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03 May 2008 @ 02:06 pm
Smallville 7.18 Apocalypse  
Sadly, this review will probably be brief and rambly due to my impaired mental state at the moment. Colds are so debilitating!


After last week's episode, it was a great relief to find Clark's characterisation back intact in Apocalypse--and to find him seriously weighing up the pros and cons of returning to Krypton. I am not surprised that Clark considered the idea that the world might be better off without him, especially in light of what has just happened to Lana. He has always had a natural selflessness that has led him, in the past, to consider sacrificing himself to save others--particularly those closest to him, but also humanity on a grander scale (for instance when he discovered his blood might have healing properties). We've also seen into his deepest fears and seen him confront the consequences of his presence on Earth time and time again. Following on from Lionel's death, which prompted him to think again about the link between his own existence and Jonathan's death, this felt like a very organic line of thinking for Clark.

I know that Chloe's speech was meant to put forward the legitimate other side of the argument--that Clark has done a lot of good in this world--but it was very hard for me, given the emotionalism in the performance, for me to see beyond the selfishness, the 'I need you'-ness of her appeals. Thankfully Jor-El stepped in with a cogent argument. ;)

The alternafuture presented a lot of interesting questions--I'm not sure whether it was just my foggy cold-infected brain, but some of them seemed be easier to answer than others.
- Do we think that the alternative Clark Kent is another adopted son or their natural son? If this is in the future, he looks like he's still at high school so either way he's a later child than our Clark. We know how badly Martha wanted kids, so I didn't find his presence that surprising. I found his handling of the crazy man who walked into his house yelling 'Dad!' kind of adorably generous and literal.
- Was it deliberate to make Smallville look kind of grimier sans Clark? That fog machine was never there before. And it has a music store! That's WAY too cool for the Smallville we know.
- I presume that the meteor freaks they talk of are a result of the second meteor shower, which brought Fine to Earth. That would also explain how Lex was able to 'save the day' (he was a tad too young to do that with the first one!)
Regardless, it was very intriguing and overall I'm really happy with the way they presented the world sans Clark.

Throughout the entire experience I found Clark's selflessness very moving. No matter how much he's intellectually explored the idea that a world without him in it would be better, it's still got to sting to see another boy in the picture with Jonathan and Martha, or to hear that Lana's married. Yet it was clear that his primary concern was their wellbeing. Clark made me totally woobie about him over that.

There were some touches about the alternafuture that I loved--particularly the Chloe and Lana parts. Without Clark, Chloe and Lana would never have been friends, and that's made clear her: Lana is defined in Chloe's mind only as 'the cheerleader'.

Chloe's own alternafuture made me really sad for her. Without Clark she seemed so happy, so nice and so at peace with herself. And she scored a completely hot fiance! He actually looked good-looking beside Welling, which so few people can do. Of course, she never made it out of Smallville. It made me wonder about her journalistic ambition in our reality. One of the things that fed that was the 'Wall of Weird', which presumably didn't exist in this reality if the first meteor shower didn't happen. If Chloe never got a job at the Daily Planet in this reality, is that because she didn't have any driving desire to uncover the truth about them? If so, that's an interesting reflection on Chloe since she has two aspects to her fascination with the supernatural: the desire to expose it and the capacity to be awestruck by it (as with Clark). In our reality those impulses have defined her, but without them, would she be happier? This reality seems to imply 'yes'.

Clark did a lovely suck-up job on Jimmy, but my god, can't the boy Google? Ok, ok, I'll fanwank that the DP archives somehow keep tabs on every Smallville High graduate... But wow, how moving that without Clark, Lana managed to leave Smallville. She not only climbed that windmill and saw outside, she got outside. And in Paris she didn't just run into Jason and get pulled back to Smallville, she followed her own ambitions studying art and is happily married. A French philanthropist? That's an interesting reflection on Lana since this was an aspect of Lex that she was always drawn to. If we take this future at face value, it seems she found someone with the good aspects of Lex, without the bad. She's had children too--which is interesting in light of the fact that in this reality she's had one fake pregnancy and also because of the suggestions in several episodes that motherhood is Lana's destiny (e.g. Ageless).

And now we get to the bit I naturally ADORE: Lois. I am so glad that this episode showed that Lois's destiny is independent of Clark's. She's got her own natural trajectory, whether he's there or not. But in both realities they're destined to run slap-bang into each other. :D Lois not only works at the Daily Planet, she's got a Pulitzer! Whee! And she's totally slick with putting the moves on the hot guy she runs into in the basement... I loved Clark's little double-take when he ran into Lois. He wasn't expecting her to be at the Daily Planet in this reality--a nice little touch to show he underestimates her. And I love that Lois is so straightforwardly flirtatious. She reacts to him as an adult male, with none of the baggage of thinking of him as a dumb country kid from our reality.

