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15 March 2008 @ 03:02 pm
7.13 Hero  
At first I thought I wasn't going to think much of this episode, but I ended up getting really into it.

Pete
I should stay straight up that I was never a Pete Ross fan. None of you really had to hear about it because I only started posting after he'd left the show. So if you're sensitive about Pete, then I warn you in advance that I'm not very generous to him here. However, I feel the episode won me over because it actually provided some growth for him. In the end, it sat quite well with me.

My first reaction to Pete's return was: didn't he learn anything in his time in Smallville? Beware of glowy green substances! (Jimmy, I'm not so sure that Pete's 'smart'!)

I loved the warmth with which Lana greeted Pete. She really glowed! I never saw any chemistry between those two at all, but I felt like Kristin made a special effort here to show how glad Lana was to see an old friend. In part, I think that might be because Lana's a lot more confident a person now, and she's been through so much, lost so many people, that I can see her really valuing the ties with those people still left in her life. Maybe I'm reading way to much into that small scene, but I enjoyed her excitement at seeing an old friend.

I also liked Pete's (completely justified) double-take at Lionel being at the Kents. And at first I liked the nostalgia-trip of seeing the boys play basketball together. But so quickly, the old issues I had with Pete reared their head again. I never had any sympathy for the way he used to whine about how hard it was to be Clark's confidant and friend. It's not that I don't see that those emotions--the insecurity, the jealousy and the resentment--aren't natural, but it's the way he feels so willing to air them and actually seems to thrust them on to Clark as if they're Clark's fault. Pete needs to resolve these issues himself--not make Clark feel even worse about his powers. Sheesh! I felt this even more when Clark was so young and vulnerable. When he first told Pete his secret he was so afraid, and Pete's freak-out really didn't help his intimacy and trust issues!

It kind of broke my heart to hear Clark say 'after the danger I put you in knowing my secret, I actually didn't want to tell anyone else'. I think he's being gracious there. It wasn't just the danger--it was also Pete's reaction. Clark saw how hard it was for Pete to live with. And sure enough: Pete brings it up again! Whine whine whine, my life is crap and i's all your fault, whine whine whine. And then Clark drops the bombshell that Pete didn't return his calls. Ouch! But Clark seems so magnanimous about it, and it's actually Pete that passes it off as selflessness on his part. Which would wash if, as Clark gently points out, Clark had actually asked for that. But instead we have Pete martyring himself and then complaining ('I had to leave my life behind because of you, Clark, but it was better than living in your shadow')

Now maybe I'm being unfair to Pete, because he was under Kryptonite influence. I'll try and remember that--and I'd particularly like to think Pete's nasty little threat to expose Clark was only due to the GreenK--but it's tough because the attitude Pete shows here is consistent with his past issues. And GreenK aside, I find it really ugly that Pete didn't come back until he was able to upstage Clark's abilities. Evidently that is the ONLY reason he came back. What a little egotist! It's not all about you, Pete! Maybe Clark might have needed a friend. Hey, guess what, he DID! And Chloe and Lana have shown that it's possible for people to have a far more compassionate response to sharing Clark's secret. It's not easy on them either, but they also make it clear that they consider it an honour to be trusted with it. Pete, you need to grow up and stop indulging your testosterone-driven competitiveness.

So I was very glad with the resolution scene between Pete and Clark. Firstly, I found Clark's attitude to Pete very magnanimous and mature throughout the entire episode. He didn't take Pete's issues on as his own problem and he forgave him for bitching at him and threatening him with exposure. He accepted Pete's thanks generously, without making Pete feel small about it. I am VERY glad that we got a clear apology from Pete for blaming Clark. And Clark looked really moved by that, but as if he didn't want to show how much it meant to him. He's stronger now and able to weather that blame a bit better--but I think it still means a lot to him that Pete acknowledges it. And I confess that Pete's 'I gotta find another way to save the world' actually gave me shivers. I think because it was so unexpected. I thought it was a cool twist to hint at a change of direction, a growth into maturity for Pete.

