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Smallville is Back - Savior Thoughts


Its late, I'm tired, and I have to get up early tomorrow, so I'm not sure how deep this review is going to be.

Overall, I thought the episode was OK.  Not nearly enough Clark for my tastes, and I felt very confused. 

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"You're an obnoxious jackass"...Truer words were never spoken Lois.  Oliver just annoys the crap out of me.

I thought the effect with the train was pretty cool.  But Clark jumping off the Statue of Liberty seemed pointless.  Why would he go to Manhattan to jump off Lady Liberty?  Just dumb.

I'm still undecided about Clark's new wardrobe, but there can be very little doubt that Tom looks magnificent.

I really wish Erica would cut her hair a few inches.  She has so much hair, and its kind of a hot mess.

I still can't find myself getting behind Clark training with Jor-El.  Am I supposed to just forget everything thats come before?  Obviously, yes, but I can't.  I was, at least, pleased to see that Clark doesn't seem to be all that much in love with disembodied voice daddy.

I liked Chloe's wavy hair.

Dr Hamilton was sort of badass.  I'm feeling a little chemistry there between him and Chloe.  Though his "he's doing just fine without his sidekick" line seems needlessly cruel.

And not for nothing, but the JLA didn't "turn on each other".  Those bastards turned on Clark, and now they've slinked away on their bellies while Clark has thrown himself into being a hero.  Lets get it straight.

I actually really liked the Clark/Chloe scenes.  I thought they were rather poignant and bittersweet, and it just wasn't what I was expecting at all.  I am hoping though that the issues that led to their estrangement are actually verbally addressed, and don't just hang in the air, unsaid. 

I'm still not sure that I feel its in character for Chloe to ask Clark to turn back time to save Jimmy, or anyone actually.  But I did think the scene played out well, not painting either character as cold or unfeeling or selfish.  It was great to hear Chloe acknowledge her role in what went down, and Jimmy's death.  I thought that was very important to hear on screen.  And I also really liked Clark bringing up the incident with his father.  To me, that scene was probably the most heartfelt in the episode.

BAG seems to be doing a good job thus far.  I still think the kiss in the train was a bit contrived, but good for Lois in stomping on his foot.  I would've driven my knee right into his balls, but Lois showed more tact.

I'm still not at all sold on all this Zod stuff, and the time travel, and so on.  But its clear that Callum Blue is a very good actor, up to the task.  I already find him more entertaining than Davis Bloome.

Still love Tess.  And Cassiday and Callum have a very nice vibe, which will hopefully carry on in their scenes.

I guess we'll find out what that whole business was with the assassin Ninja chick.  But obviously she must've been someone very close to Clark for him to have given her his fathers watch.  I liked the fight in the barn, though I wish it wasn't so dark.

The scenes at the mansion were filmed a bit too heavy on the green filter for me. 

So, I guess I need to address the big stuff, eh?  Well, honestly, I think the show is cheating a bit.  I don't really think we saw the development that got Clark to the point where thoughts of Lois are keeping him from his training, and I don't think we've gotten to the point with Lois to see her this ga-ga over The Blur.  We saw her talk to him on the phone a grand total of 2 times prior to tonight.  I think this is where Clark and Lois would be if S8 had continued on with the development they started in the first half of the season.  But they didn't.  Instead, they did the Lana arc, then had Lois appear only sporadically.  So, we didn't get the build up that makes this level of connection seem organic.  But, its clear that they are laying this on very thick, and they are declaring were they are in the story now, whether we saw them get there or not. 

For me, it takes something away from it all.

I'm kind of confused as to why Lois would want to go back to the Daily Planet and continue to work for Tess.

With different writers/showrunners, I think I'd be very intrigued as to where they are going with this whole Zod/Kandor/apocalyptic future thing.  But then I remember who are showrunners are, and my mind boggles.  But it does sort of remind me of the pilot I watched for Flash Forward the other night.  Glimpse of the future, must try and prevent it, but is it inevitable?  That sort of thing.

So, the flashes in Lois' dream went very fast, but we saw Tess kneeling before Zod, Clois getting jiggy with it, Chloe running, then dead, and Oliver digging a grave?  Did I get that all right?

From Craig's review, I had expected to hear references to Martha and Shelby, but I didn't catch any.  Did I miss them?

Overall, the show looked good.  Not quite as cheap as it often looked last season.  All the cast were excellent.

