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Thank you to everyone who left something.
I won't get to look until Sunday, since I'm working 9 AM to midnight-ish tomorrow too.

You're not ignored, just swallowed in the maw of two jobs.
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So I have left something in EVERY stocking on the Fannish Stocking Exchange.

Most of it is just links and recs or holiday wishes.

But EVERY stocking. nearly 280 of them
I'm a bit insane for doing it. But pleased
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It's a Halloween Party all month over at the SubAnnex. No warnings. It's Halloween, so be prepared.

Sunday: Let's get the party Started
Monday: Monday Miscellany
Tuesday: Witch-crafting . This week, Death Angels
Wednesday: Kitchen Witch Wednesday. This week, Scarecrow Crunch and the Maleficent.
Thursday: Lovers and Other Monsters
Friday: Lovers and Other Monsters, take 2
Free Short Story Friday: Tuition Fees, part 1, part 2, part 3
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Underwater establishing shot, lots of glowing meteor rocks, and bubbles. But the lake itself is frozen, with a nice thick layer of ice, like I've never seen in Kansas in 48 years of living 10 miles from the border of it.

The ice cracks.

On the shore, the kids are partying. Trucks and music, and a nice teepee fire, and kids snogging. Yep, Smallville party.

Chloe and Clark, with Chloe snarking about booze and hooking up, before complaining about the cold. Lana and Whitney are cuddling, by a fire. Sean, typical football player type, asks Clark if Chloe is with him or flying solo.

This is one more of those "Check with potential owner before making a move on the girl" scenes. I'm 5 eps in and this is at least the second.

I love Chloe. Sean offers to rub her hands, saying "Nothing heats up the body like friction." She laughs at him saying she can't believe he delivered that with a straight face. He compliments her writing, she reminds him she's heard all about him from Jenna in Bio. He hits on her while telling her he wouldn't hit on her.

If this is what passes for seduction among teenagers, no wonder she topples into Lionel's bed at the end of season 2.

Sean gets called away to throw passes by the lake. He gets Chloe's number. She is clearly tickled to be asked. Clark asks her about it and reminds her Sean's a dog. She tells him to find Pete, they're leaving.

Whitney, Sean and the boys throw passes. Whitney asks what's with Sean and Chloe. Sean lists her as "another notch." Whitney says "That's cold." He throws a pass that Sean misses and leaves to get the pizza. Sean goes out on the ice to get the ball.

The cracked ice.
Anyone not see where this is going yet?

Next two and a half minutes: Sean is now an undead popsicle of a meteor mutant, who craves heat and sucks it out of anything. (the drowning scene is hard to watch for me) (the frozen fire is pretty)

Credits.

Parents are doing the books. Clark adds it faster than the calculator. He's horrified. He makes a joke about joining a pro team. Martha tells him his face on a cereal box can wait, he needs to get to school. Superspeed out, back to catch the poptart correct the math and head out again.

Some rapid-fire chatter about dating and crushes. And Chloe protests being used as a dating crash-test dummy. She loses her temper with them.

School. Sean is in the nurses office, shivering. He can't get warm and his body temperature is about 35. He drains some heat from the nurse and feels better.

Martha is chainsawing logs, and spins, nearly gutting Lex. Can I stop for a moment and say I love that Martha uses the chainsaw as competently as Jonathan would? It's nothing for a big guy or a big girl like me (6' 200+ lbs) to sling a chainsaw around, but Martha is not large. That is a mid-sized chainsaw, and gas powered. Also: safety gear! The Kents are careful on their farm, unlike the Luthors who take needless risks. (Lex's fast driving, Lionel refusing ear protection)

"I come in peace!" Lex with his hands up and Martha still with the saw. "I'm just glad you weren't welding." Note: he thinks she would be totally capable of doing so! He's wanting about 30 artichokes for a dinner party for the local famring community, to discuss the option of investing.

The Talon is having a 10th Annual monster Festival. Lana is reading about art ehibits. Lex, of course, has seen it, in St. Petersburg. She's going with Whitney. Lex impugns Whitney's motives and says she's with the wrong guy. And Whitney has forgotten about it, and kicked in on a PPV fight. He promises to make it up to her. Lex smirks from across the cafe.

Then he informs Clark she's free tomorrow. "A high school boyfriend isn't a husband. he's an obstacle." Lex offers him Radiohead tickets for tomorrow, if he asks Lana to go. He's giving Clark the benefit of his experience. Lex sweetens the pot with a roundtrip limo ride and a flirt.

Awkward asking out, "just as friends." And Clark gets the date.

Chloe and Pete congratulate him. Chloe says she's happy but looks broken at the statement. Sean approaches, asks i she's free. She says maybe in a little while and he goes chasing his ex, Jenna.

Cut to Jenna in a hot shower, with a shower radio. Lots of steam. And Sean coming in to a room of steam and candles and she propositions him. Shadow on the shower curtain and he's breathing too hard, leaving frost on the shower curtain. This whole scene is very Psycho. He grabs the faucet and the nice hot shower turns to sleet. Jenna falls out of the shower, pulling down the curtain, the rings popping and rattling juts like Psycho.

He kisses her and she's an ice statue that shatters when he lets it fall. As he walks past, all the candle flames freeze. (eww, does she thaw out in little broken pieces?)


Jonathan is working on something at the table and Martha chides him for not only riding the motorcycle, but repairing it in the house. She wants him to come to the meeting at Lex's.
"We talked about that."
"I talked. You grunted."
Martha makes a case, but Jonathan can't get past the history. Clark arrives, smiling.
"I'm not familiar with this child. Where's the moody one? Lives upstairs? Runs Real fast?"
I love Martha. Her dialogue is spot on and O'Toole delivers it perfectly.
Both parents look amused, pleased and impressed by the date with Lana. Although Jonathan gets in a dig about Lex working out all their evenings.

Sean is calling girls he knows and lighting matches trying to get warm. He finds Chloe's number still on his hand. She's giving Clark clothes advice when Sean calls. She thinks he's dumb, but hot and dubs a fact-finding mission to see if he deserves a date.

