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*Big Sigh*  This is one of those eps that requires a Great, Big, Fucking Sigh!  Not because it was bad, or didn't have enjoyable elements (in fact, I was really digging it until the last 10 minutes or so).  But because its just so familiar to a long suffering SV fan as myself, and I can see the writing on the wall, and its awfully reminiscent of writing for seasons prior.

Anyway, lets do totals:

Conspiracy, running time:  41m, 45s

Clark:  16m, 10s
Chloe:  4m,-
Lois:  12m, 52s
Oliver:  5m, 16s
Tess:  1m, 51s (WTF?)
Zod:  14m, 47s

Faora:  6m, 35s

Season to Date:

Clark:  278m, 54s (15)
Chloe:  129m, 9s (15)
Lois:  212m, 55s (13)
Oliver:  127m, 58s (12)
Tess:  60m, 26s (10)
Zod:  73m, 50s (8)

Now, onto the review



Have I big sighed yet?  Oh, yeah, I did.

This was an episode I think I would've really liked, up until the end took an unfortuate, and uncomfortably familiar turn, and than ended with an image I'm just getting sick and tired of because ITS NOT FUCKING CLARK!

Look, I'm fine with the decision not to have Clark fly.  I really am.  But then can we not have other characters taking to the sky as easily as taking a breath?  And no, I don't buy that its because other Kandorians embrace their alien-ness, because that doesn't explain Stephen in Warrior.  Another flight that happened just 2 damned weeks ago.

Enough show!  Enough!

2 weeks in a row that the shows last image just left me feeling pissed off!

But, lets move onto the episode.  First of all, Vala was instantly adorable because she was so smitten with Clark.  And who can blame her?  But did she really seem like a cybernetic engineer to anyone? 

Also, I love the actress that plays Faora.  She brings a quiet dignity and strength to her performance, and I notice that she and Tom play off each other really, really well.  Good casting choice there.  Of course its difficult to see her in any of the Faora-possessed Lois we saw in Bloodline, but I guess we'll chalk that up to different life experiances.

My ears did perk up when Faora thanked Clark for bringing Vala back to her.  Ah yes, another one of those adventures in Offscreensville that might've been infinitely more important for Clark's storyline had it played out on screen.  So, Clark was going and finding Kandorians, and bringing them into the fold then?  I guess.

The villian in this episode was flat-out excellent.  The actor did an amazing job.  I was so impressed with him.  And while he was total crazy-pants, and doing some truly horrific things, we also felt a bit for him.  He was an unwilling guinea pig, and it messed him up.  He had good reasons to be pissed off, I think.

I also thought this was a great episode for Lois.  After last week, where I was so disappointed in how Lois was used in the episode, here they got it 100% bang on.  I really would like to see a whole lot more of Lois in reporter mode, with sprinkles of her romance with Clark.  And for Clark, I like to see him handling the really big issues he needs to juggle, like the Kandorians, with his romance with Lois being sprinkled in.  This episode achieved the balance that I personally prefer for the show.

I do appreciate that the Kandorians are a very ambigious lot.  Neither good, or bad.  But just alien in how they approach just about everything.  To them, experimenting on dead humans was OK, but of course, its heinous.  Its an interesting moral question.

It does seem strange to me that the Kandorians are all about "their powers", when they've actually never had any powers at all.  It seems to me like the show frames it as being them getting something back they lost, when in fact its them getting something they never had, and want.  If that makes sense.

Not enough Tess!!!!  But I do love that she talks to Oliver like he's a piece of crap.  Because I like when people treat him like that.  I thought I might be able to warm up to the Oliver character again, but this ep pretty much crashed and burned that dream.  Another *sigh* 

Oh, and Justin, please put your freaking shirt on.  Enough already!  He's more Abercrombie and Fitch model then superhero  these days.  When he's not being Chloe's lap dog, of course.

And yes I've decided, Chlollie makes my skin crawl.  Talk about 2 characters feeding each others worst characteristics and excenuating their issues.

As for Chloe, I was just disgusted with her.