Reconciliation
One of the things I did enjoy about the episode was Jimmy. It was great to see his quick photographer's instincts at work. The fact that his first instinct was to photograph Kara dancing suggests to me how visual a person he is--he saw the photo opportunity. And then wound up catching the 'hero' shot! Even though it was an accident I like it when they show us these little touches of who he'll become.

And while I did like the sparks between Kara and Jimmy, that ship never really went anywhere. I'm not surprised now that the air has been cleared between him and Chloe he's thinking of her again. Particularly when a little bit of jealousy flared to make him aware of his feelings. And I found Jimmy's stumbled 'I should have just said I was, right?' very adorable. I find myself happy to see them smoothing things out again.

Clark Mark II
I enjoyed the Lex parts of this episode the most. Seeing Lex pull out a little gladiator figurine made me squee, and then I was instantly fascinated by the crest and what it could mean. Although, amusingly, the star constellation on it kind of looks like a reverse Southern Cross, so it made me wonder if the Luthors had some kind of Sekrit Southern Hemisphere Past, lol. (Clearly that's not NEARLY interesting enough!) I love Smallville's visual imagery though so I instantly went into decoder-mode trying to make sense of what it could mean. I'm particularly interested in the way that the stars are framed within a sun. Given Superman's connection to the sun, I found it intriguing that they'd chosen to go with that. And what does the 'V' symbol mean? I can't wait to find out more!

Lex is loving the situation he's in now with Kara. Having her express her doubts about Clark must be so gratifying to him, it validates all his longheld resentments. And there was so much suggested in the Kara-Lex scenes. She is SUCH a Clark substitute for him! I laughed so hard when he reached for the Ty Nant bottle: 'Let me just go over here and remember Clark some more.' I thought it was quite cool that Kara had worked out that Clark had no medical or dental records. Nice one! And of course it provided the clever line 'who doesn't get sick?' Delivered to Lex, that has added power--it's a subtle shoutout to the audience, reminding us of Lex's unnatural healing ability (something I'm sure he'll keep from Kara). His appeal to Kara, was completely reminiscent of his old appeals to Clark: the shoulder grasp, the promise to protect her, and the underlying selfish motivations.

From a continuity perspective it was exciting to see Lex pull out the shots of the Kryptonian symbols at the Kent farm, and to hear that he'd showed Kara Lana's old tattoo. The idea of him having someone to show off his portfolio of Kent-related memorabilia makes me both excited and giggly. And is response to Kara asking to move in was glorious. It was simultaneously chilling and hilarious. You could see his subconscious flipping over and thinking 'wheeee! a girl!Clark of my very own! and she's asking to move in!' How long will he be able to hold off on making moves on Kara? Or will he just play it smart so she makes all the advances--I kind of think he'd rather it that way. What he wants is a Clark (or Clark-substitute) that wants him, that sees him as a genuine protector. He gets everything with Kara: an alien of his own to control, and also revenge on the alien who rejected him.

Am I the only one that was puzzled/amused by Lionel's emphasis on the word 'visiting': "Kara has been 'visiting' with Lex." He made it sound like a euphemism! For...? *g*

Secret-keeping
Not only does Kara work as 'Clark Mark II: the improved receptive version' for Lex; she also works as someone he can identify with. Her frustations with Clark match his. And when he promised her he'd help her get her memory back it made me wonder if he was subconsciously reliving his own experience with memory loss. Except rather than lie to him and tell him to forget all about it (like Clark did) he tells Kara he'll do whatever it takes to return those memories to her (like he wished Clark had done with him). The fact that the memories are potentially dangerous to her and could cause quite the identity crisis and conflict with others is not his predominant concern. And in this I have to agree with him. I never bought the 'lie to protect' business with Lex, and I don't buy it now with Kara. There are ways to tell her the truth and keep her grounded, I'm sure. Sure, she might fly off the handle a bit at first. But after the initial shock it will be better for her. SURELY?!

