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Smallville 8.06 - Prey - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 8.06 - Prey
In this episode Clark struggled with some of the fundamental challenges he will face as Superman, and I was so excited to see it! This is exactly why I was drawn to this show in the first place, to see the boy become the man, and the man become the superhero. This is what fascinates me, exploring the moral choices made by a being who is powerful enough to answer to no one. And maybe even more so, asking if saving the world means sacrificing yourself to it, or can Supes have a life, too? These are complex issues, with no simple answers, but I'm happy to say that in this regard, my show did not disappoint.

How much did you love Heroic!Clark?! I absolutely thrilled at the sight of him saving the day, nothing but a blur as he sped from crime scene to crime scene at the behest of the police scanner, leaving dazed criminals and thugs scattered in his wake. I especially liked seeing him fight regular crime, the underbelly of the human existence, rather than an exotic array of meteor freaks and aliens. But the true evil of the evening, the one Clark could neither prevent nor readily solve, was something else entirely.

Clark answered a call for help at the Ace of Clubs, and upon his arrival made a super jump to reach the penthouse nightclub in an instant. He was literally leaping tall buildings in a single bound, people! And it was a heartbeat away from flight itself! Awesome. What greeted him inside was a harrowing scene of death and destruction, and Clark was shocked to discover a blood-covered Davis in the midst of the wreckage. But in spite of the confusion and trauma at the scene, Clark remained calm and focused, determined to find and stop the killer, obviously far from normal, who wreaked this havoc. He made me proud.

Watching Clark in this episode really brought home to me how seamlessly he has integrated his superpowers into his life lately. It used to be a big deal to see Clark use one of his abilities, and it was often in some isolated incident that came out of a moment of crisis. But when he made the decision to come to Metropolis and work at the DP, he truly accepted who he is, and all he has to offer the world, and we saw him use his powers in a variety of ways, both big and small, throughout this episode. It's yet another reason to celebrate S8 Clark, if you ask me.

Also at the crime scene was a new Metropolis homicide detective, J'onn J'onzz John Jones. Yes, Martian Manhunter was back! Yay! I love him! And with all the "adult" characters gone from the show now, it was nice to see someone who could be a voice of wisdom and experience for Clark, and who could offer him guidance and perspective as he navigates the uncharted waters of his new life. Right off the bat MM warned Clark that he can't save everyone, but Clark passionately refused to consider his limitations, focusing only on what he had failed to do. I think Clark should listen to MM. He knows a bit about being the hero.

Phil Morris was fabulous as MM. Woefully underused during the past two seasons, it was a joy to see him finally have a meatier role in Prey. I loved everything about how he played this character, and he was obviously enjoying both the part and the show. He was an absolute delight to watch, and I sincerely hope they bring him back for more in future episodes.

In Prey, Clark was doing his best to fully embrace his destiny. Helping people had become a full time job, and he was pulling out all the stops to do as much good as he possibly could. Based on the mountain of empty coffee cups and crumpled food wrappers that littered his desk, that meant never going home, never going to sleep, and stopping only to eat enough to stay strong, and drink enough caffeine to stay awake. It was a valiant effort, but Clark had no balance, and even his best was not good enough to satisfy the impossible standards he had set for himself. He was stressed, irritable, and distracted. I love him to pieces for wanting to save everyone, but clearly, this couldn't go on.

Desperate for a starting point, Clark went to Chloe for a list of the meteor infected kids who attended her meetings. She refused, outraged, but not until after Clark had already seen and memorized the names, which he gave to MM to investigate. Was Clark wrong? Yeah, I think so. He's never believed that the end justifies the means; that's Ollie's mantra. I fault Clark more for undermining the trust those kids had for Chloe than for investigating them in the first place, though, because that in turn undermines everything she's trying to accomplish at Isis. But I think Chloe was wrong, too, for not trusting Clark with the names in the first place.

I think the show did a good job of introducing a conflict that was symbolic of the most important choice Clark will ever make on his path to becoming Superman: the choice to believe in the moral tenets his parents taught him, and the choice to be a hero within the framework of our society, rather than ruling over us with an iron fist. Because that's how Supes will inspire us to be better than we are, by never wavering from choosing right over wrong, and by showing us that even the most powerful being on Earth can be held accountable by our code of morals and ethics.

