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18 October 2008 @ 06:37 pm
Smallville 8.05 Committed  
The lateness of this review is due to an unprecedented burst of enthusiasm for cleaning which I thought it best not to interrupt in case it never recurs.

I really don't care for the premise of this episode, but that did not stop me thoroughly enjoying it. The entire polygraph test plot is farcical--under those sort of stressed conditions the thing would be going off all over the place, not just when they lied. So, I am ignoring everything that anyone when hooked up to Mr I Am The Most Improbably Obtuse Villain of the Week ever's contraption. I guess I buy that Chloe loves Jimmy if the show tells me she does. Loving someone doesn't mean you can't also suck as a partner, and I still think she's doing some sucky things (no mutual confession when Jimmy told his own secret, for instance), but ah well.

I found the badly photoshopped couple photos, the gooey cake and the ridiculous romantic suite thingy kind of nauseating, but hey, that's me.

Was Lois a bitch? Yes, yes, she was. That speech was irredeemably dreadful. And yet, I found her drunkenness completely adorable. Sorry everyone! She was just so gorgeous in that dress, with Clark's big arms around her, lifting her down, and she giggled! *helpless* Also, Erica acts drunk really well (that phone message?! *rotfl*). I hate weddings, I find them confusing and painful in a social-embarrassment sense (for those getting married), and I would be seriously challenged if my best-friend/cousin was marrying someone I wasn't convinced she loved. So I had full sympathy for Lois's emotions about the scenario. But I cannot condone that speech. I was screaming at her to STFU. You keep that stuff to yourself.

Clark was wonderful--I thoroughly enjoyed him taking charge of the situation so beautifully. Especially when it transpired that he'd hauled Lois home and tucked her up on the sofa. What a sweetheart. And I loved the two of them working together. There was great banter in there, and while Lois's plan made NO sense (um, you act as bait and then get tied up and electrocuted too?) I enjoyed them posing (snarkily) as a couple too much to care about the implausibility. Plus, it set up one of my favourite scenes in the ep--Oliver walking in on them buying a ring together. Poor Ollie! He really has had a rough couple of reveals recently.

Oliver and Mercy = wow! I thought their relationship in the past was just to set up some tension--I didn't think it would be carried into the present story. But I am not complaining! I love them sparring, both verbally and with staffs. Mercy beat Ollie! That's GREAT! I'm loving her. And also I think she's good for Oliver. She calls him on his drinking, his irresponsibility, his womanising... I do find it a bit hilarious that she's obviously very hung up about him dumping her, but she fully owned him in this ep, so that's cool. It also brought out more of Mercy's character because we got to hear her true thoughts/feelings about Lex and Luthorcorp. I'm really believing how much they mean to her now, which is great.

Oliver's torso showed up for the ep too: woot!

Oliver amuses me so much--he spends so much time being a romantic and so much time being a hero, but--as Mercy points out--not much time being a business leader. And it's great that she's buying his assets out from under him. Mercy and Oliver seem like polar opposites as CEOs: Mercy micro-manages, Oliver floobs off and leaves it to his underlings (we must presume).

Lois being in love with Clark (which the show wants us to buy even I do not trust that polygraph!) is not my thing, but I've found my zen with it. In all other ways, I found Lois in character in this episode, and Erica's performance was wonderful. I did wince for Lois when she had to admit she loved Clark (I think I would actually KILL MYSELF if that happened to me) but Erica's performance was so great, and thankfully the writers reigned things back in a bit with the final lift scene (which I loved). Of course Clark is a bit interested now that he thinks Lois likes him. He's so easy that way! He was totally being his most charming in that final scene, and I'm delighted that Lois tripped him up. I think planting that seed will mean Clark can't help thinking about her now, and that will be lots of fun. (Also, how great that he was taking that lift for no other purpose than to flirt with Lois?)

Also, to everyone who said that Lois wouldn't mope around about loving Clark: you were right. I am gradually starting to trust the producers this season a bit more, and I think having made the decision to move the Clois along in this particular way, they're doing it well (even if it's not my personal pref). New writer this week, yes? There were some really odd lines, but I liked a lot of the Clois banter, so he gets a pass from me.

