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13 January 2007 @ 09:05 am
Smallville 6.10 Hydro  
Oh, Smallville, I'm so glad you're back!! *twirls* I adoooored this episode, and while this review will be brief (I'm being taken out to lunch at a winery shortly as a belated birthday treat), I'll be back to squee and meta lots later...


I'm going to have to turn to norwich36 for help with Chloe this week. I found her motivation hard to interpret in several places. Perhaps she just wasn't thinking things through well? I thought initially she handled Clark poorly. Encouraging him to think that Lana was still in love with him seemed like a mistake. It's one thing to keep Lana's secret and not tell him she's pregnant, but she really let Clark believe there was a chance of them getting back together. Only at the last minute did she grab his arm and point out that it was more complicated now. (Aside: I loved Clark's 'what could be more complicated than living your life with regrets' line. So he's going to get back together with Lana to 'fix something'. Lana as the opportunity to right a wrong is interesting because that's essentially how Lex was drawn to Lana as well. The Clex friendship may be unrescuable, but they can still have Lana...)

On the other hand, I did like her line that it's unfair to throw attitude for keeping someone else's secret. And their hug was so sweet, plus the 'intergalactic traveller' versus 'alien from another planet' line was made of love.

But finally, I was confused by her reaction to the Clois kiss. First she's thrusting him into Lana's arms, then into Lois's? Or is she just playing around/thinking it funny? I was confused...

As far as Chloe's friendship with Lana goes, I'm a bit clearer. For some time now there has been the illusion (only) of intimacy between them. I thought it was telling that Chloe didn't even turn round to face Lana before asking if she'd accepted Lex's proposal. I also found it interesting that Chloe was so sure Lana was still in love with Clark. I think that's a simplication of the situation: she didn't make any attempt to really explore Lana's feelings for Lex. So their friendship is in an odd place. And it makes demands such as 'I thought the Lana Lang I knew' a little unfair.

And I do think Chloe should be careful about screaming out Clark's secret even in supposed privacy--not that she should be expected to assume there are water-meteor-freaks around, but what if Lois had come back suddenly?

The Secret Adventures of Lois and Jimmy
On to more squeeful fare... Lois meeting Jimmy in an alleyway in Metropolis to buy photos is made of love. And I love that Lois looked so desperate for the pics. That's our girl! And she totally canned Jimmy for getting pretty great shots. Heeee. *loves* Those two are interesting because they're both dating secret-keepers--yet in this episode we saw them sneaking off on their own pursuing their own ambitions, and I was grateful for that--it balances the scales in those relationships well.

Return of the Clex(ana)!
OMG, I died ten times over with those headlines!! And just when I thought they were as MAJOR as they could get, they'd take it one step further... 'Luthor proposal on hold for old flame' and an enormous picture of Clark! *rotfl* Clex GOLD. I also liked Clark's hurty face when Chloe told him that Lex had proposed to Lana. There was pain enough in the fact that Lex had asked even before learning whether or not Lana had accepted. And then, as if the headline wasn't enough, they did a close-up on 'when I was with Clark I would have said yes without hesitating' *dies* And I didn't even know at that stage that they were going to LITERALLY put those words in Lex's mouth. *flails* *dies* *dies again*

At a more meta-y level, we know that this is true of Lana--in Reckoning she did say yes very quickly, although not without expressing some hesitation to Lois. At a subtextual level, this is true of Lex too--he was far more open, unguarded and spontaneous in the Clex friendship. But around Lana he's wary, always trying to play his cards right.

Speaking of 'playing', I loved Lex bringing the paper to her over breakfast--what a sting in the tail of the breakfast in bed! Ana Lana seemed quite used to such manipulation. I also loved that he said 'the worst part of waiting was dwelling on all the reasons you might be stalling'. so he DID hate waiting. And when Clark tapped this nerve, Lex treated it as a challenge--you up the stakes, I up the stakes. His 'card' was the pregnancy and he used it with great effect.

