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Wow, these surprised me a bit. It just didn't feel to me like Clark was in the episode this much.  Go figure.




Bloodline, Running Time, 41m, 45s ("previously on SV" was 44s)

Clark 20m, 26s
Chloe 9m, 33s
Lois 19m, 16s (she was possesed by Faora for 8m, 51s of that)
Tess 6m, 29s
Davis 5m, 52s
Oliver 5m, 26s

Kara 10m, 40s


Year to Date (# of eps)

Clark 162m, 3s (8)
Chloe 95m, 26s (8)
Lois 88m, 42s (7)
Jimmy 45m, 35s (5)
Tess 54m, 36s (7)
Davis 35m, 39s (4)
Oliver 53m, 57s (5)

And now, for the thinky stuff
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Well, wow, there was A LOT going on in this episode, eh?  And thats probably the biggest reason I didn't absolutely love it.  I did like it though, and I thought this episode really moved the story forward.  Everything in the episode did feel like it needed to be here.  If anything, I guess you could've chucked the GA steals from Tess scene, and just have Oliver show up with the device.  But thats a minor quibble.

But, when SV throws so much into one episode, I very often end up feeling as though I didn't get enough of the individual stories.  I may not have been Kara's biggest fan, but I would've liked to have seen more of her then we did.  I do believe they came up with a very fitting ending for Kara, and her scenes with Clark were truly moving.  And very well performed by TW especially.  But unfortunately, the thing that hangs over those scenes was that Kara hasn't been mentioned at all for 7 eps.  So, while the affection between the cousins was lovely to watch, it was hard to pretend that we just hadn't seen 7 eps where Clark, or anyone else,  didn't seem to remember he had a cousin.  PS3 haven't made many major missteps so far this season, but this is one of the few.

The Clois scenes were a little bit of a mixed bag for me, but I think I'm going to give them a thumbs up overall.  The first scene at the farmhouse was very amusing.  And I thought the way they had Lois sucked into the P-Zone with Clark was very plausible.  And I really liked the scenes in the P-Zone a lot.  In fact, I couldn't help thinking what an awesome episode it would make if they were stuck there for half an episode.  But as it was, I think the scenes ran long enough to get a sense of a few things.  Here, in these scenes, is where I thought they nailed the Clois growing attraction the best.  Lois freaking out was OOC for her, but wasn't that sort of the point?  What normal person wouldn't freak out under those conditions?  And frankly, her conclusion about being kidnapped by aliens wasn't that bad a guess, nor is is far off the truth.  And I thought Clark calming her down was a nice scene.  Sure, the line about "no one messing with Clark and Lois" was an anvil, but I thought it was a very well done one.  As that line doesn't necessarily have to hint at romance, but could also be referring to them as a good team.  Something Lois also referred to them as in Committed.  

But I think where the Clois veered off the track a bit wasn't so much in scenes they had together, but the way they are having other characters telling us how they do, or might, feel, without really putting in the time to show us that.  Clark may have feelings for the creature Faora was inhabiting, but I'd rather see some more obvious scenes of that rather then having Faora tell us that.  Ditto the advice from Kara, which really seemed to launch out of left field.  That Kara could like Lois, and admire her desire to go back for Clark at the portal makes sense.  That she would come to the conclusion that Lois could handle Clark's secret, and that Clark had let her get so close seemed like it was pushing it.  

And the last scene at the DP was alright, though I'm all for retiring comments about Clark being a "copyboy" (especially since we already know he wrote an obit, and an article on kitten adoptions), and putdowns about the farm.  Just a personal pet peeve.  And I really thought Lois should've shown more suspicion about Tess giving her a raise out of the blue.  I loved that Clark thought it smelled fishy, but that should've been a mutual conclusion.

