Monday, 29 April 2013
Lex really tries with Jonathan Kent. Jonathan is obtuse and really cannot see anything but the name "Luthor" when he looks at Lex, although there is a temporary coming together at the very end of the episode.
Lex tells Clark, "When my father dies, kings will come to his funeral. When yours dies, his friends will come to his." Not bad.
With the benefit of hindsight, the Kents should have been straight with Lex from the start. They practise honesty in their business dealings but dishonesty on a major scale when it comes to concealing Clark's secret from a friend. Lex - or his evil clone - has a point when he resents it later.
In his youth, CS Lewis wrote a poem called Loki Bound presenting the cosmic role reversal of Thor as jealous bully and Loki as tragic hero. Lex's worldview is another reversal: he sees himself as the best of humanity protecting his race against an insidious alien intrusion.