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Screentime Totals for Persona - running time: 41m, 35s






Clark - 11m,44s
Lex - 5m,16s
Lana - 12m,23s
Chloe - 6m
Lionel - 4m,43s *

Bizarro - 15m, 21s

(combined screentime for TW: 27m, 5s)

*this time does NOT include the scene where Brainiac is masquerading as Lionel, since its not technically Lionel

Season to date (# of eps)

Clark - 155m, 2s (10)
Lex - 67m, 30s (10)
Lana - 77m, 33s (10)
Chloe - 87m, 52s (10)
Lois - 51m, 53s (6)
Kara - 75m, 9s (6)
Jimmy - 38m, 38s (4)
Lionel - 23m, 3s (6) 

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My feelings for this episode overall are mixed.  Its extremely hard for me not to love an episode where Tom Welling is just that freaking good!  Not to mention James Marsters being magnificent.  And big props to Marc McClure, who was a guest actor I had no particular interest in, and he turned in a  very poignant perfomance.  Smallville is 2 for 3 on the stunt casting this season.  Kudos also to Allison Mack, who I thought was impressive.

And the Brainac/Bizarro scenes were so much fun!!!  Such good lines, and delivered so well by the respective actors.  I loved how Brainiac used all the players on the chessboard to get his desire outcome.  Sometimes, its fun to see the bad guys win, especially when they do it with such style.

I also thought this episode did a good job of positively highlighting the strong bond between Clark and Chloe.  Whether you consider that romantically inclined, or strictly platonic friendship, I don't think it really matters.  One of the gaping plotholes this episode had (and there were many) is that so much was left unexplained.  And so we really have no idea how many times Chloe has been in contact with Bizarro, or even if she's spent any significant time with him.  Knowing Clark and Chloe, who always struck me as the sort of friends who speak at least once a day, its hard to believe they didn't have contact.  Yet the show does throw out some hints that Chloe's been preoccupied, and we know what Bizarro has been fixated on.  So, overall, while I would've preferred more explanation, I can easily conclude that there wasn't a lot of Biz/Chloe hanging out being done.  And with that in mind, Chloe does get props from me in picking up the strange vibe.  And I don't necessarily think it was the arm grab, I just think that sealed the deal.  Remember, Chloe did know where the shield was the whole time, but had already made the decision not to share that with "Clark" before the arm grab.  

I'm sure the question over whether Lana should've known or not will be one of those hotly debated topics as long as people still discuss SV.  I fall on the side who believes she was completely getting what she wanted, so she really didn't see what she should've seen.  Forgiveble?  I expect so.  But I'm not inclined to have sympathy for Lana here.  Because on one hand, I feel like I've seen this before with Lana...last season, with Lex.  As long as someone blows enough smoke up her behind, Lana will turn a blind eye to that which she does not wish to see or know.  And then when the shit hits the fan, Lana never seems to self-reflect and grow from the experiance.  At least not emotionally.  And I'm not sure Lana the stalking superspy/foundation running/super-hacker/kidnapper/crusader/wonder cook is really a believable character for me.  

Also, I find my sympathy lies far too much with Clark for there to be a lot left over for Lana in this episode.  I know it rarely seems en vogue to empathize with Clark, but I'm a rebel, Dammit!  ;)  But really, Clark is the one that got frozen into ice by his sadistic. half-witted, useless, abusive dead parent.  This coming hot on the heels of the debacle with Lana in Wrath and then the situation in Blue where he found and lost his dead birth mother, and then lost Kara.  So, clearly, its been a really shitty few months for Clark.  Then he zips back into town to find out that he's been replaced by an evil doppelganger, and Lana is happier then a pig in slop.  The scene where he's telliing her that it wasn't him, and she's trying to convince him otherwise would be funny if it didn't strike me as so sad.  The nearly indetectable flinch from Clark when Lana mentions the pillowtalk she shared with Bizarro was one of many moments where Tom Welling shined brightly.  

Where do Clana go now?  Well, I'm so tired of being dragged along with them.  I understand angst and struggle in a fictional couple.  I truly do.  But I also think that if the writing isn't just right, a couple like this just becomes more tedious then anything else.  I've long believed that there is far too much water under the Clana bridge for them to constantly try again, and for me to find anything remotely rootworthy in them making the effort..  And watching both of these characters subject themselves to perpetual misery, while I'm supposed to buy that they love each other, just makes me lose complete patience with them both.  They need to move on.  The show needs to move on.  Desperately.  And I could maybe enjoy some of the angst with these 2 if I ever thought the show was actually moving towards something.  But I just don't. 