Hopefully I'll have the screentime totals by sunday.

Welcome to another season of Smallville people.  Fingers crossed.

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polytikal
Sep. 26th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
I'm so pooped from tweeting today, so I'll comment more fully later (hopefully). :)

From Craig's review, I had expected to hear references to Martha and Shelby, but I didn't catch any. Did I miss them?

No, you didn't. Craig said he was mistaken, and those references are in next week's episode. Although, he also said Shelby is yet again referred to as a girl in Metallo. TBH, even when it happened in Stiletto, I didn't blink, because... I've always thought Shelby was a girl. :X

Fingers crossed.

Crossing them. Real hard.
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
So, did you ever get the tweeting result you were going for?

Ah, I'm glad that the reference is in the next ep. I thought I might've missed it.
sunflowercyn10
Sep. 26th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
I thought the effect with the train was pretty cool. But Clark jumping off the Statue of Liberty seemed pointless. Why would he go to Manhattan to jump off Lady Liberty? Just dumb.

Clark didn't actually go there. Jor-El was doing a mind visualization exercise with Clark at the FOS.

I'm still not sure that I feel its in character for Chloe to ask Clark to turn back time to save Jimmy, or anyone actually. But I did think the scene played out well, not painting either character as cold or unfeeling or selfish. It was great to hear Chloe acknowledge her role in what went down, and Jimmy's death. I thought that was very important to hear on screen. And I also really liked Clark bringing up the incident with his father. To me, that scene was probably the most heartfelt in the episode.

I liked their scenes too and I agree that after all these years of hearing Chloe's counsel on stuff it is out of character for her to ask for a time reversal. But that being said...it was for the man she loves and I think that changes everything. She had to ask even though she probably already knew the answer better then anyone.

You bring up a bunch of great points and I'd love to comment further. My first impression is that I really enjoyed it and I'm glad I was left with more questions then answers. As for Clark pining for Lois suddenly....I get that but I wonder if it has something to do with him thinking that he had really lost her forever and then wham bam...she's back. Absence does make the heart grow fonder...plus they needed to move the story forward after the pointless Lana delay of S8.
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
It was a mind visualization exercise? Wow, I didn't get that at all. Still doesn't make much sense to me. Why there?

I understand what you're saying about absence makes the heart grow fonder, and all, but that still will have all happened in Offscreensville. Because its not like we've been watching Clark for these 3 weeks, and seeing his reaction to Lois missing. It still feels like a cheat to me.

But yeah, I think they just decided to move the story along, and so be it. That will work for a lot of people, so its probably a decent decision. I'm just nitpicky.
theninthdoctor
Sep. 26th, 2009 06:59 am (UTC)
I was confused about those references. They were from the teaser of Metallo, and it all ran together for me, and, yeah, confused.

I'm glad Clark is finally asking the questions - like "Why can't I fly?" I pointed out in my review, it doesn't make a lot of sense that Lois is the only one holding him back. I don't think Tom knew this either, from his interview. I still try to justify this as "he had to say goodbye to everyone in his life, and Lois was the only unfinished business."

I didn't care for the Clark and Chloe scenes, because it was just a continuation of the angst from the latter part of last season - ie, everything Clark says, Chloe tells him the opposite, and they argue.

I thought Erica was great at portraying the "having a lot of wonder in love with Superman" -er, the blur bit.

You'd be a better judge of all this than I am, but I actually felt this was very much about Clark which I like. He's making choices without being told what to do by others, finally. Now if only he'll have some fun soon.
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Ah, well, thats OK. I'm just happy its there at all. Savior, Metallo, makes no difference to me.

I did like the questions Clark was asking, and I liked his attitude with Jor-El. Because I don't think I could buy warm fuzzies there. But I think Lois as his distraction is forced. It didn't need to be, since they could've used the back half of S8 to do the work, but they didn't. And now, they're just going to have to force it. I guess.

I see what you're saying about the Chlark scenes. I guess I was just expecting a much colder, harsher tone between them, and instead I thought there was a lot of heart in those scenes.

I did like the assertive Clark we saw, but I guess I felt that they could've used more Clark. Honestly, I thought the Ollie stuff was completely unnecessary.
canadabear
Sep. 26th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
I'm kind of confused as to why Lois would want to go back to the Daily Planet and continue to work for Tess.

