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Screentime Minutes for Power

First time I ever did this with the sound turned off on my computer. It made the episode marginally better.

Running Time: 41m, 40s
"Previously On": 1m, 4s

Clark: 15m, 2s (his season low so far)
Chloe: 8m, 17s
Tess: 12m, 8s

The Perfection of Lana: 20m, 15s

Season To Date: (# of eps)

Clark: 264m, 25s (13)
Chloe: 162m, 46s (13)
Lois: 104m, 46s (8)
Jimmy: 67m, 29s (7)
Tess: 74m, 29s (9)
Davis: 52m, 45s (7)
Oliver: 71m, 8s (7)

Lana: 48m, 53s (4)

Now, I need to go delete this from my hard drive, and run a Virus Scan to make sure it didn't leave behind any icky residue.

I'm not doing a review this week.  And likely not next week either.  After that, we'll just have to see.  This may very well be the episode that killed my love affair with this show.  I'm not making any grand proclamations, or swearing I'll never watch it again, or anything like this.  But it sure does feel like something died, and I'm not talking about Regan.

I feel monumentally stupid for celebrating AlMiles departure, and actually believing for a little while that we were in better hands.  I should've known better, because the clues were certainly there.  There was always this thought in the back of my head that all the good Clark in the beginning of the season was going to turn to shit as soon as Lana came back, but I'm an idiot...I hoped.  Someday, I'd love for one of these idiots in charge to explain to me why they would do this much damage to a season that was going along pretty well, all to serve a character thats only here for 5 eps, then gone, and likely to take many of her fans with her.  But then again, it would probably be an explanation along the lines of Souders/Peterson infamous Crimson quotes, and thats probably worse then nothing at all.

Oh, I just want to say one more thing.....the disrespect to Michael Rosenbaum blows my freaking mind.  Unreal.


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Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
You're not an idiot and you're not the only one who had hopes about Lana's return. I hope you feel better real soon.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Oh, but I am an idiot. I should've known. Its the very reason I always tell people to read the Companion Books....to understand where these people are coming from. I don't know why I didn't remember that.

And thanks, I feel OK. Oh, I'm sad, of course. And I don't love Clark right now, and I've never felt like that with this show before. :(
(no subject) - jude_judith82 - Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:26 am (UTC) - Expand
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Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
You don't need to be. I know things are different for you, and I hate that I might even make you feel bad, even a little. I don't know if you'll believe this or not, but I had really hoped we'd both be able to be happy with the storyline. I don't think I'll ever understand why such a path was chosen. But it was, and that is what it is.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
I find it interesting that Lana has had almost as much screentime as Davis and he's been in 3 more episodes than her.

I also feel dis-heartened by what happened in this episode. I kept waiting for someone to tell Lana that she was crazy or maybe we'd find out that Clark was only humoring her but didn't really believe her crazy talk. Wishful thinking...
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
I think a lot of people feel disheartened, and thats really the perfect word for it. I am just flabbergasted that the writers had all this time to come up with a farewell arc for Lana, and this is what they planned. This is what they thought was so cool (or so said Darren Swimmer). Thats just....Wow.

HeHeHe, "flabbergasted" is a funny word. :)
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
I share your pain. I think I'm still in some sort of shock because I also let myself believe that PS3 really cared about Clark. I really don't get it. Why would they completely stop the momentum they had going to drop, in the middle of a season that had every chance of becoming an all time favorite, a story line that so obviously was meant to be played out last season. It's time was past once they decided to move Clark forward this season. I also feel slapped in the face. There were certain lines of dialogue in Power that were obvious digs to those who dare to criticize "the Perfection of Lana." Are they trying to piss certain fans off?

I do hope the show can recover. Anyway, just wanted to say I'm sorry you won't be writing a review but I certainly understand. I always enjoy reading your take on things.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I definitely think I was in shock. Well, tv shock.

And ya know, I just want to say something here. I have 2 sisters who also watch this show. Neither of them involved in SV fandom at all. One wouldn't even know where to go to find a MB. And they had the same reaction to the episode as I did, maybe not quite as severe. They're both all "WTF was That?". So, I don't think online fandom is just being overly dramatic.

And like you, I also felt certain lines in Power were digs, or maybe more appropriately, they were lines saying "SEE! We told y'all Lana was perfect and wonderful and the bestest ever". The pimping is insane.

