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27 October 2007 @ 02:40 pm
 
Now time for the REAL game. :D The second half of 'Action' was where things got really good, imo. So I continue my picspam review with my favourite shot of the entire episode.

This shot is made of win!


Seriously, I could not laugh harder! Oh, Clark. If it takes a POST-IT to kick your butt into gear in regards to your destiny, I will never let you live it down! I mean really... someone, anyone (Lex? Lana? Chloe? Oliver? JOR-EL) could have sent him this exact same note a long time ago. Many have tried to tell the dear boy that he's got a destiny, many have failed. He remains, as we will see, immune to the destiny concept, largely, at this point, because the writers need him to be. I think they had a lot of fun with this in this episode--it was their chance to joke and say 'yeah, we know it's ridiculous that he still doesn't get it'.

Evil!Lana was rather wonderful. I can't get over how Lexian she is. Complete with the ability to shift from one mode (angrily berating a minion) to another (loyal girlfriend phonecall with Clark) at a moment's notice. It's chilling and brilliant all in one. I'm not that disturbed by Lana's actions in capturing Lionel--she has good reason both to hate him and fear him. And since we still don't have textual proof that Clark has told Lana that Lionel's not really a threat to him, then she has good reason to want him under her control. We saw last season that she had a vicious streak where Lionel is concerned when she cut off his blood supply in hospital. So this is an extension of that. What I'll be really curious to see is what she wants with Lex... how far she'd go to get revenge on him, I really don't know yet.


I know it could be viewed as negative that they cast a fanboy as the villain of the week, but I think there's a lot more to the story that than surface-level reading. The writing was quite generous to online forums: Chloe made a point of saying that the blog got a lot of hits and that if Clark was outed on it, it would be a big deal. (That's debatable I reckon: mainstream media still hold a lot more sway, especially in breaking a story so outlandish.) I liked the detatils they gave this guy: the production assistant on the movie (sooo the type of guy who'd be a fan in his spare time!), the room full of collectables, the cluttered desk set-up. And I thought his argument was perfectly written to get the point across. 'You can't mess with people's idols,' he says, 'that's why no-one believes in heroes any more--including you, Clark.' The fanboy casts himself as Devilicus, thinking he needs to push Clark to embrace his destiny.


In terms of how this reflects on Smallville, I think it's interesting because those who have pushed Clark towards his destiny have been viewed as villains, sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly. Jor-El is the most obvious of those, but there was also Fine (who DID turn out to be a villain), Oliver (whose methods remain greyer than Clark is comfortable with), Lionel as Jor-El's avatar, J'onn Jonzz and potentially now Kara. It's been difficult for Clark to read the messages sent to him when the waters have often been muddied by conflicting or ambiguous motives. However the message itself has been ringing loud and clear for some time and this episode seemed to push the idea of someone outside the situation being more clear-eyed (or fanatical, depending on your perspective) about what's required than Clark himself.

What makes the fanboy a villain is that he blurs the line between fiction and reality, he takes action and tries to force things to happen the way he wants. He knocks out both Warrior Angel's screen girlfriend and Lana, arguing that she has to die for Clark to embrace his destiny alone. Of course, the writers are having a dig here at the fans who felt that Lana should have died in order for Clark to move on. And I was able to have a good laugh at that because circa Season 3 I would have been 100% fine with someone throwing Lana off a balcony to make Clark embrace his future. Now, not so much. However it was great to see someone arguing that while Clark focuses on his own desires, thousands of other lives are at stake. True. They are, and it's something he'll eventually face and have to balance. But we know that he'll still try to keep that human connection in terms of a relationship as well. Lana asking 'and mine doesn't matter?' worked well to remind us of the classic hero's dilemma: to save the life of one person he loves or the lives of many he doesn't know.


#2 nominee for best line (actually best delivery): what did you mean when you said he was trying to make YOU accept your destiny?


