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Smallville 8.14 - Requiem
I haven't read a lot of Superman comics, but I've heard there have been all kinds of different universes in them over the years, with a variety of stories, characters, and timelines. For instance, I know that in some comic books Jonathan Kent dies before Clark ever becomes Superman, and in others he's still alive long after Clark dons the cape and takes to the skies. In some versions Lois knows Clark's secret, and in others she doesn't. So there isn't much that is written in stone when it comes to Supes. And what little there is that other writers hold sacred, the people who make Smallville find easy to ignore. Because in the AU that is this show, Clark's one true love isn't destined to be Lois Lane. No, our Clark's heart will always belong to Lana Lang. I just can't believe it took me this long to understand that.

I have outlined my problems with the Clana relationship many times before, and I won't bore you with that litany again here. Seeing Clark continue to choose Lana makes me sad and angry, but that's just my own personal opinion. What I really don't understand is the need to give our hero a life steeped in sorrow and setbacks. If the showrunners truly believe that Clark and Lana's love is timeless, then find a way for them to be together! [Not really, I'm just making a point here.] I'm so tired of seeing my Clark burdened by angst. Superman is a creature of sunlight, not shadow; Batman is the dark figure. Superman is supposed to give us hope and inspire us. How can Clark ever become that man if his heart is destined to be forever broken? Can't the boy ever have more than a fleeting moment of joy?

Once again this week Clark looked more like Lana's sidekick than the star of the show. When he wanted to chase sunsets, she reminded him that there was work to be done. He stood by helplessly as she uncovered the remnants of the LuthorCorp bomb, and as she dispatched the kryptonite bomb on the roof of the Daily Planet. Fake!Lex gave them two choices of how to deal with the bomb; I would much rather Clark had done what Superman undoubtedly would: found a third solution, one that required neither the loss of human life nor Lana's martyrdom. And then Clark was ready to murder Lex, until Lana talked him out of it. I think their roles should have been reversed in that conversation, especially in light of what Clark said earlier in the episode. Just who is the hero of this story again?

I thought the Super!Sex was icky (and yes, I got the symbolism of the broken oak bed, I'm not impressed), and my cold stone of a heart was completely unmoved by all the schmoopy declarations of love throughout the episode, as well as the heartbroken, tearful goodbyes in the loft, so I'll leave it to someone else to wax poetic over the acting in those scenes. But even I have to accept that these two will love each other for all eternity. I'm not sure where Clark is supposed to go from here, but if he shows even a hint of romantic feelings for Lois on the heels of what went down this week, he's going to look like a colossal jerk.

Clark did have his moments in Requiem. I loved his scene with Chloe on Oliver's plane, where he was adamant about not killing anyone, refused to get dragged into a vendetta against Lex, and vowed to move forward and not live in the past. My heart soared as I watched, and I was so proud of Clark in that moment! Too bad he negated the whole thing by charging off to kill Lex for his part in the Clana breakup, and showing us he will always live in the past when it comes to Lana. :( It was cool to watch him use his super hearing to locate the bomb, and I was glad he didn't hesitate to choose the safety of others over his own happiness when he told Lana she had to defuse it. And I loved that he grieved for Lex, and gave him the same moment of respect he showed for Jonathan and Lionel when he scattered a handful of dust over his figurative grave. I applaud Tom Welling's acting throughout the episode, even in the scenes that made me want to spork out my eyes. Given the opportunity, he always embodies the hero for me. *still loves Tom*

Fake!Lex was an abomination. I get that they wanted to involve the three characters who were the core of this show at the beginning in Lana's tragic exit, but it was so not worth disrespecting Michael Rosenbaum's Lex to do so. And I don't believe for a moment that Lex is really dead; I'm sure that like Lana before him, he planted a clone to fool everyone, which means we could be subjected to this horror again in the future. Show, please, just don't, okay?

I do find some small sliver of solace in the fact that Lana was the author of her own destruction. She voluntarily chose to steal Lex's power suit and change her life irrevocably by putting it on. Heedless of any risk or consequence, and without consulting the man with whom she intended to share the rest of her life, she decided to alter the very fiber of her being and remake herself into a superhero. I still have a problem with Clark being okay with that, but whatever. Certainly Lex played his part in what happened to Lana, but the bigger burden of responsibility rests squarely on Lana herself. To me that says she placed personal power and glory above everything else, and for that hubris she received her just reward. I just feel bad that Clark got caught in the crossfire.

