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Had an amazing day yesterday.  Me, my sisters, my brother-in-law, my niece and some friends all did the Revlon Walkathon in Manhattan in support of Breast Cancer research, and a cure (this was way earlier in the day, before some asshole tried to blow up Times Square with a car bomb).  We all had matching shirts, with my late sisters name on them.  It was a very fun day, and a great way to honor my sister, and all the other people who have to struggle with this disease.

Smallville was pre-empted in NYC this friday, and ya know, I didn't really care all that much.  I did download it friday night, but couldn't really be bothered to watch it.  I did see it saturday night, with my 2 sisters, and I think we all just feel really worn out by this show, and this season.  See, all 3 of us are the most unfortunate of SV fans....we watch for Clark.  Big mistake.  HUGE mistake, apparently.  One of my sisters kept saying "why is Clark hardly in this episode?", and my other sister just alternated between saying "Oh, come on!" and giggling.

So, overall, not a big thumbs up over in my little corner of the world.

Lets start with screentime minutes:

Sacrifice:  Running Time 41m, 42s (previously on:  49s)

Clark:  10m  (thats a season low)
Chloe:  15m, 1s
Oliver:  6m, 2s
Tess:  11m, 39s
Zod:  11m, 5s

Faora:  11m, 2s (14m, 28s if you include the last scene in the FOS)
Waller:  3m, 12s

BTW, thats the 10th time this season that someone other then Clark has had the most screentime in an episode. 

Season To Date (# of eps)

Clark:  373m, 28s (20)
Chloe:  192m, 53s (20)
Lois:  265m, 49s (16)
Oliver:  158m, 9s (15)
Tess:  109m, 36s (15)
Zod:  108m, 3s (11)




I want to start out my review by extending some really serious kudos to Sharon Taylor, and her portrayal of Faora.  I thought she was far and away the most compelling character in this episode, and most compelling actor as well.  She gave Faora such a quiet grace and dignity.

So, of course, the show killed her off.

*sigh*

I think I'm really at a point with this show where I'm starting to question tuning in for a S10.  Oh, it isn't that the show is bad.  Well, not exactly.  I just don't think its really written for someone like me, who watches mainly for Clark.  Every season, I keep getting smacked in the face with the reality that this show just isn't geared towards people who love the main character.  And that is so bizarre to me. 

And when I say that, I'm not saying that Clark was written badly in this episode.  I don't really think he was.  Its just that this show has Clark making all these "right" decisions.  Trying to keep the peace, trying to save peoples lives, trying to show compassion, trying to show leadership.....and then the show takes a big, giant crap on his head.  Its exhausting.

I mean, I loved the first scene with Clark and Oliver, where Clark clearly takes command.  It was nice to see him sort of cut through Oliver's bullshit, and just focus at the task at hand.  But, whats the end result?  Well, Oliver is in the hospital, attacked by Zod, and Clark gets to look sadly through the hospital window at him.  For good measure, he gets the bitch face from Chloe.

So, that worked out well.

And of course it wasn't directly Clark's fault, but the point I'm trying to make is that this show seems to twist around so many of the decisions Clark makes, and have something undesireable result.

Like, lets take the scene where Zod attacks Waller, and Clark shows up.  Clark gives Zod a shove (thats it!), then stares at him a bit, and turns to help the injured human.  Which, ya know, shouldn't be a bad thing.  But Zod ends up flying (and do not get me started on everyone flying) away with Faora, and ends up killing her.

Again, not directly Clark's fault.  But him turning towards Waller, to help the injured human, gets used in such a way by the writers as to show that Clark left Faora unprotected.

And of course, the biggie, Zod and his powers...which he got from Clark.  Of course Clark was just doing the Superman-ly thing by saving Zod's life.  And the show took that act of compassion and kindness, and kicked him in the nuts with it.  How many people has psycho Zod killed by this point?  Clearly thats Zod's fault, but Zod would be dead if not for.....Well, you get the picture.

