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Smallville, why do you hate the character I love?
I love Smallville beyond all reason, but sometimes this show makes my head want to explode. Kelly Souders, one of the showrunners, has been talking to TV Guide, and I'm not going to quote her because it's spoilery, but let's just say that as a Clark fan, I'm not happy. First she had THIS Q&A with Matt Mitovich, which made me uneasy, and then she was quoted in THIS blurb from the TV Guide magazine, which made me CRAZY. Again, spoilery, so don't click if you don't want to know. Anyway, this latest frustration got me to thinking, why do the people who run this show seem to hate all the characters on it?

I think everybody knows my favorite character on Smallville is Clark, but I've been a fan of every character at some point, and I still love most of them. And the show has dumped on all of them. Either they have them do something totally OOC that makes them look bad, or they make bad things happen to them to the point where they become the show's punching bag. It's a drag for the fans, it doesn't do the show any favors, and it even sets fans against each other. It's lazy writing, bad storytelling, and a slap in the face to those of us who hold these characters dear.

How about a few examples, just off the top of my head?

Clark - make EVERYTHING his fault, and punish him for it; put him in no-win situations, like in Abyss

Lex - have him fake Lana's pregnancy; routinely have characters who have benefited from his kindness and generosity call him a monster

Lana - have her kidnap and torture Lionel; have her sleep with Bizarro and like him better than Clark

Chloe - have her suggest to Clark that he needs to kill Lex; have her fall in love with a complete douche

Lois - have her sleep with her boss; have her write a news story about a superhero that she made up

Martha - have her berate her son for what he did while on Red!K, bringing him to tears; have her invite Lionel to the Kents' first Thanksgiving without Jonathan

Jonathan - make him unreasonably hateful toward Lex; make him dismissive of his son's emotional pain

Jimmy - make him pathetically jealous and insecure; also make him a complete horndog

Pete - make him jealous of his best friend; give him a huge chip on his shoulder about his lot in life

Does anyone else feel the way I do, or am I just being too picky, and paranoid? Don't get me wrong, I understand the importance of conflict in a good story. It's critical to developing characters, advancing the story, and keeping viewers engaged. But there's a difference between putting a character in a compelling conflict, and then taking us on his journey to resolve it, and just knocking a character down, and then kicking him a couple of times while he's on the ground for good measure.

We're hearing rumblings that S9 is going to be a dark one, especially for Clark, and that evidently the darkness will be of his own making. Yes, Clark, you screwed up again, and you must be punished. *headdesk* My own personal rage over what they're doing to Clark (AGAIN) aside, who in the world would want to watch THAT? This is Superman, not Batman. He's a symbol of hope to the world, not despair. And hello? He's the HERO of the story! Can't his journey be a source of inspiration and joy, rather than a depressing lesson in how he's doing it wrong? Maybe I'm being way too pessimistic, but I have a bad feeling about this.

So what do you think? Does this show crap all over your favorite character, too? Tell me the things that drive you nuts, and tell me why you think the show does this. Or maybe just tell me to get a life. :) Let's all vent a little bit, and see if it helps.

BTW, let's not turn this into a forum for character bashing, okay? I want to hear your thoughts on what the writers and producers have done to the character you love, not your justification for why you hate the character someone else loves. Let's leave the shipper wars at the door.

ETA: Spoilers in the comments, so be careful!

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christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: April 29th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean! SV destroyed many characters but I don't know how but always make me want to watch the show and love the characters! Hee!

About the spoilers!I hope when they say that Clark is responsible for Davis turning into Doomsday...they mean that Clark will protect Chloe and take her away from him!maybe that causes Davis to become the beast! I can't find another way...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
What keeps me coming back are the actors, and the way they make me care about these characters no matter what the writers make them do. But I also need to say that I have LOVED a lot of the writing this season, especially in the first 10 episodes. It's the talk about Doomsday and next season that has my blood boiling.

I can't even begin to speculate, it's too stressful. It's only two weeks until Doomsday, right? I'm just going to wait and watch, and see how I feel then. :(
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: April 29th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I so agree that this show craps all over characters! I wholeheartedly agree.

But there's a difference between putting a character in a compelling conflict, and then taking us on his journey to resolve it, and just knocking a character down, and then kicking him a couple of times while he's on the ground for good measure.