The character I found most intriguing (and didn't necessarily know what to make of) was Jimmy. He's very different in this reality. Not only is he still in the basement and acting as Lois's lackey, he acts in quite a selfish, self-protective way. Since he's the one given the exposition about the political climate under Lex's presidency, is this supposed to show the attitude of the general populace under Luthor? He talks about watching his back and trying to avoid being put in an orange jumpsuit. (He's got a pretty damn nice loft though: guess Lois pays him well?)

I have TOTAL LOVE for the Smallville writers bringing the sheriff back in this reality. Another person who would have lived without Clark's presence on Earth--cool! And she's risen through the ranks in this reality--and how totally cool is it that she was Lois's informant?! *squee*

The weak point in this episode, for me, was Kara. I didn't feel Laura had the acting clout to carry off her role as a government agent. And while I totally see what the writers were going for (once again she's Lex's Clark substitute), it felt a little odd coming in at the moment when Kara first 'turned' on Lex. We have to take at face value the fact that she says she's Lex has been like 'a brother' to her, but I think I just struggled to see it in Laura's performance.

Also, Kara came out of this episode looking very much like 'Clark!lite'. She has his instinct to trust people, to trust Lex, to be loyal, and his desire to believe the best in people. But she's totally failed to pick up on the danger signs about what Lex is doing and about Fine. That's pretty hard for me to swallow. I know Clark's own deductive reasoning wasn't that well developed until recently, but even so! Simple observation alone should have uncovered some concerns, surely? I guess we could put it down to Kara having had less time on Earth than Clark, Kara not having a support network of 'good' friends and family, and perhaps to Kara's own family background being more than a little shady, but she seems to have been far too easily swayed.

One of the things they wrote in to explain her loyalty was the fact that Lionel had found her and protected her, died protecting her. The parallel there to Clark is very obvious. But it also raises questions. Was Lionel's 'protection' of Kara just as ambiguous as his protection of Clark? It's hard to believe that it could be otherwise. It's a pity that I found Kara's performance so weak, because she allowed us an insight into the future for Lex. Lex's line 'what do you know about protecting this country? You're an alien!' could have been directed at Superman--it might still be in the future.

Lex himself was totally chilling in this version of the future. I think this strips away all doubt that the Smallville writers intend us to think that Clark is in some way culpable of making Lex the man he is. In fact, the opposite seems to be true--Clark slowed down Lex's development into supervillainy in our reality. And possibly (depending on how optimistic your reading is) he might have been the only person who could have stopped it. But Lex, raised as he was by Lionel, was bred to become a tyrant, and he is one in both his private and public life in this reality. He doesn't treat Kara as a friend who has betrayed him: he treats her as a servant ('look at me!'). More than ever this alterna!reality showed that Lex needs Clark to temper his actions, to watch him and never let him get away with attrocities. And the fact that they have a history together in the Smallville universe makes that connection much more powerful. Clark and Lex collided so early--there was still a window where they could influence the other's development, whereas it seems as if by the time Lex encountered Kara, he was more than willing to enslave her to his own purpose and was impervious to any 'good' effect she might have on him. This is not a Lex who was seeking redemption.

And I haven't even touched on the aesthetics yet! Lex is wearing the white suit and black glove that we've seen in his future!visions. The shot of the bombs exploding are the exact ones from the second vision he had. Like Lois his destiny exists independent of Clark, but he's destined to crash into him regardless as well.

It's very touching that Clark thinks he can reason with Lex, even in this reality, but I do think that was a little optimistic on his part. The exchange did provide some great dialogue though. I thought it was fantastic to have Lex voice the idea that 'sometimes things go so horribly wrong, the only way is to start over'. That's an echo of the sentiment that led Clark to consider that a world without him in it would be better--an idea that is just as misguided as Lex's that the world would be better if repopulated by the 'best and brightest' led by him.

Those bullets were so horrible! And they reveal the truth about Lex: he's anticipated Kara proving a danger to him from the start. His line 'you were supposed to be by my side forever' rang a little hollow given that he'd simultaneously protected himself from her. But that reflects interestingly on the Clark-Lex relationship, which also featured a dual aspect: Lex both demanding loyalty from Clark and seeking to protect himself (and the world) from alien influence/attack.

