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And Smallville is Back!


Hmmm, to sum up, I would probably put it this way....underwhelming, but I can appreciate the set up for the season. 

And Tom Welling is Stunning! 

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My biggest problem with this episode (besides just about everything being really poorly explained), is WHERE THE HELL WAS THE CLARK?

Oh, yes, I know, he was there.  But this is the premiere.  It should've been Clark-central, not Clark-lite.  And it was really Clark-lite.  Really.

I believe that the first half of the episode should've been overwhelmingly focused on 1.JLA finding Clark, 2. where Clark was, and how he got there, 3. rescuing Clark.  And I mean, that needed a good solid 1/3 of the episode.  But it just didn't happen.  I'm still not sure how or why Clark was in this Russian camp, why they were keeping him, what "I'll get you the money" means, or why the Russian guy just let him walk away.  I mean, why do all that if you aren't going to explore the concept?  You could've just had Clark holed up in some fishing village, recovering from his ordeal, and it would've come to the same end result.

Yes, it would've deprived us of a hot boy fight, but still....

Speaking of that, how did Ollie even find Clark?  An explanation of that would've been nice.

Which brings me to what sucked up WAY too much time.  The Tess stuff.  Too much Tess, too soon in the season.  Long scenes of Tess with Lex minion from last year.  Way too much time in this episode was wasted on her basically establishing that 1. she was in charge, and 2. she wants to find Lex.  Could've done that in 2 short scenes, and hinted at whats to come with her.  As it was, I just wanted LESS Tess so we could get back to Clark's story.

Not much Lois, but she was doing what she should've been doing in this episode.  Trying to find Chloe, going undercover, trying to break Chloe out.  So, that was good.  And Erica's hair is gorgeous.

Its so hard for me to  verbalize how I feel about the Chloe stuff, because I just hate the whole Chloe with powers thing so much.  But I do think I prefer super computer brain Chloe over raising-people-from-the-dead, Lazarus Chloe.  Though both abilities scream deux ex machina.  But, I'll keep an open mind and try to roll with this.  But the Chimmy still sucks.

The JLA stuff was OK.  Not too much of it  (way too little of it, in fact), but some cute banter.   I was loving Alaina Huffman's BC/Dinah in this one.  Heh!  She totally was digging on Clark's form.  Thata girl! 

Martian Manhunter literally was a deux ex machina in this episode, but I can't help it, I love Phil Morris.  He's always a welcome presence  But I don't understand...why would flying Clark to the sun heal him, and restore his powers?  Wouldn't Jor-El have had to do that?  And how did they get back from the sun if MM was powerless?  Messy writing.

Oh, and while I'm at, why would Moira's power be able to control Oliver when her powers only allowed her to control meteor infected people?  Sloppy.

And as much I do love Clark working at the DP, that was way too rushed.  When did he even have time to fill out the application, hand it in and interview?  I know they wanted to get him there, but they could've waited for the next episode, and had his hiring take place in 8x02. 

And while Lex's name was mentioned throughout, and he was kept very present in the story, I think we were missing a scene of Clark really reflecting on what occured.  I sort of understand it, because there really wasn't anyone he would dicuss that with.  And I also understand that Clark never seemed to believe Lex was dead.  But still, it felt like it was missing.

But here's where I cut the episode a lot of slack....you can see the path they are taking for the season, and I like it.  As quick as it was, they did a pretty good job of having Clark take a good look at himself, his situation, and the way he's been living his life, and come to the conclusion that he needs to change.  Clark was hard on himself, but I didn't get a sense of guilt or wallowing, but rather a sense of purpose and determination.  Of course, I could've done with a lot more screentime devoted to that (really, I think the screentime totals are going to be shocking).  But I certainly didn't feel like Clark's epiphany came out of nowhere, or felt like it wasn't supported by whats taken place on the show.

Actually, quite honestly, the real brightspot of this episode was Clark.  Which is why I think if the show had actually concentrated on him, and devoted the screentime to his story, you would've had an amazing episode.  Instead of one that was more set-up for the coming season then anything else.

On a completely shallow note, everyone looked great, there was definitely HoYay!, and the episode did manage to keep up my excitement for the coming season.

