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LJ is giving me a bit of a battle tonight, so if you see some strange things on this entry initially, just bear with me, and I'll have it fixed eventually. :)




Instinct
Running Time: 41m, 46s

Clark 22m, 33s
Chloe 11m, 10s
Lois 8m, 26s
Jimmy 8m, 5s
Tess 9m, 54s


Totals for the season (# of eps)

Clark 78m, 13s (4)
Chloe 48m, 59s (4)
Lois 34m, 14s (4)
Jimmy 10m, 4s (2)
Tess 38m, 36s (4)
Davis 13m, - (2)
Oliver 35m, 48s (2)

Type your cut contents here.
 Is anyone else getting oddness when they go for a lj cut?

OK, anyway, it seems to be working here....

Alright, so as this episode was playing, I was sort of not sure what to think about it, but once it was over, I ended up really liking it, and I think it works even better the 2nd time around.

First and Foremost, always, I must give mad props to my boy, Clark.  Yet again this week, I was really impressed with his characterization, his maturity, his intelligence, and his interactions with just about everyone.  Personally, I thought he was too nice with Jimmy, but anything else would've been a bit OOC for Clark.  And I am absolutely adoring the way TW is playing all this.  I feel like he's finally having the chance to play Clark the way he wants to play the character, and thats in a far more confident, grown-up manner.  I love the subtleties he's putting into the performance.  I'm just a really happy Clark fan so far this season, and a really giddy fangurl.

I don't personally agree AT ALL that he's off in his performance in any way, and I can't help but think that implication is more about not liking the storyline, or who he's sharing his scenes with...but, whatever.  

Anyway, moving on....I'm actually glad the Lana topic came up.  Because quite frankly, the lack of any real mention of it from Clark was a bit strange.  And I think he came off OK.  Of course he's going to be sad about it.  And of course he's lonely.  Thats not just about Lana, thats also about his dad being dead, his mom being gone, Lex no longer around to argue with, Kara's gone.  I mean, it is just Clark and Shelby.  I think the guy should be able to reflect on that without him being accused of being mopey.

Not that anyone was accusing him or that, I'm just sayin'....

Clark and Shelby = Love!

I have to admit, though I've been overall pleased with the Clois interactions, the scenes at the DP, and those regarding reporting, are sort of hitting and missing for me.  Some of the those interactions I like, but some of the lines make me groan.  Mostly I think Lois comes across good-natured enough, but there are moments when I'd be OK if she shut up too.  But I think what does work for me is that Lois does genuinelly come across as wanting Clark to succeed at the DP, and I think that goes a long way.  We aren't getting a "what are you doing here?" sort of thing from her.  I'm not sure I could be down with that.

But for me, the Clois interactions I preferred was the hilarious rant in response to the elevator porn, and the quiet, understanding friend talk that came at the end.  Both really well played by ED, and matched ablely by TW.  Lois poking her finger into Clark's chest, and the expression on his face is something thats going to amuse me for a long time.

I know there's some disagreement about Lois' feelings for Clark, and them showing up too soon, or out of order.  All I can say is that the dynamic of her falling for him first works for me.  As long as it doesn't turn into a pining situation.  I've always believed that there was no possible way that this show could pull off a more mythos based Clois love connection.  They've completely changed the foundation of the way Clark and Lois connected in the first place, so I think you also have to reinvent the way they'll eventually fall in love. 

Tess continues to grow on me each week (her eye makeup however, doesn't).  I'm impressed with CF, and she's got chemistry with everyone, especially the other ladies.  I very much enjoyed her scenes with Chloe, and with Clark.  And props to Chloe and Clark, because both of them handled her very well.  

One small thing I really liked in the Clark/Tess scene was when Tess asked him if he had ever seen Lex with the crystal.  Usually thats an opening for a more pointed retort.  Instead, we got a very quiet, contemplative, almost wisftul "no", which was surprisingly effective.

Which reminds me, could Lex be "X"?

