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Smallville 9x20 - Sacrifice


There is no question that Sacrifice was a dark episode of Smallville. We saw the full extent of Zod's brutality, and were left with no doubt that he is an irredeemable monster. The bleakness of Chloe's existence was laid bare, and the very walls she erected to protect her heart destroyed the only thing that gave her life meaning. Oliver stepped up to fight the good fight, and became a casualty of war. Tess found out that once again her own body had been used to betray her, and was forced to place her life in the hands of the person foretold to kill her. And Clark's hopes were dashed, as his dream for a future with his people died with Faora and her unborn child at the hands of Zod. And yet I was shocked at the end of the episode to find myself feeling hopeful. I have faith in the Clark Kent I saw this week, and the hero I've watched grow all season. I believe he can and will meet this challenge. Even as Clark watched, helpless, as the Kandorians took to the skies above him, I knew he would find a way to prevail.

I had my problems with Sacrifice, so let's talk about those first. The events of this episode made it all too easy for viewers to blame Clark for everything that went wrong, and to condemn his decisions, both past and present, especially the one to save Zod with the healing power of his blood. Let me be clear: the only person I blame for Zod's actions is Zod himself. Tess unleashed him on the world in the first place, Chloe contributed to the conflict by gathering the info Checkmate would use to hunt the Kandorians down, and Clark inadvertently gave Zod superpowers, which he then passed on to his troops. But Zod was the one who decided he had to rule the world, and destroy anyone who stood in the way of his plans. Still, this episode made it look like Oliver and Chloe were right all along, and even if Clark's triumph over Zod is glorious, there will always be those who say he was only cleaning up a mess he made in the first place. Sometimes I hate you, Smallville. :(

I'm not convinced Zod's death would have solved the Kandorian problem anyway. Who's to say some ambitious lieutenant wouldn't have stepped in to take his place, and that their scientists wouldn't have found another way to unlock their powers? The clones are an aberration, and have no rightful place here. We know Clark is destined to be the last son of Krypton on Earth; that is a defining part of his identity. In other words, I've thought these people were doomed from the moment they emerged from the orb. But regardless of all that, why is it so hard for Smallville to let Clark be the hero? Never giving up on people is one of Clark's best qualities, so why have his decision not to give up on Zod end in unmitigated disaster? Season after season, TPTB have hammered home the lesson that Superman will be forged in the fires of Clark's mistakes, that the hero he will become can only rise from the ashes of failure and despair. I'm beyond tired of it, and I want it to stop. I pray that in S10, as Clark enters the home stretch, we can finally leave that idiotic mentality behind.

My other big problem this week was Chloe. Sacrifice was supposed to be the episode where she was finally held accountable, where she reaped the consequences of her questionable actions this season. Was anyone surprised when that didn't happen? In fact, everyone EXCEPT Chloe faced consequences that were pretty dire. Oliver and Tess both almost lost their lives, suffering terrible physical pain in the process. Faora and her baby did die. Clark saw his hopes for the Kandorians quite literally go up in flames, as the battle between Checkmate and Zod brought death and destruction to Metropolis. Even Zod paid the ultimate price for his violent ways, unwittingly killing his own unborn child as he murdered Faora. And Chloe? Her hard drive crashed. Oh, and she learned that it's okay to let Oliver love her. How will she live with the pain?! [/sarcasm] Spectacular fail, show.

I understand that Chloe's story is supposed to be tragic. Everyone left her. Moira, Gabe, Lana, Davis, Jimmy, Clark. Bruised and battered by her losses, she locked herself in her tower and pushed everyone away with her cold condescension and biting snark. She attempted to control everything and everyone, using all the resources at her disposal to spy and manipulate, only because she wanted to protect everyone from harm, and herself from any more pain. When the loneliness became too much to bear, she gave Oliver access to her body, but not her heart. And when she narrowly escaped death at Checkmate's hands, she built her walls even higher, making them a little too effective in her desperate need to feel secure. So in the end her own safeguards trapped her, and forced her to destroy the one thing she had left: the information she collected and controlled. I get it. So why am I so unmoved?

