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 Ugh, My Eyes!! They Burn!! But here are the screentime totals:

Sleeper, running time: Too Fucking Long!! or 39m, 15s

Introducing tonights special guest stars:

Clark - 8m, 19s
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Lex - 5m, 42s

And the stars of your show:

Chloe - 18m, 43s
Jimmy "Bond" Olson - 22m, 54s (or roughly 18m longer then he should've been on screen)


Season to Date: (# of eps)

Clark - 270m, 15s (17)
Lex - 136m, 52s (17)
Lana - 105m, 49s (15)
Chloe - 152m, 51s (17)
Lois - 83m, 34s (10)
Kara - 112m, 18s (10)
Jimmy - 74m, 33s (8)
Lionel - 67m, 48s (12)

Type your cut contents here.

Crap! Crap! Crap! and Utter Crap!

Yeah, I'll go there....I Hated it!  Hate!  With a capital HATE!
 
I hate the Chimmy stuff.  I know they were going for something light and cute with the Jimmy Olson "SuperSpy" stuff, but coming on the heels of an episode where they killed off Lionel Luthor, and Lex and Clark stared each other down over a freshly dug grave, it was nothing short of moronic to place it here in the schedule.  And all this time and effort spent on 2 characters with unpleasant chemistry, and a tired story that we saw played out on this show already. 

And yes, they made Clark look idiotic.  Thank you Caroline Dries, you talentless hack!  I take back any nice thing I've ever said about you.  Yes, I get the whole reason that Clark couldn't have screentime, because Tom is directing Apocalypse.  And that explains why he was written the way he was in this episode how??  Oh, thats right, it doesn't!!  The writing for him was lazy, thoughtless and nonsensical.  And that should never, ever be how the protagonist is written.  canadabear has a much more sane, rational reaction to this, and an excellent way of wanking it.  I just can't.

And really, can we just take a break from the whole Clark runs to Chloe, Chloe ridiculously hacks into the Pentagon/Vatican/Kremlin, then explains everything to Clark like he's a 2 year old?  When she's not explaining to him what his priorities should be.  Just really, lets take a big step back from that, reevaluate, and figure out how to have them function as equals, or lets not have them function together at all.  I'm just way beyond being entertained by it anymore.  It does no favors for either characters, but especially Clark.  Its fine to have Clark working with someone, but you should get the sense/feeling that he doesn't really need to.  That he has he capability to function competently on his own for the most part.  Once you establish that, you can have him work with just about anyone.  But that isn't what they're doing here.  And I think it just needs to stop.  I'm beginning to resent the hell out of Chlark scenes, and it used to be one of my favorite elements of the show.  I can't enjoy their friendship this way, and I hate that!

Lex had less then 6m in this episode, and at no time did he come off as stupid and ineffectual.  See, it could be done.  And what was the excuse for Lex having less then 6m of screentime?  He's not directing the next episode, and these last few eps may be the last we see of MR's Lex Luthor.  So, they just completely waste him in an episode?

But hey, I guess Caroline just used up all her awesome writing talent to write that big Jimmy Olson episode we've all been dying to see.  God knows I wanted to watch AA and AM perform a ludicrous, stiff tango, then have sex on the bed Lois sleeps on.  Or Chloe sleeps on.  I can't quite figure out how that Talon apt thing works.  Just UGH!

Now, I shall go throw this episode in a shallow grave, sprinkle it with salt and lighter fluid and set it ablaze. :) 

ETA:  I read this post on another site by a poster of the name of Jerrytoons.  I liked it a lot, so I'm reposting it here:

"Bottom line though, you can't make me believe there hasn't been friction between Gough and Welling just based on how his character has been written in the series. The main character isn't supposed to be riding in the back seat ninety per cent of the time with a coloring book to occupy his time."












 

Comments

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svgurl
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
I agree with everything you just said. There was waaay too much Jimmy in this episode. The guy can't carry an episode.

I'm beginning to resent the hell out of Chlark scenes, and it used to be one of my favorite elements of the show. I can't enjoy their friendship this way, and I hate that!

THANK YOU! I am tired of Clark using Chloe as his crutch. I'm tired of them having her figure out everything and not letting him use his brains (because we know he has one!) to find out stuff on his own. It's boring. He's become too dependent on her and that needs to end. Now.

