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20 September 2008 @ 08:59 am
Smallville 8.01 Odyssey  
Smallville is back! In all its crazy glory.


Not being spoiled means I had a LOT to process about this new season of Smallville, very fast. So let me get it out of the way now before I talk details of the episode.

Things that must be said straight away
1. I miss Michael! Waaaaaaaaaaaaah! When they showed a clip of him in the 'previouslies' I wailed.
2. Lois and Clark at the Daily Planet! Lois and Clark at the Daily Planet! *happy dance* IT'S BETTER THAN I DREAMT POSSIBLE!
3. Somehow the show has retained a balance of awesome, completely crazy, and I-don't-care aspects, despite new dynamic, as well as the necessary aspects of Pretty and Slash. :D

Things that make me euphoric with happiness
- Lois and Clark! Lois and Clark! They're going to be working together. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! He filled in the application. I never dreamed he would! After years of waiting for him to leave the farm, I'd ceased hoping for such miracles.
- Oliver is back! And he is clearly dating Clark. In fact it feels like he has been dating him all along! He was all 'I'll never give up on my boyfriend!' and he looked all excited at the prospect of Clark joining them.
- Tom! OMG the PRETTY! It is at new levels of amazing! Or is it just the drought of the hiatus making it seem that way? *ponders* No. That Russian fight scene was out-of-this-world. I was seriously sad to see him lose those greys, but then he looked so pretty dying I got over it. ;)
- The previously was KICKASS!

Things that I am Not Happy about
I had mixed feelings going into Season 8, as I'm sure many long-term fans did, and sure enough there are a few things that I am genuinely not thrilled about. However, I'm not going to dwell on them because the show gives me a lot of joy in other ways and I'm determined to enjoy what I can. For the record, these things please me not:
- Tess Mercer. WTF she's in the credits?! I was unspoiled for this, and am not thrilled. I don't like the idea of someone taking Lex's place, I think that's a huge mistake from the writing team. I had assumed the villain of the season would be unrelated to Luthorcorp. As it is they leave themselves open to comparisons between this new Luthorcorp and the old. No one can beat Lionel and Lex for Machiavellian crazy, and I groaned at Oliver's line about her. More duplicitous than Lex? Er... no. And if she was, please show, don't tell. I don't buy it. I don't buy her. And I seriously HATE her taking over the mansion, which is Lex's space. If I was to get into her at all, she needed to be a stronger actress and less obviously one of Lex's long strings of minion brunettes. I guess it would be cool if she turned out to be Mercy (Mercer? possible?), but I found her predictable and her scenes yawn-enducing. They were lines that Michael could have lifted to another level but this actress was incapable of doing so. She pinged well off Lois, but that was it.
- Chloe plot. All of it. I cannot believe they gave her MORE powers. Of all the unnecessary things... they took a plot I already disliked and made it ten times worse. Also, she may have a photographic memory now, but apparently she's really dense. It took her that long to work out she was not being held by the DDS? And why the hell would she comply with anyone in the first place? Think before you act, Chloe! It didn't really matter though because the bad guys were too dumb to work out that with only three numerals remaining in the phone number, they could have just found the correct number anyway by trial and error.
- Chloe and Jimmy, marriage, yawn.

Now let's talk about the promising stuff...

Taking a step forward
The most exciting aspects of the episode for me were those that moved the show much closer to a Metropolis-based future.

I was thrilled to see Lois's hair a darker shade, and I love the new cut. She kicked ass in this episode, and it had great continuity for her as a character. Once again, she's saving Chloe! She was first introduced into the show when Chloe was presumed murdered, and we know she'll stop at nothing to rescue her cousin. I love that loyalty, and I love that she had infiltrated the facility so wonderfully. She got there faster than Ollie and Clark. AND she actually had a workable plan. Love it!

I was totally blown away by the final scene between Clark and Lois. It was a coda to the episode that I had not anticipated and which totally seems to frame the whole season as being about them. Clark was so chuffed with himself. I loved his little cheeky grin at Lois's surprise at seeing him opposite her. His compliment to her about doing well made me laugh--from Lois's point-of-view that was pretty funny, considering that Clark was the one who struggled to pick up the nuances of her plan and who pretty much just tagged along. More important to her is the fact that she has reason to compliment him. I'm glad that Lois had a chance to see Clark's 'attempt at heroism'. Oblivious to his true identity, she never usually sees heroic!Clark.

A lot of flak was thrown at Lois and her fast rise as a journalist--most of which I found chronically unfair. I am completely on board with Clark as a journo and for the sake of the great plots that may arise am prepared to handwave the implausibility, but I think it bears saying at least once that it is way more implausible that Clark obtains this position than that Lois did. Lois was accused of using her looks to get her position. Will Clark be accused of the same thing? Somehow I doubt it.

