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Smallville 8.04 - Instinct - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 8.04 - Instinct
I went into this episode expecting to hate it, quite frankly. The trailers made it seem like it was going to be Hypnotic all over again, and that remains one of my least favorite episodes of Smallville ever. But surprise, surprise, I loved Instinct! It wasn't perfect, but the good far outweighed the bad, and OMG, Tom Welling brought the pretty like he's never brought it before. I am a happy fangirl!

Tom continues to rock the role of my hero, the new and improved Clark Kent. Once again Clark was proactive, independent, smart, and heroic. Not to mention adorable, hilarious, and incredibly, unbelievably hot! From the time he walked down the Kent Farm stairs in that devastating ensemble on his way to work, to his last, wistful scene in the loft, I enjoyed every moment Clark was on my TV screen. He followed clues and investigated to solve the mystery of Maxima, he played the hero to save both Jimmy and Lois, he confronted Chloe about her new power, and he held his ground with Tess. He made me proud. I especially liked how he demanded Maxima's description from Jimmy, not bothering to hide the fact that he was determined to go after her (and are we still supposed to believe these two men are the same age?).

Clark did a fair amount of soul searching in this episode, acknowledging not only that his destiny is on Earth, but that neither Lana nor Chloe is his soulmate. His encounter with Maxima made him face his fear that he will always be alone, and I thought Tom did a great job of portraying Clark's vulnerability. I no longer fear Lana's return to Smallville, and can now hope for a fitting end to a love whose significance in Clark's life cannot be denied.

Okay, I know you're all thinking about it, let's talk about Clark and Maxima. Although she went around town casually killing everyone with whom she came into contact, I liked Maxima, and the actress who played her. I think Maxima truly wanted to spend her life with Clark, and at least she was straightforward about it. When she admired Clark's super-speed rescue of Jimmy in the Ace of Clubs, and determined there and then to go after him, could you blame her? How cool was that slo-mo run through the crowd? So when she showed up at the DP, I can't really say I was sorry. :)

And the ensuing make-out session was not in the least bit gratuitous. *stomps foot* It was not! It was an integral part of the storytelling process! *nods* And it was the most beautiful thing I've seen in a long, long time. Thank you, Smallville, I love you. :) Tom was HOT. I think somebody's been working out, because oh, baby! I also think that elevator scene is destined to join the Unsafe honeymoon scene as one of the most rewatched scenes in Smallville history. And Lois's timing was perfect, because that scene went on just long enough to be fun, but not long enough to get creepy. Well done, show.

Speaking of Lois, heaven help me, but I think I'm falling in love with Clark and Lois on this show. I adored their scenes together. I think Erica Durance has found her Lois Lane, and I like her. A lot. She's far from perfect, but that's one of the things I like best about her. She's ambitious, funny, feisty, passionate, vulnerable, and sweet. She's also impetuous, reckless, stubborn, and at times, completely clueless. And maybe just what Clark needs.

Anyway, I love the interplay between these two. I laugh whenever they're onscreen together. The scene in the DP hallway, when Clark tells Lois to calm down, and she yells back at him, "I am calm! I am perfectly calm!" was hilarious. As was "Oh, sorry to rain on your orgy, Smallville!" Lois, you have such a way with words. :) I also liked their first scene together, when Clark was the picture of exasperation, and Lois just kept tormenting him and telling him how to live his life. I especially enjoyed Lois's little innuendo-laced bit about endorphins. *giggles*

I also liked Tess in this episode. I love the complexity Cassidy Freeman brings to this character. I can't figure her out. She's clearly ruthless, and manipulative, and capable of just about anything. But she still has moments where she seems surprised and out of her depth, as if her tough exterior is at least partially a facade. At times she appears quite open and genuine, but I think that's an act. And I don't know what's up between her and Oliver. At the very least, she's got my attention.

I don't want to forget to welcome Shelby back to the show! The scene between Clark and his dog was too cute for words, especially when Clark zipped back after forgetting to finish feeding him. Did you hear how Tom's voice went up about three octaves when Clark encouraged Shelby to eat? Is there any doubt how much our boy loves dogs? :) I did notice, however, that Shelby is being played by a new "actor." Here's hoping the former Shelby is living a quiet life of retirement, and hasn't gone on to the big puppy farm in the sky.

