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14 October 2006 @ 02:49 pm
Smallville 6.03 Wither  
I love my show! I love my show! I love my show! *flails*


This episode was majorly shippy. It had (I believe) something for everyone--but it certainly pandered to me. There was Lois/Oliver, Clex, Lexana, Chimmy and subtexty Oliver/Lex--even some good Martha/Lois scenes. I am one seriously EUPHORIC fangirl right now.

Chimmy
Chloe and Jimmy (sorry, James) are adorable. In a less packed episode they could have delivered the squee factor on their own. As it was, they got lost for me in the sheer porn of the other ships (textual or subtextual), so I thought I'd write about them first so they don't get too neglected!

I initially assumed that Chloe and Jimmy were on a date (and totally squeed!)--the panning shot with all the couples pashing was great. But I'm actually glad they took a less direct path with them hooking up as it was super-cute and really worked for them as a couple that the reporting drive brings them together. And HOORAY for a relationship that actually gives Chloe character subtelty. She was awesome with Jimmy ('are you putting the move on me?')--not needy or pining unrepitedly, but calm, composed, confident and to the point, without being brash or ridculously awkward. And she's also got strength in the relationship--she rescues him, not vice versa.

I also loved the fact that they went for it despite the 'take it slow' chat. I'm interested to in the way this goes against the Smallville trend--is the new network freeing them up? Regardless, I loved it. Because 'going slow' hasn't ever worked for anyone on this show! It certainly never worked for Chloe with Clark. And I always loved that she'd had a real fling with someone (Jimmy) and I think it's great that on reflection she's decided 'yup, that was great! I should just lap that up!'. It was refreshing to see her passionate with someone without being under the influence of anything too. YAY CHLOE! Embrace your sexuality!

On the Jimmy front I adored his reaction to her investigating: 'why would anyone want to wander around in the really dark woods?' (a great meta-y call on Chloe generally: to the outsider her obsession with things freaky is an odd choice because it seems potentially endangering). I've always liked it when the writers have used 'outside' characters (principally Lois until now) to comment on the Smallville universe, so I really enjoyed seeing Jimmy finding her behaviour unusual--it IS unusual, but we're so used to it. Likewise, it was refreshing (and amusing) to hear him sensibly suggest calling in the usual authority figures--Chloe barely even hears him, let alone listens; she is so caught up in her usual investigative MO.

Later, Chloe is shocked by Jimmy taking photos--we've come full circle since first season when Chloe was the outsider snappying away and possibly threatening the Kents' (and Smallville's) secrets. Now Chloe is a protector of those secrets. I'v decided that one of the reasons I like the Chloe/Jimmy relationship is that the two of them together means that we kind of have the old Chloe (warning people, notifying the press, getting rescued-hee!) as well as the new Chloe (protective loyal friend to Clark, tough in her own right).

I loved his 'my girl' call: SUPER CUUUUUUUUUUUTE! (and Clark butting in was so Supermanly!) Oh, and also his 'compelled by a girl and a photo'/'my hope, her respect' calls'. Let the cute continue! PLEASE!

Oh, and I wasn't sure initially how I felt about Chloe defibbing Jimmy. It seemed so ridiculously implausible. But then I decided I really liked it because of the 'she brought him back to life' aspect. Awww!

Lexana
The Benefit Ball felt so comic book--it was genius that it was fancy-dress as well. But Lex feels very very close to his future self now. Martha's call about Lex and Lana was very interesting: 'we all have our own ways of moving on, whether it's about growing up or just surviving.' I've got two possible reads on that. The first is that it is actually Clark who's growing up now, independent of the false idyll that his relationship with Lana provided. The other is that it's unclear at this stage whether Lana is 'growing up' or 'surviving'. What I found interesting about her chat with Chloe is that Lana was spot-on: she does need to trust herself, she does need to work on making better decisions, but that doesn't mean that Lex is trustworthy. Unfortunately I feel Chloe gave some pretty glib advice. They've drifted apart--she's not really aware of what Lana needs to hear. And she was also in the first flush of infatuation herself, so I found it convincingly characterised on Chloe's part. And I'm glad it played out that way because I want Lana to get together with Lex. I just don't believe it can end happily and so it was creepy to see Lana taking another step towards a false adulthood, a false 'freedom'. Lana fears that she will lose her identity--that's a legitimate fear.