There is a difference, and I don't think Smallville ever realizes this. This has applied to Clark and I think it has applied to Chloe, who is my favorite character and who basically has gotten all this sucky stuff this season. She lost her dream job in season 7, failed to make a go at being a counselor, got held for a month in a Luthorcorp facility, got accused of loving Clark more than she loved her finance by Jimmy, got kidnapped at her wedding, was possessed by Brainiac, had Clark steal her memories, and whoa I'm going to stop there cause this list is getting long. And there's still more tragedy ahead for her!

Yes, conflict builds character. But I think Chloe has enough character and deserves a little happiness!

*breathes*

Okay, so clearly I think Chloe has suffered at the hands of the writers and producers. She can't have Clark so she gets Jimmy, a man who is insecure and unable to trust her. She wants the Daily Planet and gets it but then loses it because there's no room for her there because Clark and Lois need to be at the Daily Planet. She ends up infected by Brainiac for a reason I don't really understand (I can't remember if there was a reason why Brainiac possessed Chloe over Lana, the love of Clark's life). Her best friend takes her memories away temporarily because he thinks that'll help her. She winds up with feelings for Davis, a monster, and then she gets two options (protect Davis or run the risk of Doomie going after Clark) that are both problematic.

I just...how much torture must be inflicted upon my favorite character? Couldn't she have a job she likes, one that suits her (one beyond being Watchtower, which I think just makes her do work for superheroes while getting little back in return) and, I don't know, a love interest that isn't evil and isn't an insecure jack ass?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. So you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Yes, conflict builds character. But I think Chloe has enough character and deserves a little happiness!

I have to agree with you there. They've put Chloe through so much! For me, the one thing that made all of that bearable was her unique relationship with Clark, and their unassailable bond that could weather all these challenges, but now, with her harboring Davis and lying to Clark, I'm worried they're jeopardizing that! It seems like the two characters who are in every episode are the ones who get the brunt of the abuse. How does that make any sense?
jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 29th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just YES! to all of this.

But, for me, I think Clark and Lex have gotten the worst of this. Not that the situations you mentioned for other characters haven't occured, but in a lot of the cases, the show seems largely oblivious to it. For instance, Jimmy's issues are never really acknowledged on the show for what they are. Martha Kent was also never really called out on the show for anything, even though you mention 2 very large douche-y moments for her (her actions in S6's Crimson & Trespass are also big ones).

Anyway, I'm sort of drifting here.

In the end, I just think this is a hallmark of bad writers who are struggling to come up with drama and conflict. And bad writers come up with bad ideas. For me, the writing on SV has always, always been the weakest link. The actors are marvelous, and beautiful. The way the show is filmed (or used to be filmed, when there was a budget). The colors, the concept. All great. Where SV has lacked, sometimes sporatically, sometimes constantly, is in the writing.

And currently, 2 of the very worst writers are calling the shots. Souders has never been a Clark fan. I think Peterson is close to the same. I can't even imagine what S9 will be in their hands, but I can say that the comments on the upcoming finale from her don't suprise me a bit. They enrage me. But suprise me? Nope, not at all. Because this is how Souders/Peterson roll. They are the reigning "Its all Clark's fault" champions. They always have been.

Certainly there is a segment of fans that likes all the darkness and gloom. But would this show have maintained its appeal better over the years if it hadn't gotten so unrelentingly dark and depressing? I think so.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC) (Link)
For me, the writing on SV has always, always been the weakest link.

Absolutely. I worship these actors, every last one of them, and applaud their ability to make the most of what they're handed. Of course I have loved the writing on many episodes, but this stuff gets so old. Heaping the guilt on Clark? AGAIN?! I honestly thought we had moved beyond that.

It seems clear to me that the showrunners who will return for S9 either don't understand Clark or don't like him, or both. How can you head up a show about the future Man of Steel if you don't love Clark Kent? It boggles my mind. And now that Lana's gone, do they even like anybody? I just don't know what to think about next season.

At least I have other Clark fans to cling to, like you! :) And I love your icon.
homicidalfink From: homicidalfink Date: April 29th, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Arg, yes. It drives me nuts whenever Clark is put in a Catch-22 situation, since he's my favorite character on the show.

The latest thing that had me ranting (but not on lj, and I really should change that after Beast) was the insinuation in Eternal that Clark grew up "good" just because he was raised by the Kents, which is discounting the entire concept of Clark/Superman being A GOOD PERSON to begin with.

