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20 October 2007 @ 10:54 am
Smallville 7.04 Cure  
Yeah, yeah, I know the episode was all about Chloe, but I'm using this icon anyway because
1. We SAW Clark save Lex and superspeed him to the hospital. And then WAiT THERE ALL NIGHT until he woke up. (It amuses me greatly to think of him practising his glare during that time.)
2. We got TEXTUAL gayness. TEXTUAL. I may never recover. I had to rewind a few times to make sure I'd heard right. Also, was it just me, or did he seem a lot straighter than most of the guys on this show? o.O Oh, Smallville: you are strangely inverted.

I loved seeing Clark and Lex solve a mystery together. Oh, please let there be more of this this season! It was simply delightful. But my favourite part was Lex's little joke (or so I like to think of it). When he explained that he'd used face recognition software to track Knox through the centuries he flashed up an image of Napoleon Bonaparte which had me in stitches. I'm fanwanking it as Lex testing to see if Clark actually learnt anything in those lectures Fine gave. ;)

Now to the main story...

Chloe
I struggled with the main plot of this episode because I'm out of touch with Chloe's character. I'll be referring to norwich36, I suspect, for much of the character points. It was hard, to me, to imagine Chloe voluntarily giving up knowledge of Clark's secret--her fear of mental illness must be deep indeed. That definitely fits with her character, but I'm still a little puzzled as to why she thinks she still might go mad or kill someone. She knows she cured Lois. She knows she died doing so. And she's ok. There have been meteor freaks in the past whose powers are benign, and if benign they don't suddenly turn evil... so... *frowns* In theory, the reason the episode provided us with is that if Chloe tried to save someone again she might die. But powers aren't usually that inconsistent. Also, isn't that a choice that she could make? I mean if the person was worth saving you'd do it anyway, right? Or she could legitimately choose not to put her own life in danger, in the same way that an ordinary person faced with trying to rescue someone from a burning building may or may not decide to endanger themselves.

Even if that fear makes sense, it seemed like she had a lot to lose--her relationship with Jimmy and her privileged position as Clark's confidant. I thought it was great that she trusted Jimmy to remind her of their relationship, but I have NO CLUE why she didn't just tell him the truth in the final scene. That was agonising, and I'm as baffled as Jimmy. Yes, she thinks he'll react with horror. But SHE reacted with horror too.

Earlier in the episode, I must admit I got a kick out of Chloe telling Clark she had other priorities for once. About time! (Pity they were getting a backyard lobotomy...)

Dean Cain is so jolly it's hard to imagine him as a villain. But I did enjoy seeing him on the show. Loved his showdown with Lex, mainly because I love seeing Lex out-badass someone. But the most fascinating part of the Knox plot, for me, was that he was trying to preserve the love of his life. Oh, what a timely theme, when we have Clark thinking about the fact that those he loves will grow old and die while he lives on!

The Secret of the Els
In the first conflict scene between J'onn J'onzz and Kara I couldn't help but watch Lana. You could see her in the background of the shot doing all this mental work: 'Who's the guy with the red eyes!? Clark didn't tell me about him! How many Kryptonians ARE there? Are they all fighting with each other like this?' I love how she valiantly tried to be polite and welcoming and then was like 'Ok, Clark, I'm off to see my aunt and FREAK THE HELL OUT OFFSCREEN.'

Unfortunately the rest of this plot is suffering from the apparent inability of Kryptonians to ask pertinent questions. Such as, for instance, 'WHY will it be terrible if Kara finds that crystal? What can it DO?' or 'Kara, why did your father try to kill mine? What was the rift between them?' Gah. And J'onn's not helping much either. *glares at him*'

Lana
Lana was totally the highlight of this episode for me. I love that she's got her own game plan on the go, though it's unclear as yet how 'good' her actions will be. She's been sucked into the world of Luthorian tactics, picking them up by proximity. She learnt to use them first to defend herself in that environment, now she's turning them to her own use. But, like Lex before her, she doesn't see that in adopting coercion, extortion and secret survellance as legitimate practices, she's potentially making herself into a monster. Despite that, it gave me a HUGE thrill to see Lana putting herself so firmly behind the camera lens for once. It's such a great meta-y twist that she's now the viewer not the viewed object, something she's desired for a long time. And after Lex's invasive control of Lana's body, her spying seems to balance the scales. But with Lex in reformed mode, I wonder where this will twist.