I found Bizarro to be immensely entertaining.  But I couldn't muster up much sympathy for him.  Maybe if they had expanded his delight with Clark's life to more things beyond Lana Lang, I would've ultimately felt more for him.  But in the end, he was another Lana lover gone crazy.  We've seen it before.  Ad nauseum.  It seems a terrible waste of such an interesting mythos character.  Luckily, Welling made Bizarro so much fun to watch, it wasn't nearly as bad as it could've been.

Onto the other side of the canvas, we have the tale of Grulian.  I could never manage to work up much enthusiasm for this story arc.  And for the life of me, I don't know why a Grulian/Lois romance was even bothered with.  It didn't ultimately lead up to anything, it made Lois look bad, and she didn't even get to be involved in the revelation of his Luthor-ness, or his death.  Sometimes I think the SV writers are crackheads.  Well, all the time actually, but sometimes I think they are smoking more crack then other times.

But, I will say this, Lex definitely inherited his inability to except accoutability from his father.  Lionel, who is usually such a fun character, just bugged in this episode.  And Lex taking one more step into the abyss was not nearly as dramatic and powerful as I believe it should've been.  There was potential in this arc, but it was bungled badly all along.  

Non-storyline observations are that I really loved the direction in this episode.  Seems Todd Slavkin may be a better director then he is a writer.  The entire cast looked stunning.  Though no one moreso then Tommy, who seemed to just glow in this episode.  I don't even have words for it.  He was just....vivid.  If that makes sense.

And the little bit of business of Bizarro mocking Chloe behind her back was just hilarious.  And ya know, it just feels like it wasn't in the script, but more of an ad lib.  I loved it. 

Comments

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svgurl
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
I actually liked this episode for the same reason you did: Tom was freaking amazing. I want to slap everyone who says he is not a good actor and be like, "LOOK!" He managed to make act differently as Clark and Bizarro, making it very easy for us as viewers to recognize the difference even without the color combos.

It seemed like he was having a lot of fun as Bizarro and the scene with Braniac was brilliant.

"I also thought this episode did a good job of positively highlighting the strong bond between Clark and Chloe. Whether you consider that romantically inclined, or strictly platonic friendship, I don't think it really matters.

I loved the scene where Clark comes back to see Chloe and she's scared of him. Both Tom and Allison played that scene brilliantly. I could feel Clark's pain. Chloe is never scared of him and the idea shakes him. The hug when she realized it was, indeed, him was so cute!

"I'm sure the question over whether Lana should've known or not will be one of those hotly debated topics as long as people still discuss SV. I fall on the side who believes she was completely getting what she wanted, so she really didn't see what she should've seen.

I think for that alone, it is not forgivable. She has proven time and time again that she can't love Clark unless he isn't himself. This episode really should signify the end of Clana. I mean, we've seen in 6.12 "Labryinth", from Clark's dream, that his version of Lana is nothing like reality. While he may have used it to conclude he's still in love with her, we know it shows how wrong she is for him.

This episode proves that Lana doesn't know Clark. Small things should've set her off but she dismissed it for the fact that he was finally concentrating on *her*. She claims that Clark should do more with his powers but in the end, I don't think she'd be able to share him.

Her nastiness toward Chloe was proof enough. Her jealousy has been around since season 1 and demonstrated visibly in "Hydro". Chloe wants to team up with Lana and Lana just wants to take over Chloe's place in Clark's life. I wanted to smack her.

"Also, I find my sympathy lies far too much with Clark for there to be a lot left over for Lana in this episode."

You and me both.

"I found Bizarro to be immensely entertaining. But I couldn't muster up much sympathy for him. Maybe if they had expanded his delight with Clark's life to more things beyond Lana Lang, I would've ultimately felt more for him."

I was nauseated at first but then it kind of made sense. Bizarro was denied love from his makers, as Martian Manhunter said back in 7.01 "Bizarro". He was a failed experiment. And then Lana loves him for who he is. He knows that she loves him first because he's pretending to be Clark but then he quickly realizes that it's *his* personality that makes her happy. Bizana is better than Clana. ;)

Grulian was okay. I mean, I tolerated him more after the Grois storyline was dropped. That was a definite waste of everyone's time.