But honestly, I was hoping for better. 

And so our season is out of the gate.  I remain hopeful.



 



Comments

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bradygirl_12
Sep. 19th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
I agree with this, Jeannev! I had mixed feelings about this, too, but the gayness was AWESOME! ;)

I wish they could come up with a plausible explanation for Clark wearing glasses. I'd love to see him start wearing them! :)
jeannev
Sep. 19th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
I think I'd love to see the glasses too.

Mixed feelings is a good way to describe it...but its not a BAD feeling. Just a little disappointed that they didn't do a better job with this one.
morganichele
Sep. 19th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
I DO agree with you, definitely, about the hiring at the DP. However, I was blinded by Clark's smile too much to think about it at the moment. LOL.

I think there needs to be some kind of explanation as to how he got the job, at least. *shrugs*

I liked reading your thoughts! :) *hugs*
jeannev
Sep. 19th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Thank you, and right back atcha!

Tom was so gorgeous though, wasn't he? My God, he's just unreal.

There were quite a few parts that needed better explanation. And at least one Tess scene that could've been axed completely.
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jeannev
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
I was just really disappointed that they skimped so much on the Clark part of this story. It worries me, because thats just more of the biggest problem the show has had for the last 2 few seasons. It can't be treated like an ensemble show. Clark is THE STAR, and the other characters are supporting.

Clark was awesome though when he was on screen. Even though I think the whole DP part of the show should've been pushed over to 8x02, Clark was absolutely beaming in that last scene. I love when we get to see him teasing and smiling.

And yeah, the Chimmy is just really, really hard to tolerate. Its such an ill conceived relationship.
svgurl
Sep. 19th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
I really loved this episode but I do think you're right about the Clark. Waaay too much Tess ... didn't think about it then but you're right. And it seemed like she was saying the same thing everywhere anyway.

Lois kicked butt! I love the last scene between her and Clark. &hearts It looks like we're getting s4 banter back, which I adored and am looking forward to.

The whole MM angle was badly written and I thought about the questions you have too but I loved J'onn. And Clark was just so mature in that barn scene. It was freaking amazing! I was like "YES! YOU are my Superman!"

The Superbrain stuff does make more sense, in relation to who Chloe is. I guess we'll have to wait to see how it plays out.

I'm looking forward to the season. Maybe I'm just optimistic. Or shallow. Either way works. ;)
jeannev
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
I do like how proactive they were showing Lois to be, and how she was so determined to find Chloe. Unfortunately, she had to be knocked out for part of that sequence (because she doesn't know "the secret"), but I don't think you can hold that against her. I can't say I was loving the french maid thing though.

Yeah, superbrain Chloe is more fitting then superhealing Chloe. At least it puts back the threat of death into SV. With Chloe's healing power, I just kept thinking that she's run around reanimating people.

Nothing wrong with being shallow when it comes to SV :)
carolandtom
Sep. 19th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
Actually, quite honestly, the real brightspot of this episode was Clark. Which is why I think if the show had actually concentrated on him, and devoted the screentime to his story, you would've had an amazing episode. Instead of one that was more set-up for the coming season then anything else.

Word to that! Only when Clark appeared SV became SV again, in the best sense.

As for the Tess scenes, too many and too long. It's a pity they wasted so much time on that and left out things MUCH more interesting!

Tom looked incredibly gorgeous!
jeannev
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Way, Way, Way too much Tess. And its not like her scenes really added much. She basically kept repeating the same stuff over and over. I think you could've had her establishing scene in the Arctic, her scene with Lois at the mansion, then her ending scene, and cut out the rest. It was too excessive for a premiere ep. Too much, too soon.

