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27 September 2008 @ 09:38 am
Smallville 8.02 Plastique  
Well.

I made the mistake of being excited going into this ep. It brought me down with a sharp thud. To be honest, I'm going to struggle to write a positive review of this one because I had some major issues with the writing.

Sorry, gang, but this one disappointed me badly.

Things I hated
- Clark saves Tess. Of course he does. Because they need to quickly riff off the old Clex dynamic. It was a beautiful shot of him coming out of the dust from the crash... I just hate that it was her. Because it's another example of them playing the same old card but with less interest because those two have no destiny and Tess wasn't even particularly moved by being saved. There's nothing genuine about that moment. I miss Lex.
- The way Tess simpered around Clark. It doesn't suit her. She has way more chemistry with girls. Clark isn't enough of one anymore.
- Tess is a real micromanager, huh? 'I'll do it myself' seems to be her mantra. Mostly I was just amused, but I hate micromanagers so this chalks up in the hate column.
- Chloe 'just wants a change' from journalism?! Um... plausability low there. I guess this episode was about her developing an interest in counselling other meteor freaks. Which, wow. They just gave her another plot that I am not on board with. I can't think of a worse counsellor than Chloe... she lacks compassion, she's bossy and insensitive (that comment about parents in the hospital made me want to smack her!), and her idea of counselling is to lecture people. Greeeat.
- Chloe has an ugly engagement ring and a new love interest. Yawn.
- Here's the big one: the writing of the Clois scenes. I was really REALLY disappointed. They lacked their usual sparkle and appeared to be just bickering with no real affection beneath the surface for most of the episode. Also, Lois was characterised as a headline whore suddenly, which is character regression given that she developed a very real and genuine interest in uncovering the truth last season. She did NOT need Clark to do so. I hate this idea that someone Clark 'humanises' a bossy, self-centred Lois... Lois has never lacked human compassion or an interest in uncovering the truth--those were shown in her very first episode on the show. Yes, initially it was in a limited way, related to her cousin--but Clark initially showed his heroism in saving people he loved. This idea that Clark's presence at the Daily Planet suddenly taught Lois 'the true meaning of journalism' is repugnant. He's NOT EVEN INTERESTED in journalism! She is. She has been for some time and she's been investigating some big cases. And not just to gain headlines. Also, there's a massive double-standard in Clark calling Lois on her law-breaking and not Chloe. Ever. Why did it feel like a Chlark fan was writing this ep?

Things I was indifferent about
- Clark isn't really interested in journalism but wants to be close to the action. Well, it makes more sense... I hope he develops an interest in journalism as things go along.
- The angsty Chlarky 'I'm engaged' scene. Yawn.
- New guy wasn't bad, but he also wasn't that interesting. I guess if I were a big Chloe fan I'd care about him and his Evident Weirdness reveal at the end? It seemed like you had to be a Chloe fan to get much out of this ep.
- Tess alone: she wasn't bad. The actress is actually doing ok. And she sparks around women.

Things I liked
- 'Personal space, Lane! Remember?' That cracked me up because it means someone tried to explain it to Lois... with no success. *chuckles*
- Clark looked very pretty in the blue shirt, especially once it was all dirtied up. And his 'wardrobe malfunction' and then changing in a phonebooth were cute.
- 'Those aren't notes of discouragement, they're notes of encouragement' re. Lois's mark-up of Clark's obit. I'll use that one!

Sorry. That's all I got. I'm madly disappointed that the writers have misfired on the Clois so early. If anyone else is as pissed off as I am, read Meant to Be, take two asprin and consider watching 'Crimson' for therapy... that's what I'm planning.

ETA: I totally forgot to say that Chloe picked the world's worst time to lose interest in journalism... she just gained a PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY. Nul points, writers!
 
 
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tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on September 27th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
wow..i don't even know what to say. I'm sorry you didn't like it though.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
Me too. :( I'm not my usual 'see the brightside' self this week. :( I wish I was. Sorry!
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on September 27th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
Don't be, we all see things differently:)
svgurl: clois s8svgurl on September 27th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Awww, I'm sorry it was such a disappointment to you. I thought Bette was boring but some of the Clois scenes were cute. I totally agree with a lot of the points you made though.

Chloe's not a very good counseler and I didn't find her scenes with Bette interesting at all. They have her flip flopping on some things and while I thought she had better chemistry with Davis than she ever did with Jimmy, the fact that she's trying to test Clark STILL to see if he'll do anything ... is painful to see.

