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Smallville 8.02 - Plastique
Last week's premiere was a tough act to follow. After 42 minutes of action, heroism, suspense, death, and an epiphany by Clark that changed the course of this show forever, not to mention an unprecedented level of the pretty, both my hopes and my expectations for the next episode were raised higher than they have been in years. Plastique was not the thrill ride that Odyssey was, but it gave us a good, solid start to Clark's new life as a reporter at the Daily Planet, and started to explore what Chloe's equally new path will be as well. At times the episode felt like a headlong race toward an unknown finish line, but I guess running to catch up is better than groaning in frustration, as I have in past seasons, at yet another stall in Clark's journey to becoming the Man of Steel.

Clark's first day at the DP was a whirlwind of activity that left me breathless at times. The pace was relentless, but I still enjoyed it. It was fascinating to see Clark play a whole new part in a very familiar setting. In the past it's always been Clark and Chloe. They worked beautifully as a team, seamless and efficient, and comfortable enough together to often communicate without words. We never doubted their devotion to one another, or their ability to solve the problem at hand. She was his secret keeper; he was her superhero. They were a joy to watch together. But it always seemed to me that Chloe led, and Clark followed, and truth be told, I've been waiting for Clark to step out of Chloe's shadow for some time now.

Clark's relationship with Lois is completely different. It's contentious, and bumpy, and a little bit maddening. But it's also affectionate, and sweet, and funny. And I like it. Clark and Lois seem to be on much more equal footing. Lois brings a little more practical experience to the table, and a rash ambition that can be both good and bad. She's arrogantly confident around Clark, but it's played for laughs, and I thought it was cute. Clark brings a cooler head and the voice of reason to the partnership, and is shown to be both logical and intelligent in the course of their investigation. Plus he has all those superpowers. :)

Do you know how long I've waited to see a smart, competent Clark asking questions and solving mysteries? Or how rare it has been in the past to see Clark be independent and proactive? I do, because it's been a thrill for me every time it happens. And in S7 it happened most often in episodes written by Holly Henderson and Don Whitehead, who also wrote Plastique. I think we'll see a lot more of this Clark in S8, and I couldn't be happier about it.

The episode began with an explosion, an event that served to bring together all the players in this week's story, and showed us exactly how committed Clark is to becoming Metropolis's unsung hero. We were treated to another glorious scene with equal parts action and pretty, as Clark rescued the victims of the disaster wearing a gorgeous, deep blue dress shirt that gave us just a peek of chest. My favorite part was when Clark emerged from the wreckage carrying Tess to safety, evoking Superman in every step with his effortless strength, his perfect posture, and his noble countenance. And Tom rocked this whole scene, making me believe both in Clark's extraordinary abilities and his overriding concern for all human life.

The explosion sparked Lois and Clark's investigation, introduced Chloe to both Bette and Davis, and brought to light Tess's interest in and pursuit of Bette. There was a lot going on in this episode! Bette seemed to be a classic FoTW, corrupted by the power of her meteor ability and traumatized by those who would exploit it, and already past the point of no return. The difference was in Clark's attitude toward her. He was compassionate and understanding, and reached out to her instead of flinging her 30 feet. I approve, show. In the end, however, he still sent her off to Belle Reve with all the others. She did murder Tommy in cold blood, though, so perhaps that was the most humane option available.

I wasn't impressed with the actress who played Bette, and I had trouble understanding what she was saying a lot of the time, but I loved her final scene, with Tess. That was the scene in which Cassidy Freeman rocked my world, and convinced me that while she will never come close to replacing Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor on this show, she will give us a villain who is complex and compelling, and who will be a worthy adversary for our hero. Watch her performance in this scene. It is so subtle, so quiet, and yet so full of menace. Tess is ruthless, manipulative, and creepy. *shivers* And she has an Evil Team! I am on board, PS3. You've even made me curious about Tess's tortured past.

