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Smallville 9x06 - Crossfire - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 9x06 - Crossfire
Crossfire will always be remembered as the episode with The Kiss, but it had a lot more going on than just romance. This week Smallville was a fascinating study in couples, and the many ways in which they interact. There was action, intrigue, comedy, murder, and some thrilling heroics. Every character had an important part to play, and every actor had a chance to shine. It was a great episode, with something for everyone. But in the end, the moment that will stay with us, the moment that changed everything, was the moment when Clark finally let us, and Lois, know exactly how he felt. Clark Kent took a chance, made a move, and judging by the way Lois fell into his arms, got the girl. Wow.

I enjoyed every scene between Clark and Lois in this episode, but the Good Morning Metropolis teaser was pure gold. It was hilarious, adorable, and a delight to watch. I know, because I've watched it more times than I can count. :) Tom Welling has an amazing gift for comedy, and if he doesn't do a rom-com when Smallville is over, it will be a crime against humanity. And Erica Durance is a very funny lady herself. But the scene wasn't just about the laughs. We also learned that Clark will go to great lengths to please Lois, and put himself in some pretty uncomfortable situations to help make her dreams come true, including agreeing to host a cheesy morning TV show. Was anyone else waiting for him to say, "Oh, boy," right before the opening credits rolled?

The online dating storyline was fun. Clark went first, and, in spite of a little awkwardness, found success just by being himself. I liked the message behind that: not only that honesty was the best policy, but also that Clark's way was the right way. Lois made everything more complicated, starting with her online profile. I loved that Clark obviously knew her well enough to fill out her profile himself, and yet couldn't put into words exactly what made her so special to him. That's because it was everything about her, and there were no words that could do her justice. "You're Lois," really did say it all.

I think Lois felt the same way about Clark, but she was still guarding her heart. She flirted with him, both in her teasing banter and more overtly, like when she gave him the once over and then agreed that she does indeed like a six-pack. :) She felt the sting of jealousy when his blind date turned out to be both beautiful and accomplished. She even openly declared her feelings for him, albeit only to Oliver. But she wasn't completely sure of Clark, and besides, I think she was enjoying the dance.

Whatever Lois's personal feelings for Clark, professionally she still saw him as a rival, and she didn't hesitate to act when her competitive jealousy sent her into a panic. After Clark's dream date, Lois went to Oliver to get pointers on how to make hers even better. Instead she got Oliver himself, and a date that quickly careened out of control, losing her the job she wanted in the process. In the end Lois was dragged into Oliver's latest misadventure, and her very life hung in the balance. It's a good thing she has her own personal superhero!

Working on the dating story brought Clark's feelings for Lois into sharp focus. He enjoyed his time with Cat Grant, but I think he enjoyed the running commentary from Lois in his ear even more. When Clark played the observer on Lois's date, his comments were decidedly more tender, and things were just starting to heat up between them when Oliver crashed the party. After Oliver declared himself, and Lois turned off her ear mic to let him down easy, Clark assumed the worst. He was left in silence, wounded, but switched to Blur mode in an instant when his earpiece crackled back to life with the sound of Lois in distress.

Clark showed us his fierce side with that magnificent rescue. He stepped in at the last possible second and saved the day, using his heat vision to remove the threat of the gunman, and his super speed and invulnerability to take care of the rest. What a glorious reminder of who the real hero is on this show! Oliver was helpless, and you could see in his eyes that he realized the full implications of that as he faced Clark's fury. There were no words, but Clark's look seemed to say it all: "You think you're worthy of her love when you can't even keep her safe? If you ever let her come to harm, you'll answer to ME." It was Tom's patented paparazzi death stare, up close and personal, and it took my breath away.

Later Clark let his insecurities take over again, and decided to step aside to give Oliver a clear playing field. Chloe reminded him that his happiness was important, too, and that Lois should have a say in her own love life as well. The next time Clark saw Lois I don't think he meant to do anything more than talk, but when he couldn't get her to listen, he threw caution to the wind and swooped in for a kiss. And fandom exploded in response. :) I'm sorry to say the kiss itself didn't knock my socks off, but I'm thrilled Clark finally went for it, and that Lois kissed him right back, without hesitation, protest, or any mention of the Blur. I can't wait to see where we go from here!