I don't buy that she just wants to help the meteor infected--we know she despises them far more than that. What she IS up to exactly, I can't wait to find out.

I was also delighted to see Clark not swallowing her line that the ten million was part of the divorce settlement. It's been a long time since Clark would believe Lex over Lana, and here it was a sign that he was actually balancing what he knew of both of them and why they might want to lie or tell the truth in this situation. He wasn't just simply swallowing what either of them said.

Finally, I got a little thrill from hearing them play Missy on the show! :D And I thought that track was a GREAT choice for Lana.

Personal ETA: Thank you to the kind anonymous person who sent me a V-gift. I am on holiday now and trying to destress. I hope to be more normal, and more active on LJ, in a day or so. :)
 
 
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svgurlsvgurl on October 20th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
i love your review! And I agree with most of it. I didn't like the Chloe not telling Jimmy. I so think he would've understood. They were a cute couple and I'm so not on board with the whole Kara/Jimmy pair.

Clark practicing his glare . . . that would be hilarious. :D

But I did enjoy the fact that Lana was watching Lex. A little creepy but it's amusing to see she stalking others instead of the usual "everyone stalking Lana". She was all domestic in the beginning and then you see her being all badass. I just hope that someone calls her on it.

Because Clark is doubting her (I could see it in that last hug) and that delights me greatly.

but I think the Kara stuff was rushed. They should've pushed it to another episode. I mean, it was just in the middle there, completely out of the blue. :\

The song was good. I liked it very much. :)

dean cain was very scary. it was funny, because i just read in a TW group that people were saying after smallville, TW should play a psychopath. :D

Overall, okay episode. Nothing too spectacular. The Warrior Angel movie show should be good. I would love to see Lex get his geek on. ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark identity crisisbop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think Jimmy would definitely have understood. I actually think he's only been so vocal against meteor-infected people a) because Chloe was and b) because he was frustrated with not getting time with her. I don't actually think he's that prejudiced--certainly not so much so that he would stop loving Chloe.

Clark IS doubting Lana, definitely. I think it could be very interesting--I suspect that this time the Clana break-up will be because of something Lana's doing, instead of being an outside factor.
carpenyx: sv - loiscarpenyx on October 20th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
I agree with pretty much everything. I had a hard time identifying with Chloe and felt that she should've told Jimmy -- despite him having an "issue" with meteor freaks, I think she didn't give him enough credit to see past that and accept her and I think he would've understood and would've seen it from a different viewpoint.

It was weird seeing Dean Cain as a villian -- you're right, he is a bit jolly to be playing the bad guy. :P But it was so much fun watching him. I missed him! :D

OMG, I'm TOTALLY with you on the Missy song! I heart Missy like nobody's business and was estatic!! I'm so glad that there's someone else who can appreciate that :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:21 am (UTC)
I think she didn't give him enough credit to see past that and accept her and I think he would've understood and would've seen it from a different viewpoint.
*nods* I agree, based on what we know of Jimmy.

I did enjoy watching Dean Cain--yeah, I'd missed him too! :)

I'm so glad that there's someone else who can appreciate that :D
Eeeeee!!! Yay!! *twirls you* I was so excited! It was just wonderful and suited the show and the characters perfectly too--the Smallville music team really know their stuff so to have them choose Missy was a real thrill!
Mistress Spinmlsky on October 20th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
I loved this episode...mainly for the all the reasons you list. One thing that struck me about Chloe...her subtle reactions every time Jimmy said something about meteor freaks. I was left feeling that a big part of her reason (aside from what you listed already) was that she wanted to NOT be one because of how harsh he's been about them...which sorta shows some cracks in their relationship maybe?? It also looked to me like she had to stop herself from pointing out Kara's an even bigger meteor freak than she is. (Um...I may have been looking for that. *LOL*)

As always I truly enjoyed reading your meta!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lollie yogabop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
I was left feeling that a big part of her reason (aside from what you listed already) was that she wanted to NOT be one because of how harsh he's been about them.
Mmm, that's a good point. I can easily see her feeling that way--some shame about having thought of them as irredeemable.

