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Stiletto - Not so deep thoughts

I've been too busy and distracted for anything more then quick posts here and there, but I want to keep my SV review streak going, so here are some of my brief thoughts on Stiletto

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Here's the main thing....I hated the idea of this episode.  I know what they were going for, and I know it was supposed to be more light-hearted (and God knows, the season could use that), and it most definitely had Lois learning something important at the end.  But still, I just wish they hadn't gone there.  Because I have a problem wrapping myself around the idea that Lois could think this was OK, even for a second.  Much less longer then that.

So, OK, with that out of the way, I do believe that the episode ended up offering up several really strong scenes, and also had 4 really strong performances from the series regulars that appeared.  And it was a fabulous episode for Clark, and much can be forgiven of an episode when that occurs.

AM gave a really heartwrenching performance, but I'm still struggling with this whole storyline.  Its just so freaking Lana.  And thats not a putdown of Lana.  Thats just saying that this is a Lana storyline.  In fact, the more I think about the whole Davis/Doomy, Chlavis thing, the more it seems cobbled together from various Lana situations.  Let me 'splain:

Forced to stay with someone you don't want in order to protect Clark?  Lana in Lexana, Chloe in Clavis

Some real attraction between female and person they are forced to stay with to protect Clark?  See above

Finding the "bad" guy more sympathetic and supportive then Clark?  Lana with Bizarro, Chloe with Davis

Way too trusting with new dubious guy, way too fast?  Lana with Adam and Jason, Chloe with Davis

Being involved with someone else, but also forming a not entirely appropriate "thing" with other guy?  Lana while with Clark,, meeting with Lex behind his back.  Chloe being engaged to Jimmy, but forming "friendship" with Davis, even letting him kiss her.

"Oh, my significant other is an issue, I must cry on your shoulder?"  Lana with Lexana, Chloe with Davis.

Female closest to Clark gets involved with one of Clark's "iconic" nemesis?  Lana-Lex and Bizarro, Chloe-Doomsday

Is it just me, or is Chlavis like the Frankenstein monster of past Lana situations?

And frankly, I just don't think plugging Chloe into a Lana storyline really works.  Because where Lana was a more emotionally turbulant, needy person, Chloe is supposed to be the smart girl.  And what suits one just doesn't suit the other.

OK, enough about that, back to Lois.  I'd be lying if I didn't say I was disappointed in her, even though she did get confronted with how wrong her actions were from no less then 3 people, and she did verbalize that she realized she messed up.  But honestly, she also got rewarded at the end, and I'm not sure that really feels kosher to me.  I sort of feel like that frontpage story at the end should've been Clark's, with Lois having to pass it up due to her prior dubious actions.  To me, that feels more satisfying on a karmic level, while not being overly castigating of Lois either.  And then she sort of got rewarded again, because Clark called her as the RBB.

And while I really did love the scenes between Clois at the DP, and the phone call scene, and I really did think the episode ended on a nice note, I also couldn't quite shake the nagging feeling that if they wanted to go with this storyline for Lois (and I'd have preferred they didn't), I wish they had a different ending in mind.

AA was very good, and I did love the rescue scene, with Jimmy, Lois and Clark all helping to save each other, and all gettng their chance to shine.  But Jimmy the junkie?  Really show?  Why is it necessary to drag every character though the mud?

Which reminds me, why the hell is this show so dark?  And I mean that literally.  Is shooting in daylight too expensive?  Can they not afford lighing? 

Nice Chlark scene there at the end, and Clark shows once again that he's there for Chloe.  All she needs to do is reach out to him.  But she didn't, and then I get annoyed, and well...

I hope if Intergang comes back for S9, they are a bit less lame.  I want the guy running Intergang to have charisma, and be sort of sexy and slimey at the same time.  This actor didn't do it for me.

I guess thats it.  So, to sum up, I'd say this episode was kind of a bad idea, and the concept really bothered me.  But it did have some great scenes in it, and Clark was WONDERFUL.  And the performances from the cast were first rate.  And I did think the chemistry between Tom and Erica was particularly strong.

And SQUEEEE, Tom flashed us!  If that doesn't give an episode some major points, I don't know what does!


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Apr. 28th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
You're spot-on about Chloe being stuck in a Lana-plot. I wonder if this arc was originally conceived for Lana back in the Al/Miles era?