I don't think the show has made Chloe very sympathetic. I've seen no cracks in her armor, no signs of vulnerability that might spark my compassion. Unlike Tess, for whom I'm actively rooting, despite all her sins. The fact that Chloe has yet to show any significant remorse really bothers me, and I don't think she's in any position to lash out at Tess the way she did. Many of Chloe's choices were ethically wrong, if not morally so. Plus she stood in direct opposition to the hero of the story, sneaking around behind his back to put her own plans in place, and I'm never going to be okay with that. I don't need to see Chloe punished, I just want the show to acknowledge that she was wrong. I want a sincere and unequivocal apology, and an end to her secret machinations. I want her to be on Clark's side again, and I guess I'm supposed to believe that she is now, but in Sacrifice he reached out to comfort her and was met with one of her patented derisive looks. It was obvious she blamed Clark for what happened to Oliver, and nothing about her demeanor suggested to me that she has changed in any way.

For someone who professes to love this show as much as I do, I sure rant about it a lot, don't I? :) I actually liked Sacrifice quite a bit. It was a wild ride of action and drama that quickly escalated into a full-blown crisis, setting up an inevitable final conflict between Clark and Zod as it showed us how truly ill-equipped Checkmate was to counter an alien attack. And it gave our hero, as brief as his time onscreen was, a chance to shine, as he took a firm stand for peace, while never backing down from the war Zod was determined to wage. Kudos to Justin Hartley and Walter Wong for their first Smallville writing effort, and to Bryan Q. Miller for once again capturing Clark's voice so well.

Naturally, I was especially interested to see Oliver's characterization in this story, and I was gratified to see him display all the qualities I love best, especially in that first scene with Clark. He was heroic, a team player, respectful of Clark's leadership, and both cognizant of and well prepared for the risks when he agreed to join the hunt for Zod. His only fault was that he was a little too cocky, and he more than paid the price for that. Justin showed Oliver in his best light, without ever taking the focus away from Clark, or stealing more than his share of the spotlight. I was impressed. And I will be eternally grateful to him for finally giving Clark a platform to express his feelings about what went down in Doomsday. I know Oliver's not perfect, but I'll accept his loyalty to Clark in this episode as at least a partial apology for that betrayal.

When Chloe told Clark in Charade that it was Zod who had been calling Lois as the Blur, she also told him she knew he wanted to go and take his anger out on Zod right then. Nothing illustrates more clearly how estranged these two have become, and how much Chloe doesn't know about the man Clark has become over the past year. The Clark who gives into emotion and acts without thinking is gone. In his place is a more mature man, with a firm grasp on the ramifications of his actions, and his eye on the big picture. Throughout Sacrifice we saw Clark struggle to save what he had built with the Kandorians, and to find a peaceful way to hold Checkmate at bay, but his wisdom and diplomacy were no match for Zod's aggression and disregard for human life. Zod has declared war, and Clark has no choice now but to meet him on the battlefield.

Clark's scenes with Faora were beautiful and touching. They had shared a special bond since they searched for Vala together in Conspiracy, and she represented Clark's best hope to make his dreams come true. In a stunning performance, Sharon Taylor gave Faora a fierce nobility that made me grieve for what might have been. If only the Kandorians had known her leadership instead of Zod's. Faora sacrificed herself and her baby rather than give in to Zod, and while that may have seemed senseless to many, I could see her making that choice within the strict code of honor that led to Alia's execution, and perhaps she hoped that her death would serve to open the eyes of her brethren to Zod's megalomania, and dissuade them before he led them to their own ends. I was devastated to see Faora die, especially because she was the one Kandorian who truly shared Clark's vision, at least for a time. When Zod wrapped his hand so mercilessly around her neck, he killed more than the mother of his unborn child; he killed peace, and hope, and the future.

My favorite Clark scene was his first one, in Oliver's office. His quiet strength, his absolute leadership and control, were a joy to behold. Tom Welling was wonderful. You could hear Clark's conviction to continue fighting for a peaceful integration for his people in his voice, as well as the pain of knowing his relationship with Zod could not be saved. And I totally get that he would never bring up Oliver's betrayal simply to complain about the personal affront it represented, but when it became relevant to his current plan, he didn't hesitate to remind Oliver what it had cost them the last time. It meant the world to me to see Oliver acquiesce to the truth in Clark's words, and to pledge his allegiance to him wholeheartedly. Justin is no dummy. With that one scene, he pretty much completely redeemed his character, in my eyes anyway.

