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15 May 2009 @ 08:46 pm
Smallville 8.20 Doomsday  
Well that was... boring. That has to be least favourite season finale ever. Here's a quick rundown of why:

All the (supposed) tension has been about whether Clark should kill Doomsday, but Clark had an entirely workable plan to send Davis/Doomsday to the Phantom Zone. Do his friends support him? No, they do not. Specifically ONE friend--Chloe--tells him there is something in Davis worth saving. Despite the fact that she knew that he had homicidal rages in his human form. Clark, being the nice lad that he is, listens to Chloe and decides that instead he should split Davis from Dooms, and send only Dooms to the Phantom Zone. OK.

Oliver jumps in and tells Clark that this is a terrible plan. His argument would have been more persuasive had he not been portrayed as a crazy blood-thirsty killer (who nevertheless gets all whimpery and regretful after the fact, let's remember!). They manage to capture Doomsday (HOW?!! 'Let me not bore you with the details...') then wait until he wakes up and gets growly before trying to kill him.

Conveniently, they've reminded Chloe of Clark's plan--the one she thought was terrible--and have . helpfully brought along the crystal. But since they are not Clark, and Doomsday is very dangerous, it all goes to hell. And they COULDN'T SEE THIS COMING!?

I seriously wanted Clark to punch all their lights out when he arrived and saw how they'd screwed up.

And Jimmy dying?! Jimmy DYING?! That was terrible, but not in the way it should have been. As the episode had established time travel on the cards, I really didn't think he'd actually died--i.e. I thought the changes to the timeline that will no doubt also result in Lois not being flung into the future would result in Jimmy living). So I yawned through his death scene and only got the 'oh! he's really DEAD!' moment when Chloe anviliciously passed his camera to his younger brother. And wow, do I NOT want that to be what I think it is: the 'real' Jimmy Olsen. Two Jimmys?! REALLY Smallville?!

I liked our Jimmy! At least when they weren't tying the Chloe-tombstone around his neck, or writing him as a drug addict... which, by the way, was the world's stupidest plot now that we know that he owned a really huge property during that supposedly 'broke' time. (WTF?!!) Jimmy became, on this show, All About Chloe. Even his death was All About Chloe!

Lois disappearing? Also All About Chloe. I'm sick to death of it being All About Chloe. Get back to me when you remember some other characters, Smallville.

I'm especially sick of it when they make it so hard to be sympathetic towards her. You brought this about, Chloe! YOU! You stopped Clark sending him to the Phantom Zone, you insisted on running off with him and lying to Clark. You constantly argue with Clark and lead him to doubt his own instincts, morality and VERY GOOD PLANS. And now I find out that you should have DIED--yes, I agree future!dudes. Chloe should die and Clark should live. Can we have that now? Please?! STAT!

*huffs*

On the list of things I couldn't care less about: Tess's newfound devotion to Kandor. Why does she care? This is what I don't get. A magical orb starts speaking to her and suddenly she's all 'oh, we must not let this civilisation die!' Really?! What do you actually know about them, Tess?

Also on that list: the watchtower. It's WHERE in Metropolis, exactly? Because there were no hills near Metropolis last time I looked. It's on top of a skyscraper?! I don't get it. I especially don't get how Jimmy could afford it. But it's a damn nice set. I get the feeling it's going to be Chloe's new space next year, but that is morbidly creepy (in a stalkery, presumptuous way, not a cool way), and I will keep remembering Jimmy's blood on the floor. Killed by Chloe's stupidity. Bleugh.

The list of things I enjoyed was very short:
- Clark (even though he was unjustly self-doubting)
- Lois
- Lois and Clark's phonecall (SO beautiful! They are playing her relationship with the Blur gorgeously)
- Clark's 'I am the Red Blue Blur' line (beautiful delivery, Tom!)
- Lois fighting Tess
- Tess's hair
- Lois's hair.

Ok, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel now.

I also really wish they'd stop showing us Lex getting blown up by Oliver's monkey bomb in the promo. I do not need to be reminded of a) Fake!Lex and b) that terrible plot line! Believe me, it is etched into my memory (in horror)!

ETA: Also, memo to Oliver: if you do not want people to know that you killed Lex, then do not reveal said information! Especially not to people who will really not like that you did that! Expecting said people to keep a confidence about you killing someone and acting all hurty when they don't do so, is really obnoxious.

Oh Smallville. You have reduced the list of characters I like to two. Bravo! *eyeroll*

All I can hope for is that they get this plot over and done with in one ep, in classic Smallville tradition, and then move on.

