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Smallville 9x16 - Escape


This week's Smallville was all about couples, and the different reasons we reach out for one another in this life. The episode itself was something of a mess, part screwball comedy, part monster hunt, and part villainous intrigue, with goofy dialogue and contrived situations, but I enjoyed a lot of it nonetheless. Escape addressed some issues with a frankness that is all too rare on this show, and it gave me some scenes that are destined to become favorites. I could write an entire review about all the things that didn't make sense in this episode, but I prefer to focus instead on the jewels among the dross.

Who knew when this season started that we would end up with all of our series regulars neatly paired off? I know I never expected it, and I don't much like it either, but I have a feeling none of these relationships will survive the season intact, so I'm not going to get all worked up about it. The three couples we saw in Escape were brought together by very different forces: one for love, one for sex, and one for power. But they all got something a little unexpected, and the promise of further complications to come.

Clark and Lois thought they were going away for a romantic weekend, and taking their relationship to the next level. I think Clark has been ready for this ever since he got a taste of what it would be like from Lois's memories in Pandora. We saw his eagerness at the end of that episode, and again in Disciple and Conspiracy. First the writers put the brakes on because Lois wanted to take it slow, and then they showed us how hard it was for these two busy reporters to find time to be together, but you can only stall for so long. I knew Clark and Lois wouldn't actually do the deed in Escape, but the excuses for keeping them apart are getting laughable.

Lois was pretty hyper throughout this episode, but I'm willing to write that off to nerves. A couple's first time together can be a big deal, and even more so when you care deeply for the person and want everything to go right. Throw in the added pressure of a romantic getaway, planned for one reason and one reason only, and it's no wonder she was a little on edge. Clark was nervous, too, adorably so. He was so sweet, attending to every little detail with care. And so yummy in that white tee! I couldn't stop smiling, watching the two of them, and when they finally slipped into bed together, it really felt right. But of course they were interrupted, at the last possible second.

What happened next stretched my suspension of disbelief to its breaking point. So Clark and Lois run into Chloe and Oliver in the lobby, and Lois spends the rest of the night talking Clark's ear off about it, and then just falls asleep? Are you kidding me?! Big, warm, beautiful and willing Clark is snuggled right next to you in a cozy, comfy bed, with a fire crackling and the lights dimmed, and you don't jump him? And he doesn't pounce on you, in your sexy, see-thru negligee? Oh, please. Come hell or high water, nothing could have kept me from sealing the deal that night. And twice more before breakfast!

Similarly, back at the Talon at the end of the episode, there is no way I would have answered that cell phone. Clark was kissing Lois and undressing her! I would have thrown the phone across the room if he had handed it to me! Judging by his tone and the look on his face, I think Clark was hoping Lois would do the same. And what happened after she finished her call? Are we supposed to believe the mood was irretrievably broken by that interruption? If two people want each other, they'll find a way to be together. But I don't think the show is going to let that happen with these two, which makes me think they're headed for a breakup before the show runs out of excuses, even ridiculous ones.

Not that I'm totally sold on Clark and Lois falling into bed together just yet. Maybe I have some old-fashioned ideas about our innocent farmboy, but I always thought he would tell Lois he loves her before they took that step. We all know how they feel about each other, why not let them express it? And I have a major problem with Clark contemplating intimacy without telling Lois the whole truth about himself. I get it, though, someone in charge (TPTB? DC?) has decided that the mythos dictates that Lois remain in the dark, and it would be a drag to bring their relationship to a screeching halt until that changes, if it ever does. So I'm trying to let go of that one.

And one more thing: I'm sorry to say the Clois kisses aren't doing it for me. I'm not sure what it is, exactly. The scene in the Talon where Clark tosses Lois up on the counter and steps between her legs, completely invading her personal space? That was unbelievably HOT, and certainly the most sexually assertive move we've seen Clark make without the help of Red!K. Watching made me weak in the knees, but somehow the kisses that followed didn't live up to the promise of what came before. *sigh* I so want their kisses to knock my socks off, but I'm just not feeling it.

