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27 October 2007 @ 12:41 am
Smallville 7.05 Action (Part I)  
*flappy flaily hands* OMG, tonight's ep was SO GOOD! Eeeeee!!! I was in stitches for most of it and actually had to stop to wipe tears (of laughter) from my eyes at one point. Oh, show! Keep on doing this!

I've got all week to meta as I'm off work, so I'm indulging in a pictorial commentary of this ep for something a little different...Of course the meta potential was huge with this plot premise, but it wasn't just that that sold this episode: it also had some very moving scenes (the Clana save was GORGEOUS) and some fab reveals as well (Lana holding Lionel prisoner--woot!). Plus, it had humour in bucketloads and you can't tell me that the script wasn't self-reflective. *giggles*



Warrior Angel has always been a great construct so I squeed with joy at the idea of a movie. Totally fantastic episode concept! This intra-textually fictional superhero has an interesting blended personality, reflecting both Lex and Clark. The red cape, of course, signals the future Superman, and I thought it was a lovely twist to have Clark inherit the cloak from the set. But it's Lex who has always identified with Warrior Angel, and the superhero bears his trademark bald head as well as a silver and black costume. Even the name is dualistic: some may consider the concept of an angel that is also a warrior contradictory. In the light of Lex's recent encounter with an 'angel' it's got added interest--his response so far has been that if she doesn't acknowledge herself as an angel, she must be a warrior, an enemy advance guard... so Lex himself is guilty of splitting the two halves on occasion.

Of course, starting with the flying was a great way to introduce the artificiality. It's the one thing that Clark doesn't do yet. Yet he came about as close as he ever has in saving Lana in this episode--I'd pretty much call that flying! So the distance between the fictional character of Warrior Angel and Clark grows narrower, which fits with the episode's theme about Clark's destiny.

You can tell the writers and crew had a lot of fun with this one. There were some lovely little details like this guy arguing about his costume: 'Ok, fine, but have you seen the ears?!'


Interesting choices for Chloe's costuming in this episode: she's gone meteor green. Green t-shirt, green jewellery. I thought that was very pointed after last week's episode which estabished her as 'trapped' with her meteor powers. In breaking up with Jimmy she's acknowledged the centrality of her secret to her identity: it is more important than intimate relationships. This seems to be reflected in the costuming for this episode.


Chloe also introduces the first of much commentary about fans. (Hee! Yes, the writers got their own back!) She discusses the ways in which the stories function as escapism, especially at a time when she's relationship-less. Her bravado is paper-thin: she admits to having had plenty of freetime. And what has she been doing with it? Writing fanfic! :D Kara's fake backstory, actually. And it's good enough to full Lex's minions. Nice!

It's Smallville... therefore there must be a car crash. But in this case it was one of the most spectacular Clark saves ever. I love that Clark didn't hesitate, but wow, he really revealed himself in this moment. It's pretty hard to believe that this wouldn't actually have busted him to the whole world. But we can handwave it for the sake of an enjoyable eppy. ;)


This save of Clark's is trademark Superman: he catches her in the same way he will later catch Lana. The two characters are paralleled, of course. They clearly cast someone who looked like a 'bombshell' version of Lana. They're about the same height, same long brunette hair, and they had similar coloured clothes with cream and white predominating. Rachel's outfits are a lot more revealing, Lana's more demure. But that fits with the film star versus ordinary girl idea.


I've seen a lot of people speculating about whether Clark and Lana are sleeping together. I maintain they're not. I don't see them getting past Clark's sexual insecurities this fast, and seeing him working out some frustration with these fenceposts (phallic much? *coughs*) only confirms it. I believe the show's deliberately leaving it ambiguous but there was certainly material to support this reading here. Lana suggests 'other ways' to burn calories but Clark totally lets her suggestion drop: a newly reunited sexually active couple would probably have considered that a good excuse to jump each other. Then Lana reveals that she got home late and Clark was asleep. She didn't wake him. Ok, it was just one night. But it does hint that they're running around on different schedules and they're minds are... well, not in their pants.


When the limo pulled up I laughed because it's not exactly the first time that Clark's been wooed by the limo-owning brigade. And most of them come in person, with gifts, not just send a lackey... Rachel didn't stand a chance. ;) I liked that Lana had a little frisson of jealousy. She joked that she wasn't Clark's 'only fan' but Rachel's no real rival. She is 'just' a fan, whereas Lana's in the intimate circle. The true jealousy didn't flair until Clark invited Rachel into his home (and ok, someone needs to tell the boy that new girlfriends generally don't take well to you setting up a harem!).