I still think that they're giving Chlark an ending this season so I'm trying not to let that bother me.

Lois has never lacked human compassion or an interest in uncovering the truth--those were shown in her very first episode on the show. Yes, initially it was in a limited way, related to her cousin--but Clark initially showed his heroism in saving people he loved.

Very true. "Reunion" had her deciding on her own that she didn't want to publish that story. Lois does love ... she has her shell but she will go to the ends of the Earth for the people she loves.

I've always compared Lois and Clark. Clark started out his heroism by saving the people closest to him and Lois started out in journalism by investigating things that had to do with people close to her.

The phonebooth scene was adorable too. :D

I missed Ollie. Hopefully next week is better for you. *hugs* "Meant to Be" is a very dark story. I miss my SV DVDs at times like these. They're at home. :\ But you should watch "Hydro" too! *nods* Or s4 ... that was a fun Clois season!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois hugbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
Chloe's not a very good counseler and I didn't find her scenes with Bette interesting at all. They have her flip flopping on some things
*nods* It may be teething problems while they force the characters in a new direction that they want (it felt both Chloe and Lois were being redefined in this episode), but I don't like the overall direction so I'm probably extra intolerant of those inconsistencies.

I missed Ollie too. I am in a very dark mood. Thank you for trying to cheer me! You are right... I need me some 'Hydro'!
Naomi: Chlark frelling_tralk on September 27th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
the writing of the Clois scenes. I was really REALLY disappointed. They lacked their usual sparkle and appeared to be just bickering with no real affection beneath the surface for most of the episode.

I thought they were playing too heavily on Lois And Clark and Terri Hatcher's Lois personally. At some points I couldn't even recognise Smallville's Lois from seasons 4-7. Obviously we view the show pretty differently *g*, so I actually prefer the Clois in season 8 to previous seasons, to me it feels more like this is what they should have saved Lois's character for in the first place. I think though I would have definitely enjoyed those scenes more if Lois had only just been introduced for season 8 for the first time, and I could view those scenes as Clark meeting Lois for his first day at the DP. They didn't work as well as they should have because of SV already doing its own backstory with Clark and Lois, and failing to take that into account more this episode. I think the new showrunners are trying too hard to relaunch the show personally, they're disregarding some of the backstory so it's coming across as heavy-handed and obvious.


And I think they rushed the chemistry with Chloe/Davis a little too. Just as last week should have ended on the JLA and left Clark's DP hiring for Plastique, I think the Clois shot would have been the best place to leave things here, rather than on naked Davis before anyone is even invested in his character


Oh and just a silly peeve, but I thought it was ridiculous to have Clark turn up in jeans and a casual plaid shirt. For his first day at the DP he seriously wouldn't think to put on a suit?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Interesting thoughts! Particularly the insight about the Clois. That rings true for me since I really did feel like they'd adopted a completely different writing approach with it this season.

I loved 'Lois and Clark' back in the day, but it's dated to me now and I had no desire to see SV repeat the same dynamic--I wanted to see their fresh take on it. But it's interesting to hear the other side of that perspective--someone who likes this Clois better. Either way, it's inconsistent with previous seasons.

I agree on the rushing the Chloe/Davis thing and the strange endings of both episodes--they played the Davis ending with heaps of melodrama but I wasn't invested enough to care.

And yeah, Clark IS smarter than that. A lot of the jokes in this ep fell flat for me, including that one. It felt forced. (In including it in my 'likes' I was really clutching at straws... I liked it better than anything else in the ep. Heh.)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois snugglesbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks for trying to help. I guess it helps to know that someone saw it that way? I didn't see any chemistry in this ep and I felt like I finally understood what people meant when they said that they didn't see the Clois sparks. :(

loved him reluctantly remember her rules and mis-numbering them
Actually I did like that moment a lot--thanks for reminding me of it.

I hope you are right about the intentions of the writing of the dynamic... it didn't come across that way to me, but it's a less bleak outlook on how they're going to write Clois this season so I will hope you are right. Kelly and Brian have always written Clois well so I guess I'll just hang in there and hope an ep written by them gets me back to the Clois I love.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Blair sulkbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, Descent was a bad Lois ep.

what they write of her doesn't seem to be influenced by their having actually watched other episodes in which she appears
Understatement!

they'd never written Clark and Lois interacting with each other prior to this episode.
I hope they never do again. *scoffs comfort chocolate*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
You are right about Erica. She is absolutely wonderful and does a lot with very little. I few things about the writing really got to me in this ep, I think, and I lost the joy. But I hope to find it again!

