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Hex Screentime Totals and Deep Thoughts


God, whats wrong with me?  I'm taking so long to post reviews lately.  Life just keeps distracting me with....stuff!  And I still have to conjure up an appropriate celebration of tariel22 's birthday, and I have a bunch of comments to make on other peoples journals.  I'm falling down on the job here. :)

First, the times:

So, this is how this is going to work...I calculated screentime for AMChloe, and for EDChloe. All the minutes go towards screentime minutes for Chloe. At the end of the season, I will do special totals for actors, which will credit EDChloe screentime to ED's actor time. This is the same thing I've done in prior seasons, with characters like Bizarro.  I don't know what SV insists on making my life more difficult then it needs to be. Harumph!

Running Time: 41m, 30s

Clark: 22m, 41s
Chloe: 26m, 57s total
AMChloe: 9m, 50s
EDChloe: 17m, 7s
Lois: 4m, 20s
Oliver: 12m, 22s


Season Totals (# of eps)

Clark: 354m, 18s (17)
Chloe: 225m, 31s (17)
Lois: 123m, 47s (10)
Jimmy: 83m, 19s (8)
Tess: 87m, 4s (10)
Davis: 71m, 27s (9)
Oliver: 95m, 40s (9)

And now my thoughts Type your cut contents here.

I was pretty vocal about the fact that I wasn't looking forward to this episode.  I thought the concept of Chloe looking like Lois, and ED having to play that, was a fandom powderkeg.  I thought the episode sounded too Clark-lite.  I thought it seemed too filler-ish at this point in the season.  I thought we really didn't need another Chloe-centric episode.  I thought the dialogue would be meaner and more mocking.

I'm happy to say I was wrong on just about every single count.

When this episode first started, I was still a bit skeptical of the premise.  It was at, about, 1/4 of the way through when I began to really enjoy it.  And upon rewatching it, I think I really love it.  Because this episode was none of the things I was fearing, and instead was an episode full of character movement.  And although it was a Chloe-centric episode, it was also a great Clark episode.  We got more illumination into Clark's POV on things, like his life, his job, and Lois, then any other episode this season.  We also got a lot of insight into Chloe, and established her on a definitive path.  One that I believe she's been headed down for 2 seasons now.  We also got some insight into Lois' life, and how she's thriving at the DP.  And although I thought his part was the weakest link in the episode, we also got some insight into Oliver, and his feelings of regret for "killing" Lex.

And for 1 SV episode, thats a whole heck of a lot of character development.

Again, and I don't mean to dwell on this, I have to compare the clarity and humor of the dialogue of this episode to the confusing mish-mosh of Dries' Infamous.  Like Septien/Meyer did last week, Bryan Miller seems to be able to do justice to Clark and his characterization, while also writing some darn good stuff for other characters.  Miller, who is new to the writing staff this season, is a really quite a find.  He writes a Clark I like a lot, and thats the #1, most important thing for me.  I hope he hangs around for a S9.  He also writes a fun, bantery Clois.

Even as #1 Clark supporter and lover, I have to admit, the guy should've called Chloe on her birthday.  Especially since he seemed to, either take Lois' phone calls, or at least return them.  But, I also think Clark got Chloe an incredibly thoughtful gift, and made sure that it would get to her at her party.  And he also made sure to come a-calling with coffee and bagels to make amends.  For me, I look at the whole picture, and I think Clark's love and affection for his best friend were clearly evident.  He also made sure to credit her for his ability to stop Zatanna, which, rightfully so.  He couldn't have done it without her believing in him, and giving him the push to believe in himself.

I can understand Chloe's feelings of jealousy and her nostalgic desire for a simpler time, and days gone by.  It was completely human.  I'm not sure I buy that Chloe would stuff herself into too-tight clothes when she found herself in Lois' body, because there is not ONE woman on the planet who doesn't have big, baggy clothes for "fat" days, but thats a minor quibble.   And who could blame her for wanting to take a walk in those shoes for a little while, and see things from that perspective?  Again, very human.  By the end of the episode, her epiphany felt completely organic to me.  As I said before, this seems like the path Chloe has been walking for a few seasons now.  I really liked that the show solidified it, and allowed Chloe to verbalize it.  I often say with SV, I wish they would pick a ship and sail it.  And along the same lines, I wish they would pick a storyline arc, and keep with it.  And to me, this very much felt like a big statement, and clear indication that Chloe's destiny is established.  And what a kick-ass one it is for her.  Yes, she had journalistic aspirations since she was a little girl.  But Chloe's life has undergone some extraordinary changes, and she's experianced things that almost no one else on the planet has had the chance to experiance.  I think her ambitions and goals changing feels far more realistic and organcic then not having those things effect her profoundly.