I liked the Chlark in this episode very much.  But I do want to say that with a caveat.  Because I don't believe the Fever letter should ever have made a return appearance.  At least not for closure, and thats precisely what I strongly suspected they were going for.  It would've been better to just let it lie, and achieve closure some other way.  The drama surrounding the letter seemed unnecessary to me.  All it did was make Jimmy act like a douchebag.  Again!  And it made Chloe seem like she was more or less diminishing it.  Just not necessary.  I know the theme of the show seemed to be soulmates, and first loves, and moving on, and finding the right person.  But the Maxima storyline was enough for serve as the catalyst for that.

But, having said all that, I liked that the Chlark dynamic when they work together seems much improved, even with super-hacking mega-brain Chloe (a storyline I still have no interest in).  And I loved seeing Clark's concern for Chloe, and his determination to cure her.  This season, when Clark says he'll find a way, I believe hm!  And the Chlark scene after Chloe gave him the letter was also very sweet.  I absolutely believe that Clark wants Chloe to be truly happy.  

Which brings us to Maxima.  At first, I thought she was awful.  And the storyline was going to be awful.  But instead, the actress, and the character, seemed to build as the episode went on.  I LOVED her reaction to seeing Clark in his save mode, and her comment of "thats more like it".  She had very hot and spicey chemistry with TW (probably not a difficult thing to do), and I got a real kick out of her stomp after Lois.  

But I think the thing that worked most about her is that I felt sympathy for her.  She truly was searching for her soulmate, and she found him (in her mind), and then she can't have him.  Her expression was truly heartbreaking when he switched her bracelet on, and sent her home.  I'd be interested in her making a return visit.  Especially if she promises to rip off Clark's shirt. ;)

Also in that last scene with Maxima, my heart broke for Clark, because you could see the pain on his face at hearing the truth of her words.  Clark doesn't want to be alone.  We've known that since the first season.  And he's so afraid that he's going to be.  

On a purely shallow note, the person picking out Tom's clothes needs a raise.  The person doing the eye makeup on the ladies needs to be fired.  Twice!  Jesus, everyone's eye makeup was bad.

Now, things I didn't like...

Everything relating to Jimmy.  How did they screw this character up so badly?  Talk about a total misuse of a classic character.  He's such a whiney bitch.  And he and Allison have zero chemistry.  I can't stand him.

Everything related to Chimmy, see above.

I don't ever have to hear Chloe uttering a line about how Clark has more people to save then her, and urging him to go.  I know its a little thing, but its a little thing that makes him look bad.  They did that shit far too often last season, and I don't want it anymore.  

Some seriously bad editing in this episode, bad background music  (I miss the songs!), and bad SFX.  The budget cuts clearly show.  I'm already sick to death of that one Metropolis street that apparently everything happens on.

Did Oliver send Tess that dress?  How bizarre

So, I think thats everything.  I probably shouldn't have written this review at 2 in the morning.  I apologize if its nonsensical.  .


 

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sue_denim
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:06 am (UTC)
Yes, I've had trouble pasting from Word to a LJ post. I discovered it was a tech issue on LJ and I am now using a client to post.

It was extremely frustrating.

Thank for the numbers.
jeannev
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC)
Oh, good then, it wasn't just me. And you're welcome :)
svgurl
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
Clark was the highlight of this episode. Damn, he looked good (understatement of the century)! I totally agree with you on the giving props to the costume guys. That outfit! WONDERFUL! And Maxima will get major points for taking off that shirt. Cuz that was very yummy. :D

Tom Welling = The Sex.

First and Foremost, always, I must give mad props to my boy, Clark. Yet again this week, I was really impressed with his characterization, his maturity, his intelligence, and his interactions with just about everyone. Personally, I thought he was too nice with Jimmy, but anything else would've been a bit OOC for Clark

Clark was really wonderful though, outside of being his usual gorgeous self (and how does that man get better looking all the time?). I loved him and Shelby. My heart melted when he came back to feed him.

He was too nice to Jimmy but like you said, anything else would be too OOC.

The Clois was rather adorable.

Lois poking her finger into Clark's chest, and the expression on his face is something thats going to amuse me for a long time.

Me too! I liked the scene where she was explaining the endorphins and whatnot. Tom has great comedic timing. And I adore Erica.