I'm not surprised by Clark's avoidance of the Fortress. Whenever there's conflict with Jor-El he practices avoidance, although he always winds up back there eventually. In due course, I've no doubt that Jor-El will give him a serve about not bringing Kara straight there. What I was pleased about, though, was seeing Clark want to tell Kara the truth. And I'm not really sure why Lana and Lionel thought she wouldn't believe them. To me, it's quite obvious that the bigger danger is in allowing Lex to be the one to reveal the secrets to Kara. Why oh why are they giving him that power?!

So when I saw Clark burying the bracelet at the end of the episode I shook my head in despair. I do feel a little as if the writers have forced this plot to set Clark and Lex against each other once again. And I'm kind of torn, because I do love the Lex angle on it. He's so fun to watch and it makes him a more sympathetic figure to have him be the one supporting Kara in her search for the truth. The Clark angle kind of makes no sense.

Kara's not so far from the truth when she says that Lana and Clark 'lie on auto-pilot'. They've both got very good at it, though she doesn't realise that Lana honed that skill under Lex's tutelage, not Clark's. Ironically it helps Lana keep Clark's secret more effectively. I really liked her line about Lex being the hero at the exact moment that you need him to be. But I sympathise with Kara pointing out that the best way to prove the truth of that would be to tell the truth herself. And it was very interesting to see Lana thrust into Clark's old role in barn scenes of stone-walling and criticising Lex, while the other person vowed to find out the truth eventually. I actually thought Lana would regret her actions there and go to Clark and agree it was best to tell Kara the truth. I thought she was empathising with Kara. After all, she's been in Kara's position so often hereself. But no.

Surveillance
Back to things I enjoyed... Chloe's little run-in with Lex. As much as I understand Chloe's indignation at the power that Lex is exercising here, I really don't think she stopped to think before mouthing off at him. He's her employer, and she's pretty naive if she thinks that management don't monitor activity on work computers anyway! Again, this was a situation in which, despite who he is, Lex had more of my sympathy. Chloe is his employee and she wastes a hell of a lot of time on work time and using work property pursuing her own agenda. She holds the audience sympathy because that agenda is protecting Clark. But objectively? Chloe would have been fired by a vigilant boss a long time ago for time-wasting. And the minute Lex took over the Planet, Chloe would have been wise to stop using her work computer as control centre for Clark Kent,

Also, Chloe was kinda hypocritical to call Lex on espionage when, um, that's what she does to him all the time. Seeing those two fire off at one another was entirely enjoyable though, so I say bring on more snark!

Final random thoughts:
- I thought One Republic were quite enjoyable.
- Every time I watch Smallville after a break, Tom's beauty takes my breath away all over again. He seriously is the perfect example of male perfection. *happy sigh*
ETA: Apparently the chewing gum is a real brand. *laughs and laughs* Of all the stupid things Smallville has done...
 
 
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dm_wyatt: artsy upfront Tomdm_wyatt on March 15th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Every time I watch Smallville after a break, Tom's beauty takes my breath away all over again. He seriously is the perfect example of male perfection. *happy sigh*

Truer words have never been spoken.

How can someone so perfect be improved upon? I wouldn't have thought it possible, but he just keeps getting better every episode.

Tom (although he wasn't in this that much) probably is the only reason I don't loathe this epidoe, despite the shameless product placement...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Faithbop_radar on March 15th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Omg, no, don't tell me the chewing gum was a real brand.... O.O

(And yeah, how IS it possible that he keeps getting better?!)
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Nora Norwichnorwich36 on March 15th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
The chewing gum is a real brand, much as that boggles the imagination.

It's funny, because my first thought as I watched Pete's plotline unfold was, "Damn, Bop is going to HATE this episode." And really I completely agree with your criticisms of Pete here--it's like they decided to collect every single one of his worst characteristics and put them on display. And sure, he was under the influence of Kryptonite, but clearly it was only exaggerating his natural impulses--to be jealous of Clark, to hate the Luthors--not creating them out of the whole cloth. I do have to say, though, Pete won me back in that final scene with Clark. I agree with you--he showed real growth here, and that was good to see.