I love Chloe and I like the friendship but this is ridiculous. I don't want to see Chloe tell him how important Lex having those keys is because he should know that. I knew they may go in the direction of Clark whining over Lana, even though KK is not there and they did! :(

Yeah, 6 minutes of MR doesn't make sense and that stupid passport scene was unnecessary. We really don't need to see how Lionel really is a saint. :\

The Talon apt thing makes no sense. I thought both Chloe and Lois lived there.

Stupid episode. I have my fingers crossed for next week. Tom always does an amazing job directing. He has a better grasp of his own character than anyone else.

Edited at 2008-04-26 06:30 am (UTC)
jeannev
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I think the Chlark dynamic has become extremely lazy writing. It doesn't need to be like this. It didn't used to be. But having Chloe hack something while Clark just looks over their shoulder is far easier to write then actually showing a character do some legwork, and use some brain skills that aren't computer related. Hacking on this show in general has become ridiculous.

I also think the show is very enamoured of Chloe as smart and competent and such, so when they write the Chlark dynamic lately, reenforcing that is their first priority, instead of having it be Clark.

But then again, I've said for a long time that I believe that Clark is very far down the priority chain for these writers. I don't get it. Its nuts. But I think the proof is in the pudding, so to speak.

MR has been underused terribly all season. You'd think they wouldn't do that in one of the last 5 eps, when they might be his last ever. Idiots!

I have my fingers crossed for next week too, but I have to be honest. This episode made my SV love take a real hit.
starry_dawn
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
There, there. *pets* Calm down. I'm sure next episode will kick all kinds of ass. TW in a suit! And glasses! Just keep thinking of that, and everything will be alright. :)
jeannev
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I'll try and take some deep, cleansing breaths. LOL

Thank God for the Pretty.
tariel22
Apr. 26th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
First of all, Supernatural reference FTW! \o/

Its fine to have Clark working with someone, but you should get the sense/feeling that he doesn't really need to. That he has he capability to function competently on his own for the most part.

Absolutely!! He's Superman, for God's sake!! I do love the Clark/Chloe friendship, but she should never appear smarter than he is. He is, by definition, superhuman!!

I had a tough time with this one. I was very confused when it was over, and literally almost in tears over how Clark came off in this episode. And I'm not really willing to fanwank that part of it. I'm sick to death of the fucking Clana, and for the life of me I cannot understand why Clark was written the way he was in this episode. For one tiny moment I entertained the thought that AlMiles ordered it as punishment for Tom getting the directing gig. Yeah, I really am that crazy. :P

I'm more meh than mad over the focus of this episode, and I did enjoy watching AM relish in her starring role. I know we disagree about AA, and he didn't bother me that much, although his story line was beyond ridiculous, and has inspired a whole second post about this episode from me, that I'm working on now.

I couldn't even face starting to write my review until after the time I usually have it posted, and the whole process was extremely slow. I would write a little bit, leave, come back to it, write a little more. It was arduous, but it was the only way I could achieve any positivity, and you know I'm the eternal optimist of Smallville.

I was actually worried you would think I was too hard on Clark. I'm somewhat gratified that we were both so bitterly disappointed that once again this show has squandered the promise of an awesome episode. Plus they killed the lead-in to Tom's show. *sighs*

I'm very excited about next week! I hope Tom had the time of his life directing the episode, and I hope I love it. I have high hopes.

ETA: I'm so sorry, I forgot to say thank you for the screen times! I do so appreciate that you continue to track this! I'm disappointed to see Lex so decidedly in 3rd place again, but it looks like the scales could shift again next week. I just think he should be #2, that's all.

Edited at 2008-04-26 07:01 am (UTC)
jeannev
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
SPN was so much fun this week. I laughed a lot!

I'm sick to death of Clana, and the Lana obsession, but at this point? I'm dangerously close to being there with Chlark as well. They have just titled those scales too heavily to one side. I see Chloe, then Clark, then a computer and I cringe. It didn't used to be that way for me.

The only thing I thought you were too hard on Clark about was the stuff about Chloe being "bruised and bloody" in the loft scene. She had a small cut over one eye, and seemed fine. Of course, I don't think it should've been glossed over, but considering that fact that she was feeling well enough right after to have sex with her boyfriend, I'm thinking Chloe wasn't too badly harmed.

And no doubt at all in my mind that Lex should be #2 on screentime.
tariel22
Apr. 26th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Smallville could certainly takes lessons from SPN on how to do a filler episode! I loved Ghostfacers. I love Ben Edlund, for that matter. He's written some of my favorite episodes.

considering that fact that she was feeling well enough right after to have sex with her boyfriend, I'm thinking Chloe wasn't too badly harmed.

