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 OK, so I'm trying to squeeze this in before I fall asleep, because I don't see me having the time tomorrow, and if I wait until Monday, I know I'm just not going to want to bother.  

This isn't going to be much of a review.  This episode doesn't merit the braincells I'd use to write one.  I thought it was awful.  Badly written, badly directed, not particularly inspired acting, and most of all, not funny.  I understand humor is subjective, just like so many other things in the world.  So, for those of you that felt it was funny, please don't be offended.  It just didn't tickle my funny bone.  At all.  I don't think I got a genuine chuckle out of anything in this ep (and the contrast to the AMAZING Supernatural ep that followed could not have been more striking).  I laughed more at Lionel's lines in Beacon then I did at anything in this episode.

For the record, I didn't think The Hangover was a particularly funny movie either.  So, there ya have it.

Here are the totals:

Fortune, 41m, 34s (felt like 41 months, 34 days)

Clark  23m
Lois  18m, 43s
Tess  12m, 44s
Oliver  19m, 5s

Chloe  21m, 49s
Emil  14m, 6s

Year to Date (# of eps)

Clark  320m, 23s (15)
Lois  250m, 20s (15)
Tess  110m, 17s (11)
Oliver  133m, 43s (13)

Chloe  75m, 40s (7)




I can't even bring myself to quote a line from this episode, because I'm not sure there was anything worth quoting.  At least not for me.  

I've seen a lot of comments about how this was, probably, the last "Fun" episode Smallville is going to have, so it should be fine that they did an episode like this.  Funny, I thought Booster was supposed to be "Fun".  Was I mistaken on that?

Also, I don't happen to think that "fun" should be mutually exclusive with good, well written, or something that actually has some relevancy to the overall storylines.  Perhaps my definition of "fun" is just unique.

I'm still completely unclear as to what happened with the marriage, or how thats supposed to be legal (doesn't "Chloe Sullivan" no longer exist?), or if Chloe knew she married Oliver, or if she was going to leave without saying anything to him, or actually meet him later.  But ya know, I'm not sure any of that matters, because Chlollie just makes little sense anyway.  Its a 'ship that was created to pander to a loud, complaining fanbase, that took place mostly in Offscreensville, and now has them "married" while under the influence of spiked champagne, with one of them sporting a big ol' Darkseid tattoo on his forehead.

So, whatever.

But at least they actually seem attracted to each other.

Which, brings me to Clois.  Which I try not to discuss too much, because it seems like having criticisms about this relationship is akin to insulting someones religion, or calling their children ugly.  But, after this episode, I'm just so disgusted with the show, I don't think I care anymore.  Suffice to say that while Tom and Erica occasionally do quite well with making goo-goo eyes at each other, and there are a few eps that manages to capture them right (Masquerade, Ambush), these 2 are one of the most passionless, chaste couples - that are supposed to be madly in love- on television.  How many times do these 2 kiss where we might actually believe their tongues have come into contact?  

I'm told in the comics, Clark and Lois are shown to be a passionate, sexy couple.  I'm just not getting that from the peck kisses, or the ultra stiff hugs we've got going on.

So, whatever.

And as for Chloe's arc this season, I thought it was utterly and completely awful.  To me, whitewashing a character, and placing her upon some lofty pedestal does not make them remotely likable or root worthy.  Ya know, when Lana has an arc, I remember a lot of people claiming that Kristin Kreuk, and Lana fans, had been pandered too by giving Lana an arc where she came back,she and Clark reunited,she got a supersuit that made her Clark's equal, and then her and Clark were cruelly parted while still in love with each other.  Well, if that was a pander to KK, and Lana, then can someone please tell me what this arc was for AM, and Chloe?  Because I remember Lana leaving in tears, "super", but separated from the person she loved.  Chloe, OTH, leaves in complete triumph, to go become the muse for all those poor, dopey wandering heroes that need her to show them the path to heroland.

