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Well folks, its a wrap!  Another season of SV has come and gone, and a 10th season waits just around the corner.  Truth be told, I wasn't sure if I was coming back for S10.  Just continued disappointment with the writing, and a general weariness with the show, and this season, had left me in a state of SV fatigue.  Its amazing what a good finale will do for a person.

Its funny, after reviewing so many eps that left me wanting, its pretty difficult to write a review of one that hit the bullseye.  I think I'm out of practice.  So, I'll issue a general warning that my review will probably hit on a few minor quibbles with the ep, because if it didn't, then I wouldn't be me!  But, rest assured, its a solid thumbs up! review.

First, the finale screentime minutes for the season:

Running time:  41m, 34s (previously on:  1m, 31s)

Clark:  21m, 19s
Chloe:  9m, 4s
Lois:  12m, 33s
Oliver:  7m, 20s
Tess:  3m, 39s
Zod:  14m, 16s

I didn't do a tally for the guest star heroes, because their appearance really amounts to little more then a cameo

Season Totals (# of eps)

Clark:  416m , 43s (22)
Chloe:  206m, 42s (22)
Lois:  297m, 8s (18)
Oliver:  167m, 2s (17)
Tess:  118m, 16s (17)
Zod:  122m, 19s (12)




Well, color me amazed.  And color me wrong.  Because this finale managed to do almost everything RIGHT!  And what wasn't exactly right was still not a major problem, but rather comes down to a matter of taste, and personal preference, really.

Lets start off with the man of the hour, Clark Kent.  Do you think its possible that the overwhelmingly positive reaction to this episode might clue TPTB into the fact that when an episode gets Clark right, and backs the protagonist, and supports his world view, and writes to the characters strengths, most people generally love it?  Because if there's one consistent comment I'm reading about this episode, its Clark Rocks!  And he should Rock every single week.  Why is that so hard?

In this finale, we saw all the sides of Clark that make him such a rootworthy character.  Selfless, brave, resolute, loving, compassionate, smart.  And when Clark is written to showcase his best assets, then the show shines.

The highlight of the episode for me was Clark's confrontation with Zod on the roof of the Daily Planet (?), and the subsequent change in allegiance by the Kandorians.  I've said for weeks that any finale that did not validate Clark's belief in the Kandorians, and did not have, at least, some of them standing behind Clark was a failure.  So, I was so thrilled, and relieved, to see the Kandorians come through for Clark.  Sure, one could quibble that it came down to the murder of one of their own to get them to support Clark, and that doesn't exactly show them embracing Clark's world view.  But I'd argue that the fact the Kandorians stood back, and allowed Clark to speak, shows that they formed respect for him.  My sense was that they weren't totally on Team Zod, but he was the person they'd been following before, and it was just easy to fall in line behind him.  But, confronted with the truth of Faora's murder, they were quick to follow where Clark was leading them.  Which, when you think about it, is a tremendous leap of faith on their part.  I know I felt that Clark's belief in them was validated.  And thats the A #1 thing I wanted out of this episode.

Then we had the fight.  Which was spectacular.  Whoever came up with the idea of the Blue K knife, well, kudos to them.  Sure, it might've been a plot contrivance to avoid a superpowered SFX extravaganza, but who cares?  Thats just good thinking in my view, for a show with a limited budget.  And then adding the rain?  My God, what a gorgeous sequence.  What could possibly be bad about a wet Tom Welling, in black clothing that is sticking to his amazing body?  Well, not a fucking thing!

And the culmination of the fight was an amazing moment for Clark.  When I first watched the ep, I didn't quite catch that Clark had all but stabbed himself.  This is one of those moments that makes you glad you have a downloaded copy, so you can watch it again.  Because its such a powerful, self-sacrificing moment.  And the best part?  Its wicked smart!  I LOVE when Clark is wicked smart!  The look on Zod's face when he realized he'd been P-owned, and was about to ascend to the other plain of existence, where Vala was, no doubt, waiting for him to open up a can of whoop ass?  Priceless!

Of course, then one remembers that Clark has a blue K dagger stuck in his mid-section, and he's plunging off a building.  I look forward to his being saved, or him saving himself.  I'm not picky.

Another sequence that really worked for me....and you have no idea how happy I am to say this....was Clark revealing himself to Lois as the Blur by means of a kiss.  And what a kiss!  I've been critical of the Clois kisses this season.  But this one?  This is the one that ruled them all.  I wonder if having a really good director back made the difference?  Who knows, and who cares?  It totally worked, and was terribly romantic.  I feared for a second that Lois would not realize that she was kissing her boyfriend, so I was so joyous when she says "Clark" and then smiles.

