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Smallville 8.19 - Stiletto - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 8.19 - Stiletto
Stiletto was a fun episode, but it was far from a piece of fluff. The light comedic and romantic moments were balanced by darkness as we saw Lois, Chloe, and Jimmy all face the consequences of rash, impulsive decisions, and met a brutal new villain in Bruno Mannheim. In the midst of all the conflict, Clark stood tall and true, playing both hero and moral compass, and showed us just how ready he is to put his life on the line to protect the world. This episode made me laugh, but it also made me worry. I see more darkness ahead, and a price to be paid, and I'm very much afraid that Clark's broad shoulders will once again be asked to bear the biggest burden.

I have really come to adore Smallville's Lois Lane. I like her passion, her courage, and her vulnerability. I like the way she makes mistakes and owns up to them, and gets right back out there and tries again. I like her fierce loyalty, and the way she never gives up on love. I had my doubts about the premise of this episode, and I still think the plot was a bit silly, but I thoroughly enjoyed Lois's foray into Clark's world. Lois was a delight as Stiletto. She was beautiful, and she kicked ass, but she was also wry and self-deprecating. There were a lot of funny moments, but it wasn't played entirely for laughs. Lois made an impulsive decision in a moment of weakness, and as a result not only risked her career in journalism, but also saw her friends' very lives put into danger. She was humbled by the experience, and learned an important lesson about ethics and integrity, unanimously delivered by Jimmy, Clark, and Chloe. I appreciated that the show was adamant about that!

As much as I loved Lois, I loved Lois and Clark even more. *draws hearts around them* The scene of the two of them both working late, listening to the police scanner with their matching costume bags stashed at their feet, was adorable. And Clark's first meeting with Stiletto was hilarious. When Lois tried to brazen it out with that fake English accent, I couldn't stop laughing! Things quickly got more serious when Lois found Clark and Jimmy in trouble at the Ace of Clubs, and after her phone died while she was dialing 911, she was magnificent as she threw caution to the wind and crashed through the skylight to their rescue. First Lois saved Clark, and then he saved her right back, taking a bullet that was meant for her. Even made powerless by kryptonite, our boy didn't hesitate to throw himself in harm's way.

After that, everything was different. At the DP the next morning, Lois struggled to express her gratitude, and apologize for involving Clark in the first place. We could tell she was seeing Clark in a whole new light after his selfless act of heroism. Clark in turn seemed quite touched by Lois's genuine contrition, and her concern for him. By the end of the scene, the teasing banter was back, but it did nothing to mask the new level of intimacy between these two.

And then we had the best scene of the episode, Lois's phone call from the Red Blue Blur, where Clark called Lois "Miss Lane," and Lois asked, "Can you read my mind?" *swoons* The whole conversation was like that! That was Superman and Lois Lane, right there. It was romantic, it was iconic, and it was awesome. Clark never took his eyes off Lois the whole time he talked to her, and what he saw was something rare, at least to him: Lois without her walls and without her snark, open and vulnerable, more interested in the man than the myth, and more concerned for his loneliness than the scoop of a lifetime. How could that not affect him? The sweet smile on his face at the end of the conversation told us everything we needed to know. And I especially appreciated that Lois came from a place of pure admiration and hero worship for the RBB. She wasn't flirting or trying to spark a romance. After all, she likened herself to Barney in the Flintstones analogy, not Wilma! ;) Clark, on the other hand, was a different story. I think he's falling for her, and hard.

