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I'm going to start off by posting this Valentine email my sister sent me, because it is hilarious

 

OK, I'm just going to say upfront that this episode was the biggest fucking pain in my ass to do screentimes for. Christ! With the quick edits, and the scene jumps, and the multiple Lex's. Lord have mercy. My brain, she is crying. :(

I'm going to ask for a general consensus of opinion here (and on my lj). As I've said previously, the screentimes I do are for the characters, not the actors. Which is why Bizarro didn't count as Clark screentime, even though TW played both roles. Mind whammies DO count, since the character is still in their own body, just taken over by someone/something else (Hell, when did this get so complicated?).

So, anyway, here's my question....should little Alexander's screentime count as "Lex" screentime? Or, would you consider them seperate entities?

Anyway, onto my screentime nightmare

Fracture, running time: 40m,37s

Clark - 27m, 8s
Lex - 20m, 58s *
Lana - 2m, 40s
Chloe - 7m, 47s
Lois - 7m, 36s
Kara - 11m, 19s
Lionel - 9m, 4s

Alexander - 7m, 8s

* this is screentime where Lex is played by MR only!

Season to Date (# of eps)

Clark - 201m, 40s (12)
Lex - 91m, 30s (12) **
Lana - 91, 2s (12)
Chloe -103m, 12s (12)
Lois - 72m, 6s (8)
Kara - 86m, 28s (7)
Jimmy - 30m, 38s (4)
Lionel - 35m, 41s (8)

** this is not including the screentime of "Alexander"

 
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This is one of those episodes that I find hard to review.  Because on a purely emotional level, it really does work remarkably well.  And because its an episode that finally, FINALLY seems to understand that which should've always been the most important element of this show...Clark Kent, and Lex Luthor.  How they become who they will become.  Who they started out being.  How their relationship shaped them (or twisted and bent them in some cases).  There are far too few episodes that deal so clearly and directly with this theme, and I have to ask, why the HELL not?  Oh, wait, I know.  Don't remind me. :/

So, anyway, the emotional worked.  The basic idea worked.  There can be no doubt that the performances from TW and MR worked.  As did the perfomance of that little cutie-pie who played Alexander.

And BTW, Tom Welling + child actors is totally and completely made of win.  He's like the child whisperer, or something.  He just completely engages with child actors, and they with him.  Its enough to make your ovaries do the Dance of Joy!

Sorry, I'm getting sidetracked.  Back to my difficulty in reviewing this.

I also totally admit that when I get an episode where Clark is just completely awesomesauce, I can forgive a lot.  A LOT!  And my love for Clark in this episode was bursting at the seams.  Hence, I can forgive much.

But, on the flipside, this was an episode that was extremely, painfully contrived.  It suffered from many of SV's issues.  Too much happening in Offscreensville, magical hacking that produces instant answers, characters conveniently disappearing without logical explanation, characters doing dumb things to forward the plot (Lois and the cellphone. Oy!).  And all these things conspire to remove me from being fully engrossed in the episode.  And frankly, I think they can, and should, do better.  It feels like laziness, and there's no excuse for that.

Onto the episode itself

Clark was just rainbows, and hearts, and unicorns, and butterflies, and I love him irrationally.  The scenes between him and Alexander were heartbreaking, and heartwarming at the same time.  But it wasn't just those scenes.  It was also his concern for Chloe.  The image of him sitting by her bedside for 15 hours, waiting for her heart to beat is swoonworthy.  It was his demeanor when he came to the hospital to check up on Lex's condition.  It was the absolute passion he had in that last scene with Lex, where he's trying to urge Lex to listen to his inner-Alexander.  And it was his determination to get to Kara and Lois to save them.  There aren't enough perfect Clark eps for me, but this ranks right up there are one of them.

