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18 November 2006 @ 11:36 am
Smallville 6.08 Static  
This episode was probably the low-point of the season so far for me. Structurally it had two competing plot threads--Clark's pursuit of the Zoners and the revelations within Lex and Lana's relationship--and it felt like both were rushed and compressed into an episode that had very little thematic unity. I don't think either plot was given the treatment it deserved. On top of that, the FoTW was more than usually implausible. Smallville should keep away from science. I can suspend disbelief with Kryptonite (or alien technology), since it comes from outside our known world, I find it very hard to believe that Jimmy's Dad's radio, if correctly tuned, could bring back Lex from ... 'another frequency'. WTF Smallville? Please, please stick to Kryptonite, I am begging you!

Revelations
We're on a Lexana roller-coaseter it seems. Last week they were icy cold, this week the love is back... While I do think the writers haven't done a great job with subtelty in their relationship, I did have a breakthrough in rewatching Rage. As far as the Lexana relationship goes, we are entirely in Lana's perspective during that episode. So I can see that for her, having just discovered her pregnancy and carrying that secret alone, the relationship is a cold and lonely place. Had we been in Lex's perspective at all, the reality may have been quite different. We saw more of that in this episode, even at the beginning where Lex tells Lana he'll be there for her. The dark shadows in the room and the angsty music playing in the background all brought home to me the fact that this relationship has become weighed down by secrets and suspicion in the same way that the Clex friendship eventually was. To the point where neither individual is sure of the truth of their feelings any more. Lex did seem genuine in his continued attachment to Lana.

Having said that, I couldn't help feeling slightly creeped out in that scene. Perhaps because we so rarely see other rooms of the mansion, and because Lana looked so lost and frightened in the bed (she hardly had any dialogue in that scene!), it really felt like she was a treasured object that Lex had acquired (from Clark). One of his 'sacred pieces' to be stroked and contemplated in the same way.

At first I thought the 'alternate frequency' plot for Lex had a lot of potential. I liked the possibilities it held out of him overhearing other characters and I thought there was a lot of potential for exploring the way that he and Lana are on different frequencies a good deal of the time during their relationship--they slip past each other unable to connect. It could also have been a good way of drawing us in to Lex's reality, which we haven't seen for some time. It did go some way towards doing this--Lex was obviously genuinely concerned for and in love with Lana. But it didn't really convey much new information. As I say, I thought it was a pity they didn't give this plot a full ep in its own right and explore (for example) Lex overhearing Lionel plotting things, Lex listening in on a Clark-Lana interaction, Lex reacting to Chloe snooping in his computer... there was so much they could have done, I can't help but be a bit disappointed.

The revelation of the pregnancy was the most significant point. Lana learnt that some of her fears of confessing it to him were unfounded--he welcomed the news. I did think that given the fact that she knew Lex may be able to hear her in that room, her way of telling him was not brilliant. But Lex took it in his stride, desperate as he was to connect with her again. It seems as if Lex really is buying into the Lexmas fairy-tale--he thinks he'll get it all: the wife, the family, but also the money and power. I found their reunion kiss very genuine, and despite everything, every time Lex was on screen, I felt for him--MR still conveys emotion brilliantly. I also liked the fact that the high emotional melodrama of their relationship is blinding both of them to other matters--to the matter of the meteor freaks and Lex's experiments on them.

Floor 33.1
The really interesting part of the Lexana plot, for me, came with the revelations about Floor 33.1. I loved the parallels to the disappearance of Level 3 in Luthorcorp way back in Season 1. I was also overjoyed that Floor 33.1 was mentioned again. We've been waiting to have this addressed for two seasons! And hee! Lionel kidnapped Lex's secret laborartory! HEE! Yup, in some ways, Lionel's still a more astute criminal mastermind than you, Lex!

