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Smallville 9x05 - Roulette - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 9x05 - Roulette
Roulette was a filler episode. It had some great moments, and advanced a few storylines, but the main focus, watching Oliver go through a series of trials that led him to an epiphany about what makes his life worth living, was neither necessary nor noteworthy. Justin Hartley's performance was strong, but not enough to overcome my lack of sympathy for his character these days. The only thing that stood out for me was how little we saw of Clark. As we draw closer to what may be the final episodes of Smallville ever, I want to see my hero front and center each and every week. When he's not there, I miss him, and what Roulette hammered home for me was that Tom Welling's performance as Clark Kent is the reason I am a fan of this show.

I was surprised to see that Oliver had further to fall after last week's episode. I thought his suicide attempt was rock bottom, and a fitting place for him to begin his journey back to being a hero. Toyman's list of his sins and character flaws opened his eyes to the man he had let himself become, and Clark's quiet but earnest conversation let him know that the biggest hero of them all still believed in the man he could once again be. Clark said he didn't have to face his struggle alone anymore, and what I would have liked to see this week was Clark helping Oliver start the climb out of his pit of self-destruction and despair. It's not the journey of an instant, and I think an episode spent exploring how Oliver would face the consequences of his past actions, and atone for them, with Clark providing inspiration and support, would have been a lot more satisfying to watch than Roulette. And it would have made me like Oliver a whole lot more.

Instead we saw what turned out to be Chloe playing the puppet master, leading Oliver through a series of elaborate but fake trials, all designed to manipulate him back to where she knew he needed to be. And in the end he respected her for it, for harnessing the resources at her disposal to make her plan happen, and give him a rather heavy-handed lesson. She took a page from his Machiavellian playbook, and embraced his philosophy that the end justifies the means. In so doing, she not only pulled Oliver back from the edge, she also brought them closer together. Unlike the other members of the Justice League, they alone fight without superpowers to help them, and with this episode that became their bond. They agreed that Clark would never have understood Chloe's motivation or her choices, and I think that's how it will always be between Oliver and Clark, too. But in that moment I'm afraid another round of Smallville secrets and lies was born, and that can't be a good thing.

I would rather have seen Oliver choose redemption freely, but I have a feeling this entire storyline was intended to kick off a dark arc for Chloe, where she wields her considerable power with the mistaken belief that she can do no wrong. I'm only speculating here, but it's a storyline that makes a lot of sense to me, and that I think could be fascinating in Allison's Mack's talented hands. Chloe has suffered loss after devastating loss recently, and been powerless to stop any of them. She can't turn to Clark for help, because of his pesky moral code. What better way to protect her heart from further harm than to seize control of anything she can? She'll only do what's best for everyone anyway. What could possibly go wrong?

Chloe's cool self-assurance in that last scene with Oliver, and especially her evident disdain for Clark, were positively chilling. White Queen, indeed. Unfortunately, I knew it was Chloe all along, so there was no moment of shock and surprise when her involvement was revealed. The story for this episode seems to have been inspired by a Michael Douglas film called The Game, which I've seen, and knowing the twist in advance made it obvious that Chloe was the person in Oliver's life who would put such a scheme in motion. I don't know if I would have suspected her anyway; it seemed like the show was trying to make us think it might have been Lex behind it all. In any case, Roulette showed us that Chloe has changed, and only time will tell if that's a cause for concern. Me? I'm already worried.

I do think Justin Hartley did a great job in this episode. I believed in Oliver's confusion, frustration, rage, and fear. I just couldn't bring myself to care all that much. I remember The Game because I felt anxious and distressed the whole time I watched it, and I felt for the main character, even though he was thoroughly unlikable, simply because no human being should be subjected to what he went through. Roulette failed to create that same tension, and Oliver's behavior lately has hardened my heart against him just a bit. Some of the scenes were exciting, and Justin's lithe physicality made the action sequences a thing of beauty. I also enjoyed Steph Song as Roulette. But overall, I think the story fell flat.

