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06 October 2007 @ 09:48 am
Smallville 7.02 Kara  
I had the world's worst luck with downloading this episode so by the time I saw it I was seriously exhausted... however, despite that, my euphoria knows no bounds! This episode had EVERYTHING! Including two lines of dialogue I have waited YEARS to hear. :D :D :D

Starting with some subtext
The episode started in grand fashion with something I love to see: Clois subtext! Clark tagging along to protect Lois makes me giddy with joy, especially when she's protesting that it's completely unnecessary and he's ditched Chloe to be there. The 'saying goodbye' surprised me as much as it surprised Lois but I loved her 'you can't break up with me, Clark--we're not even dating' reply--mainly because this could have been used so often through the years by other people (Lana, Lex...). And I saw a flicker of genuine regret there from Lois about Clark leaving! Joy! I've been seeing affection from Clark towards Lois for ages now, but Lois is a little more guarded in her expressions of affection, so it was lovely to see.

It looks like passion
This episode packed so much in that it was hard to pick my favourite aspect. But the Lois plot was the one that had me most euphoric. I was very happy with Lois's development in Season 6: she started her journalism career with pluck and determination despite a lack of formal structured training. She's demonstrated time and again that once she's set her heart on a course of action, she'll go to great lengths to see it through--but not if it compromises her own morality, especially her steadfast loyalty to friends and family. We saw all of that reinforced in this episode in perfect detail:
- the minute Lois sees the spaceship, she focuses in on it and starts recording details while also using deductive reasoning (it is covered in algae so it's been in the lake a long time)
- when she recovered from being knocked out she was completely focused on recording her story--asking for her lap-top and not being put off by Clark and Chloe's 'protective' measures to take her to hospital
- she sticks up for her paper, even though she knows it's not the Daily Planet, holding her own head up high
- when offered an opportunity to advance her career, her first instinct is to defend her cousin who already holds a position at the Planet
- despite not offering the story to the Planet, she's already done the groundwork and got photo evidence
- she submits the story but doesn't expect success.

The icing on the cake for me was hearing these words from Grant: 'it looks like passion--and it's what separates you from the rest of the pack'. YES YES YES!!! This is exactly what's important about Lois--and we have textual support for that finally. Though I think the Smallville team have done a wonderful job of subtly building up this aspect of her character over the years. She always had a slightly obsessive edge, whether it was tearing after her cousin's killer (climbing into the very grave, remember!?) or simply never letting life get her down. In small ways they've shown her as competitive--even when she hadn't found her ambition yet, she played computer games obsessively (what?! it's a cute touch!) and always saw things through in determined fashion. To see this all coming to fruition is beautiful. Lois deserves this fork in the road--the seeds of greatness were always within her, and I just adored the way this episode--and a sparky new editor--drew them out. :D

I loooooved the sparks flying between Grant and Lois. She called him 'bow tie'! :D And he called her a lightening bolt! I love that Lois doesn't try to impress Grant. Indeed their first interaction begins with her reprimanding him for eavesdropping. Chloe, on the other hand, swoops in with an immediate put-down and cheesy suck-up smile.

Chloe did not impress me in this episode AT ALL. I found her behaviour quite horribly selfish and disingenuous. And while I completely understand that she's protecting Clark's secret, I find the way she does so difficult to swallow: rather than adopting a sympathetic attitude she lectures Lois and tells her that spaceships are not appropriate subject matter for stories. The subtext is very much 'I have a privileged position at the DP: let me tell you how things are'. I could not have been more delighted that her new editor turned the tables on her. Chloe makes no attempt to hide her shock at the idea that Lois might score a job at the Planet by writing a spaceship story. From her character perspective it must be a blow to find someone else rewarded for what she did for years. But Chloe's never shown Lois's flexibility and she fails again here to rise to the new challenge. She can't muster up any grace about Lois, her own cousin, getting a job at the Planet. And I'm sorry, no matter how personally hurt she may be by Grant's dismissiveness about her, she should be at least a little bit happy for Lois. And I particularly hated the way Chloe would back Lois up ('she's just starting out') ONLY when it seemed like she had nothing to lose. No points, Chloe.