I took it more as Lois not knowing where else to go. She's been gone for three weeks, her point of reference to search for info is the DP. She seemed aware she'd been "fired" but was still trying to access the system. Also, Lois wasn't the only person involved in that fight. Sure Tess is the boss, but beating up an employee isn't all that good, either.

I don't really think we saw the development that got Clark to the point where thoughts of Lois are keeping him from his training
See, I read this a bit differently. Clark wanted to say goodbye to her. When she was missing, he pushed that aside and probably assumed he'd never get the chance. Seeing her return, the opportunity then presented itself and it became something he thought about and it distracted him. And this isn't new for Clark; he clearly made an effort to say goodbye to Lois in "Kara" despite his secondary motives for taking her along with him in that episode.

Beyond that, Clark likes talking to Lois as the Blur. That was clearly evident to me in S8, so that he'd want to continue to do that now that he's able to again doesn't strike me as odd or rushed behaviour. I don't see a Clark in love, I see a Clark who's still confused, and not just about Lois.

I don't think we've gotten to the point with Lois to see her this ga-ga over The Blur.
I do. We know in "Stiletto" Lois had been trying to get his attention for some time. She wrote an open letter that he ignored. She did the Stiletto stunt, which finally got his attention. Then he called her again, when he didn't have to, to ask her to deliver his goodbye message to Metropolis if he didn't make it out of the big fight and if he did, he was going to call her again right after.

Lois has clearly been chosen by him to be, as she says, his confidante. Why wouldn't a hero who makes time for her make Lois ga-ga? That was her exact issue with Oliver and going back further, her father - they didn't make time for her. The Blur is and that's what Lois wants.

So, the flashes in Lois' dream went very fast, but we saw Tess kneeling before Zod, Clois getting jiggy with it, Chloe running, then dead, and Oliver digging a grave? Did I get that all right?

We also saw The Blur (who is still faceless in Lois' mind) wearing Zod's symbol, not the House of El symbol. I think this means Lois is hooking up with a bad!Clark who has joined Zod and helped destroyed the world, like Alia told him he does.

Edited at 2009-09-26 07:44 am (UTC)
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:03 am (UTC)
Honestly, I don't get why Lois would want to work for Tess, and I don't get why Clark will want to work for Tess. Its kind of a weakness in the storyline for me.

Thanks for the details on the dream. When I rewatch, I'll be able to pay a bit more attention.
jlvsclrk
Sep. 26th, 2009 09:14 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed how they really showed Ollie as an obnoxious jackass, and had Lois say it just to make sure we noticed. Cause that's what he is and has always been. Recognizing the problem is the first step on the road to redemption, so I'm not actively dreading Ollie's screentime any more.

I totally agree with you about the training with Jor-El, because I do find it difficult to avoid remembering how much of a jackass has been over the years. I keep hoping they'll just have a few lines about the programming being corrupted, but no - they'd rather have it that Clark was "avoiding his destiny". Sigh. Oh well, it didn't bug me nearly as much as in Abyss so I'll get over it - eventually. Grudgingly.

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed Chloe's scenes right up to the end. I didn't mind her asking Clark to go back and save Jimmy. But then when Clark firmly but I thought compassionately turned down her request, it felt to me like she was turning on the emotional blankmail. I hate it when people complain about making sacrifices for Clark (WTF) and then say he owes them. Oh well, enough dwelling on the negative!
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm still dreading Ollie's screentime. I don't really enjoy watching an obnoxious jackass. I'm trying to figure out how Ollie's storyline could go that I would enjoy watching him, and I honestly can't think of a way.

Not only is it hard for me to forget what Jor-El has said and done in the past, but he's still being a butthole with his whole "you have to seperate yourself from everyone" bullshit. So, he's still dead wrong.

Actually, I don't disagree with you about Chloe turning on the emotional blackmail. And I totally agree with you about people throwing themselves on the sword for Clark, then complaining that they threw themselves on the sword for Clark. But, I think I was really impressed with the performances in the scene, and how heartfelt it seemed. I guess I just wasn't expecting that at all.
moonshayde
Sep. 26th, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
I thought the effect with the train was pretty cool. But Clark jumping off the Statue of Liberty seemed pointless. Why would he go to Manhattan to jump off Lady Liberty? Just dumb.