Yes, Chloe, it's a pretty cracktastic concept isn't it? Clark? Embrace his destiny?! Huahahahahah! And don't try pushing the boy. That just backfires.

Clark's reply had me in stitches: he was entirely clear about the fanboy's message, he just didn't want to accept it. 'This guy's delusional, Chloe! You couldn't possibly belive him!' Look at that incredulous face:


Nice soundbyte for the slashers here too: do you want to find the guy who's going to out you to 1000 people?

And then ohhhh, the save! I'm so in love with it! When the Clana payoffs come they're always gorgeous, and this was possibly my favourite Clark save ever. He didn't hesitate to leap from the balcony, even though he couldn't be sure that he would fly. He focuses and catches Lana mid-air and I loved how her face turned from terror to trust.


And how loving HIS expression is. The music was wonderfully fitting too.


I got a real sense from Lana's expression that she was conveying a sort of adoring certainty that he would always be there for her.


They didn't need to say anything (no 'how did you do this?' necessary this time), and in their final pose, foreheads touching, they seemed at peace and in sync with one another. This is the sort of relationship Clark has always hoped for, to be allowed to be openly someone's hero and to have them love trust and marvel at him in return, without questioning and without drama. There was a quiet romanticism to this save that was exquisite in its beauty.


In complete contrast were Grant and Lois snarking at one another and playing at oneupmanship. I thoroughly enjoyed them though. ;) I was chuffed that Lois didn't stand for Grant ordering her on a date. It would take a lot of guts to turn your boss down (he did phrase it as an order) but she saw through the facade in an instant. And though he tried to put a nice spin on it (opportunities for her), Lois asks directly if it's a date. I loved that that flustered him, and that she refused to be 'fired' as plus 1 because she hadn't actually accepted.


She so won that exchange! And Grant loved it. I don't really want to see these two date, but it's lots of fun to watch them flirt.


I loved Lionel's little confrontation with Lana. Especially his 'oh, please! That line stopped working for you the day you faked your own death.' Because, yes, it really did. But like a true Luthor, she steadfastly denied all wrong-doing in this scene, despite it being clear that Lionel knew everything. Did she really think she could fool Lionel? Not even Lex could do that. As for the 'dark place' that he talks about her falling into, I think she's already there. And she's at any rate unlikely to heed the advice of someone who blackmailed her into marrying his son by threatening to kill her childhood sweetheart.


It's always disconcerting to see Lex in Belle Reve, even if he's so composed there these days. He visits with every hope of success in this instance, sure that his gift of rare comics will unlock the secrets from Ben's lips. He uses his own fannish knowledge to persuade him, quoting a line from Devilicus: 'I've been known to believe in something after the whole world tells me I'm wrong.' It was a risk, perhpas, since Ben clearly identified Lex as a Devilicus figure himself and chose to keep Clark's secret.


And ouch, that must sting! It turns out that Ben's only willing to align himself with Devilicus where it actually further's Clark's chances of becoming a hero; he's not really interested in shifting power into the hands of the enemy. (Aside: I hope Lex swept up his comics and stormed out!)


#3 nominee for best line (delivery): Clark's 'oh Lana, don't! Ben was a crazy fan!' He says it with such concern, as if thinking of what Ben said was the craziest shit ever! I really liked Lana as the messenger here, suggesting to Clark (in slow, carefully articulated sentences, hee!) that perhaps people could look up to Clark instead, that perhaps he could give people hope. (CRAZY TALK!) Check out how chuffed Clark is with his deflection of Lana's question:


And how slightly disappointed/pissy (though still loving) Lana is in response. She certainly comes across as the more mature, knowing one in this exchange. She's watching him, weighing his response and perhaps biding her time. She tried to use the opportunity to suggest to Clark that he's got a greater destiny, and I'm glad she did. In articulating 'one day the world will need you more than I do, and I don't want to be the one holding you here' she rebuts the fans' complaints that she's the main obstacle to Clark embracing his future. She's not: he is. He's his own obstacle, and Lana knows Clark and knows that pushing the point will get her nowhere.