Now Show, step over to the side with me for a sec....Look show, NO Backsies!!  Lois knows.  Clark told her in an amazing way, and one that is unique to just Clark and Lois.  Its was a beautiful and powerful moment.  And S10 is your last, so don't dick around.  Lois knows!  Keep it that way.

Another scene that totally worked for me was the other heroes on their teleconference, and Clark stepping into a leadership role.  I loved it!  On the one hand, I can understand someone saying that they were all but wasted in their cameos, but I disagree.  Their main function here was to a) give us a glimpse into how the young JLA is working together, and b) show us how Clark is the person that needs to step up, and bring them together the way they need to be.  Sure, Chloe and Oliver get their fair share of the credit for getting this group together.  But I think its clear that it will fall to Clark to get them to work together the way they'll need to (and later, to Clark, Bruce and Diana).  His speech to them was a triumph, and their reaction to it was yet another validation for Clark (2 in one ep, YAY CLARK!!).  I'm not quite sure what was up with the Roman chest bump, but OK....

The glimpse of the future was great fun.  I'm not entirely sure it  was necessary to the ep, but great fun nonetheless.

The Clois loft scene was a little big of a mixed bag for me, but I think it ended up playing better then the dialogue.  If that makes sense.  Or, perhaps, its just too reminiscent of so many scenes we've seen before.  I did love the things Clark and Lois said to each other.  And I know as a Clark fan, it meant the world to me to know that Lois would pass up a terrific job opportunity if it meant being with Clark.  I want him to have that sort of love in his life.  And I'm glad Lois will have the same in return.

I'd be lying if I didn't admit to being uncomfortable with Lois going through Clark's computer, and his things.  I think the reason it didn't bother me overly much is that the show managed to present it in such a way as to convince me that I wasn't supposed to be alright with it. 

I haven't been much of a fan of Callum Blue's Zod all season, but I think he managed a pretty good performance here, particularly as the episode moved along.  I loved the fact that Zod's own anger, and arrogance, and lack of control ended up tricking him up.

One of my favorite visuals of the night was Clark running in to save Lois, and punching Zod and sending him flying, and we got that shot of his little body just floating away.  LOL  That was awesome.

Now, not so awesome?  The very cheap SFX of the Kandorians vandalizing various landmarks.  Another sequence that seemed a bit pointless to me.

I'm not sure how much I want to say about the Clark and Chloe interaction.  One of the scenes that didn't quite work for me at all was the first Chlark scene, where Clark is determined to stay, and Chloe is urging him to go.  I would've liked to have seen that go down a little differently.  Instead of having Clark take one position, and have Chloe argue for the other, I'd have preferred an open dialogue between them, where they collectively considered the pros and cons of both decisions, together.  As it was, Chloe just seemed way too OK with sending Clark off planet with the Kandorians.  And sadly, TW and AM were still not quite managing to infuse their scenes with the old warmth they used to.

Later, when Clark choosed to go, again, I think Chloe just saying she's proud and leaving the room didn't feel like enough.  Especially when she's bantering with Oliver just a few scenes later.

I'm not a fan of Chlollie, and this ep didn't change my mind.  Its just way too rushed and lightswitched to me.  So, I found the "ILU's" just sort of ridiculous.  There was just something very incongruous in the Chlollie scenes for me.  They were the only parts of the ep where I found myself feeling disengaged.

I also wished that  there had been some sort of personal comment from Oliver towards Clark, once he knew he was leaving.  It would've been nice to hear Oliver join in with the other heroes, and mention what teaming up with Clark had meant to him.  I thought it felt like it was missing.

Oh, and I don't think Tess is dead.  Or, maybe she is, but I feel confidante that CF is coming back next season, and really, thats the most important thing for me.  CF, as she's done all season, was terrific in her scenes. 

But, the Tess/Zod confrontation was one of the only scenes in the ep that felt badly directed to me.  Why would Tess stop pummeling Zod with the Krytonite knuckles?  Why would she just stand there as he regained his strength?  And why did it take her removing the knuckles from her pocket for it to have an effect on Zod?  Did she have lead-lined pockets in that parka?

The Clark/Tess scene was good, but I wish Clark had shown a bit more compassion towards Tess there.  Clark was a bit too stoic (and underwritten).  Still, I sort of love that Clark was able to achieve his goal of sending the Kandorians to a new home because Tess gave him the means.  I'm hoping that Clark will remember that next season when he sees Tess (or the being formerly known as Tess).  I see so much potential there.