And it was a fabulous episode for Clark, and much can be forgiven of an episode when that occurs.
It really was - he was written as smart, sweet (I loved that "stiletto" made him think of knives!) and a little sassy. Tom was great, and the belly-flash was an extra little treat!
Apr. 28th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
I was actually surprised at how great Clark was written, because Dries is definitely not someone I count on for that sort of thing.
Apr. 28th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Hmm, some good thoughts here.

I, too, was bothered by Lois and the phony story route. That's just such a major sin for a journalist! But at least she was never 100% happy with it and readily admitted her wrongdoing.

Chloe is a little too much like all those women who end up in prison because they get caught up in a man's criminality, and what's more criminal than getting involved with a serial killer? What happened to my SMART, sassy Chloe?

Some wonderful scenes in this story, and cute Bat-references. :)

And I just want to hug Jimmy...and detox the poor guy!
Apr. 28th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
I would actually have been alright with showing Lois doing something really risky, even a bit unethical, but I just thought this concept was pushing the envelope a bit farther than I'm comfortable with.

And just Yes! on your comparison for Chloe. I can't tell you how creeped out I've been with all the "Chlavis is SO romantic" posts, because, ya know, he's a brutal killer! Sort of sucks the romantic out of it for me.

AA totally got the crap end of the stick with this show.
Apr. 28th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Don't forget Lana's slightly inappropriate relationship with Clark while she was with Whitney too. :-)

You know that I haven't been a fan of the whole Chloe/Davis storyline and that continues to be the case. It's been getting harder and harder for me to have any sympathy for Chloe. I hope they find a way for me to really like her again.

I had some issues with the whole Lois as Stiletto story as well, but overall, I liked the episode. I thought Clark was awesome and stuck to his guns. I also thought it was adorable that he heard "stiletto" and immediately thought knives.

I think that Tom and Erica have great chemistry and it always looks like Tom is enjoying himself in scenes with her- at least that's how I read it.

I also thought Aaron did a good job, but I'm having a hard time buying Jimmy "golly gee Ms. Lane" Olsen as a drug addict. At least he's normally pretty wide-eyed and innocent.

And when did Chloe and Jimmy's divorce happen? Don't they usually take six months or something? I wonder how much time was supposed to have passed between Eternal and Stiletto...In my opinion, they really made it seem like Chloe was just kind of "eh..so my marriage didn't work out. Whatever." Like she didn't even try to fight for it and put all the blame on Jimmy instead. Sigh.

And Clark/Tom lifted up his shirt! What's not to love? ;-)

I could blather on some more, but it's past my bedtime so I'll stop.
Apr. 28th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling that this weeks episode is really going to test my patience with Chloe, and Davis, and that whole storyline. Just looking at the latest stills has got me aggravated.

This was defintely an episode where Tom and Erica's chemistry was humming. It can be a bit hit or miss, so thats a positive.

I guess Chimmy's divorce happened in offscreensville much like Lexana's did. I don't know why SV bothers with marriages that last half a minute.
Apr. 28th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
The Lana/Chloe comparisons are very interesting. I mean, I've always thought that the Chloe/Davis storyline was a lot like the Lana/Bizarro one but I never thought of the rest. You make a lot of sense though.

And frankly, I just don't think plugging Chloe into a Lana storyline really works. Because where Lana was a more emotionally turbulant, needy person, Chloe is supposed to be the smart girl. And what suits one just doesn't suit the other.
I agree. They're making her terribly OOC and it's a shame. Chloe is loyal to Clark and the Chloe I know wouldn't be hiding Doomsday and keeping the fact that he's alive from Clark. :\

I like Jimmy when he's with Lois and Clark. That's where he should be and this drug addict storyline totally sucks.

I want the guy running Intergang to have charisma, and be sort of sexy and slimey at the same time. This actor didn't do it for me.
*nods* I didn't care for the actor either. I thought it was just me.

And SQUEEEE, Tom flashed us! If that doesn't give an episode some major points, I don't know what does!
I was so happy to see Tom skin though! When he lifted up his shirt, I was all "O_O" It's been too long. ;)
Apr. 28th, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
Chloe in this Davis/Doomy stuff is very OOC for me. But I'd bet AM is loving the material and direction.