So what didn't I like? In a word, the Chimmy. I hate to say it, but Smallville is beginning to ruin Chloe for me. I'm not a Chlarker, and I'm not a Chloiser, but I'm a huge Chloe fan. Allison Mack is a gifted actress, and she has always been a delight to watch. And up until now, her character has fascinated me, with her passion, her intelligence, and her devotion to Clark. I've long thought Chloe has deserved better than what she's been handed by TPTB. She's too good to have spent years pining after Clark in vain, and definitely too good for Jimmy Olsen! But now being Jimmy's fiancee seems to be her primary role on the show, along with being the show's resident deus ex machina. Maybe her Brainiac induced brain infection still has potential (Evil!Chloe could be fun, and Chloe definitely doesn't want any part of a possible cure from Clark), but right now I'm just not feeling the love.

AM is selling the Chimmy like nobody's business, and awesomely so. I've tried so hard to get on board, but ugh, I just can't do it. Why couldn't they have had Chloe break up with Jimmy for good in Odyssey, and then focus on Chloe and Davis, without the trademark Smallville triangle? I don't care about Chimmy's wedding plans, or their living arrangements, or their relationship problems. And I'm beginning not to care about Chloe. Making her be so madly in love with Jimmy diminishes her in my eyes, and now that they have her in conflict with Clark all the time instead of by his side, her scenes just don't captivate me like they used to. The chemistry between Clark and Chloe is magical, show, don't squander it!

And another thing, why in the world would Chloe need to have Clark read the Fever letter to get closure on her feelings for him, if they are truly over? All that's going to accomplish is to make things awkward between them. And that speech about how her unrequited feelings for Clark prepared her to share her love with the perfect person, namely Jimmy? *gags* Why couldn't she just say that after five years she realized Clark was never going to return her feelings, and she decided to get on with her life? Let the girl have some dignity, show! I'm glad they definitively shut the door on Chlark, though. If you're not going to go there, show, stop stringing people along. It's disrespectful to your fans.

As long as we're on the subject of characters who aren't being used correctly, how about Jimmy Olsen? The character is not romantic leading man material, and the Chimmy storyline is not playing to Aaron Ashmore's strengths either. I liked Jimmy better as Lois's slightly bumbling sidekick, like in Hydro, or closer to his iconic role, like in Apocalypse. Can't he get back to the Daily Planet and provide some comic relief there? Why is this show so obsessed with romance?

Wow, that was quite a lengthy rant for someone who claims to have loved this episode! But truly, I did. I was just annoyed by the Chimmy, and well, clearly you shouldn't even get me started on that! Oh, and one more thing. Stop teasing us with Lex! Grrr. Yes, I've heard the rumors of Michael Rosenbaum doing some kind of voice work for the show, and I'm against it. If Lex is going to come back, we need ALL of him, not just his voice, and I think MR has made it clear that's not going to happen. So leave it with the awesome moment Michael gave us at the end of Arctic, okay? My worst fear is hearing Michael's voice and seeing the back of some other guy's bald head. Don't go there, please.

Random thoughts: Dr. Grohl! And that wasn't the only spot of continuity in the show! OTOH, can we take Chloe's request that Clark give her away as confirmation that Gabe is dead? I was really hoping they would bring him back for the wedding. :( Why does Clark have Lana's necklace stashed in a box in the kitchen drawer? Could you believe Lois's monitor was displaying that same old bus fare headline again?! They've been working on that story for years. *rolls eyes* Did anyone else get nostalgic when Clark used the word intense? Remember when he used to say that all the time? And yay! We had a song in this episode! It was the same song they played in the Ace of Clubs during Sleeper, though, so maybe it's just the signature song for the club, and not a return to current music for the show.

I hope I don't lose any friends over this review. I admit I have been well and truly seduced by the changes we've seen on Smallville so far this season, and I am enjoying the show in a way I would never have thought possible this late in the game. Pass the Kool-Aid, PS3, it looks like I'm in. This is Tom's season, and whatever goes along with that seems to be working for me. At least for now.