And lest I forget, COME BACK GREG BEEMAN!  We missed you.

On the acting front, everyone was great.  But this was Tom's hour, and he more then stepped up to the plate.  He wasn't just good, he was regal.

On the shallow front, Holy Hell Tom Welling, how much handsomer can you get?  And his body is just....Hot! 

What a difference a year makes.  Last season, the Doomsday/Davis Bloome plot line limped to the finish line with SV's worst every finale.  This season, the Zod/Kandorian plot line finds its finest hour in its last.

Its a thumbs up, its a 9-out-of-10, its an A.

And I'll be back next season.

Comments

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(Anonymous)
May. 16th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
I love reading your reviews, even though there are few things that we agree on. It's just nice to see someone think about the show, and I love reading differing opinions that aren't all about ships.
Ironically (and maybe a little hypocritically), the only reason I watched the finale is because of Chlollie.
I wasn't exactly disengaged with the non-Chloe/Oliver scenes, like you were with Chlollie, but I wasn't exactly at the edge of my seat. That being said, the finale was great in the way that I can't wait until the season 10 premiere. I completely agree about loving Clark be the full-fledged hero again.
And can I just say that that granny scene literally scared the skin off of me? I don't know why, but I literally shuddered when she entered Tess' room. I will never look at my grandmother the same way again. Thanks, Smallville.
jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by, and saying that. I really appreciate it. We don't all have to agree to be able to listen to each other. At least thats how I've always approached fandom.

I appreciate that some people love Chlollie, and thats great. Different things work for different fans. The key is the ability to blend all these things together into something that works AND serves the protagonist of the show.

The Granny scene was freaky, but I think I was just so glad to know CF would be around next season, I got over it quick ;)
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jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Its possible thatc, come next season, we might see Chloe and Oliver think over those "ILU's" a bit more. Because, really, its been very fast with them. I guess we'll find out.

It was great to see Clark step up in front of the JLA. I think the whole point of Superman is that he leads by example, not by telling others what to do. And that was how this scene was written.

The female furies look pretty cool. So many good ways to use CF next season. I hope the show doesn't let us CF fans down.
tasabian
May. 16th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Such a nice surprise, wasn't it?

Lets start off with the man of the hour, Clark Kent. Do you think its possible that the overwhelmingly positive reaction to this episode might clue TPTB into the fact that when an episode gets Clark right, and backs the protagonist, and supports his world view, and writes to the characters strengths, most people generally love it? Because if there's one consistent comment I'm reading about this episode, its Clark Rocks! And he should Rock every single week. Why is that so hard?
I really hope that the writers are looking at the positive reaction to this ep. and taking exactly that from it. Clark is not the sounding board for other heroes. He is not one half of a 'ship. He is the leader, the hero, the POV character and he is awesome.

Because its such a powerful, self-sacrificing moment. And the best part? Its wicked smart! I LOVE when Clark is wicked smart! The look on Zod's face when he realized he'd been P-owned, and was about to ascend to the other plain of existence, where Vala was, no doubt, waiting for him to open up a can of whoop ass? Priceless!
I love how he tricked Zod - twice! And I approve of how the Kandorian plotline wrapped up: the Kandorians live, Clark doesn't kill Zod and he saves the world. This was everything that Doomsday wasn't.

I haven't been much of a fan of Callum Blue's Zod all season, but I think he managed a pretty good performance here, particularly as the episode moved along. I loved the fact that Zod's own anger, and arrogance, and lack of control ended up tricking him up.
CB was better playing full-on villain, then playing the woobie-villain. He seemed to be having a much better time in the last few eps.And Clark even managed to fulfill Jor_el's instructions: he saved Zod. Up to the Kandorians to deal with him in the next world.

SV managed a better finale than SPN - who would have thought?
jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you how shocked I am about how good this was. Its so great to be wrong!!!

He is the leader, the hero, the POV character and he is awesome.

TESTIFY!!!

One of the greatest things about the Clark/Zod scenes was how in control Clark was. Earlier in the season, Chloe had said that Zod was going to run psychopathic rings around Clark, and he did for a while. But in this ep? Clark was in control.

I think where CB ultimately failed for me was that he overplayed the role. What the role needed was less overacting, and more sheer screen presence. Zod should've been powerful just standing still, and not saying a word. CB just couldn't achieve that for me. And all the scenery chewing in the world won't make up for it.