It also looked to me like she had to stop herself from pointing out Kara's an even bigger meteor freak than she is. (Um...I may have been looking for that. *LOL*)
Heh maybe, but it's true that it must be a bit galling to her not to be able to point out that she's actually an ALIEN.
Nora Norwich: Chloe woenorwich36 on October 20th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Re: Chloe in this episode, of course the parallelism answer is a big part of it, but I also think juxtoppozed is right that Chloe's conversation with Jimmy last week, where Jimmy said the he used to think she was prejudiced against meteor freaks, was actually signalling that this was the show acknowledging her actual biases.

It's true that there have been benign or good meteor-affected folks in SV, but those aren't really the ones Chloe has spent time with, and clearly *she* believes the meteor-affected are presumed guilty until proven innocent. And so she's having a huge existential freakout--especially since she inadvertantly converted her boyfriend to Kryptophobia.(Or meteorphobia, but I think the first one sounds cooler). To me that explains all her otherwise incomprehensible actions in this film; her fear and internalized hatred has overcome her good sense, for the most part.

She retained enough of herself to try and escape when she figured out Knox, but as you say, the fact that she would wipe out her own memory to be cured reads to me mainly as a sign of just how overwhelming her phobia was. So I'm not surprised at her reaction to Jimmy--I honestly don't think she would have even told Clark if he didn't already know about her. And even though part of me was yelling "Tell him, you idiot! You know how badly keeping secrets went for Clark," part of me thinks this is the season where Chloe gets to actually *experience* Clark's sense of alienation.

I actually kind of adore how central the female cast is going to be this season: Lois getting her DP storyline, and the other three women all mirroring earlier season Clark or Lex. *Bounces*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
she's having a huge existential freakout--especially since she inadvertantly converted her boyfriend to Kryptophobia.
Mmm, yes, ok. That's sort of what mlsky said above too. I see that fear is driving her. I think I struggled to see the self-hatred though, because although intellectually I know it's there (it makes sense since she was such a meteor-freak-hater), but she doesn't carry herself as if she has self-hatred, if that makes any sense. I think it's just me--I struggle to see it and have to constantly remind myself of the reasons why she would be feeling a certain way.

I honestly don't think she would have even told Clark if he didn't already know about her.
Wow, interesting. Ok, it's that deep.

this is the season where Chloe gets to actually *experience* Clark's sense of alienation.
*nods* Yes, that makes a lot of sense to me now too. I see where they're going with that. And while WE know that Jimmy would have understood, Chloe's feeling like the ultimate outcast.

Lois getting her DP storyline, and the other three women all mirroring earlier season Clark or Lex. *Bounces*
*nods* I'm pretty thrilled too! It does seem a far more powerful season for the women than ever before. That's got to be good!
hoolia gooliaboom_queen on October 20th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Despite that, it gave me a HUGE thrill to see Lana putting herself so firmly behind the camera lens for once. It's such a great meta-y twist that she's now the viewer not the viewed object, something she's desired for a long time. And after Lex's invasive control of Lana's body, her spying seems to balance the scales.

Oh, I couldn't agree with you more! And the weirdest part: I actually find myself liking/sympathizing with Lana this season (that hasn't happened in ages). She is so much more interesting when she is balancing moral ambiguities, than when she was the teary-eyed girlfriend weeping over Clark's secretiveness.

And I absolutely love the subtext that Lana kind of fears that she is too Luthorized or tainted for Clark herself. There was a hesitation in her divorce talk with Lex when he brought up the money, and her reaction screamed a fear of losing Clark to this knowledge. Yay for more complex characterization!

