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08 November 2008 @ 11:06 am
8.8 Bloodline  
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode.

The 'previously' was the first thing that threw me. I had reconciled myself to Kara never being mentioned again, but I'm delighted that she got to come back for an ep to give her character a better ending. And yes, it sucks that Clark didn't mention her in the interim, but if I handwave that, the 'family' moments between them in this episode played really well to me (thanks, Tom!). I did find their little tustle in the Phantom Zone rather amusing--'it's my destiny!' 'no it's MY destiny!' 'I must protect you!' 'No, I must protect YOU!' Two Kryptonians together in a hilariously stubborn impasse of heroism.

I really liked the tough!Kara that they wrote in this episode. The idea that she had learnt from what had happened when Clark got out and vowed not to let it happen again really appealed to me. It carves her out as a hero in a plotline that builds on Clark's but is not an exact copy. Also, it made her dark and tough and warrior-princess-y. :)

What's the funky paperweight for?
Apart from the involuntary flinch that I make at Lois's music taste every time it's mentioned, I was delighted with her unexpected 'fait accompli' arrival at the Kent Farm. It's so very Lois! In her mind Clark invited her already, she's welcome! I did *not* expect the 'paperweight' twist, though obviously I figured something would happen to prevent Lois moving in.

Wow! Lois in the Phantom Zone! That is something I never expected to see. And it was AWESOME. I like that she was trying to save Clark and that's how she wound up there. She was trying to get him to drop it. That's what Clark hasn't learnt to factor in with Lois--the fact that telling her to run away just won't work a lot of the time because she thinks it's her job to save him.

I loved Lois's quick grasp of what had happened: two suns in the sky? Not Earth. Abducted by aliens. That's a pretty logical conclusion knowing what she knows and no wonder she thinks Clark is a bit slow on the uptake! (Poor Clark had a tough time explaining everything away this time! Blood sugar? That's an old-school lame excuse...)

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
And now let us marvel at Erica's acting. She was AMAAAAAAAAZING as Faora. I absolutely stopped thinking about her as 'Lois'. She completely felt like a different character--and a fascinatingly chilling one. I love that Erica got this chance to demonstrate her range as an actress and omg, she is SO GOOD.

I have a confession: I got spoiled for Davis's identity just a day before this episode aired. (Not the fault of fandom: I found out via a completely unrelated blog, bizarrely, so it was one of those things I couldn't have avoided by predicting where there might be spoilers.) So my reaction to this episode was more 'oh, so that's how they're winging this' then as revelation. Having not known for so long, I definitely find myself sympathetic to Davis, which is a bit... weird. But I'm really enjoying Sam's performance in the role so I'll roll with it.

Of course, now the character's been given an injection of evil thanks to Faora. For me, it worked well to have her appear here to show just how chilling the intention of his creation was because Davis himself is not currently scary. The way they've constructed his blackouts as an alter ego means it's something that 'happens' to him. He's a victim of his lineage and origins the same way other characters are in Smallville. Except in this case his victim status is taken to an extreme, just as his destiny is. Faora kills him and he resurrects impervious to penetration by metal. He's evolving. Faora kills him to make him stronger. Wow, Jor-El got nothin' on that! (Sorry--I had to! The Kryptonian parenting really cracks me up. They do NOT like it when their offspring fail their destinies!)

The Clark-Faora battle was brilliant, and I'm particularly delighted it ended with Lois falling on Clark in that completely hot way. :) I was equally delighted with Clark admitting (if only non-verbally) that Lois was tough. :)

In time, the truth will reveal itself
Can I say how much I LOVE Tess now? It took me a few episodes to warm up to her, yes, but I think that was largely about adjusting to the overall premise of the season. Once I'd oriented myself, I've found that I love her more and more with each episode. She rocked in this one, and OMG, she gave Lois a raise for being a (hot) badass!

I loved the scene between Mercy and Faora--it was wonderful to see the two power women up against each other. Tess tried to play the situation to her advantage, just as Lex would have. She offered a partnership, just as Lex would have. But Faora saw through her... and that really turned Tess on. HEE!

If that hadn't been awesome enough, Mercy also got to go up against Green Arrow. (I felt sorry for her getting shot with the dart of immoblisation--that powerlessness would really annoy her, I think.) AND she got a fabulous scene with Clark. I loved the way she handled him when she confronted him about being in the Arctic when Lex disappeared. 'I want to trust you, and I want to know why Lex didn't' was a brilliant line, wonderfully delivered.