One scene I did enjoy was the one between Chloe and Lana when they go to investigate the missing Floor 33.1. I am happy the girls have renewed their friendship but I'm also glad that Chloe's voiced her serious concerns about the Luthors--she's right that there's more to the story than meets the eye, and Lana should by now know better than to believe the surface level reading of situations. Where Chloe put her foot in it was saying she knows the Luthors better than Lana. Lana's priding herself on knowing Lex very well, and she also thinks she knows Lionel. So that was a tactical error on Chloe's part. But at least the conversation between them was honest and consistently characterised.

Does Lana believe Lex? I'm in two minds about Lana lacking sympathy for the meteor freaks--on the one hand it makes sense because she has been attacked by them more times than I can count. She knows they are dangerous, and, on top of that, she's xenophobic about aliens and alien influence. On the other hand, I'm surprised she doesn't view them as victims of the meteor shower themselves. And she's also been close to being put in Belle Reve herself on occasion--even in this episode she notes to Chloe that noone will believe her about the 'frequency' thing with Lex. Lana knows how the meteor freaks work--she joins the dots when the electrician tells her he was working during the meteor shower. But apparently her empathy ends there. So do people cease to be people to Lana once that happens to them? I found that a stretch--so much so that at first I wondered whether her statement to Lex that 'if there was a floor, I would understand' was a play. But I don't think it was.

Lex's response was very interesting. He looks pleased and as if he's had a breakthrough with her--which, of course, he has. She's affirmed his loyalty to him and her willingess to remain deliberately blind to his actions. He responds with 'there's something else you need to know' and unlocks a door. Unlocking doors in the Luthor mansion can be a dangerous exercise. In the past, Lex has revealed his true self this way--to both Helen and Clark--with damning results. This time Lex opens a door on a room full of roses, a room drowning in romance--the setting for his proposal. I found this fascinating at several levels. First because Lex now needs his partner to prove themselves loyal before revealing himself and making the ultimate commitment to them. With Helen he committed himself and revealed all as a way of challenging her to see if she would be loyal--and she betrayed him. Lex is far more guarded now. But secondly, the wording 'something you need to know' suggested that he was going to reveal something to Lana. Instead, the truth was masked, eclipsed even, by romance--and that's a perfect metaphor for their relationship. Lex is at his most genuine and his most duplicitous in this scene.

Saaaaaaaaave me!
Even though I'm a Clex fan, I was fine with Clark leaving town when Lex was missing. Lex going missing is, let's face it, not that infrequent an event, and there was no indication of the severity of the situation. And hey, Jimmy had it sorted! (I also thought that Chloe's characterisation slipped there for a moment when she reprimanded Clark about leaving--since when does she care about Lex again?!)

I didn't think the Zoner was particularly interesting, but Clark's pursuit of them overall is. And the Zoner brought a new level of grotesque violence to the Smallville universe, on a scale we haven't seen before. So Clark confronting that, especially with the awareness of his own culpability, was interesting. And even more intriguing... OreoMan! Um, ok, so is this a comic canon character?! Because OreoMan was very amusing! He rescues Clark and leaves behind cookies... He has flashing eyes and flies up into the sky? Clark is SO IN LOVE! Check the long stare of wonder he gives when OreoMan flies away! Oh, Clark, honey. You just want to be rescued don't you!? (Chloe's right again.) And you fall for the nearest superhero! I was giggling away through that scene thinking Clark's internal monologue was going something along the lines of 'wow, Oliver can't do that! Oliver's never saved me... Oliver doesn't have flashing eyes... oh well he kind of does, but he doesn't fly!' Well, never fear, Clark! OreoMan's already penetrated your secret space in the loft if that cookie's any sign...

