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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 26th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Emotional episode...

Thank you for the optimistic and thoughtful review. I have to come out and admit that I've been downright exhausted lately with Smallville fandom. On the one hand, I know that this show has always presented opportunities for lively debate. On the other hand, I feel like I'm tired of all the criticism. Make no mistake, it's not that I don't respect people's right to have it: I'm just personally exhausted with it.

I have no doubt that the feelings of warmth and affection that Lois developed for the Blur were feelings that she developed for Clark and not for Zod. The conversations that Lois had with the Blur in Stilleto, Doomsday, Savior, Metallo and Idol were laced with warmth. (Also, I think we are to assume that there were MORE conversations between Savior and Metallo that we did not see.) We were not given any evidence onscreen that Lois' conversations with Zod had any of the characteristic warmth or affection that she experienced early in the season.
Then, I was thinking that we got two pivotal scenes in this episode that led to Lois' emotional confusion at the end of the episode. That drove her over the edge. We got the sad and poingnant moment when Clark stood behind her and held her hand wearing the shield AND we got the final conversation between them on the street. BOTH of those experiences were with Clark. Even though he didn't speak to her while he held her hand...I do believe she felt his presence and it affected her emotionally. To me, what shook Lois to the core was the presence of CLARK as the Blur. Notice that prior to this episode she didn't seem to be having any trouble seeing Clark as her heart's desire. It was only when Clark as the Blur came back into the picture that she felt conflicted again. I know...it gives you a headache, right?

I know a lot of people feel like it's unrealistic for Lois to have emotion and affection for someone she only has spoken to over the phone. Yet, I was thinking about it....and as with many things I think about my own husband and our connection. The way I instantly feel better (and always have even before we were together) even knowing he's in the same room. Could I honestly say for sure that I couldn't fall victim to the same thing if I was speaking to the man I loved over the phone and didn't know it? Am I positive that I wouldn't feel that pull? I can't say that I wouldn't. Love can be a powerful force of nature and there are times when we feel a pull to someone that we just don't understand for reasons that defy logic.

The tough thing about the Triangle for Two is that it's been over simplified over the years. It's been dumbed down for laughs. Honestly, 20 plus years as a Superman fan and I've never seen it played to this level before with this much complexity.

Lois loves Clark. She has made that clear. But right now, Clark is only sharing half of himself with her. Lois is drawn to his hero side like a magnet. She has no idea why. She’s the first woman to not just “accept” that hero side of Clark but to actually love the entire persona. THIS is what the triangle for 2 is about.

Clark can’t deny his hero side anymore than Lois can. We saw last year in “Hex” that he didn’t feel complete when he was just Clark. This ties in with the Superman canon that we know from the comics. In the comics, after Lois was shot, Clark wondered if his duties as Superman had brought more pain to the world than good. But he came to the conclusion that he couldn’t stop being Superman. He LOVES being Superman. Then he added…”I love being Superman FOR HER.”

It’s all interconnected. His love for saving people, his duty to the world, his love for Lois, her love for him, her love for his heroism. Superman and Lois' relationship in the modern Superman canon is much more complex than a lot of people realize. Love, Passion, Duty, Honor, Heroism....they are all connected. The love that exists between Lois and Superman is so powerful because she loves all sides of him with equal passion. She loves the reporter and she’d gladly die for the hero. He's devoted to being a hero but he'd gladly die for her. The passion for her and the passion for being a savior are so interconnected that it's difficult to seperate them.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 27th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Emotional episode...

I think I love Smallville more than most people, but I'm afraid you'll find no shortage of criticism for the show in my journal. :) I find this fandom to be quite exhausting as well. What wears me out is the close-mindedness of some people, the inability to tolerate any viewpoint but their own. I think it's all too easy to forget that this is just a TV show we're talking about. Bros before shows, I always say. :)

I already expressed my concerns about Zod's Fake!Blur to you upthread, so I won't rehash that here. If I were to have my preference, Smallville would keep Lois's romantic feelings for Clark and her hero worship of the Blur completely separate, with no blurring (no pun intended) of the lines between them. Lois feeling even a moment of guilt because she has feelings for them both and is torn between them is the biggest reason I dislike the Tof2.

The love shared by Superman and ILL is legendary, and has always been one of the primary elements that draws me back to this story, in all its forms. It will be interesting to see how the show develops the relationship between Clark and Lois over the next year, presuming that S10 is the last. Smallville has the path of their love running parallel to Clark's journey; will they choose to intertwine them before Clark's journey ends? I have no problem with most of the unique twists and turns Smallville has added to their Superman story, but I draw the line at Clark needing Lois to find his way to his destiny. There are some steps he still needs to take on his own.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Emotional episode...

Tariel, I don't have any issue with you being critical nor do I think you are over critical by any stretch of the imagination.

I think we all have our own levels of where something goes from being critical to just being negative. Where that distinguishing mark falls really depends on who we are as people and how we approach things. It's going to be a different line for everyone.

For me, the difference comes in when I legitimately feel like that person writing the review is choosing to look at every possible scenerio in the worst possible light for the characters. It doesn't mean that that person is wrong. It just means that I'm clearly on a different wavelength from them. At tat point, we are not only are we seeing the show differently....but we clearly approach life in a different way.

I just tend to not be an overly critical person period. I've been a Professor at the College level so I've spent plenty of time in my career analyzing and breaking things down and coming up with critique. It's my job to come up with counter arguments. That being said, I'm also a pretty optimistic person. I believe the best in people unless they give me reasons to think otherwise. And even then...I usually tend to give people the benefit of the doubt. (Make no mistake, this is not ALWAYS a good thing. As we all know, this can be a personality flaw as much as an admirable trait.)

This often transfers to the way I view material. I tend to give writers the benefit of the doubt and I tend to see things in an optimistic light. If there is a hole in a story, I usually am able to fill in the gaps with something positive rather than negative. But my way of doing things isn't right or wrong. It just is what it is.

I will say that I have taken offense in the past to this idea that is out there that people who are more critical about material are somehow more "honest" or "insightful." (I've never seen you do this but I think you might understand the idea that I'm bringing up.) Many times, I've asked myself the same questions that everyone else has asked and just come to a different conclusion. Maybe the conclusion is that it doesn't bother me. It doesn't make me any less honest or insightful about the show.

So make no mistake, I have no problem at all with people being more critical than I am about the show. I appreciate seeing a different perspective and I appreciate hearing different ideas. They may never change my mind or my view....but it's still nice to know what other people think. I just find that for my own personal sanity it's better for me to stick with people who lean on the side of optimism. But that's true in every facet of my life...not just Smallville. :)Thank you for letting me participate in the conversation.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Emotional episode...

For me, the difference comes in when I legitimately feel like that person writing the review is choosing to look at every possible scenario in the worst possible light for the characters.

Well, there are certainly people like that in this fandom. Most of the ones I've encountered had their hopes pinned on a certain outcome for their favorite character, and are unable to let go of their bitterness over the fact that those hopes were dashed. When I start to hate a show, I stop watching and walk away, but it's not for me to dictate what other people should do. I just don't like it when they pour all their energy into harshing the squee of the fans who still love the show. Like me. :)

I fanwank a lot, watching Smallville, and I let go of a lot of things that outrage other people. I'm more forgiving of Oliver than a lot of people, for example, and I know myself well enough to admit it's mostly because I adore Justin Hartley, which is a truly terrible reason. :) But then I have things that are deal breakers for me, and those I can't seem to get over at all, no matter how trivial they might seem to somebody else. It's very personal to me, and my life experience, and I recognize that.
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