There is no question in my mind that Clark's feelings for Lois grow deeper by the day, but he may not be able to face them anytime soon. He told Chloe that romance is the last thing on his mind right now, and I think that's just as it should be. I don't know, maybe he's over Lana, but he certainly isn't over their breakup, and going slow is absolutely the right thing to do, both emotionally and for the sake of the show. With another season ahead of us, this relationship has time to develop naturally. In fact, as much as I hated the Lana arc, I have to concede that having Lana leave Clark's life in some traumatic fashion was pretty much the only way to go. Otherwise, what would stand in the way of Lois and Clark getting together right now? I still want to hear Clark say that kryptonite or no kryptonite, he and Lana would never have worked out, but I'm not holding my breath. I'm sure TPTB don't want to alienate the Clana fans, and so far I think it's working. I've already seen the theory that somehow the suit will prolong Lana's life into the realm of immortality, and that long after Lois is dead and buried, Clark and Lana will find a way to be together once more. In any case, I think they're handling the Lois and Clark romance perfectly. It's all about the journey, right? :)

I'm not so sure about what they have planned for Clark and Chloe, however. *sighs* My heart broke for Chloe in this episode. Her devotion to Clark and her compassion for Davis are at war within her, and that struggle led her to make an untenable decision in the face of impossible circumstances. Now she's in over her head, and seems completely lost and alone. When she collapsed in despair in that alley, her hands bloody, I had tears in my eyes, even as I condemned her course of action. I know she sees no way out, but I wanted to shake her, and tell her to go to Clark. NOW. And instead she pushed him away, even though it was clear he knew something was wrong, and wanted to help. I have to ask, how did she think this was all going to play out? Did she plan on keeping Davis in the basement forever? I guess the answer is that she wasn't thinking, she was following her heart, but in the end I still think Chloe should know better.

I hate what they're doing with Jimmy. I don't see what purpose this whole drug addict storyline serves, and it's way too dark for a character who works much better as comic relief. Jimmy, too, made a hasty, ill-advised decision, throwing back a day's worth of pain meds in a single swallow and quitting his job at the DP in the wake of his breakup with Chloe. This week we saw how far he has fallen since then, and it wasn't pretty. He's not all bad, of course. He didn't give Lois up to the bad guys, even when they beat him half to death, and he helped save both Lois and Clark in the fight at the Ace of Clubs, but I found it a bit ironic that he lectured Lois about ethics, and then turned around and evidently used stolen counterfeit money to buy illegal drugs. I have a bad feeling about this. :(

And then there's Clark. How completely awesome was he in this episode? He was smart, proactive, independent, and heroic in investigating the theft of Chloe's laptop and getting it back. He didn't berate Chloe for her mistake, was sensitive enough to realize there was something else wrong, and reached out to her, but also respected her right to privacy when she asked him to back off. He was stern with Lois about her Stiletto story, saving her from herself in the process, but was also tender and compassionate, and went out of his way to reassure her and make sure she knew just how special he (as the RBB) thinks she is. Not to mention risking his own life to save hers! I don't think he hit a single false note, although maybe he needs to start using his x-ray vision to check for suspicious green substances before he blurs into any strange rooms. :) Oh, and he flashed us! When Clark nonchalantly hauled up his shirt to show Chloe he was okay, fandom exploded, and fangirls around the globe flailed at the rare sight of bare Tommy tummy. Thank you, Tom Welling! ♥

So, what else? I loved the Chlo-Lo in Stiletto. We need to see more of that! I didn't like Bruno "Ugly" Mannheim; he was a little too ugly for me. He was a cruel, violent thug, and his brutality was hard to watch. I like my villains handsome and charismatic as well as evil, and this guy was utterly repellent. I loved seeing the iconic trio of Lois, Jimmy and Clark in action, that was fun. And every one of the four principal actors turned in an outstanding performance. Our cast just keeps getting better and better. I applaud them all.

Random thoughts: Does Chloe know that Lois knows that Oliver is Green Arrow? How did the Blur-etto shippers already know about Stiletto? Or was it that user known as ChloeSullivan who started it all? :D Did everyone see that they're calling Impulse "Flash" now? I want to live in Metropolis, where every moon is an impossibly big, full one. :) The music during that last scene was amazing. And how tiny did Clark's cell phone look in those big, sexy hands of his?

