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Gemini Screentime Totals & Thoughts

 Here are the screentime totals for Gemini running time: 41m, 35s

Clark - 5s
Lex - 8m, 11s
Lana - 7m, 15s
Chloe - 13m, 29s
Lois - 18m, 1s
Jimmy - 8m, 14s

(Bizarro - 9m, 4s)

Total Screentime for Tom Welling - 9m, 9s

Season to Date (# of eps)

Clark - 143m, 18s (9)
Lex - 62m, 14s (9)
Lana - 65m, 11s (9)
Chloe - 81m, 52s (9)
Lois - 51m, 53s (6)
Kara - 75m, 9s (6)
Jimmy - 30m, 38s (4)
Lionel - 18m, 20s (5) 

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Actually, SV thoughts overall

I liked this episode overall, but even in liking it, I do find that it hasn't done much to restore my general SV enthusiasm.  And I really wish I could put my finger on the problem.  Point to something, or some character, and say "There, thats the problem".  But I just myself terribly frustrated with the storyline, and the way the characters are used and evolving.  I think my biggest beef with the show right now is what seems to occur offscreen and what is occuring onscreen.   I would really have loved to see the storyline that led Lex to clone Julian, or even Lana.  Instead of the Voila!  There are clones!  I'd much rather watch Lois being a dogged, determined reporter on the trail of Lex, instead of seeing her suck face with her boss in a closet at the office.  I'd much rather see Chloe developing her meteor power rather then just have her heal Jimmy's finger.  I'd much rather have some insight onto how Lana has suddenly morphed into supersecret spy/scientist complete with "her people".  I mean all these major character evolutions have taken place offscreen which takes me right out of the story, and creates a huge disconnect between me, as a viewer, and the characters.

And sadly, the only character who seems to be doing next to nothing in Offscreensville is Clark, and thats really because he doesn't seem to be doing much of anything!  Except reacting week-to-week to what the characters around him are doing, and not asking nearly  enough questions.  I watch the show for Clark.  I love and adore Clark madly.  But honestly, I get frustrated for Tom Welling in the way the character is written.  He's given so few dynamic characteristics, and very little inner life.

We know Lex wants to control the world around him.
We know Lana wants to bring down Lex, out of her own hurt and anger, and maybe because she's obsessed with him.
We know Lois wants to be reporter.
We know Chloe wants to be a reporter, and to not be meteor infected anymore.

What does Clark want?  I feel like I've lost touch with him.  And as he's my show touchstone, losing touch with him means losing touch with the show.

Now, bringing in on back to Gemini...

I find myself totally confused as to what the Clana relationship is supposed to be.  And I don't understand Lana as a character at all.  And I'm not saying that she's the face of Evol!, or anything of that nature.  But I don't understand how she thinks this relationship with Clark is going to work at all when its very evident that she's in her element with her Lex research and spying.  She claims to have reevaluated her priorities when Clark was gone....and BTW, who does that when your boyfriend goes missing for 2 weeks and you have no idea if he's safe or alive?...and she's giving up the Lex stuff.  But notice that she's been continuing on with "her work" while he was gone, and note that she had all this information ready with a few keystrokes.  This is a woman who was going to give this up?  I think not.  From what we saw onscreen, I have to believe that Lana was ready to tell Clark what he wanted to hear, then continue to do what she was doing behind his back.  Again.  

And I'd buy that its due to her deep love for Clark if we hadn't just found out in Wrath that she pretty much has no respect for him at all, or the way he chooses to live his life, and use his abilities.

And Clark?  I don't know what to think, mostly because he just doesn't seem very enthused about Lana overall.

So, I don't get them.  

And this episode once again presents a situation for Clana which really should forever alter them as a couple.  Unless Lana is quick to catch on that she's cozying up to a fake Clark, what does this say about the Clana relationship?  And how does Clark just shrug this off, again?  How does Lana not question herself?  And yet, I have no faith that the fallout will be what it should be. So, why bother? *sigh*

OK, anyway....

I liked the Grant/Adrian reveal, and I liked seeing Lex lose his shit and shoot Adrian.  I liked the last scene with Grant/Lex as well, though I'm not sure the "you don't know how to love" dialogue was really the best choice.  I'd have preferred something along the lines of "your version of love is psychotic and toxic", because I really do believe thats a closer approximation.

I thought Lois made all the right moves, and ED did a good job of selling the rising panic.  I wish they had spent more time building up a Lex/Lois rivalry so I would've been more invested in a confrontation, but I feel like this, again, is occuring in some offscreen version of SV that absolutely rocks!

I'm  not a fan of Chimmy at all, and I have zero investment in their scenes, but I did think both AM and AA did a good job, and I appreciate a few good one-liners like Clark diffusing the bomb with his great hair, or Chloe having the worst secret Santa.  Their last scene together was also nice, if a bit long. 

The Clarktime run through the DP was awesomely done.  Very creative and visually stunning.  

