I was on board with the concept of this episode since I first heard about it, and it didn't disappoint me at all. The beauty of creating an AU where the superhero is actually insane and there's no such thing as magic/aliens etc, is that it's a lovely way for the creators of the show to dish up some nicely ironic laughs at the same time as revealing interesting things about how the mind of our hero works.
It would have been nice if Clark had actually, you know, *learned* something from his experience, but he's never been the sharpest tool in the box and mostly I love him because he's gorgeous anyway, so I won't complain too much about that.
Things I liked:
I'm sure the background drone pissed a lot of people off, but I found it creepily effective and it didn't bother me in the least.
Tom was amazing throughout, playing every step of his journey so perfectly that my sympathy was with him the entire time. He went from confusion to panic to suspicion to madness to acceptance, all seamlessly. And he looked great in restraints.
I adored how important Lex was in the AU, and they gave us a number of choice quotes:
Clark: "Lex has always wanted to get me under his microscope." *HAPPYSIGH*
And then Hudson actually said the words: "Your obsession with Lex Luthor is part of your fantasy world." MINE TOO, CLARK. MINE TOO!!!!
Their meeting in the dreamscape was really emotional and traumatic, as it should be, and I'm glad Clark was truly horrified by and regretful of what he'd done to Lex. It was a great twist to have Clark storm in to Lex's office with the intention of shouting at him and have it thrown back in his face like that too.
And then at the end, when the boys were nice to each other for the first time in forever... that made the episode that much more special for me.
Bar the terminal Clana scene in the Talon at the end and Clark's confession that he still loves Lana (NO RLY? YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS CLARK. KNOCK ME OVER WITH A FEATHER.) I loooooved Lana in this ep and I thought Kreuk *nailed* AU Lana. She played her with just the right amount of creepy, chilling cheerfulness, and the way their relationship was represented in dream world (and let's not forget that Clark was considering staying in this world despite a legless Lex and a dead Chloe) was probably the most disturbing thing Smallville has *ever* done. EEP. I can't believe that Clark was actually TEMPTED. And that Clark's subconscious idea of what Lana is like is so incredibly twisted and icky. Loved it.
All in all, I'm very very happy with Smallville at the moment. Three fantastic episodes in a row, and I enjoyed Subterranean as well, so we're really on a roll! I think SV might be more fun than anything else I'm watching right now. WHOO!