I've been writing reviews for years now. It feels strange to not have the slightest desire to do one.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
It's a testament to how badly they've fucked things up that you feel this way. No one loves Clark more than you do, or has been more loyal to him, but even your devotion couldn't withstand the assault of this Lana arc. I understand what you're feeling, truly. If I hadn't made a commitment to SHoE to write reviews, I might have skipped this one as well.

Thank you for the screentime minutes. I don't care if it's Lana's swan song, it's wrong for any character to have more screentime than Clark. Not that his time onscreen was spent particularly well, anyway. *sighs* And honestly, the insult to Michael Rosenbaum bothers me even more than the Lana crap. I just can't wrap my mind around what they're thinking. I'll be interested to see how the ratings look for Infamous. Four episodes of unadulterated Lana worship followed by another hiatus is enough to make plenty of people give up on this show for good, I would think.

I'm still glad AlMiles left, though, because I really loved the first ten episodes, and I don't think they ever would have let us have that Clark.

BTW, I haven't been online much lately and I'm out of the loop. What's this I hear about Tom not directing Hex because he's sick? Is he okay?
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
They did such damage to my Clark love, I'm even annoyed with TW. I'm annoyed that he didn't open up his mouth, and put his size 14 foot down.

I know thats irrational. *shamed*

I'm sure Lana's screentime will also be exorbidant next week. But I've been told, numerous times, that Lana and her fans DESERVE a good exit, so every other character, and all other fans, can just go get fucked.

I don't know what the ratings will do. But yeah, it wouldn't surprise me if Infamous got hammered.

I don't know if it was better not to have the Clark from the first eps of this season if this was what they were going to do to him, or have it and have it yanked away. The former may have been better. Well, we'll always have the awesome wardrobe. :)

No one knows what is going on with Hex, and Tom directing. He should've appeared on directors list last week, but didn't, and when they updated this friday, he's still not on it. Craig thought that they may be shooting out of order because Tom was sick.
(no subject) - tariel22 - Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:13 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Aw, sweetie. *hugs and hugs*

This...was really a "scorched earth" episode, wasn't it? I haven't watched it, nor will I, but I've seen so many posts from disheartened fans of all 'ships and stripes. It's a much stronger negative reaction than we saw to "Promise", isn't it? Even some Clana fans seem unhappy too, not getting the bittersweet send-off they've hoped for.

It's a cruel plot-line for Lois fans - will she only be Clark's rebound now? It was a disservice to Allison to stick her with a script that was bound to be unpopular; And the Clark (and Superman) fans have been so unhappy as well. I'd love to know what Tom thought about it.

the disrespect to Michael Rosenbaum blows my freaking mind. Unreal.
He's been so clear abut his intentions since last April: the chapter has closed for him; he's said that he loved his SV time but he's not returning. It's as if they thought writing Lex into the plot would force Michael to return - it would have been so easy to have left Lex out of it altogether.

I'm glad Michael didn't come back. For what? To be used as a cog in this profoundly stupid "apotheosis of Lana" plot? He did me a favour by saying "no" because I can ignore this run of episodes and take some satisfaction in all the mocking that fake!Lex has been inspiring across the 'net.

Based on his previous interview, I hope it doesn't bother Michael. He's friends with these guys, Slavkin in particular...what were they thinking? S8 had been chugging along so well...

Is there anything that would cheer you up? I hate seeing you sad :(

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Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll take those hugs. And send some back *hugs*

"Scorched Earth" is an AWESOME way to describe this episode. Wow, thats totally what it was.

I don't even know what to say to the Lois FF's, though I guess I'd say that at least she was able to get out of Dodge, and she didn't have to do any Lana worshipping. Clark, Chloe, Tess and Oliver weren't so lucky. I like Lois. Not love, but like. But I know she's had some crap writing. But I never thought the writers hated her. Now I think they might. They never should have gone anywhere near the Clois stuff.

I'm beginning to think that Tom just didn't get a shit about anything anymore, except maybe the technical stuff. I think he could get things changed if he truly wanted.

And I hope MR never, ever considers coming back. Keep moving forward Michael, and never look back Baby!

And thanks for the offer to cheer me up. I can't think of anything at the moment, but I'll give a holler if I think of something. I'm hoping someone out there will write some filthy, kinky Red-K Clark/Tess fanfic. That would make me happy. LOL
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
I just watched it again (yes, I'm a glutton for punishment) and the first 30ish minutes didn't seem as bad as my brain had registered. But the last 20ish minutes with Lana so smug that she was perfectly entitled to steal the technology and was now strong enough to handle it: that last portion was so much worse.

