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Thoughts on Plastique


Wow, I'm not quite sure how to process this episode.  I mean, I get wanting to move the show forward and progress the storyline, but I sort of feel like I missed a few chapters somewhere there in the middle...

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Well, no one is going to accuse PS3 of imitating the style of AlMiles.  The latter was all about stalling, the former seems to have a lead foot on the gas pedal.

Now, I prefer the moving forward type of storytelling to the interminable stall.  But it makes it a bit harder to get engaged in the story in the same way.  At least for me.

What I liked...

Clark continues to think and act in a proactively heroic fashion.  We now have his definitive reasons for working at the DP, getting information on happenings so he can get there faster to help.  Which is noble (though I think I would've preferred him there to get info on Lex/LuthorCorp).  I also think this episode was really making an effort to show Clark as smart, with good instincts.  Dare I hope that PS3 heard my pleas to show Clark as being self-sufficient, capable and proactive?  Hallelujah!

The Tess/Clark meeting was actually pretty intriguing.  I can't say that I'm on board with Cassiday Freeman yet.  In fact, there's something about her that bothers me.  I think she's trying too hard to be bad and mysterious.  I would've preferred a slow build with this character, rather then the abundance of "Oh, she's BAD" stuff we're getting.   And her eye make-up freaks me out.  But the interaction between Tess and Clark might be interesting to watch.

Sam Witwer has a good presence, and is a very good actor.  His chemistry with AM seems to be pretty sparkley.  And his one scene with Tom was also promising. 

Lois cracked me up in this episode.  She had some very funny lines (my favorite : "My cousin is babysitting psycho Spice").  I've been very worried that they were going to play the banter between Clark and Lois wrong, and she'd come off as belittling.  But instead, at least in this episode, they balanced out the gabs with several compliments, and almost everything came across as being in good fun.  And Clark seemed right in the game.  And Tom was actually very funny in those scenes.  His repeating one of Lois' "rules" to Chloe cracked me up.  This whole dynamic is going to have to be handled carefully, but I'd have to vote that they did OK with it in Plastique.  The future is still unknown.

Lois getting Clark to change in the phone booth was very adorable.

I liked that they had Clark express his wish that Chloe was at the DP, and encourage her to try and come back.  It was just a nice touch (on a show that often forgets the little things).  It also provides Chloe a voice to explain where her head is at.  She's ready to try something new. 

As always, Tom and Allison are very, very good together.  And Clark was very sweet to Chloe.

Big laugh on the way Lois delievered the line about Chloe marrying Jimmy.


The things I'm mixed on...

Although I believe that Allison and Sam have already shown good chemistry (and miles better then anything between Allison and Aaron), I thought they rushed the Chloe/Davis thing WAY too fast.  In only their 2nd encounter, they were chatting like they were well acquainted.  It came across as fake and rushed.

A lot of the DP happenings are just rushing by too quickly.  I understand the desire to get into that, and Clark and Lois off investigating was fun, but still I feel like a lot was just glossed over.  Lois is clearly a more experianced reporter, but to the extent that this episode made it seem?  I can't really buy that, no matter how hard ED was selling it.

Bette was definitely a menace, and not a good person, but Clark and Chloe just carting her off to Belle Reve didn't quite sit right.  But then I ask myself, "what else could they do?" 

Whats going on with Clark and Chloe.  I'm not sure where they're going with this.  If they want to do Chlark, thats fine, but then I'd think it would be much better to move Lois away from the proceedings altogether.  If they have Clark suddenly want Chloe, but she's moved onto to Jimmy and/or Davis, and doesn't want Clark, I'm going to have to hurt someone (P, or one of the S's, I'm not picky).  This whole thing makes me nervous.

While I'm glad that Clark is moving forward with his life, and not moping over Lana leaving, doesn't it seem strange that he & Chloe didn't discuss her at all?


The things I didn't like...

The Bette character, how she was used, and the actress playing her.  Underdeveloped character.  The actress mumbled.  It just seemed a variation on the FOTW, and not a very interesting one.  Seems a total waste of a DC character.

Oh Boy, the budget cuts definitely show.  The bus wreck was very fake looking, and the blowing up of the kid in the alley was completely unimpressive.

Cassiday Freeman's eye makeup.  I might've already mentioned that though.

That stupid ass, plastic ring that Chloe is wearing.  Its not cute, its not endearing.  Give the girl a proper engagement ring.

