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I fully expected to dislike this episode (hello retcon!), but I ended up liking it.  Granted, I think I'm just kind of confused by all of it and maybe that's clouding my judgement....but, still.

Even though I'm iffy on the retconning of the two-headed creature whose name is escaping me, I'm glad to see the show further the connection between Doomsday and Kal-El.  After all, if Doomsday truly is the only person capable of destroying Superman, it makes sense that they are two halves of the same whole.  I especially liked the fact that, once Clark figured out who Davis really was, things became a lot less clear-cut for him.  Before, Davis was just evil and bad and needed to be stopped.  But once Clark got the backstory, he saw how easily the sides could have been flipped and it gave him pause.  Deep down, I think he's intrigued at the thought of another boy being there that day, and seeing what happened to him.

Though I am a little confused by how the initial story played out.  So Davis was the product of Zod and Faora, who was then snuck into Kal-El's escape pod in order to eventually destroy him and wreak havoc on Earth?  Have I got that right?  I never seem to get the mythos as quickly as I'm supposed to....you know, like Tess does.

And that brings me to the part of the story that bugs.  Tess Mercer.....and more importantly, the Constant Dumbing Down of Lionel Luthor.  Seriously.  I get that the guy was blinded and obsessive, but this is the umpteenth case of him supposedly missing something that is SO glaring and Tess (or Lex) picking it up promptly.  Remember last season, when Lex realized that Lionel had the entire Luthor mansion reassembled because he knew the orb to control Kal-El was within its depths?  He IMMEDIATELY walked into the room, glanced at the fireplace, and - bam! - there it was.  Come on!  That twist has bugged the hell out of me to this DAY.  I don't care how obsessed Lionel was, stuff like that is just lazy and stupid.

Same with this sudden mysterious journal.  Really?  He had this book for years and couldn't figure out there was another boy, yet Tess has it for a ridiculously short period of time and suddenly has all the answers?  I don't buy it.  The writers seem to want us to believe that Lionel, and even Lex to an extent, were incredibly dumb and shortsighted.  I don't know if they're trying to build Tess up as being smarter and stronger than all who came before her, but I don't buy it.  I think it's just lazy.  And that really puts a damper on all of this for me.  Truth be told, I'm kind of tired of Tess, in less than a season, continuously coming up with all this new information that neither Luthor did in SEVEN previous seasons.

So, yeah.  While I think the new twist of Davis and Clark being connected in such a way could be good, it was overshadowed quite a bit because, once again, Tess Mercer Is Smarter Than Everyone.

Not to beat a dead....Luthor.....but another thing that bothered me was Lionel throwing young Davis out on the street.  Not that I doubt he would have done such a thing - I love me some Lionel, but come on, the man WAS evil - but the haste in which he discounted Davis is what gets me.  At the very least, he would have kept Davis around just in CASE he was connected in some way to the Traveler.  After all, it's a pretty big damn coincidence that there happened to be ANOTHER naked kid wandering around near the spaceship.  As much as I'm sure he believed Clark was the Traveler, I don't think he would have written Davis off as an ordinary and innocent kid immediately.  Once again, it feels like the show is making Lionel out to be a complete dumbass simply so Tess can swoop in and magically rewrite the story.

It was nice to see little Alexander again, though, and sad how desperate he was to have a friend.  He was probably so confused when Davis disappeared.  Aww.

Also - I know, I know, I'm not letting it go - wouldn't Lionel have questioned the fact that, when his guard went to abandon Davis, he never came back?  Seriously.

Moving on to the next part of the tale.....Chloe and Davis were totally selling it for me in their scenes together.  I will not deny that I teared up when they did the whole hand-on-the-glass thing and Chloe just sobbed.  Even though she knew what Davis was, she still cared for him to the very end.  (Or, you know - so she thought, anyway).  She was doing what she thought had to be done, but it didn't make it any easier for her.  And I love that Davis was all "I know you hate me, and I understand that....but if you ever cared for me at all, please do this for me."  Aww.  Damn those two for pulling on my heartstrings.

Here's the thing.  I totally get Jimmy's reasoning for leaving Chloe.  In fact, I kind of feel like it was a long time coming.  At the same time.....Chloe and Jimmy have never really sparked for me the way Chloe and Davis do.  And I know, there is absolutely no way this could end well.  It's like Lex and Lana....regardless of whether you enjoyed them together, you knew there was no chance in hell of a happy ending there.  It's the same here.  But that doesn't stop me from getting invested in them.  Damn it.

The ending.....hmm.  I admit, I wasn't TOO surprised to see that Davis had survived.  After all, Clark said himself that, for Davis being the ultimate destroyer, it seemed far too easy.  (However, Clark also said that Oliver took care of the situation.....so what happened with that?  Is Oliver unconscious somewhere right now or what?)  I guess I just wish that Chloe and Davis being together wasn't so....forced.  I saw it coming that he would want to be near her because she somehow managed to calm him, so it didn't surprise me.  I think I would have felt better if it were the other way around.  If maybe CHLOE had been the one to say "I'm going to stay with you so you don't hurt anyone."  Because even though it's still a forced situation, it gives her a little more power in it.  I don't know if that makes sense at all.....maybe I just wanted it to seem a little less blackmail-y on Davis's part?  I know he's desperate and grasping at straws here, but still.  I was at least relieved to see that he was willing to let her go, as opposed to literally holding her down and saying "You WILL stay", but what choice did she have, really?

All that said - still really intrigued to see where this is going.

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