It was just a training simulation in the Fortress.
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
Well, OK. But how would we have known that? And why would Jor-El have a training simulation of Clark jumping off the Statue of Liberty? Doesn't that seem terribly random?
moonshayde
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
I don't know. I thought it was clear, but I guess not everyone picked up on that. I saw him on the Statue and was like, cool! And then he fell and we see him in the FOS with Jor-El telling him to focus. So to me it meant he was training, but he distracted.

I figure they used the Statue for a nice visual. I liked it :)
la_belle_isa
Sep. 26th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
I liked all of Clark's scenes, and I'm happy about the change in tone. He's more assertive and he knows what he has to do. And no lecturing yet. This is a huge relief. But I felt that he was peripheral in the episode, just another character, whereas Lois was connecting with everyone and truly the center of the episode.
I don't buy the reason for not flying, and I think it's confusing on purpose. I still don't get WHY humanity didn't keep Clark from getting powers, just the flying part.
I think fandom has gotten me already fed up with Clois. I have a hard time enjoying the clois bits because of that. And I agree that with Clark crawling on the floor begging Lana not to leave 6 months ago and the near absence of Lois in the 2nd half of the season, I'm not ready for heavy romance just yet for Clark. It's not Lois, it's the whole Clark as romantic character. I've had enough of this. I'm afraid Clark will revolves around planet Lois in S9 like he revolved around planet Lana in all other seasons.
I like CB as Zod, but those scenes with him were way too long and slightly boring.
I like the look of the WT and Dr. Hamilton.
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
I was pretty happy with all the Clark stuff. Tom was very, very good. But like you, I just didn't feel like Clark was as much the center of this episode as I would've hoped for. But then again, I was prepared for that. I'll be interested to see what his screentime total was. I'd guess 15-17m. And yes, Lois felt much more central.

I'm a little Clois'ed out at the moment myself. And the season just started. I'm hoping to be sucked back into them, but I might have to avoid the boards for a while.

My biggest issue with the Zod stuff was that I was so damned CONFUSED. Plus, why would Kryptonian soldiers be dressed just like American soldiers, complete with dog tags?
chatchien
Sep. 26th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I guess we'll find out what that whole business was with the assassin Ninja chick. But obviously she must've been someone very close to Clark for him to have given her his fathers watch. I liked the fight in the barn, though I wish it wasn't so dark.

I didn't pick up on it at first, but were Clark and Alia both without their super powers because of the blue Kryptonite? Then all that fighting was the real deal. Clark has been training more that his super powers, hasn't he? He was mighty flexible. Very bendy.

Also, Jonathan's watch explains what Alia (or future Clark) was trying to say to himself. Change the future, but remember the price that you have to pay for it. (If you use the Legion ring? Or if you just do it on your own? I'm not spoiled so I don't know how that goes.)

Fire Clark's hairdresser and hide the dressmaker's chalk, and I am happy with the boy. We are back to crappy Season 3 hairstyling, I am harping on this but really. Take some T shirt transfer paper and fire out your symbol and stick it on your chest, Clark. And stay away from Martha's sewing box. You don't know what you are doing or how to use it.

Edited at 2009-09-26 07:39 pm (UTC)
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think she threw the blue k out there so they could have a normal fight, sans superpowers. Why? I hope we'll find out.

Bendy Clark? *mmmmmmm*

I'm pretty sure Tom's hair is going to start looking better in the next few eps, so bear with him.
legendsinlove
Sep. 26th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I am not down with Clark training with Jor-El and I don't see why I should be. I see nothing in it that will actually help Clark grow as a hero.
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 02:15 am (UTC)
Well, yeah. Like I get where him obtaining some kryptonian intel will help him out and stuff. But really, what the heck does Jor-El know about Clark being the hero the world needs? Why would he have any expertise in this area? Especially when he's sort of a douchebag.
tasabian
Sep. 27th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
I found this episode a very mixed bag. Neither the Lois/Ollie or Tess/Zod scenes worked for me. Zod actually becomes less menacing when accompanied by a crowd of extras, I think.

The scenes at the mansion were filmed a bit too heavy on the green filter for me.
It wrecked those scenes and detracted from Callum Blue's performance. I was expecting the Zod stuff to be a highlight but I wasn't impressed at all. Whereas Brian Austin Green strolled in and stole the episode!