The problem with the SPN finale was that it was really a series finale, repackaged for a season finale. As the former, it works. As the latter, it loses its punch.
jade4813
May. 16th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. From the awesomeness of Clark in general, the showcasing him as being wicked smart, the Chlollie, and the EPIC JL scene where they all treated Clark as the leader (What a change from last year!)...! Loved it!

And I agree about the Clois, as well.

The only point on which I would possibly differ would be the shots of the Kandorians around the world. Yeah, the special effects were cheesy. But the thing I liked about it was that it did show that the threat was a global threat. (I always hate how something will be a "global threat" and yet somehow only hit, say, Smallville Kansas.)

I also liked that Zod had factored it into his plan, that people would be there to help Clark. And so it makes sense that there's nobody there to get his back, in the end. I mean, how many people in "Pandora" asked, "Where's Lana?" In watching Salvation, I didn't have to assume the other heroes were off sharpening their Krytponite weapons. We knew they were scattered around the world, helping Clark by trying to take down the Kandorians who were attacking across the globe.

Of course, I wouldn't have wanted Clark to have someone else step in and save him. I was thrilled that he stepped forward as the hero and took Zod on by himself - and in such a clever way, too - not only with the Krytponite knife at the end but with provoking Zod to admit he killed Faora, as well! But, still, it's nice to know that he's on his own because he's sent the rest of the heroes off to where they'll do the most good instead of because they...I don't know, don't respect him or don't care or he just didn't think of calling for backup in the face of seemingly impossible odds or something.

Long story short...yeah, it was cheesy special effects. But I liked that they tried to portray the global nature of the threat, and it reinforced what the JL/JSA were doing in this episode. Backing up Clark.

As it absolutely should be! :)
jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
As strange as this may sound, when I was writing this review, it did occur to me that you and I would probably be in agreement. Don't ask me why that popped into my head, but it did.

And I'm a tough sell with Clois. I'm not a basher of it, and I'm not against it, and I want to get on board, but I know I'm tough on it. But here? Well, Eureka! Because I really loved it. It totally clicked. That kiss was totally swoonworthy.

You make an excellent point about the Kandorians 'round the world. That makes a lot of sense.
foreverknightfa
May. 17th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
I totally agree. For one the plot monkeys at SV actually did right by Clark and showed him to be clever and solve some of the problems for the hoped-for outcomes rather than the deeper in the mess and sorrow crap they pulled before.

I did wonder why Tess stopped when she did. Sees to me she was a ruthless type and I can see her wearing an outfit with lead-lined pockets to surprise a Kryptonian when she needed to. Wouldn't work to walk near Zod, for example and he becomes weak, being aware of what she has before she can get near enough.

This was a seriously strong episode, one that pretty near makes up for the junk we've been having to endure this season. Finally they are back on track with what SV and CK SHOULD be.

I'm not really positive about the whole Darkseid thing, but we'll find out this fall if it works out or of they mess it up like they did with Kara.
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jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Well, move on over, because I am stunned with you. I can't believe they worked it out, and in a really satisfying way. Amazing. Honestly, I didn't think they had it in them.

Its hard not to look at how good this fight was, and think of how awful last seasons Doomsday fight was. Its hard to watch this ep, and last seasons finale, and even think the show is in the same hands.

I think I liked the bickering as much as I liked Clark stepping in to end it. Because, yeah, thats Clark's role! Finally, someone figured that out. Clark is a unifying force. Sure, other people can bring all these heroes together (i.e. Oliver, Chloe), but its going to take Clark to get them to work up to their potential as a team. I just love it so much that when Clark said he was going to go with his people, they were all "No" "We'll find another way" "You don't need to do this alone". It warmed my heart.

And speaking of that, and I should've said it in my review, major props to Chloe for telling everyone to hold their horses, because the Kandorians were Clark's people, and they weren't doing anything without him. What a reversal of her doing things behind his back because his judgement couldn't be trusted.
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jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: part II
The great thing about the reveal to Lois is that they found a way to make it unique to them. This reveal was like no other. And I think its important for them to carve out moments that belong to just Clark and Lois.

I think the Chlark scenes needed more emotion, but thats been a problem TW and AM have been having all season, and I don't understand why.

To be honest, if Tess had died in such a way in this episode that I believed CF wouldn't be back next season? I think it would've cast a huge black cloud over the ep. As it is, I KNOW she'll be back, and I'm thrilled.