The trailer for next week.  I happen to believe that a SV trailer should NEVER, EVER be completely Clark-free. 

So, thats it for now.  Kind of a mediocre week 2, but the plan for this season continues to be on interest to me, and Clark has been written quite well so far.  And thats what its all about for me.

 

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canadabear
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Bette was definitely a menace, and not a good person, but Clark and Chloe just carting her off to Belle Reve didn't quite sit right. But then I ask myself, "what else could they do?"

I kind of felt the same way, but really, it's not their call. It sounded to me like they called the authorities, which is what they're supposed to do. Clark and Chloe didn't make the choice to send her to Bell Reve - they don't have that power - they merely handed her over to the people who do make those decisions. And as you say, what else could they do?

The Chloom stuff was pretty awesome. I can see how it might feel rushed, but I took it more an indicator that they clicked that well right off the start.

Overall, I liked it well enough. The only thing I didn't like was Lois' very obvious and out-of-the-blue mooning over Clark. I'm just glad he's not returning the sentiment. Yet.
jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh, I agree absolutely about Bette. She's a criminal. She killed someone deliberately. Its just not one of those things you feel quite right about though.

I think Lois' feelings, very much like other things in the show, are being sped along without much explanation. But for me, I never really thought it was unbelievable that Lois might fall for Clark. But maybe thats because I'm so in love with him, LOL
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tasabian
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
I didn't watch last week - couldn't face a Lex-less credits - but I watched tonight. The undoubted highlight for me was Tom: I liked the range of stuff he got to do this week, from heroics to lots of comedy, which he always does well. And it's great to see Tom dressed up!

Both AM and ED were terrific, with ED really seeming to relish playing up the wistful side of Lois a little and AM enjoying her scenes with SW....but like you, to me it feels like both their plotlines have accelerated beyond logic.

The constant emphasis on Lex and the use of Luthor-sets just makes me miss MR more....
bradygirl_12
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
The constant emphasis on Lex and the use of Luthor-sets just makes me miss MR more....

Bingo! Me, too!
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bradygirl_12
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
This episode had its moments but was really pretty blah. I find Tess more annoying than anything as she's a stand-in for Lex, and I had very little interest in Bette, and is Clark so dumb as to wear plaid on his first day at work at a prestigious newspaper? Sheesh!
jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
I think Clark wearing the plaid shirt was not to make him look dumb, but to pay homage to his farmboy roots, and sort of allow the transformation to play out on screen. I think it was there for the visual, and for him to come out of the phone booth in his new grown-up clothes. It was a bit heavy-handed though.
morganichele
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
I think she's trying too hard to be bad and mysterious.

Yes! Maybe that's whats bothering me about her. I don't have anything personaly against her, it's just...it really does seem like she's trying too hard. :/
Maybe that'll ease up as she gets a few episodes under her belt, and becomes more comfortable with the cast?

I could not agree more about Chloe's ring. For crying out loud...it is not cute anymore. They're supposed to be adults. I'm half-surprised he didn't just give her a life-saver candy.

The line Lois delivered about Chloe marrying Jimmy was ABSOLUTELY hilarious! And 'Psycho Spice'...*snickers* ED had some good lines here.
jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
Well, someone needs to tell Cassiday that arching one eyebrow in evilness isn't exactly stellar acting. I'm trying to give her space to grow, but I'm not a believer yet.

Nothing about Chimmy is cute. Or works for that matter. That stupid ring is like a metaphor for the whole relationship.

ED cracked me and my sister up several times. And my sister is no fan. So, if she can win her over, she must've been doing OK.
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jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Re: part I
You are absolutely right about the Tess/Clark scene. I can't dispute a thing. I think I may have found it intriguing because they do have some chemistry, which Thank God! And also, I think maybe because Clark isn't the same guy anymore. I don't think he'll play those interactions the same way. But yeah, it runs the risk of treading some very old, and very familiar ground.

But to be honest, that sort of describes how I feel about Tess overall. I almost think it was a mistake to go this way, and instead they might've been better served by having a villian not linked so closely with Lex. I had a better idea, but no one asked me. Again! Damn them.

Right. She's approaching it like ... you can only be villainous if you're always scowling or arching your eyebrow.

She is also doing that halfway, sly grin thing, which is also another cliche. If she had a thin mustache, she'd be curling up the ends. Its too obvious.