The masquerade ball provided a great way of exploring character identities, and the significance of costume choice was indicated to us by Lex who says 'I thought you'd have fun becoming anyone you want to' to Lana. Here he is playing on the fact that he has always supported her growth--in the past he has facilitated her doing just that (paying for her to go to Paris and co-partnering with her at the Talon). Lana says she is not 'the next Lex girl'. That's both true (to the outside world) and not true (to the participants themselves). However, she positions herself as well as she possibly can within that relationship dynamic. As Cleopatra she is a ruler in her own right, an independent woman.

At the ball, I was listening to see in what way the song commented on the Lexana relationship. The line 'The darkness turns to light, it all ends tonight' clearly reflects the idea that they can escape their own darkness together, but there was in an interesting ambiguity in the song--it had contradictory lyrics such as 'I look at you with such disdain' as Lana entered. How deliberate this was, I don't know, but we do know that the writers have deliberately used songs to convey character or relationship mood in the past. I really enjoyed Lana's entrance in this context. It was bold and perfect. She entered independently, but matched Lex perfect: Antony and Cleopatra.

I loved the Lex backstory about the reporter at school and finding out how his mother died. But as moving (and no doubt genuine) as that story was, it was also perfect positioning by Lex to cast the press as the enemy who will 'tear us apart if we let them'. He's conditioning Lana to ignore the press, which she will need to for them to stay together, yet there may come a time when Lana needs to refer to independent investigation, so this manipulation could end badly. A sign that Lex is, in fact, deluding Lana quite consciously is that he says he's never asked any other women to move in with him--we know this is straight out untrue. And while I do think Lex puts Lana on a pedestal above everyone else and this comment was a true indication of that, I don't believe he's so self-deluded that he doesn't remember Helen or Victoria.

Lex and Lana are struggling against their natures to be with one another. Lex says he struggles 'with his darkness', defining it as something that pushes him away from intimacy. He destroys what he loves--that is his curse, but he still thinks he may be able to overcome that. Lana's struggle, on the other hand, is to believe, to trust.

The dialogue in the final scene between Lex and Lana was very interesting. Lex says he's not happy, but satisfied. Happiness, he says, is misleading--chemicals in overdrive. Very, very interesting. I wonder if he really believes this. I suspect he might, since the times he remembers as happy were his friendship with Clark, which crumbled and proved illusionary. Lex also jokes about his 'evil plan'. But does he really have one? Last season I would have said yes in a flash. Now, I think things are more complicated. I think he conflated Lana and Clark and somewhere in there felt true fear of losing Lana. I believe Lex now when he says he loves Lana, and I'm glad I believe him. But there's a double layer at work, because for all his protests, there IS a third figure in this relationship, and Clark casts a long shadow. The fire they make love in front of is a site of conflated desire.

Also: INSANELY HOT. Lana taking off Lex's armour works so well as a comment on their relationship. And then a cut away to Clark alone in the barn with the lyric 'have I told you I ache for you?' over the top. Just in case we, you know, FORGOT that this is all about Clark. *flails more*

Clexana
Clark is a shadow figure in Lex and Lana's relationship, and that's been made textual on the show, with Chloe saying 'and Lex didn't sign up for a threesome'. (Though actually he totally did! he totally knew what he was getting and that was part of the appeal for him.) Lex seems to put up a boundary to exclude Clark, both from the premises of the mansion and from their relationship. He asks Lana to stop conflating him and Clark ('you trusted Clark too much', 'I'm tired of paying for his mistakes'), but Clark himself is still conflating them as we learn in the greenhouse scene. 'The closer Lana gets to you, the closer she is to learning who you really are', Clark says. He's both projecting his own relationship with Lana on to Lex and telling the truth.

We got texutal proof, in this ep, that Clark does conflate Lex and Zod. 'If the horns fit', he says. I was overjoyed to hear Chloe finally suggest that Clark may be taking things too far in fingerpointing at Lex to this extent--hooray for convincing characterisation! Clark proved himself completely incapable of 'checking the personals at the door' as Chloe suggested. The scene in the greenhouse was brilliant (and what an awesome set they built for it!!)