Of course I think Clark can and should use his powers to their full extent to fight crime and protect the world, but there have to be limits. Using Chloe's list without her permission and ransacking Davis's locker with questionable probable cause were both borderline actions that tested those limits. I loved seeing Clark pushed into making those choices, and then realizing the cost of them. And watching him struggle with it resonated even more strongly with me now, in these times of personal privacy compromised in the name of national security, as the American government tests some limits of their own.

Tom certainly made all the right choices in his performance. He perfectly portrayed Clark on edge, all but ignoring Chloe, snapping at MM, and lashing out at Davis, focused solely on the task at hand. We could feel the pressure he was under. But he never lost control. His quiet strength at the Ace of Clubs was wonderful to watch, as was his competence and determination during the course of his investigation. Where Tom truly shined, though, was in showing Clark's moment of devastation as he realized he had (for the moment, anyway) been all wrong about Davis, and in the contrite apology the resultant soul searching inspired him to make to Chloe (I'm assuming Davis received an apology of his own, offscreen). That apology was wonderful, and so different from what we've seen from Clark in the past. It was absolutely sincere and heartfelt, but without a trace of guilt or despair. Does Tom own this character or what? *loves him* And I liked Clark's gentle reminder that he wasn't exactly wrong about Chloe's kids.

What I didn't like was Chloe's response. Instead of accepting Clark's apology graciously, she sniped at him, and even worse, she offered no apology of her own. And she absolutely owed him one, for what she said to him in anger when she found out he had used her list. Did she honestly think Clark should come forward about his abilities? And how could she possibly insinuate that Clark is lacking in courage? Calling him the ringleader of a witch hunt for his efforts to solve a terrible crime was just icing on the cake. I get that she was hurt, and angry, but that was way out of line.

But wait, the best was yet to come. When Clark questioned why Chloe was so willing to trust the meteor infected kids at Isis, she pulled out a binder documenting the 327 people she has been unable to save since the ninth grade. And Clark then proceeded to say he's been so busy rescuing people from the meteor infected, he never looked at them from that angle (the compassionate one, I presume). WTF?! Excuse me, but up until the moment Chloe found out she was infected herself, she was hardly the champion of the meteor freaks, as she used to call them. And Clark has always been ready to believe the best of people, and reach out to the victims of the meteor showers for which he continues to feel responsible. Does anyone remember Extinction, when Clark argued with Lana and Chloe, saying it was unfair to condemn anyone with a meteor power out of hand? Or if you want something more recent, does anyone remember Plastique? Sheesh. Sometimes this show is just plain dumb.

Which brings me to the writers of this episode, Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson. Although I like them a little better than I used to, I still haven't forgiven them for Promise, or for what they said about Clark in the S6 Companion. They have a history of making other characters look better at Clark's expense, and that drives me crazy. In the past it's usually been Lana who gets their special attention, but now that she's gone, is it Chloe's turn? I sure hope not, because I like Chloe, but in this episode I found her pretty annoying. Besides what I've already mentioned, what was that crack about Clark joining the Isis group and telling his story? Again, WTF? And is she even qualified to be running these meetings? If her objective is to intervene and prevent these kids from going down Bette's path, shouldn't she bring in a mental health professional to lead her group therapy sessions?

Any discussion of Chloe has to include Davis. Why are these two so devoted to one another all of a sudden? We know a month passed between Toxic and Committed, so maybe they've been inseparable in Offscreenville? It just felt like it came out of nowhere to me. I think Chloe needs to stop and remember her history of poor judgment when it comes to guys, and also what she said to Lois just last week, about how Clark is usually right. That said, however, I have a lot of sympathy for Davis, and that's entirely due to Sam Witwer. He is an amazing actor, delivering a level of intensity and emotion rarely seen on Smallville. He also has an incredible body, but I hesitate to sully my praise for his acting by mentioning it here. :)

And what about the Chimmy? I swear, I can't keep up with what I'm supposed to think about this relationship. Show, last week you tell me Chloe loves no one but Jimmy, forever, and then this week she's flirting in the morgue, and saying she feels an ease with Davis she's never felt with Jimmy? Does this mean I can go back to hating the Chimmy, and stop trying to be a good little fangirl and accept it? Because this is making my head hurt.