I thought TW did a spectacular job throughout the episode of being Clark, but not.  He was just that much off, and until we got the Big Reveal, one couldn't be quite sure what was going on.  But there were all these little subtleties, a certain glint in his eye, the smirk that was just there at the corner of his mouth, and overly earnest speech to Lana (and please, let him be playing Lana!).  It was very nuanced, and very skilled, and anyone who thinks this guy can't act can bite my ass!

In fact, I think TW, MR, ED, AM, AA and MC were all very, very good in this episode.  Only KK, saddled with some very clunky exposition, was the weak link.

And as for Clark being frozen at the FOS, I'll sum it up thusly....DIE EVIL AI JOR-EL DIE!!!!!!  I don't know, maybe its just me, but I'm never going to be OK with sadistic punishment, and excuse it as "Well, Clark is stupid, so he deserves it!".  That sort of thing just pushes every single one of my buttons.  Jor-El may have had all these aspirations for Clark, and may have wanted a certain destiny for him.  But like every parent must realize, you can have all the desires in the world for your child, but you CANNOT force them to walk that path.  For all the times Clark is called disparaging names for being stupid or obtuse, what the hell is the AI Jor-EL?  It doesn't seem to get at all that by sadistically punishing Clark, it doesn't draw him closer to the desired destiny, it drives him further and further away from it.  And I can't blame Clark one bit.  All I know is they had better offer some explanation for why AI Jor-El is such a messed up piece of crap sometime before this show is over.  Because I can't for the life of me believe that Clark can learn anything of value from it currently!

Its going to be a long hiatus.  I hope its worth the wait. :)


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Dec. 18th, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
I'm on board with you on the douchebaggery of the AI Jor-El. If he wanted Clark to act/feel a certain way when he was grownup then maybe he shouldn't have sent him to the Kents to raise. Jor-El was so enamored with what loving and caring people Jonathan's parents were but now he seems upset that Clark has those same traits. It really doesn't make any sense and it's the one thing that I really hope we get an explanation for on the show.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Yes! Exactly!!

Clark was raised by, and with, human beings. How did Jor-El *not* think that he would think as one, and feel as one? How did he believe that sending Clark to be raised on an isolated Kansas farm wouldn't give him a sheltered, intimate upbringing? It just makes no sense at all.

Clark is going to be moved to save the one person, to respond to his mothers voice calling for help, to NOT take a life if he can avoid it. And if the AI Jor-El just cannot understand this, then I don't know what value it can offer Clark in him becoming some hero for the world.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
And what good does freezing Clark in a chunk of ice do as a punishment? I hope that Jor-El is giving Clark that important "training" we've been hearing about since the start of S5. If that will make Clark ready and able to do whatever this rule/save them plan of Jor-El's then maybe his time would be better spent getting that instead of an extreme case of frostbite.
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I have no idea what good freezing Clark is doing. Your guess is as good, or better, then any. It just seems to me that its creating a very valid reason for Clark to never, ever go to the FOS again.
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Maybe someone will realize that in the comics there isn't an AI in the FOS and the whole AI mess will literally just be erased or fixed.

With the SV AI of Jor-El constantly giving whackadoo edicts and horrible punishments and the 'Superman Returns' version blabbing everything to Lex neither one has really done much good for the Last Son of Krypton.
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
I've become less and less of a fan of the "going to train at the Fortress" scenario. I hope they find another endpoint for Clark's journey on this show.
Dec. 18th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
I liked this episode, but I'm totally with you on the offscreen action. Why do they choose some stories over others, when the ones they don't tell seem so much more interesting?

Tom was just brilliant, I think. He knows his character so well, and his acting is so skillfully subtle, he was able to tweak his performance just enough to make us say, wait a minute, what? God, I loved watching it!

The thing about Clana for me is that nothing that's happened on the show for the past couple of years has helped me understand why either one of them would still be in love with the other. Their relationship just feels manufactured to me.

I also couldn't agree more about Clark! I honestly think AlMiles say to each other, "we know our 10-episode final arc, now let's just keep Clark in a holding pattern and milk the network for as many paychecks as we can until they finally make us end it." It's such a disservice to the character, and the actor!

I officially discarded any and all investment in any 'ship while waiting for this episode to air, and doing so increased my enjoyment beyond measure. I'm open to any development, as long as the storytelling is good. It's been beyond liberating!

I thought Lex was awesome. I loved his scenes with Lois.

I agree about the Jor-El AI. It's just wrong. And it's inconsistent! I don't even have a clear picture of what it wants Clark to do. Grrr.

Sorry for the marathon comment, I just agree so much with what you say! :)
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
The thing about Clana for me is that nothing that's happened on the show for the past couple of years has helped me understand why either one of them would still be in love with the other. Their relationship just feels manufactured to me.

At this point, I totally agree. And I think the reason for that is twofold. Partly is because the 2 of them have really gone a bit too far beyond the pale to believe they could get back this "young love" type of relationship they are trying to sell. And the other part is that I truly don't feel like either actor has their heart in it. The relationship feels like its going through the motions because that is how the actors are playing. There's no passion, there's not much play. It doesn't seem real in any sense.

I officially discarded any and all investment in any 'ship while waiting for this episode to air, and doing so increased my enjoyment beyond measure.