You know what would have made this episode about a hundred times better? A scene where Oliver tells Clark and Chloe that the time has come for him to do the right thing, and that he'll be turning himself in to the authorities for murdering Lex. And while he's at it, he could apologize to Clark for betraying him and shooting him in the back with a kryptonite arrow, and to Chloe for his hand in Jimmy's death. Then Clark could say he's glad Oliver chose the right path on his own, so the Blur wouldn't have to truss him up and deliver him to the cops like a common criminal. And Chloe could save the day by revealing irrefutable proof that Lex is alive after all, and that the body in the truck was a lifeless clone. At least that way we would know that Oliver acknowledged the full weight of what he had done, and accepted responsibility for it. Instead it looks like Oliver got away with murder, and Clark let him.

For me, the scenes between Clark and Lois at the farm were the highlight. They were cute and funny, and many of Tom's expressions were priceless (my favorite was Clark's wild-eyed panic when he came home as the Blur and found Lois standing in his living room). I liked that they touched on one of the problems Clark will face if he starts dating Lois in earnest: balancing his activities as the Blur with a girlfriend who doesn't know his secret. Is that even possible? But the weird thing was that I got no romantic vibe from those scenes whatsoever. There was no flirting, no heated glances, nothing! I honestly felt like we stepped into the Wayback Machine and traveled back to S6, when Lois and Oliver were a couple. Lois showed up at Clark's house with laundry and movies to distract herself from the fact that Oliver hadn't called, and was so caught up in her thoughts of him, she couldn't even follow the movie she put on. Clark was totally focused on the rescues he might be missing, seemed like he wished Lois would just leave, and was awkward and embarrassed when confronted by her underwear. Was this the same couple who stared at each other so hungrily in this very house just two episodes ago?

I did enjoy seeing Lois be a good friend to Oliver. I have to keep reminding myself how little she really knows about him. She knows about Green Arrow, but not the Justice League, or Lex, or his role in what happened with Doomsday and Jimmy. And she has no idea about the true nature of his relationship with Clark. But she knows he's been hurting, and she still cares about what happens to him. I can totally understand why she was so upset with Clark for keeping Oliver's suicide attempt from her, although she was wrong to expect him to share a secret that was never his to tell. Erica Durance broke my heart with her performance in that scene. I liked that Lois took it upon herself to track Oliver down, just as she did in Savior. She's devoted to her friends, and resourceful as well. Oliver's lucky to have her on his side.

The final scene between Lois and Oliver was perfect. She burst into his office and gave him hell, in classic Lois fashion. And he loved it. He can always count on Lois to tell him the unvarnished truth, and keep his ego in check. And, as we also saw, to take him into her heart. I'm sure Oliver is feeling wistful over those happier days when Lois was by his side, but deep down he knows there are good reasons why they're no longer together. Lois reached out to him without reservation, but also without any hint of romance, and Erica hit every note just right. I think we're finally seeing the friendship that was born between them on Clark's porch in Bride. Oliver and Lois have a wonderful ease with one other, that makes me smile every time they're together. I only wish Clark and Chloe could reach the same accord.

Clark wasn't in this one much, but every moment he was onscreen was a treat. He was adorable at home with Lois, heroic as the Blur, and a leader in the search for both Oliver's whereabouts and information about Alia. What I noticed in this episode is the sheer presence that Tom brings to Clark these days. Every time Clark is in a scene he commands it, and he manages to inspire my confidence just by standing tall, resolute, and stern. He makes me swoon without moving a muscle, or uttering a single word! And the gorgeous factor remains off the charts. Every time Tom showed up, he took my breath away, especially in that delicious sweater he wore in Clark's last scene with Chloe. Yum. One thing about having long stretches without Clark, it really makes you realize how much of a void his absence leaves in its wake. I didn't like it.

In spite of my problems with Oliver, I absolutely loved the final scene of the episode. Seeing the Blur and Green Arrow stand side by side, high above the streets of Metropolis, with no bitterness between them, was glorious! No one wears tight green leather like Justin Hartley, and I'm glad to see him in his hero garb again. I also liked Oliver's friendly snark about Clark's outfit (I kind of agree with him), and Clark's amused response. I've always wanted Clark to have guy friends, and I've longed for Oliver to respect and appreciate the hero Clark has become. Is it possible these two will finally truly be brothers in arms? I hope so. But most of all I loved Clark. The gravitas he brought to this moment, the sense of a world in peril that he would do anything to protect, thrilled me to my core. He is my Superman, and by welcoming Oliver back, by believing in the hero who stood humbled before him, he made his redemption complete.

