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Smallville 10x03 - Supergirl


This isn't so much a review as a long, rambling rant, because I hated Supergirl. HATED it. Not that it didn't have anything to love (I'll get to that later), but what it did wrong was so bad, it broke me. Broke my ability to fanwank, gloss over, or forgive, and opened the floodgates of my pent-up frustration with sins past. So now I have to vent. If you enjoyed this episode, you should probably skip this self-indulgent laundry list of my problems with it, although I'd honestly like to know how anyone who is a fan of Clark Kent or Superman could not be offended by what I saw on my TV screen Friday night. I don't think Supergirl is the worst episode of Smallville ever made, but it's definitely in my top five.

The main message I got from this episode is that Clark is doing it wrong, in oh so many ways. In fact, the show is so eager to show his failings, they can't even keep straight what they all are. In Lazarus Jor-El said that Clark was full of pride and vanity. Now his problem is that he's full of self-doubt. Aren't those kind of opposites? Let's not forget that pesky darkness that lurks within him, making him want to kill everyone. There's weakness in there, too. Plus he's a big, fat failure because he can't fly. And why can't he fly? Because the writers won't let him! Grrr.

I really think the show has let this whole flying thing get out of hand. Simply because Al and Miles made their mantra "no tights, no flights" back in the day, this one power has become a symbol for the end of Clark's journey, and has therefore been made unattainable by TPTB. It really makes no sense to me. All of Clark's other abilities were thrust upon him, and his struggle has been to master them. Why does flight, and only flight, remain elusive? Last season they said it was because Clark saw himself as human, and couldn't fully embrace his Kryptonian side. Weak, but I was willing to play along. Now it's because his doubts make him unable to focus? Whatever, show.

I didn't enjoy Clark's flying lesson with Kara. It was no fun for me to see him try and fail, especially when Kara made it sound so simple. The main difference between Clark and Kara is that she grew up on Krypton, while he was raised on Earth, by human parents. The same was true for all the many Kandorians who so easily soared to the heavens last season. Kara said that with her powers, there was nothing holding her back. So what is the show saying? That Clark's upbringing stands in his way? I always thought that it was the unique combination of his Kryptonian abilities and his human qualities that made Superman who he is. If you're going to show Clark's two sides at war, at least make the human side the good guy. That's the part of him I'm always going to root for.

I'm so tired of seeing Clark undermined, of seeing his specialness taken away, piece by piece. It's true that flying is not like Clark's other powers, in the sense that nothing else makes the citizens of Metropolis look up in wonder and awe, their minds blown by the unbelievable sight of a man who can fly. It was bad enough when we, the audience, saw others fly on the show: Martian Manhunter, Kara, the Legion, Hawkman, Stephen Swift, and more. It was worse when Zod and his followers filled the skies for the whole world to see. But what we saw in Supergirl was the worst by far. Kara, flying over Metropolis in broad daylight, saving the day in red and blue. And later, donning a disguise, complete with horn-rimmed glasses. Why do we even need Clark? All that's left for him to do is follow in her footsteps, and there's nothing unique about that.

Oliver, too, stole Clark's thunder, choosing this episode to come out of the superhero closet and announce to the world that he is Green Arrow. It's not the same as what Clark will do, and in fact I suspect that whatever happens with Oliver will crystallize Clark's ultimate decision to have both a public persona as Superman and a secret identity, but he'll be following rather than leading all the same. Can't the show see the disservice they do to Clark when he has to be shown every step of his journey by someone else?

I liked Kara in S7, especially her warm relationship with Clark. Not any more. In Supergirl she was superior, dismissive, and patronizing toward Clark. She and Jor-El had a little confab, and she came out parroting him completely. She treated Clark with pity rather than Jor-El's arrogance, but the effect was the same. And no, her lines where she threw Clark a bone, like "Maybe Jor-El underestimated you," and "I don't feel pure of spirit," didn't make it any better. Again, I have to ask, if she's so awesome, why does the world even need Clark? I mean, obviously it will be Clark who ultimately defeats Darkseid (please tell me I can still cling to THAT hope), but they don't give us even a hint of that here. When it happens, it won't wash away the damage of this episode. That pain is here to stay.