I also agree with you on the whole "secret-keeping" plot with Kara. I mean, WTF, Clark and Lana? (Well, I rant about that in my own review, so I won't here). It doesn't even make sense except as a plot device to push Kara into Lex's arms. Which I really don't mind, because as you say: she's Clark mark II.

Oh, I thought the dental and medical records she couldn't find were her own, not Clark's.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana Luthorbop_radar on March 15th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
my first thought as I watched Pete's plotline unfold was, "Damn, Bop is going to HATE this episode."
Hahaha, I DID for a lot of it. I was sitting there stony-faced and arms folded... but it kind of won me over. That final scene was really needed for Pete's character and it made me glad that the did bring him back in order to do this. Kind of felt like he got redeemed a bit.

And you are probably right about Kara's records--I must have misheard that--I only watched it the once.
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mahaliemmahaliem on March 15th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
As I wrote in someone else's journal, I believe the V is part of the Luthor crest, one that they put on their windows and one that Lex painted on his toys. My theory is that Lex is figuring out that the 'S' symbol is a family crest.

And I loved the Chloe and Lex interactions, too!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clexvillebop_radar on March 15th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought we'd seen the 'V' before--nicely remembered about the toys--but I've never been sure what it meant. Do you recall if the stars have always been part of the crest? I don't remember them being there... and the sun?

How weird if the 'S' symbol turns out to be a Luthor thing. Hmm. *ponders*
Fleegull: Crown's Minefleegull on March 15th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
He's her employer, and she's pretty naive if she thinks that management don't monitor activity on work computers anyway!

That really nicked me the wrong way, I'm pretty sure that most jobs have their employees now sigining contracts that say that they understand that management has the right to monitor all computer activity. Being Chloe, I would assume that she was on to this and would keep any work that she felt might be sensitive on her personal computer. Of course the way that the file downloaded in front of her was also silly, I'd like to believe that Lex has better, less obvious ways of snooping in on his workers' computers.

I'm not surprised by Clark's avoidance of the Fortress.

Agreed, it seems like bad things happen to him everytime he goes there.

I suppose that Pete's story was the main storyline but everything besides him was interesting, expcept for the fact that we at least got confirmation that Clark tried to keep in contact with him. I also realized that Clark doesn't have what you could call "guy" friends. He never hangs out with Jimmy and Oliver up and left. In the past the show at least made the occasional effort to show that Clark knew other kids in school, even if he wasn't all the popular. Even when he went to college for five minutes he didn't make any new friends, it's sad really.

From a continuity perspective it was exciting to see Lex pull out the shots of the Kryptonian symbols at the Kent farm, and to hear that he'd showed Kara Lana's old tattoo.

It's still the Number One thing in his life, even with all the cloning, the takeover of the Planet, it all goes back to Kent.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on March 15th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that most jobs have their employees now sigining contracts that say that they understand that management has the right to monitor all computer activity.
absolutely! I am prompted to agree to that every time I sign in to my work computer! And the only reason I get access to a lot of websites is because they know I'm an editor and need to do a lot of diverse research. But what I do on work time is technically their intellectual property.

Of course the way that the file downloaded in front of her was also silly, I'd like to believe that Lex has better, less obvious ways of snooping in on his workers' computers
Yes, that was totally ridiculous. I like to think that Lex was just in the mood for a bit of an argument and decided to stir Chloe. ;)

I also realized that Clark doesn't have what you could call "guy" friends.
That's something I've felt really lacking for a long time. I felt it when Clark had that lame birthday party with only his mom, Chloe and Lois. Much as I love the girls, they're not the same as having male friends his age. I think that's been a big hole for him. It's one of the reasons I was pleased to see him gain a friendship with Oliver. But all his male friends up and leave...
hp5angst: clark shp5angst on March 15th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
I totally have to agree with what you stated about 98%. It's like they threw in every thing we saw him feel from the first three seasons and regurgitated it back in this episode. Since he has been gone, he has not grown character-wise at all, which unnerves me. I was hoping for foreshadowing from the comics... but was disappointed. As you stated, Kristin's efforts (and maybe his last scene with Clark) was all I received.

