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Hmmm, well, I have to say, that this is 2 weeks in a row where I feel like the A plot of an episode was poorly written, and sort of pointeless overall.  I'm just having a lot of trouble working up a lot of enthusiasm for what the 10th and final season of SV has had to offer thus far.  My favorite episode so far was probably Shield, and I still had some big problems with it.

But, first, lets do screentimes

Harvest, running time 41m, 41s

Clark:  18m, 47s
Lois:  25m, 6s
Tess:  8m, 31s

And no, I didn't calculate screentime for Alexander.  Mostly because I hadn't been tallying the screentime for any Lex clones along the way, so I didn't feel like I should start now.

Season to Date (# of eps)

Clark :  135m, 24s (6)
Lois:   106m, 26s (6)
Tess:  32m, 19s (4)
Oliver:  37m, 52s (5)



OK, that was just one of many odd lines in this episode.  When did Clark say he didn't believe in luck?

Anyway.  I was really disappointed to be underwhelmed by this episode, because this is one I was expecting to really like.  I loved the idea of Clark and Lois being far out of town, and running into their own version of Children of the Corn.  I love those corny horror movies, and so I expected to like this.  Much like I expected my love of zombies to make Rabid so much fun, and it did.  In fact, this episode reminded me of so many ways Rabid got it right, and Harvest got it wrong.

But, as will most things, it really comes down to execution.  And the execution of this episode was just poor.  This episode was directed by Turi Meyer, one half of the episodes writing duo.  And though he's directed before, I definitely got a very inexperianced vibe from his direction.  Scenes seemed to plod along at a snails pace.  Most notably the dinner scene with Lois and Charlotte's family, which felt interminable.  The fact that the head bad guy was really awful certainly didn't help.  I don't pretend to understand the mechanics of directing.  I just know when an episode feels tight, and is visually interesting, and when one feels borderline incoherent, and just doesn't strike any memorable visuals.  This episode was definitely the latter for me.

Then we have the writing.  To me, the dialogue in this episode felt clunky.  I know Smallville isn't great for having their characters talk like real people talk.  But the problem seemed especially accentuated in this episode (and its the 3rd episode this season with particularly bad dialogue, following in the same path as Supergirl and Isis).  I guess I expected a lot more from the writing team responsible for Salvation.  I know I certainly expected a better written Clark Kent.

Meyer and Septien seemed far more interested in writing for Lois in this episode, and on that score, they did a decent job.  I think her big final speech to the villagers seemed a tad overdone, especially when she started going on about Clark's heat vision, and super breath.  I get what they were going for, and that was trying to drive the villagers backwards, but I don't know.  It just felt very excessive to me.  Especially when Clark just sort of stands there in background like window dressing. 

I thought the blue K plot device was handled clumsily and inconsistently.  If Clark just needed some distance from the villagers to regain his powers, why didn't he have them in the house?  And why not try going up the stairs to create even more distance to see if the powers would return?  And speaking of that, why would the bad villager cop knock Clark out, only to drag him back to the village, and put him in the same house that they were holding Lois, the sacrifice?  Since they couldn't let him leave alive, where was the sense in that?  Why not just shoot him, and bury him in the woods?  And wouldn't it have been nice for Clark to come up with some sort of of idea on his own?  Nope, Lois finds the trap door, Lois knows how to pick the lock on the trap door, and Lois actually has to instruct Clark to change his clothes.  Wow, thats some dynamic writing for Clark they got going on there. 

Truth be told, when all was said and done, I just don't think this Village of the Damned storyline added anything of note to the overall story.  And while this played out on screen, far more interesting things were consigned to Offscreensvile.  Most notably Clark and Lois' alien speech, which most definitely should've played out on screen (and frankly, I think its something of a conceit for them to have that take place off screen.  Almost as if they feel like they can avoid the inevitably messy stuff if they can avoid writing it altogether).  And also the the anti-vigilante rally that Clark was trying to steer Lois away from.  I certainly know that I would've been anxious to see Lois and Clark right in the thick of that.  If I'm supposed to think that Lois is the Blur's biggest champion, then I'd like to see her out there, fighting the good fight for him.  And even more then Lois, I really want to see Clark in the middle of that storyline.  Why does he seem so peripheral to all that? 