Chloe's transition to the champion of the meteor infected seemed a little clumsy to me. I liked that Clark brought up the possibility of her returning to the DP. He asked a lot of good questions in this episode! I'm willing to buy that the life-changing experiences Chloe has had recently would make her introspective, and would result in a new direction for her, but her sudden passion for helping Bette just came out of nowhere, and she came off as more pushy than concerned to me. At least her conversation with Clark on the subject later made more sense. And I have no idea what her feelings are for the various men in her life! She professes to love Jimmy, and to want to spend the rest of her life with him, and yet a week after her engagement, she still hasn't told anyone about it. Then, in spite of blurting out to Davis, "I'm engaged," she seems attracted to him, maybe even irresistibly drawn to him, and he obviously has fallen for her like a ton of bricks. And then there's Clark.

Let's take a look at that final scene between Clark and Chloe. Clark was hurt that Chloe didn't tell him about her engagement to Jimmy, and told her unequivocally, "We're more than just friends." Tom looked so sweet, and so vulnerable! Awww. Chloe admitted she was reluctant to tell him because she knew it meant their relationship would be changing. And then she asked Clark flat out if he were ready for that. When he said all that mattered was her happiness with Jimmy, I swear she looked disappointed! And then, as they hugged (awkwardly), Clark had a furrowed brow! So it looks to me like things are not yet resolved between these two. Or is this just more of the same behavior we've seen in the past, an attempt to jerk the shippers around and keep them hanging on and hoping? Because I think the Chlarkers are beyond falling for that kind of crap by now.

Speaking of Chloe's engagement, how funny was the scene where Davis let the cat out of the bag to Clark? "I'm getting married?" "Chloe's engaged?" LOL! That was so cute, and I like that Clark and Davis hit it off initially. Davis seems like such a great guy, too. I have a feeling his story arc is going to break my heart. *sighs* And how freaky was that final shot of him, all naked and shivering, with that crazy forehead action? Yikes.

I also want to give special mention to the last scene between Clark and Lois. It was such a comfortable, friendly scene, and it's the first time I've truly felt some chemistry between these two. I believed the camaraderie between them, and I liked the give and take of their conversation. I laughed out loud at the expression on Erica's face and her line delivery when Lois said, "I can't believe my cousin is getting married... to Jimmy Olsen!" Me, either! hee! And I loved how relaxed Tom was, and how natural his dialogue sounded. I think he's enjoying himself, and that makes me happy.

I mentioned this in passing last week, but I am devastated by the fact that Smallville no longer includes current songs in the episodes. I have discovered so many wonderful songs from hearing them on this show first, and I love the way hearing them now always brings certain moments back to me. Is there anyone who doesn't think of Smallville whenever they hear You and Me, by Lifehouse? And for me there are so many more songs like that one. I have over 200 songs in my Smallville playlist on my iPod, and it kills me that I will never again rush to the computer after an episode to discover the name of that great song I just heard over the final scene. *is sad*

Random thoughts: Who else had their eyes riveted to the clear sections of the glass phone booth door as Clark changed his clothes inside, and was elated to see the brief flash of shoulder skin we were afforded? *facepalm* A backpack? Really, Clark? Can you believe we've actually left the Smallville Medical Center behind forever? It's the end of an era! Did you notice they brought back that roaring lion sound effect for Tess? And that plastic engagement ring just looks stupid, regardless of the "special" story behind it. *gags* Come on, Jimmy, man up and buy your girl a proper ring!

I still think they're trying to do too much in too little time, but I'm doing my best to keep up. I'm loving Clark beyond all my expectations, and so far I'm happy enough with all the other characters and their respective storylines. I'm a little nervous about next week's episode; when Clark isn't even in the trailer, that doesn't bode well for his role in the episode. But overall I'm a very happy fangirl, and I'll be back for more next week!

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simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: September 27th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't enjoy this episode that much mostly because it feels like the show is trying to rush too much. The characters have been rushed to this point and I just feel off as a result.

I do like proactive Clark and I adore his new wardrobe. And, okay, I thought him showing up to work in jeans and plaid was a little unrealistic (he's been to the DP before). It made me wonder what he wore to his interview (if he had an interview which is something I'm not going to bother with).

Chloe's new journey I really don't like. Partly because frankly Chloe's never really been the caring, concerned type about strangers. Her attitude has at times struck me as being very callous because her focus has been getting the story. It just seems too much of a leap to have her now wanting to counsel strangers. Although admittedly part of my problem is as well my love of reporter Chloe. I loved that there was a character committed for years towards her career and who had pursued it above all else. I really liked that and I'm sad she's lost that passion, that drive. She's just not quite Chloe to me.