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simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: October 12th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
You won't lose me! Even though I pretty much hated this episode, I'm glad that at least someone enjoyed it. There was pretty Tom but that's about all I liked. Oh, and the scenes with Tess. I like Tess, I really do.

I'm still having issues with the new direction of the show. I'm just not buying things. And I'm disappointed that the show keeps giving meteor freaks/alien storylines. I'd like to see some ordinary tales, with like normal murderers and robbers. For one that would result in my not grimacing through another Chloe-exposition. I found it boring that Chloe could recite chapter and verse on Maxima's species. I get that it shows how she's changed, but still it was dull.

As for Chimmy, well, I could count the number of ways that I hated Chimmy. I adore Chloe and Chimmy just reflects badly on her. She's too darn desperate and far too clinging to a relationship that makes no sense. That's not my Chloe. *stomps feet* It just isn't.

Now who is "X"? I haven't seem anyone speculating about that on my flist. Why? Isn't anyone curious?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 12th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I was defriended twice in the first fifteen minutes this review was up. Maybe it was a coincidence, but I doubt it. :)

That's so funny, I was thinking the same thing about having regular criminals while I was watching this episode. It was when Lois said that it looked like they had a meteor freak on a rampage, and I thought, don't they need Clark's help for anything besides meteor freaks and aliens? Isn't the human race capable of enough darkness without meteor enhancement?

I think the Chimmy reflects badly on Chloe, too, and it makes me really frustrated. I appreciate that AM is doing her best to make it believable, and she's obviously acting her heart out, but I just can't accept it. Much like the recent Clana before it, it doesn't make sense to me that either of them would want to be with the other.

I was assuming we were supposed to think the X was Lex. But maybe I was jumping to conclusions there.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: October 12th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC) (Link)
If people defriended you for having a liking an episode of a TV show then those individuals are very lame. *hugs*

I think involving regular human criminals would be interesting. There is so much they could do with that sort of avenue. I would also love to see Clark get interested in how to reform people. Since most crime is caused by repeat offenders, it would be nice to see Clark think about what could be done.

So everyone just assumes it's Lex? Well that takes away the mystery. Or maybe I just want mystery to entertain myself.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 12th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm so glad you loved it, because I know how worried you were beforehand that they would handle it badly. But I think one of the reasons that it played better then it sounded was because I think one could make a good arguement that Clark was drawn to Maxima, biologically speaking. Sure, she worked her sex goddess mind whammey, but I think she was calling to a part of him....NO, not that part! Get your mind out of the gutter *laughs*

Lois poking her finger in Clark's chest is going to amuse me for weeks. As will her grumblings to herself as she gets in the car. Lois is a character that is working for me in a way she hasn't completely since S4. And Erica and Tom seem to be having a lot of fun with the new interaction and dynamic. I'm having fun watching it.

The Chimmy is such a disaster. And I can't, for the the life of me, figure out why Chloe is so madly in love with Jimmy. And as hard as AM sells it, it still doesn't work. Its a real black mark on this season so far, and I don't think there have been many.

I know what you mean about Chloe, but I find my problems with the character extend beyond the Chimmy. I'm just really not feeling this brainiac infection storyline. I do see promise in the Chloe/Davis stuff, and I very much liked the Chloe/Tess stuff. And I also liked the Chlark in this episode, moreso their first scene together then their last. I do like that the parameters of their partnership seem to evolving, and I think that needed to happen. I just hope they don't push it too far.

Its funny, because there's an old show business adage that you should never work with animals and kids, and Tom Welling does both so beautifully and naturally, its so lovely to watch. Playing a dad on screen is just one of many future roles I hope to see Tom do.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
This week was a turning point for me with Lois. I enjoyed the Lois we met in those first four episodes of S4 tremendously, and this Lois reminds me of her a lot. I'm finding her to be funny, tender, and a breath of fresh air. And I agree that Erica and Tom seem to be having fun with it. When I rewatch these episodes, I gravitate to the scenes they share.