What makes Clark vulnerable to Darkseid is that he doesn't have "purity of spirit," which means, well, I'm not sure what it means. That you know who you are? That you know what you want to do with your life? Whatever it is, Kara and Lois have it, and Clark doesn't. Actually, he's a mess, such a lost cause that Jor-El has disowned him. Whether that's for real, or some twisted experiment in reverse psychology, it's just cruel, and if the show validates the A.I.'s actions in the end, my head is going to explode. Jor-El thought Clark was full of pride, so he ruthlessly tore him down, and left him devastated. Now he's upset because Clark has doubts about himself! He's a monster!

I didn't care for Club Desaad either. It seemed a bit much for Smallville, and Lois's actions there smacked of entrapment anyway. When Godfrey turned the tables on her, seeing her trussed up in life-threatening bondage was disturbing and exploitative. And watching Clark rescue her, only to retreat to the shadows to protect his secret instead of offering her the comfort of his arms, made me sad. Why doesn't he just TELL her? I applauded Lois's initiative and resourcefulness in going after Godfrey, but the results left me cold.

Just to complete the list, what else drove me mad about this episode? The special effects left a lot to be desired. Woman of Tomorrow? Really? I guess we're lucky they said Maid of Might instead of Woman of Steel. I like my Oliver snarky and charming, not weepy and emasculated (although Justin Hartley did a great job portraying Ollie's anguish). Maybe I'd buy into his turmoil more if his epic romance with Chloe hadn't come out of left field. Kara is Clark's only family? Ouch. And Clark let Darkseid in when he used the Book of Rao to send the Kandorians away, so this is all his fault. Of course.

Well, if anyone is still with me after that diatribe, there really were things I loved about Supergirl. First, last, and always, Tom Welling's acting. He continues to amaze me with the depth of emotion he gives to Clark, while still maintaining the noble stoicism that has come to define our hero. It's all about nuance, and control, and those incredible, expressive eyes. He played every moment and every word of dialogue perfectly, even the ones that made me want to scream. My heart went out to Clark as he struggled to believe in himself in the face of Kara's criticism, and wrestled with the idea of going public. I wanted to stand up and cheer when he defended himself so vehemently to Kara in the loft, and it killed me that they took that all away by leaving him mired in self-doubt at the end. I know they're setting up Clark's ultimate triumphs, but for me, those future highs can never make up for the lows I'm seeing now.

Lois was another high point, both in the writing and the acting. I think Erica Durance has reached a whole new level this season; her performance has blown me away in every episode so far. I so appreciated Lois's loyalty this week, not only to Clark, but to Oliver, too. Her courage in taking Godfrey on was admirable, and her passionate defense of Metropolis's heroes warmed my heart. Her scenes with Oliver were a delight. They just sparkle together! But my favorite scene of all was Lois's reunion with Clark. I loved the joy that lit up his face when he saw her, and the playful way she teased him. When Clark stepped impossibly close and looked deep into Lois's eyes I swooned, and when she swayed uncontrollably toward him as he turned to look back at the crowd, I knew exactly how she felt. It was a wonderful little scene, that captured both the undeniable bond between them, and the walls that still stand in the way of their true intimacy.

I also enjoyed Michael Daingerfield as Gordon Godfrey. He was definitely chilling as Darkseid's puppet, and I liked the subtle differences we could see between that man and the radio host we met in the teaser. I don't know if the real Godfrey was supposed to be evil (evidently he smoked, isn't that always a sure sign?), but it gave me a twinge to realize that Lois's photos would incriminate a man who was not responsible for his actions because he was possessed at the time.

Once again in this episode we were told that the darkness that exists inside Clark makes him unequal to the task of protecting Earth, but I have a fundamental problem with that concept. Don't we ALL have some darkness within us, that we struggle to keep at bay? It's not a spotless soul that defines a hero, it's the way he rises above his baser instincts and makes the choice to do the right thing, even at great personal cost, and Clark does that every day. On one side Clark has Jor-El and Kara, telling him everything he can't do, and on the other he has Lois and Jonathan, telling him they believe in him no matter what. My wish for Clark is that he can listen to and trust in his own heart to tell him who he is, and all that he can be. Let him take these final steps to his destiny standing tall and strong, on his own, with no one else to shore him up, hold his hand, or show him the way. The Clark Kent I know and love deserves no less.

Tom took my breath away this week, scene after scene after scene. Have an extra dose of pretty to make up for my downer of a review. :( Thirty of my favorite caps from Supergirl:


























































































Screen caps courtesy of KEakaCK, with my thanks!