Finally, I am glad they had that follow-up scene between Chloe and Lois, and that Lois was appropriately appalled at seeing what she had done. I really liked Chloe's gracious response too. I'm glad that despite other radical moves with Chloe's character this season, they're keeping the cousin bond strong.
 
 
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svgurl: ollie sleepingsvgurl on October 18th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed this episode too! I was right there wincing with you when Lois made that speech. But drunk!Lois was freaking adorable. The drunk dialing and saying how cute Clark was ... priceless!

I loved Clark taking charge. To me, this is why Clois are meant to be. They balance one another out. They were so adorable, with their nicknames. :D

Plus, it set up one of my favourite scenes in the ep--Oliver walking in on them buying a ring together. Poor Ollie! He really has had a rough couple of reveals recently.

OMG! That scene will never not be funny. I was laughing so much. I did feel bad for Ollie though. He had some great expressions though.

The Chimmy was cute this episode but they've been so painful that I find it hard to love them again.

Mercy beat Ollie! That's GREAT

I didn't like the Ollie/Tess in this. Well, the fact that he had sex with her. I don't feel the chemistry there. However, I do give Tess points. Ollie cheated on her, which is not cool and she totally got her revenge. She's not to be messed with.

Ollie underestimated her and he really got a shock. :D

However, him in just boxers? I approve ... I approve a lot.

I was shocked they had Lois actually say "yes" but I loved the emotions on her face, the internal struggle she seemed to go through before saying it. Erica played it well.

I think that they managed to work that scene, like you said. I'm hoping for good things for Clois. :D

And yay for a Chlo-Lo scene!

they're keeping the cousin bond strong.

Yes, Chloe and Lois really make it believable. No matter how few scenes they have, when they get on screen together, you know they genuinely care. It's sweet and I wish we had more of it. :)

Great review as always!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on October 18th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
They balance one another out. They were so adorable, with their nicknames. :D
They do. They were.

He had some great expressions though.
Yeah, Justin is so good at that kind of comedy. *loves*

Mercy definitely got her own back in style.
daybreak777: loisdaybreak777 on October 18th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I don't know if I enjoyed this episode. I started my review and then didn't finish it. Something about it made me uncomfortable, I think they were forcing Lois to admit feelings for Clark and I simply don't know why. Even the tipsy toast made me uncomfortable. I see Lois as so confident and sure and tough. I guess I didn't get why she would be unhappy over Chloe's marriage, why it would matter to her at all. It's like they have to have one woman having some sort of unrequited-ness with Clark. If not Chloe, then Clark.

She was just so gorgeous in that dress, with Clark's big arms around her, lifting her down, and she giggled!
Dude, she was sporting some serious cleavage!

I was screaming at her to STFU. You keep that stuff to yourself.
Yeah, it was painful to hear. On the other hand, you make me realize something. Does Lois keep stuff to herself? One of her strengths is that she feels it, she says it. Straight from the hip that way. She only keeps back emotions she's only semi-aware of. I do like her honesty, but this was a bit TMI.

Oliver's torso showed up for the ep too: woot!
I think Ollie's torso should have a separate five-year contract. It should be in every ep, with or without Ollie, complete with its own credits. Lovely.

I did wince for Lois when she had to admit she loved Clark
Yeah, ouch! That was kinda awful. The worse for me isn't about what Clark thought. Just now Lois knows. I kinda liked her being a bit oblivious to her attraction to him. And Erica sold the hell out of that scene. When they fried Clark (oh noes, Clark!) she looked so pained and tortured, it really killed me for her. Actually, her reaction to that sold me more than her love admission. I worry for her a bit. Clark is in danger a lot, he's not easy on the women who love him.

The elevator scene was really nice and subtle. Both the writers, and the actors did a nice job. I particular liked this little look Clark had when he realized maybe he was wrong about her liking him. It was almost like he would enjoy that with no admission of his own. But then, maybe if he felt sure of her, he might admit something . . .