And apparently, going by the shows dialogue, Clark had decided to trust Zod.  And that makes no sense to me at all.  Not to mention that I don't really think what we saw on the show supports that, but its what Clark is saying, so I guess thats what we're supposed to think.  And that I just don't understand at all..

And it just feels like this sort of stuff, as subtle as it might be, is just done over and over and over again.

Lets look at the flipside though.  We have Chloe (who has turned into the most loathesome creature SV has ever had on the show).  First of all, she designs a security system for Checkmate, and doesn't have a failsafe for herself, just in case?  And we see that Checkmate hacked into her system, and from that was able to ascertain the location of the Kandorians.  I assume from the tracking chips she placed without telling Clark, but don't worry yourself about that, since the show won't either.  Checkmate is able to find Faora and take her away, and is about to kill all the other non-powered Kandorians,except Clark gets there in the nick of time.

Now, does anyone think that even a whiff of fallout will touch Chloe?

If you said yes, I don't know what season of SV you've been watching, but its not S8 or S9.

See, this is the episode where showrunner Brian "I'm a big 'ol liar" Peterson told us that Chloe would be held accountable for the things she did this season.  And, apparently that means that Chloe loses her big Watchtower toy, and she's supposed to let Oliver in so he can love her more, because she is just that freaking awesome, and the world is her oyster.

Oh, and BTW, Chloe and Oliver were right all along, and Clark was wrong.  Awesome!  Because hell, isn't that why most Clark fans watch this show?  Like I said, I sure picked the wrong horse to back..

Excuse me, I have to go kick a puppy....

OK, I'm back.

Speaking of the whole Chloe/Oliver thing, I call bullshit of the highest order.  Now, I've heard complaints that Clois has been rushed, and in some ways, I can understand that argument.  But if Clois has been rushed, than Chlollie has been hyper-speeded.  And not a lick of it is believable to me.

 I will say that the Chloe/Tess scenes worked better for me in this episode then they did in Upgrade.  But the dialogue was cringe-worthy.  "...Zod's little bitch"?  Really show?  But the scenes worked better for me because I thought AM and CF were giving better performances.  Not that the scenario really worked for me at all though.  The scene of them getting out of Watchtower had some laughably bad SFX.  And the whole hospital scene was just all kinds of ludicrous.

Speaking of that, was I the only one that noticed how many recycled scenarios this ep had?  We had the "cutting out the tracker scene", which was previously done in Freak.  We had the "giant needle in the chest" scene, ala Truth and Thirst.  We had the "flying into the windshield" scene, recalling Vessel.  We had Clark "staring into the hospital room at a tender scene"  which has been done so many times on this show, I don't know that I could name all the eps.

I mentioned the flying thing already, but at this point, its infuriating to me that everyone and their pet monkey is taking to the skies, while Clark just stands there.  And frankly, Tom doesn't give me much to go on in those scenes, so I don't know if Clark is frustrated, or really wants to go after them, or what.  But hey, they mentioned flying once this season, back in episode 2, so they totally took that issue head-on.  Just ask Mr Peterson, or his partner.  They're the bestest writers ever!  

Strangely enough, for as little as it appeared in this episode, I thought Checkmate was used pretty well.  An obviously ruthless organization, but one based in a genuine fear.  I'm not sure how I feel about Stuart reappearing as a Checkmate operative, but it didn't effect the flow of the episode one way or the other.

Except, if Stuart works for Checkmate, wouldn't it have been relatively easy for him to connect Chloe to Watchtower, given the hacking duel they had, and her attempt to make contact and establish him as a mole?  Or, is that one of those pesky early season details I shouldn't worry my pretty little head about?  Like Alia.

The best scenes in the ep belonged to Faora.  Once again, Sharon Taylor and Tom worked beautifully off each other.  And the scene where Faora stood her ground with Zod was excellent!

I just hope and pray Zod is a one season villian, because I just can't get on board with Callum Blue.  He tries.  Lord, how he tries!  But I just think, as an actor, he lacks the presence and charisma to make his Zod this bigger then life character he should be.  I should understand why people would follow this guy, and I'm not quite getting it.  