Look, I understand her wanting to have a back-up plan.  And I even understand disagreeing with Clark.  But then HAVE THE GUTS to just own that.  Tell Clark you won't help him, that you disagree with him, and that you are forming your own plan.  Clark has the guts to keep her and Oliver in the loop on what he's doing, obviously.  To see her slithering behind Clark's back, and talking about him like he's the village idiot, just makes my blood boil over.  Now she's embezzling money too.  Somewhere, super Lana is going cough*Hyporcrite*cough..

And now Clark is responsible for the "Doomsday scenario"?  CLARK?!?! Not Miss " I'm dumping bodies in the dumpster" ?  Not Miss "I'm baking the monster a casserole"?, Not Miss "I'm gazing at stars with a killer"?  Not Miss "I won't let you send him to the Phantom Zone"?  Talk about not being able to look in the mirror and see reality.

This is why I don't like Chloe or Oliver right now, and why them together is so loathesome to me.  These are 2 characters that seem completely unable to accept responisibility for their actions.  Instead, its Clark's fault?  Clark's moral compass is off.  Whatever.

And can someone tell me what the point of Absolute Justice was?  Anyone?  Is Clark taking a leadership role?  No.  Are the JLA (or what weakly passes for it) coming together and trusting each other?  No.  Has the relationship between Clark and his "best friends" improved?  No.  So, what was the fucking point of those 2 hours?  Oh wait, I know, cool old superheroes, and wanking Geoff Johns..

And according to Chloe, "Clark is in the Kandorian family now".  So, is that why he destroyed their towers last week?  Or did Chloe not notice that?  It seems to me that Clark is trying to protect humanity, and help the Kandorians.  Isn't that what he should be doing?  

Also, if Oliver hadn't stepped in, Tess would now be in possession of a whole bunch of weapons that could kill Clark, thanks to Chloe.  But did this occur to her?  Nah.  That would be her admitting that she did something wrong.  Not Going To Happen..

And Oliver, just go fuck yourself!  "When the time is right"?  You really think you are in a position to decide that Mr "I'm feeling sorry for myself, so I'm going to climb in a bottle of booze and whore around"?  Prick! 

For the 100th time, I wish Clark had real friends on this show.  Chloe and Oliver are not his friends.  They just aren't.

I do agree that Clark has been stand-offish with Chloe this season, so I can understand her not being warm and fuzzy towards him.  But it goes beyond that for her.  She just hates him, and I don't get that sort of thing off Clark.  Contempt just drips from her every word when she talks about Clark.  Its so unpleasant to watch, and I no longer want to see this friendship patched up.  Well, at least thats how I feel right now.

You know, it seems odd to me that we have our Clark stepping up, and saving people all over the city, and really embracing being a hero...and his so-called friends have never been less supportive.  I'm not even sure the show feels like its supporting him.  Odd thing, that.

I thought this ep contained one of CB's better performances as Zod.  I've made no secret of the fact that I've found his acting a bit over-the-top, but I thought it worked here.  I especially loved him sneaking into the DP (though I didn't love the direction in that sequence).

I did enjoy the dynamic between Clark and Lois this week, though I'm not sure how I feel about all this secret keeping going on.  I just don't know how that sort of relationship can be considered healthy and functional, even when both Clark and Lois seem to have a handle on it right now, and seem OK with it. 

Which, inevitably, brings up to the end of the episode, and why I'm driven to Big Sighs!

Once again, we have a situation where Clark does something that is Superman-ly, like saving Zod's life using his blood, and you just know that the show is going to use that noble, compassionate act to come back and blow up in Clark's face.  And I'm SO SICK OF THAT SORT OF WRITING!  Why can't we see more of Clark doing something like that, and it actually working out for him.

And I don't buy the whole "Well, its not his fault what Zod does..." because no matter how true that is, do you think the show is going to take that stance?  When in this very episode you have someone putting the blame on Clark for the Doomsday situation?

If we have our hero doing "the right thing" and it too often leads to a bad conclusion, what lesson are we really supposed to be getting here?   