But Lionel was weird ... his whole, "I want to get to know you, son" crap had me rolling my eyes. I had a feeling the minute that Lex warned Grulian that Lionel may kill him that it was over for Grulian. And it was. :\

"But, I will say this, Lex definitely inherited his inability to except accoutability from his father."

Definitely true. I mean, Lionel doesn't even take responsibility for the son he created!

Sorry for the rant; it seems I have a lot to say about this episode.

I do love your screen time totals. They're always so much fun to see. :)
jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
I want to slap everyone who says he is not a good actor and be like, "LOOK!" He managed to make act differently as Clark and Bizarro, making it very easy for us as viewers to recognize the difference even without the color combos.

Totally! And thats not even addressing how he's managed to keep other OOC Clark personas their own unique entities.

I think for that alone, it is not forgivable. She has proven time and time again that she can't love Clark unless he isn't himself. This episode really should signify the end of Clana.

I think its more that Clark, no matter what he does, just doesn't seem to be enough to make her happy. And quite frankly, from what I've seen on this show, I don't think anyone is. And thats because Lana isn't happy within herself. Lana continues to try to fill some void in her life with the love from a man, but ultimately no man seems to be able to accomplish the task for her. And thats because the type of fulfillment she's looking can only come from within.

Lana desperately, DESPERATELY, needs to take some "me time", and swear off men for at least a year.

And there have been so many eps that should've signified the end of Clana. Yet it continues on like a zombie with a belly full of fresh brains. I know for me, personally, Lana hooking up with Lex was that point of no return. But really, there are half a dozen moments of "Clana should be done now". Thats why I say its tedious.

Her nastiness toward Chloe was proof enough. Her jealousy has been around since season 1 and demonstrated visibly in "Hydro". Chloe wants to team up with Lana and Lana just wants to take over Chloe's place in Clark's life. I wanted to smack her.

Honestly, I didn't mind that they continued on with the Chlana tension. I was afraid they'd drop it after Wrath, and I don't want them to. I've never bought into the Chlana friendship. And I've also never found it believable that Lana wouldn't deeply resent the position Chloe has in Clark's life. So, while Lana did come off as a bitch, I do enjoy the continuing tension between them.

Sorry for the rant; it seems I have a lot to say about this episode.

No apologies necessary! I know I'm a bit late with my review, so I was a little afraid I wouldn't get any comments. Thanks for taking the time.


redteekal
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
I concur whole heartedly with the Lex taking that step further not being powerful enough. I just don't think the writers gave him enough to work with....or something....it was just off. Hard to specify what exactly was off but I had been looking forward to the upping of the bad assery and it just didn't feel like anything had happened. Humpf. As insignificant as the Grulian story arc was for me I don't blame that for this *lack* of punch in Lex's delivery in this ep. Bizzy was entertaining to watch which is why I did feel sorry for his puppy dog eyes and death knell profession of love. Besides it was cool having two Tommys to look at in the one scene LOL!!
I just hope the crack smoking is going to lead to Clark finally tossing Lanacakes out on her ear and smoking some Brainiac ass. Mind you I like Brainiac too and I would be perfectly okay with him playing with the Boy Scout for a while. I loved his dialogue. 'Lying to you would be like lying to a mollusc. There would be no point'. *VBG* Teehee...
jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
I think the whole problem with the Grulian arc, and why it fell particularly flat for Lex, was because they didn't put enough direct focus on Lex. The storyline should've focused on him cooking up this plan, painstakingly devising a backstory, showing his delight that it worked. And so on. This should've been a LEX STORY. Instead, I don't know how we are supposed to see this as some big Lex story when Lex only shows up for 6 minutes a week, and doesn't get any real motivation.
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jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll take the compliment. :) I know I always appreciate when someone says all the things I wanted to say, and I can just type "Word!". LOL
kissme_myfool
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Tom impressed mr like crazy. How can i be so attracted to Bizarro and so blah about Clark? Easy, Tom Welling. He was amazing.

Chlark! I ♥ everything about it. Heartbreaking + Heartwarming at the same time.

Bizoe? hee Tom rocks. I'm betting his mimicking Chloe wasn't in the script like the boobie patting in Noir wasn't either or the call for Chloe's help in Spell. He just knows his characters :)

I'm happy Chloe has the second most screen time :D (Not a Lex fan anymore, he sucks so much now.)

