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10 October 2008 @ 11:27 pm
Smallville 8.04 Instinct  
Ok, having got the big rant out of the way, let's talk about the stuff I liked and/or loved about this ep... I'm going to sound schizophrenic here because I honestly did love this episode.

Queen of Almanac? Almarak? Anorak, Almorack? I don't know WTF planet that is. But it amused me greatly, and so did Maxima. She was awesome! Completely melodramatic and ridiculous, but in the best of ways: and smokin' hot. And she just totally sizzled with Clark. I adore her! She can shoot in from Almanac (*snerk*) any time she likes (and was that a suggestion from Clark that she might be back? I think so!). Dear god, the HOT of that lift!sex scene! Mrroaaaw!

I agree with Lois: Clark did need to mix things up a bit there, and Maxima proved the perfect new 'flavour'. Ok, no, I don't think she's his soulmate or good for him long term, but Clark hasn't loosened his top button for a long time now, but long-term fans know how irresistable he is when he gets his sexy on.

Maxima's character is OTT, but I kind of really got into her story. I find the hilarity of her hanging around waiting for a beacon marking where her perfect lover is sort of adorable--and the actress really did a good job. She was both quirky and charismatic. Her clumsiness on Planet Earth seemed ridiculous in the opening scene but when explained further had some actual pathos for me. I liked the touches like having her be genuinely regretful about Jimmy. She liked him! She saw his sweetness! He came the closest of any humans to attracting her.

And oh, I just loved it when she spotted Clark in slow-motion. Everything about them together was just sizzling--the insta!chemistry, out of this world.

How did she know he loves lift!sex and getting shoved against walls? Maybe she truly is his soulmate! His sexual one, at any rate... God, when she groped his chest in the lift! *fans self* Clark chest! We got it so early this season!

I was genuinely blown away that he could turn away from her for anyone, they had played the irresistable attraction so convincingly. In the farewell scene, I felt Clark was in AGONY. Doesn't she know that 'no' just means 'try harder' with Clark? (Where's Lex when you need him?!) Less flippantly, I thought it was really well-written and well acted. Maxima's lines were perfectly pitched to appeal to Clark--he's always loved the idea of destined love, he's always loved the idea of soulmates, and he feels alone and wonders if he can ever successfully have a sexual relationship with anyone... Oh, Clark! *pats the woobie* The line 'as desperate as I was to find a mate' did kind of crack me up though. ;)

My destiny is here
Clark rocked this episode, and that line delighted me (even though it meant banishment of Maxima! *sniff*). He's grown so much! I loved that he was able to fight against her here emotionally and intellectually, to stay strong in his convictions and his heroism, to stay true to his own journey and not get led astray. My, he has grown a long way from the impressionable young 14 year old we met 8 years ago!

In other ways we got some old-school Clark in this episode: he got his shirt ripped off, he got his slut on, and he did a lot of moping around about Lana in this episode. I loved all of it--even/especially the moping! I am in a very Clarky place these days and I am lapping that stuff up. I love it when someone says something that is vaguely associative with Lana and/or relationships in general and he goes off into a daydream about the break-up. He just wallows so well (and so prettily!). I am helpless! (And I kind of hoped Lana would show up unexpectedly. *sniffle*)

Beautiful performance from Tom! And he was looking superlatively handsome. It was weird to see him wearing such dark colours but they suited him wonderfully.

Tess
I'm loving Tess/Mercy! I feel like she's really settled in now and I'm enjoying the actress's performance a lot. I'm far more comfortable than I was at first with her echoing Lex--and wow, she really does echo him very directly. She was totally Lexian in the opening scene with the scientist.

Also, I'm loving that Tess has as much sexual chemistry with women as Lex did with men. She rocked with Maxima! My favourite moment of hers was the tiny little 'huh'/'hmm' she made after Maxima said she'd expected there to be more Kryptonians on Earth. So Lexian! So adorable! Their physical tustle was very reminiscent of attacks on Lex, both by Clark and other Kryptonians--she did the Kryptonian neck grab! And the toss across the room! (Why does that make me squee?! I don't even know!)