PS: I feel dense: what was the textual gayness?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
She is so much more interesting when she is balancing moral ambiguities, than when she was the teary-eyed girlfriend weeping over Clark's secretiveness.
Absolutely! I love her right now.

There was a hesitation in her divorce talk with Lex when he brought up the money, and her reaction screamed a fear of losing Clark to this knowledge. Yay for more complex characterization!
Oh, yes, I agree! It was layered, interesting and convincing. YAY!

Textual gayness: Jimmy offloaded his concert tickets to a colleague at the DP who said he would 'score big points with the boyfriend'.
hoolia gooliaboom_queen on October 20th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes--I totally squee'd with the Mister about the gay guys who snagged the tickets. That was way cool.

I got all excited though cuz I thought you meant textual CLEX gayness and I was going to rewatch it if I had missed that!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Ahh, no. Still I think that was the first overtly gay character on Smallville (if you don't count the girl that stalked Lana).
serenography: KKmirrorserenography on October 20th, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
There was actual canon acknowledgment of gayness in this episode too. I don't know if you caught it but the guy Jimmy sold the tickets too commented how thrilled his "boyfriend" was going to be. Aside from wacky Tina Greer's obsessive love for Lana, I don't think we've had a real gay reference on this show before. I love how it was just there without making a huge deal out of it. Nicely done, SV.

I must say that I found the Chloe/Jimmy parallel to Clark/Lana a bit heavy-handed, but Allison really did a wonderful job in this episode with all she had to emote.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
I did! It was very exciting. :D I nearly died of shock, actually. It's something I'd never thought I'd see on this show!

I found the Chloe/Jimmy parallel to Clark/Lana a bit heavy-handed, but Allison really did a wonderful job in this episode with all she had to emote.
Mmm, yeah it's a bit of a stretch, I think, since I really don't think the two secrets are the same at all. Clark's reason for keeping his secret and Chloe's reason are not the same. But I can see why the show's gone there and at least they've really mapped out a storyline for Chloe rather than have her just be exposition girl or convenient computer hacker.
Naomi: Cure You'll forget me! by MsSullivanfrelling_tralk on October 20th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Aside from wacky Tina Greer's obsessive love for Lana, I don't think we've had a real gay reference on this show before.

There was a reference in Truth too, with one of the football players secretly wanting to ask his friend to the school dance I think? And Chloe calling herself Clark's krypto hag in Fanatic
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, how could I forget that football guy?! He was fun.
daybreak777: lana is a badassdaybreak777 on October 20th, 2007 07:33 am (UTC)
Yay Bop, for continuing to translate this show to me! Coming into it so late is like watching a Spanish telanovela. I kind of sense what's going on, but I'm missing some basic themes and details. And getting home late certainly isn't helping.:-)

I don't understand Chloe's character. So she got some 'powers' from the meteor shower? Did she always have them? How interesting.

And yay, Lana! She certainly grew up, didn't she? She has some sort of plan for Lex. I don't know what but I hope it's nasty. Not because I don't like Lex, but because it would be so devious and clever and dark for her character. This season needs a bit of edginess.

I did feel bad for Jimmy, though. He's so confused as you say. But really, how many people can know Clark and Kara's secret? At this point, Lois could run an article in the Planet and just come out with it. No, the scoobies must protect the innocent. That is the way of superheroes, right?

I feel a showdown coming between Lana and Lex. And that's going to be awesome! If I can manage to keep watching.

And yay for you, vacation! You made it!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex showdownbop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
So she got some 'powers' from the meteor shower? Did she always have them? How interesting.
No, she didn't know about them until the end of last season. But presumably she's had them all along. Her mother was infected by the meteor rocks and went mad. She could control Chloe with her mind. So Chloe has really deep-seated fears about these issues.