Some giggles
- the doors to Lana and Lex's bedroom look strikingly like those to Lex's study. I'm just sayin'.
- nice blue satin sheets! Didn't Clark sleep on those when he was on Red K in Metropolis? o.O
- Chloe: 'They're from galaxies far, far away and more importantly, they can hurt you.' Clark: 'Wow, thanks Chloe! I knew that but I guess the audience might need that exposition.' CLUNK.
- Lex. Seriously. HONEY. Learn some alphanumeric passwords already!! And try to make them unrelated to your life in any way. SERIOUSLY. I pay that you've moved on from 'Julian', but don't rest on your laurels--your girlfriend's birthday? NOT a stretch!
- I want Chloe's iPod! It snatches Lex's entire harddrive in a matter of seconds! Whee!
- Lana continues her impressive ability to bounce back from unconsciousness. Whee!
- Jimmy? The radio? I'm not even going there...
 
 
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Beckysadface on November 18th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
Kate has advised me not to watch it :)

LEX HAS SWITCHED HIS JULLIAN PASSWORDS TO LANA'S BIRTHDAY? DO YOU MEAN THAT AS A FUNNY ASIDE OR DID HE REALLY DO IT?

(I am shouting here, not just allcapsing)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex villainbop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
HE REALLY DID IT, BECKY!!! *dies*
Seriously, this episode was SHITE. You know I don't say that lightly. I love this show even when it's crap. But this episode just didn't hang together even for Smallville. Though Nora says she liked it so maybe I was just premenstrual or something...
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Nora Norwichnorwich36 on November 18th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
Really quick comments, since I have to catch a bus in five minutes:

OreoMan is J'onn Jonzz, aka Martian Manhunter, from DC comics.

I agree (especially once you spelled out the possibilities) that they could have done a lot more with the "alternate frequency"plot, but I think I liked this one better than you did, because (a) I didn't find the Jimmy mcguffin much more mcguffiny than the average Kryptonite one and (b) I really liked that he got to save the day.

LaT and I are discussing some interesting parallels to "Jitters" in the comments of my review. Like you, I really loved those parallels; I also love how Lana is paralleled to season 1 Lex, except she seems further along the road to darkness than he was then.

I am interested in your comment that Lex needs a partner to prove herself to him first, unlike Helen--because he clearly had that room all set up. Do you think he really *wasn't* going to propose to the woman carrying his child, if she hadn't made that speech about the meteor mutants? I have to think about that some more.

More later when I have a little more time!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mysterybop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
he clearly had that room all set up. Do you think he really *wasn't* going to propose to the woman carrying his child, if she hadn't made that speech about the meteor mutants?
HAAAAA. Um, well, I found it hard to take that room seriously since it was clearly (again) the one and only room we ever seen in the mansion with the furniture shifted around. So since Lex seems to have furniture-moving superpowers every episode (it's the study! it's the piano room! it's the dining room! it's the study again!), I didn't really feel he'd laboured over it.

To answer your question more seriously, I do think he was planning to propose. However, I also think it is very significant that he worded it as 'in that case there's something else you need to know'. He phrases it as a reward--the ulitmate unlocking of his soul because she's shown commitment. I think that Lana proved herself not just by saying she understood about floor 33.1 but by showing she genuinely loved him and not wanting to leave, despite everything. So I think one way or another, the proposal was a reward for loyalty. I also think it's a case of the writers trying to make a point but ignoring logic a little.

More later!
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huzzlewhat: clark kenthuzzlewhat on November 18th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
And even more intriguing... OreoMan! Um, ok, so is this a comic canon character?!

Yes it is.

Because OreoMan was very amusing!

Yes, he is.

He rescues Clark and leaves behind cookies...

Yes, he does.

He has flashing eyes and flies up into the sky?

Yes, he does.

Clark is SO IN LOVE!

And yes, he is. ;-)

This is a canon DC universe character, and his appearance made my DC comics fangirl squee hit sounds only dogs can hear.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
Coooooooooooooooooolllllllllll!!! That is exciting! I got that vibe, but as you see, I know nothing about this character! I think he's super!cute though and am going to be squeeful as all get out if he returns. In an otherwise disappointing ep, he was a highlight.
Kantayra: SV/Lex Destinykantayra on November 18th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
I was fine with Clark leaving town when Lex was missing. Lex going missing is, let's face it, not that infrequent an event

BWAH! So. True! *diez laughing* Poor Lex. Even the kitchen sink knocks him unconscious and kidnaps him. :P

Because OreoMan was very amusing! He rescues Clark and leaves behind cookies... He has flashing eyes and flies up into the sky? Clark is SO IN LOVE! Check the long stare of wonder he gives when OreoMan flies away!