The Chlark scene at the end was everything their friendship should be.  It was how they should be written all the time.  I like when they are just communicating as friends, talking about their lives, giving advice, and clinking coffee cups to their futures.  Little moments like this go a long way to reaffirming what it was that I liked so much about their friendship.  I also very much liked Chloe's words of advice, for both of them.  SV is supposed to be a journey, and the characters are supposed to be moving forward.  The characters, and the show, shouldn't keep looking backwards to what was, but embrace what is to come.  Miler's dialogue here was excellent.

As for Clark, can I say how much I LOVE that he's willing to look at Jimmy's side of things as well as Chloe's?  Contrary to some claims, Clark did NOT take sides.  Instead, he was able to see where Jimmy was coming from, and no doubt was also able to see where Chloe was coming from.  I loved that about him, and I want to see a Clark who can do more of this sort of thing.  And I also got a big smile out of finding out that Lois was, apparently, not so fair-minded inclined.  Because, of course, she wouldn't be. 

This episode gave us quite a glimpse into how Clark interacts with Lois, and how much he enjoys it.  He's totally present and accounted for in the banter battles.  He's also completely cognizant of Lois' schedule and habits.  Annoyed by Lois?  Not hardly.  The "Look" from Clark to Lois (who was Chloe) was nicely understated.  Enough to give us a glimpse of Clark's attraction, but subtle enough to let us understand why Lois would still find his feelings ambigious. 

The best part of this episode, at least for me, was "normal Clark".  Tom was incredible, and so funny.  Everything about that performance was pitch perfect.  Even the look on his face when Zatanna first whammies him is totally unlike regular Clark.  I've often said that I consider Tom woefully underrated as an actor.  Episodes like this just cement that fact for me.

I also have no problem at all with Clark having those days when he wished his life was simple, and he was just a normal guy.  Its a completely human thing to do.  We all have momentary wishes for things that seem nice on the surface, but aren't really what we want deep down.  And Clark actually verbalized this.  A life without responsibility and purpose is empty to him.  He's OK with who he is.  Even happy with it.  Thank God, and how long have we waited for just that?

The other big performance in this episode was ED playing Chloe in Lois' body.  Or, in other words, ED playing AM.  This was a tougher performance for me to gauge.  She got some of it very right.  But frankly, I'm not sure there are that many obvious characteristics of AM to play for ED to really distinguish between her regular Lois, and Chloe/Lois.  But, even with that, I thought ED's performance was very good, and very solid.  Its not at all easy to try and mimic another actors style.  I also thought the dialogue could've helped her out a bit more here, since Chloe does have a very specific type of dialogue.  Still, this totally worked for me.  And it was obvious to me that ED threw herself into the effort, and had obviously watched AM very carefully.

And there isn't enough kudos for TW and ED for the DP rooftop scene.  One of SV's funniest. 

Serinda Swan as Zatanna looked like she stepped right out of the comic book.  Better casting could not have been possible.  She wasn't the strongest actress in the world, but I think she certainly caught the essence of the part.  I bet she'd be even better in a second appearance, and I hope she makes one.  I liked her.

I really loved that we had Clark provide a light for the right path to another future good guy.  Since she was using magic, he had to rely on his ability to get through to her, and appeal to her better nature.  And I adored that he was able to use the hard lessons he's learned to help her see the light.  I was a bit annoyed that the loud special effect made some of the dialogue hard to hear.  But it was worth hearing.  And I couldn't be the only one that noticed the way Clark's hair curled over his forehead in that scene, could I? Hee!

One part of the episode I did have a bit of a problem with was the Chloe/Oliver interaction.  And I know so many people loved it, and AM and JH have fine chemistry.  But following Requiem, I thought their friendliness seemed a bit strange.  Or am I to assume that they both made their peace with having murdered in the name of the "greater good", and knowing each others secrets?  It felt like a thread that was left loose.