Chloe and Oliver also planned to get away for the weekend, but they weren't looking for love, just a fun frolic between the sheets, with no expectations for anything more. I have nothing invested in them as a couple, but they do sparkle together, and I thought their awkward brunch with Lois and Clark was pretty hilarious. Chloe's condescending attitude grated a bit, but Oliver was a delight. Lois's line about "Mr. Green, in the bedroom, with my cousin," made me laugh, and Clark's palpable chagrin at the whole situation was too funny. My favorite part, of course, was the conversation between Clark and Oliver while the girls were outside. Tom Welling and Justin Hartley are both comic geniuses as far as I'm concerned, and they made the most of those talents all through this episode.

The relationship between Chloe and Oliver is a casual one, with no strings attached. But is anything ever really that simple? When Clark's concern made Oliver second-guess himself, we saw that he must have some tender feelings for Chloe, and when she freaked out over his gift, it was clear that those feelings make him vulnerable. I definitely got the impression that Oliver is in danger of actually falling for Chloe, while she is determined to protect her heart by holding him at arm's length. Oliver may have the playboy act down pat, but don't forget that deep down he's a lost little boy, who spends his time putting his life on the line for others, without the benefit of superpowers to keep him safe. He's still atoning for past sins, and trying to prove himself worthy of the love he so desperately needs.

Chloe and Oliver's heart-to-heart at the inn was interesting. I was glad to hear Chloe spell out what happened to her romantic feelings for Clark, and for the show to acknowledge that they were never returned in the same way. I do feel for Chloe and all she went through, always watching Clark give his heart to someone else, but I think it's important to note that her wounds and scars were entirely self-inflicted. I still mourn the unique friendship Clark and Chloe once shared, and I keep hoping they will find it again, but now I can't help but wonder if a fundamental component, now gone, was Chloe's unrequited love. When she finally let go of those feelings, maybe that's when things began to change. And if that's so, it would be cruel to wish for a return to those days.

The real question about Chloe and Oliver is, what happens next? I can't bring myself to care much about their future as a couple, especially when Chloe spends their time together snarking about Clark, and Oliver helps her keep secrets from him, but I do wonder, when push comes to shove, where Oliver's loyalties lie. Will they cause a conflict with Chloe that leads to a rift, or will they threaten the bond that he and Clark have just forged anew? In any case, with all the challenges ahead, I think Chloe and Oliver's carefree fun will get infinitely more complicated, and I doubt their arrangement will survive the onslaught.

Tess and Zod's relationship is complex, and completely twisted. They were each ready to kill the other, and the next thing you know they're in bed together! I don't know why the show had to go there, but whatever. I think Zod is honestly impressed with Tess, and the power she holds, but in the end she will always be only "almost" Kryptonian, and unquestionably inferior in his mind. As soon as he has what he wants from her, she will be expendable. Tess in turn continues to play with fire, and find exhilaration in dancing ever closer to the flames. I have no idea what she's up to, or what her motives are, but I am completely captivated, and I hang on her every move.

Zod seems to have forgotten all about his people in the wake of obtaining his superpowers. He is now fixated on stealing the rest of Clark's life, finding the secret to neutralizing his powers, and then moving on to ruling the world. He's jealous of Clark, and wants to understand why people look up to the Blur the way they do, but he's got it all wrong. He thinks it's about power and publicity, when really it's about Clark's ability to inspire people, and to give them hope. Will he discover the truth, and if so, will it change him? Or is he the irredeemable villain he appears to be? I'm excited that Zod is a truly formidable enemy now, but I hate that it was a decision of Clark's that made him one, especially a decision that Clark made for all the right reasons.

I also hate that Smallville has a rule that Clark can't tell Lois his secret, and then makes that the very reason she's vulnerable to Zod's subterfuge. It reminds me of how they specifically chose to write Clark as the reluctant hero in S7, and then had Oliver come back in Siren and rail against him for being that way. Grrr. I think Zod pretending to be the Blur could be cool, especially after the promise Clark made to him about what would happen if he went near Lois again, but the way it went down seemed way too easy. Zod went to the farm and stole Clark's Blur phone (how did he even know about that?) to call Lois, but in spite of Zod's phony accent and the distortion of the voice modulator, I think she should have realized it wasn't her hero calling. Besides, why was she so over the top, telling him again and again that she would do anything to help him? The last time the Blur called after a long absence, she totally busted his chops, and that seemed a lot more in character. I call shenanigans.