I really enjoyed the mirroring of having Lex called away by Clark, Lana by Chloe... And while Lana sent Chloe to voicemail, Clark and Lex actually confront each other, which is an interesing commentary on the state of both relationships--while Chloe and Lana superficially have a continuing friendship, it lacks true depth. Lex and Clark are superficially enemies, but they still know each other soo well, and continue to connect over the big issues.

Yoga!porn!!!
Boppy (momentarily) does running commentary: OMG, I am in LOOOOOOOVE with this episode!! It had yoga!porn! Please, please, please, I am begging someone to make an icon of Ollie supporting Lois in a backbend. OMG! They had a fight about yoga! *flails* 'Yoga is glorified stretching with chants'! Heee, oh, Lois! And Ollie got PISSY about that and challenged her. *loves*

More seriously, I really loved the plotting of this episode. I'm so glad Lois didn't confront Oliver straight away about the scratch. In karmic terms, it's fun to see Lois run out on Ollie for a change too. And I thought her reaction to discovering she's dating the Green Arrow was perfect. I love that she went to Clark for advice. OMG, CLARK accused LOIS of having 'no grey area'! Pot. Kettle. Dude.

And of course Clark fears/assumes Lois is talking about him to begin with. Yes, honey, you and Oliver are getting conflated a great deal right now. *pats* The unspoken part of this scene was Clark feeling conflicted about betraying Oliver, and I thought his solution was both hilarious and brilliant. Having both Lois AND Clark try to pull a 'set up' was really funny. And once I have more time, it will be interesting to discuss and compare how various characters deal with secret-keeping or revealing in this episode.

Lois was so damn cute - 'really? because I've been doing some thinking of my own and maybe I don't want to know...' She's doing a rethink on the Green Arrow because she loves Ollie!! I love that her reaction to discovering she's in love with Oliver is anger. Hee! (And wow, Clark was sucker punched again in this ep!) Lois's line 'I would find a way to dismiss it as an endearing quirk' was adorable and I really believed her--she's soo cutely Lois-y in this ep. And the 'I HATE that you know me like that' line followed by a little Clark smile, was Clois heaven, even before the kiss.

And just when I thought this episode couldn't deliver any more, we got mirrored little frowns from Clark and Ollie as Lois ran out on them--'think she suspects anything'? I should have known they'd milk that triangle even more. Unfortunately I was spoiled for the actual kiss. (grrr) But it was still fantastic when I finally saw it. Wow! They REALLY snogged each other. I loved Clark's little 'omg, I snogged Lois' face afterwards too.

As for Chloe's little set-up: OH DEAR GOD, let it stop with the innuendo! 'That Green Arrow, he could teach Ollie a thing or two' (yes pleeeease!) I couldn't believe how OT3ish this ep was. And it seems like Smallville is developing as the place where everyone loves two people and has to navigate that.

Final notes
While I'm sure some people groaned about the Clana reprisal, I found it worked well. Their final loft scene replayed so many of their old interactions and confirmed to Lana that things were still the same. It was interesting that Clark referred to the 'baby' rather than 'pregnancy'. He's already leapt to thinking of this as 'Lex and Lana's child'.

And I was expecting the resolution of the episode to be Lana's acceptance of Lex's proposal--it was well set up. There were a few Lex gems in that scene though, including 'I go to bed praying that I don't get what I deserve'.

Arrgh. I have to go! More later.
 
 
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Beckysadface on January 12th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
...it was your birthday?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Madame Pompadourbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 08:08 am (UTC)
Ah, between Christmas and New Year, yes. So it usually goes undetected. ;-) It's on the 28th december.
Alison: doubletroubleacampbell on January 13th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)
I loved the ep, too, which astounded me. Ultimately, the true test for me will be how a lot of the stuff they set up in "Hydro" plays out over the rest of the season. I would find a couple of scenarios acceptable, but will I get either? I know what I would LIKE to happen, but will it? My faith in the writers isn't that strong.

