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Smallville 9x22 - Salvation
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goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: May 19th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, I love that Jeff the intern (assistant ;-) gets a whole para!

So many things to comment on, which, I warn you, will mostly consist of me nodding along like a bobblehead, heh - so, jumping straight in.

//Callum Blue finished his run as Zod in grand style, showing us first the master manipulator, who attempted to charm Lois, only to turn coldly menacing when she saw through him, and then the maniacal megalomaniac, building in intensity as the episode progressed, and finally erupting in fury, all pretense gone, as his plans crumbled around him.//

CB was so great in this ep, through the season actually, for me, as he often did more with the material he was given in adding his own personal touches, nuances, etc. Here he was just the perfect foil to Clark - if Clark was heroic to the core, Zod was as rotten.

//Erica Durance gave one of her best performances to date as Lois, hitting just the right balance between unsettled confusion, investigative curiosity, and stubborn faith in Clark.//

Lois kept our empathy with her, and that's where ED excelled in this ep.

//Another incredibly moving scene for me was the video conference between Clark and his allies at Watchtower.//

My favorite Clark moment of the ep - Supes, right there, folks.

//When Clark found Lois in the loft, he was completely focused on making her understand what she meant to him, and he told her the story of when he first knew she was "the one."//

I'm so glad that this resonated with Clark so deeply, because this moment resonated with me as a Clark fan who appreciates Clois too - what they bring out in each other, their reactions to one another? That's their USP.

//It was passionate, tender, deliberate, hungry, and full of love.//

An incredible kiss - one of the most intimate I've seen on this show. And even the SV PTB are surely not that monumentally stupid to dare of taking the Clois reveal back - I don't even want to pit that thought out in to the universe. ::shudder::

//The final conflict between Clark and Zod was a thing of beauty.//

Brilliant direction, brilliant music, the actors giving it their all - what more could we have possibly asked for? A glorious rain sequence? Well, dammit, they threw that in there too! Heh.

//Yay!! Tess will be back! Or at the very least Cassidy Freeman will, and that's all I really care about anyway. What a relief!//

The shot of Granny Goodness, coupled with Ollie' "they're not Kandorians", and I'm convinced we're going the Apokolips, Darkseid route next season. And trust me, if that's the case, and GG was shown in Tess' room? CF 'aint goin nowhere. Hallelujah!

//I liked Oliver in Salvation. He was funny, charming, heroic, and supportive of Clark.//

Color me stupendously shocked, but so did I.

And my god, A big fat, massive WORD to everything on Clark and TW. I am so, so proud of our Supes and the wonderful actor who brings him to life.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 6th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jeff is quickly becoming one of my favorites. And BQM jokingly champions him on Twitter, perhaps because he started out as an intern on Smallville himself. ;)

Here he was just the perfect foil to Clark - if Clark was heroic to the core, Zod was as rotten.

I agree. He came into his own as a villain in this episode, and made me root that much harder for Clark's victory over him. He was deliciously irredeemable!

An incredible kiss - one of the most intimate I've seen on this show.

Intimate: that's the perfect word to describe it. I haven't been a big fan of the kisses between Clark and Lois this season, but that one? Wow. I've watched it more times than I can count, and it still takes my breath away!

Like you, I'm not even going to entertain the notion that they might take Lois's realization back.

A glorious rain sequence? Well, dammit, they threw that in there too!

Didn't that just make everything better? I wonder if the rain was in the script, or if someone came up with the idea during the pre-production process. I guess I could ask Al Septien on Twitter!

I'm convinced we're going the Apokolips, Darkseid route next season.

I'm not familiar with Darkseid, except to know that a lot of people are concerned about how the show proposes to adapt his persona and story for the small screen. Better than they did Doomsday, I hope.

I am so, so proud of our Supes and the wonderful actor who brings him to life.

And this is what I took away from Salvation, more than anything else. After nine years of playing the same role, and in the midst of putting together the first project for his new production company, Tom totally stepped up and brought Clark to a whole new level, and delivered one of my favorite performances of his ever. I think he is as committed now to this show as he has ever been, and that's what makes me the most excited for S10.
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