When we hear the word couple, most of us think of romance. But Crossfire showed us that there are many other pairings beyond those of the heart. We saw people partnered out of friendship, exploitation, mentorship, extortion, and mutual gain, as well as some linked by motivations that remain murky. Let's explore some of the couples we saw this week.

Tess and Zod: OMG, were these two awesome or what? They're both powerful, dangerous, and unpredictable, and their scenes together were nothing short of electric. I was completely captivated, drinking in the chemistry, the verbal sparring, and the struggle for dominance. Did you see how he poked her? And then completely dismissed her, his voice dripping with scorn? Zod has clearly underestimated Tess, but Tess in turn is playing with fire. How cool was it that she gave his murderous minion exactly what he deserved, and then threw down the gauntlet with the bloody proof of her victory and that insolent coffee salute? Did she go too far? It looked like Zod could barely contain his rage! *shivers*

We've seen Tess's solar twin towers before, in Lois's vision of the future. The pieces are beginning to fall into place. THIS is the storyline where Clark belongs, but I guess we'll finally see that next week. I know the show is trying to make Zod's story stretch out over the entire season, but I'm getting frustrated with the way it's being doled out a few minutes at a time, and it's making me resent the other storylines that don't interest me as much, and seem to be getting in the way.

Oliver and Mia: It seems a bit soon for Oliver to be providing guidance to other lost souls, but I liked the idea of him simultaneously recruiting for the Justice League and providing a helping hand out of the pit his privilege has insured he'll never have to face. I appreciated that Oliver's interest was purely platonic, fatherly even, and without condescension. This is Oliver being the good guy, and that's the Oliver I adore. Mia herself was okay, but it's hard for me to embrace a new character who doesn't instantly grab my attention when I'd much rather have more of Clark instead.

Oliver and Lois: These two have real chemistry, and I always enjoy their scenes together. I liked Ollie's amused shock at the thought of Clark on Good Morning Metropolis, and his sweet attempt to reassure Lois. But ultimately he didn't help her at all, and I was disappointed to see the show revisit this romance. I could understand Ollie's nostalgia for his days with Lois when he was in his downward spiral, but I had hoped that once he was back on track he would see that those feelings were about something else altogether. I loved the friendship we saw in Bride and Roulette, and I thought Crossfire diminished that, as well as Oliver's ability to find fulfillment without a woman's love to validate him. Besides, it made me worry that the writers are beginning to Lanafy Lois, and I really don't want to see that.

What I would have liked better was to see Oliver help Lois out by using his considerable charm to make her date look fabulous, and maybe push Clark into declaring himself by tormenting him with a little outrageous flirting, with all of it being just for show. But at least Lois was unequivocal in turning him down, and Oliver had the decency to look abashed when Clark glared at him over the bullet he stopped in the nick of time. I just hope the show doesn't use this as an excuse to create more tension between Clark and Oliver; I want to see our two heroes get along, at least for a little while.

Chloe and Clark: What a relief to see these two so close to the way they used to be! The scene at the Daily Planet was just like old times, with them walking and talking, except that now it's Clark who works there, and Chloe who visits. But their dynamic has definitely changed. Chloe has emerged from the events of last season and the conflicts of this one much more independent from the alien around whom her life used to revolve. She is clearly making her own decisions, based on her own priorities, and is obviously enjoying herself. She no longer seems bitter or hurt, but rather is happy, with a new focus and energy.

Clark doesn't seem entirely comfortable with the new Chloe. He keeps shooting her these concerned looks, with that famously furrowed brow, and he always seems a bit on edge in the Watchtower, watching her work, although he's thankful for the results. I think he knows she's not telling him everything, but he's trying to let her live her own life, and not become any more entwined in his than she already is. He's reluctant to challenge her and create any more animosity between them, and has decided to trust her instead. But he seems uneasy to me.

Chloe and Stuart: Is Stuart the new love interest for Chloe that TPTB have hinted at in recent interviews? It was such a treat to see her go up against him this week. Chloe was in her element, conquering one after another of his firewalls, each victory putting a bigger smile on her face, until she used his own arrogance to defeat him in another, unexpected way. The fact sheet she pulled up told us he's 20, holds an advanced degree from MIT, and has impressive skills. In addition, he's quirky, he knows way too many of Tess Mercer's secrets, and his morals are questionable at best. I just hope Chloe knows what she's doing, because he seems like a risky recruit, especially if it takes blackmail to get him on the team. Chloe's playing the puppet master again, and having a blast, but as much fun as it is to watch, it makes me nervous, too.