I loved the Chloe/Tess scene at the Kent farm, and I also thought the Oliver/Chloe scenes were very entertaining.  One thing I am really liking about this season is the shake-up of character dynamics.  Over the last few seasons, I've really felt like we were a bit stagnant, with scenes between the same characters happening over and over again in episodes without much variation.  But this season, I'm feeling as though there's more variety.  I know part of that is the new characters, but I also like that they are moving them around.  

So, what is Oliver up to?  I don't know if anyone noticed, but the files he was looking at when Chloe found him on the Plane were labeled "AL-65 Analysis Dara" and "AL-65 Test Group Dosages, Second Chance Halfway House".  Wasn't the Second Change Halfway House from the episode Rage, where Oliver was shooting himself up with the green juice?  Ah, continuity, I love you!  But I think those files were meant to be a clue of something thats coming.

And would they give poor Oliver an apartment already?  All the scenes on the plane are just silly.

Oliver did have some very funny lines in this episode.  I think my favorite was "When it comes to Clark's..That, I steer clear".  Not only is that funny, but it does sort of tell us that Oliver is just a bit freaked out by Clark and his whole world.  As he should be.  I also liked "Seriously, who names these things?" when  he was talking to Chloe about the Phantom Zone.  Caroline Dries (of whom I'm NOT a fan) writes a very good Oliver.

Add "I see you snuck something through customs" as a very good line.

I thought the Clark/Oliver scene at the Kent house played pretty well.  Although Oliver was right on that line of being too lecture-y, it worked. 

So, what is it with these Kryptonians and making sure their hair and wardrobe are absolutely perfect before they head off on their missions?  We had Faora changing into a very becoming red shirt/black pants, applying makeup, and spending a few hours curling her hair.  We had Zod going off and finding a totally rocking full length leather coat.  And who can forget Kal-El finding the only black button down shirt in Clark's closet, and making sure his hair was fabulous before he flew off?

I noticed this was the 2nd episode that referred to Chloe directly as "Watchtower".  I can't help but think this is the endpoint they have in mind for her, and I actually think that would be a pretty cool place for her to be.  I'm not sure what the purists would think of that.  I also like that they continue to refer to Chloe's journalism.  That was a huge part of her character for a very long time, and while I have no problem with them changing her ambitions, I'd hate if they just dropped the subject altogether.  By referring to it, they create a nice sense of character and history with Chloe.

It was nice that Faora was polite enough to thank Chloe for the information. Well mannered psycho alien phantoms are always appreciated.  So, are we to infer that she recognized the picture of Davis because he's the image of Zod?  But I can't help but think if that was the case, J'onn Jones would've noticed.

The Faora/Davis scenes were awesome, and both actors did such a wonderful job.  SW's freaked out expression was priceless.  And I have to say, I'm loving the explanation for Doomsday.  I still don't really feel sorry for the guy.  I can't seem to make that investment.  But I think the story seems pretty well crafted.  

I didn't quite get the line about Jor-El and Lara not coming to look for Kal-El.  Isn't that hard to do when you're, like, Dead?

Oh, and I totally have a new favorite bit player.  Give it up for the Brother with the 'tude.  "Kent, Miss Mercer wants to see you...Bitch!"  Ok, he didn't say the "bitch" part, but didn't it sound like he wanted to?  I love him.

I really, really enjoyed the Tess/Clark scene.  Lots of interesting chemistry there.  And I like how Tess is trying to find an angle with Clark, and I very much enjoy the way Clark is stonewalling her.  Its no more panicked teenager.  Clark handles Tess with calm, and cool.  I especially liked his line about if she wanted to fire him, go ahead.  That whole scene played out really well for me, and I really hope we get more Tess/Clark scenes down the road.  

So, in conclusion, not my favorite this season, but a solid episode that really advanced the storyline.  And nice performances by all, with ED getting the biggest props.

I really believe PS3 have much to be happy and proud of here.  They did something really difficult with an 8 year old show, and they are really making it work.  And its so very evident to me that there were a lot of things they wanted to explore, and areas they wanted to move into, that they were prevented from doing previously.  And they really seem to be having fun with it. 