I understand that Clark is going to be faced with hard decisions, and they aren't always going to work out.  I thought that point was made nicely with the situation with John Corben's sister.  But here?  Its like you could see all the giant red flashing warning signs as soon as Clark did what he did. 

And how much does anyone want to bet that Chloe's actions in this episode will end up being construed as a good thing?  This is SV.  Its almost a given.  And thats going to make me want to kick puppies.

Not to mention, I thought the whole blood thing was ridiculously contrived.  Where was this sort of act, or thinking, from Clark when Alia impaled herself?  Or when Jor-El was dying in his arms from a gunshot wound?  It was non-existant.  But now Clark drips some blood on a wound, and Voila!  Zod is healed, and gets his powers back.  Thats just fucking great!

I wouldn't be so bitter about this if I thought we would get a truly great twist, like Zod honestly being a changed man, who decides to not give powers to all his people, but instead decides to take a more benevolent approach using Clark's example.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!  As if....Zod will do bad shit, Clark will blame himself, Chloe and Oliver will blame Clark too, Clark will defeat Zod, but only after people die, and.....the more things change, the more things stay the same.  And honestly, I'm just tired of it.

On the shallow end of the pool:

Tom continues to be insanely beautiful.  And he's so slim this year.

I adored Lois' suit at the end.  Ditto for Faora's leather jacket.

Chloe's green top, not so much.

Decent directorial debut by Turi Meyer.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 27th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the screen time. Always enjoy your review I wish we could of shown Clark helping more, instead we get Oliver's mentor and Warrior Angel. I actually liked Oliver in this episode but I agree with you about the shirt. At least he defended Clark a little and called Chloe on her crap but he was angry enough about her using his money. I thought it was interesting when he said that Chloe has a different set of rules for herself, but to me its like the writers have a different set of rules for Chloe. She can make all the mistakes in the world last season, but now everything is Clark's fault because of his moral compass?

As for Clark doing the Superman thing to do, I would be fine if it backfired every once and awhile, but on SV everytime it blows up in his face. I wish the writers liked Superman, because I don't get that impression.

Does Checkmate have a ninja on the payroll, how did they get the blood from Lois's desk without anyone noticing?
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
I'm really scratching my head, wondering why so much of the Zod/Kandorian storyline occured off screen.

As for Clark doing the Superman thing to do, I would be fine if it backfired every once and awhile, but on SV everytime it blows up in his face. I wish the writers liked Superman, because I don't get that impression.

Yes, to all of that. I feel like the writers are more interested in melodrama that doing justice to a young Superman storyline. And its a shame. Because, really, I'm not sure what sort of message they are sending here. What are we supposed to be taking away from this?

And yeah, a little unbelievable there on Checkmate lifting the blood sample.
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jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Re: part I
Sharon Taylor is definitely a more interesting actress then Monique Ganderton. Still, I'm disappointed in how Alia's story just fizzled out without explanation.

I think one of the things that bothers me about so much of the Kandorian storyline occuring off screen is that we had such a good opportunity here to delve into Kryptonian culture, and to see Clark learning so many things. The Kandorians are alien, and so we can abhor some of the things they do, but on the other hand, we understand that their beliefs and culture are completely different. There was so much material here to delve into, and I can't help but wonder why we didn't get it.

Cassidy Freeman is a treasure, and it just burns me up that the show doesn't use her as well as they could. Even in less then 2m, she totally makes her mark.

The Chloe/Oliver stuff is just infuriating. Especially in regards to Chloe. You'd love to think the show is taking the right path here, but how can we trust them? I can't. I don't.
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goodvibe
Feb. 27th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
I ::just:: finished posting my review and I've never seen an instance where we this similarly agree on an ep, right down to the use of words we've used as well. It's a bit eery actually, heh.

Chloe can go suck an egg and choke on it. And no, after this ep, I've changed my mind too. Clark and her can remain estranged as far as I'm concerned if that's what it takes to get her out of his life and stop talking about him as if he were dirt.

Oliver can STFU too, though I wasn't hating on him the same way I was with Chloe. Him, I'm just infinitely more disappointed in.

