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Smallville 9x19 - Charade - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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tasabian From: tasabian Date: April 26th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great review love, as always, and LOVE all the gorgeous 'caps!

This episode showed us one of the biggest reasons Clark's POV has been relatively scarce this season: Chloe. When they were at odds and barely speaking, Clark's traditional sounding board was gone, and no other character stepped in to take her place.
That explanation for the absence of Clark POV hadn't occurred to me, but you're absolutely right. It makes Chloe's plotline from late S8-9 make even less sense. Why deprive Clark of his sounding board when there is no one to take her place? (A role that could have gone to Oliver, if not for HIS S8-9 plotline.)

I've always liked the theory that deep down, on some subconscious level, Lois knows that Clark is the Blur. That would explain her undying devotion to a man she's never really met, her lack of curiosity about the Blur's true identity, her complete acceptance of even the most glaring mysteries surrounding Clark, and the simple explanations she comes up with for all the crazy things that happen to her. But if that theory were true, wouldn't her subconscious also recognize that Zod's Blur was a fake, and give her a feeling that something wasn't quite right about him?
That would have been a cool way to play it, if something about the recent Blur calls just felt "off" to Lois, even if she wasn't sure why.

Now Lois says nothing is more important to her than her work with the Blur, and she was beside herself with emotion when she spoke to him in Lord's lab. But the only contact she's had with the Blur recently has been with Zod, and all the work that means so much to her was done at his behest. What am I supposed to make of that? And what's so altruistic or rewarding about doing Zod's dirty work anyway?
I guess we're supposed to extrapolate that Zod has told her about some grand purpose....but then Lois practically hung up on him last week, to run after Clark, seeming impatient with Zod!Blur. So that was the plot point that took me out of this ep. - I just don't find it feasible that Lois could value the Blur over Clark. (Admittedly, there's some Tom-bias there.)

Clark's panic when he found out about the Fake!Blur was palpable, and my heart went out to him as he reacted blindly to protect Lois, and then agonized over the right thing to do, finally retreating to the mundane task of fixing the tractor to sort out his jumbled thoughts.
Both Tom & Erica were great - the little panicked stammer that Tom introduces into Clark's voice when he thinks about the impostor, the anxiety in his eyes: perfect. And I liked their quarrel on the street better than the rooftop scene - it felt very much like a real couple, very convincing.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 28th, 2010 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! *hugs* There's something about Tommy in a slightly mussed tux that is especially delicious. :)

Why deprive Clark of his sounding board when there is no one to take her place?

I would have loved for Oliver to step up and be a true brother in arms for Clark. I had such high hopes when he called Chloe on her shenanigans in Beast, but then he served up his own brand of betrayal. At least we got a taste of what could have been in Kandor. I also would have been quite happy to see Clark confide in Emil. I enjoy his dynamic with Clark. His unflappable demeanor and dry intelligence allow Clark to set the emotional tone of their conversations, and he doesn't compete with Clark's POV for center stage.

So that was the plot point that took me out of this ep. - I just don't find it feasible that Lois could value the Blur over Clark.

I feel the same way. One is a living, breathing god of a man (remember her "hello sailor!" in Echo?) who has been her friend for six years, and the other is a disembodied, weird-sounding voice on the phone. They've both played the hero, and both saved her life, so I don't even give the Blur much of an edge in the rescue department.

Both Tom & Erica were great - the little panicked stammer that Tom introduces into Clark's voice when he thinks about the impostor, the anxiety in his eyes: perfect. And I liked their quarrel on the street better than the rooftop scene - it felt very much like a real couple, very convincing.

Me, too! The rooftop scene was pretty, and poetic, and heartbreaking, but their argument on the street drew me in and had me on the edge of my seat. Tom was so good! I loved the way Clark, almost overcome with worry, struggled to find the words that would make Lois understand. And when they were both so upset, wanting desperately to communicate with the other but failing miserably, it all felt so real.

Tom and Erica both outdid themselves this week, and that's what made the episode work for me.
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