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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: October 11th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I soooooooo wanted to throw something when Kara went on about Jor-El (seriously, how can anyone think this guy was a great man? or maybe the AI is majorly corrupted, but honestly) and when the Darkseid smoke was swirling around Clark and Kara butted in. I thought the show missed a great opportunity there that show that while Clark's spirit may be battered, it was still pure. Ugh! The whole episode was abusive.

OK, I get that Clark needs to have an arc with Darkseid, but the thing is one of the most powerful foes Superman faces. And it wasn't Darkseid that was the threat here, it was Kara and Jor-El. Seriously, whose side are they on?

ETA I forget to include contractions when I'm mad.

Edited at 2010-10-11 12:44 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 11th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
What you said!! Kara was fooled by her own evil father in the past, so it didn't surprise me all that much that she was so easily swayed by Jor-El, but it was disheartening all the same. They left things between Clark and Kara in such a wonderful place at the end of Bloodline, and now we have this mess as her legacy instead? Ugh.

I swear, TPTB neither understand nor respect this amazing character whose story they have the privilege to tell. If they loved him, episodes like this one would never happen.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 11th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
You found a pretty, pissed-off Clark for your header!

I really think the show has let this whole flying thing get out of hand. Simply because Al and Miles made their mantra "no tights, no flights" back in the day, this one power has become a symbol for the end of Clark's journey, and has therefore been made unattainable by TPTB.
Agreed. And that they're probably holding off so that Clark will fly "for Lois", ie he can't manage the drive to do it on his own, is also annoying.

And no, her lines where she threw Clark a bone, like "Maybe Jor-El underestimated you," and "I don't feel pure of spirit," didn't make it any better. Again, I have to ask, if she's so awesome, why does the world even need Clark? I mean, obviously it will be Clark who ultimately defeats Darkseid (please tell me I can still cling to THAT hope), but they don't give us even a hint of that here.
Those scenes are only redeemable if Darkseid is voicing Jor-El at the Fortress and is misdirecting Kara, giving her false confidence that she is immune to him, and trying to undermine Clark through her.

I also enjoyed Michael Daingerfield as Gordon Godfrey. He was definitely chilling as Darkseid's puppet, and I liked the subtle differences we could see between that man and the radio host we met in the teaser.
He was the highlight for me, the actor seeming to relish every line he got. But it's always a bad sign on SV when a guest actor hijacks the show (think of other duds like Combat & Lara!)

Not that it didn't have anything to love (I'll get to that later), but what it did wrong was so bad, it broke me. Broke my ability to fanwank, gloss over, or forgive, and opened the floodgates of my pent-up frustration with sins past.
*hugs* Erase this ep. and never think of it again! (Easier said than done, I know.) I don't see how the writers can go so off-course - this writer also wrote the horrendous Persuasion & I'm starting to dread her name in the credits.

I'm worried for next week - I cherish the early episodes and get nervous when Sv casts a retconning eye at its past.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: October 11th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I think there's a difference between a "retcon" and emotional evolution. I don't think anything is going to be retconned from the early seasons. I think that if anything we will see Clark be at peace with the choices of his past and ready to move on to his future. That's not a retcon---it's just moving on and growing up. JMO

As for this episode...I'm ready to erase everything having to do with Kara from my memory. I wish that Bloodline had been her last appearance.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 11th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC) (Link)
We'll see. But they have a bad history of trashing earlier, better episodes for the sake of cheap effect. Think of the revisions of Eternity, where suddenly TWO boys came down with the meteor shower: it contradicted the awesome Lineage and undermined Lionel's entire plotline in seasons 1 - 6.

The consolation is that nearly 10 million people watched Lineage - the better episode prevailed.

As for this episode...I'm ready to erase everything having to do with Kara from my memory. I wish that Bloodline had been her last appearance
Word. She was great in Bloodline and I wish this writer had taken a look at that episode before writing this mess.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: October 11th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree that Eternal was a hot mess that completely and factually negated previous episodes. But I think there is a major difference between changing FACTS of episodes and showing a character coming to a new emotional viewpoint. The former legitimately changes the history of the show. The later allows the character to consider the memories of his past and move forward based on a few viewpoint for the future. A retcon would be to say, for example, that Clark never loved Lana. That's wrong. He did love Lana, very very much. But I don't think it's a retcon if he decides in this episode that he is now at peace wit his past and moving on to Lois with his whole heart. That's emotional evolution. It doesn't change the facts of the past, it simply means that Clark has made peace with his past and is moving on to his future. But anyway...I'm sorry because this is totally off-topic. We'll see what happens next week!