And Fine! How totally Machiavellian is Brainiac? I am so glad they took the path they did with this alternafuture because it's completely true that without Clark, there would have been noone to stop Zod, to stop Brainiac providing a pathway for Zod. He's their only hope. Only he... can DISTRACT BRAINIAC WHILE KARA STAKES HIM. *lol* Sorry! Maybe it was the cold and flu meds, but that was the place where this episode broke me with funny. Because seriously?! Clark wasn't that useful in that final exchange. He was too busy having his glowy 'awww, look at me as a baby, how cute was I?! I'm *GREAT*! Coochi coochi coo' moment.

Don't get me wrong, I loved it. It was Smallville at tis cracktastic best: Clark having a self-reverential moment, putting his own wee self in his escape ship, while Kara beats Brainiac to a pulp singlehandedly despite lacking powers on Krypton (and yes, that did redeem Kara's character somewhat for me!)

And now the horrible aspect of the episode: it didn't save Lana. I was king of shocked by that. I know a lot of people were upset by her condition and worried that this would be her endpoint as a character, but I was always pretty comfy in the assumption that a) Briainac had been exaggerating to fuck with Clark and b) she'd be 'righted' again when he defeated Brainiac. With b) proved false, I'm now doubting my other assumption as well. In which case? Oh MY GOD, WRITERS! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!

I'm now pinning my hopes, somewhat desperately, on Lex. That barn scene (BARN SCENE!) between him and Clark seems to foreshadow that Lex is going to blame Lana's condition on Clark: I just hope he does that in the process of curing her.

It did, however, provide Clark with the opportunity to show his character growth in this episode, in contrast to Kara. Kara still wishes she could go back and save Krypton, but Clark has learnt that going back is not a good move--look instead to the future and save what can still be saved. The key question is 'how do we know we won't make it worse?' It's what Clark did not consider in 'Reckoning' and what he's now learnt to consider. I love him. :)

Clois
Clark reacts with surprise at Lois's flirting--I think because it's a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar for him. Lois's line was very typical of her sense of humour, but he's never read her jokes as flirtatious (nor has she really pushed them to be) in our reality. So to find that undercurrent there so strongly takes him aback.

The line 'I don't give up: tell me where I can find Lois Lane' made me totally squee. :D Ok, it could have been Lana, or Chloe or even Lex at the end of that sentence, but it still made the Clois shipper in me happy.

The Clois 'save' was so MADE OF WIN I can hardly write about it coherently. With nothing at stake in this reality, Clark feels totally free to act without hiding his true abilities, and seeing him sweep in like that and save Lois so calmly was just BRILLIANT. And yay Superman pose! She takes it so well too: she doesn't freak out about his abilities (and it was neat that they wrote that as her assuming he was a meteorfreak). And I think that's a big part of the reason why he responds to her unashamedly admiring gaze so openly. I think Lois made Clark feel really good about himself, and it's obvious that he feels very generously towards her too. There's no sign that her feelings for him in this reality make him uncomfortable--it's more that he's seeing her in a new light.

I love that this episode contained the 'Lois and Clark save the world together' plot. I think seeing them work together to work out what was behind Lex's 'nuke the world' plan was my favourite part of the episode, particularly since it included Clark's realisation moment: the moment when he saw that he was needed after all. When he said 'I'm the one person that can defeat Fine', I loved Lois's reaction expression: it was a mixture of 'that is so cool/hot' and 'I really want to know why'. But when he appealed to her to trust him, she did--which is remarkably (rare) good judgement on Lois's part. ;)

Yay Lois for getting him in the hot suit too! :) And Clark's bashfulness about changing in front of her was adorable. I like that it's in character for Lois to have no time for such niceties. But in this case, it wasn't just about her having poor social boundaries, but also about her wanting to perv on him. Which she TOTally got caught doing! I thought that was a nice riff on the accidental instances in our reality, where those two have stumbled on each other naked: in the alternareality, it seems like it would be more deliberate.

Clark in glasses made me actually die of hot. I cannot speak of it!

In both realities, Lois's way of being sympathetic to Clark (about his grief about Lana) is to offer to take him drinking. I LOVE IT! :D Someone write the fanfic PUH-LEASE! I also like that she doesn't think her inability to say the right thing is 'ok'. Because she's right: Clark did totally know what to do when she was upset (though talking didn't play a big part in that!) and she feels she should be able to reciprocate. I think Clark's very forgiving of Lois these days--he doesn't expect her to be anything other than Lois, he likes her just how she is--but at the same time she's still capable of surprising him. As she does here!

I thought it was lovely that Lois expressed that she 'wished she could make everything right' for Clark. He can see that's she's sincere in this and is moved by it: it also echoes Clark's own desire to 'make it all right', so he connects with that aspect in Lois.

