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Smallville 8.21 - Injustice - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 8.21 - Injustice
Every year I look forward to the episode that Tom Welling will direct. He's been behind the camera as well as in front of it for one episode each year since S5, and they have all become favorites of mine. I don't think anyone has a more clear vision of the man Clark Kent is meant to be than Tom, and when he is given the artistic freedom to direct himself and craft an entire episode, something magical happens. Injustice was a story of unrelieved darkness, with no romantic lightness and little comic relief, where Clark faced challenges at every turn, and realized that saving mankind truly might be something he is destined to do, like the heroes in the comic books, alone. And once again Tom rose to the occasion, giving us an episode that inspired us even as it broke our hearts, and showing us exactly why Clark Kent will one day be the symbol of hope for an entire planet.

I don't think Clark has ever felt more alone than he does right now. Everyone around him in this episode questioned his judgment, and told him his plan to dispatch Doomsday would fail. They urged him to kill the monster instead, if that's even possible. But convinced by Chloe's passion in the Fortress, and the drastic actions she has taken, he has resolved to find a way to save Davis before following through with his original plan of banishing Doomsday to the Phantom Zone. I think looking to Black!K for a solution is a desperate measure, with no predicate for success in this situation. I also think Clark is giving Davis too much benefit of the doubt. Clark hasn't seen all the sides of him that we have, and I remain convinced that Davis is but a thin veneer covering the beast within, and that the woobie part of him is more manipulation than truth. I love Clark for his faith in Davis's humanity, but I have a bad feeling about this.

This week Tess assembled the Injustice League, a group of meteor freaks that included Plastique, Parasite, Livewire, Neutron, and Mirror. She had them hunting for Davis and Chloe, just as Clark and Oliver's Justice League were doing, but for an entirely different reason. Tess still hopes to force the confrontation between Clark and Doomsday, believing it is the necessary final test Clark must face before he can emerge victorious as the savior of the world. The IJL didn't know Clark was the fabled Traveler, but they knew he played a part in Tess's plan, and that was good enough for them. Mirror, a shapeshifter, pretended to be Chloe, and used some very creepy tactics in an attempt to prey on Clark's devotion to his best friend and convince him to do exactly what Tess wanted.

When Clark found Chloe, frantic and traumatized on a lonely road through the woods, she was dirty and disheveled, and appeared to be naked under her short trench coat. Back at the farm, she was jumpy and tearful, and could barely speak about her experience, her voice shaking as she described how afraid she was. And later, when Oliver asked Clark how Chloe was, he cryptically answered, "Something happened." Was Tess setting Clark up to believe Chloe had been sexually assaulted by Davis? If so, she truly is ruthless. And sure enough, Clark blamed himself for everything he thought had happened to Chloe, attributing her decision to lie to him and run off with Davis to some failing on his part, rather than her lack of faith in him as a hero. I get that Chloe would never have been exposed to Brainiac or Doomsday if she weren't in Clark's life, but she chose to be with Davis, and she knowingly betrayed Clark. Having good intentions doesn't make her blameless.

Clark's relationship with Oliver continues to deteriorate. Oliver is a handy ally, but Clark has been reduced to lying to him to get him to do what he wants. Not good, and behavior beneath the future Supes, I think, but it reflects just how deeply Clark distrusts Oliver now. And his feelings were only validated by the shocking revelation that the head of the Justice League keeps and wears a kryptonite ring, and his subsequent admission that he murdered Lex. Even though he shares Clark's desire to keep the world safe, Oliver hardly seems like one of the good guys anymore.

That said, however, I actually found Oliver more sympathetic than usual in his conversations with Clark in this episode. For once he didn't hurl wild, unfounded insults at Clark, but rather expressed a lot of frustration that was at least understandable. I still believe he's totally wrong, of course, but I imagine he speaks for a certain segment of the audience who are not necessarily Superman fans, and are feeling their own impatience with Clark's reluctance to bend his rules in Davis's case. The conflict between Oliver and Clark gives our hero the perfect opportunity to articulate what his moral code is, and to present an alternative to Oliver's vigilante justice, but I worry that the growing rift between them will prove impossible to mend. :(

I also delighted in Oliver's scenes with Tess, as he played the sexy spy. Except for Clark's hilarious first line of the episode, Ollie provided the only moments in Injustice that made me smile, and I thought his charming antics were adorable. And he still looks amazing without his shirt. Or pants, for that matter! :) I had to laugh when Tess told him it was time for him to leave, and he spread his hands to indicate his glorious bare chest and asked, incredulously, "Really?" As in, have you seen this body?! :D He was the definition of incorrigible. And I still think there's something there between these two. Oliver was working his seduction skills way too hard to be completely faking it, and Tess freaked when she thought he was hurt. Plus he raged out of control when Plastique and Parasite hurt her, and seemed to cradle her quite tenderly as he carried her away. I find that fascinating to ponder. Will Ollie decide he has more in common with Tess than Clark?