Tom is just incredible. You'd think we'd be used to it by now.
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jeannev
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
The lack of Clark was really shocking to me. I thought he'd be all over the place, but it almost felt like his story was taking a backseat to Tess and Chloe. Not the way I would've liked to start the season. :\
eeyore1017
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
Are you surprised that I agree with everything that you said? :-) In fact, someone at work asked me what I thought of Smallville last night and I totally ripped off everything you posted. I swear, I have my own opinion about things! I just like yours better. ;-)
jeannev
Sep. 19th, 2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
LOL, hey what did I say the other day? GMTA!
goodvibe
Sep. 19th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
//Oh, yes, I know, he was there. But this is the premiere. It should've been Clark-central, not Clark-lite. And it was really Clark-lite. Really.//

That's true actually. I didn't observe this in my own thoughts on the ep, but I was searching for a reason behind me not totally loving this ep - perhaps having a tad too many expectations from it - and now I realize that it's probably that Clark wasn't as much of a presence as he could have been.

Still, he had some really great moments, nonetheless. Which is good, especially as you point out, if it's an indication as to where the writers are wanting to take Clark this season.

Also agreeing with you on the WTF plotholes. They did a fair bit to take me out of the ep, actually. But 'tis SV, after all, heh.

About Clark and the DP, there's no doubt that it's a rushed effort on the part of the writers. However, I'm just so pleased that he's taking forward momentum that I'm willing to ignore it I suppose. I'm hoping they play it right while he's actually there now. That might go a fair way in compensating how they got him there.


//And while Lex's name was mentioned throughout, and he was kept very present in the story, I think we were missing a scene of Clark really reflecting on what occured. I sort of understand it, because there really wasn't anyone he would dicuss that with. And I also understand that Clark never seemed to believe Lex was dead. But still, it felt like it was missing.//

I'm holding out hope that we'll get a scene like this, eventually. The situation, the characters history,etc, it all warrants a scene of this kind. Let's see though.

Here's hoping to a good rest of the season!
jeannev
Sep. 20th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
No doubt that the clark moments in this episode were choice. He was awesome throughout. I guess I'm just disappointed because I had hoped that they were really going to tell Clark's story here, and go into what happened, but instead it was slam-bam-thank-you-M'am.

I'm also pleased as can be about Clark being at the DP, so I'll get over the contrivances. Its not as though the show has a billion of those over the years, for all the characters. But still, I can't quite applaude them for the laziness of rushing it without even trying to do better.

but like I said, the stage is set, the course is chosen, and I'm hoping for a decent S8. I do think the elements are there. Lets hope the writing is.
beef_wonder3
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
I really liked this ep and Tom Welling was amazing.

You're right about the Tess stuff. I like that they're not completely forgetting Lex but I'm not sure about Tess yet.

I think we were missing a scene of Clark really reflecting on what occured.
That. Would be awesome! I'd be a very happy girl if SV gives us something like that.

jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know, but it just seems like there an awful lot of Tess love too fast, too early. With her very prominent presence in the premiere, but I also see it from some of the fandom. Why? Because she said something snide to Lois? I don't know, I don't really get it.

I think the SV writers really have a lot of problems in writing a scene where Clark verbalizes his feelings about Clark in an in-depth fashion. So, I guess I'll just have to fill in my own blanks.
seacrystal
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
You made a good point about Tess, though I didn't feel like she was taking up time when I watched it. Compared to the other season premieres, this one certainly doesn't feel as smooth or as focused as a whole but the characterizations are all just so absolutely fantastic that it doesn't really bother me. And it has been a long, long time since an episode has ended on such a fun, high note.

But I certainly didn't feel like Clark's epiphany came out of nowhere, or felt like it wasn't supported by whats taken place on the show.

Most definitely. And Clark taking the future by the horns is just amazing to watch.

jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think one of the issues with Tess is that she only shared one scene with a SV regular cast members. I don't think you can count the opening scene, because she seemed to disappear when the JLA showed up. And maybe thats why they felt so long to me. Because they really were all about her, and establishing her. I'm not even sure that Clark got so much character focus, though I concede that the case could be made that she needed it more then him.

Personally, I've been watching this show to see Clark get to the point where he's at. I can't imagine why I'd complain about that.
starry_dawn
Sep. 21st, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
I think apart from the fact that we didn't get to see the whole application/interview part of the entrance into the DP, I didn't have too many complaints about the episode. A little too much Tess, and a little less Clark, but at least what little we saw of him was stellar. Considering the way the writers are prone to butchering his character every chance they get, I'll take quality over quantity any day.