The Justice Leaguers
I love 'em. I know they'll draw the ire of some fans, but I find them great fun and could watch them gallivanting around Metropolis happily all season. I'm thrilled Justin's in the credits. Aqua still can't act, but he looks ok, and I found myself enjoying Dinah's scenes a lot (though I prefer her out of character).

It's Oliver who really makes that team work though, and Justin put in a marvellous performance this episode as Clark's Cheartbroken lover loyal friend. I love that Clark has a best friend this awesome, and their scenes together were just magic. We know that Oliver and Clark have their differences but Oliver's loyalty to him ('Clark would never give up on us, we're not giving up on him') makes me terribly fond of him.

The final scene on the street corner between them was wonderful. I liked Dinah's little suggestive comment about a form-fitting costume for Clark (Clark: *stares into distance thoughtfully* 'yeah... I am a hottie'), and Oliver's excitement at Clark acting like 'one of them'. The rescue of Clark gives him a closer bond with them, and that makes the future seem all the closer.

Oh, Clark!
Waaah! Lose your powers, lose a few more braincells, it seems. I adore him, but oh my he wasn't at his smartest in this ep. (Though very, VERY pretty!) I can forgive that though because apparently he really, really needed a coffee (LOVED that running joke!).

And hey, who am I to complain when they construct a plot around the premise 'Clark, human, sweaty, bleeding and in the rain'?! That's SHEER GENIUS! I forgive the crazy implausible Russian caviar plot (Russian caviar mafia find dead hot guy in Arctic and turn him into their slave?!). Because that level of hotness requires no explanation. :D And then they took it even further and had him fight Oliver, the only guy on the cast who can hold a candle to Clark's pretty, and who was undercover as his saviour. *flappy hands of joy*

Clark, having failed to come up with an escape plan better than 'hit guy, steal car' himself, struggled to understand Oliver's cunning ways. I loved his confused face! 'It's Oliver! But he's angry at me. What's the plan here?!' Of course the Russian guys were not fooled. It was no doubt transparently obvious that the random hot blond billionaire had the hots for their slave. But hey, they got paid, who's complaining!

The angst got amped up massively when Oliver was controlled by the green-K serum and shot him in the chest. Eeeeeek! I hate it when Clark gets hurt so there was a lot of wincing from me. When that second arrow went through him?! Eeek! I thought his powers were going to return to save him--it was a real shock moment. I loved that Clark knew it wasn't the true Oliver, and I felt so badly for Ollie watching his best friend die at his hand.

Clark absolutely broke my heart too, in the way that only Clark can. (Tom you have become such a great actor!) His death-vision and him lying weakly in MM's arms was seriously heart-tuggy. He looked so beautiful waking, healed, in the sun in the barn.

I'm not sure what I think of J'onn giving up his own powers though... that's a MASSIVE self-sacrifice, and it made me wonder what comic fans would make of it. I think it does add a huge incentive for Clark to make something of his own life though and I'm glad to see him taking immediate action to do so--I would have wound up pretty annoyed if he hadn't. When he put his red jacket on again, I got little shivers of happiness. Go greet your future, Clark!
 
 
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tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on September 20th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
What was Clark not smart about. I'm just curious.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Well first he tried to escape physically despite being human and surrounded by guys with machine guns. Then he failed to work out what Oliver's plan was (though it didn't really matter). Then he charged after Chloe, heroically, yes, but also foolishly given that he might wind up dead, and indeed did die. And when he ran into Lois he was as confused as he'd been by Oliver.

I love him, but wow, he ain't great with the subtle plans.
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on September 20th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
I thought it was nice he decided to attempt to escape, as anyone in a desperate situation would..and he worked out what Oliver was doing quickly enough I thought--or at least he decided to trust him. And I loved that he was still going after Chloe without his powers, Superman is mostly about act first and ask questions later --that the task at hand is most important. He only ended up dead because Oliver shot him...I don't know I really really liked Clark in the episode, so I was a little confused.

But interesting comments as always. I know i'm in the minority around these parts, but i didn't think of Lex until Tess was standing in his office at the mansion (granted she's not believable at all yet, but given its the first ep, I'll give her time to find the character). I didn't see her as replacing Lex, but there needed someone to sort of continue that thread, and I'm glad they didn't go the obvious route and just find another male. Using a combo of Tessmacher and Mercy makes the most sense.

