Clark Luthor knelt, tentatively at bay from a surrounding threat of Kryptonite armaments held by Green Arrow, Lois Lane and Tess Mercer, or at the brink of enacting momentum in his favor versus known teammates.
How Clark wound up a Luthor heir instead of a Kent farm caretaker evidences on a twist of a Kryptonian artifact’s given function.
Bryan Q. Miller’s espresso-surreal telescript binds an alternate Earth within a “Smallville” mode. Clark, as the anonymous superpowered vigilante about town, is referred to as Ultraman instead of the Blur from the acknowledged Metropolis. The first hint of difference alluded at the preface scenario of the inter-dimensional switch: Clark comes to in a rockstar’s circumstance sporting a designer black tee logoed with a ‘U’. Unlikely style of fun attributed to Kent’s nature tips over into a sinister slant on the power of Ultraman’s reputed maxim brought to doctrine by the Metropolis masses, “Nobody sees Ultraman’s identity and lives”.
“Luthor” has the significance of a conspicuous “Smallville” episode, a solo shtick endorses not just for a repeat watch but available to tack on as a definable storyline dually for its 10th season and entire ten seasons.
Director Kelly Souders impressions the alternate Earth of a Luthor-based Metropolis with the tokened identifier of a gothically inclined ambience, but themes a bona fide Metropolis with the shades of an Industrial Music video. Twin cities only shades apart, Souders validates Miller’s script on-camera through visually equating the slight differences displayed by way of oblique interactions between Tess, Oliver, Lois and Clark. Episode 10 finalizes as spell-binding, personalizing the alternate dimension concept into a “Smallville” original.
The Pandora’s Box to a second dimension opens with Tess Mercer, who recently uncovered she is the orphaned daughter of Lionel Luthor and sister to Lex. Bequeathed a discovered box once Lionel’s, Tess has a sudden confrontation with Clark when she breaks the news to him her latest discovery of lineage and, ultimately, the box with the Kryptonian device in her direct possession. Clark activates the device, and switches to an alternate Metropolis.
Lionel Luthor in full health runs the Luthor dynasty as if the family were latterday Borgias prevailing over Metropolis. Lex has died. Tess Mercer a pariah in Lionel’s eyes. Clark stands as the heir apparent, and maligns the Daily Planet’s hierarchy to his measure. Lois Lane has been able to outmaneuver this Luthor heir’s machinations, which has pit the top reporter and her fiancee Oliver Queen in frequent adversarial campaigns Clark and his family.
Transferred to regular Metropolis, Clark/Ultraman clashes immediately within the Daily Planet and Watchtower alliances. Relationships abrade first quickly, then, escalate into the inevitevible combative versus finale.
“Luthor” concludes in a minimalistic manner deftly edited into a successful feed towards viewers’ imagination sans the let down of being cheated as other superhero based programs have achieved. The bow-wrapped end presents a glitch with Lionel Luthor, which only accelerates speculation on the countdown of a Lex Luthor return.
“Smallville” returns with an all-star return of the Justice Society and a full roster of cast heroes as they oppose inaugural directives imposed by the now active Vigilante Registration Act in “Icarus”.