'You always had an eye for beauty' says Lex, by way of introduction, and continued on in subtexty glory. The 'beauty that belies a dark nature' works so well on so many levels--as a comment on Gloria, on Lex or on Lana. Or even on Clark! Clark snarks about 'even your plants' having hidden agendas. He is sick of the subtext games from Lex and avoids engaging at that level anymore. He ignores Lex's question about survival of the fittest and instead recites the latest mysterious scenario: 'A strange vine...' This had me in stitches! Oh, Clark! Your denial is paper-thin. The connecting point, as always, is Lana. As soon as Lex drops her name, the pretence of being inpersonal drops away and Clark rails against Lex.

So Lex himself has now closed the door on Clark, telling him that the days of him dropping by unannounced are over. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out, since Clark, in returning to defeat Gloria, has already broken that ultimatum in the interests of chasing a mystery, as he did with Lana last episode.


Lois/Oliver
I love that Lois is getting a job at the Inquisitor! Once she decides on something, she's all go. Though, poor Martha! How's that going to play out? Meanwhile, I loved that Martha got pissy with Lois about Oliver Queen. One thing I like about Lois is that she always faces up to what she's done, and I'm glad that despite her maternal feelings, Martha isn't softening those blows for Lois.

Lois and Oliver are the best thing since sliced bread. I swear. They are my new OTP. I'm officially obsessed! Their first interaction was so classicly Lois: she reads everything completely wrong. But thankfully Oliver is up to the challenge; he is amused rather than insulted. This works so well because in their interaction I can see future echoes of Lois with Clark/Superman and Lois with Lex--both men will be charmed by the way she's not awed by them (in one guise, at least). I loved Lois telling Green Arrow to 'aim high' (HA!) and I loved how baffled Oliver was by the tip ('O....kay'). And Lois thought she was actually complimenting him! Hee!

And yoga porn! I GOT YOGA PORN!!! *flails* I love that Oliver's been set up as a very zen, composed character. His 'it's ok, she's expected' response when Lois burst in with the world's most hilarious fruit basket was brilliant. He is able to put her in her place without being aggressive. He's trumped Lex at his own game, already, I swear! I loved how prepared he was for her, with the costume in her size; he got her back so beautifully, since romance is the one thing that really makes Lois squirm.

From Lois's side, I loved that although she fell into Oliver's trap, there was an element of the unexpected--the fruitbasket was hilarious. And so Lois-y: terribly wrapped and kind of absurd on the surface, but deliciously great and wholesome underneath!

Oliver played it beautifully by making the ball be 'for' Martha--that was the one card that was going to get Lois there, since there's no way she was going to let herself be 'downsized' no matter how hot the guy was (seriously only Lois could knock that guy back--WOAH with the hot bare-chested, barefoot, eating-an-apple-with-a-knife action!! I love the show's return to getting it's male cast members topless!) And Justin's delivery is so brilliant ('you don't have a costume... hmm'). It has a 'rewind immediately!' quality that usually only Michael can pull off.

Favourite Lois/Oliver line: 'I have a good eye for sizing people up'. This was a great dig at Lois casting Oliver as the courier, but also seems completely true of Oliver, since he certainly knows exactly how to read Lois. In the arrow sequence, he can see everything perfectly, but she's blind to what's going on. He chooses to miss, because he knows that if he wants to be with Lois, he needs to win her in her own time in her own way. (But god, I wanted them to kiss SO MUCH!)

Maid Marion and Robin Hood were the perfect guises for Lois and Oliver at the ball. I laughed when I saw Lois's headware, but she did look gorgeous in the dress. And the Robin costume was perfect for Oliver, of course, who could indeed pull of the tights as well as Lois indicated. I loved the way the costume commented on Oliver himself--was Robin a 'goodie' or a 'baddie'? He was an outlaw, but he fought for a good cause.

I really like the power dynamic set up between Lois and Oliver because of the equality--she is on the same level as a superhero. Just as he says 'I enjoyed courting you against your will', she drops 'only because I let you'. And Oliver's riposte to Lois demanding a show of skill was genius. 'Which is actually where I was going with the kiss.' Kissing skill she might have expected from him, but the archery was completely unknown. Poor Lois! Blind to who she's really dating! HEEEEEE.

