Power was an action packed and exciting episode, that felt for me like the old golden days of Smallville. Not only did we discover that Lana never left Clark - she was kidnapped, we also discovered for the first time what Tess Mercer is truly capable of. And to top that off, Lana gained super powers to rival Clarks meaning they are equals, and can be together. A lot happened in this episode and, in my opinion, it was one of the superior ones of this eighth season.
I always felt that Lana leaving Clark so that he could follow his destiny was quite a flaky concept on the writers part, and way too an easy tie up exit for the character, especially when she has been central for so long. So, I was glad to see that all had not been what it seemed and she was kidnapped by Lex. I'll admit, the whole Rockyesque scene where Lana was being trained and moulded into what I can only describe as the next karate kid was a eye rolling moment, just because I felt it was cheesy and quite unrealistic. What someone gains from picking up a burning hot piece of metal I don't know, but that for me was badly written scripturally and I felt could have been done a lot better. Despite that, I do think Lana has changed a lot since we saw her last season and has been transformed into a (less annoying) far more controlled and less vengeful character which was illustrated greatly in her speach to Tess at the end of the episode.
I enjoyed the large amount of Tess in this episode. I still haven't made my mind up about her also. Tess has a lot of darkness in her, and is capable of anything but she is an extremely conflicted character at times. I suppose she is an essence to the Lex we knew about four seasons back, and I am interested to see whether she takes the same path and becomes a fully fledged villain. Saying that, she did kill Regan in this episode and although it was self defence as he was trying to kill her there was definitely a psychotic streak to her when she did it. I am still interested in Tess' past as well. We know why Lex is how he is, but why is Tess?
Tess did kind of take one step forward, two back in this episode as well. She was trying to help Lana initially, and I liked seeing her become an enemy of Lex also. But she did also become a murderer and was going to kill Lana (although I did agree that Lana is a martyr in a way). I still think there is hope for Tess. Yes she is not to be trusted, but an enemy of my enemy is my friend and she could be useful to Clark in the future.
One thing I didn't like about this episode was there was no Lois. It is like she has completely disappeared at the moment. I do understand that you can't really have both Lana and Lois central due to the love triangle that is going on at the moment. However, Chloe despite her severely injured husband is managing to put in many an appearance. So it would be nice to know how she is since Doomsday's attack and how her and Clark are with each other. Clark and Lana, are over, even if this episode tried to tell us different. I enjoyed the progression of the Clois relationship this season and I am disliking its total abandonment right now.
Obviously, the major point of this episode is Lana becoming super. Although I would much rather see Lois in that suit, I did think that was well done. However the whole concept of Clana being back on annoyed me slightly. Their relationship is over, and I know it will end next episode as Kristen is not staying.
Overall, I enjoyed this episode. It was nice to see some action that wasn't Doomsday involved. I wish there had been some Lois however but you can't have everything. Interesting that this episode was directed by Alison Mack, I thought she did a good job. I just hope next week we see some Lois. A good episode, not the best of the season, but still Smallville season eight is going strong.