capabilities were well captured.


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Three and a half out of Five Stars

Grade C-


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