LOL! Okay, I agree I went a bit overboard in my description. My only excuse is that I was pissed at the time. :) What I should have said was that a similar scratch made Clark impressively angry at Oliver in Siren. Which begs the question, so it's okay for Chloe to get knocked around, as long as it's for Clark? I still think it was inconsistent, and if the difference was Lana-induced blindness, that makes Clark look like a jerk, IMO.
jeannev
Apr. 27th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Well, the cool thing about SPN (one of many) is that its willing to let its main characters be funny.

And I don't think that last scene was Lana induced blindness. I just think the writer of the episode didn't feel like dealing with it.
tariel22
Apr. 27th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, maybe they talked about it before the part we saw. Better in Offscreenville than not at all. We all know how it would have gone anyway.
goodvibe
Apr. 26th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
Big, fat giant WORD to everything you you've written. You echo my own thoughts completely. Honestly, this ep was Teh Suck and then some. I fucking hate that the writing team feels they can get away this monumental piece of crap.

Imagine, the last few eps of the season left, epic Clex last week, MR's final (possibly) season---and this?!

::sighs::

jeannev
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Talk about one big, fat momentum killer...this ep takes the prize. This episode has cheap filler written all over it, and it couldn't have come at a worse time.
idunnoit
Apr. 26th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
*laughs* Clearly you were not amused. ;)
jeannev
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
That obvious, eh? ;)
carolandtom
Apr. 26th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC)
So much WORD!!!

Clark is probably the most abused and/or neglected main character ever! I can't help but to think that what the writers did to Clark in this episode was deliberate. Even if they were the worst TV writers and producers ever (which they probably are) it's *really* difficult to write a main character this badly without a hidden agenda. It's unbelievable that this script got ever approved. I'm so sorry for Tom, who had to deliver that crap! (which I'm sure he hated too).

I hope AG/MM and all their minions (particularly this Caroline person) pay somehow for the assassination of Clark Kent/Superman. I hope they go to TV hell!

jeannev
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Carol, I swear to God, I think when it comes to Clark, these writers range from indifferent to downright loathing of Clark. And I can't help but ask myself...why the hell are you writing a show about a young Superman? How can anyone in a writers room see some of these lines and not get a ping on their bullshit meters? I can't even conceive it.

And then when you read interviews, or the SV companions guides, their indifference and ignorance towards Clark Kent/Superman comes through loud and clear. All they can do it talk about smart Chloe is, or how adorable Jimmy is, or how Lana is a "rock star" (a quote from the Dries person), and so on. But Clark? Pfffftt, as if they freaking care.

I know I'd feel a lot better about next season if Souders/Peterson had followed goughlar out the door. Alas...
(Anonymous)
Apr. 26th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY!
THANK YOU!!

This highlights exactly why regardless of whatever type of love and friendship that Lana and Chloe respectively bring to Clark's life, both those relationships need to END NOW. Lana turns him into a whining, brooding wimp, Chloe does everything for him short of picking out his clothes for the day and packing him a lunch. It disgusts me how they make Clark Kent aka freaking Superman look inferior in order to keep their crutches of Lana and Chloe. I just pray that "Apocalypse" is the wake up call that allows Clark to see that neither of these relationships are healthy and that he'll bite the bullet and end the repetitive garbage that they're producing.

People can like her or not, but they can't deny that when Clark works with Lois on a story, he isn't forced to look like he can't do anything for himself. They actually come off as partners and equals. Reunion comes to mind when Lois is looking for the story on Duncan, and Clark is separately looking for the story on Duncan, and they wind up in the same place. Half the time it seems like they're scared to death to *gasp* actually explore THE relationship of the Superman mythos on any significant level, but the fact is when they DO do that Clark is allowed to actually BE smart and resourceful in addition to being superpowered.

