The tenth and final season of “Smallville” is focusing on Clark Kent’s growth as a “super hero” (more on that below), but unfortunately Clark still makes a lot of dumb mistakes that a more experienced hero would never make. In “Ambush,” the episode originally airing on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 8 pm ET, Clark makes so many mistakes that one wonders what he has learned in the previous nine seasons.
Learn How to Use Your Cell Phone
In the 14th minute of the episode, Clark tales a call from Oliver Queen. What is the problem with this you ask? First, Oliver Queen has just recently admitted to the world that he is the Green Arrow. Second, Clark has programmed Oliver’s number to display as “Oliver Queen.” Would Clark not realize that taking calls from a widely known super hero would arouse some suspicion? Why wouldn’t Clark take some minimal level of care and simply enter Oliver’s number to show as “Fred” or “Pete?” Does Batman program his (Bat)phone to show calls from “Clark Kent” or “Hal Jordan?”
Lower Your Voice…Now!
In the 20th minute of “Ambush,” Clark is speaking with Green Arrow when Clark realizes that Lois’ sister Lucy is entering the barn. One would imagine that Clark would carefully and quietly ask Oliver to leave to prevent Lucy from seeing them together. Instead, Clark practically yells at Oliver to leave “Now!” To no one’s surprise, Lucy climbs up the steps and asks Clark if he is talking to someone, forcing Clark to deny what he was obviously doing. Clark is not the master of being subtle.
I’d Better Chop on Wood, Baby!
Just three minutes later in the episode, Lois finds Clark chopping wood with his bare hands. Clark is fully aware that both Lucy and the General are staying at the house, but he still insists on grandstanding with his powers, seemingly oblivious to the risk of being caught. Is chopping wood with his bare hands really much faster than just using an axe? How does wood look after being smashed by a super-fist? In addition to these obvious issues, Lois manages to sneak up on Clark while he chops, meaning that either Lucy or the General could have successfully surprised Clark as well. For someone so protective of his secret identity for the past ten years, this behavior is confusing.
Think as Fast as You Run
In the 33rd minute, the General interrogates Clark, confronting him with photographs showing Clark with Kara. Kara is dressed in her Supergirl costume. Since he is a reporter, Clark could have told the General that he was interviewing the heroic woman and deflected additional questions based on journalist’s privilege. That would make sense. Instead, Clark looks like the proverbial deer in the headlights and just argues that he’s “not on trial.” How convincing is that?
Consider Actually Disguising Yourself
In the 43rd minute of “Ambush,” Clark and Oliver Queen confront Rick Flagg after Flagg blew up the Talon and almost killed Lois. Even though Oliver Queen has admitted to being Green Arrow, he still wears sunglasses and a hood, and he still talks a few octaves lower than normal. In contrast, Clark seems to think that slicked-back hair and a Superboy jacket will protect his identity. He could move quickly enough to avoid detection, tie up Flagg, and call it a day. Instead, he stands there and lets Flagg keep talking until Flagg’s teleporting partner spirits the villains away. Until Clark stops making such rookie mistakes, he cannot take the mantle of Superman.
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