I've come to accept that this is how they'll do Clois. As long as there is no pining on either side. I just think that it would break THEIR dynamic. It's not them. And I am just crossing my fingers they don't screw this up. :D

Tess is really interesting. I like how they're developing her character.

Which reminds me, could Lex be "X"?

I thought so too! Are PS3 leaving the door open for MR to come back? I know he seems to be set in his decision but you never know. *shrugs*

I thought bringing up the letter again was pointless too. But I'm glad their friendship is in intact. Chloe's "BFF" comment? Adorable.

Yeah, you were right about Maxima. You gotta pity the gal, especially in that last scene. And I too felt sorry for Clark. Here's this woman who wanted him, who he could not be afraid of being with and he had to let her go. I wanted to hug him.

Everything relating to Jimmy. How did they screw this character up so badly? Talk about a total misuse of a classic character. He's such a whiney bitch. And he and Allison have zero chemistry. I can't stand him.

Allison is really trying to sell it but it doesn't work. Chimmy is just proving to me more and more that they shouldn't be married. Jimmy was an ass and I was thoroughly disgusted with his immature behavior. The jealousy got old in s6.

Did Oliver send Tess that dress? How bizarre

I'm in denial. It's a happy place where that scene never happened.

Great review! You make good points, as always. Thanks for the screen time calculations! They were fun to see. :D
jeannev
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
For me, the true gauge of how well Clois is working, or not working, is my sister. Because she's always had her issues with Lois as the character is written, and as ED plays her. I think I'm much more open to it. So, when she tells me something is working for her, or she finds Lois funny, or she thinks ED is doing a good job, that has an impact on me. Because to me, my sister is more a representative of the average, less invested at-home fan.

If any of that makes any sense.

I have to check in with my other sister, who is even more of a casual viewer. She pretty much likes everyone. Especially Oliver. You 2 would get along ;)

I thought Chloe's "BFF" comment was cute too. As was her "you blew it Bud". Because to me, that showed a level of confidence and security in her in regards to Clark that we haven't seen much of. And AM really sold it, but then I think she's been anxious to get rid of the Chloe pining for Clark stuff for a long time.

Don't worry, I'm pretty sure Oliver sent that striped shirt to Clark too. Didn't it closely resemble the one Oliver lent to Clark in Odyssey? Only this one fit him perfectly. Obviously a gift from Oliver ;)
radioreverie
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:01 am (UTC)
I'm finding these screentime totals really disheartening.
jeannev
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
Its Oliver and Tess having more screentime then Lois, right? Tess has been on screen a lot. She's on screen more then MR was on screen in the last few seasons.
huzzlewhat
Oct. 11th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
as this episode was playing, I was sort of not sure what to think about it, but once it was over, I ended up really liking it, and I think it works even better the 2nd time around.

I agree that it ages well — I liked it the first time, but rewatched it last night, and my personal rating of it went up from the first time I watched it.

I must give mad props to my boy, Clark. ... I don't personally agree AT ALL that he's off in his performance in any way, and I can't help but think that implication is more about not liking the storyline, or who he's sharing his scenes with...

I think TW's doing a great job. His characterization is different than in previous seasons, but I think it fits his new surroundings. It wouldn't make sense for him to get off the farm and be unchanged. He's... on his own, now, in a way he never was, and I love seeing the change. There was a bit of wistfulness in "Plastique," when he told Chloe that he had thought she'd be there with him, but I actually think that his more proactive and self-confident stance is in large part because of the changed dynamic. He needs to be on his toes around Lois, and he doesn't have Chloe as a crutch. Lois pushes, and Clark pushes back — which is different from his relationship with Chloe (see "Toxic"). I am pleased. :-)

And of course he's lonely. Thats not just about Lana, thats also about his dad being dead, his mom being gone, Lex no longer around to argue with, Kara's gone. I mean, it is just Clark and Shelby. I think the guy should be able to reflect on that without him being accused of being mopey.

Oh, yeah. And I think that this is an important stage for any young person — to be alone, and discover that they can be. Which is why Lois needed to turn down the invitation to stay at the farm with him — she can't just be the solution to his loneliness, the woman who moves in just because he doesn't want to spend his mornings talking to the dog. :-)

But I think what does work for me is that Lois does genuinelly come across as wanting Clark to succeed at the DP, and I think that goes a long way.