Yeah...I'd like to pretend this episode never happened in terms of Kara. I thought her exit in "Bloodline" was beautiful. I remember feeling very emotional and moved by her goodbye in that episode. Too bad that was shot to hell this week.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 11th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
A retcon would be to say, for example, that Clark never loved Lana. That's wrong. He did love Lana, very very much. But I don't think it's a retcon if he decides in this episode that he is now at peace wit his past and moving on to Lois with his whole heart. That's emotional evolution.
I don't have a problem with any of that, it's a natural progression. But I care about a lot more than just 'ships and there's plenty more in Clark's past than Clana that an episode like this could casually write-over. I don't get the sense that many of the current writers have much respect for the writers that preceded them.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: October 11th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Just for the record, I care about more than just the ships too. I was simply using that was an example. We'll see. I'm hoping the episode will pay tribute to his relationship wit Lana, friendships with Chloe and Pete, his relationship with his parents and in some way, his relationship with Lex. But we'll see! Anyway, I don't want to get off-topic anymore. I hope you enjoy it next week.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 11th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I always try to make my header the one prettiest cap I can find, and there was no contest with this episode. Just look at him! The man is unbelievable.

And that they're probably holding off so that Clark will fly "for Lois"

Really? *headdesk* I love Lois, but I hope you're wrong about that. Can't he do ANYTHING all by himself anymore?

Those scenes are only redeemable if Darkseid is voicing Jor-El at the Fortress and is misdirecting Kara, giving her false confidence that she is immune to him, and trying to undermine Clark through her.

I don't give the writers that much credit. I think it's just another contrived stall. :( I thought that in S10 we would be finished with those. Silly me.

He was the highlight for me, the actor seeming to relish every line he got.

He really did have fun with the part, didn't he? I hated every word he said to Clark in the club, but I couldn't fault his delivery! :)

I don't see how the writers can go so off-course - this writer also wrote the horrendous Persuasion & I'm starting to dread her name in the credits.

I loved Idol and most of Hostage, hated the whole mind-whammied Lois storyline in Persuasion, and detested pretty much all of Supergirl. So my feelings are mixed, as they are for most of the Smallville writers. The one with the best track record for me is BQM, who wrote Committed, Bulletproof, Hex, Echo, Warrior, and Sacrifice. Beyond the Clana scene at the end of Bulletproof (which I'm sure wasn't his idea), and some problems I had with Echo, I've loved every one of his episodes. He's writing the episode titled Luthor next, I'll be very interested to see it.

Erase this ep. and never think of it again!

Believe me, it's going in the lock box, next to a few other choice episodes.

I'm worried for next week - I cherish the early episodes and get nervous when Sv casts a retconning eye at its past.

I understand your apprehension completely, and I hope your worry is for naught. We've seen that they revisit Lana and Chloe, will we see Lex, too, or will they ignore him because he didn't actually attend Smallville High with Clark? I suspect we should hope for the latter.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 11th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved Idol and most of Hostage, hated the whole mind-whammied Lois storyline in Persuasion, and detested pretty much all of Supergirl. So my feelings are mixed, as they are for most of the Smallville writers.
I liked bits of Idol, but not all of it. Hostage made for nice 'caps but the plot was way too slow for me and I did not like the de-fanged version of Perry. BQM is my favourite writer too & *fingers crossed* that means Luthor will be a decent episode.

We've seen that they revisit Lana and Chloe, will we see Lex, too, or will they ignore him because he didn't actually attend Smallville High with Clark? I suspect we should hope for the latter.
They don't have a great record of looking back, do they? I'd much rather they'd come up with a different premise for the 200th, especially with James Marsters aboard. If it's a big romance episode for Clark & Lois, they could have chosen an original setting.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: October 11th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree with everything you said about Kara.

Honestly, I couldn't even rant on my own journal because I feel like I already got so upset before this episode even aired that I almost felt like I pre-emptively grieved before I even saw it. My expectations were so low for this episode.