Make no mistake, Chloe got her "supersuit". It just took a different form.

So, whatever.

If I had to come up with something good to say about this episode, and I guess I should try to say something good, this is the best I can do:

The lemur was cute.

Cassidy and Alessandro had some cute moments, and some nice chemistry.

Justin is a good sport

Allison was wearing nice earrings in the first scene.

Tom has a beautiful smile

Really, thats about it.

So, whatever.  

I wish the rest of the season was playing out without another hiatus, because I'm so ready for it to be over.  I really have a lot of trouble wrapping my head around what a horrible job Souders/Peterson have done with this shows final season.

And thats all I have to say about that.

Oh, wait, I have one more thing to say:  

SUPERNATURAL WAS HILARIOUS.  .



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homicidalfink
Feb. 27th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
I'll sit in the whatever corner with you. Tom and the lemur were freaking adorable. That's my happy thought for this ep.
jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
You are always welcome in my corner :D

It was hard for me to come up with a happy thought since this episode just annoyed me so much.
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(Anonymous)
Feb. 27th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC)
Fortune is the filler episode that is supposed to serve as the calm before the storm with the likes of Darkseid, Lex, Zod, and alternate Lionel Luthor. This was also Chloe's final episode. The reason this is filler is because it had nothing to do with the season storylines. None of the season storylines advanced, except for Chloe.

After last episode that focused on Chloe, this episode focused on the Clark/ Chloe friendship for the final time. I have to laugh at the notion of Chloe inspiring Clark because that negates the contributions of both Jonathan and Martha. It also negates the roles that Lex, Lana, Pete, and others played over the years in Clark's development.

The writers and producers have given Chloe way too much credit than she actually deserved and they put her on a pedestal much like they did Lana. However, the difference between Lana's and Chloe's arcs is that Lana's was more honest, except for the supersuit thing. Chloe's was full of retcons and lightswitches to the point they tried to make us forget about the last 2 seasons and we as viewers can't. To sum up Chloe's return, it sucked but her exit was good.

I asked myself this very question - What purpose does Chloe's return serve in Clark's final journey towards Superman? In watching all of her episodes this season, the answer is an obvious none. What she has done this season has nothing to do with Clark, but more to do with Oliver. In other words, her return was unnecessary.

As this episode was Chloe's final episode, Dr. Hamilton and Tess were a surprise and have stolen the episode. They have clicked a lot quicker than both Clois and Chollie.

This episode marks the debut of villains Amos Fortune and the Royal Flush Gang, whom I feel have gotten lost in the shuffle in the episode. Dr. Hamilton was used well in the main plot of the episode.

The only things I enjoyed were seeing Clark, Tess, and Chloe investigating together at the Watchtower as the role is passed from Chloe to Tess.

Lois was pretty useless in this episode as she was more concerned about the engagement ring than anything else while Oliver and Chloe were fighting the Royal Flush Gang. She didn't benefit from Chloe's return and she was stuck in the background while Clark and Chloe were front and center. The roles of Lois and Chloe seemed reversed.
Also, Lois' commitment issues seemed to be an afterthought.

Since this episode is Chloe's final one, we're left with the impression that she got off too easy once again. I'm glad to get this final Chloe episode out of the way so I can look forward to Scion. Average filler episode at best.

jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
Well, for one thing, I'm not sure why the show needs a "calm before the storm". And really, sounds like Booster falls in that category too.

I don't even think this episode focused on the Clark/Chloe friendship. Just that scene at the end, which was just blowing massive amounts of smoke up Chloe's ass. Clark didn't even come across to me in that scene as Chloe's equal. But really, to me, you can't handwave away so much in a relationship and pretend that its magically all better. I'm just not able to buy that.

Again, I don't know why they bother with a villian from the comics, as he was such a non-entity, he couldn't been just about anyone.