I really want Intergang to be cool if they bring it back. Because its such a cool opportunity. I don't want them to blow it.
Apr. 28th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
It's Leading Lady Syndrome. I've been trying to explain this on TWoP but to no avail, since they are convinced Davis was always meant to be a Chloe plot and the sides released of scenes between Davis and Lois were nothing more than a negotiating tactic against Allison.

Yes, I'm serious.

But anyone who thinks Lana wouldn't be smack in the middle of the Doomsday plot instead of Chloe had KK signed on for a full season needs their head examined. It wasn't a Chloe plot or a Lana plot or a Lois plot, it was designed to work with whichever one of them got the top billing and it happened to be Chloe.

Had Allison not signed, we'd have been watching a season of Lois and Davis the Ace of Clubs bartender. There was a reason Lois was randomly plunked down at the AoC in Artic for seemingly no reason; it was to establish her as a patron in case she needed to be interacting a lot with someone who works there.

But Allison did sign, so they modified him to suit Chloe better (EMT instead of a bartender) and they got to play with the whole Brainiac aspect. But it wasn't designed that way and Chloe isn't acting like herself because of it. She's making stupid, boneheaded mistakes that some with the territory of being a leading lady in these types of shows.
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Apr. 28th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC)
Of course if Lois got involved with Doomtender, she would've been a whore. But Chloe gets involved with him, while she's engaged to someone else, and its epic storytelling. Thats just how those folks roll.

I am glad that Lois didn't end up with another love interest this year though. That was a good call.
Apr. 28th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, nothing I hear from TWoP shocks me anymore, LOL

I also think its clear that Davis/Doomy being involved with someone was the story they wanted to tell, and they would just get one of the SV gals to fit into it. And since she got the big contract, that went to Chloe. And as is the norm, that character gets twisted and bent in order to fit into the story.
Apr. 28th, 2009 08:36 am (UTC)
Is it just me, or is Chlavis like the Frankenstein monster of past Lana situations?

It's not just you. Part of basic screenwriting says to heap as much conflict on your hero as possible, so involving the hero's best friend with the villain is an obvious ploy. But its been done SO much on Smallville, and as you point out, the way they're doing it this time doesn't work with Chloe's character. Unless you figure its lingering damage from Brainiac. After all, Brainiac first stripped and then helped restore Chloe's memories - who knows to what degree he tampered with her mind while doing so.

I totally loved every Clark minute in this episode, so I rank it very highly. And on the third watching, I finally saw the moment of squee - Clark flashing his chest. Woo hoo! I was so mad at myself for missing it the first two viewings.
Apr. 28th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking that Chloe was definitely tampered with by Brainiac. He put the two of them together as a way of controlling Doomsday, and the effects are still lingering.

Either that or Chloe got a personality transplant!
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
SV is notorious for re-covering previously treaded ground. And then covering it again. And again. And again. And so on. Look no further then their obsession with triangles, and how they're all starting to look alike.

But totally, Clark was LOVE! in this episode. And that goes a long way.
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Apr. 28th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I can't even articulate how much I HATE Doomy the woobie, and how much that ignores and negates the multiple of deaths he's responsible for. I hate the whole message it sends. I understand wanting to make a villian multi-dimensional, but I think SV has lost perspective on this one.
Apr. 28th, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
The whole serial killer thing creeps me out.

All I can say about woobie Davis is that there is the side of him that became an EMT and wants to help people, but his programming is just too strong, so I can see Chloe feeling that he can't help himself, but it doesn't help him or anybody else to keep hiding him and letting him keep killing! Not to mention the little fact that he's destined/programmed TO KILL CLARK!!!

Cooking him a few homecooked meals isn't going to change that!

*rolls eyes*

Edited at 2009-04-28 05:09 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I guess the question that springs to mind for me is whether Davis became an EMT because he genuinelly wanted to help people, or whether his Doomy side was just attracted to carnage, and he found himself drifting into that occupation.

And Chloe hiding Davis so he doesn't doom out and kill people? OK, I don't like it, but I can get it. But she's cooking for him? And apparently going to a great deal of trouble.
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
ITA with you about the writers taking Lois' story this ep in a place that was completely unnecessary. As I mentioned in my own review she shouldn't have thought up such a scheme in the first place and it certainly shouldn't have taken anyone to make her realize her folly. It was just a disastrous idea to begin with. That said, the fact that I still managed to enjoy several of her scenes is a testament firstly to ED and credit secondly to actually making Lois wholeheartedly realize her mistake.