The Lex who brought Lana breakfast in bed along with the expose is Lex with some of his personality, spirit, and SKILLS back. God, I've missed him! You mention that she seems to be used to this kind of treatment. If they do get married, I could see her, down the road, becoming another Lillian, toyed with and driven mad by a husband who supposedly loves her.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 08:12 am (UTC)
Yes! This is more the Lex I expected to see in Season 5 and the sort of (more subtly drawn) Lexana relationship I was expecting if they went down this route. And a Lana/Lillian parallel was something I fully expected. In this episode I can see Lana starting on that path.

I'm so glad you liked this ep! It was far more tightly written and plotted than some of the recent efforts, I felt.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliver handstandbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
Heee. I, er, really like that Ollie does yoga. I can't believe I got more of it!

CLARK AND OLLIE, OMG!! When they made that little frown and then said 'it's showtime' and turned to Ollie's Green Arrow cupboard... *flails* And then that PHOTO of Ollie watching Clark and Lois kiss. Jimmy was wrong - THAT was the money shot! ;-)
Jenny: crazyladydreamer on January 13th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
No, the money shot was the big picture of Ollie's CROTCH that was in the batch of photos he gave to Lois (which she ignored completely). Why is Jimmy sneaking around in the shadows taking pictures of GA's codpiece?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on January 15th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Hee. Good question. But hey, I would too! :-)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark/Lois/Oliverbop_radar on January 15th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
Oh, YAY!! That's awesome!

He knows what's going to happen. And he doesn't hate Clark and he knows that Clark won't actually step in and take Lois and..
*nods* It is very flail-enducing! I actually really liked the actor's restraint in this episode--he had a relatively small part in the episode and he didn't steal it, even though he could have. He didn't play the jealousy card in an obvious way, and that made it all the more poignant. It makes me really want to get into his head.

you know what else I would have loved to have seen? The 'group movie night'! ;-) I laughed so hard that Lois's idea of an exciting night with one's billionaire boyfriend was a 'group' movie night with ... Clark. Heeee. I wish so much he hadn't bailed post-kiss... I would have love to have seen them finish the night with the world's most awkward movie marathon--complete with Ollie and Lois drinking and Clark on OJ. And Lois and Clark both sexed up from their earlier snogging. :-) But poor Ollie!
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Jenny: journalistic integrityladydreamer on January 13th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)
I don't think Chloe is that hard to interpret. Lana has been a really bad friend for the past year (or two?). She only shows up to talk about her relationships or get help investgating her boyfriend, and she says herself that she does still love Clark. Otherwise she ignores Chloe. It's very one way. And if he read the article he would probably get the same impression. Maybe she didn't tell him in the best way, but I don't think she's trying to throw him into anyone's arms. I felt like in this episode she was trying to get Clark and Lana to talk to each other instead of her (which goes nowhere and isn't fair to her).

As for the kiss, I think she's just teasing him and wanted him to hear that. Chloe isn't really a calculated matchmaker, and it's odd that Lana and Clark go to her for relationship advice when she's had less relationships than anyone.

I appreciate the additional slashy read on that newspaper. Oh, how lovely. I sensed a lot of the Clex in their scenes, though.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clexvillebop_radar on January 13th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
n this episode she was trying to get Clark and Lana to talk to each other instead of her (which goes nowhere and isn't fair to her)
Yup, ok, her actions make more sense if that's her aim, it's just ... so late for that. And while I agree that Lana is a shit friend, I think Chloe's been pretty terrible to her too. She really really took Clark's side during the break-up and showed that when it comes down to it, she'll choose Clark over Lana.