I'm still looking forward to the next few episodes with just as much gusto as I did for the premiere, so I guess it's all still good with me. :)
jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
I really feel like the DP part of the episode should've been moved over to 8x02. I think PS3 were rushing that because they just wanted to get there, and I can understand that sentiment. With so much stalling from AlMiles, I can imagine there's this irresistable urge to just plow forward. But in doing so, they shortchanged it.

I guess for me, what I'd really like to have seen was more of Clark/Russian work camp storyline. Or maybe I just wanted more of hot, sweaty, manual labor Clark. LOL

And nitpicking and complaining aside, I'm really looking forward to whats to come, and that means that PS3 did their job. At least with this fan. :)
starry_dawn
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
You know, normally I'd be all for more dirty, wet Clark, but the fake Russian accents in that scene were KILLING me. And the guy they got for the mob head was terrible - it was painful to watch.

But yeah, maybe they could've found a way to keep him in that outfit even after Ollie rescued him. But I'm not really complaining, because I liked the second outfit (the one from your icon) even better. And the fact that it is actually Ollie's shirt? *giggles* The HoYay, it lives! :D
serenography
Sep. 21st, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
You make a lot of good points, chiefly that they should have had more Clark - then again, I always think that. ;)

But, as you also observed, I believe they were trying to jam a lot of different elements in there to establish their set-ups for this season. I'm surprised they didn't throw in a Bloomsday foreshadow as well.

Overall though, I did enjoy the premiere. We may not have had enough Clark, but what there was was amazing. I'm willing to accept quality over quantity this time, but hopefully they'll balance it out in future episodes.

Giving Chloe a different ability, and one that makes sense for her characters, was a brilliant move. I'm trying very hard to be more tolerant of Chloe this season, and not having to watch her bring the dead back to life will make that a lot easier.

Lois brings out such a wonderful and new side to Clark that we've never gotten to see enough of. I love seeing Tom spread his comedic wings too. I'm all about more fun scenes with Lois because of that. I also like that Lois has come more into her own as a strong, but more grounded character.





jeannev
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know I tend to harp on the same thing a lot...not enough Clark! But I think in the premiere episode, he really should get a great, big juicy part of the episode. The last 2 years, that hasn't so much been the case. :\

But you are right, we had choice Clark, and that does go a great big long way to making for a happy Me!

One of the reasons I've mostly liked the Clark and Lois interaction is because Clark is really feisty with her, whereas he has a tendency to be cowed, or mope, with some of the other females. He snarks at her. And Tom is just so adorable when he snarks. I'm really hoping that they're able to do the Clark/Lois interaction well, because I do think it will be a part of this coming season, and I do believe thats the romantic end result for Clark, so I really want to like it. A lot, hopefully. I just hope that walk that fine line between banter and snark, and belittling and annoying. They haven't always gotten it right in the past.
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jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, I keep chanting to myself "quality over quantity", and if I try and look at it that way, then Odyssey was a fabulous Clark episode.

I guess I'm just sorry for the potential the story had. But I'll get over it. :)

I couldn't agree with you more in regards to Chloe, and what her previous appeal was, and why their development of the character is a mistake. I could accept her moving away from journalism...though I believe that was totally unnecessary. But they just got more and more Mary-Sue/deux ex machina with Chloe, and I'm not sure I see an end in sight for that. My theory is that they have so much freedom to do anything they want with her, they just go nuts with it. But its just made it harder and harder for me to relate to the character. And she used to be my favorite female character. As I'm fond of saying, I was a big fan of Original Recipe Chloe, but not so much New and Improved Chloe.

But like you, the episode did leave me very excited for Clark's storyline, and what lies ahead for him. And thats why I watch. So, I think the episode did its job. At least for me.
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jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: Oh, and ...
Its pretty unbelievable, isn't it? The scenes of him on the plane were just like "Whoa, thats not even Real!"
tariel22
Sep. 22nd, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
To me, if you're going to have episodes that are basically 40 minutes long, you've got to stop trying to do so much. They keep cutting the length of the episodes down, but they don't cut the story down to match. Instead they just leave out a bunch of stuff and expect you to fill in the blanks on your own. That was made evident by the content included in the S7 deleted scenes. With almost every one of those I watched, I said, oh, okay, now I get it!