Random thoughts: I pretty much worship Cassidy Freeman, and her Tess Mercer. IJS. Were we supposed to take Cat Grant at face value? Or was that all an act, and she had that job in her sights from the start? Did they photoshop her head onto a pic of Lois to make that ad? Because she was wearing the same outfit. I thought Lois's mother died long before she was old enough to go to any prom. Does every woman on this show have to wear a shirt that is longer than the jacket/other shirt that goes over it? And I think someone on the show likes Pretty Woman. Not only was Mia's hooker outfit, with the blond wig and thigh-high, patent leather boots, straight out of the film, the cardboard cutout of Lois and Clark was a dead ringer for the poster (check it out HERE).

Crossfire was a wonderful episode. It was entertaining, it built my anticipation for episodes to come, the stories meshed and overlapped in a really nice way, and it took the relationship between Lois and Clark to a whole new level with an unforgettable kiss. But it also reminded me of my one quibble with this season of Smallville: where is Clark? Don't get me wrong, I love Clark this season, I just want to see more of him, and I want the stories to be ABOUT him. I don't mean to nitpick, but in this episode, except for his big move at the end, Clark did a lot of watching and reacting. He had no interaction with the majority of the cast, and had little or no part to play in the storylines outside of his one with Lois.

Compare that to Rabid, where the virus was released specifically to flush him out, he was instrumental in effecting a cure, the action revolved around him, he shared at least one scene with every character except Zod, and he had more screen time than anyone else. And Rabid seems to be the exception rather than the rule. It makes no sense to me. I can't decide if TPTB are pimping Oliver for a JL spin-off, trying to lighten Tom Welling's work load, or if they have run out of stories to tell about their main character. I just know it doesn't feel right to me.

The one thing this show never fails to deliver is outrageous amounts of the Tom pretty. My top twenty caps from Crossfire:




























































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

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 2nd, 2009 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Could Tom BE any cuter? He and Erica were SO GOOD together in that first scene.

I'm just glad the shippers loved the kiss so much, that's what matters, I think. And I don't mean to say I didn't like the kiss, it just didn't hit me in the solar plexus like some other kisses on the show have. And I'm not even sure why. :/
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carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: November 2nd, 2009 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
But it also reminded me of my one quibble with this season of Smallville: where is Clark?

That's my main problem with this season. Considering it could be SV's last, why isnt the show focusing on Clark? Why are they bringing DCU characters to just interact with seconday characters and not with the main one? It makes no sense and I don't think there's any valid justification for it.

Beautiful caps! I particularly love the blind-date smile and the death stare.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 2nd, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's my main problem with this season. Considering it could be SV's last, why isnt the show focusing on Clark?

Exactly. I love every moment we've seen of him, but I want, and expect, more. TPTB said they had lots of stories yet to tell (their justification for seeking S10), but so far most of the stories seem to be about Oliver and Lois rather than Clark. I'm enjoying the show, but I'm frustrated, too.

I'm hoping Clark will become more of a focus as Zod's story develops. I also have high hopes for the JSA 2-parter, because I know how much Geoff Johns loves this character, and I think he writes him very well. But with Tom directing the second part, and perhaps preparing for that while they film the first part, I can't help but be worried, too. Still, I'm thrilled that he's directing such an important and highly anticipated episode!

Isn't it wonderful to see Tom's megawatt smile? It's such a rarity these days. And I loved the death stare. As someone who waited in vain for Clark to give Oliver a piece of his mind after what went down with Doomsday, it was immensely satisfying to see him communicate so clearly exactly what he thought of Ollie in that moment. :)
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: November 2nd, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG! That second cap! I'm giggling just looking at it! And I didn't notice the little American flag before, it makes it even more Regis and Kelly like!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 2nd, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Isn't he just too adorable with that smile? I love him to pieces! The flag is perfect, as is the fake cityscape through the fake window behind them. :) That whole scene was made of WIN.
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: November 2nd, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
AGREED in everything you said.

Great picspam, too.
//Tom Welling has an amazing gift for comedy, and if he doesn't do a rom-com when Smallville is over, it will be a crime against humanity.//
*nods* I can't stop smiling like a silly girl when I see him have this comedic moments. He is just too great. There are times that I LOL, too. I hope we will see him in a comedic role after SV.

