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Turbulence Deep Thoughts


Oh man, I was so anxious to review this episode, but then life got in the way, and I'm only getting around to it now, after so many other people have posted such terrific reviews.

First, the weekly totals

This was something of a shocker for me

Running Time: 41m, 44s ("previously on": 53s)

Clark: 16m, 6s
Chloe: 13m, 18s
Jimmy: 15m, 50s
Tess: 12m, 35s
Davis: 11m, 56s


Year to Date (# of eps)

Clark: 331m, 37s (16)
Chloe: 198m, 34s (16)
Lois: 119m, 27s (9)
Jimmy: 83m, 19s (8)
Tess: 87m, 19s (10)
Davis: 71m, 27s (9)
Oliver: 83m, 18s (8)


Well, anyway, if Type your cut contents here.

As I hinted at earlier, I loved, Loved, LOVED the Clark/Tess stuff.  In fact, I loved ALL the Clark stuff.  Every last minute of it.  And an episode that gets it right with Clark is always going to be an episode I have love for.   I don't think I enjoyed an episode so much this season since Identity

And while I am not a fan of the other elements in this episode, I can still admit that it was executed rather well.  I've never felt any investment in Chimmy, nor detected any chemistry between the actors involved.  But still, the way Chimmy went down in flames was pretty dramatic, and AA completely rocked it.  And woobie Doomis isn't a character I really feel for, but SW turned in a really sharp performance.   

Which brings me to point I want to make about this episode, especially compared to last weeks episode....the script!  the dialogue!  While, sadly, this script wasn't entirely free of stupid puns (and ANTM pimping), it was also tight, smart, clear, and served the characters beautifully.  The difference in what Septien/Meyer delivered as opposed to WTF'ery of the drivel Dries wrote for last week is startling.  

I'll start with the things I was less happy about...

I won't front, if SV wanted me to feel sorry for Davis, I don't.  The deviousness he displayed in this episode proves to me, without a shadow of a doubt, that this is not some poor victim.  And I don't care how many eps we get with retconned sob story backgrounds.  I''ve said before that my sympathy for him was done when I witnessed him dumping body bags in a dumpster, but its certainly long gone after witnessing him gaslighting Jimmy the way he did in this episode.  And seemingly with no regrets.  

And this was an awful episode for Chloe.  I didn't feel sorry for her one bit, and I found AM's performance a bit hard to empathize with.  Its not as simple as just saying she took Davis' side of Jimmy's.  Though she did.  It was the way she talked to Clark throughout the episode.  It was the expression she had when Clark told her not to worry about him and Tess, but instead concentrate on her husband.  It was the hint of exasperation when she came into Jimmy's room and found him hitting the morphine button.  It was her need to run after Davis and soothe him after Jimmy's accusation (rightful accustation, BTW).  It was her tasering a man that just spent 5 weeks in a hospital bed, and is recovering from a near evisceration.

So, really, it was a lot of things with her.

I'll be honest and say I'm just suffering from Chloe overload this season.  I also think this stuff, with Davis and Jimmy, just really feels like a storyline that would've been conceived for Lana in a previous season.  The fickleness towards the one you're with, the instant trusting of the shady guy.  Its a page from the writers handbook on storylines for Lana.  But what fits for Lana's character just doesn't work for Chloe's character.  Chloe doesn't, or shouldn't, trust easily.  Chloe shouldn't be fickle.  Its just not a good use for her character.  And the fact that she's also dead center for about 4 other things just makes me want a break from ChloeVille.

In regards to Jimmy, I'll admit that I haven't warmed up to this character much.  Mostly because I don't like the way he's been used, and also because the show hasn't really bothered to develop his friendship with Clark.  Like, at all.  But I did feel for him here.  Coming off a near fatal incident at your wedding, being in a hospital for weeks without your new wife by your side.  The fear, and pain.  And really, how could he possibly feel like Chloe's priority, even before the Davis stuff?  I've also found his insecurity in the past regarding Clark to be annoying, but isn't that insecurity based on something very real?  Jimmy's words to Chloe may have been harsh, and the setting inappropriate, but how was he wrong?  Did he say anything untrue?  Does Chloe place Clark above him on her priority list?  Absolutely!  And is she now doing the same thing with Davis?  Yes, I think so.  When Jimmy asked Chloe why she married him, I was cheering him on.  Because I think its a valid question that the show hasn't properly explained.