Edited at 2008-02-03 05:54 am (UTC)
jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
How can i be so attracted to Bizarro and so blah about Clark?

I really think its because the way they write Clark, he's so stagnant. He doesn't get to swagger, or get snarky, or mock people. In short, he doesn't get to have much fun.

I'll be interested to see how screentime shakes out for the remainder of the season.
bradygirl_12
Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Not only was Tom pretty darned good acting-wise in this ep, he was especially gorgeous as Bizarro in bed! ;)

Chloe knows something's wrong almost right away; Lana has sex with Bizarro (and she's had it with Clark) and doesn't realize anything's different. The fact that Bizzy is so "me, me, me" should've been the first clue. ;)

Lex puzzles me. He warns Julian that Lionel will kill him, then when Julian tells Lionel the truth and Lionel gets on his high horse with Lex about the cloning, Lex has Julian killed. Huh? He does the very thing that he's deathly afraid Lionel will do? Somehow the fact that Daddy Dearest might like Julian better isn't very plausible for Lex to hire a killer. Is it a twisted Lex thing that he created Julian so he will destroy him after the man walks out on him?

Smallville still keeps me watching though now I enjoy the Clex in fanfic only (After having Julian killed, it's doubtful Lex can ever be redeemed now). I still find the hour going by fast even when I roll my eyes. ;) It's still better than a lot of the dreck out there!

jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
Not only was Tom pretty darned good acting-wise in this ep, he was especially gorgeous as Bizarro in bed! ;)

He is just ludicrously beautiful in this episode. Starting from the swoonworthy first scene, down to the angsty, pouty last scene. Its just, like, Wow!Stunning!

Chloe knows something's wrong almost right away; Lana has sex with Bizarro (and she's had it with Clark) and doesn't realize anything's different.

I don't know, maybe I have overly romanticized notions or something, but I just don't believe that if you truly love someone, you can't tell that you're not kissing them, or making love to them. Or maybe you can, but its hard for me to root for a fictional couple that can't tell the difference.

Is it a twisted Lex thing that he created Julian so he will destroy him after the man walks out on him?

I think Lex is so twisted now, its hard to find reasonable, sane explanations for what he does. And we really never got to delve into his reasoning for doing what he did. It was a very rushed arc. Ultimately, I think he killed Grulian because he feared 2 things, losing him to Lionel, and being replaced by him in Lionel's eyes.

SV does have an additive quality, and its visually stunning. Its just such a shame that the sum of its parts never quite has, or will, equal what it should.
tariel22
Feb. 3rd, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
Amazing post. I just agree with so much of what you say. I've watched the episode five times now, and each time I find something new about Tom's performance to appreciate. It was just an incredible portrayal, and completely unique too. The man is such a hidden talent! Special love for the scenes with Brainiac. I think I liked them best not only because JM was wonderful, and probably inspired TW to bring his game up even more, but also because those were the scenes where we saw the unadulterated Bizarro characterization. He wasn't trying to pretend to be Clark, so we saw the greatest contrast to Clark in those scenes. I loved how Bizarro was so rich and emotional; he had many more nuances of movement, expression, and even sound than Clark usually does. I keep watching again and just drinking it all in.

I also loved the emotion Tom showed in Clark's key scenes: his reunion with Lana where she learns the truth, the scene where Chloe is unsure of his identity, and the final scene, where he communicated so much without a word of dialogue. I couldn't admire the man more, truly.

I didn't even notice Bizarro making fun of Chloe behind her back until all_you_wanted pointed it out to me. OMG, that was too funny! And I agree, that felt like 100% Tom to me.

And have I mentioned how overwhelmingly gorgeous Tom was in this episode? *swoons* I don't know if it was the lighting, or the film, or what, but I felt myself staring even more than usual. I can always tell when Tom is especially bringing the pretty, because I have to rewind and watch a second time to catch the dialogue! :)

Everything you say about Chloe? Agreed. And I don't think it was the arm grab either. I think it was the fact that he didn't remember the shield, and probably more than anything, that he just didn't seem right. She's had plenty of experience dealing with Clark under the influence of Red!K and Silver!K, and knows he can be a threat those times, so she's learned to trust her gut when he just seems off somehow. And I like Chloe even better without the shipper baggage I used to bring to the party!