I believe Chloe's new interest is Stuart, too. The spoilers said that it would be hard to resist him and that he is very charming and that's why I thought it was Oliver but I quess not.

Can't wait for the second kiss!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 2nd, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't stop smiling like a silly girl when I see him have this comedic moments. He is just too great.

I feel the same way. And I can watch those scenes over and over, they never get old! :)

I assumed they were talking about Oliver, too, who else is charming and hard to resist? I haven't seen those qualities in Stuart so far, but we haven't seen that much of him. Maybe he has hidden depths. :) I didn't want to see Chloe with Oliver anyway, since he's destined to end up with Black Canary. Stuart is an unknown quantity, so I think it will be fun to uncover his secrets.

Is your icon one that you made? It's beautiful!
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: November 2nd, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can justify two things. The kiss hit ME in the solar plexus because I'm finding it hard to recall a time when Clark was that bold. In his mind, Lois and Oliver were getting back together, so to take the initiative like that and just literally take what he wanted was surprising (if you weren't already spoiled for the kiss) and kind of hot.

And to be fair, the Tess/Zod stuff was just as much about Clark (or Tess protecting Clark in a very Lexian way) as it was about the power play between the two villains of the show. I very much enjoyed it.

And although I'm on Oliver overload, I actually liked the Oliver/Mia plot and though to some people it came out of left field, I can handwave it as Oliver must have noticed her when he was having his own Fight Clubn experience. If they hadn't shown him participating in underground cage fighting in Savior, I wouldn't been like WTF? but they did show it and I can also see the point that he was just pulled out of the gutter by his friends and he could see that Mia was just a kid with a lot of potential that needed to be helped. He did the same with Bart, Victor, and AC, so at least there's a precedence.

Overall, I loved the hell out of the episode and I'd honestly rank it high with Rabid. I think I didn't notice that Clark wasn't part of the main arc this week because like last season, I know that overall everyone's story will take a turn to center around Clark and the Kandorians, especially if Lois' dreams are any indication. Or it's possible that I'm on such a high because this season has been so amazing (IMO) that I'm willing to be Susie Sunshine about it, lol.

Oh and I have a sort of OT question. My favorite episode of the season is probably Rabid, closely followed by Crossfire, but I think technically (going by my poll's criteria) that Metallo was the best episode of the season so far. What about you?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 2nd, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree that the way Clark pursued Lois and declared his love for her with that kiss was totally hot. For a shy guy he really stepped up in this episode. I liked when Lois suggested her blind date might have to take him down, and Clark said, "I'd like to see him try." LOL!

Also, I've been watching this gif made by cloiser_trish for the last ten minutes, and I've gained a whole new appreciation for that kiss. :)



Yes, the Tess/Zod stuff is all about Clark, I'm just impatient for him to be in the thick of it with them! But I guess that will start in earnest next week. I can't wait! I miss seeing Tess and Clark together.

He did the same with Bart, Victor, and AC, so at least there's a precedence.

Ooh, that's a good point, he did rescue Bart and Victor off the streets, I forgot about that. Of course that happened offscreen with them.

I know that overall everyone's story will take a turn to center around Clark and the Kandorians, especially if Lois' dreams are any indication.

That makes sense, and I hope you're right, but I can't help but worry, just based on what I've seen so far. But let me be clear: I am loving this season, and especially Clark in it. It still has the potential to be my favorite season ever. I'm just greedy. ;)

What about you?

I always have a hard time ranking episodes against each other, but Rabid has definitely been my favorite episode so far. Metallo had exceptional performances from BAG and Tom and a great story, plus Clark's wonderful return to the DP, and cool visual effects (and I want so badly to see BAG return!). But I would still rank Crossfire higher because I loved the way the stories were woven together, because every single actor gave a great performance, and just because I enjoyed it so much.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: November 2nd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
But it also reminded me of my one quibble with this season of Smallville: where is Clark? Don't get me wrong, I love Clark this season, I just want to see more of him, and I want the stories to be ABOUT him. I don't mean to nitpick, but in this episode, except for his big move at the end, Clark did a lot of watching and reacting. He had no interaction with the majority of the cast, and had little or no part to play in the storylines outside of his one with Lois.


