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Smallville 7.08 - Blue - I worship at the television altar
Smallville 7.08 - Blue
In this episode, many things were not what they seemed. When we go in search of our dreams, we often allow our perceptions to be distorted, leaving out the parts that might dissuade us from our path. In short, we delude ourselves, convinced that if we can just reach out and grasp what we want, everything will work out in the end. In giving in to our desires, we put blinders on, focusing only on the goal ahead, and missing the warning signs along the way.

When we make bad choices, we have to live with the consequences. For you and me, that usually means an embarrassing moment to live down, a bad break-up, or maybe we're a little lighter in the wallet. When Clark Kent makes a bad choice, he has a tendency to endanger the entire planet. Remember Dark Thursday? It's not easy being Clark.

In this episode, Clark thinks he can be reunited with his mother. He has his eye on that prize, knowing Kara's crystal is the key, but he ignores a couple of very important facts. First, his mother died long ago on Krypton. Second, Kara's crystal is Zor-El's invention, and is designed only to implement his twisted plan for a new life on Earth. Zor-El's technology plays on Clark's weakness, and lures him into becoming Zor-El's pawn.

Clark recreates Lara, but the replicant he brings forth is not really his mother. Despite warnings from Jor-El, Chloe, and even Lara herself, Clark stubbornly clings to his dream, while Zor-El threatens every living being on Earth. And here's where I realize that my own perceptions have been failing me.

I watch Smallville because I want to see the journey from Clark Kent to Superman, from Smallville to Metropolis, from this fun show on the CW to the legend I love. And after more than six years, I guess I've been getting impatient. I've been thinking Clark is ready to don the cape and take to the skies, fulfilling my fantasies of the hero he will someday become. But clearly that mantle of responsibility is still too heavy for the shoulders of the Clark I saw tonight.

Clark still isn't ready to make the difficult decisions, to make the heroic sacrifices, to leave the small town of his childhood behind and serve the cause of truth and justice for the planet that so desperately needs him. In fact, in spite of all he discovered last week, he's still making excuses for Lana. Lara, on the other hand, had her number and called her on her "darkness" in about 30 seconds flat!

Kara has had each of her perceptions shattered in turn since she came to Earth, and Laura Vandervoort continues to rock in her role. Kara left Krypton thinking her father was a god, Clark was a baby, humans were inferior and expendable, and the Martian Manhunter was a bad guy. By the end of this episode she was ready to kill her own father to save the human race, and she realized everything he ever taught her was a lie. Then Zor-El tried to kill her. Talk about traumatic! Maybe that memory loss is a relief!

Speaking of Zor-El, he was awesome in this episode! Christopher Heyerdahl is obviously having the time of his life with this part, and I love how he is so completely over-the-top and EVOL! We knew right away he couldn't be trusted, because with that long, leather coat, he obviously shops at the same Kryptonian Coat Factory as Zod. I really enjoyed his confrontation with Lionel, although I will never figure out if Lionel is truly good or not. If he is, could someone please explain how, when and why that happened? :)

Grant and Lois are still cute, but Lois's characterization is kind of a mess. Lois Lane has always been one of my favorite characters, but this Lois Lane is not my beloved girl. Sleeping with the boss? Really?! That is just the icing on the cake of what's wrong with this character. What kills me is that I adore Erica Durance, and I think she does the best she can with the material, but Lois is just poorly written, in my opinion. Anyway, Lois convinces herself that people either won't find out or won't care as much as Chloe thinks, and continues with her inappropriate relationship. Not exactly iconic, if you ask me.

Chloe was a beacon of truth tonight! First giving Lois righteous what for on her professional behavior (or lack thereof), and then telling Clark you can't bring people back from the dead. (BTW, am I the only one who laughed out loud when Clark passionately declared, "She's not a zombie!" Just me, then? Okay, moving on.) Listen to Chloe, guys, she's always right! Allison looked fabulous tonight. I love her shorter hair style, and the suit was great. At the end of the episode she popped up in another vivid green blouse. I keep thinking they're hitting us over the head with Chloe's Meteor Freak status, but maybe they just think she looks good in green.

Lex was in fine form tonight, plotting and planning, manipulating like the mastermind he is. What is he up to? I know some people were dismayed when he described Lois as sexy, smart, insatiably curious, and a threat to his plans, while never mentioning Chloe as someone formidable as well, but I think it fits. He called Lois smart and sexy to bait Grant, because he already knew they were seeing one another. I think Lois is insatiably curious, especially about whatever guy she's dating. Chloe's not a threat because she would never date her editor, so her name doesn't come up. And I thought Lex's crack about Grant researching Lois's bra size was hilarious!

I want to take a moment to appreciate Tom's acting tonight. He just keeps getting better in this role. He had a lot of wonderful, quiet moments in this episode, times when a simple look down registered the enormity of what he was going through, or when his voice perfectly reflected his anguish and desperation. In the scene with Chloe at the Planet, I loved the way he tried to twist the blue kryptonite ring off his finger while he was talking to her. It was a nice little touch. I also loved the look on his face when Kara realized he had her crystal all along. Totally busted!

The scene in the barn between Clark and Lana drove me crazy. Here's Clark, taking responsibility for his actions, and sounding like he might actually have learned something from all this, and Lana keeps making excuses for him, and rationalizing all his actions. Grrr! What a contrast to his earlier conversation with Chloe! I want Clark to learn. Over a year ago, in Sneeze, he realized how much trouble he could have avoided if "for once in my life I had listened to Jor-El, and done what he asked me to do." But he didn't listen tonight, either.