Random thoughts: Who changed Oliver's clothes from black to white before putting him in that coffin, and why? Did Clark really have to destroy that woman's car in the course of rescuing her? That bit about Lois and Oliver's annual beer pong birthdays seemed totally contrived. They met in S6, only saw each other once in S7, and hardly seemed to be best buddies in S8. Clark is in no position to deliver lectures about knocking first. What is it with this show and scenes of Oliver staring at his own pretty face? And it really bothers me when Clark uses poor grammar. He should be smarter than that.

Roulette wasn't the best episode, but it wasn't the worst either, and it gave us some welcome developments. Oliver is finished wallowing, and has decided to be one of the good guys again. Chloe finally has a significant storyline of her own, and it's an intriguing one. Let's hope it translates into more screen time in the future. And Clark now knows about the Kandorians. What will he do next? Still, I hope we don't have any more episodes like this one. Justin made the most of his opportunity to shine, and I know Tom is a busy guy, but this is the story of how Clark Kent becomes Superman, and ultimately I think every episode should revolve around him. Smallville just isn't the same when Clark Kent is relegated to supporting status.

Tom is very, very pretty. My top ten favorite screen caps from Roulette:






























Screen caps courtesy of Home of the Nutty, with my thanks!

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't need to see the romance dominate by any means, and they both had good reasons for being distracted, but their dynamic just seemed weird after what we've seen in the past two episodes.

Do you mean what's coming up in Crossfire will be born out of Clark's jealousy over Oliver? Well, then I hope it's all a misunderstanding! :) If they do go for some kind of triangle with Ollie (or would it be a square if you include the Blur?), I'm guessing it will be brief, and entirely one-sided.

That gray tee has to be one of my all-time favorite pieces in Clark's wardrobe. So simple, and yet so devastating. :)
psychme From: psychme Date: October 26th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Great review as always.

But the weird thing was that I got no romantic vibe from those scenes whatsoever. There was no flirting, no heated glances, nothing! I honestly felt like we stepped into the Wayback Machine and traveled back to S6, when Lois and Oliver were a couple. Lois showed up at Clark's house with laundry and movies to distract herself from the fact that Oliver hadn't called, and was so caught up in her thoughts of him, she couldn't even follow the movie she put on. Clark was totally focused on the rescues he might be missing, seemed like he wished Lois would just leave

I found this very disappointing in the episode, to be honest. They've been building the Clark/Lois relationship very nicely this season, and I understand the situation they were trying to put them in, which was a natural step in Clark's attempt to find a balance in his life, but it really felt like they completely switched off the sexual tension in the scenes at the farmhouse. And we know these two have it to spare! I think they could have telegraphed each character's preoccupation with separate things while still adding some sexier, more fun moments in those scenes. I've seen someone posit that perhaps they did that intentionally, to set up next week's episode. I hope that's the case, because it really jarred me.

Also bothersome was the extent of damage to the poor woman's car. I'm sure she's grateful to be rescued, but I thought that much damage was unnecessary and a poor directorial choice.

On a more positive note, there was this:

What I noticed in this episode is the sheer presence that Tom brings to Clark these days. Every time Clark is in a scene he commands it, and he manages to inspire my confidence just by standing tall, resolute, and stern.

Absolutely. I see Superman in him so much, both in Blur costume and out of it, and that's thrilling. Sometimes it just takes my breath away.

I was disappointed in Echo when it first aired, but it improved upon repeated viewings. I think this is the first genuine stumble of S9 for me, and I hope it'll be the last.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I think they could have telegraphed each character's preoccupation with separate things while still adding some sexier, more fun moments in those scenes.

I agree. Even a few different choices in how they reacted to each other, or a couple of those meaningful glances we're so used to seeing as they sit across from each other at the DP, would have made a world of difference in the tone of the scene. The change just seemed abrupt to me.

I'm sure she's grateful to be rescued, but I thought that much damage was unnecessary and a poor directorial choice.

I know! Shattering the back window was bad enough (the door is right there, Clark), but smashing in the roof was way over the top.

I see Superman in him so much, both in Blur costume and out of it, and that's thrilling. Sometimes it just takes my breath away.