I don't really know what the next 2 eps will give to us, story-wise.  Having seen the coming attractions for next weeks ep, I just feel like crying.  Literally crying.  And not in a good way.  

And I suppose that certain things could happen in the finale that would make this season not a total loss for me.  Some of the Kandorians could go back to Clark's side.  Faora could be alive again.  Chloe could get knock backed on her ass and gain some humility.  Oliver could put his shirt on.  Clark could tell Lois his secret.  Lois could decide sidekicking isn't her style, and jump back into journalism with grit and determination to change the world her own way.  All these things could happen, and the show could end in an OK manner for me.  But I really just want this season to be over, because I think there have just been too many missteps already, and the writing seems to be on the wall.  

Whatever comes, I suspect I'm just too worn out to much care anymore.  





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polytikal
May. 3rd, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Just a hit and run post to address some of the points in your last paragraph! :)

Some of the Kandorians could go back to Clark's side.

I think Al Septien might've kinda maybe hinted this may happen? I can kind of see Vala coming back to Clark's side, especially after she finds out that Zod has been/will be killing people. Hopefully she'll take some Kandorians to Clark's side with her.

Faora could be alive again.

Oddly enough, Sharon Taylor is listed on IMDb for "Salvation," but of course, it's IMDb, so it could be wrong.

Chloe could get knock backed on her ass and gain some humility. Oliver could put his shirt on.

Yes to the first! No to the second. :) I know, you're tired of the pecs, but I'll take whatever manflesh I can get on this show.

Clark could tell Lois his secret.

I have this odd feeling in my stomach telling me this could very well happen. I just feel like that's what they're leading up to. Fingers crossed I guess.

Lois could decide sidekicking isn't her style, and jump back into journalism with grit and determination to change the world her own way.

A HUNDRED TIMES YES! I don't think she's necessarily been sidekicking, but I would like her to refocus on her career a bit.

I'm glad you had a great weekend (new car too!), and I'm sorry your enthusiasm for the show has waned a bit. I hope it comes back soon. :)
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I think Al is a really nice guy. Having said that, I also think Al totally drinks the Souders/Peterson kool-aid. I would not trust him as far as I could throw him.

My enthusiasm for this show hinges on how much it will support its main character, and write for him, and portray him as he should be portrayed. So, in other words, I think I'm screwed.
jlvsclrk
May. 3rd, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
*hug* It was a hard episode to watch in so many ways - I just can't get over the show's backhanded support for Chloe's machinations. It makes me want to scream at the TV.

Yet I did enjoy the Faora-Clark-Checkmate-Zod stuff (in that order), so overall give the episode a wavering 8 out of 10. The show does seem poised to repeat the error of Doomsday and I can't get over that the showruners don't even get why people have a problem with that. Why do they seem to care so little for Clark?
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Oh, the show has totally backed Chloe, 100% And since they put Chloe into opposition with Clark, it also means they backed Clark NOT AT ALL.

Nice, eh?

I don't understand the writers/showrunners mindset at all. They seem to be stuck in some kind of "he must SUFFER, and makes MISTAKES, and be WRONG" before he can be Superman. But all they've really managed to convey to me is that I don't understand where this guy would get the confidence, fortitude and support to be Superman, because they pretty much keep telling him that everything he does is wrong.
miss_tress
May. 3rd, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I'll just be signing my name to your thoughts because you said everything I've been feeling lately. *quietly stews*
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
Feel free.