Yes, Yes, and more YES! This is what I've been trying to say, but I don't think I convey it as well as you do. Or maybe its because I'm overall more critical, my point gets lost in the analysis.

Its really not that there's Clois stuff, or that Clark is in love with Lois, and wants to be with her, and all that (though I do think there's a lot of Clark's POV they've left out here). Its just that it seems to encompass so much of Clark's storyline right now. And I just don't think it should be the main course of his storyline. I'm missing the meat in the rest of his storyline.

And I understand that they may have wanted to move this along quickly so that they could get them into couple-hood, then steer his storyline in other directions. And if thats the case, then I will reflect on it all a lot better. But right now, Clark is great, but there isn't enough of him, and his storyline needs to be diversified to a greater degree.

Does every woman on this show have to wear a shirt that is longer than the jacket/other shirt that goes over it?

AHHHH, YES! Thank you. My sister and I were talking about this over the weekend, and we are both sick to death of this one look being perpetuated over and over and over again on the show. Its not even that current. I pretty much dislike how they dress the ladies on this show (sadly, ED most of all, and she's got the best figure). The styles look dated, and pretty unimaginative. Drives me crazy. SV has a great crew, but the hair/makeup/wardrobe people leave a little to be desired.

You make some great points about the Chloe/Clark interaction. Its funny, but I thought the different vibe I was getting was from AM, but now when you talk about how Clark is reacting, maybe its really coming from TW? Its hard to put my finger on, but its something

I haven't done much rewatching of SV this season, but I actually did rewatch this one over the weekend (a bad cold kept me in), and I did enjoy it a lot. It was even better when I could FF through the Oliver/Mia parts :)
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: November 2nd, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was even better when I could FF through the Oliver/Mia parts :)

That's exactly what I did and I could enjoy the episode much better that way. It's almost scary how alike our minds think so often. lol
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: November 2nd, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just stopping by because I missed you! Absolutely not here in the hopes of a Zod pic. I know better. Truly and surely I do. And I wouldn't even consider coming here looking for an Oliver picture. Blasphemy!

I'm the glad the SV PTB finally let you have your squee. I bet it was epic, given the amount of time you've been waiting for that Kiss.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2009 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Actually, while I'm always up for any sexy scenes with Tom, I wouldn't say I've been jonesing for that particular kiss. But I did enjoy the romance of the moment, and everything that led up to it this season. And the Clois shippers are over the moon, which has been so much fun. This fandom is so often focused on the wank, and seeing everyone full of squee instead has been really nice.

I've missed you, too! My phone has been dead since last Wednesday, and I didn't notice until this morning! Sorry about missing your texts! My hubby had some minor surgery, and I took a few days off work to take care of him. And to avoid the office Halloween party. :)

Some Zod and Ollie pretties from Crossfire, just for you! *hugs* And check out THIS clip from the next episode. Callum Blue is HOT!













































Screen caps courtesy of Home of the Nutty, with my thanks!
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: November 2nd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great review! I've been having trouble writing up my review because while I enjoyed the episode a LOT, there were at least 10 minutes that didn't work for me at ALL, namely the Mia story. I just found it deathly dull. It didn't help that it started with a fight scene that I found horribly staged and repetitive. I don't know, maybe it would have worked better if Ollie had talked to her for a bit BEFORE she went in the ring so we had some sense of who she was. And why her out of so many thousands of kids who are in over their heads? When even Ollie is so far out of his League in the superhero ranks, I have to question what bringing Mia into the mix adds to the show.

Here I am, dwelling on the bad bits again when I should be squeeing over the good stuff - everything else. The Clois and Tessod were both off the charts fantastic, and I really enjoyed the great hack-off even as Chloe's desire to recruit Stuart sends alarm bells ringing.

And Kandor next week looks like it has the potential to be awesome. Let's hope they excecute. At least Clark and Tess will have some time together!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2009 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
The Mia story was my least favorite part of the episode, too, and I think a big part of that was that it had nothing to do with Clark. But I was at least happy to see Oliver being a force for good again.

Watching Chloe have so much fun matching wits and keyboards with Stuart was a treat. I think she's getting in over her head, but I'm also intrigued to see how it all goes down. I miss AM's acting presence on the show.

