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30 September 2006 @ 03:31 pm
Smallville Episode 6.01 Zod  
Wheeeeeee!!!!!!


Wow! Well, SDK's already redeemed himself somewhat in my eyes on the 'Thirst' commentary (which I'm yet to write about), but this ep would have gone a long way towards redeeming him regardless. Undeniably fucking brilliant.

At the start of Season 5 TPTB said they'd give us 'everything you've wanted to see'. I didn't really get that in Season 5--but I reckon they came pretty damn close in 'Zod'. I couldn't be happier about this season premiere and the dynamics it seems to be setting up. It was so damn good it's really hard to know where to start, and from a meta perspective so much was textual in this episode that there is little to deconstruct. But here goes...

Clark's journey
I honestly never expected to see inside the Phantom Zone, but I loved that the writers took us there on the journey with Clark. And how brilliant is Jor-El?! He not only created the Phantom Zone, he also built in a safeguard in case his daft son a family member ever ended up there! I thought Tom's acting was brilliant throughout, as I got a true sense of his conflicted emotions in meeting Raya and hearing what she had to say about his father. I got a sense of unwillingness at first to accept her view of his father, but the final scene with Martha showed how far he came in his thinking during this ep. Season 5 built up, for me, a Clark who processes complex emotions independently and who draws his own conclusions--rather than just taking on board the conditioning of his adopted parents. When Martha voiced the old hatred of Jor-El and his 'games', for the first time Clark did not instantly agree. Over her shoulder we watch an older, more mature Clark who is less sure that things are as black and white as that. And when Martha says that 'every world needs its heroes', I got a strong sense that Clark was thinking 'perhaps that's true--Jor-El was his world's hero, maybe that's what I need to be for my world...'

One thing I was mildly uncomfortable with was Clark's willingness to let Raya die for him. I thought he could have at least fought to bring her with him out of the Zone a little more. I can understand his obsession to return home and save his world, but I felt that he deliberately kept his distance from Raya partly because her affection for his father was so uncomfortable for him. Regardless, it was interesting to see Clark make a decision to save the world rather than an individual in front of him. He will have to live with her self-sacrifice, and the fact that that self-sacrifice was largely motivated by her love for his father will, I hope, haunt and influence him.

Heroics
SO MUCH LOVE FOR ZOD!! He was steaming hot and spine-tinglingly chilling. I loved the way he reduced Lana to 'breeder' in his mind, and his indifference in the face of her 'escape' was delightful. The hand-spearing with enormous phallic object was almost too major to take--I had to pause for recovery there! ;-) And I absolutely completely loved and adored seeing him fly and holding Clark in that mid-sky embrace/body-lock was incredible. O.O Just when I thought it couldn't get any hotter, we got 'Kneel!' Wow. Seriously my favourite thing on Smallville ever! Of course, Clark kneeled. (Although again, I had to pause to gasp for breath!) I had a moment of bafflement when Clark took his hand and they appeared to be holding hands for just a leeetle too long--but then of course it was a fake out!

Squee factor aside, I thought Zod was an awesome enemy for Clark to face at this juncture. The fact that he had to feign capitulation in order to defeat him was brilliant on a number of levels. This episode showed many characters proving their determination, and Clark showed his by his willingness not to alpha it out with Zod, not to make the fight physical, but to sacrifice his own pride and get close enough to hurt Zod effectively.

Of course the other character who showed equivalent determination was Lana. I loved that she was willing to kill Zod even if it meant killing Lex. She proved her strength in ripping the bar out of her hand and in her courage to return and face Zod with the dagger. Lana was right that she could get closer to Zod than Martha, but she couldn't get as close to him as Clark. It was Clark who, as Jor-El's son, was Zod's real weakness. While Lana was sexually intimate with him, Zod never let his guard down for a moment (how great was the 'do not toy with things you do not understand' line?!). Whereas, Zod did let his guard down in the pleasure he took in seeing Clark capitulate to him. It couldn't have played out better.