I actually thought Oliver was sort of pissy in this episode, but its probably a good way to describe him this whole season.  I hope they are going somewhere with Oliver, because he just feels off to me.  And I hope his apparent guilt over Lex's death is something the show explores.  I'm so hoping for a confrontation between Clark and Oliver over this.

Lois and the Dalai Lama was probably a bit over the top.

The last Clois scene was a great way to reestablishing where they are, while also backing off from the relationship.  Clark is certainly interested, and he has feelings for Lois, but its also obvious that he's just not ready to make that sort of leap again.  At least not right now.  Which is as it should be considering the recent Lana arc.  And Lois is also shown as picking herself up, dusting herself off, and getting on with her life.  I thought that was a great, mature move from her.  And their partnership at the DP, and their friendship is still in tact.  I think its a nice stage setter for S9, and I do believe that any significant romantic Clois development should be pushed back until then.

So, thats 2-for-2 folks, and I do believe my SV SQUEE is back in the saddle.  *big smile* 



 

 

Comments

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jlvsclrk
Mar. 29th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Huge smiles here too! Like you, when I first watched this, my brain wasn't in the right place and I was feeling kind of... meh. What really turned it around was the rooftop scene - pure comedy gold. And when I rewatched it, everything just seemed so much better: funny how the brain works.

Like you, my major problem was with Ollie. Sure I liked this Ollie's attitude better than Requiem!Ollie but there was SUCH a disconnect between the two - it just didn't feel right. I have a feeling its like Bulletproof (also written by Miller), and we're going to have a yo-yo back to the dark side. Oh well. Ollie hasn't been used all that well this season IMO but I'm interested in having them explore his attitude.

As for Zatanna, welcome to the club - I really hope they can bring her back in S9 because she was so much fun!
jeannev
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
I think, sometimes, my preconceived notions of an episode can get in the way of my enjoyment. But once I've had a chance to let it sink in, and watch it again, I'm far more open to appreciating it for what it is.

I just have to hope that this whole thing with Oliver is going somewhere. Because even in this episode, which was an improvement over Requiem Ollie, he was still a bit snippy. I mean, really, asking Zatanna if she lost a bet over her name? Isn't that sort of rude?

I really want a Clark/Oliver confrontation over the Lex situation. I hope SV doesn't let that slip through their fingers.
bradygirl_12
Mar. 29th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC)
Serinda Swan as Zatanna looked like she stepped right out of the comic book. Better casting could not have been possible. She wasn't the strongest actress in the world, but I think she certainly caught the essence of the part. I bet she'd be even better in a second appearance, and I hope she makes one. I liked her.

Oh, that name is perfect for a Zatanna portrayer!

I am TOTALLY in love with her! :)

And I couldn't be the only one that noticed the way Clark's hair curled over his forehead in that scene, could I? Hee!

I squeed at that that! Pretty clever! :)
jeannev
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Isn't her name awesome? Sounds made up, but she says it isn't.
christina_kat
Mar. 29th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
I felt the exact same things about this episode!
Great review...
//This episode gave us quite a glimpse into how Clark interacts with Lois, and how much he enjoys it. He's totally present and accounted for in the banter battles. He's also completely cognizant of Lois' schedule and habits. Annoyed by Lois? Not hardly. The "Look" from Clark to Lois (who was Chloe) was nicely understated. Enough to give us a glimpse of Clark's attraction, but subtle enough to let us understand why Lois would still find his feelings ambigious. //
AGREE! SQUEEEE so much from only "the look" Clark gave her!
jeannev
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
I think, from what I've seen, that this episode was very much a fandom pleaser, except maybe for 1 or 2 subsections. But I see a lot of love for this one.

I thought "the look" was really well done. Because it was so subtle, and of course its something his BFF would pick up on, but you can understand why Lois wouldn't.
acampbell
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC)
After 2 viewings, I didn't mind the ep that much, although I, like you, was apprehensive. It had the positives you detail. The only thing that didn't sit right with me was that Chloe-as-Lois...well, ED just couldn't sell me on it. Chloe and Lois aren't different enough to have made it that interesting, IMO, and the suddenly-Lois-is-this-FANTASTIC-reporter with this fabulous life just seemed out of the blue.