I've tried to really rack my brain and find some glimmer of hope in here and the only thing I can come up with is that I know that Clark is going to get through this. I know he will rise above this abuse. I know that when he shows his face he will not only be the hero who "saves the day" but the inspiration and hope and light that the world needs and that NO ONE else can provide. No one else can truly lead the people like he can. But it hurts to see him hurting.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 11th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I was so upset after watching this episode I considered not writing a review at all. :( But I found I couldn't think about anything else until I got my feelings out of my system. I've been called a hater for my negative reviews in the past, but all I can do is give my honest opinion. I'm glad I'm not the only one who had a problem with Supergirl.

I know that Clark is going to get through this. I know he will rise above this abuse. I know that when he shows his face he will not only be the hero who "saves the day" but the inspiration and hope and light that the world needs and that NO ONE else can provide.

I know you're right about that. I just hope the show can find a way to do that moment justice. If anyone else but Tom were playing Clark, I would have been done with Smallville a long time ago. Thankfully, he rises above material like this every time.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: October 11th, 2010 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You so very rarely write negative reviews that I don't understand how anyone could call you a hater. 99% of your reviews are positive in some way. It's OK to not like an episode every once and a while. I very rarely dislike an episode and I found tons to dislike in this one as well. I understand people becomning tired of the negativity in the fandom. I'm tired it too. To some extent, I think there are some people in this fandom who will never be happy and that just is what it is. It doesn't affect me. But there is a difference between being a "hater" and just flat out not liking an episode and providing detailed reasons why you didn't like it. ::shrugs::

I will add...I truly don't think Clark is going to fly "for Lois." I think people are misunderstanding that. I think it's very possible that her heartbeat is going to be the sound that he CHOOSES to focus on in order to make one noise "your whole world." And that would be very much in line with the Superman story for Lois' heartbeat becomes the "rhythm of his life" and the one sound that he is always in tune with at all times even when he's across the world. That's canon. But I don't think that means that he's flying FOR HER. I think it means that he'll finally be able to be at peace with himself and his life and that by being at peace he'll be able to fully embrace his powers and abilities in a new way. Love may be the catalyst to finding that peace (which again, is very much line with who this character is) but it's only in finding that peace and acceptance that I think Clark will truly be able to fly. I don't think that takes anything away from him.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: October 11th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
This episode didn't happen besides the Clois reunion, that and the wonderful performances by Tom and Erica. Focusing on the pretty Tom pictures....
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 11th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I like the way you think! :D
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: October 11th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Normally I don't jump in when people don't like an episode because well if you don't like it you don't

I was going over this with some friends on Blogtalk tonight and I'm thinking all the stuff that AI Jor-el is heaping onto Clark about Pride and disowning him is this

remember we know that Darksied came from the portal at the top of the gargoyle tower, supposedly the FOS was dead because Zod destroyed it, now we're thinking Darksied as "infected" the FOS also how was the FOS miraculously restored?

Also remember after Clark saved Lois & the people of Metroplis from the DP globe Clark was full of purpose he was ready to take on the mantle of Superman and become the hero well notice he was "zapped" to the FOS right at that precice moment and was told by Jor-el he wasn't a hero he was prideful and was evol etc... that is Darksied's MO

now I could be wrong and this is the real AI and Jor-el is just being a dick but I wouldn't put it past the writers to do this and for the AI infected Jor-el to "influnce" Kara into doing what she did in Supergirl

anyways I wanted to throw that out at you, I think we are seeing the "mental" preperation of Clark becoming Superman and I think Homecoming fixes alot of past mistakes

don't lose hope T
jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 11th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry T. I know you try so hard to see the bright side, and I know you try to go with the flow.

But, they make it so hard with eps like this, don't they?

I always come back to the same conclusions. SV doesn't have very good writers, and they sure as hell don't love and respect Clark Kent the way people writing a show about him should. There were so many ways that they could've written this story that didn't demean Clark. So many ways to bring back Kara that doesn't steal Clark's thunder, and also keeps her likeable. So many ways to write an interesting story for Oliver that is complimentary to Clarks, not existing in some parallel universe that butts heads with Clark.

The flying thing? I agree with you so much on this. Its just become so ridiculous at this point that they've sucked all the joy and awe right out of it. When Clark takes to the sky (and like Tas, I think Lois will be given all the credit for this), we'll all breathe a sigh of relief that it finally happened, but I doubt its going to the joyous moment we all wished for. They've just dragged it out for far too long.