Lex
An interesting contrast to Lois's determination, intiative and passion is Lex, who displays the same characteristics but taken to such far ends that they border on psychosis. His enemies may accuse Lex of 'needing some serious psychiatry', meaning it as an insult--but they're not far from the truth. Lex always takes things to extremes. In 'Bizarro' he believes he's been saved for a path of redemption. But I'm glad to see he heasn't been wasting his intellect away in that prison cell... he put two and two together and deduced that Lana had staged her own death and framed him for murder.

I love that it took Lex barely a day to pinpoint Lana. And then he not only flew to Shanghai, he let himself into her apartment. Oh, Lex! *facepalm* I love that Lana was unsurprised by his entrance--she has learnt! The apartment scene was unbelievably gorgeous and oh, so heartbreaking. At first it seems that there's no way Lana will be swayed by his forgiveness speech. Yet he takes things to such a crazy place ('giving you a better target') that he pushes her into capitulating. Melodramatic as it was, I still found it convincing from a character perspective--Lana may be willing to let Lex die now, but to actually pull the trigger at point blank range herself? That's a stretch. Especially when he's actually begging her to do it. Oh, Lex!

I would love to know when Lana found out about the clone. For one glorious moment I thought that maybe Model 503 might still be running around Smallville (since it was missing) but then the jigsaw pieces fell into place and I realised that was how Lex knew the DNA evidence was meaningless. Damn! A rogue Lana clone could have been fun. How incredibly creepy for Lana though! *shudders* Although it's all very retconned, it does make me better understand how Lana could actually be willing to set Lex up to take the fall for her death.

Kara
I'll be completely honest--the actress didn't thrill me. But I think she looks the part and they directed her as best they could. And I'm enjoying the character and plot-potential of Kara so much that it didn't matter.

I thought it was very cute that she was searching for little baby Clark--and the potential Clarks were very cute. ;) It must be more than a little unsettling to find that the baby you knew has become a grown man. The entire dynamic has shifted: it is Clark who finds himself in the caretaker role now. She seems, if anything, younger than him--reacting with pettiness and spite ('don't touch my stuff') like a teenager. I found that created an interesting dynamic because Clark came across as the more mature and experienced of the two (as he should!).

What I'm most enjoying about Kara so far is the way Clark responds to her. Tom put in another acting tour-de-force, I felt. I loved little touches like him seeming eager to bond with Kara over the green rocks weakening them, before shifting into a more formal protective tone again. I also love that Clark stepped back a tad when he worked out they were cousins. He was so crushing on her before that! He always falls for the women with powers who he can empathise with. Though I think given that they're the last two survivors of their race, they'd be more than forgiven for breeding if they were so inclined. But the House of El has a lot of secrets does it? Sounds like another family we know of... at least Kara calls it how it is ('dysfunctional'); the Kents were never so honest. ;p

There were a lot of cute moments too, like her breaking the lift doors because they 'can't wait for ancient technology'. She's going to be a handful! That introduced a bit of a pissy sibling dynamic between them, especially when she teased him about not being able to fly. I hope she teaches him how! It would be great if they could kind of help each other--I loved the scene where he helped her focus her hearing.

Clark breaks the terrible news to Kara that her planet has been destroyed, that they are the last survivors. Again, I loved Tom's acting in that scene. The actress who played Kara struggled a little perhaps, but I certainly find it convincing that Kara would find the news very difficult to absorb. It's harder for her than Clark because she had grown up on Krypton--the deaths of her friends and family will weigh on her.

I loved that Kara got a barn scene with Clark--she's part of his intimate world now. And the lighting in that scene was so gorgeous. He asked her to 'be my memory'! *glee* This is something I think Clark really needs--a real living connection to his home world, and I'm so glad that Kara was able to give him some words of comfort about him being a 'miracle baby'. And he rewarded her with an offer of shelter, family, and even one of those rare Clark smiles of such radiance. :)

I made my father a promise
I have to admit that I cracked up laughing when Kara said 'I made my father a promise and I couldn't keep it'. Oh, the irony! Because Clark's made promises to Jor-El too. Which he could have kept.