Tess was awesome in Escape, although I think more than ever that she's a little crazycakes. "In every relationship one person stands, while the other one kneels." Kinky! :) Did she sleep with Zod to prove her power over him, for the thrill of sex with a superpowered alien, or because he's the closest thing to a Clark substitute she'll ever find? Or does she have some other agenda I can't even begin to imagine? Is she still loyal to Clark, or has he disappointed her once too often? And how will her ties to Checkmate factor into all of this? All I know for sure is, Tess is playing a very dangerous game, and I just hope it doesn't prove fatal.

There was one more couple of significance in Escape, albeit not a romantic one: Clark and Chloe. Most of the enmity that has become the norm for them was gone in this episode, which was surprising, but more than welcome. They worked together to solve the mystery of the banshee and dispatch the evil spirit, and watching them team up was wonderfully reminiscent of the good old days. It was also a treat to see Tom Welling and Allison Mack in scenes together that weren't heavy with drama and conflict. They have such great chemistry, and a natural ease with one another that only enhances their acting. My two favorite scenes of the episode were both ones that featured them.

One was the scene where Clark and Chloe walked and talked after Lois and Oliver disappeared. It was a classic Chlark conversation: they pondered the clues before them and worked out a theory, while also delivering critical exposition in an entertaining way. I loved the warmth between them; there was a moment where Clark reached out and touched Chloe as he asked her a question, and that simple gesture made me ache for all that these two have lost. I liked the callback to their krypto-hag conversation in Fanatic ("awkward factor 8!"), as Chloe delicately broached the subject of Clark's willingness to have sex with Lois. His explanation totally worked for me, and no, I don't think Jor-El gave him a training exercise for that power. :D I'm sure Clark took the general lessons about control he's been learning and applied them to every part of his life, including the intimate ones. I still think one of the reasons for Clark's new confidence in this area is his certainty that Lois is the love of his life, but I'll admit that's my own personal fanwank. And it was good to hear that Clark's training continues.

My other favorite scene was, of course, the one with Clark in the shower. Priceless physical comedy, wet, naked Clark, and Tom Welling singing? Best scene EVER. :) What is it that Clark can't tell Lois? His secret? Or how completely at her mercy he is? ;) Tom and Allison were both brilliant, executing complex towel choreography while giving us some of the funniest interaction I've ever seen between their characters. And then there was the stunning sight of Tom's amazing body, rarely glimpsed but always worth the wait. Yowza! Somebody's been working out! I also loved Clark's reaction to Lois's outfit, which I can only assume they carry in the gift shop, right next to the spoons. :)

The Silver Banshee turned out to be a relatively minor storyline, that reminded me more than anything else of an episode of Supernatural. Sam (Clark) got thrown around by the monster of the week while Dean (Chloe) hurried to stop the spirit by finding and burning her remains. What? You don't think Chloe is Dean? Well, she's short. And bossy. ;) And Oliver was channeling a little bit of Dean, too, with his snark in the face of death. I do wish Clark had been more effective against the banshee on his own. Instead it looked like he might not have survived without Chloe's help. That's one part of the old Chloe I don't miss.

Random thoughts: Zod looked like he had a black smoke trail when he was flying. I loved seeing Clark in plaid again! Chloe's shirt at brunch was gorgeous. Chloe told Lois that she and Oliver were "no flowers, no presents, no pressure, no strings." So who sent her that huge arrangement of red roses on Valentine's Day? When did Tess find out about Green!K? Did she see Chloe use it on Clark in Persuasion, did she figure it out from seeing Lois's memories of the future in Pandora, or has she known all along, from Lionel's journal? The part where the banshee fully manifested was confusing. I didn't see Lois fall away, unconscious, until the third time I watched the episode. What was with that enormous tattoo on Zod's back? I think you could see that thing from space. And as usual on Smallville, gone is forgotten, especially if you're dead. Chloe never mentioned Jimmy once in all her talk about past loves and healed wounds.