The arrow scene was pure joy, with the bottletop spinning on the arrow and the lyric 'this one's for you' over the top. I got the sense that despite all the game playing there was something real there on both Lois's part and Oliver's. For a moment, before Oliver shoots, Lois looks as if she's thinking 'wow maybe you really will do it' and she looks faintly regretful when he misses (though also triumphant--thank god for ED's acting skills), and when Lois first says 'if you hit it, I'm yours', Oliver's 'whoo!' seemed part real--because he could have had her. *squee*

Oliver/Lex subtext
Dear God, did they really give us the tutu line?! *disbelief* This show's subtext is OUT OF CONTROL. I loved the way the Lex/Oliver encounter really did show the old school dynamic at play--Lex playing the 'I've got embarrassing backstory on you' card, with Oliver playing the 'you had no friends' card. Mwrow! Talk about catty! It would be so easy for Oliver to be hated for being the arrogant bully who mistreated Lex at school. In an earlier season when Lex was further away from his future self, I think it would definitely have played that way. But they've also deliberately made Oliver sympathetic, so the dynamic between them is more subtle than that. YAY!

Clark
After the insane couple-iness of the ep, I found the ending shot of Clark alone in the barn deeply moving. He truly is a lone figure this season. Once again this ep, Clark points out three key losses: Lana, Jonathan and Jor-El (last ep he included Lex in that list). Martha says that 'all those things have shaped who you are now, and the person you will become'. That is true, and it's fascinating that loss creates/defines Superman in the Smallville universe. (This has, of course, been foreshadowed since first season.)

In this episode the door closes for Clark and Chloe. I thought TW played it well--his expression when Jimmy walked in conveyed both regret and happiness for Chloe, which I am pleased about. The regret I think has more to do with him having noone than with him not having Chloe.

I really liked that Clark was drawn to Gloria. It was convincing because he is so needy right now, feeling the absence of an intimate relationship. But there seemed to be something extra there--he responded to her alienness and to her isolation in a way that read as if he was subconsciously drawn to another alien. We've seen this in him in the past--drawn to the outsider (Lex, Alicia, some FOTW girls). But all these outsiders prove destructive--and Clark is fighting hard not to be destructive now.

Chloe tells Lana that you can't just sit on the edges watching all the happy people in relationships, eventually you have to dive in. I don't actually agree with that in life, but within the Smallville universe, that's what they set up--there's a strong drive to pair off. But Clark is excluded from that this season. He's alone in his barn... how can we solve that? Oh! Didn't Martha say Oliver had a smile that could light up a barn?! Hee! Jokes aside, I'm loving the exploration of Clark as solitary figure this season. So fascinating!

There's something special about Smallville this season--the writing's tighter, the characterisation is (so far, at least) emotionally consistent, they're still delivering the subtext. I LOOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE IT!

And I need me some Oliver icons NOW!
 
 
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Nora Norwich: Chloe squeenorwich36 on October 14th, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
OMG, it's like we share a BRAIN, or something!!! Well, on a lot of this, at least. Especially this: There's something special about Smallville this season--the writing's tighter, the characterisation is (so far, at least) emotionally consistent, they're still delivering the subtext. I LOOOOOOOVVVVVEEEE IT! Even though, as several people pointed out, there were a lot of clunky lines in the actual dialogue, I just feel like this season the character arcs are being so beautifully set up and built piece by piece, it's a joy to watch. And if anything, they're just taking all the character parallelism and mirroring they built up last season and making them more complex and interesting. I had a very good conversation with huzzlewhat about this in her comments on my review and in the comments of her own review.

Points we completely agree on, starting with the bottom of your essay and working up: I totally agree that Clark is drawn to Gloria because he senses her alienness and isolation. There's obvious chemistry, too, but one of his first comments to her is how she must get lonely out there by herself.

I also agree with the beauty that is Lois/Oliver, and I really loved their banter. I don't know that I agree that they are actually equal, though; in the comments to huzzlewhat's review I actually did a typology of the male/female relationships in the episode (oh, what a total geek I am) and I actually thought that compared to Chloe (and perhaps compared to Lana) she was the least empowered woman, vis-a-vis her man. Huzzlewhat draws an interesting parallel between Lex costuming Lana and Oliver costuming Lois, too.