::shakes head at Tess' paltry 2 mins::

Faora was great, and I thoroughly enjoyed her scenes with Clark. Zod continues to work for me, the villian-of-the-week was highly effective and Lois was used very well. All good stuff. But the problem in this ep stems from the worrisome implications it sets up wrt Clark being put in yet another no-win situation. Which sucks, doubly, because it can be avoided. With showrunners that actually cared for Clark and treated him as priority? It could so be done, Val.
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Ah, I see we were sharing the brain again. Its funny, but I feel so much more secure and validated when we agree. Like all is right with the world. LOL

I think I've written Chloe off, but I'd hoped that Oliver would've turned around with his latest crisis. Alas, he's still a dick, and he's still weak, and he's still no friend to Clark. No fried at all.

I would love if there was lots more Faora to come. She's made such a big impression with me. She's terrific, and so strong.

There's little doubt in my mind where this is leading to, and I just....I don't know. I am so sick and tired of it.
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jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: part II
You make a great point about the Kandorians finding out about the tracking chips. Its not like they are a bunch of morons. And has Chloe ever considered that they might find her stash of weapons, and perhaps turn those on Clark? Does she care?

Some interesting food for thought with the Clark/Lois stuff. I know you are more on board with the whole Clois thing then I am. I think my biggest issue is that I don't have as much POV from Clark as I feel like we should have. And I also feel like the relationship was rushed a bit too fast. So, I feel a bit disconnected from it. Its OK, but I have a hard time working up enthusiasm for it. But they were very good here.

I don't know how anyone can trust this creative team. I don't know why people don't remember that they were in charge last season too. Bottom line, I just don't think they're that talented.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 27th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad this episode solved several problems, including Clark's connection with the Kryptonians with Zod, Faora, and Vala. We're gaining insight into the way of their people and their lives on Earth rather than just the powers that they seem to be all about. I like it when Vala has a crush on him.

Clark and Chloe's friendship is falling apart with the trust issues that stem from the last season. I find it hard to believe that Clark caused the Doomsday scenario when it was really caused by the very triangle in this episode of Oliver, Chloe, and Tess. I don't see Chloe and Tess returning for the 10th season at all.

I hope Oliver doesn't stab Clark in the back again or else his redemption arc in the first half of this season would be all the more pointless.

Since Zod is now flying, I don't see him returning for the 10th season for the same reason the producers didn't bring back Kara - them knowing how to fly would lessened Clark's journey. This is why I see Max Lord, Amanda Waller, and Checkmate as the villains for a 10th season.

Clark has great chemistry with Lois, Zod, Faora, and Vala. When I see Oliver, Chloe, and Tess in scenes that doesn't involve Clark, it's clear that the producers and writers need to cut out characters who don't serve a purpose in Clark's journey.

Septien and Meyer did a good job with this episode and Meyer did well on his directorial debut. They're usually good with episodes involving Kryptonian mythology.
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
It is nice that the Kandorian storyline has kicked into gear, but I just can't help lamenting the fact that it was off screen for so long, and I feel like a missed a part of the story.

Unless Oliver is playing Chloe, and I don't think he's bright enough for that, he's already stabbed Clark in the back again. Its amazing to me that this duo has no memory of their own mistakes, and are just going to blame everything on Clark.

I happen to think TW is one of those actors that has chemistry with most of the people he works with. And I love to see him interacting with a lot of different characters. Scenes without him are infinitely less interesting for me.
christina_kat
Feb. 27th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
*CLAPS* CLAPS* You go girl. I agree in everything. For the first time in my life I agree with someone's review in every word.
I'm so certain that Chloe & Oliver will say things like "Clark is a dissapointment" and I'm going to be sooo pissed off. I'm really sad to say this but Chloe's character gone really bad. I think if there is a season 10, Chloe shouldn't be there. (Lex Luthor needs to be back of course.*hee*)

//And now Clark is responsible for the "Doomsday scenario"? CLARK?!?! Not Miss " I'm dumping bodies in the dumpster" ? Not Miss "I'm baking the monster a casserole"?, Not Miss "I'm gazing at stars with a killer"? Not Miss "I won't let you send him to the Phantom Zone"? Talk about not being able to look in the mirror and see reality.//

WORD!
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
*Takes a bow* Why, thank you!