I also loved Martha's heroics, though I'm very glad that it didn't come down to her facing killing Lex, as I feel that would have pushed things too far. The scene between her and Jor-El brought tears to my eyes, particularly in Jor-El's thank you to her. It seems as if Jor-El always respected (and loved?) Martha, but saw Johnathan as a more problematic influence over Clark--and I have to agree with him there. While the AI's emotionlessness can be difficult to deal with (he appears callous and inflexible), this episode also demonstrated a way in which it is a strength--he doesn't hold a grudge against Martha for the vitriol she spits at him in her fury (beautifully and passionately acted by Annette), and he narrates the tragedy of Clark's actions calmly. This gave them a tragic weight for me that would have been lessened by an emotional outburst from Jor-El. I particularly loved his calm explanation that 'my son chose instead to use the dagger on the Brain InterActive Construct.'

My Martha/Lois love was also well served in this episode--I can forgive Lois having nothing to do all ep in order to see Martha save her. *squishes my cuties* Plus, I adored Lois's 'I've died and gone to heaven' interpretation of the Fortress. What to Clark and the Kents is the coldest most hostile/alien place on Earth seemed to her like a warm and nurturing place. I love the irony and beauty in that. I also loved the way the dying Fortress was lit in red and black, rather than its usual steely blue. (Aside: the aesthetics of this ep once again showed what a strength this is of Smallville's--I loved the greyness of the Phantom Zone, and the way Clark's colours almost immediately became more muted there, as if he was fading into a wraith himself.)

Changed dynamics
The world that Clark returns to is one of permanently changed dynamics--and it's one in which he is more isolated than ever, pushing him forward into his future self. Some of these changes were developing last season, but it's only on Clark's return that they seem really irrevocable.

For starters, there's the uneasy and sexually tense alliance between Martha and Lionel. When Clark lifted up the fallen debris to rescue them, huddled together, I felt that a distance had been created between mother and son. Their mutual silence around the subject of Lionel is interesting--Martha is willing Clark to deal with it, and Clark is obviously uncomfortable but won't talk about it (yet, at least).

Clark himself lists the ways that 'everything's changing'. First he says that 'Dad's gone', then that 'I can't talk to Lex'. That this is still the second thing he thinks of is very telling. Though it's been a long time when he had any actually meaningful dialogue with Lex, there's still regret there, for Clark must remember the argument they had just before Zod took over Lex's body, far more bitter and adversarial on Lex's side than ever before. And once upon a time, Lex was his second most significant confidant after his family.

Clark's third observation is that he's lost Lana. He says 'I don't know where to go from here', a statement which resonates at several levels. While he's talking about life direction on one level, he's also talking about intimacy and companionship--the lack of someone with whom he can be truly himself. So it was unsurprising to see him approach Chloe about the possibility of intimacy with her. I am ever so glad, though, that Jimmy was positioned between them. I don't want to see Clark with Chloe if it's just as rebound, and honestly, I think it is. He's never loved her romantically for her own sake, and she deserves better than that. It's been a long long time coming, but I'm glad it was Chloe who shutdown the possibility of romance between them--an echo of the Season 2 premiere after Clark abandoned her at the formal. Clark has a bad habit of only becoming attracted to people once they show an attraction to him.

Besides, how cute was Jimmy?! 'Acutally, it's James!' (Whoever wrote that line deserves a medal--SDK?) Clark's expression when he called him CK was also priceless. And I thought the sparks between Jimmy and Chloe were brilliant--they already seem to have real chemistry. If this means that Chloe will have more to do this season than just be Clark's prop, then I am delighted--I think she and Jimmy would make an adorable couple!

It was also interesting (read: exciting for me!) to see Clark more affectionate with Lois. The hand-holding was very cute, as was Lois's weirded-out look. They're adorable! I'm glad that Clark just smiled when she withdrew her hand, rather than pouted. He's really grown up. But despite my desire for Clois-ness, I think this scene also demonstrates the degree to which Clark finds himself alone and desperate for that missing intimacy on his return. (Another reason why I would have been unhappy if he'd hooked up with Chloe--since he seems to be reaching out for anyone right now--even Lois!)

