In the first four episodes of this series, Jonathan was the good brother and son. He put Jordan’s needs above his own by uprooting his own life. He left a starting quarterback position and a friend for Jordan. He convinced his father to let his brother play football even though he had strength. Now Jordan is the star player and he’s riding the bench. He doesn’t even have a girlfriend anymore. Jonathan is done being nice that his life is in tatters and it was long overdue.
I don’t care how much you love a sibling. There is only so much a person can take before they start playing. I think parental preference is also a factor. Jordan had to fly with Clark and visit the Fortress of Solitude. Jordan gets the “Help me Superman!” Signal. Jordan is allowed to speak to Clark like he’s a runaway teenager with Dr. Phil and the only consequence is that he will be asked to go to his room. After Jordan calms down for the moment, Jonathan decides to have his own runaway teenage moment, gets drunk and ruins Jordan’s date with Sarah. To his credit, Jordan is kind. Probably because Jonathan had to play his brother’s keeper his entire life, so reversing roles feels natural. He knows what to do because Jonathan did it for him.
Clark and Lois took Jonathan for granted as the easy kid, and now they’re all shocked that Pikachu is acting and wanting to return to Metropolis to live with a friend like he was a bad relationship in a Jane Austen novel. The solution? An uplifting talk about giving Smallville a chance and a wooden box that Grandpa Jonathan owned. Seriously. Jordan gets a signal that Super Dad can call whenever he wants, and Jonathan gets a box. I’ve got to the point where I wouldn’t blame Jonathan if he threw kryptonite on his father’s crotch. I understand that it has sentimental value and comes from Jonathan’s namesake, but it feels offensive.
This episode attempts to compare Jonathan’s struggles to flashbacks of young Clark stopping TV thieves and leaving Smallville. While the flashbacks are well done, I don’t think you can really compare the situations. Clark could shoot lasers from his eyeballs and he had to grow outside of Smallville. Jonathan’s life sucks because his parents used the position of his brother’s keeper to get him to act to his detriment. He can’t even be the center of attention when he’s drunk. Lois tells him to get a lift! Her son is crying out for attention and her first thought was Uber.
Enough that Clois are terrible parents. Let’s move on to Captain Luthor. In this episode, he tracked down Lois and introduced himself as a reporter dealing with Morgan Edge. I noticed that he looked thirsty for her as they interacted with each other. There was a good reason for that. In the Evil Superman universe, Luthor was married to Lois. Dun dun dun! I really like that twist.
Luthor doesn’t know that Clark is Superman. When he finds out, it will be another reason for him to want to kill him. It doesn’t matter that technically this isn’t Luther’s Lois. He says she’s just like his Lois and he’s clearly jealous that she is with Clark. The love of his life with his enemy will bring him into his feelings.
This twist is very silver age comics. During this time there would be imaginary stories (or what we would now call Elseworlds stories) in which Lois Lex or Bruce Wayne would get married. Sometimes in the main continuity Lois almost married Satan or Mister Mxyzptlk or a Rando who has a room full of Lois mannequins. Lois would somehow not find a room with mannequins of herself that would be scary. The Silver Age was just obsessed with Lois marrying people who weren’t Superman. Glad to see this series continue that tradition without the mannequins.
While I had my issues with this episode, overall I enjoyed it. It advanced the Morgan Edge conspiracy as it clashed with Captain Luther’s Wile E. Coyote quest to kill Superman. It also spoke to Martha of everything. Outside of the pilot, she wasn’t mentioned much, and her death was the event that brought her to Smallville. It was a missing beat to play and I’m glad they did. The harvest festival showed how important Martha was to Smallville and Clark themselves.
While Clark leaves a lot to be desired in the parenting department, it was so cute to see him making fun of the harvest festival and wanting to share it with his family. The show wowed a dad who wanted to share something he had loved since childhood with his own children. I think a lot of us probably have memories like your dad’s showing you Star Wars, going fishing, or watching sports. Fathers only want to connect with you through something they love. It is the universal language of fatherly love.
Random thoughts from “The Best of Smallville”
Clark looked very young and left Smallville. I take it he graduated from high school. If not, did he get his GED from Solitude Fortress?
Jonathan’s runaway teenage moment was very mild. For most of the shows, this would have involved a car accident. I’m actually glad they didn’t go there. I have to save up for the second season!
I understand why Clark didn’t save the building fire as Superman. He could get away with showing up as Superman in Smallville if something big like a tornado happens. That being said, it would be suspicious.
I enjoy the casual affection between Lois and Clark. It was lovely when he just laid his head on her lap.
Clois may have questionable parenting skills, but at least they’re not Kyle. Sarah was late for her date because she had to take care of the alcoholic Kyle. It was sad. Clark can’t get drunk, but still.
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