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Smallville 8.16 - Turbulence
With Turbulence, S8 of Smallville is well on its way back to being my favorite season of all again. Clark was a joy to watch in this episode, and his scenes with Tess were absolutely captivating. The Doomsday storyline advanced in some intriguing ways, and Chloe's ill-advised marriage to Jimmy Olsen just might be over. What's not to like? To top it all off, we were treated to one of the best promos for future episodes in Smallville's history. And the pretty was off the charts. I can't wait to see the rest of this season's episodes, and I'm getting pretty excited about S9, too.

Clark was making all my dreams come true this week. He embraced his powers, took charge of every situation, and played the hero throughout the episode. Once again he was my Superman. Did you you see the happiness he radiated in that first scene with Chloe? He was practically bursting with pride over his Red Blue Blur rescues, and he delighted in showing off his ability to change clothes in the blink of an eye. He was beyond adorable, and I just sat there drinking it all in, with the biggest, goofiest smile on my face. How long have we waited for Clark's powers to bring him joy? Thank you, Smallville!

There were so many great Clark moments in Turbulence. My inner fangirl swooned at the oh-so-iconic shot of our boy with his buttons undone and his tie loosened, pulling his crisp white shirt open to reveal that flash of royal blue beneath. Ditto for the scene at the DP where he blurs into the phone booth to change, emerges in all his red and blue glory, and then speeds off as the camera shoots him from below, his determined face and broad shoulders filling the frame. I also loved him on the plane as all hell broke loose, with the pilot gone and Tess unconscious, figuring out a plan of action and then making it happen. And who else thrilled at the sight of Clark bursting through those double doors at the mansion, just like old times?

I reveled in every scene he shared with Tess, as they did their fascinating dance around what remains unspoken between them, each not quite ready to put their cards on the table. This is the way to keep Lex alive in the story, by making him the common ground between Clark and Tess, not by giving us the lame Fake!Lex we saw during the Lana arc. I especially liked how Clark defended Lex, and said their friendship was real. Tess obviously learned from the master, and her pursuit of the truth about Clark was very reminiscent of Lex's before her: reach out to him in genuine friendship, open up to him about the secrets you share with no other, hoping he'll do the same, and set up a test to give you proof of the suspicions you already accept as fact. But Tess added another layer that was all her own. She fangirled Clark like nobody's business, flirting, making double entendres, and batting her impossibly big eyes at him. And she was surprisingly direct, imploring him point blank to spill for her. She also put herself right in the middle of the manufactured crisis, instead of observing from a safe distance the way Lex always did. Where Lex was cool and calculating, Tess is hot and unpredictable, but they're both intelligent, manipulative, and dangerous. Tess is no replacement for Michael Rosenbaum's Lex, but as the next best thing, she's not half bad.

The banter between Clark and Tess is different from what we've seen before. It's not snarky and flirtatious, like with Lois, or friendly and cute, like with Chloe. It's serious, and smart, and fraught with sexual tension that, like the Clex, will probably never be acted upon, but still adds an intriguing facet to the relationship. Clark, as always, wants to believe the best of Tess, but he is suitably wary of what she may already know, and what she is still trying to find out. I like the way he holds his ground with her, an adult in every way, quietly confident and for the most part unshakable. Clark still can't tell a decent lie (and I love that about him), but he's a lot more smooth with Tess than he ever was with Lex. Our sweet farmboy has grown up. He did a pretty good job of hiding his shock at the news that Lex left a journal behind, although his attempts at nonchalantly grilling Tess about the contents were a bit transparent. And I laughed out loud when he went for the booze as a way to get her to talk! Smart boy, I approve!

Tom Welling and Cassidy Freeman have fabulous chemistry, and they were both great in this episode. Their scenes together gave us intensity, emotional resonance, and humor. I remember when CF was first introduced at Comic-Con last summer, and the new showrunners went on and on about what an amazing actress she was. I had never heard of her, and I was still mourning Michael Rosenbaum's departure, so I dug my heels in and vowed not to like her. But they were absolutely right, and with every episode she's in, I become a bigger fan.