Stiletto held the promise of a deeper friendship between Lois and Clark, but it also warned of darker days ahead. As Clark continues to find his place in the world, struggling to fight the good fight, his two closest allies, Chloe and Oliver, are both lying to him. Regardless of their reasons for doing so, he's going to be hurt when he finds out, and probably angry as well. I don't know how easily forgiveness will come. And of course Doomsday looms large. I suspect that this episode gave us our last lighthearted moments of the season, and that we now turn toward the inevitable final conflict. Brace yourselves, guys, and make sure you have a box of tissues handy. I think we have a rough road ahead.

Cross-posted at Starkville House of El Podcast.

This episode had a lot of great lines, so I'm including my top ten quotes this time:

Chloe: When I came to in the ambulance, Lois was raving about some mysterious heroine who swept in and saved the day. Stiletto?
Clark: Must be some kind of knife expert.

Jimmy: Lois, I'm, uh, I'm really flattered, but I just broke up with Chloe.
Lois: Ewww! No!

Lois: I was gonna sew an "S" into the chest. Is that tacky?

Jimmy: I guess I didn't see the giant asterisk above Lois Lane's rules to reporting that said, "or just make it up."

Lois: Next time I call myself Nike.

Lois: *fake English accent* Lois? Who's Lois? I'm Stiletto. I should get back to my cave.
Clark: Lois, you could have a bag over your head, and I'd still know it's you!

Lois: Okay! First off, it's just "Stiletto!" There's no "the!" And second, I'm not impersonating anyone. I AM Stiletto.
Clark: You made a fake hero so you could tell her story?

Clark: I didn't know there was room for introspection underneath that costume.
Lois: Wow. Look who got grazed by a funny bullet.

Clark: I think there's probably a better name out there. And if there's anyone who can find it, it's you, Miss Lane.

Clark: And Lois, when I'm ready to tell the world my secret, you'll be the first to know.

And you didn't think I would forget the pretty, did you? Here are my top ten caps from Stiletto:






























Screen caps courtesy of Home of the Nutty, with my thanks!

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starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 29th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I should be surprised at how many common things we mentioned in our reviews, but I'm not. GMTA, babe! \o/

Clark never took his eyes off Lois the whole time he talked to her, and what he saw was something rare, at least to him: Lois without her walls and without her snark, open and vulnerable, more interested in the man than the myth, and more concerned for his loneliness than the scoop of a lifetime.

You really have a way with words, hon. *draws hearts around you*

I've already seen the theory that somehow the suit will prolong Lana's life into the realm of immortality, and that long after Lois is dead and buried, Clark and Lana will find a way to be together once more.

Nothing against the Clana fans, but *facepalm*.

I know she sees no way out, but I wanted to shake her, and tell her to go to Clark. NOW. And instead she pushed him away, even though it was clear he knew something was wrong, and wanted to help.

Wasn't it frustrating to watch? There he is, an impossibly large answer to all her problems, and she keeps avoiding him. How could she possibly go wrong in telling him? I don't get her logic at all.

I hate what they're doing with Jimmy. I don't see what purpose this whole drug addict storyline serves, and it's way too dark for a character who works much better as comic relief.

Exactly what I said too. There's no need to dramatize EVERY character's life!

ITA with everything you said about Clark. It was a lovely episode for him.

Lois: I was gonna sew an "S" into the chest. Is that tacky?

HEE. This one still cracks me up. As does "there's no THE!" So funny.

Oh, you added in the cap of Tommy flashing his tummy! I didn't see that one coming AT ALL. :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wasn't it frustrating to watch? There he is, an impossibly large answer to all her problems, and she keeps avoiding him. How could she possibly go wrong in telling him? I don't get her logic at all.

You and me both. I was yelling at my TV screen during that scene. :)

There's no need to dramatize EVERY character's life!

THIS. And I think that's one of the reasons I'm enjoying Lois so much right now, they haven't burdened her with some impossibly angsty storyline. She screwed up in this one, but she quickly realized her mistake, was open about it, and made it right.

Oh, you added in the cap of Tommy flashing his tummy! I didn't see that one coming AT ALL.