Chloe isn't really a calculated matchmaker, and it's odd that Lana and Clark go to her for relationship advice when she's had less relationships than anyone.
You're right--she's not calculated. I rewatched that scene and it seems she's just amused and playful and teasing. It works to reestablish her playful friendship with Clark after she yelled at him, too. And yes, it's interesting that they turn to her--though really I think they do so because they don't really have anyone else. And hey, even I would probably ask Chloe before Lois, much as I love her! *g*

I sensed a lot of the Clex in their scenes, though.
I am still REELING from the fact that they had Lex SAY the words! 'When I was with Clark...' *flails* And the momentous music when Lex walked in on Clark waiting for him? GOLD.
Natasha: just pet himtheclexfactor on January 13th, 2007 01:48 am (UTC)
Once again, your commentary leaves me full of even more squee than I started with. You pointed out things that I didn't think about (the Clexiness) and reaffirmed the things I already liked (the Clois and Clark/Lois/Oliver). As far as Chloe "pushing" Clark at Lois, I didn't see it like that, but rather her getting a kick out of knowing that Lois doesn't (at least consciously) think much of Clark, but she was gushing about kissing "Green Arrow" and Chlow knew it was Clark. But, yes, on Fridays I look forward to reading yours and norwich's meta. You make the essay writer in me proud.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex weddingbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
Hooray! Thank you for the lovely comment! And, *nods*, you're right about that scene--I got the chance to rewatch it and it definitely plays as Chloe just being playful (I love that facial expression she makes at the end to Clark).
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on January 13th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
I found her motivation hard to interpret in several places. Perhaps she just wasn't thinking things through well? I thought initially she handled Clark poorly. Encouraging him to think that Lana was still in love with him seemed like a mistake. It's one thing to keep Lana's secret and not tell him she's pregnant, but she really let Clark believe there was a chance of them getting back together.

Well, I agree that it wasn't entirely thought through, but she had been trying to avoid having that conversation in the first place. Throughout the whole episode, she was trying NOT to be a go-between for them, and to get them to sit down and talk out their own issues. And honestly, from the way I was reading Lana in that opening scene with Chloe, I think Chloe was right that there was a chance of them getting back together.

Plus, remember that Chloe doesn't want Lana to be with Lex--she thinks Lex is dangerous. She's been supportive of Lana as much as she can, but I can definitely see her pushing Lana toward the man she sees as better for her. (I know she kind of told Lana to go for Lex early in the season, but I saw that as her talking to herself about Jimmy, not really talking to Lana about Lex).</i>


On the other hand, I did like her line that it's unfair to throw attitude for keeping someone else's secret. And their hug was so sweet, plus the 'intergalactic traveller' versus 'alien from another planet' line was made of love.


That whole scene was remarkably sweet. We so rarely get to see Clark apologizing for anything! He's wracked with guilt all the time, but usually either it's about something that's a secret, so he can't say anything, or he's channelling his inner Jonathan so he won't say anything. So it was really nice to see this.

But finally, I was confused by her reaction to the Clois kiss. First she's thrusting him into Lana's arms, then into Lois's? Or is she just playing around/thinking it funny? I was confused...

Oh, I think this was just teasing. I don't think she sees Clois as a remote possibility, she's just deeply amused. (As was I, though I definitely saw the Clois potential).

I knew you would love the yogaporn! There should definitely be more yogaporn on the show!

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliver handstandbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
I know she kind of told Lana to go for Lex early in the season, but I saw that as her talking to herself about Jimmy, not really talking to Lana about Lex
Ah, yes, I remember you making that observation and that's a really good call. I knew you'd help me with Chloe! \o/ I was up and down with her all episode--annoyed by her daft advice and then loving how cute she was--and I didn't have time to rewatch so I think my initial emotions got in the way of getting a clear 'read' on her.

We so rarely get to see Clark apologizing for anything!
Ha! Yes. And actually he doesn't really apologise much even here! He just nods in Chloe's embrace and then says the line about alien, and Chloe laughs and he makes a 'no, really!' face. Oh, Clark, I do love you ever so. But you could be more gracious with your apologies... though the sweetness of the scene distracted me from that. I AM glad that Chloe feels she can call him on it though--I feel that call could (should?) have come a lot earlier.

