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 So, here we are, the 2nd to last episode of Smallville ever.  Well, sort of anyway, since I'm not buying the idea that smashing 2 episodes together make it a 2 hours movie, but in the immortal works of Dr Emil, "whateves"

I know many SV watchers are very sad right now about the end being so close.  I have feelings of sadness too.  I'm sad I won't be guaranteed to see 22 hours with Tom Welling on my television set.  I'm sad that I'll likely lose touch with a lot of people who I've really enjoyed interacting with, as is inevitable when a show comes to a close, and fandom dissipates.   But truth be told, am I sorry that the Smallville story is coming to a close?  Well, no, and an episode like Prophecy, and a season like this 10th season is a big reason for that.

As always, lets start with the totals

Prophecy running time : 41m, 42s (Previously on: 52s)

Clark:  18m, 29s
Lois:  21m, 11s
Tess:  3m, 12s
Oliver:  10m, 15s

Kara:  10m, 14s
Toyman:  6m, 47s

I didn't bother tallying up Courtney/Stargirl's totals because she was so irrelevant to this episode, and such a pointless character overall.

Year to Date (# of eps)

Clark:  428m, 8s (20)
Lois:  324m, 34s (20)
Tess:  144m, 29s (15)
Oliver:  166m, 36s (15)


Or, as I was saying “Give me that hour of my life back!”

I know that a lot of people feel like that since its so close to the end, they don't want to be harsh towards a mediocre SV episode. And I respect that. But, I am not one of those people, so you’ve been warned. I've always believed that the expectations for the last season of Smallville should've been grander. These people knew, from the first episode of the season, that this was the end. There are no more excuses for padding, and stalling, and pointless unnecessary plotlines. They shouldn't be happening.

The idea that Lois would gain Clark's powers for a day, and it would shake up her perceptions of everything is NOT a terrible idea. Its just too late to trot this familiar device now. In the beginning of the season, it would have worked. But, the idea that it had NEVER OCCURRED to Lois that there were people in need to help and saving every single second of every single day until she could actually hear them with Clark's power is a ludicrous notion to begin with. But to think that Lois could be with Clark all this time, living with him, engaged to him, while he's going off and doing what he does (in Offscreensville. because God Forbid we actually get to see any scenes of Clark out there as The Blur, saving John Q Public), and not consider this sort of stuff just rings false and hollow to me. And for what? To get to the “Oh, I can't marry you Clark” scene? Pointless, since we all know that she's going to marry him in the very next episode. Its lame melodrama to me

But, lets start from the beginning, because truly this is an episode that fails in every single beat in its execution. We start the episode with Clark wanting to take Lois to the FOS to get Jor-El's blessing for their marriage. The first big red flag that this episode was going to be bad. I've always hated how this show can't seem to decide is AI Jor-El is a super computer, or Clark's “father”. Can't decide if its benevolent mentor, or hateful, illogical, sadistic machine run a-muck. And I hate how there is absolutely zero consistency in how it acts, and how Clark reacts to it. You cannot start off a season with the scene we saw in the FOS, with the AI basically telling Clark he was a useless idiot, and then never have a scene ON SCREEN establishing a reconnection between Clark and the AI, then tell me in episode 20 that Clark wants to the AI Jor-El to sign off on his marriage to Lois. And nobody give me that bullshit that the home video of Jor-El and Lara shown in Abandoned made it all better, because #1, why would it have? and #2, in the episode Beacon, that came after, Clark's chilly relationship with the AI is brought up again. So, when did Clark and the AI make any sort of peace with each other? To the point where Clark would actually take Lois to the FOS? Because wouldn’t that have been a big freaking deal given how we began this season with Clark being disowned?

So, we begin this episode where Clark being pretty stupid, because the fact of the matter is that Clark has had enough experiance with ice daddy to know he can't trust him. And this episode actually makes that very point, with Clark knowing that this power switch is not a gift at all. Or, in other words, Clark should’ve known better.

And, just as an aside, the 2 episodes before the end of Smallville, and Clark is without his powers for the majority of both episodes? This is good plotting and storytelling?

So, we have a power switch, and frankly, Lois' reaction to this was just greatly disappointing to me. Having her zip around, and just acting like this was all fun and games was not the reaction I'd hoped from with her. I would've so preferred a Lois who was all “This is fucked up, but luckily won't last long”. Instead, she was all “Woo-Hoo, I'm awesome, and look at everything I can do, and I realize that you are now powerless, and feeling anxious and vulnerable and worried, but I'm going to keep zipping around because I can do it! Go Me!!” In short, I found her obnoxious.