I was intrigued by his reaction to her punching him. This is something that she's done a lot of in the past, but I think this is the first time that he's noticed that she uses it to break the emotional intensity of a situation. And I guess given that he's just been flirting madly with her in the future, it makes him think about why she might need to. So his little surprised look at her asking to take him for a drink was fitting. Hee! This Lois doesn't realise he thinks she's asking him out (sorta).

Finally, I love that she can (almost) get her arm around his shoulders. As supacat pointed out: no-one EVER does that! Awwww.
 
 
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svgurl: clark loves loissvgurl on May 3rd, 2008 07:33 am (UTC)
I'm sorry you have a cold! *hugs* Hope you feel better soon! And I think you did a fabulous job even still!

This, in my opinion, was one of the best episodes of season 7. I really liked it. Yes, it had a few flaws but I really adored it!

Do we think that the alternative Clark Kent is another adopted son or their natural son?

You know, I wasn't sure at first either. But then I realized that the ship "cured" Martha, right? That's how she was able to get pregnant? I don't know. I figured (and it seems like a lot of fandom is too) that he was adopted with that realization but you never know. They don't specifically say.

Throughout the entire experience I found Clark's selflessness very moving. No matter how much he's intellectually explored the idea that a world without him in it would be better, it's still got to sting to see another boy in the picture with Jonathan and Martha, or to hear that Lana's married. Yet it was clear that his primary concern was their wellbeing. Clark made me totally woobie about him over that.

YES! I've been saying that everywhere. I adored Clark ... you could see his hurt at some points but he was genuinely happy and I wanted to hug him for it.

Chloe made me sad too. Cuz she was looking so happy and pretty and that guy was totally hot!

The weak point in this episode, for me, was Kara. I didn't feel Laura had the acting clout to carry off her role as a government agent.

Again, I have to agree with you. I feel that save a few moments, she wasn't that good. Laura just didn't do well in this episode. But I did like her in the last scene with those two.

Lex himself was totally chilling in this version of the future. I think this strips away all doubt that the Smallville writers intend us to think that Clark is in some way culpable of making Lex the man he is.

If this doesn't prove Clark's not responsible, I don't know what will. MR was creepy as Lex but he only furthered my belief that he can never be trusted with Clark's secret. His interactions with Kara, constantly reminding her of what he's "done for her" just shows that nothing will ever be good enough. Should Clark have told him and not given him his 100% devotion 100% of the time, he would've been screwed. Nice work on keeping your mouth shut Clark. It may have saved your life.

Marsters did a great job too! I liked him as the cold hearted Brainiac and manipulative Chief of Staff.

Jor-El's trick was actually useful for once.

Clark wasn't that useful in that final exchange. He was too busy having his glowy 'awww, look at me as a baby, how cute was I?! I'm *GREAT*! Coochi coochi coo' moment.

I had the same reaction! I was like, "Clark, we realize you were adorable but PLEASE, let's move on!" He took forever but Tom w/ babies always makes my heart skip a beat. Your wording kills me though!

The CLOIS! I saved the best for last. I loved them. How they were so open with each other in the AU and Lois blatantly hitting on him was win. Her trying to sneak a peak made me love her even more. Erica was on the top of her game!

In the real world, I like how she can give him the comfort no one else can. And he accepts it and her. He understands she's not perfect but he appreciates the effort. The Cloiser in me is satisfied.

Plus how pretty did she look in that top? I so vote for fic too!

Finally, I love that she can (almost) get her arm around his shoulders.

She has never had issues with touching him. The ease in which she punches him or throws her arm around him and even hugs him is amazing. Like in "Bizarro" ... it's just so natural.

Clois = &hearts

This episode wins!

Sorry I went off ... this episode tends to get me excited!

Edited at 2008-05-03 08:13 am (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on May 4th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you, hon! :) I feel incoherent but that could be either the cold or the Clois squee. ;)

you could see his hurt at some points but he was genuinely happy and I wanted to hug him for it.
Yeah, he was so lovely. He's the nicest person in the whole world.

Cuz she was looking so happy and pretty and that guy was totally hot!
I think they cast really well with him. I want him back! :D

Marsters did a great job too! I liked him as the cold hearted Brainiac and manipulative Chief of Staff.
It was very very cool. And since I started saying 'but what about Zod!' pretty early on in the alternareality, I was really glad that that was the big plot point they used.

Jor-El's trick was actually useful for once.
Tsk! Jor-El is always useful: Clark just doesn't always listen. ;p (Don't worry--I'm just stirring--poor old Jor-El gets a hard rap in this fandom.)