I'm not sure how I feel about Chloe in this episode. I loved seeing her scoobying again, with both Clark and Oliver, and Allison Mack was awesome in every scene, but are we headed for Dark!Chloe, even without Brainiac's influence? I like Chloe best when she's working side by side with Clark. The last thing I want to see is more walls coming up between them. I'm glad they're revisiting what happened with Sebastian Kane, because I'm sure that traumatized Chloe, but I'm nervous, too. And what about Jimmy? Are we supposed to believe that Lois still sits by his bedside, or has he been abandoned to the loving care of the hospital staff? Either way, it makes Chloe look bad. Couldn't they have spared one line of dialogue to explain?

And then there's Oliver. What the hell is up with him? I thought he was supposed to be one of the good guys! I've been fanwanking his questionable actions all season long, but I guess he truly is taking a darker path this time around. Doesn't this show have enough villains already? Tess, Doomsday, Brainiac, and Fake!Lex, plus various guest baddies, aren't enough? And what about the Oliver who had such a problem with the vigilante activities of the rogue cops in Bulletproof? Hypocritical much, Ollie? Although I have to give Justin Hartley props for selling it. Whether Oliver was commandeering the LuthorCorp Board of Directors meeting, flirting with his nurse, outwitting Winslow Schott, ruthlessly manipulating Chloe, or chillingly contemplating Lex's kryptonite ring, I found him to be both believable and captivating. I'm actually intrigued to see where they're going with this.

I have to make special mention of Justin Hartley's magnificent bare chest. I don't know which hospital administrator instituted the "no gowns for hotties" rule at Metropolis General (which we also saw in practice at the SMC in Quest, with Lex), but give that person a bonus, stat! I swear I didn't hear a word of the dialogue in those hospital scenes the first time through, because I was mesmerized by the sight of Justin's perfectly chiseled pecs. Add in the handcuffs, and I wasn't even thinking about Requiem anymore! :) I know I've poked fun at the abundance of Oliver's shirtless scenes on this show before, but I've never been happier to see the warm expanse of his glowing skin than I was this week. The man is gorgeous, and he provided me with a welcome distraction from the tortures to be found elsewhere in the episode. He also looked positively dreamy dressed, in the suit and tie at the beginning.

I liked Chris Gauthier as Winslow Schott, Smallville's version of the Toyman. He hit just the right note of creepiness combined with banked rage in his performance, and portrayed Schott's obvious delight in his toys perfectly as well. Oliver said he fired Schott six years ago, and five years ago Gauthier played a nameless LuthorCorp tech guy in Delete. Did we witness the Toyman in the making all those seasons ago? The continuity totally works. Well done, show. Gauthier is one of those actors you've enjoyed in small parts on many different shows. I'll always love him best as Ronald Reznick on Supernatural.

Random thoughts: Why does the Super!Sex always have to be so violent? Did Lana find her necklace by snooping through Clark's drawers? Some things never change. Chloe said that Lex declared war on Clark years ago, and that he's a monster now. Huh? What show is she watching? And a shameless plug: watching Smallville in HD on iTunes, with no CW logo marring Tom's pretty face, is GLORIOUS.

I always say I'm not a shipper, but perhaps I've been deluding myself. Because while I don't root for a romance for my beloved Clark on Smallville (and I truly don't, although I've enjoyed the flirtation between Clark and Lois this season), I loved Lois Lane long before this show ever hit the airwaves, and I do ship Superman and iconic Lois Lane in the future. I don't see that as a possibility for Smallville's Clark now, and that makes me heartsick. I even shed a few tears for their lost love as I watched Requiem. But the show doesn't belong to me, and it's not my story to tell. I don't find the Clana love believable or compelling, but love by definition often defies logic or explanation. It is what it is. I guess it's my turn to accept and move on, just as Chloe fans had to accept that she would leave journalism and the Daily Planet behind without a fight, Lois fans had to accept that she would sleep with her boss, and Lex fans had to accept that he would be completely emasculated by his love for Lana. I'm not bitter that the show didn't go the way I had hoped it would, but I won't say it doesn't hurt. I'm not sorry we have another hiatus right now; I think Smallville and I need to take a little break. Because I kind of hate you right now, show.

Cross-posted at Starkville House of El Podcast.