The final scene, in the Fortress, made me wonder anew where Jor-El is in all this. And by Jor-El, I mean the dude in Clark's ice crystal palace thingie. ;) Why has he gone suddenly silent, content to let Zod take over the Fortress for blood rituals that threaten the safety of both his son and the planet he is supposed to protect? My theory? This whole Zod situation was cooked up by Jor-El in the first place, as the ultimate trial for Clark. I think it has his twisted fingerprints all over it, putting Clark in an impossible situation that torments as much as it teaches, and with no regard for the human lives that may be lost for the sake of the lesson. He was the voice who called to Tess, and convinced her to set the Kandorians free. What? That's my fanwank, and I'm sticking to it. :)

Seriously, though, let's talk about what went down in the Fortress. Zod gave himself a promotion to General, and used Faora's death to fuel his followers' fear and hatred of the human race, blatantly lying to his people. He was out of control, and beyond dangerous. Clark tried to reach out to the Kandorians one last time, but without success. I can't really blame them, either. Between Dr. Chisholm, Checkmate, and Zod's lies, I'd want superpowers to keep me safe, too. And even though he was unable to convince anyone to turn away from Zod, I will always love Clark for trying. So now it's war, and without the power of flight, Clark can't even follow the Kryptonians, much less defeat them. Right now it looks like the grim future we saw in Pandora may come to pass after all, in spite of all Clark's efforts to avert it. I'm not worried, though. I have no idea what Clark will do next, but I can't wait to find out.

I didn't love the scenes between Chloe and Tess, but that's probably because I'm so annoyed with Chloe right now. Cassidy Freeman continues to rock every scene she's in. I enjoyed the insight we gained into Tess's motivations, although I'm still not exactly sure where her loyalties lie. I thought Chloe's self-righteous insults were a little hypocritical, and I wish Tess had spent more time exploring how much she and Chloe actually have in common, in their methods and the philosophies behind them, and less time talking about how dreamy Oliver is. I'll bet Justin had fun writing that scene. ;)

Having Stuart return as a Checkmate agent was a cool twist. It put a whole new spin on his role as Tess's techie sidekick. I'm assuming he was a plant from the start, reporting back to Checkmate on every move she made. No wonder they found a new contact in Lois shortly after he was shot. For once Smallville had a believable injury and its ugly aftermath: months of rehab, permanent sight loss, a horrendous scar, and an angry, bitter victim. For the record, though, I want no such realism when it comes to Oliver. Bring on those amazing plastic surgeons Brian Peterson promised, and give us back the shirtless pretty as soon as possible! :)

Just like Escape, Sacrifice had some elements that seemed to have been recycled from previous episodes. Tess's panicked plea to get the Checkmate device out of her recalled Chloe's similar demand to Clark in Freak. We've seen the giant hypodermic needle plunged into someone's chest to save them in both Truth and Thirst. The way Zod hurled Amanda Waller into that car windshield exactly mirrored Vessel, when a superpowered Lex did the same to Lionel. And of course we had Clark's anguished look of guilt and pain through the blinds of Oliver's hospital room, a sight so common on this show I couldn't even begin to list all the relevant episodes. Are these callbacks deliberate, for some reason I can't fathom, or just lazy writing?

Random thoughts: I didn't realize Chloe's cover was still the Isis Foundation. At least that explains what Lois thinks she does for a living. I swear Chloe's jackets are getting shorter, and the shirts underneath them are getting longer. And I still hate that look. Tess breaks into Watchtower, but she doesn't bring her own gun? Was that a Kryptonian pregnancy test, or some kind of celebratory ritual? Faora already had a visible baby bump. It was cool to see Virgil Swann's journal from Traveler again. And while it was nice to hear about Dr. Hamilton, I'd much rather see him, thank you very much.