Escape was a weak episode overall, with dialogue that ranged from clunky to nonsensical ("This is a relationship, Chloe, not a spelling bee!"), implausible plot points, and way too much emphasis on 'ships for my taste. A few elements even seemed to be recycled from previous episodes of Smallville (the heat vision pipe repair from Visage, the shower scene from Gone, Dawn Stiles' magic touch from Spirit, Black Canary's cry from Siren). But the episode also gave us great comedy, sexy romance, and some fascinating conversations. As always, the actors made the most of the material, often saving a scene that would have fallen flat in lesser hands, and mostly thanks to them, there was a lot to love in Escape. It's an episode that I will definitely watch again, but with my remote firmly in hand so I can fast-forward to the good parts.

Here are twenty of my favorite caps from Escape. And no, they're not ALL from the shower scene. :)




























































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

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goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: April 7th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think, overall, on most things, you and I might just be on the same page wrt this ep - except you managed to find a way to express those thoughts a little bit more generously than I did. ;-)

//Big, warm, beautiful and willing Clark is snuggled right next to you in a cozy, comfy bed, with a fire crackling and the lights dimmed, and you don't jump him?//

Right?!

//And I have a major problem with Clark contemplating intimacy without telling Lois the whole truth about himself.//

::nods::

//The scene in the Talon where Clark tosses Lois up on the counter and steps between her legs, completely invading her personal space? That was unbelievably HOT, and certainly the most sexually assertive move we've seen Clark make without the help of Red!K. Watching made me weak in the knees, but somehow the kisses that followed didn't live up to the promise of what came before. *sigh* I so want their kisses to knock my socks off, but I'm just not feeling it.//

This is ::exactly:: how I felt about this scene too. So hot - and then the kissage happens and it sort of inexlicably fizzles.

//My favorite part, of course, was the conversation between Clark and Oliver while the girls were outside.//

That was honestly, the only bearable part of that entire breakfast sequence, for me. I personally loathed the rest of it - annoying as hell.

And I'm afraid I just don't care at all about Chlollie so I can't even muster up much conversation about it. :-(

//Will he discover the truth, and if so, will it change him? Or is he the irredeemable villain he appears to be?//

I'm actually curious about this.

//Kinky! :)//

Heh, G(Dirty)MTA.

//Is she still loyal to Clark, or has he disappointed her once too often?//

LaT provided a really interesting and believable reading on Tess in my lj, and canadabear also reiterated the same and I agree - that Tess, ultimately is incredibly self aware. She knows her own failings and and in her twisted way of thinking, she recognizes there is valid blame for Clark to put on her, so she accepts his behaviour towards her as deserving. And so yes, I do think she is still, in her own unique way, loyal to Clark.

//My other favorite part was, of course, the shower scene.//

Yeah, I do have to say - very funny, enjoyable scene. Clark singing is just never going to not be precious nd hilarious.

//Escape was a weak episode overall, with dialogue that ranged from clunky to nonsensical ("This is a relationship, Chloe, not a spelling bee!"), implausible plot points, and way too much emphasis on 'ships for my taste.//

Yeah, about sums it up.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: April 7th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
//Is she still loyal to Clark, or has he disappointed her once too often?//

LaT provided a really interesting and believable reading on Tess in my lj, and canadabear also reiterated the same and I agree - that Tess, ultimately is incredibly self aware. She knows her own failings and and in her twisted way of thinking, she recognizes there is valid blame for Clark to put on her, so she accepts his behaviour towards her as deserving. And so yes, I do think she is still, in her own unique way, loyal to Clark.