I may hate the Chimmy, but I love Jimmy, and I adore Aaron Ashmore. He's a talented actor, natural and relaxed, and a lot of fun to watch. Jimmy was great in this episode. Well, except when he pulled the Chloe card to pressure Davis into letting him ride along in his ambulance, that was lame. His scenes with Clark were awesome, and I can't wait to see more of this storyline where he hunts down Metropolis's mysterious new hero. And his scene with MM made me laugh. Honestly, I fangirl Jimmy like nobody's business, except for anything to do with his love life.

You know I can't finish without mentioning the pretty. Tom was more handsome than ever this week, and that burnt sienna shirt/black slacks combo was simply stunning on him. We also saw close-up after close-up that took my breath away. I know I say it week after week, but how can the man be this beautiful? I didn't even mind THRJ, because he looked so amazing in it. And it's so much more than just Tom Welling's God-given good looks; it's also his demeanor, his stature, and his many nuances of expression. Have I mentioned that S8 is fast becoming my favorite season ever?

Random thoughts: How come Clark was a red and blue blur when he was wearing brown and black? I loved how Clark promised to find a way to get MM's powers back. Krypto perps? hee! Do paramedics really drive around solo? Does anyone else think Davis is kind of girly with all the instant tears? And I can't believe I just said that. LOL! PM was totally channeling Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld in that last scene with Jimmy. And how funny was it when Davis called Clark a Peeping Tom? :)

Prey was a tiny glimpse of Clark's future as the Man of Steel, and I think he's going to rock at it! The bad in this episode drove me nuts, but was still far outweighed by the good, and I remain cautiously optimistic about what's ahead. At the very least I'm intrigued to see how the two storylines set up in this episode play out: Jimmy's pursuit of the city's unsung savior, and the mystery that is Davis Bloome. Once again, I can't wait until next week!

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drusplace From: drusplace Date: October 29th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome review. Although I personally did enjoy Chloe sniping at Clark, only because he needed it. I MUCH prefered Davis giving him what for though, which may be due to the fact that I am enjoying Sam so much. I really liked this ep. The only thing missing was Tess, whom I am also enjoying. Oh and SHirtless Ollie would have been a plus, but we did get Naked!Davis.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 30th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I did enjoy that scene between Clark and Davis at the hospital. We rarely see Clark have such a direct confrontation with anyone, but I always love it when he does. And Davis was right up in his face, wasn't he? If this is a preview of things to come, I think the showdown between these two will be something to see.

I always wonder how the guys react when they get these scripts. Did Sam have any idea how often he would have to take his clothes off for this show when he signed the contract? :)
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: October 29th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed this review immensely. You make some incredible points I love the way you stated this:

was a valiant effort, but Clark had no balance, and even his best was not good enough to satisfy the impossible standards he had set for himself. He was stressed, irritable, and distracted. I love him to pieces for wanting to save everyone, but clearly, this couldn't go on.

I think this episode was a good starting point even with it's faults but I did have a slight reservation during the episode because I felt the beginnings of Clark's character after so much progress,regressing once again. And I couldn't agree with you more in regards of Chloe. I actually liked that their argument was something that Clark and Chloe got over but I found Chloe's behavior annoying and unfortunately not surprising. She got in lecture Clark mode and I'm so over that. I hope this is not something that will be consistent. I want to like Chloe again damn it!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 30th, 2008 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! You know, although we saw Clark being too hard on himself and doing some questionable things, I really felt like this time he was different. He didn't get mopey, he got more determined. And he didn't back down when Chloe confronted him, or let her guilt him into feeling bad. He listened to what she had to say, but he came to the conclusion that he had overstepped his bounds on his own, based on the sum total of his experience during his investigation. All actions that convince me that at the end of the day, this Clark will be back out on the streets, fighting the good fight, and never again will he retreat to the loft to brood or lick his wounds. So if he took a step backward, I think it was a small one, and understandable given the new challenges he was trying to process.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 29th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great read, as always.

I think you found more to enjoy in this episode then me. I think I would've taken more enjoyment out of Clark's heroics if the show hadn't played it so dark, and angry, and angsty. I don't know why this show always seems to drift back to this point that Clark being Superman is going to be a job, a responsibility, a duty, an obligation...but almost never a joy. Why will they not allow Clark to take satisfaction and peace from the good he does? It makes me so frustrated.