Turbulence didn't do Chloe any favors, I'm afraid. Since when did she become Clark's naysayer? bop_radar was so right last week when she said that Chloe's new role seems to be to "say the exact opposite of what Clark says, even if what Clark says is something she herself said earlier." Maybe the writers were trying to show us how much Chloe cares about Clark. Or maybe they were giving Clark a chance to demonstrate his independence, and his commitment to his new life as the RBB, by dismissing her concerns. Either way, I thought Chloe came off as a wet blanket who didn't show a lot of confidence in Clark's judgment. Even worse, though, was how she treated her husband.

Jimmy told Chloe he witnessed Davis committing a murder. Chloe has seen Davis act inappropriately toward her, and display some pretty stalkerish tendencies, and yet she immediately believed him over the man she's supposed to trust above all others. She didn't even give Jimmy the benefit of the doubt. And then she rushed to apologize to Davis for Jimmy's accusation, and found comfort in his arms just a few feet from where her husband was standing. What the hell? Later she tasered Jimmy into unconsciousness to protect Davis, when simply making her presence known would probably have been enough to stop him. I have to agree with Jimmy, Chloe doesn't trust him. And I also have to echo Jimmy's question: why did Chloe marry him?

I think we have to consider that Brainiac had a hand in Chloe accepting Jimmy's proposal. First of all, he proposed for all the wrong reasons, because he was jealous, and insecure, and afraid, and he wanted her to prove to him that she loved him more than she loved Clark. Chloe knew they had unresolved issues, and that Clark's secret stood between them. Did anyone really think she should have said yes? But it served Brainiac's purposes quite well, ultimately inciting Doomsday to fully emerge when Chloe's wedding day threatened to put her forever out of Davis's reach. Chloe has made a valiant effort to see this marriage through, but I think it's time to admit it never should have happened in the first place. What Jimmy said to Chloe before he stormed out of the hospital was awful, but it also held a lot of truth, and I really can't blame him for lashing out. In his place, I would see Chloe's actions as nothing short of betrayal.

Aaron Ashmore's performance in this episode was the best I've ever seen from him. I'm a much bigger fan of Jimmy the way he was in Identity, intrepid reporter wannabe with a side order of comic relief, but I give AA props for making desperate, confused, angry Jimmy completely believable. Allison Mack was also great. I may not have liked the way Chloe was acting, but AM sold every nuance of her anguish over Jimmy and her compassion for Davis. Which brings us to Sam Witwer, and his incredible portrayal of Davis Bloome. I don't know how Smallville manages to attract the caliber of actors they consistently bring us, but I'm so thankful they do. Like Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover before him, SW has crafted a villain of great complexity. The monster he showed us this week, the one who has taken over Davis on the inside and now looks out at us through his eyes, was infinitely more frightening than that rubber suit they call Doomsday.

Davis was the anti-Clark in Turbulence. As the RBB patrolled the streets of Metropolis saving lives, Davis made his own sinister rounds, taking them. Yes, he was only killing the "bad" guys, and yes, he was doing so to keep the monster at bay, but those were only rationalizations for his insupportable actions. He has crossed a line from which he can never return. While Clark struggled to tell a convincing lie, Davis was the master, deflecting the suspicion cast on him by throwing it back on Jimmy, undermining both Jimmy's credibility and his character with his insinuations. When Jimmy scoffed at him, Davis became condescending and dismissive, and utterly convincing. I was infuriated on Jimmy's behalf, and truly scared of what havoc Davis would wreak next. He went to church at the beginning of the episode, ostensibly to confess his sins. But as he poured out his story to the priest, and we saw in his mind's eye how his words subtly but fundamentally differed from his actions, I realized he sought not penance, but validation, and justification to carry on. He lies to everyone, including himself. And God.

Davis ended the episode in the rain, staring intently up at Chloe's window. What exactly is her connection to him? She is Brainiac free, and yet he is still drawn to her. Chloiac said he had no free will, so who controls his destiny now? And why does Chloe's mere touch have the power to soothe the savage beast he holds within? When Chloe chose not to tell Clark about her troubles with Jimmy, was it because she was embarrassed, or was it an attempt to shield Davis from Clark's scrutiny? I hope we'll find the answers to these questions in the episodes ahead. The Doomsday story isn't playing out the way I expected it to, and I'm glad. I'm more interested in it than I've been all season, and now that Jimmy has put Tess in the loop, I can't wait to see what happens next.