The 2 Chlark scenes really bothered me.  I can understand, and believe, that Chloe is anxious for Clark to be careful, and remain safe.  But it seems to me that he had things under control.  Plus, Clark was happy!  God, can't she let him have that for a minute?  In the first scene, I didn't think her dialogue suggested playful snark, I thought it was more on the snippy, condescending side.  She's scoffing because he forgot a fucking button on his shirt?  And then she actually says to Clark....and I quote...."You're not exactly inspiring much confidence", and then goes on to mention Luthorcorp files being transferred to Tess.  How the hell was that line appropriate?  Or necessary?  It totally pissed me off.

In the last scene they had together, I couldn't help but wonder why she was at Clark's house to begin with.  Shouldn't she really be with her husband, trying to smooth things out about the tazer incident?  Or maybe following things up with Davis, like trying to figure out what he was doing in that alleyway, or why one of his handcuffs was broken?  Instead she's at Clark's house, talking to him like he's a brain damaged Golden Retriever.  Whether Tess knows or not, I don't understand her suggesting Clark quit the DP, or stick the RBB back in the closet.  You had to love Clark's "Say What?" expression.  And then when Clark asks about Jimmy, she doesn't tell him the truth.

OK, enough about that, lets talk about Clark and Tess.

SQUEEEEEEEE!!!

I had seen hints that suggested that Tom and Cassiday could be awesome together, but what a wonderful feeling to watch that play out on screen.  Tons of chemistry there.  And lots of sexual tension too.  I think we definitely found the male CF has chemistry with.

I always figured that Tess would get back to focusing on Clark, ever since Bloodline.  I'm glad the show followed up on it.  To me, I'd much rather see echoes of Lex's character and storyline play out in Tess then watch some actor-insulting body double.  And the fact that Tess' former loyalty to Lex has now turned to anger and hatred, makes her pursuing Clark even more plausible to me.  After all, what would be sweeter revenge that getting the one thing Lex really wanted to have, but never could.  Whether you believe thats Clark's trust, or Clark's ass, it works storyline-wise either way.

I thought Tess' plan was crazy, and reckless, but thats part of what I loved about it.  I like that her character is that far out on the edge, yet still seems completely rational and sane.  Her approach to Clark was a page out of the Lex journal, but she added  nuanes all her own.  And while I thought Clark was not fooled by her, and remained resolute, he can't help but feel effected by her.  Not unlike Lex.  And yes, I think Clark is probably more susceptible to Tess because she plays up the "Knight in Shining Armor" thing.   Clark is a guy, after all. 

There's been some debate over whether Tess' sob story about her father was true or not.  I'm voting true.  Because I think it fits the pattern of Tess being attracted to powerful men (Oliver, Lex, now Clark), and being absolutely cold and vicious when let down, and misused, by them.  I also didn't mind her back story because I didn't believe it was being used as an excuse for her.  It was an explanation, but I didn't get the feeling that I was supposed to feel that Tess was just a misunderstood woobie.  A feeling I got previously with Lex, and even now with Davis.  

The scene where Tess brought up the Lex stuff,  Clark's reaction was not only brilliantly written, but expertly performed.  What Tom did with that scene was incredibly impressive.  He was incredible in this episode.  I also loved his reaction later, when Tess brought up Lex's obsession room.  Its probably a long time since Clark has thought of that, and the change in his expression when Tess mentioned it spoke volumes.  Some wounds never heal.

Speaking of Tess and great lines, "....we share all of our toys" as she turns to give Clark a long lingering look.  Loved it!

Back at the mansion, Tess was laying it on a bit thick, but thats part of what made the scene so much fun.  Instead of Tess going all gooey, and doe-eyed, you could tell the agenda and the attempted manipulation are still in tact.  