And of course, you hit upon my particular peeves with the episode. The crap that flew out of Chloe's mouth, that she never apologized for. And the total retcon reversal of Clark not realizing that meteor freaks are people too! Clark has been the one character thats been closest to getting that this whole time, and now I feel like thats being stripped away from him, and bestowed upon Chloe in her new "Mother Teresa" role. And you are absolutely right, Souders/Peterson are notorious for this.

I think SW is doing a great job, but I'm just not sure I'm up for another woobie villian journey. I keep asking myself why I'm supposed to give a crap about a vicious killer? Also, he may not be cognizant of what he's done, but clearly he knows something is very wrong. If he's really on the up-and-up, and is a decent guy, why is he not taking himself off the streets, and seeking some professional help? And no, I don't really think Chloe qualifies, no matter what this episode is trying to tell me.

Oh, and BTW, yes, he definitely does come across as a big puss with the whole tears thing. And no, paramedics are NEVER alone in their rigs. Ever. How would you attend to a critical patient, and drive the rig to the hospital, if there aren't 2 of you? That was just dumb.

To me, this was the weakest of the season. I loved Clark being heroic, and J'onn/PM rocks my world. But this was the first episode of the season that gave me that tension headache between my eyes...you know the one I mean ;) And I was so hoping that might've left the building with AlMiles. Alas...

Edited at 2008-10-29 09:29 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 31st, 2008 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I honestly didn't see it as all that dark, or indicative of how Clark's life will be in the future. I saw it more as a time of transition, a time when Clark is shifting gears and adjusting to this new role he has chosen for himself. And I didn't mind that the road was a little bumpy. I liked seeing Clark start to come to terms with the conflict between all he wants to do and what he actually can do, and to figure out exactly what lines he's willing to cross to protect the innocent.

The difference for me was all in Tom's performance. Clark expressed disappointment in what he saw as his failures, but without dwelling on it, or sounding mopey in any way. And he had that air of command that's been so evident this season, giving me faith that any roadblocks were temporary. I know I'm not explaining it well, but I just had confidence that he would find his way to the right path in time.

The whole retcon about Clark's and Chloe's respective attitudes toward meteor freaks was just outrageous. I hope it was just to make a point in this particular episode, and will be forgotten in the future like so many other things we've seen on this show, both good and bad.

I know what you mean about Davis. I find myself holding the character at arm's length; I'm reluctant to allow myself to feel much of anything for him, only to have him turn completely evil later. If they go where some people think they will, and have him somehow kill Clark, I'm fully prepared to hate him. And you make a good point about his actions being questionable.

I also know what you mean about that headache. *sighs* Some of my feelings during this episode took me straight back to S7, and it wasn't a pleasant trip.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: October 29th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed this episode a lot more than I've enjoyed other episodes so far this season. I liked the way Clark had to struggle with the moral and ethical dilemmas of being a superhero.

I'm not really sure what to comment since on several points I disagree with you about Clark and his moral standing. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I'm a criminology student and I approach the show with a different lens. For instance, I don't think Superman represents our morals or ethics. I think Superman represents an idealized version of a crime fighter that is unencumbered with the due process system our morals and ethics insist upon in real life. Superman is an ideal that I think in reality most of us would have problems with. That much power can be dangerous.

I did enjoy the MM and I also enjoyed MM and Chloe presenting Clark with other sides of the moral/ethic dilemma. MM focuses on Clark protecting himself while Chloe focuses on the judgment aspect which Superman, if he is an ideal, shouldn't engage in. Perhaps Chloe was a bit harsh with her "witch hunt statement" but I think it hits home the idea of a double standard. If anyone knew about Clark's power, he would likely be the first suspect after a crime with supernatural elements. Yet because we know he is good, we never think about this other side, the side that would be afraid of someone with powers like Clark.

I don't get the Chloe/Davis thing. Her attraction to him is just weird and rather unsettling. But watching AM and SW is much better than watching AM and AA (I hate Jimmy, as you might have noticed).

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 31st, 2008 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
It's so interesting to me that you have a different perspective on Superman. I really struggled to define my own view of the character as I wrote this, and I came to the realization that each person must have a different viewpoint. Mine doesn't come from the comics, and is probably far from "canon." It's just what has stuck in my head after years of watching various incarnations, but probably comes mostly from the CR movies and especially LnC. I don't think it's right or wrong, it's just my own personal filter for watching Smallville.