Well, honestly, I think the show is cheating a bit. I don't really think we saw the development that got Clark to the point where thoughts of Lois are keeping him from his training, and I don't think we've gotten to the point with Lois to see her this ga-ga over The Blur.
It would have made more sense to me to see Lois distraught by Clark's absence...and the episode denied her a chance to react to Jimmy's death. That should be a huge deal for Lois. I also dislike that Erica adopted a higher, artificial sounding voice when talking to the Blur - seems out of character to me.

I'm still not sure that I feel its in character for Chloe to ask Clark to turn back time to save Jimmy, or anyone actually. But I did think the scene played out well, not painting either character as cold or unfeeling or selfish. It was great to hear Chloe acknowledge her role in what went down, and Jimmy's death. I thought that was very important to hear on screen. And I also really liked Clark bringing up the incident with his father. To me, that scene was probably the most heartfelt in the episode.
I agree. Allison used a very awkward, stilted delivery which suited the scene: she's asking for the un-askable. I did wish that after Clark mentions Jonathan's death, Chloe had taken it one line further and asked: "do you regret changing the timeline? Do you wish you had let Lana die?" Because I'd love to see Tom react to that.

On a shallow note, Tom's chest is magnificent in his black T!


jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
I think "mixed bag" is a good way to describe it. And thats not necessarily a bad thing.

At this juncture, I'm so confused by the Zod stuff, and I'm not even trying to wrap my head around it. Its either going to work, or fail spectacularly while Callum chews up the scenery.

Hopefully we will get a reaction from Lois about Jimmy's death. It would be a shame if we didn't.

I just know that Lois' Blur infatuation just isn't really working for me. I pretty much knew it wouldn't. Its really the whole concept of it I have issues with.

That would've been an interesting line for Chloe to ask, but I don't think the show wants to address the subject of Lana directly. I'd be surprised if she was mentioned at all this season.

Tom is looking Da-Yum FINE!!
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jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Right, exactly. The tone seemed to be right. But with so many questions unanswered about Jor-El, I always think there's going to be this cloud hanging over this training stuff.
goodvibe
Sep. 27th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
//I'm still undecided about Clark's new wardrobe, but there can be very little doubt that Tom looks magnificent.//

Absolutely.

//I really wish Erica would cut her hair a few inches. She has so much hair, and its kind of a hot mess.//

It's not so much the lenhth for me, it's the volume. It's a bit too big at the moment.

//Lets get it straight.//

Exactly. Talk about misrepresenting the facts.

//Still love Tess. And Cassiday and Callum have a very nice vibe, which will hopefully carry on in their scenes.//

I agree. Tess was hardcore. And CF pulls it all off effortlessly.

I've talked quite a bit about the Clois stuff already so I won't bother you with it again, but safe to say I'm anxious about how everything will be handled too. I'm actually pleased with the foundation. That's not my issue with it. My concerns now are seeing the development and seeing the journey from Clark' POV, before rushing off into areas of love declarations. And the Blur/Lois angle is all well and good, only if Clark/Lois remain the focal angle, IMO. Otherwise you're messing up a perfectly lain foundation for shoehorning mythos purposes.
jeannev
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Pretty Tom goes a long way, doesn't he?

Yeah, exactly, Erica has "big hair". And it seems to be a lot of different lengths. I'm just not loving it.

Cassiday is awesome. Now, thats some good hair.

And the Blur/Lois angle is all well and good, only if Clark/Lois remain the focal angle, IMO. Otherwise you're messing up a perfectly lain foundation for shoehorning mythos purposes.

ICAM. This is a big sticking point for me. I actually don't much like the Lois/Blur part of this story. I guess there's just a part of me that feels its weird for Lois to be all ga-ga over this person she's never seen. I understand that he's a hero, and she admires that, and all. But it just feels sort of....juvenille? I'm not sure thats the right word, but its in the neighborhood. I prefer the Clark/Lois stuff.

But again, I feel I should repeat that I'm not a fan of the triangle for two in any version of the Superman story. I just think its dumb, and I've never thought it was a good fit for SV.
tariel22
Sep. 29th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
The first thing I'll say is that you know I'll fanwank until the cows come home to make some of this stuff work, so obviously I'm not arguing with you here. I'm just sharing my coping mechanisms. :)

I think TPTB shared your view of the Statue of Liberty scene, because originally it was supposed to be real, and Tom's line was something about an exercise in humiliation. They replaced that with the line about mental exercises to let us know it was some kind of simulation, but it's awkward. I think someone just fell in love with the idea of the SoL visual.