In contrast to Clark's lonely search, there was the Lex/Lana reunion post-Zod, which was marked by its absolute honesty. I loved that Lana said she would have killed Zod, and that Lex had no hesitation in admitting he would do the same. Lana was also honest about how emotionally challenging it was for her to see him now, though she knew he wasn't himself. She's faced this situation with Clark before now, so the contrast between Clark's old behaviour, and Lex's mature determination to face the future and do what he can now to make up for the past was great to watch. Lana's path is so so dark--she's a different person after all she's gone through in Seasons 4 and 5 (and in this episode!). And at the moment it seems as if Lex and Lana could lend each other real support, of the sort that Clark currently lacks.

Finally, I am left wondering what it means that the Fortress is 'dead'. Is Jor-El really gone? Lionel clearly remembers more than he's telling, and it seems that he may be returning to his evilly ways. Or not? And are we to assume that Zod too is dead for good? Ok, but surely the Fortress is needed for Clark in the future... *confused* Ah, Smallville, even when you rock, you still leave us with puzzles!
 
 
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Nora Norwichnorwich36 on September 30th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
And how brilliant is Jor-El?! He not only created the Phantom Zone, he also built in a safeguard in case his daft son a family member ever ended up there!

Hee! That made me giggle.

I agree with what you said about Martha and Clark's division over appreciating Jor-El (but to be honest, I can't ever imagine Martha appreciating Jor-El, because from her perspective he has constantly put her son in danger and might be responsible for Jonathan's death--and unlike Clark she has no positive experiences of him. Clark at least had those memories of Jor-El's visit to earth, and of course the encounter with Ryah.)

I also think this is deliberately setting up a sort of rift between Martha and Clark--she's going to be drawn more to Lionel, and Clark will be effectively alone, with all his emotional supports cut off, so he has to be independent.

I wondered whether Jor-El was permanently gone, too. My guess is not permanently, but maybe for this season?

More in chat!
Alicia: The Luthors - lexanagoodnightsong on September 30th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
Fantastic review!

"The hand-spearing with enormous phallic object was almost too major to take--I had to pause for recovery there!"

Ooooh! Talk about painful. But Kristin's performance in that scene, and in the entire episode really, just blew me away. I loved the determination we saw in her face right before we cut to the next scene. And I found it disturbingly hot how unattached Zod was, how casually he just took the poker and speared her hand. And how it was his way of keeping her there. Oh lawd.

"Of course the other character who showed equivalent determination was Lana. I loved that she was willing to kill Zod even if it meant killing Lex. She proved her strength in ripping the bar out of her hand and in her courage to return and face Zod with the dagger."

Yes! Lana showed so much strength and and sheer determination all throughout the episode. I seriously fell in completely love with Lana in this premiere. The moment when Lana is straddling Zod and they're making out, and we see Lana shedding tears, that was fantastic. Lana showed much strength in willing to kill Lex in order to save everybody. And I loved seeing how much it hurt her to have to do that. It took years for their relationship to build up to where it is now, and after going through so much, they are finally together. Lana is wanting find out what it is that they have together, and now she has to kill him. And the hospital scene was a short, but touching moment and my heart broke for Lex. I really hope that after this, their relationship only grows stronger, and perhaps we will see Lex leaning on Lana. He really needs her support after this.

And on a side note, I'm really hoping that this episode brings us a slow turnaround in the fandom. Just seeing the reaction towards Lana and Lexana really makes me smile and gives me hope that the hatred will die down.

"'I can't talk to Lex'. That this is still the second thing he thinks of is very telling."

I loved that. Up until that moment, it seemed as if it was only Lex who was truly mourning the loss of their friendship. I liked knowing that Clark still regrets not being able to talk to Lex anymore.