Lex has been so MIA this year, so it was also good to be reminded how important a player he is on the board.  I had a lot of trepidation going into this episode, fearing another poor Woobie Lex, its all Clark's fault episode, but I don't think this was that at all.  Of course the horror of Lex's childhood was painfully rendered.  But really, I thought this episode did a good job of showing that there is good in Lex, and its up to Lex, and him alone, to decide to listen to it.  I've always said that no one can save Lex, he has to save himself.  And this episode proves that there is a part of him that could do that....if he'd only let it.   Which he won't.  Which is tragic.

Lana was bizarrely missing from this episode, and I know that makes a lot of people happy.  I'm certainly not her biggest fan.  However, I felt that her disappearance was jarring, illogical, and flat out bad writing.  I may not like Lana, but I believe she would've been glued to the outside of that room with Chloe, waiting for Clark to come out of it.  To have her just disappear was sloppy.  

I'm also not a huge fan of the Lexana scene.  I've heard a lot of good rationales for it, but I remain unconvinced that it was necessary.  If there was some follow-up to that scene in this episode between Clana, then I'd agree it served a purpose.  As it was, I took away 2 things from it...KK fetish, and just some other sadistic bullshit to subject Clark to.  

Chloe used her powers again, and this time it was big.  I admit, I hate the power thing.  Hate It!  But that aside, Chloe was very heroic, very brave, very devoted.  The relationship between her and Clark continues to be one of the most functional, positive relationships on the show.  

I thought ED did the best she could with what she had to work with.  Which frankly, was a crap storyline for the most part.  

The 2 parts of the episodes, and the 2 performances that didn't work for me, where Kara/LV and amazingly, Lionel/JG.  I'm not Kara's biggest fan, but I've been OK with her.  But here, I felt her performance was flat and dull, and I'm not thrilled with the chemistry between her and MR.  As for JG, I think he's in a tough position, trying to figure out where Lionel is coming from week-to-week.  I think he's as in the dark as most of us, and I believe it shows through in his performance.  He was terrific and chilling in the flashback scene though.

Also, I think Alisen Down is one of my favorite SV guest stars.  She's really, really good.  Even if I think Lillian was a nutball.

Now, all I ask from SV is this....don't forget what happened in this episode.  Build on it. 

Comments

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mahaliem
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
I think keeping Alexander separate from Lex is the way to go. Maybe because although they're both Lex, they're played by different actors? How did you do it on previous episodes, like the one about Excelsior?

Tom Welling + child actors is totally and completely made of win.

I know!!! It's a joy to watch.
jeannev
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
For Reunion, I did count young Lex's screentime into Lex's overall screentime. So, I'm beginning to think I should probably continue on in that vein. I think the reason it was different for me this time is because Alexander and Lex actually appear on screen together.

Why does this need to be difficult? LOL
bradygirl_12
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
The Lexana scene: jarring and creepy. ;)

The scene showing Alexander bullied by Lionel wasn't shocking, as we could guess that Lionel would do that from his treatment of adult Lex. The part that shocked me was cold Lillian. Apparently little Lex had no one on his side in that house. Explains a lot.

The friendship between Clark and Alexander. Win! :)

We now know why Superman will always hope for Lex's redemption in the future.
jeannev
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Honestly, I always found Lexana to be creepy.

And I love that they gave Clark this reason to always hope for Lex. Yes, he could've just come by that without any major epiphany, but I think this route was ideal for our Clark, who isn't quite the same Clark Kent we've seen before. He's a bit more cynical, a bit more jaded, and bit more worn down. So, this fits him better.
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svgurl
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
I really agree with a lot of your points!

"And BTW, Tom Welling + child actors is totally and completely made of win. He's like the child whisperer, or something. He just completely engages with child actors, and they with him. Its enough to make your ovaries do the Dance of Joy!"

I was so thinking that! Tom is just so great with child actors. "Fragile" was such an awesome episode and here, he did so great with Alexander. I loved that kid!