The Kents are the only guests. Lex has a proprosal that's only slightly more subtle than "Sell me your son as my lover and I'll save the farm."

Lana and Clark on the date, in the limo. Clark calls it "defensive reading." when the world gets too disappointing, Lana retreats to a book. Clark uses x-ray vision for a card trick. She didn't tell Whitney. Awkward date solved by turning on TV.

The kid's name is Sean Kelvin. Terrible pun.

Clark has the driver stop.

Chloe, working alone on a grape iMac. So early 2000s. We also hear her modem.
She hears something, goes to investigate. A trail of rose petals leads her away from the Torch office.

Clark has Lana wait at a coffee shop to be safe, and vanishes.

Chloe arrives in the pool. Sean locks them in the pool. He can't stay warm. Body heat lasts longer. he pushes her into the heated pool and then freezes it. Chloe is a strong swimmer, but still gets frozen in by one foot. Clark to the rescue. Chloe runs and Sean vanishes.

Research time.

Pete is out with a girl. And Lana is reading defensively. Some talk of Clark. "Clark Kent International Man of Mystery." Lana hands off the limo to Pete and has Whitney take her home. Clark shows a little too late.

Sean is draining the town generator, and when it flickers, Clark goes on the alert.

Lex and Jonathan arguing. Jonathan makes a case for standing on his own two feet. Lex points out Hiram Kent used government subsidies to get through the lean years.

Lana and Whitney, not talking, and then talking. Whitney being jealous. Whitney sees Sean too late and ditches his truck. Sean is cold again and vanishes. Whitney gets the sprained Lana out and they're heading to the Luthor place.

"Which begs the question, what does Lex Luthor get out of all this?"
Every slasher said "your son!" in unison right here.
Lex: Blah blah profit, blah blah, not a charity.

They're sealing the deal as Whitney helps Lana in. Martha goes into concerned mother.

Clark finds the truck, only to have Sean drain him. Sean is getting less and less careful, less and less caring about the damage.

The five are holed up at the mansion, and Sean eats the generator. Even a Kryptonian warm-up doesn't last. Clark thaws and makes an expression I know I've seen on Christopher Reeves' face.

Jonathan checks the gate, Martha goes to the generator. It's iced over. Sean shows up. He menaces Martha, but Clark arrives. Martha hurries inside.

Fight scene. Sean ends up in the lake, and freezes it over, trapping him beneath the ice. he's already dead, he can't drown. So what happens when he thaws? or is Lex going to chisel out the block with Sean in it and send it to the deep-freeze at Belle Reve?

Jonathan working on motorcycle, Lex turns up. He expresses surprise about the bank loan. He reiterates the offer.

Memorial wall for Jenna, and Chloe lights a candle. She says "It could have been me because some guy expressed a modicum of interest in me." They leave Clark to talk to Lana.

He gives her that smile that only is for Lana and Lex. Whitney is being more attentive because of the non-date.

"Why do you go out with him, Whitney, I mean?"
"Because whenever I need him, he's there. He makes me feel safe."
And Clark looks like he's been stabbed and Lana walks off, deeply unhappy. The other students go to class. Clark stays standing, alone in the hall, despondent.


Death toll: 2. Sean and Jenna

Attempted murder: Clark, Chloe, Martha

Injury: Lana sprained an ankle.

Damages: Whitney's truck (again), the town power plant, the highschool pool (can't be good to freeze it) the pipes in Jenna's house, the Luthor generator, and a thermometer.

References: Love Connection, Radiohead, Psycho.

Commentary:

I see this very much as a commentary more on high school sex roles than just a Freak of the Week ep. Everyone is having dating problems, and Sean wants warmth. (this is asked of him about 4 times "what do you want?"/"To get warm.") The girls who turn Sean down, do it because he's a cad, a dog, a player. Whitney is treated as a jealous owner, one Clark decides to ignore.

Pete gets lucky, and gets a second date. Chloe almost gets killed and Clark and Lana are driven further apart.

Lana has a reason for being with Whitney, and it's one Clark can't promise her. Whitney is THERE. Clark will always be abandoning dates to save people.

It's about being left out in the cold. This is one that works on a metaphorical level, as well as on a horror level.
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Underwater establishing shot, lots of glowing meteor rocks, and bubbles. But the lake itself is frozen, with a nice thick layer of ice, like I've never seen in Kansas in 48 years of living 10 miles from the border of it.

The ice cracks.

On the shore, the kids are partying. Trucks and music, and a nice teepee fire, and kids snogging. Yep, Smallville party.

Chloe and Clark, with Chloe snarking about booze and hooking up, before complaining about the cold. Lana and Whitney are cuddling, by a fire. Sean, typical football player type, asks Clark if Chloe is with him or flying solo.

This is one more of those "Check with potential owner before making a move on the girl" scenes. I'm 5 eps in and this is at least the second.

I love Chloe. Sean offers to rub her hands, saying "Nothing heats up the body like friction." She laughs at him saying she can't believe he delivered that with a straight face. He compliments her writing, she reminds him she's heard all about him from Jenna in Bio. He hits on her while telling her he wouldn't hit on her.

If this is what passes for seduction among teenagers, no wonder she topples into Lionel's bed at the end of season 2.

Sean gets called away to throw passes by the lake. He gets Chloe's number. She is clearly tickled to be asked. Clark asks her about it and reminds her Sean's a dog. She tells him to find Pete, they're leaving.

Whitney, Sean and the boys throw passes. Whitney asks what's with Sean and Chloe. Sean lists her as "another notch." Whitney says "That's cold." He throws a pass that Sean misses and leaves to get the pizza. Sean goes out on the ice to get the ball.

The cracked ice.
Anyone not see where this is going yet?

Next two and a half minutes: Sean is now an undead popsicle of a meteor mutant, who craves heat and sucks it out of anything. (the drowning scene is hard to watch for me) (the frozen fire is pretty)

Credits.

Parents are doing the books. Clark adds it faster than the calculator. He's horrified. He makes a joke about joining a pro team. Martha tells him his face on a cereal box can wait, he needs to get to school. Superspeed out, back to catch the poptart correct the math and head out again.