I don't ship anything either. My ship is Me & Clark, meaning my ability to connect to Clark's character and what he is going through. I can accept any romantic entanglement on the show *if* it is done well. And this season? Nothing seems done well in that department. You & I are totally in agreement on this.

Sorry for the marathon comment, I just agree so much with what you say! :)

No need for apologies. I'm always so delighted that anyone thinks that I've made sense. LOL
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
I've never thought that TW and KK have had any on-screen chemistry, and it's really showing now.

I love slash and prefer it, but I can enjoy a good het pairing, but since Day One the real on-screen sexual chemistry has been between TW and MR, and that hasn't changed even now. Hate is often love-gone-bad, as we've seen with Lana, and that helps explain the current versions of Clex. :)

Dec. 18th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
I definitely agree with you that TW and MR have always had superb chemistry. It was a bit off last season, but what we've seen of them this season has been spot-on.

But I really did think TW & KK had decent chemistry. Never fantastic, but decent enough. But neither actor seems able to conjure it up anymore, and they truly do seem exaspperated by their continuing scenes. Its painful to watch at this point. And when there's no chemistry going, and no sensible reason for these 2 characters to be together anymore, their scenes just become a pain in the ass and an overall drag on the show.
Dec. 18th, 2007 10:31 am (UTC)
I agree with you on knowing (or not knowing as the case may be) what characters want would help with regards to understanding the show. However, to play devil's advocate, i think that the writers think, they have shown you what Clark's wants. To stay on the farm. But ...that's not true. He WANTS to help people. We all saw how he reacted when he got to be Green Arrow's decoy. He knows that's what he wants to do. So this whole thing of keeping Clark's motivations unclear, is just to keep the Clana going, IMHO
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
Well yeah, thats exactly my point. They are so fuzzy about what Clark really and truly wants. And I feel like the audience has gotten to a point where they watch the show and think "there's NO WAY he can want to just stay on the farm after everything he's seen, and everything he's done". But at the same time, they don't show you a Clark with any other ambition. And its even hard to buy Lana as a big motivator, because he just doesn't seem that into her anymore.

So, he's become this huge void for me, and that really effects my enjoyment of the show because Clark is my touchstone for the show. :/
Dec. 18th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
And sadly, the only character who seems to be doing next to nothing in Offscreensville is Clark, and thats really because he doesn't seem to be doing much of anything! I agree. Didn't Clark want to leave Smallville in Kara to get his training and then Jor-El told him to look out for Kara? I'm not sure how long Clark expected to be away or what would have happened to the farm in the meantime, but wouldn't this mean that he's not really attached to farm? It would maybe have been good to see if he was sad about this or happy.

I think Jor-El is misused to create cliffhangers (e.g. when Clark was locked in the cave wall) and to get rid of Clark. Nobody thinks about how this makes Jor-El look like.
Dec. 18th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they had Clark going to the FOS for training, and being sent back to watch Kara, and then there was stuff about getting his hands on the blue crystal, and then it all kind of......fizzled out. Somewhere, we lost the thread on the Clark storyline. All we've had that speaks to some sort of forward thinking was Action and him telling Lana that he had everything he wanted at the farm, with her. ARGH! That might not have been so horrible if he and Lana actually looked even slightly into each other lately.

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that they've misued AI Jor-El. Trying to think back on all the things he's done/had a hand in? He makes no sense at all to me.
Dec. 20th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
but I feel like this, again, is occuring in some offscreen version of SV that absolutely rocks

LOL! Offscreensville is awesome. I watch it on my 30 foot liquid plasma screen television that is powered by my hatred for Chad Michael Murray and Clark's hair this season.

It seems that the offscreen action has really ramped up this season. I can overlook the Lex side of the cloning because all of his experiments for the most part have been covert from the audience so that there can be that area of which you're not sure if Lex is really involved in these actions or people are assuming he's involved. But the big stuff like Chloe finding out that Lana is still alive. Hell, Lois finding out that Lana is alive. How was that explained? Overlooking that type of story is lazy, lazy writing.
Dec. 20th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
My God, powered by your CMM hate? That must be a SUPER TV. ;)

Lana's resurrection was handled so very, very badly. No questions from Clark, no reactions from Chloe and Lois, no reactions from anyone. They had Lana walking through SV by the end of the episode and people were pointing and screaming "Zombie!!" and running in the other direction. Wouldn't newspapers be all over Lana, trying to get a statement out of her? The whole thing was just shoved under the carpet because it was obvious that they didn't know how to explain it.
Jan. 1st, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
What does Clark want?

I think he made it pretty clear in Action, he wanted to stay forever on the farm with Lana.

While I don't think there's really anything wrong with that (what's wrong with wanting to be a farmer anyway?), of course you just can't help thinking that with all that he's capable of, why would he want to stay on the farm? I mean come on! Seriously, if I have just the power of superspeed I'd go everywhere, see the world and do all kinds of stuff.

And then there's Lana. I wouldn't have minded this is the cool, awesome Lana from the Superman: For All Seasons comics or in the Superboy series we're talking about, I'd definitely understand if he still don't want to let her go. But this manipulative Lana who had committed various felonies and has absolutely no respect for him?
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