YOGA!!! Lois had THE cutest yoga gear ever! She even had a cute little overjacket that she threw on to go to Clark's loft... *flails* And there needs to be mooooore yoga. Basically, if they made a show of Clark, Lois and Oliver having movie marathons and doing yoga together, I would be SO THERE. O.O
blowjobs for jesus: Clark oh shiny!kristiinthedark on January 13th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
I started out really hating this episode, and I was tempted to turn it off several times during the first 15 minutes or so, but then... I don't know, it ended up being awesome. Chloe was too cool (I agree with Nora's assessment of her behavior), as was Jimmy and Oliver, and OMG, Boppy! I LOVED Lois! How wild is that? Ok, I liked her a lot. :D And I was completely swept up in the Clois.

God, I am just so easy.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark/Lois/Oliverbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 11:23 am (UTC)
WOW!! That is COOOL. You loved Lois! She was so great in this ep--ED was bringing her A-game, and I felt she was very iconic Lois--very Lois-and-Clark Lois too, which I know would help you get into her. So many things I loved about it... and hey, don't worry about being easy--I reckon it's near impossible to see Clark as joyful as he was after snogging her and NOT want them to make out some more! ;-) He's just so damn cute when he's lovestruck!

I rewatched the ep just before and was amused that the plot was basically--
Clark to Lexana: I want out of your relationship and into theirs.... *pointing at Lois and Oliver*
Chloe: *giggle*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on January 13th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
Great point! Thank you for sharing it. You're right--this is consistent characterisation for Clark and a very clear indication of how the pregnancy does change things for him.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois searchingbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
I think you (and others) are right about Chloe's motivations. As I mentioned above to norwich36 I don't think I got a good read on Chloe simply because she was alternately annoying me and charming me, and I only had time to watch once before posting. On re-watching I definitely agree that her motivation was to get Clark and Lana to speak to each other. One of the reasons I think I struggled with this on first watching was that it is so LATE for that! I would have been completely there for Chloe taking this line with those two, oh, you know, last season or something! But to do so now seems absurd. Even if Lana does still love Clark, they are not going to get back together--what is talking to each other going to achieve?! Of course, the episode was written so it DID achieve something. But that read as neat and tidy television to me--in real life, I think it's the stupidest idea ever.

what did he hope to accomplish by scampering off to see her?
Heh. I don't think Clark was doing much thinking there! ;-) He was still reeling from being punched by the 'Lex proposed' line and his comment to Chloe was very telling: 'If Lana marries Lex, there's no going back'. As daft as that is, it's very Clark-like to think with his heart and be all 'omg, the door is about to close forever, I need to see if I could possibly make it work just one more time...' I swear he would have got over there, rehashed the whole mess, and walked out of there thinking 'damn, I should never have done that, OF COURSE it wasn't going to work'. But he's all raw emotion right then. (And part of me thinks he also subconsciously wanted the confrontation with Lex--which he must have, at some level, known was a possibility showing up at the mansion. Either way, it's emotional catharsis he was seeking, not a realistic renewal of the relationship.)

That how I read Lana's practical non-response; she really couldn't do or say anything to make it ... not as bad as it totally was.
Oh, that's interesting--a really different read than I had on that scene. I see what you mean that there's not much she could say, though personally I'd be pretty miffed if my boyfriend a) believed the tabloid press first without checking with me (OK, it was some alternate reality where the Daily Planet became a tabloid...), b) instead of just telling me he was upset by the headline, rocked up with a supposedly 'sweet' breakfast in bed and then goaded me with the article.
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Nora Norwich: Chloe woenorwich36 on January 13th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
I see what you mean that there's not much she could say, though personally I'd be pretty miffed if my boyfriend a) believed the tabloid press first without checking with me (OK, it was some alternate reality where the Daily Planet became a tabloid...), b) instead of just telling me he was upset by the headline, rocked up with a supposedly 'sweet' breakfast in bed and then goaded me with the article

Yeah, I had the same reaction. Tabloid press OR Daily Planet, I'd like to think that someone who proposed to me would give me the benefit of the doubt over something he read in the newspaper.


Oh, I get that. But in the grand emotional scheme of things, Lex is arguably the party there whose emotional injury is greater. Lana might have been annoyed at being set-up, but Lex would have been perfectly within his rights to feel actively hurt about the whole situation....Also, Lana knows that it's what she said, so I think it would have been emotionally false of her to be put out that Lex believed the article without consulting her first. If she hadn't said it, then yeah, righteous irritation at him is a reasonable response. But she did say it, so it would be hypocritical of her to be upset with him for believing she said it.