I love your discussion of Clexana. I agree that Clark definitely is the ghost of that relationship, and one that is un-exorcisable. (Is there a better word for that?) You point out that the sex took place near Lex's fire of intimacy, but it also deliberately mirrors the first Clana sex scene.

I also liked your reading of the Lana/Chloe scene. I agree with you that Chloe gave Lana bad advice, partly because she was really talking to herself (just like, as huzzlewhat points out that Martha's advice to Clark is also a conversation with herself). What I loved about that scene, though, was Lana taking responsibility for her own issues, even as she lunges into another bad choice. I have an outline for a more coherent essay I want to write, based on my review and some stuff I've been thinking out since then, which looks at how each character takes on a new adult responsibility in this episode, and also has a flashforward to her/his iconic destiny. And I put Lana's comment about not figuring out she'd made a bad decision until she was already caught in it in her iconic destiny column (only partly tongue-in-cheek), because I'm sure that comment is foreshadowing.

I also enjoyed your comments on the song choices in the episode, because I got the same general mood you did from them, but I hadn't been paying attention to the choice of lyrics.

Oh, I really loved the episode. I had to rewatch it immediately last night, even though I was about to collapse with exhaustion, and I may have watched the Lexana bits a few more times before going to bed. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Buffy Willow friends hugbop_radar on October 14th, 2006 05:45 am (UTC)
here were a lot of clunky lines in the actual dialogue
Hee! That's just Smallville. COMPARATIVELY I don't think there were as many as usual, actually.

I just feel like this season the character arcs are being so beautifully set up and built piece by piece, it's a joy to watch.
Totally! BLISS

Huzzlewhat draws an interesting parallel between Lex costuming Lana and Oliver costuming Lois, too.
Yes, I saw that! I've responded, and I will have to go read the rest of your comments. I'm definitely intrigued, though I think we do disagree about Lois. Mind you, she's disempowered in that she doesn't have access to the 'truth'; in that regard, she's the way ALL the female characters used to be vis a vis Clark. But her ignorance of the truth also gives her power because she's unaffected by it. She doesn't romanticise him... yet... although I think she's starting to. I have more to say, but perhaps I should go read huzzlewhat's review first. ;-)

just like, as [info]huzzlewhat points out that Martha's advice to Clark is also a conversation with herself
*nods* So true! Both rang a little falsely until you realised that it wasn't really about the person they were talking to.

What I loved about that scene, though, was Lana taking responsibility for her own issues, even as she lunges into another bad choice.
Yeah, totally! I loved that. I loved it SO MUCH. *becomes incoherent with sheer joy again*

I had to rewatch it immediately last night, even though I was about to collapse with exhaustion, and I may have watched the Lexana bits a few more times before going to bed. :D
Hee! Me too. I mean I rewatched immediately. But I think I'll be replaying the Arrow scenes as WELL as the Lexana. ;-) Actually, supacat and I went out for breakfast after watching it and every so often our conversation would just trail off and one of us would say 'omg, the PORN!' and we'd start flailing all over again. ;-)

(no subject) - norwich36 on October 14th, 2006 05:48 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Keke: Smallville - Menage a troiskatefinn on October 14th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
You know. I have been waiting for your review all day long and boy, how worth that is?

I simply agree with everything you said, and I also find the meaning of Lexana sex scene very powerful. There they are, both naked, stripping down all their fears, working around to be together. And I find Lex letting Lana take off his armor absolutely intense. It makes it clear Lex is willing to let his guards down to be with her, and where will this take them question have me glued on my sit because I am looking forward to see how Lex will descent to the darkness having Lana by his side.

While I think it could work, having her around would give a twisted nuance to Lex (and to Lana) and I find it really compelling.