The Chimmy doesn't even infuriate me anymore, it just bores me. Who likes this relationship? I wonder what their intention is for where they'll end up at the end of the season/series, together or apart. And that ring is just ridiculous.

I've seen a number of what I would call backhanded compliments for the Shelby scene, where people say it was their favorite scene, or the only scene that they liked, and then go on to say it was Tom being himself, not acting. I've also seen posts that say he's obviously lost, and confused, and doesn't know who Clark is anymore. Huh? What show are they watching?
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: October 12th, 2008 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Another one from my flist who enjoyed the ep = me pleased. Heh, I was anxious once I'd finished my own review whether I'd be totally alone in having liked this as much as I did, because it ::did:: have its flaws, but damn if it wasn't an enjoyable hour of television, nevertheless.

I love your review. :-) We agree on most points. I especially adore your second paragraph wherein you discuss Clark in the ep. He was amazing, wasn't he? And with TW playing the role so incredibly well, I've never been happier to be a Clark fan. If it's one positive memory this season will leave with me, is that I'll forever look back on the new Execs as the greatest breath of fresh air, wrt Clark's character.

Lois and Clarrk/Lois are mostly working very well for me too this season. I just hope this momentum keeps up though. Tess was great as well, and I particularly liked her scenes with Chloe.

And the elevator scene? Dear lord, yes, I can already see it going in amongst my favorites. For the fact that it was so ::clears throat:: good for the storytelling purposes---of course--- ;-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 10:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked my review, and it means the world to me that you would say so. Thank you!

I'm so happy we agree on this one! I shared your fears that I would be the only one who liked it, but it seems the Tommy girls found a lot to love in this one. And it wasn't just his bare chest. :)

And with TW playing the role so incredibly well, I've never been happier to be a Clark fan.

Absolutely! This is Clark's, and Tom's, year! In each and every episode, Clark continues to shine. It's amazing how much I look forward to Thursdays.

I had been wondering when Chloe and Tess would meet, and their first encounter did not disappoint. I liked the contrast between their styles: Tess was all false friendliness and then veiled threats, while Chloe was direct and completely blunt. But I wonder if Chloe is underestimating Tess. After what I've seen of her, I wouldn't want to make her angry.

And I've even watched the elevator scene in slo-mo now. *facepalm*
voldything From: voldything Date: October 12th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Evil!Chloe could be fun, and Chloe definitely doesn't want any part of a possible cure from Clark

That could be SO, SO awesome! Please SV go there!

Did anyone else get nostalgic when Clark used the word intense? Remember when he used to say that all the time?

I KNOW!!!!! ♥

I hope I don't lose any friends over this review.

If someone cannot accept a different opinion than their own, it's their loss really *hugs you*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I think AM could have a lot of fun playing the big bad for a change, especially opposite TW.

Thanks for the support. You're right, of course. *hugs*
From: seacrystal Date: October 12th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
YES to every single word of this review. :D

I always feel like I couldn't love TW's portrayal of Clark more than I already have, but he constantly proves me wrong, and I'm definitely going to run out of adjectives and repeating the same stuff over and over again about his awesomeness lol.

Tess is really growing on me too, I like what you've said about her seemingly genuine and open at times, she struck me that way too. Her scenes with Clark & Chloe particularly showed this, and Cassidy is playing that very well.

I'm not massively satisfied with how they've handled the Chlark closure, but I thought the maturity and sense of complete easiness from both parties more than made up for it. And I'm just completely indifferent to Chimmy/Jimmy as usual.

And the Clois was lovely in this episode, the whole soulmate stuff was tricky and I'm actually not really fond of the concept either, but somehow they managed to make the notion come across (via Clark's bit of soul-searching and Lois' holding back on what Maxima had told her) as something more than just a simple "love at first sight, happily ever after" thing.

I'm definitely looking forward to next week's episode! :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I always feel like I couldn't love TW's portrayal of Clark more than I already have, but he constantly proves me wrong, and I'm definitely going to run out of adjectives and repeating the same stuff over and over again about his awesomeness lol.

I feel the same way. He just keeps rocking my world! And he's definitely my Superman.