We only have two more episodes left in S9, which to me means two more chances to do right by Clark. This season has been a real mixed bag for me, but I remain hopeful. In every episode, Tom Welling has given me a hero I can believe in. Now it's up to the writers to let that hero show us what he can do. We've been building to a showdown between Clark and Zod since Savior, and big promises have been made for the finale. I'll admit I'm pretty excited, but those feelings are tempered by the reality of last season's Doomsday, and my fear that Clark will not be allowed to stand tall as the savior he is meant to be. Please, Smallville, give Clark the finale he deserves, and make these last two episodes a celebration of all that is great and good about this man we love so much. I don't want to spend my summer mad at you.

There were a lot of shadows and darkness in this episode, and a definite shortage of smiles, but Tom is pretty even when Clark is somber. Twenty of my favorite caps from Sacrifice:




























































Screen caps courtesy of Home of the Nutty, with my thanks!

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From: kissme_myfool Date: May 4th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry if I offend in the following, but I must disagree.

I'm sorry but I don't think Chloe's spying is the most unforgivable wrong ever. Its not her brightest moment, but I'm not going to crucify her for it. I have skipped around and not watched a full episode since Doomsday, so forgive me if I am missing some greater wrong doing?

Oliver killing Lex? WRONG. Where are all the people calling for him to pay for that? Clark man-handling women left and right? Wrong. Don't see many calling him out on that. Spying? Wrong too, but I don't get people wanting the hammer of justice to squash her into tiny pieces.

I don't get why she must be blamed for other's actions. Clark did not spy on Lois to make Chloe look better, Clark spied on Lois cause he didn't trust her.

I beg to differ wrt Chloe not being a sympathetic character. Not going into detail, but she's pulled at my heart strings more than anyone on the show.

Thanks for the caps. Tommy boy is looking fine :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)
No, I'm not offended at all! I appreciate your comment. I hope I don't offend you with my response, because we probably couldn't see things more differently.

For me, it's Chloe's attitude that I have the biggest problem with. Since the beginning of the season, except for a few isolated conversations that I've always noted in my reviews, she has been cold and dismissive with Clark, which I see as ongoing passive aggressive punishment for him walking out at the end of last season, and refusing her request to go back in time and save Jimmy in Savior. She has shut Clark out completely, and it's clear to me that it's personal to him, because she is totally different with Oliver.

When Clark has apologized, on at least three separate occasions this season, Chloe has offered no apology in return. I personally didn't think he had anything to be sorry for in the first place, but even if I accept that he did, Chloe certainly bears some responsibility as well for the rift between them.

I do have a problem with Chloe's spying, but more for the deception associated with it. Eavesdropping on his personal phone calls, and spying on him at the farm is way out of line. Anyone would be upset if their privacy was invaded like that. And I don't think she'd be hiding it if she didn't think it was wrong herself. Stockpiling the kryptonite weapons without telling Clark is an even bigger offense. I don't have a problem with her disagreeing with Clark, but the dishonesty is wrong, at least when it's something that could impact him so directly.

Obviously I don't think Chloe is some big criminal, and I do believe her motives are altruistic, but I find the way she treats Clark really hard to bear. I know a lot of Chloe fans don't like Clark much any more, but I do, and I imagine that makes me see things from a whole different perspective.

I still think Chloe betrayed Clark last season, and I'm still waiting for an apology for that. I know we have a deep and fundamental difference of opinion there.

A lot of people on my flist have huge objections to Oliver murdering Lex (although of course Lex isn't really dead, the intent was there), not to mention the way he shot Clark in the back with a kryptonite arrow. And very few people I know are okay with the way Clark keeps roughing up Tess. But for me it's not about comparative behavior anyway.

I have found Chloe to be extremely sympathetic in the past, but this season I can't get past her complete contempt for Clark, which I find to be wholly unjustified. I also think her behavior is pretty OOC for the Chloe I knew from previous seasons, but evidently this is who she is now. :( Why is she even working with Clark anymore, if she dislikes him so much?
jeannev From: jeannev Date: May 4th, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clark man-handling women left and right?

Just wanted to say that Clark hasn't been "man-handling women left and right", but most Clark fans I know have been very upset by the Clark/Tess scenes that have featured him being physical with her. However, its not like he's going around every episode, knocking chicks around.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: May 4th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
As always, love the review. You've expressed beautifully why I find myself so unmoved by Chloe's situation. I do wonder though if Allison overplayed the snideness in previous epiosdes, because I think the showrunners expect us to sympathize with her. She just seems so unconscious of just how culpable she's been in this whole mess, just as she was up to her neck in last year's fiasco.