I love that Clark made a really bad fan and therefore a really great impression on Rachel. He really did see her as just another person, and someone he saved, rather than a star. This was set in contrast to Chloe's determination to get in with any excuse (whereas Clark didn't even really want to be there) and her eagerness to hook an interview, as well as her awkward star-struck body language.

As if this episode didn't have enough awesome, it also had Lois! Looking distractingly hot in that shirt. *blinks* I love how determined she is that her own leads will pay off, even though she's actually a little off-base. She's blinded here by two things. First, she doesn't rate Clark as a story no matter what the circumstances. Secondly it never occurs to her to consider Lana a Luthor. I think that's to Lois's credit--it's her good nature that overlooks Lana, who she's always liked. She's not on Lois's list of suspects, despite the ambiguity of 'LL' as a signature.


Interesting that Grant pushed so hard for her to drop the lead--that didn't make much sense to me. I wonder if there's backstory there. Is he being paid to keep away from the Luthors? Because while Lois didn't have proof yet, she did have a good lead and I think it's reasonable for a journalist to be sceptical about Lex's overnight redemption (we may buy it as viewers but we know what triggered it and why it was so powerful).

I'm not quite sure why they decided to go all Misery on the Lionel plot. And I really DID NOT like the trapped hand. Special effects team: entertain thyselves in a less disgusting way next time, please! However, I was very amused that they wrote in random pot-growing. Last week homosexuality, this week drugs... dear me, what is this taboo-breaking behaviour from the CW?

I loved the barn scene to bits! The lines were so cheesy: just exactly like Smallville itself. And of course all the dialogue echoed with the themes we've seen from the show. Clark's got a 'secret', he's not 'like other men', he tries to be selfless and end things, yada yada yada. Poor Clark looks to the script to save him from that scary female sexual aggression that always gets him into trouble. ;)


Best line nominee #1: How are we supposed to narrow this down to the one psycho who's willing to kill?
Huahahahaha. Nice one, writers. Yup, we internet fans are freaky. I could give you some names.

Apparently Clark's taking last week's collaboration as a positive sign: he feels comfy enough to show up at the mansion asking for help. Which Lex gives, even if he does get in a dig about them not being friends any more. Yeah, yeah, heard it all before, boys! The fact that Lex's comic book collection was so accessible completley cracked me up. You wouldn't want to be trying to rob the place--you'd have to wade through comics to get to the safe!


I loved Lex's line about seeing the world in black and white but now seeing things as more grey. But how true is that? Right now he's standing on the edge again--wanting to believe in Kara but already having been rebuffed. His own thinking is far more black and white and extreme than he's willing to acknowledge. His own idea of 'grey' seems to be 'if it's not pure white, what's the point? may as well go all out'

Love the comic! It reflects both Clark's saves of Rachel and Lana and also the attempted shooting. But even more FTW was Lex's assertion that 'in the comic book world if you're destined to save mankind you're destined to be alone'. YES! That's what I'm talking about! Clark may not see the writing on the wall yet, but those clued in to the tropes know what's in store.


A small touch, but I really liked Warrior Angel's awkward shuffle to stop the bullet. Teehee! Sloppy work from Clark though, letting himself be seen.

I am totally IN LOVE with this new establishment shot of the Luthorcorp tower, but waaaaah I could kill (yup crazyfan!) the person in charge of those huge CW banners spoiling it. :(


Lois undercover and in glasses totally made my heart thump. She looks like such a Lex girl! Tall, brunette, glasses, hot suit... yup totally his type! In fact we saw said chickie earlier in the ep. I'm surprised Lex didn't find her at least slightly hot in that get-up, but then he was too busy getting annoyed. It was exciting to see Lois ruffle Lex's feathers even if he still doesn't rate her (unwise, unwise!). Holding her silence and her head high was a great move on Lois's part. Far more powerful than trying to divert or deflect the conversation. It may, however, be true that Lex has no secrets left... for the moment.


Back with more when I've had some sleep. :)
 
 
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Vacuum state of peace: poltergeistbzoppa on October 26th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
It must mean something that I don't watch this show, have never seen an ep, yet I devour your picspams.

