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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: April 26th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Part II

As to the final, last line - "Am I enough?" I took that two-fold. First of all, at the beginning of the season, when Lois had the Blur in her life, but Clark was gone, Lois missed Clark terribly, as we saw. Now, the Blur is gone, she has Clark, but is obviously hurt that the Blur cut her out of his life completely.

At two points this season, Lois has now only had half of Clark. One is a romantic connection, one is not. But they are both sides of him that are important to her. So, on a meta level, why should she be content with only half of Clark?

Now, on a non-meta level, look at everything that happen to Lois in this episode. In Stiletto, just a year ago, she said she didn't know who she'd be if she didn't have her job. Helping the Blur in any way she could (not just doing the Tess investigations that Zod asked of her) gave her a greater feeling of purpose that didn't just make her define herself by her job.

Now what did this episode do, by the end? It took both of those things away. She doesn't feel like she has something greater than herself, and she doesn't have a job that she could fall back and define herself by. In a way, she has now become what some people (in fandom) were claiming that it's all she ever was - which is Clark Kent's girlfriend.

So no, I'm sorry, I love Clark to death, but if Clark had lost his job (which yes he did) but say, along with that, has lost his ability to be the Blur and help people every day - lost the ability to wake up every day with a purpose as he said in Turbulence I think - would anyone honestly think Clark should be content to just be Lois Lane's boyfriend?

Lois needs to define herself, and have a purpose for herself, outside of Clark; just as Clark should have a definition outside of Lois. It was one of the things I liked about Upgrade last week - Lois and Clark were both off doing their own things. So no, by that token, Clark shouldn't be enough. Because the two of them will never be strong together if they aren't strong individually and know who they are outside of each other.

That, IMO, was always one of the reasons why Clark and Lana didn't work. Because Lana IMO could never define herself out of a relationship. Whitney, Adam, Jason, Clark, Lex . . . it was a vicious cycle for her. To the point that she changed herself completely by getting that power suit to feel equal to Clark.

To be with Clark - heck, to be with Superman - is going to take a strong person who is secure fully in who they are independent from him. And Lois is still trying to shape that part of herself. Because she's looking to do so - she inherently needs that for herself. And so no, as much as she loves Clark, just being with him isn't enough to fill that.

Edited at 2010-04-26 06:42 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 27th, 2010 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Part II

This is a wonderful, insightful comment. Thank you for helping me to understand this scene better, and to clarify my own thoughts.

The way I see it, Clark is still struggling to find a balance in his life, and as Jor-El said when he explained why Clark still can't fly, he sees himself primarily as human. He's made great strides this season to explore and embrace his Kryptonian side, but to some extent even Clark sees himself as two separate people. And he wants to be loved for who he is as a man, not just for his superpowers. So although I think he should offer all of himself to the woman he loves, I can see why he would ask her that question in that moment, when he was steeped in the pain of that call. Especially if he's worried that any part of what Lois is feeling about the Blur is because of Zod.

Lois needs to define herself, and have a purpose for herself, outside of Clark

Absolutely. She has lost her job at the DP, but she's still a journalist, and I don't expect her to stop fighting to expose the truth at every turn. Similarly, at that moment she was still in shock from the Blur's phone call, but eventually she has to see that it's up to her to pursue the greater good on her own terms. And I think that is what her journey is about, so I'm excited to see it on the show. Lois Lane will stand at Superman's side, not in his shadow.

I think what you say about Lana is so true. I wish Smallville would make it clear that Clark and Lana wouldn't have worked out in the long run, kryptonite or no kryptonite, but I know they never will.
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