I'm terribly predictable in some ways, aren't I? hee!
psychme From: psychme Date: April 29th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)
she wasn't flirting or trying to spark a romance. After all, she likened herself to Barney in the Flintstones analogy, not Wilma! ;)

This comment made me burst out laughing, and I had to surface to thank you for that. Great review. I found myself nodding along to your comments and observations.

I have to believe that Chloe knows that Lois knows that Ollie is Green Arrow because of the latter's terrible and completely obvious attempt at covering for Ollie in "Siren." But since Lois doesn't know that Chloe knows, I guess they're both pretending to be unaware.

An eagle-eyed poster at one of the communities I frequent did spot the "Flash" tag they gave to Bart. I hope Warner Brothers Pictures doesn't catch that. ;)

Lastly, I completely agree with you about Bruno Mannheim. I'm intrigued by the idea of Intergang being the main villain of Season Nine, but I can't say I'm looking forward to seeing much more of the character.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I thought there was a definite distinction between how Lois was with Clark, and how she was with the RBB. I don't know if they intend to do the Triangle of Two, but at that moment it would have been inappropriate after that wonderful scene between Lois and Clark at the DP.

You're so right about Siren! I couldn't remember if Chloe was there in that scene. But I guess Chloe can't really say how she knows, without bring Clark's secret into the mix, so she just plays innocent.

I think Intergang would be great, too, but Bruno was just icky. No offense to the actor. :)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: April 29th, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved this review almost as much as the episode itself - you have such a beautiful way of phrasing things. Caroline Dries really pulled one out of the hat this time. Sentimental me picks Lois's line, "I wouldn't say anything. I'd listen" as my favorite.

And then there's Clark. How completely awesome was he in this episode?

Totally and completely awesome! And boy did Tom bring the pretty, especially I thought in the DP scene near the end - I love that 6th picture. And of course number 9 - it doesn't take much to make us Tom fans happy.

ITA about Chloe and the dark days ahead. I just hope PS can deliver - I'm starting to have my doubts based on spoilery interviews. Why do they insight on woobifying the villains all the time? I found Bruno kinda refreshing in this regard, even if he was a world class creep.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, you say the nicest things! *blushes* Thanks!

Sentimental me picks Lois's line, "I wouldn't say anything. I'd listen" as my favorite.

That was a great line, and I loved Clark's reaction to it, too. I remember being infuriated with how Caroline Dries wrote Clark in his scenes with Chloe in Sleeper, but I've enjoyed her episodes this season for the most part, and Clark was perfect in this one.

Tom looked so amazing in that golden light! I could have chosen all of my top ten from that scene. Or from the scene where they were listening to the police scanner. There were so many beautiful caps from that scene. How does the man just keep getting prettier? And that scene where he pulled up his shirt was nothing short of a gift. He may not do interviews, but he still loves us! :)

As for Chloe and Davis and now, evidently, the whole JL, too, I don't know what to think. :( I'm just going to wait and see, and hope it will play out in a way I never imagined.
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: April 29th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
//And then there's Clark. How completely awesome was he in this episode?//

Completely awesome. And can I just say, I absolutely love how you've gone on to put into words exactly what made him so awesome in the ep, in that paragraph of your review. He really was the moral center of the story, yet never once being sanctimonious. He was endlessly patient with both Chloe and Lois, gentle, yet firm in his beliefs. Sometimes I think it's a wonder Clark is so patient when there's all this looniness going on around him, heh. And he's the one who's often chastised by others! Crazytown.

I have to agree with you about how well the Clois dynamic is being handled. It is shocking and beyond any and all expectations I might have had post the Lana arc, which btw, were zero.

I'm beyond frustrated with Chloe, despite AM' strong performance in the ep. I just can't figure her out anymore.

AA was terrific too, but yes, the drugs storyline, I mean, really? Jimmy Olsen? He did have a couple of great scenes though, nonetheless.

