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Smallville: Ten things I loved about Masquerade
This is impossibly late and not much more than a picspam, but it's the closest thing to a review I've written in over three months, so I'm posting it anyway. :)



When Smallville gets it right, it's a glorious thing to behold. Here are ten things I loved about Masquerade:

1) The Script



Can Bryan Q. Miller write ALL the episodes? He totally gets what makes Clark Kent the future Superman, and no one else on the writing staff can touch his gift for storytelling. He captures Clark and Lois, and their unique relationship, perfectly, with emotional depth, humor, and delightful dialogue. We see the story unfold before us, pulling us in, instead of watching characters tell us what we should think and feel. When exposition is unavoidable, he weaves it into the action seamlessly, blurring the lines between what we've seen, and what we've only heard about. Best of all, he writes to each actor's strength, giving them all a chance to shine.

BQM is also one of my favorite comic book writers. I wish with all my heart that in addition to the ongoing adventures of Batgirl, we could look forward to a Smallville book by him, and ease our withdrawal from the show with the continuing adventures of Clark and Lois in comic book form.

2) Clark Being Clark



This was the Clark I know and love. Determined, heroic, and super in every way as the Blur, proactive and intelligent as Clark Kent, and altogether human, but no less of a man, with Lois. In a perfect partnership of great writing and stellar acting, BQM and Tom Welling gave us our Superman. He was focused on saving lives and keeping mankind safe, and everything he did, from blurring around the globe and investigating as a Daily Planet reporter, to taking on Desaad and creating a mild-mannered disguise, served those goals.

Masquerade gave me the story I've been waiting for all season: a competent, confident Clark fully embraced his destiny, overcame the forces of darkness, and was inspired by the challenges he faced to take one of the most important steps on his journey to become the savior the world so desperately needs. Rich in Clark's POV, the episode had heart, and hope, and just the right touch of laughter, with no doubt at all about who was the hero of the story. I wish they could all be this good.

3) Clark Goes Global



I love that Clark is out there saving the world! I would have traded plenty of the storylines we've seen so far this season to see more of the Blur in action, in Metropolis and beyond, but I'm thrilled to find out Clark has taken his heroism to a whole new level.

4) Clark Kent, Investigative Reporter



I'll never know why episodes that center around Clark and Lois's working lives as reporters are such a rarity on Smallville. Exploring their relationship as partners, and seeing them in action pursuing stories, pretty much guarantees an engaging and entertaining episode, and there is no better showcase for the chemistry between Tom Welling and Erica Durance. Clark and Lois made a great team this week, and I liked the way they collaborated on everything, but what I really enjoyed was seeing Clark investigate on his own.

When Clark showed up at the crime scene where Desaad's victims had been dumped, he didn't even have to show his press pass for the cop on duty to let him through. Later we saw that he had similar access to the morgue. Obviously he was well-known by the authorities, and had built a reputation as a journalist the police and the coroner could trust, someone who would report the news fairly and accurately, without bias or sensationalism. He even had his own fanboy, Bert, who was not only a hoot, but also served an important purpose in the story. Well done, BQM. Again, I wish we had seen Clark's development happen onscreen in earlier episodes, but it was immensely satisfying to see him be so proactive and competent. Plus we saw him use a new power!

5) Desaad



Steve Byers' Desaad was one of the better villains we've seen this season. Seductive and sinister, he was both creepy and hot. His method of turning people seemed a bit labor-intensive, but no doubt getting up close and personal was part of the fun for him. I think it was an inspired idea to have Desaad boldly walk into the morgue and impersonate a medical examiner to hide his handiwork, setting up the conversation with Clark, and giving us the opportunity to hear him tell us in his own words what kind of man murders those who refuse to succumb to his torturous manipulation.

The scene where Desaad attempted to turn Chloe was an unexpected and fascinating exploration of the weaknesses that have tripped her up time and time again over the years. He began with her love for Clark, and her jealousy over what he shared with someone else, two emotions that ruled her actions in the early seasons of the show, and ended with her hubris and her control issues, the traits that have come to define her in my mind over the past two years. I'm glad Chloe was strong enough to resist Desaad, but I wish she had also had the insight to see the kernel of truth in the nightmare he put her through, and take it to heart.