Did I see the flicker of a smile when Clark looked at the cape? We know he likes capes--he enjoyed being Zorro! But of course he leaves it, symbolically, on the fence. For now. Sigh. Let's hope not for too much longer because clearly even the writers are getting sick of it. ;)
 
 
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svgurlsvgurl on October 27th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
I know it could be viewed as negative that they cast a fanboy as the villain of the week

But isn't it us fans who keep insisting that Clark needs to get on with his destiny already? ;)

I really did like this episode and I love all the pics that you're posting. Evil Lana is way better than the pink princess. :D Let's hope they keep it up and AlMiles doesn't have her as a clone and give us back the "real" Lana, who is "horrified" at what has gone on. ;)

Lionel calling her out rocked. Clark's one BDA. But that post it was soo funny!

I did like the fanboy protecting Clark's identity at the end. That was cool. :D

Thanks for the pics! Lois' "arm candy" comment still rocks. Grant & Lois are amusing with their bickering/flirting, I wish they didn't have to make it romantic.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois duhbop_radar on October 27th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
I loved Lois's 'arm candy' comment: she's no-one's bimbo. :) She's so much fun.
hp5angst: my herohp5angst on October 27th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
I have no progressive input for your meta. I only write to say: thank you for your metas.

They can be a real eye opener and I enjoy when you sharing your symbolism and parallel discoveries. I would be depressed without them! lol.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on October 27th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Thank you for the generous comment! I'm delighted you enjoy the meta--I always have fun writing them.
daybreak777: lana reddaybreak777 on October 27th, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
All your lovely meta and all I can say is, poor Lana!

she rebuts the fans' complaints that she's the main obstacle to Clark embracing his future. She's not: he is. He's his own obstacle, and Lana knows Clark and knows that pushing the point will get her nowhere.

He is so frustratingly clueless. Like he wants to be clueless. I truly don't get him. There was one line, where Lana is talking to him about the millions of people who might need him and he says something like, "There's not a million people in Smallville, Lana."

Dude, you are missing the point! The world, you big lug! One day you will be able to spin the whole world on its axis! She must really love him because I'd be wanting to hit him over the head with something. Not that that would even make a dent, but seriously. And your comment implies that he's pretty stubborn too. He is his own obstacle.

Okay, rant over. I'm glad that despite being evil she was trying to let him go. He's just not there yet. As for the rest of the episode, Lois remains awesome. I hope there is an episode with more of her in it someday.

Lex and the pristine comics, hee! I like to think of him reading them alone in his house in one of his sleek black outfits. This show really makes me smile. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on October 27th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Dude, you are missing the point! The world, you big lug!
Hahaha, yeah, I know. Don't worry--you are not alone in thinking that! There's a reason his nickname in fandom is BDA: Big Dumb Alien. He honestly has grown up a lot, but it doesn't show in this episode. One of the things to understand about Clark is that he's always rejected his alien self, his powers. He was delighted when he lost them for a while, thinking it would help him lead a 'normal' life, which he think he's found in the idyllic country lifestyle in Smallville. He doesn't see that his desperate striving to fit in is actually escapism. And it's not REAL. He DOES have powers and he does have an amazing capacity for selflessness... he's just very bogged down in these adolescent yearnings for the 'perfect' relationship. He wants life to be pure and simple ant it's not: Lana knows that.

She must really love him because I'd be wanting to hit him over the head with something.
Hee! Yes. Lois once asked Lana how she put up with him. ;)

Lois remains awesome. I hope there is an episode with more of her in it someday.
Me too! I want you to see more of her. :)

I like to think of him reading them alone in his house in one of his sleek black outfits. This show really makes me smile. :-)
See! It's crack, but it's GOOD CRACK. ;) Lex is hilarious. When Clark and he were friends he used to talk earnestly of how much he loved Warrior Angel and looked up to him. Awwww. He was such a dork as a kid, and clearly over-compensating. But of course he hasn't really let go of his past. ;)
daybreak777daybreak777 on October 27th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
He doesn't see that his desperate striving to fit in is actually escapism.
I tell you these TV guys need you as their shrink. "Clark, you can't escape who you are. It's not healthy. And by the way, you can wear other shirts besides blue, red and plaid. On second thought, you could phallically plant posts sweatily without a shirt." Hee!