I just asked dinousia to make me an Anders picspam (because she said she's offering prezzies) but since you have all week, and if you're amenable, a patented bop_radar picspam of the hot hot hot Anders would make me forever happy.

I found this icon on someone's LJ yesterday (perhaps yours?) and it made me all lusting after Anders. He's so hot.

I keep running through the scene where the four converge in that room. I may have to write something about that (yet another promise on my part, I know).

*tentatively thinking about actually watching the shows I need to now*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on October 27th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
Hee! That is a very kind comment, thank you. :) However, I'm not sure I'll be able to offer Anders picspam... I don't really have any photos of him saved. But I'm sure dionusia will oblige. ;) And there's so much potential in the Final Four plot, isn't there? Definitely inspiring material!
Vacuum state of peacebzoppa on October 27th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Ok, I understand you have a lot of things you want to do. So do I&mdsah;and you're more realistic about planning to do them ;)
daybreak777: lana reddaybreak777 on October 26th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
This show was so funny in terms of being a fan. So many references! I think the writers really had a lot of fun with it.

As always, I always learn a lot from your meta and picspasms. I'm in the middle of my own review, but my main question is how does Clark remain so clueless about life? It's sweet but what huge thing will have to happen for him to finally get it?

Oh, and he has some sexual insecurities? He's so cute and strong. Whatever went wrong?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on October 26th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
How does Clark remain so clueless about his life? Good question and I'll get to that in part II. :)

Sexual insecurities are to do with his powers--the only time he's had sex in the past (with Lana) was when he'd lost his powers and was 'normal'. Once he got them back he started evading her attempts at intimacy which caused tension for them last time. My guess is that Lana's not pushing the issue this time because she's learnt not to.
suex on October 26th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
That was awesome Boppy, I loved reading it.

I've seen a lot of people speculating about whether Clark and Lana are sleeping together. I maintain they're not. I don't see them getting past Clark's sexual insecurities this fast, and seeing him working out some frustration with these fenceposts (phallic much? *coughs*) only confirms it. I believe the show's deliberately leaving it ambiguous but there was certainly material to support this reading here. Lana suggests 'other ways' to burn calories but Clark totally lets her suggestion drop: a newly reunited sexually active couple would probably have considered that a good excuse to jump each other. Then Lana reveals that she got home late and Clark was asleep. She didn't wake him. Ok, it was just one night. But it does hint that they're running around on different schedules and they're minds are... well, not in their pants.

I agree with you here Boppy. Lana and Clark are clearly not doing it, and I also think its a deliberate choice by the writers. Its a way to show us that Clark and Lana arent really at a point yet of being truly honest with each other and most likely wont be until Lana's dark and questionable acts are revealed to Clark.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on October 27th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) I do think it's a deliberate choice and I'm kind of waiting for it all to come out or to rise to the surface. There's still a distance between the two of them, that's true.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on October 26th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
I love the picspammy review, even though I had to wait til I got to work to read it because it didn't want to load on dialup.

But it's Lex who has always identified with Warrior Angel, and the superhero bears his trademark bald head as well as a silver and black costume. Even the name is dualistic: some may consider the concept of an angel that is also a warrior contradictory. In the light of Lex's recent encounter with an 'angel' it's got added interest--his response so far has been that if she doesn't acknowledge herself as an angel, she must be a warrior, an enemy advance guard... so Lex himself is guilty of splitting the two halves on occasion.

Oh, those are really interesting observations! And it definitely goes with that speech Lex made to Kara about whether she's a savior or a warning.

And there's no *way* Lex is over his Warrior Angel obsession, or he wouldn't have had all those comics in his office.

I hadn't thought of the actual costuming of Warrior Angel himself in this ep, though I was interested in the fact that Devilicus was garbed in purple, which is definitely Lex's signature color. And speaking of color, good catch on Chloe wearing meteor green--I hadn't noticed that, though I *did* notice Lois wearing Clark's future glasses. (And damn if she didn't look hot in her Luthorcorp Gear).

Interesting that Grant pushed so hard for her to drop the lead--that didn't make much sense to me. I wonder if there's backstory there. Is he being paid to keep away from the Luthors?

That's my guess. And if he's in Lex's pocket, that helps explain how he got the position he got so young, wunderkind or not.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on October 26th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I knew it might not be dial-up friendly. :( I won't make a habit of it but it's fun when I have the time.