As for Clark, I feel bad for him, but the journey to be a superhero is lonely and he's got to learn from it. Is he mopey? Yes, but by his own doing and he's learning from it and this path he's taking has me also interested. All in all, I think this is going to be the best season of Smallville, altough I didn't like last week's episode (Sneeze didn't quite live up for Zod and Wither), but I'm quite confident the show will kick some arse this year.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on October 14th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Lex letting Lana take off his armor absolutely intense. It makes it clear Lex is willing to let his guards down to be with her, and where will this take them question have me glued on my sit because I am looking forward to see how Lex will descent to the darkness having Lana by his side.
*g* Yeah. It was so insanely hot that the first time I watched it I was thinking 'somehow this is interesting at a deeper level but right now all I can focus on is HAWWWWWWWWWT' And then I did rewatch and indeed it works so well. Your explanation goes even further than mine (I'm still half in the sheer shallow joy of it!); I love your observation about Lex being willing to let his guard down. Ugh! We've hardly ever (ever?) seen Lex so passive in the arms of a woman. His drive to dominate was abandonned. And that was both insanely hot and insanely subtextual about their relationship and the ways in which he's abandonning himself to it despite his 'armour' and his will to conquest.

Is he mopey? Yes, but by his own doing and he's learning from it and this path he's taking has me also interested.
*nods* Yes, I have confidence that this moping will be part of a longer learning curve and will go somewhere interesting. They are forging a stronger Clark.

I agree that Sneeze has been the weekest of the eps so far, but oh boy, this season is going to ROCK!!!! *twirls you*

And how perfect is your icon for this ep?! Hee!
(no subject) - katefinn on October 14th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - bop_radar on October 14th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
Melissa: Erica - sirenradioreverie on October 14th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
*misses you* Can we squee about Lollie together?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois joybop_radar on October 14th, 2006 09:02 am (UTC)
On my way... ;-)
supacatsupacat on October 14th, 2006 08:49 am (UTC)
But Clark is excluded from that this season. He's alone in his barn... how can we solve that? Oh! Didn't Martha say Oliver had a smile that could light up a barn?!

*dies* Dear god, what is THAT dynamic going to be like?!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clairebop_radar on October 14th, 2006 08:52 am (UTC)
Hee! I couldn't resist going there... :-p
Alison: covenant cockacampbell on October 14th, 2006 11:17 am (UTC)
Great analysis! I wondered whether Lex was deliberately fibbing about not having asked any other woman to move in with him, or if it was just sloppy writing. I'd prefer to think the former, but surely Lana would have run into Helen at the mansion at least once or twice when she was dropping off Talon receipts, or something. I almost wonder if Lex was testing how willing she was to trust him by seeing how she would respond to such a deliberate untruth.

I must admit I didn't notice that Lana looked straight at Lex during the pre-sex scene. I found it hard to maneuver around all that eye makeup!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex here with youbop_radar on October 14th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
You know, I wondered exactly the same thing about Lex for a moment as well. I paused the ep to think about it, actually. But he did ask Helen to move in, and he must have asked Victoria as well, right? She was living at the mansion.

I almost wonder if Lex was testing how willing she was to trust him by seeing how she would respond to such a deliberate untruth.
Yes, I think he was pushing, testing her boundaries a little--that was just tooo much of a stretch.

I found it hard to maneuver around all that eye makeup!
Hee. Yeah, there was rather a lot, though it was still pretty low-key by Egyptian standards.

Thanks for the comment!
Vicki: beautiful clarkmyownghost on October 14th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
i'm surprised by how strong a character they're making oliver queen. he's so handsome and charismatic. maybe i'm afraid he'll take too much focus off clark. but that's silly, isn't it?

this was such an ensemble piece, really, instead of being mostly about clark. maybe the balance of the show is changing.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on October 14th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's interesting that you felt that. I agree that this was an ensemble piece, but it's early days in the season. And for me, that last shot made the whole episode about Clark. That really said to me 'we're setting up all these different character threads, but don't forget who our main character is'. I loved how well it worked, because despite my infatuation with the new relationships/characters, the moment Clark appeared on screen again, my heart went out to him. And it's a great way of showing how alone he is right now--much better than building an ep around him moping (yawn-fest!).

Mind you, I can understand a little territorialism about Clark. Ollie is so glamorous! But it's all about Clark at the end of the day. It'll be ok! *has faith*
Naomi: Lexana adorable Covenant hugfrelling_tralk on October 14th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
But Lex feels very very close to his future self now.