ETA: I miss Lana.
 
 
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Cris: Lois - gunduskwillow on May 15th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
I agree with every single word you said here.
I'm still seeing red.

I'm sick to death of it being All About Chloe. Get back to me when you remember some other characters, Smallville.

I'm especially sick of it when they make it so hard to be sympathetic towards her. You brought this about, Chloe! YOU! You stopped Clark sending him to the Phantom Zone, you insisted on running off with him and lying to Clark. You constantly argue with Clark and lead him to doubt his own instincts, morality and VERY GOOD PLANS. And now I find out that you should have DIED--yes, I agree future!dudes. Chloe should die and Clark should live. Can we have that now? Please?! STAT!

Word. Yes. This.

I demand Lois turns back time in S9 premier.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on May 15th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
It was so rage-enducing! I want the turn back in time SO BADLY. But I kind of want it to erase not just what happened in this episode but much of the season... specifically: Lex getting exploded.
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Carol: Clark Odyssey hurt facecarolandtom on May 15th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
Great review! You are so right!

Everything you say makes a lot of sense... but not for the SV show-runners. According to them, everything is Clark's fault. Do they even watch their own show?

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Diana: Clark Kentbutterfly on May 15th, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
His only mistake was listening to Chloe. Stupid showrunners. Stupid Chloe.

(he had not just one, but two workable plans, both foiled by his own side. Grr)
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Diana: Reporter -- Lois Lanebutterfly on May 15th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
I am so completely done with Chloe. Her stupid martyr complex got Jimmy killed.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on May 15th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Yup. I have no words. Oh wait, I do: it's easy to be a martyr when you're not the one who ends up dead. Screw you, Chloe.
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gildinwengildinwen on May 15th, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
The thing that gets me? Is that over that TWOP They're all bitching about how, Jimmy not being the real Jimmy is like the stupidest plot point ever, and yet, they want the same plot point to happen WRT Lois/Chloe so that Chloe can become the 'Real Lois' *rolls eyes*

I meant to comment on your 'Injustice' post but then LJ ate my comment, and well I had exams so, *handwaves*
But....I'm sick and tired of Clark being made to feel he isn't good enough, by the people who are suppposed to care about him and be his support. Chloe wouldn't know the meaning of the word 'supportive' if it bit her on her ass. And even if it does apparently it only applies to psychopathic alien serial killers she wants to have sex with because God knows this season she hasn't been a friend to Clark, or a good fiancee to Jimmy. And how the hell can they keep her as Watchtower? Is Clark the only one in the Justice League who has any morals whatsoever?

And Jimmy!!! I liked him too!!! And he's not even the real Jimmy?!?!?. This retcon came out of nowhere and they'd better fix this. And Ollie's attidude gets on my nerves. Last episode he had the freaking nerve, to critise Clark for not trying to kill Doomsday, even though we know he can't be killed, and then Charactries Clark's unwillingness to kill Lex as a weakness, and said that by killing Lex he was vlearing up Clark's mess. Mess? No matter what Lionel did to your parents Ollie, there was No Justification for killing a helpless and vulnerable Lex Ollie, none whatsoever. (Yes he had kryptonite bombs rigged to go off around Metropolis- that doesn't change the fact that Lex WAS vulnerable in that truck, and Ollie killed him without any hestitation)

I'm sick of Clark, being forced to abandon his very good plans, plans he has thought to he is prepared, because his friends don't have any faith in him. And it just break my heart that he seems to have lost his faith in humanity, because he was betrayed on all sides, by the same humans that he passionately defended to Brainiac, and Zod, and to J'ohn, and even to his cousin. And this is how they repay him. *is ready to kill someone*. And did you see his face when he realised Lois was gone? He was absolutely devastated. She was the one spark of light for him, and now she's gone.
*hugs Clark*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: BSG epic failbop_radar on May 15th, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
yet, they want the same plot point to happen WRT Lois/Chloe so that Chloe can become the 'Real Lois' *rolls eyes*
OF COURSE they are! Wow. Can't they see that that plot is bad no matter which character it is?!

this season she hasn't been a friend to Clark, or a good fiancee to Jimmy
Yeah... I get the feeling Chloe's idea of friendship is giving 'advice' and having the other person tell her how great she is and how they can't live without her. Which is the opposite of true supportiveness.

how the hell can they keep her as Watchtower? Is Clark the only one in the Justice League who has any morals whatsoever?
it is TERRIBLE what they've done to the Justice League this season... I can only hope that Lois will turn back time and black the whole of Season 8 out.

even though we know he can't be killed
Yeah, NO ONE remembered that!!

t just break my heart that he seems to have lost his faith in humanity, because he was betrayed on all sides
Yes, I think it's terrible that he's taken it that way. :( And I felt like his pain about Lois took such a backstage to Chloe's pain. And why?! I think Clark is closer to Lois as a friend and colleague than Chloe is right now!