And I wouldn't be me if I didn't give a shout out to the pretty as well. Lots of great shots of Clark with the wind blowing through his hair, pausing for dramatic effect. Thank you, show, he looks just like Superman when he does that! I also liked Clark in firelight, and Clark in snug red and blue T-shirts. Hello, arms!

I don't even want to think about Jor-El's idea of a fitting consequence for Clark's defiance. I don't think it's a death, or a loss of his powers. Maybe something to do with releasing Bizarro? What do you think? We have a whole month to speculate!

Okay, I saved the worst for last. OMG, Grant is Julian?!! Sorry, show, that makes no sense whatsoever. Let's review. The first meteor shower happened when Lex was nine, which means he was 21 when he met Clark, and he's 27 now. He turned 12 while his mother was pregnant with Julian, which would make Julian 15 today. Grant's young, but he's not that young. Also, Memoria was a hugely important episode in the mythology of Smallville, as well as showcasing some of the best acting this show has ever seen, and I refuse to accept anything that undermines the power of its impact, much less something that implies it never happened! Some people are saying that Grant's a Julian clone, and that I could live with. I guess we'll see.

Random thoughts: Kara consistently says the word "about" with a suspiciously Canadian inflection. hee! Did you see how big that blue kryptonite ring looked on Lara's palm? Tom must have ginormous paws. Where do I get one of those Coast City T-shirts? I loved the shot of Clark and Chloe against the background of the eclipse. And Clark looked so angry tossing those hay bales around in the barn - do you suppose Tom was pretending they were paparazzi? :)

So until December 13, I'll survive the hiatus by watching all my favorite Smallville episodes on DVD, starting with every episode in which Clark discovers a new power. What will you do?

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thebluepointe From: thebluepointe Date: November 16th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for your wonderful reviews :) I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to comment last week. I love your bits on Chloe and Lois. Chloe is really becoming a huge "beacon of truth" this season giving just about anyone she meets her piece of mind. I really hope they find her a boyfriend soon. She is so beautiful when she's happy.

LOL @ hay bales & paparazzi. :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 16th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for commenting! I was kind of worried when I finished this one - it's sooo long! But I just found I had a lot to say. LOL!

Thanks again for giving me a forum! I'm really enjoying it.

I didn't realize you were on LJ. I'll go ahead and friend you so you can see all my entries.
thebluepointe From: thebluepointe Date: November 17th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I only registered really to comment :) Don't use LiveJournal much since I have my own site.

Added you to my friends list as well (not that I have anything friends only).

I don't mind long reviews. Unless they're just inane and long winded. I really enjoy reading your view points so I think it turned out just fine.
legendarytobes From: legendarytobes Date: November 18th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Icon love. I loved S6 Chimmy, even if I was in the minority. I loathe the Jimmy hates Meteor Freaks! retcon and I hope the two can at least find their way back to being friends since AA and AM are so adorable together.
legendarytobes From: legendarytobes Date: November 18th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I know the ring was ridiculously huge, wasn't it? Just OMG big. Also, I don't think the green=meteor freak thing is for Chloe, I really don't. I think Allison just looks lovely in both green and purple and the wardrobe department was taking advantage of that fact.

Chloe always says the right thing. She has very much become Martha here both for Lois and Clark. It might mean she really is cemented more as family than as a love interest for Clark (God, I hope not!) but she has the good, level-headed advice. She's the one who understands integrity and consequences of your actions and about not being able to live a lie. If only Lois and Clark would listen to her once in a while!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 18th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Thanks for reading and commenting!

I think you're right about Allison just looking fabulous in green. I was watching some early season episodes yesterday, and she wears green all the time. I was just struck by it in Action in particular, because she had green on in every scene. Looking for anvils where there are none! hee!

Chloe really is the voice of wisdom in this show now. I always pay attention to what she says, why can't Clark and Lois? :) Or Lana, for that matter!
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: November 23rd, 2007 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you about Julian. When the Lex connection with him and Grant began I was afraid that was where they were going, but I kept hoping I was wrong. There were so many other great scenes in previous seasons with Lex/Lionel and Lex/Clark about Julian that I was hoping they wouldn't do it. Then TPTB did it. They brought Julian back like any ordinary soap opera would do. I never did the math like you but now that you walked through it, that is so soap-operaish. Even more so if it is a clone. The creators/writers/producers/etc. need to rewatch seasons 1,2 & 3 and refamiliarize themselves with the show we fell in love with.
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: November 23rd, 2007 07:11 am (UTC) (Link)
BTW - the only character in this show who has really grown over the last two seasons is Chloe. She rocks and is a main reason I watch.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 23rd, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had no clue that Grant would be related to Lex, much less be Julian. The hell? I really don't know what TIIC are thinking sometimes. Did they actually think sacrificing the core mythology of the show was worth the shock value of that one reveal? Sheesh.

I go back and watch the early seasons all the time. I still love the show, but it sure drives me crazy sometimes. When all else fails, I just focus on The Pretty, and Tom never lets me down! :)

I think Chloe is written better than the other characters because there are no constraints on where her character can go. Because she's an original, created for the show, there's no canon to hold the writers back. It also doesn't hurt that Allison is such a good actress!
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