Truth be told, I'm rather distressed by how much Clark's whole Blur hero stuff has been pushed off the stage.  We've seen him in the new outfit a total of 2 times now, and never once while in action.  Heck, we don't even know how, or why, he came up with it.  Over the last 2 episodes, Clark's main function has been to save his girlfriend.  As it was in Supergirl as well.  I understand that saving Lois is a comic mainstay, but wouldn't we all like to see Clark out there, in Blur mode, helping regular folk a bit more?  Is he even doing it anymore?   Remember how thrilling that giant globe save was in the premiere (OK, not exactly thrilling, but it was cool)?  Doesn't that feel like a long time ago?  I sort of feel like Clark's hero arc has been stalled, and his main role of late has been love interest.  I wish the writers of this show were more capable of a little thing I like to call balance.

Unfortunately, the ending barn scene was another one where a character has to tell Clark what they think he should do, as far as coming out publically.  Now, I know that Clark has considered this before, so why not have him say so in the dialogue?  There is a way to write dialogue in a scene like that where it appears to be less of a lesson or lecture, and more like a conversation.  What a perfect time for Clark to talk about what is holding him back.  Or talk about why the stakes are so much higher for an alien from another planet like himself, as opposed to a billionaire who dresses up in leather.  But to have a conversation like that, they need to actually write dialogue for Clark, and as is too often the case, that doesn't seem to be a priority.  So, instead, Lois becomes another character telling Clark what he should do, or needs to do.  Here's a novel idea...how about Clark coming up with these ideas, and bringing them up with Lois, and talking them over with her?  What a crazycakes concept!!

I won't sugercoat it.  I thought the love scene was a snooze.  I mean, it was very nice that he was going all full disclosure with Lois, and its nice to see him content and happy.  But, I would've liked to see a a bit more foreplay, a bit more heat and passion, and just an overall better directed scene.  I've seen the hands clutching thing about a zillion times in movies and television, and I'm sort of over it.  And who the heck lit candles?  Do Clark or Lois strike anyone here as candle people?

The B plot of this episode was an, overall, more interesting and successful storyline.  Though I'm not at all blind to the potential issues with this Lex clone stuff.  For one thing, if Michael Rosenbaum never comes back, it will certainly feel like all foreplay, no climax.  And I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the idea of evil clones that cannot be turned from their dark and twisted paths.  I sort of can get on board with the idea that these clones were not just made from Lex's DNA, but actually are recreations of what he had become, once all the damage was already done.  I'm just not entirely sure how that would work, ya know?  

But, I do love Tess in this storyline.  Her desire to save Alexander, and then her resignation that he can't be saved because he was already too damaged from the start.  Cassidy Freeman continues to rock my world.  And Connor Stanhope was outstanding!  When he shaved his head at the end, he really resembled MR to me, and I could totally buy that is who he would grow into.

So, I guess the question may be was Lex really killed by Oliver in Requiem, and will the Lex that is Clark's future enemy be this rapidly aging clone?  Or, will real Lex come back and reclaim his identity?  And does any of this matter if MR never comes back?

Some random thoughts:

Dear God, the terrible fake background when they were driving in the beginning.  And if you are going to have 2 characters driving a convertible, wouldn't their hair be blowing around a bit?  At least set up a fan to make it appear even a tad more realistic.

Most hilarious line delivery of the night:  "Silence!" - head Villager douchebag.  He said it like Ahmed the dead terrorist (for you people who know who that is)

Wow, unlucky that Lois just decided to start wearing brightly colored nail polish this week, eh?

 So, thats as much of Tom's naked chest as we're going to see?  Rip-off!!

Lois comparing dating Clark to dating Bono?  Funny, and cool.  Lois comparing dating Clark to dating a God?  Uncomfortable.

The "Really?" line of the night:  "I can't find her.  I've searched everywhere" - Clark.  Umm, Clark, you stood in one spot and called "LOIS!" a few times.  Thats looking everywhere?

I don't know, but wouldn't a scalded back be a bit more of an ouchie then it appeared to be for Clark?  Tom played it like he stubbed a toe.  Sort of sucked a lot of the dramatic out of it.  And how did Lois get out of the chains?

