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A Thank You, and cute SV story

To the anonymous person who was the kind gifter of a very cute penguin, Thank you so very much!!  I love it.  What a lovely, kind-hearted thing to do.



I wanted to share a cute SV story.
   

Yesterday, I had some family over the house for a BBQ, and my nearly 13 year old niece brought her best friend Max with her.  During the course of the day, Max noticed I had the Smallville DVD's, and nearly jumped out of his chair because he totally LOVES Smallville.  It is his absolute favorite show.  And he was so happy to have found a few more fans to talk to.  He completely idolizes Clark, and he's very fond of both Lois and Chloe.  And he thought Brainiac was totally COOL!  He was so excited about the show, and he's practically jumping out of his skin, waiting for the new season to start.  And I couldn't help but think to myself that so many of us get so caught up in certain aspects of the show, or things we're disappointed about, or unfulfilled expectations, that we probably never get to experiance the show with the sort of enthusiasm and excitment of young Max.  Its was so much fun chatting with him about the show.  He doesn't care about 'ships, or dropped continuity, or cast changes.  He just loves Smallville, and watching Clark.  It was darling.  And to make the story even cuter, Max's parents are divorced.  But since they both know of his love of Smallville, the parent he's not with will call him after SV is over to talk to him about what happened.  Isn't that great?

Really, he was such a doll, and for a second I forgot to be bitchy and bitter and weighed down by my cynism.  Of course, being me, it didn't last long  LOL

Has everyone seen the deleted scenes from S7's Fierce ?  The links were provided by the very awesome Andreas ri  

Very interesting stuff, to include the Chloe/Lana reunion.  How these scenes got deleted, but we had scenes of Kara badly dancing with a bunch of other girls, and evil plotting by the 'weather girls", I'll never understand.  I guess I could understand cutting the Clark/Kara scene, especially since it doesn't take much for someone to watch it and go "Hmmm, what is Kara doing behind that sheet, and why is Clark looking down?"  But it was still cute, and Tom and Laura had really lovely chemistry.  But the other scene should've stayed in.  It fleshed out the relationship between Chloe and Grant, touched on Lois, and has the aforementioned Chloe/Lana reunion.  I think most of us thought it was really lame that Chloe and Lana never got a scene like in S7.  It was like, suddenly Lana was back and no one was asking any questions.  Very badly handled. 

Comments

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dm_wyatt
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
I think that's adorable!

I still love the show, but that I bet that youthful enthusiasm was a joy to see.

jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
It was just so sweet. His whole face lit up. I sometimes forget that kids like SV too.
canadabear
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Deleted scenes are up somewhere? :O TWoP fails me in this endeavour.
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEPmk-pD4_Q

This is one. I'll get the link to the other.

ETA: Here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X_nuIPzdSs

Thanks again to andreas ri

Edited at 2008-08-26 01:35 am (UTC)
canadabear
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
eeyore1017
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Did someone send you an actual stuffed penguin in the mail or are you referring to something Internet related? Either way, enjoy! Do you have a secret admirer perhaps? :-)

I enjoyed your story about Max. I think that a lot of the time, I am able to just enjoy SV as a TV show and as entertainment and a lot of gorgeous Tom. It's when I visit certain websites and see what other people say that I feel simple-minded for enjoying the show on a surface level and not being all analytical and bitter. Granted, I do have some issues with the show even without the opinions of others, but I think the majority of the time I can just enjoy it. For me, TV is all about escaping my own boring life...

As far as the deleted scenes, you already saw what my thoughts were on that...:-)

Edited at 2008-08-26 01:47 am (UTC)
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
No, it was a virtual penguin sent to me by a lj friend, anonymously. Very sweet!

I think SV definitely works best on a shallow, escapist level. Its a beautiful show, with a gorgeous cast, and lots of things to enjoy about it. It was nice to see it through Max's eyes for a little while.
la_belle_isa
Aug. 26th, 2008 02:23 am (UTC)
That's a cute story and I can relate because I was a lot like Max not long ago. When I started watching Smallville on DVD in 2007, all S1 to S5, I was perfectly OK with everything because I just watched it first level with no analysis. Then I watched S6 and I couldn't believe it. For me, it was a completely different show. Then I went online and that's when I started to get bitter about a couple of things. It also opened my eyes on good things like Clex that I never saw before someone on the net pointed it.
But I would say that the time when I discovered the first 5 seasons without internet interference were the most enjoyable for me.
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I hear ya. I didn't actually get involved in SV fandom until around S5. It definitely changes things, and rarely for the better. Which is so unfortunate.
tasabian
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
It fleshed out the relationship between Chloe and Grant, touched on Lois, and has the aforementioned Chloe/Lana reunion. I think most of us thought it was really lame that Chloe and Lana never got a scene like in S7. It was like, suddenly Lana was back and no one was asking any questions. Very badly handled.
SV frequently cuts good scenes: Clark standing up to Lana in "Jinx", Lex and Chloe in "Thirst"....it's baffling the Chloe/Lana reunion was cut. but then their previous reunion scene in "Gone" was cut as well!
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
They really have cut out a lot of good scenes. I wish I knew who made these decisions.