That last would be if I was his shrink. Code of ethics, I have not. :-) And neither does Smallville with all the eye candy. Did you see how the camera would 'travel' up Rachel's bare back? And that wasn't innocent Clark looking. That was the camera.

It is totally crack! Once I get that, I can relax and enjoy it. Though I still ask a ton of questions in my reviews. I can't help it!

he used to talk earnestly of how much he loved Warrior Angel and looked up to him.
Poor little boy Lex. Looking up to a comic book hero because his dad probably is a psychopath. I do feel sorry for little boy Lex. But not for grownup, disillusioned Lex who hit Lana. Though she's about to get back at him for all that. It's going to be interesting to see just how!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex torturebop_radar on October 27th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
k. Code of ethics, I have not. :-) And neither does Smallville with all the eye candy.
So true!! They really milk those eye candy shots--they need to get more Clark shirtless shots though, for sure. They used to be more frequent... *pines*

Once I get that, I can relax and enjoy it. Though I still ask a ton of questions in my reviews. I can't help it!
Hee! Yeah I always try to remind myself never to apply logic to the Smallville universe. :) It's much more fun to relax and enjoy it as total crack. It makes the universe a lot of fun to play with for fic writers and artists I reckon.

Looking up to a comic book hero because his dad probably is a psychopath. I do feel sorry for little boy Lex. But not for grownup, disillusioned Lex who hit Lana
Right! His dad definitely is (or was) a psychopath--Lionel is sort of 'reformed' these days (though I'm not sure bludgeoning someone to death really holds up as 'reformed') but in the early seasons he was a total psychotic sadist who poisoned his own son and forced him to have dangerous electro-shock therapy. And that's not even counting the earlier childhood trauma Lex had of watching his mother kill his baby brother and then covering for her so that his father didn't beat up on her. So yeah. Lex gets a lot of sympathy from me. But I don't condone his actions as an adult--that's why I have this icon.
brandil on October 27th, 2007 12:32 pm (UTC)
This episode was one of my favorites since season three. I loved it to bits and your posts as well.


Yay Smallville!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on October 27th, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) And yes, it was very yay this week!
darluludarlulu on October 27th, 2007 01:38 pm (UTC)
I really liked this episode, too. And yeah, the Clana rescue scene was gorgeous visually and quite emotionally engaging as well. The latter surprised me as I've never been a big Clana fan, but there was a real synchronicity of spirit thing going on where they really seemed to click, and it was like in that moment as they fell to the ground as one there was clarity and a sense of belonging, the likes of which I'd never felt between them in such a way before.

Also: I really appreciated the final scene. The Lana we see trying to talk to Clark about his future and his place in the world is one I've only glimpsed every so often over the course of the series, but every time I see her, I wonder why the writers don't let her stick around because she's pretty darn cool.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on October 27th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
I've never been a big Clana fan, but there was a real synchronicity of spirit thing going on where they really seemed to click, and it was like in that moment as they fell to the ground as one there was clarity and a sense of belonging, the likes of which I'd never felt between them in such a way before.
I totally agree and I've never really been a Clana fan either. But I definitely appreciate some moments between them and this was one that took my breath away. I saw all the potential in their relationship in that moment.