"Sometimes even a hero needs a guardian angel"  Or, in Clark's case, it seems like, about, 50 guardian angels.

It was great to see Clark and Lois get a front page byline, but wouldn't it have been much cooler if it was an actual story they had been working on, rather then something they mistakenly stumbled upon, and almost fell victim to?

I don't know what to expect from next week, though it doesn't appear to be a week thats going to focus much of Clark's hero alter-ego much.  *sigh*

6 more down, 16 to go.  

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asha14
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
I was meh about this whole episode. I was looking forward to the Lois and Clark go out of town and meet crazy people also, however the excursion was kinda boring. The writers have had Lois be little too forgiving of Clark in affect to make her look like the perfect girlfriend. Imo it would have been more in character for Lois to have had a stronger negative reaction to Clark tricking her out of a story. The B story was better written and the dialogue was better however I am meh on Tess. I must say the story was made much more interesting to me because imo it looks like Tess is only played mommy to Alexander to make her feel better about herself. Another reason I can't get into the Tess/Alexander storyline is because other then the memories that does not belong to the clone, Clark is not part of this story. Speaking of Clark, all though the episode I was wondering where he was.
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jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:17 am (UTC)
Thanks. I think I tend to represent a POV that a bit seperate and apart from a lot of other opinions I see. I tend to focus on parts of episodes that don't bother other people.

I am not someone who calls episodes "fillers" very often. But ya know, yeah, Isis and Harvest were a lot of filler. I feel like Clark is in another one of SV's famous stalls.

I was so glad to be rid of Oliver for a week, you have NO idea!
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jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
You know who does that in real life, Valerie? Pretentious assholes, that's who!

Hey, this Accountant turned Computer Programmer's daughter totally agrees with you! LOL

Apparently my friend Al Septien said on twitter that they were going for a Jules from Pulp Fiction vibe in Lois' big speech. Because I know when I think of Smallville, I can't help but think of Pulp Fiction!

Given that they were already awed by Clark, it actually would have been even more powerful if he had verbally admonished/condemned them.

Yeah, that totally would've worked. But that would've required writing dialogue for Clark, and that seems to be a very big challenge this season, for some reason. So, Clark was left to stand in the background, rocking out that henley tee.









serenography
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
I think I was looking forward to this ep for the same reason you were - I love cheesy horror flicks and this looked like it could be fun. But I was disappointed in the overall execution as well.

The blue K stuff felt very clumsy and as you know, I had issues with this being more of a Clois episode than a Clark episode. I'm okay with the occasional episode that focuses more on another character, but at this point in the life of this series, I don't think it's greedy of me to want Clark Kent to be the focus of every episode, with the other characters in supporting roles. I particularly enjoy seeing a de-powered Clark STILL saving the day, and this episode wasted that opportunity.

Totally agree about Stanhope's performance. I was very impressed, and pleased.
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Some eps, from their descriptions alone, I pretty much brace myself for the worst. Supergirl was like that. So, if I don't like them, its not unexpected. But when you expect to really like one? It kinda blows for it to be so Meh.

For me, I guess the bottom line is that Clark, and Lois too, are more then just half of a couple. And I don't care how iconic they are. I expect this show to treat them as individuals, first and foremost.
la_belle_isa
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
OK. Since I made it through the episode this time, I feel comfortable in commenting. I mean, no Oliver gets the episode automatic bonus points.
I completely agree with the Village of the damned storyline. I had the hardest time getting through that whole plot. SO boring and cliché; and it seemed to me that everybody was just terrible in it, thanks to that dialogue.
I liked the Alexander storyline a lot more too. I hope at some point, Clark and Alexander will meet.
“Truth be told, I'm rather distressed by how much Clark's whole Blur hero stuff has been pushed off the stage. We've seen him in the new outfit a total of 2 times now, and never once while in action.”
I think chances are it will remain like that for the rest of the season, since the showrunners want Lois to be Clark’s equal. And we all know the show is told from the girl’s pov. So I see a lot of K’s with pretty colors in Clark’s future.
I agree with you that the sex scene was a snooze. Where’s the “Wild Cherry” promised in S8? Imo, this is as vanilla as Lana ever was. And it’s not a dig at Lois. That show just CAN’T do a romantic sex scene without tons of clichés. We can understand now that Alicia was evil because she wasn’t allowed any candles in her red Las Vegas suite! LOL I don’t see a single difference with the Mortal scene and that one, except that Clark was SEEN shirtless in Mortal, with no blur effect. So from my single-minded Clark pov, it was better.
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
No Oliver = good times for me!