Its just exhausting, really. And it doesn't make me look forward to watching SV each week. Instead, its taking on the aspects of an unpleasant chore.
la_belle_isa
May. 3rd, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
I share the same feeling, only for a longer period of time. I haven't watched a third of this season. It's unsettling to care less and less about a show when you're a fan of the supposedly main character and main actor. I agree with you that nothing sucks more then to be a Clark fan.
Chris on TWU said that the same thing is happening with the Superman comics: you buy them and then, the story is not about that character, but about others. It's the ole "bait & switch". And I suspect next year won't be any better, but probably worst in that regard. Oh well. Clearly, they don't want my business.
Anyway, have you seen Bryan Q. Miller latest tweet? He wants us to buy a certain comic book if we liked Clark and Zod in SV! They're peddlers. Ugh.
miss_tress
May. 3rd, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Considering that Bryan also writes comics for DC I wouldn't really consider it peddling if pimps them to fans of the show. Especially since the Superman books are having a storyline very similar to the show right now what with Zod and Kryptonians and a war with Earth. But that's just my opinion.
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tasabian
May. 3rd, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
*hugs* I figured with a late review, this one probably made you sad. I did enjoy the pace & a number of the scenes (esp Clark/Oliver) but the lack of Clark screen-time was v. noticeable.

See, this is the episode where showrunner Brian "I'm a big 'ol liar" Peterson told us that Chloe would be held accountable for the things she did this season.
I swear these guys just say "yes" to whatever questions fans pose. "Will hats feature prominently in "Hostage?" "Yes, we are very excited about the role of hats in "Hostage"!

Its just that this show has Clark making all these "right" decisions. Trying to keep the peace, trying to save peoples lives, trying to show compassion, trying to show leadership.....and then the show takes a big, giant crap on his head.
And with all this, Clark was still the smartest person in the episode! Chloe is defeated by her own security system; Oliver turns his back on Zod to gloat; Tess fails to deduce a Checkmate tracking device and gets herself trapped; Zod, thickest of all, doesn't take a second to use his super-hearing, and ends up killing his girlfriend and child.

For good measure, he gets the bitch face from Chloe.
I loved Tom being awkward with the cup but the bitchface, I did not get. If Oliver hadn't been a dumbass and turned his back on the supervillain, his manboobs wouldn't have gotten scratched. Not Clark's fault!

I thought she was far and away the most compelling character in this episode, and most compelling actor as well. She gave Faora such a quiet grace and dignity.
She's fantastic - if the show finds a way to resurrect her, I'll be happy.

Some of the Kandorians could go back to Clark's side.
This is what I hope will happen - watching Vala, I was thinking that maybe she was only pretending loyalty to Zod and in the finale, she and her loyalists will turn on him, validating Clark. I can't accept that she would forgive Zod for killing her sister. The way the actress played that scene, it was almost like she was sending a message to Clark with her gaze. What they do with this plotline will determine my judgment on this season.

ETA: That's awesome that your family did the walkathon. So glad you got out of there before the bomb scare.

Edited at 2010-05-03 03:15 am (UTC)
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
This week, doing the screentimes and writing the review was a chore!

I hate the showrunners, and I hate that people blow smoke up their asses.

By all rights, Clark should've been the most awesome person in the episode. And yet, somehow, it gets twisted. Like last year, where Clark was suddenly the person responsible for Jimmy dying, and Doomsday running amuck. Ah, what?

This show seems to love to find a way to blame Clark for someone being villianous, or for saving the villian and then they do terrible things. I don't get it.

I think AM's face is mostly stuck in bitchface mode, except for rare scenes with JH. I don't get that either.

I hope you're right about Vala. But I can't dare to let myself hope. It just gets too depressing when the show invariably lets me down, and finds another way to screw Clark.
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katyjane91
May. 3rd, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
So glad to hear that you had fun contributing to a great cause!
And ugh about the CW constantly pre-empting SV so often! I watch it on the New York channel and it always scares the crap outta me when I see that it's not coming on!

Anyway, ITA about Clark constantly being smacked in the face with his decisions. I HATE that and it seems like it's been happening for years! Every time Clark makes an important Supermanly choice, it comes back and bites him in the ass. I'm surprised he still tries, at this point!
I honestly can't think of a time when it HASN'T gone wrong for him.

