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Smallville 9x19 - Charade - I worship at the television altar — LiveJournal
Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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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 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
It's interesting to me that Lois finds so much fulfillment in doing for Zod's Blur what Clark's Blur would never ask of her. As he said to Chloe in this episode, "Half of being in a relationship with Lois is protecting her from herself." Are we supposed to believe that Clark is right, and that Lois's work for the Fake!Blur is too dangerous, or that Lois needs to be allowed to take those risks, and in so doing, find the higher calling she so desperately craves?
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Lois is not a child, she can make her own decisions and face the consequences of her endless risk-taking actions, rashly or otherwise.

Clark's inability to see this (which I think is a stall by the writers so they can delay the reveal) always makes me think he's underestimating her. I guess that's my bias as a woman. And I know some women do, but I've never found overprotectiveness, jealousy, or acts of aggression in the name of defending my honor the least bit attractive in a man.

And yet, in the very same episode we also had her choosing to keep Clark in the dark because she doesn't want to put Clark in danger, since he's not bulletproof yadda yadda.

Yeah, I wasn't a big fan of that one, either, but at least it was a more defensible decision. Going to confront Sacks without first getting confirmation that the Blur would be there to back her up was rather reckless, though.

That's a great link! Stupid misunderstandings are a pet peeve of mine, and usually reduce me to yelling at my TV screen when they happen on my shows. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I do remember that scene! That's exactly what I'm talking about. I can't be too hard on Coach, though. He's pretty much a feminist compared to any other guy from Texas. ;)

How's that for a sweeping, stereotypical generalization? LOL!
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. :)
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