When it comes to Clark's... that. I steer clear.
More shameless fangirling from me, I'm afraid. Oliver-haters avert your eyes! OMG, I loved him in this episode SO MUCH. He played off Chloe really well for me because he voiced my own issues with her. Firstly he was all 'wtf with the stalkery?' (Chloe getting pissed off that he was in Venezuala really annoyed me: he has his own life, Chloe! Frustration is fine, but this sense of entitlement needs to go.) And then he picked up on Chloe hiding something straight away! And once he found out what it was, he was all 'ok, this needs dealt with'. THANK YOU! Clark and Chloe's ability to ignore the obviously-dangerous-but-we-feel-uncomfortable-talking-about-it-and-hope-it-will-just-go-away annoys me so much sometimes. Oliver spoke with my voice in this ep.

Also, I kind of really love Oliver's 'don't bring that crazy Kryptonian shit near me' approach. That's how I'd feel too!

I love that he rocked up at Clark's farm to talk about things. And his little wave from that chair really amused me. As did 'no welcome back to Earth cards'. I think what he had to say is stuff that Clark already knew, he's just been avoiding. And hearing what Chloe really did to get him out of the Phantom Zone is a big wake-up call. I am glad that this issue is being confronted and have faith that Clark will do so now.
 
 
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CapnZebbie: stalkerkittycapnzebbie on November 8th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this one, too. In fact, I'm enjoying this season quite a lot! I've never been a big ED-as-Lois fan, but she really was brilliant in this episode. I felt the same way you did, so impressed with her portayal of Faora. It was my favorite part of the ep.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on November 8th, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Yay! Yeah, she really 'brought it' as an actress, and I don't think that was an easy character to portray--it could go into caricature so easily. But she was mesmerising.
svgurl: lois loves clarksvgurl on November 8th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
I totally love your review! I agree with all of it! It's awesome. :D

They actually gave a valid reason for Kara's disappearance and I do believe her story got good closure. :)

I loved the Clois so much! :D

That's what Clark hasn't learnt to factor in with Lois--the fact that telling her to run away just won't work a lot of the time because she thinks it's her job to save him.

Totally! Like at the end of 'Identity', when she claimed to be protecting him ... I thought it was adorable and hilarious at the same time!

And now let us marvel at Erica's acting. She was AMAAAAAAAAZING as Faora. I absolutely stopped thinking about her as 'Lois'.

For sure! Like Tom played Bizarro and Clark differently, she did a wonderful job in distinguishing between Lois and Faora. And looked hot doing it. I LOVED her hair and outfit. :D

Tess was great too. I really am enjoying her character. And it helps that she has chemistry with all the women. It's fun. :)

I ADORE Oliver! He cracks me up. I feel bad that he clearly has no home, since his penthouse is like the Ace of Clubs now.

Also, I kind of really love Oliver's 'don't bring that crazy Kryptonian shit near me' approach. That's how I'd feel too!

He so doesn't care about Clark's heritage and he gets major points for that one. It's like he's the only one. :D

Everyone seemed to bring their A-game to this episode. Davis's story is quite interesting and I love Clark. :)

I'm still very happy with s8. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on November 8th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
They actually gave a valid reason for Kara's disappearance and I do believe her story got good closure. :)
Yes, they repaired a gaping hole in the show's plot--I'm really pleased about that, and it was done in an interesting way.

And looked hot doing it. I LOVED her hair and outfit. :D
Oh yeah! She looked amAZing! She was clearly an older woman in a young woman's body--that came through really clearly in both manner and appearance.

I ADORE Oliver! He cracks me up. I feel bad that he clearly has no home, since his penthouse is like the Ace of Clubs now.
Oh, yes, he's SO funny. Justin is a great comedic actor. And I agree--poor Ollie. I feel sad that all his scenes are in the plane. He's got no home base!

He so doesn't care about Clark's heritage and he gets major points for that one. It's like he's the only one. :D
Yeah, I find it really refreshing. It's like he's honest enough to admit that it freaks him out and he'd rather not deal with it. He also respects Clark enough to believe that's ok--his best friends don't need to be poking around in his stuff and know all the ins and outs of his heritage. I think that's cool because Clark isn't really very big on sharing that stuff voluntarily and he normally does shield his friends from it. So Oliver's attitude suits Clark fine, I imagine--and it must be refreshing to have a friend like that.

Season 8 is proving to be GREAT.
Heather: Alex Ross Superman by Memiss_tress on November 8th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
I wanted to draw sparkly hearts over so many different parts of this episode! Everybody gets a gold star this week!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Yay!bop_radar on November 8th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
They did! They did! I feel that too.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on November 8th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
I think she knows something. I'm pretty sure of it, actually. At the very least, it's probably heightened her subconscious awareness of their being 'something' about Clark. I really did get the feeling she was fooling Clark and I only not mentioned it because I figure we'll see more follow-up on that in the eps to come. At least that's what I assumed!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Batgirlbop_radar on November 8th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Hahaha, but it happens so rarely. So yeah, could be never mentioned again. ;P
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Oliverbop_radar on November 8th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
I feel like they've at least introduced the element of choice to his arc.
Oh, that's interesting. I didn't get that sense, to be honest. I think the last scene played really ambiguously to me--I thought maybe it had kind of 'turned' him once and for all? I guess if we see him wandering around and being normal again next week then that will be debunked and yes, in that case it will be interesting to see what decisions he makes in light of the information he now has. I do hope it plays out that way.