He took forever but Tom w/ babies always makes my heart skip a beat.
It's true. But my laughter drowned out my ovaries, I think. ;) I could still watch it again though...

In the real world, I like how she can give him the comfort no one else can. And he accepts it and her. He understands she's not perfect but he appreciates the effort. The Cloiser in me is satisfied.
I'm very happy with Clark's feelings about/for Lois now. I like that she was his 'constant' as tigergal05 points out below. Now Lois just needs to realise what's in front of her nose. ;)

I'm glad you flailed about it. My flailing is subdued by my cold.
Nora Norwich: Jump in join the partynorwich36 on May 9th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Very very late to the party--sorry! Stupid RL commitments eating up my internet time!!

Throughout the entire experience I found Clark's selflessness very moving. No matter how much he's intellectually explored the idea that a world without him in it would be better, it's still got to sting to see another boy in the picture with Jonathan and Martha, or to hear that Lana's married. Yet it was clear that his primary concern was their wellbeing. Clark made me totally woobie about him over that.

Oh, yes, I agree--that was part of what I really loved about this episode. Though I think I disagree with you about Clark's initial desire to sacrifice himself (I can see his motives and yet I still saw it as a kind of cop out), I nevertheless liked the fact that he could choose to be authentically happy that the people in his life were better off without him.

Chloe's own alternafuture made me really sad for her. Without Clark she seemed so happy, so nice and so at peace with herself. And she scored a completely hot fiance! He actually looked good-looking beside Welling, which so few people can do. Of course, she never made it out of Smallville.

Were they supposed to be in Smallville when they met? I thought they were in Metropolis. But either way, her fiance was wearing a Metropolis Police Department T-shirt, which to me suggests she did make it out of Smallville, and maybe even met him in the course of investigating something. Giving the time period (I am still operating under the belief that the AU was contemporary rather than in the future, unless given solid evidence otherwise) Chloe would actually have still been in college--so maybe she's focusing on the college paper?

Lex himself was totally chilling in this version of the future. I think this strips away all doubt that the Smallville writers intend us to think that Clark is in some way culpable of making Lex the man he is. In fact, the opposite seems to be true--Clark slowed down Lex's development into supervillainy in our reality

Yes, I really liked that particular aspect of the episode. And it makes sense to me: Lex in the real Smallville actually had a kind of Damascus moment after the car crash/meeting Clark; if that hadn't occurred, he may well have gone evil earlier.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on May 11th, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
I can see his motives and yet I still saw it as a kind of cop out
Yeah, it was in a way. It was both moving and a cop out, I think. And I'm glad that they showed us the limitedness of his thinking on that score. (Even though I love that he went there.)

Were they supposed to be in Smallville when they met? I thought they were in Metropolis.
Oh that would make more sense! Because it was bizarrely grimy. For some reason I thought they must be--probably because he asked for the telephone directory in Smallville. I didn't pick up on the Metropolis police badge either. So I guess that scene is quite different than I thought!

Lex in the real Smallville actually had a kind of Damascus moment after the car crash/meeting Clark; if that hadn't occurred, he may well have gone evil earlier.
Definitely! It worked really well for me too. And I think it will make rewatching the early seasons even more tragic.

I really do think the AU was meant to be set in the future though! Honestly. In fact I'm sure I saw that in an ep summary somewhere really official. It's still daft that it wasn't internally clear. But I think it only makes sense that way.
Naomi: Clex at grave by lidifrelling_tralk on May 3rd, 2008 11:54 am (UTC)
Lex himself was totally chilling in this version of the future. I think this strips away all doubt that the Smallville writers intend us to think that Clark is in some way culpable of making Lex the man he is. In fact, the opposite seems to be true--Clark slowed down Lex's development into supervillainy in our reality. And possibly (depending on how optimistic your reading is) he might have been the only person who could have stopped it.


That actually confused/disappointed me a bit. I always saw the idea behind the Clex friendship as that Lex would have remained the shallow rich playboy from Zero if Clark had never come to Earth. I remember in Craving Lex was saying that the meteour shower actually gave that spoilt rich brat a brighter future, and then there was meeting Clark which left Lex determined to turn over a new leaf, and then increasingly disillusioned. I always conncented Lex's determination to look into alien aspects and build up Level 33.1 because of Clark and the meteour shower, so I pictured him being very different in a world without Clark. Just as Clark would eventually spurned on to take on the role of humanity's savior as Lex starts heading for the White House.