And then my second favourite line of the episode: 'Kal-El, my son, you have finally chosen to begin your training' WOOOT! Oh, I cheered! Though don't worry--I didn't really think he would start it straight away. And I see that the AI has decided that baby steps are the way to go, setting Lesson 1 as 'learn that you can trust me--I just state the truth'. As usual Clark adopted a pissy, petulant tone in the Fortress, which I have come to enjoy. We so rarely saw Clark as a normal demanding teenager, he was never like this with Jonathan--there's something kind of endearing about it. (I can be so magnanimous now that he's matured!)

I love that they've raised a question mark over Kara's trustworthiness. I wonder what the secret of her father's past is--there was something guarded in the way she told Clark about the family rift. And she may not have killed those park rangers with her own hand, but they did die because of her presence on Earth. I'm liking the potential this plot has. Though what's the bets Clark ignores Jor-El's advice that Kara poses a greater threat than he believes? Sigh.

Little note: I think it's cool that the government is being introduced a bit more this season, with them snagging the crystal. I hope this bodes well for the Lex plot.


ETA: I totally forgot to mention that I loved the touch of having Grant not actually run Lois's article because she didn't have a photograph to go with it. Jimmy!!! *happy sigh* I can't wait until those two start to team up properly.
 
 
 
Ferd: Lois Happyferdalump on October 6th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
If I didn't have a raging headache I could be more eloquent and detailed with my response, but for the moment I think I need to stick with simple sentences.

Lois this episode= MUCH LOVE!!!!!

I am a very happy camper and as a Lois fan am literally on cloud 9.

So glad you enjoyed it so much, too. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois kicks assbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Cloud 9 definitely best describes my location! :D :D SHE ROCKS! *draws hearts around her*

Funnily enough I have a raging headache too. Sympathy! *goes to find drugs*
wisteria: bsg - kara - i love kara thracewisteria_ on October 6th, 2007 02:25 am (UTC)
I might have to watch Smallville just for that episode title alone. ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois Crimsonbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
You'd pick a good episode if you did that. :D I am euphoric with happy right now. But you'd be underwhelmed by her namesake--this Kara's, er, quite different. Though she has superpowers!
Melissa: Portrait de Madame Allan Bottradioreverie on October 6th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
No points, Chloe.

Seriously, I am kind of *appalled*.

I am so happy about Lois though. And I'm so much more excited about Team Clara than Team Chlark. Clark as a mentor is so much better than Clark as a doormat that says retarded things like "Chloe is smarter than both of us combined". Um, yeah right.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Children of Menbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
I am totally appalled. I've never had your level of distaste for Chloe... until this episode. She actually put me in physical pain, I think. I had to rewind to be sure I'd seen the bitchiness I thought I had. But yup, it was there alright. *glares* This could have been played so differently--Chloe could have been sympathetic to Lois's interest in the spaceship but kept her distracted with other things. When Grant picked up Lois's story idea, she could have been supportive. And finally she could have said congratulations at the end. I can't believe Lois actually felt the need to look apologetic. It is not Lois's fault that Grant dissed Chloe. I get the feeling Grant's typical way of motivating people is to play their competitive natures. Well, Chloe could have levelled up to that the way Lois did--delivering a rival story of her own. The fact she didn't is not Lois's fault.

Clark as a mentor is so much better than Clark as a doormat that says retarded things like "Chloe is smarter than both of us combined". Um, yeah right.
Right! I really loved the Clark/Kara dynamic. I so adored him in mentor role--it's a great way to move him forward to his next phase.
suex on October 8th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
"Chloe is smarter than both of us combined". Um, yeah right.

But wasnt it oh so sweet, when immediately after that, it was Clark who figured out that the AM/FM disruption was being caused by Kara's ship.

Go Clark!!
Naomi: Lexana Lockdown by malicatfrelling_tralk on October 6th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
Chloe was miffed at the end because he offered Lois the job by dissing Chloe. "If you're lucky Sullivan, some of her passion will rub off on you". I don't think anyone, cousin or not, would have been turning carthweels for Lois after that. I was actually kind of surprised that Lois didn't speak up then over Grant being so rude right to Chloe's face, he got pretty insulting.