I don't mind that Tess is bad off the bat either (I probably didn't phrase that well). But I think I would've preferred to see her lurk in the shadows a bit before she sprung full on the scene with all her badness. Give us a little taste, and let us get used to the different flavor...if that makes sense?
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serenography
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)

Well, no one is going to accuse PS3 of imitating the style of AlMiles. The latter was all about stalling, the former seems to have a lead foot on the gas pedal.


LOL... Wonderful observation, and I do agree. But I can cut them a bit of slack since I think they are still trying to get everyone and everything established right from the start.

doesn't it seem strange that he & Chloe didn't discuss her at all?


Actually no. I'm really not surprised.

Lois is clearly a more experianced reporter, but to the extent that this episode made it seem? I can't really buy that, no matter how hard ED was selling it.

Didn't she start reporting in S6, for the Inquisitor? That's a 2 year lead on Clark, so I guess I can buy it to an extent. Besides, I think there's going to be a lot of Clark actually handling things under Lois' unknowing nose - like when he listened in on the guys investigating the accident.

and Clark has been written quite well so far. And thats what its all about for me.

I'm pretty much at that point too. I couldn't be happier with what we've gotten from Clark so far this season.
jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh, I cut them a lot of slack too. I think AlMiles had done an expert job of running this show into the ground. I absolutely believe that SV needed a shake-up of some kind, and really, the cast changes forced that anyway.

I agree that Lois has a lot more experiance then Clark. I guess its just some of the things she's saying don't quite match what we know of her journalistic background. For instance, I'm not sure The Inquisitor would be much on the obits, and we know Lois was never doing them at the DP.

But I agree that the reason it works is because Clark is really a pretty sharp tack, and he doesn't so much need to rules. It makes it amusing.
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jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:30 am (UTC)
Re: part II
I do believe that not addressing how Clark got the job is a huge cheat, and does undermine the storyline to some degree. Not so much that I can't enjoy it, but enough that I do believe it taints Clark's entry into journalism.

I like your read on the Chlark scene. I just don't want them to create some big mess that the show doesn't really need, ya know? Call me paranoid. LOL And I think its absolutely realistic that both of them could be struggling with the necessary seperation that must come with Chloe marrying Jimmy.

I'll be tuned in next week, but I better get some quality Clark time in the Oliver/GA backstory, or I might go on a rant. Which are actually cathartic now and again, LOL
svgurl
Sep. 26th, 2008 07:25 am (UTC)
I had so much love for Clark in this episode. Him showing up with his backpack! Aww, I wanted to give him a hug. But major thanks to Lois for the change of clothes. I loved that blue shirt. :D

The Clark/Lois banter was fun. They do a nice job of balancing out the snark with compliments.

Whats going on with Clark and Chloe. I'm not sure where they're going with this.

My true belief is that Chlark is getting closure this season.

I definitely like the Chloe/Davis way more than Chimmy. Can Davis not be evil? He could be like the Apocalypse AU guy!

While I'm glad that Clark is moving forward with his life, and not moping over Lana leaving, doesn't it seem strange that he & Chloe didn't discuss her at all?

It's a bit weird but I don't miss her at all.

I think the episode had a lot of good moments but I think that Bette was boring and the actress was not very interesting. I didn't know she was in the comics! They didn't hint at it at all!
jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you how worried I've been about how they'd write the Clois banter. And some of the things ED has said in interviews didn't do anything to assure me. But I thought they did a very good job with it in this episode, so I hope this is the tone and the balance they continue to have. Because it works for the most part.

Chloom is like miles and miles more interesting than Chimmy. For one thing, they come across as 2 mature adults.

I'm reserving judgement on Chlark right now. I suspect closure as well, but I don't know what to expect since the show is really giving Chloe a ton of prominence in the storyline.

The Bette part of this episode was made of fail.
redteekal
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
I was determined to get my thoughts down in an LJ post prior to reading everyone else's reactions here on LJ and it was cool to read your thoughts here certainly bear correlations to mine. Cassiday Freeman is her name then...I hadn't bothered to check. I went from lukewarm last episode to actively disliking this episode and I have to blame it on the Tess/Clark DP scene. *Shudders* Interesting comment about the cut budget - that must have been why I felt a little flat about the disaster scene and the Tommy boy explosion. Nothing to Ooh and Aah about that's for sure.
jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
I was determined to get my thoughts down in an LJ post prior to reading everyone else's reactions here on LJ

Thats what I did as well. :)

Wow, so that Tess/Clark scene really rubbed you the wrong way, eh? I guess I can see that.

