Meanwhile, Tess (Cassidy Freeman) runs into problems with raising an unstable clone of perhaps the world’s greatest villain. Who knew?
1. Lois (Erica Durance) seems to be having some fun getting clarification on all the weird things that have happened to her from being stuck in the Phantom Zone to getting attacked by Doomsday. She has even more fun watching Clark (Tom Welling) change a flat tire without a jack.
2. Not for nothing, but for crazy people these cultists sure can whip up a tasty looking spread in no time at all. Might be worth the whole human sacrifice thing…
3. The episode is trying just a little too hard to speak out on religious extremism and using faith as an excuse for violence. Just a bit. By a lot.
“And you say this meat is fortified with NINE kinds of crazy? Wow.”
1. It’s a weird episode, but does a good job of bringing a long missing creepiness factor to the show with our little cultists and Clark being held at bay by the Kryptonite every three feet.
2. The story arc of Tess and Faux Lex really adds a lot to her character as she tries her hardest to give him the type of happy childhood the real Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) was denied even as he ages rapidly and goes into fugue states while drawing Clark’s crest over and over and becomes obsessed with the crest being the symbol of the “Bad Man” in dangerous fits of psychosis.
3. Lois has to get some props for picking locks to almost help them escape, but it’s better when Clark knows he can’t use his powers and instead comes back to rescue Lois packing heat and she starts rambling about Clark being a sign in order to play to the cultists’ insane beliefs.
“Lex, what is this?”
“No, you cloned nutjob. The symbol!”
“Oh. That. That’s the sign of the devil. Is that bad?”
1. Sure, you don’t want to stereotype, but surely people in this show have some familiarity with horror movie tropes. If you’re ever approached on the side of the road in a sketchy area in the middle of nowhere by a little girl wearing Amish style garb…tip the hell out. That’s it. Leave. Because I’m telling you now, little kids are evil in these situations. And lots of others, but that’s besides the point.
2. So where did Tess get all these excited kids to attend Faux Lex’s birthday party? Because he clearly can’t have any school friends at this point and they looked way into it. What parents allowed this?
3. It always amazes me that these nutso cults can exist and kill people yearly and no one ever seems to find them or escape or whatever. It’s been going on for twenty years already and that means missing persons, DNA evidence, and someone’s Crazy BS Detector has to have gone off by now, right?
No good can come of this. Quote me on that.