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 7th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)
A great reveiew. As usual. Seems to be a lot of walking wounded in SV fandom today. :(

I wanted to say how much I agree with you, about how this show seems to be all about beating Clark down. I don't understand the need for all this loss, and tragedy, and darkness, and sadness. I don't have any clue what that has to do with Superman.

I still believe Clark can be a good Superman. A fine hero. But I think he'll be a sad, broken, lonely, guilt ridden hero who does what he does out of a sense of loss, disappointment and a pathological desire to atone. And thats depressing as all hell.

I think I'm going to tell myself that in 10-15 years, our SV Clark is going to hook up with one Diana Prince, and find a very compatible person to be with. I can still imagine that. In the meantime, if he wants to have meaningless sex with Tess on the rebound, thats fine with me too.

I kind of hate the show right now too.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 7th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for your comment, Valerie. I can't tell you how hard it was to NOT give in to rage on this one, and maybe I should have. I find myself totally bummed today, to the point where everyone in my RL is asking me what's wrong. All over a TV show, of all things.

I still believe Clark can be a good Superman. A fine hero. But I think he'll be a sad, broken, lonely, guilt ridden hero who does what he does out of a sense of loss, disappointment and a pathological desire to atone. And thats depressing as all hell.

Exactly. And part of what bothers me about it is how wonderfully Tom could portray Clark's lighthearted moments, and what a joy that would be to see.

I am completely boggled by those who loved this episode (and there seem to be quite a few out there), or at least the ones who aren't die-hard Clana fans. It was character assassination all the way around, everyone looked bad at some point. Well, except for Lana, of course.
laurelnola From: laurelnola Date: February 7th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC) (Link)
"It is what it is. I guess it's my turn to accept and move on, just as Chloe fans had to accept that she would leave journalism and the Daily Planet behind without a fight, Lois fans had to accept that she would sleep with her boss, and Lex fans had to accept that he would be completely emasculated by his love for Lana. I'm not bitter that the show didn't go the way I had hoped it would, but I won't say it doesn't hurt. I'm not sorry we have another hiatus right now; I think Smallville and I need to take a little break. Because I kind of hate you right now, show."

*sigh* Yeah. *hugs you*

"I have to make special mention of Justin Hartley's magnificent bare chest. I don't know which hospital administrator instituted the "no gowns for hotties" rule at Metropolis General (which we also saw in practice at the SMC in Quest, with Lex), but give that person a bonus, stat!"

Truer words were never spoken. Could we just have a show where JH stands there shirtless for an hour? 'Cause I'd tune in again if they did that. He gave an interview recently on the Bonnie Hunt show and she cracked me up because after he rambled about something for a few minutes, she just kind of snapped out of a trance and said, "Yeah, I didn't anything you just said because you're SO HANDSOME." Hee.

We'll always have JH's bare chest. And TW's arms. And MR's super-sexy bald head. What else do we need in life, really? :-)

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 7th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC) (Link)
We'll always have JH's bare chest. And TW's arms. And MR's super-sexy bald head. What else do we need in life, really?

Too true. But I really did think we were going to get so much more. Disillusionment hurts, especially when it sneaks up on you.

I saw that episode of the Bonnie Hunt show, and it was so funny! I love her! Now if only she could convince Tom to be a guest...
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: February 7th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC) (Link)
All I could think while watching this travesty (besides Clark and Lana, YUCK! and that fake Lex looked like Darth Vader with that thing over his mouth), was that it can't be a coincidence that the show suddenly went downhill when Lana came back. She just sucks all the life and greatness out of it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 7th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Lana seems to be the whole show's kryptonite. Although some people loved Requiem. I think it was by far the worst episode of Smallville I've ever seen.
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: February 7th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Good review.
I always understood Clois might not be together on the show, because this is Smallville it's supposedly supposed to be before Clois. So therefore Clana comes in.

Clark hasn't been handled well, neither has Lana. but they stopped handling her well after season 4. lol. I am upset at the writers, but I don't think I could quit the show. lol.
I am re-watching season 1 right now, to remember the good ol' days and why I fell in love with the show. i need the boost right now.

Clana certainly has been annoying these last few years. The good thing would have been to let them have a good relationship and get it out of the way (a few season ago); figuring out that parting as friends would have been the right thing for them. Realizing they aren't truly meant to be. Being mature about it. And when the time came, Lois would eventually hold the key to Clark's heart, because of destiny. Instead of dragging it out and screwing it up and making Clark have all this emotional baggage to deal with these last few season. Off and on with Lana. And now it ends tragically and dumbly. It could have been so much better. but no. PS3 was smoking something when they wrote the last 2 1/2 episodes.