I didn't even think Clark, Chloe and Tess were investigating together. Clark was just standing there, while Tess and Chloe did stuff. Clark was apparently so freaking clueless, he couldn't even tell that the car alarm he was hearing was coming from his own pocket until Chloe pointed that out for him. Is there a reason that a "fun" episode has to write Clark as so useless and dumb?

Lois' commitment issues could've been a decent storyline for Clois, but it just feels random in this episode, and too neatly tied up with a bow.
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costas22
Feb. 27th, 2011 10:02 am (UTC)
Oh dear. I don't know how this episode ranks compared to Supergirl for you Valerie, but it certainly was the worst S10 episode in my opinion. And people thought Luthor was a waste...Some points I wanted to make:

1) I did like that Chloe left the show happy. However, the way they got there was bad writing at its ACS best. A wedding certificate that no one knows if it's legit or not, Oliver marked and Chloe's identity erased. You know, I am starting to feel bad for Chlollie fans because I wouldn't put it past the show to try to fix this stuff and in the process, retcon the Chlollie happy ending.

2) I get your issues with the Chlark scene. All I can say, is that I wish it was different (i.e. Chloe saying she would try to locate new heroes and help them out instead of stating it as a fact. And, I would have liked it if we heard how Clark was influential in her life too). I am glad that Chloe is a journalist again, but for some reason, the writers thought that wouldn't be enough and they kept filling the glass until it overfilled.

3) Isn't Chloe's closure a bad omen for the finale? Look at how many plotholes and retcons they did just to get there. I am afraid more of the same will happen in the finale. Hopefully Al Septien will be on twitter to clarify things for us...You know, Clark might fly but we won't be sure if he did it while he was asleep or not, so we will need Al's input.

4) We didn't need a fun episode. That's what DVD bloopers are for. I don't know and I don't care why they haven't included them on DVD sets for 7 years, but don't destroy one hour of television 7 episodes before the end just to show us "the cast having fun". And like you, I didn't laugh a lot either, apart from a couple of Justin Hartley moments. He is a good sport, you are right.

5) Cassidy Freeman is HOT. And not a bad singer. She did have good chemistry with Alessandro, just like with most of the cast.

6) Hate Temil with a passion. Won't expand a lot on that since this is your page. Maybe with a PM if you are interested. Just that my interest in Tess has reached S9 low levels again. It's not just Temil. You know how I felt about Beacon. Not to mention, allowing Lois to talk her down in that episode and then, act like one of her bridesmaids in Fortune. Yuck. Where's her edge? I did like that little moment when Chloe passed the torch to her.

7) I want a lemur.

Anyway. Scion will be better. I just don't know how much it will matter anymore. Again, sorry for the long comment.
jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
Honestly, Supergirl, Collateral, Fortune and Harvest are all piled up in a ball of suck for me. On any given day, one of them annoys me more then the others. Patriot and Isis aren't far behind.

I have no issue with Chloe leaving the show happy. I do have issue with the excessive amount of Chloe fluffing they needed to do to achieve that. If Chloe and Oliver had left married, OR, if Chloe left to rediscover her passion for journalism, OR, if Chloe has left because she wanted to try and find other people with abilities to join the league of heroes. But not AND to all those things.

And yes, I thought it was incredibly glaring that Chlark's last scene was ALL about Chloe's contributions to who Clark is, and how she's singularly qualified to be a hero life coach, and there wasn't one peep about Clark having done a thing for Chloe.

This whole season is a bad omen for the finale, as far as I'm concerned.

I thought Cassidy and Alessandro were cute together, but I see no need for Temil on the show.

No apologies necessary for the long comment. I enjoyed reading it.
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tjw_jaypat
Feb. 27th, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
I guess I found the episode more entertaining overall. I am willing to cut them some slack because it may have been sort of an hommage to the funny moments the cast had on set. It seemed we got a glimpse of the real people rather than the characters. And that was enjoyable for me. Of course a better writer and director could have done better.