YES. Tom is getting his superhero on, and I love it!
silverscreengal From: silverscreengal Date: October 26th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
This ep felt off to me. I actually liked the Ollie stuff. I thought Justin did a great job. And Roulette really grew on me.

I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the Clark/Lois sexual tension until there was absolutely none. What was going on with those two?? Tom's expressions were cute but the mood was way off. And is it just me, or is Erica looking waaay older than she really is these days. It seems like the lighting is unflattering. I find it distracting. When I am thinking about the actor's hair or make-up, you know the scene isn't going well.


I found the scene with Chloe and Oliver insulting to Clark and maybe because it was at the end, I have lingering bitter feelings about this ep. I think Clark deserves better friends than this. Why does Clark feel a higher calling to bring justice to the world, but won't turn in Oliver for the heinous crime of murder?? If he and Chloe are so close, why doesn't he call her out on the way she is acting since she went off with Davis?? Very disturbing...but on a happier note: the Pretty keeps me happy. Thank god for the Pretty!!

I was anxiously awaiting your review (on all) but especially this one. Probably because I am so ambiguous about the episode. As usual, great job!!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 26th, 2009 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought Justin did a great job, too. And I adore him, so I was actually surprised I didn't enjoy his storyline more. But the way Oliver is being allowed to have a different set of rules from everyone else, rules that allow him to do whatever he wants, including murder, without consequences, really makes it hard for me to root for him. The message seems to be, if you're rich and pretty and have the right friends, you can get away with anything. While that may very well be true in RL, it's not the message I want to get from a show about Superman. And it makes everyone who is complicit look bad, including Clark.

I missed the sexual tension, too. It's been so fun to see Tom show us Clark's playful side, and a little bit of his passion as well. God, the man can be so sexy! :)

I wish they would let Erica wear a little less makeup. I think she's gorgeous, and they should let more of her natural beauty shine through. Allison's makeup was nicely understated in this episode, and she looked beautiful.

I didn't like Chloe and Oliver talking about Clark behind his back either, but I think they're just trying to give Chloe an interesting storyline, something that Allison can really sink her teeth into as an actress. And I'm still disappointed that Clark never had it out with Chloe about what happened with Davis, but I'm trying to let it go, since evidently Clark has. :/ I really do like Chloe, and I miss her. I hope whatever they have planned for her is good.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: part I

I think Oliver is still more screwed up than he thinks if he could actually be grateful to Chloe for playing puppet-master with his life. There's something really skewed about that being what pulled him out of his shame spiral rather than, you know, the normal offers to talk and be a sounding board that came from Clark (and Lois).

I feel like we still have a very murky picture of what makes Oliver tick. His behavior has bewildered me for a while now. He and Chloe were at serious odds at the end of last season, and what she was doing then, namely going behind Clark's back to handle a situation in a way of which he would not approve, is not all that different from what she did with Oliver here. And yet now she wins his approval and respect for it.

Not for nothing, IMO, was Chloe's behavior here a parallel to Oliver's in Sneeze and, reaching further back, to Lex's in Mortal. In all three episodes, you have one person setting up an elaborate ruse, where other people become little more than chess pieces, and doing so with utmost confidence that he/she has everything under control.

Ooh, that's a fascinating comparison. Sneeze is another situation in which Oliver never accepted responsibility for his actions. He put everything into motion, and whatever happened was on him, regardless of whether his hired thug followed instructions or not. And yet he deflected any blame, and hardly seemed troubled by the outcome. In contrast, Lex received his punishment in Mortal very personally, at Clark's hands. Oliver has been the imperfect hero from the start.

If Chloe is going down a similar path (and I think you're right that she is), I'll be very curious to see what standard is used to judge her. In the end it seems to me that the show has decided Lex was always dark at heart, while Oliver was a victim of circumstance. I agree with neither assessment completely, but the difference between them makes me think the blame for Chloe's slide down the slippery slope will somehow be laid at Clark's doorstep. I don't look forward to that.

But if down the line her machinations get someone seriously hurt or killed, the real test of who she is lies in her reaction. If she's remorseful, then she's not a villain. But if she's all, "gotta break eggs to make an omelette"? All bets are off.

I agree. And I think it could go either way.

I couldn't cut a word because I agree with all of it so much.

