June 1st, 2004

Death

Gods, Love, and Sidearms. (Mythomania, baby)

Smallville is basically formed on the idea of dueling pairs: of light twins and dark twins.
This idea is underscored even in the sets that it gives its two main locations: cool tones for Metropolis, warm tones for Smallville. In this way, the Manichean impulse toward the inevitable struggle between good and evil that rules all comic book descriptions of Superman and his Luthor is carried through, into a much more complicated medium. However, to fully realize the potential of this twinning motif, Smallville uses it over and over again. 

The notion of dualism is, naturally, extended into the idea of split personas -- public masks, and private lives, which is (of course) the main theme of the mythos from which our show is formed. We have two characters (Clark and Lex) who we *know* will be living double lives in the future, but who *now* must contend with the dualistic sides of their personality.
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