I agree also about the Clark finding another way to save the city and Lana. He did with Chloe and so many other things in the past. He's smarter than that. (heck, I could think of a few other ways he could have gotten rid of the bomb..lol) But the writers figured it was the easy way out for clana. I so hate them right now.
I feel for Lois, she is in the middle of it all and it's not even her fault. She deserves better. So does Clark. and so would've Lana...especially if they took a different route with her the last few seasons.

Oliver got screwed up too. So wrong.

I don't hate Smallville. I still love it. It just sometimes decides to go the wrong way. It always finds its way back though. And I am praying that it does starting in March. And if we have a season 9, I pray to God they make it up to us fans. We deserve better than this and so do the characters.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 7th, 2009 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
The good thing would have been to let them have a good relationship and get it out of the way (a few season ago); figuring out that parting as friends would have been the right thing for them. Realizing they aren't truly meant to be. Being mature about it.

Yes, absolutely! Why is it so difficult for PS3 to see this? They could have had a bittersweet parting, with a lovely kiss goodbye and the promise to always be in each other's hearts, but still agreeing they were not meant to be together. I would think that would have satisfied Clana and Clois fans alike, but I guess they thought that would have been boring or something.

I won't be quitting the show. :) I just need some time to regain my perspective, and so this hiatus comes at just the right time for me. Watching earlier seasons sounds like wonderful therapy, I think I'll try that, too. Tonight I retreated into my Lois and Clark DVDs, and lost myself in a world where Superman adores his Lois, and the two of them together always make me laugh and smile.
ellyfanfic From: ellyfanfic Date: February 7th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice review, thank you. This episode destroyed the mythos and the characters on so many levels it's hard to count them all. I more than "kind of hate" the show right now. I think they've really ticked off a large portion of their audience, and I wonder if they'll be able to come back from it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 7th, 2009 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for commenting, Elly. I usually don't look beyond my flist for episode reactions, but for this one I had to see if others had hated it as much as I did. I checked out LJ, KSite, TWoP, and some other sites, and while there were certainly people who loved the episode or responded to that last scene, I saw much more rage, sorrow, and disbelief than appreciation for this episode. Is it only the online portion of fandom that is up in arms? I will be very interested to see how the ratings look when the show comes back in March.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: February 7th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Ay this show. Great entry as always. I respect a lot of what you're saying and even understand but you know what I'm so completely not unhappy that I feel guilty. I posted that my entry would have been a rant but not an unhappy one. I feel like such a traitor because I should be like yeah this episode sucked, ruined Clark for life but for me it did not. As much as I think the execution failed I have an understanding of it. And I hate to admit it but this was brilliant:

a, but the bigger burden of responsibility rests squarely on Lana herself. To me that says she placed personal power and glory above everything else, and for that hubris she received her just reward.

I thought the same her hubris was her downfall and now she has to suffer the consequences. Maybe I'm on a Lana is gone high my sister seems to think this is why I'm not as upset as I would normally been. *shrugs shoulders* maybe I've just come to terms I think maybe I've already hit acceptance LOL. I hope you and Smallville get back together.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 7th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I think it's great that the episode worked for you. I honestly wish I could find a way to be okay with this turn of events, but even my considerable skill at fanwanking failed me in the face of Requiem. I think the best I can hope for is to pretend it never happened, and see what happens next. I don't think Smallville will ever lose me, but I won't know for sure until I sit down to watch Infamous in March.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: February 7th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Good review. This episode very much disappointed me. I didn't like the ending to Clana; it pretty much dooms every woman Clark might love in the future inferior to Lana. Anyone he loves will always be the choice he made because he couldn't have Lana. I so wanted Clark to grow up and realize he had grown out of his love for Lana.

I disliked Ollie killing Lex. I would have much preferred a tempted Oliver who in the end realized revenge wouldn't bring justice and chose to pursue Lex via a different, more legal, manner. I don't want Oliver a killer, nor did I like how Clark was willing to kill Lex once Lex ruined his chance to have a relationship with Lana. That wasn't very heroic.

I'm not bitter that the show didn't go the way I had hoped it would, but I won't say it doesn't hurt. I'm not sorry we have another hiatus right now; I think Smallville and I need to take a little break. Because I kind of hate you right now, show.