Tess and Zod were amazing together, and judging by the web clip the CW put up on YouTube, next week is going to be even better. And Clark will finally be a part of it all! *bounces*

I loved every minute of the Clois, and was reminded anew of the depth of Tom's talent. His performance was carefully crafted, full of wonderful little touches, and by far the best part of the episode. But as much as I've enjoyed watching this romance blossom, I'm looking forward to next week, when the focus will be on Kandor, Zod, and Jor-El instead.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: November 2nd, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely choice of screen caps!!

I enjoyed Crossfire immensely although while watching the Oliver/Mia story line, I was wondering where Clark was. It may not have been so obvious if there had been more Clark in Roulette. On re-watch, I FF through the Oliver/Mia segments.

Tom was delightful to watch especially the Good Morning Metropolis segment, the blind date, the Oliver/Lois save & the kiss. I don't know how Tom manages to be more stunning each week??

Regarding the kiss, I would agree that it wasn't the hottest kiss of the series but for me it worked. Take charge Clark is always win! I loved that Clark shut Lois up with a kiss!

I enjoyed Chloe this week and liked her interaction with Stuart although I have to remind myself that he is older than he looks.

The Zod/Tess story line is intriguing and it will lead back to Clark. Can't wait for Kandor!


tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2009 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom was delightful to watch especially the Good Morning Metropolis segment, the blind date, the Oliver/Lois save & the kiss. I don't know how Tom manages to be more stunning each week??

I couldn't agree more. He can't blame us for wanting more of him when he insists on being so amazing! :)

Regarding the kiss, I would agree that it wasn't the hottest kiss of the series but for me it worked. Take charge Clark is always win! I loved that Clark shut Lois up with a kiss!

Oh, absolutely. I loved that he couldn't wait one more second to tell Lois how he felt about her, and if she wasn't going to listen, he had an even better way to declare himself. And once their lips touched, the rest of the world ceased to exist, and the kiss went on and on, even as the screen faded to black. *sigh*

I enjoyed Chloe this week and liked her interaction with Stuart although I have to remind myself that he is older than he looks.

I know! The first time I saw him I thought he was about 16! What's even more surprising to me is that the actor is 26! :)

The Zod/Tess story line is intriguing and it will lead back to Clark. Can't wait for Kandor!

I'm so excited that Clark will finally be a part of this storyline! Is it Friday yet? :)
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: November 3rd, 2009 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this episode. Well, the Clois bits anyway. The other story lines were good until that last scene blew them all out of the water. Now, I'm FF through them too when I rewatch.

1) "..the Good Morning Metropolis teaser was pure gold." Indeed! I loved Lois nagging but Clark not being baited this time. Old!Clark would have rolled his eyes at her but Clois!Clark sees it her insecurity & calls her on it. Maybe all that work he did in "Echo" on being insightful paid off. I also love how anytime Clark expresses his romantic intentions to Lois, her whole demeanor changes & she can't quit smiling at him.

2) I've noticed the jacket/long shirt thing too. Although it did make me aware that they're dressing Chloe in a lot of green this season. That's typically bad, right? Her hair does look wonderful though.

3) The Chloe/Clark banter in the DP was fantastic. Reminded me of the good old days. I do love The Watchtower though. It's Chloe's Fortress of Solitude.

4) By the way, if Clark Kent is online dating, then sign me up!! He's turned me around on the issue.

5) I don't know but I find it funny that Lois loves monster trucks and that Clark knows it and accepts it.

6) Oliver & Mia. Blah, blah, filler. I noticed the Pretty Woman motiff too. Complete with the chick driving his car & him telling her to slow down. And yes, too early for Oliver to become the mentor. What's that 12step program rule about not getting involved in new relationships? Shouldn't he be apologizing first? Oh well. Bored now.

7) Tess/Zod storyline is okay, but they're so isolated from everyone else. When was the last Clark/Tess scene? When she was a zombie in Rabid? I know its all set-up for later but I too just want them to get to it.

8) Ooh and Rabid is my favorite episode of the season. I've watched it at least a dozen times.

9) Also, they need to put Clark back in flannels. This suit and tie stuff is about to kill me dead. Who's gonna watch the show if we all spontaneously combust from the hotness that is Clark?

10) Oh, and why couldn't Clark figure out the earpiece? Hasn't he used those devices with Oliver and Chloe?

11) Cat Grant reminded me of a cross-between Adrianne Palicki and Sandra McCoy. IJS.

12) Love the real Tommy smiles we got! Pic #13. YUMMY!!

