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The Time:
Thursdays, 8:00 PM, The CW

The Show:

grown up in Smallville under the protective eye of Jonathan and Martha
Kent, Clark Kent, the future Superman, is finally setting out into the
world to pursue his destiny.  Ever wary of protecting his
secret, Clark nonetheless secretly uses his Kryptonian superpowers to
help people and save lives.  He’s now colleagues with Lois
Lane at the Daily Planet and still friends with Chloe Sullivan, his
childhood pal who knows his secret.  Lex Luthor has
mysteriously vanished after destroying the Fortress and learning his
secret.  Lex’s hand-picked successor, Tess Mercer, is
nevertheless a dangerous individual who is obsessed with learning Lex’s
fate and the secret he was pursuing.  And a dangerous enemy,
in the form of paramedic Davis Bloom is growing ever a bigger threat.

The Stars:

•  Tom Welling – Clark Kent
•  Allison Mack – Chloe Sullivan
•  Erica Durance – Lois Lane
•  Aaron Ashmore – Jimmy Olsen
•  Justin Hartley – Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
•  Cassidy Freeman – Tess Mercer
•  Sam Witwer – Davis Bloom

The Episode: “Bride”

It’s Chloe’s wedding day and everyone is abuzz with the excitement.  Chloe is excited to be marrying Jimmy, and Clark and Lois seem to be growing closer – very closer.  But two surprise guests make things even more lively. The first is Lana.  She shows up after having been found by Oliver.  The second is Doomsday, who is determined to have Chloe for himself, and Clark might not be able to stop him.

The Lowdown:

Pretty run-of-the-mill episode all things considered, although things don’t really get cooking until the last 20 minutes or so.  Most of the story concerns Jimmy and Chloe getting ready for the big day, with much of the episode being shot through a video camera by – I’m assuming  – some Daily Planet underling.  Although it does start off with some footage skipping through the entire day of Chloe’s wedding until Doomsday arrives and makes with the human red paint all over the place and abducting Chloe.  Lois and Clark have a brief moment, and Lois later confides in Oliver, her ex.  Meanwhile, Oliver is on some vendetta against Lex which isn’t making all that much sense so far, because apparently he wants payback for his parents’ deaths at the hands of Lionel, who himself is currently wormfood.

Generally, there’s really only two things to catch this episode for: the emergence – finally – of Doomsday, and Clark and Lana coming face to face for the first time since she up and left him.  Oh, there is a secret at the end which I’m not going to spoil here.  But if you know what the biggest mystery of the season is, you’ll figure it out pretty readily.  And someone in the episode is included in that secret which ups the curiosity factor just a bit. 

Clark’s first encounter with Doomsday is pretty much a wash because he’s quickly taken out of action by some…wait for it……………………………………………………………………………………………………………..yes you guessed it: kryptonite.  But before that occurred, Doomsday did toss him around like Ike did Tina.  In addition to the big surprise at the end, there’s also another smaller surprise, with Chloe.  Jimmy Olsen also got gutted like a fish by the big bad, which was lovely.  I’ve been of the opinion for several years now regarding this show that for Clark to complete his destiny, Chloe is going to have to bite the big one at some point.  Too bad Jimmy didn’t, though, because I’ve basically felt that Olsen has been the Rick Jones of the DC Universe for some time now: useless and outdated.  Wouldn’t do me any grief to see him 86’ed.  But we all know that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.  Because the “Golly gee whiz, CK” seems like it’s gonna play out from now till…Doomsday.

5.8 out of 10