Everything you say about Lana? Wordy McWordington. 'Nuff said.

Thank you so much for tracking the screentimes the way you do! I am just fascinated by your statistics. I'm glad Clark is clearly the front runner, but I think Lex should be second, no matter what. And this show could only benefit from more Clex scenes, although I understand it's much harder to write their conversations now that they're adversaries.

I'm so glad to have such a kindred spirit when it comes to fangirling TW! Yes, he's beyond beautiful, but that is just the tip of the iceberg of all the reasons I adore him, and I know you feel the same way. This was an awesome episode for him, and I'm so thankful he had the opportunity to showcase his talent, even if it was one more story about how everyone loves Lana.
carolandtom
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to have such a kindred spirit when it comes to fangirling TW! Yes, he's beyond beautiful, but that is just the tip of the iceberg of all the reasons I adore him, and I know you feel the same way. This was an awesome episode for him, and I'm so thankful he had the opportunity to showcase his talent, even if it was one more story about how everyone loves Lana.

I'm thankful to have Jeannev and you! It's wonderful to read your comments about Tom.
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carolandtom
Feb. 3rd, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
I can't really add more to what you've written so I'll just say a big WORD!

Thanks for the screentime totals! (I assume that the Clark time does not include Bizarro) I'm glad that Clark is so clearly ahead this year, as he should be. I hope that doesn't change!

jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I seperated the Clark screentime, and the Bizarro screentime. My rule of thumb is that if it isn't actually the character, it doesn't count. However, possessions and mind whammies do count, since its still the character. LOL, it makes sense to me.

:)
seacrystal
Feb. 3rd, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
My feelings for this episode overall are mixed.

Mixed feelings indeed. I believe this is one of those episodes that got me grinning in utter delight at certain parts and BLAH at the others.

And the Brainac/Bizarro scenes were so much fun!!! Such good lines, and delivered so well by the respective actors. I loved how Brainiac used all the players on the chessboard to get his desire outcome. Sometimes, its fun to see the bad guys win, especially when they do it with such style.

lol I just love how both of them were talking smack about Clark while dissing and threatening each other at the same time. And Braniac certainly lived up to his name.

I also thought this episode did a good job of positively highlighting the strong bond between Clark and Chloe. Whether you consider that romantically inclined, or strictly platonic friendship, I don't think it really matters.

Right on. Some people brought up the Noir scene and I think it's a good comparison. Sure Clark had strong-armed her before this, but even in that situation she can still make a comeback and told him off because she KNEW it was Clark. But in Persona he simply creeped her out right away, and the arm grab simply sealed the deal -- it flat out terrified her. I also really like her scene with Lana at the farm, her quiet way of trying to tell Lana that this isn't some pissing contest over Clark, she was simply worried about him and trying to figure things out.

Onto the other side of the canvas, we have the tale of Grulian. I could never manage to work up much enthusiasm for this story arc. And for the life of me, I don't know why a Grulian/Lois romance was even bothered with.

The character and the arc had potential IMO, but it has been universally acknowledged that Smallville is always the land of lost potential and opportunities -- I think they are simply trying to make another point about Lex's further step into soullessness and depravity, and Lois being finally burned out on another failed relationship -- but it's just so poorly handled that I'm just glad it's over now. Grant/Lois make me cringe and Grant/Lionel is just "meh". I do like his character as an individual though.

Non-storyline observations are that I really loved the direction in this episode. Seems Todd Slavkin may be a better director then he is a writer. The entire cast looked stunning. Though no one moreso then Tommy, who seemed to just glow in this episode. I don't even have words for it. He was just....vivid. If that makes sense.

I especially love that scene when he stepped into the sunlight. Though I'm still amused at Chloe's "baby blues" remark during that scene -- they're GREEN Chloe! lol

And the little bit of business of Bizarro mocking Chloe behind her back was just hilarious. And ya know, it just feels like it wasn't in the script, but more of an ad lib. I loved it.

I noticed that too! :D It's just too funny for words -- you could clearly see that TW was enjoying himself hugely during that scene.
jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
I also really like her scene with Lana at the farm, her quiet way of trying to tell Lana that this isn't some pissing contest over Clark, she was simply worried about him and trying to figure things out.

I liked that scene too. Chloe is 2-for-2 in Chlana scenes for me, because I also liked how she dealt with Lana at the end of Wrath. There isn't meanness there, or jealousy, or pettiness. Its direct, clearheaded and gently but firmly stated.