Totally. I loved the Lex of Wither. This is the Lex I've been waiting to see.

I just burst into tears during the Lexana sex *is so uncool*

And loved Lex and Oliver's confrontation. We really are done with the Lex that Lionel was always complaining was too emotional. He handled it so smoothly :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kristinbop_radar on October 14th, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
Totally. I loved the Lex of Wither. This is the Lex I've been waiting to see.
Yes! Yes, yes, yes! I know some people are still having trouble dealing with his development, but I'm delighted. He makes me tense, it's true, but it's a good sort of tenseness, a good sort of uncertainty--an 'omg, what are you going to DO' kind of suspense. And you're right about being done with over-emo woobie Lex.

I just burst into tears during the Lexana sex *is so uncool*
Awwww, I think that's SO GREAT! *squees*
rumpuso on October 14th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
Your review is (as always) a welcome addition to watching any Smallville episode. I swear, you must wear special glasses during the viewings because you pick up things that I am oblivious to; and therefore you make it completely fun for me to go back and rewatch the episodes with a brand spankin new outlook on things. Thank you again for detailing each ship, each role, each plot. It has helped put things into perspective.

And if you haven't stopped in to my ranting thread in the last few hours, please do take a look. It has exploded! It seems everyone has something they need to either get off their chest, or clarify. I thought of you on many posts and your interpretation of this episode. Anyway, take a look if you want and if you have the time. You are always welcome in my journal! http://rumpuso.livejournal.com/17409.html
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dead Like Mebop_radar on October 15th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
*g* Thank you so much for your kind comment. I don't know about 'special glasses', but I guess I do watch Smallville in a certain way--looking for the symbolism and the allegory and the themes. It's like no other show I watch in terms of what there is to 'unpack' in every ep. And thank you doubly for being so welcoming in your journal despite our different feelings. I really appreciate it that you are so open-minded that despite your own strong views, you don't find mine so objectionable that you don't want me commenting there. I did go back and check out your thread, as you suggested, and I thought a lot of people had very interesting things to say. The Lexana does seem to be creating a divide in fandom. I know lots of people who are loving it, and also lots of people struggling with it/hating it. That saddens me, not because I think people should all agree with me--if it's not working for you, it's not working for you--but because I hate to see the show lose fans and the fandom divide so strongly. :-(
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Natasha: prettyprettytheclexfactor on October 14th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
I swear, between reading yours and norwich36's essays, I get even more squeeful for my show than before...and it makes the Lexana (with a side order of Clark) so much more bearable because it's practically no longer subtextual.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois joybop_radar on October 14th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Wheeeee! Yay. Yup, I think they've pushed the Clexana as far into the text as they can without there being an outcry from network execs/conservatives! ;-) Heee!
random_seriousrandom_serious on October 14th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
I have not seen the ep, so I'm just reacting to your remarks:

First off, I am glad that Chloe is begining to grow up, to find herself, to get in her groove. But I must say: This is Smallville, where embracing one's sexuality is a way to get punished. So I hope Chloe doesn't get a smackdown.

Lexana: I hate the idea, even if Lana is growing up. I dislike Lana strongly, and at this point I feel that what she has been is so strongly present that no amount of change will make the situation better. I find Lexana creepy, which might be interesting, if Lana was allowed to become creepy (or rather stay that way and was then exposed as such). But I feel that Lex's time on screen is wasted when paired up with someone: I would prefer action in the business world.
As for Lana, I find the idea of Lana surviving disgusting: Lana is yet again a thing and passive, and ... over-dramatic. Surviving from what? Being a princess? (I am sorry, I dislike her.) AS for growing up, why is it that to her growing is always latching onto a man of the highest status?

Clexana: I love the idea of a triangle, and Lana as a conduit. I would prefer a real Clark/ Lex interaction but that isn't possible now, they should have had a intense relaonship that includes actual interaction all these years.

Clark: I love your idea that Clark is painted as immature of sorts and... vindictive? I think Clalrk should bear some responsibility for Lex descend into darkness. And I would love to see a dark, dark competent Lex.