I have so much respect for the field you're studying, and must admit my own great ignorance of the legalities that govern our criminal justice system. As I was preparing to write this review, I sat in my room dreaming up various scenarios, trying to decide where the lines should be drawn that Supes would not cross. The issues are a lot more complicated than Clark deciding it was okay to use his x-ray vision to search Tina Greer's hall locker, but not to check out the girls' locker room.

I don't think of Clark's attitude as a double standard exactly, because he is unique, and can't necessarily be compared side-by-side to anyone else, but I agree that he needed to hear what Chloe had to say. He went too far. But I'm so protective of my Clark, and it hurt me that Chloe chose the words she did. Actually, it reminded me of the hurtful things Clark said to Lex in their confrontation after Clark realized Lex had murdered Lionel. His words on that occasion made me cringe, too.

I really liked that Chloe and Clark got beyond it and were working together again at the end of that scene. That was wonderful to see, but all too brief.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I know most Chlarkers are staying far away from my reviews these days.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 30th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Great review!

Attitudes towards meteor-freaks seem to vary wildly from writer to writer. Remember Lana's "kill 'em all!" attitude in "Extinction", that resurfaced in early S6? But a few eps later, and she's all Lady Bountiful!

He also has an incredible body, but I hesitate to sully my praise for his acting by mentioning it here. :)
Heh, I personally admired his acting choice in rubbing his wet pec so the nipple would jiggle! Give that boy an Emmy!

They have a history of making other characters look better at Clark's expense, and that drives me crazy.
Especially since Clark is entirely correct in all his assumptions in this ep: the killer was in Chloe's group; Davis is also a killer; a meteor freak kumbaya session is a stupid and dangerous idea.

Phil Morris was fabulous as MM. Woefully underused during the past two seasons, it was a joy to see him finally have a meatier role in Prey. I loved everything about how he played this character, and he was obviously enjoying both the part and the show.
He's a sexy man and his enthusiasm for the role only makes him hotter!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 31st, 2008 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I do remember that turnaround Lana went through in S6. I was so disappointed, because I was totally up for Lex and Dark!Lana (who I thought would truly love Lex) to rule together!

Especially since Clark is entirely correct in all his assumptions in this ep: the killer was in Chloe's group; Davis is also a killer; a meteor freak kumbaya session is a stupid and dangerous idea.

Exactly! My hero! I just don't understand why the other characters don't listen to Clark more.

He's a sexy man and his enthusiasm for the role only makes him hotter!

He is mesmerizing! That velvet voice, that sexy presence!
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: October 30th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Reading your take on this episode made me see some of it in a different light and like Prey a little bit more.

I still have quite a few issues with the episode- like you said, Chloe's faux apology to Clark, and the complete b.s. about Clark not being sympathetic to meteor freaks were really annoying.

Does Tom own this character or what?
Absolutely! He is so great!

How come Clark was a red and blue blur when he was wearing brown and black?
I forgot about that! When I first saw this, I thought maybe he had changed his clothes, but no...

Do paramedics really drive around solo?
Yeah, that was completely unrealistic.

And how funny was it when Davis called Clark a Peeping Tom? :)
I'm glad it wasn't just me who was amused by that! :-)

And it's so much more than just Tom Welling's God-given good looks; it's also his demeanor, his stature, and his many nuances of expression.
It's like he IS Clark Kent, you know?

Edited at 2008-10-30 01:48 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 31st, 2008 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I find that I'm so high on the sweet Tommy goodness this season that even scenes that drive me crazy aren't enough to turn me off the episode as a whole. Although I would never have thought it possible, I really do love him more with each new episode. And those BTS pics from the L.A. Times make me think he's enjoying this season as well. It's a great time to be a Tom Welling fan! :)
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: October 30th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
You think so much about every part of the ep, have such deep and sincere points to make, and mostly I just sit here and think Tom is pretty. I need to be a better fan.

I think I agree with most of your points. I'm putting a lot of Chloe's current behavior on her whole Braniac absorption issue, because otherwise I would be mightily pissed at her, and I don't want to be. I hated her the first few seasons, then grew to really care about her, and I don't want to switch back. I'm thinking the whole Brainiac thing might be her reason for bonding so closely and quickly with Davis- perhaps the Brainiac in her somehow senses Davis's true nature, and sees him as an ally in his battle against Clark. Just a theory, of course.

