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Smallville 9x19 - Charade - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 27th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Chrissy

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Hi! *waves* Thanks for your comments, and your kind words!

*waves back* You're very welcome. I really wanted to be more effusive with my praise because I'm rather new to SMALLVILLE fandom, and your reviews and updates have been such wonderful sources of information and insight.

But thank you for sharing it, because it does confirm the emotional bond Lois felt for the Blur right from the first time he called her. I still think he should pale in comparison to the man standing right in front of her, superpowers or no superpowers, but at least I can see that the show didn't mean to imply that it was Zod alone who inspired Lois's altruistic fervor. I feel better now. :)

You're very welcome. I understand how that speech of Lois' in "Rabid" felt a little forced with so little onscreen to provide it with a firm foundation. Somehow conceiving of the time difference between "Savior" and "Metallo" as at least a week or two, helped me make peace with it. I look at the feelings Lois has for The Blur as being different than the feelings she has for Clark; although in the beginning of the season, when Lois still felt Clark wasn't open to romance with her, I believe she did think of The Blur in a romantic sense. I was reminded of this in "Charade" when Chloe and Lois spoke of the initial joy a text message or phone call can bring in the early stages of a relationship--a sentiment which I felt was illustrated rather well in how Lois dutifully checked her phone for messages from The Blur in "Rabid" and "Echo." This all changed, though, when Clark started to show interest in dating Lois. That road was a little bumpy when he stood her up and kept Oliver's suicide attempt a secret, so it really wasn't until they literally kissed and made up in "Crossfire" and she completely gave up on the unattainable Blur in "Idol," that Lois was ready for a relationship with Clark.

I know the whole triangle-for-two isn't always a welcome concept. It's rarely handled well, and can understandably be seen as an unfortunate challenge for Lois and Clark to overcome. I think the key for me is that as much as I've gotten to LOVE Clark Kent, I know I'm able to love him because I've gotten to know all of him--from the more supernatural side of his life, including his powers, his alien history, his destiny to the more human side of his life, including his relationships with others and his constant battle to fit in. Lois has little to no familiarity with the former aspect of Clark's life, so part of me enjoys seeing her drawn to that part of him as well. It is especially meaningful for me when I consider ho last year we saw Lois fall in love with Clark's human side, but this year we're seeing both Clark and Lois on an on and off journey to loving Clark's alien/hero side. Neither Clark nor Lois should really be satisfied with just one half of Clark. Right now Lois loves Clark with a romantic form of love--the kind of love she and Clark describe as "selfish." I think Clark feels the same way about "Clark" because when he lost "Clark" in the aftermath of "Doomsday" all he had left was The Blur, and that wasn't enough for him (or the world for that matter). It also wasn't enough for Lois as seen in her longing for Clark in "Metallo." Clark and Lois both love "The Blur" too, yet in a different way. They love The Blur because of the sense of purpose he brings to their lives. Lois articulated this in "Charade," but Clark articulate in first in "Hex" when he said a life as just Clark Kent "felt empty."

That's a great quote from Idol, that says it all in a nutshell. And now in Charade Clark can no longer ignore the truth of it. I'm looking forward to seeing how the show follows up on this, if it will be a catalyst for Clark's next step toward the cape and tights.

Oh, I hope this is all leading somewhere. Everything seems to be pointing in a direction where Clark will have to decide to come out of the shadows either to just Lois, just the public, or maybe a combination of a reveal to Lois and a gradual reveal to the rest of the world. I really don't want to be disappointed.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 28th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Chrissy

Oh. My. God. I love this comment so much I want to marry it!! I just want to quote the whole thing back to you, because you summed up where Clark and Lois are, and how they got there, SO perfectly. *goes back to read it again*

Okay, I have to quote my favorite parts:

I look at the feelings Lois has for The Blur as being different than the feelings she has for Clark; although in the beginning of the season, when Lois still felt Clark wasn't open to romance with her, I believe she did think of The Blur in a romantic sense... That road was a little bumpy when he stood her up and kept Oliver's suicide attempt a secret, so it really wasn't until they literally kissed and made up in "Crossfire" and she completely gave up on the unattainable Blur in "Idol," that Lois was ready for a relationship with Clark.

I was looking at the different clues we've seen to Lois's feelings as the show sending mixed messages, but you make me see that it was more that her feelings changed and developed over time, in a way that makes a lot of sense. Wow.

Right now Lois loves Clark with a romantic form of love--the kind of love she and Clark describe as "selfish." I think Clark feels the same way about "Clark" because when he lost "Clark" in the aftermath of "Doomsday" all he had left was The Blur, and that wasn't enough for him (or the world for that matter). It also wasn't enough for Lois as seen in her longing for Clark in "Metallo." Clark and Lois both love "The Blur" too, yet in a different way. They love The Blur because of the sense of purpose he brings to their lives. Lois articulated this in "Charade," but Clark articulate in first in "Hex" when he said a life as just Clark Kent "felt empty."

I love this so much, because it points out that in many ways, Clark sees himself as two separate people, just as Lois does. To me, that is the final step of Clark's journey, to truly accept every part of himself, and to bring all the different parts of his life together, to find the balance that will make both his destiny and his future with Lois possible.

Thank you so much for this! *twirls you* You've earned the applauding Tommy icon for your awesomeness. :)

Somehow conceiving of the time difference between "Savior" and "Metallo" as at least a week or two, helped me make peace with it.

When Clark called Lois as the Blur in Savior, it seemed like they had a nice, long heart-to-heart, and I always got the impression that it was just the first of many. After what happened in Metallo Clark stopped calling, but not before they had established a very special bond, building even more on what started last season.

Everything seems to be pointing in a direction where Clark will have to decide to come out of the shadows either to just Lois, just the public, or maybe a combination of a reveal to Lois and a gradual reveal to the rest of the world.

I really hope TPTB allow us to see every step of this, and to savor it. I want Clark to reveal his secret to Lois sooner rather than later in S10, so we can enjoy seeing them truly together before the series ends.
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