The apartment scene was unbelievably gorgeous and oh, so heartbreaking.

I know! I was surprised at how much I loved it, after some of the season 6 Lexana scenes were leaving me cold with the indifferent feeling that was present. I'm not sure what to make of that scene, but with tears in both Lex and Lana's eyes, it certainly wasn't indifference.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana Luthorbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
. I don't think anyone, cousin or not, would have been turning carthweels for Lois after that.
But Grant's comments about Chloe were a separate issue! Lois got the job on the merits of her article. Grant is unimpressed with Chloe's work. Two separate issues. And the fact that Chloe can't distinguish them worries me. I can understand her feeling depressed and embarrassed about Grant's comments on her work, but being so self-absorbed as to not congratulate Lois really staggers me. Especially after Lois had gone to great lengths to bolster Chloe's self-esteem ('I'm no Chloe Sullivan'). If a friend behaved that way to me I'd be hurt. I think Lois genuinely feels bad for Chloe--but it's not her fault that Grant doesn't see merit in Chloe's work.

I was surprised at how much I loved it, after some of the season 6 Lexana scenes were leaving me cold with the indifferent feeling that was present. I'm not sure what to make of that scene, but with tears in both Lex and Lana's eyes, it certainly wasn't indifference.
Right! I'm kind of staggered by this turn in events too. I felt totally drawn back in again. This was the warmest scene between them in eons--how ironic!
Naomi: Lexana by rawien-8706frelling_tralk on October 6th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Two separate issues. And the fact that Chloe can't distinguish them worries me.

But Grant made them the same issue when he offered Lois a desk across from her cousin in his job offer, called Chloe a "burn-out", and stated that Lois is the fresh new talent he's more interested in. The job was basically offered by setting up the rivalry of seeing Lois as better than Chloe, I'd expect anyone human to be taken-aback and humiliated over that, rather than offering Lois a hearty smile and congraulations.


And totally on the Lexana :D I think, now that it's all out in the open, it should shake up the status quo there a lot. I'm hoping for a Mr And Mrs Smith type of dynamic with them both playing one another whenever possible, should be fun *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
I'd expect anyone human to be taken-aback and humiliated over that, rather than offering Lois a hearty smile and congraulations.
I agree that a hearty smile would have been implausible and inhuman under those circumstances. I absolutely understand that Chloe's feelings would have been hurt. But the fact that she couldn't muster up a weak smile and a 'that's good news for you, Lois' (which Lois could have responded to with reassurance that she thought Grant was being unfair) bothers me. Because I'm sure Lois would have been magnanimous if she'd been in Chloe's place. Fingers crossed we'll see a little more grace from Chloe next episode once the shock wears off.

'm hoping for a Mr And Mrs Smith type of dynamic with them both playing one another whenever possible, should be fun *g*
That would ROCK! Yes, please! *g*
Naomi: Yeah I said wtf too Chloe by Mssullivanfrelling_tralk on October 6th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
It is interesting that the writers are directly relating Lois's success at the DP to Chloe's downfall, which seems an...interesting choice, where there's already a lot of rivalry in fandom over Lois being seen to be replacing Chloe. I wonder what their end goal is for Chloe, and if they do plan to keep Chloe as a reporter or not. It doesn't seem that the plan is for the cousins to be working alongside one another as reporters at any rate


But the fact that she couldn't muster up a weak smile and a 'that's good news for you, Lois' (which Lois could have responded to with reassurance that she thought Grant was being unfair) bothers me.