Last thought: Tom is pretty. More Tom prettiness should be shown. Shirtless Tom would be nice too. That would make me watch alone I think.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 27th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I appreciate so much you taking the time to comment! I know a lot of the people on my flist don't share my enthusiasm for all the changes we're seeing, and I suspect that has everything to do with their absence from my journal lately. As I'm sure everyone knows, my view is very Clarkcentric, and I am finally seeing the man I think Clark should have become at least two seasons ago. I find myself quite willing to shift gears and accept any number of so-called lightswitches to have that.

You certainly have a point about Clark's wardrobe, and the question of his interview. We've seen him dress appropriately for other situations that called for an upgrade from jeans and flannel. But I think it was just too tempting to have him change clothes in a phone booth, and emerge transformed. They went for the visual over the logical. Which was not a first for Smallville, I'm afraid.

I don't know about Chloe, either. I'll admit I got a huge thrill when she confessed she had googled Davis, and that she has a "serious curiosity complex." Allison plays that side of Chloe so well! It won't kill me that she doesn't go back to the DP (where she would now undoubtedly be second to Lois), but I'd hate to see her completely give up her investigative side.

I, too, would love to see Shirtless!Tom. He's notoriously shy, though, so we will probably be expected to settle for Shirtless!Justin, who is only too willing to oblige.
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: September 27th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy smokes I think that is the best review of an episode I've ever read!! It's so refreshing to not see someone bash the hell out of one ship or another but actually elaborate on the pros and cons of it and with such eloquence... I of course live for the pretties and Tom gave them 100fold his performance and his facial expressions in every scene never seizes to amaze and delight me I have watched him grow in this role from awkward teenage boy to a full blown Hero that scene when he was carrying Tess screamed Superman and with that little twist to his hair *g* I think I had multiple fangsms LOL anyways great review and a great episode
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 27th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
*blushes* Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed my review.

I live for the pretty as well, and of course Tom never disappoints. And that soon to be legendary blue shirt only enhanced the gifts that God gave him (with both hands, AlMiles!). I think he was even prettier in Plastique than he was in Odyssey, although certain fantasies demand dirty, wet, scruffy Tom in a starring role. ;)

And next week we get Shirtless!Justin. It's all good.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: September 27th, 2008 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
You have such a lovely way of expressing yourself, and your love of our silly, fluffy show.

I am so much loving the Clark stuff. I adore how they are starting to really focus on his heroic side, and how he's stepping up in his life. As silly as it might be for him to show up in plaid for his first day at work, there's also something very endearingly "Clark" about that. Besides, the scene of Lois re-dressing him was adorable. I can make allowances for a contrivance if the payoff is worth it.

I just feel like there's a strength, confidence and ease in the way Tom is playing Clark. Maybe its my overactive imagination, but I get the sense that he's relaxed and enjoying himself. And I'm not sure I've felt anything like that from him since early S5. How much fun must it be for him to be able to explore new territory, and allow Clark to really stretch and grow in new directions?

I thought Davis made a very good impression (or maybe I should say Sam Witwer did). His chemistry with AM seems bang-on, and I'm already more interested in Chloe/Davis then I've ever been in Chimmy. But I agree with you on Chloe, and the many men in her life. I was never quite fond of Lana being the sun with men orbiting around her, and I don't think I'll like it any better with Chloe. Especially since it doesn't strike me as realistic for Chloe to be this indecisive, or for her to agree to marry a man if her heart wasn't 1000& certain.

Getting back to Davis for a second, I thought the short Davis/Clark scene showed much promise. And Tom was so adorable there.

Overall, I was happy with the Clark/Lois stuff, and I'm very glad they are balancing out the banter with some genuine praise and regard. Its just little things like Lois expressing concern when Clark walks in all dirty which help to show the depth in their friendship, even as they engage in silly childish teasing games. Its also fun to see Clark giving as good as he got.

I don't expect to be blown away by next weeks episode, but I'm hoping for the best.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 27th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, you're always so nice to me! Thank you!