But, I think I'd gladly take obnoxious over incredibly stupid, which is how she was written in her scene with Toyman. Of course every, single thing about Toyman, and his plot, and his gang was so incredibly stupid to begin with. In what universe does buying a building give you the rights to the water that runs underneath the building? In no universe. And what? All these bad guys were shareholders in the company with their villain names? And when did Metallo become a villain anyway? This was just pointless name dropping. I think the term “DC porn” is being used here and there, and this totally was. What was the point to any of this? We know that Superman, and the other JLA heroes, have a rogues gallery of villains out there. We don't need to see him in some lame-o throwaway episode with them involved in the worlds stupidest plotline

And Toyman is in a cell, sitting in the middle of the room, with just a bed thrown on the floor (where does he go to the bathroom?), but he's got a smart phone that apparently gets wi-fi that he can teleconference on?

Also, why act as though Toyman and Lois Lane have any sort of established relationship? They don't. They tried to play this scene off as though they were old adversaries, when the reality is that they've never had anything at all to do with each other. Ever.
Then we have Winslow bring up Lana. But why? Look, I don't mind Lana being brought up, and I truly believe the show should've sacked up, and allowed Clark and Lois to have an honest conversation about what happened when Lana came back in S8, and why she left, and how Clark felt about that. Here, Toyman brings up Lana's name and actions in an apparent attempt to mock Lois, but why? To what end? The reference is a throwaway. The comparison is a completely different context. And whatever Lois' feelings about such a comment are never addressed. So, its pointless, much like the rest of this episode. And aggravating, because it just reminds me of how the show should've brought her into the conversation for Clark and Lois, but lacked the courage to do so
But, back to some of the worst writing for Lois I've ever seen. Winslow threatens Clark unless Lois puts on the mind control device. Now, instead of zipping off and making sure Clark was OK, or using her super hearing to verify what Toyman was saying, Lois actually puts the mind control device on. Well then, I'm sure Clark is going to much safer now!! Brilliant Lois! And yes, I did notice that she checked her watch, but how much damage and death do you think a superpowered person with superspeed can do in the space of 5-10 minutes, because I'm thinking a lot? So, off zips mind-controlled Lois to attack Clark. And here's where the criminally underused Tess gets a dose of bad writing poured all over her. Instead of reaching for the stash of kryptonite that surely is stashed at Watchtower, Tess stands off to the side, encouraging Clark to stall super powered Lois by choking to death until his powers return.

Now, there is one good scene in all this, and thats the confrontation between Clark and Toyman. It contains one of the few witty lines of the night, and it allows Clark a very Superman-like as he assures Winslow that he'll be there to foil any evil plots afoot.

Then we have Clark going to the FOS, and pulling the plug. And this should delight me, because the AI is so fucked up. But mostly I'm just annoyed because if the AI could be unplugged, why didn't Clark do it years ago? And given how many times this stupid thing has been destroyed, corrupted, dead, and then sprung back to life inexplicably, why should I believe this is any different?

Which brings up to our last Clois scene, which I more or less addressed in my first paragraph. I'm sorry, but I've read many interpretations of Lois' motivations, and feelings, and justifications for why she called off the wedding. But they just don't work for me. Because I just find it too hard to believe that none of this ever occurred to her when she's been living with Clark for months. The show has even addressed variations of this theme going back to last years Charade, and brought up again in this years Shield. I also don't like the implications towards Clark. Because as much as one can claim that this was all about Lois, and her feelings, the reality is that if she's thinking it’s too selfish of her to take up any of Clark's time to carve out a life, isn't she really suggesting that Clark taking that time for himself is also selfish? When she says that she can't be the one to keep him saving people 24/7, isn't she suggesting that he should be saving people 24/7? How is there not judgment towards Clark here, no matter how subtle it might be?

Now, this episode has a B story, and its not any better then the A story. That’s tragic.

Why bring back Kara for this episode? Really, I don't get it. If they wanted to bring back Laura Vandervoort, bring her back for the bargain basement wedding (did you see the stills? Budget=$29.95). Or, ya know, don't bring her back at all. But was she needed for an episode where she spends most of her time interacting with Oliver for the first time, then zips up to see Jor-El just before achieving her goal and gets told that she needs to get out of Dodge because this world ain't big enough for both her and Clark?

Now, someone whose opinion I truly respect did try to rationalize the Kara situation to me, and provide me with a different way to look at it. But I'm afraid I keep coming to the same conclusion...if Clark is “The One”, and this is “His Time”, and he's “What The World Needs”, then shouldn't all those things be true no matter who else is in the world with him? If these things can only happen for Clark if the deck is cleared, then what does that say for Clark? And NOW the show is trying to tell us that Clark can't have any help, he has to do it alone. NOW? When they've shown, over and over and over again, how Clark can only be Superman with the help of the whole village? Mixed messages much?

