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Screentime Totals for Plastique

I don't know, would screentime totals be considered a spoiler in any way?  I can't imagine so, but since I'm posting these very close to the airing of the episode, and in the interests of being cautious, just in case...

And I'm also including what direction I would've gone for a S8 villian, had I been in charge, because latxcvi</lj>  wanted to hear about it :)

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Plastique, running time 41m, 57s  (the "previously on" was 53s)

Clark   22m, 15s
Chloe   17m, 36s
Lois     9m, 33s
Tess    6m, 33s
Davis    7m, 45s

Year to Date (# of eps)

Clark   39m, 39s (2)
Chloe   27m, 54s (2)
Lois    16m, 18s (2)
Jimmy    1m, 59s (1)
Tess    13m, 20s (2)
Davis    7m, 45s (1)
Oliver   10m, 59s (1)

Now, one of my problems with the Tess character is that I feel they are trying too hard to have a Lex surrogate.  And frankly, I don't think those are shoes you can fill.  So, pretty much everything Tess does is going to end up being compared to Lex, as opposed to just a "Villian" being compared to a "Villian".

So, I would've gone for a different flavor of main villian in S8 (since I don't think we can put Davis in that role).  I would've looked more for a crime syndicate boss heading up the emergence of Intergang.  In fact, I like the idea of Morgan Edge Jr.  Yes, I know we never heard that Morgan Edge had a son, but since he is a mythos character, and he was pretty awesome, and they killed him off, I like the idea of continuing the legacy.  Also, by going for something along the lines of a crime syndicate, it leaves the types of storylines wide open with what you can do.  In the SV world, Intergang would be anxious to recruit meteor infected types with abilities, cue Chloe and the Isis foundation.  And they would be starting a crime wave in Metropolis, cue Lois Lang as crusading reporter.  And a less safe Metropolis means more people for Clark to have to save and help, cue budding Superman.  It also allows you to bring in a wider circle of supporting characters.  Because really, when you've seen one nameless Luthor minion, you've seen them all. 

And the beauty of a scenario like this, aside from the fact that it does draw on the show's history, yet its something completely different and new, is that you could still find a way to work the hand of Lex Luthor into this.  And if a miracle does occur, and they are able to lure MR back at all, you could just have him step in and be the man behind the curtain, so to speak. 

Anyway, that would've been the direction I would've gone in.  I'm not so sure how much I love constantly being reminded of Tess as the Not-Lex. 


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Sep. 27th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
At least Clark got more screen time this episode. :D

I like your plan for s8! Can you go write for Smallville? Cuz that's a plot I could get into. :D

Thanks for compiling the numbers! I do like seeing them. :)
Sep. 27th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a good total for Clark. I happen to believe that he should always be in the 18-23m range.

And thanks, nice to hear that someone else likes my idea. I just think a plot like that would've opened the show up, and didn't draw so many comparions with MR's Lex, who was really incomparable.
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Sep. 27th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I actually do believe it would've been an idea that the viewers would've embraced. Drawn from the comics, able to emcompass the whole cast, and it doesn't feel like we're going for Fem-Lex.

Yay for Clark at 20+ :)
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Sep. 27th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Unfortunately, the SV producers didn't hire me again this year. The bastards!

And lets hope Clark's screentime rarely if ever goes south of 15m
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Sep. 27th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Wow! I guess I was way off on my screen time predictions. Lois was basically on the screen for only half the time of Chloe and I was thinking that their time would be about the same. Hmmm...I am glad that Davis had more screen time than Tess this week.

While 22 minutes is a good amount of screen time for Clark, it means he was only in about half the episode. I guess that's normal though?

Thanks again for doing this! :-)

I also like your idea about Morgan Edge Jr. and Intergang. Right now I think they are trying way too hard with Tess.
Sep. 27th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it is pretty normal. Or, I should say it was more normal for the earlier seasons. In S6 & S7, I'd say Clark averaged more in the 17m range.

Chloe's scenes had a lot more length to them then Lois, so I think thats where the big disparity comes in. The Chloe/Davis scene at Isis was actually a very long scene, as was the rescue scene at the Talon, followed by the Chlark talk.
Sep. 27th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Those screentimes make me happy, I have no complaints. Well, maybe Tess could have had fewer minutes. But I love it when Clark leads the pack so handily. Obviously that won't be the case next week. I hope this whole Tess/Ollie backstory works, but I'm afraid it's going to drive me crazy.

As always, thank you so much for compiling the screentimes. I have watched Clark's 22 minutes over and over and over. :) And I just have to say again, I LOVE that Smallville is on iTunes now! Tommy on my iPod, and legally so, makes me a happy fangirl! *twirls*

I like your Intergang idea! They could even have still used CF, just have her be Morgan Edge's daughter. They actually flirted with an idea like that on LnC, but never really followed through with it. Peter Boyle played Bill Church, who was supposedly based on Morgan Edge from the comics. Later they brought Bruce Campbell on as Bill Church Jr., but just for a few episodes.
Sep. 27th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome :) I sort of like that this is "my thing" I'm known for. Well, that a fierce Tom Welling love, LOL

Did you read that SV was in the top 10 of iTunes TV downloads? Go SV! What took them so long to join the gang?

Yeah, definitely, they could've had Intergang run by a woman instead of a man, if they were looking to balance out the genders. I just think the most important thing would've been to have a criminal entity that wasn't Luthorcorp, without Lex.
Sep. 28th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Can I just say how much I love your idea of the Intergang (or some variation of it anyway) as the villain for the season? Just from a purely viewers perspective, it would have been fun and refreshing - and not felt like such a retread of past ground. ::mourns missed opportunities::

Glad to see Clark still having a good average as far as screentime goes. If I'm not mistaken about next week, it's Ollie centric I think, yes? Let's brace ourselves for Clark' screentime taking a dip.
Sep. 28th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Its nice to have some validation for my potential as a storyteller. Now, if I could only write...

Yeah, next week is going to be very Ollie-centric. I'm just hopeful for continuing good Clark stuff, even if there's less of it. There is a Clark spoiler for this coming ep that I'm looking forward to, but I won't say what it is :)
Sep. 28th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good screentime for Clark this episode. No surprise that I liked it! ;)

I've written my thoughts out on Tess as not!Lex in my review for the episode, but the gist is that I think they're purposely handling Tess in a very different way from Lex, and that's what makes her interesting to me.

And hee, "Lois Lana". Freudian slip? ;)
Sep. 29th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
*GASP!* I didn't even realize I made that typo. LOL
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