*returns to shallow* She rocked that suit she was wearing in the last scene.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois Crimsonbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
It's a pretty sucky feeling to watch an episode and be all jazzed and come to a forum or something to talk about it and go away feeling stupid for liking what everybody tore down.
Absolutely! I used to feel that way a lot of the time in fandom and I'm really not comfortable with my whiny review either, for that reason! Where is my usual pep and enthusiasm?!!

I'm trying to get to a place where whatever "fandom" says or thinks or does...I don't care. I'm so sick of worrying about how haters will take something Lois does to use as ammunition to insult her, or to state how horrible everything is,
Oh, so TRUE! I know this feeling so well. Sigh. I usually find my own little zen corner and stay in it (no TWOP for me!) for that very reason. It's a horrible feeling when you start worrying about fandom's reaction halfway through an ep. I guess that happened a bit in this ep for me--I felt I saw fandom's (by which I mean the Chlark/Chlois army's) opinion of Lois validated on the show and that made me sad.

Thank you for the Clois trailer! I usually avoid such things but I needed cheering and it was encouraging, yes. :)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on September 30th, 2008 06:20 am (UTC)
The pep is slowly creeping back...

I pay more attention the actor's performance because IMO they are the ones that know their characters. No matter the script, I always trust Erica to give a good performance and to find legit motivation for Lois's actions. That's how I maintain my "pep". =)
Well, that's a very good point and great advice. That wasn't the only line or aspect of the episode that put me off but it certainly was one that really cemented my dislike. But I can't fault the performance of Erica or Tom in the episode. I think they did a lot with (imho) a not great script. I look forward to seeing them sparkle even more with a better one.

And yes, I do have to laugh a little at myself and say 'since when have SV scripts made sense or contained consistent characterisation? ;)

they're like the Buford Tannen to our Marty McFly
HEE! I couldn't put it better.

I seem to chuck about one tantrum a season with SV--maybe I just got it over early with this year. :)

*returns to zen*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on September 27th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Dammit! I had just typed a really long response to this, and then my power flickered out for some reason, and the computer shut down and it vanished. Let's see if I can reconstruct it.

Chloe 'just wants a change' from journalism?! Um... plausability low there. I guess this episode was about her developing an interest in counselling other meteor freaks. Which, wow. They just gave her another plot that I am not on board with. I can't think of a worse counsellor than Chloe... she lacks compassion, she's bossy and insensitive (that comment about parents in the hospital made me want to smack her!), and her idea of counselling is to lecture people. Greeeat.

I might have put it somewhat less bluntly, but overall I agree with this. Having Chloe take over Isis just smacks of her moving into Lana's shoes on the show, when I really prefer Chloe to wear Chloe shoes. If she's not going to be a reporter, why not have her become Ollie's full-time research girl for the Justice League? That's close enough to her reporter persona that it doesn't grate on viewers, and it's a good use for her new meteor (Brainiac?) power. Counselling just doesn't strike me as her thing.

I think I liked the Clois scenes better than you--for one thing, it reinforced the fact that Lois does have a fair bit of journalistic experience under her belt at this point. But I'm coming around to your view of Tess. She seemed way too usurp-y of Lex's space in this ep (especially the fireplace of intimacy. NOOOOOOO!!! You cannot have the fireplace of intimacy! Unless you actually turn out to be a female Lex clone, as LaT has speculated.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
Having Chloe take over Isis just smacks of her moving into Lana's shoes on the show, when I really prefer Chloe to wear Chloe shoes
Same. For two reasons. One: I am feeling Lana's absence as it is, and have already got issues with one character taking over another absent character's 'space'. Two: I liked Chloe when she was just... Chloe. When she was Clark's best buddy and didn't need meteor powers or perfect recall or any other attribute. And this isn't getting us back to that Chloe, it's giving her yet another New Thing, and I feel even more lost with her.