Which was then encouraged by his adoptive parents.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
They love to put him in those no-win situations, and it's so aggravating. It's no way to treat your hero.

I didn't like that either! Of course Superman wouldn't be who he is without the love and values his parents gave him, but he wouldn't be a monster, either. And that's what Davis would always be, no matter how he grew up. You can't even begin to compare the two of them.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I did love Stiletto, and Lois in it, but I didn't think a misjudgment of that magnitude was true to her character, especially when she's been a reporter as long as she has now. But in general I've been completely happy with how Lois has been written this season.

I adored Lois when she first joined the show, but I'll admit I had a lot of problems with how she was written in S7, and I was pretty vocal about it. I still think they gave her a lot of clunky lines, and made her look less intelligent than they should have at times. But in response to one of my posts, someone on my flist helped me see what makes Lois such a great person, especially to Clark, and everything changed after that. Right now I'm going through and rewatching, in order, every episode Lois has been in, and my appreciation for her as a character continues to grow.
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eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: April 29th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Thank you for writing this post. You said this all much better than I ever could.

TPTB really have crapped on all of the characters at one time or another and I don't think there's any excuse. I'm not a writer, but there has to be a way to write conflict and character development without turning your characters into a bunch of idiots who contradict themselves and never learn from their mistakes and who do things that make absolutely no sense.

Like you said, I don't think any character has been able to avoid this fate at one time or another. Except maybe for Shelby! :-) Wait! I'm wrong! They gave him a freakin' sex change!!!

Here's a couple more off the top of my head examples:

Lana- had her jump from guy to guy without too much pausing in between. She was making eyes at Clark while she was still with Whitney and Jason's body was barely even cold before she got back together with Clark.

Lois- technically never graduated high school and was kicked out of college yet scored a job at the DP. If they really wanted an excuse for Lois to come back to Smallville, couldn't she have gotten kicked out of Met U, but then enrolled at CKU?

Speaking of college, Clark dropped out too, yet was hired at the DP as well. That's a big bone of contention for a lot of people.

Those are the only ones I can think of right now in addition to the examples you already gave.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Except maybe for Shelby! :-) Wait! I'm wrong! They gave him a freakin' sex change!!!

LOL! You're right! *is outraged on Shelby's behalf*

I am so loving the responses to this post. It's wonderfully cathartic to read all these passionate replies, and to know this touches a nerve with other people. That's the thing about Smallville fans: we can always bond over how crazy the show makes us! ;)
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: April 29th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree 100%. The writers are constantly crapping on good characters that deserve so much better then they are given. I really want to know what goes through there heads when they write these things. Do they even think about the characters? about Clark?

I really hated what Souders said about it being Clark's fault for Davis becoming Doomsday!!! For goodness sakes people, we all know it's his destiny to kill Clark!! And Clark had nothing to do with that! He was a freakin baby when Doomsday was made! They need some serious head bashing to get there senses knocked back in.

I really hope they don't go through with a lengthy 'it's your fault Clark, now face the consequences!' I mean he's already done that! Don't you think he would have grown more and learned his lesson by now? He's not a teen anymore! I wonder how Al/Miles would be dealing with this and next season and the whole Clark thing. Would they make it his fault too?

I hate that they are humanizing Doomsday also. I know the actor (brain-bubble can't think of his name) is doing a really good job as Davis, but that's not the point. He is a killing machine! Not a human! The whole concept has been doomed from the start. And it's just making matters worse with the whole Chloe situation.

I am also upset at how lightly they've treated marriage this season with Jimmy/Chloe. The first half of the season it actually seemed really good! But then Davis came along. But Chloe was going to completely delete him from her life if it conflicted with her and Jimmy's relationship before the marriage. What happened to her after the marriage? Did she lose half her brain? Or maybe Doomsday ate half of it, along with her common sense and love/commitment/respect for her husband. I would have rather them break up before the wedding, then have the writers treat marriage like nothing. It really ticks me off. And I don't take marriage lightly.

I also hate that they are making Jimmy into an emo drug addict. Arg!!!

And I agree with Lois sleeping with her boss. He was nice, but I just didn't care for the idea. It made Lois seem really sleazy and I HATE seeing her sleep around with a bunch of guys. Even though I also hate Clark isn't a virgin anymore, I am glad he isn't throwing himself around with a bunch of girls. (unless red-K is involved, but we know he can't help that ;) )

I was also upset about the Martha/Lionel junk. She knew her husband and how he felt about him. Pete was right to wonder how Clark's dad would feel about Lionel hanging around the farm. Jor-El possessed or not.