Chloe is annoying, but i found her being able to heal people far more annoying. Chloe should not have the power of life and death in her hands, but if she wants to be a little supercomputer, whatever, fine. Let the real heroes take care of the saving while she punches keys:)

Lois and CLark are wonderful together and even though its completely implausible (though if Clark asked me for an entry level job, I'd give it to him:D) that Clark start working at the DP, its tv, its fantasy and if it makes for better tv, so be it:)

I'm looking forward to this season now, and I know its wrong, but I didn't miss Lex. I felt like we'd just get more of the same, and he's already made the final turn towards evil. Now we need Clark to become Superman so they can be proper adversaries on equal footing. Sadly SV won't be going there onscreen, but they've built the ground work for what would be a wonderful future partnership in love and hate:)
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on September 20th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Oh! and i totally missed the coffee line

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Sally Sparrow coffeebop_radar on September 20th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Hee! There were two. And both were really cute. The Russian dude said 'no coffee break for you' right before Clark tried to escape (which made me giggle: don't stand between Clark and his coffee!). And then later Clark said he could really use an espresso. ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
I loved that he was still going after Chloe without his powers,
I liked his attempt to escape too. It's perfectly in character and very courageous--just not very well planned. And I also loved the heroism and loyalty in going after Chloe, but I just didn't find it very smart. I know it sounds like I'm attacking Clark, but really I wasn't annoyed at him at all. I'm more just fondly sighing at him being all heart.

And I *loved* Clark in the episode. I'm sorry if you didn't find that clear from my review, but my heart bled for him when he was shot and I was delighted with the writing of his part, and Tom's performance was stellar.

I'll be very interested to see what people make of Tess. Having not known about her going in, I definitely had a strong negative reaction to her, but perhaps if I'd been spoiled I would have had time to soften to the idea a little. I'm a bit shocked they went this route, but perhaps it will settle ok?

I do agree that Chloe is better with super-computer skills than healing powers--I always felt that if they were going to formalise a power for her, it should be computer-based, so yeah... if this is a belated attempt by the writing team to correct that, I guess I'm pleased. I found it clearer the second time I watched the ep that she's really lost her healing powers--I hope so, because her having TWO sets of powers simultaneously would be seriously annoying.

if Clark asked me for an entry level job, I'd give it to him:D
Totally! And it really does make for better TV. I'm completely on board.

I take your point about Lex having reached his natural end point--that's true. I think I miss Michael more than Lex, if that makes any sense? I miss his performance, but I don't necessarily miss the character of Lex, because as you say, we've seen his full arc. It seems like this season will be about Clark becoming Superman and I'm thrilled about that--I'm happy for that to be the focus (but I suspect I won't care much about any side plots).
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on September 20th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
And I *loved* Clark in the episode. I'm sorry if you didn't find that clear from my review, but my heart bled for him when he was shot and I was delighted with the writing of his part, and Tom's performance was stellar.

Oh I'm sure it was clear, I'm freaking exhausted and in a perpetual state of irritated today, lol. But i see what you mean. I do love that about Clark, rushes in without thinking it through, not the best way to go about it, but i guess its his very flawed way:)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
Aww, I'm sorry you're so tired. :( My sympathies! I didn't mean to add to your irrits, and yes, I adore Clark in his dash-in-think-later-ness. While I do admit to giggling about it, I think it's also an important characteristic that he retain, especially as it contrasts so well with self-interested, manipulative, cunning (and cold) villains. No-one could accuse Clark of being those things.
svgurl: clark/oliver minesvgurl on September 20th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
I loved this show and I love your brilliant reviews. I was a little giddy to see this one my flist. As a fellow Lois fan, I wondered what you would think.

And I totally agree with everything you said! Lois and Clark were fabulous! The snark, oh the SNARK! It's so THEM!

Oliver is back! And he is clearly dating Clark. In fact it feels like he has been dating him all along! He was all 'I'll never give up on my boyfriend!' and he looked all excited at the prospect of Clark joining them.

SO MUCH YES HERE! And with that plane ride, I'm so convinced he's in on the big secret. Clark has a male friend again! Chloe and Lois are great but seriously, he needs another guy. Ollie's perfect for him. As a friend. Of course. ;)

I was thrilled to see Lois's hair a darker shade, and I love the new cut. She kicked ass in this episode, and it had great continuity for her as a character.

Didn't Erica look fabulous? The new dark hair is great and even in that French maid outfit ... my first thought was that "she has great legs". *shrugs* What can I say? She's hot. Erica = my girl crush.

Lois running to save Chloe made my heart melt ... she's just so loyal. Never let it be said Lois Lane doesn't stand up for those she cares about. I was a bit sad that Clark took more notice of her than Chloe. My Chlo-Lo heart breaks. :(

Speaking of Clark, YES! Tom was freaking gorgeous. I swear, I don't know how he gets any hotter but he DOES!

The DP scene was so much win! The smile Lois made at the end? Too adorable. I love that woman.