The Lana we see trying to talk to Clark about his future and his place in the world is one I've only glimpsed every so often over the course of the series, but every time I see her, I wonder why the writers don't let her stick around because she's pretty darn cool.
Yeah, absolutely! I've no idea why we don't get to see more of her. Maybe because she makes Clark look like a big daftie. ;)
serenography: DeathCafeserenography on October 27th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Such a wonderful picspam to accompany your review. I thought there was a lot to love about this episode, I'm glad you seem to agree.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on October 27th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
I do! I really enjoyed this episode--a real highlight of the season so far.
Nora Norwich: Luthorian Lananorwich36 on October 27th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I could not laugh harder! Oh, Clark. If it takes a POST-IT to kick your butt into gear in regards to your destiny, I will never let you live it down! I mean really... someone, anyone (Lex? Lana? Chloe? Oliver? JOR-EL) could have sent him this exact same note a long time ago. Many have tried to tell the dear boy that he's got a destiny, many have failed. He remains, as we will see, immune to the destiny concept, largely, at this point, because the writers need him to be.

I'm actually not blaming Clark for not stepping up to his "destiny" yet because at the moment there isn't really a supervillain menacing the world, unless Lex counts--and he's already battling Lex. He took care of the Zoners, and most of the dangerous mutants seem to hang around Smallville anyway, so I actually don't see much *point* in him becoming Superman yet.

Evil!Lana was rather wonderful. I can't get over how Lexian she is. Complete with the ability to shift from one mode (angrily berating a minion) to another (loyal girlfriend phonecall with Clark) at a moment's notice. It's chilling and brilliant all in one.

Oh, yeah, that was a terrific scene.

Lovely picspam!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on October 27th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Ohh, nice new icon!

at the moment there isn't really a supervillain menacing the world, unless Lex counts--and he's already battling Lex.
Um, he really didn't battle Lex at ALL in Season 6 when Lex was at his most villainous--he left that to Oliver and the gang despite Oliver's repeated appeals for help. That's shifted this season, so I don't mind him not being all out against Lex right now since it doesn't actually seem like Lex is continuing any of his cloning or dangerous experiments. But I really think Clark avoided confrontation with Lex last season to a dangerous degree.

He took care of the Zoners, and most of the dangerous mutants seem to hang around Smallville anyway, so I actually don't see much *point* in him becoming Superman yet.
Wow. I do! I think he's been shown more than enough reason to be at least moving in the direction of thinking of problems beyond Smallville. I think he was very slow to round up the Zoners (mainly because the writers dragged them out all season so not really his fault), and he's ssen enough of Metropolis to know there's a lot of crime he could be stopping there. That he shows nothinking about it!
Nora Norwich: Lois Lanenorwich36 on October 28th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! voldything had that same pic you have above in her review yesterday, and I couldn't resist making a couple new icons.

You're right of course that Clark didn't really go up against Lex last year because he was preoccupied with the Zoners. But I think I'm about to reveal myself as a bad Superman fan, because my response to he's ssen enough of Metropolis to know there's a lot of crime he could be stopping there is that Superman actually shouldn't be rounding up ordinary criminals. I actually agree with canonical Lex Luthor on that point: sending Superman after robbers and muggers seems like a mistake, to me, one that would lead to the underfunding of police departments and a general sense among the public that stopping crime isn't everyone's job, it's Superman's job.

I mean, I'm not saying that if he happens to come across criminals or hear someone shouting for help he shouldn't intervene, just that I actually don't think stopping everyday crime *should* be the job of a vigilante, even a well-intentioned one like Superman. When he becomes Superman, I think of Superman as someone who deals with villains who are too powerful for ordinary law enforcement, or rescue efforts that are again too big for ordinary human agencies.

