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Smallville 9x19 - Charade


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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lois Lane in the mythos couldn't tell the difference between her soul mate and ultimately her fiance just because he wore a pair of glasses. Before Clark revealed his secret to her, she would literally believe that Superman and Clark were two different people. In modern comics, Clark doesn't even tell Lois that he's Superman until after she has said yes to his proposal of marriage.

I think it was unfair of Clark in the comics and it's unfair now with Smallville to expect Lois to only accept half of Clark when even Clark is unable to do so. Moreover, the characters on the show and the showrunners' in interviews made it very clear that Lois has two different types of relationships with the Blur and Clark. Lois's relationship with the Blur began before Stiletto as seen in the heartfelt letter she published to him. I thought the show has been making the point that Lois's primary attraction to the Blur is not because of his phone calls, but because of who he is as a hero. Without ever having met him, Lois wanted to be the Blur's friend.

The attraction is also based on how the Blur has enlisted Lois to help him carry out his mission on occasion. Based on show canon, the Blur who enlisted Lois on the most missions wasn't Zod's, but Clark's. Clark's Blur asked Lois to publish his farewell letter in Doomsday. Clark's Blur asked Lois to help him stop Corben in Metallo. Clark's Blur asked Lois to help him clean up the Wonder Twins' mess in Idol. For about 8 months after the events of Idol, the Blur asked nothing of Lois until Zod asked her to do one thing for him in Escape. The way I perceived it, Lois had only helped Zod's Blur with that one task: find out what Tess was doing. When Zod's Blur called her in Upgrade for an update, that's all they talked about (briefly). I'm not even sure they interacted much between their calls after Escape since there was only one follow up call, and it was in Upgrade, and then there may have been no phone calls after Upgrade since Zod went AWOL after he got what he wanted. The two interactions Lois had with the Blur in Charade were with Clark's Blur. He saved her when she left a message asking for him to be there to protect her, and he was the one whose identity she was protecting from Sacks and from Lord.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I feel it's unfair for it to be believed that on the one hand, Lois should have such a strong connection to the Blur that she'd be able to have some ESP recognition ability that no other Lois Lanes have had when their soul mate was staring at them with or without glasses on, yet on the other hand not want Lois to have any strong connection to the Blur at all because Clark Kent should be enough even when he's not enough for himself. It also seems the show has made it clear that Lois's feelings for the Blur are different than her feelings for Clark whom she loves. And, finally, it seems Lois has derived a sense of purpose from missions she's done for Clark's Blur as well as Zod's Blur. It was merely a continuation of what she had started with Clark's Blur.

In fact, the one thing Zod's Blur did ask her to do may have given her a sense of purpose unintentionally because Lois believed she was on a humanitarian mission to look into the lab's meteor rock experiments on humans when Zod just wanted to know about kryptonite. Therefore, the point Clark's Blur makes on the phone later about not needing him (the Blur) to do something good and right is accurate. Lois may be attributing her sense of purpose to the Blur, but this whole issue with Clark and Zod as the Blur proves that she never really needed either of them to fulfill what she believes is her duty to people and the world. It's interesting that this would come up in Charade, since we saw in this episode that it was actually Lois who enlisted the Blur on a mission this time when she asked him to help her with her journalism job (the job that will ultimately make her the most fulfilled), and he apparently complied by acting as her wing man when she confronted Sacks.

Thanks for letting me comment. Your reviews are awesome!
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2010 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I don't know your name to address you properly!

Actually, in the modern comics canon, Lois states that she always suspected that Clark and Superman were one and the same. Now, I'll admit it gets brushed under the rug pretty easily. It's never really explained HOW she know or why or if it was something in her subconsious. (There were really no overt clues to suggest that Lois knew on some level but she claimed that she did.)

Man, this was a complicated episode wasn't it? You could round and round with this stuff!!!

MJ :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 28th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Thanks so much for your comment, and your kind words about my reviews!

Lois Lane in the mythos couldn't tell the difference between her soul mate and ultimately her fiance just because he wore a pair of glasses.

Well, you certainly have a point there. :) There are so many different versions of the Superman story out there, between comic books, cartoons, movies, and other TV shows, that I tend to view Smallville as a 'verse unto itself, especially with the many unique twists to the story the show has introduced. I can't imagine this Lois Lane being fooled that way.

Moreover, the characters on the show and the showrunners' in interviews made it very clear that Lois has two different types of relationships with the Blur and Clark.

That's true, but then they muddy the waters with things like Lois's confession to Clark about her feelings for the Blur in Rabid, and Maxwell Lord probing Lois's mind and concluding that she loves the Blur, and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to think.

Based on show canon, the Blur who enlisted Lois on the most missions wasn't Zod's, but Clark's.

I wish the show had been more clear about this. Smallville is famous for their Offscreenville adventures, and I'm unclear on exactly what Lois has been doing for Zod. She said she's been helping him for weeks, and evidently whatever she's been doing has been significant enough to cause her to have an epiphany about having a sense of purpose. In my mind, the one time Clark's Blur asked Lois to actively help him was in Metallo; in Idol he was only calling to give her the Blur's side of the story for the article she had been assigned. But of course Lois again went above and beyond and ended up in danger. :) No wonder Clark thinks he has to protect her from herself.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I feel it's unfair for it to be believed that on the one hand, Lois should have such a strong connection to the Blur that she'd be able to have some ESP recognition ability that no other Lois Lanes have had when their soul mate was staring at them with or without glasses on, yet on the other hand not want Lois to have any strong connection to the Blur at all because Clark Kent should be enough even when he's not enough for himself.