I think I need a break too from Smallville. *hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 7th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much! *hugs*

This episode very much disappointed me. I didn't like the ending to Clana; it pretty much dooms every woman Clark might love in the future inferior to Lana. Anyone he loves will always be the choice he made because he couldn't have Lana.

This is how I feel, too, and for me it is the worst offense among many in this episode. I think Clark should be alone now, because any woman deserves better than what he has to offer her if she isn't Lana.

I didn't like Ollie murdering Lex, either, and to have Clark fly in the face of the very thing he just got finished lecturing Chloe about, just because it was about Lana now, was beyond idiotic. It made Clark look bad, and it was a perfect example of how this show is willing to tear down anyone, even the hero of the story, to make Lana look better. They made it look like she was a better superhero than he'll ever be, and the whole thing made me want to throw up.

I think you know how badly I have to be hurting to feel this bleak about my show. I'm usually the person who finds something to love when everyone else can't, but not this time. I'm crushed. :(
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: February 7th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I hear what you're saying and ITA about hating the show's obsession for piling up the agony on our boy. But I did like this episode, mainly because of the performances. I hate that the final separation of Clana was forced upon them, but I did love that it grew out of Lana's hubris in putting on that suit. She had some romantic notation about how great it would be to save the world by her lover's side, but Clark could have warned her that the superhero business brings more than its share of pain. Especially when you get those powers at the expense of a powerful man's life: she was really just begging to be set up. So, ignoring that scene where Lana stops Clark from confronting Lex, I can pretty much live with what happened between them.

Dark Ollie and Chloe though: hmmm. Well, drama thrives on conflict and I for one will be interested in seeing how Clark helps both of them back from the edge. I don't think Ollie's actions this season have been at all inconsistent. Even in Bulletproof, he was trying to stop the crooked cops by shooting them. An eye for an eye. Lex killed so I can kill him. And he's so convinced its justice. I wonder how much this has to do with Veritas? He sure looked like he was up to something when he was looking at that kryptonite ring. Colour me intrigued.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 7th, 2009 11:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you were able to focus on the aspects of Requiem that you enjoyed. I found that the parts that drove me crazy tainted the rest of the episode for me, and the performances left me unmoved because the dialogue was so infuriating. My anti-Clana bias is insurmountable, I'm afraid. And I can't forgive the show for setting up Clark to NEVER be truly happy.

I really like Justin on the show, especially in scenes with Tom. I hope Clark will play a role in Oliver's redemption, but since Oliver only appears in one of the next five episodes, his story may not go much of anywhere at all. I am looking forward to what happens with Chloe, just because Allison always makes the most of what she is given, and because she and Tom really seem to bring out the best in one another in their scenes together.

But for the moment I'm just going to keep on watching my Lois and Clark DVDs.
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: February 7th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, as I thought, you've pretty much articulated exactly how I felt about the ep - and in a far more coherent manner than I managed, heh.

There was So.Much.Wrong with this ep, on so many levels. It's not just the way Clana was handled and its effect on Clark, it's also the Ollie stuff, fake!Lex and the WTFness of Chloe. I really feel as if we switched gears entirely after 'Legion' to a show that I can't even recognize anymore. It's jarring. I'm very curious to see what kind of tone the next ep has.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 8th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
There was So.Much.Wrong with this ep, on so many levels. It's not just the way Clana was handled and its effect on Clark, it's also the Ollie stuff, fake!Lex and the WTFness of Chloe.

Yes! Watching it meant enduring a constant onslaught, which left me numb by the end. And I didn't mention it in my review, but one of the things that bothered me most was that the last image of the episode, our last view of our hero before a month-long hiatus, was Clark on his knees, unable to rise, utterly defeated by his love for Lana. Ugh.

I'm curious about what happens next, too. I'm not going to torture myself with speculation, I'm just going to show up on March 5. And pray they don't hurt me even more.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 7th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, hon! *hugs*

Like I said before. I find Clark and Lana to be locked in his teenaged romantic loop where they never learn a damn thing and are therefore always the victims. Or, at least that's what I got from watching these episodes. Very much not my cup of tea.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 8th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Whimsy. And I agree, Clark can grow and move forward in every area except this one. It sure doesn't make him look very heroic. I've always said I hate the Clana, but not Lana herself. I'm not so sure about that anymore. :(

In other, happier news, I watched Bones and LOVED it. OMG, Bones and Booth could teach everyone a thing or two about love! It was so awesome how everyone came together and risked everything to save him. What Bones said to Booth's brother! And how Jared stepped up after that! I cheered when Bones conked the Grave Digger in the head. And then I rewound it and watched it again. :) I loved that Booth forgave himself for Parker's death, and it was so cool that Bones saw him, too. What an awesome episode. What an awesome show!
tasabian From: tasabian Date: February 7th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful review, as always.