Lois was accused of using her looks to get her position. Will Clark be accused of the same thing? Somehow I doubt it.

Lois had some experience ... she worked at the Inquisitor. She does get a lot of flak though. No she didn't sleep her way into the job, thank you very much. I think Grant saw her in what we do ... that fiery spark and determination to get what she wants. And no, Clark will never get that. /end rant

I love the JLA and Dinah actually grew on me. The form fitting outfit comment to Clark made me giggle.

Clark absolutely broke my heart too, in the way that only Clark can.

Nobody can do what Clark can. He's just so special. &hearts

I love the MM and I hope he gets his powers back!

But the way Clark was determined to change his own future is WIN! He is growing on and that choice is HIS. Which is how it should be.

Sorry for rambling. Great review!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
Your icon is made of win (and hotness)! Isn't it exciting to have the show back?! :)

Clark has a male friend again! Chloe and Lois are great but seriously, he needs another guy. Ollie's perfect for him. As a friend. Of course.
Yes! He really does need a male friend as well. I don't want him to stop being friends with Chloe and Lois but I think a male friend balances things out well. And Oliver offers a different perspective--I love seeing Clark define himself in contrast to him. Also, Clark always seems to stand a little taller around Ollie. They make each other proud. It's really cute.

Didn't Erica look fabulous? The new dark hair is great and even in that French maid outfit ... my first thought was that "she has great legs". *shrugs* What can I say? She's hot. Erica = my girl crush.
Hee hee! Yeah, I always find it hard to pick which scene I like her best in. And in this one it was triply hard: French maid? Undercover action hero? Or sassy reporter? I DON'T KNOW! *flails*

I don't know how he gets any hotter but he DOES!
I keep thinking he has reached maximum hotness and then he levels up all over again. \o/

I think Grant saw her in what we do ... that fiery spark and determination to get what she wants. And no, Clark will never get that. /end rant
Same, same, but some people won't ever get that... it's not Clark I worry about but fandom. Sigh. I wish they'd never had Grant play a part in Lois's promotion because it made it so easy to attack her, but I actually found it clear within the show that he promoted her because of talent. Meh. It's in the past now...

Dinah actually grew on me. The form fitting outfit comment to Clark made me giggle.
Same! I wasn't that taken with her in her first ep, but I really enjoyed her in this one, and I liked that line a lot.

he way Clark was determined to change his own future is WIN! He is growing on and that choice is HIS. Which is how it should be.
Absolutely! He's his own man now. He didn't look to anyone else for guidance and I love that. I also love that they showed his family in his death-vision flashback, reminding us of how he got to this point. But ultimately now his life is his own and he's stepping forward courageously.
svgurl: clark/oliver minesvgurl on September 20th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was made by the lovely duskwillow. :D I love Clark and Ollie's friendship. I also love the brotherly relationship between Clark and Bart, so I was a little sad he wasn't there. But JLA FTW!

What's even better is that they changed Erica's makeup. It frustrated me how she managed to look so youthful when she's not on the show and yet on the show, while she still looks beautiful, her makeup could be better. :D

But yes! There was so much good!

Tom = epic hotness. That is all. ;)

I wish they never had Grant and Lois dating ... I hated that pair with a passion. I didn't mind Grant with the whole Grulian storyline but with Grois ... no thank you. But people will attack Lois no matter what. We just have to deal with it. Whatever. She's Lois Lane, she'll get Clark and the end of this and that's that. :D

You know what's funny? I really do think Chimmy's continuation is due to Allison herself. I think Allison likes Chloe with Jimmy. Because she had a lot of control over her contract this season so if she didn't want it, I think she would've gotten her way. Just my opinion.

At least this new Chloe power suits her way more than the healing thing. I'm glad her healing thing didn't work on Clark. :)

Same! I wasn't that taken with her in her first ep, but I really enjoyed her in this one, and I liked that line a lot.

I'm so with you! I wasn't keen on Dinah at all ... I didn't like her in "Siren". But now that she's not knocking out Lois, she's cool.

I have high hopes for this season.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
It frustrated me how she managed to look so youthful when she's not on the show and yet on the show, while she still looks beautiful, her makeup could be better.
Oh, yeah, they used to fail badly at Erica's make-up. You're right that she looked a lot better in this ep--and she should because she's gorgeous.

That's interesting about Allison having a lot of control over her contract... bleugh, nice for some. I don't know many Chimmy shippers, or at least not many that would really like to see them married. They were cute enough, but I don't find them very exciting as a couple and I get bored by their angst. I notice Chloe hasn't told him about her new powers--no doubt that will come out at some stage and there will be 'why didn't you tell me?'s and drama. *yawn*

Dinah seemed toned down a little in this episode--she seemed more subtle as a character, and I liked that. And yeah, not knocking Lois out is a help. ;)
svgurl: Lois FTWsvgurl on September 20th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Erica is so gorgeous! &hearts

Well, she was in negotiation for quite a while. I'm assuming they did a lot to get her back. Plus, some of her comments at the Con, like "Chloe would be lucky to end up with either Clark or Jimmy" and when asked about Chlark, saying "I don't know ... Clark's a little high maintenance"? Sounds like she may be a Chimmy shipper.