Is this what you think my expectation is? Because that's not what I think, and it isn't what I meant to say in my review. I think Lois is in love with Clark, and I think she admires and looks up to the Blur. If she does in fact feel something more for the Blur, that wouldn't surprise me, because he is, after all, Clark. I'm not a fan of the Tof2, but I treasure the special relationship Lois has with the Blur, and what it means to both of them, and I am dismayed that the show has seen fit to have Zod intrude on that with his deceit. And I don't think Clark and Lois can ever have a relationship worthy of what they feel for one another until he is completely honest with her.

And if you weren't talking about me, never mind. :D

Lois may be attributing her sense of purpose to the Blur, but this whole issue with Clark and Zod as the Blur proves that she never really needed either of them to fulfill what she believes is her duty to people and the world.

Absolutely. And nothing proves that better than her experience with John Corben in Upgrade. She may have been in Tess's lab because Zod sent her there, but what she did for John was all on her own, and neither Clark nor Zod know that she did anything, much less that she saved him and gave him the means to lead an independent life. And maybe what happened with John is what inspired Lois after all, and her higher calling actually came from within all along.

It's interesting that this would come up in Charade, since we saw in this episode that it was actually Lois who enlisted the Blur on a mission this time

That's a great insight, I never thought about that. I guess Zod afforded that by giving Lois two-way communication. Clark knows how easily that could lead her right back to him, and can't take that chance.
athena606 From: athena606 Date: April 27th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope Clark will see that he can't offer Lois only one part of himself and expect that to be enough, for her or for him. It would be a mere shadow of what their epic love deserves.

this says it all, its why when he asked her if he was enough i said NO, cause until he shares all of himself with the woman he loves he'll never be enough. Great Review
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 28th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I just hope the show gives us the opportunity to see Clark and Lois together with no secrets between them. I don't want them to save the big reveal for the final episode of the series.
athena606 From: athena606 Date: April 28th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel pretty confident that they wont do something lame like that or at least i'd like to think not
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you're right, but I've learned to never take anything for granted when it comes to this show. :)
jwm_rocks From: jwm_rocks Date: April 28th, 2010 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry I'm late to the party here. Lovely review.

I'm not a shipper, and I've said all along that the last thing I wanted from Clark and Lois was angst, but the performances from Erica Durance and especially Tom Welling this week just tore me up inside, and made it hurt so good.
Oh wow. Even just reading you describe the various scenes made me all misty eyed. *sniff*

I understand the reasons for it, but I really don't like the Fake!Blur storyline.
Me neither. And I'm not sure why Clark didn't tell Lois she'd been talking to a fake Blur. To spare Lois' feelings? To make it less likely she'll be able to eventually connect the dots to him? I mean it's nice if he wants to spare her feelings but isn't that tact a bit dangerous? If she stops taking Zod's calls then... what stops Zod from showing up in person?

Maybe what Lois feels for the Blur is closer to hero worship, and the meaning she finds in her work with him is all about redefining herself, and not so much about love. After all, Lois herself said it wasn't like what she has with Clark.
That's my assumption. Hope that's it 'cuz I can understand the hero worship. I don't get falling for a disembodied voice.

I thought the scene at LuthorCorp was pretty much a waste of time, although I'm always happy to see Tess. How cool did she look in those shades and that upswept hair, all tall and gorgeous?
So sad what they've done with Tess this season.

And how can the show leave us hanging like that when Lois isn't even in the next episode? It's Crossfire all over again!
It's weird how they like to do that sort of thing right before an episode without Lois. So they're going to do what? Have Clark rely Lois' off screen answer to Chloe next week?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! And you're not late at all, especially compared to me. I'm always woefully behind on my flist.

And I'm not sure why Clark didn't tell Lois she'd been talking to a fake Blur.

I didn't get that either! And why didn't he ask her exactly what the Fake!Blur was having her do? I guess it falls under the big umbrella of protecting his secret, but I honestly think the writers didn't want to sully the tragic, poetic beauty of that heartbreaking phone call with mundane exposition. :)

In the same vein, I never understood why Clark couldn't tell Lois she was under the influence of a type of meteor rock in Persuasion. He could have left out the part about how it was actually his voice that compelled her, just say the rock affected her behavior after she breathed in the fairy dust. Instead Lois was totally embarrassed and humiliated over what she had done. Not everything has to be a secret.

I don't get falling for a disembodied voice.

Me neither, but judging by many of the comments here, you and I might be in the minority there. ;)

So sad what they've done with Tess this season.

It's such a waste of talent! It reminds me of S7, when they used Michael Rosenbaum so sparingly. They knew it was his last season, and yet when Tom needed time off to prepare for directing Apocalypse, they gave us Sleeper.

So they're going to do what? Have Clark rely Lois' off screen answer to Chloe next week?

I think like so many scene-ending questions on Smallville, we're left to assume she didn't answer, because she doesn't know. I wonder how they'll explain her absence this week. Another intimacy-induced panic flight, no doubt.
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