In Canada, they don't have the next episode trailer at the end, so my initial review didn't take that into account either. I couldn't believe the disrespect shown to Michael. Grrr.

So I don't even know how to rate this. Is it worse than Hero? Static? I really can't say anymore. All I know is I feel like asking someone to add something nasty to the picture I've used in the icon.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Actually, the whole Lana training with Navy Seal torturer was silly, but not offensive. It really went off the rails with all the "I need to have Clark-like powers, because ONLY I have the wisdom, strength, purpose and perfectness to handle it". Ah, say WHAT?

Hero was crap, but it mostly crapped on poor Pete, who was the guest star. Static was also crap, but it didn't seem as Scorched Earth as this (hm Tasabian). I can only say, for me, this is the worst SV episode ever.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
Don't feel stupid. We were fooled. Well played, PS3. You lured us in with what looked like the first half of an amazing season.

Hopefully things won't be as bad in 15-22. *shrug* :(

Also, fuck you, Lana, for probably beating Davis in screentime next week. Lana > Doomsday.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know so many of us Clark fans were so elated at the progness he made, and the way he was written. A classic bait-and-switch.

And don't be silly G, Lana > all of the universe. Doomsday is but a bug under her dainty feet.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
Oh Sweetie I hope your Clark Love comes back. i know you feel though, I was loving this show and Clark's progress, and now...not so much.Clark's my wonderful boy and all but I'm not in love with him right now. I hope Tom doesn't sign for another season tbh.

And a big WORD to the disrespect shown to Michael. He worked so hard to make Lex sympathic and nunaced even in seasons 5-7. To completely destroy that, by not only calling him a monster, but making him into a literally one as well? No wonder he's not coming back, I don't want him to.

Him and Tom deserve so much better, than to be used to prop about Lana's postition about the superpowers, and fufill the "Lana must be worshipped" Quota for this season.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)
If Tom signed for another season he's an ass. Pure and simple, he's an ass.

I think Michael made the right choice by walking away, and I'm hoping he's not considering even one appearance. Not One!
Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Vantheman77's review
This episode was written by half of the new showrunners, Slavkin and Swimmer. They didn't follow up what Bryan Miller did on Bulletproof. Instead, they destroyed the characters by changing them in opposite ways. The inconsistency of the characters was showing.

Last week, Clark wasn't so sure about the kiss with Lana. This week, he lost perspective when he was into the kiss thus forgetting all she did from Arctic to Bride. However, he's still the Daily Planet reporter and still proactive. The only thing messed up is his love life.

Last week, Chloe was cautioning Clark about Clana and was sticking up for Lois. She went to see Jimmy.
This week, Chloe was all for Clana and didn't mention both Lois and Jimmy.

Last week, Tess was devoted to Lex until Lana showed her that she has been used as Lex's eyes. This week, she hated Lex but ends up like him when she killed Regan.

Last week, Lana knows martial arts when she held her own against Tess.
This week, Lana wants to be like Clark using the Prometheus power suit. What was the point of her training? The only thing consistent on both weeks was that she didn't tell Clark why she came back. It's clear she's still hellbent on revenge on Lex. She also wanted Tess not to interfere.

Think of Power as free publicity for KK's new movie.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Vantheman77's review
Think of Power as free publicity for KK's new movie.

I can think of it that way, and I think there's a lot of validity to that line of thinking. However, it doesn't change the damage done to Clark, or his future.

For me, its more then just Clark's lovelife that is messed up. There is something very seriously wrong with a character that learns NOTHING in his relationships, and who can throw all sense and intelligence out the window whenever another characters crooks her finger at him. How could you ever trust this guy completely?

To me, thats the sort of damage thats been done to Clark.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:09 am (UTC)
I hated this episode. I hate Lana's arc. I hate what the writers are doing to Clark (not Tom's fault though. There's so much an actor can do in regard to creative decisions) In order to survive it, I'll consider this whole arc as an AU, or a joke, or one of Clark's nightmares, whatever. I know the damage has been extensive, but if I pretend this arc never happened, I'll feel a lot better.

