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Smallville in TV Guide
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tasabian From: tasabian Date: April 23rd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: From MJ

*co-signs every word of Tariel's comment*

As much as people don't like to hear it (and I'm not accusing you of this, this is just something I've noticed in general) the closer and closer we get to the end of Clark's journey the more it becomes a classic Superman story.
What defines a classic Superman story is highly subjective - for instance, I don't like Kate Bosworth's Lois, I think Erica's is much better. But someone else could say KBLois is the definitive Lois and "Superman Returns" is the classic Superman story and they wouldn't be wrong. That's their opinion. A 16 year old who says "Lana will always be the love of Clark's life!" is as valid in her opinion as the 60 year old who says "it's all been downhill since the Silver Age!"

People tend to patch together their own personal canon anyway. Canon is fluid. In the classic Superman story, Lois doesn't live with the Kents and doesn't know Clark until Metropolis. So for Smallville to match up with "classic" Superman, should Clark give Lois the Kiss of Lethe & wipe her memory? I suspect most fans would rather see canon change then to go this route. And with nine years on the air, Smallville has tweaked canon in many ways. Chloe and Lionel didn't exist before 2001, but they play huge roles on Smallville. Rosenbaum's Lex is different from the Lexes that came before. Mercy jumped from TV to the comics and has jumped back in the hybrid form of Tess. Clark lost his virginity to Lana. Doomsday's origin story is entirely different.

But the anger over Lois having increased screentime this year is in my opinion, misplaced.
People watch Smallville for any number of diverse reasons and none is more valid than another. Same goes for criticism. That said, Lois getting more air time does not make me angry. Chloe getting more air time does not make me angry. An absence of Clark's point-of-view and less dialogue for Tom makes me bored and I don't care which supporting character is stealing focus from him. Clark is my barometer for episode-quality.

I like both Chloe and Lois. But if they packed their bags and left tomorrow, I'd keep watching. Send Clark to another dimension, bring in Diana and Kara as his gal-pals, shift out Green Arrow and bring in Green Lantern? Sure, no problem. For me, the only indispensable character on the show is Clark. He is not one half of a relationship, he is himself. And it’s his eyes I want to see through.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 23rd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Great Paragraph

I like both Chloe and Lois. But if they packed their bags and left tomorrow, I'd keep watching. Send Clark to another dimension, bring in Diana and Kara as his gal-pals, shift out Green Arrow and bring in Green Lantern? Sure, no problem. For me, the only indispensable character on the show is Clark. He is not one half of a relationship, he is himself. And it’s his eyes I want to see through.

I love this paragraph, and I could not agree more.

tasabian From: tasabian Date: April 23rd, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Great Paragraph

Thanks, love! ♥
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 23rd, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Great Paragraph

You're right. What defines the best or definitive version of a Superman story is highly subjective. Absolutely. But that wasn't my point. It doesn't matter WHAT version of the Superman story you are talking about or which Lois you like the best: Lois is the second most important person. She's second only to Clark and Lex is a close 3rd. You could be talking about the original comics in the 1930's, the George Reeves show in the 1950's, the ill advised Superman musical, the Superman films, the animated series, "Lois and Clark", and the list goes on. When you're talking about Superman canon it goes Clark, Lois, Lex and then everyone else. My point wasn't about which is the best version of the Superman story. That's going to change depending on who you ask. But the bottom line is that when you are talking about a Superman story, Lois is going to be the second most important person to that story. Her relationship with him is going to be a large part of that story. The closer Clark has gotten to his desinty as Superman the more this show has needed to embrace the world of Superman. And in that world, Lois Lane is second only to Clark. In that world, she is sometimes around even when Clark CAN'T be there. In that world, while he's not just one half of a couple, he lives and breathes for her. Now, I completely understand that some people may not like that. That's understandable. But it is what it is.

And while I will be the first to admit that this show has pushed Clark to the side numerous times over the years and while I absolutely agree that we needed to hear more from HIS perspecitve this year....I still think he came off looking fantastic in the first half of this season. His confrontation with "Metallo" was, in my opinion, one of the most moving scenes between Clark and a villian ever on this show. I thought he was very proactive and a true hero in "Rabid." He was out there investigating and working to save Oliver in "Echo." I wasn't thrilled about his screentime or role in "Roulette' but that seems to be a popular opinion. He came off fabulous in "Idol" and had several true moments of heroism and grace both with Lois and the Wonder Twins. The only episode this year that was truly just about romance was "Crossfire." And you know? I didn't have a problem with that because there are PLENTY of examples throughout Superman canon where Clark's major arc is his romance. So I'm fine with the show taking one episode that's just about that. But the other episodes in the first half of the season were not just about Clark's romantic arc.

I actually had a bigger problem with "Kandor." I didn't like it that Clark was seperated from his father until the very last minute of the episode. I wanted Clark to be the one to talk to his father about Zod and his life on Earth...not Chloe. That was a let down for me.

And yes, I'd watch this show if it was just Clark as well. I love Superman that much. I've watched this show since the pilot and loved it through the good and bad. But then again, when it comes to the modern continuity of Superman, a story that doesn't include Lois isn't being true to the Superman canon and eliminates some of the most emotional and important stories in the canon of this incredible character. But yes, I would still watch.

Anyway, I feel like my initial point has been kind of distorted. In no way am I arguing that every episode of Smallville should be about Clois nor am I defending the show for all of the time that they have WASTED over the years not giving us Clark's point of view. We should have heard a LOT more this year from Clark regarding his return to humanity and how he was feeling after the Doomsday debacle last year. That was a huge mitsake on the show's part. I want to see every side of Clark's life explored. I particularly want to see him out there working as a journalist and I'm waiting for the show to get on that. My point was that if I had to choose...I would GLADLY choose a story about Clark and Lois than the recent focus on Chloe and buliding her up as some kind of Saint. Ideally, I would never HAVE to choose. Ideally, the show would give me a nice mixture of Clark's romance and his role as a reporter and hero etc.
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