I suppose it hurt the Clex part of me to see Clark's influence so easily replaced by Kara's arrival *g*



And yes, Lana's ending is...not the one I would have chosen :/
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on May 4th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
I know what you mean but I think it makes the Clex friendship moving in a different way. Evidently Lex would have found ambition regardless, but I think what was clear from this reality was that Lex's desire for redemption was totally missing without Clark. It was Clark who spoke to Lex's 'good' half and made him strive to be a good person. In the current reality he saw Kara as another chance at redemeption (briefly) but in the alternareality it's clear that he never thought about being 'good' with her, he just thought about how to use her to gain more power. I think that's a pretty powerful statement about Clark's influence over Lex. There's something pure in Clark that is not quite there in Kara.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on May 3rd, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
I am not surprised that Clark considered the idea that the world might be better off without him, especially in light of what has just happened to Lana. He has always had a natural selflessness that has led him, in the past, to consider sacrificing himself to save others--particularly those closest to him, but also humanity on a grander scale (for instance when he discovered his blood might have healing properties). We've also seen into his deepest fears and seen him confront the consequences of his presence on Earth time and time again. Following on from Lionel's death, which prompted him to think again about the link between his own existence and Jonathan's death, this felt like a very organic line of thinking for Clark.


Thank you for saying this, I've seen all over the place (including TV Guide!) that Clark was having a pity party, when he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so everyone in his life could be happy.

And I don't know you why you posted a disclaimer for your review, it was fabulous as always:)

Words cannot express how much I loved this episode, it appealed to me on every level and highlighted everything I love about Clark.

And I'm the one who's going to be rambly, lol. It was very interesting to me to see where the people in his life ended up without him. His parents would have simply fufilled their wish for a child and lived a simple life on the farm--I know there was no time for it, but it would have been cool for Clark to see his Dad again. The two main women in his life both would have been happier if he never existed, or have a less complicated life at least, while Lois is unchanged. She is who she is and only someone with that strength of character is a match for his future self. I've never been a Lois fan until Erica's version and I'm definitely not a shipper, but i like what makes sense, and moving him towards Lois, makes sense--atleast moving towards a closer relationship, i think that'd be more interesting than a romance, but i know i'm alone in that:)

You are so write about Lex, and Michael showed complete villainy so perfectly I got chills (I wish he was staying now). He indeed was worse without Clark's tempering presence at a crucial point in his life. I'm not sure why he was bald still in AU world, but I'll let that go:)

I love that in the AU Clark had the freedom to be focused and determined without worrying about his secret, he freely saved Lois and was introduced to Lex as being from
Krypton.

There's so much to say and I could go on forever, but it was a completely satisfying episode, and kudos to Tom for a wonderful directing job.

Oh I do want to say I found it weird Clark holding baby Clark but i know its supposed to be touching, so don't ask me why I found it creepy, lol. Memoria baby was cuter too, lol.

Oh! and I loved the barn scene between Clark and Lex, poor Clark wanting desperately to save Lana but knowing full well the dangers of trusting Lex for even a mili-second. Tom displayed the struggle clearly and it almost seemed like he was fighting not to break in front of Lex. Your enemies should never see you weak.

Oh and as far as Lana is concerned, I think the end with Kara being in pain means I think we're not done with Braniac maybe. He's a machine....so, yeah I dont know, but I don't think the Lana this is over yet.

Awesome show! awesome review:D



K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on May 4th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
I've seen all over the place (including TV Guide!) that Clark was having a pity party, when he was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so everyone in his life could be happy.
Grr. That's not fair at ALL. I think Clark was being quite clear-minded, actually. OK, he hadn't considered Zod, but that just left something for Jor-El to point out to him. ;) I'm glad our Clark at least considers all these options, particularly as it shows how incredibly selfless he is--thankfully he doesn't have to go through with removing himself, but the idea that he might is very moving.

I know there was no time for it, but it would have been cool for Clark to see his Dad again
I would have loved him to see both his parents. :(

atleast moving towards a closer relationship, i think that'd be more interesting than a romance, but i know i'm alone in that:)
Not totally alone, I'm sure. ;) I actually love that they've built them up as friends first in Smallville 'verse. Sure, I love the flirting and I have the shipper's desire to see them get together, but I will also be quite content if they just continue to explore their friendship. It's a lot more nuanced than some other incarnations of Clois.

I'm not sure why he was bald still in AU world, but I'll let that go:)
hahaha, the most obvious nitpick of all and i missed it! wow, maybe the first meteor shower DID happen? *confused*

I love that in the AU Clark had the freedom to be focused and determined without worrying about his secret, he freely saved Lois and was introduced to Lex as being from
Krypton.

That was so refreshing, wasn't it?

kudos to Tom for a wonderful directing job.
OMG, I FORGOT! *facepalm* It was GREAT!