And of course I have to make mention of the pretty. Tom was unbelievably gorgeous in Turbulence. His close-ups took my breath away, and his wardrobe was wonderful. First we saw the classic Clark Kent combo of dark suit and white shirt, which even looked dreamy with his high school (or is that High School Musical? hee!) backpack. Then they gave us two of my favorites together: the glorious purple shirt from Committed, and the sexy, stylish jacket from Instinct. Yum. On the plane, after the champagne started flowing, Clark lost the jacket and tie, and rolled up his shirtsleeves to give us some forearm porn. Then, at the mansion and back at the farm near the end of the episode, he showed up in a sweater!! starry_dawn, when was the last time we saw Clark in a sweater?! S2? And did I also see a pair of blue jeans that actually sort of fit? I think Clark relegating THRJ to RBB costume status is going to do wonders for his casual wardrobe. And he's rocking that slightly longer hair. I hope they don't chop it off anytime soon.

Random thoughts: I liked that Clark went to see Jimmy at the hospital. I wish we could see more of a friendship between them. Did Clark change clothes between the farm and the DP, or was that supposed to be a different day? Tess's new straight hair style looks good. Jimmy had a bouquet of yellow roses in his hospital room. Did you know that traditionally they symbolize jealousy? Was Tess's question about the weather in L.A. her prearranged signal for the captain to ditch the plane? If the prop people aren't going to do a better job of writing the articles we see, then stop giving us close-ups of them. The one about the plane crash was the worst one yet. And when Tess said she and Oliver share all of their toys, did that include Clark? *snerk*

In terms of time, Clark's story seemed almost secondary in Turbulence, but it was far more compelling and entertaining to me than the Davis/Chloe/Jimmy triangle. Clark and Tess together are made of win, and I hope we see more of their verbal sparring in future episodes. The Doomsday stuff brought some chilling developments, and one welcome one. Let's hope the Chimmy breakup sticks this time. Thanks to that amazing promo, I'm counting the days to the next episode, and I have high hopes for the rest of S8. Smallville owns me again, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Cross-posted at Starkville House of El Podcast.

And for just a taste of the pretty to be found in this episode, here are my ten favorite screen caps:






























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

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chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: March 21st, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great REVIEW!!!

I was overwhelmed with the pretty one.. just when I think he can't possiably get better looking.. he does!!! I *smishes* the new navy sweater I almost loves it as much as the grey tee combo

I got to tell you this is my fav shot
[img]http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u154/tomluvschris/816Smallville0133.jpg[/img]
doesn't it look like he's TAKING IT OFF LOL
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 22nd, 2009 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Your image doesn't show up for me, but going by the address, I'm guessing you mean this one?



You're right, that's exactly what that looks like! :) And I can't take my eyes off his ginormous hands. Guh.
hils From: hils Date: March 21st, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
God, I almost want to start watching again now
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 22nd, 2009 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, I didn't mean to add to your dilemma. :) But Clark and Tess have a very Clexy feel about them! Maybe you should just watch their scenes on YouTube or something.
hils From: hils Date: March 22nd, 2009 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Hehe!!!

Maybe I'll wait until the end of Season 8 and if it's good I'll go back and watched what I missed
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: March 22nd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll say this: there was lots of pretty. TW is being dressed very nicely this season.

In terms of the episode, I found it not so good. The pace was slow to me and my reactions to the Tess-Clark stuff is like the exact opposite of yours. I thought Tess was too obvious and utterly failing to make me think she's a believable villain. Clark, at least, picked up on how obvious she was being. And the whole 'childhood abuse' thing seemed like a ploy and if it wasn't then I'm annoyed because at least trying to gain sympathy through a false story is somewhat evil.

Tess...I had so much hope for her.