I didn't talk about the conversation between Clark and Lois in the loft in my review, but I did like it. I've enjoyed the loft scenes between them since the beginning, even when I had problems with how Lois was being written last season. When they give each other a hard time, it's never mean spirited, and more often than not, their loft scenes are warm and friendly.
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: October 12th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome review!! Oh my on the hotness factor this one was through the ROOF for me...I love TW and he's is on fire!! in this episode..he pushes my buttons like no one.... anyways loved your insight on Lois alot of people don't understand her she is supposed to be loud..opioninated and she rambles when she's nervous but no one plays LL like ED and I loved her reaction to Clark kissing another woman..she was stunned..floored by her own feelings for Clark which I don't think she knew really until Maxima pointed it out I thought this was a great way to reveal Clark's feelings as well as Lois' without them voicing them since they are not really allowed to have them be a romantic couple on SV and just the looks between the two though they speak volumes when someone flat out says Clark has a strong bond with Lois that's about as clear as you can get and since I don't know if we will ever get actual confessions outta these two then that was a really good way to reveal that to us fans sorry for the long comment but it's really good to see someone review Clois for a change without ragging on them
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it. And yes, Tom was exceptionally pretty and hot in this one!

That scene where Lois sees Clark making out with Maxima was so funny, and Erica played it perfectly. I loved the way she blinked her eyes, speechless, when those doors first opened, I loved the way she kept jabbing him in the chest while she yelled that she was "perfectly calm," and I loved how she flounced off, leaving him with that absolutely bewildered look on his face. hee! It was well played by both of them.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: October 12th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very good review! I agree with most of it but, independently of if I agree or disagree with your reviews, they are always a great read!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Carol. That means a lot to me! I appreciate that you take the time to read and comment, truly.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: October 12th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
And the ensuing make-out session was not in the least bit gratuitous. *stomps foot* It was not! It was an integral part of the storytelling process! *nods*

LMAO!

Maybe her Brainiac induced brain infection still has potential (Evil!Chloe could be fun, and Chloe definitely doesn't want any part of a possible cure from Clark), but right now I'm just not feeling the love.

I love Chloe but I do think she's getting shortchanged on this show lately. And my lack of love for Chloe is not something I'm happy with but honestly started probably late last season. I do hope this is rectified because I love Allison and I think her talent is being squandered.

I did notice, however, that Shelby is being played by a new "actor." Here's hoping the former Shelby is living a quiet life of retirement, and hasn't gone on to the big puppy farm in the sky.

I hope so too. I miss original Shelby. I feel like this is when you watch a soap and the change the actor mid-way they should have had an announcement. "The role of Shelby is now being played by..."LOL

Edited at 2008-10-12 05:12 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to more scenes between Chloe and Davis. AM and SW are both exceptional actors, IMO, and their characters have a lot of chemistry. I expect great things! :)
ivorykiss From: ivorykiss Date: October 12th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Defriended because you voiced your thoughts on the eppy? *shakeshead* Its their loss sweetie, 'cause you are awesome. :D

I wish I could say I enjoyed this one as much as you did. :/ While there were some things I did enjoy very much, (Clark!Clark!Clark! *g*) certain aspects were an unnecessary kick in the teeth. Closure, if that is what they were trying to accomplish (instead of running off a segment of their audience), could have been done without shredding sacred cows. It was unnecessarily cruel, imho.

*mourns*

Clark (and Chlark) will always have my heart. I just want my hero to be happy.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree that the letter was handled poorly. At the very least it was insensitive to how Chlarkers feel.

But we'll always have Tommy, right? :) And thank you for commenting, even when the episode was so disappointing. *hugs*
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: October 13th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom continues to rock the role of my hero, the new and improved Clark Kent.
Absolutely!

but that neither Lana nor Chloe is his soulmate.
I agree with you on this, but I have a feeling that not everyone will. Not that there's anything wrong with that...However, I personally don't understand how anyone can still believe in romantic Chlark after this episode...

Did you hear how Tom's voice went up about three octaves when Clark encouraged Shelby to eat? Is there any doubt how much our boy loves dogs? :)
That was SOOOO cute!

