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Smallville Musings, ctd.


The CW Site now has a short phone interview posted with Allison Mack (http://blogs.trb.com/network/cwsource/)  It does contain spoilers, and she does speak about the subject that my last Smallville musings post touched on, so I have a few more thoughts to add after hearing it.

But, since its all spoiler-ish...
Type your cut contents here.


So, according to AM's interview, Bizarro is not playing or conning Lana.  He is, in fact, "deeply in love with Lana".  Oh, for Petes Sake Smallville, what is wrong with you?

A-hem, sorry, had to get that out. :)

And since I've already gone all Ides of March when it comes to SV spoilers, whats a bit more?

Actually, this confirmation makes me even more concerned about what I was addressing in my last SV musings post.  The possibility that Clark will be upset that Lana thinks Bizarro was just a totally awesome boyfriend, and somehow he'll end up being blamed for the failings in the Clana relationship.  Or Lana will turn things around and point the finger at him for not being open and affectionate with her. Etc, etc.  Anyone reading this has probably read the last rant, so I won't repeat myself.

As I did in my last post, I look at the precedence of show canon for my speculation,   Remember <b>Magnetic,/b>?  Yes, I know most of us would just as soon forget it.  But recall the Lana speech at the end, where even though Seth was a mind-raping, violent criminal, he was "honest with Lana", so Lana used that in her usual passive agressive way to compare him with Clark, and of course, Clark came up lacking.  Could that happen here again?  Wouldn't surprise me.

In fact, there's a lot of show history with Lana throwing other guys in Clark's face to drive home her point that, somehow, Clark wasn't measuring up in some fashion.  And in the past, I could even say that <b>she had a point</b> since Clark was lying to her, and hiding his true self.  So, while I didn't like what she did, I couldn't entirely condemn her and not see any merit in her POV.  However, now?  Not the same show at all.  Here we have a Clark who is completely open and honest, who seems to be making a true effort, and who has already been very forgiving with Lana for her actions.  And to me, that same bullshit of shifting the blame off Lana entirely, and onto Clark entirely, just doesn't cut it anymore.  And for Clark to continue to allow something like is just not what the character deserves, nor where he should be in a S7.

And, thats not even mentioning that they took a character that should really have been cool, Bizarro.  An iconic character, who really should've been used as a contrast to Clark in very significant ways.  An opposite.  A character who we could've seen teaming up with Lex (Cool!), or pursuing a girl thats usually not on Clark's emotional radar.  Or doing any number of things.  And instead, he finds himself on the long list of FOTW's who take one look at Lana, and fall helplessly under her spell.  Honestly, how has this storyline not gotten incredibly old? 



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tariel22
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
I couldn't agree more with your last paragraph. I really wish we could lock the writers in a room and make them explain, what were they thinking?! Why in the world does Bizarro have to be in love with Lana? And does that somehow redeem him at the same time it's making Clark look bad? Because this is the same guy who appeared to kill people for the fun of it in the first episode of the season. Or has Lana's all-powerful goodness washed him clean and rehabilitated him? I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

I find myself hoping more and more that this show doesn't come back at all after the strike. Let Tom escape and put an end to this nonsense. Or at least that's how I feel every time I hear another spoiler, and with this strike, spoilers are all we've had for weeks now.
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
I don't know if I want to be in a room with goughlar and company. I don't quite trust myself not to go all blanket party on them ;)

I've pretty much been on the Free Tom! bandwagon for a while. But then there's this part of me that worries that he's going to give up acting and go live a quiet life somewhere, and I'd miss his pretty face :(
tariel22
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Yes, I worry about that too. He certainly doesn't seem to have a burning desire to do other projects, and he seems smart enough to have saved and invested his earnings so far, so I don't see him desperately needing the cash either. *sighs*
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I agree. Tom seems like a smart guy who considers all his options carefully. Since he's so private, its really hard to know what his hopes for his career are.
tariel22
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
I'm not above grasping at straws, so I cling to the fact that he maintains and regularly visits a home in L.A. as a sign that he may still want a career in acting (okay, maybe directing) after Smallville. He seems to gravitate to the east coast when he's vacationing, and he doesn't need to live in L.A. for Smallville, and yes, I'm kind of pathetic. :)
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
Awww, if you're pathetic, so am I. Whenever I read about some film project that Tom would be great for, I always hope we'll hear about him landing it. I still have hope.
canadabear
Jan. 4th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
Honestly, I can't put that much stock into AM's personal interpretations, which is what she was giving. This is the woman who thought Chloe definitively dealt with her feelings for Clark in Crimson and thought Clark's delusion in Labyrinth was perpetuated by the Martian Manhunter trying to teach him a lesson, not a malevolent phantom. This is what I'm clinging to until I see Persona for myself and can draw my own conclusions.
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh, I actually agree with you, and thats definitely how I view what she says about the Chimmy stuff. Even the DP stuff. But the Bizarro stuff, in regards to Lana? I don't know. It really just sounds to me like she's giving you the brief synopsis of what it is. I wasn't getting so much the vibe that her comments about Bizarro being in love with Lana was just her impression. And it matches with what KK just said as well.