Clark is in love for very good reason. *is also in love with 'OreoMan'* :P *keeps fingers crossed that SV doesn't mess up one of the all-time awesome DC characters*

the doors to Lana and Lex's bedroom look strikingly like those to Lex's study. I'm just sayin'.

My theory is that Lex has his servants roll the bed into his study every night. That way he never has to build new sets leave work. :P
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Tom's backbop_radar on November 18th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Ohh cool! There seems to be much excitement around about OreoMan! That is briliant! I can't wait to see! *gets squeeful* I don't know him at all. But yay! I hope they don't screw him up for you DC fans.

And I hear you on the rolling the bed into the study... one of the myriad of reasons I couldn't take the 'frequency loop' thing in this episode seriously was that there IS a frequency loop in that room--it's the study, the dining room, the piano room, the pool room, the bedroom, the proposal room, etc etc etc. Yup, that tentative knocking was Lex checking 'Lana, is the bed in place yet?' *headdesk*
Romany: sv:  no longer the girl of your dreams Iromanyg on November 18th, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, this episode was so not made of win. I just wanted to know what was up with Lex. You know, Lex, who's at least two steps ahead of the game, was consistently two steps behind in this one. I just wondered if Daddy Dearest was slipping things into his drinks again--Lex, will you ever learn?!--because he just seemed to be on three valium too many the whole episode.

Because yes, they could have done *so* much with the unintentional reveal here. And they did nothing except get melodramatic. *yawn* I like the *idea* of Lexana, but this episode was way more fizzle than sizzle.

Plus, Lex should get furious, at least attempt to *stop* Chloe from downloading his *entire* hard drive with *all* his Luthor secrets! "Sure just take all my evil plans back to the Planet with you. I'm cool." WTF?

But Jimmy, yay! Jimmy saved the day! I've been worried that SV had decided to make him an adorable putz. Plus I think it's cute that he's still jealous of Clark. Oh Clark, everyone's worried that you're going to get all jiggity with their man/woman/something.

Even though I'm a Clex fan, I was fine with Clark leaving town when Lex was missing. Lex going missing is, let's face it, not that infrequent an event, and there was no indication of the severity of the situation.

Yes, but he did hesitate for a split-second. *g*

As other people have noted, 'oreo-man' is none other than J'onn J'onzz, Martian Manhunter, another member of the soon-to-be Justice League.

Clark may not have saved the day, but he was beautiful while trying. He did save one guy so that's something. But he *lied* so well, investigating the crime scene. My boy is a smart cookie. *g*

I have more to say--haven't even *touched* on Lana yet--but I have to go do the mom thing *right now*. My children have no patience. *sigh*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois duhbop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
he just seemed to be on three valium too many the whole episode.
*nods* He did. I didn't even see much of a spark out of him when he heard about he pregnancy. Weird. Valium is the best guess so far...

*yawn* I like the *idea* of Lexana, but this episode was way more fizzle than sizzle.
Yeah, I think it was too simple. They can't connect so they each confess their undying feelings for each other and are then reunited happily. Yawn. Even for the sparkiest couple in the world, that's a pretty dull plot...

Lex should get furious, at least attempt to *stop* Chloe from downloading his *entire* hard drive with *all* his Luthor secrets!
EXACTLY. This was one of my major issues. Lex's characterisation was off. He is the Multitasker Extraordinaire! The man who can process five emotions at once! And yet apparently love for Lana eclipsed ALL ELSE from his mind during that scene--even industrial espionage. Please! It wouldn't have made his love for Lana any less real to have had him rail at Chloe as well as fret over her!

he did hesitate for a split-second
Yeah, actually on rewatch it cracked me up! He's so defensive! I'm going to Seattle! *whine*!