Oh, how I love my show. So, so much. So much love for Smallville right now. They truly delivered.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana iconbop_radar on September 30th, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)
Kristin's performance in that scene, and in the entire episode really, just blew me away.
Totally! I think she did brilliantly. I was cheering her on. The moment I loved was when she rocked up to Martha and Lionel in the barn and Martha took one look at her face and thought 'yeah, that girl will kill Zod', and I really really believed she would.

The Zodana was incredibly hot.

Lana showed much strength in willing to kill Lex in order to save everybody
Totally! It was Buffy-like strength of will. And she held her emotions in check really well. The tears flowed in the kissing, but her farewell to him was a silent and internal one for her alone. She had noone to turn to after it, and she didn't just collapse in his arms on his return either. She's an incredibly strong character. I love it!

Just seeing the reaction towards Lana and Lexana really makes me smile and gives me hope that the hatred will die down.
oh good! I've only read a couple of reviews so far, as I don't like to read anything before I post, but I'm glad there's a small creep towards okness.

I liked knowing that Clark still regrets not being able to talk to Lex anymore.
Yeah, I loved the 1, 2, 3, of those losses: his dad (who was there when he was a child), Lex (who was there when he was a high school kid) and Lana more recenty as his girlfriend. It shows that the loss of Lex still figures prominently among the losses in his life--which I really believe. I think Clark pushes down his emotions about Lex because they're so painful--but the strength of feeling shows in his violent reactions to him, and in the rare reflective moment like this. Oh, boys!!
Echo: Lex/Zodstir_of_echoes on September 30th, 2006 08:37 am (UTC)
I was nodding my head the whole time I was reading :)

And I also loved the scene between Martha and Jor-El and his words, loved them.

I was a little thrown by Clark's willingness to let Raya die for him too, but then I remembered Lionel's words from Vessel, the real test of a hero is knowing when the greater good will be served by an evil act. That's not to say I fully agree with that statement but I did wonder if Clark remembered his talk with Lionel, and Lionel telling him, to save the earth the cost of one life is the price that must be paid. And if he thought about his previous unwillingness to do that and its consequences.

And Zod, he totally blew me away throughout the entire episode. And I hope we haven't seen the last of Jor-El, I kinda like him :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Zodbop_radar on September 30th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
That's not to say I fully agree with that statement but I did wonder if Clark remembered his talk with Lionel, and Lionel telling him, to save the earth the cost of one life is the price that must be paid. And if he thought about his previous unwillingness to do that and its consequences.
That's a great observation! I really should have rewatched Vessel before watching this but ran out of time. Thanks for reminding me of that line. And I agree with you--I don't necessarily like the idea, but I can see how Clark may have been facing it. And maybe that's what he needs to do to become Superman. After all he'll make a lot of decisions like this. Of course, it's double fascinating because Clark has always been angry at Lex's 'the end justifies the means' arguments. ;-)

I hope we haven't seen the last of Jor-El, I kinda like him :)
Me too! I liked getting that glimpse of him as a hero through Raya's eyes--it contrasts so strongly with the spin story Fine gave him last season and balances the scales on Jor-El.
supacatsupacat on September 30th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
And how brilliant is Jor-El?! He not only created the Phantom Zone, he also built in a safeguard in case his daft son ever ended up there!

How brilliant is Jor-El = totally brilliant. He even has the forsight to plan for the fact that his son might be a doofus! *loves on Jor-El so hard*

since he seems to be reaching out for anyone right now--even Lois!

