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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 26th, 2010 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, so apparently I'm only shutting up about this on my own journal, because I'm suddenly motivated to list out my problems with this episode here! Okay, that's because I know you won't judge, and you always have interesting things to say, and often offer a different perspective that I can think about. So yeah, it's all your fault.

Anyway, I have to agree 100% with your Triangle-for-Two rant. I don't like it for precisely the same reasons you do, and to have that be made so explicit in this episode made me dislike it that much more. I've actually been enjoying the Clark/Lois/Blur storyline so far, but to have it all come crashing down on them because Lois can't decide between Clark and the Blur, and because Clark can't come clean (for very flimsy reasons) is just terrible.

Zod!Blur makes things so much worse. Lois's sense of purpose comes from Zod giving her stuff to do. Clark!Blur never had her do any of his work for him. His connection with her was personal; she was the person he could open up to. He would never have willingly put her in harm's way, just to get his own work done. That's what bugs me, that Lois's "rejection" of Clark (or at least her inability to decide whether he's "enough") comes from feelings of love/hero-worship (I can't decide which one she feels) for Zod!Blur. Which is just mind-boggling, to be honest. The normal triangle is bad enough, but put Zod into the mix and it all goes to hell.

It doesn't help that Clark keeps coming back to the same flimsy reasons for not telling Lois his secret. Lois's relationship with the Blur is almost public knowledge right now, so whether or not she knows his true identity is pointless. Doesn't she already get into trouble without knowing? And seriously, if she kept it a secret, it really wouldn't make a difference to other people. I think my biggest problem is that I don't see a problem with Lois knowing about Clark/Blur, and the show is obviously not going to go there, like EVER. And while I can accept that normally, it just becomes that much more obvious and frustrating when it is brought to attention as glaringly as it was in this episode.

Moving on, however, I have to agree with what you said, re: Clark and Chloe. I actually really enjoyed their interaction here, and it makes such an enormous difference when AM plays Chloe without the snark and the cold attitude. I saw none of that in this episode, and it really made their scenes so much more palatable. Yes, she's still being let off scot-free for everything she's done, but at least she's not actively annoying me by being needlessly snippy at Clark. Small mercies, huh? I hope we don't revert back to usual, bitchy S9 interaction by the next episode, but I'm not keeping my fingers crossed.

Yeesh, sorry for the rant! I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer on your journal. It's just that I feel so much safer talking about this stuff here, where I know your reply will make me feel better. You truly are the eternal optimist, IMO. I could use some of your sunshine. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 26th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
He did, and when she ended up in danger, he decided to stop. He didn't call her again until Idol, when he needed to explain that the botched saves were not his doing. He said to Chloe in Idol, "After what happened with Corben, I stopped calling her as the Blur for her own protection." But of course he never told Lois that.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 26th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, but aside from that one moment in Metallo, where he actually tells her NOT to do anything, but just keep her eyes open, what else has he asked her to do? More precisely, when has he ever explicitly asked her to put herself into a dangerous situation? To the best of my recollections, never.

I think the key is Lois' line from this episode:

"You have no idea what it means that you trusted me enough to let me help you these past few weeks. I have never felt such a sense of purpose in my entire life."

And thats a reaction to Zod!Blur, not Clark's real Blur.

And that feels like an issue to me.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 27th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
And thats a reaction to Zod!Blur, not Clark's real Blur.

Exactly. Lois's feelings for the Blur seemed to make a paradigm shift between Upgrade and Charade, and the only Blur she's been talking to during that time is Zod. It feels like an issue to me, too.

Is it just sloppy writing? Probably. But in spite of the copious fanwanking I do on occasion, the whole point of reviewing these episodes is to react to what I see on my TV screen, not make excuses for it. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 26th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
GMTA! \o/ We're still on the same wavelength, because I pretty much agree with everything you said. And even if I didn't, you can rant here anytime you want. :)

I keep seeing people saying how happy they are that the show finally got Clark's secret right, and I feel like some kind of doofus, because I honestly don't get it, at least not when it comes to Lois. Now, I'm not saying Clark has any obligation to tell her, or even that he should; I do believe that is his decision and his alone. I'm just saying I don't understand why he doesn't. I think the real reason is simply that TPTB have decided that he can't.

I'd probably feel differently if everybody EXCEPT Lois didn't already know. That's what makes it so ridiculous to me.

I think the whole Fake!Blur thing is messed up. If Lois had a close connection to the Blur before Zod started impersonating him, she should have noticed the difference, in both his voice and his demeanor. And if her connection wasn't that close, then everything she feels for the Blur is in response to Zod. Yuck.

I appreciate that Clark as the Blur warned Lois not to believe anyone who calls from now on claiming to be him, but why didn't he tell her she's been working for a fake? And wouldn't it be helpful to know exactly what the Fake!Blur has been having her do, and what information she has given him?

I hope Chloe doesn't revert either, but I have no idea what to expect.

I appear to be fresh out of sunshine. Sorry! LOL!

Tom was so gorgeous in Charade! Between the disheveled tux and the glorious grey tee, I was swooning every other second. :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 26th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
"If Lois had a close connection to the Blur before Zod started impersonating him, she should have noticed the difference, in both his voice and his demeanor. And if her connection wasn't that close, then everything she feels for the Blur is in response to Zod. Yuck."