I guess, but Chloe was hit by a lot to take in there, and we only saw her immediate reaction. I think Lois's next episode is either 5 or 6, so it will be interesting to see how they interact by then, and if their closeness has been affected
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois searchingbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
It is interesting that the writers are directly relating Lois's success at the DP to Chloe's downfall, which seems an...interesting choice, where there's already a lot of rivalry in fandom over Lois being seen to be replacing Chloe.
Right! It was a bold new approach to address that rivalry upfront--in fact, to push it forward. I don't know what they've got planned either. I hope Chloe recovers from this and I agree that the next time we see them interact may be ultimately more important than this scene for setting the tone to their future relationship. They've always kept the two of them close--it would surprise me to see the writers backflip on that now.
roxymissrose: b-superman_eleventh_hour_00000002roxymissrose on October 6th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
I'm surprised at how excited I am by the new addition. If they play it right, Kara has the potential to bring out the best in all the characters.
I hope that this season puts an end to what should be the dead end of the Lana/Clark relationship. I'm ready now for Lois and Clark to go forward. If this is MR's last season, then year eight is definitely the time to really make it all about Clark's transition to Superman.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
I agree--I find myself very excited about this new season.
daybreak777: sunrisedaybreak777 on October 6th, 2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Wow, great review! There is so much about this show I don't understand yet, but your enthusiasm is contagious!

I really like Lois. She has such a vibrant energy to her. And she's competent and determined and mature.

The apartment scene was unbelievably gorgeous and oh, so heartbreaking.
Wasn't it beautiful? I don't even ship them but SV is so pretty. And the 'yellow sun' scene with Clark and Supergirl at the end was also lovely. Are Lex and Lana always that angsty?

I also love that Clark stepped back a tad when he worked out they were cousins. He was so crushing on her before that!
Thanks for pointing this out. I'm still figuring out the Clark character but I remember him literally taking a step back. I'm sure he'll remember that attraction at some point, but it really shows that he's a good guy.

Chloe's comment about the primary colors tickled me! As a new viewer, I'm glad someone mentioned it. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana Luthorbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
I really like Lois. She has such a vibrant energy to her. And she's competent and determined and mature.
:)

Wasn't it beautiful? I don't even ship them but SV is so pretty. And the 'yellow sun' scene with Clark and Supergirl at the end was also lovely. Are Lex and Lana always that angsty?
The lighting and set design on Smallville is often done very very well so I was pleased to see them return to form here. And yes, Lex and Lana have been quite angsty for some time... a long time ago they were quite sweet and angst-free, but it all got tortured and complicated and dark. Actually this seems to happen a lot to Lana in relationships. Ditto Lex.

I'm sure he'll remember that attraction at some point, but it really shows that he's a good guy.
Hee! He is. He's grown up a lot through the seasons but he's definitely a gentleman.

Chloe's comment about the primary colors tickled me! As a new viewer, I'm glad someone mentioned it. :-)
The clothing choices are usually very deliberate and symbolic on this show. Clark's always dressed in reds and blues. Lex in greys and purples. Lana used to be pink and romantic but she's moved much more into bold dark colours--including a lot of black and white last season.
Kate: Chloe -  back when she still looked cutemskatej on October 6th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
I loved all the same things you did!

Chloe did not impress me in this episode AT ALL. I found her behaviour quite horribly selfish and disingenuous.

For real. I haven't liked Chloe much for a while now but she has *never* been so unsympathetic as she was here. She was positively *gleeful* when she thought Lois had failed, so it was incredibly hard to feel bad for her when she got her comeuppance. Yes, Grant completely humiliated her and crushed her dreams, but Chloe has been so cocky and arrogant and "I'm the best, Lois is a joke" for such a long time that having the enormous bubble of her ego finally popped was a *relief*. Now Chloe might realise that she doesn't have what it takes to be a journalist and do something she's actually good at, like becoming a computer hacker for hire or something. She could make a lot of doe that way!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, Grant completely humiliated her and crushed her dreams
Yeah, for sure. But I'm one of those people that thinks having your own dreams crushed doesn't mean you get excused for being a total shit to others. Gah!

Now Chloe might realise that she doesn't have what it takes to be a journalist and do something she's actually good at, like becoming a computer hacker for hire or something.
I really really hope they give Chloe a solid other path, not just set the cousins up as rivals. Because they've now made it clear (and I'm happy about it) that Lois is the stronger writer. Which is fine--Chloe could (should) choose to find her own niche in life. Then maybe she could stop being so smug and I could start enjoying her character again... though she's got a lot of ground to recover.
Natasha: director!Tomtheclexfactor on October 6th, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
At first, I was dreading Kara coming to the show and the writers having yet another reason to give Clark less screentime, but I was delighted by the interaction between the two of them. I also think I'm just happy that Clark finally has someone LIKE HIM (and not just powers, but Kryptonian and everything) that won't die at the end of the episode...or two episodes later.