Now, do I believe that Tess means Clark any harm?  No, I really don't at this point.  Do I think she wants to add him to her collection (and take that anyway you want)?  Oh yeah!

And that brings us to the man of the hour....and he is, no matter what anyone else thinks, Clark is the reason for the season.  I have waited so long to see Clark take satisfaction and joy from his heroics, and it was a joy to behold.  Even moreso because it wasn't the heroics themselves, but the idea that he could inspire hope.  I think he's got a pretty good set-up going on at the DP, and I think he kept his wits about him in the scenes with Tess.  Well, except his adorable reaction to her handling his backpack.  Another scene that was not only funny, but well written and expertly played.  

As always, Clark gets crap for something, and this week it was him attempting to get Tess drunk, and cutting off her oxygen.  I say POPPYCOCK to both.  Tess is a big girl, and no one was forcing her to drink.  Not only that, but she knew what he was doing.  And the oxygen cut-off was done just long enough to knock her out, and then save her life.  She was obviously no worse for the experiance.  And I think both actions saw Clark thinking quickly on his feet, and crafting a course of action that was appropriate to the person he was dealing with, and the situation.

In both of his scenes with Chloe, Clark held his own, and seemed very firm in keeping his own council when it comes to his current life choices.  Good for him!  And I have to admit to getting a huge thrill from Clark rationalizing Tess' almost shooting of Lana.  I guess because, in a way, it was the first indication that Clark sort of realizes how wrong it is for someone to have that suit.  Or maybe thats just what I wanted to think.  LOL

I do want to say that I do think for Lois fans, it sucks how she's just sort of forgotten when she's not on screen.  Even Lana got multiple mentions.  I don't think its too much to ask for one of the characters to at leat mention where Lois is.  I have to be honest, but after the Lana arc, and with Lois only in a few eps for the remainder of the season, I can't really feel the romantic Clois stuff anymore.  But I still think the Lois character should be respected enough in her own storyline to be mentioned when she isn't there.

Kudos for the SV writers, who did a great job here.  And kudos to the SV actors for turning in a week of great performances.

And Tom Welling....if you get anymore stunning, the world will explode from the wonder and hotness of it.  I love his hair, I love his wardrobe, I loved his acting, and I just adore the way he carries himself when Clark gets into hero-mode.  He's a force of nature. 
 

Comments

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tariel22
Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
First of all, I don't care how many reviews have been written and posted, I will always be happily anticipating reading your thoughts on the latest episode. I'm always excited to see that you've posted anything, and especially an episode review. And thank you for the minutes. Very interesting stats this week!

Second of all, SQUEEEEEE!!! I am still on a high from this episode! I was so happy on Friday people at my work asked me what was up. I treated a friend to an expensive lunch, went shopping after, blew off work entirely for the rest of the day, and came home early to watch Turbulence again. Fast-forwarding through all the non-Clark parts. :) Yes, it's just a TV show, but obviously I'm a tad over-invested. :D

I agree so much with everything you wrote, I just want to say me, too, me, too, me, too! Clark, and Tom, were both beyond amazing in this episode, and I so loved how our boy has become his own man. Yeah, he'll listen to what everyone has to say, but he makes his own decisions, finds his own solutions, and accepts his own responsibilities. And takes joy in it!!! *twirls* Could you be any happier for him? Could you be any more proud?

I feel like this is an inadequate comment for such a wonderful review, but really, you've already said it all, so I have nothing more to add. I love so much that we can celebrate the awesomeness that is Tom Welling, and his glorious portrayal of Clark Kent, together. It means the world to me, truly. Oh, and one more thing. SQUEEEEEE!!!
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. I'm hoping to add my thoughts to your review tonight, or tomorrow. You are always on my "must read" list. I love my flist *hugs everyone*

The Cless appeals to me in the same way Calicia always appealed to me. Awesome chemistry, lots of dysfunction, and the knowledge that it could be something so much greater then SV writers are able to bring to life.

This was just such a winner of an episode for Clark. And Tom reveled in it. I think he's good 99% of the time, but there are some weeks, like this one, where he just really seems on fire. This was one of those weeks. And wasn't he supposed to be sick when they filmed this? He certainly didn't look sick.
miss_tress
Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:23 am (UTC)
and I quote...."You're not exactly inspiring much confidence", and then goes on to mention Luthorcorp files being transferred to Tess.