In the end Clark saved the day, just as he should. His showdown with Desaad gave us confirmation that whatever made him vulnerable to Godfrey in Supergirl is behind him now; he is incorruptible. I am so glad to put that "purity of spirit" nonsense behind us. No take backs, show! Clark rescued Chloe by super-speeding her out of danger, but was too late to save Oliver from himself. He locked Desaad up in the depths of Belle Reve. Can a being with his powers even be contained? Clark himself acknowledged the fight is far from over, but I've never felt more confident in his ability to prevail.

6) The Glasses



The first half of Smallville's final season gave us the big milestones for Clark and Lois's iconic romance: sharing their first ILYs, revealing his secret, consummating their relationship, and proposing marriage. Now, as we approach the series finale, it's time for Clark to mark some milestones of his own, to take the final steps of his journey. In Masquerade we saw Clark create his secret identity, and it was a heady moment.

In Beacon Clark explored the idea of stepping into the light as the Blur, in a poignant conversation with Martha. We heard how important it was for him to honor the name his parents had given him, and to become the man they had raised him to be. This week he decided that man was the Blur. As he explained so eloquently to Lois (and us), he realized one of his faces would have to wear a mask, and after searching his heart, he knew he was born to be the hero the people needed. Building on the idea he first had in last season's Idol, Clark Kent would become the disguise, with geeky glasses and an unassuming exterior.

Tom Welling used his gift for nuance to give us a wonderful new persona for Clark Kent. No stumbling, bumbling fool, he was instead nerdy, wide-eyed, extra polite, and no threat whatsoever. I loved his slight hesitation before speaking, his reluctance to look Jeff in the eye, and the disarming way he pushed his glasses up on his nose. ♥ He was still completely gorgeous in those classic frames, but with that larger-than-life presence we know so well somehow dialed back to a level somewhat approaching normal. Smallville, you ARE my Superman movie.

7) Lois Being Lois



This was the Lois I've been missing. The Lois who is Clark's equal partner, who loves her job almost as much as she loves him, and who is just as likely to give him a kick in the pants as a comforting hug, depending on what she thinks will help him most. She was in her element, multi-tasking to the max, with her eye on Clark, the big story, and her impending nuptials all at once. I liked that Lois wasn't all caught up in her wedding plans, but rather attacked the event like a commando, right down to trying out tactical maneuvers in her church diorama, and issuing marching orders to Jeff. I have no doubt that Lois wants to have a beautiful ceremony to celebrate the unbreakable bond of love she shares with Clark, and a fabulous reception to follow, but I don't see her swooning over fabric swatches and cake samples as she plans the big day. She's passionate, ambitious, fearless, and a force to be reckoned with, and no one plays her better than Erica Durance.

8) Lois and Clark



Everything about the relationship between Lois and Clark in Masquerade was perfect. PERFECT. They were individuals first, and a couple second, but stronger together than they could ever be apart. It was clear how much they loved each other, but that didn't mean they had to live in each other's pockets, or agree on everything. They fought, but with humor and affection along with their exasperation. They never stopped communicating, and by the end of the episode had a true meeting of the minds, so that when Clark took that huge step toward his destined future, Lois was right there by his side.

Clark was the idealist. He took precautions not to be seen as the Blur, but his priority was protecting others, not himself. Lois was the pragmatist. She never wanted to stop Clark from saving the world, but why in the world wouldn't he do what was necessary to hide his identity first? Lois tried to come up with a workable solution, but the Blur ended up looking like an overgrown Bart, and Clark knew that wasn't what he wanted. When he refused to discuss it further, Lois exploded in frustration and hilariously whooshed herself out of the barn. This couple had never felt more real. *loves them*

This episode showed us why Lois and Clark are a team for the ages. Lois was absolutely right when she warned Clark that someone would soon put two and two together, but she never lectured him or talked to him like he was child. When Clark ran into Bert at the crime scene, he saw the truth of her words, but wasn't sure what to do. As they continued to investigate the murders, Lois didn't push; she gave Clark the space he needed to work through the problem himself. And when he figured out what he wanted to do and why, he couldn't wait to share it all with her. They were together in every way, from start to finish.

