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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: April 26th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Part I

One thing I'm confused about when reading around various reviews is some people's confusion about what Lois' feelings for the Blur are. Because I honestly don't know how much more direct they could have framed it. Lois said it herself, what she felt about him was not the same as what she feels/has for Clark. It just made her want for Clark and her desire for Clark seem selfish. Not that it made her want him any less or desire him any less. Just that, when weighed again the higher purpose of helping the Blur, it made her wants and desires seem less important by comparison.

Lois said last year in Stiletto, (which was episode 8x19 like this one was 9x19) when Clark first called her as The Blur, that without her job at the DP, she didn't know who she would be without it. The only way she had to define herself at that point was by her job, and she obviously didn't like that. Being helpful to the Blur gave her something she felt was bigger than herself, made her feel that she was part of something bigger than herself. Like Clark, it gave her a sense of purpose.

What Lois has to do now, is take that feeling of purpose and find a way to achieve it on her own. I liked that you pointed out that Lois, just like Clark, is on a journey to her full iconic self. I think many people forget that, or just ignore that point and have expected Lois to be her fully formed iconic self ever since season four when she first arrived. No one expects that of Clark, and I think they miss it with Lois because we know she ends up as his true love and wife. And Clark has been hurt so much when it comes to love over the years, people sort of knee-jerk if Lois' isn't acting 100% perfect the closer and closer she and Clark have gotten.

So to the Zod-Blur thing, I must be the only one on the planet who's not bothered by the fact that Zod duped Lois and doesn't think Zod fooling her means that it was only though Zod that Lois found that sense of purpose. Because IMO this helping Zod twist was only an extension of what Lois was already feeling about the Blur and his place in her life. It goes back to Rabid and that weird dialog Lois had when she "confessed" her dark secret to Clark, and talked about doing "good work" with the Blur. Yes, they should have actually showed some of this, even if it was just Lois publishing a story about the Blur's heroics, but that scene, in retrospect, was actually the set up for what Lois said here IMO. It wasn't about Zod specifically giving her something to do. It was about helping the Blur period. And no, IMO, that doesn't make Lois a sidekick. It just made her one part of the bigger picture.

When Lois and Clark finally do come together in every way they are supposed to, Lois will continue to be part of that bigger picture, but fully with her own part and identity. And in that way, she will be a full partner to Clark when she helps him and covers for her when he has to slip away and be Superman, and when she writers stories about him and his heroics that allows the world to see him though her eyes.

ETA: One point of the phone-connection thing. I do wonder if people who question this had problems with movies like The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail. Two movies in which you are supposed to believe that two people were able to form a connection via letters or emails. They didn't even talk to each other via phone calls like Lois and Clark were doing. I guess it's just my way of saying, I bought it in those movies, so yes, I can buy it here too.

Edited at 2010-04-26 06:54 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 27th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part I

Lois said it herself, what she felt about him was not the same as what she feels/has for Clark.

I agree with your interpretation, but Maxwell Lord said Lois loved the Blur, and I think people didn't know if we were supposed to take that as a truth that Lois doesn't herself realize (she was resisting him while unconscious, so presumably at a subconscious level), or if we were supposed to think he was wrong. Some people took it to mean that the show was suggesting that subconsciously Lois knows that Clark and the Blur are the same person.

What Lois has to do now, is take that feeling of purpose and find a way to achieve it on her own.

I look forward to seeing that on the show!

Because IMO this helping Zod twist was only an extension of what Lois was already feeling about the Blur and his place in her life.

Honestly, that wouldn't surprise me at all, but that's not what I saw play out on my TV screen. It wouldn't be the first time the show wasn't clear about what they were trying to say. I just don't want Zod tarnishing the special connection the Blur and Lois share with his evil, plotting ways. :)

And in that way, she will be a full partner to Clark when she helps him and covers for her when he has to slip away and be Superman, and when she writers stories about him and his heroics that allows the world to see him though her eyes.

Yes. And that's what makes their relationship so compelling to me, that Lois is so much more than Superman's LI, and that she is never diminished by standing at his side.

I do wonder if people who question this had problems with movies like The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail.

I think it all depends on the content of the communication. My own issues are twofold: that any communication with the Blur by phone could never compare to the relationship Lois has in person with Clark after six years of friendship that has grown into love, and that Lois should have been able to figure out that Zod was a fake. I've had someone text me from my sister's phone and pretend to be her before, and they couldn't fool me for long. They just didn't "sound" right.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: April 27th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part I

I agree with your interpretation, but Maxwell Lord said Lois loved the Blur, and I think people didn't know if we were supposed to take that as a truth that Lois doesn't herself realize (she was resisting him while unconscious, so presumably at a subconscious level), or if we were supposed to think he was wrong. Some people took it to mean that the show was suggesting that subconsciously Lois knows that Clark and the Blur are the same person.

I think - and this kinda goes into something I said below about how the triangle for two is used to comment on the whole Clark/Superman duality thing - that scene was actually commenting of the fact that Lois can't separate The Blur and Clark in her unconscious (or subconscious) mind. It isn't so much that she knows that they are the same person, (because she may know it, or only feel it or just wish it), as it is that she is unable to consciously separate them. And that is where Max Lord was getting the feeling of love from. Because, in her unconscious mind, Lois was unable to rationally separate any aspect of Clark from the Blur and vice versa.

But, awake? It's was much easier to put the Blur in one place and Clark in another because she has no evidence to think they are one and the same. Which goes back to Idol and what her shrink told her about her trying to take two people and make them one person.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part I

And this is where I think the meta just leaves me behind. Or maybe where it becomes whatever one wants or needs it to be. The human mind is such a complex mystery, and I'm not sure we can ever pin down where Clark ends and the Blur begins in Lois's subconscious. What I'm sure of is that Lois loves Clark, and therefore she must love the Blur on some level as well. And when he can offer her all of himself, I think that will take her love to a whole new level.

I agree that on a conscious level, the separation between Lois's feelings for Clark and her feelings for the Blur is clear. What I'm afraid is coming next is Lois becoming so focused on emulating the Blur by serving the greater good that she denies herself the "selfish" indulgence of her romantic love for Clark.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: April 29th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part I

I agree that on a conscious level, the separation between Lois's feelings for Clark and her feelings for the Blur is clear. What I'm afraid is coming next is Lois becoming so focused on emulating the Blur by serving the greater good that she denies herself the "selfish" indulgence of her romantic love for Clark.

Well, that "selfishness" about the love they have for each other is something the two of them will still struggle with even after they are married. Because they both know they can get lost in each other and shut out the rest of the world from the two of them if it ever came down to it.

But it's that feeling of selfishness that - while it will let them both focus on the "higher calling" when needed, as it were - it is also that selfishness that wont let them give each other up for the world either. Because if they were both completely not selfish about how they feel, they would give each other up. It's that same selfishness that wont allow them to give each other up and hold onto the love the feel for each other.

Part of the journey for them on SV right now IMO, is realizing and coming to terms with that.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part I

I think I used the wrong word there. :) I meant afraid in the sense that I'm apprehensive about how fandom will react, because I think Lois and Clark are going to break up. I'm actually looking forward to seeing them struggle with this, and end up together again, even stronger, as a result.

it is also that selfishness that wont let them give each other up for the world either.

I love the way you put that. The strength and fierceness of their love for each other, equaled only by their devotion to keeping the whole world safe, is what makes them legendary.
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