I *sarcasm on* love *sarcasm off* the way Chloe thinks Clark needs to be all careful around Tess lest she trick the secret out of him but it's perfectly okay for Ollie to sex Tess up and merge their companies even though he knows the secret as well. Why isn't Chloe harping on Ollie about how he should be more careful around Tess?
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
I guess Chloe thinks Clark needs her guidance more.

I'm not even sure why Chloe is all "Oh Noes, Tess is the Devil!" all of a sudden. Maybe she should take a longer look at her own life, and the people she allows in it.
svgurl
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
I enjoyed reading your thoughts and yay for ST numbers! I was actually really curious what the numbers would like for this one. :)

I thought of you while watching cuz I knew you'd be loving the Cless.

I'm with you on not feeling sorry for Davis, especially since he was really manipulative in this episode. I think Sam does a good job playing him. I genuinely do get scared when he transforms into Doomsday and fear for people's safety.

And this was an awful episode for Chloe. I didn't feel sorry for her one bit, and I found AM's performance a bit hard to empathize with.
It really was. She just came off SO condescending, to Jimmy and definitely to Clark. I really compare the Chloe/Davis to the Lana/Bizarro of last season.

As for Jimmy, I prefer him in episodes like "Identity", where he was all loyal to Clark. He works better with Lois and Clark than he does with Chloe, IMO.

Clark really is the male Tess has chemistry with! Their scenes were really enjoyable to watch and truly the highlight of this episode. I just adore Tess. Cassidy was a wonderful addition to the cast.

I didn't get the feeling that I was supposed to feel that Tess was just a misunderstood woobie. A feeling I got previously with Lex, and even now with Davis.
Exactly. She's so unapologetic about her actions. I really hope she sticks around for a s9. I feel like she and Clark are more an even playing field, especially since Clark's an adult now. He holds his own against her quite well.

As for the oxygen thing, well, I equate it to Lex's head injuries. You know that she had to be unconscious SOMEHOW so it wasn't that much of a surprise.

And Tom Welling....if you get anymore stunning, the world will explode from the wonder and hotness of it. I love his hair, I love his wardrobe, I loved his acting, and I just adore the way he carries himself when Clark gets into hero-mode.
All I have to say here is WORD! :D
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Is LJ looking odd for anyone else?

I'm kind of glad that I'm getting the rep as one of the original Cless-ers. LOL

Chloe/Davis to Lana/Bizarro is a great comparison. There's a willful blindness there thats very reminiscent.

Thats just it with Tess. Woobie backstory true or not, I don't feel like the show is telling me its an apology or an excuse for her. I guess it just feels more to me like the show is letting Tess own her actions, ambigious they may be.

I'd really like to ask....would people have been happier if Clark tapped Tess on the head and knocked her out? OR would he get shit for potentially causing her brain damage? I think some people look really hard for something to knock Clark for. Just concentrate on him leaping out of the plane, saving her life. To me, thats far more important then how he rendered her unconscious.

canadabear
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
I don't have much to say because our reviews are pretty much identical but SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE to the strange yet awesome Cless.

After all, what would be sweeter revenge that getting the one thing Lex really wanted to have, but never could. Whether you believe thats Clark's trust, or Clark's ass, it works storyline-wise either way.

Ahahahahahaha. Yes. Exactly. I have no doubt Tess wouldn't mind getting both, but right now, I think trust is the more important one. Anything else is just a very pretty bonus.
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
I haven't felt this tinglely over a SV ship since Calicia. :D

And I agree with you that Tess' primary interest is getting Clark's trust right now. If it took getting naked to do it? I doubt she'd have any qualms about that. And CF does tend to look at TW like she wants to eat him up. Who can blame her?
goodvibe
Mar. 22nd, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
The numbers - who'da thunk? But hey, as long as Clark' on top of the pack, as he should be, I'm good, heh. Though the rest of the season totals are still so disconcerting.