Overall, I thought this episode was okay. It didn't enrage me and provoked some honest intended emotion when Zod killed Faora. I was nearly crying. I liked her a lot and the actress was brilliant.
But all the Chloe stuff was crap.
Ya know what's funny, is that with Tess' speech about wanting Chloe's job, I actually saw and understood Tess' intentions in this episode better than Chloe's!
Oh, and don't you know, we were supposed to think that Chloe was 'cool' and 'edgey' because she said bitch. It's like she's Spike from Buffy! Except not even at all.
I think what bothered me most about this episode was the ridonkulous suspension of disbelief necessary for the scenes in the Watchtower and in the hospital.
I mean, Chloe not only has a security system with no failsafe, that turns on when a 'foreign object' is detected, but SUCKS ALL THE AIR OUT OF THE BUILDING!?!?! Because, yeah, that's totally possible in a Metropolitan situation.
And then the fact that she not only knew some magical serum that would bring Tess back to life ('Cause Chloe's a doctor now *Whispers* Maaarryyyy Suuueeee) but she stabs her in the heart with it after Tess had been dead for a few minutes and Tess gets up and walks away!
I think the SV writers slept through Health class in highschool.

And yeah, Chlollie has been lightswitched like insanity. I hate that ship. And this is maybe the only place I can actually say that without being crucified. Lol.
And yeah, agree that Oliver needs to wear a damn shirt. I am honestly moved to stomach discomfort when I see him shirtless now. What the hell, SV? I'm a girl!
I wanna see Clark shirtless, please and thank you.

I'm honestly with you on the not caring much anymore. If they fix Clois I will. Because those two together, and who they are when their together, saves the show IMO. But if this keeps being the 'Chloe show', Ugh...I don't know what I'll do.
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Saturday was a great day. It just really went so well.

I so very much wanted Clark to get some validation this year. I wanted the show to stand behind him so badly. But it won't. Oh, it might pull some last minute crap, but thats like slapping a bow on a pile of manure. It doesn't make up for whats come before.

This ep didn't enrage me either. It just bummed me out. I think I'd rather be enraged, because it would be a more passionate response, as opposed to a "Whatever show, Whatever".

And of the 2 people trapped at Watchtower, Tess was far and away the more sympathetic and likeable of the two.
(Anonymous)
May. 3rd, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Britas15, present.
First and foremost, I'm glad to hear that you had such a good day yesterday. My condolences for the loss of your sister.

Seems odd to transition from that reality to the "Smallville" fantasy, but here's where I guess it has to happen.

Regarding the show, I think I'm in the same position that you are. I just keep thinking, "Are we there yet? Is it over with?" So much of this season has already failed for me, and I just don't see some kind of superficial band-aid getting slapped on it in the finale making the wounds any better.

More and more, I'm finding that this show has a serious problem with balance, and with attending to the storylines and perspectives of its main cast. And though Clark gets the lion's share of that neglect, Chloe, Oliver, Tess, and Zod have also gotten shafted this season. (In fact, Lois may be the only character who we don't really have to wonder about. Hell, she's overshared for most of the season.) Most of their development happens in Offscreenville, and mostly, I have to guess as to where there head's are at, and why they're there from week to week. "Chlollie" is a prime example of this. The PTB think the relationship is damn exceptional and so important, but I just don't see enough on my screen to back that up.

In this episode alone:

(1) Zod went from neither-here-nor-there, to outright evil, torturing and killing the guy at the Luthor Mansion. When did Zod go evil? When did he start killing humans? I must have missed that episode.

(2) Tess all of a sudden thinks that she couldn't give Oliver the purpose that Chloe does. Um, excuse the fuck out of me? When did Tess start blaming herself for Oliver's infidelities and emotional vacantness? That, to me, sounded like the PTB forcing yet another of Oliver's exes to kiss Chloe's ass, and tell her how great she is with Oliver. Lois has already gotten on board for no good reason. And now Tess is doing the same.

(3) Didn't Clark just say in "Checkmate" that sidelining Chloe was a mistake, and didn't he apologize for it? So, why the hell is he doing it yet again in "Sacrifice"?

(4) When the fuck did Oliver decide that he and Clark are family? Sometime when he was offscreen, bank-rolling those Green-K weapons and keeping them a secret, and thinking that Clark's incapable of handling anything?