I feel a showdown coming between Lana and Lex. And that's going to be awesome! If I can manage to keep watching.
Hee! I hope you do. I think this season's going to be very exciting Lana territory. I really saw a strong independent woman in this episode and I was SO excited to see her as the watcher, not the watched. When she lived with Lex he installed cameras throughout the house for her 'safety' and she hated it, she felt constantly watched--it was cool for her to turn the tables on him. And I really want to know what she's up to!
daybreak777: laughing in the wrong placesdaybreak777 on October 20th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
She could control Chloe with her mind.
Wow, now that's really interesting. Wow, everyone's got a power!

I think this season's going to be very exciting Lana territory.
Let's hope so. Okay, I'll keep watching. I'm in this far . . . :-)

And I really want to know what she's up to!
Me too!
darluludarlulu on October 20th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
Despite that, it gave me a HUGE thrill to see Lana putting herself so firmly behind the camera lens for once. It's such a great meta-y twist that she's now the viewer not the viewed object, something she's desired for a long time. And after Lex's invasive control of Lana's body, her spying seems to balance the scales.

I got a big thrill out of that as well. :D

I have to say I think it's kinda weird how people are flipping out at that surveillance scene, calling Lana evil and whatnot, when we've seen every single character on this show, including Clark and Chloe, act in morally dubious oh-so-secretive ways plenty of times before. Personally, I plan to wait to hold judgment 'til we actually find out what she's up to, for now, I'm just happy she's gotten to shrug off her passive role for an active one.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
Clark and Chloe, act in morally dubious oh-so-secretive ways plenty of times before. Personally, I plan to wait to hold judgment 'til we actually find out what she's up to, for now, I'm just happy she's gotten to shrug off her passive role for an active one.
*nods* I CHEERED. It was SO exciting! I know it could be something nefarious but part of me doesn't even care--the thrill of seeing her empowered, decisive and independent was so great. And I actually like that she's keeping it secret in some ways because it tells me that this is something important to Lana--she's not doing it to please anyone else. She's really come into her own and I'll definitely reserve judgement. I suspect it could be something quite subtle and grey, rather than out-and-out evil. And I think that could be really interesting. Clark can be very black-and-white in his judgment even if, as you say, he's acted in morally dubious ways many a time himself!
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on October 20th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
wait, what textual gayness, please elaborate, lol. And I too loved the Clark and Lex scenes and Clark glaring away and sneering and Lex being totally unphased because he's so used to it by now, lol.

And yeah, I didn't get Chloe not telling Opey her secret either, did she not learn from Clark how lonely the road is?

And is Lana seeking revenge? Why exactly is she spying on Lex so elaborately?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex crazy for lovebop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
Textual gayness: the guy at the Daily Planet that Jimmy gave his concert tickets too said they would score him big points with his boyfriend. :D

I'm not sure what Lana's doing but I don't think it will be as simple as revenge. I think she may actually think she's doing something to help others, but her own motives may include revenge. I think they'll go the muddied waters path rather than have her out and out 'evil'.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on October 20th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
Textual gayness: the guy at the Daily Planet that Jimmy gave his concert tickets too said they would score him big points with his boyfriend. :D

ooh, lol, I did notice that, i like that it was just a random throwaway line.

Things in everyday life are complicated of late, so I don't think I watch SV on the level I used to, its become my reprieve, so I tend to watch and go "ooo tom looks really pretty there" and thats about it, lol, so I really appreciate all that you have to say about it, it really helps me see what I've been missing. The fact that I'm spoiled may influence some of the things i see week to week as well. So its nice to see your fresh view of everything.

I'm a little concerned where they're taking Lana's character, I don't necessarily believe she has altruistic motives behind spying on Lex, and I'm not thrilled with her lying to Clark now, it seems too easy to give them the same wedge in their relationship, only this time the roles being reversed. I am interested to see where this goes, but I hope it doesn't retread old territory.

I think I'll rewatch the Clark and Lex scenes now:)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on October 20th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Hee! Rewatching the Clark and Lex scenes sounds excellent to me.