See, they made this mess for themselves by wanting to do “Supergirl” in the first place. This whole resolution was their way of dealing with their own errors in having Kara so out pace Clark, and by suggesting that she was incorruptible in the first place. Because how much better would Kara's resolution have been if she, and she alone, realized that she wasn't incorruptible, and she felt that there was a decent chance she might fall to The Darkness!, and so she decides to get out of Dodge not because Clark can only step it up if he's the only game in town, but because she knows she might end up being a threat to her cousin, so she takes herself out of the equation? Well, I think that works better for me anyway.
And is Clark ever going to wonder where Kara went? Well, I guess not, since she says she hasn't checked in at Watchtower for weeks, and Clark didn't seem to notice that either.

I won't even go over all the silly cave stuff, or the silly Bow of Orion stuff, especially since the thing got destroyed anyway. “You push this, while I stand here, and we shoot arrows, and a wall opens up, and try not to get fried by the forcefields....” LOL. OK show, you are very silly.

But, the other decent scene in this episode, besides the Clark/Toyman scene, was the delicious Oliver smackdown delivered by Granny Goodness. Oh, how I love when a character shows up to stick a mirror in front of Oliver's face and remind him what a douche he is. His approach to this whole quest was selfish and self-serving, and I appreciate that this was addressed on screen.

So, there you have it folks. THIS is what they decided to go with for the 2nd to last episode of Smallville ever. And if this isn't indicative of the season as a whole, I don't know what is. So, yeah, I'm perfectly ready for Smallville to end. Because its clear to me that the writers just have nothing left. Hopefully they were able to dig a little deeper for the finale. Its illogical to me to expect showrunners/writers who have so botched a final season to suddenly produce something great for the finale. So, I won't expect it. But, I'll hope.

Comments

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tasabian
May. 10th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
The review part didn't post, hon!
jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
Oh, I know. I was having some issues, so I took it down to fix it. Its up now :)
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jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
I think Lois getting Clark's powers has been a recurring theme in other versions of the story. However, I don't think that means it has to happen on SV 1 episode before the end of the series. This just felt like more "bucket list" to me. Something they forgot to check off, so they threw it in when it really felt like the time for it had come and gone.
tasabian
May. 10th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
It was a very poorly constructed episode, which I associate with ALL the ACS episodes. Far too cluttered, with scenes that just trail off.

Now, instead of zipping off and making sure Clark was OK, or using her super hearing to verify what Toyman was saying, Lois actually puts the mind control device on. Well then, I'm sure Clark is going to much safer now!! Brilliant Lois! And yes, I did notice that she checked her watch, but how much damage and death do you think a superpowered person with superspeed can do in the space of 5-10 minutes, because I'm thinking a lot? So, off zips mind-controlled Lois to attack Clark.
They could have done something so much better with that scene - ie, Lois is tempted to just reach in through the bars and snap Toyman's neck and realizes that part of Clark's burden is never abusing his strength. Or Lois speeds off to take on the baddies, with Clark leaping in midway through (even without his powers.) But this was the most unsuspenseful climax imaginable.

Re Kara: it would have been much more interesting if she left because she feared Darkseid could use her as a weapon against Clark - ridiculous to have no goodbye scene between Clark & Kara.
awehla
May. 10th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
I agree Clark and Kara should have had a goodbye scene, too much character development is side lined for DC action scenes, it's like the writers don't care at all.

Lisa
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jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
I really believe that if you weren't going to have Kara and Clark interact, then she shouldn't have been brought back. End of story. Because now I'm just going to be bothered that Clark doesn't seem to care what happened to his cousin. Again.

I really didn't sense BQM's hand in any of this episode. Maybe he was already mentally checked out from the show?
awehla
May. 11th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
I agree Kara should have only been brought back if she was going to interact with Clark - like someone else commented surely it would have been better and more realistic to have her back for the wedding. In the comics Clark and Kara both exist on Earth so why can't SV Clark and Kara co-exist - there is a lot of planet to save out there. And it's not realistic at all for Clark to not care about his only biological relative.

Lisa
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christina_kat
May. 10th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
I've got nothing to say about this episode. It was so dissapointing to watch something like this so close to the end of the show. I never really liked Kara and I knew I wouldn't enjoy her appearance in this epy. The Oliver/Kara parts couldn't be more boring for me.
I don't know what to say about Lois any more. :/

Clark can't have any help, he has to do it alone. NOW? When they've shown, over and over and over again, how Clark can only be Superman with the help of the whole village? Mixed messages much?