//The fickleness towards the one you're with, the instant trusting of the shady guy. Its a page from the writers handbook on storylines for Lana. But what fits for Lana's character just doesn't work for Chloe's character.//

You make a great point about how Chloe has now taken over all the undesirable, negative connotations that come with the 'leading lady' territory on SV. And absolutely, she should not be fickle, especially since aside from the deal with Lionel and its repurcussions, Chloe has proven herself to be very stable and loyal, to Clark. And at least some of that loyalty as a characteristic should extend to Jimmy too. But it really hasn't. As for the Chlark? While most of their scenes were only boring at worst prior to this ep, now? They're actually aggravating me.

I really felt for Jimmy.

//I like that her character is that far out on the edge, yet still seems completely rational and sane.//

I ::loved:: that. To me, this has become a Tess characteristic now. As for her sob story, I'm undecided. But even if it was true, and so long as the "wo-is-me" isn't repeated ad nauseum as with Davis, I'm cool with a once every now and then reveal into her past. Like the hint we got from her in 'Plastique.'

//Now, do I believe that Tess means Clark any harm? No, I really don't at this point. Do I think she wants to add him to her collection (and take that anyway you want)? Oh yeah!//

I tend to think the writers have set up a level of ambiguity regarding her motivations right now, because we're not quite sure what her plan of action is. Or atleast, speaking as someone who is unspoiled - I have no idea. But I would imagine, and this is spec only, that with Davis now put on Tess' radar, and Clark already on it, she's going to try and use/test both to see which she could possibly hone more for her own means. Whatever they may be. And in any resulting showdown, where she may end up in danger, she might just end up the ultimate manipulator, getting Clark and Davis to just off each other. (And uh, why is it that the spec came off sounding dirty? Heh!) Tess, even despite the Lex connections, is still a blank slate villain, so in that sense the possibilities with her are endlessly fascinating.

//I say POPPYCOCK to both.//

Preach. Honestly, I could not agree with you more on everything you said about Clark, and TW in this ep. Simply amazing.

//I don't think its too much to ask for one of the characters to at leat mention where Lois is. I have to be honest, but after the Lana arc, and with Lois only in a few eps for the remainder of the season, I can't really feel the romantic Clois stuff anymore. But I still think the Lois character should be respected enough in her own storyline to be mentioned when she isn't there.//

I can see what you're saying. I don't know though, being as cynical as I am with this show now, I wasn't even expecting a Lois mention in her absence. She after all is not the revered entities Lana and Chloe are, in the writers room. However, like you, so long as Lois is done justice when she actually is onscreen? I'm good. As for Clois, the last thing I wanted post the horrific Lana arc was them to pick up with it as if nothing had ever happened. So in that regard, I am pleasantly surprised they're not going that route. Clois can take its time, far as I'm concerned. Hell, they've got all of next season to play with. Meanwhile, give each character the due it deserves as individuals the rest of this season. I think all the 'ship needs is time, and the right execution, and that can come slowly now. I look at the earlier eps - 'Odyssey', 'Instinct', 'Committed', 'Identity', 'Bloodline', 'Bride.' What a terrific buildup that was. If they can get that going again next season, I'm there.
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I was totally floored that Clark emerged as the screentime champ for this ep. He actually has less scenes then Chloe and Jimmy, but he and Tess had 2 rather long scenes going by SV standards, and thats what made the difference. But it does say something about how much Clark's presence is needed on the show when he's on for 16m and it still doesn't feel like enough. I also think part of that is that the Cless stuff was so interesting.

You make a great point about how Chloe has now taken over all the undesirable, negative connotations that come with the 'leading lady' territory on SV.

And the fact that she's the only other character besides TW to be in 22 eps makes her feel omnipresent on the show. Its too much.

I felt awful for Jimmy, and he's never been a character I've cared about much, one way or the other. I really wish they had written him better, and I don't know how much I'm going to enjoy pill-addicted Jimmy. But in this episode? I just couldn't see how he could be considered wrong.

Tess is still very ambigious right now. But I think CF plays it in such a way as to suggest that she means Clark no harm. Of course, what that means to Tess might not be most peoples general meaning of that term.