Boxing! I must admit I kneejerked against the credits shot of Tess boxing at first because it seemed like a rip-off of the old shot they used to use of Lex teaching Lana to box. But in context I really liked her boxing. It's something else that she and Lex have in common and she was so hot in that scene. More please!

Of course part of taking on the burden of Lex's legacy is that you get to have lame plots about crystals. But given that this one is the key to Jor-El I'm a little bit more invested than usual. ;) And hey, we got a definition of Jor-El at long last! 'Complex computer programming inside a Kryptonian crystal' = thanks, Clark!

The ick factor
Still finding Chloe obnoxious and Chimmy icky. It's such a sad relationship now! I was so not on board with them dredging up that old letter of Chloe's. That episode had so much emotional power for me when I first saw it--but it's old news here. For all Chloe's protestations to the contrary, I feel that she (and the writers) protest too much! They're still milking the Chlark card. However, I do like that Clark realised and stated once and for all that he was oblivious to her feelings. Yay.

In other news, I am deeply worried about her computer. I know her brain has superhuman powers now, but how did her browser get that fast?! o.O Clark, however, needs to learn to click a little faster. I should just be grateful he's tackling some computer stuff on his own I guess.

Oh, no, sorry, I do have to nitpick this one: Chloe, don't you still have a dad? Doh. That's going to be one awkward father-daughter convo. Not to mention the one where you tell your already justifiably insecure boyfriend that you want your first love to give you away.

Soulmates
I may not love the shippy Clois, but I am enjoying their day-to-day interactions at the Planet nonetheless--the little touches. I liked Clark being late for work but running home to feed Shelby (Shelby!), and wow, Lois must think he has a real bitch of a commute. Tiny things like Lois snatching the report back and handing Clark her coffee (he gets the coffee when it's half-empty and unimportant--hee!)

The new dynamic with jealous Lois may not be my cup of tea, but it didn't mean I lost Clois entirely. I found that it resulted in me being more in Clark's side of the relationship... I was really moved by him protecting Lois and it seems like he's really firming up that he has protective feelings towards her and at least some attraction--that I can buy! That has arisen organically on the show. I loved his realisation that he might not realise his soulmate was right in front of him--that was one good thing that came from digging out Chloe's letter (though it must have stung for the Chlark fans). Clark learning to think outside his (very small, defined) square where relationships are concerned is a good thing--proving Lois write in thinking some cherry was called for. ;)

The one thing I am super glad about is that Lois turned down his invitation to have her live on the farm. It would have been too much after this episode... and yet at the start of the ep when she first mentioned being bothered by Chloe and Jimmy my heart did leap at the idea of a Clois-housemates rematch. However, the final moment, with Lois's 'let's not tempt fate' line was perfectly played and much better for all concerned. *wipes brow of relief* It was both a cute and embarrassing move on Clark's part--kind of transparent that he was attracted to her and a very typically passive move from him. It would have played into his (current) idea of the perfect relationship: settled, non-sexual and domestic. But it would have been so wrong--especially given that he shared that house with Lana not so long ago. I am glad that Lois is not stepping into that space.

I'm nervous to see where the Clois goes now and kind of don't want it to move too fast for Lois's sake, but on the other hand am really 'in' Clark and want him to be happy. Have I just flipped pov character in my ship? We-ird!
 
 
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Diana: Clark Kentbutterfly on October 10th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, sorry, I do have to nitpick this one: Chloe, don't you still have a dad? Doh. That's going to be one awkward father-daughter convo. Not to mention the one where you tell your already justifiably insecure boyfriend that you want your first love to give you away.

Yes, I totally went there, too (I also went to the "Chloe, you are an independent woman and not property -- why should anyone 'give you away'?" place, but that's me).
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois duhbop_radar on October 10th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
Extra good point! Gah.
Mary: Clark K [ onlooker ]penumbra on October 11th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, I totally went there, too (I also went to the "Chloe, you are an independent woman and not property -- why should anyone 'give you away'?" place, but that's me).

