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Smallville 8.21 - Injustice - I worship at the television altar — LiveJournal
Smallville 8.21 - Injustice
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jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: May 11th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Every year I look forward to the episode that Tom Welling will direct. He's been behind the camera as well as in front of it for one episode each year since S5, and they have all become favorites of mine. I don't think anyone has a more clear vision of the man Clark Kent is meant to be than Tom, and when he is given the artistic freedom to direct himself and craft an entire episode, something magical happens. Injustice was a story of unrelieved darkness, with no romantic lightness and little comic relief, where Clark faced challenges at every turn, and realized that saving mankind truly might be something he is destined to do, like the heroes in the comic books, alone. And once again Tom rose to the occasion, giving us an episode that inspired us even as it broke our hearts, and showing us exactly why Clark Kent will one day be the symbol of hope for an entire planet.

*sniff* I love the way Clark behaves when the show isn't forcing him to behave like an idiot to prop up another character. And that's what I respect Tom for most as a director: ensuring that Clark has a clearly visible POV. And he really did craft a beautiful episode - it was dark, but not at all depressing.

I don't know if I could have made it through this season still sane if not for the reasoned analysis of you and several other flisties! Remind me to avoid Kryptonsite at all costs, because the Clark bashing there by all too many just raises my hackles - I can't get over how many people think that killing in cold blood is a perfectly valid option. It kind of makes me despair. If there's any doubt, just look at Ollie's actions this episode. When you blur the lines once, it becomes all too easy to blur them again. And yet, he helps Tess get away scot free after committing two murders because he loves her? That's Injustice. I found myself sorry for Plastique and Parasite, who were recruited by Tess to be heros and used by her like pawns. Ollie seems truly lost, just when Clark needs reliable allies the most.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
And he really did craft a beautiful episode - it was dark, but not at all depressing.

I felt this way, too, and to be honest, I was surprised. S8 Clark doesn't get dragged down by the darkness, he rises above it! How awesome is that?

I can't get over how many people think that killing in cold blood is a perfectly valid option.

I've seen a little of this attitude, and it always boggles my mind. Not just because I feel like anyone who watches Smallville should know Clark better than that, but also because what they're suggesting is just WRONG. Is this what they practice in their own lives? Yikes. :)

I wonder who can bring Ollie back from the edge. He's on the slippery slope, and he's sliding fast. And I didn't really think about the fact that he must know what Tess did to Livewire and Mirror, but you're absolutely right. Even if Clark didn't tell him, Dr. Emil probably did.

I definitely felt sorry for Plastique; she seemed excited about the possibility of being a force for good in the world. She did turn on a dime, though, just like last time. The girl clearly has issues.

Parasite creeped me out, big time. Even the nature of his power seemed inherently evil, stealing other people's abilities. He's too much like Sylar on Heroes! :) And hey, where was he in Cure, when all those people were going to Curtis Knox to try and rid themselves of their meteor powers? Maybe he can set up a business on the side. He can change his name to The Cleanser. ;)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: May 12th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Parasite was creepy, which is why I'd welcome him back - I personally think the show should do a few FOTW episodes each year to just have some fun and show us what Clark can do ONSCREEN. Cause I hate that 99% of the RBB's career has happened offscreen so we really can't see what legacy Clark is forging. Anyways, Parasite is a great villain in Superman canon. His abilities changed significantly over time but in the usual version, he sucks humans clean of their life force. With metas, he absorbs the powers for only a fairly limited period of time and has to go back for another dose.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 12th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I've enjoyed a lot of the FotW episodes over the years, and I would love to see Clark in action as the RBB more. Not every episode needs to be steeped in whatever the current mytharc is. I'd also like to see more episodes of Clark investigating stories for the DP, and then dealing with whatever he uncovers. That's what I liked about all three of the episodes that Bryan Q. Miller wrote this season. Committed and Hex had Clark investigating with Lois and Chloe, respectively, and Bulletproof had him going undercover on his own. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him in action.

Parasite sounds even more sinister in the comic book version, and his name makes perfect sense given what you've described. And I could easily see that actor taking him to the next level.
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