If both (a) and (b) are true, then Tess isn't on Clark's side and further more, she should know that Clark would think that as well.
Oh, but I rather thought she was implying to Clark that she's not as loyal to Lex. *We've* seen her behind the scenes loyalty but he hasn't, and she was suggesting that she might make a different decision to Lex. I think we will see her try a different tack, but I'm fine with her on this one for now because I think that's the sort of argument that doesn't work immediately, and Tess knows that. That's why reiterating it over time and not appearing threatening, consistently, is important.

Oh, I'm glad you liked Oliver's role in this aspect! I thought they used him well and he gave such great advice. (Though I don't really think he meant *only* the Fortress regarding the crystal--it was more of a blanket 'I am just a human, I don't touch stuff that could hurt me' comment--and that's sensible because any of those talismans, rocks, crystals or bits and pieces have been dangerous to humans in the past.)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on November 8th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
They finally told us how Davis fits into Clark's world and THAT makes him work for me finally
Well not knowing who he was I kind of just didn't care about him at all. He felt completely random. But I can understand how frustrating it would have been to know who he was but not have any sign of how he fitted in this universe. I think I got spoiled for his identity at just the right time: right before they made clear how he ties to Clark.

Chloe works best when someone keeps her in check and off her high-horse.
Yeah, I agree. I even, almost, found her 'do I tell you how to shoot your arrows?' call cute.

Loved that Erica & Tom were who she shared her scenes with as I think they were the closest to her on set last season. I wish Laura all the best, Kara rocked this ep!
Oh, that's cool re. Erica and Tom--their scenes together were great and I'm pleased she got this ending. Kara was at her best this episode--the writing team did well with her here.

Erica should SO be nominated for and win lead actress this year
Absolutely. She's been performing so well, but this performance was completely exceptional and double-wow on the right-handed thing if that's so--I'll have to go check. I'm really happy for her that she got to do this as she seems like someone that loves the craft of acting.
Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on November 8th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
There was a lot to like in this eppie. Davis is my new favorite thing about Smallville. Love Sam Witwer's portrayal and love the character of Davis. They've done a great job of making it clear he's a sympathetic, good guy struggling with this other side (shades of Lex but more obvious) and I feel very curious about how they're going to reconcile it with the dastardly acts I'm sure he's going to have to start performing. (I know nothing about the mythology of his character in the Superman universe, so I didn't really understand what was up with him getting killed with the metal pole and magically resurrecting to find his body--slamming as it is--has turned into actual rock/able to shatter metal.)

Erica did a very good job as Faora--and her hair/makeup were fabulous. I'm still trying to pinpoint exactly why she looks so different this season. Is it really just the hair color? I guess it must be.

Still love Oliver. Though I thought it was ridiculous--even though I know it's in keeping with the superman/clark kent in glasses duality--that Tess couldn't recognize him standing three feet from her with a hood and sunglasses on. Girlfriend, you slept with him. Come on now.

Really hope they "fix" Chloe soon. She's seemed really off all season to me, even though they're ostensibly writing her character the same. (She had some great comebacks in this eppie--about telling Ollie how to shoot his arrows, for example.) The previews for next week look intriguing. I love memory loss eps.

I'm still fairly neutral on Lois and Clark's rapidly evolving relationship. I like them better in denial and snarking. It's going too fast for me.

Kara and Clark. Like Kara and too bad Laura's leaving. I couldn't handwave the fact that they seldom interact to buy into the "You are my home" stuff. Have you even spared her a thought all season Clark? I don't know. I did like the "I feel like I belong with you" though.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clark basketballbop_radar on November 8th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
I know nothing about the mythology of his character in the Superman universe, so I didn't really understand what was up with him getting killed with the metal pole and magically resurrecting to find his body--slamming as it is--has turned into actual rock/able to shatter metal
He becomes impervious to what has previously killed him, and he's born over and over more and more powerful.

Though I thought it was ridiculous--even though I know it's in keeping with the superman/clark kent in glasses duality--that Tess couldn't recognize him
Hee! what's even funnier is that I actually think SV has done really well with Oliver's GA persona by including the voice distortion! Because that's a real giveaway I always think. But yeah, you just need to roll with that one. It'll be SO MUCH WORSE when Clark is Superman but doesn't wear glasses...