And yeah, that budget is tight. But the new Metropolis set looks great.
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jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Lois was cracking me up in this episode, and I'm not always a great fan of her lines, or her ribbing of Clark. But she was actually funny in this episode. Her "rules" were very amusing, as was Clark's reaction to them. And as someone else pointed out, they were good rules. Its just the way she kept reading them off. LOL

I actually think its probably far, far better to be unspoiled for this show. I just can't do it. I'm so weak!
moonshayde
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
They are doing tons of rushing and I was kind of surprised by it, but I may prefer it to the stalling we've had.

My fave line was a Clark line this episode. Tom's delivery was perfect.

"I'm getting married?"
jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Wasn't that line reading adorable? I'm sure I SQUEEED!

I prefer the rushing to the stall too, but its still not the best way to go about things. There's nothing wrong with taking a breath and letting things develop.
eeyore1017
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
I also think this episode was really making an effort to show Clark as smart, with good instincts.
Yay for smart and heroic Clark!

In fact, there's something about her that bothers me.
Me too!

Lois cracked me up in this episode. She had some very funny lines
I agree!

I liked that they had Clark express his wish that Chloe was at the DP, and encourage her to try and come back.
I liked that too. It seemed very natural and real.

I thought they rushed the Chloe/Davis thing WAY too fast.
I totally thought the same thing!

Bette was definitely a menace, and not a good person, but Clark and Chloe just carting her off to Belle Reve didn't quite sit right. But then I ask myself, "what else could they do?"
I thought the same thing too, but you're right- what else were they supposed to do?

What's going on with Clark and Chloe. I'm not sure where they're going with this.
I'm confused too- I mention the same thing in the review I wrote.

That stupid ass, plastic ring that Chloe is wearing.
Seriously! I would have been embarrassed if I was her when she waved it in Davis' face.

I happen to believe that a SV trailer should NEVER, EVER be completely Clark-free.
I agree, but I guess I can forgive them since Clark probably would have seemed kind of shoe-horned into that particular promo. Maybe SpaceTV will have one with Clark in it.

So this time, I didn't read your thoughts on the episode before I posted mine and we STILL said a lot of the same things. :-) Great minds and all...
















jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Great minds and all...

But of course. ;)

I've read some interesting takes on the Chlark scene, from a few perspectives, and I guess it could be read a few ways. But no one can say that Clark is acting indifferent, and isn't showing genuine, heartfelt love and concern for Chloe and her happiness. And I think I'm going to focus on that for the time being.
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goodvibe
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
//Now, I prefer the moving forward type of storytelling to the interminable stall. But it makes it a bit harder to get engaged in the story in the same way. At least for me.//

This is exactly it. I liked what was great about the ep, and there ::was:: some great stuff. Yet, I still came out of it all not exactly loving it.

Totally agreed on Bette. I was bored to tears. Still not feeling Tess though. I'm just finding her entire presence on the show---wierd right now, and not in the "oohh, intriguing!" way. SW made an impression as Davis though. Very curious about this plotline.

I've spoken more about the Chloe/Clark scene in my review, but if I were to wager, I'd say the new Execs are going for closure here, whether or not it was needed of course, depending on ones POV. I don't mind taking out the time to resolve whatever it is that needs to be resolved, just don't take up too time doing so, 'y'know?

Clark was written so well. As was Lois. I'm loving that these characters are getting the respect they deserve.
jeannev
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
They may very well be going for closure with Chlark. If I had to make a wager, I'd probably go that way. However, it just seems like a lot of unnecessary dredging up of things, when sort of moving forward and not looking back would've been a better way to achieve closure.

I think the difference in the writing for Clark is so obvious, and since PS3 have all been writers for a while, I think you almost have to assume that AlMiles were the ones dictating Clark's direction. And if thats the case, just makes rumors of a rift between them and Tom seem all the more believable.
tariel22
Sep. 27th, 2008 10:46 am (UTC)
I just love reading your reviews! I think we approach the episodes with similar perspectives, as big Clark/Tom fans, but you always open my eyes to something I missed, or introduce an interpretation that never occurred to me. You always broaden my horizons, and give me food for thought.

I, too, think they're going very fast! I hope the whole season isn't at this breakneck speed, and that they're just moving fast in the beginning to establish all the players on the board.

