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Screentime Totals for Blue

With heavy duty screentime for guest stars, Helen Slater and Hammy McSceneryChewer, and some significant time for Michael Cassidy, seems a lot of our regulars have low numbers. Except for Clark, and Kara.

Screentime Totals for Blue (running time: 39m, 25m)

Clark- 17m, 44s
Lex- 3m, 34s
Lana- 3m, 20s
Chloe- 5m, 33s
Lois- 6m, 43s
Kara- 10m, 37s
Lionel- 1m, 34s

Season to Date (# of eps)

Clark- 143m, 13s
Lex- 54m, 3s
Lana- 57m, 56s
Chloe- 68m, 23s
Lois- 33m, 52s (5)
Kara- 75m, 9s (6)
Jimmy- 22m, 24s (3)
Lionel- 18m, 20s (5) 

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After reading so much about the episode already, I was actually surprised it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. In fact, some of it I rather liked. 

I'll say right off the bat that I completely and totally understand why Clark did what he did with the crystal. His desire to see his real mother, the calling for help, and typical Jor-El assiness of "don't let your human emotions blah-blah-lecturecakes". I'm not saying it was the smartest decision, just one I believe a lot of people would've made in his place.  I don't think it makes him dumb.  I do think it makes him more emotionally-based then he probably should be. 

And I want to give some props to Helen Slater, who I thought did a far better job in this episode.  And I understand thats not saying much, seeing as how she was just horrible in Lara, so almost anything would've been an improvement.   Lara showed a touch of a personality here, even if she didn't display any super strength. Because really, wouldn't she be rocking the same powers as Zor-El?  Still, I found her passivity more then a tad annoying.   I do wish there had been more Clark/Lara time though, and they had the chance to delve a bit more into the family history. 

I thought the Lara/Lana scene was just a total waste of time, and completely not needed in the show.   Lara can "see Lana's inner darkness"  Oh Good God show!  Was it her poor tea pouring talent that gave her away?

I thought Kara was used very well here, and I thought it was a nice touch to parallel her making a bad decision because she wanted her father back with Clark making a bad decision because he wants his mother back. It was very human of both of them, and I imagine that was the point.  I also liked that she took the news of the blue crystal in stride.  I couldn't really have blamed her if she was a bit peeved.

I liked the Chlark scene at the DP, though I could've done with a tad bit less lecturing from Chloe. Yes, I know she meant well, but confronted with a similar choice, I don't doubt that Chloe would also have followed her heart. I very much like the shot outside the barn with them both looking at the eclipse. 
And I liked that Clark, even without powers, battled his way through, and defeated Zor-El, even though it cost him his newly found mother. He made an emotional mistake, but he also didn't curl up in a ball and cry about it, he fought back and did everything in his power, mere mortal power at that, to fix it. And to me, IMO, that speaks to his character more then anything else. I'm sure he's going to get a lot of "he's an idiot" (and so what else is old?) criticisms, but I found him very human, very relateable, and yes, very heroic in this episode.  Mistakes will always happen, and Clark will never be able to turn a deaf ear to a voice calling out for his help.  Its how he deals with his mistakes that seem to be the measure of the man.  At least to me. 

Now, here's a surprise, I thought the Clark and Lana stuff was not so bad. I already figured that Clark was going to forgive her, and keeping that in mind, this was far from being the worst way for them to do it. The fact that Lana is away at the beginning seems to hint at a taking-a-break sort of thing, and its Kara that calls Lana to come to the Watchtower, not Clark. At the end, Lana was actually saying a lot of the things to Clark that I wanted her to say, though you have to laugh at how the conversation always comes back to her.  I like the fact that she didn't know if she was good enough for Clark. I like that she acknowledged that she's done terrible things. I like that she actually wondered if she was too far gone. In fact, it was rather Lex-ian over all.  I could almost envision Lana mentioing how her darkside was creeping over the corners, and having Clark in her life keeps it at bay.   And Clark seemed pretty in character to me. In fact, they almost backed him into a corner with the whole scenario, because the scene comes at a point in the episode where he's beating himself up over making mistakes.   Sure, its apples and oranges, but  its in the same food group.  However, as OK with it as I was, I still do believe that TW and KK could not be more sick of it. They are so listless, so low energy. I almost expect to see them rolling their eyes through the scenes. And they aren't like that in other scenes. TW was on with every other scene in this episode. But the Clana stuff, he's checking out. Bigtime!

 Onto the Lois/Grant stuff. And I just don't like it at all. Ya know, if this wasn't Lois Lane, and her name was Susie Miller, and she got into an ill-advised romance with her new boss, and didn't seem to care how that would impact her budding career, I'd probably just shrug and watch to see what happens. But she is Lois Lane, and you sort of expect that once she got her foot in the door at the DP, that excelling as a reporter would be the foremost thing on her mind. Not banging her boss, no matter how cute he might be. Her whole storyline is just so frustrating to me, not because I dislike Lois, but because its so slapped together, and isn't really about her.  I'd be far more interested in watching her be a great reporter then see her get involved in another romance.  And there's absolutely no reason that they couldn't do better for Lois.  Why is she so far on the periphery?  Why do her and Clark hardly interact?  Why do they seem far fonder of each other 3 seasons ago then they do now?  I'm not looking for a Clois hookup, but I am trying to get some sort of tiny glimpse at something that indicates they are meant to be in some far-off future.  