Thankyou for the pics, once again. The first one is particularly swoonworthy. And those looks exchanged between Clark and Lois, heh. Puppy dog eyes indeed.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
He really was the moral center of the story, yet never once being sanctimonious. He was endlessly patient with both Chloe and Lois, gentle, yet firm in his beliefs.

Exactly. He was Superman! And Tom was AMAZING.

I have to agree with you about how well the Clois dynamic is being handled. It is shocking and beyond any and all expectations I might have had post the Lana arc, which btw, were zero.

You know how I felt after the Lana arc: I thought they had ruined Clois for all time. I still haven't forgiven them, and I'm not completely satisfied that Lois isn't Clark's second choice, but they're winning me over.

I can't figure Chloe out either. which convinces me all the more that she's the new Lana. :(

I love that first pic! He looks so masculine, and so sexy, in that one. Rowr. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figure, even if my review sucks, everyone can enjoy a little TW pretty! :)

I had my doubts about it at the beginning of the season but tptb have handled it better than I expected.

My feelings exactly. I don't despair when Lois isn't in an episode, but the scenes between Lois and Clark are consistently becoming my favorites. I enjoy it when it's played for laughs, with the banter and the snark, and I also like the more tender moments, like in this episode.
drusplace From: drusplace Date: April 29th, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
AWESOME post. I enjoyed this ep a LOT more than I thought I would. And I think SV is actually writing Lois a lot better this season than they have in the past.

Lois: I was gonna sew an "S" into the chest. Is that tacky?

GREAT line.

The ending, with the phone conversation, was my favourite part. VERY Lois and Clark-esque.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I think SV is actually writing Lois a lot better this season than they have in the past.

I totally agree! I had a lot of problems with how Lois was written last season, and I love her this season.

The phone call was my favorite as well. I especially loved all the nuance Tom put into it. His facial expressions spoke volumes.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: April 29th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
From the previews, I expected this episode to be total crap. So I was a tad bit surprised when I was proved wrong. I didn't love it, but it wasn't as bad as I imagined it was going to be.

She was humbled by the experience, and learned an important lesson about ethics and integrity, unanimously delivered by Jimmy, Clark, and Chloe.

I did enjoy that Lois not only got called out on her actions, but that she seemed to learn from them. One problem with Smallville is that people don't always learn from their mistakes, but it seems like Lois has and that's good. I wasn't so thrilled that Lois would need to learn this sort of lesson, not after her being a reporter for about 2 years.

I have to ask, how did she think this was all going to play out? Did she plan on keeping Davis in the basement forever? I guess the answer is that she wasn't thinking, she was following her heart, but in the end I still think Chloe should know better.

I think she wasn't thinking. She was faced with a choice and she made the choice she thought was right. But it's hard to know if there was a better choice, given that if she had rejected Davis, I imagine he would have gone after Clark, nothing to hold back the beast. Just not a good situation, and I kinda hate that Chloe has to be in this situation. Characters need to grow, I know, but it seems like this is just going to destroy Chloe and I hate that. *whines*

Anyways, I did enjoy the scene where Clark flashed his bare chest to Chloe. That was very nice. I always think that Smallville should have more shirtless scenes every episode. That would have been much better for me.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
But it's hard to know if there was a better choice, given that if she had rejected Davis, I imagine he would have gone after Clark, nothing to hold back the beast.

I agree, in that moment she had to stay. But now I want her to think better of it and tell Clark what's up. In any case, I think it's a no-win situation for Chloe, and I hate it when they do that.

I always think that Smallville should have more shirtless scenes every episode.

I agree, it can make up for a lot. :) Especially if they include Clark!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 29th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have such a great way to expressing your opinions on episodes. I wish I possessed your flair. :)

As I said in my review, I had a huge problem with the concept of this episode. But you hit upon something about the ep that worked, was that they kept Lois very relateable and likeable, even in this situation which she really shouldn't have found herself in at this point.

Also, lets be honest, Lois benefits from comparing her faux pas to some of the others around her, i.e. Chloe and Jimmy. As wrong as it might be, a character always looks better when someone else looks worse.