Anyways, enough of the negativity! I thought the Faora-Clark-Zod-Checkmate stuff was all top notch, and though the death of Faora and her child was horrific, well, it was meant to be. Now we can really believe that Zod will destroy the earth if he doesn't get his way.

I love your fanwank about the Fortress, and yes, such an asinine 'test' is entirely in keeping with the sadism shown by the Ship at the end of S2 in particular. Otherwise, this is a plot hole that goes all the way to China.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! You make an interesting a point about AM's acting choices. So much of Chloe's hostility and disdain is a matter of nuance, in tone, expression, and body language. Who is making those choices, AM or the director? And why so completely cold and contemptuous? It boggles my mind that Tess, who is a cold-blooded killer, is so much more sympathetic to me. If I didn't know better, or if AM were a less accomplished actress, I'd probably be wondering if she were mad at TW and letting it show! LOL!

though the death of Faora and her child was horrific, well, it was meant to be

I agree. What better way to show us what a monster Zod truly is? *shivers*

Otherwise, this is a plot hole that goes all the way to China.

Something all too common on Smallville, unfortunately. ;)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
Chloe's lack of accountability has become completely predictable, but that doesn't help me understand it. I wish TPTB would address the issue honestly. When I think how beloved Chloe used to be, including to me, it's bizarre to see her disliked so thoroughly by so many. What are the writers doing?

Clark was wonderful, he's my hero. The baby dying was brutal, but I guess they were trying to say something pretty shocking about Zod. To murder Faora, discover too late that he has also killed his own unborn child, and then turn that terribly tragedy into a way to manipulate his followers, is nothing short of depraved.

In the same way that Lois seems to be the only person who doesn't know Clark's secret, Clark himself seems to be the only person who can't fly. :(
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 5th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
There was nothing better than the Chlark friendship for me in seasons 4/5. But Chloe was a different person then. She believed in Clark, respected him, supported him. Now it seems like she can barely stand him, and I just have no interest in watching that.

I don't know why the show gave us so little of the Chlo-Lo over the years. Some of my favorite scenes are of them together, like in Solitude and Exposed. I liked them together in Stiletto last season, and recently in Warrior. When you think about it, they're the only family unit this show has left!
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: May 4th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC) (Link)
As someone who works with computers for a living, I find it highly laughable if I'm supposed to believe Chloe losing Watchtower is supposed to equal her facing any kind of consequences for her actions all season, or being held accountably for them. Because really, am I supposed to think that Chloe Sullivan, top hacker girl, didn't have enough smarts to create a back up database for all the info in Watchtower and stored all the info in some secret location? Really show? *eyeroll*

Well, if she didn't then Tess rightly called it - Chloe is sloppy.

The Clark/Zod/Kandorian plot line was the most interesting part of the episode to me. As much as I liked Tess' half of the trapped in Watchtower bit, (as I've just taken to tuning Chloe out as much as I possibly can), I would have gladly parted with it to get more of the Clark/Zod/Kandorian stuff for the whole hour. I was quite surprised when Faora turned out to be pregnant (the comic book geek in me wondered if the baby would turn out to be Smallville's version of Chris Kent), and was actually kinda shocked when Zod killed her. I know some had a problem with hearing the baby's slowing heartbeat in that scene, but I honestly don't have a problem with the show having gone there with it. Because it was supposed to be horrific what Zod did and I think that accented it. Even Zod - evil and maniacal as he is - was horrified when he realized what he'd done. I think that scene was Callum's best acting all season.

We only have two more episodes left in S9, which to me means two more chances to do right by Clark. This season has been a real mixed bag for me, but I remain hopeful.

It's so nice that you can stay so positive. I wish I could, as I really liked the season up until we came back from hiatus. I am looking forward to next week if just for the Martha, Clark, Lois, Perry interaction, though I'm kinda dreading everything else. At this point, I'm just hoping for minimum damage to Clark's character by the end of the season (though, even last season after Doomsday, I thought Clark came off looking way better than anyone else, excepting Lois and Jimmy.)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! Chloe doesn't have a backup off-site?

