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Smallville: Justin Hartley talks to TVGuide.com
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jeannev From: jeannev Date: January 29th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, I haven't done this yet, but since there are so many of them, I have to pick at it a bit and complain. Because...well, because I'm Me, Hello! ;)

TVGuide.com: Would you want to see him with Chloe over Lois?
Hartley: No, it's not like he prefers Lois. It's an interesting thing because he's got the love of his life in Lois, and she's happy now. It sounds so cliché, "I just want to see you happy," but I think that Oliver understands that he can't make a woman like that happy and give her what she needs. He's just not that man. What Chloe is asking for is a little bit different; it's more Oliver's speed. Not to downplay it or say it's a convenient thing, they're definitely comfortable together and they understand each other and don't have to put on a front.


IDK. I think anyway you squint and look at this one, it sounds like Oliver is settling for Chloe because he can't have Lois, and apparently Chloe won't ask much from him. Pardon me while I swoon over how romantic that is *rolls eyes* Why are they bothering with this? It just sounds like a timesuck to me.

TVGuide.com: Will there be any more Tess (Cassidy Freeman) and Oliver hookups?
Hartley: She threw a knife at me the other day, so yeah, we're going to be working together. I think I pissed her off again, so that's always fun. I don't know if they're going to be involved anymore. I would say no, but then at the same time who knows what Oliver's going to do? He's a dirty bird.


Really? So, Oliver thinks Lois is the love of his life, he's going to be having a fling with Chloe, but who knows, he might still have something brewing with Tess?

Is this the Oliver show?

TVGuide.com: How will the relationships among Clark, Chloe and Oliver change in the next few episodes? Are they still at odds about the best way to deal with Zod (Callum Blue)?
Hartley: Yeah, they are in a way. In spending more time with Chloe, Oliver starts to understand Clark's way a little more. Instead of taking sides, if there were in fact three sides, Oliver has his own view. All three of them think they're the best person for the job. In working with Chloe, I learn more about why Clark looks at things the way he does, and what's wrong with both of our plans. Hopefully we come at it with a three-pronged attack.


OK, All sorts of ragey thoughts going on in my head now. For one thing, Zod is now turning into a Clark/Oliver/Chloe enemy, so, so much for this being about Clark. Heck, he's just one of the potential "prongs" of attack, right? And why can't Oliver start to understand Clark's way a bit more because he's spending time with Clark. Why does that need to involve Chloe?

And really, Oliver and Chloe think they are the right people for the job? Over Clark? Jesus-fucking-Christ!

And already we've got the "whats wrong with Clark's plan" thing. I knew that was coming.

TVGuide.com: What interaction will Oliver have with Zod in the coming episodes?
Hartley: It's being discussed. Of course if there's a battle between the two of them, Oliver has got to have something, a weapon; it's not a fair fight unless Oliver has some kind of weapon.


WHY?? Why is it necessary for Oliver to have any meaningful direct interaction with Zod? Oliver isn't the star of the show. Oliver isn't Zod's main nemesis. Why is this about Oliver AT ALL? Why is this being discussed? Why isn't "Hell No", and "have a nice day"?

Let me put it this way....this week, the show comes back and its all Ollieville, with the Dark Archer from Oliver's past. Is anyone talking about when Clark goes up against the Dark Archer? Is anyone talking about how Clark will deal with this enemy of Oliver's? Oh course not! ARGH *ragey thoughts*

I like Justin Hartley. I really do. Oliver? I just can't say I like how they use him on this show in relation to Clark. I think they think of it as them telling 2 different hero stories, as opposed to them thinking of how using Oliver can enhance Clark's story.

starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: January 29th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with what you're saying in that it does seem very Ollie-centric, but I do get the feeling that if this interview had been with Tom, we'd be getting a lot more Clark-centric stuff talked about. But our guy remains elusive as ever ...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 29th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree that the fact that it's Justin being interviewed makes a difference. It's hard to tell how much of the Oliver emphasis in the spoilers that Justin shares is because of his obviously Ollie-centric perspective, and how much is simply reflective of the writing. I wish we could hear Tom's perspective as well.
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jeannev From: jeannev Date: January 29th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cynical!LaT thinks it's a bone thrown to Chloe fans

Cynical!Me agrees 100%. There's nothing organic about this at all.

I would expect Oliver and Chloe to be involved with Clark's plan to deal with Zod and it does make a certain sense. Clark shouldn't have to go it alone if he's got people capable of backing his play. But that's the problem I see -- Oliver and Chloe aren't capable of backing Clark's play, at least not since the events of Doomsday. And it does sound like they're going to be second-guessing him yet again, nevermind that of the three of them, he's literally the only one best equipped to neutralize Zod.


Well, thats it, exactly. JH isn't talking about how Oliver is going to back up Clark in his battle with Zod. He's talking about how Green Arrow is going to battle Zod, and how he has his own ideas, and thinks he's the person for the job. I don't object to Clark having back-up. But it reminds me of what they did with Oliver and Lex. Suddenly, those 2 were the big rivals, and Oliver was all about taking Lex down. But wasn't the show supposed to be about Clark and/vs Lex? And then Toyman comes on, and guess what? He's all about Oliver. I still don't think he even knows who Clark is, and he has no interest in The Blur.

Frankly, with the shows track record, I need Oliver to be way in the back of the mini-van when it comes to battling Zod. I don't need one, single GA/Oliver vs Zod scene. At all.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 29th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
First of all, thank you so much for this comment! It's that perfect combination of logical, thoughtful analysis and ruthless snark that I love, and that only you can give us. :)

I think anyway you squint and look at this one, it sounds like Oliver is settling for Chloe because he can't have Lois, and apparently Chloe won't ask much from him. Pardon me while I swoon over how romantic that is *rolls eyes* Why are they bothering with this?

It makes no sense to me either, and I think most of Justin's answer there is him thinking out loud, trying to figure it out for himself. Chloe doesn't want much, which is good, because Oliver doesn't have much to offer? As I said upthread, he makes it sound like they're friends with benefits. And I don't think Justin is necessarily sold on the idea just yet.

So, Oliver thinks Lois is the love of his life, he's going to be having a fling with Chloe, but who knows, he might still have something brewing with Tess?

Honestly, I think this is Justin's way of saying, "How the hell should I know? I only work here." A lot of what Justin said in all of these interviews makes me think he's feeling a bit powerless at the moment.

OK, All sorts of ragey thoughts going on in my head now.

Oh, this answer totally set me off! You'll notice there was no favorite quote at the top of this interview, but I almost posted this one as my least favorite. Why does something have to be wrong with Clark's plan?! Why does the fight against Zod have to be a collaboration? I would say it should be Clark's plan, with him telling Oliver and Chloe what to do, except after Doomsday we know they can't be trusted! Is Zod going to be Doomsday redux?

And why can't Oliver start to understand Clark's way a bit more because he's spending time with Clark. Why does that need to involve Chloe?

I don't even get how this is supposed to work. Chloe clearly doesn't understand Clark anymore, how is spending time with her going to help?

And really, Oliver and Chloe think they are the right people for the job? Over Clark? Jesus-fucking-Christ!

I know! I get it, show, Clark isn't Superman yet. That doesn't mean he has to be wrong all the time! He is the hero of the story, and we should be allowed to see him shine!

WHY?? Why is it necessary for Oliver to have any meaningful direct interaction with Zod?

I agree! This is Clark's fight.

I think they think of it as them telling 2 different hero stories, as opposed to them thinking of how using Oliver can enhance Clark's story.

I think you're right. I just don't know WHY.
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