13) Chloe and Stuart's hacker war reminded me of Leverage with Wil Wheaton. I really hope that Stuart isn't a love interest for her. That'd be too trite.

14) I admire Oliver's pluck for hijacking Lois' date but this guy needs to buy a clue. Lois already told him she was into Clark. Apparently all that drinking gave him short-term memory Lois, I mean loss.

15) Erica Durance looks really hot in blue! And she has perfectly straight, stunningly white teeth.

16) Love that Lois was so honest about her feelings about Clark. Too bad it wasn't to Clark. But hey, at least she admitted it.

17) Her running after Ollie after the talk on the balcony felt a little odd. Like there should have been a scene in-between.

18) ED says "honest" like a true Canadian. LOL!

19) The Blur's save was fantastic! The bullet to the eye was a bit reminiscent of Returns but it's a great effect so thumbs up.

20) I agree that Chloe and Clark in The Watchtower do seem stilted. But I think the distance makes sense. She's still his touchstone in many ways though. No one can replace her.

21) Is it just me or is Clark acting more Kryptonian? His walk is more stilted, his demeanor more detached and even-keeled. Not prone to fits of emotion - no Lana-type pining, no feeling sorry for himself. He's approaching things more maturely but a little distant. But really, I notice the posture more. Very confident.

22) Which brings me to the kiss. I loved his mix of self-confidence and hesitation in that moment. He kissed her but not like Kal did in Crimson. It was modest and sweet and you could tell they felt the weight of what they were doing. Nice choice by ED and TW. We've seen these two kiss before but it felt like the first time. Bravo!! (PS, Nice hand in the hair ED. I woulda done that too!)

23) And this may be the most important part of this whole comment, I am officially a convert. CLOIS ROCKS!! Chlark walks. :)






tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
1) I, too, like that they each smile when the other teases them. Their banter has become affectionate, and I can't help but smile right along with them.

2) I think Allison has never looked more beautiful. I remember they dressed her in a lot of green in S7, too, and I was afraid it meant something dire, but I think it's just because she looks good in green, and they tend to reserve the primary colors for Lois these days, especially red, since she's aligned with Clark.

3) Ooh, Chloe's Fortress of Solitude! I like that. It's such a gorgeous set. Wouldn't you love a place that looked like that? But why does she still go back to the Talon? I would totally live at the Watchtower.

4) Just tell them you want a farmboy. ;)

5) I think it's adorable. :) And it's from the comics.

6) LOL! Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel, too.

7) At least Clark and Tess have a scene in Kandor. I don't think Clark and Zod officially meet until Pandora.

8) I love Rabid, everything about it. I've watched that scene at the farm more times than I can count. And I know so many people who just assumed it would be terrible because it had zombies in it.

9) It's just crazy how gorgeous he is! Wouldn't he look weird in a plaid shirt now? The same way that Michael would look funny without hair. I'm used to him as Michael, not Lex, now.

10) Maybe he just uses his super hearing with people who know his secret?

11) LOL! I can totally see that!

12) Those big smiles are few and far between these days, aren't they? They still have the power to light up the whole world!

13) I loved that episode of Leverage. Totally OT, but I loved his episode of TBBT, too! I'm very confused about the whole Chloe love interest thing. Why does she even need to be paired off? And Kelly's description sounded more like Oliver. I don't know what to think.

14) I think that was all so unnecessary, although that emotional scene between Lois and Oliver was very nicely done.

15) I thought her date dress was really pretty. Everyone looked good in this episode!

16) I was actually surprised by that, and touched. I was so glad there was no mention of the Blur from her in this episode. it was all about Clark.

17) I was all, whoa, how'd she get down there so fast, and where did she come from? :)

18) I noticed that, too! hee!

19) Awesome scene! It was visually stunning, and it really hammered home the difference between Clark and Oliver.

20) I agree, but I don't know if TPTB remember that. :( I think Tom and Allison do, though.

21) I think I'd characterize it as acting more like Superman, which I guess is kind of the same thing. I just think Tom has finally been given the freedom to make his vision for this character a reality, and I am loving it.

22) Kal was all about lust and selfishness; this kiss was about love. I liked the way it started out as a bold declaration, and once she responded, turned into something tender, and romantic, and endless.