When you put it that way, then my own reading of her being the stereotypical battered woman is actually spot on. She was abused as a child, and though she seems to have attributed her father's behavior as "bad" and "his own fault", I wonder if she deep down thinks, as a lot of abused people do, that some of it was "what she had coming to her". Fast forward roughly 20 years and she's doing the same with Clark. Not that I am saying that Clark is abusing her (becuase I don't think he is, just an observation), but looking at it this way makes a bit of sense.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 7th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
We got nekkid!Clark, mostlynekkid!Zod (stupid sheets) and Ollie in a henley. My shallow little heart couldn't ask for much more. Plus Ollie/Clark comedy as the chocolate sauce on top. (Sadly, though, I missed the shower scene because of a phone call. I wonder what I did to my karma to deserve that?)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 7th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you HAVE to see the shower scene! And I did think it was funny that in this episode Oliver was one of the few people who kept his clothes ON. :)



gotearsofjoy From: gotearsofjoy Date: April 7th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha! I agree - the "complex towel choreography" scene pretty much made the episode instantly rewatchable. I say this for obvious, shallow reasons but also the scene created something rarely seen now between Clark and Chloe - a chance to see them genuinely sparking off each other, each stripped of their usual bravado. It's probably due to Tom and Allison being genuinely fond of each other in real life (and a poor script) that the animosity between their characters this season has felt really wooden. Some real interaction was really welcome! Also, near the end of the episode, I appreciated Ollie pushing Chloe into admitting that she genuinely loved Clark (or still loves?? I'm fond of Clark/Lois but I find the inevitable fact that Clark/Chloe can never be realised a bit of a shame.. unrequited love is hard to watch...). Chloe isn't as strong as she wishes to appear, and that helps us to empathise with her.

Stunning choice of caps once again, this never gets old! ;) The transition from Tom's chest to his bemused face made me laugh.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 7th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll admit I've been pretty angry with Chloe this season for the way she's been treating Clark, and I loved this episode for reminding me why I have treasured her in the past. And also for giving Tom and Allison the chance to play so delightfully off one another, and showcase the great professional rapport they have.

I was so glad to hear Chloe articulate her feelings for Clark, validating not only what we could all see for ourselves (but that she continually denied), but also that those feelings are firmly in her past. I do believe that, I have since Committed. I never really wanted to see the show explore a relationship between Clark and Chloe, knowing that it couldn't last. I liked them better as BFF's, because I thought that meant their relationship could never be broken. Now I'm not so sure. :(

Everything about that shower scene was awesome! I appreciate that everyone threw themselves into it with such joyful abandon!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 7th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad their kisses work for you! I think you're right, different strokes. Believe me when I say I wish they pushed all the right buttons for me, too. *sigh* They have tons of chemistry, and the way they look at each other sets my screen on fire; I don't know why the kisses are leaving me wanting something more. The future kiss in Idol took my breath away, though! *points to icon*

I don't want to see Clark and Lois break up, I really like how angst-free their relationship has been, but I think the writers have painted themselves into a corner where they have no other choice. They let the romance progress, and I've loved watching that, but they don't seem to be willing to let them have sex, so a breakup seems the only other option.

But obviously I could be all wrong. :) If they do break up, my ideal scenario would be that Clark tells Lois his secret and they get back together in the 200th episode (10x4). And I want Tom to direct that one!

I really did enjoy everyone's performance in Escape. I watch this show for the actors, first and foremost, and they do not disappoint. It cracks me up that Oliver has now slept with all three of the female series regulars, but I wouldn't exactly turn him down, either. :) Tom and Justin were exceptionally good in this episode. I'm so glad Clark and Oliver aren't at odds anymore! I hope things stay that way.
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ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: April 7th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Per usual, very well said! I've been thinking the same thing about the Clois kisses of late. The first couple were good, hot even, but lately they lack that certain spark. Clark looked pained during that one in the hallway when Lois was sending him off to the shower, and it didn't seem to be from pent-up passion. At this point, even the witty banter during "Good Morning Metropolis" was sexier.

Also, the Blur!Zod phone call at the end had me saying "huh?" First, Clark couldn't hear Lois whispering? Um, superhearing? And even if he was trying to respect her privacy, you'd still be able to hear tone I'm sure. Anyway, I hope, hope, hope that they aren't going to recycle the old Clana debacle with Bizarro. Zod pretends to be the Blur, Lois helps him and Clark can't get past that it wasn't really him. Oh wait, I just thought of one worse, Zod reveals himself, tells Lois he's the Blur and then she's torn between them and her "feelings." I don't know if I could handle a Zod/Lois/Clark triangle. In fact, I might have just thrown up a little.