Total agreement over the Chloe thing as well. I've just practically given up on trying to make sense of her actions this season.

Jimmy had a couple cool scenes and AA delivered a great performance. It's a pity how ridiculously underutlized, or worse, mis-utilized his character is.

//And SQUEEEE, Tom flashed us! If that doesn't give an episode some major points, I don't know what does!//

Heh, I know. It really did feel like he finally had pity on us fangurls and gave us a little something to drool over.
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Like I said to Bri, I think our annoyance and confusion with Chloe is only going to get worse from here, not better. And that fact sort of makes me dread the rest of this season, when I should be looking forward to it, and being excited by the build-up to the climax.

I can see Tom agreeing to lift up his shirt and show off the goodies just so he can silence critics who don't think he's as FINE as he used to be, LOL

Edited at 2009-04-28 06:23 pm (UTC)
Apr. 28th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
You've said it before but I do definitely agree that Chloe this season has been placed in a Lana like plot. In fact the other day my sister who watches SV with me on occasion said just that. I lost it laughing cause I remembered what you had said that before. I think I enjoyed this episode because of the performances and mainly because even though there wasn't that much of Clark when he was there the scenes were strong. But I have reservations for next week the Chloe/Doomsday story line is not one I particularity like or even care for. So we'll see.
Apr. 29th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
If anyone had any doubt about Chloe playing the Lana role this season, look no further then Abyss, where you had 3 guys falling all over themselves to help Chloe. That kind of adulation is "Lana Level".

I have a feeling that the rest of this season is going to give me a damn headache!
Apr. 30th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
I agree about Chloe being too Lana like as well. I've been thinking how out of character Chloe has been with Davis and in the way she's treated Jimmy. I keep wondering if this all goes back to her link with Davis when she was Brainiac or whether she really thinks she is protecting Clark in the same way Oliver does. That whole "we do it because Clark can't" idea.

Apr. 30th, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
I think what bothered me most about Chloe in regards to Jimmy is that I could never figure out why she agreed to marry him, and how she thought that was going to work out. It was such a strange decision, and since neither AM or AA has ever really been able to sell Chimmy as "true love", its not like you could believe that they were just so much in love, they weren't thinking. So, it all felt like a contrivance, which didn't reflect well on either character, and put their motives in question.

And one of the things I've grown to hate about this show is people deciding to do heinous things "for Clark", when Clark never asked them, wouldn't ask them, and wouldn't approve at all. Thats just bull!
Apr. 30th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah I don't like people doing bad things for Clark either. You would think they would know by now they should go to him with their problems rather than do things behind his back he won't approve of. Or you know they could just get lives and stay out of it, lol.

No I never got chimmy either. I'm not sure if it was the actors or the fact their initial encounter was off screen. I just kept thinking how Chloe loved Clark more whether it was platonic, romantic or hero worship it doesn't matter, she has always loved him more.

You would have thought after Lex and Lana we wouldn't need another young wedding.

Apr. 30th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't think of those guys as Intergang, did they say "intergang" in the episode? Just curious.

As for Lois being rewarded even though she was bad, that does sometimes happen in life so I wasn't that bothered by it.

I didn't think Jimmy was a junkie, just because he got a bit addicted to pain meds doesn't mean he's officially a junkie now does it? Like someone who binge drinks once or twice isn't an alcoholic.

Apr. 30th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I think people think of them as Intergang because the bad guy was Bruno Mannheim, who is the Intergang leader from the comics.

I think if someone is addicted to pain medication, and is buying it illegally off the streets, you have to consider them a junkie. Maybe not the worst example of a junkie there's ever been, but the description does seem apt to me.
Apr. 30th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Interesting, I remember intergang from Lois & Clark, I can't remember if I've read any graphic novels with them in.

Oh is that what he was doing at the end of the episode? I was watching it in a tiny square as the website didn't have full screen mode and I wasn't sure what was going on there. He's a junkie then, not one of my favourite storylines. Can't anyone in Smallville be ordinary with no major issues?

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