I'm not sorry we have another hiatus right now; I think Smallville and I need to take a little break. Because I kind of hate you right now, show.
Seriously, three weeks may not be long enough to shake the bad aftertaste.

Fake!Lex was an abomination. I get that they wanted to involve the three characters who were the core of this show at the beginning in Lana's tragic exit, but it was so not worth disrespecting Michael Rosenbaum's Lex to do so.
They didn't need to involve Lex and it was arrogant to think that if they wrote Lex into the script, it would force Michael to return. I'm so grateful he didn't return.

It's astonishing to me that they would sacrifice the characterization of almost everyone to achieve this one terrible plot-line. I commented to Val that "Pyhrric" would have been a better title for this ep.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 8th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Pyrrhic indeed! That's the perfect word for the devastation this episode gave us! And clearly, it wasn't worth the price we paid. Yes, Lana is gone, but look at the destruction she left in her wake. And I'm sure she still thinks stealing that suit was a good idea! It's all Lex's fault everything went wrong! Worst of all, I feel like she could come back at any time, and Clark would run to be with her. This episode was the furthest thing from closure for this couple, IMO. *kicks show*

They didn't need to involve Lex and it was arrogant to think that if they wrote Lex into the script, it would force Michael to return.

I'm so glad Michael would have no part of this. Smart man. My respect for him is beyond measure. And you're so right that Lex didn't have to be a part of this. It could have been any random bad guy. Idiots.
acampbell From: acampbell Date: February 8th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you're right: it's clear as day, now. In the SV version of Supes lore, Lana Lang is Clark's one true, forever love. There's no denying it any more. Hmm. Maybe if we just resign ourselves to it now, it'll get easier? But, dang it, it still grinds me that a) Lana'll never get called on any of her misdeeds, and b) we'll never get a decent, organic END to the Clana. Oh, I suppose they could throw something in later on, like Clark confiding to Lois that he & Lana weren't right for each other, but talk about too little, too late!

I'm relieved for the hiatus, too. My heart feels like a punching bag after the last two eps!

and my cold stone of a heart was completely unmoved by all the schmoopy declarations of love throughout the episode, as well as the heartbroken, tearful goodbyes in the loft, so I'll leave it to someone else to wax poetic over the acting in those scenes.

Mine, too. Sheesh! And, FWIW, I thought Clark insisting on kissing her and his face going all kryptonite-y while he was doing so, was really gross. I did, however, find myself cackling a bit hysterically when he approached Lana and keeled over! Of course, he did that in the Pilot, too.

And I loved that he grieved for Lex, and gave him the same moment of respect he showed for Jonathan and Lionel when he scattered a handful of dust over his figurative grave.

I hope that was the meaning of that scene. I mentioned it in a post and was hastily reminded that Clark may well have been thinking that he never should've saved Lex that day at the bridge--if he hadn't, he could still be with LANA!

Did Lana find her necklace by snooping through Clark's drawers?

I think she found it back in "Trespass" when she snooped through his drawers. (God, except for the final Clex scene, I HATE that episode!)

Couldn't they have spared one line of dialogue to explain?

It's baffled me for years how SV almost always neglects to do this in so many situations where it would have helped so much! Are they paying their writers by the word and trying to keep down costs?

I'm actually intrigued to see where they're going with this.

Some are suggesting that Lex has taken over Ollie's body. Clever idea, but I don't much like it. I've never liked Oliver, and losing Lex is bad enough without having him subsumed into Oliver's bod.

Great review, as always!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 8th, 2009 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
But, dang it, it still grinds me that a) Lana'll never get called on any of her misdeeds, and b) we'll never get a decent, organic END to the Clana.

Those are my biggest disappointments as well. Lana did things of her own free will for which others have ended up in Belle Reve, or worse. In particular there has always been a double standard when it comes to Lex, and how he is judged for his actions. And it kills me that Clark is okay with everything Lana has done, and equated it last season with the money he stole during his summer in Metropolis under the influence of Red!K.