THIS.SO MUCH.
So many years, showing the way Clark screwed things up with his plans and Chloe or Oliver had to get in his way, making things right.
This show screws up with all the characters big time. Chloe/Oliver/Lois used to be a lot different in the early years of SV. The first two became darker and stupid but at the end of the day, they always "saved the day", and Lois turned into an insecure, softy girl. And now THIS speech again. You've already done that with Lana -I'm holding you back blah blah blah...Do we really need a scene like that again?
awehla
May. 10th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
Plus didn't Lois break up with AC and Oliver because the world needed them?

Lisa
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jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
I just really feel like Lois should be beyond this reaction, If it had come earlier in the season? Or before she moved in with Clark? I'd get it. But I think the show has done enough to establish that Clark has expressed to Lois that he needs "the normal" she provides to his life. So, for her to stand there and tell him that its selfish, for both of them, felt very contrived to me.

I had grown fond of Kara, but the show never knew what to do with her. Its clear they had a lot of trouble writing 2 superpowered Kryptonians at the same time. What a shame!
jwm_rocks
May. 10th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
You hit the nail on the head with this review.

This episode was crap. Just when I think I've lowered the bar for this show so far it can't possibly disappoint -- somehow it still does.

Perhaps the worst part is this episode completely sapped away what little anticipation I still had left for the finale.

jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 04:59 pm (UTC)
I really get the feeling that they were running on fumes as this season limps to a close. In creativity, and in budget. But I don't think there's any excuse for that. This episode felt so lazy, and poorly developed, constructed, written and directed (and yeah, acted in some parts too). It just felt like no ones head was in the game here.

My anticipation for the finale has been in cautious mode for a long while now. If just seems silly to me to expect something momentous from a creative team who couldn't get their shit together all season long, for the most part.
costas22
May. 10th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Hey Val. Thanks for the screentimes and your insight on this. In case I forget, I will really miss reading your reviews each week. Just a few key notes I made:

-BQM and ACS. Kind of like mixing milk with Coca Cola.

- Superpowered Lois didn't react unexpectedly for me. SV has written her as obnoxious from time to time and getting Clark's powers wasn't going to help.

- No sign of journalist Clark. In the first scene he reminded me of a husband that goes to pick up his wife from work. That's sad.

- I like the Legion of Doom concept. But they were introduced too late and their plot should have been the main one. Metallo and Roulette (also a good character last time we saw her) may have had diodes stuck on them too.

- Granny is so creepy, she is one of my favorite S10 villains.

- Tess wasn't underutilized imo. If they are going to give her an arc with forced drama, then I prefer her 3 minutes of fun ST. That being said, I agree about the WT scene with Clois. Her stance there was ridiculous. They tried to shoehorn her in this episode when she wasn't needed.

- I am glad Clark pulled the plug on the FOS. I agree with you about the opening scene and how fake it came off, but at least Clark got the memo about what a bastard (sorry) AI Jor-El is. Until next time of course.

- Not the first time it's been mentioned, but something doesn't feel right every time I hear that Clark has grown stronger this season. He was perfectly fine in Salvation. And since only one part of Clark's life has evolved since Supergirl, I have to make the assumption that Clark needed Lois in his life to become Superman. Or maybe I am reading something wrong.

- I felt bad for Kara by episode's end. Imo Supergirl(the episode) was a disservice to both her and Clark and I was anxiously awaiting for them to get it right here. I didn't mind the scenes with Oliver. But not even a goodbye scene with Clark? And I agree that Clark didn't need to Kara to step out of the way. He can be the top dog with her on the same Earth. And that's what worries me about the finale. The lame way in which they've wrapped up arcs thus far. The Chlollie wedding, Clark Luthor's exit and now Kara going to the future.

- Funniest part of the episode. AI tells Kara that the Bow of Orion is Clark's destiny and in the very next scene Granny destroys it. LOL!
jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks. Its nice to know some people will miss my long rants, aka reviews. I'm sure there are just as many people who will be happy to see them go.

I just didn't see much BQM in this ep at all.

They have never cared about journalist Clark. But, at least we did get to see some journalist Lois, which should've been a major part of her arc all year. So, that was a plus for this episode.

The Legion of Doom concept is not a bad one, but now? And done on a budget of 10 bucks? You can't do it.

Tess' appearance in this ep was definitely a contractual obligation. And a short appearance wouldn't have bothered me so much if they hadn't made her stupid and useless in one of her 2 scenes.

I like the actress playing Granny too. Just imagine who cool it would've been for Granny, Godfrey and Desaad to be popping up all season long?

Everything about this season feels lazy, and rushed, and incoherent, and sloppy. Its hard not to expect more of the same from the finale.

What a waste of time the Bow of Orion was.
costas22
May. 10th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone here will be glad to see your reviews gone. ;)

Kelly and Brian imo were never good showrunners. Good writers, yes. But I don't think they can handle the responsibility of a full season. Particulary on the budget they are working with. Add to that the fact that most of the show's writers are average and you get an incoherent season with the wrong arcs getting the main focus. Prophecy was a great illustration of the entire season really...

