<EM>Smallville</EM> Smallville

Oh. My. God. They just killed off Vaughn! I'm still reeling from last seasons "I'm not Michael Vaughn" out-of-nowhere car crash. and then suddenly there are strains of a weepy Sarah McLachlan ballad and visions of a funeral on my screen. That doesn't seem like "mostly dead," or "We've got a big secret he's not really gone." That seems like all dead to me. Whoa. Let me process for a minute here. I had heard the rumors and all, but I seriously expected it to be because he was a jerk who was really a traitor to his country and was going to abandon Syd and the kid, or that those manipulative writers were just throwing around stories to trick me. I know the last time that I checked our poll on Thursday a lot of people said they wouldn't keep watching the show if Michael Vartan's character were killed off. I for one will keep tuning in, not just out of a sense of loyalty, but because I think it's going to be fascinating to see this mom-to-be kick butt with some raging pregnancy hormones and a good dollop of revenge. I'd hate to be on the receiving end of her wrath, because it's going to be fierce. Anyway, back to tonight's episode: I totally knew that Gordon Dean was a baddie. Did I think he was going to fill Vaughn full of bullet holes? Um, no. Frame him? Sure. That Project 5 (which is, interestingly enough, a number sequence. Do you think the code from Lost could be involved?) stuff must be really important. But not as important as hiding Jennifer Garner's burgeoning baby-bulge in the scenes before Syd discovered that she was expecting. Got to give the camera crew and costumers credit for using some tricky angles and sweaters and handbags to discreetly disguise the situation. I did love that the first thing Syd did after she discovered she was pregnant was to jump off a cliff to save her life. Guess work doesn't take a holiday in the CIA, and baddies are unlikely to go any easier on her. Which should make the rest of this season pretty fascinating. Fingers crossed.