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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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emerald_night From: emerald_night Date: April 27th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I actually thought they did show a bit of difference between Lois' reactions to ZodBlur and ClarkBlur.

In Upgrade, she had no qualms about cutting off Zod and going after Clark.

But when talking to Clark again as the Blur, even if she didn't consciously know the difference, there was definitely more of a connection. And I think that's because Zod sent her on missions. Clark's first words to her (as the Blur) were that he wanted to talk to her in a place that meant something to both of them.

Clark, as the Blur, made an emotional connection with her, which made it equally devastating (to both of them) when he severed it.

To me, there was no question that Lois' romantic feelings are all about Clark. And that what they did was allow Clark to see that the same struggles he has every day, balancing his two lives and that feeling of selfishness - well there is someone who understands that.

I liked the ending question, because really, Clark is not enough for CLARK. He wouldn't be happy giving up the Blur. And he wouldn't be happy JUST being the Blur. He needs both sides of his life in order to truly be a whole and happy person. And Lois needs both sides of him as well.

But Clark needs to understand that and merge those two sides of his life. Until then, he's two 'halves' instead of one whole.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that was sort of why I didn't have a huge critical problem with it. I've said several times that I think there was a writing error. But I thought her behavior in "Upgrade" where she cut him off really fast and didn't seem that invested emotonally was pretty telling.
It still seemed clear to me that cutting off the connection became devastating when it was Clark on the other end of the phone. Obviously we'll never know, but I'm not positive it would have been so devastating if it was Zod doing the breaking up. Plus, the way Lois said that she hadn't realized it meant that much to her until that moment. So, she clearly hadn't realized how important it was to her to help the Blur until it was Clark on the other side again. Her moment of revelation about how much working for the Blur meant to her and that it was "the most important" part of her life came AFTER the moment when Clark stood behind her and held her hand and after Clark tried to sever it. It didn't come BEFORE that. So I never really had a question about it for that reason.

But I totally get that this is just a difficult thing to deal with for some people. And that's cool.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 28th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not to beat a dead horse here, or belabor my point over semantics, but I'm not having difficulty dealing with anything. I'm simply making the observation that the writers created a situation that leaves some part of Lois's feelings open to interpretation. While I understand their reasons for introducing the Fake!Blur storyline, I wish they hadn't.

I would never discount the emotional impact of the conversation Clark and Lois shared over the phone, on them or on me. It was a powerful scene, with one of Tom's strongest performances to date, and I treasure it. I really do think we agree a lot more than not about this episode, and I don't mean to argue, truly. I just wanted to clarify a couple of things.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 28th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not a problem. Honestly, I was typing quickly and I probably just used the wrong words. I never meant to imply that you were having difficulty dealing with it. Wrong word choice. I just meant that I understood that not everyone was seeing it the same way that I was and some people had more issues with what was left open to interpretation than others. I didn't have a huge problem with the Fake!Blur storyline. When I think about it...I might have even liked it. But I completely understand why others wish it hadn't been introduced. That's all I Was trying to say.

Sorry for the confusion. That's what I get for typing quickly and not reading back over what I wrote!

MJ :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, no worries! It's so hard to discern nuance over the internet, and individual words mean different things to different people. I'm sorry I took what you said so personally. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 28th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad the Zod thing isn't an issue for most people. I agree that the depth of Lois's emotional response was because it was Clark on the other end of the phone, talking to her as the real Blur always has, by opening his heart and letting her in. So of course she would be devastated when he said they had to say goodbye forever. The only part that bugs me is the way she gushed earlier, when he saved her from Sacks's thug. What she said there, to me, was all about Zod.

The moment Lois and Clark shared on the DP rooftop, where Clark knew exactly what Lois was feeling, was so special. This is the bond that will hold them together for all time, that will cement their love: serving the greater good and giving to others, before they ever think of taking for themselves.

I liked the ending question, because really, Clark is not enough for CLARK.

I love how you put this. This is what the remaining part of Clark's journey is all about. Finding a balance and accepting every part of himself. Only then can he step out of the shadows completely, and take to the skies.
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