Since they reached the point where Tess was just a bystander in Prophecy, she should have been used in another episode in a more meaningful fashion. Some may argue that she wasn't needed, but she should have been in Homecoming. They squeezed in 8 season regulars for Reckoning. They couldn't add Tess to Homecoming in some fashion? That one will always bug me.
jeannev
May. 11th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh, believe me....there are people. LOL

I don't even think Brian and Kelly are good writers. But they never should've been the showrunners. When Al/Miles left, the show should've tried to pull in someone with showrunning experiance.

I would've liked to see Tess show up in Booster, maybe.
awehla
May. 10th, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
I agree totally with everything you said. This was terrible - Lois putting on the diode for me was the stupidist bit.

What upsets/annoys me is that you and I and many fans can think of better storylines than people who get paid thousands on a big show like this. They seem to miss obvious things to explore on screen like Clark learning to fly, Clark saving normal people, a talk between Lois and Clark about what happened with Lana, a talk between Chloe and Lois about Chloe's power and both knowing Clark's secret, basically talks between any number of characters about what the hell is going on!

Like many shows they've tried to be "Lost" or "Doctor Who" clever and failed miserably when all I want frankly is classic, decent story telling. Give me a beginning, middle, dramatic climax and satisfying resolution any day over all this modern twists and clues bollocks that is popular these days.

Lisa
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jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Its painful when they write any of the characters as hopelessly stupid.

I can only say that I can think of better stories for this show in my head that would appeal more to me. Maybe if I faced the same sort of issues that real writers do, I'd blow it too. But thats the thing, this is their job. Its what they get paid to do. So, when it blows, I think it should be OK to say it blows. When I don't do my job well, people have the right to say so.

Of course, I'm sure we all think we could do it better. LOL

There's an old saying that SV showrunners/writers should've learned a long time ago. "Keep It Simple Stupid". Especially when you have no budget. Instead, they overcomplicated everything to the point of incoherence, and had neither the writing staff, or budget, to accommodate their ideas.
awehla
May. 11th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Definitely agree with the keep it simple stupid mentality.

Lisa
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tjw_jaypat
May. 10th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Spot on as always! :)

While until a while ago I felt lots of outrage about the bad writing, I am now sort of exhausted. At a loss of words to describe the awfulness of this season. It really seems that everyone zoomed out of the show aleady at the beginning of S10, concerned to find a new job for the time after SV, and they just turned the kitchen-sink results of their very first brainstorming meeting from last year into a full season without giving it any further thought. Randomness doesn´t make for awesomeness...

Now that I am complaining already, just one as yet unmentioned thing that annoys me: it seems that Lois has now been promoted and is already at her new office, while Clark still works in the basement as a nobody. That irks me badly. How could I ever expect that over 10 seasons this show would give me one important aspect of Clark´s identity as a journalist, so that I could see him succeed in this field too?
jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
I know exactly how you feel in regards to feeling exhausted. Why do you think I didn't get this review up until monday night? Well, OK, I was busy too, but I used to make it a point to do these quicker, but this season? Its just too depressing.

I also get the impression that a lot of SV's creative team were distracted by their need to find a new writing gig. Some of them (Septien/Meyer) didn't even wait until the season was over to start dividing their time and attention. I think that sort of behavior shows in the work.

I can't get too upset about Lois getting promoted before Clark because the show never bothers to show Clark as an engaged journalist. In fact, I don't know why he still has the job. And thats a real failure of the show. As it is, I'm not quite sure why Lois got promoted, because its not as if they spent a lot of time and effort on her journalistic arc either. They just didn't seem to be much interested in the Daily Planet as anything more then another set for the characters to interact on.
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jeannev
May. 10th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
Clex is what I'm most looking forward to in the finale. And flying, hopefully. Though I know there's no chance its going to look as good as the flying in Crusade.

I am very grateful to have had 10 years of Tom Welling on my screen :D

I'm thinking of doing my finale review in 2 parts. One just about the episode itself, and the other talking about in relation to the show overall, and how they addressed all the questions raised, and relationships forged. But, I guess we'll see. A lot depends on the episode itself.
(Anonymous)
May. 10th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the screen time numbers... I would much rather have seen Clark on more this episode. OK, I too had higher expectations for this episode and was disappointed.
Issues:

1. Kara told him that it was was tradition to get permission from the head of the house for initiating a life bond.... Jor El is an AI computer, not Clark's father, so technically shouldn't he just be getting the blessing from himself as he is the head of house of El.