Some rapid-fire chatter about dating and crushes. And Chloe protests being used as a dating crash-test dummy. She loses her temper with them.

School. Sean is in the nurses office, shivering. He can't get warm and his body temperature is about 35. He drains some heat from the nurse and feels better.

Martha is chainsawing logs, and spins, nearly gutting Lex. Can I stop for a moment and say I love that Martha uses the chainsaw as competently as Jonathan would? It's nothing for a big guy or a big girl like me (6' 200+ lbs) to sling a chainsaw around, but Martha is not large. That is a mid-sized chainsaw, and gas powered. Also: safety gear! The Kents are careful on their farm, unlike the Luthors who take needless risks. (Lex's fast driving, Lionel refusing ear protection)

"I come in peace!" Lex with his hands up and Martha still with the saw. "I'm just glad you weren't welding." Note: he thinks she would be totally capable of doing so! He's wanting about 30 artichokes for a dinner party for the local famring community, to discuss the option of investing.

The Talon is having a 10th Annual monster Festival. Lana is reading about art ehibits. Lex, of course, has seen it, in St. Petersburg. She's going with Whitney. Lex impugns Whitney's motives and says she's with the wrong guy. And Whitney has forgotten about it, and kicked in on a PPV fight. He promises to make it up to her. Lex smirks from across the cafe.

Then he informs Clark she's free tomorrow. "A high school boyfriend isn't a husband. he's an obstacle." Lex offers him Radiohead tickets for tomorrow, if he asks Lana to go. He's giving Clark the benefit of his experience. Lex sweetens the pot with a roundtrip limo ride and a flirt.

Awkward asking out, "just as friends." And Clark gets the date.

Chloe and Pete congratulate him. Chloe says she's happy but looks broken at the statement. Sean approaches, asks i she's free. She says maybe in a little while and he goes chasing his ex, Jenna.

Cut to Jenna in a hot shower, with a shower radio. Lots of steam. And Sean coming in to a room of steam and candles and she propositions him. Shadow on the shower curtain and he's breathing too hard, leaving frost on the shower curtain. This whole scene is very Psycho. He grabs the faucet and the nice hot shower turns to sleet. Jenna falls out of the shower, pulling down the curtain, the rings popping and rattling juts like Psycho.

He kisses her and she's an ice statue that shatters when he lets it fall. As he walks past, all the candle flames freeze. (eww, does she thaw out in little broken pieces?)


Jonathan is working on something at the table and Martha chides him for not only riding the motorcycle, but repairing it in the house. She wants him to come to the meeting at Lex's.
"We talked about that."
"I talked. You grunted."
Martha makes a case, but Jonathan can't get past the history. Clark arrives, smiling.
"I'm not familiar with this child. Where's the moody one? Lives upstairs? Runs Real fast?"
I love Martha. Her dialogue is spot on and O'Toole delivers it perfectly.
Both parents look amused, pleased and impressed by the date with Lana. Although Jonathan gets in a dig about Lex working out all their evenings.

Sean is calling girls he knows and lighting matches trying to get warm. He finds Chloe's number still on his hand. She's giving Clark clothes advice when Sean calls. She thinks he's dumb, but hot and dubs a fact-finding mission to see if he deserves a date.

The Kents are the only guests. Lex has a proprosal that's only slightly more subtle than "Sell me your son as my lover and I'll save the farm."

Lana and Clark on the date, in the limo. Clark calls it "defensive reading." when the world gets too disappointing, Lana retreats to a book. Clark uses x-ray vision for a card trick. She didn't tell Whitney. Awkward date solved by turning on TV.

The kid's name is Sean Kelvin. Terrible pun.

Clark has the driver stop.

Chloe, working alone on a grape iMac. So early 2000s. We also hear her modem.
She hears something, goes to investigate. A trail of rose petals leads her away from the Torch office.

Clark has Lana wait at a coffee shop to be safe, and vanishes.

Chloe arrives in the pool. Sean locks them in the pool. He can't stay warm. Body heat lasts longer. he pushes her into the heated pool and then freezes it. Chloe is a strong swimmer, but still gets frozen in by one foot. Clark to the rescue. Chloe runs and Sean vanishes.

Research time.

Pete is out with a girl. And Lana is reading defensively. Some talk of Clark. "Clark Kent International Man of Mystery." Lana hands off the limo to Pete and has Whitney take her home. Clark shows a little too late.

Sean is draining the town generator, and when it flickers, Clark goes on the alert.

Lex and Jonathan arguing. Jonathan makes a case for standing on his own two feet. Lex points out Hiram Kent used government subsidies to get through the lean years.

Lana and Whitney, not talking, and then talking. Whitney being jealous. Whitney sees Sean too late and ditches his truck. Sean is cold again and vanishes. Whitney gets the sprained Lana out and they're heading to the Luthor place.

"Which begs the question, what does Lex Luthor get out of all this?"
Every slasher said "your son!" in unison right here.
Lex: Blah blah profit, blah blah, not a charity.

They're sealing the deal as Whitney helps Lana in. Martha goes into concerned mother.

Clark finds the truck, only to have Sean drain him. Sean is getting less and less careful, less and less caring about the damage.

The five are holed up at the mansion, and Sean eats the generator. Even a Kryptonian warm-up doesn't last. Clark thaws and makes an expression I know I've seen on Christopher Reeves' face.

Jonathan checks the gate, Martha goes to the generator. It's iced over. Sean shows up. He menaces Martha, but Clark arrives. Martha hurries inside.

Fight scene. Sean ends up in the lake, and freezes it over, trapping him beneath the ice. he's already dead, he can't drown. So what happens when he thaws? or is Lex going to chisel out the block with Sean in it and send it to the deep-freeze at Belle Reve?

Jonathan working on motorcycle, Lex turns up. He expresses surprise about the bank loan. He reiterates the offer.

Memorial wall for Jenna, and Chloe lights a candle. She says "It could have been me because some guy expressed a modicum of interest in me." They leave Clark to talk to Lana.

He gives her that smile that only is for Lana and Lex. Whitney is being more attentive because of the non-date.