Now that we have a S9, I really believe that anything regarding romantic Clois should probably wait until then. Infamous handled things fairly well, coming off the arc from hell, but I still think putting some time and distance is the way to go. And since ED is only in 3 more eps, its not enough time for proper development. I hope next year, they do a better job with it, and avoid arcs from hell. But for the remainder of this season? I just feel like I don't want to go there.





Edited at 2009-03-22 05:58 pm (UTC)
tjw_jaypat
Mar. 22nd, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Great review! I agree with everything (which I normally don´t). And three times YAY to the last paragraph!!

And from what I know Tom wasn´t sick, and he was never supposed to direct Hex. So there was no re-scheduling due to illness. There seems to be some major misinformation out there...
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)

Maybe Tom just wasn't really feeling the Hex plotline, and he preferred another episode? Hard to say. But I do think at this point, he should have some input as to what episode he wants to direct. Being honest, I'm not much looking forward to Hex.
christina_kat
Mar. 22nd, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
your review is perfect!!We have the same thoughts about this episode!
Clark's acting surprise me in every episode...that's for sure...
I still don't care about Davis..really...and the Chimmy thing Nah!

Clark and Tess makes me wanna squeeee too!
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Perfect? Wow, thats high praise. :)

TW was brilliant in this episode. The whole cast was solid as a rock. Very impressive. A good script works wonders.

I don't think I'm ever really going to care much about the Chlavisimmy stuff. Its just Blah.
gildinwen
Mar. 22nd, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Ugh Chloe pissed me off big time. I had no sympathy for her at all, and I've never really minded Jimmy. Yes he's a horn dog, but you know, didn't make him feel like he was at the bottom of her priority list all the time. Of course he fell for Kara.

And tazering someone who was very nearly eviserated? Really Chloe? And also implying that the pain was all in his head? Really Chloe? After major surgery? They've tried to make her Lana, to appeal to her fan base and it's just pissing the rest of the fans off as it did with Lana.

Cless!!! Oh hell yes!!! It's Clex with girl parts. *dances* I loved her plan and I'm kinda on the fence about her story about yeah your reasoning makes alot of sence. And that sweater at the end? When was the last time we saw him in that kinda outfit? And about the drinking and the cutting off her oxygen thing. Well how in god's name was he going to get her off the plane, without her knowing he's an alien. Also he wasn't forcing her to drink, Tess clearly knew what he was doing and was humouring him.

Chlark. I'll say chloe needs to be off the show. Clark apparently doesn't know how to be a hero, and he probobly in her opinion needs to follow Oliver's example and wear a mask and hide in the shadows. But that's not Superman!!! and really quit the daily planet and retire being the RBB just because Tess might know his secret. He can't just stop being a hero because it's conveniant to do so Chloe!!!

But how did I love that Iconic shot of him pulling his white shirt open to reveal the blue underneath? And the Phonebooth change? But why did Chloe have to come and piss in his cheerioes.????
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
I've always felt like a of Jimmy's insecurities in regards to Chloe are pretty justified. Of course, its really up to him to walk away then, so no sympathy from me for continuing on with a relationship that made you feel so inferior. But I just don't think he was plucking those feelings out of thin air.

I think I might have been more OK with the tazering if Jimmy hadn't almost died not that long ago. It just seems overly harsh and brutal under those circumstances. Maybe if she had called out first, and Jimmy wasn't stopping? That would have played better, I think.

I was never down with LanaVille, and I'm not down with ChloeVille.

That blue v-neck sweater on Clark was gorgeous, especially since it was layered over a tee with a slightly different shade of blue. And the jeans were an acid wash, and the black dress shoes? Good God, he was so styling! Our Clark is GQ!

I don't think Chloe needs to be off the show, I just think there's needs to be a serious re-evaluation of how they use this character, and I think there needs to be some examination of who they want her to be. And I think the lazy Chlark scenes that often feel like a rehash of something we've seen before really need to be reconsidered. She can be a great character.