I'm entirely basking in the absence of Lana, however.
jeannev
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think ED as Chloe was a huge task to accomplish, and I think she did the best she could with it. But yeah, I didn't always see it. Luckily, the episode didn't really live or die on that aspect.

I do think a lot of development for Lois-as-reporter has happened in Offscreensville, which is a shame. But I think this is a big consequence of 1. Lois not being fulltime, and 2. Lois not knowing Clark's secret, and so her individual storyline isn't given enough attention. I didn't think the reaction she got when she showed up at the DP was such a big deal though. One person said hello, one person complimented her on a City Hall piece, and we had one ass-kissing intern, whose adulation could be easily explained as a crush. The only thing that felt over-the-top to me was the Dalai Lame picture.

But this is why I wish they had made Lois a fulltime cast member. Because it would've been nice to see her in her own journalism arc, even if it was a B or C plot, playing out in the background.

I thought this episode did a good job of making a reference to the Lana arc in a good way, but also not dwelling on it. I was impressed.
jude_judith82
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Iwas pretty vocal about the fact that I wasn't looking forward to this episode. I thought the concept of Chloe looking like Lois, and ED having to play that, was a fandom powderkeg. I thought the episode sounded too Clark-lite. I thought it seemed too filler-ish at this point in the season. I thought we really didn't need another Chloe-centric episode. I thought the dialogue would be meaner and more mocking.

I'm happy to say I was wrong on just about every single count.


I like you had really strong reservations about this episode. I really thought it would just be filler and felt as if it was just going to pander to some of the shows viewers but I was pleasantly surprised.

I also have no problem at all with Clark having those days when he wished his life was simple, and he was just a normal guy. Its a completely human thing to do. We all have momentary wishes for things that seem nice on the surface, but aren't really what we want deep down. And Clark actually verbalized this. A life without responsibility and purpose is empty to him. He's OK with who he is. Even happy with it. Thank God, and how long have we waited for just that?

Ah forever lol. I think the show has implied that but I'm glad that it's there now for everyone to see. I think this episode did a lot of that and did it well. Loved it.
jeannev
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people were worried about this one, and it was so NOT what I was expecting. In cases like this, I'm so happy to be proven wrong.

I really hope they continue to reenforce Clark's stated feelings about his life and his choices and his direction. If they keep on this course, its such a positive for the show.
wrighty555
Mar. 30th, 2009 12:07 am (UTC)
"And I couldn't be the only one that noticed the way Clark's hair curled over his forehead in that scene, could I? Hee!"



No..That was very deliberate. And the very next shot of him had his hair back in place. Very deliberate shout out to Superman's magic curl.
jeannev
Mar. 30th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
I've actually noticed it pop up here and there before. I think it might definitely be a little wink and nod to the fans. I appreciate it!
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jeannev
Mar. 30th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
I can't help thinking that there wasn't a set plan for Oliver this year, and he's just been sort of floundering. His crisis of faith arc was sort of half-assed and shortlived, then the thing was Tess was sort of abandoned and amounted to nothing, then we have him flip-flopping on his killing stance between Bride/Bulletproof/Requiem. And now? He's apparently feeling guilty, and is still working with the JLA? It just doesn't feel right.

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jeannev
Mar. 30th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
It is nice to be happy about an episode. I don't enjoy feeling so frustrated with the show. I'm still pretty cautious towards it, because how can I not be? But the last 2 eps made me pretty happy.

So far, I'm a BQM fan. Bulletproof had some issues, but it didn't have bad dialogue. In his other 2 eps, he's shown a light, amusing touch. And yes, he definitely writes a good Lois. And so far, Clark too.

Thanks for the screentime comparisons. I am SO glad that Tom is getting better screentime this season, but it still pisses me off that this only comes about because we lost 2 major cast members. It should've been that way, regardless. And yes, in the episodes that she is actually in, Lois has been used pretty darn well, though I'm still disappointed that the show hasn't done as much as it should with her individual journalism arc. Its fine to know Lois is good at her job, and earning respect, but I'd like to see more of it on screen.
chatchien
Mar. 30th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
Lois and the Dalai Lama was probably a bit over the top.