9) Jeff the Intern



I'm always happy to see Jeff, the Daily Planet intern who is hopelessly devoted to Miss Lane, and often the hapless victim of the latest adventures of Lois and Clark. He had more lines than ever this week (yay!), and was used to great effect in showing the difference between Clark before he donned his new disguise, and after. It was so funny to see Clark's glasses and slightly meek demeanor completely dispel Jeff's intimidated awe, and I thought it was totally believable as well. BQM offered us additional insight into Jeff (and Bert) with this tweet after the episode aired:



10) The Twist



Masquerade gave us one of Smallville's patented last-second reveals, when we saw an omega symbol glowing on Oliver's forehead. I think this was an awesome development. Knowing what we do about his emotional instability and tortured soul, it's no surprise that Oliver would fall prey to the darkness, and making one of our heroes Darkseid's minion has the potential to step up the game considerably. How much damage will be done before the truth is discovered? Will Clark be able to save his friend, or will he lose him in the battle between good and evil? I'm also glad to see Oliver get an intriguing storyline. Lately he hasn't been much more than Chloe's smitten sidekick, and I think that's a waste of Justin Hartley's talent.

The absolute best part of this twist, however, was that it proved that Clark was right, and that his team needs to listen to him. Hot-headed, arrogant Oliver ignored his warning to stay away from Desaad, and who knows what the full repercussions of that impulsive decision will be? Remember the days when Clark was always right? It's about time the show let him be the unequivocal hero again.

When it comes to Smallville dialogue, there's a fine line between clever and cringeworthy, and BQM understands the difference. Ten of my favorite lines from Masquerade, both for his words and the actors' delivery:

Now stop trying to dodge this bullet, speedypants.

Smallville. I must be in trouble.

I didn't realize you were ready for your close-up.

I spell-checked it twice.

Whoosh!

You talk like a cop, you walk like a fireman, heck, you beat us to most of our own crime scenes. You might as well put an S on your chest!

It was an adrenaline thing. Yeah, I'm a little bit bigger than you, and, um, it probably has to do with center of gravity.

It's my power, I can call it whatever I want.

I don't want to deny who I am when I'm out there doing what I was born to do.

If that's what it takes to be the hero the people need, yes, Miss Lane, I am.


Now let's finish with some pretty. Ten of my favorite caps from Masquerade:






























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

The promos for Fortune are too funny (oh, Tom, please promise us you'll do a rom com), and it looks like we get old school Clark and Chloe. I'm looking forward to this one.

Smallville "Fortune Preview":



Smallville "Fortune Clip":



Canadian promos:




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tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: February 24th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Although there was way too much Chlollie for my taste, this episode was really a fresh breeze concerning the writing of Clark (and Clois). Why is it so difficult to understand for the other writers that this is how we want Clark portrayed in this final season? And we deserve it after 9 years of self-doubt and insecurity.

The Fortune clips look hilarious, even though the episode looks like a waste this late in the season. The most I look forward to are the glimpses of real Tom having fun. Because there is no way that Clark is a "check it out, check it out" type of guy... :))

Oh, and Ollie usually does nothing for me, but in this scene when he is in drag is kinda sexy (and I´m NOT into drag queens at all, as you all know what guy I´m into... lol)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2011 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
The writing in this episode was on a whole different level, and I have to believe the actors appreciated it as much as we did. BP did say that when Clark entered the final phase of his journey, his insecurity would be gone (after Collateral and Beacon I wrote that quote off as the usual crazy talk), so I'm hoping the characterization we saw in Masquerade is here to stay. There are so few episodes left, and I want Clark to be awesome in all of them.

There was way too much Chlollie for me as well, but I suppose it's to be expected during Chloe's exit arc. I hope her last episode is as fun as it looks.

I think you're right about us getting a glimpse of the real Tom. :) I'm happy to have one more chance to see him use his gift for comedy. And who knew Justin could look so good in eyeshadow? With Supernatural, I'm getting two hours of hot guys being funny this week. I am so in.
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: February 24th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't click on any of the clips (I'm a bit anal when it comes to remaining unspoiled, heh) but it seems like---wacky hijinks? Could be fun, but what I'm really curious about is whether we really need a light, fluffy ep at this point in the series? This last ep just truly kickstarted the Darkseid storyline - wouldn't it have been better to up that a notch this week too? Or revisit the Alexander twist from 'Beacon?' I suppose we'll soon find out though.

Great post. :-) I agree with everything and I'd add Bert, the Clark fanboy in there somewhere too, heh.