I don't think I'm going to touch the Chloe/Jimmy/Davis stuff. Cause, um, yeah, I'm more on Chloe's side than Jimmy's side. I can understand Jimmy's side, but then Chloe's side is also understandable. Jimmy has shown a tendency towards jealously and she did think Jimmy was drugged out of his mind. And Davis is a really good liar.

And while I agree with the statement of wondering why Chloe married Jimmy, I have to wonder why Jimmy married Chloe. Their history is one where Jimmy is constantly questioning her commitment to him. And admittedly he does have reason to question her, I wonder why he asked and then didn't break the engagement despite their history.

I just...I don't think Chloe made the best choice by unloading to Davis, but I don't think it means she's horrid or anything like that.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 22nd, 2009 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think Chloe is horrid by any means, and yes, Davis is a really good liar. That's what makes him so scary! If I came into that situation, not knowing either of the characters, I would totally believe rational, reasonable Davis over wild-eyed, crazy Jimmy. But I thought it was kind of OOC for Chloe not to show more loyalty toward Jimmy. And speaking only from my own experience, there are times when a wife gives her husband the benefit of the doubt, and quells her own inner misgivings to stick up for him, at least until something proves that he's wrong.

Jimmy has been jealous and insecure throughout his relationship with Chloe, and I don't know why he married her either, especially after what happened in Identity. I hate the Chimmy, and the biggest reason is that it makes no sense to me that these two would be together. I didn't mean to imply that Jimmy was blameless, only that I can understand why the events of this episode led him to his breaking point, and to lash out in such a hurtful way.

I appreciate your comment in any case. It means the world to me that you would take the time to share your thoughts with me, especially when we don't agree.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: March 22nd, 2009 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
If we all agreed, the world would be a very dull place :)

Part of the problem, I'll admit, is that my feelings towards Jimmy border on hatred. The guy is a dick, and I think the show has demonstrated this (sleeps with Chloe when she's 15/16, never calls; dumps Kara because she doesn't have her memory; is insanely jealous; treats women possessively; etc.). And I have like no sympathy for the dude even though I'm supposed to feel bad for him.

I hate the Chimmy, and the biggest reason is that it makes no sense to me that these two would be together.

See, to me, that is a problem that Smallville has in general with its couples. It's never clear why a couple should be together. For Chimmy, it makes no sense. And I would argue Clana makes this list. It's one reason I like Chlark: I can see why they could get together.

But now I'm like ranting and apparently I'm in a ranty mood tonight (blame school stress) and I'll shut up now :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 22nd, 2009 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally agree that the Clana makes no sense either. At least not after S3. Or early S5, if you really want to push it. I couldn't understand what Clark saw in Lana, but I also couldn't see why Lana would want to be with Clark.

The guy is a dick, and I think the show has demonstrated this (sleeps with Chloe when she's 15/16, never calls; dumps Kara because she doesn't have her memory; is insanely jealous; treats women possessively; etc.).

LOL! You're absolutely right! This is why I want no part of Jimmy's love life on the show. I like him at the DP, with Clark, like in Apocalypse, Prey, and Identity. AA is great at playing earnest sidekick Jimmy, IMO, and AA and TW have had some funny moments together. I think Jimmy should be shown to be a complete failure with women (it could be played for laughs like it was in LnC), because clearly he has years of growing up to do before he can handle any kind of adult relationship.

Or they could just let him be the vet death that sticks, but I like AA too much to ever want that. :)
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: March 22nd, 2009 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I can tolerate Jimmy when he's just a sidekick. Otherwise I tend to plot how to murder him during his "romantic" scenes. The guy definitely needs to mature before he can handle an adult relationship.

And Chloe needs a fellow superhero who can understand why she's always going to Clark and siding with him.

I don't think Jimmy has been around long enough to count as a vet. But anyways I think that spoiler will turn out to be bull and no vet is going to die permanently.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 22nd, 2009 05:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope you're right. I don't want anyone to die.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: March 22nd, 2009 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh Davis is a goner. So someone is going to die.

