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Smallville 9x21 - Hostage
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jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: May 15th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I confess I'm on too much of a high from Salvation to give an intelligent reply here, so I'm just going to squee and say ITA!

Nah, can't leave it at that. Although I never got around to it, I'd been planning all week on writing a long semi-rant about how Smallville so often goes wrong by having people behave OOC for the sake of the plot. For me, just about everyone suffered from that to some degree in this episode, especially Lois. I could see her being mad with Clark because of his dismissive attitude but she made the break up specifically about her need for a purpose, thus tying it to the Blur, and that failed for me on just about every possible level. Of course, having seen Salvation, I appreciate why they needed to split Clois apart for awhile, but still, I wish they'd found a better way to do so.

I also had a problem with Martha. Not with her being the Red Queen, but with her using Maxwell Lord, thus being complicit in Tess's torture (I think for once the term 'mind rape' may be appropriate). And if we're going to chastise Chloe for all her dubious methods throughout the season, its only fair to do so to Martha. 'Protecting Clark' simply doesn't cut it as an excuse.

But yes, that final scene with Clark and Martha together was totally brilliant! And its nice to have our old Chloe back, even if I found those points you raised about her apology equally irksome. All in all, a good lead in to the finale.

And what a finale! Squeeeee!!!!!

Edited at 2010-05-15 06:52 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 7th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd been planning all week on writing a long semi-rant about how Smallville so often goes wrong by having people behave OOC for the sake of the plot.

This is so true, and they've been doing it for years. It's always struck me as lazy writing, and it usually puts me in a position where I struggle to decide if I should take the behavior at face value, and be frustrated with the character, or "blame the writers," and purposely ignore something that has become part of show canon. I understand why they had to break up Clark and Lois, but it still doesn't make sense to me, and I don't think it cast Lois in the best light.

I didn't like the Martha/Maxwell Lord connection much either, but at least I found it plausible. I think a lot of boundaries get crossed when a mother is trying to protect her threatened child. That doesn't make it right, though.

Of course now that I've reveled in Salvation and watched it countless times, I'm inclined to forgive the minor quibbles I have with how they led up to it. :) And I loved that final scene between Clark and Martha beyond all reason. ♥
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