This show just doesn't hold up beyond anything but the pretty people, and the pretty sets, and the majority-of-the-time compelling score. When it comes to the actual narratives, it kinda sucks. Because the PTB are far more interested in the main characters serving the narratives, than the narratives serving the main characters.

So, regarding the finale: I don't see how Vala and some of the Kandorians possibly siding with Clark after possibly finding out about Zod's lie validates Clark. They wouldn't be going back to him because he's so awesome and they appreciate his logic. They'd be going back to him because their general killed one of their own and her unborn child.

[WARNING: SPOILERS] Moreover, rely upon the fact that if the JLA/JSA gets, say, kidnapped by Checkmate (who's probably pretty pissed at both groups right now) as a result of Chloe's spying and keeping unnecessary info on them, she's not gonna get held accountable for it, any more than she was held accountable for the assimilating Kandorians getting found. Also, about that Blue-K dagger: That, to me, says that someone's gonna have to die. And that someone'll probably have to be Zod. But, since Clark doesn't kill, then is someone else gonna have to do his dirty work for him? How does a Kandorian like Vala, or a human like Tess or Chloe killing Zod validate Clark? And how does Zod accidentally dying validate Clark? The only way I see the final showdown working out in a way that doesn't make Clark look like a total idiot is if Zod kills himself, after having been turned against by his army, and having been overcome with guilt from having killed his own child. [END SPOILERS]

And as for Martha Kent "protecting" Clark and holding a gun on somebody: Fuck me. As you'd say: "Really, show? Really?" I hope that things aren't what they seem. But, with only two episodes left this season, I actually think they're exactly what they seem.
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: Britas15, present.
I loved your K-Site thread. I'm so glad that someone brought up what you brought up. Kudos!

Yeah, its kind of laughable that the show seems to be ignoring that Oliver never showed any sort of interest and attraction to Chloe AT ALL, prior to Warrior. Now, apparently, she's the gal he will never leave. Yeah, whatever.

You are totally right about the flip-flopping characterizations. And I've complained all year long about the lack of insight into Clark, and other characters. I still don't really have any idea what Chloe's problem is half the time. Well, make that most of the time.

So, regarding the finale: I don't see how Vala and some of the Kandorians possibly siding with Clark after possibly finding out about Zod's lie validates Clark. They wouldn't be going back to him because he's so awesome and they appreciate his logic. They'd be going back to him because their general killed one of their own and her unborn child.

Good point. I think people are just trying to find a silver lining somewhere in this whole storyline.

Nothing about the spoilers for the upcoming eps fills me with hope. Nothing at all.
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chatchien
May. 3rd, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Outrage!
Excuse me, I have to go kick a puppy....

OK, I'm back.


Not for Long, I have unleashed The Puppy Brigrade on YOU! FIE!

You will be licked by Puppy Tongues and Tickled by Puppy Paws and Forced to Pat Fat Puppy Tummies. GIIIIRL! You Will be Sorry!

Chloe could get knock backed on her ass and gain some humility. Oliver could put his shirt on.

Well ONE of these Things is a GOOD Thing to be devoutly Wished For. Please, Please, Please....
And the other thing, I just don't understand what you have against a Man's Fine Torso. What are you---One of Those Girls who just looks at a Man's Eyes? Phooey!

I don't know what the Producers/Writers have promised. I don't read spoilers. And I am content.

ETA: I'm glad that you enjoyed your walk for your sister.



Edited at 2010-05-03 03:33 am (UTC)
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Re: Outrage!
Ahh, puppies!!! Well, I wouldn't kick those puppies. Only ugly puppies.

Oh, you don't do spoilers? So, you didn't hear that Oliver is going to have a turtleneck sweater grafted onto his skin in the next ep....you know, the help with the wound and all.

Sorry to disappoint you ;)

And of course I don't only look at a guys eyes. I check out his ass too!!
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agentobrian
May. 3rd, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
I'm glad you had a good time in supporting a great cause, and honoring your lost loved ones. And boo to car-bombing jackasses.