Am I completely hypocritically in thinking that Lana *should* have lied to Lex, here? (And when answering his proposal, as well?) I mean, there's emotional honesty, and then there's telling your boyfriend who's already very insecure about your relationship with your ex that you still love your ex....I get that Lana thinks honesty is essential, but I think there's such a thing as being TOO honest.
Jennyladydreamer on January 13th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
It bothers me that she is honest with him about still loving Clark (which hurts him), but when she skips off with his "device" or new toy, she outright lies (which hurts him). Maybe the honesty thing should be reversed there. XP
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on January 13th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
I def'ly think she should be more honest about her actions (which are objective). 'Love' and the myriad of emotions are more subjective anyway, so I feel she could soften some of her absolute statements there--especially because they hurt Lex. But theirs is definitely a relationship where they will hurt each other over and over.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Chloe had the same issue in this episode--'I'd hoped the LL that I knew would give me the benefit of the doubt'. *g* I think it's interesting that both Lex and Lana presume guilt.

I get that Lana thinks honesty is essential, but I think there's such a thing as being TOO honest.
I agree--there is. And I don't think Lana handled that brilliantly. Where I found her particularly ouchy was in telling Lex bluntly that she still loved Clark before accepting his proposal. The only thing that made that feel less cruel to me was the fact that I think Lex understands that given his own residual emotions vis a vis Clark. However, I do think Lana could have couched that in less harsh terms without being dishonest--she could have said 'Clark is still really important to me, I care about him, but it's you who I'm with now, etc.' That would at least not leave Lex with the words 'I love Clark' ringing in his ears!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
Lex is arguably the party there whose emotional injury is greater.
Oh, definitely. But just because you are less wronged, doesn't mean you don't have a right to stand up for yourself. I guess I understand why Lana didn't--it's not really a criticism, more an observation. It also just painted a picture of what their marriage will be like--things coming to light in the paper, bitchy revenge taken for that, and so on. And between that scene and the acceptance scene, it's obvious that Lana is used to Lex not showing his real (spontaneous) emotion to her, but playing a role ('patient proposer'/'wronged boyfriend'). None of which I'm surprised by, but it's interesting.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on January 14th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
Mmm, that's true--she's comfortable with the role-playing, whereas someone else would be driven crazy by never seeing Lex's true 'face'. But Lana knows how to navigate this sort of pretence. It's one way in which they are suited.
slinkling: Tomslinkling on January 15th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
He was still reeling from being punched by the 'Lex proposed' line and his comment to Chloe was very telling: 'If Lana marries Lex, there's no going back'.

Hmm. I read Clark's "there's no going back" line as referring not to himself and Lana still having any chance -- because he's already made that choice, and as much as he hates it, he knows that it has to be this way -- but to Lana aligning herself permanently with Lex, who is slipping further and further into supervillain-hood. Clark has always seen Lana's relationship with Lex as a bad decision that she made on the rebound, and I think he's always hoped that Lana will eventually wise up to Lex's evil ways and walk out, at which point maybe he (Clark) can try to be friends with her again, though never more than friends.

So the news that Lex has proposed to her is not only a blow because that was what HE wanted and could have had, but also because it raises the possibility that Lana will never get clear of Lex. Clark knows Lex is bad news, and he also knows Lex doesn't let things go; he'll hold on to Lana as long and as tightly as he can, as Clark is well aware.