Tess, more then any other character, really, was the help Clark needed in this episode. And in a way, thats so fitting, considering that she's the one that brought Zod here in the first place, with the orb. It is a true atonement.

I so want Clark to reach out to her next season, in friendship. Only the Tess he's reaching out to may not be Tess at all. I love the irony of that, because really, I have had my issues with how Clark has treated Tess all season. So, this just appeals to me for the twist factor.
shopgirl318
May. 16th, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
Your review hit the right points!
I think the finale made up for a lot of duds during the second half of season 9. I had a problem with C/C scenes too. I didn't like that she was basically bossing him around again, one thing I hate about SV when they allow other characters to think for Clark when they shouldn't.

Dude I thought Chloe/Oliver were forced too. I really don't believe in them as a couple, if it were Clois saying the I love you's I would get it. I still think Tess/Oliver had more chemsitry and they were a better non couple.

Loved Clark and the Clois kiss. He was smart, sexy, intellgient, proactive which he has been all season long! The last shot of him falling was awesome, I hope someone made an icon of that.

Not a fan of Zod either, but he has been consistent since the very beginning as the "villan." Manipulative, smarmy, deceitful, and cold as ever.

jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Heck, this finale was almost enough for me to forgive S9 anything! Of course, there is that little voice in me thats just flat-out annoyed that they can do a finale like this...that they can write a Clark like this...and they don't produce work of that quality on a regular basis.

In a ton of ways, I think Chlollie was a peace offering to certain fans.

Although I'm not sure I would've objected if they had turned Zod around to validate Clark's efforts to save him, there is something that really works by having the villian just be rotten in his soul.
shopgirl318
May. 16th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Although I'm not sure I would've objected if they had turned Zod around to validate Clark's efforts to save him, there is something that really works by having the villian just be rotten in his soul.

I agree. I liked that they didn't for once, and kept him rotten. I think this version of Zod falls in line with Zod from season 6 and General Zod from the first half of season 9. I am sorry but to make him try to atone after he killed Faora who was pregnant with an innocent child, that wouldn't have worked well for me.

I hope season 10 will be like this, going out in glory and with a bang. I know alot of viewers doesn't like Season 8 because of the whole Chloe/beast/Davis/Lana's arc from hell but there are alot of episodes I adore. (season preimiere, Committed, Identity, Bride, Hex, Stilletto etc.) but it was the finale that ruined things and the second half of the season.

SPN this season took a different swing the second half of season 5 were really great but the season finale the big buildup was kinda a mere wihimper, but I liked the finale also though, it just should have been more.
svfan01
May. 16th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
"And he should Rock every single week. Why is that so hard?"

because how is the show supposed to create "drama" or tell us how wonderful other charcters are without Clark looking bad. duh :P
jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, right. I forgot! LOL

But honestly? Thats lazy writing, and lazy thinking. And Salvation proves it.
goodvibe
May. 16th, 2010 09:51 am (UTC)
//And he should Rock every single week. Why is that so hard?//

Exactly, and this was so pointed that I couldn't help but notice it too. If you write Clark well, chances are the ep will automatically benefit tenfold from it.

//And sadly, TW and AM were still not quite managing to infuse their scenes with the old warmth they used to.//

Hmm, yeah. Somewhere along the way, they've lost whatever "It" they used to have. I think the last time I saw it - that warmth and absolute comfort as besties, was S8' 'Hex.'

//the "ILU's" just sort of ridiculous//

As you know from my own review, we agree on this right down to the choice of words used, heh. Clollie has been such a time suck, IMO. Though, surprisingly, Ollie worked well for me in this one.

Tess 'aint dead. She ::so:: 'aint dead, trust me. Not if that glimpse of Granny Goodness we saw is the real deal.

I wholeheartedly agree with you on the Clark front, which you already know. I'm such a happy Clark fan at the moment.

//What a difference a year makes. Last season, the Doomsday/Davis Bloome plot line limped to the finish line with SV's worst every finale. This season, the Zod/Kandorian plot line finds its finest hour in its last.//

Well said! And how ironic, that in their own ways, both these season finales have proven to be somewhat of fandom uniters, if you will. 'Doomsday', of course pissed off everyone, and 'Salvation', meanwhile, I think has stuff in it for not just Clark fans, but Clois fans, and Chlollie fans and comics fans too, with stuff like the League scenes and the GG glimpse.
jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
The reaction to this episode tells me, without a shadow of a doubt, that the vast majority of SV fans really want the show to be Clark-centric, and to portray him as a hero, and a leader. Putting the Clark-haters to the side, because nothing he does can ever satisfy them, I think people are so excited to be able to do a fist-pump and exclaim "Thats My Boy!!"