How I do run on! They were both very cute. I do not understand Chloe. I guess she believes she's in love with Jimmy. I do have to say every time she says it, I expect Jimmy to be killed in the next five seconds. But he's in the credits, so who the heck knows?
cbrownjccbrownjc on October 18th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was painful to hear. On the other hand, you make me realize something. Does Lois keep stuff to herself? One of her strengths is that she feels it, she says it. Straight from the hip that way. She only keeps back emotions she's only semi-aware of. I do like her honesty, but this was a bit TMI.

Lois hides emotions that would make her vulnerable to someone else IMO. One of the first things she told Clark about herself when they first met was that he dad raised her to be independent and self-sufficient. And in Rage she told Clark that she didn't need him looking after her because she looks after herself.

In fact, in this episode, she told Clark he didn't have to take care of her, that should have been fine on her own at the Talon.

So, for Lois it's not so much honesty as vulnerability she hides and keeps to herself.
daybreak777: loisdaybreak777 on October 18th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
So, for Lois it's not so much honesty as vulnerability she hides and keeps to herself.
Thanks for the Lois insight. She can be vulnerable, I like seeing a glimpse sometimes. But it does make me a bit sad for her. She doesn't seem happy with her life lately.

Heh, I talk about her like she's a friend of ours. I'm worried about her. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on October 18th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
I think they were forcing Lois to admit feelings for Clark and I simply don't know why.
They were doing that, I agree--but I'd reconciled myself to that last week, so I think this was just a case of the Smallville writers hitting you over the head with a sledgehammer of obviousness (something I am used to).

Even the tipsy toast made me uncomfortable.
The toast was paaaainful, but in character for Lois. You see the strength of Lois, I know that, but there is a very vulnerable side to her which you may not be so used to. Also a VERY socially awkward side--this was more so when she first came on the show and didn't know the characters well, but there is a grand tradition of her putting her foot in her mouth.

One of her strengths is that she feels it, she says it. Straight from the hip that way. She only keeps back emotions she's only semi-aware of.
Absolutely. You are right and sometimes it IS too much. I sympathise because I am like her in real life. And I wince because I know it's bad but at the same time...

When they fried Clark (oh noes, Clark!) she looked so pained and tortured, it really killed me for her. Actually, her reaction to that sold me more than her love admission.
Oh, yeah, I kind of had to forgive her/the writers there because I don't think ANYone could look at that beautiful suffering Clark and not do whatever it took to rescue him, you know? If anything was going to make Lois conscious of it, that was.

I do not understand Chloe. I guess she believes she's in love with Jimmy. I do have to say every time she says it, I expect Jimmy to be killed in the next five seconds.
She's more likely to be killed than he will be. He's a Supes canon character. But yeah she is baffling.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois kissbop_radar on October 18th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
You... cleaned? *takes Boppy's temp*
It is deeply weird. I vacuumed for hours.

In short, SV's Lois has always been so dominant over Clark that I'm not as uncomfortable with the ffwd and with having her admit (to herself) her feelings first. Besides, I'm adoring seeing Tom play the mental 'what ifs' and 'OMGs'.
Yeah, Tom/Clark is winning me over despite it not being my preferred path for them. Tom's performance is brilliant and I love the idea of Clark getting these little 'what if' flashes thrown at him.

So he's been enjoying the teasing and friend-flirting knowing there's that buffer of Lois' indifference (although the lady has always protested too much) to him in those terms.
I agree. Despite the heavy handedness of Lois admitting she loved him on a polygraph test, I did like the handling in this episode overall, because of the Clark aspect. I'm finding as long as I concentrate on him, it's fine.

"A lot". *squee* Lois impowers Clark to do stuff!
Hee hee! I love your squee about this!