Why not have her become Ollie's full-time research girl for the Justice League?
And it would fit with new Metropolis-JLeague dynamic they just set up. And it would have continuity with past seasons, when she played that role briefly, AND it is surely extra needed now that the JLeaguers have scattered.... GAH! Nora, we could write this show better!

he seemed way too usurp-y of Lex's space in this ep (especially the fireplace of intimacy. NOOOOOOO!!! You cannot have the fireplace of intimacy! Unless you actually turn out to be a female Lex clone, as LaT has speculated.
Ohhh... that is one outcome that would work for me. I had a whole other rant (as if I didn't have enough out of this ep!) about the implausability of Tess, but I thought I'd spare everyone... however, since you've mentioned it, I think one thing that really bothers me about her is that she seems to have Lex's exact doctrine vis a vis the meteor freaks, Clark, aliens, everything... but Lex actually wasn't big on sharing his doctrine. He demanded unquestioning loyalty from his minions but didn't share all the layers with them... I don't buy that he'd have told them about the Traveller. Yet she knows all about this? If she IS a Lex clone, then it will work a whole lot better for me. But if she's just a minion then I'm confused why *this* minion magically holds Lex's (not fully public) belief system.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on September 27th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
they're telling the story of What If Lex Had Been a Girl
Yeah, and I really *don't* need that story told.

They're treating her like an actual replacement
*nods* I feel they are, yes. And as soon as I saw her last ep, I guessed they'd retread the same dynamic as Clark/Lex, and so this ep felt very predictable with the saving and so on.

Lex Luthor and Lana Lang are part of that story. Tess Mercer isn't. So it's foolish to replay this dynamic yet again, because it doesn't have a greater meaning in the grand scheme of things.
That's my main problem with it. And it's totally a shortcut with the character of Tess--that was why it felt like an inexperienced writer's mistake to me. It is taking the 'easy' path where they really need to make her stand on her own as a character.

I don't know how much I want to hope that Tess is a female Lex... if I do and then it turns out she isn't that might just annoy me more. ;) And if she IS then at least she makes more sense but I kind of hate the writers for thinking anyone could successfully channel Michael's performance. The actress is ok but she's not *that* good!

it does kind of hinge on accepting Tess' usurpation as being the point of her as a character. So I'm not sure it would work for you as an explanation.
I'm rapidly losing investment regardless, so I'm curious!
mystical van of doom: sv newloisvoldything on September 27th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
She did NOT need Clark to do so. I hate this idea that someone Clark 'humanises' a bossy, self-centred Lois... Lois has never lacked human compassion or an interest in uncovering the truth--those were shown in her very first episode on the show.

That part threw me off so much. Lois is and has always been about Uncovering The Truth, not the big headlines. It was such an unnecessary thing to add to their lines, idk.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
*nods* ITA. It really shook my faith in the new director-writer team on the show.

On the plus side, Lois was rocking that suit in their final scene.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
I don't think he was made to seem stupid to make her look better or vice versa.
I felt strongly that she was made to seem annoying and bossy and limited at his expense. The joke was on Lois for a lot of the ep.

she lends him a guiding hand. I thought that was actually very favorable to Lois, because it showed her to be both gracious (willing to extend assistance to him) and confident in her own abilities (she's not threatened by him/his presence).
Good points. I saw her graciousness, but because it was framed as her 'annoying' Clark, I really wasn't sure many fans would view it that way. I do like that Clark actually picked up on her rules at least a bit though--that gives me some hope that they do mean it to be a two-way dynamic.

I interpreted Lois' line as her saying that between being published on Page A1 and learning the truth of the bus explosion, she was more proud of uncovering the truth.
But it was framed as being about Clark... 'sitting here with you now'. As if this was the very first time she'd found the joy in uncovering the truth. I don't buy that. If it was what you say, that she'd come to a place where she enjoyed both the headline success AND the truth, then it should have been written more from the perspective of Lois saying 'look, Clark, we can juggle ambition AND the truth', her including him in her success. I felt it was written more as revelation. I feel like the writers have decided Lois represents Ambition and Clark represents Truth. And I hate that idea.
Call Me OneTrack: Starpollo Forevercallmeonetrack on September 27th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Hey this is like bizarro Bop! You didn't enjoy this one, when you're always so positive, and I who have been a begrudging Smallville viewer have finally found my zen with this show. I posted an in-depth review on my site but I agree they're really pushing the Lois/Clark connection and that might burn them out fast. I've always enjoyed the small bantery interactions they've had but I don't know if I'm ready for entire episodes worth of tired quipping about who's the better journalist. (Esp. when the answer is really neither of them, but well, Chloe.)