But going back to being rational I have to agree that storywise the episode was a waste, in particular this late in the season. Well, unless you are a Chloe fan and are happy that she got glorified in the most ridiculous way. A very small balance to me was that she probably got the worst possible wedding imaginable. But that doesn´t undo the glorification as the new superhero coach. Such things are just an insult to long time viewers who know better what she actually did over the past 10 years, namely playing Chloogle first and foremost, before she started to suffer from delusions of grandeur.

So indeed and quite predictably all of Chloe´s episodes were a waste, except the 17 min of Masquerade in which Clark´s disguise was dealt with in the quickest possible way. It escapes me why they couldn´t do a funny episode showing how Clark tries to come to terms with his new disguise. I would see lots of room for comedy there. But God forbid, that would mean that an episode centers around Clark... :((

As for Clark, suprisingly he had the most screentime. But when I watch my cropped version, it is obvious that he is not really at the center of the episode. Again, he gets conveniently removed from the major event involving the villain of the episode, so they can have all the others defeat Fortune in the casino. Instead Clark got a few seconds to save Emil... :(

At least I got a few laughs out of this episode, and I saw that Tom still got his beautiful supersmile...


jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
To me, if they want to share the fun moments the cast have on the set, then put some bloopers on the DVD, or do a BTS special for the DVD. Don't waste an entire episode on wanking off the actors.

I'm still trying to figure out what qualifies Chloe to coach anyone.

Truth be told, a lot of my resentment and anger at this episode is that I think just below the "fun", Clark was written like absolute crap. And thats just no fun at all to me.

I love to see Tom laugh and smile as much as the next Tom fan. But there's got to be better ways to achieve that then this.
goodvibe
Feb. 27th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's a good thing I don't frequent anywhere outside lj, because how any of this was supposed to be fun, is beyond me. Or perhaps I'm just a cranky old fool - take your pick.

I'm honestly quite disgusted with this ep. And I'll go so far as to say that even the actors didn't redeem this for me - in fact, I think they ::all:: did a terribly forced job.

Talk about coming off the high from last week, eh?
jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm a cranky old fool! You can be the cranky younger fool. :)

Like you, I'm disgusted with this episode. It annoys me so freaking much, in so many ways, I just couldn't even go into them in this review. I just didn't want to even give it an all out rant. And like you, I don't really think the SV actors covered themselves in glory. And that shocks me, because I think Tom Welling is a genuinely gifted comedic actor. But his scenes in Hex blew anything he did in this episode completely away.

I remember wondering if the great writing for Clark last week was the shape of things to come, or an anomaly. Well, now I have my answer.
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wingster55
Feb. 27th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I actually liked the Chlark convo..I didn't get the sense that Clark was placing his whole reason for being on her..just that she was an influence..and yea maybe Chloe could have said something back but in a way she was honoring him by essentially following his lead by masquerading as a reporter.

Other than JH's little dance in the showgirl costume, and Cassidy's awesome singing (I knew Alesandro could sing already) nothing stood out to me.

Chlollie marriage? bleh..that can't end well. I fear it may end with Chloe's death or something. Off frakking screen.

That said I do hope AM appears again.
jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC)
I think if Chloe is your fav character, or your priority, then you'll probably like that last Chlark convo. I think if she's not, and Clark is, it was total crap. I mean, who really toots their own horn like that? And not one single mention of how Clark might have changed her life. About how Clark might have inspired her.

Like I said, I just can't even...

I would prefer AM not appear again, but I feel sure she will. I can't even imagine what they'll come up with to glorify her return.
carolandtom
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)

As usual, thanks a lot for the totals and the review!

I have just watched the episode and I didn't find it particularly funny. I thought it was even boring, which it's obvioulsy quite the opposite of what they intended to achieve: I seldome find hangovers to be amusing, JH "dancing" dressed as a show girl felt forced and even embarrasing to me, the final video feed was pathetically unfunny, Lois' dialogue was kind of repetitive... I could go on but, what's the point?