Oh I do want to say I found it weird Clark holding baby Clark but i know its supposed to be touching, so don't ask me why I found it creepy, lol. Memoria baby was cuter too, lol.
Hee. I think it's always a bit creepy when characters time travel and see themselves. I think I found it a mix of creepy, moving and hilarious. ;)

Tom displayed the struggle clearly and it almost seemed like he was fighting not to break in front of Lex. Your enemies should never see you weak.
It was very well played, yes.

I couldn't make any sense of Kara collapsing at the end but if it bodes well for Lana, I'm ok with it. I do have to say that Kara is starting to bug me being constantly the damsel in distress though. Little cuz is a lot of work for Clark!
gildinwengildinwen on May 3rd, 2008 12:35 pm (UTC)
when I heard Chloe's speech to Clark about the good that Clark as done, it really buged me that the emphasis of her speech was "I need you", and with the idea coming from next week's previews- that there was a cult of worshipping/serving Clark,it just... I dunno.
There are so many people who've put Clark up on a godlike pedastal, and the only one I can think of that hasn't is Lois. Which is why it makes perfect sence that Clark ends up with her and not Chloe.

And I loved the nod to the comics, that Lana married a french philanthropist named Pierre Rosseau. A Pete/Lex mix?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois hugbop_radar on May 4th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
the only one I can think of that hasn't is Lois. Which is why it makes perfect sence that Clark ends up with her and not Chloe.
It does make more sense, definitely. Lois takes his abilities in her stride, as we saw from the alternareality. And she treats him as an equal. Chloe's been freaking me out a lot lately with her talk of 'climbing Everest' for him, etc.

Ohh, Pierre! I didn't pick that up. Nice.
Barbara: Clois Smug Coffeehtbthomas on May 3rd, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
In both realities, Lois's way of being sympathetic to Clark (about his grief about Lana) is to offer to take him drinking. I LOVE IT! :D Someone write the fanfic PUH-LEASE!

I accept this challenge... though it's going to be a couple of weeks! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois kissbop_radar on May 4th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Hooray! \o/
Barbara: Clois Smug Coffeehtbthomas on May 4th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
:) I've decided to use it on a promised fic for May 14th - should I let you know when it's up?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on May 4th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
Yes please! :)
Heather: Supergirl Eye By Memiss_tress on May 3rd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
I presume that the meteor freaks they talk of are a result of the second meteor shower, which brought Fine to Earth.
I think there still had to be two because otherwise Kara wouldn't have come until the second one as well. But then that doesn't explain how Lionel found her at the bottom of lake at the dam. Maybe the second meteor shower destroyed the dam and instead of Bizarro and Clark? That also helps set this ep farther into the future which helps the Lex being old enough to be President thing.
Erintigergal05 on May 3rd, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
I think there still had to be two because otherwise Kara wouldn't have come until the second one as well. But then that doesn't explain how Lionel found her at the bottom of lake at the dam. Maybe the second meteor shower destroyed the dam and instead of Bizarro and Clark? That also helps set this ep farther into the future which helps the Lex being old enough to be President thing.
I think you may be right..I had the impression that this AU was set somewhat in the future, which would explain Lois' Pulitzer, and Lex's age as being President..so that would put him at the age of 35 or so?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on May 4th, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Ok, that makes some sense. And also allows Lex to be bald still. ;) Blows my Chloe theory though--and presumably that means she's still a meteor freak but doesn't know it.
Erintigergal05 on May 3rd, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
I can never get enough of your reviews on episodes. But until recently, I haven't had a chance to comment, so here goes!:
Chloe's own alternafuture made me really sad for her. Without Clark she seemed so happy, so nice and so at peace with herself. And she scored a completely hot fiance! He actually looked good-looking beside Welling, which so few people can do. Of course, she never made it out of Smallville. It made me wonder about her journalistic ambition in our reality. One of the things that fed that was the 'Wall of Weird', which presumably didn't exist in this reality if the first meteor shower didn't happen. If Chloe never got a job at the Daily Planet in this reality, is that because she didn't have any driving desire to uncover the truth about them? If so, that's an interesting reflection on Chloe since she has two aspects to her fascination with the supernatural: the desire to expose it and the capacity to be awestruck by it (as with Clark). In our reality those impulses have defined her, but without them, would she be happier? This reality seems to imply 'yes'.
We were thinking the exact same thing during this scene..Chloe seemed undeniably happy with her fiancee (who also happened to be a polic officer-take a look at his MPD shirt-squee!). Clark is reaffirmed that she she was part of the school newspaper, but nothing more;or so the audience is made to think..it is an obvious fact that Clark has influenced her life greatly. Whether she is really happy or just accepting of what has come to be of her life in the real world is something the audience may never truly know.