I'm weirded out by the way it's framed as Clark, the "first love", 'giving her away'. On so many levels.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on October 11th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, who does that?! (Lovely icon!)
Marypenumbra on October 12th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I want to think of it as that TV thing where the "best friend" of one of the characters getting married steps in to take on some role which is traditionally reserved for family, or whatever, but that's not how it was framed -- and now it has all this creepy symbollism for me.

(Thank you! :D)
quiet dear I'm blooming within: SV: #1 Lex purple backgroundturnonmyheels on October 10th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
didn't they kill off Chloe's dad? Am I reading fanfic into canon now?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on October 10th, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Not that I can remember formally. But if someone wants to correct me...?
quiet dear I'm blooming withinturnonmyheels on October 11th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
i just checked chloe's wiki entry and it doesn't mention it. Maybe I thought he died in the blast Lex saved her from? Either way, he disappeared about that time
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on October 11th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
I always felt confident he didn't die because such a sad event would have been milked on the show... but perhaps I was wrong.
meretrixlaisserais on October 10th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
Also, I'm loving that Tess has as much sexual chemistry with women as Lex did with men. haha! yes. pretty much the only awesome part of the ep was Tess' (un)intentional lesbionic vibe. plus clark hammering it home with "up to now she's only attacked men. i wonder why she chose you?" thing. hahaha. it made me wonder if maybe the SV universe felt unbalanced without SOME kind of homoeroticism, and since we can't have the best kind, then nature abhors a vacuum. or something like that. *g* i seriously dig tess. and i kinda hope she kicks some more ass soon.

in addition to the lois portrayal issue, i'm having a thing with her face. it's so full of botox (and a nose job?) and so fuzzed out of focus that she kind of looks like a muppet. it's kind of hard to look at. poor girl can't emote. and she's one year younger than TW! it's totally not fair, just because she read so old on camera doesn't mean she had to go and get facetox to look close to clark's age, man. seriously.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois reporterbop_radar on October 10th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
clark hammering it home with "up to now she's only attacked men. i wonder why she chose you?" thing.
Hahahaha! Yeah, I was laughing so hard in that scene. In my mind Tess was thinking 'yuh, I read the file, and you didn't get it with *Lex* all those years so you sure as hell are not going to get it now'.

Wow, I hadn't noticed that about Erica's face--though I confess I did have a moment where I wondered about a nose job. *nods* If it's true then I feel really terrible that she had to do that for the show. She's always been blindingly beautiful to me despite people saying she reads 'old' on camera or her make-up was bad (and yeah, it was sometimes)... so I guess her beauty is overriding any issue for me. I haven't had any problems with her actual performance.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on October 10th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was thrilled about Erica getting to have her natural hair colour back.

Alas, I don't get to read Erica interviews for fear of spoilers but I am glad that's the case for her sake. And I agree that it is irksome all the rumours that fly around about her (and other actresses). Thank you for the correction.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois reporterbop_radar on October 10th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Actually, no, I apologise more than that. The crap that people talk about Erica has annoyed me too for a long time and I'm ashamed I bought into it at all, even tentatively, here.

My basic stance on this is: she has the right to be respected as an actress regardless of whether she had surgery/botox or any other form of cosmetic surgery. And I had no problem with her performance whatsoever this season (it's not her fault the writers give her some lines I don't like).

Having said that, I have feminist objections to those things and personally hope she doesn't have them--and yay her since that's the case.
svgurl: don't mess with cloissvgurl on October 10th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
I didn't care much for Maxima. I thought she was too pale but she did have a pretty eyes. And I felt sorry for her in that last scene.

However, I give her major props for getting Clark shirtless cuz that scene? Was HOT!

Clark rocked this episode, and that line delighted me (even though it meant banishment of Maxima! *sniff*). He's grown so much! I loved that he was able to fight against her here emotionally and intellectually, to stay strong in his convictions and his heroism, to stay true to his own journey and not get led astray. My, he has grown a long way from the impressionable young 14 year old we met 8 years ago!

I totally agree! Clark was fantastic, looking gorgeous and acting strong. I get a kick out of every scene they have with him researching on his own.