"Why do you go out with him, Whitney, I mean?"
"Because whenever I need him, he's there. He makes me feel safe."
And Clark looks like he's been stabbed and Lana walks off, deeply unhappy. The other students go to class. Clark stays standing, alone in the hall, despondent.


Death toll: 2. Sean and Jenna

Attempted murder: Clark, Chloe, Martha

Injury: Lana sprained an ankle.

Damages: Whitney's truck (again), the town power plant, the highschool pool (can't be good to freeze it) the pipes in Jenna's house, the Luthor generator, and a thermometer.

References: Love Connection, Radiohead, Psycho.

Commentary:

I see this very much as a commentary more on high school sex roles than just a Freak of the Week ep. Everyone is having dating problems, and Sean wants warmth. (this is asked of him about 4 times "what do you want?"/"To get warm.") The girls who turn Sean down, do it because he's a cad, a dog, a player. Whitney is treated as a jealous owner, one Clark decides to ignore.

Pete gets lucky, and gets a second date. Chloe almost gets killed and Clark and Lana are driven further apart.

Lana has a reason for being with Whitney, and it's one Clark can't promise her. Whitney is THERE. Clark will always be abandoning dates to save people.

It's about being left out in the cold. This is one that works on a metaphorical level, as well as on a horror level.
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Open on football team playing in the rain. And boy is it raining. They're soaked and the rain is so thick they're having trouble seeing. Coach loses his temper when Whitney bungles a play because of bad visibility.

Smallville wins the game and runs raucous and cheering into the lockers. Coach Walt gives them a pep talk before relaxing in his private sauna--bought by alumni--with meteor rock steam.

Principal Kwan interrupts the steam, with the news 7 players cheated on their math midterm. Kwan refuses to cover up the infraction so Walt can win another game. Walt yells a bit, and Kwan leaves. Walt accidentally sets his desk on fire.

Credits.

Chloe has done an expose on the football team.

Lana has a fight with Whitney which Chloe characterizes as a "pompom melt down."
When a player throws a football at Chloe's face, Clark catches it. And Coach sees him throw it back hard enough to wind the player who catches it.

Coach approaches Clark about being on the team. He even flatters Clark, telling him football is in his genes. Clark does his best to be diplomatic and avoid it. Clark finally agrees.

Lana continues her fight and pompom meltdown.

Clark breaks the news to Jonathan. J. stands firm because of the risk. "you were meant for much more than winning football games." And once again, Clark brings the bitchery.
"I don't need to live vicariously through your achievements."
"Why would you? You got to play." OUCH!

This is pure Martha coming through. For all that Clark idolizes Jonathan (even as much as they disagree), this ability to cut to the quick with a couple of well-chosen sentences is purely Martha's tactic. And it's part of why Lex loves him.

Clark announces he is playing football, and Jonathan can't stop him.

Luthor mansion. Lex has just been working out, and comes to the study to find three men waiting for him. Dominic speaks for them all. Lex canceled the meeting, Lionel insisted the men go down for it anyway. Argument, which Lex refuses to take seriously, playing billiards instead. Lex called the advisers drones and Dominic threatens to tattle. Lex encourages it and ends with a snipe about Dominic's sister.

Lana's place, and she's packing away her cheerleading gear.Talk with Nell, and asserting her independence. Nell looks decidedly displeased.

Jonathan shows up to watch practice. Practice goes badly. After a session as a tackling dummy, Clark puts too much behind things.

The cheating plot thickens as one of the boys informs the principal that coach gave them the answer. Kwan has tried getting him suspended, but the connections are too deep. Coach loses his temper and sets the TV on fire. He channels that same anger and sets Principal Kwan's car on fire when Kwan goes to start it. Clark saves the principal.

Dinner fight about the football. Jonathan grumbles and Martha gives him sass. "You were the obedient son who always listened to his father and didn't run away one summer and try out for the Metropolis Sharks." Martha's for letting Clark try it. But Jonathan is afraid of someone suspecting and taking Clark away.

Lana is waiting tables as Chloe, Clark and Pete show up for coffee. Clark and Lana chat about her leaving cheerleading "Time to break the vicious cycle." Lana gets snapped at for not being faster with the waitressing.

Fottball players summoned to a secret meeting. Chloe follows as Lana drops a whole tray of cups.

Coach chews out the players about the snitching. After he backhands the player, the sprinklers shoot fire instead of water. And Chloe is getting pictures.

Luthor mansion and Lionel bursts through the study doors, jovial and quite angry himself. Instead of layoffs, Lex has increased hiring, planning to corner the market. Ouch. "You know perfectly well how I feel about you" as Lex flinches from his touch. That has to be the set-up for about a gajillion Luthorcest fics.
And Lex is more petulant than witty. All the confidence, all the power has drained out of him and he is disengaging from this conversation in every possible way.

A history lesson--Caesars sending their sons to the farthest provinces--and Lex, just shrugs with a "Whatever helps you sleep at night."

Some of the first eye contact in this scene as Lex accepts the challenge to duel to defend his plan. Lex is a lefty. And as he tumbles across the pool table (this purple baize pool table is a major fic fixture) Glover cannot disguise the fact he's fifty-six and not as spry as he'd like to be. The rest of the scene is quick and harsh.

The barn. Night. Clark getting ready for the pep rally and Martha playing peacekeeper. "If the Kent men weren't so stubborn, I wouldn't have to."

Chloe is playing Nancy Drew again and confronts the snitch player. She plans to run the picture of the sprinklers. Coach stops him, asking what he told her. He burns Trevor's arm with his hand and announces he'll take care of it.

Chloe's computer combusts. She yells for Clark's help, and dives through the flames separating her from the door. Clark saves her and coach is satisfied that her computer melted.

Torch Torched. And Chloe tells Clark everything but he doesn't believe her. She sends Clark in to talk to Trevor.

Lex is reviewing files in the coffee shop and Lana is waiting on his table. Clark comes in and she says she can't make the game. Lex figures it all out. "You're out late waiting for him to go to bed so you can avoid the uncomfortable silence when you get home." Lex feels he has caved where Clark and Lana have stood their ground. They give him some sarcasm "Playing football and pouring coffee, we're a couple of real rebels." "Long live the revolution."

