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Smallville Episode: "Fierce"

Season 7, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Clark hopes Kara will keep a low profile, but three meteor-infected girls want to use her as part of their scheme after one of them sees Kara's special powers. Tyler: Eva Marcille. Carly: Elisa King. Tempest: Christine Chatelain.
Original Air Date: Oct 11, 2007
Guest Cast Laura Vandervoort: Kara Christine Chatelain: Tempest Eva Marcille: Tyler Michael Cassidy: Grant Gabriel
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Season 7, Episode 3
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Length: 40:45
Aired: 10/11/2007
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"Fierce" Season 7, Episode 3

In last week's episode, it seemed Clark had finally made the decision to move on from Smallville and begin his training as Kal-El. Without his parents or Lana, there wasn't much worth sticking around for. Even though it was never going to happen, it was a breath of fresh air to see Clark finally making the decision to take control of his life, to stop moping around and only realizing a fraction of his potential. While the episode ended with Jor-El sending him back to Smallville, I was excited to see where this season might be headed. Then... something fierce this way came. Until the last five or so minutes, it honestly felt like I was rewatching a stock episode from the first season. The only real difference was that Kara slipped into the hero-figure Clark role and Clark slipped into the father-figure Jonathan Kent role. All the elements were there: Hero getting dressed down by her father about the importance of fitting in and not drawing attention to her powers? Check. Meteor freaks using their powers for evil? Why not? Check. Hero saving a potential love-interest from the murderous clutches of the meteor freaks? Check. Lex's growing obsession with finding out the true story behind the hero who saved his life? Kara ripped the roof off his car to save him from drowning... isn't that exactly what Clark did in the pilot episode of the series? Check plus. Not that I minded the retread. The simplicity of the main plot was nice: Kara gets mixed up with the meteor freaks by joining the Ms. Sweet Corn pageant, Jimmy the nosy photographer realizes the meteor freaks are up to no good, and Kara saves him and then saves the day. Had it been done more tongue-in-cheek I might have really enjoyed "Fierce." Sometimes I miss how light the show used to be; Clark's biggest worries were his love life and fending off meteor freaks with bizarre, useless abilities. Wasn't there a girl whose only power was sucking all the fat out of someone's body? But there was too much else thrown in to make the old formula work again, not the least of which was Clark becoming less and less of a main character on his own show. Judging from some of the comments posted on this blog and elsewhere, I know I'm not alone in thinking the Clark-Lana story has long overstayed its welcome. I feel bad for saying this; I used to root for their relationship to work out. Well, right up until Lana hooked up with Lex. I can't put my finger on the exact reason, but Lana's reappearance just dragged down the whole episode. I didn't even enjoy seeing Kara in a bikini as much as I should have, and that's saying a lot. If I had to single out one scene that justifies my opinion, it was that inexcusable sequence of Clark and Lana at the carnival. Forget that she's trying to keep her presence in Smallville a secret - telling Clark that she wanted them to "grow old together" was embarrassing. I guess she spent a lot of her time in China watching Adam Sandler movies? Also, I'm not sure why the writers had to throw in yet another rendition of the "I may have been born on Krypton, but Earth is my home and everyone I love lives here, etc., etc." speech. I get that Clark feels obligated to tell all the errant Kryptonians he runs into where he stands, but at this point, can't he do that off camera? All that being said, I liked the idea of Clark and Kara working together to find the crystal from her ship, even if they are pursuing different agendas. The suggestion that there may be other Kryptonians living on Earth was exciting and something I'm surprised hadn't been introduced before. Obviously, Kryptonians were aware of the effects of the yellow sun on their species; why wouldn't they want to live on a planet where they could enjoy the powers its sun granted them? Just because I was disappointed with tonight's episode doesn't mean I'm not excited for next week. I know some people steer clear of any kind of spoilage even if it's just the network preview, so I won't give anything away other than this: Dean Cain will guest-star. Awesome. Having Christopher Reeve on Smallville was cool, but Lois & Clark was the on-screen version I grew up with. Cain absolutely owned that role. To see more about Smallville, including videos and potential spoilers, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
In last week's episode, it seemed Clark had finally made the decision to move on from Smallville and begin his training as Kal-El. Without his parents or Lana, there wasn't much worth sticking around for. Even though it was never going to happen, it was a breath of fresh air to see Clark finally making the decision to take control of his life, to stop moping around and only realizing a fraction of his potential. While the episode ended with Jor-El sending him back to Smallville, I was excited to see where this season might be headed.Then... something fierce this way came. Until the last five or so minutes, it honestly felt like I was rewatching a stock episode from the first season. The only real difference was that Kara slipped into the hero-figure Clark role and Clark slipped into the father-figure Jonathan Kent role. All the elements were there:Hero getting dressed down by her father about the importance of fitting in and not drawing attention to her powers? Check.Meteor freaks u... read more

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