I think we'll see people "dying". It just won't stick. They're magically resurrect due to meteor powers or it'll be clones that died or astral projection will save the day (okay, that was Charmed).
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 22nd, 2009 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I figure Davis/Doomsday has to go, and I'm actually fine with that. But I'm afraid the other one has to be Jimmy or Oliver (I don't believe they'll get rid of Chloe or Lois, and Tess couldn't possibly be considered a vet) if the rumors are true, and either of those will make me sad.

Ugh, I just need to stop thinking about it. Sometimes I hate being such a spoiler whore for this show. But I can't seem to help myself. :)
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: March 22nd, 2009 08:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Loved reading your thoughts on Clark and Clark/Tess, and I could not agree more. In an ep where Clark is written so well, and he's part of a storyline that he not only shares with another actor he has terrific chemistry with, but also actually advances his own character arc? What's not to love!

//I think we have to consider that Brainiac had a hand in Chloe accepting Jimmy's proposal. First of all, he proposed for all the wrong reasons, because he was jealous, and insecure, and afraid, and he wanted her to prove to him that she loved him more than she loved Clark. Chloe knew they had unresolved issues, and that Clark's secret stood between them. Did anyone really think she should have said yes? But it served Brainiac's purposes quite well, ultimately inciting Doomsday to fully emerge when Chloe's wedding day threatened to put her forever out of Davis's reach. Chloe has made a valiant effort to see this marriage through, but I think it's time to admit it never should have happened in the first place. What Jimmy said to Chloe before he stormed out of the hospital was awful, but it also held a lot of truth, and I really can't blame him for lashing out. In his place, I would see Chloe's actions as nothing short of betrayal.//

I agree that the marriage shouldn't have ocurred in the first place. As a couple, they really didn't gel together much at all. However, I personally never saw Brainiac as having any hand in Chloe' acceptance, or with anything else related to her relationship with Jimmy. I cannot see Brainiac as caring about this at all, as his purpose was to bring Chloe and Davis closer together. And if anything that might even have been achieved better if Jimmy had not been in the picture altogether. I think, like Jimmy, Chloe too, just made an ill conceived decision. I can't fault her for that. It is her handling of the situation, that I do fault her for. IMO Jimmy has never been high on her priority list, and that has been the case prior to Brainiac ever infecting her. All those issues just manifested ten fold in the worst way possible here. But of course, this is just my own opinion on the matter.

Thankyou for the pretty, pretty pictures. Aside from your wonderful reviews, they're something else to look forward to now, heh.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2009 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope we get many more Clark moments like the ones in this episode. If this is their vision for our boy, S9 truly has potential. *fingers crossed*

Honestly, I don't think Brainiac had anything to do with Chloe's acceptance either. I'm just grasping at straws to find an explanation that doesn't make Chloe look even worse. She was very convincing on her wedding day, making even me, a Chimmy hater from the get go, believe she truly loved him, and warm up to them as a couple. But since then she has shown little interest in her husband, and she sure didn't act like a devoted wife in Turbulence. I just don't know what the show is trying to tell us with this couple, who have always seemed beyond dysfunctional to me, but I'm not going to waste any more time on the effort. I wash my hands of them, and I reiterate, I hope the breakup sticks.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 22nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, Clark in a suit with his backpack over his shoulder is so cute!

He did a pretty good job of hiding his shock at the news that Lex left a journal behind, although his attempts at nonchalantly grilling Tess about the contents were a bit transparent. And I laughed out loud when he went for the booze as a way to get her to talk! Smart boy, I approve!
Heh, that was funny because it was so unexpected! Tom seemed to be enjoying the chance to play Clark as smart and sneaky!


She fangirled Clark like nobody's business, flirting, making double entendres, and batting her impossibly big eyes at him.
Heh, but Lex did all of that too!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2009 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, Clark in a suit with his backpack over his shoulder is so cute!

Isn't he, though? Especially with that happy face! *smishes him*

Heh, that was funny because it was so unexpected! Tom seemed to be enjoying the chance to play Clark as smart and sneaky!