I sort of addressed this in my other comment below. I totally understand and agree that this is confusing. My take on it was that the emotional connection was with Clark earlier in the season and last season. When Zod called her, she wanted to help him based on THAT connection. Now, should the show have allowed her to express that something seemed off? Yes, they should have. That was, in my opinion, a writing error. That being said, it seemed clear to me in "Upgrade" that her "heart" wasn't as invested in the emotional connection at that point. It was more about helping out and having a duty to do what she felt was right. At this point, Clark is her boyfriend and her emotional connection was with HIM. And in a strange way, the lack of emotional connection between Lois and Zod in "Upgrade" was already proof that something was "off." It's possible that Lois just didn't care to notice it because her commitment at that point was to Clark. She wasn't looking at the Blur in that way anymore. The emotional connection seemed to come back when she encoutered Clark again in this episode and all of the feelings she felt earlier in the season sprung to the surface. I fully believe that the reason she had such a hard time letting go in this episode was because it was actually CLARK who asked her to do so. He was the one who held her hand and stood behind her in that pivotal scene. It was his energy coursing through the room, his hand touching her and his voice breaking on the other end of the line. But I totally agree that it's confusing as hell.

MJ
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 27th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm going in order from the top replying to comments, so I haven't read what you wrote below yet. My OCD is showing. :)

I appreciate that you are able to see things the way you do, that there is no doubt in your mind that Lois's feelings for the Blur are all about Clark, and that Zod's Fake!Blur has had no effect on that relationship. In typical fashion, the show has ignored the issue, and we are all left to make our own assumptions and interpretations. What I personally keep coming back to is what Lois said:

"You have no idea what it means that you trusted me enough to let me help you these past weeks. I have never felt such a sense of purpose in my entire life."

"When I'm working with you, I'm doing something good, something right... But I do need you, and maybe I didn't realize it until it was too late, but this is the most important part of my life."

Those quotes are NOT about love or romance, but they ARE about Zod. I can't fanwank that away. I'm not actually saying that all of Lois's feelings for the Blur have been inspired by Zod; I misspoke in my original comment. But all her new fervor, and the desperate need to serve the greater good that is pulling her away from Clark, seem to have originated in the work she did with him. And that just doesn't sit well with me.

I'm not trying to convince you that my viewpoint is right; it's only right for me. I'm just explaining why this episode left me unsettled about the role the writers seem to be assigning to Zod.
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starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 26th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now, I'm not saying Clark has any obligation to tell her, or even that he should; I do believe that is his decision and his alone. I'm just saying I don't understand why he doesn't. I think the real reason is simply that TPTB have decided that he can't.

Exactly. IMO, the show should either not make such a big deal of it, or they should give us a logical reason for him not telling her. Right now, they're doing neither.

I'd probably feel differently if everybody EXCEPT Lois didn't already know. That's what makes it so ridiculous to me.

Precisely! And I keep feeling like it would be safer for her to know. She gets in trouble almost as much as Chloe does these days, so I really don't see why knowing that Clark is the Blur would put her any more in jeopardy.

I think the whole Fake!Blur thing is messed up. If Lois had a close connection to the Blur before Zod started impersonating him, she should have noticed the difference, in both his voice and his demeanor. And if her connection wasn't that close, then everything she feels for the Blur is in response to Zod. Yuck.

ITA. And have you read the synopsis for the season finale? Not helping. :/

I appreciate that Clark as the Blur warned Lois not to believe anyone who calls from now on claiming to be him, but why didn't he tell her she's been working for a fake? And wouldn't it be helpful to know exactly what the Fake!Blur has been having her do, and what information she has given him?

I didn't think of this, but it's a great point. Ultimately, with this show, it always comes down to the fact that some characters need to act stupid for the sake of future drama. It's probably why I appreciate TVD so much - the characters are all of average intelligence, but no one is made to look dumb just for the sake of the plot. That's where the writing makes such a difference.

Tom was so gorgeous in Charade! Between the disheveled tux and the glorious grey tee, I was swooning every other second. :)

At least this is consistent! That still of him in the tux makes me so happy! <3
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 27th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
And I keep feeling like it would be safer for her to know. She gets in trouble almost as much as Chloe does these days, so I really don't see why knowing that Clark is the Blur would put her any more in jeopardy.

I feel this way, too. This is where I wish they hadn't let Jimmy in on the secret and then killed him off. I get that they have to have someone who is close to Clark who doesn't know his secret, and Lois is the only one left who fits that description. Virtually every other person who has ever been a series regular in the history of the show knows, plus about a gazillion meteor freaks and other bad guys, not to mention every character from the DCU.

Note to Smallville: Secret? I do not think that word means what you think it means. ;)

And have you read the synopsis for the season finale? Not helping.

If they go the secrets and lies route, my head truly will explode.

Ultimately, with this show, it always comes down to the fact that some characters need to act stupid for the sake of future drama.

You're so right. Or just to give us the perfectly painted scene. The Blur's call to Lois was all about love and sacrifice and heartache. Introducing a nuts and bolts conversation about the Fake!Blur would have totally ruined the mood. :)

Sharing the TVD love! Is that show amazing or what? And it just keeps getting better! Between Stefan falling off the wagon, David Anders' Uncle John, and the incredible chemistry between Damon and Elena, I can't wait for new episodes!
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starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 27th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you that it's possibly going somewhere, but I'm 90% sure I'm not going to like it. Call me pessimistic, call me realistic... that's just how it's become with this show for me. :(
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