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Smallville 9x16 - Escape - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 9x16 - Escape
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goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: April 7th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think, overall, on most things, you and I might just be on the same page wrt this ep - except you managed to find a way to express those thoughts a little bit more generously than I did. ;-)

//Big, warm, beautiful and willing Clark is snuggled right next to you in a cozy, comfy bed, with a fire crackling and the lights dimmed, and you don't jump him?//

Right?!

//And I have a major problem with Clark contemplating intimacy without telling Lois the whole truth about himself.//

::nods::

//The scene in the Talon where Clark tosses Lois up on the counter and steps between her legs, completely invading her personal space? That was unbelievably HOT, and certainly the most sexually assertive move we've seen Clark make without the help of Red!K. Watching made me weak in the knees, but somehow the kisses that followed didn't live up to the promise of what came before. *sigh* I so want their kisses to knock my socks off, but I'm just not feeling it.//

This is ::exactly:: how I felt about this scene too. So hot - and then the kissage happens and it sort of inexlicably fizzles.

//My favorite part, of course, was the conversation between Clark and Oliver while the girls were outside.//

That was honestly, the only bearable part of that entire breakfast sequence, for me. I personally loathed the rest of it - annoying as hell.

And I'm afraid I just don't care at all about Chlollie so I can't even muster up much conversation about it. :-(

//Will he discover the truth, and if so, will it change him? Or is he the irredeemable villain he appears to be?//

I'm actually curious about this.

//Kinky! :)//

Heh, G(Dirty)MTA.

//Is she still loyal to Clark, or has he disappointed her once too often?//

LaT provided a really interesting and believable reading on Tess in my lj, and canadabear also reiterated the same and I agree - that Tess, ultimately is incredibly self aware. She knows her own failings and and in her twisted way of thinking, she recognizes there is valid blame for Clark to put on her, so she accepts his behaviour towards her as deserving. And so yes, I do think she is still, in her own unique way, loyal to Clark.

//My other favorite part was, of course, the shower scene.//

Yeah, I do have to say - very funny, enjoyable scene. Clark singing is just never going to not be precious nd hilarious.

//Escape was a weak episode overall, with dialogue that ranged from clunky to nonsensical ("This is a relationship, Chloe, not a spelling bee!"), implausible plot points, and way too much emphasis on 'ships for my taste.//

Yeah, about sums it up.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: April 7th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
//Is she still loyal to Clark, or has he disappointed her once too often?//

LaT provided a really interesting and believable reading on Tess in my lj, and canadabear also reiterated the same and I agree - that Tess, ultimately is incredibly self aware. She knows her own failings and and in her twisted way of thinking, she recognizes there is valid blame for Clark to put on her, so she accepts his behaviour towards her as deserving. And so yes, I do think she is still, in her own unique way, loyal to Clark.


When you put it that way, then my own reading of her being the stereotypical battered woman is actually spot on. She was abused as a child, and though she seems to have attributed her father's behavior as "bad" and "his own fault", I wonder if she deep down thinks, as a lot of abused people do, that some of it was "what she had coming to her". Fast forward roughly 20 years and she's doing the same with Clark. Not that I am saying that Clark is abusing her (becuase I don't think he is, just an observation), but looking at it this way makes a bit of sense.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 7th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've wondered about this ever since Turbulence. I don't know enough about psychology to gauge what we see on Smallville for authenticity, but I'm curious to know if the writers or Cassidy herself did any research after that piece of Tess's history was introduced, and incorporated what they learned into the script and/or her performance.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 7th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right?!

I know!! Be serious! :D Both of them looking GORGEOUS in that bedroom scene. There is no way they wouldn't have been all over each other.

That was honestly, the only bearable part of that entire breakfast sequence, for me. I personally loathed the rest of it - annoying as hell.

I know what you mean. Some of that scene was really cringe-worthy. But I also thought some of it was really funny. :) One thing that was interesting to me was that Oliver didn't really join in with Chloe's snarky attitude toward Clark, at brunch or elsewhere in the episode. That made it a lot easier for me to appreciate him, and to enjoy his comedic moments.

I'm actually curious about this.

Zod's possible redemption is my last remaining hope that Clark won't be condemned by the show for deciding to save his life the way he did. :(

LaT provided a really interesting and believable reading on Tess in my lj, and canadabear also reiterated the same and I agree

That's a great theory, and I wouldn't be surprised to find out that it's exactly what informs Cassidy Freeman's acting choices. In addition, we know from Turbulence that Tess had an abusive childhood, and it certainly seems to have left a lasting effect on her adult relationships.

Clark singing is just never going to not be precious nd hilarious.

And Tom didn't sound half bad! :) I'm dying to know if the "song" choice was his, it was too funny.

Yeah, about sums it up.

I think I was more forgiving than I might have been because I'm afraid Escape may be our last funny episode for a good long while. Between Zod's powers, Chloe's secret agenda, and Checkmate, we have a lot of serious storylines going on. I expect the end of the season to be heavy with drama and angst, and I wanted to savor the lighter moments this episode gave us.
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