Agreed. I thought it was a nice thing that when the story she gave him turned out to be a more promising one, Lois didn't grab it back from him, she jumped on board the investigation with him. Yes, she's ambitious, as Lois Lane should be, but she's not blocking Clark's success as a means to serve that ambition. I liked that.

They've completely changed the foundation of the way Clark and Lois connected in the first place, so I think you also have to reinvent the way they'll eventually fall in love.

I agree. Lois is unaware of the depths of Clark's heroism (and of course, his abilities), but he's not the bumbling, stuttering buffoon of the movies. They've changed it on both sides, too — this definitely wasn't love-at-first-sight for Clark, as it was in the Donner films and in other tellings. They're both going to reach that stage more... realistically?

Also in that last scene with Maxima, my heart broke for Clark, because you could see the pain on his face at hearing the truth of her words. Clark doesn't want to be alone. We've known that since the first season. And he's so afraid that he's going to be.

Her line about how "no one on this planet" would be a better match for him, and his reaction to that... damn. That's his fear, really. And that he let it go...

Everything relating to Jimmy. How did they screw this character up so badly? Talk about a total misuse of a classic character.

They took him out of his primary role, and made him into something he never was. No matter what changes they've made to other characters, the characters remained true to their original role. Not with Jimmy. He changed from "Jimmy Olsen, Superman's pal," to Jimmy Olsen, romantic lead. And it doesn't work. I can completely buy Jimmy being less mature than the others, since the idea of him being of the same generation as Lois and Clark is odd to begin with. But I don't enjoy watching it. His best scenes are the ones where he slots back into the Jimmy Olsen identity — with Clark, and with Lois — even the scenes with Lex, when he was so obviously out of his league. Those worked for me.

jeannev
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Lois is unaware of the depths of Clark's heroism (and of course, his abilities), but he's not the bumbling, stuttering buffoon of the movies.

Exactly! Lois likes to lob putdowns his way, most good natured, some obnoxious, but I've always believed that she actually does recognize Clark's heroic tendencies. She's even mentioned them on occasion. And I think you could explain it...if you were inclined, of course....as one of those areas that Lois chooses not to look too deeply into, because then I think she'd have to start to face that Clark actually means something to her.

I mean, look, I'm not going to write here that the show has done an exceedingly good job in the development here. Because it hasn't. I'm just saying that from point of view, I can make it work based on what we've seen, and what we know. Do I wish it had been written better, built up more carefully along the way, and eased into a bit more? Yes on all counts.

And you nailed it on the problem with Jimmy. Jimmy Olson's primary role should NEVER be "love interest".
voldything
Oct. 11th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Of course he's going to be sad about it. And of course he's lonely. Thats not just about Lana, thats also about his dad being dead, his mom being gone, Lex no longer around to argue with, Kara's gone. I mean, it is just Clark and Shelby. I think the guy should be able to reflect on that without him being accused of being mopey.

Exactly! Clark is used to being around a strong group of people (however large or small). It hurts me a bit to see him that lonely now :/
jeannev
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)
Me too. :(

And whether one liked Clana or not, or liked Lana or not, her being gone from his life leaves a big void. I'd rather see Clark acknowledge that, and deal with it, then have it just be ignored and make it seem like Clark is less then I know he is.

wrighty555
Oct. 11th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
"Did Oliver send Tess that dress? How bizarre"

I think that it wasn't from Oliver, but whoever stole the crystal. It would be a way to get her out of the mansion and KNOW where she is and when she would be back.
jeannev
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:30 pm (UTC)
See, I thought the same thing. Because if it was from Oliver, why wasn't he at the Ace of Clubs?

Which, actually makes me think the story would've been better if Oliver had been there, and Maxima used her love mojo on him instead of Jimmy. Because really, all the Jimmy stuff could have been exised from this episode, and it would've improved quite a bit.
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carolandtom
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
For the past few years, SV (its writers, producers...) has taught me to anticipate every new episode with a certain amount of uneasiness. Now, to me, it's kind of a welcome surprise when I find myself liking one. This happened with Instinct. I found the story quite entertaining, specially its second half (though I could have done without most of the Chimmy). Maybe the difference was that the story actually revolved around Clark and he had a prominent role on every thing that was being tackled.