Lets hope they can keep this up.  Being a spoiler hound, I'm worried.  
 

Comments

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tasabian
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Oh, and I totally have a new favorite bit player. Give it up for the Brother with the 'tude. "Kent, Miss Mercer wants to see you...Bitch!" Ok, he didn't say the "bitch" part, but didn't it sound like he wanted to? I love him.
He gave Clark a very comprehensive up & down look too! What a scene stealer.

Caroline Dries (of whom I'm NOT a fan) writes a very good Oliver.
She's the most unpredictable of the writers, isn't she? When she's good, she's very good (Nemesis, Fracture, Action) and when she's bad, she's Sleeper. I thought this ep. was quite solid and yep, Ollie snagged the best lines.
jeannev
Nov. 8th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
What a scene stealer.

Don't you just love those actors? It reminds me so much of that delivery guy from Rosetta. The one that totally cracked Michael and Tom up with the delivery of the line "Lucky me".

I think its going to take me a long time to forgive Dries for Sleeper. Not so much because of the Chimmy crap, which I don't blame her for. But for how she wrote Clark. I don't think she's a Clark fan at all.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 8th, 2008 05:48 am (UTC)
Good Review and Screentime
I was worried about this episode because I thought Lois would get the most screentime. I'm glad that Clark got the most screentime by a margin with Lois a very close second. Kara is third in the screentime. It looks like Caroline Dries redeemed herself after that mess in Toxic. There's nothing like seeing the future family of Clark, Lois, and Kara together.

The episode's overnight rating was 4.81 million viewers and its final rating was 4.459 million viewers, which rounds off to 4.5. It's still higher than both Odyssey and Identity.
jeannev
Nov. 8th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Good Review and Screentime
I'm still on the fence with Dries, but this was a solid effort. I'm still not seeing her as a "Clark" writer, and thats very important to me.

The ratings for SV this season have been really solid. I'm thrilled. Especially after all the declarations of people never watching again, and all the insinuations that almost no one watched the show for Tom, or Clark's story, or that it was a particular 'ship that "everyone" wanted to see. I hate that nonsense. I totally respect individual decisions to watch or not watch. But not sweeping declarations that "most fans" feel the same way. Sorry, its a peeve of mine, and I really feel like its incredibly insulting to TW's efforts as the lead of this show.
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jeannev
Nov. 8th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
The Clois in the PZ was awesome. Right what it should've been. I'm just not sure these banter-y DP scenes are working as well as they should be. And I don't blame Erica and Tom for that. I'm just not sure that the SV writers excel at writing that witty banter that the scenes really call out for.

I agree that you could read that into Clark's expression when he got home. But I guess for me, I think they need something a little more obvious if this is the definitive direction they are going towards. I just believe that maybe Clark's feelings shouldn't be so ambigious at this point.

Honestly, I'd be perfectly fine with Lois knowing the truth about Clark by the end of this season.

I do think Abyss will have decent fast nationals, but its going to get hit bigtime due to losing the NY market to the football game. Its very unfortunate scheduling.
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jeannev
Nov. 8th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
For the runtimes, I do include the opening credits in the overall runtime, but not the closing credits. My time ends right after the initial producers credit. So, that accounts for the time difference between me and iTunes. :)

I am absolutely amazed at the uniformity in running times this season. That isn't like seasons past which had far more fluctuation. I wonder if thats due to a producing change?

Ah, more Princess Bride ;)

I absolutely agree that Erica did a smashing acting job in this episode. She really created an entirely different persona. It was good to see. I always get annoyed when Erica, or Tom, or Kristin are referred to as some sort of lower lifeform of actor as compared to MR or AM. And I'm not taking anything away from MR or AM, I'm just saying that I think ED, KK and TW are all on the SAME LEVEL as they are. I understand having your favorite. God knows I do. But I just hate all that "so-and-so just doesn't compare to so-and-so". If its one of the older actors, I can understand it a bit more. Especially Glover. But for the younger actors, I've never seen this great chasm between their talents.