I, too, harbor a lot of resentment about what Jor-El has done in the past, but what makes me able to let that go is seeing that this time Clark came to him, on his own terms, and as you say, he's not blindly following orders from him. He's having a dialogue, and he's struggling with what he's hearing. I think that's as it should be, because I don't think Jor-El is right, any more than Bo was. Clark has to find his own way, and this is part of the process. The important part for me is the knowledge Clark is gaining. And I loved how Tom gave that proud little smile when Clark told Chloe he was training. Clark feels good about this, it is progress for him. But it's not the end game.

I love Emil. He's just cool, with his dry delivery, and his super smarts, and his touch of observational humor. I would love to see HIM as Clark's sidekick. But yeah, that remark about the Justice League made me yell at my TV.

I liked the Chloe/Clark scenes, too, and I was also surprised by them. I thought they would just be more of caustic Chloe/silent Clark, but as you say, they were emotional, and heartfelt. I can see where Chloe is coming from, and sympathize, but I think she is being unfair and selfish, for all her words about knowing this day would come. I think her request for Clark to turn back time comes more from the unbearable burden of guilt she carries, rather than her love for Jimmy. She just wants the pain to stop, because since the moment Jimmy died, pain is all she has known.

I really liked how Clark stood firm with Chloe, and didn't react to the insults she hurled at him. She was bitter with him, and he was gentle in return. He is my hero.

I still want to hear Chloe apologize directly to Clark, though.

As far as the Clark/Lois/Blur stuff, I agree it's sudden. The Clana derailed this relationship, and we never saw it get back on track. At least Tom is playing it as perfectly as he can, that these feelings are a revelation to Clark, and nothing he ever realized before. But I think it's unmistakable how he feels now, and at least it's not ambiguous anymore. A lot rides on where they go from here. I hope they take it slow, and let Clark explore and test these feelings, rather than prematurely embracing them and immediately being sure that Lois is The One.

Lois's feelings for the Blur totally work for me. I actually equate it to how I feel about Tom, in a weird way. I've never met him and never will, but I feel more strongly about him than many people whom I know in RL. Of course I don't have delusions about him, but imagine if you fangirled someone like that (as Lois most certainly does the Blur), and then they reached out to you and connected on a personal level. Who wouldn't fall like a ton of bricks, at least initially? Especially if, like Lois, your life has been full of men who disappear and leave you behind. I think it's plausible.

And I suppose that's quite enough of my babbling. :) I'm so happy my show is back, and that Clark is being portrayed as strong, proactive, and competent. I have high hopes for what lies ahead!

Love, Pollyanna :D
jeannev
Sep. 29th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
Hey, the world needs Pollyannas. :)

But my wank, I think she is broke :(

The SOL scene that you described would've played a lot better. But still, why the SOL? I'm stuck on this. Its so freaking random.

I really believe this episode would've benefitted from a little more time spent with Clark and Jor-El in the FOS. This is also another thing I'm stuck on. When SV started, Clark was very much the center of our little universe. So, how things effected him, and how he saw events were how the show was presented. But in the latter seasons, it feels more and more like Clark is on the outside, and there is far more focus on how what Clark does effects other people, and what their reactions are to him. And to me, that takes Clark out from the center of the show, and places him more in orbit around it.

And maybe none of that makes any sense at all. But this was one of my big issues with this episode. And it could've been changed by presenting to us a better understanding of whats going on with Clark, and what the relationship is between him and Jor-El, and why he choose this outfit, and why he's leaving his symbol everywhere. But instead, we either just touched on that, or ignored it completely. So, to me, even with people reacting to "The Blur", it still feels more about them then him.

Or heck, maybe I'm just longing for a tone on the show that no longer exists, and its making me sad. :(

On the Chloe situation, I just hope that there's more illumination here. Because I truly do believe that there are good reasons for Clark to have distanced himself from Chloe. But if they don't allow him to verbalize that, then it really just makes it seem like he's dumping Chloe, and turning all his attention to Lois. And I don't want Clark to come off like that. But if they allow Clark to say all the things that he should say, and explain why he feels so disappointed in Chloe, and the choices she made, I think there would be so much more layered.

Lets us all hope your high hopes are fulfilled.
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