2. Clark without powers had to babysit Lois for most of the episode as she did not appear to have a pause button with powers. As was said earlier, not unexpected, but definitely irritating.

3. The scene back at Watchtower after Toyman had sent "Diode Lois" back to kill the Blur.... Did they really think that no power Clark after being thrown clear across the room through the glass display was going to not leave a scratch on him (blood budget and special effects recovery must have gone into the wedding budget)? He also gets up with only a little effort after the toss...

4. As far as the Lois tossing Clark a day before the wedding goes, didn’t she just spend 3 weeks waiting for Clark to make it back from the Phantom Zone and didn’t that give her a little time to think on this? Ok, as far as saving people 24/7, SV has previously defined Clark’s limitations…. (Sneeze… trying to save too many people, Hostage (and the rest of season 9)… not having a balance to keep things in perspective), but Lois was not in the know at the time. I guess this will be Lois’s journey in the finale.

5. How is a non-superpowered Best man going to make it back to the rehearsal dinner in time from his quest for Orion’s bow?

I totally agree that Clark's scene with Toyman and the Oliver Granny Goodness scenes were the best of the episode.



jeannev
May. 11th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I knew going in that Lois would have the most screentime here. I'd have been surprised at anything else.

This idea that the show keeps trying to suggest that AI Jor-El is actually Jor-El is just so bizarre to me. Especially with what they've had this machine do. Jor-El IS DEAD! Not mostly dead. ALL DEAD! Clark no longer has a living father. Not biological. Not adopted. Why can't the show grasp this?

I can't get too upset about Clark not having a mark on him in Watchtower since this show is notorious for that. There's no way any of the major cast members should still be living with all the damage they must've sustained.

I just don't buy that its only occuring to Lois now that there are people dying in the world every second, and Clark can't save them all. I find this whole storyline for her to be ridiculous, a day late and a dollar short. Especially since we know she's not going to stick to it for even 1 episode.
serenography
May. 10th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
I never got around to commenting on your last review, but as always, I enjoyed reading it.

I agree with so many of your gripes about this episode, and the big picture problems with this season. I think I am just more.. tolerant? of it all though. We've talked about this before, but I think your expectations have remained high (understandably), while mine were seriously changed about 2 seasons ago. :)

I will miss your reviews and I thank you for all the work you've continued to put into the screen-times. I know that as much as the show has let you down, you are still one of the true SV fans. Only a true fan cares enough to be disappointed at the wasted potential. I love that you are honest enough to to speak your mind, good or bad.

I'm glad you still have hope for the finale. It almost doesn't matter to me whether it's a stellar episode or not (altho, I'm hoping it is), I think it'll really hit home that this is it, and it will be very bittersweet.



jeannev
May. 11th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! Its never a requirement to comment.

I do understand, and respect, that expectations differ. My actually were raised for the 10th season, because this is the last season. But, I set myself up for disappointment, because these writers just don't have the goods.

I've always tried to be honest, but fair. And I've always been very clear that my opinion is my opinion, and does not represent some correct form of interpretation of the show. I hope that comes across.

I'm going to miss Tom whole bunches. The show? Eh, not so much. Thats what S10 did to me.
carolandtom
May. 10th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Val, thanks a lot for the screen-times and for making me smile! Your review is PERFECT and much more entertaining than the episode itself (which I admit wasn't too difficult in this case. lol)

I always thought that bringing SG into SV was a big mistake and this episode has proven me right, once again. As for the Oliver/Kara plot, it was so pointless and boring! The Toyman/Lois scene may easily be one of the worse the SV writers ever concocted, and that's quite the feat, considering the tough competition this very season!

I'm ready for this show to end, though I'll certainly miss Tom. I'll always keep the fond memories of earlier seasons, when I would rewatch every episode several times. Now? I don't even remember the titles. And to think that this last season could have made up for too many past omissions and mistakes! *Sigh*

I'm sad that I'll likely lose touch with a lot of people who I've really enjoyed interacting with, as is inevitable when a show comes to a close, and fandom dissipates.

I hope not!

jeannev
May. 11th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Well, I'm glad that my review was more entertaining then Prophecy. I suspect many things would be. LOL

I have to agree, that I'm not sure bringing Kara on the show was a good idea. And certainly not the way they handled her, and her relationship with Clark. It seems she never really went past the "wouldn't it be cool if..." stage, and they struggled mightily with how to use her. And unfortunately, they didn't at all make her complimentary to Clark, but instead put her in competition with him. But, I did grow to respect LV's portrayal of the character.

I remember when I used to rewatch the eps over and over. I don't do that anymore. :(

I hope my flist manages to hang together, and we find new things to talk about. Hopefully some new Tom projects!
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jeannev
May. 11th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Thanks :)

I totally think this episode represents S10, and thats not a good thing. Sloppy, so much pointless waste, the same type of Clois scene over and over, Oliver being a douche, random unnecessary guest stars, cluttered, incoherent. Yup, its all there.