I'm sorry to learn that you've lost your Clark love. I don't blame you but I still love him; I love him no matter what. My Clark love is unconditional, or so it seems. I didn't like him in this episode (I didn't like *anything* in it!) but I can't stop loving Clark. Apparently, I'm faithful for life. :D

I hope the enjoyment will be back once this whole nonsense is put behind us. I hope we are able to recover. But those writers and producers? They've lost the *little* faith I had in them and I'll never trust them again (not that I trusted them much before. lol )

I'm trying to have positive thoughts this week. I really need to.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I just can't believe that Tom has no power at all to get anything changed. I used to believe that, but I think at this point, he probably just can't be bothered.

Nothing wrong with loving Clark no matter what. I'm hoping to get there again. I'm not slamming that door. I just can't feel it at the moment.

And ya know, its not the end of the world. Its just a tv show. I get that. I'm sure things will look up somewhere down the line. :)

*hugs* for your lousy week.

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Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
*hugs you back* :\
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Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
Its always good to have another show. I'm enjoying Lost, and I still love Supernatural. So, I still have something to look forward to on the boob tube :)

Knowing whats coming in Requiem, yes, there's no salvaging this. This was just a big love letter to Lana/KK, and a big fuck you to everyone else. Can anyone explain that to me?

Clark was more or less a guest star in Toxic too, but he still came out of it just fine. I don't like Clark having less screentime, but in the case of Power, its not the time, its how they used it.

A Lex mention? Thats fine. A cryptic email message? Fine. The back of a chair and a hand? Fine. A freaking recast?? NOT FINE! Insulting, disgusting, disrespectful.

I am also irrationally irritated with everyone associated with the show, including TW, AM and KK. They all had a hand in the suck. But mostly its PS3.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
I don't even have anything more left to say, except that please for a minute don't think you are alone in feeling this way right now---I can ::completely:: relate. It's fucking ridiculous that the show has driven us, us! To this.

And I'm looking at Lana' screentime in just 4 eps and then I look at Jimmy' and Davis' and it's--- ::shakes head:: I have no words.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Its nice to know I'm not alone in feeling this way. I think a lot of Clark fans are just..upset.

Feb. 2nd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah... They broke the SV fan in me with that episode. But I'm much more of a cynic than most people. I always thought that if we had 10 good Clark episodes, it was only because Lex and Lana left the show and that the showrunners had no choice but to focus on Clark. I think it helps to be cynical in this case. I totally saw that the Lana arc was an artificial bubble in S8, that had nothing to do with the flow of the season. And I believe S8 will resume with Infamous as if almost nothing happened. Well, the Lana arc will have served the purpose of slowing down the clois. I think the showrunners don't deserve their fans. They have no integrity and half the show is about ships, shirtless guys, make out scenes and and Clark is only a trophy in all this. And yeah, I think that the great first half of the actual season makes the Lana arc a lot more painful.
The thing I'm most disappointed in is that this show will never be a great show like STNG that cared a lot about their integrity. Tptb are just shameless.
As for Tom, I think he didn't want to hurt his friends' feelings. KK said in an interview that this is a great send-off and Allison directed the episode for her friend and I guess they both thought they were doing a "girl power" episode. And I don't think he has that much of an influence. Glen Winter said that Tom has a definitive opinion on every script, but I'm sure he is seen as a pain in the butt most of the time. I remember Peterson said at the beginning of the season that Tom came with plenty of ideas. He didn't say "good" ideas; he didn't say "we were happy that Tom was full of ideas". No. Just, "he came with ideas". I see that as "ugh, what does he want again?" Writers don't usually like the fact that actors have ideas.
But I agree that I will be less of a fan if Tom is doing a 9th season because really, it will prove to me that he thinks he has no future in showbusiness. But I believe this is the last season and a very stressful time for him. It's a big change in a life, after being involved for so long in a show and my spec is that he may direct the final episode as he wished to, and that it's why he's not on the directors Guild sheet yet. I really really wish we will hear that the actual season is the last during hiatus.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, your entire first paragraph is so...so...YES! You absolutely kept the right perspective, and I also think you are right about how this will be handled once Infamous rolls out.

I no longer have much of an idea about what Tom's deal is. I'm sure he's a nice guy, a professional, and a hard worker. I think he's talented, and of course, gorgeous. Beyond that, who knows? But I think signing for a S9 is a boneheaded move, whether he's already done, or is thinking of doing it. It makes him not as smart as he's reported to be.

And yes, I suspect he might be getting the final episode to direct now too, which I think would be a big indicator that this is the last season. Hopefully.
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