Its really too bad TW doesn't do show related interviews anymore. He actually was a very straight shooter with this stuff. Alas....
canadabear
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
I don't know. It really just sounds to me like she's giving you the brief synopsis of what it is.

In listening to it again, she phrases a lot of her answers almost as questions back, like she's either unsure of how accurate what she's saying is, or doesn't know if her point is getting across. And then there's the part where she flat out says she doesn't remember how Chloe figures out Bizarro isn't Clark, so again, I can't take her view that Bizarro is in love with Lana as too much gospel considering she can't keep her own storyline straight. Not that I blame her at this point, because it was probably filmed in November and they've moved on several episodes since.

As for it matching up with KK's interview, it does in the sense that that's how Lana perceives how he's acting, but not necessarily how Bizarro actually feels. A lot, I think, will depend on how TW plays it. If he tosses in a few smirks when his back is to Lana while telling her how much he loves her to her face again, then there'll be no convincing me that Bizarro's feelings were genuine.
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Well, lets keep our fingers crossed that Tom pulls this one out of the crapper, and puts a spin on it that saves the day.

Hey, Tom could be, like, our Superman or something, LOL ;)

Believe me, I'd love for this time to be different. But SV history points down a different road. I hope I'm wrong.
tasabian
Jan. 4th, 2008 04:33 am (UTC)
It's such a waste that Tom won't get to play Bizarro as a scary villainous character, manipulating Lana's feelings to his own ends and perhaps double-crossing Lex or Brainiac as well. Tom would rock that!

Instead we get, what, Jason 2.0? A Tom-version of the declawed Lex from "Static"? What a criminal mis-use of Bizarro.
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, thats another good point. Bizarro should be a good excuse for Tom to let loose and have some fun. Instead, he's playing house with Lana? I can imagine it was hard to control his enthusiasm for that /end sarcasm
seacrystal
Jan. 4th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
There's also the possibility that Allison could have misinterpreted Bizarro's motivations as a character. There definitely have been plenty of times where stuff were played out on screen very differently or the complete opposite when viewed in context, during the actual episodes.

Even director cuts couldn't be trusted anymore. :p I still remember that time when I went bonkers on the Progeny DC because it took so long for Clark to push Lex out of the bullet lol.
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
Yeah, its very possible that AM is a bit off the mark. However, I do believe then that her and KK are off the mark together, because there did seem to be a similarity in what they were saying.

But I definitely can't argue that things can play very differently on screen from what we had previously heard. I hope this ends up being one of those cases.
goodvibe
Jan. 6th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. Ok, yes. Both the KK and AM interviews are highly frustrating. I just dont like that they're going here with this Bizarro/lana angle, needless to say because of the repurcussions on Clark's character. But then, it was to be expected. ::sighs:: I just, dont even get the point? What, to further abuse and take down the toilet your lead character? I'm beginning to think Gough and co. do this for kicks now.

I wasn't able to wach the vid, for some reason. Caught a transcript of the interview elsewhere though and another confusing element is AM stating Chloe "utilizing" the DP? Again, the writers aren't even pretending to keep her in any kind of reporter capacity, are they? I get that it's been evident for a while that her priorities have shifted, hence the increased emphasis on "sidekick" and meteor freak issues, and moving Chloe more into those roles. But, it would be nice to actually see this shift of priorities verbalized by the character itself. It's so irritating of this show to bump all these elements of this kind into offscreenville. And so late in the game, it seems they'll never learn. ::shakes head::
jeannev
Jan. 9th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure what direction they are going in with Chloe. I don't feel overt reporter vibes with her. So, I wonder if they aren't shifting her more over to working with the young JLA. There is a spoiler hinting that Chloe has been doing work for Oliver. That would also fit with her utilizing the DP for information, more then being a dedicated reporter.

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