I'm sorta surprised you didn't like Crashdown/Davis more. I thought Sam Witwer was so utterly winsome and charming and was shocked that he and Alison Mack had so much chemistry. Jimmy's in some trouble methinks.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on September 27th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
they're really pushing the Lois/Clark connection and that might burn them out fast
I don't object to them pushing it--I've wanted that for a long time. I object to the writing which, for Lois especially, is not true to the character we know.

when the answer is really neither of them, but well, Chloe
I totally disagree, but it's not worth arguing over as we clearly have very different views of the show.
serenography: LexNoirserenography on September 27th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I miss Lex.

I'm with ya, baby.

She has way more chemistry with girls. Clark isn't enough of one anymore.

Omg... ILU. *still laughing*

which is character regression given that she developed a very real and genuine interest in uncovering the truth last season. She did NOT need Clark to do so.

I thought that final talk Lois had with Clark showed that she did have a real interest in exposing the truth more than just getting headlines. It's odd to me that you saw a regression. I guess I'm okay with Lois wanting headlines too though. I see that as journalistic ambition, but I do feel that she has been shown to have good priorities about all of it.

Why did it feel like a Chlark fan was writing this ep?
It seemed like you had to be a Chloe fan to get much out of this ep.
Oh, don't me started. ;) I ranted enough in my review about Chloe.

If anyone else is as pissed off as I am, read Meant to Be, take two asprin and consider watching 'Crimson' for therapy... that's what I'm planning.

Wasn't that a great read?
I'm not as pissed off as you, but I like your idea of therapy. *hugs you*


K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
It's odd to me that you saw a regression
I just really felt she's already had her epiphany about uncovering the truth being great some time ago. I really wondered whether the writers had watched her storyline last season.

I ranted enough in my review about Chloe.
Yay! I'm all up for ranting this week. I miss the days when Chloe was a regular person. :/
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Cris: Clois - future - reportersduskwillow on September 27th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
they made Lois try to flirt with a cop and get shot down, only to try again? Just to show Clark use his superhearing instead? Upon rewatching for the third time, it just rubs me the wrong way...

Well first she tried charm, then she tried bribery (baseball autographed pictures/cards). I think it fits her to try different approaches until something works. Once her and Clark get some practice with team work, I fully expect a third try in situations like this:
- where she tries to talk to the cop again while Clark sneaks into the crime scene,
- or she pushes Clark to talk to the cop (if he's gay or a girl) while she sneaks in (something like their Devoted plan).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I think that's the thing... I was waiting for the third try and it didn't come. Clark 'won' their little tussels in this ep--maybe I'm just more competitive than I realised and am smarting about that! ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on September 27th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Upon rewatching for the third time, it just rubs me the wrong way...
It really rubbed me the wrong way too and it's not consistent with what we've seen of Lois previously. You are right! She got 'dumbed down' for Clark's benefit.

it was fun and flirty back then, so I wanted it to be a mixture of that and their season 7 closeness.. but this was just bickering,
That's what I felt too, and what I would have preferred... but I am putting my optimist hat on this morning and hoping that it was just those particular writers (who had never written Lois and Clark interacting before). I hope to see some better exchanges in other eps--it's not like SV hasn't been erratic in its writing before... ;)
Cris: Clois - Daily Planetduskwillow on September 27th, 2008 09:28 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this episode. :(
I loved Clark and Lois parts.
But found Chloe, guest meteor mutant and Davis parts of the episode boring.

As for Clois, here is my take:
Lois is the one who gave Clark the application. So once he's at The Daily Planet she wants him to do well. As soon as he showed up she took him under her wing and tried to help him out or teach him what she learned so far. She found him a suit to wear to look more presentable. She wished him luck with Tess, and it's obvious she likes that he's there and doesn't want him to get fired. She keeps telling him her rules of journalism. She brings him on the case and gets him an obituary to write. And brings him with her for some snopping at the hospital, and then shows him how to overcome obstacles (mwah, how much do I love that she has all those cards to open hospital/city hall/police doors?). And at the end she shares her happiness over her headline with him. And yes, Lois has always been after the truth. But she also wanted to prove herself as a journalist. For example, last season when Jimmy came to her with some evidence and told her it has Pulitzer written all over it, she got that dreamy look and said "Pulitzer, oh yeah?" She wants to be recognized as a good journalist. So of course she'd also want headlines. It's not mutually exclusive with wanting to uncover the truth. But like all the characters, Lois is also shown a bit more mature this season. And for me it looks like she's finally coming into her own, she's feeling comfortable with where she is professionally. And headlines are just a nice bonus. And just like with her rules of journalism, she wanted to share that bit of wisdom with Clark, while at the same time thanking him and telling him he did good on his first day/he has a long future ahead of him.