I agree that the back and forth is a Clois thing. And sometimes it works great, and its fun and funny. But other times, I just think that it misses the mark. Or a certain comment just strikes me as particularly unnecessary. Truth be told, I'm not a huge fan of that sort of banter in the context of a romantic relationship, so my issues with it go beyond the scope or SV and extend into a larger personal preference type of thing. I know I just enjoy Clois a lot more when they're having a real conversation, as opposed to the gibes. Take the intital farmhouse scene. I thought that really worked well, and aside from a comment about snoopy boxers, there wasn't a putdown in sight. I like those scenes a lot.

Laura got a raw deal, but honestly, the character was never a good fit for this show. I do think Laura made some friends though, and I think Tom, Erica and Michael all made really positive impressions on her.



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starry_dawn
Nov. 8th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
Hee, it feels like I'm reading my review all over again! We usually differ on at least a few things here and there every episode, but this episode we seem to be seeing eye-to-eye on everything. :D

I'm always worried about what the next episode might bring (I can't seem to shake that habit off), but I find myself pleasantly surprised after every episode, so I'm just crossing my fingers right now and hoping for the best.
jeannev
Nov. 8th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
I read your review, and I'll commenting shortly. But yeah, looks like we were on the same page. I might've been tad more critical, but I usually am.

I'm hoping for the best too, because going by what we've seen so far, PS3 have worked up a lot of good will. But still...I don't love the spoilers :(

Edited at 2008-11-08 10:02 pm (UTC)
svgurl
Nov. 8th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Great review! :D

I may not have been Kara's biggest fan, but I would've liked to have seen more of her then we did. I do believe they came up with a very fitting ending for Kara, and her scenes with Clark were truly moving.

I was surprised that Kara didn't have more screen time. I think they misused her last season but like you said, they gave her storyline good closure. :)

Clark and Lois were rather cute. I liked how Lois wanted to stay with Clark because he is the one she feels safe with. &hearts

Clark may have feelings for the creature Faora was inhabiting, but I'd rather see some more obvious scenes of that rather then having Faora tell us that.

Yeah, SV still needs to work on the whole "show not tell" thing. Scenes like the one in "Instinct" where Clark broke from Maxima and ran after Lois mean more to me than scenes where someone just says, "you have feelings for him/her".

The Oliver/Chloe scenes were cool! I think it's nice to see them interacting, since they're supposed to be working together and all that. :D

And would they give poor Oliver an apartment already? All the scenes on the plane are just silly.

Yes, I agree! I miss the penthouse set, which they've apparently turned into the Ace of Clubs. :\ Ollie was rather entertaining, in his scenes with everyone. I thought it was funny how Clark finally asked if everyone has a key to the place. :D

The Tess/Clark scene was good! ITA about how Clark handled her. He's really grown up and TW plays it off very well. :D

And nice performances by all, with ED getting the biggest props.

Yeah, just like TW did a great job with playing Bizarro and Clark differently so we could tell, I thought Erica did the same with Faora and Lois. :)

I still love s8! Like you, I'm hoping they keep it up.
jeannev
Nov. 9th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, SV still needs to work on the whole "show not tell" thing. Scenes like the one in "Instinct" where Clark broke from Maxima and ran after Lois mean more to me than scenes where someone just says, "you have feelings for him/her".

Yeah, this is a big problem SV is having with the Clois right now. Not that they haven't also been giving viewers some decent Clois as well. But I feel like this telling stuff is being used a bit like a crutch, and its a cheat. Its like developing storylines on Offscreensville.

I can't believe that they can't come up with another set for Oliver besides the cheesey plane one. What happened to the Luthorcorp set? And they had a set for the a Lexana bedroom, so couldn't they turn that into a funky living room for Oliver?

