The proper way to watch Smallville . . .

. . . especially if (like me) you aren’t an avid comics fan, is with the program on one screen and Google on another to search for every character that is introduced by name.

Case in point: in this week’s exciting episode, Clark Kent and friends encounter a super-fast swimmer/lifeguard type named Arthur Curry, and Clark meets his brilliant history professor Milton Fine (played by James Marsters, looking significantly un-Spike-like post-Buffy).

At no point, however, are the names “Aquaman” or “Braniac” ever uttered.

I haven’t seen this much intertextuality since second-year English, and that was primarily in theory.

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