I guess I feel that if they want to get Clark more motivated to help the world this season, I'd actually prefer it to be as Clark Kent, investigative reporter, who addresses human powers on a human scale *before* he takes on the cape.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on October 28th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh! You are full of new icons! *envies*

I actually don't think stopping everyday crime *should* be the job of a vigilante, even a well-intentioned one like Superman. When he becomes Superman, I think of Superman as someone who deals with villains who are too powerful for ordinary law enforcement, or rescue efforts that are again too big for ordinary human agencies.
Oh I completely agree with you there. I agree with Lex too. And I'm a bad Superman fan, yeah. But it seems to me that there ARE lots of larger than life villains out there in this universe they've constructed... *shrugs* I mean the meteor freaks don't all stay in Smallville! But I would totally be happy with them going the investigative reporter route this season. I guess I just want to continue to see progress in the direction of Clark taking an interest in life beyond the farm, you know? And that he's never problematised the fact that he basically saves only the people he happens to run across is curious to me. As a compassionate person it surprises me he's never thought deeper about that and considered whether he shouldn't be at least a little more actively watchful around town. Not just wait for Lana or Chloe to get kidnapped by a nutcase again.
Nora Norwich: Lois Lanenorwich36 on October 28th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
Oh, I've been wanting a new Lois icon for eons, and I just love how cute she looks in the glasses.

I guess I just want to continue to see progress in the direction of Clark taking an interest in life beyond the farm, you know? And that he's never problematised the fact that he basically saves only the people he happens to run across is curious to me. As a compassionate person it surprises me he's never thought deeper about that and considered whether he shouldn't be at least a little more actively watchful around town. Not just wait for Lana or Chloe to get kidnapped by a nutcase again.

Oh, yeah, I can certainly see that. Though I also kind of agree with what LaT said above, that just because you have certain talents doesn't mean you're going to take them in a particular direction, especially if you don't have any real-life superhero role models. I was wondering if that's why we were having J'onn J'onzz recur this season, but they've actually made him a little shady (I am not so much talking about his conflict with Kara, which seems justifiable although stupid, as his whole "don't ask don't tell" punishment of criminals policy, which creeps me out.)

I would think they would start moving Clark a little forward just by, I don't know, pressing the employment issue or something? I mean, how the heck is he making a living, anyway? I guess they're leasing the farm and he's planning on getting trained by Jor-El and just got interrupted by Kara, but that boy still seems in serious need of career counselling advice.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Pretty please clarkbop_radar on October 28th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
his whole "don't ask don't tell" punishment of criminals policy, which creeps me out
That was a really interesting choice--they deliberately wrote that in and they didn't need to it so it seems they WANT him to be shady. Probably because it helps explain Clark's resistance and suspicion.

how the heck is he making a living, anyway?
NO CLUE. The Kents were always struggling, weren't they? I guess Martha gets a good stipend as a senator now. But I'm surprised she doesn't think Clark should earn his keep with at least a part-time job! Or is he actually farming? He can do that really quickly, I imagine, with his powers.

Since Jor-El's training was to watch Kara and he's failed spectacularly at that by letting her zoom off and not even trying to look for her, I don't think that excuse washes. As far as I can tell he's just mooching round hoping she'll turn back up again. Oh, Clark! *facepalm*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana Luthorbop_radar on October 28th, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Re: part I
I'm glad you enjoyed it. *g* I guess it helped not to have any expectations going into this ep since the premise came as a delightful surprise.

I can't really fault Lana for failing to take him at his word. Lionel is, after all, the Father of Lies.
Right! And if there's one thing she learnt with Lex it's to not believe an assertion of innocence after there's already been proof to the contrary.

I think he would repudiate Lana's handling of Lionel here.
*nods* Definitely. She's definitely crossed a line.

Lana says "I'm sure Clark will be thrilled to know you're all right." That line actually doesn't make any sense if Clark hasn't filled Lana in that Lionel's on Clark's 'side' now.
I read it as sarcasm. Probably because I don't think Clark will care either way. He's never shown any interest in Lionel being Jor-El's avatar--if he really cared he would have been looking for him. I expect his reaction to Lionel being back will be 'meh' at best.

this was all less about protecting Clark and more about Lana exacting revenge for being forced into a marriage she didn't want to a man who did unspeakable things to her.
It certainly looks that way. I do agree, despite my discussion of Lana's motives. I just think she's rationalised it to herself the way Lionel described. And, like some of Lex's arguments of old, it makes sense in her (dark) universe.

