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Smallville 9x16 - Escape - I worship at the television altar — LiveJournal
Smallville 9x16 - Escape
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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.
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