I know! I was all, whaaat? And then I laughed and said, that's my boy! And Tom played it perfectly. I wouldn't have needed the alcohol, though. The forearm porn alone would have made me tell him anything he wanted to know! :)

Heh, but Lex did all of that too!

Yes, you're absolutely right. And my Memories are full of your picspams to prove it. :) I don't know what I was thinking. In fact, flirting and sexy looks would have been on page one of the Lex handbook, and at the top of his list of helpful hints for getting Clark into bed to tell you his secrets.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: March 22nd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another great review! I loved your insights here, especially about Davis....

The monster he showed us this week, the one who has taken over Davis on the inside and now looks out at us through his eyes, was infinitely more frightening than that rubber suit they call Doomsday.

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But as he poured out his story to the priest, and we saw in his mind's eye how his words subtly but fundamentally differed from his actions, I realized he sought not penance, but validation, and justification to carry on. He lies to everyone, including himself. And God.

Well put, well put!! Isn't it strange that what he did to Jimmy feels so much more evil to me than his Doomsday rampages? I guess that's because I buy that Doomsday has no choice but to destroy, but Davis chose to ruin Jimmy's life for personal gain. Sure Davis will probably continue to go all woobie when it suits his purposes, but its just a mask.


And of course, thanks for all the pretties. I do adore happy Clark!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2009 06:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Isn't it strange that what he did to Jimmy feels so much more evil to me than his Doomsday rampages?

I feel the same way! The way he told his lies with such absolute sincerity was chilling! Obviously for all his woobiness, he truly has no conscience. *shivers* I've never had much sympathy for Davis, seeing as how he's here to kill my boy and all, but after what he did to Jimmy in Turbulence, I pretty much hate him.

And of course, thanks for all the pretties. I do adore happy Clark!

I'm glad you enjoyed the caps! I'm always torn: do I post my review as quickly as possible, or do I wait for someone to post caps and include the pretties? I only pick 10, but still, I love having them as part of my entry. That way, even if someone doesn't care to wade their way through all my rambling thoughts about the episode, they still have something that made clicking past the cut worthwhile. :)
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 22nd, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, I was going to do visuals in my review, but then I figured you'd take care of that for me. So, thanks! :D

What this episode did for me was give me back some hope that Clark will get some decent writing in the remainder of the season. Maybe its foolish to believe that, but at least I can see a glimmer here.

How long have we waited for Clark's powers to bring him joy? Thank you, Smallville!

Exactly! And look how it lifts the show up, and what it does for Clark's character. Why they had Chloe show up to piss in his cheerios, I'm not quite sure. But I love that Clark would not be deterred. He was very much "Thanks, but I got it...", and I loved that.

I have totally come to adore CF's Tess, and CF herself. What a find she is. Its a pity she doesn't seem to get quite the same attention from the fandom as SW does, because I think she's better. And we found the man she has crazy chemistry with, and its Mr Amazing himself. Talk about lucking out.

I had no patience for Chloe in this episode, and this season hasn't done much to endear her to be in general. I do blame some of that on the show's new structure of only having 2 fulltime cast members, so they seem to be throwing Chloe in all over the place. But I don't think its been a beneficial thing for her character. And especially the Chlark friendship. In their end scene together, I just wanted her to get the hell out of his house, and stop talking down to him. It was crazy aggravating.

I don't personally believe Brainiac had a hand on Chloe accepting Jimmy's marriage proposal. But since the show has chosen to be so aggravatingly vague about what part was Chloe and what part was Chloiac in the early part of the season, I guess we'll never know for sure. I just think Brainiac would consider Jimmy an unnecessary annoyance.

Yeah, still not feeling sorry for Davis. Doubt I ever will.

In terms of time, Clark's story seemed almost secondary in Turbulence, but it was far more compelling and entertaining to me than the Davis/Chloe/Jimmy triangle. Clark and Tess together are made of win, and I hope we see more of their verbal sparring in future episodes.

Yes! Yes! Yes! Me too.



tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2009 08:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Your visuals are always better than mine, especially when you do your beautiful blends. Besides, I only do pics of Tom, and ignore everyone else in the episode. :)

And look how it lifts the show up, and what it does for Clark's character.

