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Screentime Totals for Lara

But first, some thoughts


-Shallow observation of the episode, was it just me, or were Tom Welling's eyes unbelievably green in this episode?

-Overall, I liked this episode for the most part.  Not that it didn't have the normal SV plotholes, I just felt like it was well put together, and I thought the episode had a nice tension level.  For me, the hour went by very quickly, and I can't always say that about Smallville.  

-Can we keep having Clex scenes?  And can we keep this level of civil tension?  

-And I'm perfectly OK with us keeping Clana scenes to 1 minute or less.  Easier to handle their incredible weirdness with each other.

-Kara/Jimmy=good.  Chloe/Jimmy=very bad.  Please try and keep that in mind show :)  And while we're at it, no more sad, pining Chloe face.  Enough of that shit!

-I liked that Clark took the crystal, and I didn't get a creepy vibe off him at the end.  Just me?  Ok then  *shrugs*

-BUT, that flashback was crap!  And it seems like Lara was such a simpering wuss. :(  Not loving the Helen Slater.  Can we bring back Dean Cain and put him in a wig?

Now, onto screentimes
 
Lara screentime totals (running time: 40m,46s)

Clark 12m,11s*
Lex 4m,30s
Lana 4m
Chloe 5m,30s
Kara 24m,24s
Jimmy 5m,10s
Lionel 5m,10s

*Can I just say how freaking ludicrous I think it is that an episode called "Lara" that deals so heavily in Kryptonian mythology has 12m,11s of Clark screentime? Ridiculous!

Season to date (number of eps)

Clark 103m, 16s (6)
Lex 41m, 19s (6)
Lana 34m, 36s (6)
Chloe 53m, 21s (6)
Lois 20m, 55s (3)
Kara 64m, 32s (5)
Jimmy 22m, 24s (3)
Lionel 14m, 23s (3)

Comments

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gildinwen
Nov. 3rd, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
But Val - can I call you Val?- Lara's importantance is to the fact she 's Kara's Aunt, not Clark's mom......or so Goughlar say
jeannev
Nov. 4th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Of course you can call me Val :)

Ah, more pearls of wisdom from Al. Ain't he a peach?
huzzlewhat
Nov. 3rd, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
Not loving the Helen Slater. Can we bring back Dean Cain and put him in a wig?

Yes! Please! Let's have Dean Cain play all the guest characters! Just put him in different costumes and wigs and stuff. That would so work for me!

(The sad thing is, I'm not even sure I'm joking...)
jeannev
Nov. 4th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Well, I'm almost 100% certain that Dean Cain in a wig would've done a more convincing job in that flashback. Helen Slater? Wow, that was bad.
miss_tress
Nov. 4th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
I liked that Clark took the crystal, and I didn't get a creepy vibe off him at the end. Just me? Ok then *shrugs*
It's not just you. I was the same way. Everybody seems to be flipping out and either saying that Clark was giving the crystal to Lana or was having a weird, Oedipal moment. And to both I just say, "Eh. I don't see either one.".
jeannev
Nov. 4th, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC)
Woo-Hoo Heather. Its nice not to be alone.

Honestly, I don't even understand why anyone would think he was giving the crystal to Lana. Now, I totally understand why people would groan and roll their eyes at him showing Lana at all, all things considered. I did too. And I totally can understand why Clark would want to have possession of something that contained his mothers DNA, and why he would consider it something so precious.

*shrugs*
miss_tress
Nov. 4th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
I was so confused when I read posts and reviews of the eps and saw at least three people say that Clark gave it to Lana. It just made no sense for someone to be thinking it.

Mostly I'm curious about how and when Clark got it. If it was supposed to be sealed in some unbreakable chamber (that's what government guy told Kara) how was Clark able to find it and get it before Kara? Did Lionel help?

I'm hoping that there won't be any talk of cloning from Clark and maybe somehow the DNA could just translate to another personality for the AI up in the FoS. Maybe Jor-El would be less of a grump if he had Lara there with him.
jeannev
Nov. 4th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I think that a lot of Clark and Lana scenes inspire a kneejerk negative reaction. Which, BTW, I do understand. So, I think leaping to the worst possible scenario does occur.

And I know I didn't hear Clark saying he wanted to clone his mother. Not in this episode, I didn't. I heard Zor-El say it. But Clark? Nope. And yes, I would imagine he'll take the crystal to the Fortress. But for right now, this is a tangible remnant of his real mother. And I'm not sure how people wanted him to react to that. But I know for me, him wanting to have that, and keep it hidden away, just doesn't seem out of the realm of sanity to me.

I'm not entirely sure when Clark got the crystal, but I'm going to assume he had it before he confronted Kara in that bar. As for keeping that from Kara, I have no problem with that at all. He's been told by Jor-El and Martian Manhunter that he should get the crystal away from Kara. And this episode does make it pretty clear that Kara is something of a loose cannon. And the reality is that Clark just doesn't know Kara very well yet, and so I expect that he's not entirely sure he can trust her. Or Jor-El. Or Martian Manhunter. Its got to be pretty difficult trying to sift through the different order, insults and directives he's issued. In the end, he snatched up the crystal and decided to keep it to himself for now. And that seems pretty sensible from where I'm sitting.
carolandtom
Nov. 5th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the interesting numbers.

I'll just say that I hated the Kara flying moment (it's just stupid and unfair to Clark to have this girl having those iconic moments before he does) and I hated that during the first part of the episode it seemed that Clark was only a guest star on the Supergirl show.

As for the flashbacks, I can't believe they decided to have Lara and Kara walking around the Kent farm. It looked stupid, to me, and I'm sorry but I think HS did a poor job as Lara. I really disliked those scenes.

I only felt a little of the SV love in the final part of the episode. I just wish Kara went away never to return or, if she stays, I wish the writers remembered this show is still supposed to be about Clark Kent.
carolandtom
Nov. 5th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
*Can I just say how freaking ludicrous I think it is that an episode called "Lara" that deals so heavily in Kryptonian mythology has 12m,11s of Clark screentime? Ridiculous!

Word to that!
jeannev
Nov. 5th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Ah Carol, I very often wish TIIC remembered that this show is supposed to be about Clark Kent. But I think I've given that up. :(

I also hate the Kara flying stuff. Absolute HATE! Overall, I like the character better then I thought I would, and I think a lot of that comes from the very good chemistry LV has with TW. If they didn't click so well, I'd probably have far less tolerance for her. But yeah, the flying is never going to sit right with me. Its as though they look for ways to beat Clark down, and diminish his uniqueness. And I truly don't get that thinking.
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