Of course I agree with everything you say.

I can make allowances for a contrivance if the payoff is worth it.

Absolutely. I don't care if something isn't 100% logical, and I can even accept a lightswitch or two, especially if it gets Clark to the place where he is now. I wouldn't want PS3 to continue with everything AlMiles started anyway. What would be the point of getting rid of them if we can't look forward to some changes?

Maybe its my overactive imagination, but I get the sense that he's relaxed and enjoying himself.

I don't think you're imagining it, because I see it, too. I think you found the perfect word when you said "ease." And I think his acting is the better for it, especially in Clark's scenes with Lois. I think he's finally being allowed to have some true input into Clark's character development, and we're all reaping the benefit of that. Who knows? Maybe if they keep him happy, he'll even feel like giving an interview to talk about it one of these days! A girl can dream, can't she? :)

I liked SW a lot, too, and I was prepared not to, since TPTB raved over him so much. I no longer think they were exaggerating. He seems like a great actor, and I like the intensity he brings to the role of Davis. And the scene between Davis and Clark was great. I'm already dreading what's to come for him.

I also noticed how Lois showed genuine concern for Clark when he came back from the bus explosion. I especially liked the way she called him Clark, instead of Smallville. As you say, there's a nice balance. And I think their friendship is developing very nicely. I've seen some people say that this Lois is a cheat, because she's a "fix" compared to the Lois we saw last season. I do believe this Lois is different, in all the ways that drove me crazy, and if it's a fix, then hallelujah, thank the heavens they figured out how to do it! Why should the show continue with a characterization that is flawed? i like this Lois, and I like the way ED plays her.

Well, we did see that gorgeous promo shot with Clark in a suit, so next week's episode can't be all bad!
ivorykiss From: ivorykiss Date: September 27th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
I totally agree! Odyssey was a hard act to follow!

At times the episode felt like a headlong race toward an unknown finish line, but I guess running to catch up is better than groaning in frustration, as I have in past seasons, at yet another stall in Clark's journey to becoming the Man of Steel.

There wasn't a whole lot I liked about this one, but that is one of the things I did like a lot! I lovelove seeing Clark's journey!

And Tom's wonderful and beautiful portrayal of Clark's growing acceptance of who and what he is and what he can become is such a joy to watch every week!

I so can't wait to find those pretty promos from this eppy!

Hopefully next week won't be as Ollie-centric as the trailer seemed to suggest. Heh. I wants my Clark. But you probably already knew that. *g*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 28th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Whatever else happens, we can always celebrate Clark being heroic and Tommy being hot together, right? *hugs*

You don't already have the pics? I sent you a flocked comment with them. Let me know if you don't get it.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: September 27th, 2008 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm away on a little vacation and with no Net connection! *Cries* I haven't seen the episode yet so I can't comment on it. (In fact I can't comment on anything with the few minutes I'll be able to use this public computer) But I wanted to say that I loved reading your review and I'm looking forward to seeing Tom in his new clothes! (I must say that I don't like the idea of him showin at the Planet in plaid and with his bacpack. I understand what PS3 intended to do but I deeply dislike when they have the characters behaving OOC, just because they want to get a laugh or some visual. They could have attained the same goal without having Clark act so clueless. IMO)
Anyway, thanks for the great review, as usual!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 28th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much, Carol! It means a lot to me that you enjoyed my review.

Yay for vacation! Plastique will be here waiting for you when you return. :)

I hope you like the episode. Some people didn't, but I think the Tommy girls were happy. Tom really was wonderful. He is knocking it out of the park this season so far!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: September 27th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
*squeals at your new header* Tom is so pretty in that shade of blue. (Well, he's pretty all the time, but even moreso...)

Do you know how long I've waited to see a smart, competent Clark asking questions and solving mysteries? Or how rare it has been in the past to see Clark be independent and proactive?
That was gratifying. I wonder if this is something Tom lobbied for (along with a better wardrobe?) This episode felt a little "thin" to me but all Tom's scenes - comic, heroic and sentimental - worked very well. AM & ED were very good too - but I still haven't quite adjusted to their rebooted characterizations.