Oh, I don't know. Lois and the Dalai Lama at a Monster Truck Rally would have been over the top....of the Himalayas. ;-)

Smallville is so bad to me (Power and Requiem) and then so good (Turbulence and Hex). I am so mixed up.

Mr. Welling is really earning his new, improved paycheck with all his screentime.
jeannev
Mar. 30th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
The Dalai Lama thing really didn't bother me, because #1,He is a Media Whore (but I love you, you crazy robe-wearing bald guy), and #2, on this show, this is small potatoes.

SV really does run the gamut of quality, but I think thats why its lasted so long. People never know what to expect.

I would LOVE to know what Tom got in that new contract. I want to believe it wasn't so much about money, but some guarantees from WB on future projects.
goodvibe
Mar. 30th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Terrific review. I agree with so much, but then you already know that, heh.

//As for Clark, can I say how much I LOVE that he's willing to look at Jimmy's side of things as well as Chloe's? Contrary to some claims, Clark did NOT take sides. Instead, he was able to see where Jimmy was coming from, and no doubt was also able to see where Chloe was coming from. I loved that about him, and I want to see a Clark who can do more of this sort of thing. And I also got a big smile out of finding out that Lois was, apparently, not so fair-minded inclined. Because, of course, she wouldn't be.//

I know! It's little touches like this that turn a good script - in to a great script.

//And there isn't enough kudos for TW and ED for the DP rooftop scene. One of SV's funniest.//

I can watch this scene on loop, over and over. So perfectly done.
jeannev
Mar. 30th, 2009 10:38 pm (UTC)
If there ever comes a day when we aren't sharing a brain, I'm going to be very worried! LOL

I've watcehed the roof scene a bunch of times. Its so adorable. One of my favorite SV scenes ever.
svgurl
Apr. 2nd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yay for screentimes! Thanks for compiling them! And great review too. :D

I enjoyed this episode too and like you, I was surprised at how much!

The Chlark scene at the end was everything their friendship should be. It was how they should be written all the time. I like when they are just communicating as friends, talking about their lives, giving advice, and clinking coffee cups to their futures.
I totally agree. I felt they were on equal footing in that scene and I thought it was very cute. I like scenes like that. :D

Clark in this episode was just pure GOLD. I really love how he framed Lois's rules (SO SWEET! &hearts) and even before Chloe!Lois mentioned the way he looked at her when he still believed she was Lois, the look itself was very steamy. If that makes any sense. LOL

I also love that Tom got to showcase his comedic timing ... he's SO funny! The rooftop scene killed me.

And I couldn't be the only one that noticed the way Clark's hair curled over his forehead in that scene, could I? Hee!
Definitely not! I loved it! :D

I really enjoyed Zatanna ... the actress did a good job and I would love to see her in s9.

I totally agree on the last Clois scene too. There are feelings there but he's not ready to pursue it and she has her walls built up again. It's nice that their friendship is intact but it's obvious that something will happen eventually. S9 sounds like a good time. :D
jeannev
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
You're always welcome for the screentimes :)

Its amazing to me that they can still get a Chlark scene so right, so why have they got so many wrong lately?

Really, if there is any justice, one day Tom will star in a comedy. Unfortunately, I'm not a great believer in justice. :(

I think anything significant between Clois is much better pushed off to a S9.
tasabian
Apr. 5th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of Bryan Miller scripts: too many plot-holes (so how did Lois & Clark get off the roof again? Who rescued Oliver?)

But....prim, rule-abiding, mind-whammied Clark made me laugh SO hard. Tom & Erica aced that scene. Tom clearly enjoys the comedy moments so much.
jeannev
Apr. 6th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Really? I never noticed that Miller was any worse at that then most of the SV writers. For me, its Dries and Souders/Peterson that rub me completely wrong.

But in any case, that roof scene alone is enough to give props to Hex. It was so funny. Tom needs to do a comedy. Maybe he can guest star on Michael's new show? :D
tasabian
Apr. 6th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
I really disliked the lie-detector villain in Miller's "Committed", & every aspect of "Bulletproof."

However, he does have a nice touch for comedic Clark and lighthearted Clois moments. The scene between Clark and Chloe at the end of Hex was also sweet. Hex is definitely the best of his episodes.

Tom needs to do a comedy. Maybe he can guest star on Michael's new show? :D
Anything to reunite those boys!
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