Oh, and though you'd never know it, the Talon is LOIS'S APARTMENT. She paid rent to move in on her own at the end of "Exposed" in Season 5, and has let her cousin Chloe stay there since the events of Dark Thursday closed the Met U dorms (apparently forever) in Season 6. And that was my other beef, the last time we saw Lois she was freaking SHOT and didn't even get a resolution scene in "Descent". And apparently that doesn't even deserve one line of "she's doing much better, she'll be out of the hospital soon" in the next episode before Jimmy and Chloe deflower her apartment. Caroline Dries sucks.
jeannev
Apr. 26th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
Re: EXACTLY!
At this point, I do believe both the Clana dynamic, and the Chlark dynamic have become detriments to Clark. And I don't understand why at all. Except maybe that the writers prefer the characters of Lana and Chloe to Clark, and so they write those scenes heavily titled towards the girls. And I'm not sure if they have become so complacent in the writing that its unfixable. I think thats the case with Clana, but I do believe Chlark can be fixed.

The Clois dynamic shows promise, but there's been so little of it, I'm not sure what to think yet. Its only this season that I'm having trouble with the Chlark stuff, and there's been no Clois to speak of. Maybe the reason that the Clois stuff comes off as more equal is because it hasn't become repeatitive and forumalic to these writers yet.

Personally, I think anyone living in the Talon is ridiculous at this point. It makes no sense. I'm not sure why they didn't redress that set, and make it into a 2 bedroom apt for Chlo-Lo to share, and say its in Metropolis. Again, lazy, lazy, lazy!
radioreverie
Apr. 27th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
Re: EXACTLY!
Your ideas are intriguing and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
jude_judith82
Apr. 26th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
I hope your feeling better. I'm sure the next eppy is gonna be all kinds of awesome.

And really, can we just take a break from the whole Clark runs to Chloe, Chloe ridiculously hacks into the Pentagon/Vatican/Kremlin, then explains everything to Clark like he's a 2 year old? When she's not explaining to him what his priorities should be. Just really, lets take a big step back from that, reevaluate, and figure out how to have them function as equals, or lets not have them function together at all.

I'm over it at this point. I've enjoyed Clark and Chloe but at this point I need them to move one from this stuff. Clark is an intelligent man. He doesn't need to go running to Chloe every five seconds. I get it they're friend but Chloe is coming off as sanctimonious and unlikable. And don't get me started on the Chimmy. I could rant on it all day.

Lex had less then 6m in this episode, and at no time did he come off as stupid and ineffectual.

The only time I actually paid attention during the episode was when Lex was on screen. I should have had a drink or ten before I watched this. Here's to next week.
jeannev
Apr. 26th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I'm sure the next eppy is gonna be all kinds of awesome.

I hope you're right.

I think you've hit on a very important point with the way they write Chloe in relation to Clark lately. Sure, she comes off as heroic, and supersmart, and able to hack anything, and completely focused on the big picture, etc, etc. But that seems to come at the expense of Clark. And while on one hand you can say "Yay, Chloe's the hero!", the other hand just starts to resent the hell out of her because the show isn't supposed to be Chloe as Superman.

Or at least thats how I feel. And it bothers the hell out of me, because I've always liked Chloe a lot. :/

Just as a general rule, I think keeping alcohol handy while watching SV is always a wise move. ;)

Edited at 2008-04-26 11:11 pm (UTC)
jude_judith82
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
I think unfortunately at this time Chloe is a detriment to Clark. Chloe next to Clark and Lex is my fave character on the show but that hasn't always been the case. I didn't like her character around season two/season three. It took the eppy where she found out about Clark in season four for me to actually love her as a character. But now I wish they'd have an episode where Chloe couldn't drop everything to help Clark so he can figure things out on his own you know like he used to. God one step forward, two steps back. Sometimes Smallville is like the most frustrating boyfriend LOL. Once I think that's enough, he does something sweet to make me forget. Hee.
jeannev
Apr. 27th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
I definitely think the Chlark relationship is salvageable. Don't get me wrong. But it certainly needs some major tweaking and evaluating. It needs a shake-up.
jude_judith82
Apr. 27th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Me too. It's not that I don't enjoy it but sometimes it's frustrating. I still love the Clark and Chloe though.
songkat
Apr. 27th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
Here in Chicago, we had to wait until 11:40 pm for it to start - I set the VCR and went to bed. Watched it last night when I got home from work.