The Pete jealousy, I was really hoping when he came back for a reunion it would have been done with. He really hadn't grown much, and it turned the once hopeful and exciting return of Pete into the exact opposite.

Anyways I g2g, but I will probably be back. ;)
angryzen From: angryzen Date: April 29th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I HATED the way they treated Pete's return. I was so happy to hear of him coming back, but they totally regressed him. While watching the episode, I kept thinking "So because Clark's not doing anything, Pete can't be doing anything either?" What I mean is that I expected them to say he was in school and hint that he was starting towards his destiny of politics. And Lois hasn't slept with a bunch of guys. She's had two boyfriends. And I've seen people debate whether or not she slept with Ollie because of the "all interruptus and no coitus" quote.
chaliebrown363 From: chaliebrown363 Date: April 29th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. They have destroyed many of the characters on this show. I won't make this a rant about how they have ruined the characters.

All I will say is that I really don't need another "It's all my fault!" from Clark. Been there, done that, wrote a song about it...

And I am in NO WAY taking up for Lana's character, but I think she got the worst of it. They turned her into a character that was so pathetic that now that I look back on it, I almost feel bad for her, almost. I still can't stand her though :)

Chloe- won't go there at all. The kick the Chloe game is just... ugh. I hate what they have done to my fav character.

Lex- no words.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
We all share a lot of frustration with this show, don't we? It seems to be the one unifying factor in this fandom! It's so disappointing to hear them say they're going to heap the guilt on Clark again, and I'm worried about where they're going with Chloe and Oliver, too. It's like they don't even remember who the good guys are supposed to be!
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: April 29th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're hearing rumblings that S9 is going to be a dark one, especially for Clark, and that evidently the darkness will be of his own making. Yes, Clark, you screwed up again, and you must be punished. *headdesk* My own personal rage over what they're doing to Clark (AGAIN) aside, who in the world would want to watch THAT? This is Superman, not Batman. He's a symbol of hope to the world, not despair. And hello? He's the HERO of the story! Can't his journey be a source of inspiration and joy, rather than a depressing lesson in how he's doing it wrong? Maybe I'm being way too pessimistic, but I have a bad feeling about this.

WORD!!!

Those writers and producers are greedy (besides being mediocre) They want more and more SV seasons and at what cost? At the cost of hurting and damaging one of the most beloved characters ever! They are totally unable to find a creative way to prolong the telling of the journey, so they resort to their same worn-out, repetitive, uninspired, shabby and pitiful writing devices. If no one comes to Clark's rescue I'm afraid that writers' room they now control is most probably going to concoct another terrible and damaging storyline for Clark. My expectations for a good season 9 are definitely shattered. As a Clark fan, I couldn't be angrier or more disappointed.

Thank you for this post. I wish there were a way we could make those producers (and the CW) know how we feel. Though I doubt that they would care at all.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You've articulated my worst fears perfectly, Carol. I'd like to believe that somehow Tom will speak up for Clark, but I have no idea if he has either the power or the inclination to do so. It's so discouraging. This season has been such a roller coaster ride.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: April 29th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really don't know why they pushed so hard for Welling to sign up if they're just going to like you said crap all over the character and why would Tom sign up for that? Dude seems like the only one that actually gets the character. I don't know if I'm going to be able to take this any more. You know I'm convinced that all the people who work on this show really don't want a show about someone who will become Superman they want some other show but got saddled with it. I also think that the writers/whatever on this show think by making they're characters unlikeable they're doing something really cool. If I wanted unlikeable characters I'd watch fucking Rescue Me or the goddamn Sopranos. Sorry if you like these shows but I don't I cannot watch shows where I hate the main character another reason I could never get into The Shield. I really hope it isn't as bad as it seems.

He's the HERO of the story! Can't his journey be a source of inspiration and joy

I would say let's send like a million letters to the showrunners saying this but I doubt it would work. God! I'm pissed right now man.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
If I wanted unlikeable characters I'd watch fucking Rescue Me or the goddamn Sopranos.

