In Smallville’s latest episode “Blue,” Clark Kent (Tom Welling) ignores warnings from his father, Jor-El, and uses his cousin Kara’s (Laura Vandervoort) crystal to replicate his mother Lara (Helen Slater). Their reunion is sweet, but bringing Lara to earth creates as much danger as it does joy. When Clark’s twisted uncle, Zor-El (Christopher Heyerdahl), also emerges, Clark is faced with a powerful enemy. Clark’s emotions get in the way of reason, putting his entire family in danger.
In the opening scene of this episode Clark returns to the icy Fortress of Solitude with the crystal from Kara’s spaceship. Jor-El warns him that the crystal was made by his greedy brother Zor-El. However Clark is convinced that his mother’s voice is calling out to him from inside the crystal. He ignores his father’s warning and inserts the crystal into the fortress’s control center. By the time he turns around, Clark’s mother Lara appears in a flowing white dress.
Back at the Kent Farm, Lara learns that she didn’t escape from Krypton through a portal, but was replicated using Kara’s crystal. Concerned, Lara correctly predicts that Zor-El was also replicated in the process. Shortly thereafter, Zor-El encounters his daughter Kara in the barn. Kara questions her father’s motives, but Zor-El claims he’s been given a second chance and wants to put things right.
Despite Zor-El’s promises, his true motives are quickly revealed: to save the Kryptonian race by repopulating earth with Lara. Clark, knowing that Zor-El is dangerous, attempts to find a safe place for Lara to hide. But before she can take refuge with Clark’s girlfriend, Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), Zor-El tracks her down. By the time Zor-El faces Clark, Clark’s powers have all but diminished. A “victory ring” innocently given to him by his mother, zaps him of his strength. The ring, while harmless on Krypton, has disastrous effects on earth.
At The Daily Planet, reporter Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) is faced with a different problem. She learns that her cousin Lois Lane (Erica Durance) and her editor Grant Gabriel (Michael Cassidy) are now an item. Acting as a voice of reason, Chloe sternly rebukes Lois, telling her to break off the potentially career-ending romance. At the Luthor Mansion, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) has a similar conversation with Grant. He warns him about Lois’s “insatiable curiosity” and tells him that she is certain to uncover the Luthor family secrets. Asserting the upper hand, Lex tells Grant, “It if weren’t for me, you’d be nothing.”
In a subsequent conversation Lois and Grant mutually, and reluctantly, acknowledge the inappropriateness of their relationship. Instead of cutting ties, though, they remain swept up in their emotions and decide to continue their relationship. Wanting to keep things quiet, Lois assures Chloe the romance is over, and Grant tells Lex the same.
Clark, still without his powers, returns to the fortress armed with Kryptonite. Apparently unaffected by the substance because of the victory ring, he is able to use the rock to weaken Zor-El. Lara then appeals to Clark to destroy Kara’s crystal, in order to get rid of Zor-El for good. Clark hesitates, knowing the action could cause his mother to disappear. But when Kara’s life is in danger at the hand of her father, Clark shatters the crystal. In a flash, Lara, Zor-El and Kara all vanish. In the following scene, Kara is wandering in the rain somewhere in Michigan. She is suffering from amnesia, unable to recall her name. Later, Clark’s father warns him that his “defiance cannot go without consequence.”
At the Luthor mansion, things get even more complicated. Grant finds out Lex has bugged his office and confronts him at home. Lex explains that he is taking precautions to make sure that Grant’s history isn’t found out. In a major plot twist, Grant’s true identity is revealed – he is Julian Luthor. Years ago, their father told the world he was dead and gave him up for adoption.
The reemergence of Lex’s long lost brother and Kara’s amnesia are certain to make future episodes of Smallville interesting. Clark’s punishment for activating the crystal, however, may account for the greatest plot changes. The last time such a threat was made by Jor-El, Clark’s father passed away. The next new episode of Smallville will air on December 13 on the CW.