I am loving S8 as well. I don't think the show has been this consistently good for a long time.
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carolandtom
Nov. 8th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad Clark had that much screen time! Like you, I didn't feel like he was much in the episode.

Great review, as usual! I agree with most it.

Caroline Dries (of whom I'm NOT a fan)
I'm NOT a fan of Caroline Dries either. I don't trust her to deliver a good Clark. She seems much more interested in other characters. And I hate some of her lines.

So, what is Oliver up to? I don't know if anyone noticed, but the files he was looking at when Chloe found him on the Plane

I too noticed the files Oliver was looking at. I'm sure they hint at a storyline to come and I'm already wary that it may focus a lot on the GA and not so much on Clark. I hope that's not the case.

The Faora/Davis scenes were awesome, and both actors did such a wonderful job.
I must be the only person in fandom that's not thrilled with SW's acting. I'm not saying he does a bad job but I usually have a problem with actors that seem to be working too hard for the camera, in the sense that I see the actor more than the character. It's like they look sideways to me and say "Watch me. Am I not awesome?" That happens to me with SW most of the time. The result is that I'm left feeling not really invested either on the actor or in the character he's playing. But of course that's just MY opinion.

I do believe they came up with a very fitting ending for Kara, and her scenes with Clark were truly moving. And very well performed by TW especially.
Agreed! I'm glad they gave closure to Kara's storyline. She wasn't needed on the show, IMO, but she deserved a fitting ending.

Being a spoiler hound, I'm worried.
Me too! I don't like how some of the spoilers sound. If I've learnt something from watching SV for so long is not to let my guard down because you never know when they may deliver a nasty blow.

Allow me to add that Tom was wonderful and looked incredibly beautiful, as usual. I loved the gorgeous close-ups of his face in his scenes with Kara at the PZ.

Again, thanks for the numbers and for the great analysis and thoughts!
jeannev
Nov. 9th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
I was really shocked that Clark was over 20m in this. It just didn't seem that way. Just goes to show you how skewed perceptions can be.

I also don't think Dries writes a good Clark. I just don't get the sense that he's a character that interests her much. When I read the S6 companion book, I got the real sense that she loved Lex and Lana, and reading the S7 book, I thought Chloe and Jimmy were it for her. But Clark? Not so much.

I think you raise a valid point about SW's acting. I think he's very good, but I do see a little of the hammy in his performance. I felt that most acutely in Prey with the weepy confession scene with Chloe. I think he's an actor that will start chewing the scenery if he isn't directed well.

If I've learnt something from watching SV for so long is not to let my guard down because you never know when they may deliver a nasty blow.

Absolutely! Hope for the best, brace yourself for the worst.

Tom is looking so spectacular this season, its crazy! Who would've believed that he could continue to get more and more gorgeous?
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goodvibe
Nov. 8th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
I just got done with my own thoughts on the ep, and I'm surprised (pleasantly so!) by Clark' screentime as well.

I think the ep contained a lot of set-up, and some interesting revelations. I agree with a lot of what you've said, especially about throwing so much into one ep. I think it would have done better as a two parter maybe? With the PZ action in one half and the ramifications in the second half.

It's uncanny how much we're on the same page about Clois in this ep. The PZ scenes? Made of win. Actual, real, palpable material there. The rest? Not so much.

//Oh, and I totally have a new favorite bit player. Give it up for the Brother with the 'tude. "Kent, Miss Mercer wants to see you...Bitch!" Ok, he didn't say the "bitch" part, but didn't it sound like he wanted to? I love him.//

Heh! Too true. Good catch.
jeannev
Nov. 9th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC)
Clark's total was a big surprise to me.

This was defintely an episode that moved the plot along. But I think it did it in a pretty interesting way. I thought it was particularly effective in giving Kara a decent exit, and explaining the Doomsday thing. Which is far more plausible than I expected. Kudos PS3.