Average ST:

Clark- 18m, 10s
Chloe- 9m, 39s
Lois- 16m, 37s
Oliver- 10m, 33s
Tess- 7m, 18s
Zod- 9m, 49s

Clark's overall time is wrong- it should be 363m, not 403m.

"I think I'm really at a point with this show where I'm starting to question tuning in for a S10."

That's not surprising. I think every SV fan has felt that way at some point. Mine was Conspiracy. And I'm still up in the air as to whether or not I'll even tune in next season. This season has sucked for the most part.

"First of all, she designs a security system for Checkmate, and doesn't have a failsafe for herself, just in case?"

I think when Chloe installed her security measures, she had planned to be on the outside in the case of a break-in. But in the event she got caught herself, she couldn't have a way out that could potentially be exploited by whoever was inside, not even Chloe. She considered herself expendable.

Had she been trapped alone, I think she would have done nothing to get herself out.

"I'm not sure how I feel about Stuart reappearing as a Checkmate operative, but it didn't effect the flow of the episode one way or the other."

Stuart as a Checkmate agent was the biggest WTF of the ep for me. He was a geek, for lack of a better term, in his other appearances, then he gets shot and comes back as this super-smooth secret agent? I couldn't buy it at all.

"Now, does anyone think that even a whiff of fallout will touch Chloe?"

Honestly, I hope it doesn't, and that's not because Chloe is my favorite character (okay, maybe a tiny part of my reason is). Over the course of the series, I think Chloe has more than paid for her mistakes. The biggest one, the deal with Lionel (and for the record, I was very turned off by that), dogged her for years, even through Season 5.

At this point, TPTB are in a no-win situation when it comes to accountability. No matter who they show as being "right", there are going to be unhappy fans.

"But the dialogue was cringe-worthy. "...Zod's little bitch"? Really show?"

I have to disagree about the dialogue being bad. Most of the time, they go overboard with the cute metaphors, but this time, it felt real to me, and not nearly as bad as the stuff I hear on an almost daily basis at work.

"Just ask Mr Peterson, or his partner. They're the bestest writers ever!"

Oh, that drives me nuts, when fans think everything that TPTB say and do is brilliant, and all those who question their greatness are treated like crap. I prefer to look at it as "Support the show when it's right, fix it when it's wrong".

"Clark could tell Lois his secret."

No way. I don't want Lois anywhere near that part of him. It was bad enough when he was calling her as The Blur, but that's the one part of the storyline I could enjoy for the most part without having to deal with her. Having Lois in on the secret just means something else to stick her nose in. Save it for after the show is over.
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for catching my error. I've edited the main post. I guess it was just wishful thinking on my part *sigh*

Just to be clear, when I talk about "fallout" for a character, I'm certainly not talking about anything drastic. I'd totally settle for a "Wow, I screwed up" and "I am sorry". I just would like things to be acknowledged. I don't need some dramatic slash and burn.

I understand that they can't please everyone, but dammit, this is supposed to be a show about Clark Kent. He's supposed to become Superman. You just can't keep throwing the writing support behind characters that are in opposition to him before it seems like you are actively undermining him. And as much as I'd like ALL the characters to be written well, it burns my ass that writing Clark Kent well is NOT the first priority.

The blowing smoke up the writers asses is just totally not my thing. Not that I'm advocating flat out rudeness. But the ass kissing makes me cringe.

I can understand why you would feel that way about Lois knowing the secret, but I'm coming at it as a Clark Kent fan. And frankly, he's got no real friends on this show anymore, no one to really talk to. So, I'd like that for him. Also, I'm just not comfortable with Clark being in a serious relationship, and not being honest. So, even if that means more Lois, and more Lois involvement in the main plot of the show, I'll take it for the plus it provides for Clark.
serenography
May. 3rd, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
Now, does anyone think that even a whiff of fallout will touch Chloe?

Not really. Actually, I'm thinking that she'll be flying in the finale.

Like Alia.

I REALLY want to know why she had those crazy-ass big pupils. They can leave all the loose ends they want, but I NEED to know this.

But I really just want this season to be over, because I think there have just been too many missteps already, and the writing seems to be on the wall.