Random thoughts: Who else had their eyes riveted to the clear sections of the glass phone booth door as Clark changed his clothes inside, and was elated to see the brief flash of shoulder skin we were afforded?
It's amazing how even a sliver of Tom-skin can be so exciting!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 28th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that header just too pretty? It's another one by the awesome Deb. I love her art.

I'm so thrilled to have this Clark that I will gladly swallow anything they want to hand me whole, and then ask for more. If I can never again have Michael and Tom together, then the least they can give me is the Clark I've been waiting to see since the end of S5.

It's pure conjecture on my part, but judging by what I see on my television screen, and reinforced by what BP said in his interview with Omar, I believe this is Tom's vision for Clark we're seeing now. At least in every nuance that is his choice, and perhaps in bigger ways as well, if PS3 truly are listening to him. And after Apocalypse, they certainly should. I'm convinced no one knows better who Clark should be than Tom. Can you tell I feel strongly about this?! LOL!

It's amazing how even a sliver of Tom-skin can be so exciting!

Which explains why, when Clark lay dying in Odyssey, my response was, "Look! Tommy tummy!" *facepalm*

goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: September 28th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
//Do you know how long I've waited to see a smart, competent Clark asking questions and solving mysteries? Or how rare it has been in the past to see Clark be independent and proactive? I do, because it's been a thrill for me every time it happens. And in S7 it happened most often in episodes written by Holly Henderson and Don Whitehead, who also wrote Plastique. I think we'll see a lot more of this Clark in S8, and I couldn't be happier about it.//

Very well put. :-) I too, think that the promise of Clark continuing to be written with such care, as he has been thus far - is what has me most hopeful about the rest of the season. I figure if they can keep this up, and can balance the storylines for the other characters with justice too, I can cut them whatever slack I can. Because really, the show ::is:: in its 8th season. Any show in its 8th season will never be quite as fresh as it once was. They key is to get new dynamics going, and try to do justice along the way to all the characters that they deserve.

As for next week, ya, best brace ourselves for a comparatively Clark lite ep, I'm afraid.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 28th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I figure if they can keep this up, and can balance the storylines for the other characters with justice too, I can cut them whatever slack I can.

I feel the same way. They are finally hitting all the right notes when it comes to Clark, and that is what is most important to me. I can accept significant changes in the lives of the other characters, especially if it serves Clark's story. So far I'm intrigued by Davis Bloome, and charmed by his instant rapport with Chloe, and I'm curious to see where they're going with Oliver. So far it's all good. :)
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: September 28th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello? Hi. I'd like my brain back, please. :D

I refrained from reading your post till I had written my review, and here I come to find pretty much the same stuff, in nicer sentences and better phrasing. How much do I love that we have such similar thoughts? THIS MUCH. *hugs*

I've been scanning TWoP for episode reactions, and now I want to go bang my head on the wall somewhere for being stupid enough to do that. So many people hatin' on the episode and on the season/show in general - it sort of makes me feel stupid for liking it so much. But then I come here, and I see you sharing my thoughts and my squee, and it just makes me feel so much better. Thank you! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 6th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC) (Link)
I just read your review, and it's kind of spooky how much we agree, isn't it? :D I'm glad you liked the episode as much as I did! My flist as a group is not nearly as enthusiastic, and it gets discouraging. I totally know what you mean by feeling stupid for liking the episode as much as I do.

I just can't go to TWoP anymore. There's too much hate, and everyone is so biased they've lost all their credibility with me anyway. It's a completely different place than it used to be, and not one that I care to visit.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: September 29th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry I didn't respond to your post sooner. I read it right away, but didn't have time to comment and then I think I thought I already commented...Anyway onto Plastique!

I love the way you write and word things. I write stuff and then I read things that you and jeannev write and I look back at my posts and they just look like jumbled messes. I'm not fishing for compliments, it's just the way I see it.

Clark's first day at the DP was a whirlwind of activity that left me breathless at times. The pace was relentless,
I thought it was busy too, but then I saw where someone said it was slow-paced and they could barely stay awake for it. Go figure!?!?

My favorite part was when Clark emerged from the wreckage carrying Tess to safety, evoking Superman in every step with his effortless strength,
Yes, totally!