My boy is a smart cookie.
He really IS smart now! I do love that this season. And I really do feel they tried to squash two eps into one and ended up massacring both--I think because they feel they can't have an ep without both Lex AND Clark, even if their plots are completely separate. That's just daft. The same thinking led to Santa Claus, which was another crash-and-burn moment for me.

Come back when you're done!!
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carpenyxcarpenyx on November 18th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
Bleh.

I liked this episode, only if I take out certain elements of said episode.

I'm unsure about the whole Lex/Lana and pregnancy plot, I'm kind of tired of the Krytonite villian-y folk, lmao. I wish they explored a lot of different things instead of skipping, like more of Lex in the other frequency realm place and stuff.

I did kinda of like the new level of villian-y stuff, with the Zoner even tho the Zoner himself was kind of bland. And OreoMan, heh. Very interesting, very strange.

But lately? I've been feeling slightly cheated with certain plots resolving to quickly and whatever regarding Smallville but at the same time, this is one of my favorite seasons.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois clark's a dumbassbop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
I wish they explored a lot of different things instead of skipping, like more of Lex in the other frequency realm place and stuff.
*nods* I think part of my disappointment from this ep came from initially getting really excited about its premise--they could have explored so much in 'alternate frequencies'! But instead they jumped back and forth between the (bland) Zoner plot and the Lexana. Not enough time given to either.

Still, I am enjoying this season a lot! And so far this is the only ep that's really crashed for me. And even so, there were some parts that were interesting.
RivkaT: just gay menrivkat on November 18th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
I thought Lana was consistently characterized -- she's long shown fear and distrust of meteor mutants, not just aliens. It's not that they mean to be bad, but like any infected people, they are dangerous. Worse, they don't see themselves as dangerous, so they need to be controlled to keep others safe. It's not a lovely position, but it is how she's reacted to almost every meteor mutant since the beginning, from her childhood best friend to Alicia to all the others who tried to kill her.

Otherwise I'm with you.
rumpuso on November 18th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
I think Lana even voiced her distrust of meteor mutants in the season 3 episode Extinction (was it?) when the swimming pool freak tried to drown her and Clark felt a bit sympathetic to him since Van played judge and jury and shot him. So I agree too, Lana was consistent with her distrust of FOTWs.
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rumpuso on November 18th, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)
Just a couple more things...It struck me that even though Clark's plot was relegated to something minimal like 10 minutes of screen time or something ridiculous like that, he showed advancement in his investigation skills which is good for future reporter!Clark. I thought he was pretty savvy talking to the doctor in the tent and then sneaking off with the badge. And more importantly, he thought of that solution/idea all on his own. Chloe wasn't needed! (Woot!)

Secondly, what are your thoughts on Lionel's direction? On the one hand, we have seen several episodes, since the ending of season 5 even, where Lionel has been loyal and protective of Clark's secret. However, now this season we are seeing his motivations as ambiguous again. He sees that Chloe is getting a might too close to discovering Level 33.1, so he clears out the floor and relocates the project. When Lex returns to the picture, we see him upset that Lionel took this liberty, and Lionel states that if Lex wants to know where he relocated the project, then he needs to agree to giving him equal partnership in this project. Why? This leads me back to earlier seasons and evil!Lionel. This is the same Lionel who stripped and tortured Clark in Memoria. This is the same Lionel who provoked Jonathan (or was the final catalyst) into his final heart attack. This is the same Lionel that has spent a lifetime messing up his son. So back to Clark...how will Lionel's knowledge of Clark figure into his partnership with Lex and Level 33.1? Is he trying to find a way to control the uncontrollable alien? Is this where Lionel's plot has been leading? I'm curious what your thoughts are. Lionel is hard to peg these days. Before, it was easily understood that he was evil and dirty. Now, you have to read between the lines.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lionel wabbit!bop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
he showed advancement in his investigation skills which is good for future reporter!Clark. I thought he was pretty savvy talking to the doctor in the tent and then sneaking off with the badge. And more importantly, he thought of that solution/idea all on his own. Chloe wasn't needed! (Woot!)
Yup, that's great!! I actually enjoyed Clark's plot a lot (though much with the gross!). I've been enjoying his development so much this season. I wouldn't have minded the ep being fully about that--exploring his undercover work, his independence from Chloe and then having him encounter OreoMan.