"Clark was just rainbows, and hearts, and unicorns, and butterflies, and I love him irrationally."

I'm so with you on that one! He was amazing, between his concern for Alexander and his urging of Lex to see his good side. He portrayed characteristics of the future Superman and that made my heart swell with joy.

"I've always said that no one can save Lex, he has to save himself. And this episode proves that there is a part of him that could do that....if he'd only let it. Which he won't. Which is tragic."

Excellent point. I like how you make Lex responsible for his own actions and decisions, which is hard to find around here. It is tragic but we know at last what will happen.

"I'm also not a huge fan of the Lexana scene."

I completely agree. I feel that it was just to kick Clark again and it lasted way longer than necessary. I really thought it was "Wither" but she had a wedding ring on. At least an engagement ring which showed that it was after "Hydro".

"But that aside, Chloe was very heroic, very brave, very devoted. The relationship between her and Clark continues to be one of the most functional, positive relationships on the show."

The dynamic duo is definitely one of the saving graces of the show, that's for sure.

"I thought ED did the best she could with what she had to work with. Which frankly, was a crap storyline for the most part."

I just don't understand why she didn't send the picture first. Or better yet, call Clark when she was following Lex. I do like her "That's a rhetorical question" line! That was funny.

I really hope that they don't do a 180 in the next episode. It's their style. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Great review!
jeannev
Feb. 16th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
I was so thinking that! Tom is just so great with child actors. "Fragile" was such an awesome episode

OMG, don't get me started. Claddie OWNED me. That scene where he drew the picture? Or when he tells her he'll never say mean things to her? Or the scene where she doesn't want to go live with Grandma since she doesn't know her, but she knows Clark? Or when she gives him the picture at the end? OWNED, I tell ya.

Oh, sorry, we were talking about Fracture. LOL

I like how you make Lex responsible for his own actions and decisions, which is hard to find around here. It is tragic but we know at last what will happen.

Oh, I'm all about personal accountability. For all the characters. Which is why I'm a Clark fan, but I will never be a Clark apologist. When a character is wrong, they're wrong.

I completely agree. I feel that it was just to kick Clark again and it lasted way longer than necessary.

And coming right on the heels of Bizarro/Lana, it feels particularly sadistic.

I just don't understand why she didn't send the picture first. Or better yet, call Clark when she was following Lex. I do like her "That's a rhetorical question" line! That was funny.

She did have some funny lines, and her delivery was right-on. She just got shortchanged in this episode.

Great review!

Thanks! I really liked yours as well.

ladybugkay
Feb. 16th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
*squeezes eyes shut and plugs ears*

This episode didn't air, for whatever reason, on the night it was supposed to, for me, so I'm waiting to catch it on a different channel on Sunday. So I'm trying to avoid spoilers.

But I had to comment on that Valentine, because it made me laugh like nobody's business. Now that is what I call a Valentine!
jeannev
Feb. 16th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Isn't that hilarious? I had to share it.

I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on the ep after it airs. :)
canadabear
Feb. 16th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Clark was just rainbows, and hearts, and unicorns, and butterflies
Best. Description. Ever. And I completely agree.

I've always said that no one can save Lex, he has to save himself. And this episode proves that there is a part of him that could do that....if he'd only let it. Which he won't. Which is tragic.
I really liked that this was finally brought out into the open. I get sick of hearing that who Lex has become is all Lionel's fault, or Clark's fault, and while each played their part, when it comes right down to it, Lex is who Lex is because that's who Lex is allowing himself to be. I also loved that Clark cottoned on to it as well. He'll be there to help Lex if necessary, but it's not Clark's responsibility to do the saving anymore. Let's just hope they let him keep that going forward.