While I'm glad that Clark is now "in control," how long did that take to figure out? Four seasons? Over 80 episodes? And Zod did it in one show? I think it makes Clark look slow on the up-take yet again and I hate that.

Finally, I'm okay with Chloe and Oliver as long as it remains set dressing and not a major plotline. We all know they're both damaged goods, but this isn't Dr. Phil. Personally, I think all the Chloe moves by TPTB this season have been to break down every notion we have of who she is so they could go anyway they want with her story. Will she go bad? Go crazy? Heroically sacrifice herself for Clark in a final act of redemption? They wanted flexibility and pretty much any scenario is now possible. And maybe even more importantly, its got us talking about it. That is if your of the mindset that no publicity is bad publicity. I just hope they draw the line before they get to complete character assassination.

Wow! I really sound down on the show, don't I? But honestly I am enjoying it immensely this season. And I liked this episode. The "complex towel choreography" was genius and Oliver's funny faces had me in stitches. It was a cute, comical way to ease back into a new run.



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cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: April 7th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I'm glad that Clark is now "in control," how long did that take to figure out? Four seasons? Over 80 episodes? And Zod did it in one show? I think it makes Clark look slow on the up-take yet again and I hate that.

Actually - and I know you went addressing this comment to me, but it goes into something I wanted to mention on this subject for a while - I think seeing as it took Zod no time at all to figure it out, and that we saw a young Jor-El know what to do with Lana's Great Aunt, and that Bizarro seem to have no problem being with Lana?

I think, like the flying issue, the problem of NOT being able to was really all in Clark's head. It was never anything that he really had to be taught. He just had to trust himself. Have more confidence in who he is, which is something we've been seeing over the last two seasons, and especially this one.

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 8th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, as is always the case, you are far more kind then I.

But there was a lot about this episode we saw very similarly.

One scene I do disagree with you on this Clois bedroom scene. That scene just didn't do a thing at all for me. Sure, I can see where it was sweet and all, but for a young couple, who are supposed to be falling more and more passionately in love with each, who are going away to a B&B for romance? My God, it was like watching The Waltons. I can appreciate sweet, but I think I'd prefer my Clois a little spicier, with a bit more passion and urgency and intensity. I'd really love to believe that these 2 can hardly keep their hands off each other, nerves and all. And instead, that bedroom scene didn't feel anything like that to me. As cute as Tom is in his white t-shirt and pajama pants, thats the same thing he wore in bed with Lana, when they slept side-by-side, doing nothing. Couldn't he have least taken a shirt off? Were they going to slip their clothes off, under the covers, like shy teenagers?

Needless to say, I wasn't a fan. Could you tell? LOL

And one more thing: I'm sorry to say the Clois kisses aren't doing it for me.

Yeah, me either. And it would be nice if people could respect that not everyone sees the kisses the same way without being snide about it in other places *grumbles*

I still mourn the unique friendship Clark and Chloe once shared, and I keep hoping they will find it again, but now I can't help but wonder if a fundamental component, now gone, was Chloe's unrequited love. When she finally let go of those feelings, maybe that's when things began to change.

Thats an interesting idea that definitely has merit. Personally, I kept thinking to myself that it was so odd that she was talking about getting over Clark, and scars, but not mentioning her recently deseased husband. I also thought Clark "got" her just fine. He just didn't fall in love with her.

I also hate that Smallville has a rule that Clark can't tell Lois his secret, and then makes that the very reason she's vulnerable to Zod's subterfuge.

God, me too! I'm having this terrible Lexana flashbacks, where Clark seemed to get all the blame for Lana rushing into Lex's arms. Of course, this is different, but its that same "If only Clark had been honest, it wouldn't have happened..." thing.

The phone call between Lois and the Zod being the faux Blur was beyond bizarre. Lois came off as a big fangurl, which might not have been so bad if her boyfriend, that she was JUST KISSING, wasn't standing 5' away. And why did Lois seem more thrilled by The Blur calling her and giving her a job then said boyfriend kissing her?