AM & TW have just struggled with their scenes all season. Maybe neither of them knows how to play this shift in their relationship.

The difference in how excited people are at the end of this season, as opposed to last, is like night and day. Thank God SV's PTB learned a lesson, and didn't repeat their mistake.
jlvsclrk
May. 16th, 2010 10:19 am (UTC)
Colour me relieved! Joyous!! I love my show!!!

Wasn't that fight spectacular? Wasn't that kiss actually worthy of the word epic? Man, this episode had so many moments that worked. I agree that the special effects (particularly of the Great Wall burning) didn't really work, but I'll live with it since it SHOWED US why Clark couldn't count on back up in the final battle. I actually wish that they showed us the Kandorians taking out the communications satellites - that's one point where I felt there was a transition missing. But I quibble - the episode worked in so very many ways it was a joy.

And yes, bring on S10. I'm very glad that CF looks likely to be back and agree there's some awesome potential there depending on exactly how and why she's brought back to life.
jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
How nice is it to LOVE the show?!?! I'm so excited.

I can't say enough good things about the fight scene. It was a damned good fight! Whoever came up with the idea of it being in the rain, and Clark having to take the coat off? Well, I want to take them out to dinner, and kiss them!!

I now see so many ways for S10 to really be great. I'm nervous about the potential of Darkseid coming, only because I see so many comics fans apprehensive over SV's ability to pull it off. But I'm excited again.
tjw_jaypat
May. 16th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
Dang, your review is so comprehensive again, that nothing remains to be added! ;)

Maybe just a few things. I admit that Lois´s snoooping and almost-betrayal was handled better than I had expected. However, I would still expect some apology on her part in the premiere. By kissing her, it is obvious that Clark has already forgiven her, but it would be good if I saw at least an attempt to explain herself.

A small plothole to me was when, after her encounter with the Zlur, Lois was just willing to hand over the BoR to the next Blur, not really knowing either whether this guy over there in the dark was the genuine article. And although she might already have had an idea that the real Blur was Clark (after Clark´s "I will always watch over you" line in the barn), it smacked of betrayal to me. Why not return the BoR to Clark instead? It would have been nice if Lois had said that she made a mistake and therefore she would return the BoR to Clark, not the Blur. Clark-Blur could then still have stepped forward to reveal himself, but Lois would have looked better for me in that scene.

Oh, yes, and I too hope that the reveal sticks. It would be too annoying if they did something with the BlueK dagger and a bleeding (and, worse, lying) Clark to throw Lois off again... :(

My kudos to Beeman wouldn´t be so much for his directing. Not that I have any complaints, but I think Marshall or Tom could have handled this episode just as well. My admiration is due to his demand that the episode be more Clark-centric. I found it interesting that he wrote about this on his blog, and it shows that the writers still have a hard time to focus on Clark. So I praise him for his defense of Clark, and making Peterson rewrite part of it. And of course his love for Clark also showed in the directing.

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tjw_jaypat
May. 16th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
I admit that Lois may have had a strong idea that the real Blur was Clark. But she couldn´t be sure. So handing the BoR over to an unknown is still negligent. Moreover, if your theory were correct, why would Lois steal the BoR from Clark? She could have met the Zlur without the book, if she just wanted to verify the situation. Stealing the BoR from Clark showed that she was willing to betray Clark, that is, she was NOT at all sure that Clark is the real Blur. as much as she might have hoped so.
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jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words on the review. It was hard for me to review this one, because I'm so used to talking about the problems in an episode. And in this one, the good so far and away outweighed the bad.

I think Lois made some mistakes in this episode. And I think the episode did a good job of showing them as missteps. But, when Lois handed The Blur the BOR, I sort of feel that, deep down, she was starting to know. I think she knew that she was returning it to the person she stole it from.

BEEMAN ROCKS!! But now I want him back so bad, and I'm afraid he won't be back. I love his focus on Clark. I think this show needs to bring back a few oldtimers who remember what this show is supposed to be about.
jude_judith82
May. 16th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
I kind of skipped over your post a bit. LOL. But any way everyone seems really happy with the season finale. It's making me feel better about watching this season.
jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
*GASP* Not reading every single word in my review??!! Blasphemy!