I may not like Lana, but I believe she would've been glued to the outside of that room with Chloe, waiting for Clark to come out of it. To have her just disappear was sloppy.
I'm of two minds with this. On one hand, I agree, that Lana should have been there, and I know the only reason she wasn't was because they don't want her finding out about Chloe's power just yet. But on the other hand, I can very well see Lana waiting patiently, and telling Chloe not to worry, if there was something wrong, the doctor or Lionel would come and get them. I do think Lana was still there, she just didn't follow Chloe inside, thinking it wasn't necessary - or possibly safe - to interrupt while the procedure was still going on.

If there was some follow-up to that scene in this episode between Clana, then I'd agree it served a purpose.
Honestly, I don't think a Clana scene would really have fit after what Clark saw. I can't see him bringing it up with her, so there wouldn't really be much point in a follow up scene in which they don't talk about it. And even if he did talk about it with her, there is nothing that can ever remove the doubt from Clark's mind, which makes it the perfect revenge. If Lana denies it, Clark will wonder if she's lying. If she confirms it, well, then he knows she's been lying to him about her marriage with Lex all along. Neither option is positive, so I can understand why we got no follow up on that point.

As for JG, I think he's in a tough position, trying to figure out where Lionel is coming from week-to-week. I think he's as in the dark as most of us, and I believe it shows through in his performance.
I totally agree. Based on a few things he's said in interviews, JG has always struck me as someone who doesn't really follow what's going on overall on the show to begin with, so when you start writing his character all over the map, it makes it even harder for him to figure out what his character motivations are supposed to be. I am hoping, however, that this reminder of what a bastard Lionel really can be is leading somewhere, what with known Veritas spoilers and all.
jeannev
Feb. 16th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
I get sick of hearing that who Lex has become is all Lionel's fault, or Clark's fault, and while each played their part, when it comes right down to it, Lex is who Lex is because that's who Lex is allowing himself to be.

EXACTLY! Look, I get that Lex had some terrible things happen to him, and that he had a total shit for a father, and not much better for a mother. But at some point, your life becomes your own, and is what you make of it. Lex can step into the light. He just continues to make different decisions.

I can't see him bringing it up with her, so there wouldn't really be much point in a follow up scene in which they don't talk about it.

It think this is what I would've done...since I think the episode is desperately missing a scene of Clark bringing Kara home, I would've combined that with a Clana scene. And all you need is some small gesture. A flinch from Clark, or him having trouble looking at Lana, or a troubled look as she walks away. Just something that indicates that what he saw caused a ripple. But with nothing? It just feels half done. Incomplete.

carolandtom
Feb. 16th, 2008 10:09 am (UTC)
Perfect review! I would have to quote almost everything you wrote, so I'll just say that I feel like you were reading my thoughts. Which of course you don't need to do, at all! lol Needless to say, you express everything much better than I could and as wonderfully as ever!

Personally, I'd consider the little boy's screentime as separated from Lex's time.:)

jeannev
Feb. 16th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks Carol.

I'm still considering what to do about screentime. What I may do is just leave the Alexander screentime to the side for the time being, then at the end of the season, post 2 totals for Lex. One including Alexander, and one without. It seems to make the most sense.
goodvibe
Feb. 16th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
There's just so much of what you say that I'm in agreement with - so I'm just going to go old school here and "Word" your post. ;-)

Nice to see a bump in Lex' screentime. Kudo's to you for continuing to do this for everyone's benefit. ::hugs::
jeannev
Feb. 16th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the lack of Lex screentime this season is just beyond weird. And he feels really disconnected from the overall show. So, it was nice to have him back in the mix, and have the show focus once again on Clark and Lex and their twisted relationship.

I've gotten so anal about this screentime stuff now. I've created my own monster. LOL
seacrystal
Feb. 16th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Clark was just rainbows, and hearts, and unicorns, and butterflies

lol That's quite an image indeed. But yeah, Clark is definitely very cool in this episode and I just love how the self-confidence just keeps building since Persona.

But really, I thought this episode did a good job of showing that there is good in Lex, and its up to Lex, and him alone, to decide to listen to it.