I don't have a single word of complaint about Clark in this episode. He just keeps displaying all the qualities I want to see in him, and he seems to have left behind all the doubt and guilt that used to drive me crazy. He is my hero. And I can't believe how gorgeous he is in his new DP wardrobe! It's like all my Smallville wishes are coming true! LOL!

I wasn't liking Cassidy Freeman much either, until the end of her scene with Bette, when she went into her cell and sat down across from her. She got all quiet and still, and the camera came in close, and I was just mesmerized by what she said, and the banked passion in her eyes, and then, when she reached out and touched Bette's face, it was so creepy, and I was sold. She's no Lex, of course, but she'll do for me.

I thought the Chloe/Davis attraction was too fast, too, but SW kind of sold me on Davis as an extremely intense guy who feels everything quickly and deeply. And honestly, I think Chloe accepted Jimmy's proposal for all the wrong reasons (she's trying to let go of her unrequited love for Clark, she wants to feel normal again, she's afraid no one else will love her once they find out the truth about her), which makes her ripe for the picking by someone who arouses an immediate and visceral response in her, as Davis seemed to do. I think this could get very interesting, especially because these two are both such talented actors.

I thought Lois was a lot of fun in this episode. There was a good balance between her giving Clark a hard time and being genuinely concerned about him. I'm not used to seeing Lois have this much screentime, but I like her, and TW and ED seem quite comfortable acting together. It finally clicked for me in their last scene together, which reminded me in many ways of the last scene from Apocalypse last season. But now they're at a whole new level of intimacy with one another, and I can finally see the chemistry between them. I just loved the way Clark positively drawled, "Well, I'm sorry you can't keep up!" Tom just seems like he's having such a good time. *is happy*

Oh, and my hubby calls Tess "Raccoon Eyes." :)

Blah, blah, blah, how I do go on! LOL! And I'm sorry I'm always late to your party. I just have to write my review before I read any others, and I'm so sloooow. Anyway, in short, I liked it! :D
jeannev
Sep. 28th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
You always broaden my horizons, and give me food for thought.

And can I say Right Back Atcha!

I wasn't liking Cassidy Freeman much either, until the end of her scene with Bette, when she went into her cell and sat down across from her.

I can totally understand that, because she was very good in that scene. I just wish she didn't play most of her scenes in that same way. Right now, she's just laying it on thick for me in general. And it takes away a bit from truly creepy, chilling scenes like the one with Bette.

And honestly, I think Chloe accepted Jimmy's proposal for all the wrong reasons (she's trying to let go of her unrequited love for Clark, she wants to feel normal again, she's afraid no one else will love her once they find out the truth about her), which makes her ripe for the picking by someone who arouses an immediate and visceral response in her, as Davis seemed to do.

I agree with that, and its very much the same thing I felt with Lana and Lex. Although I thought Lana had a bit of extra incentive due to the fake pregnancy. But it seems to me that Lana was viewed far more critically, while I'm not really seeing Chloe getting the same sort of scrutiny for this whole wishy-washy commitment to Jimmy. Because really, she isn't doing him any favors. I think I just expected better from Chloe then to adopt the "if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with" philosophy. Or maybe its because AM and AA have never been able to sell me on the love at all.

The 2 things that are really working for me in the Clois scenes right now is the balance they are giving Lois between snarks, and genuine comments of friendship, and the fact that Clark is being shown to be just as quick with the quips and the comebacks. So far, so good.

I wish I was looking forward to next week more :(



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beef_wonder3
Sep. 28th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
I loved the Clois banter! I think they're doing well so far in establishing a partnership between them. And as always TW & ED thrive in a comedic scene together.

I'm not too keen on a re-emergance of Chlark, If it has to come up then maybe they can settle their feeling once and for all.

I happen to believe that a SV trailer should NEVER, EVER be completely Clark-free.
Shame on you SV! Shame!
jeannev
Sep. 28th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I thought the Clois banter worked, though I have read a few reviews from people that didn't like it (and no, not Lois haters), and I guess I can understand where they're coming from too.

I guess I'd have to admit that the traditional Clark/Lois relationship is not one of my favorites. So, I'm really open to SV finding its own way to write this pairing.

I'm of the mind that if they want to explore Chlark...fine, then DO IT! And keep Lois and any possible "feelings" apart from the proceedings. But if they aren't going to, not really, then just put it to bed already, and allow them to be good friends with healthy relationships aparts from each other. I can understand why they would want to keep everyone hanging in that, but does it really do them any favors, or ultimately make anyone truly happy? I don't think so.
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