And there's no *way* Lex is over his Warrior Angel obsession, or he wouldn't have had all those comics in his office.
Hahaha, I know! I love that! It was so clearly still a BIG DEAL for him. ;)

Devilicus was garbed in purple, which is definitely Lex's signature color.
*nods*

That's my guess. And if he's in Lex's pocket, that helps explain how he got the position he got so young, wunderkind or not.
It does. It will be interesting if Lois clues on to that--I reckon she might.
Juxtoppozed: clexlookingremjuxtoppozed on October 26th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Best line nominee #1: How are we supposed to narrow this down to the one psycho who's willing to kill?
Huahahahaha. Nice one, writers. Yup, we internet fans are freaky. I could give you some names.


YES. That line was pure win...and I was totally thinking the same thing ("I can out a few of those message board nutcases for you...")

I loved Lex's line about seeing the world in black and white but now seeing things as more grey. But how true is that? Right now he's standing on the edge again--wanting to believe in Kara but already having been rebuffed. His own thinking is far more black and white and extreme than he's willing to acknowledge. His own idea of 'grey' seems to be 'if it's not pure white, what's the point? may as well go all out'

You're completely right about Lex...I wonder why he keeps pushing that black/white dichotomy (he also did in in Nemesis) when neither of them believe in it. In fact, as you say he's like this in the sense that you have to tell him all your secrets up front, immediately, or else you're immediately an object of inquiry/investigation or enemy. (On a tangential note...this has me wondering how Lex could see Clark--if he does--as a would-be alien conquerer considering how much time and energy he witnesses, with his own eyes, Clark expending to save strangers' lives or chasing criminals (just last week, too). I guess in this universe I don't see that as a tight rationale for fighting against Clark, becoming his arch-rival...)

I loved Lois in this episode. She's still not infallible, she makes mistakes and has blind spots, but she's seamless at going undercover and doesn't let Grant dampen her enthusiasm for her Lex investigations *at all*.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on October 27th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
YES. That line was pure win...and I was totally thinking the same thing ("I can out a few of those message board nutcases for you...")
Glad I wasn't the only one thinking that. ;)

I wonder why he keeps pushing that black/white dichotomy (he also did in in Nemesis) when neither of them believe in it.
I don't know... it's almost as if he uses it as a way to showcase his resentment. I don't know how to express this... but it's as if he kind of exaggerates for effect. I think he ends up masking reality from himself which is counter productive. But he still does it because he likes selling a message as strongly as possible.

.this has me wondering how Lex could see Clark--if he does--as a would-be alien conquerer considering how much time and energy he witnesses, with his own eyes, Clark expending to save strangers' lives or chasing criminals
I've always thought that what that was a bout--LEx seeing Clark as a potential threat--is about Lex recognising the dark potential in Clark's powers. I think he sees that Clark's using his powers for good now, but he also knows it's possible to manipulate Clark and I think he suspects that Clark's secrets include a secret agenda. I think in many ways this is a case of transferal on Lex's part: he sees potential darkness in Clark because he feels it in himsself. If Clark turned bad it would be so much more devastating for Earth than if he did (he argues) so someone needs to be there to balance him. That's my personal canon on Lex's mindset in that regard, anyway. I think he has a lot to prop up that suspicion too--other Kryptonians have been more obviously destructive and aggressive.

She's still not infallible, she makes mistakes and has blind spots, but she's seamless at going undercover and doesn't let Grant dampen her enthusiasm for her Lex investigations *at all*.
Mmm, yes. *nods* I really love that. I don't want her to be faultless at this stage, I want her to be buoyant and determined and learning from her mistakes, which I think she will.
svgurlsvgurl on October 26th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
yay for other people who share the lois love. i was so excited in this episode. lois was in tip top form and it seems that they are actually taking Lois's character down the path to the Lois Lane we know she will be. And she looked gorgeous too. :D

I think she's 85% of the reason I liked this episode so much. The Clark & Lex interaction as well as Lionel telling Lana off also made my day. I really liked the foreshadowing too.

Definitely better than last week. Thanks for the pretty pictures!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on October 27th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Hee! Yes, it's good to see another Lois fan around. She always makes an episode for me, whenever she's in it. And damn that shirt she was wearing was mesmerising! :) I thought it was a much stronger eppy than last week too.
Fleegull: KK op Creditsfleegull on October 26th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Lois undercover and in glasses totally made my heart thump. She looks like such a Lex girl! Tall, brunette, glasses, hot suit... yup totally his type! In fact we saw said chickie earlier in the ep.