As usual, I agree with your review, specially in regard to Jimmy. I have not yet overcome how much I disliked him in "Sleeper" and definitely I'm not liking him better this season. His scenes either annoy me, make me impatient or bore me to tears.

I think Tom is doing a wonderful job! He's playing a more resolute, more mature Clark and I'm loving it. He plays comedy and drama with equal ease. He owns the character more than ever! And he looks so incredibly gorgeous!

I plan on watching this episode again, which for me is an indicative of how much I like/dislike episodes. For instance, I can say that I won't be re-watching "Toxic", that's for sure.

Thanks for the numbers! I'm glad Clark's onscreen time was a decent one!
jeannev
Oct. 11th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know what you mean. I acually want to rewatch this episode a few times. That doesn't happen like it used to :(

I think Tom appears to be steering his performance of Clark now. I don't know if I'm explaining that well, but I just feel like we might be seeing what Tom wanted to do with the role, as opposed to what the goughlar storylines were dictating for him. Tom is a smart guy, and I think it probably frustrated the hell out of him to play Clark so indecisive, and dependent, and occasionally dim.
tjw_jaypat
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Great review, Valerie!

What puzzles me most is the complaints by quite a number of people that the actors, even Tom, are off. Just like you, I don´t see it. So I assume they don´t realize that not only the set has been lightswitched to Metropolis and the DP now, but that also the characters have been lightswitched to a more mature state, especially Clark. It seems they look for the old Clark and hence can´t understand that the new Clark has to be portrayed differently now. This reminds me of Gemini when various people admitted that they felt something was wrong with Tom´s acting until they realized at the end that it was Bizarro, not Clark, and that "being off" was a deliberate acting choice. Maybe we should tell them that this time there is a resolution too, and its name is Superman?
jeannev
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Excellent point. The change in the way Tom is playing Clark is absolutely appropriate for the change we've seen in Clark, and his life. And I think the thing that really bugs me is that some of these people are the same ones that would smack crap about Clark for "moping" or "not getting off the farm" or acting "whiney". So, Tom finally has the chance not to play the character that way. To show him with confidence and conviction, and direction, and drive, and now he's off, or phoning it in? Blah! I can't help but think that its not what he's doing in the scenes, the complaint really comes from who he is sharing the scenes with, and what the nature of those scenes are.

But, I admit, I'm very protective about Tom. And I think he's taken a ridiculous amount of shit from the SV fandom overall. So, I'm probably over sensitive.
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polytikal
Oct. 11th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
Once again, I agree with everything you said. :) Well, except for Jimmy. I tolerate him pretty well, I just wish they would stop using him so foolishly. He's JIMMY OLSEN, Clark's pal, DP photographer! C'mon, show.

I know what you're saying about the Clois DP-dynamic. I really hope they tone down Lois' "You're my subordinate, Clark," thing. I do enjoy most of their interactions though, obviously. ;)

Some seriously bad editing in this episode, bad background music (I miss the songs!), and bad SFX. The budget cuts clearly show. I'm already sick to death of that one Metropolis street that apparently everything happens on.

YESSSSSSS. I hate when the show looks cheap. I used to think SV had the greatest production value of any show on TV, but now? Bleeeh. :(
polytikal
Oct. 11th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
And thanks for the screentime totals! Even though I am not a happy camper about some of the results. :\
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bradygirl_12
Oct. 11th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the review, Jeannev! :)

I thought the episode got better as it went along, and that bodes well for future episodes.

I know Jimmy came across as immature here, but that's bad writing. He's a character who's loyal and sweet, and as for chemistry, I thought he had it with Chloe in earlier seasons, but not as much now. I thought he had better chemistry with Kara last season! :)

Is Kara still stuck in Krypton's past? Beause Brainiac came back from Krypton, not her, right?
jeannev
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
I agree that Jimmy and Kara were fine together, and I think a lot of that has to do with Jimmy seeming very young...and so did Kara. And so that connection worked. Whereas Chloe always seems to come off as older then her years.