(BTW, I don't want to give the impression that Clark is a well-meaning innocent here. He bears a lot of responsibility for Lex being the bad news that he currently is, which I think he's aware of. So that's yet another reason for him to feel sick inside at the idea of Lana marrying Lex: she'd be shackling herself to a monster that he, Clark, created.)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex purple evilbop_radar on January 15th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
Oh, I really really like your take on Clark's motivations. I think I just fell into the trap of thinking 'oh no, Clana again!' and not really reading it properly. I definitely agree that Clark feels like this about Lana's relationship with Lex, and about Lex being 'bad news'. One thing I definitely saw in this episode was the sense of Lana as the last battleground--she's Lex's last hope of being loved (Clark being lost), and to Clark she's still possible to save, whereas Lex himself is gone.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois duhbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
Re: part II
If Lex had actually punched Clark in the face right then, it wouldn't have been more effective than dropping the "Lana's pregnant with my kid" bombshell.
I'm reeling from many things after this episode but the fact that Clark heard that news FROM LEX is definitely high up there. I also loved how it played--you see Lex turn away and decide to do it, knowing it's the knockout!

The Clois was awesome! *twirls* I agree that it was great to see Lois turn to Clark for help, confide in him. It's subtly crept up on her that he can be really good at that stuff--even if she doesn't like acknowledging it. I also loved that even though she was disparaging about Jimmy's photos, she totally asked for his help in setting up the alley scenario. Oh, Lois, you are SO CUTE! ED did brilliantly this episode--I was so proud! *happy smile*
pep_singerpep_singer on January 14th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
Re: part II
//OMG, CLARK accused LOIS of having 'no grey area'! Pot. Kettle. Dude.

I'd actually taken a sip of water when that line came and I kid you not, I nearly choked on it because there's just something SO FUNNY about Clark -- CLARK! -- disparagingly saying that to anyone else.//

Heh, I'll admit when he first said that it threw me, too. :) But I think the reason he said that is because the topic was "secrets and lies", and this is one area Clark *is* mixed on. Sure, he knows it's wrong to lie, but he also realizes that people keep secrets for a reason, and it would be hypocritical of him to condemn Ollie for not telling Lois when he doesn't tell anyone his secret, either. Lois made the "loophole" remark, which to Clark indicated that Lois really doesn't think there's any excuse for it, and of course, Clark disagreed with her.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois LMAObop_radar on January 14th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
Re: part II
That's true. That loophole IS all-important to Clark. And Lois is an absolutist on emotional issues where Clark is more inclined to waiver. Still, his choice of words was particularly amusing.
hoolia goolia: Sexy arms - Ollieboom_queen on January 13th, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC)
OMG yes for the Yoga-porn and the OT3ish-ness of it all--I looooved this episode :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on January 13th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
Eeee!! It was SO GREAT!
Diana: Rebooting Destiny -- Clark/Loisbutterfly on January 15th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
Aw, I love your reviews so much.

I found the episode almost entirely delightful and all the Lois stuff particularly so. The kiss was wonderful! And I loved Lois' comments about the kiss nearly as much as the kiss itself (and Chloe, with the grinning, was also very adorable in the apartment scene). Clark leaning into the kiss and Lois being the first to pull away (as she realized that the kiss was too good to be Ollie -- which is both "eee!" and "ouch!") was love.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois hugbop_radar on January 15th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Yes, Chloe had the cutest expression in the apartment scene, and I loved her sticking out her hand to stop Clark from interrupting. It's so brilliant that both Lois and Clark were caught completely offguard by the kiss--and so appropriate that we see Clark's non-verbal reaction but get to hear Lois discuss it. *g*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Allison bouncybop_radar on March 20th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying the meta. :-) I totally agree that it's best not to be wed to any particular outcome.

SV is essentially a Greek tragedy and Chloe is its one-woman chorus
Oh, that's a fab call! May I quote you?! :-)

That's a hard position to fill AND have a cohesive, individual personality.
So true. She certainly suffers from being the writer's voicebox, and they often use her to indicate where less articulate characters are at, notably Clark and Lana. That's a lot to carry AND be your own character. I always wanted her to be her own character, and I'm increasingly losing sight of that and it frustrates me. I was optimistic with the advent of Jimmy that she would get her own character development, and who knows? They could still get there. But I fear she'll always be their fallback when they need someone to miraculously explain events. ;-)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Allison bouncybop_radar on March 21st, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
Another very cute call!! ;-)