I was afraid that they're going to play the sympathy card again, too but they've certainly executed this very well -- everyone is responsible for their own choices.

Chloe used her powers again, and this time it was big. I admit, I hate the power thing. Hate It! But that aside, Chloe was very heroic, very brave, very devoted. The relationship between her and Clark continues to be one of the most functional, positive relationships on the show.

Chloe's meteor power storyline certainly hasn't been handled well, too many stuff happened offscreenville (not that it doesn't to apply to other storylines too) but I think whenever they focused on it (Bizarro, Cure, Gemini and Fracture) they did write it well.

And I agree about the Chlark. I don't believe that just because you're rooting for another ship and I'm certainly a hardcore Cloiser, you can't recognize Chloe's importance in Clark's life and how great she is in this episode.

Also, I think Alisen Down is one of my favorite SV guest stars. She's really, really good. Even if I think Lillian was a nutball.

Alisen is perfect IMO -- she got that gorgeous-fascinating-creepy thing down.



jeannev
Feb. 16th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
And I agree about the Chlark. I don't believe that just because you're rooting for another ship and I'm certainly a hardcore Cloiser, you can't recognize Chloe's importance in Clark's life and how great she is in this episode.

As a non-shipper, I try to be fair to every ship, and give credit where credit is due. The only reason that I tend to rail about Clana is that I believe they use it to Clark's detriment. And that makes it a NO GO for me. But everything else I try to just judge on its own merits.

In this episode, the bond between Clark and Chloe was intense and powerful. In the Siren, the Clark/Lois scene was amazing. And who knows, maybe one episode will have a Clana scene I can give props to.

Alisen is perfect IMO -- she got that gorgeous-fascinating-creepy thing down.

She really does. She brings so much to the episodes she appears in.
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jeannev
Feb. 17th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Re:
Isn't that Valentine awesome? So funny.

He engages with them without playing down to/talking down to them (I loved him opposite the little girl who played Maddie in Fragile, too).

Oh man, don't get me started on the Claddie. I had so much love for that little girl, and for her interaction with Clark. And to know that Tom was the one that directed that? I think it speaks to his ability to connect with children. He should definitely breed.




pep_singer
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
//Clark was just rainbows, and hearts, and unicorns, and butterflies, and I love him irrationally...//

Clark was just awesome in this episode. It's episodes like this that make me real just how much I love Clark. I love how he felt sympathy for Alexander, but he didn't excuse Lex's choice in RL, either. He simply told Lex that he believes he can make the right choices again, but it's totally up to Lex. *That's* what I loved about his characterization in this episode. Clark has just become so mature this season, and I love it.

The little boy actor was so good. And TW with kids is just amazing.

Alisen Down is excellent. She really is one of my favorite guest stars.
jeannev
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
SV has always been really lucky with casting child actors. The actor that played Ryan, the actress that played Maddie, and all the little Lex's have been really, really good. Probably the only one I wasn't crazy about was little Chloe.

I have to say that, overall, I've really liked the guest stars SV has had. Of course, there's some lame-o's, but a lot of quality there.
redteekal
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:36 am (UTC)
Why Lexana scene? We're talking Evil!Lex here...and really what memory in Lex's head that he knows Clark wasn't present for, could he hit him the hardest with? We know how much pleasure he got in delivering that wedding invite and how much pleasure he got when he saw Clark watching them drive away married...but those things have nothing on being forced to watch a consummation that Clark would have never have witnessed before. Evil!Lex was seriously pissed at Clark's intrusion so why not make him watch something that would have such a huge impact. Of all the affronts Lex has pulled on Clark surely making love with Lana is one of the worst if not the worst.

I feel the same about JG/Lionel's performance and can see how that might happen if he is in the dark about his motivations currently. And Yeah totally dumb Lois moment and whilst she's not the brightest tool in the shed I hardly think the cellphone move of hers was warrented.