Chloe's transition to the champion of the meteor infected seemed a little clumsy to me. I liked that Clark brought up the possibility of her returning to the DP. He asked a lot of good questions in this episode!
I agree with the Chloe thing and Clark was so smart and awesome!

Who else had their eyes riveted to the clear sections of the glass phone booth door as Clark changed his clothes inside, and was elated to see the brief flash of shoulder skin we were afforded?
*raises hand* ME!!! :-)

Come on, Jimmy, man up and buy your girl a proper ring!
Yeah it was cute for a minute, but now it's just lame.

Are we really never going to hear popular music on SV again? I know that they got rid of their music director or whatever, but is that the consequence? :-( That makes me really sad too because there are SO many songs that I associate with SV. I checked and I have 169 songs in my SV playlist.

And I loved how relaxed Tom was, and how natural his dialogue sounded. I think he's enjoying himself, and that makes me happy.
It makes me happy too! Yay for Happy!Tom! :-)





tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 6th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I really enjoy reading your journal. I like your viewpoint, and you always give me food for thought. Besides, you love the show as much as I do! :) I wish I were better at commenting on your posts, I feel bad about never having enough time for LJ.

Thanks so much for your kind words about my review. That means a lot to me, truly.

I do think that engagement ring is lame, and she was still wearing it in Toxic. Please.

I wonder how many Smallville songs we have in common on our playlists? Quite a few, I'll bet! :) I'm getting used to not having the songs. Do they think it's more grown up to have a score only, and more fitting for the end of Clark's journey, or is it all just another cost-cutting measure? I suspect the latter.

Now if Tom would just do an interview to tell us how happy he is...
all_you_wanted From: all_you_wanted Date: September 29th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love your new banner though I must say every time I see the photo on the right I have to do a double take cause they way they (wardrobe) attacked him with the soot it looks likes he's wearing a vest.

Clark in a a vest, hmm....

Tom was seeming very relaxed and groovy in his end scenes with Erica. I don't know if that was them trying to show Clark as starting to feel more in his element of just parts of the actual actors personalities showing through (there are always those moments, in every show where the acting gets dropped and the people behind the roles come out).

Ollie being shirtless isn't a SV thing- It's a Justin thing. Goes back to his days on Passions (not that I watched it). Go to Youtube and search under 'Fox Crane' and there are tons of video tributes to him.

Is the no SV OST thing a show-explained, talked about permanent thing? I understand (somewhat) why they did it with SPN cause of royalty costs (plus they can't really advertise post-show for people to go buy a song on their website that's been out for 30 years), but SV played current music.
-- I'm so sad. Almost all my music I get from tv and commercials now cause I can't stand the crap on the radio. :(

I could write a 20 page long meta about the 2 minute conversation in the apartment over the Chimmy engagement but I won't cause it's basically all been said in your to the point paragraph.
-- Again, so sad.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 6th, 2008 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right, that does look like a vest! LOL! When I was watching the episode on my new HDTV, I got all excited because I thought I spotted chest hair after that second button came unbuttoned, but I think it was just more soot. And yes, I realize how pathetic that all sounds. :D

I'm the same way with music. I never listen to the radio, and Smallville was always great for finding new songs and artists. I haven't seen it addressed anywhere officially, so I don't know what was behind the change. Budgetary issues, no doubt.

I'm nervous about where they're going with Chloe. I'm trying to be open to it because AM seems so excited about it, and she deserves a chance to stretch her acting wings and shine, but I just don't trust these writers. *frets*
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: October 1st, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm feeling extra shallow this season. All I can think is Clark Pretty seriously

Do you know how long I've waited to see a smart, competent Clark asking questions and solving mysteries? Or how rare it has been in the past to see Clark be independent and proactive? I do, because it's been a thrill for me every time it happens. And in S7 it happened most often in episodes written by Holly Henderson and Don Whitehead, who also wrote Plastique. I think we'll see a lot more of this Clark in S8, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Just word on this. As you know I'm very Clark centric so if Clark's happy I'm happy lol and so far I'm liking this and I'm enjoying the hell out of the Clois yo.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 6th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm feeling extra shallow this season. All I can think is Clark Pretty seriously

No kidding! How does he just keep getting better looking? And he just seems so comfortable in his own skin. He is totally rocking this new Clark Kent.