Why is the need for Oliver to be held accountable, both by society AND Clark, so obvious to the fans, and NOT to the writers? It boggles my mind.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: October 26th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
You liked this episode a whole lot more than I did. I wish I could trust the writers enough to believe that they view Chloe's actions as anything other than heroic. Or that even if she does get a comeuppance that it won't be swept under the rug. Maybe it's that I've read so many Clex fics and I can't help but be sensitized to the difference in how this whole matter would have gone down if Lex had killed Ollie, or if Lex was the one to set up the Roulette scheme. It all leaves a very bad taste and tears down Clark's character because of what he condones in his so called allies.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I wish I could trust the writers enough to believe that they view Chloe's actions as anything other than heroic.

I do think Chloe's story is being set up as a cautionary tale, but even so, her choices here have already been validated by Oliver's return to the fold, and by the way Clark welcomed him back. The absence of any discussion of his debt to society for Lex's murder is troubling on a fundamental level.

I think it's like when Clark asked Lana to run off with him in Promise, when she was pregnant with Lex's baby: TPTB knew at that point that the baby was fake, but the viewers didn't. They had Clark do something that made him look terrible because they forgot we didn't have all the facts yet. I'm willing to bet that if we asked them about this, they would say, well, Lex is alive, of course, completely disregarding that they haven't told us that on the show yet. Idiots.

Clinging to my belief that Oliver didn't actually kill anyone in that explosion is the only thing that makes what's happening with him now okay for me. I know that doesn't change his murderous intent, but it does make the fact that he's not going straight to prison acceptable to me. :/
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: part II

They weren't focused on each other at all. And that's realistic. Sometimes, no matter how in love you are, if you're really distracted by other things, you're not going to throw off romantic sparks.

That's true, and I'm perfectly fine with an episode where the 'ship is on the back burner, but I keep wondering if I'm supposed to assign some significance to the way those scenes played out. Is Clark putting on the brakes because he's realizing how the relationship might conflict with his activities as the Blur, thereby setting up a situation where Clark and Lois are on the outs at the beginning of Crossfire? But I'm pretty sure I'm over-thinking the whole thing.

Again, I agree with every word.

I'm afraid that when you come right down to it, it's all about Clark, and Tom, for me. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Chloe's need for control and manipulation isn't something we haven't seen before.

That's true, and it seems she didn't learn anything from what happened with Davis and Jimmy. Still, I'm interested to see what Allison does with this storyline.

This is why I'm hating Oliver's presence on the show so much right now, the way Clark himself is reflected so badly as a character with this whole thing.

I understand your position completely, and I'll admit I've resorted to fanwanking to reconcile myself to the situation. But I am okay with Oliver at this point, unlike a lot of my flist.

And I really like the implication that it's still to Clark and his home that Lois tried to find some peace of mind, and Clark himself picking up on Lois' hidden concerns.

I always appreciate your perspective on this relationship. As you have since the beginning, you see layers and nuance I often miss.

He's a murderer through and through, and nothing can make me forget that.

I don't see how the show can continue to ignore this hurdle that many fans have to accepting Oliver's redemption, but I'm sure they will. :(
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: October 26th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely caps and another great review!

To be honest, I found this episode boring for the most part. I agree that Justin Hartley was great in this episode but I don't have a vested interest in the Green Arrow story.

There have been other episodes this season with little screen time for Clark but the story still revolved around him and it felt like it was still his show. That wasn't the case for this episode.

You know what would have made this episode about a hundred times better? A scene where Oliver tells Clark and Chloe that the time has come for him to do the right thing, and that he'll be turning himself in to the authorities for murdering Lex. And while he's at it, he could apologize to Clark for betraying him and shooting him in the back with a kryptonite arrow, and to Chloe for his hand in Jimmy's death.

I like your version of the story much better than what the writer put together!

There were still some parts that I enjoyed: the Lois & Clark scenes and the last scene with the Blur and Green Arrow. I also enjoyed the gray t-shirt **so shallow**



tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC) (Link)
There have been other episodes this season with little screen time for Clark but the story still revolved around him and it felt like it was still his show. That wasn't the case for this episode.

I agree that Clark seemed peripheral to the main story for much of this episode. I liked all of his scenes better than any of Oliver's, though. I've re-watched just the Clark scenes in Roulette many times now! :)

I like your version of the story much better than what the writer put together!