I did like the Kara/Lex interactions though...I thought LV played them just right. Well she didn't annoy me is what i really mean *g*

And I shall not muse on the enigmatic absence of Lana because I like things that way *excuse me while I go put my head back in sand LOL*
Don't ask and maybe things will stay that way...*vbg* Yeah *sighs* I know I'm wishing.

Great review and I would allocate little Alexander's time to Lex/MR cos it's his story arc/line background etc. He is just one facet of Lex's psyche. A fightin' facet at that!

jeannev
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you are probably right on what they were going for with the Lexana scene. I just...I don't know...if I was the showrunner, I would've gone with something else. Especially coming right on the heels of Lana getting busy with Bizarro.

I can definitely understand just appreciating the Lana absence, and not questioning it. Believe me, I'm tempted. *g*

I think I've decided to add little Alexander's screentime to Lex's overall screentime, but only at the end of the season when I do my totals. That seems to be the best of both worlds.
tariel22
Feb. 17th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
That valentine is too funny! :)

Thanks for the screentimes! I've often wondered how many times you have to watch the episode to compile the times for each and every character you track. I really appreciate how much work you put into it, the info is fascinating to me. And I think Alexander's time should be included in Lex's totals, just as I imagine you would include both versions of Lex in Onyx.

I couldn't agree with you more about Clark and Lex, and as usual you have this knack for capturing the essence of everything I'm thinking and feeling, but much more eloquently than I ever seem to be able to express. I'm still on a high from this episode, and it's all because of the scenes with Clark.

I love how you call Tom the child whisperer. That's it exactly, isn't it? I swear he acts differently with the child actors who have appeared on the show. He's so gentle, and he just seems to be happy to be with them. He just radiates affection and concern, and it's a characteristic I totally associate with Superman as well. All I know is that I enjoy any episode that features Clark and a child. Fragile used to be at the very top of that list, but I think now that I love this episode more.

I thought Chloe was awesome, and very heroic. And I liked the fact that she emphasized that she is in charge of her own destiny, and then Clark completely acknowledged the truth of that. What a mature moment, that perfectly illustrated the respect they have for one another. And I loved that everything between them happened without any obvious romantic overtones.

The only positive thing I got from the Lexana sex scene was the affirmation that Lex's love for/obsession with Lana has always been more about Clark than Lana. I would have been happy to see Lex and Lana have a real relationship, but the show didn't go that way. Now I think Lex just uses her as a weapon, to remind Clark that he's never been able to have the perfect relationship with Lana he wishes he could have, and to hurt Clark by reminding him Lex has known Lana intimately. Or maybe he just wanted Clark to see him naked. :)

The cell phone move was beyond dumb for Lois, but I pretty much expect her to make dumb moves by now. This is the same character who slept with her boss and took on an armed guard at the dam. It annoys me when they make Lois act like a dope, but it hardly surprises me anymore. I agree that ED makes the best of it, though.

I admire your ability to never lose sight of the big picture, the way you always want the show to be the best it can possibly be. I think I've allowed my expectations to fall to the point where if the good outweighs the bad for me, I call it a win. At least we can agree that Tom was amazing in this episode, as was his Clark, and that will always be the most important thing for me. :)
jeannev
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the screentimes! I've often wondered how many times you have to watch the episode to compile the times for each and every character you track.

Its not so much watching it over and over again (though I will do that with certain scenes if I like them enough). Rather, I do a lot of pausing, and going back-and-forth within a scene. I have made certain rules for myself on how I do the screentime. For instance, if a character is in the scene, but lying unconscious in a corner, it still counts as screentime. Technically, they are there, just off camera. So, that can sometimes get tricky.

Actually, the whole undertaking totally appeals to me OCD tendencies.

I swear he acts differently with the child actors who have appeared on the show.