But I think they got old a long time ago. Cute in s6 but even then, they didn't have the chemistry that Oliver and Lois (one of the other big s6 couples) had.

I don't know how the revelation will go but I really don't care. They're so not ready for marriage. I like Chloe but I'm watching for Clark, Lois and Oliver.

Definitely glad they redeemed Dinah. I didn't want to hate Oliver's future love interest.
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Natasha: cloistheclexfactor on September 20th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I love that you and norwich, my two go-to meta girls, had great things to say about this episode. I enjoyed it a lot a lot and I'm with tragicallyhip in that I don't miss Lex. I will miss seeing Tom and Mike together in scenes, but I was tired of Clark getting bashed anytime someone stepped on Lex's pinky toe. And unlike a lot of people, I'm SO HAPPY that Oliver is a regular and omg I thought I was going to DIE from the hotness whenever the Collie was onscreen together, or even just Oliver's "I'll never give up on Clark" speech. What's not to love?

It's going to be so interesting for me personally to battle my inner Collie and my inner Clois this season.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Hee hee! War of ships! That's a familiar feeling for me. I seem to ship Clark with just about everyone... Thinking more about it, I think I miss Michael more than I miss Lex. And I'm very happy about Oliver!
Natashatheclexfactor on September 20th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Clark is about the only one I actually have het ships for, lol.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on September 20th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
There should be some 'Clark: so good he makes me ship het' icons. ;)
(That's a fabulous one, by the way!)
Natasha: Ace Reportertheclexfactor on September 20th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Ok, totally stealing that caption, lol.
redteekal: arielo4ka Clois Iconredteekal on September 20th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
See? There I was about to launch into my own random thoughts and moments of squee over the Odyssey ep and lo! Boppy has already made it so. What a fun, entertaining and interesting meta piece - everything you said I find myself completely agreeing with. Clark definitely wasn't bowling me over with his clever mind but honestly - the hotness of Tom completely over rode that briefly fleeting thought. I thought Tom did the death scene really well and the way he and ED ping off each other is very entertaining. I'm feeling positive for a good final season.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Yes, happy feelings abound from this episode. Yay! The hotness of Tom was mindblowy--I had to rewatch his scenes several times. :D The death scene totally moved me even though there was no logical suspense since they clearly weren't going to kill Clark!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
It's great! They make an awesome couple best-buddy combo.
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ: Oliver & Clarkmorganichele on September 20th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
I totally agree with you on Clark needing to be a bit smarter about his escape plan. lol. I thought it was very Jonathan Kent...act irrationally first, get beat up for it, ponder later. lol.
But, the rain and the dirty and the hotness...
I find myself unable or unwilling to care that he acted a little silly. lol.

The scenes with Oliver and Clark were extremely enjoyable. *giggles*

I miss Lex in a seriously crazy-cakes way, but all-in-all, I liked this episode. I think Lois was wonderful, and good grief...the woman looks AMAZING!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
I don't mind either--it all contributed to a gloriously enjoyable scene. :) And I do admire his determination and courage ... especially when it involves straining muscles and fight sequences. ;)

Lois does look awesome! There was lots to keep me distracted from the absence of Lex. I think it was just the scenes in the mansion and the female Lex-substitute that bugged me. But then Clark and Lois or Oliver were there being fab, so it didn't dampen my squee too much.
serenography: KKgiggleserenography on September 20th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, I agree with so much of what you've written, particularly the part about the off the charts hotness of Clark. :)

It's great to have a boppy SV review to read again. It's like the season's really started now. *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
Hee! You're back too!
daybreak777: wet clarkdaybreak777 on September 20th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Hee! I swear I watch this show soley to come over here and read your thoughts on it. :-)

Oliver is back! And he is clearly dating Clark.
Hee! Weekly slash watch! This is an important service to those without the slash googles on like me.

No one can beat Lionel and Lex for Machiavellian crazy
Hear, hear on that. I only watched for a year but those are big shoes to fill.

I love that loyalty, and I love that she had infiltrated the facility so wonderfully. She got there faster than Ollie and Clark.
Um, Lois and Erica are both mutually and totally awesome. Nothing else need really be said really. She totally shines in this role.

That's SHEER GENIUS!
Dude, I was totally transfixed. The episode wasn't even over yet and I was imagining the icons of that. Dude.