Loved seeing MM, loved his scenes with both Clark and Jimmy. Poor Jimmy, he's such a likable character, and I have a feeling he's the one who's going to end up most heartbroken in all of this.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 31st, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! You don't need to be a better fan! And believe me, I spend A LOT of time thinking about how pretty Tom is! :D You know, I've been told more than once that I over analyze everything, so maybe all my points are things I dream up in my head. :) I can't help it, though, I'm just obsessed with this show.

I wonder if we'll ever know what of Chloe's behavior we can attribute to Brainiac. I have no doubt that she's been affected beyond her increased brain power, but I don't know how that plays out onscreen. Certainly Brainiac would be motivated to estrange her from Clark, don't you think? I like your theory that it's the Brainiac part of her that is drawn to Davis. That makes so much sense!

I didn't like Chloe back in S2 when she was so unreasonably jealous all the time, but I adore her now. I don't want to see her snipe at Clark, especially with the self-righteous tone they writers gave her in this episode. It reminded me so much of S6 Lana, and I didn't like her at all.

I couldn't have loved MM more. Phil Morris is the bomb. :) And I do like Jimmy. I think you're right about him, poor guy, but I hate the Chimmy, so bring it on! :D
ivorykiss From: ivorykiss Date: October 30th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Great review, as always! :D

I haven't enjoyed an episode so much since Odyssey! I'm loving the proactive Clark! He is trying so hard, but like MM, I don't want to see him get obsessive with it.

I liked the Chlark fight, and they both were right and wrong at the same time. I think Clark did better with the 'apology' than Chloe did. I am still attributing a lot of her words and actions, especially with Clark, to Brainiac.

And, while I'm certainly not fussing over a nekkid wet Davis, you could probably figure out who I'd rather seen in the shower. *g*


Edited at 2008-10-30 02:11 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2008 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I appreciate your comments!

First it's Aquadude, then it's Davis. When is it Clark's turn in the shower? Yeah, I'm not holding my breath. :) I think we were lucky to get what we did in the elevator.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: October 30th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Was Clark wrong? Yeah, I think so. I agree, I thought Clark was wrong, too. I thought he acted like a complete jerk to Chloe. The whole bit between the two of them just didn't feel right to me. Forced? Maybe? I guess I feel like they're rushing things a bit to much for me. I'm still missing Lex and Lana, in a huge way.

How come Clark was a red and blue blur when he was wearing brown and black? LOL! I thought the same thing.

I always love reading your reviews and seeing what you thought about an epsiode. I always find a point you've made that I hadn't thought of. Sorry I haven't been around to keep up with them better.

Hope you're getting slowed down now that you're back.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 3rd, 2008 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
The whole Clark/Chloe interaction didn't feel right to me, either. Is it Brainiac? Or is Chloe just different now? IDK, but I love the Chlark friendship, and I don't like it when they fight.

I'm really interested to see what they do with Lana when she comes back. And I kind of can't wait to see how she and Clark are together. He has certainly changed since she left, and supposedly she comes back changed as well. It has the potential to be really good if they handle it right.

Thanks for your kind words about my reviews! It means a lot to me. This week at work will be a big push, but after that I'm hoping things will ease up. *fingers crossed*
stoodupforlove From: stoodupforlove Date: November 5th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)
You used my favorite line! What's funny is that now when I watch the show, I say to myself, "Oh, that would be a great quote for Tariel to use in her cut." LMAO Can you believe it? HAHA And that was the best line, I thought.

How much did you love Heroic!Clark?! I absolutely thrilled at the sight of him saving the day, nothing but a blur as he sped from crime scene to crime scene at the behest of the police scanner, leaving dazed criminals and thugs scattered in his wake. I especially liked seeing him fight regular crime, the underbelly of the human existence, rather than an exotic array of meteor freaks and aliens.

YES YES YES!!!! It was what I've been waiting for!

He was literally leaping tall buildings in a single bound, people! And it was a heartbeat away from flight itself! Awesome.

YES!!!! I had tears in my eyes! "He almost flew!" I kept saying that over and over. Yes, I talk to myself during my shows.