23) Really?! Wow! *is speechless*
tasabian From: tasabian Date: November 3rd, 2009 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the review & the beautiful 'caps! This episode failed to record for me so I much appreciated both the Pretty and the excellent synopsis. Tom just gets lovelier and lovelier!

Compare that to Rabid, where the virus was released specifically to flush him out, he was instrumental in effecting a cure, the action revolved around him, he shared at least one scene with every character except Zod, and he had more screen time than anyone else. And Rabid seems to be the exception rather than the rule.
Rabid is definitely my favourite of the season, for all the reasons you lay out above. It's a simple thing to make Clark the protagonist and the audience's main POV....so why won't they give us more episodes like this?

I'm sorry to say the kiss itself didn't knock my socks off, but I'm thrilled Clark finally went for it, and that Lois kissed him right back, without hesitation, protest, or any mention of the Blur.
I've seen the clip and it's not a bad kiss, but my gold SV standard is still Clark and Alicia. Rrrrawwwr! I thought the Clois kiss in Hydro was cuter: Tom directed that moment so well. But I see that it's given a lot of folks major SQUEE, so that's nice!

Will definitely seek out Tess/Zod scenes based on your recommendation. Keen to see some of Tom's comedy moments too! He has a real flair for comedy, which we don't get to see often enough.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2009 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no! I hope you get a chance to see the whole episode eventually!

It's a simple thing to make Clark the protagonist and the audience's main POV....so why won't they give us more episodes like this?

It's a mystery! :/

I've seen the clip and it's not a bad kiss, but my gold SV standard is still Clark and Alicia. Rrrrawwwr!

Is it awful that I went and looked at the sexy bits in Unsafe after watching Crossfire to compare? Clalicia is beyond HOT. But of course that was a Red!K fueled misadventure, and Crossfire was something else altogether. Thanks to cloiser_trish and her wonderful gif, I've now watched the Crossfire kiss approximately eleventy billion times, and I will admit it's grown on me. :) But like you, I'm just glad so much of fandom enjoyed it as much as they did!

Will definitely seek out Tess/Zod scenes based on your recommendation. Keen to see some of Tom's comedy moments too! He has a real flair for comedy, which we don't get to see often enough.

I have links! Clips on YouTube:

Good Morning Metropolis Audition

Clark and Lois Blind Dates

The Blur to the Rescue

All 4 Crossfire Tess/Zod Scenes

BONUS: Tess/Zod Clip from Kandor
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I'm glad you're feeling squeeful, I thought maybe Smallville had lost you. I'm dying to know what happens next with Clark and Lois, but I'm also so excited to see Julian Sands as Jor-El next week. Three more episodes until the dreaded winter hiatus; I'm going to try to savor them! :)
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: November 3rd, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm worried about both Tess and Chloe. Both women are playing with fire and I'm not sure they'll escape unscathed. Chloe worries because she's not a chess player on the Luthor level and yet she thinks she is and she's acting just like them. And she's blackmailing Stuart into working with them which could disastorous as he's got no reason to be loyal to Chloe,and could easily switch back to Tess and get her killed ( which is presumably what happened in the alternate timeline)
And Tess. Sure she's able to take out a deep cover agent ( and did she already know or did she figure it out when he started questioning her?) but if Zod's plan goes according to plan? She's going to have a large group of very angry superpowered Kandorians, on her hands. And I saw the clip.
Zod knows how to get to her. I don't think she has as much in this relationship as she thinks she has.

She kneels before him in the future though that could be self-presevation, as opposed to drinking the kool-aid and siding with him.
So the Chloe/Tess are adding up and not in a good way.

The kiss was Hot!! I love how these are able to tease each other and take it. They know each other too well (as evidenced by Clark reading Lois's profile and tearing it apart) And yeah...the kiss ummm *G*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm worried about both Tess and Chloe. Both women are playing with fire and I'm not sure they'll escape unscathed.

There are some interesting parallels between them, aren't there? Chloe's smart, but I don't think she's ruthless enough to play the kind of game Tess does, or that Lionel did before her. I'm worried, too.

And Tess has nerves of steel! She's not just playing with fire, she's taunting an inferno! But I sure do love watching her and Zod play the game. Obviously he underestimated Tess, but what about her? Does she truly understand what he's capable of?

I love how these are able to tease each other and take it.

I love that, too. It shows how comfortable they are together, and how well they read each other. They both know it's all in fun. And yes, I do think the kiss was hot. :)
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