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07 October 2006 @ 05:58 am
Smallville 6.02 Sneeze  
Guilt
Following on from the Martha/Clark scene in Zod, at the start of Sneeze Clark articulates his realisation of responsibility and guilt to Martha. 'If only I'd done what Jor-El said...' Martha tries to comfort him by telling him, as the Kents always have, that it is not his fault, but Clark shakes her off in a more adult way than ever before. Notably, for the first time his guilt doesn't manifest as internalised brooding/angst, but is transformed into action in rebuilding Metropolis. It's a far more active and productive way of facing his responsibility for what happened.

Boundaries
I thought the scene between Clark and Lana was amazing. Lana shows little or no surprise at Clark bursting in; instead she greets him frostily and then shows him the door. Clark, on the other hand, is startled by her presence, not fully realising the degree to which she has penetrated Lex's intimate circle. Unconsciously he's still behaving as if he's got more right to invade Lex's space than her. Lana also cuts through the pretense of Clark claiming to be genuinely interested in helping Lex. I'm really enjoying her self-possession this season.

To complete the shift, it is Lana, not Clark, who reaches Lex's side first, albeit by being kidnapped. She plays a partially heroic role in helping him escape and I loved seeing Lex and Lana work together to get themselves out of danger. Clark saves the day, but can't reveal himself. Lex and Lana have been paralleled in relation to Clark for so long--but they are finally literally in the same place regarding him, occupying the same physical space.

It was therefore important to have a scene showing the distance between them within the mansion. Lana uncovers a camera in her bedroom--Lex has penetrated her space, broken her privacy, and she draws a line. Lex also draws a line, telling Lana that the camera in her bedroom will go but no others--this is how he lives. This type of line-drawing indicates that there is still distance between them, whether or not they've had sex (do we know yet?). Did anyone else wonder if Lex had a camera in the bathroom as well? Coz if I were Lana, I'd be asking!

Sniffles
I found Clark with the sniffles terribly cute. Though if I were Chloe, I'd be pretty sick of him coming to my workplace to sneeze! And he has breath now. Cool! ;-)

I personally loved all the Clois scenes and the fact that the flying barn door was Lois's first foray into investigative journalism (so hopeless! so cute!) but I was also thinking 'oh gawd, the Lois-haters will have a fieldday with this', for indeed she is not yet very talented. Personally I loved the scene between her and Chloe. Chloe was terribly tactful, and I loved Lois's cheery self-confidence despite the brush-off from her cousin. I laughed with Chloe at the clueless execution, but I cheered on Lois in her commitment to finding a market for herself, no matter what. Coming late to journalism as she has, I found it lovely to see how unproblematic it was for her, in comparison to Chloe. And she takes a joy in the process of writing itself that Chloe has never articulated. What I really like about the message this gives is that you don't have to be perfect from the beginning--but you do need determination and self-belief. Lois has a LOT of learning to do, but I for one was really excited to see her start on her path.

It was also interesting to compare her and Chloe--Chloe's first article was a small affair but in the more respectable paper. Lois's hit the front page, but in the 'lesser' paper. However, both stories resulted from investigations of something bizarre that occurred to the writer: they share a curiosity about the world they encounter, and perhaps both lack a more objective/less personal approach to journalism (for now at least).

Slashorama
Some things change, others stay the same. Lex is still hiring incompetents it seems. But perhaps this is a more universal problem than we realised, since we learn that Oliver Queen also lacks control over his minions. Oliver is a dream come true for slash fans! Stunningly attractive and suave and INSTANT BACKSTORY between him and Lex in Excelsior. I had to pause and flail. Plus, you've got to love a boy with a bow-and-arrow! The final 'Borneo' sequence was awesome--classic comicbook joy, and beautifully constructed.

Also, I loooove his apartment! What a great set. And the Lionel-Oliver scene was delightful. That actor is a joy (I need to start remembering his name) and I confess I *lol*ed at the cut away to Chloe saying 'I never thought I'd say this but you don't look so hot...' because Tommy fan though I am, he was looking a little scruffy this ep in comparison to the blonde newcomer! Although that needs to be tested--they clearly need to be in a scene together. Oh! Guess what?! That' going to happen!!! *flails with joy*

It was very interesting to see Lex as lab rat, though I confess I was disappointed not to really see his recuperative powers tested to their limit, which is what I expected when he was first kidnapped. So is he just back to the level of resilience that he had pre-Zod? I'm a little confused. Despite that, it was interesting to have someone play Lex at his own game. Though of course Lex had tricks of his own.

If the show continues like this this season, I'll be very happy. It seems like they've got lots of fun possibilities to work with! What did others think?
 
 
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Diana: Trouble -- Chlois (by thefakeheadline)butterfly on October 7th, 2006 08:24 am (UTC)
The Clark/Lana scene was brilliant. I really hope they keep working that dynamic this year -- those two play off each other so much better when they aren't lovesick. And I liked Clark staying in the shadows when he saved the day.

Adored Oliver. He looks like he'll be a lot of fun.