I really, really don't like what they're doing with Chloe this season. She's so reptillian to me. I am not absolving Clark of blame, because he has been really weird with her too. But she's just so hateful towards him. Its so offputting. I have yet to see a scene of Clark talking about Chloe behind her back with so much venom.
tjw_jaypat
Feb. 27th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
We are on the same boat again this week. :)

Persuasion had its fair share of WTF moments, but at least Clark looked reasonably good in the end. Yet this week I was outraged again because they wrote Clark as an inept fool, and seemed to set up everything for Chloe being right in distrusting Clark, just like at the end of last season. My only little hope was that Ollie didn´t seem to completely trust Chloe. (Oh, yes, and I don´t get the Chlollie romance at all: Chloe is like a sexless governess to me, having no romantic chemistry with anyone.)

As for the Clois, I was kind of reminded of Clana. Clark talking about "full disclosure being a two-way street" was so Lana. Here too SV history seemed to repeat itself... :(

Anyway, since S6 I have watched SV only for Tom, not for anything else. And regrettably this situation doesn´t seem to change any time soon...
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Yay! For being on the same boat! I'll bring the drinks, you brings the volleyball. LOL

I think Clois is being handled much better then Clana, but I guess I'm just not entirely understanding why Clark is telling Lois. I just don't know how healthy a relationship can be when its built on so many lies.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 27th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
I think there is a divide among the writers because the newer writers seem to write for Clark and make him look good while the established writers are making him look bad and are writing for the supporting characters.
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Hmm, interesting theory, but I don't know. The writer from last week is new, and I don't think she did a particularly good job with Clark. And the writers from Pandora are new, and I thought that was a totally weak ep for Clark.

In the end, I think it really comes back to the showrunners. They're the problem.
polytikal
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Chloe and Oliver need to GTFO this show. Now.

And for the love of God, PLEASE MORE TESS! Her screentime is ridiculous. Sophomore slump forreal.
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
I never used to say this, but I really hope Chloe isn't back for a S10. And if Oliver isn't either, so much the better. I HATE how the show has used them both this season (and last). I hate them right now, seperately, but even moreso together.

I would love them to use the budget for other actors.
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(Anonymous)
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
I don't see Chloe returning for a 10th season since AM will be leaving afterwards. The same thing can be said for Tess. Knowing the showrunners, they'll keep Clark, Lois, and Oliver. Since Zod flew, I also don't see him returning for a 10th season for the same reason they didn't bring back Kara - them flying and knowing a lot about Krypton would've lessened Clark's journey.
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
At this point, its fine with me if Chloe doesn't return, but I'd be really bummed if they didn't bring Tess back. She's great. I'd much rather they get rid of Oliver instead.

Zod feels like a 1 season villian to me.
brijeana
Feb. 28th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
I enjoyed your review. I wasn't as mad at Chloe and Oliver in this episode... but it may just be because of my fanwanking. I hope that you're wrong about the way the whole Zod with powers thing plays out... but with this show... *joins you in the big sighing*

It's interesting what you say about the Kandorians reaching for something they never had. I do think that human technology etc. is very far below them... so maybe they feel boxed in my just assimalating... but you're right, they never had powers so... Hmm...

I was initially really... bored by the idea of Zod as a villain. I mean... he's a recycled villain from Season 6 and honestly... he's even worse than that because he's not really even Zod, he's just a clone of Zod. Considering all this... they've done a wonderful job with Zod and the Kandorians.

Great review.

jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Its strange...or sad...but I think my fanwanker is broken. I find myself less and less inclined to try and wank away stuff I don't like. And I know thats a bad sign. A very similar thing happened to me with another show I was very into, once upon a time. I think there's definitely a connection between how much love you have for a show and how much you are willing to fanwank it. With SV, I feel like I'm just too tired, and everytime I try to wank it, the show just screws me over.