When he put his red jacket on again, I got little shivers of happiness. Go greet your future, Clark!
Hee! You are so cute. Red jacket. Truth, justice and the colors of the American flag! I love your squee, though. I sometimes need to remember this show is based on a comic book. It's become much more than that, of course, but at its heart, it's supposed to be fun. Glad you're having fun watching!

Do you think they'll have that much pretty every week?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on September 20th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
And you already have icon! YAY! Tom suited that scene SO WELL. I can only hope for the pretty... after all, it IS the last season! They've got to milk it while they can. ;)
goodvibe: clark/loisgoodvibe on September 20th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Ya, I'm not sold on Tess either. I actually think CF is a capable actor - I'm just not feeling the character. It really felt very shoehorned, and often, in this ep. I think it's a case of 'Too Much Tess, Too Soon.'

I did really like the JL scenes though and Clark was awesome throughout, IMO. As was Lois.

I'm trying to convince myself that the 'MM losing his powers' plotline will actually be resolved at some point in the future. It has to, surely!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on September 20th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Too much... yes, I'd agree with that. I felt like they kept interrupting the pace of the rest of the ep to return to her.

I think the actress is ok, I just think it's really hard to fill Michael's shoes. And the whole plot feels forced.

I really hope MM losing his powers will be resolved--I think it will be. Surely DC wouldn't be happy with SV leaving it like that? Maybe Clark will find some way to give him his powers back and return favour?
(Anonymous) on September 20th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Jor-El did it
They just jettisoned the whole 'control of the travller' storyline using the usual smallville catch all, Jor-El did it!

Hopefully when lex makes his comeback we'll have this resolved somewhat.

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Nora Norwich: Bend over boyfriendnorwich36 on September 20th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
For once I was glad to be spoiled, because I had a much better reaction to Tess since I knew she was going to be taking over Luthorcorp and spending the season looking for Lex. So those parts actually didn't bother me at all, and I actually enjoyed the faceoff between Tess and that other Lexminion. And far from bothering me, I like this plot development, because it keeps the door open if they *can* talk MR into doing some guest spots--Luthorcorp keeps rolling along so he could just slot back into it.

I was thrilled to see Lois's hair a darker shade, and I love the new cut. She kicked ass in this episode, and it had great continuity for her as a character. Once again, she's saving Chloe! She was first introduced into the show when Chloe was presumed murdered, and we know she'll stop at nothing to rescue her cousin. I love that loyalty, and I love that she had infiltrated the facility so wonderfully. She got there faster than Ollie and Clark. AND she actually had a workable plan. Love it!

I could not have loved Lois more in this episode. She actually *was* more competent in rescuing Chloe than Ollie and CLark--I'm pretty sure she could have done it on her own, without their help--and that's the iconic Lois Lane, right there. And I agree with you 1000% on her new hair--so much more flattering. If you see caps anywhere, let me know, because I want to make new Lois icons.

I was totally blown away by the final scene between Clark and Lois. It was a coda to the episode that I had not anticipated and which totally seems to frame the whole season as being about them. Clark was so chuffed with himself. I loved his little cheeky grin at Lois's surprise at seeing him opposite her. His compliment to her about doing well made me laugh--from Lois's point-of-view that was pretty funny, considering that Clark was the one who struggled to pick up the nuances of her plan and who pretty much just tagged along. More important to her is the fact that she has reason to compliment him. I'm glad that Lois had a chance to see Clark's 'attempt at heroism'. Oblivious to his true identity, she never usually sees heroic!Clark.

Just a big YES to all of this. God, I love their interactions--they make me so happy. And I'm just all bouncy at the idea of them working at the Daily Planet together!!

A lot of flak was thrown at Lois and her fast rise as a journalist--most of which I found chronically unfair. I am completely on board with Clark as a journo and for the sake of the great plots that may arise am prepared to handwave the implausibility, but I think it bears saying at least once that it is way more implausible that Clark obtains this position than that Lois did. Lois was accused of using her looks to get her position. Will Clark be accused of the same thing? Somehow I doubt it.

Oh, REALLY good point. Damn, Clark doesn't have a college degree either, and working on a high school paper is not really a qualification. I hope this shuts up all the Lois lightswitch people once and for all. We can just acknowledge that both of them are doing it the old fashioned way, working their way up from the entry-level by sheer power of their journalistic chops.