With b) proved false, I'm now doubting my other assumption as well. In which case? Oh MY GOD, WRITERS! WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?!
I know what they are doing..and I really saw what they were planning with Clark's scene with Kara and the last scene with Kara in the kitchen..you will see, soon enough!

I am so glad that this episode showed that Lois's destiny is independent of Clark's. She's got her own natural trajectory, whether he's there or not.
SO TRUE..I think it is during this scene combined with the last of them in the DP that Clark realizes Lois is his constant. She was the one person that had not changed..she was always going to become that great reporter we know of her to become, with or without Clark, yet she was always destined to meet him! And I just loved HOW he took note of this..from the first scene of him bumping into her-you were right..he really did underestimate her. On another note: he completely took note of the awkward punch, thanks to AULois' undeniable attraction towards him, which I am sure makes him think a little bit about SV's Lois...anyway, I could ramble on and on, but I think I have done enough for the day :-p
Once again, thanks for the review!


K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois mix tapebop_radar on May 4th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
who also happened to be a polic officer-take a look at his MPD shirt-squee!
Oh wow, cool! I didn't pick that up. That's another interesting touch.

I think it is during this scene combined with the last of them in the DP that Clark realizes Lois is his constant.
Yeah that just makes me swoon MASSIVELY. :) I like you rambling on and on about it. I feel less alone that way! :D
darenothope: [smallville] Kara - Clark and Lois.darenothope on May 4th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
I did love how Lois's destiny is totally independent of whether Clark is there or not. I really did.

I loved the Clois bits in the ep. And Lois' "Well done" line after she's totally caught trying to perv on Clark when changing.

I really liked Clark's little look at the end after Lois punched him. Looks like those wheels in his head were turning. I really wonder what he was thinking. But I think you're right that he's reacting as if he finally knows what those punches mean. They're not like fun punches it's something to break the tension and it's like he finally understood that. All of his facial expressions in that Clois scene in the end ... he must be thinking lots of things and looking at Lois in a new light. And seriously ... how pretty was Lois' hair in that scene? So pretty!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on May 4th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, Clark's brain's wheels were turning for sure! :) This is promising.

Though I fear the writers may totally forget about this in subsequent episodes. Fingers crossed they don't! ;)
Erintigergal05 on May 4th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Clark's brain's wheels were turning for sure! :) This is promising.
Hehe-this made me giggle..guess it was the way it was worded :-p..but yea, Clark actually using his brain (especially) for something like this is VERY promising and helps us get a glipse of season 8!
goodvibe: clark/loisgoodvibe on May 4th, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
//I am not surprised that Clark considered the idea that the world might be better off without him, especially in light of what has just happened to Lana. He has always had a natural selflessness that has led him, in the past, to consider sacrificing himself to save others--particularly those closest to him, but also humanity on a grander scale (for instance when he discovered his blood might have healing properties). We've also seen into his deepest fears and seen him confront the consequences of his presence on Earth time and time again. Following on from Lionel's death, which prompted him to think again about the link between his own existence and Jonathan's death, this felt like a very organic line of thinking for Clark.//

Exactly. And besides, the moment we stepped in to the AU, Clark was just so definitively Supes, that any fears I might have had, were allayed. I think the bigger picture angle is important here, and Clark came to those realizations beautifully.


//guess we could put it down to Kara having had less time on Earth than Clark, Kara not having a support network of 'good' friends and family, and perhaps to Kara's own family background being more than a little shady, but she seems to have been far too easily swayed.//

I agree. And I think it's another one of those aspects of the ep that helped to highlight just how much the world ultimately ::needs:: a Clark Kent.


//I love that this episode contained the 'Lois and Clark save the world together' plot. I think seeing them work together to work out what was behind Lex's 'nuke the world' plan was my favourite part of the episode, particularly since it included Clark's realisation moment: the moment when he saw that he was needed after all. When he said 'I'm the one person that can defeat Fine', I loved Lois's reaction expression: it was a mixture of 'that is so cool/hot' and 'I really want to know why'. But when he appealed to her to trust him, she did--which is remarkably (rare) good judgement on Lois's part. ;)//

My favorite Clois scene was the non!AU one, but I definitely agree with you on the quality of this particular AU one, as well. It was a great dynamic, very reflective of an equal partnership.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on May 5th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC)
Yes, it was very happy-making all round. :) I probably do enjoy the non!AU one the best on reflection too--simply because it has so much more exciting potential for *our* Clark and Lois. But playing in the AU world was also very fun. ;)