I thought this at first too, but the more I think about the scene with Lois, the more I think she 'accessed' him by liking his alienness (liking the Fortress). Or would he have reached out to take her hand regardless?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois and Marthabop_radar on September 30th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
He even has the forsight to plan for the fact that his son might be a doofus!
Right! He didn't, of course, factor in for his son being so much of a doofus that he doesn't even believe his own father when he says the world is going to end, but still a lot more foresight than most papas.

think she 'accessed' him by liking his alienness (liking the Fortress). Or would he have reached out to take her hand regardless?
That's really interesting--I'm totally going to have to rewatch that scene. I think i'd had brain overload by then and wasn't paying attention. Because someone else complained about the Lois characterisation being off in that scene--would she believe in heaven? And while I didn't feel it was off, I want to rewatch to see how it was played.
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mystical van of doom: clex s6voldything on September 30th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
When I said "EEEEEEEEE" in my post what I was actually trying to say was everything you wrote here *cracks up*

K, you're still the bestest at meta! *squees*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on September 30th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
*giggles*
Awwwww, you are the cutest!! *hugs you*
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Natasha: herohuntertheclexfactor on September 30th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
I L.O.V.E.D. your review and observations, but the thing that made me go "huh, never thought of it like that and now it's totally obvious" was this:

Lana was right that she could get closer to Zod than Martha, but she couldn't get as close to him as Clark. It was Clark who, as Jor-El's son, was Zod's real weakness. While Lana was sexually intimate with him, Zod never let his guard down for a moment (how great was the 'do not toy with things you do not understand' line?!). Whereas, Zod did let his guard down in the pleasure he took in seeing Clark capitulate to him. It couldn't have played out better.

You just made this episode even MORE enjoyable for me :D
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*grinz* Oh yay!! I thought that was one of the slashiest aspects of the episode really. Because they totally set it up to be that the most (sexually) intimate person with Zod would defeat him. O.O HEEEE!!!
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Becky: Ace Reportercinderella81 on September 30th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
I loved this episode! It is leaving so much open ... storylines abound right now, and if they hold to what they set up, it is going to be kick ass season!!!

I think the Fortress might be hiberntaing, and Jor-El is still very much there ... but that's just me.

I think Lionel does remember, and if the word 'POWER' is any indication, he may be going evil again.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on October 1st, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hope you are right about the Fortress--perhaps Jor-El is just in recharge mode. ;-)

And I suspect you're spot on about Lionel, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up.
Aeloraaelora on September 30th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Was this episode not the best ever??? I loved it so very much! I can't stop watching it. LOL They really delivered - actors, writers, FX, everything!

Totally agree with everything you said. Lana really came out of this ep gaining as a favorite on my list of characters. Seeing her so strong and determined and portrayed as such a survivor is just fabulous. It lets KK shine, as opposed to that coddled, pink princess of the past. I couldn't be happier with the direction they've taken her in.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex golden fieldbop_radar on October 1st, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
It was the best episode EVER!!!!

I couldn't be happier with the direction they've taken her in.
Me neither! This is a Lana I can really really get behind. I know I'll rewatch this episode partly for her. Because seeing her hero it out with Zod was fantastic. I am glad that she was no match for Zod though--but her willingness to do it, her courage... that's what I loved.
blowjobs for jesus: Lex evilkristiinthedark on September 30th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
Excellent meta, as usual, Boppy!

I'm amazed at how much I liked Lana in this episode. I didn't once grit my teeth when she was on screen, and that's saying something! Loved Zod. Loved Clark and Zod together. Loved, loved, loved Martha (and Martha/Lionel. Yum. I can't help it!) And I didn't *hate* Lois, although she is far from being on my like list, much less my love list.

It didn't occur to me that Clark wasn't as willing to help Raya as he should have been. I think she was very willing to die for him, it seemed that Clark wasn't thinking at all. I wonder if we'll see him feel guilt in upcoming episodes?

....nah. *g*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark identity crisisbop_radar on October 1st, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
I didn't once grit my teeth when she was on screen, and that's saying something!
Wow! Yeah, I'm seeing a few people saying that--and it's a real compliment. I was kind of on board with Lana already, but she really got her hero ep in Zod.

I wonder if we'll see him feel guilt in upcoming episodes?

....nah. *g*

Nah! Not based on past performance. Which, you know, I'm still a leetle unhappy about. I mean if I met someone who worshipped my father and leapt in front of a car to protect me without even really knowing me, I'd feel some guilt... *shrugs* It is not the way of Clark!
Erin: Tom..in a tub..from JAtigergal05 on October 1st, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
*Flail*
YAY! Another one of your reviews!
the final scene with Martha showed how far he came in his thinking during this ep.