Also, there's a massive double-standard in Clark calling Lois on her law-breaking and not Chloe. Ever.

Maybe he wants them to be more careful now, after he spent a month thinking Chloe is a DDS custody?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 27th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am feeling a little better about the episode now after everyone shared their more positive takes. (Though still not ready to watch it again.) I'll try and put an optimistic spin on things. ;)
meretrix: sv - clex - never closerlaisserais on September 27th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
haha, all i can say is: i agree with everything you said. the rapid character swerves are unbelievable. if someone did this in fic, i think i'd say it was ooc. chloe suddenly doesn't want to be a journalist? and the cheap shot of having clark rescue tess. man, that really just spat all over the clex and made me grumpy.

it's like they're trying to smoothly sew sv canon into superman canon, but the edges won't line up, so instead of working on it and using this season to make the blend seamless, they're just forcing the two together haphazardly.

but i am looking forward to next week. the preview for what happens (don't want to spoiler anyone) looked promising. if this is the world we have to work in, at least they can deepen the backstories a little.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clexvillebop_radar on September 27th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh good another cranky person! *bonds*

I didn't see the trailer but am happy to hear it held your interest despite the 'pasted on, yay!' aspects of character development in this eppy. ;)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on September 28th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Except for the very last scene, I didn't feel I was watching Smallville Clois. Nevertheless, there had to come a point where best-friend Clois and comic canon Clois meshed.
Well I never expected it to be so clunky. And I didn't expect it to come at the expense of Lois being written as a illegal/immoral bitch headline whore. :(( I do feel they just threw out three seasons of characterisation and imposed the Chlark-fan version of Lois instead. I agree the Clois dynamic overall was overwritten but it's the implications about Lois that really smart. I'm trying to believe that it's just that this team of writers don't really know or like Smallville Lois...

I'm kind of sorry she has to be the Lex stand-in instead of her own person.
I'd like her a lot better in her own right, but I am flummoxed by her holding Lex's exact doctrine and knowing about the Traveller...

Why should I care about him out of the blue?
That was a case of bad writing, definitely. There was no reason to care about him. There was way too much reliance on new characters in this ep.
Chez: seagullschrysalitron on September 28th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
The Lois/Clark scenes bothered me a bit, but my main problem was that things felt a little...forced? rushed?....I'm not sure what it was, exactly. Maybe like it was a bit of overkill. It had this whole feel of "This is the new supercouple that you are supposed to root for!", instead of letting things happen organically. I don't know if that makes much sense, but I did feel like their dynamic was handled better in the first episode.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois searchingbop_radar on September 28th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
*nods* The dynamic was new for the writing team too--they'd never written Lois and Clark interacting before. Now that I know that I feel a little better about it because it really did feel like the overwriting of a new dynamic.
daybreak777: wet clarkdaybreak777 on September 29th, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
Wow, you really didn't like it. Try watch it streaming for two hours. I wish I was kidding. I actually did fall asleep on it and that's too bad.

I can't think of a worse counsellor than Chloe... she lacks compassion, she's bossy and insensitive (that comment about parents in the hospital made me want to smack her!), and her idea of counselling is to lecture people. Greeeat.
Yep, you didn't like the ep and you don't like Chloe. I like her fine enough. She cares about Clark. That's what matters to me now. People who care about Clark.

Why did it feel like a Chlark fan was writing this ep?
Because, dude, they were! I like Chlark, so I was happy at hints of it. I can't have the two I want so I'm easy, I'll ship these two. SV is always so heavy-handed you'd have to be blind not to know what they are doing, though. But I guess it was always this way?

And yeah, Lois competing over a story was off. She's just not that insecure. I don't buy it and I'm forgetting this happened. I just hope they don't remind me by doing it again. Leave Lois alone!

she just gained a PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY
Dude, that was so WTF, last week. Wait, am I watching Heroes? Hee! At least I can be amused. Because I seriously forgot her new power and I think the writers did too.

Not a good plot week in Smallville. I think that the show is growing up and the writers forget that sometimes. Clark isn't such a hick, and Lois is smart and confident. They just forget that sometimes.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois OTPbop_radar on September 30th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)
I have settled on accepting it as a (relatively) inexperienced writing team (they hadn't written Clois before) and the strain of establishing new dynamics for new season... and I'll let it go...