LMAO :p

Look, I'd be lying if I told you that I loved S9. I didn't. But I can guarantee to you that the season does build to an amazing climax, and I haven't said that about SV since S4.
(Anonymous)
May. 16th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Much like Commencement was the solution to the problems in the 4th season, Salvation is also the solution to the problems with the 9th season. If it wasn't for both Salvation and Absolute Justice, the 9th season would've been the weakest because of the priorities of the producers and writers. Even though Salvation was a hit, the season was a miss. The finale worked because it was Clark-centric and the return of Greg Beeman, who champions Clark like no other. To see the focus on Clark and the season plot shows how much they didn't focus much on it throughout the season as Zod appeared in only 12 episodes instead of 16. I'm glad that Beeman saw the problems with the original script in that it was supposed to be Zod-centric. You cannot start with a season premiere that's not Clark-centric and end with a finale that's not Clark-centric. Listen up, Peterson and Souders, this is how you do a season finale!!
jeannev
May. 16th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you, i.e. the comparison to Commencement. This finale is the best one since that one (Covenant remains my favorite though).

This show really needs writers and directors who champion Clark. This episode did that, but I haven't seen much of all season. And I never get that vibe from Souders/Peterson. I keep hoping the reaction to this finale will make them think twice before shoving Clark to the side to glorify another character.
(Anonymous)
May. 16th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Some of the writers need to go when they start brainstorming for the 10th season next month. SV will be in the Guinness Book of Records.
meldreamy
May. 16th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, for the first time ever,
I completely agree with you.

I always read your reviews because I believe they bring a lot of depth to my initial judgment. As a Clark/Lois fan, I tend to cringe at your negative comments on them, but you constantly bring something more to your reviews than any other ones I've read. I don't feel like you're trying to please anyone, but only lay down your thoughts and people take it from there. Also, I love how you notice those little details, either good or bad, that make a difference.

Anyways, thanks for your reviews this season, and this one in particular that I can't disagree with.

Two thumbs up!
jeannev
May. 17th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Well, I always hope that people understand that when I have criticims about something, its not because I've just decided that it sucks, and I hate it, and its stupid, etc. Especially when it comes to 'ships. I'm always ready, and willing, to be won over.

I don't try to please everyone with my reviews, but on the flipside, I'm not trying to piss anyone off either. I'm certainly not trying to be hateful about the show, or any characters. Honestly, I'm OK with people being critical of the show, or down on it, but the relentless hating and bashing on it? I think thats pointless.

Thanks for your comments. Its nice to hear that people can disagree with me, but still feel like they can respect my POV. I try to do that for others, so its nice when they try to do that for me too. :)
brijeana
May. 17th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
Yay! Great review.

I feel so at peace going into hiatus. Usually I'm on edge or feeling ill but this season I just feel peaceful. I think it's because of Clark. He was just so heroic in this episode and at peace with the actions he took to save the world from Zod's rule. WOW! That fight! Sexy wet Tom! Yay!

I agree with pretty much everything. There was something off with Chloe/Clark but I don't think it was the writing as much as the way things played out. They could have taken a little more time with their last scene certainly.

I didn't hate Chlollie but the I love you was just bad. Everything else was alright... or pretty much in line with all the other Chlollie this season.

I'm so glad Lois knows. They may ruin it all next season but I'm going to bask in the glow of her knowing and that kiss!

Yes yes yes to everything you say about the Kandorians. This episode went so far beyond anything I could have hoped for. I didn't expect the whole group of them to hear Clark out that way. And I love the moment when Clark realizes that brute force won't win the fight... after all the Kandorians land. He steels himself and starts to win them over by diplomacy! There was not a kryponite weapon in sight. :D
jeannev
May. 17th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
I feel so at peace going into hiatus.

Me too! Its so amazing how one episode can turn you around. I had one foot out the door already. But now I'm excited for S10. Though I think I need to get my expectations in check before S10 starts.

Now, taking back Lois' knowledge of the secret would totally be a killer of excitement for S10. I hope they don't even consider it. S10 will be the last. Let her know the truth.

Every single thing about that scene with the Kandorians worked for me. The direction, the performances, the music, the writing. I can't believe how good it was.
shardsofblu
May. 17th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to feel guilty of not having anything else to say except YES! and WORD! to my flist's awesome reviews of this finale. :) But honestly, it's just that good.

I did agree about the... coldness of the Clark & Tess scene. I really, really wanted him to respond to her when she raised her hand against the screen. She had her chance at redemption and she took it. I do want CF to be back next season, but I'm not sure if that means she's simply being used as a body host for something else.
jeannev
May. 17th, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
Hey, sometimes, "Me too!" is saying it all.