I mean, Lionel could still breathe; the oxygen supply only made it a little easier to do so.
Oh, yeah, now I remember you ranting about that! You're right. Still, she definitely never had any qualms about letting Lionel suffer. I guess she probably blames Lionel for making Lex the man he is as well, so Lionel is hated twice over.
Beck: SV - Clark Lois Oliver by Carmendovebeck_liz on October 28th, 2007 01:03 am (UTC)
I think they had a lot of fun with this in this episode--it was their chance to joke and say 'yeah, we know it's ridiculous that he still doesn't get it'.

You know, I adore Clark, but there are times when I want to whack him upside the head with a Kryptonite bat. The whole lack of getting his destiny thing is one of those times. Oh, CLARK.

And I was able to have a good laugh at that because circa Season 3 I would have been 100% fine with someone throwing Lana off a balcony to make Clark embrace his future. Now, not so much.

Amen, sister. It's amazing how much my attitude toward Lana has changed in the last couple of seasons. Seasons 1-4, I would've been happy if they'd offed her permanently. Just lately? I'd be sad if it happened. It's so very weird.

Awesome picspam.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois duhbop_radar on October 28th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And it's good to see another convert to Lana around. ;) She really shifted into being an interesting character in these latest seasons--she has her own defined character now, whereas in early seasons she was rather malleable, both to boyfriends' desires and the writers' whims. She's so much more interesting now.

And yeah, Oh, CLARK! is the only response possible sometimes.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on October 28th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: part II
he managed to convey a sense of Clark unconsciously recognizing that he was a holding a piece of his own puzzle. It was a terrific bit of reacting.
That's a lovely way of putting it.

I think I would have been more frustrated about Clark leaving the cape behind had he not spent the entire episode acting like a hero despite all of his verbal dismissals of the idea that he's got a heroic destiny.
True. I'd definitely be actively infuriated rather than amused if that were the case. But it does make his resistance to the idea all the more hilarious. He can't see what's already patently obvious to everyone else!

made me a lot more sympathetic to his dithering than I've been in the past
Wow! I'm impressed it did that since it really had the opposite effect on me--it threw me out of his headspace and reminded me why I get so frustrated with him at times. I was very much in the meta/fan position watching this ep, whereas recently I've been very sympathetic to and generous towards Clark.

From his perspective, I can actually understand a sense of "Geez, why is that not enough? Why is everyone pushing me to do even more?"
Yeah... I see your argument but I guess with Clark it's hard for me to see past the factors that make Clark's situation different from the one you describe.
1. his abilities are abilities no-one else has (until Kara arrived)
2. he's been told on several occasions that he is the only one who can save Earth from a threat (which comes back to him not trusting Jor-El)
3. he's a Kryptonian and they're all ABOUT destiny (which comes back to him rejecting his alien self)
I guess those things tip the scales for me. Even though I really do understand why Clark still resists. There are solid rebuttals to all three of those points I just made--I could make them myself! His psychology does make sense, it's internally consistent, it's just frustrating as a viewer, which--for me--was what this episode was exploring. It's fascinating that you had the opposite experience.

The characters who espouse it feel that way because the writers know how the story ends.
Yeah, and they really played with that in this episode well, I thought. Having the argument be put most strongly by someone who was then admitted to Belle Reve was pretty out there. That showed how pushing Clark that hard towards his destiny really IS crazy. If it's really destiny, it will happen organically (and I believe it is happening).
Le courage ne craint pas le crime: Whee!attaccabottoni on October 28th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Oooh, I especially love any meta this episode would generate (it appeals to my developing comics fangirlishness), but yours makes me mostly flailing happily and nodding vehemently. As for the picspam, well, it is a particularly visually engaging episode, isn't it? There's so much to see in it! *loves*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on October 28th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
Ohhh, thank you! :) It was definitely very visually engaging and this episode really delighted the fangirl in me too.