I'm enjoying Clark and Lois together, too. So far they have a great balance of funny moments and heartfelt ones, and I like the way their friendship is developing. It's nice.
stoodupforlove From: stoodupforlove Date: October 2nd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
First things first! What an absolutely gorgeous banner! It's our Superman! *sobs* He's so beautiful! We've waited so very long for him, for me it's been seven years.

Okay, moving on to the review. Hope you don't mind me commenting on your review. I loved this episode! I LOVED IT!!!! It was Superman in action! Wasn't he perfect? Wasn't he precious? Wasn't he...everything Superman should be? *happy sigh*

But it always seemed to me that Chloe led, and Clark followed, and truth be told, I've been waiting for Clark to step out of Chloe's shadow for some time now.

Yes. And yes. And did I mention yes?

Do you know how long I've waited to see a smart, competent Clark asking questions and solving mysteries? Or how rare it has been in the past to see Clark be independent and proactive?

YES! Amen to that.

My favorite part was when Clark emerged from the wreckage carrying Tess to safety, evoking Superman in every step with his effortless strength, his perfect posture, and his noble countenance. And Tom rocked this whole scene, making me believe both in Clark's extraordinary abilities and his overriding concern for all human life.

I actually cried during this scene. It was too perfect. I too was reminded of the man Clark will become. Tom may not have known a lot about Superman when he started the show, but it's obvious to me he's brushed up on that and he played it perfectly! I love my Superman!

I wasn't impressed with the actress who played Bette, and I had trouble understanding what she was saying a lot of the time

Ah, here we differ. I liked her a lot. I thought she and Chloe interacted well together, that she had the right amount of toughness vs. fear. I do believe that Chloe was pretty naive, though.

And I have changed my tune regarding Tess; she shows much promise. I appreciated her a lot more in this episode, especially after her scene with Clark (where they officially met). She will be watching him. It's going to be fun to see how Lois reacts to Tess's obvious interest in Clark.

I am on board, PS3.

Forgive me, but I see this all over the place suddenly. What the heck is "PS3?" To me, it's Playstation 3. LMAO

Clark was hurt that Chloe didn't tell him about her engagement to Jimmy, and told her unequivocally, "We're more than just friends."

I have to say that Clark irritated me in that scene. I understand his hurt in a way; he's disappointed that a stranger knew before he did. However, he has no right to give Chloe that "more than friends" line--not after all the times he chose Lana over her. I know he didn't mean it in that way, but it still irked me. I think it could have been phrased differently. I'm all for the furrowed brow, though! I love Tom's eyebrows beyond reason.

Davis seems like such a great guy, too.

I know! I was shocked to find myself really liking the guy! I expected that I wouldn't like him at all; instead he made me laugh, and I think he and Chloe have much better chemistry than Jimmy and her. Too bad he didn't come into her life when Kara was around. I can't believe it, but I like Davis a lot.

Who else had their eyes riveted to the clear sections of the glass phone booth door as Clark changed his clothes inside, and was elated to see the brief flash of shoulder skin we were afforded?

Come now, what do you think I am? *giggles* Okay, YES, heck yeah, I was dying for some skin there! Tom. Just...Tom. *sigh*

As for this week's episode, I'm just glad I like Justin Hartley because if I didn't, I'd be bored and angry. THANK GOD they brought him back!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 6th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't that banner gorgeous? It was made by my favorite Smallville artist, TW1977 on KSite. There's a link to her fanart thread at the top of my journal.

Mind you commenting? Of course not! That's why I post in the first place! :)

I'm glad you enjoyed the episode, too. Tom really was just perfect, wasn't he? He truly embodied Superman in so many ways. It makes me excited for the rest of the season. And he was beyond gorgeous!

According to the close captioning, Clark's line to Chloe originally ended with, "we're family," which puts a whole different spin on the scene. I wonder why they decided to change that at the last minute.

PS3 is another way of saying TPTB for Smallville. It stands for the first initials of the last names of the four new show runners this season: 1 P (Peterson) and 3 S's (Slavkin, Souders, and Swimmer) = PS3.
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