I think its very fair to say that this episode was dull. It was. And I have to think something went very wrong if an episode that should be creepy and thrilling is a snooze.

I wonder if there's a lot more of "Alexander" to come. I'm not quite sure as to how that storyline is going to develop.

We can understand now that Alicia was evil because she wasn’t allowed any candles in her red Las Vegas suite! LOL

LMAO! No candles = Evol! Its so clear to me now.

I know this isn't going to be a popular opinion, but I thought the Mortal love scene had a bit more heat and passion. I like the way that was directed and choreographed better then this one. Though Harvest Clois gets a nod for being a bit more joyous.
tasabian
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
So, thats as much of Tom's naked chest as we're going to see? Rip-off!!
We better be getting full-frontal damn soon!

This episode was directed by Turi Meyer, one half of the episodes writing duo. And though he's directed before, I definitely got a very inexperianced vibe from his direction. Scenes seemed to plod along at a snails pace. Most notably the dinner scene with Lois and Charlotte's family, which felt interminable.
Yes, it's like we can all see where this is heading: GET ON WITH IT! The Tess/Alexander scenes had much brisker direction so maybe second unit gets kudos for that?

Though I'm not at all blind to the potential issues with this Lex clone stuff. For one thing, if Michael Rosenbaum never comes back, it will certainly feel like all foreplay, no climax.
Particularly since they've haven't done anything original with the clones yet. And I also don't see the point of bringing Rosenbaum back to play a grown up Lex-clone; I want the real Lex, that we last saw in Arctic!

I guess the question may be was Lex really killed by Oliver in Requiem, and will the Lex that is Clark's future enemy be this rapidly aging clone? Or, will real Lex come back and reclaim his identity?
Much as I dislike Oliver, I don't want his contribution to new canon to be the murder of Lex Luthor; it's a gross abuse of who Green Arrow is supposed to be. So even if Michael doesn't return, I hope they confirm that Real!Lex is still alive before the series ends.

And wouldn't it have been nice for Clark to come up with some sort of of idea on his own? Nope, Lois finds the trap door, Lois knows how to pick the lock on the trap door, and Lois actually has to instruct Clark to change his clothes. Wow, thats some dynamic writing for Clark they got going on there.
They seemed to be making the point: "Look, even without powers, Lois is a hero too!" But that point has been made SO many times before, via all the girls in Clark's life, that it just becomes so tedious to watch Clark stand there and be helpless again.
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
I can't believe we had a Tom love scene, with about 1/8th of chest showing.

I hadn't considered that 2nd unit might've handled the Tess/Alexander stuff, but that makes a lot of sense. Especially with the location stuff.

Yeah, you make a good point in that I think its already been very well established that Lois is pretty resourceful, and pretty tough. I'm not sure we needed an episode to make that point all over again just because her and Clark are now together. Its not as though Clark wasn't present at any of Lois' prior heroic actions.
miss_tress
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
*nods at everything you've said* Watching this ep was kind of like eating a cheap, frozen pizza. There's nothing horribly wrong with it but it could be a whole lot better with just a little bit of effort.

And I really think the writers came up with the idea for the A plot just because every other Vancouver based show had shot an ep in that old Western town but they hadn't yet.
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Mediocre is a word that comes to mind. And why is this show marching out mediocre episodes in its final season? I don't get it.