I did notice, however, that Shelby is being played by a new "actor."
So it wasn't just me who thought that. I am firmly going to believe that the old Shelby is at home, retired, and collecting residuals. :-)

I also don't understand any kind of logical reasoning behind having Clark read the Fever letter.

Did anyone else get nostalgic when Clark used the word intense?
When did he do that? I don't even remember him saying that word a lot. I'm sure he did, I've just never noticed.

I am also not a fan of what they're doing to Chloe and Chimmy. I didn't feel any kind of love or passion or anything when Chloe ran to Jimmy in the hospital and flung herself across him.

I also think that elevator scene is destined to join the Unsafe honeymoon scene as one of the most rewatched scenes in Smallville history.
I think you're right!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 15th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC) (Link)
In the early seasons Clark used to say things were intense all the time. Usually it was in response to something someone said: "Wow, that's intense!" The one I can remember off the top of my head is in Tempest, when Clark is sitting at the bottom of the stairs in the Talon, talking to Lana. He tells her Chloe is moving away, and she tells him Whitney has joined the Marines, and that's when he says it. :)
kelvintage From: kelvintage Date: December 30th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi Tariel! Is this late or what? This was the episode that I was looking foward to the most along with Odyssey and Bloodline so I had high expectations. Where do I start? Shelby is a beautiful dog! I always like seeing him, although I think for continuity reasons it was a mistake in the long run to keep him instead of giving him away to a neighbour that the Kents trusted at the time. Also, my sister thinks it's a new dog and I noticed the longer fur. Does anyone know for sure? Tom is so cute with animals, particularly when he fed the dog. Why hasn't Cassidy had a break from filming yet? Seriously? She must be tired. I thought that both villains would only have 13 episodes each this season? I suppose I was wrong. At this rate, Tess will only miss four or five at the most and that's not enough for me. And wow, Tess is tougher than Lex too. She gets thrown into a wall and she's fine a few hours later. Producers, stop trying so hard. And let Cassidy wear a skirt, dresspants on women are hideous and the stern look is not attractive. Oh, I should mention that she's doing a decent job, although she's better in some scenes and more variation would not hurt her chacacter.

The necklace! It lives on! I'm thinking that Clark will FINALLY give back Lana's necklace when Kristin comes back on for her short arc this season. Wow, are these producers so arrogant that they think they can leave everything to the last second because they'll get picked up for each new season? Why yes, they are. Same applies to Kara, what if they weren't picked up for an eighth season? Why was the necklace in a box in the drawer? The writing on Smallville is SO bad sometimes. Couldn't we have seen Clark in his room for once?

I particularly enjoyed Lois' reponse about endorphins and biting the stick, very flirty and Tom's reaction to her was cute. They do have chemistry and I'm liking the fact that Lois has been consistently in every episode thus far, but they have kept her screentime realtively low. She's nice in small doses and Erica has the character downpat, I wonder how much of the actress we're seeing in the role. I like when Lois has screentime or even an episode committed to her but I don't mind when she doesn't speak too much, sometimes she goes on rants. It worked in this episode because she was angry. I think it was only in the season premiere where she could have benefited from more time since her storyline was missing some explanation.

Maxima's first outfit was AWESOME! Gagagaga. That was insane my friends. And yes, I am such a guy. I thought Charlotte was quite pretty, and her face is a little unique which is sort of interesting, it's always nice to see Canadian actresses get an opportunity. I'm sure some people thought she wasn't all that and a bag of chips but I liked her. Although as my sister pointed out, she is very pale. It worked with the red hair though and have you noticed that most redheads are pale anyhow? I thought Charlotte did a pretty good job, she was earnest when needed be and ice cold when she was disappointed by the mere mortals that she found, I suppose that's what happens when you're alone for years. My sister and I laughed when she did after Clark pushed her against a wall to stop her from hitting Lois. It was so over-the-top but in a good way. I wonder if Charlotte got to keep her first costume? *thinks about it* So was Clark's mind under Maxima's control and how? Gosh writers, you don't even try anymore. The scene in the Daily planet and the elevator were very entertaining and steamy. Clark was just carrying Maxima around, lifting her up and putting her on the desk. Goodness, you are so big and strong Mr. Welling! In the small space of the elevator, they were just banging each other....against the walls I mean! I actually thought it was relatively short, but that simply means we can watch it over again and again...and again... I think I still like the bedroom and hotel room scenes between Clark and Alicia more but Maxima is very close behind. Also, is that how Tom makes love to a woman, by slamming her against walls? Bahaha! Dirty thoughts people...dirty thoughts.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 6th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, pretty icon!