I'm starting to worry about how much TPTB will offer AM to come back for S10. Top billing, perhaps? They need to stop believing the hype of a few of her more ardent fans and stop elevating her at Clark's expense.


serenography
May. 3rd, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
Almost forgot (and how could I?), thank you for supporting the cause, for your sister, for the friends I've lost, for myself, and for all of us. *hugs you hard*

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jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't worry about it not occuring to you, because it isn't like the show will ever acknowledge it either.

I really hated that they killed off Faora. I hated how they did it from soup to nuts. I hated that Clark was the one that let Zod zip off with her. I hated that Zod choked a pregnant woman. And I didn't like the fading heartbeat of the baby. I thought it was all way too much. It made her very tragic, but I wasn't comfortable with it at all.
carolandtom
May. 3rd, 2010 09:08 am (UTC)
You practically said it all.

I'm sick and tired of this season and I'm sick and tired of this show.
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
I totally feel ya Carol. Its downright painful to be a Clark fan, and watch this show. It breaks my heart. I love Tom to death, but I'm not sure its enough anymore.
amelietw
May. 3rd, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
Just to let you know, that my mom died of breast cancer... so I hug you hard!!

About SV... well... I was disapointed with the Tess/Chloe showdown.. I was expecting more.

And I don't know about you, but while I was watching I was always wondering: 'when we will see Clark ' !!!???!!

It's painful when the only reason you watch it, the principal character, have the b-plot of the episode! :(
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry about your Mom *hugs you hard back!!* Its a disease that has touched so many of us. If all I have to do is walk 3 miles to help, then I'm happy to do it.

I just couldn't get over how ludicrous the whole Chloe/Tess stuff was, and I hated the dialogue. And I just felt so much more of a connection to Tess. But, honestly, thats been happening to me a lot this season.

Not only was Clark not in this ep a lot, his scenes were very short for the most part.

It is painful to watch a show for the main character, and constantly get crapped on. After 9 seasons, I'm just worn out by the writing.
rowanda380
May. 3rd, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
that is great about participating in the walk, I am glad you guys had a good time.
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
We absolutely did. The weather was sunny and beautiful, and there were tons of people there. And afterward, we all went to lunch. A fun time was had by all, and I really think my sister would've loved it.
tjw_jaypat
May. 3rd, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
To the point as usual. You´ve always warned that this season won´t validate Clark´s choices again, and you will be right. Although I assume it is not really a pleasure to be right in this case...

I bet that in the finale Clark will of course defeat Zod, and lots of people will be pleased to find Clark being the victor and hero. I just wish they would look a little deeper. Because defeating Zod will not validate Clark´s actions. Clark will not defeat Zod because he had a stragety, in particular a plan B in case the bonding approach failed: he will probably defeat him by sheer luck because someone slips him the Book of Rao. So a little magic will do the trick. But nothing what Clark did this season will make him deserve this victory in the sense of validation. He is just cleaning up his own mess again. Not exactly the heroism I want to see.

Deluded as they are, S&P&Co. will probably be honestly proud of themselves. I trust they will regard this as an epic and heroic ending, a great focus on Clark... :(

As for me, I will watch SV as long as Tom is on board. But it is sad when, instead of eagerly looking forward to the next episode, I just dread it and have to cut out everything non-Tom to make the crap somewhat more enjoyable, although storywise a cropped episode doesn´t make much sense. But it´s the only way to survive it...
jeannev
May. 3rd, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
No, its not much fun to be right in this case. I would've been much happier admitting that I was wrong, and talking about how the writers pleasantly surprised me.

I agree with you in that they may still throw in something for Clark in the finale, where we are supposed to ignore what came before, or think "Wow, Clark told some of the heroes making a cameo appearance to do something....and they did it! That makes everything OK!", but that won't really be enough for me. I guess I have impossibly high standards.

I love Tom a lot, but I can't say right now that seeing him will be enough to have me tuning in regularly for S10. It probably will, but I guess that will depend on the next 2 eps. And Comic Con, probably.
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