I don't care what anyone else says, I love the little iconic shout-out's to the more traditional Superman mythos. I like that it reminds people just what this show should be about.
la_belle_isa
Mar. 22nd, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
I agree with every single word of your review! This was such a great episode for Clark! Thanks to Septien/Meyer. They're usually good in writing Clark when they don't have to shoehorn Lana in a story. I'm speechless.
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I just have to Squeee over great Clark episodes. We don't get enough of them, frankly.

I'm a fan of Septien/Meyer. They've been off base in the past, but they are probably the only writers remaining at SV that write like they love Clark/Superman. Its just a feeling I get off their scripts. And they are MILES ahead of Dries.
carolandtom
Mar. 22nd, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
</>And Tom Welling....if you get anymore stunning, the world will explode from the wonder and hotness of it. I love his hair, I love his wardrobe, I loved his acting, and I just adore the way he carries himself when Clark gets into hero-mode. He's a force of nature. </i>

A huge YES to every word!!!

I really enjoyed reading your review. I agree with almost everything you wrote. I particularly agree on how awful this episode was for Chloe. I was totally on Jimmy's side, the whole time. And I'm glad Jimmy expressed the same doubt many of us have had all along: why did Chloe marry him in the first place?

(I just disagree about SW's performance. This is just a personal opinion but there's something in the way he does things, kind as if he were constantly thinking how great he's doing in the scene and how awesome he is, that throws me off. I usually dislike characters and rarely actors but this time I dislike both. They get on my nerves. Of course I respect different opinions.)

And Yay for happy and smart Clark!
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Oh Carol...TOM!! In this episode!! Its like hearts and ponies and rainbows and cake and fancy shoes, and every other good thing I can think of. God, he's amazing.

Maybe Chloe was just due for a really awful episode. God knows every character has had their share of them. It was her turn.

And believe me, I can understand the reservations about SW. I think he's a good actor, but I'm not quite on board with the over-the-top praise. It seems a bit excessive to me.
tasabian
Mar. 22nd, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
The fickleness towards the one you're with, the instant trusting of the shady guy. Its a page from the writers handbook on storylines for Lana.
It absolutely is - the writers seem to have made the unfortunate decision to divide Lana's characteristics between Chloe and Lois: Chloe is suddenly gullible & making decisions based on emotion; Lois inherited the unintelligible barn conversations and the Clark-angst.

There's been some debate over whether Tess' sob story about her father was true or not.
I'm not sure. I'm inclined to think that she invented "Lex's journal", as a way of drawing Clark to her.
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Good point about the divided Lana characteristics. It sort of bears out their obsession with the Lana character, that they still can't quite shake the idea of her, and how she was used on the show.

Tess may have invented the journal (though she knew about the obsession room), but I can also envision Lex writing down his Clark thoughts somewhere. Either way, I think it works for the storyline. I love anything that keeps the Clex obsession/love/dysfunction alive and present. After all, its a huge part of Clark's future, isn't it?
jlvsclrk
Mar. 22nd, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Great review! I sure hope the writers weren't trying to make us empathise with Davis! I thought they did a really good job breaking through the woobie mask for good. What he did to Jimmy was just flat out wrong. I thought I'd seen in Prey when he went from a Chloe talk to a Clark talk that the woobie around Chloe was fake, or certainly just for her, and this episode confirmed it.

After all, what would be sweeter revenge that getting the one thing Lex really wanted to have, but never could. Whether you believe thats Clark's trust, or Clark's ass, it works storyline-wise either way.

LOL! Lex (who of course isn't dead) would probably toast her for getting Clark's trust, but that ass is off limits to anyone but him. Why do you think he made Lana's life such a misery. You don't think he was really attracted to her!

And Tom Welling....if you get anymore stunning, the world will explode from the wonder and hotness of it. I love his hair, I love his wardrobe, I loved his acting, and I just adore the way he carries himself when Clark gets into hero-mode. He's a force of nature.

Absolutely!
jeannev
Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
I think SV has a thing about making their villians "woobies". And I do think that worked to some degree with Lex, but I've felt all season that it wasn't necessary with Davis. And I don't think it quite works, because part of Davis is a remorseless killing machine. Its not really like he can be redeemed and we'll just forget all about that.