I love that Lois sexualises him, brings him into the endorphin range. That's why the banter and sexual innuendoes are so important. Lois falling first gives Clark time to bone up (*heh*) on real, flesh and blood intercourse, not its pallid, Platonic alter ego.
Heee! I like your thinking. Lois definitely does have that effect on Clark and I do love it. You are right--maybe he does need that preparation time. ;)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois OTPbop_radar on October 20th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC)
SV has never been subtle, has it?
Really not. ;)

I find that I sympathise with him more than before.
Same. I think you are right--it feels like Clark can breathe now, and good call on the plotting taking the place of the dialogues.

Aww, cute line!
xgirl2222xgirl2222 on October 22nd, 2008 11:26 pm (UTC)
Sorry to go off topic but I just wanted to say how much I love your icon. I pretty much detest Ethan Hawke, and have never been overly fond of Julie Delpy (The unholy trinity of "Red," "White," and "Blue" killed any hope of that). Yet whenever I watch "Before Sunrise," and "After Sunrise" I completely forget that fact. Instead I'm pulled into the lives of Jesse, and Celine. Convinced of the utter certainty that these two people belong together, if only life would stop getting in the way. It's not like there's really a fandom for Linklater's masterpiece so it's nice to see a fellow fan:)

We now return to our regular schedule programing. Sorry again Bop!
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xgirl2222: Bearded Galexgirl2222 on October 24th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links *waves back* We do seem to have similar tastes. Friends you back!
cbrownjc: Cloiscbrownjc on October 18th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
Also, to everyone who said that Lois wouldn't mope around about loving Clark: you were right. I am gradually starting to trust the producers this season a bit more, and I think having made the decision to move the Clois along in this particular way, they're doing it well (even if it's not my personal pref).

See? :D She's Lois Lane. She avoids, denies and lies (even to herself) about her deepest personal feelings. Things that make her vulnerable, which she hates being. Sure, she'll be honest about how she feels about things like this if she's angry, drunk or someone might die. But she does NOT mope. ;)

He was totally being his most charming in that final scene, and I'm delighted that Lois tripped him up. I think planting that seed will mean Clark can't help thinking about her now, and that will be lots of fun.

Exactly right, the seed was planted in this episode for Clark to start coming face to face with his own (burred deep) feelings for Lois. I think because of the way SV has redone stuff, the only way for Clark to start opening his eyes to fully see Lois as an option romantically was for him to know he actually had a chance. I really think Clark never though he had a chance with Lois because of the way they interacted for the past four years. I'll never forget in Spirit when Dawn possessed Martha suggested Clark was taking Lois to the prom. Clark laughed at the idea, but when Lois declared it absolutely impossible, he immediately stopped laughing and his face totally dropped. He was not happy about that decleration.

So between things like that, and what he's been through with Lana for seven years, I don't know if he ever would have concisely looked at Lois as a viable option, no matter how much - as Maxima said last week - he finds her attractive.

So Clark, at some point, is going to realize that Lois is who he wants. But Lois is never going to chase him because of her own issues about being left behind and "having everything she wanted and watching it slip away" as she told Chloe in this episode. If she really wanted to go there with Clark, she obviously would have admitted she was telling the truth in the elevator.

Clark, as I said last week, is going to have to drag her kicking and screaming into a relationship with him. It's a slight rewrite of the chase, but Clark is still going to have to be the one to do it, and it works for SV IMO.

Edited at 2008-10-18 04:33 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois mix tapebop_radar on October 18th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
the only way for Clark to start opening his eyes to fully see Lois as an option romantically was for him to know he actually had a chance.
I can see that argument, definitely! I'm a lot calmer about this path this week.

when Lois declared it absolutely impossible, he immediately stopped laughing and his face totally dropped. He was not happy about that decleration.
Hee hee, yeah! I like that this works as a 'hook' for Clark. He's not used to women declaring themselves completely out of bounds to him--especially once his interest in them has been piqued.

