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I debated a long time over whether or not I was going to do a review of this episode (the minutes were a given).  A big part of me just really didn't want to.  This episode frustrated me, in a season where I've been mostly frustration-free.  And I don't welcome the return of that feeling.  And its not that I'm pulling my hair out, or cursing the SV Gods, or anything like that.  I'm just frustrated.  Because I think this episode could've achieved a lot of the same things, but in different and better ways.  And I don't really understand why this similar path keeps getting picked over and over again. 

Well, anyway, here are your totals.  I'm sure AM fans will be thrilled. :)

Running Time 41m, 40s ("previously on" 1m, 22s)

Clark 20m, 57s *
Chloe 29m, 46s *
Jimmy 12m, 2s
Davis 8m, 49s

* 2m, 16s was "Young Clark" & "Young Chloe"

Year to Date (# of eps)

Clark 183m, - (9)
Chloe 125m, 12s (9)
Lois 88m, 42s (7)
Jimmy 57m, 37s (6)
Tess 54m, 36s (7)
Davis 44m, 28s (5)
Oliver 53m, 57s (5)

Type your cut contents here.

And yes, my brain is actually fried.  I spent a day at The Spa, and I know all that stuff is supposed to relax you, but it sort of made me feel weird.  Go figure.

OK, so this isn't going to be a normal review.  I'm just going to tick off bullet points

-Very good performances from TW, AM and SW.  AA didn't fare as well, but he was 100% stuck in the role that doesn't suit him at all...love interest.
- Nice to see Clark and Jor-El communicating despite massive retconning bullshit
- Nice effect on the disappearing memories
- Despite questionable casting, the young Clark and Chloe flashback was a cute idea
- Everyone looked great.

So, there ya go.

Oh, OK, I obviously left out the big stuff, so I'll address that. 

I love Clark.  He's my favorite character.  But I'm not an apologist.  I disagreed with Clark's decision here.  I completely understood where he was coming from, and anyone who claims that his decision didn't come from a place of a love and concern for Chloe can kiss my ass.  But I don't agree with the decision.  And I don't like that the show had him make that decision.  I'm actually not entirely adverse to a situation where Chloe no longer knows the secret, I just don't want it to be this way.

And so its addressed. 

So now, I'll talk a bit about my frustration, and feel free to skip this part as its going to discuss a bit of the show overall, and may refer to coming spoilers, so WARNING, POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!

I am so damned sick to death of the show putting Clark in these no win situations.  They absolutely, positively set him up to fail, and then we get into that wonderful "Oh, its all my fault" scenes.  And to me, thats precisely what this episode was doing to Clark.  I am SO SICK OF IT!  I hate it.  See, even if you think him not restoring Chloe's memory of his secret isn't going to bite him in the ass, obviously the whole Brainiac taking over the FOS will.  So, Clark was set up to fail from the word Go!  We get another one of those vague "I can do this My Son, but bad things might happen...", but what the hell else is there for Clark to do?  And then if it all goes to shit, which it inevitably does, then we get Clark lamenting that its all his fault, but we also get the show sort of hinting that yeah, it kind of is.  When the writing had set him up as the fallguy all along anyway.  He obviously can't let Chloe get taken over by Brainiac.  He has no other way of curing her but Jor-El and the FOS.  But because of that, Brianiac takes over the FOS.  Well, Shit!

I'm not sure I even want to get into the retcon crap of somehow Clark being at fault for all the shit the AI has pulled.  Yes, it was all because Clark screwed it up!  No, the AI never did anything sadistic!  Nonsense!  Ridiculous.

I'm also terribly frustrated by the dueling 'ship anvils, because yes, I thought this episode was obviously throwing them.  Most times I think all these "hidden signs" are shipper delusion, but I can't say that for this episode.  Because really, having Clark be Chloe's "happy place", and concentrating on scenes of her kissing him, more or less makes it crystal clear that she's not over him, and certainly not head over heels over Jimmy.  And having Clark be so determined and loving towards Chloe could certainly all be in the name of friendship, but it does just accentuate the intensity of that bond.

And then next weekend, he's coming close to kissing Lois?  

And BTW, there's nothing at all fucking wrong with him and Lois kissing, and Clark does not belong to Chloe, he is not her property, he does not owe her fidelity while she's marrying another man, and Lois isn't betraying her engaged cousin by falling for Clark.  That whole thing is horseshit.

But yeah, anyway, I think this continuing to send mixed signals on the 'ships at this point in the show is just tedious, and frustrating, and flat out moronic.  This is the 9th inning Guys, the 4th quarter, the home stretch, we're coming into port, the landing gear is down, Land Ho!  Pick a fucking ship for Clark, and sail it already!!!  At this point, I don't even think I care anymore which one it is (I might be most partial to Clark and Oliver though).  And this is just going to get more convaluted when Lana comes back, and Lois disappears.  Oh. What. Fun. 

Personally, I think if they weren't going to commit to the Clois, and stay the course with it throughout the season, then they shouldn't have started it at all. 

But hey, the preview for next week looks kickass, and I love that Clark and Oliver scene.  So, hopefully my frustration will subside a bit by next week.  But I don't know...seems to me that this week was the set-up for next week and the coming Legion, which will put all that "its all my fault" crap into play.  After all, isn't that the whole reason Clark sends the Legion back?  I guess we'll find out. 


Nov. 16th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
I agree that it's definitely a shipper bone. I guess since TPTB have no intention of ever having Clark and Chloe get together, and in all liklihood, they probably are done having them kiss in real time, they just packaged everything up into a montage of events that Chloe remembers. I guess I'd rather see them do that than have another Crimson episode where Clark has to make out with two different girls. I've had enough of that shit. As long as we don't get episodes where Clark is "playing the field", I'm fine with it.



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