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Smallville 9x21 - Hostage - I worship at the television altar — LiveJournal
Smallville 9x21 - Hostage
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From: (Anonymous) Date: May 17th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
There were so many things that I loved about this episode. But I also couldn't shake the feeling the entire time that there were some elements of this episode that were left unfinished because the show just flat out run out of time. There was so much to jam into this episode and not enough scenes to do it. In retrospect, I feel like this could have easily been two episodes although I understand from the show's perspective why it was not. The most glaring example of this, for me, was with the Clark/Lois stuff. I felt uneasy as a fan that they didn't have some kind of closing scene together where we got a better idea of how Lois was feeling about the breakup. But there just wasn't time for it.

I didn't have any serious issues with the Clark and Lois stuff because it seemed to me that what we saw was only a snippet of what was truly going on with them and that it was too early for me to judge what Lois was truly feeling and how Clark was truly going to react the situation. And it turned out after watching "Salvation" that it made sense for me to view it that way. I never really had any doubt that Lois still loved Clark and wanted to be with him. I do think it's very possible to break up with someone and still be truly and deeply in love with them. I felt that at the moment in "Hostage" Lois just needed to step away. She just got too overwhelmed and just needed to take some time to step away from the situation. I found both Clark and Lois to be very sympathetic in this episode. I absolutely understood where Clark was coming from: he had the weight of the world on his shoulders. Yet, I wished he had found a way to let Lois know that he DID care what she was going through. Still...I didn't fault him for coming up short in that regard. He did the best he could in that moment. I didn't fault Lois for losing it in that moment and ending the relationship. I didn't question her love for Clark nor did I ever question that deep down her heart still belonged to him (as she made clear in "Salvation") but it just seemed that she was frustrated and overwhelmed by the situation and did what many people do when confronted with a crappy situation: she ran. By the end of the episode she admitted to Perry that she didn't want to run away from her problems anymore and the stage was set for her to try to re-evaluate the way she had left things with Clark. THAT was where I felt the episode was missing something. There should have been some kind of moment in bullpen at the end where Lois reminded the audience that she was hurting over breaking up with Clark. That was missing for me there. Then again, it was made pretty clear in "Salvation" that Lois still wanted to be with him and that ultimately she knew that Clark was more important than any job. I guess for me the Clark/Lois stuff in "Hostage" is like trying to judge the possibility of victory in the Lord of the Rings trilogy after only the 1st or 2nd movie. (Weird analogy I know.) Something felt missing....but we weren't done with the story yet. And the answer was yet to come.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 7th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could totally understand Lois taking a step back from the relationship to focus on herself and her career, but I still don't think her going so far as to break up with Clark rang true. And I am never going to be okay with being expected to connect the dots about what might be going on in Offscreenville. Sure, I fanwank constantly with this show, but that doesn't mean I like it. If the writers have something to say, say it onscreen.

That said, I also understand that the decision to cut certain scenes is made after filming is completed, when there is no opportunity to go back and add in a line of exposition to explain what was cut. I thought there were some glaring plot holes in Upgrade, but when BAG described on SHoE how the scene between Lois and John in the Talon basement originally played out, I realized it wasn't that the writers left things out, it was that there wasn't enough time to keep everything in the script.

For me, the question isn't whether or not Clark and Lois truly love one other; obviously they do. My problem is that I think having Lois break up with Clark the way she did made her look a bit capricious, and less willing to fight for their relationship than I think she is. But since it didn't stick, and my fears about more Triangle of Two nonsense turned out to be unfounded, it's not a big deal to me now. ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 7th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I appreciated that they gave us everyone's POV, so we knew what they were thinking, and why they made the decisions they did. I may not have agreed, but at least there was a method to the madness. :)
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