Jimmy was great! Boy, leave the interviewing in better hands and pick up the camera!

Yeah, Lex is probably amazed by how easy this ordeal with Kara is. I mean he doesn't have to lift a finger and she's coming to him. So much easier than when he had to capture Lana. lol
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on March 16th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
It's like they threw in every thing we saw him feel from the first three seasons and regurgitated it back in this episode.
Yup. I'm just thankful they got the revisit over with in one episode.
svgurl: welcome to 'stride'villesvgurl on March 15th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
Have I mentioned how much I love your reviews? I really love your reviews. You say everything I'm thinking and do it so eloquently!

"I loved the warmth with which Lana greeted Pete. She really glowed!"

Is it wrong that I kinda shipped those two after that hug?

"I never had any sympathy for the way he used to whine about how hard it was to be Clark's confidant and friend. It's not that I don't see that those emotions--the insecurity, the jealousy and the resentment--aren't natural, but it's the way he feels so willing to air them and actually seems to thrust them on to Clark as if they're Clark's fault."

As a member of Team Clark, I was pissed off with Pete for 95% of this episode. I don't think Clark needs the guilt. Pete can escape, Clark can't and Pete's selfishness made me want to smack him. I hate when people blame their problems on Clark. He shoulders enough guilt ... and he's so much more miserable now than ever before. I wish someone would tell him it's not all his fault.

"Particularly when a little bit of jealousy flared to make him aware of his feelings. And I found Jimmy's stumbled 'I should have just said I was, right?' very adorable. I find myself happy to see them smoothing things out again."

I thought him backing up on the slip of the meteor freak thing was cute! I so saw the Pete/Chloe/Jimmy triangle coming. I'm just hoping he treats her better this time and doesn't go running to Kara when she gets her memory back.

The Kara/Lex arrangement is definitely parallel to early season Clex.

"His appeal to Kara, was completely reminiscent of his old appeals to Clark: the shoulder grasp, the promise to protect her, and the underlying selfish motivations."

The difference is that with Clark, he was genuine. Now? He's manipulative and just wants the big secret.

"Back to things I enjoyed... Chloe's little run-in with Lex. As much as I understand Chloe's indignation at the power that Lex is exercising here, I really don't think she stopped to think before mouthing off at him."

Yeah, it's like she's trying to get herself fired. It's too un-Chloe to be complacent though but I wonder how she's still managing to be around and stay sane.

Am I the only one who thought the purple office was hilarious?

I *like* OneRepublic but that "Apologize" song got old. However, I am now obsessed with "Stop and Stare". LOL!

Tom is SO beautiful! And his hair was actually cooperating in this episode!

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on March 15th, 2008 08:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! :) Your comment makes me glow.

Is it wrong that I kinda shipped those two after that hug?
Haha, I instantly started thinking about it too...

Pete's selfishness made me want to smack him.
Yes, me too. I was so with Lex when he said 'you're starting to try my patience, Pete'.

Now? He's manipulative and just wants the big secret.
*nods* Though I think the doubled motives were always there. It's just that in the past, his better side won out and the secret-desiring part was something that stayed more in the background. Now for all his manipulation and overt desires for power, I think his heart is captured more than he'd like to admit.

Am I the only one who thought the purple office was hilarious?
Oh good point! It was.

I'm not familiar with OneRepublic really.

TRUE about Tom's hair!
tragicllyhiptragicllyhip on March 15th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
What I was pleased about, though, was seeing Clark want to tell Kara the truth. And I'm not really sure why Lana and Lionel thought she wouldn't believe them. To me, it's quite obvious that the bigger danger is in allowing Lex to be the one to reveal the secrets to Kara. Why oh why are they giving him that power?!