Not only do I agree with the majority of what you've written, I was also BORED at the episode and nearly fell asleep! ;)

Bring on the pretty next week. Meanwhile, I celebrated Tom's birthday by watching the first 4 episodes of Season 1 - it was nice taking a walk in the past when the show was freshest, and Lana wasn't snippy and nasty.
jeannev
Apr. 27th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Oh yes, boredom was definitely induced. A SV episode has rarely been named so appropriately. ;)

I love S1. The show was so sweet and innocent, and simple in a really appealing way. In a lot of ways, SV seems to have lost its heart.
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jeannev
Apr. 27th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
I have a theory about Jimmy. Now, call me crazy, but I get the sense that certain writers overly empathize with Jimmy. We had Gough saying last year that they couldn't break Jimmy's heart (Clark? Lex? STOMP, STOMP!!) Then we have Jimmy being the object of not one, but 2 very attractive girls desire. We've been getting Jimmy the reporter lately. I thought he just took the pictures? We have Jimmy being the seemingly dominant partner with Lois...or at the very least, equal, which is still the wrong dynamic. Now we Jimmy as James Bond. And I can't help feeling that somewhere on the writing staff, or maybe its the showrunners, they are seeing themselves in Jimmy. And it actually fits with my theory that they actually resent the Clark Kent character.

Does that make sense, or am I talking crap? :P

And yeah, TW directing next week only explains the lack of screentime, not the quality of the screentime. And it doesn't explain the lack of Lex screentime AT ALL.

(Anonymous)
Apr. 28th, 2008 10:14 am (UTC)
Kel's Rant
Hi Jeanney, I have been visiting your site for months but this is my first time posting. I love your site, I like reading your comments and I support Tom! Anyhow, you absolutely hit the nail on the head. I DESPISE Chimmy or whatever they're called. I have never liked Jimmy or Chloe (no offense to anyone) and putting them together was so lame. They just wanted Chloe to have a boyfriend, there was no development beforehand. Chloe has always annoyed me, first with her "I must know Clark's secret even though he doesn't want to tell me" and now with her super-hacking skills and her sources, like WHERE DID SHE EVEN LEARN TO DO ALL OF THIS? Jimmy is just plain annoying...they did not do the normal, nice guy role properly at all. He's always jealous and is now playing two girls at the same time. He serves no purpose and the actor is the twin brother of someone else who was already on the show! WTF? Did Gough and Miller just want him because the Superman movie wanted his brother? I am not against Allison Mack or Aaron Ashmore, I think they're decent actors and Allison's cute but Chimmy must die! It is worse than Clana which I still care about, nobody can convince me otherwise.

"Then we have Jimmy being the object of not one, but 2 very attractive girls desire."


One of the worst choices in Smallville history. Kara sees Jimmy and is then attracted instantly? WTF? Seriously? Wouldn't she have exploded when she saw the delectable Clark Kent (i.e. Tom Welling)? It doesn't make any sense at all! Is he with Kara or Chloe? FRICK!


"Bottom line though, you can't make me believe there hasn't been friction between Gough and Welling just based on how his character has been written in the series. The main character isn't supposed to be riding in the back seat ninety per cent of the time with a coloring book to occupy his time."


Of course there have been problems, the writers don't care about Clark! They have erections for Chloe because she's their "creation" and Lana because Kristin's gorgeous. Poor Tom is one of the most underappreciated actors on television today, even from his own shows' writers which is pathetic. He must be unhappy with his character, he hasn't done an interview in so long that we can't even know for sure. Both Kristin and Michael want to leave so badly that they won't even come back for one more season, they want to move on that much. I know a season is 9 months but you would think that when you've done something for seven years that you wnat to be there until the end but no.

Thank you for allowing me to rant, Smallville drives me insane sometimes.
jeannev
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Kel's Rant
Moved my response to your other entry :)

Edited at 2008-04-28 04:28 pm (UTC)
silverscreengal
Apr. 27th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)

I love, love, love your commentary on your screentime totals. You can take a few numbers and still end up cracking me up!


I never thought I'd say this, but Chloe is annoying me and is pissing me off. When the writers screw up a character that isn't tied to DC canon... that is a tragedy!

For god's sake could they emasculate Clark anymore??





jeannev
Apr. 27th, 2008 06:10 am (UTC)
LOL, I'm glad I was able to make you laugh. This is actually the very first time I've mocked screentime totals. I just couldn't help myself for this episode.

And no, I'm not sure they could emasculate Clark more. But then again, the season isn't over yet. There's still time. :/
seacrystal
Apr. 27th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
And really, can we just take a break from the whole Clark runs to Chloe, Chloe ridiculously hacks into the Pentagon/Vatican/Kremlin, then explains everything to Clark like he's a 2 year old?