Lex has just the fleck of whipped cream on his lip as he gives Clark the word that Lana brought him nothing resembling his order. He knows it's there because he got the rest. I can't say it's a deliberate offer...

Clark goes to see Trevor who is surrounded by extinguishers. He's really scared now. Clark talks to him and sees the burn. Clark goes to the sauna to talk to the coach. Meteor rock steam isn't good for you, Clark. Coach realizes this and locks Clark in the sauna and goes to win his game

Jonathan finds Clark, who is fine once he's out of the steam. Fight scene. This time with fire, lots of it, and coach self-immolating in the fiery shower.

Lionel marches in, not as big of a barge. He shoves Lex's new proposal at him, even more unhappy with it. Lex offers a rematch. "or are you afraid you can't take your son again." (not touching that!) And Lionel says he gets one chance to be defiant.

As the rescue crews clean up, we get the Kent heart-to-heart. A deep contrast from the previous scene. The difference is Jonathan loves his son and wants Clark to find his own best.

Lana got fired. Clark is reconsidering football. "Sometimes, I just want to scream." in a scene reminiscent of Cabaret, Clark and Lana stand and scream.

Death toll: 1, Coach Walt

Attempted murder: Chloe

Injury: 2, burns, Principal Kwan and Trevor

Destruction: Kwan's car, many dishes at the Beanhole, the Torch, Walt's office and the locker room and the showers

Commentary:

As a Freak of the Week, this episode is deeper than most, looking at small town personal politics, bullying by authority figures and the worship of football in the midwest. There is also the recurring theme of struggling to crow up, even as adults try to force the characters into neat paths. Lana quits cheer-leading, despite it being a family tradition. Clark plays football, but over Jonathan's fears. Lex defies Lionel over the plant management.

Clark is very much Jonathan's son. His actions and attitudes are almost identical (see the milk bottle in ep 1) But he has Martha's brains and subtlety. He knows when to punch and when to slip in a shiv instead. These skills will serve him throughout the series. Tom Welling is getting better by the episode.

Lana is trying to be more than the pink princess girl next door, and in these early eps we see the potential for her to be. This will vanish midseason, going dormant until about season 4. Am I wrong to be shouting for her to dump Whitney? He's a controlling twerp, even in his teens.

Pete and Chloe are very much sidekicks, still. Useful for one-liners and background, but now starting to get into peril to show Clark's abilities. Chloe's insatiable curiosity is going to keep growing and getting her into trouble.

This episode also gives us some of the first Lex-Lionel interactions. Lex is trying the avoident path, canceling meetings, trying to do things his way, which does not jibe with Lionel's way. Throughout the encounter, Lionel is lecturing, trying to teach, but Lex is tuning him out. The ease with which Lionel beats him at fencing is important here and will be revisited in later seasons.

This episode is still laying groundwork. We'll see fallout from Lex's decision and Clark's and Lana's, and even the attack on the Torch in later episodes. But it also establishes that for a town of 20,000 people, Smallville is still very small, with everyone in everyone else's business.
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Previously on Smallville... A recap of last episode.

Note: Clark's watching of Lana is still creepy.

Exterior, night, the Lang house.

Kid in a tree, filming Lana as she tosses a tiara into a drawer full. Impressive for a Freshman. She opens a plain brown paper box on her bed, and it's full of butterflies. they flit around her and stalker!boy films it, seeming pleased at her expression of delight.

He drives an old style Volkswagen Beetle, heading for home. Greg's mom confronts him about his taping of Lana and his bug collecting. She is, as is typical of small towns, more concerned with her own reputation and comfort level than the invasion of Lana's privacy. But she has had it and plans to call a military academy and send him away.

His butterflies are gorgeous, but rather too green. He's got meteor rocks in some of the habitariums. Thinking to take his collection somewhere save, he loads them all into his beetle but a stop sends one to the floor. The swarming wasps cause him to have a car accident, and the screams continue from the glowing green interior of the Volkswagen.


So, this is our set-up. Creepy stalker kid with a passion for bugs, gets hit with bug bites and stings compounded by meteor rocks. It's our first true Freak of the Week episode.


A cricket crawls on his broken glasses. A poster reads "Greetings from Californication" as Mom comes looking for him, only to find the habitariums gone. (this will be important later) Greg, looking about 30, sporting a lot of stings and marks, is plaster in the corner of the ceiling.

Opening Credits. The six kids: Tom, Kristen, Michael, Eric, Sam and Allison are billed. Annette gets a "With" credit and John gets an "As" credit. (I had to go to TV Tropes for this next bit, and I escaped unscathed) Tom Welling has top billing, because he is Clark Kent. The "With Annette O'Toole" indicates she is a better known actor, but has a smaller part. The "As" credit is much the same. Coming last, it means they are banking fairly heavily on John Schneider's name. More credits. This is first season, John Glover is still being credited as a guest star. Since he's not, expect no Luthor tension.

Chad Donella is Greg Arkin, the bug boy. He's been in Final Destination, Shattered Glass and Taken 3

Flying montage, right into Lana's room, where she is sleeping in a pretty white camisole embroidered in pink and yellow. She's on her back, her hair is perfect. She isn't snuggled down, drooling into the pillow with bedhead. He's hovering over her bed. She says "It's all your fault, Clark." Then Martha calls his name, Clark wakes and lands face first on his own bed, breaking it.

I've heard about sex dreams, but that was a lulu. Flying is nearly always a sex indicator, as is the presence of Lana. The fact Clark has actually achieved levitation indicates he'll be washing those jeans out before breakfast.

Homecoming banter at the farmer's market. And Clark brings the bitchery! Whitney tries passing the scarecroww bit off as a joke, but Clark isn't having it. he wants Lana's necklace back and Clark tells him to go to the cornfield and find it.

Lana is admiring stained glass butterflies when Greg steals up on her. he looks a l;ot better without the glasses and ferocious acne. This whole bit lends credence to my theory that Lana is herself a meteor mutant whose power is making everyone fall stupidly in love with her. And on some level she knows this, because when he proposes working on his paper at his house, she says library. His flat stare and intensity make him scary, even when asking for homework help. Whitney shows up to do the macho possessive thing.