Because it was supposed to be horrific what Zod did and I think that accented it. Even Zod - evil and maniacal as he is - was horrified when he realized what he'd done.

I agree. That unthinkable act cemented him as evil in all our minds from here on out. And after he saw what he had done, he grieved for just a moment, and then steeled, closing the door on those feelings forever.

At this point, I'm just hoping for minimum damage to Clark's character by the end of the season

In that sense, S9 feels a lot like S8 to me. I'm already looking past this season to the next one. :( But this season has the potential to be even worse, because people are going to lay anything bad that happens at Clark's doorstep. At least last season Clark had a good plan for Doomsday. More than one, in fact. But all of them were sabotaged by Chloe, Oliver, or Tess. This time around everyone is going to point to Clark's decision to save Zod as the deciding factor, and he made that choice all on his own.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: May 4th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
the comic book geek in me wondered if the baby would turn out to be Smallville's version of Chris Kent


ME TOO!!!!

though, even last season after Doomsday, I thought Clark came off looking way better than anyone else, excepting Lois and Jimmy

Once again, me too!

Edited at 2010-05-04 03:45 pm (UTC)
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: May 4th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
*CLAPS*
You rock woman! I love your reviews. I didn't make one for this episode. I kinda liked the ep but I missed Clark a lot and I didn't want to write all the things I hated about Chloe this time. When I saw her ready to leave Tess die, I wasn't sure if I should be shocked by that or just expecting it considering how cold she was throughout this season. I don't want to dissapoint you but an apology from Chloe/Oliver about what they've done last season is not gonna happen. A long time have passed and nothing happened yet so I believe the writers feel like there's nothing wrong with all that.
Tess is still a great character on this show.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 5th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you, Christina! I missed Clark, too. What we did see of him was wonderful, though.

I know we'll never hear a real apology from Chloe or Oliver for what they did in Doomsday, but I'll never stop wanting it. :( At least Oliver seems contrite, and he supports Clark now. I really liked him in this episode.

Tess captivates me. If she doesn't survive the season I will be inconsolable.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: May 4th, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought it did OKish. You're right, though. Chloe still annoys. If Tess had been in a stronger emotional position, I think she would have called Chloe on more of her shit.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 5th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
If Tess had been in a stronger emotional position, I think she would have called Chloe on more of her shit.

That's a great insight. Tess has been through so much in the last few episodes. I think she's hanging on by sheer strength of will.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: May 5th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was surprised that I enjoyed this episode, given that it was supposed to be a Chloe/Tess episode. Having said that, there was not nearly enough Clark in this episode for me but what we did have was well written! My favourite scenes were with Clark & Faora. Sharon Taylor was stunning as Faora.

I am not on the Clark blame train so I didn't walk away thinking the events that unfolded were all his fault but I can certainly see why many would come to that conclusion.

Sacrifice was supposed to be the episode where she was finally held accountable, where she reaped the consequences of her questionable actions this season. Was anyone surprised when that didn't happen?

I think there is still an opportunity for Chloe to be held accountable for her actions(not likely to happen)and I think she has paid a price for her questionable actions(i.e. her sloppiness) but she hasn't been held accountable for what she has done to Clark. I also want her to be held accountable for what she did with Davis & her role in Jimmy's death. But I don't think that will happen. I think TPTB have a different definition of being held accountable than I do.

I am intrigued to see how the Clark/Zod showdown will play out. All I can say is Clark better come off as the hero he is!

Either way, I will watch for Tom! Beautiful caps!!



tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I was surprised that I enjoyed this episode, given that it was supposed to be a Chloe/Tess episode.

I felt the same way. I went into it apprehensively, figuring that whatever focus was left after Chloe and Tess's scenes would go to Oliver, and the episode didn't play out like I expected at all. The story Justin gave us was nicely balanced, and in spite of his relatively short screen time, Clark's presence and importance were unmistakable. The Clark/Faora/Zod storyline drove the action, and the Chloe/Tess/Watchtower part was definitely secondary to that.

I was especially happy to see that Justin didn't use this writing opportunity to emphasize his own character, or give himself all the good stuff as an actor. :) I loved Oliver in this episode.