So many people posted about how that last loft scene made them cry, but all it made me do was roll my eyes and yell things at my TV screen. My husband felt compelled to remind me it was just a TV show. :)

I hope that was the meaning of that scene. I mentioned it in a post and was hastily reminded that Clark may well have been thinking that he never should've saved Lex that day at the bridge--if he hadn't, he could still be with LANA!

I saw those comments, but truly, I think that's the bitterness talking. Clark came there alone, to observe a private moment, a final goodbye (although there's no way Lex is really dead). I think that scene was all about the Clex, and I think Tom's acting in it was all about his respect for Michael. Just look at the caps:







Lana found her necklace in Trespass (most blatant snooping ever on her part), but left it there. They showed Clark looking at it at the beginning of Instinct. Is was in a box that he kept, inexplicably, in a kitchen drawer. Sure, Lana could have found the box innocently while looking for the coffee filters, but opening it was definitely snooping.

Some are suggesting that Lex has taken over Ollie's body.

You know, I had that thought myself for a split second when they showed Oliver in the wreckage of the LuthorCorp board room, with Lex's photo in the background, looking at the kryptonite ring, but I think it's much more simple than that, and just Oliver being consumed by darkness.

Thanks for your comment!
gyri From: gyri Date: February 9th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad I didn't see this episode, either. Craziness. This isn't the same Smallville I used to watch. :-(
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 21st, 2009 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, somehow I missed this comment before!

This episode seemed very much like a throwback to last season. And all the worst things about last season at that! It just brought everything I've loved about S8 to a screeching halt, and gave us everything I hate about the Clana instead. Ugh.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: February 9th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
. Because in the AU that is this show, Clark's one true love isn't destined to be Lois Lane. No, our Clark's heart will always belong to Lana Lang.
I think that unfortunately, this is sad but true. I just don't understand why they had all of the Lois and Clark flirting and whatever else this season if they were going to do this Lana arc. Maybe they didn't know all along what they were going to do with Lana's return, but even the episodes still to come don't seem to make sense with what we just saw in the last few episodes.

I also still don't understand why Clark thought it was okay for Lana to put on the suit or skin or whatever it was instead of destroying it.

I have to make special mention of Justin Hartley's magnificent bare chest.
I definitely enjoyed looking at Justin's chest. Is this a running inside joke on set that they only put him in a shirt when it's absolutely necessary? Not that I'm complaining...And the handcuffs? Guh!

Why does the Super!Sex always have to be so violent?
I don't understand that either. I guess it's supposed to be comic relief or whatever, but I would have preferred to see a soft, romantic love scene...

I've been having issues with my iTunes lately and haven't been able to download any episodes since Bride. I have no idea why, but my iTunes just stopped working all of the sudden. :-( I guess I need to call their helpline.

Another place to find screencaps: www.tvscreencaps.com. There aren't as many as on KeAKAck and I'm not sure if they're HD, but they're better than nothing.

If there's a Season 8 Companion Book, I'll be very curious to see what PS3 has to say about this nonsense and how they justify it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 9th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, what you said. :) I think we pretty much agree on everything, although duskwillow's review HERE has made me hopeful again. She has a great way of looking at things.

I just don't understand why they had all of the Lois and Clark flirting and whatever else this season if they were going to do this Lana arc.

Yes! I think having Lois fall so hard for Clark when they knew they were going to give him another ride on the Clana-Go-Round was a bad idea. Go ahead and let them snark and even flirt a little, but don't have Lois admitting the depth of her true feelings in Committed, or show us all those meaningful looks and the almost kiss in Bride. Lois deserves better than that.

I also still don't understand why Clark thought it was okay for Lana to put on the suit or skin or whatever it was instead of destroying it.

I had a big problem with this. It was inconsistent with how Clark usually acts, as well as with what is the right thing to do. To me, it made it look like Clark was willing to break all the rules if it's for Lana, as did his intent to kill Lex after Lana absorbed all the kryptonite. I hate that they went there.

iTunes help has always been prompt and perfect for me. You could try reuploading the current version of the iTunes software first, that might work.

Thanks for the screen cap link. It's always good to have another source for the pretty! :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 9th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean, truly. I'm starting to feel more hopeful about future episodes now, but I don't blame anyone who is still reeling from the assault this episode was. Do these people even care that this is supposed to be the story of the future Superman?
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