I thought the shower scene was an odd choice, but really, really well played by Tom and Allison. So, I've sort of grown to like it a lot.

As always, thanks for the pretty pictures :)








tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 8th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
One scene I do disagree with you on this Clois bedroom scene. That scene just didn't do a thing at all for me.

I think in a lot of ways, I do still think of Clark as a shy teenager. Except for the few weeks he had with Lana at the beginning of S5 when he lost his powers, you can count the number of times Clark has had sex on one hand, and those experiences all happened in decidedly less than normal circumstances, usually followed by something traumatic. His shyness totally worked for me, and charmed me as well. And as much as he wanted it, having their first time all planned out, rather than letting it happen spontaneously at the farm after a date, could only have added to the pressure, and made him even more tentative.

As for Lois, I figured she was following his lead, since he arranged the whole thing, and I can see how she might be extra nervous not only because she thinks Clark is The One, but also because of the crazy history they've shared. Just this season Clark has seen her suffer a three-week memory loss, turn into a zombie and try to kill him, go through therapy, have a seizure while kissing him, and quit her job to move into his house uninvited and plan a wedding without a proposal. I'd be self-conscious, too! :)

I would have loved to see a scene more like the one you describe, with mature emotions and adult sexiness, that played out in a way that was both passionate and meaningful. But I was okay with what we got, too.

And it would be nice if people could respect that not everyone sees the kisses the same way without being snide about it in other places

I have to say I'm baffled by the defensiveness that was triggered by a few people expressing their completely subjective reactions to some pretend kisses on a TV show. What's that about?

I also thought Clark "got" her just fine. He just didn't fall in love with her.

I agree. He could be oblivious at times, especially when he was focused on the problem at hand, but he was sensitive, perceptive, and thoughtful, and demonstrated many times how completely he understood her.

I'm having this terrible Lexana flashbacks, where Clark seemed to get all the blame for Lana rushing into Lex's arms.

Me, too! And that makes me particularly wary of this storyline.

Lois came off as a big fangurl, which might not have been so bad if her boyfriend, that she was JUST KISSING, wasn't standing 5' away. And why did Lois seem more thrilled by The Blur calling her and giving her a job then said boyfriend kissing her?

It makes no sense. Like much of this episode, it was totally contrived.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: April 8th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Here are twenty of my favorite caps from Escape. And no, they're not ALL from the shower scene. :)
But I'm very glad a close-up of those delectable nipples was selected!

Lois was pretty hyper throughout this episode, but I'm willing to write that off to nerves.
Watching this episode reminded me of what I liked about Lois/Oliver in S6 - that it was a grown-up relationship. with both parties having a sense of fun about it. I understand that Clark is more high stakes for Lois because he's "the one" but do the writers have to regress her back to teenage mode? What's likable about Lois is she doesn't beat around the bush; she tackles life, work and love head on. (As best seen in Rabid, Warrior, Conspiracy.) So why in the "romantic" episodes do the writers deprive her of her character's greatest strength? *frustrated*

Tom and Allison were both brilliant, executing complex towel choreography while giving us some of the funniest interaction I've ever seen between their characters. And then there was the stunning sight of Tom's amazing body, rarely glimpsed but always worth the wait.
The direction was actually very good - director deserved a better script. And the "towel choreography" (hee!) was very well done indeed.

I think Zod pretending to be the Blur could be cool, especially after the promise Clark made to him about what would happen if he went near Lois again, but the way it went down seemed way too easy. Zod went to the farm and stole Clark's Blur phone (how did he even know about that?) to call Lois, but in spite of Zod's phony accent and the distortion of the voice modulator, I think she should have realized it wasn't her hero calling. Besides, why was she so over the top, telling him again and again that she would do anything to help him?
I was scratching my head at that too. It made for a weak ending and yet another veer out of character for Lois.