EXACTLY. I wonder if they gave Tom an outline of next season before he signed, or if that wasn't even a factor in the negotiations. I don't want to believe it was all a matter a money, but maybe I'm just being incredibly naive. Probably, I live in a fantasy world anyway. :)

But seriously, why did they want another season? Do they honestly find creative fulfillment in tearing down such a beloved character? I just don't get it.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 29th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Like I told eeyore1017, I don't care anymore what they say about their characters. Whatever they do, I have a story in my head, and I'm sticking to it. And no matter what happens on the show, I'll find a way to fanwank around it. It's just no point taking the producers on their word when they don't seem to be too bothered with keeping the integrity of any of their characters.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC) (Link)
It's just no point taking the producers on their word when they don't seem to be too bothered with keeping the integrity of any of their characters.

I know! Are they really that clueless, or do they just not care? It's very frustrating. You know I'll be there next season, hoping for the best and fanwanking my heart out, but right now I have this awful knot in the pit of my stomach, and I don't know whether I should be happily anticipating the finale, or dreading it. Ugh.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 29th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww . . . that sucks!! *hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
It does. But I'm trying to cling to hope. :(

*hugs back*
ladydreamer From: ladydreamer Date: April 30th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, I don't mind Clark having guilt angst from time to time, because to get a really super hero, I'd like for him to learn occasionally, and maybe some guilt is a part of that. But they never damn well have him LEARN from the things that he should be learning about. Instead he gets random guilt trips about things he couldn't have possibly controlled, so it's ALL CLARK'S FAULT OMG that the meteor shower occurred, and Lana's parents are dead, or that Lana married Lex (?) and Clark didn't listen to her complain about her marriage enough, or that Doomsday who is designed to doom out and kill him.... dooms out. It's absolutely ridiculous. Where's the lesson to not to mindwipe your bff, or that racial profiling is bad, mkay? Or that, no, Virginia, murder because of Lana is just as bad as other murders? But they'll wash over these points, the important stuff that should shape Clark into the man who is a hero not because of his powers but because of his moral compass and immense compassion, and guilt him over things that are STUPID. Why not have him realize that it's all his fault that cancer exists?

And I don't think that, given the chance, anything that I just brought up would be something that Clark COULDN'T learn from. It flips me out. And I feel like this Doomsday thing is going to be: "It's all Clark's fault that bad things happened because he wouldn't kill Doomsday!" Which is 1) Contradictory because they've had Clark kill in self defense before and all to eager to kill for Lana (which they never should have done, mind) and 2) Makes the moral of the story: Murder when you can. It saves lives.

Can't Superman have his no kill policy? It worked pretty well for Chloiac. No wonder the Legion is so bloodthirsty. Clark learns this season, that killing is GOOD, especially if you think you have the moral high ground. I think that you're right that this learning doesn't have to be a dark mess. It shouldn't. Superman is the one who had the good childhood, who had the good values instilled from an early age. It really frustrates me that they won't let Clark be... Clark. They won't let him be inspiring.

My favorite characters are Lex and then Chloe, so when I watch, it's just one hit after the other. They never let up. Chloe, god help her, gets saddled to the whiniest, neediest jerkwad and she never gets to call him on cheating and rarely gets to call him on anything else, but time after time, he dumps her (three times now), and then she has to take abuse for it. I don't mind that she's Watchtower, really, but that they have to kick her around for so long before letting her have a different ambition?


For Lex, it's just a never ending slog of pain and blame. Then he goes absolutely bonkers (which is really painful to watch), but they don't bother to show us all the interesting things or Lex's journey through breaking himself on the goal of trying to defend the world from an alien race he doesn't know is pretty much extinct. His plots in s7 were random or crammed into the last five minutes (why would MR stay for that?). Now when they bring him back he's this cartoonish villain, instead of the other half of this story where Clark Kent and Lex Luthor grow up together to become whoever they will become.

I'd mention Lois, but I'm sure I get no cred for being her fan S4-6. Suffice it to say, I share your frustration on those points. I wish the writers had some semblance of an idea of how to build a character up or create dramatic tension without doing the horrible things they do. It's not edgy. It's tiresome. They do it to all the characters now. The show is driven mostly by the plot of the week, and no internal coherence of character. Sigh.