BQM really was MVP. To my mind he's only really written one weak script - 'Echo.' 'Committed' and 'Hex' are amongst my all time favorites, and 'Bulletproof' was easily the best from amongst the Lana arc. He's also written 'Warrior', I believe? Which I loved. And 'Luthor' was definitely one of the better eps this season. Is there any chance of him writing the finale?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes, I'm so sorry about spoiling you! Even the single frames you see without clicking on the vids can spill a lot, and I didn't think about that. :( I'm looking forward to Fortune because I can't resist the lure of Tom doing comedy. There are other reasons as well, but I don't want to spoil you any more than I already have!

Bert was too funny, and so smitten! :) Smallville really has a knack for giving us memorable characters, and actors who make the most of small roles.

I've enjoyed every one of BQM's episodes (I do agree that Echo had its problems), and I count most of them among my favorites. I wish he were writing the finale, but I can't imagine B&K handing that script off to someone else.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: February 24th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
\o/ This post is made of awesome and filled with so much pretty that I can't stand it.

I loved the twist at the end but I have to admit I was totally surprised for that one. I thought Chloe was a goner for a second or something but not that.

I've not seen the new previews yet as I am running behind on everything but I'm trying to catch up. (Which I owe you an email, too.) But for now I'll just stay right here in your post and lust until someone makes me move. :p

Thanks again for sharing the pretties. ♥

Edited at 2011-02-24 05:02 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2011 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Didn't Tom look amazing in this episode?! I love him in the glasses.

I wondered why Desaad had that big grin on his face when Clark pulled Oliver off of him, and in retrospect it makes perfect sense for Ollie to turn, but I was surprised, too, when the symbol showed up. I'm very interested to see where they go with this.

All the thanks for the pretties belong to Home of the Nutty. Janine makes the best caps!

I hope your grandmother is doing better! *hugs*
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: February 24th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is the most brilliant review. I already loved the episode to a million pieces (and I personally love BQM's scripts and throw a hand up to the haters) but reading reviews like this helps push Masquerade further up on my list of all time favorite episodes.

As far as dialogue, i love all the ones you put but my FAVORITE (besides "It's my power...") was Lois' "I won't bother with the Chinese because I would just sound racist". I didn't hear it the first time, but the second time I was rolling.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2011 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, thanks! I just keep watching all the scenes with Clark and/or Lois in them, over and over, because I can't get enough of them. I love BQM, for both Smallville and Batgirl. I wonder if he'll move on to another show when Smallville is over, or do something else entirely.

"I won't bother with the Chinese because I would just sound racist"

LOL! That was great, especially Erica's delivery. I also liked Clark's line in the loft scene: "I feel like I can't believe that you did this to my jacket." :) I'll bet they had a lot of fun filming this one.
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audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: February 24th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could just hug this episode and hug this review. I loved it, loved it, loved it! Well, I loved the Clark parts of it. I tolerated the Chollie parts. But the Clark/Lois stuff was like chicken soup for the soul. :)


What I loved about this episode in terms of Clark's characterization is that the show legitimately acknowledged that Clark Kent is a freaking stud, He is this stunningly beautiful, smart, charming man. And yes, people were starting to notice him. To try and pretend that they ::wouldn't:: take notice of him is not being realistic. Some people in this world work very hard to try and stand out. Lois herself has spoken of his insecurity in "Infamous." Lois often felt as though she was not special. She didn't see her worth. Lois was the diamond in the rough.

Clark is not someone who has to try to stand out. He has the opposite problem. It's virtually impossible NOT to notice him. He stops traffic in both his appearance and his actions. People would absolutely start to put two and two together if he didn't do something to try to blend in a little bit more. It was always starting to happen and we saw that through Bert the photographer.

The reality is that Clark was already acting as Superman in his life as Clark. He HAS always been Superman both around his friends and family and when he's saving people. He is Superman already and always has been. But in order to do that---in order to stay true to who he really is with the people that matter and in his mission---he has to try and blend in a little bit more.

I loved it so hard.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2011 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved it so hard.

Me, too. Or at least, just like you, the Clark/Lois parts. :)

Clark is not someone who has to try to stand out. He has the opposite problem. It's virtually impossible NOT to notice him. He stops traffic in both his appearance and his actions.

This is so true (of both Clark and Tom, I have to say), and I've always appreciated the rare moments when the show has acknowledged it. I also like how Clark's disguise gives Lois a whole new, delicious secret to keep: how incredibly HOT her husband is. It was exciting to see Clark take such a big big step this week, and I can't wait to see what comes next.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: February 24th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll never know why episodes that center around Clark and Lois's working lives as reporters are such a rarity on Smallville. Exploring their relationship as partners, and seeing them in action pursuing stories, pretty much guarantees an engaging and entertaining episode, and there is no better showcase for the chemistry between Tom Welling and Erica Durance.