Bits I did like:
Lois: "Look, Chloe...there's food!" (nice delivery by Erica)
Chloe comparing Lois to Susan B. Anthony (Wish Lois had been more like SBA in this ep.)
Clark & Oliver. "Little jellies..." Love the 'cap you chose of the boys eying each other!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 8th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

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Tariel, I'm just a random fan of your reviews. I don't have LJ so I apologize. But I follow your reviews every week and I enjoy what you have to say!

A few things..

@Tasabian, I have to be honest that I disagree that Lois being nervous and hyper regressed her to a teenager. You're right. One of her biggest strengths is that she is able to overcome things by diving right into a situation. Which is exactly what she DID in this episode. She was extremely nervous with Clark the first night in the bedroom. This scene rang very true to me and I didn't find it teenager behavior at all. Maybe it's because I remember what it was like the first time I slept in the same bed with my husband (before he was actually my husband) and how nervous I felt that night. It's also canon that Lois always feels more nervous around Clark and loses some of her edge in intimate situations. That's true in the comics, the Superman movies and on LnC. Her strong facade is sometimes just that--a facade. It might have been easier for her to keep it up with Oliver because I don't think her feelings for him were of the same intensity as her feelings for Clark. The next day though, Lois took matters into her own hands. She put on that sexy Scottish sex outfit and tried to ambush Clark in the shower with body wash. :) If that's not the definition of not beating around the bush then I'm not really sure what is. I felt like I totally understand where Lois was coming from. She realized that the mood had died the first night and that the two of them had let nerves get the best of them. (Which DOES happen to couples all the time.) Then, she put on the outfit probably as a way to lighten up and try to break the ice. She probably figured that it would make Clark laugh and that they would relax and have a little fun together. It was a very Lois thing to do, in my opinion.

Second, I totally agree that the conversation with the Blur was over the top. I think part of that was that there appeared to be an issue with the audio looping. But I do understand why she was so anxious to help him. If you recall, Lois expressed at the end of "Persuasian" that she felt like she had screwed up by telling the world in "Idol" that she knew the Blur. She admitted to Clark that she felt like she had blown it by not keeping the secret. Yes, Clark reassured her. But I think it's reasonable that Lois may feel like she owes it to the Blur to not screw up this time and to help in any way that she can. I admit the dialouge could have been better---but I think the intent makes sense given the previous canon about Lois' guilt over the Blur.

Third, as far as the kisses---they are working for me. But I to think that the directors are almost "over managing" Tom and Erica right now because they are trying so hard to get this relationship right. The tough part is that sometimes I feel like Clark and Lois can't win with the fans. Everyone is so hyper critical over this relationship, dissecting it under a microscope. Has there ever been another relationship on this show that people were this critical of? I don't think so. People were critical of Clana because the relationship itself was proving to be damaging to Clark as a character---but the little moments and kisses of their relationship were dissected under a microscope like this. Can you imagine the pressure that this show must feel with the Clois relationship? 70 years of history, blockbuster films, a very popular 90's TV show, an animated series, hundreds of graphic novels...and 5 years alone on THIS show of buildup for fans. The biggest problem right now with the Clark and Lois kisses, in my opinion, is that the Directors aren't just letting them go. Tom and Erica steam up the screen together. Yes, we know that kisses are going to be interupted. But I actually think they have overdone the interuptions with Clois. They need to just allow their chemistry to blaze as opposed to always trying to find ways to interupt it. It's time to just let them embrace the passion. And this relationship has proven that it can stand the test of time. So just let Tom and Erica do what they do.

Thanks for all your very insightful comments and reviews! It's a pleasure reading them!

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el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: April 8th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your reviews!! :-)
On the surface, this episode made me laugh and I enjoyed it but there were head scratching moments and the dialogue was clunky and painful at times. If I ignore most of the story and watch the exchange with Clark & Oliver at brunch, the bedroom scene and the two scenes with Clark & Chloe then all is good.
That's all I have...going to watch the shower scene again ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 10th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

If I ignore most of the story and watch the exchange with Clark & Oliver at brunch, the bedroom scene and the two scenes with Clark & Chloe then all is good.

This episode's greatest hits, in a nutshell! These are my favorite scenes as well. And there might be one part of that Talon scene that I've watched more times than I can count. ;)

Icon love! ♥
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