Thanks! I'm THIS close to pretending it actually happened in Offscreenville. ;)

There were still some parts that I enjoyed: the Lois & Clark scenes and the last scene with the Blur and Green Arrow. I also enjoyed the gray t-shirt **so shallow**

Oh, I'm with you 100%, on all points. That gray tee deserves its own fan club!
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: October 26th, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

More when I finish work

Part of me wonders if Chloe's confidence in her ability to control the human variable is what led to her death in the alternate timeline.
She may try to play the game but the only people I've seen play this game well were the Luthors... and she's no Luthor. It kills me though that she can't see that she's behaving like them, and yet still claiming to be on the side of the angels. I agree that it does make sence that she would think this way after the events of the end of last season.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: More when I finish work

It kills me though that she can't see that she's behaving like them, and yet still claiming to be on the side of the angels.

I'm hoping that will be the point of her storyline, the slippery slope and all that. I want there to be no doubt that hiding things from Clark and doing things of which he wouldn't approve are WRONG. But then, I thought that was the point of Chloe's Davis/Doomsday storyline, and evidently I was mistaken. :P I'm still trying to figure out exactly what the show's stance was on Chloe's actions last season.

If they give Chloe a dark arc and make it about her being a victim of her tragic circumstances, or even worse, portray it as a justifiable or admirable response to those circumstances, I think my head will explode.
From: kates_passion Date: October 27th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
//Roulette wasn't the best episode, but it wasn't the worst either, and it gave us some welcome developments.//

Great review! You always mange to find the balance between what worked and what didn't and you express it so well.

//In spite of my problems with Oliver, I absolutely loved the final scene of the episode. Seeing the Blur and Green Arrow stand side by side, high above the streets of Metropolis, with no bitterness between them, was glorious!//

I thought so, too. In fact, it seemed to me that Clark actually moved forward and stood slightly in front of Oliver which seemed significant because I felt that Oliver was acquiescing to Clark's lead in that scene. He's no longer asking Clark to join him; he's offering to help Clark now.

//Was this the same couple who stared at each other so hungrily in this very house just two episodes ago?//

This bothered me, too. As cute/funny as their expressions were in the farmhouse scenes, it could have been so much better with a little added UST thrown into the mix. They've really been playing that well up until this episode.

I especially loved the way Lois looked in her scene with Oliver - the hair, makeup, her white jacket - everything was working for her in that scene. Clark looked amazing in every scene he was in!!! Thanks for the great sampling of this fact in your picspam! :D

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for your kind words!

In fact, it seemed to me that Clark actually moved forward and stood slightly in front of Oliver which seemed significant because I felt that Oliver was acquiescing to Clark's lead in that scene. He's no longer asking Clark to join him; he's offering to help Clark now.

I noticed that, too, and I almost included it in my review. I was struck by the fact that although on the show Oliver is at least five years older than Clark, and the guy who once lectured him on how to step up, in that scene he was obviously looking up to Clark for acceptance and approval. And Clark's leadership in that moment was unmistakable.

As cute/funny as their expressions were in the farmhouse scenes, it could have been so much better with a little added UST thrown into the mix.

I think so, too. I'm not sure what they were going for by downplaying it.

Clark looked amazing in every scene he was in!!!

He really did take my breath away. And I don't think the screen caps begin to do him justice. There's something about Tom's presence that can only be appreciated when you see the man in action.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 27th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the pretty pictures, as always.

And thats probably all I should say. LOL
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! That's okay, I know how frustrated you are right now, and I really can't blame you.

No matter what, at least we have the pretty.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: October 27th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the wonderful review. I always enjoy reading the way you phrase things.

I'm glad that it wasn't just me who didn't see any kind of romantic chemistry between Lois & Clark during the movie-watching scenes. Was there supposed to be chemistry and it just fell flat? Or was it just not written that way? (which makes no sense) I still think there was a cuteness chemistry thing there- I also think that Tom would have chemistry with a pair of socks- but like you said, these didn't seem like the same two people who were looking at each other with smoldering eyes last week.

ETA: I didn't know ahead of time that Chloe was pulling the strings and I'm glad. Maybe I'm not too bright, but it never occurred to me that Chloe was the one torturing Oliver. I thought that Lex manipulating him was probably too easy, but couldn't come up with anything else.