Tess just keeps getting crazier, and more dangerous. "Clark, the mark of a true hero is somebody who's willing to sacrifice his own personal morality to help keep the world safe." WTF? I never know what Tess is going to do or say next, but I always love where she takes us. And she's such a bundle of contradictions! She's utterly devoted to Clark, without question. Did you see how devastated she was when he said she was just like Lex? And yet she thinks nothing of lying to him, manipulating him, and trying to change him. She has the passionate fervor of a religious zealot, but also the cold ruthlessness of a sociopath, murdering anyone who gets in her way without hesitation or remorse. I continue to enjoy how straightforward she is as well. There is no more pretense between Clark and Tess about the existence of his abilities, although he still refuses to discuss them with her, or use them in front of her. Do we see more of Smallville's convenient unconsciousness in her future? ;) And the best thing about Tess is the actress who plays her. Cassidy Freeman more than owns this role, giving us a performance that is unpredictable, yet consistent, and always captivating.

I was stunned to see Tess communicating with the orb at the end of the episode. That explains why she chose its symbol for the IJL jackets. I don't believe for a moment that anyone from Kandor is speaking to her; that has to be Zod. We don't know how or where Tess came to possess the orb, do we? I can only speculate that while Brainiac was in Chloe's body, where, as a human, he could touch the orb freely, he somehow located it, reprogrammed it to serve his only purpose, to bring Zod to Earth, and then delivered it to Tess. Or not. I don't know, I'm totally guessing here! :) Does Tess mean to repopulate the Earth with Kryptonians? Or simply bring more of what she sees as a superior race to our world? And how does Clark figure into all of this? Does she seek to give him back a piece of his home planet? In any case, after hearing what the orb said to her about being the savior of Kandor, I'm seeing some of the things she said in the episode in a whole new light:

"Clark, don't you see that I'm doing all this for you?"

"I understand that if everyone was more like you, the world would be a better place."

"That's simple, Clark. An entire civilization's survival depends on it."

I can't wait for next week!

Clark was every inch the hero this week, in spite of one devastating hit after another. First he believed Chloe had suffered unspeakable horrors in the name of protecting him. The he discovered just how far Tess was willing to go to manipulate him. Again and again he had his judgment questioned; again and again people tried to thwart his plans. Oliver had a kryptonite ring, and refused to give it up. Further, he confessed to Lex's murder. Tess stole and destroyed the PZ crystal. And whether Clark could bring himself to recognize it or not, Chloe continued to choose staying with Davis over trusting her best friend to know what's right. Clark's world was falling apart around him, but still he stayed strong. He did what he needed to do to put his plan in motion, and he kept his resolve. And when Oliver railed at him, AGAIN, he responded with a speech that made me want to stand up and cheer:

"My responsibility is to do what's right. Like it or not, we stand for something. We set an example for others to follow, and if we don't, then we're no better than the people we fight."

After the events of this episode, Clark is hurt, angry, and frustrated. And utterly alone. But he is far from lost. He's worried about Chloe, and he's more worried about the world. But he's working on a plan, and he's not backing down. And through it all, in spite of seemingly universal opposition, he remains true to a belief that lies at the core of every choice he has made with regard to Davis Bloom:

"No one has the right to choose who lives and dies."

I believe in you, Clark Kent. You go take care of Doomsday the best way you know how; just promise me you'll come home safe after, okay?