God, can someone please write a fanfic where Cless get together, and Lex shows back up, bent on revenge and taking back whats his? Please!!

I'm always in love with Tom, but most especially this week. He's dreamy.
heather
Mar. 23rd, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Agreed! Finally caught up with the episode, and I was VERY pleased with it. It's like night and day from the previous one.

Chloe was poorly handled in this episode in terms of how idiotic she was being and how easily she trusted Davis (I wanted to shake her in that scene in the alley) ... the Jimmy stuff, though, that was consistent. I don't think she EVER loved him, it's not just that the actors didn't have chemistry (though that's true). She has never put him first in any way. Jimmy was right to dump her, and I'm glad they're free of each other now. That's really all I can say. I felt for her tears at the end, because even though she didn't love him I think there's something very human about clinging to something, or the idea of something, the way she did with Jimmy.

Totally agreed on everything you said about Tess and Cless. At first I was annoyed that we got another hard, abused woman trope, but I think it goes a bit deeper than that for her, or at least, it starts to make sense given the relationships she seeks out. And she isn't a damsel about it (except when she's purposely trying to be, heh). She and Clark have some awesome chemistry, and I love the angle you described, with Tess liking the idea of getting Clark's arse trust the way Lex never managed. And I think it's pretty obvious that she's going to get it, at least briefly and I kind of can't wait.

And bloody hell, Tom was amazing. Great acting, and he looked SO good. I about fell out of my chair when he strode into the (still-unlocked) mansion in that jacket and dark jeans and sweater ... DROOL. Definitely rewound that a couple times. >_> Good god. There's no way I'll ever be able to quit this show; every time I think it couldn't get worse, the Tom saves it for me, again. :P
jeannev
Mar. 23rd, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)
This episode did do a lot to highlight for me why I was so Meh on the last episode. This actually felt like a better episode to come off the hiatus and arc from hell then the last one. Then again, maybe nothing would've been good enough to come off that arc.

Enough about that...

I've never been convinced that Chloe really loved Jimmy. Which is why, even when Jimmy was annoying, I just couldn't see Chloe as the poor, put-upon one in the relationship. I could believe he was crazy about her. But vice versa? Never.

I just don't feel like the show is trying to woobify Tess. And thats saying something coming on the heels of her victimization by Lex, and her background story. Like you said, its because she doesn't play the victim. IDK, it just works for me.

After all these years, I think I've run out of adjectives for Tom. Physically, the man is just ridiculous. And acting-wise, I think he just delivers over and over, even when the scripts are doing all they can to work against him. With a script like this, which totally was working with him? He was incredible.
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jeannev
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree more about Davis. Seems to me that he gravitated to killing pretty darn easily. And does it really believe thieves deserve the death penalty?

I think the thing that aggravates me the most is that to feel sorry for Davis, we almost need to ignore the murder victims. Did those people in the garbage bags deserve to be tossed like so much trash? Where's the sympathy for them Show. It makes my teeth grind.

I can understand Chloe given a lot to do. Thats been the case with her since she found out Clark's secret. But this season is off the chain in regards to her prominence. I'm wondering if AM didn't have something in her contract, maybe?

But, *sigh*, My Clark!! Just dreamy.
jude_judith82
Mar. 23rd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
First off I love the word "poppycock" and second of all I could not agree more about feeling that Jimmy had a point when it came to Chloe. I was nodding like I was an audience member on Maury or something or at church lol.

And Tom Welling....if you get anymore stunning, the world will explode from the wonder and hotness of it. I love his hair, I love his wardrobe, I loved his acting, and I just adore the way he carries himself when Clark gets into hero-mode. He's a force of nature.
Word x1000
jeannev
Mar. 24th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
Isn't "poppycock" a cool word? Its totally harmless, but its one of those words that has impact. At least I think so :)

That last scene when Jimmy laid down the smack, I know I was supposed to feel bad for Chloe. And a part of me did, because public humiliation sucks. But I also couldn't help but cheer Jimmy's every word, because it was all true.

Tom and Clark rock though!! :)

Edited at 2009-03-24 07:04 pm (UTC)
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