Looking through your review, I see that we had all the same unanswered questions. LOL! I'm glad it wasn't just me! The one that confuses me the most is what does and doesn't affect Clark when he's been stripped of his powers by Jor-El. I always thought that made him basically human, and that neither kryptonite nor the sun had any effect on him, but evidently I was wrong. :P

I agree this episode should have had more Clark (what episode shouldn't?), but I'll take fewer minutes of awesome Clark over lots of minutes of what we've seen in some other episodes anytime. I really thought every moment with Clark was pure gold, and Tom was simply wonderful. I loved the Lois and Clark scene in the DP. Too, too cute, and Tom looked like he was really enjoying himself. And those beautiful smiles! I'm really happy about that.

You know I'm ridiculously easy to please when it comes to Smallville. I loved this episode, and I remain excited for the rest of the season. I can't wait to see what Tom does in the next episode!
jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
To me, if you're going to have episodes that are basically 40 minutes long, you've got to stop trying to do so much. They keep cutting the length of the episodes down, but they don't cut the story down to match. Instead they just leave out a bunch of stuff and expect you to fill in the blanks on your own. That was made evident by the content included in the S7 deleted scenes. With almost every one of those I watched, I said, oh, okay, now I get it!

Yes!! Absolutely!!

And see, I also don't understand why they feel the need to rush things. There really wasn't any reason that they couldn't have moved over Clark getting the DP job into the next episode, and just give it a bit more fanfare. I thought the ending Clois scene was adorable. However, as much as I liked it, I'd have given it up in a minute if it meant Clark got a bit more build-up to the job.

I also don't believe we needed quite so much Tess in the first episode, instead of just introducing her, telling her story, and then leaving it to play out over the next few eps. She's going to be in the next 2, and very likely be quite prominent in 1 of them. There was no need to rush her in the premiere.

And ya know, as much as I keep repeating certain things that bugged me, I wasn't at all unhappy with the season premiere, because I thought Clark was incredibly awesome, and I liked the direction they turned the show. Give me that, and I can forgive a lot!
tariel22
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
I agree there was too much Tess, especially when she didn't actually seem to do all that much. Missing Lex as much as I do, I'm not about to embrace her instantly anyway, so don't hit me over the head with her, y'know? Besides, her excessive eyeliner at the top of the episode was beginning to drive me nuts. :)
jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!! I've seen very little written about her ridiculous eye makeup. It made me nuts. Really, putting on a ton of eyeliner doesn't make you a badass.
tjw_jaypat
Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
(really, I think the screentime totals are going to be shocking)

Clark/Tom had 18:20 min of screentime...
jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
See, now that really surprises me. It felt like less, didn't it? I'm actually going to set down and do totals for all of the characters today, but it really felt like 14-15m.

Wow, maybe I was just really Tom deprived, LOL

Thanks :)
jeannev
Sep. 22nd, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Jaypat, do you count the opening credits? Because I got 17m, 24s for this episode. Though our numbers are pretty close. :)
tjw_jaypat
Sep. 22nd, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
No, I don´t count the opening credits. Maybe it is due to different ways of counting. I don´t really sit there counting the time with a stop watch. What I do is prepare a cropped version of the downloaded episode, featuring only the scenes with Tom. I started doing this because I noticed that I kept fast-forwarding to the Clark scenes anyway whenever I was rewatching older episodes. So why not simply remove everything non-Clark? (If I want to watch the whole episode for some reason, I can use the DVDs after all.) With my cropping method, however, you get a few seconds more or less, depending on where I decide to make the cut. Therefore my times are clearly maximal times, which don´t reflect the actual screentime of Tom, but the entire scenes. Needless to say, in a scene featuring Clark, Tom is not on screen the whole time, so his actual screentime is much less.
jude_judith82
Sep. 29th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
I still haven't watched the second eppy so I'm commenting on this post only. I think this episode did a good job in setting up the season. There were a lot of highlights for me but I do agree about Tess I'm not sure about her. Any way I'm staying positive I really did enjoy this eppy.
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