Tom Welling's performance was wonderful. He always seems so comfortable in his own skin when he directs himself. I loved the strength and fire he gave to Clark, and I equally loved his tenderness and vulnerability. The bleak look in Clark's eyes after he lied to Oliver, his complete devastation when he thought Chloe had died in his arms, and the quiet, wounded way he asked Oliver about the kryptonite ring, all broke my heart. His heroic moments were just as moving. And I think I have to give thanks to both actor Tom and director Tom for the insane amount of pretty in this one. Between the killer wardrobe, the great hair, the beautiful lighting, the stunning close-ups, and all the shots of that perfect profile, I was swooning every other second. Tom may not do interviews, but he still knows how to give with both hands to his fans. ;)

I don't pretend to know a lot about directing, but I think Tom's skill behind the camera is obvious. Injustice was a compelling, dramatic episode, and I was impressed by the choices Tom made with the blocking, the camera angles, the lighting, and many other details. I do have some favorite moments. The Chlark reunion in the woods was both intense and haunting, with a beautiful ethereal quality. Seeing a desolate Clark through the glass of Ollie's office window, the buildings of nighttime Metropolis reflected on its shiny surface, was a heartbreaking reminder of how alone Clark was at that moment, even surrounded by the big, busy city. I loved the use of slow motion in the climactic scene in Tess's study. I held my breath on a gasp when Clark and Oliver locked gazes as Green Arrow stalked out with Tess in his arms. Clark's eyes narrowed in anger and renewed distrust, while Oliver's face was stony and unapologetic, and we saw every nuance that passed between them. And finally, I found the last scene between Clark and Tess in the barn breathtaking. The warm, pretty lighting and the incredible beauty of the two actors belied the ugly menace of Tess's ravings. I think Tom should be proud.

Dr. Emil Hamilton rocks. I love his unflappable demeanor and his dry delivery. There was no mistaking his meaning when he explained to Clark that there had been two witnesses to Doomsday's latest rampage, a man and a woman, and then looked straight at Chloe as he pointedly added, "both dead." hee! I don't think he liked the way she threatened him last week. :) He works with John Jones, he appears to be a deductive genius, he's a capable hacker, and Alessandro Juliani can deliver exposition with the best of them. Plus I think the character has great chemistry with Clark. I hope we see lots more of him in S9.

I thought the troubled teens of the IJL worked well, although Brendan Fletcher will always be Max Miller from Supernatural to me. :) His Parasite was suitably creepy, and I liked Jessica Parker Kennedy's portrayal of Bette much better this time around. With another season (or two!) to go, I suppose we might see these two again. Neutron was kind of hot; it's too bad they didn't give the actor even one line before they killed him off. ;)

Random thoughts: Chloe's control sure didn't last long. Just a week has gone by, and Doomsday is killing again. Lex had his blue water bottles, and now Ollie has green ones! How did Tess miss the unconscious guard Oliver carelessly left lying in the hallway on the way to her bedroom? I thought the effect used to show Clark's powers leaving and reentering his body was cool. And Clark was at the corner of Marshall and Beeman? hee!

Now that Tess has destroyed the PZ crystal, it looks as though the fight she wants so badly will come to pass after all. Clark changed his mind about Davis because of Chloe, and will now try to save the man before taking on the beast. When that plan goes horribly awry (and you know it will), will he take that as proof that he needs to retreat from such close relationships with humans, or will he find further cause to heap guilt and blame on his own shoulders? Either way, I see even darker days for Clark ahead. There's a showdown coming, with consequences for our hero we can't even imagine yet. I'm afraid this season's finale will bring us a far from happy ending, but I'll be there, front and center, to see it for myself. Bring it on, Smallville!

Cross-posted at Starkville House of El Podcast.

There was so much pretty in this episode I couldn't possibly limit myself to just ten examples. My top twenty caps from Injustice:




























































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

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
He looked incredible. I especially liked what he wore in that first scene. Guh. And I love that he knows exactly how to film himself to look his prettiest. The man is no dummy.
frelling_tralk From: frelling_tralk Date: May 11th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the review :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
And thank you so much for the comment! I appreciate it! :)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: May 11th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Every year I look forward to the episode that Tom Welling will direct. He's been behind the camera as well as in front of it for one episode each year since S5, and they have all become favorites of mine. I don't think anyone has a more clear vision of the man Clark Kent is meant to be than Tom, and when he is given the artistic freedom to direct himself and craft an entire episode, something magical happens. Injustice was a story of unrelieved darkness, with no romantic lightness and little comic relief, where Clark faced challenges at every turn, and realized that saving mankind truly might be something he is destined to do, like the heroes in the comic books, alone. And once again Tom rose to the occasion, giving us an episode that inspired us even as it broke our hearts, and showing us exactly why Clark Kent will one day be the symbol of hope for an entire planet.

*sniff* I love the way Clark behaves when the show isn't forcing him to behave like an idiot to prop up another character. And that's what I respect Tom for most as a director: ensuring that Clark has a clearly visible POV. And he really did craft a beautiful episode - it was dark, but not at all depressing.