I really have to agree with you on this one..in that one scene I realized (after all this time) "He is becoming Superman-finally!". His behavior and the way he talked with Martha really did show us a more mature Clark (who I don't think we have seen before!)and he is now able to understand his purpose, as his mother mentioned to him. She has always known that he was/is destined for greater things.

..not to make the fight physical, but to sacrifice his own pride and get close enough to hurt Zod effectively.

My thoughts, exactly. And that's what the lovely \S/ symbol is for..it's Zod's weakness..:-)

While Lana was sexually intimate with him, Zod never let his guard down for a moment (how great was the 'do not toy with things you do not understand' line?!). Whereas, Zod did let his guard down in the pleasure he took in seeing Clark capitulate to him.

That line was awesome..all there is to say about that :-). And I did notice that-not once when he was with her did he let his guard down. And you do have a good point with whereas he did let his guard down to Clark, and that was how he was able to in someway, defeat him.

The scene between her and Jor-El brought tears to my eyes, particularly in Jor-El's thank you to her. It seems as if Jor-El always respected (and loved?) Martha, but saw Johnathan as a more problematic influence over Clark--and I have to agree with him there.
So I wasn't the only one who got teary-eyed on that scene? Thank goodness ;-). Jor-El's 'thank you' was very sweet. Even though I am personally kind of biased because I have always thought of Jor-El to be a 'good guy'..not the bad one Clark has once figured him out to be. And in this episode I think Jor-El redeemed himself in Clark's eyes..when Raya told Clark that his father stayed back with his mother on Krypton to defend their home until the end. And of course, on the fact that Martha is cared for more by Jor-El I would have to concur with you.

What to Clark and the Kents is the coldest most hostile/alien place on Earth seemed to her(Lois) like a warm and nurturing place.
See, now I actually thought the opposite, at least with Clark's interpretation of the Fortress. I always figured it to be somewhat of a haven/ (heaven, maybe?) for him to freely be himself without being found out by others. But the way you interpreted it is making me look at it in another way.

I loved the greyness of the Phantom Zone, and the way Clark's colours almost immediately became more muted there, as if he was fading into a wraith himself.

I am with you-loved the coloring. I really have to give whoever is in charge of it major props because they definitely deserve it. Not just with the Phanton Zone, but other scenes as well. And yea- quite a bit of symbolism goes along with it.


Erintigergal05 on October 1st, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
And the rest of my comment..
Besides, how cute was Jimmy?! 'Acutally, it's James!' (Whoever wrote that line deserves a medal--SDK?) Clark's expression when he called him CK was also priceless. And I thought the sparks between Jimmy and Chloe were brilliant--they already seem to have real chemistry. If this means that Chloe will have more to do this season than just be Clark's prop, then I am delighted--I think she and Jimmy would make an adorable couple!

Jimmy is adorable. Right when I saw him at the Daily Planet and he said the line "Is this because I didn't call you back?", I immediatly fell in love with his character. And the awkwardness was right on target right when Jimmy (or James..hehe) showed up. The way they were all looking at one another was hilarious. I have to admit I was giggling the whole time.. But anyway, yea..Chloe definitely deserves to have a real relationship instead of 'maybe something filled with false hopes' like what might of had happened if she didn't nip the idea of her and Clark in the bud..which I am pretty glad she did do..in the end :-).

the contrast between Clark's old behaviour, and Lex's mature determination to face the future and do what he can now to make up for the past was great to watch. Lana's path is so so dark--she's a different person after all she's gone through in Seasons 4 and 5 (and in this episode!). And at the moment it seems as if Lex and Lana could lend each other real support, of the sort that Clark currently lacks.