I often think that the SV writers get together, and the plots of upcoming eps start with the words "Wouldn't it be cool if...", and then they write the episode around that.
svfan01
Oct. 31st, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Overall I am not as negative about you about the episode save one more person telling Clark what to do which gets annoying. I will say my biggest fear with Lois knowing the secret is they would have her running to the ends of the earth to pull kryptonite off of him and become the voice of reason when it comes to him being a hero(all that being said I would be more annoyed if the whole plot revolved around Clark wanting to reveal himself and Lois was the voice of reason rather then a one off scene about it so it was a minor annoyance more then anything)

I also agree they should have put more focus on he's an alien reveal but I don't blame the episode as much as the series overall for having a bunch of underwhelming secret reveals that all have there issues(I personally would build entire episodes around the secret reveal for all characters like they did for Pete and promote it that way, instead it seems like the show treats secret reveals like afterthoughts). It's sort of sad Pete(who let's face it was never a main focus) has gotten the best treatment of the secret reveal during the entire run of the show and I have some issues with the way he found out(ie Clark was sort of forced into it because of the ship).

My one main area where I disagree is people complaining about the episode(s) being filler. I honestly don't get what is wrong with filler. Most episodes that get labelled filler to me are fun episodes where we get stories resolved at the end of 42 minutes(and Clark's life generally seems happier). It's when the show gets serialized that we get crap like Reckoning, Promise or Doomsday(and episodes building up to those ones) where Clark life becomes a living hell where he is full of angst. I understand people view this as the last season so he should be "learning his lessons" or something bringing him closer to becoming Superman but let's be honest, this show at any point after Commencement could have finished off the series in 2-3 episodes and it's no different this season. I honestly don't believe Clark has much more to learn since S4 so the 2 options are we either get a serialized storyline where Clark will come off real bad and depressed or Clark just living his life with small amounts of movement on the personal front as the b-plot(aka filler). Given those 2 options give me filler because as I said since about S5 there wasn't much Clark had to learn to finish off this series. I personally love S1+4 and I would argue those two seasons were the most fillerish of any on the series. I don't get what's wrong with episodes where Clark is just living his normal everyday life, shit happens and he saves the day. Does every episode have to have some deeper meaning beyond that?

Sure there may be things I want said or done with Clark's character but I am not going to hold it against an episode that I found enough in it to enjoy then use that as a strike against it because I feel it's the last season and they should have more focus on Clark becoming Superman. As said they can easily finish up this series in 2-3 episodes at any point, I am just happy they are using "filler" episodes to get to that point(ie stall Clark) rather then come up with some serialized plot that makes me want to bang my head against a wall.
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)
I actually don't object to filler episodes as a rule. I just think they shouldn't be so dull. And, I do think when there are more relevant plots that you could be exploring, which are things that Clark should be involved with, then a "filler" episode does become a problem.

I do agree with you that this show has a long history of underwhelming reveals. I just thought after last week, the possibility that they would handle this better was there...and then it was gone.

Personally, I don't think they can just finish up in 2-3 episodes, and if they drag their feet on stalling and filler until they get to that point, then I think they will have done Clark a great disservice.
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cbrownjc
Oct. 31st, 2010 05:18 am (UTC)
I'm in the minority in that I wasn't impressed all that much by Connor Stanhope in this episode. I think he's been good before, playing "innocent" Lex in eps like Fracture and Descent; but I think he was rather out of his depth trying to play a creepy "young" Lex. I really didn't feel any menace from him at all, whereas I did from the little girl playing Charlotte in contrast.

That said, I do think his creepy smile at the end did work to a point.

And I really have a different POV on Lois' talk in the barn to Clark about stepping into the light. I honestly don't think she was telling him to do anything. In Supergirl, Lois' belief was that Clark should say in the shadows, but her experience in this episode made her change her mind on that, which she said here. Everything else she said after that just sounded more or less like stuff she's been saying since even before she knew the Blur was Clark, and just more so after she found out - which is her having unshaken belief in him. But I really didn't see her telling him what he should do in the way we've seen other people do on this show.

And yeah I know you don't think of Lois & Clark as "candles" types, but honestly? They are - along with other things as well. They've never - in any incarnation - been only about one "style" as it where. And I think SVClark has been shown, in the one time we ever saw him have a "first" time with some be all about the romance of it. So I think for Lois & Clark's first time it wasn't out of character to who they are at all.