I know! He brings me hope, just as the RBB brings hope to the people of Metropolis. And the confidence he displays makes me so proud! He doesn't have to argue with Chloe or win her over to his side, he just listens to what she has to say, considers it, and then takes the action he thinks is best, like the true leader he has become. He is my hero, in every way possible.

I have totally come to adore CF's Tess, and CF herself. What a find she is.

I agree completely. Her performances are always complex and so much more than the words on the page. Right from the start, when she fingered the collar of Lois's French maid costume in Odyssey, and infused that scene with unexpected sexual tension, she has taken me by surprise. Her acting choices are completely unpredictable, and Tess is a delightful enigma, flirtatious girl one minute and cold-blooded killer the next. I love her! And CF comes across well in interviews, too. She's done her homework on the show, and she respects the work without taking herself too seriously.

In their end scene together, I just wanted her to get the hell out of his house, and stop talking down to him. It was crazy aggravating.

That last scene was just too much. She was lecturing him! But I loved Clark's reaction.

I think the problem with Chloe is she's kind of adrift at the moment. She doesn't really have a job or a purpose. Isis is a contrivance, IMO, and they need to get her out of there and on to something meaningful. If she's going to be the female lead and in every episode, give her a role in the show that is worthy of her status. Something more than Jimmy's wife or Clark's BFF.

I don't personally believe Brainiac had a hand on Chloe accepting Jimmy's marriage proposal.

Truth be told, neither do I. I honestly threw that out there in an attempt to make sense of something that has always been incomprehensible to me. I think someone got the visual in their head of Chloe in a wedding dress, being carried off by Doomsday, and they moved backward from there to make it happen. In other words, typical Smallville nonsense.

Yeah, still not feeling sorry for Davis. Doubt I ever will.

Me neither. Even without the homewrecking, gaslighting, pathological lying, and murdering vigilantism, he's first, last, and always a monster who exists to kill Clark. I don't think so.

I have high hopes for Hex, and I'm looking forward to the return of Oliver and Lois. Or Erica, anyway. I'm not sure how much we'll see of Lois.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: March 23rd, 2009 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Great review! Please know that I usually read and appreciate your reviews, even if or when I disagree with something you say.
In this case, I agree with practically everything except for SW's performance. I didn't like it and I can't stand either him or the character he plays. I admit that I will be very happy if he doesn't return to the show in season 9.

I commend you on your insightful and very well written thoughts!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 23rd, 2009 08:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Carol! We can absolutely agree on our dislike for Davis. I am completely unmoved by his apparent anguish (which is at best self-delusion and at worst another facet of his evil purpose), and I won't rest easy until he has been removed as a threat to Clark. I wish the whole Doomsday storyline had never been introduced. I know a lot of people assume we'll end this season with Clark dead, killed by the monster, but I'm still hoping the show will put an unexpected spin on it and not go there. I really have no desire to see that, or be haunted by it all summer.
fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: March 23rd, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful pic spam my dear! He looks so adorable. It's amazing how one person can at one moment look like a little boy and the next look like the Man Of Steel. I thought it was cute to see the old Book bag again.....lol...Did Lois miss that when she gave him the Farm Boy attire makeover?...lol...Loved the costume malfunction when his blue tee was still on during the quick change....lol

It's always a pleasure to see Smallville through your eyes. :)

*Hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 5th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
It's amazing how one person can at one moment look like a little boy and the next look like the Man Of Steel.

That is so true, and one of the things I love best about Tom! With his nuance of expression, the change can happen in the space of a moment. And I really do think that is the exact same backpack he wore in high school. I went back to the Pilot and looked! Talk about continuity! :)

Thanks for your lovely comment, it's always wonderful to hear from you.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 5th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved all the Clark/Tess scenes in this ep. They play off each other wonderfully, and seem to have great chemistry.

I agree. I've enjoyed them together from the start, and they just keep getting better! I sincerely hope CF is coming back for S9.

I want the Chimmy to be over, too. It's starting to remind me of the Clana, the way it just won't die.

I kind of wondered the same thing.

It was all in the way they looked at each other! :)
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