Let's be honest, this wasn't the greatest Smallville episode ever aired. The story was at times slow and at times a tad boring. That being said, it did serve an important role in developing this season's story arc, and by the end of the episode there was many a development.
Let's start with Metallo. There always seems to be one guy out there who fails to see a superhero in the same light as the majority. Usually down to some personal trauma. And Metallo was no different. He wasn't a bad guy, but having a big piece of alien rock shoved into your chest is bound to make anyone at least a bit sketchy. I have to say that thing in his chest did look disgusting and I thought this episode was far gorier than usual. That's the most blood I have seen in a Smallville episode for a long time. Granted getting hit by a truck wouldn't exactly be pretty but I didn't need to see that. Anyway, it was interesting that Zod and his men (although I use that term loosely...) essentially caused this entire episode and I liked that we were seeing things from Tess' view as she was following the breadcrumbs trying to track them down.
By the end of the episode Clark had returned to his post at the daily planet and to Lois' side. I personally am glad they didn't drag this one out. Moody Clark only makes for moody Smallville and while at times that is necessary it can be almost draining when it is every episode. Lois greeted Clark warmly and this episode showed us that she definitely seems to have both the 'Blur' and Clark equally on her mind. And as usual Lois got the best line in the episode with the entirely appropriate "heartless bastard...".
I haven't exactly been Chloe's biggest fan as of late. And I don't just mean these past two episodes. The whole harbouring a serial killer and omnipotent destroyer storyline of last season annoyed me greatly. But she hasn't exactly redeemed herself either. Here while she was slightly nicer to Clark, she was still being quite annoying and I thought insensitive after Lois got kidnapped. She honestly didn't seem that bothered. I understand the girls in mourning but surely such a state would make her possibly more perturbered at the thought of losing someone else she loved. I want the old Chloe back please.
We ended with Tess discovering that there are potentially hundreds of kryptonian soldiers on earth. One of which was lying naked over Clark's family 'crest'. I'm guessing it is Jor-El, and so I am looking forward to seeing that play out. Clark potentially meeting his father for real, in a state years before Clark existed is an interesting concept. When Clark met his mother it was an emotion journey for him, but he has always had quite a tempestuous relationship with Jor-El in the fortress. I wonder whether the same will be true with his younger self.
Like I said, this wasn't the greatest episode. The story was slow, and obviously designed to develop the season. However, the special effects were impressive and I did like seeing the interactions between Clois. I hope that next week does a little better.