I'm using my epic fail icon even though it's directed at the wrong show in this case.
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Elli: sv >> just save me dammit!elli on May 15th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
You know..when you start missing Lana somethign si very very wrong. I'm glad I stopped in time.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lollie yogabop_radar on May 15th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
Seriously! It was BAD. And Chloe is the new Lana. But worse.
Erintigergal05 on May 15th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
Your entire review:

WORD.

Except on the Lana part..I don't think I could stand one more episode with her..
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on May 15th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
Ok, ignore that bit if you like. ;)
Fleegull: Zipping Upfleegull on May 15th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing that the apartment was Oliver's old place (it's mos def the same set) and I figured that he sold it on th cheap to Jimmy. Still, the doesn't make the whole Jimmy as a broke drug addict any easier to buy because that space could have been rented or sold if he really needed the cash.

My real big quibble with the episode is that I felt nothing when it was over, I just wanted to watch Survivor.

It's high time to cut the Chloe cord, I maintain that the majority of her fans left the show when MR did (it seems the Chloe fanatics were also the Lex apologists) so cutting her now wouldn't affect viewership too much and it would give LOIS LANE SOME DAMN SCREENTIME!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois red umbrellabop_radar on May 15th, 2009 12:42 pm (UTC)
Oliver sold it on the cheap to Jimmy? o.O Yeah, ok... but it still doesn't make much sense, since why would he go asking Oliver for money after that? Ollie's first question would be: what about the rent on that wedding present you don't need any more?!

I felt nothing too. Except annoyance the more I actually thought about the episode.

Anything less than a retcon/turn-back-of-time that sees Chloe dead is going to be seriously disappointing to me. Erica's eps rate really well. They need to throw their limited cash behind her and ditch Chloe.
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daybreak777: wet clarkdaybreak777 on May 15th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Hee! I love your review! SV peeps are all ragey and for once I'm with them. Took them two seasons but they finally made me mad! And reading ragey reviews last night had me in stitches. ;-) I think someone said they wanted to put sporks in their eyes! That's totally an apt reading of this ep. :-)

And wow, do I NOT want that to be what I think it is: the 'real' Jimmy Olsen. Two Jimmys?! REALLY Smallville?!
Dude, I think, really. SV can obviously be really dumb sometimes.

What do you actually know about them, Tess?
Was it me or did it seem like she had forgotten last weeks orb visit? It must be me.

Killed by Chloe's stupidity.
The show writers' stupidity, remember. Somehow Chloe was responsible for losing three men in her life all in about 15 minutes. That can't be all the characters fault. That kind of stupidity runs deep.

Tess and Lois' hair was the bomb! I used to hate SV hair! They obviously hired someone new. This did make me very happy. :-)

Ok, I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel now.
Hey! This is The Pretty Show. It could have been a bad ep and have had bad hair. No need for that. :-)

ETA: I miss Lana.
Me too. But I fear what they would do her storyline if she was on. And what they might do to her hair, seriously. The bangs were really, really bad and you know I think Kristin is beautiful.

This show has made me so shallow! But it's not my fault!

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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on May 15th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
The rage is so cathartic! I love that so many people have lost it over this ep. I thought I might be alone...

Somehow Chloe was responsible for losing three men in her life all in about 15 minutes. That can't be all the characters fault. That kind of stupidity runs deep.
Yeah, good call... Chloe's in the writers' blindspot right now. She's their golden girl, she can do no wrong. And they are writing some terrible plots around that.

Tess and Lois' hair was the bomb!
Wasn't it?! Yup, whoever is doing their hair at the moment has got it going on... I've watched Smallville long enough to remember other periods of very good hair, as well as periods of bad ones.

Yeah, the bangs were bad... I didn't really enjoy Lana in Season 8. I think I was just having nostalgia for the days when Smallville was less (I can't believe I'm saying this, but it's true) completely batshit. I mean it always was QUITE batshit. But this and 'Requiem' hit new levels.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegoodchickadilly on May 15th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
THis - all of it (save the missing Lana - sorry, I don't) ... UGH.