Such an inane episode was not a suprise to me though: so far, this last season has proved to be such a waste of screen time that sadly an episode like this one is not the exception but the norm. IMO, of course.

I hope we are spared more Chlollie for the rest of the season.

Tom looked gorgeous, at least I got that.
jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure why I keep being surprised by how not good SV is this season. I haven't been Miss Optimist with this show a long while. And yet, still, I really expected better. And I'm still shocked at just how terrible a SV episode can be...now, in the shows final season. It boggles my mind, and yet, I don't know why I'm still shocked.

Its obviously SV brain damage. LOL

Oh, I'm sure we'll get more Chlollie in the finale when AM returns, as I feel sure she will. Oh. Joy.

Tom is always gorgeous though. ;)
wingster55
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
also..character whitewashing does suck..but Chloe's not the only example..everyone is from Clark to Pete.
jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:44 pm (UTC)
There are degrees of whitewashing on this show. The Chloe stuff was off the chain.
svfan01
Feb. 27th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
I personally loved this episode. I thought it was a fun episode that didn't take itself to seriously(which is a mode I wish the show adopted more often during it's entire run). Call me funny but I much rather see the drama in Clark's life be that he gets magically drunk and forgets what happened the previous night, then watching alot of the other scenarios the show throughout the years used to try create "drama" in his life. In many ways the episode reminded me of another favorite of mine Spirit, where the episode added nothing to the overall storyline but it was just fun watching people live ordinary lives where stuff goes wrong but it's not the end of the world.

As for Chloe exit, while I may agree with you on some points about it I was just happy the show finally came up with a scenario for somebody leaving in Clark's life where he doesn't feel all sad or depressed at the reasoning behind her leaving. Characters leaving(and reason for leaving) on this show has been a weak point since Whitney died in S2. It's probably a case I am just so cynical how poorly character departures on this show have been done, that I will give Chloe's a free pass due tot he fact it wasn't used to drag down Clark's character into some depressed/mopey person ebcause of it. The only characters departure who made sense(as in not trying to force drama or come up with some convoluted scenerio that they leave) during the entire run of the show was Lionel.
jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

I don't have an issue with a light hearted episode. I enjoyed Spirit too (which I thought fit in very well with the overall narrative of the season). I thought Hex was very funny.

But this? I thought was completely awful.

I have no issues with Chloe leaving happy. I just don't think they went about it the right way. And I do think her return and arc impacted Clark negatively.

But again, I'm glad you liked it. I think you and I have very different expectations and preferences in regards to the show.
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brijeana
Feb. 27th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
You may not have thought Fortune was funny but this post is HILARIOUS. You're right, so was SPN. Though, the shoot out on the film set was super disturbing.

//Also, I don't happen to think that "fun" should be mutually exclusive with good, well written, or something that actually has some relevancy to the overall storylines. Perhaps my definition of "fun" is just unique.//

Hahaha! Yes! I agree. I was really disappointed. For a zany midseason WTF episode... it was funny and kind of fun in a turn off your brain and whitewash everything kind of way. But for Chloe's final episode and leading into the SERIES FINALE?! Not a chance. It was so disappointing.

I agree with the comparison between Chloe's arc and Lana's arc, though Chloe's was much less painful for me to watch. I guess I'm biased. Chloe discovering Batman and Wonder Woman really made me angry, especially because it really makes no sense. Chloe knows about the Island of the Amazons? And it doesn't get much more underground than Batman. He's a mystery to his closest friends and everyone but Alfred right? UG!

That said I'm finally starting to actually get Chlollie after reading a fan essay about it. Though, everything you've said about the ship is true AND I just CAN'T ship them.

Tess looks so lovely in green, although I thought her Watchtower moment with Chloe was WAY out of character. I enjoyed Tess and Emil's antics but I wish they'd passed out before the sex stuff. WEIRD. I really wanted to get a big dose of Emil before the series ended. I NEED an Emilvis icon!