It rare because, unfortunately, the SV PTB think doing it would make the show seem too much like Lois & Clark: TNAOS. Which is totally stupid since the whole working lives together of Lois and Clark are as much a staple of the Superman mythos overall, not just one TV show from the 90s.

This was the first episode - since Ambush honestly - where I've felt fully engaged the whole time. So ditto on everything and kudos to BQM.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
It rare because, unfortunately, the SV PTB think doing it would make the show seem too much like Lois & Clark: TNAOS.

Well, that's a shame. You're absolutely right that their working relationship is part of what defines them in every version Superman's story. I think TPTB's concern is unwarranted anyway, because Smallville's Lois and Clark are unique.

This was the first episode - since Ambush honestly - where I've felt fully engaged the whole time.

I thought about Ambush several times while watching Masquerade. Both episodes had coherent, satisfying storylines, and scenes between Clark and Lois that were steeped in real emotion. I definitely think they stand out as two of the best episodes we've seen all season.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, thanks for your kind words! *hugs back*

I wonder if the actors anticipate BQM's episodes with the same excitement we do? It has to be more fun to come to work when you have a great script. Tom embodied Superman in every way this week, and Erica just sparkled, every time she was onscreen. They were perfect. ♥

I know a lot of people are fed up with Ollie, but I really like him in spite of his flaws, and I adore Justin. This storyline seems tailor-made for the character, and a great opportunity for some meaningful scenes between Oliver and Clark. I approve.

This episode was very pretty, especially that last scene with Clark and Lois at the DP. And no one gives us better caps than Home of the Nutty!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 25th, 2011 01:48 am (UTC) (Link)
*This* is a ridiculously pretty review. Quite possibly the prettiest review I've ever seen.

I really like BQM too. He's not perfect (Echo, I'm looking at you), but I do think he's just a better writer then the rest of the SV crew, and I think he seems to love and value Clark much more then the other writers. And I think he has a real way with all the other characters too.

I love that Clark is out there saving the world! I would have traded plenty of the storylines we've seen so far this season to see more of the Blur in action, in Metropolis and beyond, but I'm thrilled to find out Clark has taken his heroism to a whole new level.

This times a million! Every time I think of all the waste in this last season, and I think about how much time we didn't get to spend with Clark out there, saving people, being The Blur, it just pisses me off. This is such a fundamental part of who Clark is. Who Superman is. And the show should've spent plenty of time on it. Instead we got...Isis, or Harvest. Grrrrrrrr

We won't even mention Supergirl and Collateral.

I'll never know why episodes that center around Clark and Lois's working lives as reporters are such a rarity on Smallville. Exploring their relationship as partners, and seeing them in action pursuing stories, pretty much guarantees an engaging and entertaining episode, and there is no better showcase for the chemistry between Tom Welling and Erica Durance. Clark and Lois made a great team this week, and I liked the way they collaborated on everything, but what I really enjoyed was seeing Clark investigate on his own.

And again, this times a million. As well as Clois was written in this episode, I loved how much we saw Clark out there, doing things on his own. You know how strongly I feel about Clark being shown as smart and competent and capable all by his lonesome, and this episode gave that to me in spades. And it was glorious! I understand that Clark is part of a couple. But he's Clark first! Just like Lois is Lois first! Writing for them as individuals is so important.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Val, what are we going to do without this pretty in our lives every week? *sigh*

He's not perfect (Echo, I'm looking at you), but I do think he's just a better writer then the rest of the SV crew, and I think he seems to love and value Clark much more then the other writers.

I agree. I think his gift for dialogue is a major strength, and his love of humor is a perfect fit with the great comedic chemistry Tom and Erica share. But what I appreciate most is the way he sees, and portrays, Clark, which comes through not only in his writing, but in every Smallville interview he gives.

My hero worship is not blind, however. I had problems with Echo, too. :)

Every time I think of all the waste in this last season, and I think about how much time we didn't get to spend with Clark out there, saving people, being The Blur, it just pisses me off.

I know! It boggles my mind that the writers didn't want to tell THAT story.

We won't even mention Supergirl and Collateral.

*kicks the writers*

I understand that Clark is part of a couple. But he's Clark first! Just like Lois is Lois first! Writing for them as individuals is so important.