And I'm not going to spoil you, but if the writers are taking the current incarnation of comics!Kara, then I know why she's untrustworthy.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on October 6th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
I did hear Kara was coming on the show and deliberately didn't freak out about it over the hiatus, but I was a bit nervous after last week. She seemed such a random element of the pilot and I had no idea how she would be like with Clark. But this episode put my fears to rest. I agree that it's just wonderful for Clark to have a Kryptonian comrade--and one that won't die.

I don't know much about the current comics!Kara but that sounds intriguing... I think I'll stay unspoiled and go along with the ride.
Cris: Supergirlduskwillow on October 6th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
A bit late to the party, but I had to comment. :)
How good was this episode? ♥

Clark and Kara, both teaching and learning from one another.
I love Laura, personally I think it's a great casting. Her and Tom have such wonderful chemistry going on.

Lois proving herself and showing that she deserves a chance. And with so much class and style! I love that girl. :D

New editor is a bit annoying, but he's truthful and he pushes everyone to give their best and I like that.

Lana was actually OK in this episode.
I'm not sure what to think about Lex. From the look at other people's reviews I might be the only one to think he planned the whole thing and was playing her. There was just something about that scene on the plane when he was playing the fight/slap scene over and over again.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois searchingbop_radar on October 7th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
How good was this episode? SO GOOD!

Clark and Kara were awesome, and yes, Lois conducted herself with grace, as did Lana.

New editor is a bit annoying, but he's truthful and he pushes everyone to give their best and I like that.
I liked him! I mean he's pushy and the kind of boss I personally would HATE, but I think he's also typical of a certain kind of manager and I think it's going to push the Daily Planet plotlines along, so I'm excited by him. Besides which I think Lois is a good match for her asshatery. ;)

I didn't think Lex was playing her this time... I think he was sincere. But as is so often the case with Lex, he's still a master manipulator even when he's a sincere one so it's a very grey area.
DC: Battlestar Galactica - Lee 2bananainpyjamas on October 6th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Gah, I STILL haven't seen this. How sad is that? So much crap to be doing.

Thank you muchly for not making fun of me for being so clueless and totally missing your Lee vid. Am quite swamped at the moment but I will be sure to watch and give you the shiny feedback you deserve as soon as I can breathe again. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois no morningsbop_radar on October 7th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
I am quite swamped too so TOTAL sympathy! And I owe you feedback on your Heroes vid so please don't feel bad!
Fleegull: Pinatasfleegull on October 7th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed this one mainly for setting Lois up as a great reporter, she's not there yet but we have received confirmation that her writing is good and her dedication to getting a story is being noticed by people who matter.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on October 7th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
And that is very thrilling to watch, yes! :D
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on October 8th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: part I
This is our show in all its smartly-tweaking-the-mythology glory.
It is! It IS! I had a hard time holding back from the capslocking myself. :D

I love that the creative team let Lex utilize his intellect and resources to good effect even while dealing with being in prison. That's exactly how iconic Lex Luthor is -- always thinking, always planning, always a few steps ahead of everyone else
Yes! At long last! And just when I'd again given up hope, thinking his brain was fried by the 'Angel' experience! It has reignited my hope!

Her robe was lovely and she's just chilling, doing her evening toilette, WITH A GUN AT HER SIDE. *adores her*
Heeee. Yes, so true! She was SO much fun! Very noir and very chilling.

I can see that being the thing that pushed her over the edge into this scheme. I mean, I'd worry that if my husband had a backup version of me, it meant that he was thinking he could easily ditch me if I ever acted up!
Definitely!! I had a lot more sympathy for Lana's actions instantly upon finding that out. A husband who is willing to clone you is a seriously disturbing thought. And I think she really needs to ask him what exactly he had planned with that clone. I guess you'd just assume the worst... and you'd probably be right!
suex on October 8th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Re: part I
I want to know when Lana found out about the clone, too. Because I can see that being the thing that pushed her over the edge into this scheme. I mean, I'd worry that if my husband had a backup version of me, it meant that he was thinking he could easily ditch me if I ever acted up!