I wasn't a big fan of Zod, and I can't say I am now either. I do think the show should've done a better job of putting him on screen more, and earlier in the season. They just let him linger out there for too long, and too much of the Kandorian storyline has taken place off screen. And I just don't think that was a good idea. Especially when we got worthless eps, to me anyway. Echo, Roulette, Disciple, and even Warrior (which I liked a lot, but still....). And honestly, what was the whole point of the 2 hr Absolute Justice?
katyjane91
Feb. 28th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad I read this review 'cause I really agree with a lot of what you said and It's cathartic to see that other people reacted the way I did to this epi. Lol.

ITA about Faora and the actress who plays her. She does a great job. I never really liked Alia to much, partly because it my head, I was thinking that there was definitely something different about her. Her weird ass eyes, and the fact that she had powers under a yellow and red sun made me think she was some sort of ringer. Maybe from another planet besides Krypton.
But that thought always annoyed me because I knew it wouldn't play out like that. I knew that her storyline would fizzle out this way and we'd just have to be happy with the plot holes.
That bit about Vala being a scientist was kinda nuts. That girl was a bit ditzy and teenager-ey. I would buy Faora as a scientist but not her kid sister.
Come on show.

I am, and please don't throw rocks, not a big Tess fan. I like her, sort of. A lot better when she's with Zod. HATE her in scenes with Clark because of how she was around him all last season (first she was creepy with the flirting. Then she was all Lionel!Tess with the whole "Be SUPERMAN dammit *squirts him with water gun*)
She's better this season 'cause she's gotten more real around him, but I tend to like people as they relate to and treat Clark, and.....yeah.
But she's an okay villain and Cassidy Freeman is beautiful and awesome in real life.

But the treating Clark right thing brings me to where I agree with you most: Chloe.
I.....there aren't even words......hate.....so much.
I went from HATING Chloe in season 1-4 because she was so hung up on Clark and I thought her pathetic. And when she wasn't pathetic she was nosy. Then I warmed up to her when she moved on from him a bit and found out about his powers. So she wasn't as nosy anymore, more helpful.
This season and the end of last the writers have completely DESTROYED everything I liked about her. I honestly don't see how she has fans left. She's awful.
I'm not gonna pull any punches, I went from going into a haze of red rage every time she was in a scene at the beginning of the scene to now my brain has actually developed a defense mechanism of shutting down completely and going into sleep mode.
When I saw online that someone said she blamed Clark for the Doomsday fail, I had to go back and watch the scene because I hadn't heard it the first time.
Yeah, she's wrong and terrible. Everything you said about her up there. Ditto. So hard.
But, I do think that the writers at least SORT OF understand that she's in the 'grey' as they put it. *eyeroll* And that it will come back to bite her in the ass pretty seriously at the end of the season. I don't KNOW that it will, but I really, really see that as where they are going.
Because Clark has never openly permitted her actions. He's just been too much of a chicken shit to stop her. Well, the stuff he knows about, anyway.
I don't know exactly how, but I would be willing to bet everything in my piggybank that this WILL blow up in her face fairly if not very seriously. Something will happen, she may even die. But I kinda hope she doesn't just 'cause if she doesn't that will automatically put her up on a platform a bit. Oh, she died for her sins she's a martyr, type deal. And Clark would blame himself.
I sorta hope it will be more like she has to leave. Not that she chooses to, because that seems like getting away with it. But that the FBI ends up after her or something and she has to fall off the grid. That way, she's actually a criminal to the point that she's recognized, not only in the characters mind, but in the country as a criminal. Because she is one.
Anyway, I rambled, but you brought it out in me because I agree with you! :)
jeannev
Feb. 28th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Hey Kara avatar!!

I sort of miss Kara. I never thought I'd say that.

I'm glad you stopped by and enjoyed the review. I think there are a lot of people on the same wavelength as us with this one.

It seems to me that the all the Alia stuff ended up being pointless. And we'll never know why she was wearing those funky contact lens.

Its OK if you don't like Tess. No rocks thrown :)

Chloe used to be my favorite female on the show. I'd say that was pretty firm up till S6. Then I think the writing for her started going in a direction I didn't much like. And I think they, too often, wrote Chloe at Clark's expense. And thats just a big freaking no-no for me, because Clark is always my priority.