Was Clark wrong? Yeah, I think so. He's never believed that the end justifies the means; that's Ollie's mantra. I fault Clark more for undermining the trust those kids had for Chloe than for investigating them in the first place, though, because that in turn undermines everything she's trying to accomplish at Isis. But I think Chloe was wrong, too, for not trusting Clark with the names in the first place.

Nah, here we disagree. I think Chloe was the only one wrong in this instance. If Clark had threatened someone to get the information, or hurt someone, I would agree that he was in the wrong. But he was simply using information, information that may be confidential but when has that ever stopped Chloe before? This is a new Chloe; the old one hacked into numerous secret files and didn't care that she was invading privacy. Suddenly now it's wrong? Because it was her responsibility to "protect" those kids? Nope, I'm not buying it. Clark had every right to ask her, simply because in the past she would not have hesitated to hand over information that would help stop a killer.

In the past it's usually been Lana who gets their special attention, but now that she's gone, is it Chloe's turn? I sure hope not, because I like Chloe, but in this episode I found her pretty annoying

That's how I've been feeling for the past few episodes. I don't mind that Chloe is getting a lot of attention; she now has second billing, as Allison rightly should. What I don't like is the way Chloe snipes at Clark and puts him down (that's how it feels, anyway) and talks to him like a child. It's getting worse with each episode, and maybe it does have to do with Brainiac, I don't know. I'm sick of her treating Clark like he has no brain, though. Like he's somehow doing everything wrong. And yes, her telling Clark he should join the group...WTF is right. She is NOT qualified to run the meetings. She is a meteor freak, but only in a small sense. She has not felt the ostracizing that most of the freaks have, except perhaps around Jimmy. And that's in the past. I love Allison, and I used to love Chloe. She needs to snap out of whatever she's doing, though, because this is not the Chloe we all know and love.

and saying she feels an ease with Davis she's never felt with Jimmy? Does this mean I can go back to hating the Chimmy, and stop trying to be a good little fangirl and accept it? Because this is making my head hurt.

HAHAHA no kidding! I like Jimmy (somewhat; he's kind of a weenie at times), and I like Chloe, but I just don't see it between them! Chloe needs someone more intense. Jimmy's just...boring. I'm sorry, maybe that's why she likes him. He's easy. His darkest secret is that his dad's alcoholic Maybe she needs the simplicity. But I really like Davis a lot and I think he's much more suited to Chloe.

Well, except when he pulled the Chloe card to pressure Davis into letting him ride along in his ambulance, that was lame.

See? Weenie. *nods*

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 8th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
In every episode certain quotes just jump out at me, and i write them down. I have fun deciding which one to use. I usually try to pick something that Clark says.

Clark's heroic moments always fill me with this crazy combination of joy and pride. I've been feeling that a lot this season!

I've adored the Chlark friendship for so long, and I don't want to see that lost on the show. To see Chloe in trouble, however, and in danger of losing herself to Brainiac, and then brought back from the brink by Clark, is a story that could be wonderful if they handle it well. But this episode didn't seem to have anything to do with that.

I like Jimmy a lot. I just don't think his love life is the best story for the character or the actor. And I find the Chimmy neither believable nor charming. I do think it's hilarious that even TV Guide comments on how much the fans hate the relationship! :)
stoodupforlove From: stoodupforlove Date: November 5th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

My Comment, Part II (yes, I had to break it up).

Tom was more handsome than ever this week, and that burnt sienna shirt/black slacks combo was simply stunning on him. We also saw close-up after close-up that took my breath away. I know I say it week after week, but how can the man be this beautiful?

I don't know. I honestly don't know, and I wonder the same thing over and over. I guess it's genetics, and if I could thank his parents, I would. Mostly I thank God, though, for creating such perfection and more importantly guiding said perfection into the public eye in a way that we can all share the glory of Tom's beauty. *sigh*

I absolutely loved it when Davis delivered the punch to Clark's gut (I speak figuratively) by mentioning that Clark was at all the crime scenes, too. It was like..."WHAM!" Such a slap in the face. Good television.

As usual, I enjoyed this review. Looking forward to the next!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 8th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: My Comment, Part II (yes, I had to break it up).

I'm also giving big thanks to whomever is in charge of Tom's wardrobe this season. Finally, someone who knows how to dress this man! And kudos to PS3 for letting him wear something besides that stupid red jacket.
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