I used to adore Chloe ... I HATE this Chloe. God.

Just ... wtf, Smallville? I wish I could rage about it and get it out of my system but ... the whole thing leaves me drained. :/
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya Raibop_radar on May 15th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
I felt drained after Requiem! I understand! Somehow I have a lot of energy after this one... but most of this season I just felt flat, and nothing.

Chloe was my favourite character in seasons 1 and 2. It's tragic that she turned into this.
fickletastictot: darcy - that's fucking annoyingfickletastictot on May 15th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
I still love Oliver. And Chloe. Well, their past selves anyway, of which they are now just shadows of. But yeah I'm with you, the badness of this finale made me want to cry. I have a feeling I'm going to be in a bad mood for the whole day.

*pounds fist into something hard*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Yes, I still love Oliver (past), and if I squint into the far distant past I can remember loving Chloe, and that just makes it worse that they've done this to them.
Valerie: CrapClarkjeannev on May 15th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Pretty much YES! to everything you wrote. Though if Lana was still around, I do feel very strongly that she would've been the object of Davis' obsession, and that would've been....just bad.

I just don't even know what to say about Chloe anymore. It amazes me that in a season where a lot of people really needed to be held responsible for their behavior, and really take a hard look at themselves, its ONLY Clark who seems to be doing so. And he WAS FINE! Ugh.

This episode was awful on so many levels.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Missing Al and Milesbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
It's true about Lana, but I find her more bearable to watch.

It amazes me that in a season where a lot of people really needed to be held responsible for their behavior, and really take a hard look at themselves, its ONLY Clark who seems to be doing so. And he WAS FINE! Ugh.
Ha! Yes. It's ironic to me because I feel like there have been some times in the past when Clark did need to take a hard look at himself. But this season? WAS NOT ONE OF THEM. And meanwhile everyone else is turning into dicks...
Call Me OneTrack: davis reason svcallmeonetrack on May 15th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
For me, every damn person on the show had their motivation/essential core changed on them this season. Some more obviously than others.

The only thing that truly interested me is the potential for Clark manning up and finding his backbone in S9. He needs to be a man now and make his decisions and stick with them.

Maybe Lois will change stuff wherever the hell she is. God knows it wouldn't be the most cractastic SV development ever. There's a long list for that. Is Erika signed on for s9 yet? Is she fulltime? I would think they'd want her there all the time since they're chugging along the Clark and Lois storyline now.
huzzlewhat: sv_lois lanehuzzlewhat on May 15th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Is Erika signed on for s9 yet? Is she fulltime?

She's signed on for 17 eps in S9 and a full 22 in S10 (if they get there).

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huzzlewhat: dc_superman_lonelyhuzzlewhat on May 15th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
I seriously wanted Clark to punch all their lights out when he arrived and saw how they'd screwed up.

I was actually surprised they were all still alive. I mean, this is Doomsday, and he just conveniently knocks them all unconscious and... leaves?

I liked our Jimmy!

I did, too. And I liked him best when he was playing off of Lois and Clark and filling the traditional role of Jimmy Olsen. That's mostly why he was so great in this episode; his early snarky scene with Lois, and his lovely scene with Clark, when he... almost... named him! Those were great, and they worked, and he was pure Jimmy Olsen, and now... he's not? I could have liked that development if they'd given us any way into it earlier in the season. If they'd shown a close up of the wedding announcement with the name that wasn't quite right, if he'd mentioned his little brother when he'd talked about his alcoholic father. But it's like introducing a new character to be the murderer on the last page of a murder mystery.

Lois and Clark's phonecall (SO beautiful! They are playing her relationship with the Blur gorgeously)

I had absolutely no complaints about the Lois/Clark/RBB aspect of this episode. None whatsoever.

And yes, Tess and Lois both had gorgeous hair. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois reporterbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
he just conveniently knocks them all unconscious and... leaves?
It was so BAD. Smallville can be clunky, sure, but it's not usually this ridiculous when it comes to it's villains. And, as you say, this was DOOMSDAY.

Those were great, and they worked, and he was pure Jimmy Olsen, and now... he's not?
I know, it's disorienting. I totally agree that it's like introducing a murderer on the final page. It also makes 'real' Jimmy bloody creepy if he takes on his brother's name, profession and attributes, since our Jimmy so perfectly embodied them.