I do think it's a new dog playing Shelby. I can't begrudge keeping him around, because Tom is so cute with dogs! His obvious pleasure around Shelby is a joy to behold. I think maybe Tess will go missing for awhile, when Doomsday's story line steps up, although I don't know for sure. I like CF better every week, though, so more is better as far as I'm concerned. It's weird, sometimes she looks stunningly beautiful to me, and other times, not so much. The eye makeup is definitely excessive.

Yeah, the necklace in the kitchen didn't make sense to me, either. It seems we're seeing a lot of attention paid to continuity this season, and I'm all for that. I think it's one of the differences between PS3 and AlMiles. Some things are a bit shoehorned, though.

I enjoyed the Clark and Lois interaction tremendously in this episode. i think Erica has worked very hard to find her characterization of Lois, and it's obvious from her interviews that she cares deeply about doing right by her. I think Lois is being written better this season, and I think Erica has grown beautifully in the role. She and Tom are great together.

I was quite charmed by Maxima, and I even found her sympathetic. I thought the actress did a good job. As I said in my review, I was surprised to enjoy the scenes between Clark and Maxima as much as I did. It's interesting to get a guy's perspective on her.
kelvintage From: kelvintage Date: December 30th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
thoughts continued:

I thought it was done well though and Clark was influenced for less than two minutes so it all happened quickly and Maxima was actually developed in the first half. Besides, who wouldn't want to stay with Tom Welling forever right? I always like when characters survive on Smallville, particularly ones that have a reason to come back. Now, will Maxima come back for revenge and hurt Clark which she probably can or is she going to try to convince him that she is the one for him and pretend to be a better person? I want them to bring her back please! I've only said that about Bizarro and Alicia so it is an exclusive list. I know that she killed people but it wasn't maleovlent, she wasn't evil. She simply didn't care about the men who weren't her equal...actually, that may be even worse in some ways. Wait, so all the men on her planet are gone? Does she age very slowly as well then? I did feel bad that Clark sent her back. That brings up the question, how did Clark know how to do that? It was never spoken about...that's annoying. It also happened very quickly. Although it was in character for Clark, he could never be with someone who had such disregard for human life no matter how lonely or sad he is currently. Tom showed all the emotions of disappointment, yearning, and resolve in the same scene, that's our Superman! Nice theme and development for this episode, not so much for Clark as a hero even though Tom still played him as proactive and he investigated by himself. It was more about being human so to speak. It wasn't about angst since it dealt more with the idea of finding a soulmate, which of course ties into the mythology of Lois and Clark who will be together someday. Clark was able to reflect in this episode and that was great, he questioned what was in store for him in life and if he would miss out on a woman who is right for him. It's always an interesting question to ask because isn't that what we are all searching for? Someone to love and a person who reciprocates our feelings? I know I certainly am. Speaking of clueless, shouldn't Clark have some inkling that Lois feels something for him after her rant? Or are all guys completely blind to women's emotions?

I REALLY miss the pop and alternative songs on Smallville. I actually thought there needed to be one for the scene between Clark and Lois in the loft. It was a good scene but a song would have fit in nicely. Are they ending on cliffhangers lately just so that songs won't fit and suspenseful music would be better? Dear Lord, the CW is so cheap and disrespectful to a show that has been keeping the network alive for the past three years and helped the WB gain prominence as well. I do think it's only for budgetary reasons. Four episodes and the composer can't think of one song to put in? I don't think so. It's the same for Supernatural; poor shows, they deserve better. Nice to see some of the special effects still being used, such as the slow-motion run which was cool. The car throwing looked fake at first but when it landed, it was a real car I believe so that was good. The special effects people are trying their best with the limited money that they have.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 6th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't mind seeing Maxima come back either. Actually, Chloe told Clark that the bracelet was a teleportation device, but I'm still not sure if Clark activated it on purpose, or accidentally when he grabbed her wrist. I, too, liked the emotions that were explored in this episode, and thought Tom did a wonderful job of portraying Clark's vulnerability. I don't think he was tempted by Maxima, but she did touch a chord within him that reminded him how alone he truly is as a Kryptonian on Earth. And I wouldn't say Clark is clueless about Lois's feelings, but I wouldn't say he realizes that what he saw was full-blown jealousy either. I think he was a bit bewildered by it all. :)

