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Smallville, why do you hate the character I love?
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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!


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?
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