I'll knock on wood for Clark. Who wants to have another season about supermoping? It'll be like S6, darkly lit, overbearing music, Clark sitting in the barn bouncing a ball. Alone. Please, no. I just can't adequately express my frustration. I hope they choose not to do that. Lex is free (in my mind, that wasn't Lex at all, and if isn't MR, I won't be convinced otherwise), but poor Clark. Poor Chloe and Lois.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they demonstrated their reluctance to let Clark learn and grow in the way they handled Lana's return to the show. Or perhaps what they revealed was their inability to understand the complexities of this character who captivates me so completely. They are not worthy to tell his story.

I cut this show a lot of slack, often to the point of insulting my own intelligence, because all I really ask of it is a momentary escape from the drudgeries of my life. But when I read stuff like that TVG blurb, I just want to smack someone. I think all the writers (not to mention the showrunners!) should have to pass a Superman trivia test before they're even given a shot at this show. If you don't understand the endgame, how can you possibly figure out how to get there? And they should have to love the guy. At least as much as I do!

Of course I agree with everything you say, and I appreciate your articulate response. If only the writers cared half as much as we do. But I'll join you in knocking on wood for Clark. This show has given me many happy surprises along with the aggravating ones, and I cling to the hope that they will do so again.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: April 30th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Love this post! It articulates my main SV frustration.

I think part of the problem is the writers work backwards. They start with the desired result first, ie "Lana is entirely blameless and in no way culpable for the end of her relationship with Lex", and then contort the other characters to fit an inorganic plot-line. Hence, "fake baby" which character issues apart, was such a crushingly dull story to watch.

Clark - make EVERYTHING his fault, and punish him for it; put him in no-win situations, like in Abyss
The Abyss situation could so easily have been written better - ie, to eradicate Brainiac and save Chloe, Clark has to wipe her memory - or Jor-El takes over and does it himself. But since that plot-line led exactly nowhere and Chloe regained her memories quickly - what was the point of making Clark look bad?

We're hearing rumblings that S9 is going to be a dark one, especially for Clark, and that evidently the darkness will be of his own making. Yes, Clark, you screwed up again, and you must be punished.
I wonder what Tom thinks about that? He seems to relish the lighter scenes this year, after so much angst in S6/7.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Hence, "fake baby" which character issues apart, was such a crushingly dull story to watch.

I agree, and it was tragic how it squandered the considerable talents of the actors, especially Michael. I am in awe of the diplomacy and restraint he always employs when talking about the show. I know he's sincere in his appreciation for the opportunities Smallville gave him, and his love for the people he worked with on the show, but I think Smallville is fortunate that he's also a gentleman, a professional, and the good boy his mother raised him to be.

But since that plot-line led exactly nowhere and Chloe regained her memories quickly - what was the point of making Clark look bad?

Exactly! It made no sense, it infuriated the Chloe fans, and it just gave the Clark haters more ammunition. What were they thinking?

I wonder what Tom thinks about that? He seems to relish the lighter scenes this year

I think so, too. Are we imagining that? Does he even care, as long as his new paycheck is big enough? And I thought this season had been a ratings success with those early episodes I loved so much, so why turn back to the darkness now? I will never understand how TPTB come to the decisions they do, or why their vision for this show differs so fundamentally from my own.
stoodupforlove From: stoodupforlove Date: April 30th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC) (Link)
My only comment about this relates to:

Can't his journey be a source of inspiration and joy, rather than a depressing lesson in how he's doing it wrong?


What I love about the Superman universe is the hope and optimism that has always been a foundation of it. The movies ALWAYS end on a good note, and always leave you feeling like anything is possible. I can't say anything about the comic books, because I've never read them. But Superman is a symbol of hope for humanity (who cares if he's not human himself?), proof that there will always be good in this otherwise bleak world. So when I watch "Smallville," I expect to get that same feeling. Maybe not so much in the earlier seasons, because Clark was still learning and getting comfortable in his role as a "savior" of sorts. But now he is a hero. He has chosen the path that we always knew he would, and it just makes my heart expand--so proud of him, of how far he has come and how much he has OVERcome. I'm ready to watch a show that leaves me feeling hopeful and helps me face the horrors of this world. If "Smallville" is not that, then it has failed.

No, you are not alone.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I've really enjoyed the positive stories of this season, as Clark has embraced his destiny and found a place for himself at the Daily Planet. It's been like a whole new Clark, and a whole new Smallville. It sounds like we're heading back to the darkness of S7, but maybe I'm reading way too much into just a few words. I would never stop watching the show, but right now I'm not bouncing in anticipation of S9 either. :(
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