Adored Lois, with her enthusism and knowledge that she's not great at this yet but loves it anyway and her determination not to let anyone rain on her parade.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois adorablebop_radar on October 7th, 2006 08:34 am (UTC)
those two play off each other so much better when they aren't lovesick
Yes, they really do.

Adored Lois, with her enthusism and knowledge that she's not great at this yet but loves it anyway and her determination not to let anyone rain on her parade.
Oh, I'm so very glad someone else felt like this. I think that that aspect of Lois's character is really admirable and wonderful, but I know it will irk a lot of fans.

I've been meaning to check out your journal... I should totally go do that!
Diana: Trouble -- Chlois (by thefakeheadline)butterfly on October 8th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so very glad someone else felt like this. I think that that aspect of Lois's character is really admirable and wonderful, but I know it will irk a lot of fans.

Women who refuse to stay where society wants them to be are often hated, I'm finding.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois and Marthabop_radar on October 8th, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
*nods* Sadly this appears to be so. It is rage-enducing. Although one thing I do really like is that SVLois attracts a lot of young teen girl fans. That makes me happy that she's the type of role model they want and can relate to. Though it also baffles me that many older female fans hate her. I'm always curious about such trends.
Diana: Trouble -- Chlois (by thefakeheadline)butterfly on October 12th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
*nods* Sadly this appears to be so. It is rage-enducing. Although one thing I do really like is that SVLois attracts a lot of young teen girl fans. That makes me happy that she's the type of role model they want and can relate to.

That is good. Lois should be the kind of gutsy women who inspires young girls.

Though it also baffles me that many older female fans hate her. I'm always curious about such trends.

It is kinda odd. I've tried to make sense of the complaints about Lois but... they're all surface complaints (Clark hates her! Except... not.) or things that have been disproven (That she has no interest in the truth or journalism, which has been shown to be untrue in several episodes, such as Facade, Exposed, most recently Sneeze) or other dealt with on the show (her being a 'slacker' is clearly only the case when she doesn't have a goal to strive for).

They don't hold water. Now, if someone just doesn't like abrasive, tough women, then they don't like that type of women. But that means that they don't like Lois. They can't just change her personality to suit themselves and claim that they're defending the 'real' her. Well, they certainly can. But they're wrong.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: SV mockerybop_radar on October 13th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
Well, they certainly can. But they're wrong.
*snigger* Yes. I couldn't agree more!
random_seriousrandom_serious on October 7th, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
I have only seen the season premiere, but to respond to your remarks, somewhat: I love the fact that Lois is finding her place, but I loathe SV's tendency to "punish" Chloe or make her "less". Here Chloe is, doing all the hard work (that has brought rewards, yes) but still be somehow trampled by Lana (romantic endeavors) Lois (writing, though depending on the POV) and so on.

Am I off mark?
Diana: Trouble -- Chlois (by thefakeheadline)butterfly on October 7th, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
But, job-wise, Chloe is already at the Daily Planet.

I get confused when success is treated as a zero-sum game (in some ways, romance can be, but not job-related success -- both Lois and Chloe can be good at reporting without it diminishing either). Why can't Chloe support Lois' try at journalism? The only way Lois succeeding at journalism hurts Chloe is if Chloe sets them up as rivals (since Lois has made it clear that she has no plans on that front).
random_seriousrandom_serious on October 7th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
I agree that job-related success is not a zero sum game, but in this case it kind of comes across as such as there is only one iconic repoter's job available.

What I, however, meant here by Chloe being punished was that I sort of find it peculiar that Chloe works hard at journalism and Lois just sort of stubles upon it, and they end up at the same place. All the while Chloe has been a work horse, and Lois just waltzes in. (Don't get me wrong I sort if dig SV Lois, and I cerainly dig post SV Lois, but I just find SV Chloe/ Lois stuff a bit weird.)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois Chloe comfort foodbop_radar on October 7th, 2006 11:38 pm (UTC)
All the while Chloe has been a work horse, and Lois just waltzes in. (Don't get me wrong I sort if dig SV Lois, and I cerainly dig post SV Lois, but I just find SV Chloe/ Lois stuff a bit weird.)
Yes, I can see what you're saying. But I come at it a little differently. To me, Chloe's very much the viewer's avatar--she's an ordinary, hard-working, good-hearted person who we can easily relate to. She struggles with love affairs, she works hard and is rewarded--a job at the Planet straight out of high school seems pretty damn good to me! But Lois is the one with real flair and destiny. In SV you can never ignore destiny--it's not always fair, but in Lois's case I think they've done a lot to show the nascent qualities that will make her 'deserve' her destiny. Lois does, in some ways, 'just waltz in', but the writers really showed in this episode that she was still a long way from her future canon writer self. Many aspiring journalists would view her article as 'embarrassing', and Chloe definitely comes out of this ep looking like the more professional of the two. So I didn't read it as Chloe being 'punished' at all. However, having said all that, I do understand why many people feel bad for Chloe--she tugs at our heartstrings because it is so easy to relate to her and see ourselves in her. I'll be interested to see what you think once you've seen the ep.
random_seriousrandom_serious on October 8th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
Speaking of seeing the ep, any place I could dowload it?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on October 8th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
I see you've got talitha78 friended. Ask to be on her episode filter. *g*
random_seriousrandom_serious on October 8th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
OK; thanks!
Kate: Kal flyingmskatej on October 7th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
I love Oliver too. He was the hottest thing in the episode I thought, which is a shocking thing for me to say I know, but seriously. YUMMY. Clark was adorable but definitely not looking his hottest (well spotted, Chloe!), and Lex... well I was initially disturbed about the camera in Lana's bedroom, but I think I believed him when he said that he doesn't watch them. And I found it a little odd when he gave up the information about Zod so quickly. Odd in a -you can't stand much torture can you Lex- type of way. That the bad guy didn't believe him for one second was awfully convenient, but it still doesn't take away from the fact that Lex caved. I didn't find it OOC or anything because he clearly believed the dude was going to kill him, but it certainly wasn't Lex at his sexiest. That might have worked better if the bad guy hadn't been a total idiot of course. *g*
Vicki: MR as jackmyownghost on October 7th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
oh, i thought lex told him in a kind of rage, knowing he wouldn't be believed, like "fuck you, this is the truth." maybe i read it wrong.
Echostir_of_echoes on October 8th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
That's how I saw it too. It came across, for me anyway as okay, you want the truth well here it is...