I think it was latxcvi who said that he never condescends to them. And I definitely think thats part of it. He's also very careful about getting down to their eye level. Part of that is necessity for camera angles, but the way he does reenforces the connection he's making with them.

But hey, I'm totally biased anyway. I think the guy is great.

And I loved that everything between them happened without any obvious romantic overtones.

And thats really the new wrinkle with Chlark right now, I think. There seems to be this real connection of 2 equals, 2 friends, with balance. It could still lead to romance if the show as so inclined (IMO, its not). But it also completely works as the strongest, most solid friendship on the show.

The only positive thing I got from the Lexana sex scene was the affirmation that Lex's love for/obsession with Lana has always been more about Clark than Lana. I would have been happy to see Lex and Lana have a real relationship, but the show didn't go that way.

I hated the way the whole Lexana thing went down. If I had been writing it, I would always have made it mostly about Clark for both Lex AND Lana. And I would've made their relationship one based more upon need, dysfunctional co-dependency, and darkness. And yeah, spite and revenge too. Then they would've been this fun, creepy, dark couple. As it was, all I got out of it was the creepy part, and it ended up with victim Lana and mean, bad Lex. Blech! I guess I just really didn't need a reminder of a what a clusterfuck that ended up being.

I admire your ability to never lose sight of the big picture, the way you always want the show to be the best it can possibly be. I think I've allowed my expectations to fall to the point where if the good outweighs the bad for me, I call it a win.

And I admire your ability to focus of the best things, and the positives. I like how you don't get mired down in negativity and frustrated expectations. SV fandom needs fans like that. I was actually like for a long while, until very late-S5. But still, unless an episode is complete crap, like Fierce, I always try to say something positive.

And really, I'm all about the Clark, and the Tom. If they show can do right by him, my love for it is strong!


tariel22
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
And I admire your ability to focus of the best things, and the positives. I like how you don't get mired down in negativity and frustrated expectations. SV fandom needs fans like that.

This is going to sound silly, but this made me cry. You have no idea what it means to me for you to say this. I've received a number of emails since my review of Fracture went up that have implied (or outright stated) that I have no business calling myself a critic (which I don't, for the record) when I refuse to recognize the obvious flaws in this episode.

I'm an intelligent person, and sure, I can see everything that is problematic about Smallville, but I choose to focus on what makes me happy when I write about the show. My reviews are way too long as it is, if I added in the parts I don't like, they would never end! :) In the end, I'm just a fangirl who joined LJ to squee about my pretty boys.

So thank you for allowing me to just be me, and not judging me for it. It means the world to me, truly. And now you understand why I really am too scared to post on TWoP. I'm a huge baby. :)
jeannev
Feb. 17th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
I've received a number of emails since my review of Fracture went up that have implied (or outright stated) that I have no business calling myself a critic (which I don't, for the record) when I refuse to recognize the obvious flaws in this episode.

Oh My God!! Did you perhaps suggest to these people that they consider fornicating with themselves? I would've.

Look, we're all in this just to please ourselves, really. And we can gush, or criticize, to our hearts content. As we please. We aren't doing this as a profession.

Some people are poops!

In the end, I'm just a fangirl who joined LJ to squee about my pretty boys.

And it doesn't get any healthier then that!

And now you understand why I really am too scared to post on TWoP. I'm a huge baby.

Awww, its OK. I get it. Its not so bad now, but when I first started posting on TWoP, there were about 3 people, max, who would speak up in a positive way for Clark. Well, screw that. I just decided that TWoP needed a Clark advocate. And now? There's a few of us. But believe me, sometimes its so hard to bite my tongue.

tariel22
Feb. 17th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks for all the kind words, you make my day! :) The other thing about these emails that is a little unsettling is that it makes me realize that I don't really know who's reading my journal. I mean, if they're not on my flist, how do they even know I exist? It kind of boggles my mind. I wonder if they've come over after seeing my reviews on SVFan.com. In any case, they're not posting comments, here or there.
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