I had forgotten about the Chlana reunion being cut in S4. Hmmm, its a trend! But honestly, I get the feeling that they knew Lana's return in S7 was going to be clusterfuck, and they didn't really want to have to deal with the details, so they wrote a lackluster reunion with Clark, deleted her reunion with Chloe, and never even had Lois or Jimmy mention her, though you would think they would. They just swept it all under the rug.
jude_judith82
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
God that is so great to hear! I try not to get caught up in the drama of fandom b/c when it comes down to it I wanna watch cause I love.
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
And thats completely the right attitude. As frustrated as I get sometimes, I wouldn't continue to watch if I wasn't still in love to some degree. And of course, there's Tom. :)
svgurl
Aug. 26th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Aww, that is a cute story. :D

And I saw that clip from "Fierce". I don't understand why they keep cutting the Chloe-Lana reunion clips. This scene and the one that got cut in s4 were really cute ... they actually made me believe the Chlana friendship. Both girls looked so cute and happy.

Love your take on the first scene, with Clark and Kara though. But that is really what I was thinking too. LOL!
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
I just really don't get why they cut that reunion scene, or even the scene with Grant. And for what? Fierce was full of horrible scenes. Its just such a bone-headed decision.

But cutting the Clark/Kara one? Yeah, I get that, though I'm glad to have the chance to see it.
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jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
Does anyone know who makes the final decision on what stays and what goes? Despite it being editing wouldn't final say be the director of that episode?

I'm pretty sure that final say is not the directors cut. As I understand it, there's first a directors cut, then it goes to LA, and the final edit is done. Of course that doesn't narrow down who made some of these bad decisions because it could be either of them.

I think the cut scene that made me the most angry was the scene between Clark and MM that was supposed to appear at the end of Labyrinth. That was just a baffling decision, and for what? Another Clexana scene? Jeez!

I'm not sure how they decide what cut scenes to include on the DVD's and what not to. Maybe it has something to do with how far they got through production? I don't know. But I agree that Lois/Martha scene would've been a good thing to include.
carolandtom
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
Nice story! I was like Max in season 1 and most of season 2. Then I lost my innocence and never recovered it.
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel Carol. Its much easier to be innocent like that when you don't know the things we know.
gildinwen
Aug. 26th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
Aww that's an adorable story!!! and the fact you got a penguin makes it all the better *G*
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
The penguin is the BEST PART!!! LOL I love presents.
wrighty555
Aug. 26th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
That's a great story. You should see if Tabby wants to pass it along to Allison. I think she would like hearing that. Heck the whole cast would probably like hearing that story.
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Well, its out there for anyone to share if they like. I think many of us just forget the whole segment of the audience personified by Max. He just likes the show because it makes him happy. And there's something really nice in that simplicity.
goodvibe
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, that is so cute. And so similar to experiences I have with those friends and family who watch SV as well, yet don't come online. It's like they just can't be bothered to get into the nitty grittys that online fandom does. Good for them, I say, heh.

Would you perhaps have a link to the deleted scenes?
goodvibe
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
Ah, never mind. I see that there are links provided above!
jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Cool, you found them OK :)

Yeah, I've met people that liked SV before. In fact, my best friends wife absolutely loves the show, and when I tell her some of the things that goes on in SV online fandom, she just looks at me like WTF??!! She doesn't get it at all.
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jeannev
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
I think when all else fails, Tom's pretty carries the day, LOL

I'm like you. I used to just appreciate the show in all its pretty, shallow glory. And then I got sucked into the negativity, and thats a hard habit to break. I doubt I can pull myself out of that mindset entirely, but I'm thinking I might want to try a bit more. That doesn't mean not being critical, just trying to keep a more open mind about certain things.
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