The hair! Was so good!
Kate: Clark/Lois: besottedmskatej on May 15th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Ugh yes. What a waste of time and money. Lois's hair was also one of my highlights, as was her phone convo with Clark/RBB, as was Clark revealing who he really is to Jimmy. The rest can fuck right off.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois OTPbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Right! I feel like I have to slog through a lot of screentime to get to the bits of SV I actually like these days. ;)
goodvibegoodvibe on May 15th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Co-sign on just about everything you said. ::sighs:: This finale has left me in a very bad place with SV right now.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Missing Al and Milesbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Yuh. And apart from anything else, there wasn't really any suspense. I'm had more of a 'oh fuck off, Smallville!' reaction than a 'oh, wow, I can't wait to see how they get out of this one...' reaction.
cbrownjc: Clois2cbrownjc on May 15th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I never liked Lana that much but this episode proved one thing for me: I'd rather have her back and Chloe gone. Because Lana would never have pulled the shit Chloe pulled all season if this had been her plot. At all.

I am so done with Chloe Sullivan it's not even funny. I just wanted to smack her so hard in that final scene with Clark. Clark, who spent days looking for Lois, while Chloe's just all "Yeah, I saw someone putting up missing persons posters about her. Clark, I needed you, why didn't you come to me?"

Self-centered little . . . *grr* And she got away with everything she pulled this year. Everything. Even though things pretty much went to hell because of her dumbass. *sigh*

I was liking the episode for the most part up until the end of Act 3. Act 4 is where it all went to hell, and Act 5 was the decent into the ninth circle of it. That twist with Jimmy absolutely broke my brain it was so stupid.

There were only two things I liked in this episode. What appeared to be the meta commentary going on about Chloe (most notably from Rokk) and the Lois and Clark (and RBB) stuff. Clark turning his back on humanity after Lois either dies or seems to disappear completely has been done before in the comics. She's his primary link to humanity and if anything ever happens to her (especially if she dies, which is sometimes done in Elseworld stories) he will almost always give up being Superman. Sometimes he'll even leave Earth for good. And I actually predicted they would start focusing on this aspect of Clois next season (because I was getting vibes about it at the end of Stiletto) even before this episode aired, so it was nice to be right.

I just thought they'd do it in a different way. *shrug*

And Rokk said what needed to be said about Chloe. Her living has pretty much screwed up the lives of all the mythos characters: Jimmy dead (and now he's not!Jimmy), Lois missing in time, and Clark turning his back on humanity . . . something he can't do if he is ever truly to become Superman. Way to go Chloe. Way. To. Go. *eyeroll*

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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois kissbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
I would have found Lana far more bearable to watch.

Oh that missing poster comment had me screaming! She saw someone else put one up?! Why wasn't SHE putting one up?! Denial is a very lame characteristic. Lois was not in denial when she was in fits about Chloe's disappearance!

The Jimmy thing broke my brain in the same way the 'Oliver killed Lex' plot did.

What appeared to be the meta commentary going on about Chloe (most notably from Rokk)
I loved that!! But then the rest of the episode was devoted to her dumbass.

Clark turning his back on humanity after Lois either dies or seems to disappear completely has been done before in the comics.
True! I was so annoyed by the episode by then I couldn't really get 'into' Clark's emotional point of view there, but I like the implications of that action (even though I'm still screaming 'waah, this is all so unnecessary if only Chloe hadn't been a dick!').
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois red umbrellabop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Mmm, yes, I like Justin and I think both he and Cassidy always put in good performances. Sam Witwer did too. So I like the actors, but I feel sorry for them in the material they've been given.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois Crimsonbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
It broke my brain! Ugh. (Lovely icon!)
Jen: AngryClark by christina_katjlvsclrk on May 16th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
I feel so betrayed, which is foolish I know. But I was so happy at the start of this season with where things were going with the RBB. And sure I knew Doomsday was coming, but who could possibly have foreseen them going down this route. I hate not liking Chloe, but what else am I supposed to feel about a woman so deeply in denial. Especially since the show runners obviously think she was the heroine in this, as shown by Jimmy's speech to her. Epic fail!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: BSG epic failbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
I know! They force us into disliking characters who we previously liked. I have a lot of loyalty to female characters--generally I prefer them to male characters and I would like to like Chloe.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois runbop_radar on May 16th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm so upset with Sounders and Peterson! I thought more highly of them until they were left in charge. Their twists are terrible and I don't put anything past them after this episode and 'Requiem'. I kind of dread Season 9...!
DC: Smallville - Loisbananainpyjamas on May 16th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Oh Smallville. You have reduced the list of characters I like to two. Bravo!