Yay for Clark doing the chasing!
goodvibe: clark/loisgoodvibe on October 18th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the ep. :-) It really worked, for me. And I think both TW and ED hit it out of the park with their performances. It can be difficult finding the balance between the comedic and dramatic elements - all in one ep, but these two handled them very well.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on October 18th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
They do! They are such a great 'team'. :) The performances make everything enjoyable.
Nora Norwich: Bend over boyfriendnorwich36 on October 18th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
That speech was irredeemably dreadful. And yet, I found her drunkenness completely adorable. Sorry everyone! She was just so gorgeous in that dress, with Clark's big arms around her, lifting her down, and she giggled! *helpless* Also, Erica acts drunk really well (that phone message?! *rotfl*

Oh, from what I've seen, most people thought drunk!Lois was adorable, and while her speech was completely lacking in tact, I think a lot of us agreed with it. And the later conversation with Chloe completely made up for it, in my opinion. In fact, I totally loved the Chloe-Lois scene; it's probably my favorite cousin-bonding scene of the series.

Oliver and Mercy = wow! I thought their relationship in the past was just to set up some tension--I didn't think it would be carried into the present story. But I am not complaining! I love them sparring, both verbally and with staffs. Mercy beat Ollie! That's GREAT! I'm loving her. And also I think she's good for Oliver. She calls him on his drinking, his irresponsibility, his womanising... I do find it a bit hilarious that she's obviously very hung up about him dumping her, but she fully owned him in this ep, so that's cool. It also brought out more of Mercy's character because we got to hear her true thoughts/feelings about Lex and Luthorcorp. I'm really believing how much they mean to her now, which is great.

Oliver's torso showed up for the ep too: woot!


Supacat's icon about Smallville "starring Justin Hartley's chest" has never been more appropriate. But seriously, the Tess/Oliver stuff rocks. I wouldn't have thought I would get on board that train, considering how much I love the Lollie, but it really worked for me in this episode. It's really fun to watch them sparring, verbally or otherwise, and damn, I love Tess more every week.

I did wince for Lois when she had to admit she loved Clark (I think I would actually KILL MYSELF if that happened to me) but Erica's performance was so great, and thankfully the writers reigned things back in a bit with the final lift scene (which I loved). Oh, God, yes, that scene was agonizing to watch, but I agree that they made up for it in the elevator scene. As long as Lois isn't moping, I can deal with her falling for Clark first. Especially when she covers so well.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on October 18th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, from what I've seen, most people thought drunk!Lois was adorable, and while her speech was completely lacking in tact, I think a lot of us agreed with it.
They did?! Goodness! What happened to the slam-Lois-for-every-tactless-thing-she-does tradition? ;) I agree the later conversation made up for it well. That was a case of the writers balancing things very well and I'm pleased to see it.

Smallville "starring Justin Hartley's chest" has never been more appropriate.
Hahaha, seriously! It's like the writers know they have to throw it in there to keep their audience happy.

But seriously, the Tess/Oliver stuff rocks. I wouldn't have thought I would get on board that train, considering how much I love the Lollie, but it really worked for me in this episode.
Same. It's a really different dynamic to the Lollie and I feel it doesn't take away from me shipping them. It's kind of like Oliver's Clex in comparison to his Clana or Clois ship. I am totally happy multishipping him.

Lois does cover SO well. *proud*
brokenmnemonic: Clois - Fate!brokenmnemonic on October 18th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
I'm entirely sanguine about spoilers for SV, and I love reading you squeeing about things - so I had to read through this episode review :)

Given that I've not started watching this season of SV, I've been using your reviews a little like a barometer - is this something I should burn to DVD and watch sooner rather than later, basically. Given that I have never been able to take Smallville seriously, I think I'm going to enjoy this episode - and if you, passionate fan of character continuity that you are, can find Clois things to enjoy, I think this just got bumped up to burn and watch sooner...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on October 18th, 2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, do not take it seriously at all! That is the key. And now that I've accepted that the writers felt it necessary to give the Clois a shove along by having Lois work out she has feelings for Clark, I am really enjoying the handling. It's clear that Clark will still have to do all the chasing because Lois is in lock-down about it, but they are EVER so charming, and Tom and Erica are both putting in amazing performances every ep.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on October 20th, 2008 07:40 am (UTC)
HEEE! Icon already! That's cool. :) I'm glad you liked it so much.