Grant/Lois make me cringe and Grant/Lionel is just "meh". I do like his character as an individual though.

I think they would've been better off had they devoted a lot more time to the Grulian/Lex stuff, and used Lois' screentime to focus on her journalism. It was a major miscalculation, and in the end, they did nothing particularly well.

But I agree with you, Michael Cassiday did a good job, and he grew on me.

I especially love that scene when he stepped into the sunlight. Though I'm still amused at Chloe's "baby blues" remark during that scene -- they're GREEN Chloe! lol

This show cracks me up with that. They could get away with it if Tom Welling's eyes weren't incredibly, vivid GREEN! There is no mistaking it, especially when he steps into direct light. It just makes characters look unobservant. LOL

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jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
We have seen this from her before.

Exactly. And I grow so frustrated with her because what she so clearly needs is to be ALONE for a while. Her perpetual co-dependence is just tiresome now.

I really fear they're going to do another iteration of "Lois swears revenge on Lex because of what she believes he did to one of her ex-lovers," which really doesn't do Lois any favors as a character. I mean, Lois is supposedly already gunning for Lex so it's not like she needs any additional information to think he's a bad guy who needs to be taken down.

God, I hope not, but there really is no good way out of this for Lois. If she does what you suggest, then its just a repeat of the Wes stuff in S6. If she doesn't have any reaction at all, then she appears sort of callous. And given the nature of the episode coming up next week, I'm not sure they are going to address Lois' reaction at all, which is just bizarre.

I liked the compare/contrast of it all, but I absolutely agree that the arc suffers because it was never centered around Lex.

Ah, the strangeness of SV, where storylines are frequently focused on anyone OTHER then Clark Kent and Lex Luthor. 'Tis a puzzlement.



iliana_1
Feb. 3rd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the screen time updates :) I'm shocked and kind of disappointed at how low Lex's count is. If this is MR's last season they need to put some time and effort into his storyline and he should be after Clark for screentime. He really should.

TW's acting flat out floored me. He was brilliant. He creeped me out as Bizarro and made me want to snuggle Clark, especially in the end scene when he looks so terribly hurt.

And I agree with you my favourite scenes were the Brianiac/bizarro scenes and the Chloe/Clark ones. JM and AM were so very in tune with TW in this episode.
jeannev
Feb. 3rd, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I just don't know whats going on with Lex/MR anymore. As much as I complain about the sidelining of Clark, I think its much worse with Lex. So little storyline is told from his POV. He has no coherent motivation. And his screentime is minimal. I know his storyline supposedly picks up in the next few eps, but what a waste so far in S7.
twdiva
Feb. 4th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
"I'm not inclined to have sympathy for Lana here. Because on one hand, I feel like I've seen this before with Lana...last season, with Lex. As long as someone blows enough smoke up her behind, Lana will turn a blind eye to that which she does not wish to see or know."

Same thing when Clark tried to warn her about Ian double crossing her and Chloe (Dichotic)... and about TinaWhitney's temper tantrum in the Talon restroom (Visage)... and about hypnotized Whitney attacking Kyle (Hug).

My thoughts on the show:

Even though Lana's line about Chloe letting Clark go a little was mean-spirited, I wonder if it was a response to Chloe's not-so-subtle reminder about knowing Clark's secret longer.

Despite the dramatic implications, I couldn't help but think it was unrealistic to have Clark get into the same bed so quickly. Superman may be a boyscout, but I don't know about that. If I were in Clark's position, I'd be sleeping in the barn or on the couch or anywhere except for that bed for at least the first few nights afterwards.

Even though I was actually interested in watching Grant a little in Gemini, he was grating on my nerves this episode and for most of the time he's been on the show, so I can't say I'm sorry to see him gone.

How does creating a killing machine and running away from it clear the conscious? Unless you're completely heartless, it'd do the opposite and make you feel guilty for washing your hands clean of a mess you created. So I wasn't too sorry to see Dax-Ur go either.

The screaming in the rain bit with Lex? Cheesy, and it's one of those moments where I cringed and looked away from the TV, embarrassed for the actor having to perform it. But I have noticed more and more that Lex just seems sort of "there", kind of like Clark was a lot last season, except Lex has even less screen time. Since I don't watch the show for Lex, it doesn't upset me, but I can sympathize with Lex fans. It seems like it started in season 4 and has gotten progressively worse (like a lot of things with the show, I suppose).

