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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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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.

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.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I totally understand what you are saying. And as I said above, I think there was a writing error. As well written as I think this episode was, I think there was a missing piece.

I totally understand that she said that it was based on what she DID the "last few weeks." But I guess my question is: Would Lois have cared as much about working for who she thought was the "Blur" and helping him....if she didn't already have the strong emotional connection with Clark as the Blur that started to form back in Stiletto? The person that she THOUGHT she was doing things for and helping was him. He was the person or the inspiration if you will that she was under the impression she was working for. It was Clark's legacy that she thought she was participating in. The conversations that we saw between Zod and Lois were very business-like in nature. He called her and asked her to investigate something and she did it. But would she have done it so willingly and would it have meant as much to her if she wasn't still responding to the connection that she had with the Blur earlier on in the season? See, I don't think so.

The other thing that realy stuck out at me is that she seemed to really lose it and get emotional AFTER Clark came back into the picture. To me, the fact that Clark was the one standing behind her and touching her is HUGE. Just the power of being in the same room together and feeling him behind her. Then, at the end, it was CLARK on the phone with her. The good deeds that she felt she had done were transferred to him. She thought all along that she had been doing them for him.

When did she realize how much it really meant to her? When Clark came back in the picture. All of a sudden, with CLARK as the one behind her or on the other end of the phone, everything became much more emotional again. I guess that's all I'm saying.

But trust me, I totally understand your complaints. There was a missing line in the script. Lois should have said something like, "You've been distant the last few weeks but now that I hear your voice again and things are back to normal between us I can't break this connection." To me, that was a writing error no doubt. But still, I don't really have a huge issue with it. My issue would have come in if I had seen proof onscreen that Lois' affection for the Blur had been due to her conversations with Zod. I see no evidence of that on my screen. Her convos with Zod were short and business-like. She as inspired by being able to help him and work for him...but the HIM she was working for was Clark. To me, she was clearly working for THAT emotional connection and that with that inspiration.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
But I guess my question is: Would Lois have cared as much about working for who she thought was the "Blur" and helping him....if she didn't already have the strong emotional connection with Clark as the Blur that started to form back in Stiletto?

That's a good point, and I do totally agree that it was Lois's existing connection to the Blur, formed over months of following his good deeds, talking to him on the phone, and being his defender to the public, that made her so eager to help him when Zod first called at the end of Escape. Whatever Lois did with Zod, and whatever it made her feel, it was only building on her genuine relationship with Clark's Blur.

I also agree that having the warm, caring Blur back on the other end of the phone for that final call made a huge difference. There was no mistaking the depth of his regard in those final words he spoke, and I'm sure her emotional response to him was what made her understand the magnitude of the loss she was facing.

And BTW, did you see that Al Septien said on Twitter that Clark and Zod sound identical when using the voice modulator? Not to my ears, but if that was the convention they followed in the writers room, I certainly have to accept it. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 30th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
The idea that 'anyone could pretend' to be the Blur until Clark tells her the truth is harder to sell if Lois could actually sense something was off about the (fake)Blur with whom she'd recently been interacting.

OMG, LaT, I love you! THAT is the piece I've been missing, that the narrative demands that Lois be fooled, because that is exactly the danger to which Clark exposes her, both by keeping his secret from her, and keeping his face from the world. Thank you!!

Al Septien also verified on Twitter that Clark and Zod's voices as altered by the modulator were indistinguishable, regardless of what our ears told us.
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