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tariel22
tariel22
Smallville, why do you hate the character I love?
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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.
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