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Change of Mood

Well, maybe I should say change of mood theme.

I'm just trying it out for right now.  See if I like it.  I'd love to have the know-how to do something personalized, so maybe I'll sit down and figure that all out one day.  Hmmm, I wonder what I'd pick....TOM WELLING, PERHAPS?  What are the chances?

I've been toying around with the idea of a bit of flist editing.  I'm very reluctant to do that, because it feels almost like I'm rejecting people.  But, by the same token, if we don't share much in common, and we don't communicate, whats the point?  I'll think a bit more on it, and see what conclusions I come to. 

I've gotten back into my SV screentime project, and I've got about 1/4 of S2 finished.  I just did Ryan today.  And, of course, I cried like the big weenie I am.  It feels like I haven't seen these episodes in a really long time.  As much as I'm enjoying S8 SV, I miss the high school days.  And I miss Clark's relationship with his parents terribly.  And, of course, I miss the Clex friendship.

Oh, speaking of the Kents, I forgot about how angry the episode Redux makes me.  I mean, basically, its a pretty crap episode in general.  Aside from Principal Asskick.  But Martha and Jonathan make me want to put a boot up their asses in this episode.  And then, at the end, when Clark tells them that his grandfather wanted a relationship with him, but his parents weren't receptive, the 2 of them basically tell him that they kept Grandpa away because Clark was different, and they didn't know if they could trust him.  Which, OK, I get to some degree, but talk about dumping more crap onto Clark!  What sort of message does that send to him?  That even his own grandfather had to be kept away from him?  Not to mention the guilt that his mother was basically cut off from her own father because they couldn't let him get too close to Clark.  I don't know, it just struck me as so wrong.

And this is the type of thing I'm always bringing up when it comes to Clark, and his supposedly idyllic upbringing and relationship with his parents.  That this sort of situation, as benign as it may have been presented on screen, can't help but impact Clark's psyche in a particular way.  How can you not feel like you have to hide when even your grandfather can't be trusted with the truth of you?  How can Clark's secretive nature and reluctance to trust not be directly tied back to his upbringing? 

Other S2 discovery, through 8 episodes, Clark doesn't have less then 18m once, and not once in 8 eps has any other character had more screentime then him. 

In other news, its looking more and more like SAG is going to strike.  Which could be disasterous for the current television season *sigh*

Oh, and even though it poured all day in NY, I still put up some of my Christmas decorations.  I have a lot of those light up animals who move their heads back and forth, as though they are perpetually saying "No".  I have a lot more to go, but weekends are at a premium, and I have so much to do.

And did I mention the stupid bitch in the brand new Lexus who side-swiped my car because I apparently wasn't making a right turn into oncoming traffic quick enough for her?  Luckily the damage isn't terrible, and I have Geico (who completely rock!).  And even more satisfying was seeing the bright red paint from my Honda scratched across the front of that brand new Lexus.  Suck it Bitch!   So, I'm driving this Chevy HHR rental.  What a bizarre car!   It looks like a clown car to me.  I expect scary guys with red noses and big shoes to jump out everytime I park the car.

So, I'll bring this ramble to a close.  I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a great day.  And for everyone who didn't, I hope you had a great day as well.  Its back to work tomorrow for me.


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Dec. 1st, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs. My poor car :(

I definitely don't want to villianize the Kents. But I really rail against the idea that everything was coming up hearts and flowers when it comes to Clark's upbringing. The lessons he learned from the Kents, the good and the bad, formed the person he is.
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
I sometimes consider "Redux" to be a weird alternate universe, since the writers never did another Smallville and the Principal Asskick wasn't seen again, which is sad, because I liked him.

I REALLY hope we don't get yet another strike. A strike KILLED a lot of shows last year - as well as cost a lot of people their jobs. With the entertainment industry being one of the only industries that isn't really suffering compared to the rest of the country, crippling it is a very bad idea, and I don't think the general public will be as receptive or caring to the actors as they were to the writers - who, it seems, were on strike for 100 days for what, actually? I didn't hear much about them getting the deal they wanted anyway. :(
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Wasn't Redux supposed to be in S1, but then they moved it to S2, and relooped some dialogue?

I liked Principal Asskick too.

