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