And hey, who am I to complain when they construct a plot around the premise 'Clark, human, sweaty, bleeding and in the rain'?! That's SHEER GENIUS! I forgive the crazy implausible Russian caviar plot (Russian caviar mafia find dead hot guy in Arctic and turn him into their slave?!). Because that level of hotness requires no explanation. :D

I'm telling you, you gotta watch out for the Russian caviar mafia--they have this sideline in human trafficking. In fact, they seem to be the main supplier of prettyboys to the CW. ;-)

Clark, having failed to come up with an escape plan better than 'hit guy, steal car' himself, struggled to understand Oliver's cunning ways. I loved his confused face! 'It's Oliver! But he's angry at me. What's the plan here?!' Of course the Russian guys were not fooled. It was no doubt transparently obvious that the random hot blond billionaire had the hots for their slave. But hey, they got paid, who's complaining!

This made me laugh for about 5 minutes.


K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex juicebop_radar on September 20th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
I was glad to be spoiled, because I had a much better reaction to Tess since I knew she was going to be taking over Luthorcorp and spending the season looking for Lex.
*cries* It's the worst thing I've ever heard. :( I hates it. I do think it would have been better if I had been spoiled. I could have lowered my expectations accordingly. I didn't even realise the expectation 'new non-Luthorcorp villain' WAS a high one until it was ripped away from me. Boo!

I like this plot development, because it keeps the door open if they *can* talk MR into doing some guest spots--Luthorcorp keeps rolling along so he could just slot back into it.
Yes... good point... I guess? I really strongly get the feeling that MR is not going to be coaxed back based on his recent interviews, and I guess that was one of the reasons I'd just assumed the show would move on. But maybe it's all an elaborate front and he could come back, which... well, maybe that would be worth putting up with a season of lameness. I guess I can hold out and wait for a Lexian smackdown for Tess in due course. I just wish I knew I could count on that.

I'm pretty sure she could have done it on her own, without their help
Same! I really think she had it down.

If you see caps anywhere, let me know, because I want to make new Lois icons.
Will do! I can't wait for some new Lois icons either. It feels like a new era.

I hope this shuts up all the Lois lightswitch people once and for all. We can just acknowledge that both of them are doing it the old fashioned way, working their way up from the entry-level by sheer power of their journalistic chops.
It won't shut them up... but it SHOULD. Because at this point in time, even though I feel Lois is actually more qualified than Clark, I'm happy to wipe the slate clean and just accept they both have the position and go from there... hell, it makes for good TV! Why complain?

I'm telling you, you gotta watch out for the Russian caviar mafia--they have this sideline in human trafficking. In fact, they seem to be the main supplier of prettyboys to the CW. ;-
So that's where they're getting them! Judging from the new 90210 though, the mafia have been failing their end of the bargain recently... ;) I say send the already-indentured-to-the-CW boys round to smack 'em into line!

Seriously, that plot could not have been funnier! It's rocketed to the top of my favourite implausible Smallville plots--right up there with Chinese prison torture.
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on September 21st, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
I didn't even realise the expectation 'new non-Luthorcorp villain' WAS a high one until it was ripped away from me. Boo!

I hope it's not too spoilery to say that your expectation will be met at some point, never fear.

Seriously, that plot could not have been funnier! It's rocketed to the top of my favourite implausible Smallville plots--right up there with Chinese prison torture.

Hee! That plot made Chinese prison torture look logical and well-plotted!
Russian caviar mafia will NEVER not be funny. (And yeah, what was up with all the ugly boys on 90210? If the CW's new target demo is 18-35 year old women, you'd think they'd get a clue!)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: FNL Tyra lolzbop_radar on September 21st, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
I hope it's not too spoilery to say that your expectation will be met at some point, never fear.
Well.... I don't know if that makes it better or worse. If there IS another villain out there, then why have Tess at all. Waaah! Sorry, sounding stubborn, but I'm just really unimpressed and need a few days at least to get used to it.

Russian caviar mafia will NEVER not be funny.
I love how they all talked in that ridiculous accent too. 'No coffay break for YOU!' *giggles*
serenography: KKgiggleserenography on September 21st, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
I love how they all talked in that ridiculous accent too. 'No coffay break for YOU!' *giggles*

Wait. Are you saying that those guys *weren't* actual Russians? That they were just some Vancouverans with 3 day stubbles?
*bubble bursts*

I need a new icon: BEWARE THE RUSSIAN CAVIAR MAFIA!

Hee!

mystical van of doom: sv lexvoldything on September 20th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
YESYESYES to everything about that TessLexwannabe. I'm going to be SO pissed when she, inevitably, becomes obsessed over Clark and they take it to the romantic level, just because she's a girl *fumes*


'It's Oliver! But he's angry at me. What's the plan here?!'