I think a strike at this time is just assinine. But on the other hand, the AMPTP are acting like a bunch of buttheads. I don't know if SAG will get the strike authorization or not, but the very nature of SAG, with such a small percentage of the membership actually making a living at acting, means that not everyone can really appreciate the loss of that paycheck.

I think the smart thing to do would be to take the deal, and resolve to collective bargain with the other unions in 2 years. If they really want to get a decent deal, they're all going to have to stick together.
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
I've got a 100x50 Welling mood theme that I made and am using now; I can send you a zip of all the images if you like. :) Moods are pretty easy to make, though; it's just the making 140ish separate images that's the tedious part. ;)

Sorry about your car. Geico is fab, though. :D
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure how to use that, but I'd love to see it. Thanks so much for the offer :)

Geico totally rules!
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
And I miss Clark's relationship with his parents terribly.

I wish they'd bring Martha back. Heck, I wish they'd bring Jonathan back from the dead. I'd love to have Clark saving people and Jonathan warning him about keeping his secret while still finding it impossible not to be proud of his son. Also, Jonathan would have something to say about Clark later dressing up in tights - you know he would.
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
I wish they would bring Martha back too, but I get the impression that AOT left with some bad feelings. I think if they had treated her better, she would be more open to coming back. And that was probably AlMiles doing, but the damage is still done.

Oh yeah, I'd love to see Jonathan's reaction to Clark flying around in tights and red briefs. Could Jonathan love his alternative life style son? LOL
Dec. 1st, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your car! I'm glad you weren't hurt, and that you have good insurance!

I like the layout. It's very pretty. I am completely clueless when it comes to customizing my LJ. It took me months to figure out how to add a header, and I still think it looks dumb, just stuck up there, not really integrated with my journal in any way. I wish they just had a layout where there was a box, "insert header url here." Would that be so hard?

I know what you mean about the flist. I have a number of people who have never commented on my LJ, and never seem to post, who I friended back in the day when I friended everybody who friended me first.

Then there are those who I guess don't like me anymore, but just filter me out of everything instead of defriending me. Their presence on my flist is just a constant reminder that they find me lacking. Because I don't hate Lois and/or Erica Durance, evidently. Like today I tried to access a post I had in my Memories, but now I'm no longer authorized to view it. I try to understand why they feel the way they do, but it still hurts my feelings. *sighs*

I hear what you're saying about Clark's parents. It's not that I don't think they did a good job, but when people criticize Clark for keeping secrets, especially from Lex, it bothers me. I think that's one of the reasons I enjoyed Identity so much, because Clark's reaction to the possibility of having his secret exposed was exactly right, and Tom's performance was perfect. And no one else could truly understand how he felt.

The only thing about those Tom screentime minutes for S2 is, I think they were pretty much working him to death back then. But I totally agree that he should always have more minutes than anyone else. As much as I love the episodes Tom directs (and Apocalypse was my favorite episode of all last season), I dread the Tom-light episode that always precedes it.

It's back to work for me as well tomorrow. I can't say I'm looking forward to it. :)

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Dec. 1st, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
My car will be fine, thankfully. But butthead drivers piss me off!!

I think the new layout is working for me. Its pleasant and serene, and makes reading the journal very easy. It might be a keeper. At least for now.

And I LOVE your Tom header. It looks amazing!

Well, you know how I feel about the whole filtering thing. I'm sure there are some good reasons for it, but I think its also an excuse to say incredibly nasty things behind peoples backs. I'm just not a fan in general. I'll have to look over my flist again, and maybe make some tough choices. But my gut is telling me its the right thing to do.

It's not that I don't think they did a good job, but when people criticize Clark for keeping secrets, especially from Lex, it bothers me.

Me too!! How can you totally discount the conditioning this person has had from his beloved parents from the time he was a tiny little guy?

I'm sure his schedule in S2 (and S1, when I get there) was insane. But I think even more then the actual minutes, I really miss how tightly centered the show was around Clark. As the show has spread out, I think its lost some cohesion.

And I don't think we're getting a Tom-light episode before his directing this season. It looks like they are going to squeeze 8x15 in before the holiday break, so no need to cut back on the Clark. Then Tom will get the first episode when they come back from the break!! Whoever planned that out deserves a big kiss!!

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Dec. 1st, 2008 06:27 am (UTC)
Aww, 'Ryan' ... that was such a cute episode. Tom with kids ... he just kills me. &hearts

'Redux' was bad. I remember that ... as if Clark doesn't blame himself for everything already.