Kara is trapped in the Phantom Zone, though Clark doesn't know that. I guess Brainiac found a way to send her there, then returned back to Earth with Clark. But don't ask me how that worked out. It confused the heck out of me.
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jude_judith82
Oct. 11th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
I love the subtleties he's putting into the performance. I'm just a really happy Clark fan so far this season, and a really giddy fangurl.


Yeah! I'm pretty much nodding the whole time through your post by the way lol.

I think the guy should be able to reflect on that without him being accused of being mopey.


Mopey? Please *rolls eyes* I do think for some Clark will never be right.

Clark and Shelby = Love!

Welling is so great with animals and children and what do you know another Clark smile in that scene. I think I've seen Clark smile more in the last four episodes than in the last four seasons.

Everything relating to Jimmy. How did they screw this character up so badly? Talk about a total misuse of a classic character. He's such a whiney bitch. And he and Allison have zero chemistry. I can't stand him.

Everything related to Chimmy, see above.


I want to know is there anyone out there that acutally likes Chimmy because I have yet to find someone lol.

But, having said all that, I liked that the Chlark dynamic when they work together seems much improved, even with super-hacking mega-brain Chloe (a storyline I still have no interest in).

I see potential in the story line but one thing I find ironic is that now Chloe has this super cool brain power and Clark barely ever asks her anything. Last season he was there like every five seconds and you know what I like it! Keep it up Clark use your brain.

I don't ever have to hear Chloe uttering a line about how Clark has more people to save then her, and urging him to go. I know its a little thing, but its a little thing that makes him look bad. They did that shit far too often last season, and I don't want it anymore.


Thoug I think this is a comment more on her denial of what is happening to her as a Clark fan I can understand where you're coming from. At least for me I'm like uber paranoid that the writers will do something to fuck Clark up. So I understand this comment.


Did Oliver send Tess that dress? How bizarre

It's kind of skanky dress too Tess may have makeup issues but she has better taste in clothing. LOL.

I know there's some disagreement about Lois' feelings for Clark, and them showing up too soon, or out of order. All I can say is that the dynamic of her falling for him first works for me. As long as it doesn't turn into a pining situation. I've always believed that there was no possible way that this show could pull off a more mythos based Clois love connection. They've completely changed the foundation of the way Clark and Lois connected in the first place, so I think you also have to reinvent the way they'll eventually fall in love.
I'm editing because I wanted to comment on what's about. This reminded of something that my RL friends said and then I read on a post coincidentally about how they think Lois having feelings for Clark is wrong at this stage and that it conflicts with canon Superman. Since Lois fell in love with Superman first. I hate the canon argument so much because SV has been a twist on it. And sometimes I want to tell people (which I told my rl friend by the way lol) "Have you picked up a comic in the last ten years?" They change canon constantly and in the current incarnation of Superman Lois does fall in love with Clark not Superman even if she does admire him and to have people argue canon on Smallville to me is hilarious. One of the things that I've like about SV is for the most part they take canon and twist it. And sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't but you kind of have to let it go when you watch the show.


Edited at 2008-10-11 11:09 pm (UTC)
jeannev
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Yes, actually my sister likes Chimmy. Or liked them anyway. I'll have to ask her if she still does.

Other then that? I haven't found any fans that didn't seem to have other agenda driven reasons for liking them.

I totally agree with you on the Clois stuff. I look at it this way...isn't the most important thing that Lois fall for the "real man"? And can there be any doubt that on SV, thats going to be Clark, not the Superman persona he'll adopt. So, I really think she needs to fall for Clark if we are to believe that Clois can be a believable romance.
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jeannev
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
I'm so glad that there's a bunch of us Clark fans that are happy. I feel like we've had so much frustration to deal with, and its so nice to be able to watch our guy really step it up.

Total props for Charlotte Sullivan. At first, I thought her performance was vapid and wooden, but as the ep went on, I could see what she doing, and I think it was actually a pretty great choice to make.