I can't imagine why we should care about the Bow of Orion when its already gone. And Clark never knew about it anyway. Pointless!

Granny Goodness was good. I can only imagine how awesome that actress would've been with more material to work with.

I can't wait until your "Top Ten Reasons Why S10 Sucked". I would so play!!

This season really did have a lot of Clark in it. And I wouldn't say that he didn't take some proactive steps. But when you have a storyline thats just so incoherent, I think you sort of lose some of the elements in that that would otherwise be a positive.
shopgirl318
May. 11th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Word! The episode was really bad especially that stupid plotline with Kara/Ollie which didn't make any sense whatsoever. The less said about Clark/Lois the better though I am surprised she wasn't too corrupted by Clark's power though because in the past when Lana, Chloe, Alicia or some other random female guest star they turn into Carrie. They either get a little taste or they gain a weird power to diasble Clark and proceed to go buckets of crazy. I really hated the whole power switcheroo thing because SV has overdone it so many times and this is another example. It was fine in season 1 or 2 but not now and I am with you if we gotten this during the first half it wouldn't have been so bad.

-I call B.S. on Lois cancelling their wedding. During "Dominion" she was all we are getting married and now her attitude is out of place. Lois of all people knows that shit like this happens to them all the time. I always assumed that once TPTB focused on Metroplis that it would happen less and less.

-With Kara the writers shot themselves in the foot with her and sometimes Lois. The characterization was always uneven but LV played her intelligent and strongly as she could. At one point it was nice that Clark had some kind of family because he was isolated and not having Martha around anymore hurt him sometimes. She should never have been brought on though I liked her in seasons 7-8 and now to make her incorruptable like you said is stupid. She is easily the most corruptable show remember Lex and season 7 when turned against Clark then proceeded to believe Lex instead of listening to Clark's reasonings.

Unpopular op: Sometimes I wonder if Lois would have been better having been introduced in season 7 or 8 starting at the DP without being Chloe's cousin.

The FOS is nothing more than a bucket of bolts that has been corrupted so many times even the "Geek Squad" at Best Buy couldn't fix that piece of shit! Excuse my language! Sorry. LOL!It is like you know you need a new computer so instead of taking the old one out to the dump you suck it up and fix it anyway.

Why is Clark still listening to Jor-El and his half assed advice. If I were Clark I wouldn't even consider him family with everything that has happened nothing but a computer set on the default button "You are an embarrasment Kal-El!"

Toyman/Clark/Granny/Oliver were worthy scenes and this isn't the first character to smackdown Oliver. Lex has done it in the past as well and Hawkman did when they met in season 8 or 9 I think. I don't think I ever really bought Oliver as a hero not even in season 6. He is very self serving I always felt that he did it because of his own guilt and pride especially after meeting Clark and discovering who he really was.
jeannev
May. 11th, 2011 01:34 pm (UTC)
I think its sad that the Kara/Ollie stuff made little sense, and I don't even like Ollie, and yet I do think that part of the show might have been ever so slightly better developed then the A plot. Really freaking sad. Maybe its because there was a lot less of it.

I'm so sick to death of AI Jor-El overall, but especially his God-like ability to do just about everything. Take Clark's powers? No problem. Give them to someone else? No problem. Transport people between universes? Yup, easy as pie. And so on, and so forth. Its beyond lazy, its beyond dull.

Its really a shame that they blew the Clark/Kara relationship, because Tom and Laura actually work really well together. They have good chemistry. But much like the Clark/Oliver relationship, the writers always seemed to be more interested in making the relationship adversarial or competitive, as opposed to positive and nurturing. I have no clue why.

I would've been all for Lois and Chloe not being cousins, BTW

One of the reasons that I think this episode was a failure from soup to nuts is because the whole concept of Clark taking his fiancee to the FOS for its approval is BLOODING CRAZY! And thats your starting point for Plot A.

I'd be happy if someone gave Oliver a smackdown in every, single episode he appeared in.
shopgirl318
May. 11th, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
You know SV did this earlier with Pete/Clark, Chloe/Pete and him and Lana. In the early seasons Clark had a great support system and even though they younger his friends didn't have some weird agenda like everyone they associate him with these days.

Fans won't like this but I hope he shares a scene with Lex for a smackdown too. Lex has been "away" but he has to know what has been going on.
jeannev
May. 11th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
Its hard for me to look at the people around Clark, and see real friends for him. Its why I just keep telling myself that in the future, he's going to meet 2 people who will become true friends. One named Bruce, and one named Diana. I'll just use my imagination.