This leads me back to earlier seasons and evil!Lionel.
Yes. I agree. I think he's evil again, but I think it's buried far beneath the surface. As you point out, he used to be transparently evil--he took pride in not hiding it. But now he is disguising his misdeeds and power games, and the reason for that, I think, is Martha. I do think Lionel's been influenced by Jor-El: I think he recalls more than he says he has, and I also think he's drawn to feel more protective of Clark. However, that just supports his attraction to Martha. It allows him to indulge in the fantasy that he could be a good father figure and an accepted partner to her. The key for Lionel, for me this season, is that his relationship with Martha is mirroring early season Clex. Surface level, he's a 'changed man'. He sets Martha (and Clark) on a pedestal--the unobtainable figures of virtue that, even though reformed, he will never be good enough for. But meanwhile, he's not really changing--he's 'good' around Martha, but he's still engaging in Luthorian politics. And his 'make me a partner' ploy exactly mirrored Lex's move. It's complete reversal. So my guess is that the Lionel (and Mionel) plot will follow Lex's (and Clex's), with Martha and/or Clark uncovering the 'truth' (Lionel investigating Clark's past) and realising that he's actually irredeemable.
Becky: Sexy Lexycinderella81 on November 18th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
The two plots didn't flow together as well as they normally do ... and it was the stupidest cliffhanger ever!!!!!!!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:03 pm (UTC)
There was a cliffhanger?! o.O
Oh. Yeah. Right. Sorry--I blinked and missed it! ;-)
Big Mama G: clexbigmamag on November 18th, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)
Thank god I'm not watching. I think if I saw it I would be much angrier. I think my main pissed-offness is not all the schmoop or even the crap plot devices. No, mine has to do with Lana's view on meteorfreaks. She's an IDIOT and have the writer's forgotten that Lex is a meteor freak himself? Doesn't Lana know that Lex is one? I mean, it's common knowledge because of Extinction and all that, but I guess Lana didn't care back then about him, so she wouldn't have bothered to know a damn thing about him.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
Cute icon!!

have the writer's forgotten that Lex is a meteor freak himself? Doesn't Lana know that Lex is one?
See--that would be really really interesting to explore. It would create tension in their relationship, it would bring out different sides of their personalities (how does LEX rationalise it to himself? does he still view himself as a 'freak' or not?). It could be great! But the writers really aren't exploring the interesting angles on the relationship at all.

And yes, I find Lana's attitude on the meteor freaks, even if in character, distasteful.
Vera: duskwillow_lexmauvel_vera01 on November 18th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
The only way I will ever buy this show casting Lana as Dark!Lana is if they actually follow through with it to the end of the series or her "arc" (and I use the term loosely) with this. Until then I'm waiting for the next blistering change of wardrobe from dark to white like the episode before this one as Lana changes her mind.

When he opened the door to the proposal room, I thought it was his Clark!Room way back when from season 1 and somehow or the other this was the beginning of their investigation into what Clark is...'casue you know it's all about the Clex :) That's the story I'm sticking with.

I went from hating that beginning scene in the bedroom...to well still hating it. Is Lex so whupped that he would agree to sleeping in separate bedrooms with the woman he loves? That's the room that Lana first took when she arrived - or rather it looked to it to me. It's devoid of anything of Lana's personality and I don't know why but I thought at the very least at this stage, they would actually be shown sharing a bedroom. The distance between them at that stage would have been shown more effectively had they had the equivalent of a Thanksgiving dinner scene in the bedroom. There, I understood the distance between them.