I'm excited about the Lana plot because although I do see that they've swapped roles and she's the secret-keeper now (old ground), I think it's really refreshing to see Lana with her own independent agenda. I also like the idea that the Clana relationship will succeed or fail based on how suitable a partner Lana really is for Clark, not his fears about his secret. Lana's always been more willing to cross some moral boundaries than Clark but that's not really been addressed on the show--and I think it would be cool if they do address it this season.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on October 21st, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
those are good points, and I hope they show Clark questioning whether Lana is really the person for him more, and I hope he doesn't blame Lex for her downfall--something in Lana made her accept Lex in the first place.

And I've found generally when SV raises a question that goes unanswered (the crystal) it means they're going to explore it in a bigger way later.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on October 21st, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
*nods* Oh, for sure! It's just a bit annoying right now. ;)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex showdownbop_radar on October 21st, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
At that point, wasn't Clark trying to find Chloe?
Yes indeed! :D

I'm with Nora in not quite getting why J'onn was so blithe with his powers. Unless he already knew that Lana knows about Clark and Kara, that was kind of ... reckless of him to just show up like that.
Oh, totally! I had to fanwank it to myself that he had actually been watching Clark in the interim and knew about Lana. It's a stretch, perhaps, but possible... after all he was hanging around for a long time without Clark noticing or caring.

I wouldn't mind seeing a little more wariness from her about Kara, about the fact that other aliens exist.
I know what you mean but I actually did get a sense of her having reservations. That scene felt a lot to me like the way Lana used to 'make nice' with Lex's minions, play the perfect hostess, but actually be suspicious of them and hold her own opinion in reserve. It's almost like she's fallen into that same mode here. And I wonder whether we won't see a little of her old wariness about aliens return later when the cracks in the relationship start showing.

It's like the creative team doesn't quite appreciate that because they know where this is all headed doesn't mean the characters wouldn't be curious about this stuff.
Right. I know it's nothing we haven't seen before but sometimes I just hit that wall of frustration as a viewer. Because it makes NO character sense that he wouldn't ask more questions. Especially now! He's matured so much--I can't wank it as him just being young and silly and leaping to conclusions. I know they're just sowing the seeds of what's to come later in the season, but right now 'tis frustrating!
goodvibegoodvibe on October 22nd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I think the writers did a good job of balancing out Chloe's rather unlikeable traits in this ep (bitchiness, hypocrisy, passve agressiveness) by ably underlying it all with her very real sense of urgency, fear and desperation. Chloe was unlikeable in this ep, to me. I'm not sure if the writers were trying to deliberately acheve this effect or whether it was all part of trying to add some layers to the character. In any case, I could sympathize with her fears, and I used that to justify a fair bit of her behaviour, such as her DP scene with Clark. She was unnecessarily antagonistic, yes, but I could atleast see where she was coming from. Even in her scenes with Jimmy, I dont think either of them could be painted as the bad guy. It's going to take Chloe a while to figure out the enormity of her newfound situation. While Jmmy cant be blamed for his anti-MF stance either, since it was Chloe herself who inculcated him into that line of thinking. However, there were some scenes where Chloe lost me. I agree with you, that her utter nonplussed reaction in having her memory erased was just---extremely WTF. And also her IMO slightly taunting remark to Clark about his immortality, was aso needless. Necertheless, I appreciate the writers trying to add some layers to the character.

The Clex scenes are always welcome, aren't they? Heh. These two actors together can usually make even a mediocre scene interesting.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on October 23rd, 2007 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if the writers were trying to deliberately acheve this effect or whether it was all part of trying to add some layers to the character.
I don't know but I'm having the same trouble with her at the moment--I keep wondering if they MEAN to write her as a bitch. At least in this episode I could remind myself of her fears driving her.

And also her IMO slightly taunting remark to Clark about his immortality, was aso needless.
*nods* Yeah, it was. But as you say I'm glad the writers are giving her layers and have a clear plot for her.

These two actors together can usually make even a mediocre scene interesting.
Oh definitely!