How can Clark's secretive nature and reluctance to trust not be directly tied back to his upbringing?

So true. I can't believe people are surprised that he doesn't go telling his secret to everyone. The Kents put the fear of God into him. Or rather labs. :\

That sucks about the strike.

And I'm sorry about the accident. I'm so glad you're okay though!

I don't really celebrate Thanksgiving but I did have a nice long weekend. :D I hope you had a great Thanksgiving too! :)
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Tom with kids breaks my heart. He has this inate ability to connect with them. It just seems so natural.

I don't understand why Clark's upbringing gets overwhelmingly ignored. God knows Lex is given a pass for his upbringing. Even Chloe, Lana and Lois seem to be given more understanding when it comes to their upbringing. But Clark? It seems to rarely be a factor, and I don't get it!
Dec. 1st, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
I want a TW theme too! Maybe the banner has a picture of him reading our Live Journals...

And yeah, all too many Clex fics overlook the trauma of Clark's childhood. The Kent's albeit justified paranoia definitely had a huge impact on his relationships. Not to mention that Clark's entire civilization died: finding out about that is as traumatic as you can get although Clark took a long time to absorb it. And spending the 2 most important formative years isolated in that **** space ship.
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe the banner has a picture of him reading our Live Journals...

That would be awesome. There are a few screenshots that have him reading a computer screen that would be great for that.

And just a big fat WORD! to everything you've said about Clark, and his upbringing and his childhood. I don't think I'll ever understand why none of this is supposed to matter.
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Dec. 1st, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm totally fine. Just annoyed that people are stupid drivers!!

IDK, it just seems to me like the tide is turning towards a strike. I think it will be disasterous for the industry, and television in particular. But there just seems to a lack of foresight, in addition to a lack of flexibility by the AMPTP. In short, they all seem to suck!

Tom is SAG. I can guarantee that. And thats really the person you can't get around :(
Dec. 1st, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
I'm sorry about your car accident. I'm glad you are okay.

I too would like a Tom mood theme but I make so few entries that I wonder if it'd be worth the trouble.

I agree about Clark's upbringing and the strong impact it had to make on him. I have always defended Clark's absolute right to decide whether to tell his secret or not, and to whom, but certainly the Kents contributed hugely to his finding that decision a much difficult one.

As for Redux, in spite of everything I find the episode mildly entertaining and Tom looked so beautiful in it! And there are lots of dailies from it that I enjoy immensely!
Dec. 1st, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. No physical harm done.

I'm with you, that Clark's secret was his own, and he had the right to it. I'm just not sure why the environment he grew up in was rarely, if ever, considered.

I think I know one particular daily you must've liked! ;)
Dec. 1st, 2008 10:43 am (UTC)
Well, atleast you got her car scratched too! Minor consolation, but what the hey. And ugh, just ugh, to entitled drivers like that.

I miss the Kent family dynamic too. They may have had their flaws, but it was such an intrinsic part of the show, for so long. If Clex was the core of the show, then the Kents were the heart, I've always felt. I wonder if we'll ever get another Clark/Martha scene. Probably not.
Dec. 1st, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Clark and the Kents and Clark and Lex were the reasons I stated watching SV. Heart and soul. It's what made the show work.

I like it now, but there was just so much power in that aspect of the show, imo.
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Dec. 1st, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
No strike. No! Wow, I'll be pretty peeved if they strike. I understand they want updated contracts and all that, but my patience is wearing thin with this industry. The writers' strike messed up S7 of Smallville and really hurt S3 of SPN. Now, with both my shows rocking, they're going to mess it up again? So many people have crappy real life situations right now and TV is escape. Maybe that is why they want to do it


I used to work as a claim adjuster in auto insurance. Is that seriously what she said? Idiot LOL
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
A atrike would be so depressing. And I really worry about how it will impact SV, even moreso then SPN. It just doesn't seem like the right climate for such a radical decision.

I used to work as a claim adjuster in auto insurance. Is that seriously what she said?