I honestly think they've been trying for a more theatrical tone to the show in the way they've switched from current singles to a musical score, but although I love the new music, I miss the songs so much, especially those wonderful end-of-episode musical montages. Maybe they've come to realize how effective they are, since they put one back in for Bride. I think the special effects have been amazing, considering the budget cuts we've heard so much about. This show still blows me away on a regular basis.
kelvintage From: kelvintage Date: December 30th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you want to hurt me yet?:

Rant: What can I say about Jimmy, Chloe, and Chimmy that you haven't already heard? Well, here I go again: Yes, Mack sells it in some scenes but she can't make me believe that someone like Chloe would actually be happy with Jimmy. I remember not liking him from the very beginning. He was brought in as a love interest for Chlo which was the wrong thing to do and they haven't bothered trying to fix him. He's just not necessary. Simply because he's a part of canon doesn't mean he should be a regular. The writers have enough gall to change almost everything about the mythos but they won't exclude Jimmy? I always brace myself for a Jimmy scene, I can't stand him. They've written him to be a complete douchebag. Why do the writers insist on Chimmy and another triangle? 95% of your audience hates it and yet they insist on plowing through. See, that's why the Smallville writers are arrogant. They don't care about the fans, or our imput. At least Kripke and company have enough sense to admit when they didn't write something well (Bela, etc.). I'm not saying they should accept scripts from fans or adhere to riduculous demands such as "Kill Lois, she's annoying" from a quarter of the audience. But they should listen when it's quite unamimous and take it under consideration, I've heard complaints since the end of season 6 about this relationship. All Jimmy and Chloe do is fight and then inexplicably make up in the same episode or the next one. Please Lord, let Tommy get away from these people. /End Rant.

Clark was pretty forgiving towards Jimmy...that's the problem with a man who is so noble. So anyone who has a fight with their girlfriend and then goes out to kiss another girl the same night should be forgiven just like that? LIES! How about having some self-respect Chloe? And her knowing everything about Maxima and Almerac was lame. It's not any better than her super-hacking skills, the writers just found an excuse for it now. And why was Brainiac never shown to be that knowledgable, even if he was cunning? Anyhow, Tom looked gorgeous in this episode. I was loving the striped shirt and long black jacket combo, he looked so amazing. The allusions to the Superman colours were cool in the first season but honestly, who cares anymore? Clark can wear dark colours in every episode from now on as far as I am concerned. I thought it was a solid episode all in all, I would have given Maxima more screentime and a better sendoff but hopefully she'll be back in the second half of the season for revenge.

I can't believe that people defriended you over liking this episode, I can't see how anyone could truly hate it. It wasn't anything like Hypnotic.

I promise to comment on your Bride review, it may just take a while...a long while. And thank you so much for the star! That was my first gift so I truly appreciate it! I heart you!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 6th, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I adore Jimmy on Smallville, I really do, just not with Chloe. They both turn into different people when they're together, and they're both the worse for it, IMO. But I loved Jimmy in Prey and Identity. He's great with Clark and Lois both, as long as they leave romance out of it. But Chimmy-heavy episodes like this one drive me crazy! And are there more than ten people on the face of the Earth who actually like this relationship? I think everyone I know hates the Chimmy.

Tom was gorgeous throughout this episode. I especially liked what he wore when he and Lois went to investigate the scene of Maxima's arrival. Yum.

i appreciate your thoughtful comments. This one (these three?) took me quite a while to reply to, sorry about that. Ten days until Legion! \o/
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