I assumed that Lana found out about the clone when she was doing all the investigating for Lionel. I recall someone, maybe Lex, mentioning that she had done extensive research on his projects.

And I think the reason why Lex cloned her was so if they ever did have children, the clone could carry the child, therefore eliminating the risk of Lana dying in childbirth as was seen in his dream in Lexmas.

Lana's right. Lex really is psychotic.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on October 8th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: part II
It was more balanced than J's been in the past and oh, look! Clark responded by listening to him and doing what he asked! They're both learning and I love that with the fire of a thousand Kryptonian suns.
Hee! I actually don't think his approach was that different: he's always just stated the truth and he's made observations like 'be careful of your emotions' before... but I did really enjoy the scene. I think Jor-El is very sensible in making the first training exercise something that Clark is inclined to do anyway--watch out for and watch over Kara. Their agendas are aligning at last! \o/ And I honestly adore Clark acting like a pissy teenager with Jor-El... especially when it's in contrast to him acting all mature and mentor-y elsewhere. :D He has grown SO MUCH! *hearts*
suex on October 8th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Great review Boppy. I loved this episode too and I'm looking forward to the relationship between Clark and Kara, and just imagine if Lana is also brought into the mix. Could be a very interesting dynamic between the 3 of them.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on October 8th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, yes, I agree! I am suddenly very excited about this season. :)
goodvibe: clarklovegoodvibe on October 8th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
You've described the Clark/Kara loft scene brilliantly. I too loved the "be my memory" line. TW is ::so:: on his game, even moreso this season. He has the Supes demeanour down, pat.

I agree with a lot of your points about Lois. I've been mostly really happy with the way she's been written since last season and continuing into this season, which is nice because I want to consistently like her. I think most of my issues with Lois as a character stems from the inconsistency. Apart from flashes of brillance (Crusade, Gone, Facade, Devoted, Lucy, Arrival, Exposed, Lockdown, Oracle), I felt a lot of the rest of her sceentime was wasted in seasons 4 and 5. But I've been noticing a trend to introduce a more consistent level development for her character in season 6 (Zod, Arrow, Reunion, Hydro, Combat, Noir, Prototype, Phantom) where atleast there seems to be an attempt from the writers to not just waste away her limited appearances, but actually utilize them effectively, to varying degrees. I'm pleased to see there's been some progress on her front in both eps this season too.

I still would have ideally liked another means for Lois to have gotten into the DP, which, perhaps did not involve Chloe at all, but all said and done, I was alright with it. Lois was written terrificly in this ep, right from her doggedness to getting the story and staying on it (not being deterred by the blows to the head) to her unrelenting support of her cousin. And I also apprecited her dynamic with Clark in this ep. It was just the right kind of friendly banter with a hint (IMO) of sparkage. I hate it when they're overtly antagonistic towards each other, it's just not appealing to me.

I think Grant is interesting because, even though he may seem all about the "selling" of the papers, he never says he'll print anything but the truth though. I dont know where the writers are going to go with him eventually, but I'm curious to see.

Sorry to have rambled on so much. I wrote a long ass review of the ep myself but on another message board. It was just nice to see many of my own thoughts echoed here. :-)

I'm going to friend you, if you dont mind, because I think I'll enjoy reading your thoughts on SV. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on October 8th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hello! Good to meet you. :)

there seems to be an attempt from the writers to not just waste away her limited appearances, but actually utilize them effectively, to varying degrees
I agree. I remember being very frustrated at the end of S5 with the way Lois was being wasted. But her arc has been far more consistent recently. I understand it's difficult to be restricted to a certain number of episodes for a character, but even so... it's good to see them pulling it together!

It was just the right kind of friendly banter with a hint (IMO) of sparkage.
*nods* I love that there is affection there between them now.

Grant is very interesting, definitely! I found him an energetic presence--he brought that sense of newsroom urgency that the DP has lacked until now. Like you, I've no idea where the writers will go with him, but it's intriguing!

Lovely to meet another SV meta-er! *friends back*