I've thought about that too, but honestly with her complete blank slate, why would she believe she was an alien, especially since she has no powers at all. And if she didn't believe him, its quite possible with her distrust of Clark she'd run to Lex and tell him what Clark said, thus revealing both of their secrets. When Clark found out he had powers and a spaceship to back it up, all they would have in this instance is their word, and thats a pretty far-out thing to hear.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW smilebop_radar on March 16th, 2008 09:00 am (UTC)
That's a really good point--I wish it had been explored in dialogue on the show.
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opusnone: lexopusnone on March 15th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Incredible analysis of the episode, an episode I was really having some difficulty ordering in my mind - thank you.

Lex is loving the situation he's in now with Kara. Having her express her doubts about Clark must be so gratifying to him, it validates all his longheld resentments.

Not only does Kara work as 'Clark Mark II: the improved receptive version' for Lex; she also works as someone he can identify with. Her frustations with Clark match his.

I love how the Lex/Kara relationship focuses more directly on Clark and his secrets then the Lex/Lana one did. In the latter relationship, they seemed to focus more on the tangible, and outward, manifestations in their inquiries (the ship(s), the visitor(s)) while skirting around Clark’s role. With Kara, Lex has found a supportive sidekick (or more) willing to address the importance of Clark head-on. The investigations are becoming more personal in their nature (direct links to the Kent property, Lana’s tattoo, knowing Chloe's secret) and thus potentially more emotionally explosive. I kept thinking about "The Room" while was Lex showing Kara the photos. He has to have another one going somewhere. Do you think he got any of the hospital surveillance tape from “Crusade”? *sighs happily* at the possibility.


And as for the Lex/Chloe confrontation: thank you so much for bringing up the problematical aspects of Chloe’s indignation. I admit to going off on a bit of a rant about from the outset (DVR is god's gift to a wandering mind). Virtually every company I’ve worked for and with (large and small) have had very specific and lengthy policies regarding computer use, monitoring, and intellectual property rights. If I were more suspicious, I would it say it was some sort of jab by the writers at the powers that be, but I think I’m overreaching here.

Again, a wonderful and insightful review. and an absolute pleasure to read.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: K Lexbop_radar on March 16th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)

With Kara, Lex has found a supportive sidekick (or more) willing to address the importance of Clark head-on. The investigations are becoming more personal in their nature (direct links to the Kent property, Lana’s tattoo, knowing Chloe's secret) and thus potentially more emotionally explosive.
That's so true--it's got great potential for scaling up the emotional power for the end of the season.

I kept thinking about "The Room" while was Lex showing Kara the photos. He has to have another one going somewhere. Do you think he got any of the hospital surveillance tape from “Crusade”? *sighs happily* at the possibility.
I was thinking about the Room as well. He must have an equivalent! I have faith in Lex--I think he's got a LOT of surveillance footage. :) It would be cool if we saw it at some stage though.

If I were more suspicious, I would it say it was some sort of jab by the writers at the powers that be, but I think I’m overreaching here.
Hee! I'm glad it wasn't just me who was really thrown by that scene. Quite good fodder for ranting, it's true.

Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!
suex on March 15th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Boppy once again you have managed to say everything that I also felt about this episode, but so much more eloquently than I could ever do. Bravo!!

I was so excited to see Smallville return that I thought that no matter how bad the episode was going to be that I would enjoy it regardless, but watching it there were so much going on in the episode that I loved it more than I thought I would anyway.

I also noticed that the Veritas symbol was very much like the Southern Cross, but I guess you have to come from down under to notice that, but I loved how they tied in the constellation to the date of the first meteor shower. Cant wait to see where all of this goes.

And I totally agree with you about Lana/Kristin's reaction to Pete. She looked so genuine and pleased to see him, that I could detect a little chemistry that could develop into a Lana/Pete relationship in the future as per the comics, if they so chose to go that way.

I think Tragiclyhip (I know I spelt that wrong, sorry) is right about revealing to Kara that she's an alien, and I can understand the predicament that Clark is in, and Lana and Lionel both probably feel the same thing.

Totally agree with you about Pete, he was always an ass, but at least now we have closure to Pete's story, which is a good thing.

