I made the mistake of being excited going into this ep. It brought me down with a sharp thud. To be honest, I'm going to struggle to write a positive review of this one because I had some major issues with the writing.
Sorry, gang, but this one disappointed me badly.
Things I hated
- Clark saves Tess. Of course he does. Because they need to quickly riff off the old Clex dynamic. It was a beautiful shot of him coming out of the dust from the crash... I just hate that it was her. Because it's another example of them playing the same old card but with less interest because those two have no destiny and Tess wasn't even particularly moved by being saved. There's nothing genuine about that moment. I miss Lex.
- The way Tess simpered around Clark. It doesn't suit her. She has way more chemistry with girls. Clark isn't enough of one anymore.
- Tess is a real micromanager, huh? 'I'll do it myself' seems to be her mantra. Mostly I was just amused, but I hate micromanagers so this chalks up in the hate column.
- Chloe 'just wants a change' from journalism?! Um... plausability low there. I guess this episode was about her developing an interest in counselling other meteor freaks. Which, wow. They just gave her another plot that I am not on board with. I can't think of a worse counsellor than Chloe... she lacks compassion, she's bossy and insensitive (that comment about parents in the hospital made me want to smack her!), and her idea of counselling is to lecture people. Greeeat.
- Chloe has an ugly engagement ring and a new love interest. Yawn.
- Here's the big one: the writing of the Clois scenes. I was really REALLY disappointed. They lacked their usual sparkle and appeared to be just bickering with no real affection beneath the surface for most of the episode. Also, Lois was characterised as a headline whore suddenly, which is character regression given that she developed a very real and genuine interest in uncovering the truth last season. She did NOT need Clark to do so. I hate this idea that someone Clark 'humanises' a bossy, self-centred Lois... Lois has never lacked human compassion or an interest in uncovering the truth--those were shown in her very first episode on the show. Yes, initially it was in a limited way, related to her cousin--but Clark initially showed his heroism in saving people he loved. This idea that Clark's presence at the Daily Planet suddenly taught Lois 'the true meaning of journalism' is repugnant. He's NOT EVEN INTERESTED in journalism! She is. She has been for some time and she's been investigating some big cases. And not just to gain headlines. Also, there's a massive double-standard in Clark calling Lois on her law-breaking and not Chloe. Ever. Why did it feel like a Chlark fan was writing this ep?
Things I was indifferent about
- Clark isn't really interested in journalism but wants to be close to the action. Well, it makes more sense... I hope he develops an interest in journalism as things go along.
- The angsty Chlarky 'I'm engaged' scene. Yawn.
- New guy wasn't bad, but he also wasn't that interesting. I guess if I were a big Chloe fan I'd care about him and his Evident Weirdness reveal at the end? It seemed like you had to be a Chloe fan to get much out of this ep.
- Tess alone: she wasn't bad. The actress is actually doing ok. And she sparks around women.
Things I liked
- 'Personal space, Lane! Remember?' That cracked me up because it means someone tried to explain it to Lois... with no success. *chuckles*
- Clark looked very pretty in the blue shirt, especially once it was all dirtied up. And his 'wardrobe malfunction' and then changing in a phonebooth were cute.
- 'Those aren't notes of discouragement, they're notes of encouragement' re. Lois's mark-up of Clark's obit. I'll use that one!
Sorry. That's all I got. I'm madly disappointed that the writers have misfired on the Clois so early. If anyone else is as pissed off as I am, read Meant to Be, take two asprin and consider watching 'Crimson' for therapy... that's what I'm planning.
ETA: I totally forgot to say that Chloe picked the world's worst time to lose interest in journalism... she just gained a PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY. Nul points, writers!