I liked watching the Bizarro character in the premiere, but I was sort of 'meh' here. Lana lovers are a dime a dozen on this show but truly scary villains like the premiere-Bizarro weren't, so I was saddened to see him devolve.

Other random comments:

Nice seeing James Marsters again. Next time cameraman, show us the goods when you have a half-naked Tom please. Like the Chloe/Clark scene, and the facial expression and body language on Clark when Lana mentioned being in bed with Bizarro. I wish I was paying attention to Bizarro during the first DP scene so I could see the Tom facial expressions I've heard so much about. If Lana had to be the one to kill Bizarro instead of Clark, I'll take it so we don't put any more on the "Clark's a killer" pile -- just don't make that a habit, show (Clark's the superhero here).

Overall, although the episode was entertaining enough, I just feel 'meh' about it. [But the trailer for Siren has actually gotten me excited enough for that episode to tape it (stopped taping after Action when I realized that I wasn't watching a lot of episodes more than once or twice)].
jeannev
Feb. 4th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Even though Lana's line about Chloe letting Clark go a little was mean-spirited, I wonder if it was a response to Chloe's not-so-subtle reminder about knowing Clark's secret longer.

I'm sure it was, coupled with their previous confrontation in Wrath. I've never, ever believed in the Chlana friendship. It never made sense to me, and it always seemed ridiculously one-sided. I never got the sense that Lana cared about Chloe at all. So, for me, the 2 of them at odds actually feels more organic, and fits the situation.

Superman may be a boyscout, but I don't know about that. If I were in Clark's position, I'd be sleeping in the barn or on the couch or anywhere except for that bed for at least the first few nights afterwards.

I think I'll wank that and say that Clark is still "worried about doing the right thing" and doesn't wish to hurt Lana's feelings, so he gets into the bed. BUT, I think once she falls asleep, he moves. That wank works for me.

I don't know what they're doing with Lex either. If I was MR, I really don't think I'd come back for a S8.
pep_singer
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
Word to your entire review.

//It seems a terrible waste of such an interesting mythos character. Luckily, Welling made Bizarro so much fun to watch, it wasn't nearly as bad as it could've been.//

That's how I feel. I hated that another character was fixated on Lana, but Tom was doing such a great job with Biz that it wasn't nearly as annoying.

//I also thought this episode did a good job of positively highlighting the strong bond between Clark and Chloe. Whether you consider that romantically inclined, or strictly platonic friendship, I don't think it really matters. //

Agreed. I loved the Chlark in this episode. It just felt like everything was clicking between them. And the scene where Chloe's scared of him? Well played by both actors.

//But, I will say this, Lex definitely inherited his inability to except accoutability from his father. Lionel, who is usually such a fun character, just bugged in this episode. And Lex taking one more step into the abyss was not nearly as dramatic and powerful as I believe it should've been. There was potential in this arc, but it was bungled badly all along. //

Word. I honestly think it's one of the worst, if not the worst, storyline for Lex ever. I miss the complex Lex of the early seasons. Nowadays, he seems like any ol' stock villain.

//And the little bit of business of Bizarro mocking Chloe behind her back was just hilarious. And ya know, it just feels like it wasn't in the script, but more of an ad lib. I loved it. //

I couldn't stop laughing. I honestly felt like the show was poking fun of itself since Clark usually listens intensely to whatever Chloe's saying.
jeannev
Feb. 5th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
I think Lex's storylines have been spiraling downward since S4. He spent most of that season being a bit player in the GSoK story. Then in S5, his research into the spaceship seemed to get overpowered by him wanting to get into Lana's panties, and ending the season with him getting Zod-ified. Then S6 he was mostly Lana's bitch. And now S7, he's hardly on, and when he is he's involved with this Grulian nonsense.