And as much as I hate product placement, it pays the bills and with a struggling network like The CW, they gotta take the funds from where ever they can. I cant imagine how the writers must have felt when the Network came to them with this idea.

Anyways, great review. I love reading them.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois Crimsonbop_radar on March 16th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
I loved how they tied in the constellation to the date of the first meteor shower. Cant wait to see where all of this goes.
I know!! That was a real *squeeeee* moment. :) Can't wait to find out more.

Totally agree with you about Pete, he was always an ass, but at least now we have closure to Pete's story, which is a good thing.
LOL, glad others agree with me. I was grateful for the closure though, definitely.

I cant imagine how the writers must have felt when the Network came to them with this idea.
I know! OUCH. It's not something that would ever make me indignant--it just made me laugh, really. Clearly not the writers' choice or fault.
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atemkpjmm on March 16th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
The V is about Veritas...which Lillian asked Lionel about in Fracture.

The V has never been part of the Luthor crest until Fracture. I guess the show is either expecting people don't notice or not really care it was never there before, but it rubs me the wrong way. Not that I don't like that backstory, but to have the old crest up all this season until Fracture makes no sense to me!

The V symbol aslo showed up as a seal on that letter Lana was messing with in I think Siren, but the Luthor crest in the mansion was just the old L one.

K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois searchingbop_radar on March 16th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)
Ah, Veritas! Cool! And yeah, it's pretty horribly clunky to suddenly change the crest. I'll ride with it because clearly it's going to be an ongoing plot point, but yeah. Clunky.

The V symbol aslo showed up as a seal on that letter Lana was messing with in I think Siren, but the Luthor crest in the mansion was just the old L one.
Nicely monitored. Thank you for sharing that.
Beck: SV - Clark Lois Oliver by Carmendovebeck_liz on March 16th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
You know, I held off from watching this for several days, because I saw the blurb in the schedule that said "Pete" and "kryptonite chewing gum" and thought this was possibly a bad combination. It didn't help that I got accidentally spoiled by a Canadian who got to see it a day earlier (accidentally as in I forgot that Canada got it a day ahead and clicked on the post thinking she was talking about something she'd heard, rather than the whole episode), who was not impressed in the slightest.

That said, although it was not anywhere near my favorite Smallville episode, it was pretty good. I even came out thinking Pete wasn't bad, which... I've always been rather disappointed with Smallville!Pete, due to all the bad parts of him that the Kryptonite brought to the forefront. But this episode also reminded me that he's a loyal friend who does want to do the right thing, so I think I came out liking Pete better than before. Especially with his comment at the end about finding some other way to save the world. Nice.

Also like how this is a continuation of the anvil dropping on Clark's head about how he needs to be more active in the superhero biz. Hopefully, he'll start taking the hint sooner rather than later.

I hope we actually get to see Clark confront Lionel about why he kept that bracelet.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Dead Like Mebop_radar on March 16th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
I saw the blurb in the schedule that said "Pete" and "kryptonite chewing gum" and thought this was possibly a bad combination
Hahaha, I see why!

And I agree that it worked out better than I would have expected. Like you, I wound up thinking a bit more of Pete--or at least of where Pete is headed--than I have previously. Finding another way to save the world is a great way to use his character trait of being frustrated at coming second to Clark to good advantage.

I too hope we see that Clark-Lionel confrontation.
goodvibe: clexlovegoodvibe on March 16th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
I thought both Clark and Lex were written very well in this ep. Really enjoyed reading your thoughts on them. :-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Aishwarya lanternbop_radar on March 17th, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks!
gildinwengildinwen on March 16th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing when Chloe burst into Lex's office, He's her employer for crying out loud he has a right to monitor what she is doing in office hours, and considering she's done the same to him plenty of times, she hasn't got a leg to stand on

As for Kara...I can understand why they didn't tell her the truth, I think tragicallhip ( sorry if that's spelt wrong) summed up my ideas on the subject.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on March 17th, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
*nods* I thought she made a very strong argument about the Kara plot--I just wish they'd had some better dialogue to explore that issue. Sigh.