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svfan01
Oct. 31st, 2010 05:29 am (UTC)
"I'm in the minority in that I wasn't impressed all that much by Connor Stanhope in this episode. I think he's been good before, playing "innocent" Lex in eps like Fracture and Descent; but I think he was rather out of his depth trying to play a creepy "young" Lex"

I actually agree with you there, there was a couple times I really did buy into him being creepy Lex myself. On that subject I forgot another rant I have about this episode(or season long storyline in general). I personally am not a fan of the morally grey good/bad guy storyline which they are doing with Tess this season. For my money there was no better "bad person" on the show then S1-3 Lionel. He was badass, his feelings didn't waiver and although we never had any clue what he was thinking we always knew where he stood. I wish the show used S1-3 Lionel as a blueprint for Tess as opposed to wishy washy Lionel of S4-7 or Lex during the entire run of the series. For whatever reason this show loves the morally grey bad person, but it's never been a selling point for me.
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carolandtom
Oct. 31st, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
I agree with you, completely. IMO, this was a very badly written and directed episode.
I'm hating this season so far. And Lois, or any other character, getting more screen time than Clark in the final season? No, thanks.
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
I really don't mind another character occasionally getting more screentime then Clark. And I have to admit that this season has been more heavy on the Clark screentime then the last 3 or 4, easily. But, having Clark on screen doesn't make up for him being underwritten. Having Clark just standing there, saying nothing, while someone else spews half a page of dialogue is almost like not having Clark on screen at all. At the end of the day, I still get the impression that the SV writers just don't much care to write for Clark.
ladygawain
Oct. 31st, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
Sigh. Your review just articulates so much of my frustration with this episode and this season. Please forgive this long ramble. I can't summon up the energy to review this episode myself, bear with me *begs*

I HATED that there was so little Clark in this episode. Hated it! *slams fist on table* How hard is it to write him as an active force through this episode? Why couldn't the two of them have been actively investigating the murders, even if they'd only cottoned on to three or four in that vague area? It irritates me that now the writers have the perfect plot device to have Clark and Lois actively investigating things --- they are reporters for the DP for goodness sake, but they still 'trip' on crazy situations like they're in Smallville High. And really, there's something very empty about an episode when there's so little Clark. I love Lois with a passion but Clark is my real touchstone, and no, writers, that doesn't mean Clois (and I love Clois).

The problem with this episode is that Al and Turi a) didn't bother to write for Clark in any engaging way; b) are under the delusion that they can actually write Lois well when I don't think they succeeded in doing that very much at all. Ugh, that nail polish was so jarring. Lois never wears garish nail color. Ever. Just ew.

And the dialogue was clunky. And even though the Little Lex storyline was compelling in parts, the boy had some spotty acting (probably due to the nonsensical dialogue) so it was hard for me to truly engage. I think Cassidy was good mostly, but the dialogue failed her many times as well. LOL to Ahmed the terrorist, so true. Have we ever seen blue K's effects on people? Could have been interesting but I'm glad that there was no move to Kick-the-Clark with it as they usually would in the past.

It was just so lazy, and I really didn't want to get that feeling from the final season of SV but they keep doing it. There's a way to write filler so that it actually makes sense, is engaging, drives our characters forward, and the seasonal arc w/o being clumsy and ridiculous (see: Buffy season 2 and 3, or "Rabid"). Everyone had great moments but the overall leaves me apathetic and irritated.

I'm torn about the love scene. On the one hand, I love the way they were kissing, endlessly kissing, they both seemed into it. I also loved that he stopped to smile and she smiled back, and everything was so happy-making. I liked the hand-hold, I liked that it had an almost reverent feel to it because I'd imagine they'd be that way for their first time. I think it was quite sexy and beautiful for what it was. But they couldn't have a little more lead-in to the slow motion fest? Shown the two of them kissing and breathing heavily a la future-Clois in Homecoming? And when I saw the candles, I just had to laugh. Why must all lovemaking be fire hazardous in SV? And I've been trying to write a one-shot of the scene and I can only think of ways for it to be a funny moment with Clark stopping them to set the stage and show off his powers, and it's cute, dorky, fun, in my head. I wish we'd seen that a little, the humor between these two, the potential awkwardness of first-time sex. But I liked it, I think, more than you, mainly because my fic-writing mind is filling in the blanks and making my own goddamn canon.