I think there is still an opportunity for Chloe to be held accountable for her actions(not likely to happen)

Yeah, I'm not holding my breath. :)

I think she has paid a price for her questionable actions(i.e. her sloppiness) but she hasn't been held accountable for what she has done to Clark.

I guess she paid a price, but it seems like so little compared to what everyone else sacrificed. Sacrificed! Get it? ;) And I've accepted that she will never be held accountable for all she's done to Clark, this season or last. I don't think the show holds her culpable at all. I agree that Chloe had understandable reasons for doing what she did, but that doesn't mean she should be given a free pass for all her actions.

I think TPTB have a different definition of being held accountable than I do.

No kidding. BP and his defective dictionary. :P

I am very excited for the finale now, though, as you well know. :)
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: May 6th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I was especially happy to see that Justin didn't use this writing opportunity to emphasize his own character, or give himself all the good stuff as an actor. :) I loved Oliver in this episode.

I loved Oliver in this episode too, it was interesting to see his take on Oliver and to see he gets it!!

I guess she paid a price, but it seems like so little compared to what everyone else sacrificed.

I completely agree, I think it goes back to BP's definition of "held accountable".

Now two more episodes to go, the spoilers look good particularly the ones from today :D Bring on the final episodes!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved Oliver in this episode too, it was interesting to see his take on Oliver and to see he gets it!!

I know! That was so awesome! His Oliver truly is one of the good guys.

I am pumped for the final two, even with Ausiello's hint. :)
jwm_rocks From: jwm_rocks Date: May 6th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
My theory? This whole Zod situation was cooked up by Jor-El in the first place, as the ultimate trial for Clark. I think it has his twisted fingerprints all over it, putting Clark in an impossible situation that torments as much as it teaches, and with no regard for the human lives that may be lost for the sake of the lesson. He was the voice who called to Tess, and convinced her to set the Kandorians free. What? That's my fanwank, and I'm sticking to it. :)
I wouldn't be surprised. Unfortunately. If I had the AI's address I'd send it a "Universe's Worst Dad" mug.

Having Stuart return as a Checkmate agent was a cool twist.
It was nice to see Stu again. Wasn't so nice to see him in psycho mode. While I wouldn't want to have him as a regular cast member I do think he'd be a perfect recurring baddie next season.

Random thoughts: I didn't realize Chloe's cover was still the Isis Foundation. At least that explains what Lois thinks she does for a living.
I wasn't sure if it was referring to to Isis as much as an indication Chloe had set up her own non-profit front for Watchtower just as Lana had done when she needed a cover for her shenanigans. If not for the mention of Isis from Legion I would have assumed that foundation to have been completely dismantled by now. I don't see Chloe the least bit interested in continuing the work of rehabilitating the meteor infected at this point her her life. But either way it would help keep Lois out of Chloe's business. And it's healthier than chloroform too. ;)

Please, Smallville, give Clark the finale he deserves, and make these last two episodes a celebration of all that is great and good about this man we love so much. I don't want to spend my summer mad at you.
Amen!

There were a lot of shadows and darkness in this episode
No kidding! I'm getting tired of the darkneess, literally and figuratively! SV bring on the light in season 10 please!

Nice review, thanks for sharing!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 8th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I had the AI's address I'd send it a "Universe's Worst Dad" mug.

LOL! No kidding! I resolved after the FoS reboot in Abyss to let go of my anger toward Jor-El, but it hasn't been easy.

While I wouldn't want to have him as a regular cast member I do think he'd be a perfect recurring baddie next season.

That would be cool, especially because he has it in for Tess in such a big way. The actor did a good job of transforming the character after she shattered his life.

I wasn't sure if it was referring to to Isis as much as an indication Chloe had set up her own non-profit front for Watchtower just as Lana had done when she needed a cover for her shenanigans.

That actually makes more sense. At least she has a cover story; I've been wondering why Lois wasn't curious about how she spends her time and pays her bills.

I'm getting tired of the darkneess, literally and figuratively! SV bring on the light in season 10 please!

I think we're all ready for this show to look more like a Superman story, and less like a Batman one.

Thanks so much for your comment! I'm sorry to be so unforgivably late with my reply.
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