No, she actually said, and I quote, "I didn't see you". She didn't seem my bright cherry apple red Honda Accord at a total stand still right in front of her? Moron!
Dec. 1st, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your car but glad that you are ok.
That's what I like about the Kent family, they're not perfect and makes mistakes like every other family. I was just rewatching Rosetta and that part when Jonathan said to Clark that he's not ready to give up (protecting Clark) - that just sums it up for me...they're doing the best that they can for Clark, and you gotta love them for it :)
Dec. 1st, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Luckily, my poor car will be alright. Just a rear panel replacement, and he'll be back, good as new!

I'm definitely fine with the Kents making mistakes, and not being perfect. I do believe they were always motivated by their love for Clark, and their almost pathological desire to keep his safe and sheltered. But even with the best of their intentions, it had an effect on Clark's psyche.
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Dec. 1st, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
I guess it was the weekend for lj change. I'm still debating if more change is to come, or if I'll leave things as is for now.

I think Geico really has the whole accident thing down, and I appreciate their attention to customer service. My sister actually works for them as an investigator.

I have always believed that just as Lionel influenced Lex's childhood the Kents influenced Clark's. The idea that Clark had a whimsical, magical upbringing full of sunshine and rainbows is nonsense. The Kents did the best that they could and they were by no means perfect.

Exactly! All I ask is that this be considered.

Can you imagine telling a 5 year old that he has to hide what he can do? Can you imagine what was drilled into Clark's head before he went off to school? Can you imagine telling your child that he can't stick out or be extraordinary in any way, even though he clearly is?

The end of Vengeance may very well be my favorite SV moment ever. That scene resonated so much with me, especially since I had lost my own father a year before. The emotions were so true and raw, and Tom and Annette were incredible!
Dec. 1st, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Eeeek. I hate car accidents. :( And that person who hit you totally sounds like a massive bitch! I am ashamed to say that I drive a semi-new Lexus, now. I would never side-swipe someone and proceed to be an a-hole, though. :)

Also, Chevy HHR? HAHAHAHA. My friend in Orlando drives a metallic orange one and I make fun of her for it all the time. :)

I dread the day that I will have to cut someone from my flist. I don't even bother friending some people because I know I'll be on most of their filters, despite the fact that we're fans of the same show. Sigh.

A SAG strike would destroy me. God, I can't even begin to imagine how much that would suck for SV. Please please please NO. This is the one season you cannot screw up.

On that note, I have to tell you that episode 15 won't be filmed until 2009. :\ Episode 14 is in production right now, and it's the last one before their Christmas break. The upside is I don't think we'll be getting a Clark-lite episode 15 because Infamous sounds very Clark heavy. Does this mean TW will have less screentime in 16? That's not usually the case, I don't think (Fragile/Hydro/Apocalypse).
Dec. 1st, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
NOOOOO!!! I was sure that all the sides came out because they were rushing to get it in before the break. Well, I'm bummed out now.

Maybe Tom won't be doing #16 after all? Because there's no way #15 is Tom-lite. It can't possibly be.

And don't worry, I don't judge all Lexus drivers. :)

I'm happy to report that my rented HHR is just plain ol' silver. If it was orange, I'd have to reject it and demand something else. I still have my pride.
Dec. 1st, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your car - that must have been very scary.

Oh, speaking of the Kents, I forgot about how angry the episode Redux makes me. I mean, basically, its a pretty crap episode in general. Aside from Principal Asskick.
There's also the awesome scene where Lex drives Clark to school and their subsequent flirting while Asskick glowers: yum!

And this is the type of thing I'm always bringing up when it comes to Clark, and his supposedly idyllic upbringing and relationship with his parents. That this sort of situation, as benign as it may have been presented on screen, can't help but impact Clark's psyche in a particular way.
To me, whenever Clark evokes Jonathan (ie acting unilaterally) it's a sign he's made a wrong turn. His Martha side is his sweeter side, I think.
Dec. 2nd, 2008 12:23 am (UTC)
Oh no, the accident was really mild. More annoying then scary. But thanks for the "sorry" :)

Oh yeah, Clex were very flirty and connected in Redux. And Principal Asskick seemed to sense the "bond" they had, and Dammit! He didn't like it!!! LOL

I think Clark probably got good and bad stuff from Jonathan and Martha individually. Martha was sweeter, but I think she was a very skillful liar, and even secretive with her own family. Which, btw, seems to be another Kent trait. They actually kept a lot of secrets from each other along the way. As much love as there was there, there was also some significant dysfunction.
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