Tom makes a beautiful Clark Kent. It does a great job of giving him dignity, and compassion, and a "pureness" that no other character on this show can touch. Why TPTB don't see what I see is something I guess I'll just never understand.

luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: October 11th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)
Word!, as they say. I am so sick of all of this Clark isn't ready stuff, it's driving me absolutely nuts. He's been saving people for TEN years- a hell of a lot longer than Kara's been at it. Her condescenion to him was beyond annoying. And really, is there any kind of skimpy outfit they won't put Erica Durance in? Enough is enough.
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: October 11th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
"I'm so tired of seeing Clark undermined, of seeing his specialness taken away, piece by piece. It's true that flying is not like Clark's other powers, in the sense that nothing else makes the citizens of Metropolis look up in wonder and awe, their minds blown by the unbelievable sight of a man who can fly. It was bad enough when we, the audience, saw others fly on the show: Martian Manhunter, Kara, the Legion, Hawkman, Stephen Swift, and more. It was worse when Zod and his followers filled the skies for the whole world to see. But what we saw in Supergirl was the worst by far. Kara, flying over Metropolis in broad daylight, saving the day in red and blue. And later, donning a disguise, complete with horn-rimmed glasses. Why do we even need Clark? All that's left for him to do is follow in her footsteps, and there's nothing unique about that.

Oliver, too, stole Clark's thunder, choosing this episode to come out of the superhero closet and announce to the world that he is Green Arrow. It's not the same as what Clark will do, and in fact I suspect that whatever happens with Oliver will crystallize Clark's ultimate decision to have both a public persona as Superman and a secret identity, but he'll be following rather than leading all the same. Can't the show see the disservice they do to Clark when he has to be shown every step of his journey by someone else?
"

Thank God I'm not the only one that felt this!! I swear, this is SEASON 10!!! I'm tired of the growth stunts they're giving him. It's almost like he hasn't changed or learned anything since season 5 in this episode. This episode just really drove the nail, I need a good episode as I hope and see homecoming will be. this characterization downing is getting annoying and Clark deserves better. I'm so peeved that Kara is getting ahead of Clark in almost everything even though this is HIS show and it's supposed to be the other way around. First the episode title, she gets supergirl before he gets superman, she flys he doesn't, she gets in the public eye along with a close replica of her suit he doesn't, she's put on a pedestal for all of it and he gets put down, shes on jor-els good graces and he's crapped on, she's 'pure' and he's not, she gets a secret identity and he doesn't, he's immature she's not, and on and on it goes. I wanted to punch my screen so friggin hard. I hate how they're making Jor-El tear him down piece by piece when he's proved soo so much in the past couple of years. He isn't dark, the writers just choose to make that bigger than it is even when most of the time he's done great things that are far from dark. They throw in these dark part craps just to stunt his growth enough to not make him superman and it makes me sick. I was really hoping after the crap in the episode that was his el family that Jonathon would visit him again for a pick me up. Clark deserves better, this isn't right no matter how they paint it. He gets 10 steps ahead, and than he has to take 50 steps back. *rips hair out* It's so UGHHH! I mean really? really?
and making this flying thing so much more horrid than it should be isn't right, having everyone around him run their flying power in his face. he should have had it a couple years ago...
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: October 11th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't even get angry about the Kara stuff in this episode anymore because, like Audrey, I pretty much ranted myself out about it before it even aired. All watching it did was confirm my worst fears about it and left me crushed, numb and disappointed.

Only thing left would have been the headline of the DP layout Lois grabbed to be screaming the name "Supergirl!" about her to leave me completely gutted. At least I got a reprieve from seeing something like that on top of the rest of the hefty pile of Kara BS in this episode.

If Kara never makes another appearance on the show before it's over it'll be too soon. I swear this episode was only conceived to give a happy to Kara fanboys and fangirls, as her going public didn't even really significantly impact the plot in any way.

Anyway, moving on - the most interesting interpretation/fanwank I've read regarding this whole "Clark has darkness in his heart because of pride/vanity/self-doubt/whatever" is that this is all an allusion to the anti-life equation which, if you go with the formula version of it, actually contains those emotions that they keep trying to say is making Clark's heart have darkness in it or whatever. And there was a story done in the comics once where it was discovered that the full anti-life equation was contained inside Superman.