Have you even spared her a thought all season Clark? I don't know. I did like the "I feel like I belong with you" though.
Oh I think that's fairly normal for SV. And I gave them the benefit of the doubt--I assumed they weren't originally sure if they'd get Laura back at all. And anyway, SV's lapsed plotlines are something I've come to live with.
goodvibe: clois2goodvibe on November 8th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
ED was amazing as Faora. She just totally switched into another persona altogether.

And the PZ Clois scenes were great too. They did a more effective job of conveying just how far these two have come along than most anvils put together would.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clois did we?bop_radar on November 9th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
They were wonderful scenes, yes.
Nora Norwich: Lois lovelynorwich36 on November 8th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
Wow! Lois in the Phantom Zone! That is something I never expected to see. And it was AWESOME. I like that she was trying to save Clark and that's how she wound up there. She was trying to get him to drop it. That's what Clark hasn't learnt to factor in with Lois--the fact that telling her to run away just won't work a lot of the time because she thinks it's her job to save him.

Yes, exactly. It's become enough of a pattern that I hope he notices, though--and not just to make his own saves more effective. I *love* that Lois keeps trying to protect him.

I have a confession: I got spoiled for Davis's identity just a day before this episode aired.
And I made up an acronym and everything to protect you! Sorry you got spoiled.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on November 9th, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)
I know! Thank you for the acronym! It was great. I feel kind of bad because several people said they were interested in seeing what I made of it all, unspoiled. However I didn't get spoiled by anyone on my f'list and I couldn't really avoid this spoiler, so I am ok about it. Also, I think I found out at a good time because this episode started to piece together how he ties to SV 'verse.
daybreak777: faoradaybreak777 on November 27th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I finally caught up with Smallville! Yay!

I loved Kara! (Hee, that's familiar. ;-)) In fact, I thought all the women in this episode totally rocked hard. Seriously. A darker Chloe, a dusty, battle-worn Kara, and Faora kicking ass in Lois' body and voice? Well, it was a long way from Miss Sweet Corn, I tell you that and I liked loved it.

Blood sugar?
Hee! Yeah, that's not quite making it for me. Sometimes I think, isn't Lois smart enough to get it? But then I remember the Superman movies and she's just not supposed to know yet. But Erica plays her so sharp it's hard to remember that sometimes. :-)

And now let us marvel at Erica's acting. She was AMAAAAAAAAZING as Faora.
Oh good lords. I had to stop cleaning my turkey and really watch her. I was totally transfixed. And she looked cold and deadly and beautiful and so not!Lois. Awesomesauce. I can't wait until Faora come back. Damn. And this line:

"He didn't come for you like I did for my son." Damn. I saw Clark flinch when she said that. Aww. He's got AI, but it is not quite the same, is it?

Mercy? That woman has chemistry with everyone! How does she do that? Clark, Chloe, Oliver, Maxima, and now Faora. Yup, Mercy has certainly grown on me. :-)

We got one torso this episode! Thank you, Davis. We are glad to know that torso will not have any ugly scars now. :-)

What also hit me was when Clark said that Kara was his family. That lonely feeling I had from Clark later really pinged for me here. He is so desperate for family. But, I finally see what you mean about Clark's secret weighing on Chloe. Ollie was your voice! And I heard him. :-) I guess I like Chloe and knowing Clark's secret isn't best for her.

But damn, I liked it when she shoved Ollie across the room. Power! Kickassness. I just love to see when women own it.:-)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ericabop_radar on November 28th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
In fact, I thought all the women in this episode totally rocked hard. Seriously.
That is so true! It was a great power women episode.

Erica plays her so sharp it's hard to remember that sometimes
It's true, but SV's also done something clever which is define Lois as someone that has absolute faith in her friends, to the point of blindness. She trusts Chloe and Clark absolutely and wouldn't stop to question anything they say (except as a joke). That's also coupled with her vivid imagination which allows her to believe some kind of outlandish stuff at times. ;)

?had to stop cleaning my turkey and really watch her
Hee! Hilarious Thanksgiving imagery there!

Thank you, Davis. We are glad to know that torso will not have any ugly scars now. :-)
Hee! Yeah, of course they checked his torso before hiring. ;) It levelled up quite well.

And yes, poor Clarky! He does feel lonely, i know. He's always felt like a cuckoo, even with Martha and Jonathan, so that was partly why I was so excited when he called the AI 'father' at last. It's not the same as flesh and blood family, but it's something. And yes, Kara is very important as a bridge to that history.

But yes, Oliver is often my voice. For all his flaws, I think he plays an important role on the show because he's in a position to comment on things like that with some emotional distance. I also think the thing about knowing Clark's secret being bad for Chloe has built up over the seasons. At first I was thrilled! It happened in S4 and it took a while for me to see the change in Chloe, the weight on her and the danger.