I've been seeing a lot of people who were on the same page with us with the Clois stuff. I think they're doing a lot of things right there, but they still need to make a few adjustments to get it just right. Maybe thats what they are going for?
chatchien
Nov. 8th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Wasn't the Second Change Halfway House from the episode Rage, where Oliver was shooting himself up with the green juice?

And wasn't Lana interested in the Second Chance? Change? Halfway House when she was married to Lex? Hmmmm, and Lana is due back to take her bow.
jude_judith82
Nov. 9th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Well, wow, there was A LOT going on in this episode, eh? And thats probably the biggest reason I didn't absolutely love it. I did like it though, and I thought this episode really moved the story forward. Everything in the episode did feel like it needed to be here.

I could not be in agreement more of this statement. I wish they would have broken the eppy into two parts or something. But I think you commented earlier that Clark's total surprised you me too. I felt like Clark was hardly in the eppy but then again there was a lot going on.

And would they give poor Oliver an apartment already? All the scenes on the plane are just silly.


LOL

I really, really enjoyed the Tess/Clark scene. Lots of interesting chemistry there. And I like how Tess is trying to find an angle with Clark, and I very much enjoy the way Clark is stonewalling her. Its no more panicked teenager. Clark handles Tess with calm, and cool. I especially liked his line about if she wanted to fire him, go ahead. That whole scene played out really well for me, and I really hope we get more Tess/Clark scenes down the road.


Ok this scene was just awesome. I've just realized that Clark hasn't showed the infamous Kent temper in a while. Hmmm.

jeannev
Nov. 9th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I would've loved a 2-parter, but SV has an aversion to them.

I just love the way Clark is handling Tess. He's completely calm. While he does deny, he actually isn't breaking a sweat coming up with plausible explanations for her either. Its a really fun dynamic, helped along by some great chemistry between Tom and Cassiday.
eeyore1017
Nov. 10th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
But, when SV throws so much into one episode, I very often end up feeling as though I didn't get enough of the individual stories.
I agree. I think there should have been a whole episode wrapping up Kara's story and then at the end we could have found out that Faora escaped and she could have taken over Lois. I know that they have a lot to cram into what could be the last season though, so I'll cut them some slack.

I do believe they came up with a very fitting ending for Kara, and her scenes with Clark were truly moving. And very well performed by TW especially.
Yes! I agree. Like you said though, it would have been nice if they had mentioned Kara before now.

I think TPTB need to decide, is Clark a copyboy or the new low reporter on the totem pole. Because there is a difference...

I did think the whole, "Because I'm me, hello!" was rather funny. I liked Clark's reaction- he was humoring her, but we know that he didn't think that was the reason at all.

So, what is Oliver up to? I don't know if anyone noticed, but the files he was looking at when Chloe found him on the Plane were labeled "AL-65 Analysis Dara" and "AL-65 Test Group Dosages, Second Chance Halfway House".
I was wondering what those folders said, but I was too lazy to freeze frame it. It will be interesting to see if the Halfway House and the injections get brought up again.

So, what is it with these Kryptonians and making sure their hair and wardrobe are absolutely perfect before they head off on their missions?
Ha! That is pretty funny. Why did Clark even have that black shirt that Kal-el wore? It's not like Clark ever wore it.

And would they give poor Oliver an apartment already? All the scenes on the plane are just silly.
Oliver did have some very funny lines in this episode.

I agree with both of these comments. You would think that "Mercy" would know Oliver well enough to know that the Green Arrow had the same humor and speech patterns as him...

I am very curious to see how Abyss is going to be. I wonder if Chloe will have more screentime than Clark? I'm not really looking forward to a Chloe-centric episode but I am curious to see how some of this (stuff we've been spoiled about) is going to play out...





jeannev
Nov. 10th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
I think TPTB need to decide, is Clark a copyboy or the new low reporter on the totem pole. Because there is a difference...

Yes there is, and this is something thats actually bugging me. They already established him as working as a reporter, across from Lois. So, can we not retcon and decide he's just a copy boy now? That horse has already left the barn.