I will forever appreciate Clark dressed like he just stepped out of a Western movie because... hot damn. And Tom Welling's biceps...

Thank you for the review and I'm so sorry to spew all over your page :/

Edited at 2010-10-31 02:02 pm (UTC)
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
Hey, this journal is made for rambling, so indulge. :)

I find it really telling that so many of us feel like this episode was Clark-lite, when 18+ minutes is really not a bad tally for him. But it goes back to what I said about him being so underwritten. Its just hard to appreciate Clark screentime when Clark just stands there, in the background, while someone else speechifies. Or when Clark just stands there as someone talks at him. Where is the depth in his dialogue?

I find there's a certain conceit with the SV writers. Especially this year, with them talking over and over about how EPIC everything is. You know, why not let me decide that as a viewer? And this is a case where I think twitter has really created a few ego maniacs, with the same 20 or so people who run, don't walk, to tell the on-line writers how much the sun shines out of their asses. If I see Al Septian say one more time "I'm glad EVERYONE loves it" based on his twitter buddies, I might have to cut a bitch! Jeez, look further then your nose.

I totally admit, I'm a really hard sell with love scenes. I think thats because I think so many shows do them so badly. I've gotten to be a real hard-ass about them now.

I'm totally with you on Tom's biceps though. ;)

Edited at 2010-10-31 03:28 pm (UTC)
audrey229
Oct. 31st, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
I think most of my issues with this episode could have become non-issues if there was more Clark in the episode. Yes, there still would have been some clunky moments but I would have forgiven them or chalked them up to just being good fun.

I didn't hate the episode. But my biggest complaint watching it was, "Where is Clark? Where is Clark?"
Normally, I prepare myself for Clark-lite episodes. I don't like them but I know that they are a reality sometimes because Tom has to sleep occasionally. I don't like it...but I understand it. But I didn't expect this to be a Clark-lite episode. And it distracted me and severaly hampered my enjoyment that it was.

I think the thing that frustrates me most as a Clois fan is...why won't they let these two really work together? Yes, it has been a Clois-centric few episodes...yet...these two have barely shared any real screentime together this season at all in the present timeline. We have yet to have one episode where they are working together/fighting together/investigating together as a team. These two make such a GREAT team. I want to see these two working as a team. They shouldn't have been seperated so long in this episode and when they were together they should have been fighting like hell TOGETHER to survive. It wasn't the right episode to feature less Clark.

I know a few of us have said that it seems as though Brian and Kelly are afraid of focusing too much on the journalism plot for fear that they will be compared to "Lois and Clark." And if that's the case? That's the dumbest thing I have ever heard. "Lois and Clark" did not invent the plotline of Clark and Lois working together to fight injustice through a story/fighting side by side. Lois and Clark worked side by side like that in the George Reeves 1950's series, the animated series and the comics. Even in Superman II--which was a Silver Age story---they were still undercover together. It's a part of WHO THEY ARE. "Lois and Clark" did not invent that concept and it's certainly not exclusive to that show. So if that's why they are avoiding that whole side of Clark's life....then it's a mistake and it show ignorance to the canon.

I would have been thrilled if this entire episode was about Clark and Lois chasing after that byline. They could have gotten the byline onscreen at the end of the epiosode.

Of all episodes to make Clark-light...why this one? I have been waiting for weeks and weeks to see the two of them working together. Scratch that...I've been waiting for 6 YEARS to see these two working together with no secrets between them. And then Clark was missing for half the episode. This could have been a better episode if he was present. It still might have been cheesy...but it would have worked better.

The love scene worked for me. I know it wasn't what everyone wanted, but I can honestly say that as a Clois fan....it gave me what I wanted. Yes, I would have preferred to have seen them undressing each other. And for shallow reasons, I was strangely annoyed that we didn't see more of Tom's chest. But the tone of the scene worked for me. It felt like love making as opposed to just sex which was what I wanted. I liked that it was tender and slow. As corny as it sounds, I felt like he was going to take his time and make love to her for hours with no one rushing him...and that sort of got me. The joy in the scene and the intensity of the way he stared down at her also got me. And I guess I'm cliched and boring but I really liked the hand grab. All that stuff worked for me. The candles are corny but again...I think it's something Clark would do for his first time with someone he really loves.