Tess is very interesting and I find it amusing that she has such great chemistry with the women!

I'm glad they had Chloe telling Clark she's over him and Clark saying he was oblivious. Like duskwillow said in her review, they gave Lois/Ollie ending last week, Chlark this week and now they just have to close Clana.

Oh, no, sorry, I do have to nitpick this one: Chloe, don't you still have a dad?

That was SO weird! I liked when Chloe said Clark was her BFF but she DOES have a dad! Where is poor Gabe anyway?

I'm enjoying Clois so far and Lois being in denial was amusing for me but I can understand your POV.

I liked Clark being late for work but running home to feed Shelby (Shelby!)

Yay Shelby! I love that dog. :D

It would've been weird if Lois and Clark lived together. Provided for some humor but in the long run, it's better they didn't. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on October 10th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
I love pale! ;) And her eyes were amAZing!

I get a kick out of every scene they have with him researching on his own.
Hee hee! Yeah, go solo Clark! :D

they gave Lois/Ollie ending last week, Chlark this week and now they just have to close Clana.
*nods* GOOD CALL!

Where is poor Gabe anyway?
I think the writers forgot him. :( I have this residual fondness for Gabe...
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on October 10th, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
It's Almerac, though your wordplay is pretty funny. (See hereor alternately read astolat's fabulous Moving On. Oh, and noting that wikipedia mentions she battles Brainiac in DC canon, I wonder if that means she'll be back?

I'm loving Tess/Mercy! I feel like she's really settled in now and I'm enjoying the actress's performance a lot. I'm far more comfortable than I was at first with her echoing Lex--and wow, she really does echo him very directly. She was totally Lexian in the opening scene with the scientist.

Also, I'm loving that Tess has as much sexual chemistry with women as Lex did with men. She rocked with Maxima! My favourite moment of hers was the tiny little 'huh'/'hmm' she made after Maxima said she'd expected there to be more Kryptonians on Earth. So Lexian! So adorable!


YES to all of this. (Even Clark noticed that Tess and Maxima had chemistry, in a roundabout way--he mentions to Tess that Maxima had only gone after men before her. Hee!)

In other news, I am deeply worried about her computer. I know her brain has superhuman powers now, but how did her browser get that fast?! o.O Clark, however, needs to learn to click a little faster. I should just be grateful he's tackling some computer stuff on his own I guess.

This made me LOL. I couldn't figure out why Clark was being SUPERSLOW with his computer, but I hadn't thought about Chloe's computer. Undoubtedly it as well is infected with brainiac.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on October 10th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
she battles Brainiac in DC canon, I wonder if that means she'll be back?
Oh YAY! WRITERS I AM BEGGING YOU! *new obsession*

(Even Clark noticed that Tess and Maxima had chemistry, in a roundabout way--he mentions to Tess that Maxima had only gone after men before her. Hee!
Hahaha, yeah I totally forgot to mention that in my review--great line/moment. I felt like Tess was staring at him thinking 'wow, Lex was right, you are kinda slow to catch on where the same-sex attraction is concerned'.

Undoubtedly it as well is infected with brainiac.
Undoubtedly!

I want Jor-El in a crystal to have a chat to Brainiac in a computer. They could bitch about this season and how tedious it is to be locked up by some chick who doesn't know the true awesomeness they have. Brainiac could propose a switch (because surely he'd rather infect Tess?!) and Jor-El could be all torn because he can't say yes (unleash evil?! no!) but if he was with Chloe he'd be closer to his son... (I amuse myself)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on October 11th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
thought the actress brought a surprising vulnerability to her and some nice layers
Definitely!

Because it's almost text at this point. Even Clark commented on it in a roundabout way.
I'd have mixed feelings on that because I feel the same way about Lex, but can't imagine them ever actually outing him officially... it would feel like a disturbing double standard if they did so with Tess.

t Chloe showed Clark the letter even as she was going on about how she's changed and moved on and Jimmy's her perfect love or whatever. It was just so passive-aggressive
It really was and I found it so horrible. I hate everything about that plot but just couldn't be bothered bitching about it.

