Out of all the episodes this season Pandora was probably the most important story arc wise. I was surprised to see we were being shown Lois' memories of the future so early into the season. Yet at the same time, glad we didn't have to wait long.
We were treated to the 'bad Tess' this episode. This week she kidnapped a comatose Lois in aid to discover where Lois was for those three weeks. And even went so far as to synchronise her own brain waves with Lois' so as to see first hand what happened. I can't wait to see what Tess does with the information she found. Will she try to change things after all she saw that taking Zod's side was 'a risk'? Or will she continue on trying to make the future come true? Or maybe Tess will hone in on the fact that Chloe was the one who kills her - so kill her first. Tess is probably the most unpredictable character in Smallville. Her moral compass often flips a complete 180 degrees, meaning she has the potential be a perpetual spanner in the works. That being said, trying to wipe Lois' memories and then attempting to kill her hacker employee doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that she will go on to do the right thing...
Of course, this episode was a lot about Clois. I find it interesting that it was ultimately Lois' disappearance that created this apocalyptic world. Which really shows how much she means to Clark. I liked that the fact Clark saw them consummating their relationship made him accelerate his pursuit of her. In the past I have been irritated by how much Lois' feelings for Clark are shown yet Clark's are often implied but never shown. Yet with him sending a sick Lois roses, and him being so forward is the first time he has seem more interested than her.
By then end of the episode, Clark had effectively made sure the future we saw can never happen. I loved seeing him reveal himself to the Kandorians. Something tells me that his efforts to be diplomatic instead of having aggressive approach won't go to plan, after all this is Smallville. Yet I see his actions as those of Superman not Clark. He is beginning to understand that sometimes being on the offense isn't always the best solution.
In conclusion, this wasn't exactly my favourite episode although it was a good way of advancing the season. I liked seeing what could have been and given a sense that we now have no clue where this season is going. Clois is firmly on track (finally), and Tess will inevitably be causing some problems as the season goes on. I can't wait to see what is in store over the next few weeks, with Clois, the Kandorians and of course Tess.