Hahahaha! You could almost see the little rodent inside his head running the wheel at top speed!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 21st, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
when she, inevitably, becomes obsessed over Clark and they take it to the romantic level, just because she's a girl *fumes*
Grrraaaaggghhhh! That will be SO LAME. :(((

You could almost see the little rodent inside his head running the wheel at top speed!
Hee hee! And when he met Lois later he was all 'what?!! MORE confusing plans I'm supposed to pick up on straight away?!' *brainmelt* Bless!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark identity crisisbop_radar on September 21st, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
I agree! There WAS a sense of Clark (and Tom) shining. I hadn't expected that necessarily but I really appreciated it. He owns the show so much now.

It's epic, it barely makes sense, it's quippy, slashy...
Hee hee hee. That's our show! *high fives*
Chezchrysalitron on September 21st, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
I agree with the missing Michael. I knew not to expect him in the credits, but I was still depressed when he wasn't there.

I got what Oliver was saying, in regards to still keeping an eye on Luthercorp even if Lex isn't there...but yeah, I thought the insinuation that Tess could be MORE duplicitous was a bit anvil-ish. We (or the JL) have no reason to believe that she's any more evil than the Luthors. That seemed a bit...overdramatic, I suppose.

What got me was how willing Chloe was to go along with the "DDS". When she started giving up phone numbers, I figured she was lying. Because how easy would it have been for her to say "Yep, that's definitely a 6" when it's really a 9? But no, she just shrugged and went with it until she recognized the number. That bugged me.
Fleegull: Hear Tom by Raelanfleegull on September 21st, 2008 07:35 am (UTC)
I went into this one about as unspoiled as I could be so Chloe's new ability threw me for a loop...sigh. Still the rest of it was good despite everyone's complete dimsissal of Kara which rubbed me the wrong way.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on September 22nd, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Yeah, it through me for a loop too. I had resigned myself to them pretending Kara never existed--Smallville being lame like that--and kinda had braced for them doing the same with Lex, but I was wrong.
DC: Teen Titans - Tiny Kid Flashbananainpyjamas on September 21st, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what I think of J'onn giving up his own powers though... that's a MASSIVE self-sacrifice, and it made me wonder what comic fans would make of it.

I was a bit miffed at first but then again, it's Smallville, this sort of thing never lasts. I think they just needed an excuse for MM not to be there as a last-resort savior for a while.
Ms Cranky Pants of the Depresso Blogbofoddity on September 21st, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
I think Tess would have been less jarring if they hadn't decided to set her up as an antagonist right in the premiere. Introducing her as Tess the Ambiguous Employee Of Lex would have been enough to show she's somebody to keep an eye out for, but Ollie's comment and her taking over Lex's desk was too much. So she felt off to me too, but maybe she will improve later.

As for Clark, Lois and Ollie, I agree completely with everything you said about them. I was suspicious about Ollie's return, but he was terrific in this episode and I really like his friendship with Clark and the Justice Leaguers. And Clark and Lois were just amazing and hopefully they'll be just as amazing for all the season. My only complaints about the episode was the forgetting of Kara and loss of J'onn's powers (I hope he'll get them back and hook up with the League), but this was a great premiere overall. Now all we need is for Clark to grow into Superman.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on September 22nd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC)
Ollie's comment and her taking over Lex's desk was too much. So she felt off to me too, but maybe she will improve later.
Good call--it was just all too forced. I hope she will improve once the writing team calm down about her. ;)

e forgetting of Kara and loss of J'onn's powers (I hope he'll get them back and hook up with the League
Same. I was pretty sure they'd forget all about Kara so was braced for it but it's still dumb, and I do hope J'onn gets his powers back. It's promising that the J-Leaguers now know about him. Clark's 'he'll be back' seemed like a promise...

I am actually hopeful that we WILL get the Clark development we need this season.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois OTPbop_radar on September 22nd, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Much like "Crusade" was almost like a pilot for a new show with new and fresh dynamics, I got the same vibe from "Odyssey"
That's so true! That's a great way of thinking about it. And I agree--I miss Michael, but I think the show's done justice to Lex already. If there is any more, it will be icing.

I'm hopeful for lots of good Clark & Lois material. *nods*
darenothopedarenothope on September 22nd, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
Yay for Lois and Clark at the Daily Planet. And Clark's sense of humour. I loved that playful side of him at the end.

I hope future eps clarify how he got a job at the Daily Planet and starting as a reporter and not down in the basement. If people were nagging about Lois getting a job as a reporter, those same people should be doing the same for Clark.

How did Chloe become ultra smart? I really wish they hadn't done that to her. It seems unnecessary that she knows everything. Why do they need her to be such a superhuman, for lack of a better word. To make her a better sidekick?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark identity crisisbop_radar on September 24th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC)
Clark's sense of humour is delicious!

I do not know how Chloe became smart--maybe something to do with Brainiac attacking her? they did show that in the 'previously'. I preferred her when she was a regular human. :( But I guess the show likes the storytelling potential?