And Lex appears, plucking an apple out of Clark's basket, complimenting him on his taste in women, and inquiring about the previous night. "You were tied to a stake in the middle of a field. Even the Romans saved that for special occasions."

Jonathan hesitates, but shakes Lex's hand this time. Lex comments on this. He stares after Lana, while taking a particularly large and symbolic bite from the apple.

Whitney is driving alone. Greg leaps into and then out of a tree, landing on the roof of Whitney's Ford truck. Whitney goes through a LOT of trucks this season and this may be the first casualty. Yep, it ends on its side, roof caved in, windows and windshield broken. Whitney unconscious on the airbag and a small fire on the undercarriage.

The Kents happen along. Jonathan grabs his extinguisher, but Clark is already pulling Whitney out. The truck explodes and Clark shelters Whitney with his own body. (That sounds a lot gayer than it is. OTOH, They're practically spooning in the middle of the road and Clark has his arms around Whitney as the fireball overtakes them) Jonathan burns his hand touching Clark's shoulder, but Whitney isn't even singed. Clark's sooty.

Father/Son talk time. He's worried about freaking Martha out. And he confesses the floating thing, wanting explanations. "As soon as you start breaking the law of gravity, we're in uncharted territory." Clark is afraid of the things that are happening.

Cut to Luthor Mansion and Lex examining the necklace before putting it into a box.
Cut to Lana on her horse, galloping and then walking him into the stables. Lex is there and offers advice. She's already seen more of Lex than Lex is comfortable with, after catching him skinny dipping about 5 years before. (And why would Lionel be having Nell stay over?)
The conversation is a lot of Lex playing dumb, getting answers that he already knows from Lana. And he drops the suggestion she ask about what Whitney was doing before the game.

This is typical Lex behavior. Many times, I think he's asking to see how honest people will be so he knows how to treat them. A hazard of growing up around a pathological liar. Lana's candor in this scene seems to have won him over.


Greg's mom comes home to find the heat set at 103. Her white walls are covered with handprints and Greg's room is full of webs. Greg, looking disturbingly like Christian Bale, shows up, shirtless, and possibly entirely naked. A brief, fairly brutal scene with a lot of unsavory implications, ends with him spewing webbing.

Clark examines Lex's mock up of the Siege of Troy. It was a gift when Lex was 9 to prepare him to enter the modern battlefield of business. Because it's Troy, he gets in a bit about a Whitney stringing Clark up out of jealousy. As he stands entirely too close... and he works those eyebrows. Also, his face is lookin down while his eyes are looking up at Clark. This is classic flirtation, but again, a feminine position
(Note: it's always "The Quarterback" never Whitney or Fordman.)

Lex tosses out a sociopathic suggestion, that Clark should have let Whitney die in the accident. It would solve his problems. He rounds on Clark to check the response and reminds Clark he's kidding. Except he looks totally earnest. He then offer's Lana's necklace to Clark and observes that Clark is completely NOT fine around that necklace. The box is made of lead, and when it snaps shut, Clark is back to himself.

Lana confronts Whitney about the scarecrow. Whitney confesses he's lost the necklace.
And now Greg waylays her. She forgot the study date. He has a jealousy reaction over Clark.

Clark, meanwhile is experimenting with the necklace, only to find Lana in his loft. His "fortress of solitude". Clark asks why she's there. She apologizes for the scarecrow thing, even though it's not her fault. We get the story of the necklace again.

"Life is about change. Sometimes it's painful. Sometimes it's beautiful. Most of the time, it's both."

Cut to Greg sloughing off skin in the shower. Eww.

Jonathan is fixing a disc harrow. Clark comes down to help, and Greg jumps him. They hunt for Greg in the rafters. Greg pushes Jonathan through the loft rail, directly over the harrow. (saw this one coming. Lots of dangerous stuff on a farm) Clark gets between Jonathan and the harrow, bending several discs out of shape.

Clark is an expensive person to have around. He can do chores in 5 minutes flat, but he is destructive in the process of saving people.

Kent parents and Clark trying to figure out what is going on. Clark and Pete used to hang out with Greg in grade school. Now, Greg is leaving gooey green footprints on their barn ceiling.
"I dunni, seems kind of out there."
"This coming from a man whose been hiding a spaceship in the storm cellar for the last 12 years." I adore Martha's sass.

Clark tells Jonathan about the Wall of the Weird. He blames himself for the meteor shower. Jonathan suggests LuthorCorp is responsible for the weirdness. Cue serious bit of talk about feelings and being human.

School. Clark checks with Chloe about Greg. Brief cuteness.Then Research.

Greg's house. It's a mess, at odds with his neat freak mother. We hear about the tree fort. Chloe does B&E. They find bits of Greg in the drain. They piece together that Lana is in danegr, and find Greg's dessicated mother.

Whitney comes to talk to Lana. Jealousy caused him to choose Clark for the scarecrow. Greg shows up, tosses Whitney into a stall and approaches Lana who has the sense to be afraid.
Clark finds Whitney and they're off to the rescue together.

Or not. Clark gave directions and vanished as Whitney started up his new truck.

Lana under webbing. Greg is observing. And Clark is trying to reason with him. Greg knocks Clark out of the treehouse, and vaults the foundry fence. The foundry was hit in the meteor shower, so it's full of rocks. Clark is very sick when Greg hits him with the iron pipe.

fight and chase scene. Clark takes refuge in a lead crucible. greg pulls the wrong chain and gets squashed into millions of smaller bugs.

Whitney rescues Lana from the web. Clark watches him get the hug and cuddle.

Clark hangs the necklace on her doorknob and vanishes.


Death toll: 2. Greg and Mrs. Arkin
Property damage: Whitney's truck, the disc harrow, Greg's Beetle, Clark's bed.

Information gained: Clark is very allergic to meteor rocks. They make his veins glow green. Lead blocks them out. Lana knows what Whitney's capable of. Lex discovers he likes Lana. And Clark can levitate, but only when sleeping.