I had no problems with Chloe/Lois scenes. If Lois was my cousin, I'd be slapping the stupid out of her, so I get where Chloe's coming from. 

I just really don't have anything to say about the Grant=Julian stuff. I just really don't get the purpose of it.  I'm hoping he's some sort of clone.

And I can 't even manage to put into words how disturbed I was by the last scene in the FOS. I can't believe that there isn't something seriously wrong with the Jor-El AI. Some sort of short circuit, or corruption.  Some cross pollunation with HAL.  Just something. Clark even says that he knew Jor-El used to want to help people, and Jor-El answers that it is not his mission. And yet I thought his mission was to train Clark to go out and help people? I mean, isn't that why people claim Clark should listen to him? Yet he's stating, flat out, that he DOESN'T CARE about helping people. How can this AI not be screwed up? And then the ominious "there will be consequences". It gave me chills, but not it a good way. How does that not sound abusive? My "Radio Flyer" alert was pinging all over the place. And I realize that Clark is a grown man, not a little boy, but he seems powerless up against Jor-El's sadistic whims. I just really, really hated it. How can I want Clark to listen to this voice? I can't. I don't.















 

Comments

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tasabian
Nov. 17th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
They're running out of time to "redeem" Jor-El. He gets more dickish by the season.

Hee, I love "Hammy McSceneryChewer". That actor is having so much fun and I adore him for it.

Lara, OTOH, is a complete wash-out. Why use Helen Slater if you're not going to let her fight Zor-El? She should have been all over that guy once he'd hurt her baby! Martha woulda kicked some ass, even without powers.
jeannev
Nov. 17th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
They're running out of time to "redeem" Jor-El. He gets more dickish by the season.

Ugh, I hate him SO BAD! Look, I get that he wants his son to fulfill a destiny, but any parent in the world knows that you can't make your child be what you want him to be. And being unbelievably cruel is unlikely to yeild postive results. Isn't Lionel an example of that?

But yet, somehow, no matter what Jor-El does, I still read the argument that Clark should follow him unquestioning. I don't get it.

Hee, I love "Hammy McSceneryChewer". That actor is having so much fun and I adore him for it.

Oh, I love the SV guest stars that ham it up. Why not? The guy from Combat is one of my alltime favs. The head vampire chick from Thirst is another that comes to mind.

Lara, OTOH, is a complete wash-out. Why use Helen Slater if you're not going to let her fight Zor-El? She should have been all over that guy once he'd hurt her baby! Martha woulda kicked some ass, even without powers.

I still think they made a huge mistake in casting. I think Lynda Carter should've been Lara, and Helen Slater should've been Chloe's mom. For one thing, Lynda Carter actually looks as though she could've given birth to Tom Welling. And Helen Slater is blond, just like that first glimpse of Chloe's mom we got in "Tomb". Also, I think Carter just has a steelier presence, which would've given Lara a certain gravitas that Slater just lacks (and always has). While a soft spoken Moira Sullivan would've been fine.
goodvibe
Nov. 18th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
So I finally caught up today, with all the eps I missed, post 'Action.' Save for a few aspects here and there, not a lot I actually liked, unfortunately. Let's hope the rest of the eps manage to offer up something worthwhile.

ITA with you and tasabian about Jor-El. It's really not even funny anymore with his utter craziness. And I am sick and tired of Clark being made to bear the brunt of this crazy ass disembodied voice and his whacked out commands and expectations.

And I dont even know what to say about this Julian reveal, except WTF? 'Memoria' is one of the series best, why mess with it, in any way? And the worst part about it, even though it is par for the course where SV is concerned, is that it just.doesn't.make.any.sense. ::sighs:: My brain, 'tis confused.

It is nice to see the increased amounts of Clark screetime though, if nothing else. Thanks for continuing to do these, Val. :-)
jeannev
Nov. 18th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
So I finally caught up today, with all the eps I missed, post 'Action.' Save for a few aspects here and there, not a lot I actually liked, unfortunately. Let's hope the rest of the eps manage to offer up something worthwhile.

That would be nice, wouldn't it? Its not that I'm actually hating the season or anything. Its just not all I'd hoped it would be.

ITA with you and tasabian about Jor-El. It's really not even funny anymore with his utter craziness. And I am sick and tired of Clark being made to bear the brunt of this crazy ass disembodied voice and his whacked out commands and expectations.

Isn't it nuts? And I actually shudder when I read some of the comments, about hoping Clark gets a "good punishing", or that Jor-El should do some horrible thing to him. That just doesn't even connect in my mind. At all.

I guess I fail to see where all this understanding for AI Jor-El comes from. What with the branding, and the attacks on humans, and the murdering, and the telling Clark to murder, and the brainwashing, etc. But Clark should listen to this *thing*? Yeah, it doesn't really compute for me.

It is nice to see the increased amounts of Clark screetime though, if nothing else. Thanks for continuing to do these, Val. :-)

Always my pleasure :)

But the change in Clark's screentime seems to hint at a number of things. First, someone realized that pushing Clark to the background doesn't really work on this show. Secondly, GreenArrowVille was no myth. But the 3rd thing is the saddest, whoever is hooked up with Lana seems to get a screentime bump :(
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