You mean you were hoping for an Oliver/Lex scene? I wouldn't have minded it if we were getting more Lex in the finale. Sadly, we're not :(
(Anonymous)
May. 12th, 2011 08:04 am (UTC)
This was a Lois/ Clois-centric episode that was unnecessary with Lois gaining powers in a second-to-last episode. They defeated the whole idea of her gaining powers to understand him better by having her call off the wedding out of the blue just because of her questionable interaction with Toyman.

It was still a waste and pointless to bring back Kara since she didn't interact with Clark, but at least she got to see him from afar one more time before she put on the Legion ring to go the future. That and her interactions with Oliver are nods to JLU.

Up until the Canadian promos, this episode left me feeling concern for the finale instead of anticipating it.

PS - Dominion is still the lowest-rated episode of the season.

Vantheman77
jeannev
May. 12th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
I don't necessarily object to a Lois centric episode, even this late in the season. I just thought this was a completely unnecessary episode/storyline. Which is even more frustrating when you hear about everything they are jamming into the finale, and that they had to cut stuff. Well, why not make better use of the eps leading into the finale then?

Lois' reasoning here makes no sense to me, and I have to wonder whats been rattling around inside her head for months now.

Having seen the Canadian promos, I remind cautious.

I'm not sure Dominion deserved the lowest rating. It wasn't a great episode, but it was far from S10's worst. This episode was worse.
(Anonymous)
May. 12th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
Hi Valerie! :D

Well, you managed to put another great review together. Now that takes a talent considering what you've got to work with. LOL

What an awful lead into the series finale. Kara coming back NOT to interact with Clark was probably the biggest problem that I had with Prophecy, but there was a lot of nonsense happening in this one. I don't know how these people were able to keep running the show.

That Kara/AI Jor-El stuff was just pure garbage. The producers/writers prove themselves again that they're able to go out of their way to put Clark down - even if it's not directly at Clark himself. I don't even know what to say about it all anymore. For me, I think that had Kara been shown that she was doubting AI Jor-El's BS and then decided to take it upon herself to go from there and have a scene with Clark where she's actually shown to be acknowledging that Clark's come a long way, or maybe that she was wrong about doubting him, and that he's the only one that can defeat "The Darkness" would've helped that episode a lot. But, the anti-Clark clowns have been running amock.

The AI unplugging scene was good to me it first, but even that was kind of ridiculous. It comes off to me now as more of a, "Hey, we don't need this Deux Ex Machina anymore to give Clark anymore BS because it's the end of the series so let's get rid of him" moment. Oh well.

The series finale is coming very soon. I'm not even looking forward to it to be honest. I think that whatever positives that there may be, they'll be completely overtaken by the negatives that I'm sure will greatly abound. It's too bad. I used to say that the show's been pretty much just barely puttering along, but someone else at K-site put it more accurately by saying that it's gotten to the point where it's been stalled out and has to be pushed into the station. Very disappointing.

And I've read a couple of spoilers/interviews for this week and its Chloe, Chloe, CHLOE! all the way. It's funny how the showrunners aren't very good at all at covering up and hiding that they pretty much just have one character in mind. No wonder Chloe's 200th appearance was titled Fortune because these people will be set for life after the con-job that they pulled on this series.

Take care,

Matt

jeannev
May. 12th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
Are you suggesting I was working without tools again? LOL

Actually, its easier to put together reviews for the bad eps then it is for the good eps. At least for me.

I like your scenario for Kara better then what they did. I can even deal with Kara and Clark not interacting if the story had been set up better. But it wasn't. This was trying to get the horse back into the barn after they already let it out. They never should've done what they set with Kara in Supergirl, but because they did, they needed to find a way to "fix" it, and so we got this. Which was just as big a mess as Supergirl. Bottom line, if Clark is the hero the worlds needs, then it should not matter who else is in town. End of story.

Its hard to get excited about the unplugging of the AI when they thing has been on and off so many times before, and always manages to miraculously pop back to life, often without explanation, often in Offscreensville. So, this time its going to stick? Why should I believe that?

I have to look over S10 when I set my expectations for the finale. Its the only thing that makes sense for me. To expect some amazingly great finale when the showrunners/writers couldn't deliever all season (there are a few exceptions) seems like setting myself up for more disappointment. Maybe they'll come up with something great, like they did with last seasons Salvation. But even if they do, it won't change the fact that they had a last season of this show, and knew it all season, and managed to deliver such a disappointing, muddled, anemic show.

Oh, there was no doubt in mind that they'd take time out in the finale to kiss Chloe's ass. It was inevitable. I truly believe that they are convinced that Chloe is the most popular character on the show with the most fans. They've said as much.
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