It really does seem that the further and further away they moved him from Clark, the less interest they had in him.
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silverscreengal
Feb. 5th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
I get such a kick out of your screen times. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that. Do you mind me asking, how DO you do it??

jeannev
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
No problem. I download the episode onto my computer, then I watch it with Windows Media Player, which has a counter on the bottom of the screen. I keep a sheet of paper next to me, and I write down the exact time a character comes onto the scene, then leaves the scene (heavy use of the pause button is employed). Then, at the end, I figure it out using my brain and a calculator. Now that I'd done it a bunch of times, I've gotten quite good at the whole process.
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vivamexico
Feb. 5th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Great review! I agree with a lot of points in your review as well in the comments section, but I'll refrain from multiple postings of "ITA!" all over your LJ. :)

TW did such a fantastic job, but honestly I usually think he does a good job. It's just that Clark is such a subtle character that it's hard to see the "acting in Clark.

Grant storyline notwithstanding, I thought it was a really good episode, and I was REALLY dreading seeing Bizarro in love with Lana. The whole Bizana thing ended up working better than I expected, though. As it was said upstream, Lana is easily turned by flattery and devotion, it's exactly how Lex landed her in S5. She doesn't just want to be loved, she wants to be unique, and so Lex sharing the spaceship and "trusting" her with vital info was so attractive to her, just as Biz!Clark setting aside the world's problems and on just focusing on loving her was attractive to her. I don't think Lana was being evil in wanting that, but I do think she's being almost abusive in her neediness. It's simply not healthy to want your significant other to lose all his outside interests and friends so that he can focus solely on you. Clark's not failing her by maintaining his desire to help people and have his own life. Ultimately, I think making it a loving relationship helped show that Lana was not a total victim here, she really got something out the relationship.

...What was my point again? Oh yeah, I don't think Lana was being stupid in this ep, I think she just liked this version of Clark so much that she didn't want to admit there was something wrong with him.

Then again, it is really hard to explain how Lana doesn't notice a difference in Clark in bed. Heck, even Lois noticed that GA kissed differently from Ollie.

I thought it was pretty clear that Biz had spent most of his time with Lana, so I had no problem with Chloe not noticing he was not!Clark until their DP scene. Like you said, it was really Clark's overall demeanor that tipped her off, not his individual actions. Real!Clark has manhandled her a bit before, and come in to her place of work and demanded her immediate attention, so it wasn't like Biz was entirely OOC here. It was the *way* he did those things that was off. The uninterested tone in his voice, the insincere smile, heck, even the way he walked several paces behind her was off, because Chlark usually walk side-by-side or very close behind each other.

I also love how Chloe continues to be gentle, yet stern in the Chlana scenes. I actually understand Lana feeling threatened by Chloe, but I'm glad Chloe kept her mind on what was important, and that wasn't the "who's closer to Clark?" contest. I'm glad Chloe's maintained her spine will still treating Lana fairly.

I've watched the Chlark reunion scene at least five times now, it's short but oh-so-sweet. TW's facial expressions as Chloe keeps backing away show Clark's pain without getting all emo about it. There's something very telling about Clark's reunions with each girl. He launches into the "It wasn't me, it was Bizarro" explanation with each girl right away. The difference is with Lana he's aware that it'll take some convincing, whereas with Chloe he's actually surprised that she doesn't believe him straight away.

One thing I didn't get is this: Should Bizarro even know about Kara's arrival in SV? I think he mentioned not being able to find her in Gemini, pre-Biz reveal, but of course he doesn't recall the events of Fierce because he had been imprisoned by MM by then. I'm not sure he should've even known Kara's name.

//Also, I find my sympathy lies far too much with Clark for there to be a lot left over for Lana in this episode.//

Honestly, I think this ep was supposed to be that way. I don't think we were supposed to hate Lana here, but I do think the sympathy lies more with Clark than with Lana.
jeannev
Feb. 5th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with everything you said about Lana, but this is one of those situations where I think what the audience sees, and what TIIC want us to see, diverge. Because honestly, many of us have seen these types of personality flaws in Lana before, and nothing ever comes of it. I feel very much as I did after Wrath when people were so giddy because the episode revealed the "real Lana", and in the end, I really don't believe anything will come of that. Or this either. And so I find the whole exercise immensely frustrating. What is the freaking point of pointing out Lana's shortcomings when it never moves the story along, or significantly changes perceptions, particularly Clarks?

I almost rather that they didn't waste my time, and just let her be perfect. She'd still be annoying, but she'd have a far less detrimental effect on the characters around her. Mostly Clark.

I really liked the Chlark reunion scene as well. It highlights how smart and cautious Chloe is. The contrast with Lana was striking. Is that going anywhere, or doesn't have a bigger meaning? Sadly, I have to conclude no. :(

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