Why is it so hard for them to write one line of dialog explaining where Gabe Sullivan is?
I knooooow! So lazy!
mystical van of doom: sv clarkvoldything on October 11th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Doesn't she know that 'no' just means 'try harder' with Clark?

I just wanted to say that I LOVED that sentence. Truest words were never spoken!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on October 11th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
:D I knew someone would 'get' that one. :D
Mary: Lois Lane [ wistful ]penumbra on October 11th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Not to mention the one where you tell your already justifiably insecure boyfriend that you want your first love to give you away.

Chloe still doesn't think Jimmy's insecurity about Clark is justified, though. She's the wounded party in his fits of paranoia, or something.

wow, Lois must think he has a real bitch of a commute.

Isn't it the same commute she has though? I mean, she's still living at the Talon.

I'm so confused.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Boppybop_radar on October 11th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
You are right on the commute. *headdesk* HA! Somehow I had moved the Talon in my head to Metropolis. ?!??!

Chloe still doesn't think Jimmy's insecurity about Clark is justified, though. She's the wounded party in his fits of paranoia, or something.
Arrgh. Yes, how horrible was her line about 'tbh, Jimmy, your jealousy is getting ANNOYING'. And then at the same time showing Clark the letter... Bitch is the only word I have for that.
Marypenumbra on October 12th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Somehow I had moved the Talon in my head to Metropolis. ?!??!

lol - I think the writers have too (and also at some point decided it's in Chloe's name).

There should be a book: "Geography of Smallville".
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on October 13th, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
Yeah, how many people have lived at the Talon now? And yes, how DID Chloe end up with it? I would love to see a fake contract for that appartment--with all the amendments they'd have had to make through the years... is it still part-owned by Lex? Does that mean Mercy owns it? Huahahaha...
daybreak777: wet clarkdaybreak777 on October 13th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Queen of Almanac? Almarak? Anorak, Almorack? I don't know WTF planet that is.
This made me giggle so hard. I think it was Almerack but who the heck knows. It's sci-fic. There may be many queens on the various planets scoping out Clark and waiting for his signal. Hee! And Boppy, there was lot of tongue kissing! Woo-hoo! (I shouldn't be so excited for this but as an 8:00pm show, Clark doesn't often get a lot of play. And damn, the man looks hot this season. Did he always look this way?)

Jimmy was sweet but I kinda liked this moment, hormone surge notwithstanding, where he sort of decided to kiss her. He's sweet but fallable like anyone else. Besides it was Maxima.

And I kind of hoped Lana would show up unexpectedly. *sniffle*
Aww, Boppy, don't make me hope. I was just happy he mentioned her name. He's such a sweet boy himself.

I know her brain has superhuman powers now, but how did her browser get that fast?!
Heehee! I have missed your snark, my dear. :-)

It would have played into his (current) idea of the perfect relationship: settled, non-sexual and domestic.
I totally agree. If he wants friends or a relationship, he need to take a stand and ask for it. Not Clark-like, but he's growing up, so who knows?

I'm glad you enjoyed Clark in the ep. I did too. I used to be so annoyed with his obliviousness, but now that he's getting a clue and the women are standing their ground, I really like him. And I liked the super-hot kissing. ;-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on October 13th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
There may be many queens on the various planets scoping out Clark and waiting for his signal.
Yeah, waiting for that booty call...

Boppy, there was lot of tongue kissing!
Hahaha, yes! There used to be more, more often... S7 felt very chaste.

the man looks hot this season. Did he always look this way?
Yes, and no. Many people have commented on his maturing looks this season and I do agree he's looking hotter than ever. But he was always hot, in different ways. Early on he had boyish angularity with amazing cheekbones, then there was his incredibly lean ripped phase, then he kind of pudged for a while (causing much fannish furore between those who liked a heavier Clark and those that griped about it) and then there's now. :D This is an icon of early Tom. :)

now that he's getting a clue and the women are standing their ground, I really like him. And I liked the super-hot kissing. ;-)
Hahaha, yeah, he DOES have a clue these days. Clark can be infinitely enjoyable so I'm glad you are finding your groove with him.