I was yelling at the TV for Lois and Clark to make out after he gave his reassuring speech to Lois... but no... weird stiff hug. LOL!

I did love the Chlark loft scene and I found myself wanting to press mute and rewrite the scene while pretending it was happening during season 2. It's funny but that's kind of how I felt when Clark FINALLY told Lana his secret. I wanted to insert that scene into season 3. Ah well... whatever.

The Chloe wishlist checkoff is complete. I wonder what wish fulfillment items the writers are going to check off next. Seeing super clone teenage Lex battle Clark wasn't on my list. But maybe it'll be fun.

jeannev
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Well, one of the things I really appreciated about the SPN ep was that amongst all that silliness of the episode, they brought the real back when Virgil came into the world. I could kiss those writers for being able to balance all of that light and dark.

Hey, good point about Chloe meeting Batman and Wonder Woman. They just gave their identities up to Chloe because they recognized her blinding awesomeness?

Emil is a fantastic character, and I'm really open to seeing more of him. And honestly, I think Alessandro was the clear standout of this episode, in both the funny and the serious.

I think there's a misconception that if one takes issue with the lack of romantic demonstrations between Clois that they are wanting them to make out for half an episode. That couldn't be further from the truth. But there are so many ways to show a couple that truly seems intimate, and passionate about each other in little ways, to include major kisses, but not exculsive to that. I really have a hard time understanding how you have a drunken romp ep that is supposed to be "fun", and the only couple that doesn't touch lips is Clois. Isn't something wrong with that picture?

There are so many ways to write that Chlark loft scene to make it more palatable, and to have Chloe come off as less full of herself. Its just bad writing to me.

All I can say is that, as a Clark fan, I don't think my wish fulfillment list has gotten even a fraction of what it should have gotten. And I don't expect it to.
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tasabian
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't think was as awful an "exit" episode as Requiem, which was such a scorched earth ep for the show, making "Lex" a cartoon, Lois perpetural second choice, Oliver a murderer and bringing Clark to his knees.

That said, it was not nearly as funny as the two previous eps and a big waste of time!

Chloe, OTH, leaves in complete triumph, to go become the muse for all those poor, dopey wandering heroes that need her to show them the path to heroland.
See, if she had just told Clark she wanted to start fresh in a new city, go back to journalism, fine. It could have been a sweet, affectionate goodbye. But the hero muse thing is silly-pandering to fans who wouldn't be content without a Bats/WW shout-out before the series ends.

I haven't liked any of ACS eps and all her writing flaws are very apparent in this ep. Because with a slight tweak to the premise, it could have been good. Here's what I would have changed.

- One person (ie Tess or Emil) doesn't drink the champagne & then has to run around corralling the others.
- the events play out in real time, instead of flashback.
- There's a sense of danger along with the humour: drunk, happy Clark is vulnerable Clark.
- Instead of the dull mobster villain have an actual scary villain, ie one of the Darkseid gang, on the trail of Clark.
- Zatanna actually appears in the episode
- At the end, there's the reveal to at least one of the characters that Ollie is marked by Darkseid.

Justin is a good sport
Showgirl!Ollie is gonna be a fandom staple, I think!
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2011 12:00 am (UTC)
For me, I think comparing Lana's exit arc, and Chloe's exit arc, is like 6 of one, half a dozen of the other. They're both bad, but in different ways. And ultimately, I think the show was made worse for it.

See, if she had just told Clark she wanted to start fresh in a new city, go back to journalism, fine. It could have been a sweet, affectionate goodbye. But the hero muse thing is silly-pandering to fans who wouldn't be content without a Bats/WW shout-out before the series ends.

Well, its also major pandering to Chloe fans who see her as the star of the show, and the true hero of the story. In fact, Chloe's whole exit arc? Like one big gigantic kiss on the backside of that fandom. And the pander infuriates me.