Of course, this is also one of SV's major storytelling flaws.

Clark was absolutely hearts and unicorns and rainbows. I'm no fan of Dries, but I give her props for how she wrote Clark here. There just wasn't any part of his actions which hit a wrong note for me, and Tom was wonderful. I think he really embraces episodes where Clark's Superman side shines and thrives.

AM gave a heartwrenching performance, but the situation Chloe finds herself in just aggravates me so much, I can't quite engage with it. I think this whole Doomy/Chlavis thing is very polarizing. Not surprising, because that always seems to be the way with SV's big season arcs. Clexana, anyone?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, you're totally embarrassing me, but I love it. *blushes*

It was interesting to me that everyone around Clark was making bad decisions, while his every move was perfect. Probably the last time we'll see that for a good long while. :( I also liked that when Lois opened up to Clark, he saved her, in the sense that he sent her to kill the story above all else. It said to me, if Chloe or Jimmy would come to him, he could help them, too.

Clark was absolutely hearts and unicorns and rainbows.

He was, and Tom rocked it so hard. I'm trying to come to terms with the darkness we've been promised for the coming season, but it's hard when I have episodes like this one that show me how joyful this show can be. I wish I could trust them to find a balance, but to me darkness just means heaping guilt and abuse on Clark. I hope I'm wrong.

It's hard for me to have even an ounce of sympathy for Chloe, even as AM's performance moves me. Besides, she's smarter than that, so it's not even believable to me.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: April 29th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just want to say that this was an awesome review! I won't go into any details because I prefer not to analyse anything SV lately and much less today: I’m furious about some new statements from that well of wisdom, KS. I’m sure you’ve read them. She’s a Clark hater and I can’t feel but despair about the show right now.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Carol, you're so sweet to take the time to comment! Thank you! I think all of the Clark fans were devastated by those cryptic remarks. Every time I'm lulled into thinking they're finally going to do right by this wonderful character, and the actor who portrays him, something like this happens. I don't know what I feel right now, and like you, I don't want to think about it too hard. I'm just taking it one episode at a time. :(

That's a beautiful icon!
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: April 29th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
bravo lovely review. I agree 100%

I must have missed the flash/impulse thing. I am so rewatching!

Tom/Erica was great.

So much clois goodness!! =D

I want Jimmy back!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I think Tom and Erica just keep getting better, especially together. I hope Lois and Clark can still bring some lightness to the show in S9.

Thanks so much for making the beautiful icon I used on this entry. You were so fast! I'm still disappointed we didn't get any promo pics for this episode. And can Andreas please come back from vacation so we can get the big, beautiful versions of those Doomsday pics? LOL!
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: April 29th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
My Superman loving heart had me * beaming* a slightly sappy grin at the end of that episode. Seriously. A grin was on my face when the convosation in the phone booth began, but Clark's reaction when he realised that Lois was offering to be the RBB *friend* It turned into a very goofy one.

And it's in character for Lois to do reach out to the "outsider" and be his friend, without judging him. She does it with Clark, and it came naturally to her. She's the only of who doesn't tell him what to do, and how to do it. I believe this is why we've seen him falling for her, and those final scenes of him looking at her both at the DP and from his vantage point, just solidifyied it for me.

He's fallen for her big time, and now he knows that she won't be overawed by the fact he is a superhero. Granted he should learned that from Infamous, but he was still hurting over Lana.

But now he's willing to subconsciously acknowlege those feelings and yeah....he took a bullet for her, without his invulnerbility. Which is why it galls me that some people act like the only thing that's important about Clark is his powers. It's the man that's important.

As an aside, I think the people who posit the theory that the suit that Lana is wearing will prolong her life, are sadly mistaken. In the comic Lex develops cancer from wearing a kryptonite ring, now if Lana is going to be wearing a suit that's absorbed 2 tons of krytonite I don't see how her life is going to be prolonged, rather the opposite. Seriously I don't think the suit was shielded with lead, to prevent the kryptonite affecting her on a cellular level. And seriously it's kryptonite how in the world will they get round that?