Clark giving her the journal/expressing that he wanted her to know him completely/the way he touched her face with such tenderness also really worked for me.

But I missed Clark's active presence in the rest of the episode.

Some of the Tess/Little Lex stuff worked for me. Some of it didn't. It's not the fault of Cassidy because she's selling it big time. I'm just not sure how I feel about it yet.
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Like I just said above, its really very telling how many of us felt like this episode was Clark-lite, because he was on screen for almost 19m, which is not an insignificant amount of time. But, again, its just how underwritten he is. It was the same last week. Clark standing around, not doing much of anything just doesn't resonate, and so it feels like the episode is Clark-lite.

I would also like to see Clark and Lois working together, as partners. If their afraid of the show becoming another Clark and Lois, well, I'd counter that it already kinda is. So, whats the difference, really? And if they are going to be doing things seperately, as I believe they should be doing on occasion, you have to use Clark much, MUCH better then they have for half of this young season.

I very much agree with you about Clark giving her the journal. I thought that was very sweet, and I like that he's not holding any part of him back. Its a much better feeling to watch him getting romantic with Lois after a scene like that as opposed to, say, last season in Escape, when it just felt wrong with so many lies between them.

I do think one of the problems with the Alexander stuff is that it brings up the idea that any version of Lex is just born bad. And that makes me uncomfortable.
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(Anonymous)
Oct. 31st, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Harvest was a filler episode that was Lois-centric. Not much has moved forward for Clark, except he learns that it was Lois who saved him. It progressed Lois more when she knows more about Clark than she initially thought. If anything saved this episode, it was the Tess and Alexander scenes that came out far more interesting than Clark and Lois in a ghost town.

This episode was written by Septien and Meyer, who wrote the last season finale, Salvation. It's obvious that their priorities continue to shift when they write for Lois than Clark and last season, both Kandor and Conspiracy were Zod-centric. The only reason Salvation was good was because of Greg Beeman and that it was Clark-centric. To follow up that episode with a filler like this spells disappointment.

Vantheman77
jeannev
Oct. 31st, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, speaking of that moment when Clark learned Lois saved him. Thats another thing that I expected to be something more, and it was a bit of a throwaway. Underwhelming.

The only part of Clark's storyline that seems to be moving right now is his romantic life. Thats pretty much it. The last 2 eps have had zero movement in his heroic life.
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jeannev
Nov. 1st, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love Peanut too.

I so expected the head religious guy to follow that silly "Silence" line with "I keel you".
tjw_jaypat
Nov. 1st, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Needless to say I agree with most of your review! :)

I wasn´t bothered by a few things, like the love scene. Probably they wanted to show the intimacy as opposed to the almost mindless bed breaking sex of Clana. Or maybe that is already too benign an assumption in favor of the creative faculties of this writing team. On the other hand, some clumsy first time oddity in bed would have been fun too. Whatever.

One of my major disappointments was the short-cut reveal at the beginning. I really expected a little more talk here. And I found Lois´s silly giggling while Clark fixed the tire somewhat misplaced.

Another thing that bugged me was the excessive violence Clark was subjected to. I understand of course that in a drama series the characters need to be subjected to peril, and more so in a Halloween episode. But I really did not enjoy seeing Clark hit in the face, gutted, buried alive and finally scorched. I may accept the BlueK scorching scene as a symbol of his love for Lois. But the gutting was clearly gratuitous. It was just done for the cheap hand-out-of-the-grave effect.

Anyway, it looks that this final season will be totally underwhelming for me... :((

PS: Oh, and I hope that you change back your layout soon: the white writing on a black backgground is really hard on my poor old eyes... :))

jeannev
Nov. 1st, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I just changed for Halloween. Now, I'm settling on something for autumn. But most of all, I want it to be readable, so let me know what you think.

I'm not as bothered by violence towards Clark because I just know its going to happen, and its been happening since the first season. It seems to be somewhat the norm for characters in a lead role like this. Sometimes its too excessive, and I do think his getting sliced with the sickle here was wandering into that territory. But mostly, I just deal with it.

Anyway, it looks that this final season will be totally underwhelming for me... :((

Me too, I suspect.

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