I don't know if I could have made it through this season still sane if not for the reasoned analysis of you and several other flisties! Remind me to avoid Kryptonsite at all costs, because the Clark bashing there by all too many just raises my hackles - I can't get over how many people think that killing in cold blood is a perfectly valid option. It kind of makes me despair. If there's any doubt, just look at Ollie's actions this episode. When you blur the lines once, it becomes all too easy to blur them again. And yet, he helps Tess get away scot free after committing two murders because he loves her? That's Injustice. I found myself sorry for Plastique and Parasite, who were recruited by Tess to be heros and used by her like pawns. Ollie seems truly lost, just when Clark needs reliable allies the most.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
And he really did craft a beautiful episode - it was dark, but not at all depressing.

I felt this way, too, and to be honest, I was surprised. S8 Clark doesn't get dragged down by the darkness, he rises above it! How awesome is that?

I can't get over how many people think that killing in cold blood is a perfectly valid option.

I've seen a little of this attitude, and it always boggles my mind. Not just because I feel like anyone who watches Smallville should know Clark better than that, but also because what they're suggesting is just WRONG. Is this what they practice in their own lives? Yikes. :)

I wonder who can bring Ollie back from the edge. He's on the slippery slope, and he's sliding fast. And I didn't really think about the fact that he must know what Tess did to Livewire and Mirror, but you're absolutely right. Even if Clark didn't tell him, Dr. Emil probably did.

I definitely felt sorry for Plastique; she seemed excited about the possibility of being a force for good in the world. She did turn on a dime, though, just like last time. The girl clearly has issues.

Parasite creeped me out, big time. Even the nature of his power seemed inherently evil, stealing other people's abilities. He's too much like Sylar on Heroes! :) And hey, where was he in Cure, when all those people were going to Curtis Knox to try and rid themselves of their meteor powers? Maybe he can set up a business on the side. He can change his name to The Cleanser. ;)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: May 12th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Parasite was creepy, which is why I'd welcome him back - I personally think the show should do a few FOTW episodes each year to just have some fun and show us what Clark can do ONSCREEN. Cause I hate that 99% of the RBB's career has happened offscreen so we really can't see what legacy Clark is forging. Anyways, Parasite is a great villain in Superman canon. His abilities changed significantly over time but in the usual version, he sucks humans clean of their life force. With metas, he absorbs the powers for only a fairly limited period of time and has to go back for another dose.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I've enjoyed a lot of the FotW episodes over the years, and I would love to see Clark in action as the RBB more. Not every episode needs to be steeped in whatever the current mytharc is. I'd also like to see more episodes of Clark investigating stories for the DP, and then dealing with whatever he uncovers. That's what I liked about all three of the episodes that Bryan Q. Miller wrote this season. Committed and Hex had Clark investigating with Lois and Chloe, respectively, and Bulletproof had him going undercover on his own. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him in action.

Parasite sounds even more sinister in the comic book version, and his name makes perfect sense given what you've described. And I could easily see that actor taking him to the next level.
gotearsofjoy From: gotearsofjoy Date: May 11th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, what an insightful, passionate review. I feel like I agree with you on practically all counts. It even made me a feel a little bit emotional! What's wrong with me?!

I don't think anyone has a more clear vision of the man Clark Kent is meant to be than Tom, and when he is given the artistic freedom to direct himself and craft an entire episode, something magical happens.

Exactly. Actually that WHOLE paragraph put this episode into such a profound context! This episode really centred in upon Clark's character in a way that took full advantage of Tom's own unique and personal perspective. It gave a very distinct, introspective quality to the episode.

Will Ollie decide he has more in common with Tess than Clark?

That's a good question, and I wonder if you're right...

I believe in you, Clark Kent. You go take care of Doomsday the best way you know how; just promise me you'll come home safe after, okay?

I feel the same waaay! I actually stand by this character, after all those seasons.

And I think I have to give thanks to both actor Tom and director Tom for the insane amount of pretty in this one.

Yes. He is too gorgeous. That is all. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! *blushes* What a wonderful comment.

This episode really centred in upon Clark's character in a way that took full advantage of Tom's own unique and personal perspective. It gave a very distinct, introspective quality to the episode.

Exactly. I was disappointed when Tom got sick and couldn't direct Hex, because he has such a gift for comedy, but now I just think he was meant to direct this episode instead. No one else could have given this story the same insight. How I wish he would record a commentary for it!

He looked amazing in this episode, scene after scene. He took my breath away.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: May 11th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
A wonderful review as always!