Every single suggestion you had for this episode would've improved it.
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jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
I always thought with this ep that there was going to be a difference of opinion on whether or not it was a good idea to do a pointless silly ep for "fun", or not. And thats fine, because really, thats just a difference in preferences.

For me, thats not so much the point, as I thought the execution of this pointless, silly, "fun" episode was awful AND managed to write Clark sort of bad.

Remember that song from Sesame Street 'One of these things is not like the others?' Yeah, that's how I felt about this episode.

"One of these things just does't belong..."

Yes, I know it. But sadly, I do think this ep is very indicative of the quality of S10 overall.
la_belle_isa
Feb. 28th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Eek. Long post.
I was intrigued by the fact that every Clark fan seemed to have a different opinion of that episode. So I watched it and I liked it, but in a detached kind of way. I thought “There’s no way that Clark is in there for 22 minutes!” Where the hell was he??
I agree that the villains were underwhelming and that the wedding thing didn't make sense.
I liked to see all the actors going silly though. I liked each and everyone of their performance even though I agree that Tom was funnier in Hex. But hey, that was BQM’s writing. You’re right, it did look like some bloopers featurette.
That barn scene was underwhelming and a little sad for me. They had the barn and the sunset but it felt like a pale imitation of past seasons where a hug in the barn used to be moving. As I was watching Chloe saying how wonderful she is and how she’s going to Star City and how she met Batman and WW etc. I thought Clark was indulging her as she was heading for Bellereve. LOL Well, I didn’t really think that but it was too over the top for me to take it seriously. That scene was for the exclusive viewing pleasure of Chloe fans. How am I supposed to be moved when it's so one-sided? What's in it for me?
//Chlollie just makes little sense anyway. Its a 'ship that was created to pander to a loud, complaining fanbase, that took place mostly in Offscreensville//
I remember the very moment that ship was created at the ’09 SDCC when fans suggested it and AM said “Really?” and so an arc was born. I always thought that Chloe fans liked the ship because JH is hot and they wanted a hot guy for their girl. I’m mean.
//Which, brings me to Clois. Which I try not to discuss too much, because it seems like having criticisms about this relationship is akin to insulting someones religion, or calling their children ugly.//
LMAO!! But I agree. I thought Clark hugged Lois the same way he hugged Chloe. *not trying to start a ship war!!* I can’t believe that some cloisers have doubts about the wedding happening because of Lois doubting for the millionth time. OF COURSE, the wedding is happening! You don’t talk about the wedding, the ceremony, the MOH, the bachelorette party, the engagement ring etc. in every episode without SHOWING A WEDDING! Geez. Talk about unnecessary drama. I wonder what artificial clois drama they still have in store for us. Although, I’m pretty sure the wedding will be small.
That’s maybe the 2nd time ever that I like JH in an episode, and I think it’s because he wasn’t doing his Oliver/Green Arrow thing. I thought he made an awesome show girl. As someone said in another forum, Oliver came out in more ways then one this season! LOL
I still wonder if I’ll feel something at the end of the series. But I’ll always have the first seasons...
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Its odd, but many times this season, I've been shocked at Clark's screentime, because it just doesn't feel like he's that present in the episode. And I have to think thats a indicator of the writing which doesn't put him front and center enough.

I thought Clark was indulging her as she was heading for Bellereve.

ROTFLMAO. OMG, thats perfect!

Truth be told, I thought the Chlark hug seemed warmer, but that has a lot to do with the way it was directed.

And yes, of course the wedding is happening. I'm not sure why anyone would doubt that.

(Anonymous)
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Hey there, Val.:D

I completely understand that you wouldn't want to waste any brain power on Fortune. I've watched it just once when it first aired, and I haven't had the desire or motivation to go back and see it again. I've been at a loss as to what's going on this season, and like you, I can't wait for it to end. By the time it wraps up, I definitely won't have that same bittersweet feeling that I had when I heard that Season 10 would be the last after Salvation aired.