Kind of like, 'well what do you think of that'

Vicki: O Supermanmyownghost on October 8th, 2006 01:52 pm (UTC)
good, i'm glad my take on it wasn't off the beam! :)
Nora Norwich: Lex earnestnorwich36 on October 7th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
I agree with myownghost--I saw that as a classic Lexian "tell the truth in a way that it will never be believed" move.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex juicebop_radar on October 7th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
*seconds* That's completely how I read it, and I found it really amusing from that pov. It seemed particularly likely since he told the truth about Zod first (ploy 1), then still had a trick up his sleeve with the send-them-off-for-lethal-serum trick (ploy 2). He wouldn't have told the truth first if he still had a good ploy!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Tom's backbop_radar on October 7th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I agree with you re. Clark and Ollie. Clark was adorable (sniffles! vapouriser! tired!) but Oliver was absolutely smoking hot! Now I just want to see both boys at their hottest in the same scene. *fanning self in expectation*
Cris: Lois - Smallvilleduskwillow on October 7th, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)
Oh how much do I love reading your recaps. There is too much negativity in fandom, your recaps are welcomed breath of fresh air. &hearts

I loved the episode. It was funny, there were many new storylines (Lois gets into journalism, Ollie arrived), and some serious stuff (Lex kidnapped, Lexana moving in together and setting boundaries), *and* Clark got a new power. All that in 45 minutes. Well done Smallville, well done.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois joybop_radar on October 7th, 2006 11:42 pm (UTC)
There is too much negativity in fandom
I know! I don't get it. *clings*

Yup, I thought this was a very successfull episode. Sure, it was a return to 'formula' after the season premiere, but that's how SV works. And as you point out, this wasn't just a FOTW ep--we had new storylines, character and relationship development, AND a new power!
Becky: F*** Mecinderella81 on October 7th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
I totally loved the Chloe/Lois scenes ... totally made me laugh!!!

I wanna say that the guy who plays Oliver is Justin Hartley ... and wow, love a man with instant backstory and bow-and-arrows!

The whole episode was fantastic!!!!!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Tom's backbop_radar on October 7th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
wow, love a man with instant backstory and bow-and-arrows!
*lol* Exactly!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it too--it was wonderful comic book joy to me. I can't wait for more Ollie! (and I need icons!)
Keke: Smallville - Menage a troiskatefinn on October 7th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
You know, I can't say that enough. If 30% of Smallville fandom was as insightful as you are, it'd be a delight to watch the show and read their comments.

Per usual I agree with many things you said and although I thought this episode was a Zzzzzz fest, you always spin things around and make it look 10 times more enjoyable. =D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on October 7th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thank you so much for your comment. I'm glad the review improved your viewing experience somewhat! ;-)
Echostir_of_echoes on October 8th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
I think we both agree that Clark manifesting his guilt in a more postive way is a good thing :)

But I also enjoyed the Lois/Chloe scene and was happy to see that Lois was determined to not let others influence her regarding her story and that she displayed confidence in herself despite having her abilities doubted.

I've found that where Lois is concerned I like her in some episodes and find her annoying on others but I definitely liked her in this one and on the whole I think I've enjoyed more of her scenes than disliked so I'm looking forward to seeing her character evolve :)

Loved the Lana/Clark scene they definitely have more chemistry together when playing against each other and YES I would have definitely wondered if there were cameras in the bathroom :/

And Oliver, *sigh* definitely a welcome arrival.

I'm really looking forward to this season.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois Chloe comfort foodbop_radar on October 8th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that you say Lois sometimes annoys you but didn't do so here. At times I've been very frustrated by the way she's been used or misused on the show, but I do recognise that the writers have been under lots of restrictions regarding her. Hopefully now things are freer for them, we'll see a consistent plot for Lois. I'm glad you enjoyed her in this ep! I think if she was given real character development, not just the comedic role, she would be great. (But of course I'm fond of her regardless)

Oliver wheeeeeee!!! \o/