I thought she was the other chick at the start of the scene!

Interesting that Grant pushed so hard for her to drop the lead--that didn't make much sense to me.

Unless he's really all about the flashy headlines and finds this one too dull. I didn't even think that the initials were Lana's until now. I thought it was Lionel.

I loved the barn scene to bits! The lines were so cheesy: just exactly like Smallville itself.

It was like every barn scene all rolled into one cheese fest!

Thank you for including the pictures! SV will always have gorgeous shots to fall back on, even when you can throw a tractor thrugh the plot holes.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on October 27th, 2007 03:02 am (UTC)
It was like every barn scene all rolled into one cheese fest!
It sure was! So cute to see the writers (and actors) having fun with that.

And yes, you can always rely on SV for the pretty if nothing else. I thought this episode had lots of great shots.
Cris: Clark - flyduskwillow on October 26th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
*joins the fangirl squee*
I also enjoyed the episode a lot. :D

I agree about Clana not having sex. If Clark found a way to deal with his fears about hurting her thanks to his powers, they'd address it on the show.

I think Grant is a minion. He wanted Lois on the movie story. He later refused to even consider the article about Lionel. He's there to make sure there's not too much press on Luthors.

And ha ha, how random was that pot plantation?! I was cracking up so badly!

I'm glad you mentioned bloody CW banners. Those things are driving me insane, they are ruining many great scenes. And it's impossible to crop around them for icons, they are too huge. Grrr.

And yay for Lois investigating (in Clark-like glasses ;) )! That was great.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois searchingbop_radar on October 27th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
If Clark found a way to deal with his fears about hurting her thanks to his powers, they'd address it on the show.
That's what I think too--after all these years it's a really big deal. They wouldn't skip that!

I'm looking forward to Lois outing Grant as a minion. :)

And the banners are terrible aren't they?! No vidding from S7 until DVDs. Groan! They're so whopping huge!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois Crimsonbop_radar on October 27th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC)
There's lots of potential for the Grant storyline... I think he'll just be a flunky, but a relative or clone would be fun. :D Regardless, I love seeing him and Lois spark.

And yeah, there's no giving up Smallville when it gives us eps like this one! *runs to write up more*
goodvibegoodvibe on October 28th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Interesting take on Lex, about him actually being more "B&W" than he realizes. I can see what you're saying. Though, I personally think his dialogue about shades of grey was definitve, in many ways, of how he percieves himself, if nothing else. And Lex' perceptions often come with a lot of conviction, so I can see him thinking of having operated in shades of grey, as opposed to picking absolute sides.

I liked Lois going undercover and the disguise, and the tenacity to not give up on Lex' trail, but I could have done without that final scene with Grant, personally. It just seemed so unnecessary to me. Though I will say, I think she looked really great in this ep. Erica Durance is a gorgeous woman, but unfortunately the hair&makeup team dont always get the look right as Lois. This ep they definitely did.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on October 29th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I agree that Lex sees himself as functioning in shades of grey. He's blind to the ways in which he's an absolutist. His line to Kara about if she's not an angel she must be an enemy is the sort of thing I'm talking about. But in actual fact he's always thought of himself as working in shades of grey--the danger being he doesn't notice the slow slide into darker and darker areas.

I figured the stuff with Grant is all build up to some greater plot with those two (I'm unspoiled so please don't spoil me). I don't like the way they do Lois's hair sometimes, I agree. They do the same look on Kara and it annoys me there too. :p
hoolia goolia: Boom Queen ? - Kara vs Nuggetsboom_queen on October 29th, 2007 02:16 am (UTC)
now that I've watched the ep I can come and read your meta, yay! This was one of my _favorite_ episodes in this season--the snark was hilarious, the tone was so dark for the deliciously evil Lana parts, the text/subtext of the superhero plot was fabulous, I just loved the whole thing!

Plus! The evil fanboy was totally one of the nuggets that got recruited and then killed in Scar, "BB":









Fandom crossover squeeeeeeee!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on October 29th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
OMG HE SO WAS! *squeeee*

I'm so glad you loved this one. I had a ball watching it--Smallville at its campy meta-y playful best!