Tess being so buddy buddy with everyone threw me off (though I'm hoping that that is because of Clark's influence on her), Lois reconsidering marriage to Clark threw me off, heck, the whole damn episode was a big WTH. I say this so often, but it's obvious that Clark isn't the priority to these showrunners. I keep hearing mentions of Buffy (a series that I've never watched) and how her character was THE priority. Well, I'd say without a doubt that this show has had a Buffy, and it's certainly not Clark. You know who I'm talking about. I'm greatly disgusted.

It's beyond bad when the MVP of a Smallville episode is a lemur and Emil. How the hell can that happen? Aren't these showrunners at least regulated by the higher ups at DC/WB. How can they allow for this poor treatment of Clark for all of these years? Don't they at least consider the original creators of the Superman legend when writing these episodes? I can understand the occasional flop, but seriously, this happens WAY too often.

The one positive that I'll take from this, despite the certain disappointments that are still to come, is that the show is cancer-free again - if you know what I mean. That's really not saying much, but I know that the chances that I'll be infuriated after watching an episode have been greatly decreased. Then again, like you said, there's a chance for it to return in the series finale. If that happens, the finale will be instantly ruined for me, even though I'm expecting it to only be decent/good at best.

Anyway,I applaud you for at least attempting to do a review of this. I really do. But hey, look at all of those that are completely satisfied with Fortune (the 40% that gave it a 10!!). The showrunners will get word that there were some positive comments given by fans about how "fun" the episode was, and they'll put it in the WIN column.

Matt aka HopeforTomorrow
jeannev
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Hey Matt :)

Now, see, isn't it fun commenting on live journal where you can just let your thoughts roam free? LOL

Honestly, there was SO MUCH WRONG with Fortune, I don't know where to start. I try to appreciate that people just watched it for the laughs, and didn't sweat the rest of it. But I'm not made that way, especially when I don't think something is funny. At all. From the last Chlark scene, or Lois categorizing Clark as "perfect" (umm, wasn't Lois categorized as the person who treats him as an equal and demands he does the same just earlier this season?), to the fact that Clark stood around and did nothing while Chloe and Tess investigated, to the absolute STUPIDITY of the car alarm going off in Clark's pocket, which needed to be pointed out by Chloe because Clark is too stupid to realize it, to....well, ya know, it just goes on and on and on...

I really do respect that others see this differently from me, but I don't think I've ever watched an episode where I honestly feel like I must've gotten a different feed from many other people. Because to me? This was awful.

As someone who watched Buffy, let me be blunt. No one writing for SV (with, maybe, the exception of BQM) should even be considered as being in the same field as Buffy writers. And I say this as someone who was not a devotee, and thought the show had problems. But what Whedon and his team did that the SV team has NEVER done was wrote for Buffy, appreciated who she was, and what she should be, and didn't toss her to the side in boredom, or throw her on the sword to glorify another character. Really, the 2 shows shouldn't even been mentioned in the same breath, unless you are using SV as a cautionary tale.

Really, if I watched the show solely for Chloe, I'd be feeling pretty smug right now. The pandering was off the hook, but why not appreciate it if its headed your way? I can't blame them. I even posted to Al Septien and ACS on twitter asking if Clark might see some fraction of that sort of asskissing pandering coming our way. Do we even need to hear the answer to know what it is? Apparently they think everything they do is AWESOME!

(Anonymous)
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
I had never watched a Supernatural episode before, but I saw the trailer after SV ended and I gave it a shot because I was so disappointed in this episode. It was so much better. Shows you don't have to have to write your characters drunk, high, or completely out of character to be funny. I hope this is the last SV version of popular movie. Chloe's last few episodes reminded me something you would see in a fanfiction, not professional writers.
jeannev
Mar. 1st, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
To me, the Supernatural episode was everything the Smallville should've been, but wasn't. I can't think of a more glaring contrast in the quality of writing for the 2 shows then we saw this week.
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