All and all, I enjoy your writing and analysis very much. So much. Now I just have to keep watching the show, and get my clammy hands on the eps.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois no morningsbop_radar on October 14th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
This is Smallville, where embracing one's sexuality is a way to get punished. So I hope Chloe doesn't get a smackdown.
I hear you! And I agree--but I don't get a vibe of a smackdown coming for her this time. Though I know that would be unprecedented in SV!!

I sympathise with your dislike of Lana even though I've found my happpy groove with her. But I do agree with you about Lex--I'd love to see action in the business world, though sadly I'm not sure the writers are up to it. And Lana is, most definitely, trapped in her old mindset still and not realising it--yes, she always views a new relationship as 'growth'. And while others have pointed out (validly, I believe) her strength in this current relationship, she's still not as strong as she would be if she just left the whole serial dating thing behind. But like it or hate it, that's not Lana!

I think we're getting much closer to a dark competent Lex. And yes, I do think Clark comes over as a bit vindictive in this ep--and he's definitely struggling to mature, struggling to grow without an intimate relationship. Unlike Lana, he really HAS stepped outside that framework, and it will be interesting to see where that leads him.

Hope you get the eppy soon! :-)
pep_singer: pic#53060658pep_singer on October 15th, 2006 03:20 am (UTC)
//Clark: I love your idea that Clark is painted as immature of sorts and... vindictive? I think Clalrk should bear some responsibility for Lex descend into darkness. And I would love to see a dark, dark competent Lex.//

I don't think Clark should bear any responsibility for Lex's descent into darkness. Lex is the one that makes that choice. You cannot put that blame on someone else when it's your decision. Now, should Clark bear some responsiblity wrt the *friendship*? Yes. But Lex also had a hand in that, too.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark identity crisisbop_radar on October 15th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if random_serious has seen your comment. I can't speak on behalf of her, but this is always an interesting argument. Ultimately I agree that the responsibility lies with Lex, but I also think that Clark hasn't always acquitted himself perfectly either. For me, the threads of cause and effect are so tangled that it does end up feeling more like 'destiny' than personal agency. It's also very interesting that the show pushes this idea at a time in history when the idea of 'destiny' is very unpopular, for a Western audience at least.
random_seriousrandom_serious on October 15th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Oh, me too, my computer just hates torrents, and I'm out of diskspace so... But soon.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois don't get me startedbop_radar on October 15th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
Got it! Torrents are a bitch.
amandajane: woobie - monkey toesamandajane5 on October 16th, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC)
I also loved the scene with Clark alone in the loft at the end. It's always so nice when they do a call-back to a scene from a previous episode, because it solidifies that these characters *do* have lives other than the 46 minutes we see every week, and that makes me happy. I also loved Clark's little spark with the alien girl, and I totally thought it was because she *was* alien! He didn't put on his "I'm scared of girls" face!

I'm right with you loving the Lois/Oliver. I didn't think much of Ollie in his last appearance, but he's gotten me convinced with this one.

The Chimmy is adorable and makes me happy.

And then there's the Lexana. I still think it's kind of gross. During that last scene, my internal monologue went something like this:
Oh no, another kissing scene.

Wait, what is she doing?!

*giggles madly as she wrestles off his armor*

Oh, poor Michael had to shave his chest and spend time in the gym.

HEE!!! MICHAEL IN A MINI-SKIRT!!

So, um, maybe it'll make more of a plotty impression after I've watched it again.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois no morningsbop_radar on October 16th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
Hee! Actually, your internal monologue (minus the 'oh no, another kissing scene' at the beginning) pretty much exactly echoed mine! ;-) It was worth it for Michael in a skirt alone!! And the visual symbolism nerd in me loved the whole 'taking off his armour' thing. I also had visions of MR arguing with the producers over the whole shirtless thing again--after all, they'd already stripped Ollie and we got a glimpse of Jimmy's chest as well--I can so see MR trying to argue that that was enough. Hee! Do it for the fans, Mikey!

The thing I love most about Lois/Oliver is the way it gives us a glimpse of how the Clois could play in some nebulous future.

I also loved Clark's little spark with the alien girl, and I totally thought it was because she *was* alien! He didn't put on his "I'm scared of girls" face!
Definitely! He got the little hopeful smile! Poor bubby! He's a homesick alien boy right now. ::huggles him::