I'm not saying I fully believe that this is where the writers are going with all this Clark has darkness in him stuff, because if they were they've done a poor job of communicating it IMO. But this has got to be going somewhere, because despite what I know is coming next week, this Darkseid plot line isn't over yet, meaning I don't think this "Clark has darkness in him" plot is going to be completely over next week either. :/

I thought Lois and Clark were delightful too, and the actor playing Godfrey was deliciously creepy. But I do wish the PTB hadn't gone for stalling the full reveal of the secret until episode 200, (well, okay until after the 200th), which is what they are clearly doing. I didn't mind it in Lazarus and Shield, but you're right, Clark going off to hide after saving Lois is just . . . *sigh* I'm just thankful it hopefully looks like I'm not going to have to deal with all this too much longer thank goodness.

Edited at 2010-10-11 06:46 am (UTC)
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: October 11th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
//I'd honestly like to know how anyone who is a fan of Clark Kent or Superman could not be offended by what I saw on my TV screen Friday night.//

I just can't fathom the wank for this one. I just can't.

My head is still spinning from how vile this ep was. I wasn't so overly enthused about the season up til now as it is, and now I'm all but deflated.
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: October 11th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the rant, it felt good to read and helped to justify my feelings of complete disheartening from this episode. I never thought it would be this bad. How could they allow Kara to take Clark's thunder? I did enjoy Lois, she was written well and the reunion scene between her and Clark was fantastic. I just wish they would have equally given Clark the good writing they gave to Lois. I also was bothered by Club Desaad and seeing Lois tied up. It was easy to forget this was a pre-Superman show and it made me miss the family element even more. This isn't something I would like my son to watch.

All in all, I'd really like to be mad at this episode, but it totally pulled the rug out from under me. It made me feel heartbroken, beaten and beyond disappointed that they would do this to Clark and his fans. *sniff*

Thanks for the extra pretty, it helps!
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: October 11th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is sad when even a person like you who, just like Clark, always tries to see the good in Smallville, is depressed. (Ok, you may see the good in people too, but I had to paraphrase lol) Then it´s proof that the episode really sucked.

I have nothing to add. Sadly. Now I am worried that the next indignity will consist in elevating Lois to the raison d' être for Clark: she will make him fly and she will make him into Superman. I bet it will turn out this way. Absolutely nothing unique will be left to Clark.

Don´t get me wrong: I do like Lois (most of the time), and I am glad that so far she has been written as a support to Clark. But this show has the bad habit of turning the supporting characters into the true heroes, while the protagonist gets the short end à la "We can treat him like shit because he will be the great hero in the future anyway". And it is no accident that none of the writers ever mentions Clark as his/her favorite character...

Anyway, my expectations for this final season have never been high, but now they are zero. Only the wonder that is Tom Wellling makes me watch, even the episodes I hate.
silverscreengal From: silverscreengal Date: October 12th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
30 screencaps? You really do need a dose of Tom to make you feel better!!!

I didn't hate it like you did, but I, too, am disturbed by all the things you pointed out. I just have (stupid?) faith that TPTB will make him the hero we know he is (and will be) by the end of this year.

" I always thought that it was the unique combination of his Kryptonian abilities and his human qualities that made Superman who he is. If you're going to show Clark's two sides at war, at least make the human side the good guy. That's the part of him I'm always going to root for."

THAT is exactly what hubby and I were talking about before I logged on and found your review!!! Kara, Zod and the rest of those yahoos are NOT human, and therefore, can not be the hero that Clark Kent can be.

Don't let the turkeys get you down! (esp. the Souders-Peterson kind)

"Homecoming" has got to be better, right? RIGHT??????




oliver95 From: oliver95 Date: October 16th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I won't see this episode for at least 9 months (in the UK) but would still like to make some comments.

Firstly, thank you for the screen caps of Tom. He is still astonishingly good looking. I'm also glad you praised his acting as I think he's done a brilliant job from the Pilot onwards - oh except in that boring double episode with the JSA where he had nothing to do except stand around and look like a beautiful totem pole.

Secondly, I agree with you that Erica is excellent as Lois - if that is what you were saying.

As far as the flying is concerned, I seem to remember that in "Lois and Clark etc" , Clark didn't fly till he got the costume and became Superman; am I right? If I am and Tom's Clark hasn't got the tights I'm longing to see him in and isn't known as Superman, should we expect him to fly, or indeed be as perfect as Superman is perfect?

I look forward to reading your next review and seeing more lovely shots of Tom.
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