I didn't even notice that Chloe might have been naked under her trench coat or pick up on any of the "sexual abuse" innuendo at all. Huh!

I absolutely loved Clark's "Alien Jesus" line. So much that I made an icon for it! :-)

Tom did a great job directing and acting in this episode. I agree that Clark is alway very strong when Tom is directing himself.

I feel like Clark is doing the best he can and what he feels is right and everyone else just needs to shut the hell up!

Thanks for posting all of the beautiful pictures!

I've been wondering where you've been the last few days. Real life keeping you super busy? *misses you*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Brianne!

I don't know if I was reading too much into Chloe's situation, but I got a very creepy vibe from it all. When she fell in the woods, her feet and legs were definitely bare (she appeared to be wearing leggings in the part where Clark picked her up, but I think we were supposed to think she wasn't wearing anything). To suggest something like that just to manipulate Clark shows exactly how far Tess is willing to go. That's so wrong.

That alien Jesus line was too funny, and Tom's delivery was perfect. IAt least he had one comic moment in the episode! :)

I'm so glad Tom is willing to take on this dual role, and that he obviously enjoys himself doing so. I still have my fingers crossed for BTS pics, but I kind of think we would have seen them by now. I think we got all those pics of AM directing Power because it was her first time.

My little episode picspams are such fun to put together! Sometimes I feel guilty that they're just Tom for the most part, but hey, that's pretty much all you're going to see in this journal anyway, right? :)

I was on a business trip last week, and my work continues to dominate my life. But what else is new? :/ Nothing will keep me from coming home on time on Thursday for Doomsday, though! Hey, that was pretty smart how you planned your move to happen during hiatus. Smart girl! :)
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: May 12th, 2009 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope you had a good business trip. Glad you're back!
It's definitely a happy coincidence that I'm not moving until SV is over for the season. On Thursday, I have a moving company coming to my place to give me an estimate and at first I was all worried because, "that's Smallville night!" Then I had to calm myself down and remind myself that it was okay because the moving company is coming at 3 in the afternoon! :-) I'm such a dork!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: May 11th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. It wasn't a fav of mine. I need Clark to get new friends.

And thanks so much for The Pretty! Gah, he's so beautiful, its nuts!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
This week and last, I almost said in my review, with friends like these, who needs enemies? It's really become kind of ridiculous. Someday this man will inspire the entire planet, but right now he can't win the loyalty of his closest friends? *rolls eyes* And to suggest that any of this is his fault is just offensive. But Tom's characterization brings me such joy, it almost makes the nonsense worthwhile. Almost.

He really did look amazing in this one. The first time I watched, all I could do was stare. And try to remember to breathe. :)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: May 12th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Great review - I'm sad that I have only one more of your SV reviews to read this season!

And once again Tom rose to the occasion, giving us an episode that inspired us even as it broke our hearts, and showing us exactly why Clark Kent will one day be the symbol of hope for an entire planet.
Whoo! Yes, it was a very noble and enjoyable Clark this week.

When Clark found Chloe, frantic and traumatized on a lonely road through the woods, she was dirty and disheveled, and appeared to be naked under her short trench coat. Back at the farm, she was jumpy and tearful, and could barely speak about her experience, her voice shaking as she described how afraid she was. And later, when Oliver asked Clark how Chloe was, he cryptically answered, "Something happened." Was Tess setting Clark up to believe Chloe had been sexually assaulted by Davis? If so, she truly is ruthless.
Since that implication comes through strongly in the staging rather than the script, I wonder if that was Tom's idea? It makes the Chloe/Clark scene that much more unsettling.

Seeing a desolate Clark through the glass of Ollie's office window, the buildings of nighttime Metropolis reflected on its shiny surface, was a heartbreaking reminder of how alone Clark was at that moment, even surrounded by the big, busy city.
That was surely the most beautiful shot in the episode, as your 'cap proves. *sighs for Tom's eyelashes*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Great review - I'm sad that I have only one more of your SV reviews to read this season!

Oh, Tas, that's the nicest thing you could possibly say to me! *hugs*

Yes, it was a very noble and enjoyable Clark this week.

I love how Tom respects his character, and lets both his goodness and his strength shine through when he has complete control of his performance. And even in a dark episode like this one, he finds moments of hope and inspiration, where we realize anew that Clark truly is our hero.

Since that implication comes through strongly in the staging rather than the script, I wonder if that was Tom's idea? It makes the Chloe/Clark scene that much more unsettling.