I did have a hearty laugh when one moment Chloe said "this is lightyears out of my league" or something like that, and the next she decided she just could step up and voila. We have the Kremlin onscreen no problems at all.

That he has he capability to function competently on his own for the most part. Once you establish that, you can have him work with just about anyone.

So much word. You can't make me believe a future Superman and a freaking world-class investigative reporter needs EVERY SINGLE thing to be practically spelled out for him on what to do, or what not to do. How insulting it is for Chloe to even be the one who actually suggested combing through Swann's journal instead of him thinking of that himself?
jeannev
Apr. 27th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
To be completely fair here, the way the show represents "hacking" in general is ludicrous. They did it with Jimmy in this episode too. Its just that they do it constantly with Chloe. If they did it with her occasionally as opposed to every episode, I think the reaction to it would be a lot more tolerant.

There's one line when Chlark are up in the loft, and Chloe says something about ionic displacement, and I was like WTF? When did she read up on this? I mean, come on now. It gets ridiculous.
seacrystal
Apr. 27th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
The only superhacking I'd actually buy on this show is Kara's, with her growing up on a technologically advanced race and all that. Heck, I'd even buy Clark hacking out of the blue one day and just say it's due to his Kryptonian brain -- it IS supposed to have like, 1000x more capacity compared to the human one.
pep_singer
Apr. 28th, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I love Chloe and all, but I don't think this episode did her any favors. Same with Clark. Chloe choosing to have sex with Jimmy after what happened made me angry and dislike Jimmy. Also, I love it when Chlark work together, but I am so ready for Clark and Chloe to be *in the field* working using *both* of their brains. Contrary to what some fans believe, Clark is a smart guy. Too bad the show ignores that when it's convenient.
jeannev
Apr. 28th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
I like Chloe too, and I don't want to dislike her. But I have a tendency to circle the wagons around Clark when it becomes really apparent to me that they are propping someone up at his expense. And I sort of feel like the Chlark stuff has ventured into this territory. Anyone who is familiar with me at all knows I don't do the 'ship thing, and none of the SV girls are "my girl". So, I'm not suggesting that Chloe should be replaced as Clark's friend and confidante.

But really? I think its time to pull back a bit on her being involved with every.single.thing. in his life. Its just too much.

And definitely, get Chloe away from Jimmy. No one in hell does she deserve to be stuck in that 'ship. It actually makes my skin crawl. Weird.
pep_singer
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
//So, I'm not suggesting that Chloe should be replaced as Clark's friend and confidante.//

Oh, I totally understand. I just really wish they'd find a way to retool their dynamic.

//And definitely, get Chloe away from Jimmy. No one in hell does she deserve to be stuck in that 'ship. It actually makes my skin crawl. Weird.//

Yeah, it's far worse than the Clana at this point.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 28th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
There has been a fair amount of stinkers over the 6+ years span - each season has had its two or three WTF? episodes - but this one may just be the worst in SV history. And, as you point out, its placement following "Descent" only served to accentuate its WTF quotient. How can they get it so right and then so wrong in such a short span of time? Do the writers even communicate one to another? Seriously, someone needs to tell them what has been written previously on the show before they begin writing their assigned episode. I also can't help but think that "sour grapes" is somehow to blame for the overall dismissal of Clark as important to his own story. It is soooo obvious that there is no love between the shows creators and Tom. How else can you explain a show where the star is so badly written and ignored? That quote from Jerrytoons you posted sadly hits the nail on its head. Thanks for your candor and for giving me an outlet to vent my frustration. (TWL247)
jeannev
Apr. 28th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Its always nice to see comments from new people.

And please, by all means, consider this a venting zone. As long as you don't rag on Clark or TW, its cool. Outside of that, its all good. :)

When all is said and done with SV, I'll be interested to see what episode ends up on the bottom of the barrel for me. This episode is a very possible candidate as it stands right now.

And yes, I am a firm believer that there is some sort of problem between goughlar and TW. I also think there's some really big issues with the writing staff, and their focus.