And I agree with you, Jimmy works best when he's in his more tradional role. And he's fine with Lois. I do find his interactions with Clark a bit troublesome, but thats because I never get the impression that Clark cares for Jimmy. At all. They've done nothing to build the foundation for Clark and Jimmy to be pals. And I think that was such a mistake.
eeyore1017
Oct. 12th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
Yay for Clark's screen time!

I feel like he's finally having the chance to play Clark the way he wants to play the character, and thats in a far more confident, grown-up manner. I love the subtleties he's putting into the performance. I'm just a really happy Clark fan so far this season,
Are you surprised that I agree?

I don't understand or agree at all about Tom's performance being off. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion though...

Clark and Shelby = Love!
Truer words have never been spoken! :-)

The drama surrounding the letter seemed unnecessary to me. All it did was make Jimmy act like a douchebag.
Once again, I agree!

Some seriously bad editing in this episode
I was wondering if you had a specific example? I'm trying to think back but I can't remember anything specific. The elevator scene was pretty choppy but I guess it was supposed to be that way- all frantic and passionate.

It never occurred to me that Oliver DIDN'T send the dress, but some people are doubting it. I just figured it was Oliver's over the top way of trying to make amends or at least start a dialogue with Tess. I agree that it would have made much more sense to have Oliver as Maxima's victim instead of Jimmy. They still could have done the whole "Jimmy is insecure again" plot (if they really wanted to) without using Maxima.

One thing that annoys me- we haven't even seen Jimmy at the DP yet this season. Doesn't the boy have to go to work?





Edited at 2008-10-12 03:47 am (UTC)
jeannev
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
An episode is always better when Clark goes over 20m :)

As for editing, I think the biggest problems I'm seeing are the transistions from one scene to another. Its very jarring. There doesn't seem to be any flow. I wonder if some of the old editors were part of the budget dictated purge?
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goodvibe
Oct. 12th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
I'm irrationally pleased about Clark' screentime. ::am hopeless:: Heh.

//I love the subtleties he's putting into the performance.//

Me too. I was just commenting elsewhere that while I get that whether or not one finds an actors performance can be a subjective thing - for me, TW has more than proven his mettle, and by this point? He's just effortlessly carrying the show - and carrying it well. That he still manages to hit it out the park just shows his commitment to the craft.


//All I can say is that the dynamic of her falling for him first works for me. As long as it doesn't turn into a pining situation. I've always believed that there was no possible way that this show could pull off a more mythos based Clois love connection. They've completely changed the foundation of the way Clark and Lois connected in the first place, so I think you also have to reinvent the way they'll eventually fall in love.//

So much WORD. And I think if handled well, as it segues into their eventual mutual feelings, this might turn out to be not a bad way of having handled the dynamic at all.


//One small thing I really liked in the Clark/Tess scene was when Tess asked him if he had ever seen Lex with the crystal. Usually thats an opening for a more pointed retort. Instead, we got a very quiet, contemplative, almost wisftul "no", which was surprisingly effective.//

Great observation. Tess worked for me this ep, as well. Good chemistry with Chloe too - their scenes were very effective.


//I probably shouldn't have written this review at 2 in the morning. I apologize if its nonsensical.//

I wrote mine at 2:00 in the morning too, heh. And hey, if yours is nonsensical, so is mine since we pretty much agreed on just about everything. ;-)
jeannev
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Lots of Clark is always welcome :)

I think the Tess character, and CF, is really benefitting from having a good amount of screentime to introduce herself, and to connect her with other characters. They are definitly writing for her, and giving her a lot of complexity early on. And they've already created believable friction between her and Clark, Lois, Chloe and Oliver. So, while I was initially resistant to her, I'm very much coming around.

But not to her eye makeup, which I loathe and despise.

So, lets hear it for 2am reviews, eh? LOL
goodvibe
Oct. 12th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm also curious, what have the ratings been like for this season so far?
jeannev
Oct. 12th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
Here ya go:

Smallville S8 Finals:
#1 Odyssey ~ 4.34 mil
#2 Plastique ~ 4.18 mil.
#3 Toxic ~ 4.05 mil.
#4 Instinct ~ 4.12 mil.
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