Ok how blue do Tom's eyes look in that final pic? and gorgeous. Have I mentioned that?

Chloe....I'm trying to feel sympathy for her, and trying to see the view point of her doing this to protect Clark. However I can't help but feel, that if she really wanted to protect Clark she'd have called him to let him know what's happened. Her feeling for Davis are getting in the way, and while I can empathise with her to some extent, I still want to shake, her repeatedly. Especially as it should be clear to her that Davis played her. She's not stopping the transformations, and Davis is still killing. And he will continue to.

Jimmy is fun to watch but why did they have to do this to his character???

Lois, wonderful snarky Lois, who is still so in love with Clark, and yet is developing this puppy love crush on the RBB. I loved that she got called out three times about how unethical what she was doing was!!!! and that she learned from it!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lois does treat Clark differently than everyone else does, and I think that she, more than anyone else, allows him to set his burdens aside and just be himself, as a man. That's what I love most about her. And I was just beaming by the end of that phone call, too. :) The DP scene was so adorable, and then the phone booth scene was so much MORE.

I couldn't agree more that it's the man who makes the superhero. In fact, I did a picspam on that very subject a couple of months ago! :) I love that Clark makes the same choices, with or without his powers. That's just who he is, and that's why he's MY hero.

The Clana shippers are grasping at straws, but it still bothers me that the show left them even that slim opening by not giving us true closure on that relationship. I understand why, and I've read what Kelly Souders said about the kryptonite being a symbol, but I still think they were just being gutless.

As much as I love Chloe, and as fabulous as AM was in this episode at tugging at my proverbial heartstrings, a part of me is angry with her for not trusting Clark enough to tell him everything. And I have a feeling I'm going to be even more angry by the end of tonight's episode.

I don't know if you read spoilers, so all I'll say about Jimmy is that AA is doing a great job of portraying him on the edge. I don't like the storyline, but I can't fault the performance.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: April 29th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read your other post first but thanks for the picspam. I needed a reminder why I still watch this show.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really! :) No matter what craziness they give us, we'll always have the pretty.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: April 30th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, thanks for another lovely gallery of Tom-beauty! And a great review, as always.

I thought this was a great episode for Clark: he was funny, smart and sympathetic. The writing was spot-on (for him, anyway!)

fangirls around the globe flailed at the rare sight of bare Tommy tummy. Thank you, Tom Welling! ♥
It was his birthday gift to US!

Lois made an impulsive decision in a moment of weakness, and as a result not only risked her career in journalism, but also saw her friends' very lives put into danger. She was humbled by the experience, and learned an important lesson about ethics and integrity, unanimously delivered by Jimmy, Clark, and Chloe. I appreciated that the show was adamant about that!
I felt it was a disservice to the character to have Lois construct an alter-ego and fake a story - why would she need to? Lois has done fine getting stories this year. It made me enjoy the phone conversation scene at the end a bit less unfortunately.

Doomsday eating people in the basement and Chloe throwing out the leftovers made me giggle, which was probably not the intended reaction! (Allison's performance was fab, however.)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you like the caps! Picking them out is the treat I give myself as a reward for finishing writing my review! :)

I thought this was a great episode for Clark: he was funny, smart and sympathetic. The writing was spot-on (for him, anyway!)

It really was! I hope Clark continues to be written well when the promised darkness falls, but history tells me otherwise. I hope the S9 premiere is a unexpected surprise, the same way the S8 one was.

I felt it was a disservice to the character to have Lois construct an alter-ego and fake a story - why would she need to? Lois has done fine getting stories this year.

I agree. I think this was a perfect example of what you were talking about before: figure out the ending you want, and then work backward to come up with whatever crazy scheme you can.

Doomsday eating people in the basement and Chloe throwing out the leftovers made me giggle, which was probably not the intended reaction!

Okay, when you put it that way, it makes me giggle, too! Leftovers?! hee!
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