Yeah, Lois and Clark were the only things I liked about this episode. And Jimmy, prior to their Chloising him. The rest was a big ball of WTF. This season really did turn into the season of character assassination. And knowing Smallville, that's saying something.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois no morningsbop_radar on May 17th, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
I still can't believe they Chlois-ed Jimmy. The character assassination (all season) is unbelievable. It's hard for me to look forward to Season 9, when it's like this.
killingmytime: fritaskillingmytime on May 17th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
LOL at your icon!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Missing Al and Milesbop_radar on May 17th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
Thanks! It's supacat's genius.
Beck: SV - Lois Fighterbeck_liz on May 17th, 2009 01:28 am (UTC)
Clark and Lois were the only people I liked in this episode. Well, and Rokk and Jimmy, for about 5 minutes each. Although with Jimmy, that's usually the way it goes: if he's away from Chloe, not angsting about her, not jonesing for some drugs, and fulfilling his usual role in the Superman mythos, then I like him. Otherwise, not so much. Anyway, I am very unhappy with how the writers have handled Oliver and Chloe this season. Oliver especially, because sadly I've sort of started expecting it with Chloe. But not Oliver. I'm still happy when he's in an episode, but just lately it's been solely for the eyecandy, which doesn't make me happy.

Poor Clark! He's done his best, had three really good plans, and no one to back him up. This, of course, is why Lois a) can't know he's the Red-Blue Blur, and b) had to disappear; she'd both back him up and kick his ass when necessary (not that he needed ass-kicking during this, of course; just generally speaking). And then kick the ass of everyone else for all their stupid plans. *sniff* Lois had better be back soon, is all I'm saying.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois searchingbop_radar on May 17th, 2009 09:06 am (UTC)
Oliver especially, because sadly I've sort of started expecting it with Chloe. But not Oliver. I'm still happy when he's in an episode, but just lately it's been solely for the eyecandy
I feel exactly the same way. :(( I wish I could like him unashamedly! Whereas, I am used to not liking Chloe.

I wish there had been more Lois ass-kicking.
Ms Cranky Pants of the Depresso Blogbofoddity on May 17th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
I don't think I can bring myself to watch this. I can't bear to see Chloe and Oliver and others push their own failures on Clark and then get snotty and morally smug when he can't fix other people's stupid mistakes. And then the loss of Lois and Jimmy, the only two people who have been true friends to Clark during this season, because it's much more important to let the fan favorites sit on the pedestal. No.

And I don't care what anybody else says, nothing with Lana ever got this bad.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on May 17th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
It is so painful. I highly recommend not watching it. Or only watching one scene--the one where Clark rings Lois as the Blur. The scene where Jimmy finds out Clark is Superman is also powerful, but spoiled by him getting killed shortly after.

ITA re. Lana: this shit is crazier shit.
svgurl: daily planetsvgurl on May 21st, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
This really as SV's worst season finale and your review was totally spot on.

Clark had a great plan and everyone screwed him over and look what happened. Jimmy and countless other people ended up dead. His so called friends are just as responsible for his loss of faith in his human side as Davis was. In fact, I think they're solely responsible for pushing him to the edge. Everything with Davis just sent him tumbling over.

And wow, do I NOT want that to be what I think it is: the 'real' Jimmy Olsen. Two Jimmys?! REALLY Smallville?!
It reeks of Chlois theory and I hate it, I really do. I was never Jimmy's biggest fan but I loved his relationship with Lois and Clark (when they let him have one) and his role as a sidekick/Clois pimp. They spend 3 years building him up and then they're all "JK! HE'S NOT THE REAL ONE, IT'S HIS BROTHER! LOLZ!" I wanted to smack someone. What a huge slap in the face to Aaron and his fans! Also, I don't buy the DC excuse. SV has changed enough things; you can't honestly tell me that Jimmy's age is such a huge controversy. IDK waht they say ... Jimmy Olsen died in the finale and his brother will never be MY Jimmy.

I'm sick to death of it being All About Chloe.
You and me both. It's disgusting and she was SO self centered. Her "martyr" act was painful to watch and I can't stand that she makes all these dumb decisions and everyone else pays the consequences. Her lack of caring about Lois was just unacceptable. I liked that Clark walked away from her. It's the very least of what she deserves.

I agree with your list of what you liked and I have to add the scene where Jimmy found out the truth. How cute was he?

As for Ollie, I'm really tired of hating him. It's exhausting. I love Ollie and what they're doing to him breaks my heart.

Edited at 2009-05-21 04:17 am (UTC)