I didn't hate this episode like some, but I didn't love it either. My true measurement of whether not I liked an episode is if I'll buy it on iTunes or not. I did not buy Roulette. Just as a comparison, I didn't buy Prey, but I did buy Toxic and Bulletproof.

Also, I just haven't had the desire or mental energy to download the screencaps from Tom's beautiful (but limited) screen time. I don't know if I can blame the episode specifically though. I have still only downloaded the screencaps from Echo for the first half of the episode. I think this might be due more to my general exhaustion from working. :-( Thanks for sharing the pretty though!

Edited at 2009-10-27 04:22 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Brianne! *glomps you* It's so nice to see you here!

Was there supposed to be chemistry and it just fell flat? Or was it just not written that way?

I've been wondering the same thing, and I don't know what to think. It was weird.

Maybe I'm not too bright, but it never occurred to me that Chloe was the one torturing Oliver.

I don't think it was obvious at all. But didn't we have a spoiler that said Chloe was going to use her power to control or manipulate people this season, or something like that? I just figured it out because of The Game.

Are you aware that homeofthenutty has zips for the Smallville caps? You can download them all, in just a few minutes. I'm glad that you found a job, but not that it's so hard on you! *hugs*
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: October 29th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
*Glomps you back* :-)

I guess I knew, but forgot about the zip file thing. Thanks for the reminder! I downloaded all of the caps for Echo and Roulette and then deleted all the non-Clark ones. :-)

I hate sounded like a whiny brat and complaining about my job, but I'm not treated very well by management (no one is) and my feet are still killing me at the end of every shift (and for a few days after as well). Sigh. It's money for now, but that is not what I intend to do with the rest of my life.

Has your job calmed down? Is your boss back?
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 28th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
A scene where Oliver tells Clark and Chloe that the time has come for him to do the right thing, and that he'll be turning himself in to the authorities for murdering Lex. And while he's at it, he could apologize to Clark for betraying him and shooting him in the back with a kryptonite arrow
YesYesYes, a thousand times YES. What an amazing, emotional scene that could have been for the actors, especially if Oliver did spend several episodes in jail. That could have been a proper redemptive arc for him.

But they botch it, as always. SV has a shocking record when it comes to moral relativism. Ollie gets a walk because he's a "hero" and not killing Roulette becomes the moral equivalent of killing Lex, cancels it out. No.

But the weird thing was that I got no romantic vibe from those scenes whatsoever. There was no flirting, no heated glances, nothing! I honestly felt like we stepped into the Wayback Machine and traveled back to S6, when Lois and Oliver were a couple.
To me, Clark seemed irritated by Lois rather than attracted to her. Very S6, you're absolutely right. Oddly, the Lois scene that did work for me was her horrified reaction to Oliver on the video; I think ED does very well with emotional scenes and it's a nice change from the constant barrage of flippancy. She aced that scene.

Tom is very pretty. But is my baby on his way to mullet-town?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 28th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
What an amazing, emotional scene that could have been for the actors, especially if Oliver did spend several episodes in jail. That could have been a proper redemptive arc for him.

I just don't understand why the people who write this character aren't bothered by how morally questionable he seems. I would think they'd want better for him.

Ollie gets a walk because he's a "hero" and not killing Roulette becomes the moral equivalent of killing Lex, cancels it out. No.

Do you really think that's their rationale? That is so wrong. I certainly hope Oliver is well and truly reformed, because I'm tired of watching him wallow in self-pity and insult Clark, but nothing that happened during Chloe's elaborate game convinced me of that.

I think ED does very well with emotional scenes and it's a nice change from the constant barrage of flippancy. She aced that scene.

I agree. I think she does particularly well with scenes where Lois shows her vulnerability, like her scene with Oliver in Bride, and her post breakup scene with Clark in Siren. I also like the way she portrays Lois's genuine affection for Clark, which has more to do with their friendship than any potential romance. Scenes like the one where she takes him out for a beer in Apocalypse, or where she thanks him for saving her life in Stiletto, stand out as favorites for me.

Tom is very pretty. But is my baby on his way to mullet-town?

LOL! Shhh, don't give the hair stylists any ideas about attacking the Tommy hair! I'm loving it longer!
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