I really did enjoy that scene with Lex and Lana near the end. It was a stark contrast to how Clark and Lana dealt with their issues compared to these too. And personally, it surprised me to see Lex so (honestly!) concerned with what he had done wrong, since in the late season 5 episodes he seemed callous in his behavior. But yes-it was a great part to watch..I do miss that old Lex who is actually concerned of the others around him. And with the change in Lana-definitely liking her character more. Personally, if I watch anything before season 3, it's kind of odd to see Lana dressed in the pink and being a bit odd about her feelings for Clark and insecure in her own right. If you take that Lana and compare it to today's..there are absolutely no similiarities..it's almost as if they are entirely two different people. And I would have to say..Kristin's character is the one that has developed the most besides (obviously) Clark.

I really hope the fortress isn't gone for good..Jor-El could come back..right? Maybe he is just recuperating? And I really do think something is up with Lionel..sneaky, indeed..and whatever he wrote said 'Power', so I don't know..
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rumpuso on October 1st, 2006 10:48 am (UTC)
Brilliant observations once again. Your reviews are a welcome return to the Smallville routine. I miss reading you, just as I miss watching new episodes. So first and foremost, welcome back to Smallville reviewing!

Of course your meta was once again spot on accurate. Something else I noticed however, that I wanted to share with you was an obvious parallel that the writers showed between Clark and Martha in Arrival and Zod. I think the writers mirrored Martha to Clark in the scene in the Fortress. In Arrival, Chloe was in the Fortress (clearly shouldn't have been) and Clark gave up his Fortress education to save not only a sickly Chloe but more importantly, the world. Same happened in Zod with Martha and Lois (who shouldn't have been there). Here Lois was pulled into the Fortress by Martha. She was sick and dying from injuries sustained in the plane crash. Martha was then faced with making a decision about taking a role in picking up Clark's destiny and saving planet Earth. I felt in that scene that her decision was swayed to a great degree by the condition of her friend, Lois. She needed to immediately get her to a hospital. Just as in Arrival, Clark first needed to tend to Chloe's health prior to saving the world. So, when faced with each circumstance, the writers have shown that the Kents have reacted in identical fashions. Heroic son, heroic mother. No wonder Jor el complimented Martha as he did.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois and Marthabop_radar on October 1st, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a brilliant observation and I can't believe I didn't pick up on it! Of course! *slaps head* That's a great parallel.

her decision was swayed to a great degree by the condition of her friend, Lois
Yes, I definitely agree. We see her glance at Lois before she says 'yes' to Jor-El. I adored Martha in this episode--it reminded me too of her determination to get her son back in Commencement, when he returns to Earth as Kal-El. She is the best hero mum ever!

*bounces* It's so great to be back and meta-ing post-eps! So happy to hear from you. :-)
Cris: SV - Allisonduskwillow on October 1st, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Once again - perfect meta!
I don't know where to start commenting.
I still can't get over how much I loved this episode. All the characters were at their best. And all the characters and ships had their moments.
Just - I have so much love for this show!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: SV multiship lovebop_radar on October 1st, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
EEEEeeee!!! *bounces* Yes, me too! You're so right--all the characters excelled, all the ships got their moment. It was a perfect perfect season opener that way!
Becky: [SV] Lex all cool-likesadface on October 2nd, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
OMG CLARK IS SUCH A HERO.

I was a little worried actually, just for a minute, that Lana was going to save the day, or well, anyone. But they did it perfectly, Jor-El weighed in, Martha, Lionel, Chloe, Lana but none of them could do it, hell Clark didn't even know about their attempted plan. It pleases me that he's doing stuff on his own and being the hero that we all know he will be.

p.s ILOVEZOD
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Zodbop_radar on October 2nd, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
He IS a hero, yes!! I'm also extremely glad it all played out the way it did. I would have been seriously irked if Lana had saved the day. I love that she was really tough and really determined and still ABSOLUTELY NO MATCH for Zod. It made me believe that a superhero was needed, and that superhero was Clark, and that's so perfect. Eeeee!!!
(is still excited--thank you, Becky!)