This season, she's just so unlikeable to me. And I'm really not enjoying AM's portrayal, which is all snide and nasty. Its just unpleasant to watch, and definitely not her strength.

I still don't want Chloe to die. I've never wanted that, and I still don't. But I do want her to be proved wrong. Really, freaking wrong! I just have no faith in the show to do that for me.
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homicidalfink
Feb. 28th, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I ... just. No words. I thought Clark was fantastic - very proactive when he found out Vala and the other Kandorians were missing, then finding and rescuing her. And then saving Zod - because that's what he does. Superman reacts to things, he's not Bats for heaven's sake.

That said - I'm desperately trying to hang onto any friendly feelings towards Chloe right now, because I do have fans of her on my flist. However, what she did with the embezzling and kryptoweapons has pretty much killed the last remaining tendrils of sympathy I had for her. I don't want her to die, just slink away in de-fanged defeat. And someone bring back Carter so he can toss Oliver around again.

Clark needs Bruce and Diana stat.
jeannev
Mar. 1st, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Clark WAS fantastic. But the thing with this show is that they take Clark doing the Supermanly thing, and find a way to screw him with it. I don't understand that at all.

I can't even tell you how much I wish Clark had different friends. Lois is nice, but he needs something more. The whole Clark/Chloe/Oliver is just not working, and the 3 don't make believable friends or teammates.
x_pixilated_x
Feb. 28th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Been away from SV/DC for a while now and even before that I wasn't checking on fandom or posting much (which isn't really saying alot considering I usually got stuck on shy!lurker mode, esp outside my journal). It was mostly cause I stopped bothering with the show, I was afraid I'd have a rage blackout and toss my comp out a window if I watched anymore.

Anyway I was thinking of getting back to watching SV and my new years res is to be more positive (cause I'm a seriously negative person and I don't want to be) buuuut, well now I'm a bit afraid that if I do my NYR will be blown sky high along with a blood vessel :|

My feelings for Chloe have always been a bit iffy (did like her during most of S5 & S6 tho) and the review doesn't exactly endear her or Oliver to me... I guess I'm asking if it's worth it?? I miss SV and I miss lurking around (XP) but there is a point when the beatings a show gives you become a bit much ya know?

Sorry. Ramble over :P
jeannev
Mar. 1st, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
I think its all depends on what you watch SV for.

If you like Lois, definitely watch, because if this season could be subtitled anything, I'd say it was the Season of Lois.

If you like Clois, ditto.

If you are into it for shallow, and the Pretty, then watch, because Tom is bringing unprecedented levels of hotness on a weekly basis.

But, at least in my opinion, the show still suffers from some of the same problems its had for a while now. Clark definitely is stepping up and being more of a hero, but the show isn't highlighting it the way they should. There's still far too much focus on other characters for my tastes.

So, I guess what I'm saying is watch again at your own risk, and nail your computer to something heavy. LOL
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miss_tress
Mar. 1st, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
And now Clark is responsible for the "Doomsday scenario"? CLARK?!?! Not Miss " I'm dumping bodies in the dumpster" ? Not Miss "I'm baking the monster a casserole"?, Not Miss "I'm gazing at stars with a killer"? Not Miss "I won't let you send him to the Phantom Zone"? Talk about not being able to look in the mirror and see reality.
THIS! SO MUCH THIS! I was yelling and cursing at the TV all during that bit. I felt honest to goodness RAGE over that load of shite. I wouldn't piss on Chloe if she was on fire right now. Her guilt/grief/anger/whatever over Jimmy is no longer an excuse I buy about her.
jeannev
Mar. 1st, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Well, I think one of the problems is that I don't really buy her being broken up over Jimmy, because she didn't really seem that into him anyway.

And as for her attitude towards Clark, its not even just her blaming him for Doomsday. Its also lines like "He's part of the Kandorian family now". What the hell is that supposed to mean? Clark isn't supposed to want to help this people, who are here through no fault of their own? And I don't see any evidence that Clark has left the humanity family.

Just, UGH, many ragey thoughts!
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