I did think the whole, "Because I'm me, hello!" was rather funny. I liked Clark's reaction- he was humoring her, but we know that he didn't think that was the reason at all.

ED's delivery of that line was spot-on, but I still think it made Lois seem rather clueless. I'd like to see her instincts and suspicions be a bit sharper. I can't help but think the scene would've played better if Lois had walked up to Clark and told him about the raise with a bit more of a "So, what do you think is up with that?" kind of thing.

You would think that "Mercy" would know Oliver well enough to know that the Green Arrow had the same humor and speech patterns as him...

True, but this is all a part of the superhero stuff that you have to buy into.

And yes, I expect Chloe to have more screentime than Clark in Abyss. I am also not looking forward to a Chloe-centric episod that much, and I think the spoilers for it kind of suck ass.






(Anonymous)
Nov. 10th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
This will be the last time we'll see Tess for the first half of the season. She will not be in the next three episodes until episode 12, which is Bulletproof.
I think it's because Davis has the least amount of screentime overall in this season they need to focus on him a little more. Tess has appeared in the first 5 episodes, along with this and Identity. So, out of the first 10 episodes, Tess will appear in 7 of them.
jeannev
Nov. 10th, 2008 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thats too bad about Tess. I really don't think having characters missing for a bunch of eps in a row is really a good thing for the show. I think they miscalculated by having only 2 fulltimers.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 10th, 2008 07:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the numbers and review. Seeing trailer and DC of Bloodline (and knowing the episode was written by Caroline Dries), I was afraid I would hate it. But I need to say, I was pleasantly surprised. OK, I still had some issues with Caroline’s writing Clark’s character. But I think it wasn’t so bad as in Sleeper. And Tom looked stunningly handsome there. ED was great as Faora. And I have very similar feelings about SW and his acting as you and Carolandtom. I only hope lack of Clark in Trailer for Abyss and all the episode will not draw rating down. 4.46 mil. for Bloodline was great, IMO. Lis
jeannev
Nov. 10th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
I actually had some reservations about this episode as well, but it turned out better then I thought. I think thats because everything in the episode seemed to have a real purpose, as opposed to a "lets give Lois powers" type of deal. That plot device actually served an important purpose.

The Abyss trailer probably isn't going to help the ratings much, but hopefully SV is on a roll now. I'm much more worried about the ratings post-hiatus, because I don't think the CW will do a thing to publicize its return.
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beef_wonder3
Nov. 11th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
her scenes with Clark were truly moving
Omg! I loved those scenes. They were so sweet.

Over the last few seasons, I've really felt like we were a bit stagnant
I think that’s one of the biggest things that pissed us all off. It all went ‘round in circles and nobody got anywhere.

what is it with these Kryptonians and making sure their hair and wardrobe are absolutely perfect before they head off on their missions?
Maybe it’s a cultural thing, lol!

But I think the story seems pretty well crafted
It’s like a breath of fresh air. It’s like they know where they’re gonna go with Davis’ storyline unlike the ‘Veritas’ arc or the ’Isobel-Stones’ arc where they just threw things together every week and hoped we’d buy it.
jeannev
Nov. 11th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
I thought Tom really brought a lot to his scenes with LV. I honestly thought she was a little stiff, but that may have been an acting choice, since I think it makes sense to show Kara a bit shell-shocked after her experiance in the Zone. So, her coldness actually worked, and it provided a lot of contrast with the warmness Tom brught to the scenes.

And it sure does seem like they've thought this Doomsday thing out. Lets hope the same can be said of other plots.
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jeannev
Dec. 2nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm not certain that I'll ever completely forgive Dries for Sleeper, but she did a pretty good job here. I still don't think she writes a really great Clark. And thats sort of my barometer.

Tom & Laura are really wonderful together. If they weren't playing cousins, I bet they could make a sizzling romantic duo. They just seem to have a natural ease with each other. And Erica was really great here.
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