Not a terrible episode. It's not as rich as they will become, but for a new show trying to find its feet, this is a good one off.
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Commenting as I watch:
Establishing shot is great. Subtle, in that if you're not paying attention you miss the afterburners.

Less than a minute in and I already ache for Lex. I want to cuddle him and tell him it's all right, helicopters are noisy and scary, and he needs to be wearing his ear protection. Parental pressure sucks. (also, Gene Wilder is shouting in my head "Destiny, Destiny, no escaping, that's for me!")

The bit with Lana and Martha in the flowershop is heartbreaking, knowing what's coming. And I kinda hate Nell. She manages to convey her desire for Jonathan and her contempt of Martha in five short lines.

And Annette is so beautiful. Just saying that right here. Schneider has aged since leaving Hazzard county but not badly. He's only 42 in this episode. (for reference, I was 35 when this aired) With a few expressions, he makes it clear Jonathan is clearly the former big man on campus, quarterback and all of it.

The colors are intense. The town is all red and yellow with that one oddly Spanish/Moorish building (they must not be far from Kansas City) right there. Very 1950s wholesome small-town looking. And Lex heading into the cornfield, his red hair the same color as the corn tassels, stark against the green.

The scarecrow... I used to think this was an anomaly, a cruelty specific to the comic book universe (and an excuse later to get Welling down to his boxers) As I've read in the years since, this falls very much in line with male tribal/pack behavior.

Okay, Langs, it's one thing to stare at the smoke trail. It's another to stare at the meteorite coming right at YOU! One point for carrying the stupid ball.

The worry changing to revulsion on Lionel's face. He does love his son, even as he has great plans for the boy, and now... now it may all be futile. We see a man whose future and dynasty may be crumbling around him. There's panic mixed in with the revulsion.

Tiny bare feet and big blue eyes. Meep. And the ship has changed shape since the pilot.

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Cut to present. Clark is researching super strength phenomenon, a very David Banner moment. And I love Martha being harried as she tries to get everyone around. The milk bottle gag is great.

That even someone as good looking, tall and clear skinned as Clark thinks he's a total loser is interesting messaging. It speaks to our insecurities as teens.

Chloe comes off like a slightly hyperactive Willow Rosenberg. I adore her from the moment she appears. And Pete's off handed Scooby comment is perfect. Her reaction to the scarecrow tradition, "years of therapy waiting to happen" is also spot on.

Lana's meteor rock necklace... That's morbid as all get out. and "Statistical fact, Clark Kent cant get within 5 feet of Lana Lang without turning into a total freakshow." He doesn't know what's causing it. This also establishes Whitney as the current BMOC, getting his girlfriend to check his homework, lording it over the others.

Lex...

And the bridge wreck. after seeing the computer simulation for several seasons, the scene itself is gut wrenching. We've all had bad moments behind the wheel, but this, and the fear on both boys' faces at impact, just left me a little queasy.

Clark doing CPR with no hesitation and Lex looking as if he's just seen an angel. No wonder it is an iconic slash ship.

"I could have sworn I hit you."
"You did hit me. You did." (right in the feels. There is no sub in this text)

Jonathan refusing to shake Lex's hand is a big bit of male symbolism. Men of his generation, and Lex's station, always shake hands. To refuse to do so shows you think someone is beneath contempt. It establishes his anger, his dislike of Lex and his position (again) as the male authority on the show.

The telescope thing, very Rear Window, but very creepy.
Whitney comes off as self-aware, ambitious. He knows that football stars are replaceable, there's a new one very year or two, and most of them don't ever make it out of their small towns. (Our own senior class quarterback is now the football coach at my old high school) They work and drink beer and never do much more than talk about their glory days in high school and maybe college. He wants more.

We're 20 minutes into the episode and we're just now getting some plot, instead of introductions. One of those "remember whens" Whitney was talking about. And he has learned nothing in the intervening 12 years.
He starts off insulting and confrontational and then quickly retreats behind "it was just a game, just a joke" after being shocked. This guy is Schroedinger's douchebag.

The sporty little red truck from Lex is a nice gesture (a bit grand, but hey, Luthors), but the look on Martha's face says he won't get to keep it.

Woodchipper. Never a good item in a scene. Someone's arm is going in that before the end.

Also, Jonathan wears proper safety gear. Now I want to do a Goofus and Gallant style cartoon strip. "Lionel arrogantly refuses to wear his ear protectors in the helicopter. Jonathan wears all his protective gear when operating heavy machinery." And just as a side note: an old piece of fic I beta'd in 2003.

Yep, Clark's arm into the chipper.
And now for the father/son talk.
"I suppose you stashed my spaceship in the attic?"
"Actually, it's in the storm cellar." Jonathan's calm, slightly embarrassed confession makes this scene.

The scene in the graveyard with Lana... Her Canadian accent is really strong. This one is a little morbid, but kind of cute. They're using her dead parents as a way to communicate, all the things they haven't been able to say to each other before now. And I love how fast Clark denies being upset about a boy.

The scene with Lex fairly pants with seduction. First the fencing lesson and the sword impaling the wall next to Clark. Lex stripping off his jacket and letting the suspenders fall as a prelude to taking off the padded trousers. The look in the mirror that goes on a beat or three too long, becoming vain and seductive instead of just a statement of fact. And "How about you Clark? Did you fall far from the tree?" There is nothing innocent or friendly in that smile.

Somehow the baldness makes Lex feminine. I'm sure there are endless papers about that. But I'm watching him move, very controlled, very conscious of every move, and very sexual. (I've been watching Michael Rosenbaum in Impastor and he moves completely differently as Buddy.) His voice is soft, sweet. Not a hail-fellow-well-met, but let me tell you secrets--like the flying during his near death experience--and look at you because you are shy and beautiful.

The gaze timing is perfect. It doesn't run long enough to make watchers uncomfortable (see the Hoth hangar scene) but it is quite intense.

Wall of the Weird. That is all

And at 34 minutes, we have hit the first Superman=Jesus moment. It's not the only one and it won't be the last.

