Stars: Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Justin Hartley, Cassidy Freeman
Writer: Al Septian & Turi Meyer
Director: Turi Meyer
Network: The CW, airs Friday nights
Original Telecast: October 29, 2010
EDITOR’S NOTE: Even though SMALLVILLE is over, ASSIGNMENT X missed a few episodes during Season 10 and will be filling in the reviews during the summer as The CW re-airs the show.
CHILDREN OF THE CORN meets SMALLVILLE in this strange little episode called “Harvest.”
The episode finds Clark (Tom Welling) and Lois (Erica Durance) on a deserted road in the middle of nowhere where they get a flat tire (because someone put a spiked board on the road).
Anyone familiar with horror movies knows that this isn’t a good sign.
Lois is taken to a small Amish-like village as Clark stays behind and realizes he has no powers.
The truth is when the meteor show hit this area years ago as blue krytopinte showered this town. It made the citizens healthier than they’ve ever been and the crops more bountiful that ever – but they also took religious fanaticism to the extreme. When the village’s leader lost his daughter during this freak storm, he felt that in order to keep the bounty of health and riches, they needed to sacrifice someone new every year – and this year that person is Lois.
Meanwhile, Tess (Cassidy Freeman) is distraught that her little Lex clone Alexander is becoming way too much like Lex. His DNA memories are seeping through, resulting in him shaving off his hair by episode’s end. Pretty creepy.
Writers Al Septian & Turi Meyer do a good job of creating ample creepiness with the familiar horror conceit Lois and Clark find themselves in – and the pay-off at the end is actually quite good.
However, this is marginal stuff in an otherwise major season of Clark’s path to Superman. I wish the sacrifice stuff wasn’t so obvious and seeping of horror movie cliches. I do give the writers props for tossing in a CHILDREN OF THE CORN reference – so at least they know what they’re actually cribbing from, but it feels a little out-of-place in the whole SMALLVILLE universe of things.
One thing that has been interesting throughout Season 10, is the constant mixture of different styles and genres. One week it’s light, the next week it’s very super-hero comic-like, one week is romantic and this week it’s all horror.
“Harvest” is okay, just not great. Though, I have to say, I’m loving the constant costume changes Lois has had all season. In “Isis” she looked hot as a goddess, and yes, dressed in Amish-like get-up, Lois looked even hotter.
All hail Erica Durance, once again, for not only being super-attractive, smart, funny, but I’ve said it before, the ultimate Lois Lane.
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