That's an interesting thought! It was all so oblique, but it seemed clear to me. I didn't know if they were trying to be ambiguous, or just subtle for the sake of the family hour. It definitely added another layer of maliciousness to Tess's attempt to manipulate Clark. She is one driven chick, who will obviously do whatever it takes to get what she wants. *shivers*

That was surely the most beautiful shot in the episode, as your 'cap proves.

The look in his eyes just killed me. So pretty, and so sad. *sniffles*
angryzen From: angryzen Date: May 12th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always look forward to your picspam. Usually when I'm watching an episode, I'm too busy paying attention to what's going on to notice the pretty unless it's IN YOUR FACE pretty like Ollie on the bed. lol. I love the shot of Ollie and Clark looking out the window.

I liked Clark in this episode too, except for one part. His end scene with Ollie. I've said this many times, but I hate it when they fight. I hate because nothing ever gets resolved. They just keep going around. This fight though could have been good, but I didn't like it. Why? Well, let's see. Chloe's run away with a murderer, but Clark is swearing up and down that she's been kidnapped. She keeps things from him (Brainiac), but when he finds out, he blames himself. Ollie tells him that he killed Lex (which I'm happy he did), and Clark decides all of a sudden that he doesn't know him anymore. After Ollie told him in the beginning that he could always count on him or something to that effect. And if I saw the preview right, Clark's gonna kick Ollie off the team, and Ollie's gonna shoot Clark with an arrow. Fun!

I didn't want Clark to say that what Ollie did was his (Clark's) fault. Like any Clark fan, I'm sick of him doing that (which he did in regards to Chloe in this episode). He also didn't excuse what Ollie did which is good. But in not excusing what Ollie did, he also disowned him in a sense. He gave him a speech and then disowned him.

Clark seems to have this thing. When the people in his past do something (Chloe, Lana), he forgives them, takes the blame, is in denial about it. When the people who will be in his future do something (Lois, Ollie), he has no problem calling them out. Which is good! It's just the way he does it. I mean in Lois' case, it's fine because he usually tells her something like, "You're better than this," like in Stiletto. But Ollie? Nope. He just doesn't know him anymore.

I have no idea where they're going to take Ollie or the Clark/Ollie relationship. I mean they can't have them not talk to each other. They're the only superheroes on the show. I have to say that it is exciting though. I'm complaining about this specific scene, but I am interested in what they're doing. Oh! And I fianlly got the scene that I wanted! Ollie said that Clark and he do things differently/have different rules when it comes to dealing with the bad guys, but they can still work together! I've been waiting for Ollie to say this for so long since he's the one who always has a problem with how Clark does things. Then Clark shot him down. *Sigh* I guess I'm not going to get my episode when they just hang out anytime soon. lol.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 17th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I usually end up watching the episode three or four times before I write my review, so the first time I focus more on the visuals than the details. And watching Tom on my big HDTV is simply breathtaking. I honestly think the caps never do him justice.

That scene with Clark and Oliver gave me pause, too. I do think the boys will find their way back to each other, but it seemed like there was a glaring double standard at work there. Both Oliver and Chloe made serious mistakes, but Oliver was condemned for his, while Chloe was given a free pass. That didn't feel right to me. What Oliver did may have been worse on the face of it, but ultimately I think he's more redeemable. At least he's straightforward about his motives for doing what he did.
acampbell From: acampbell Date: May 25th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
He's gorgeous. :)

Sad to say, most of this season is kind of a blur to me. I probably need a rewatch. Which may wait till I get the DVD set. I'm bound & determined not to pay full price for it this year--it'll be the first time ever I haven't bought a SV season set the day it comes out.

Unless I weaken, of course.:)

Your reviews are a BIG help to me in piecing it all together in retrospect.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 26th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
He is gorgeous, and I love that, as a director, he gives us so many beautiful shots of himself! Thank you, Tom! :)

Well, you know me, I've already pre-ordered my DVDs. :D And I've watched every episode at least four times, even the dreaded Lana arc, in order to write my reviews. Still, I've started a straight-through rewatch of S8. Now that I know how it all ends up, I want to see if my perspective on the individual episodes has changed.

After I finish S8, I'm going all the way back to the beginning and watch every episode, starting with the Pilot. It's a summer tradition, and it always makes me fall in love with the show all over again. Since I've come to appreciate Lois so much more this season, I'm looking forward to seeing her through new eyes.

I'm so happy to know you're reading my reviews. It means a lot to me!
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