I do suspect that Sleeper suffers from being hastily slapped together post-strike. I think that Descent was easier for them to write since they already had some of the footage. And I bet Apocalypse was getting more attention due to it being the 150th episode, and the subject matter. I think Sleeper was a throwaway, and I'm really afraid that Quest will be as well.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the welcome. I have been visiting your journal for awhile and even posted a time or two before now. I enjoy your take on things and since I am a Clark/Tom fan first of all, too, I always find this place a joy to visit. So, no worries; you won't hear me bashing Tom ever. He's pretty darn perfect from my vantage point. ;)

I hope you are wrong about Quest but I suspect you may be right. And that just bugs me. Fillers are such a waste of time; they scream, "we decided to just coast this week while we stretch our remaining time out" and that's just sloppy and shows a lack of creativity and pride in what you do. If it's too hard to come up with 22 topnotch episodes, do 18, but do them well! Maybe I'm missing something but I just don't see the point in being okay with mediocrity.

jeannev
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I hope I'm wrong about Quest too, for what its worth. I do believe it will have more Lex focus, so that elevates it above Snoozer already. But I do believe that the ep may very well be dragged down by how they've worked Jimmy into this main storyline. We'll see, and I hope I'm wrong.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 28th, 2008 10:16 am (UTC)
Kel's Rant
Hi Jeanney, I have been visiting your site for months but this is my first time posting. I love your site, I like reading your comments and I support Tom! Anyhow, you absolutely hit the nail on the head. I DESPISE Chimmy or whatever they're called. I have never liked Jimmy or Chloe (no offense to anyone) and putting them together was so lame. They just wanted Chloe to have a boyfriend, there was no development beforehand. Chloe has always annoyed me, first with her "I must know Clark's secret even though he doesn't want to tell me" and now with her super-hacking skills and her sources, like WHERE DID SHE EVEN LEARN TO DO ALL OF THIS? Jimmy is just plain annoying...they did not do the normal, nice guy role properly at all. He's always jealous and is now playing two girls at the same time. He serves no purpose and the actor is the twin brother of someone else who was already on the show! WTF? Did Gough and Miller just want him because the Superman movie wanted his brother? I am not against Allison Mack or Aaron Ashmore, I think they're decent actors and Allison's cute but Chimmy must die! It is worse than Clana which I still care about, nobody can convince me otherwise.

"Then we have Jimmy being the object of not one, but 2 very attractive girls desire."

One of the worst choices in Smallville history. Kara sees Jimmy and is then attracted instantly? WTF? Seriously? Wouldn't she have exploded when she saw the delectable Clark Kent (i.e. Tom Welling)? It doesn't make any sense at all! Is he with Kara or Chloe? FRICK!


"Bottom line though, you can't make me believe there hasn't been friction between Gough and Welling just based on how his character has been written in the series. The main character isn't supposed to be riding in the back seat ninety per cent of the time with a coloring book to occupy his time."

Of course there have been problems, the writers don't care about Clark! They have erections for Chloe because she's their "creation" and Lana because Kristin's gorgeous. Poor Tom is one of the most underappreciated actors on television today, even from his own shows' writers which is pathetic. He must be unhappy with his character, he hasn't done an interview in so long that we can't even know for sure. Both Kristin and Michael want to leave so badly that they won't even come back for one more season, they want to move on that much. I know a season is 9 months but you would think that when you've done something for seven years that you wnat to be there until the end but no.

Thank you for allowing me to rant, Smallville drives me insane sometimes.
jeannev
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Kel's Rant
Rant away. Its always OK here. :)

I'm very disgruntled with the way they've gone about the Jimmy character. I was really hoping that he was going to be an easy going, funny guy for Clark to become friendly with. Bring a bit of levity to the show. Instead he was drawn into romantic angst (EWW!), and recently has just been turned into something that I don't think Jimmy was ever supposed to be.

I don't get it.

And yes, I think Tom must get very frustrated. I have a strong suspicion that Tom has kicked himself in the head more then once for extending his original contract.
beef_wonder3
Apr. 30th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
I'm in total agreeance with you.
We have to ask, which fans were so desperate for "The Big" Jimmy Olsen as James Bond episode?

Hopefully in the remaining eps we'll get substantial storylines without Clark looking like a dickhead.

I have a good feeling about Apacolypse though, TW can hardly direct himself wrong, can he.
jeannev
Apr. 30th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
I think they probably did the Jimmy episode because it was filler, and because TW wasn't really available. But personally? I think it was a lousy choice. I think a Lois episode would've been a better decision, or how about a Lex-heavy one? Just because Clark needed to be sidelined, Lex didn't.

My fingers are crossed for Apocalypse and the rest of the season. Sleeper did some damage to my hopes though :(
porcey
May. 2nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Ok I agree that Jimmy is a totally weak character but...don't hit me... (small voice) I didn't think this episode was that bad.
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