I think that maybe you're giving the Lana-as-object a little bit too much leeway here. I see that as giving Lex all the responsibility of the way the 'ship comes across in that scene...but Lana is pregnant and lying to Lex about it up to that point. *squints* I'm probably biased in my distaste of Lana, but she is in bed in a separate room from Lex's and I can't see Lex asking her to sleep somewhere else. Agreeing to it for her sensibilities, but not suggesting it.

The other thing is, I know Clark should be upset that Lex has Lana...but I haven't really seen it up to this point either. Clexana has barely appeared up to now. It might during the second half of the season, but already, Clark has chosen not to come to Lex's aid and barely had an angsty moment with Lana...so Lex has attained something that Clark - I'm totally fanwanking here but I haven't seen anything to the contrary - hasn't really had much time for anymore. I know he should, I know it's coming in some way or form, but I haven't seen it up to this point. That whole bedroom scene is their doing - both Lex and Lana in regards to their relationship and their secrets and not Lex gaining something unattainble from Clark, IMO.
Veral_vera01 on November 18th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
I had a horrible thought - is Lana's response to the meteor freaks the beginning of a setup to finding out about Clark? *groan* If I had any inkling that KK could pull this off, I might be remotely excited. But instead I'm begging you, tell me I could be wrong? Pleaseeee? Or you know tell me there's a mind-wipe coming *sigh*

Oh and Martian Manhunter. Completely asexual and sexy dude from the cartoon series. Only time I've ever been exposed to the character. Sadly, GA has soured me on guest stars completely. I just want them allllll to go - hell they got rid of Shelby already - so I'm hoping the rest of them can't be far behind. There's a cow in the back field that just needs to go, dammit! :)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on November 18th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
*nods* You are right--and several others have pointed out the same thing. I am still puzzling as to why I was startled by her line. I can only think I got blinded by how suspicious she's been of Lex of late into thinking that she would be against 'the truth' of his investigation of them. And perhaps also because the episode allowed her a human encounter with the meteor freak that was not violent to her. However, I do recognise that she could hardly view him objectively given that he'd kidnapped Lex. Still...

It just brought home to me that I STILL don't understand Lana. Sigh. She's been so much about the aliens in the last season and a half, I'd honestly forgotten her hatred of the freaks as well. Though you are right to be fair to her--they have endangered her life on many occasions.
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Kate: Sad treesmskatej on November 18th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
I hated it Boppy. Hated it. I don't think I've hated an episode of SV this much EVER. :(
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clexvillebop_radar on November 18th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yuh. It sucked. I think I possibly hated Ageless this much... but they had an excuse back then--that was the network's doing. Ugh.
Alison: geezacampbell on November 18th, 2006 02:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks for doing your darndedest to help make sense of this ep and help the rest of us see some good in it! I thought it was the worst ever. I just can't deal with what they're doing to Lex in this Lana storyline.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex mehbop_radar on November 18th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't think I managed that well... norwich36 coped with it a lot better.

My main issue with Lex is not necessarily the Lexana but the fact that he's being dumbed down in that plot at the moment--things like not expressing annoyance at Chloe stealing his harddrive really bugged me. Because Lex is capable of multiple emotions all at the same time. It wouldn't make his love for Lana any less to show that! So I am really annoyed that they're sacrificing other aspects of Lex's character to only show the attachment to Lana. *yawns*

I'm kind of glad other people thought it was terrible too, just because I can usually find the good in eps but this one was a total struggle, even on rewatch. If others didn't feel the same I'd think I was going mad!
Enderenderwiggin24 on November 18th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
just me saying hi boppy :)
I have a zillion comments to make for fics and vids, so i have no time for the show!
but yay for your devotion to it :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex lovebop_radar on November 18th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
Hee! I understand! (And you didn't miss much with this one...)