The Clark & Tess scene was a disappointment for me, from the Clark side of things (and its the one weak scene for Tom, acting-wise, I thought). There really needed to be some expression of warmth, or forgiveness, from Clark towards Tess. Because really? She helped him save the day! A little credit where credit is due.
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jeannev
May. 17th, 2010 05:09 pm (UTC)
I feel positive that Cassidy will be back. Like, there's no doubt in my mind at all. Now, whether she'll still be "Tess" is a whole other issue.

I'm also sure Allison will be back. Not for the full season, but for some eps. And then maybe they can write a proper good-bye for Chlark. Because what was in this episode was flat, cold, and just didn't do their long friendship justice. And the only reason its not that big a disappointment is because we know Clark didn't go anywhere.
x_pixilated_x
May. 17th, 2010 06:37 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you thank you thank you! I haven't bothered with the last few eps because I got fed up with my mood swings when it came to the characters. I wasn't gonna watch the finale either until I read your review but I'm so glad I did! Clark was so awesome and the way the league acted when they found out what Clark was gonna do made me very happy *dances*

The Chloe/Clark friendship lost its spark ages ago so the scenes didnt do their relationship justice at all. It kind of felt like Chloe didnt give two tosses about Clark.

The Clark/Zod fight scene was so beautiful and my only complaint is that the SV writers seem to have watched too many Guy Ritchie films.
I am worried about the Kandorians too. You know Zod will spin the fact that Clark didn't follow them in his favour. That made me a bit sad. Otherwise WOW XD Tom = guh!

Damn I can't wait for next season now, especially if the rumours are true!
jeannev
May. 18th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Wow! You're Welcome. Thats a heck of a lot of pressure to put on my poor little reviews, LOL

In any case, I'm glad that I was able to steer another Clark fan towards this ep. Its definitely a must see for us long suffering Clark lovers.

I'm hoping that Zod won't be able to fool the Kandorians another time. I just hope they went to a good place. I'd hate to find out later that Clark inadvertently sent them someplace awful because Jor-El is a lying liar that lies.

What S10 rumors are you hearing? Come on, share with the class! LOL
x_pixilated_x
May. 22nd, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
lol uhm, you've already heard about them actually :p The whole granny goodness/darkseid thing has me bouncing :P
jwm_rocks
May. 21st, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Clark Rocks!
Clark rocked, and rocked for over twenty minutes! Yay Clark. So great the finale turned out to be something Clark fans could just revel in.

And he should Rock every single week. Why is that so hard?
That's a good question. Maybe the writers feel that if Clark were to rock every week it wouldn't be as awesome? And I can kind of see where they're coming from, maybe Clark shouldn't totally rock every episode. But that doesn't explain why they seem OK with dragging him down so many episodes this season.

The glimpse of the future was great fun. I'm not entirely sure it was necessary to the ep, but great fun nonetheless.
It was a lot of fun. Beeman seemed to think TPTB stuck in in because otherwise the episode seemed to belong to Zod and I can't argue against wanting to change that. Now I'm not sure how a scene that primarily showcased Lois throwing in a lot of meta thrust the focus back on Clark but I liked the scene anyway.

One of my favorite visuals of the night was Clark running in to save Lois, and punching Zod and sending him flying, and we got that shot of his little body just floating away.
I think that is my favorite visual hands down. Clark was all business in a you did not just do that to Lois kind of way.

Oh, and I don't think Tess is dead.
She better not be!

The only one thing that bothered me Clark-wise the entire episode was his reasoning to Ollie for not telling Lois because I just have a hard time following his logic. IMO the idea of him disappearing with no explanation leaving Lois having to wonder what happened to him for the rest of her life seems significantly worse than letting her know and then "ripping" it away from her. Anyway I guess it's moot since Clark ended up more or less telling anyway.

I had my quibbles too but overall a great ep pretty much all around.
jeannev
May. 23rd, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, I understand that Clark is going to have moments where he fails, or isn't the hero. Thats all for the sake of drama. I guess I should say that I think they should allow him to rock more often. Especially in the last season.

I do have to admit that I wish that flash forward scene had actually featured someone other then Lois, and a glimpse of Clark, only if you have screencaps.

I guess I can understand why Clark thought not telling Lois was better. I mean, if he had just disappeared, then he could've been another failure at romance in her life, but chances are that she'd eventually forget him and move on. But if he did tell her, then left, I think that would be a much harder thing for her to get over.

But really, both options kind of suck.
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