Not going there. No. Lex is having a bad flashback night. I find the speed of his unknotting unrealistic. (okay, kid with superspeed, sure, untying ropes in seconds...oops) And Lex has his first piece of Kryptonite.

Although Jeremy and his vengeance are supposed to be the plot, he gets less than ten minutes of screen time as he tries to go Carrie on the Homecoming dance. (Chloe is having a blast with Pete. Lana and Whitney are being perfect and plastic)


So the players are all on stage, the relationships are established.
And Clark knows he's not human. It's not a terrible pilot.
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I always do an August Promo.
This year, it's a photo scavenger hunt. I haven't done this for about 7 years. You can see the last one at http://valarltd.livejournal.com/883601.html

The pictures will be different but the clues will be much the same. They should provide enough information that you can get figure it out from my website http://brooksandsparrow.com

The pictures will be at Livejournal, Tumblr and Facebook. (Dreamwidth is hard to upload photos)

Winners (All answers correct) will receive an ebook of their choice. One of the winners, randomly chosen, will get a copy of Terror of the Frozen North.
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I worked all last week.
Monday i got a spider bite and I didn't think it was anything until my foot started to swell. I went to the doctor Friday. It's a brown recluse and I'm on serious antibiotics.

Much knitting was done.

I saw Big Fish, which was probably the best movie I'll see this year, the third Hobbit not excluded. I gushed about it at angelsparrow.blogspot.com

I finished The Sweet Science of Bruising. Hope my beta likes the end.

I have a master list of craft projects.

I got to see my oldest daughter.
The kittens are getting bigger by the day.
I went to the lake.

It's been a long week and a good one.
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Today was filled with work.
And just as a fun aside, that place on my foot that's been a problem all week? Spider bite.
So I get to call the doc.

Bun came by for dinner. She's on her way to St. Louis. She liked the kittens. I measured her for a Weasley Sweater.

Domino moved the kittens (too much human time) and Henry is missing.

Some editing accomplished.

must do call reports so I can get paid.
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Tomorrow!

Noon Central!

Silver Anniversary Extravaganza!

I'm cross-stitching bookmarks tonight.
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All the way to 1989.

That's right, in 5 days I will be married for 25 years.
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1) Riddle me this, my SF/F readers:

A young man with a history of criminality, is given a choice at the beginning of adulthood. He chooses one path, finds himself taken out of his old life and into a life he never dreamed of. He acquires a powerful patron and learns to use his various skills, and acquires new ones. When the world shatters around him, he is there to pick up the pieces and form some sort of society. Beset by powerful enemies, he holds his people together, and manages to set the enemies against each other, until he comes out on top. Only to have to start a new life, from scratch, a third time.

Do you recognize this series?


2) Am beginning to suspect DJ Admire takes place in a later version of Edward and Charlie's world. However, this messes with the whole "no gods" aspect, as Charlie has had a close encounter with Isis, Osiris and Anubis. Is it possible "gods" are just as much interdimensional travelers as "demons" are?

3) Does anyone have any pics from the "It's only Bodywork" scene in Corvette Summer?
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The Dog Days of Summer are almost upon us.

And that means the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Summer Spectacular at Inkstained Succubus.

Also, Mudd and I have been married for 25 years next month.
So that calls for a Silver Anniversary Special.

It all starts August 1!
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I'm in two blog hops this weekend.

The SF Romance Brigade's Starry Nights and Summer Lovin'

There are free excerpts, free books on request, and raffles to win Gift cards and more books!

Go check it out and get a free bit of summer reading

#starrynights #summerlovin'

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http://angelsparrow.blogspot.com/2014/06/summer-lovin-blog-hop.html

Go forth! Enjoy an excerpt from my Urban Fantasy Spellbound Desire.
Leave a comment for a free ebook
Hit the rafflecopter for a chance at a $75 Amazon gift certificate!
Check out other writers' posts!

Leather kilts, samples, free ebooks and a gift card.
What are you waiting for?
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I really need a job.
Please, God, I need a job...
And I'm not the only one

I am at wits' end trying to juggle my work schedules. Two part time jobs, writing and editing are wiping me out. I work all the time. I went over to a friend's this last weekend to unwind, and found myself sitting silent, with my hands in my lap. I had nothing to talk about that wasn't work.

So, I'm putting this out:
Richard and I need work. Real, full-time work, to the tune of 50,000/year or more, with complete benefits (health, dental, vision, 401K)

He has an Arkansas teaching license, secondary math and science, with 17 years experience. His masters is in Physics, and he has a math minor. He also holds a CDL class A, but has a roll-over accident on his record.

I have general office skills, with 5 years in an academic library, and a BA in English. I cannot easily work on my feet for more than about 10 minutes at a time

We live in West Memphis AR.
If your company is hiring, if you know of a company that is hiring (and don't suggest Lyft, they're having trouble with the livery laws in Memphis), please let me know.

Thank you. Thank You.
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Universal Basic Income is a form of social security paid out to EVERY citizen, just for being citizens. It is aimed at eliminating poverty and has been effective in some areas.

"Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, based in North Carolina, receive payments of several thousand dollars twice a year. These payments are dividends from the profits of the Harrah's Cherokee casino, and have been distributed since 1996. A study of the payments' effects on the children of the community found significant declines in poverty, behavioral problems, crime, substance abuse and psychiatric problems, and increases in on-time graduation. The effects were primarily found among those who were youngest when the payments began, and among those who were lifted out of poverty rather than those who were already well-off."
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/what-happens-when-the-poor-receive-a-stipend/

So let's play a game.

Your baseline needs: housing, electricity, water, a food ration (kibble, enough for each person per month), a minimal phone and a clothing allowance are covered. Your medical, dental and vision care is free. There is excellent transportation and you get a bus pass. If you want luxuries: a fancy phone, tech toys, better transportation, fancier clothes or better food, you work.

Would you work?
Where would you work?
If you wouldn't work, what would you do?


Me, I would still write. I would still publish. If I could, I would drive a truck again, but only on a no-touch dedicated. I would grow a garden.



The next question is: why aren't you doing these things? (barring health issues or a black thumb)
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