'Smallville' recap: Back To School Special
Also dropping by with a message for Clark is a debugged and well-meaning Brainiac 5. He's come from the future to 1) cut short a nutty guidance counselor's plan to kill Clark because she's tired of hearing about him from all her meteor freak students, and 2) school Clark so he can finally (again) decide to be a hero. That "darkness within" Clark is all about not letting go of the past, or something. First Brainiac shows Clark that it wasn't his fault that Jonathan Kent died. Then he shows him a future some seven years hence when Lois is in on the secret and helps him in his Supermanly role. He meets his future self who has adopted the traditional glasses-and-suit look. Clark even gets to help him rescue Lois when a helicopter she's in suddenly takes a dive and 2017's Clark is busy taking care of some nuclear threat. Brainiac also makes Clark realize he's been kind of an asshole friend to Oliver lately, not being there for him after the big outing. So upon returning to the present, Clark's first task is to show up for moral support while Oliver smoothly turns the tables on a snitty interviewer.
At the end, it seems like he's going to tell Lois his secret, having realized that everything works out just fine in the future. Instead, he asks her over to the loft for a dance and floats her off the ground while she's not looking. Aww. Does anyone think this is the last we'll hear of Clark's mopey inner darkness? Yeah, me, neither.
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