Exactly. And I'll never understand why some people feel so threatened when Clark and Lois are shown to be strong and capable all on their own.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: February 25th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC) (Link)
*Clap, clap, clap* Wonderful review! Wonderful episode! I want this Clark in every episode!

Not only did we get a strongly episode for Clark, Lois was well written, Chloe was tolerable and the Ollie twist fit. We also got great performances from the cast, especially Tom and Erica.

There are so many moments that stand out for me in this episode. I laughed at the Lois & Clark scene in the barn, so well played by Tom and Erica. Tom was pitch perfect in the crime scene and daily planet scenes. He made the transformation to mild-mannered Clark Kent believable. So many good things about Masquerade!

I have watched the promos for Fortune and it looks hilarious. It is always nice to see the cast get to step out of their usual rolls. I am not sure what to expect as far as storyline but I will forever laugh when I hear someone say "Check it out, check it out"
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful review! Wonderful episode! I want this Clark in every episode!

Thanks! It really was an exceptional episode, and Clark was amazing. ♥

I loved everything about Masquerade that you did. I hope the Clark and Lois BQM gave us were a sneak peek of what we can expect from now until the series ends.

I'm sure you're watching Fortune as I type this, and I'm staying far away from everything except my own LJ until I can watch it myself, to avoid being spoiled. I hope it's as fun as it looks!
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: February 25th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Just yes to the whole list. <3
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Smallville may drive me crazy sometimes, but give me an episode like this one, and I fall in love all over again.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: February 25th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Great review of a very entertaining ep!

When Clark showed up at the crime scene where Desaad's victims had been dumped, he didn't even have to show his press pass for the cop on duty to let him through. Later we saw that he had similar access to the morgue. Obviously he was well-known by the authorities, and had built a reputation as a journalist the police and the coroner could trust, someone who would report the news fairly and accurately, without bias or sensationalism. He even had his own fanboy, Bert, who was not only a hoot, but also served an important purpose in the story. Well done, BQM.
I loved those scenes. "Mr Kent!" and he walks on through. Bert was hilarious. BQM integrates these guest roles into his plots so well.

The absolute best part of this twist, however, was that it proved that Clark was right, and that his team needs to listen to him. Hot-headed, arrogant Oliver ignored his warning to stay away from Desaad, and who knows what the full repercussions of that impulsive decision will be? Remember the days when Clark was always right? It's about time the show let him be the unequivocal hero again.
Word! I found Clark's firm "Stay Put!" to Oliver very hot!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved those scenes. "Mr Kent!" and he walks on through. Bert was hilarious. BQM integrates these guest roles into his plots so well.

He's a great storyteller. We may have been robbed of the pleasure of seeing Clark develop into this assertive and well-respected journalist, but BQM helps us fill in the blanks with the scenes and dialogue he gives us now.

I found Clark's firm "Stay Put!" to Oliver very hot!

That was awesome! And I loved that there was a serious consequence for going against Clark's orders.
crazy4ew From: crazy4ew Date: February 25th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Hallelujah!!!

Please tell me he's writing the finale?? I can't remember who is.

It was a breath of fresh air, long overdue, to see our hero BE the hero again!

BQM makes it easy for the actors to be completely natural in their characters. Everything flows seemlessly; a pleasure to watch. I was TOTALLY entertained.

and those CAPS!!!! I'll have to put them on a permanent slideshow once the end is here!!

Wonderful review, thanks!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
We don't know who is writing the finale yet, as far as I know. I wish it were going to be BQM, but I think it will probably be Brian & Kelly, the showrunners.

It was a breath of fresh air, long overdue, to see our hero BE the hero again!

Absolutely! I hope we'll see more of that Clark!

BQM makes it easy for the actors to be completely natural in their characters. Everything flows seemlessly; a pleasure to watch.

He really does. His dialogue is wonderful.

All credit for the beautiful caps goes to Home of the Nutty. Well, and Tom, of course, for being so gorgeous in the first place. ;) Thanks so much for your comment!
jwm_rocks From: jwm_rocks Date: February 25th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
//This is impossibly late and not much more than a picspam, but it's the closest thing to a review I've written in over three months, so I'm posting it anyway. :)//
Glad to have your reviews back! I really enjoyed Masquerade as well, there was a lot to love. I wish there were more episodes with as much to like this here in the last season as Masquerade.

I have to give BQM props for good dialogue and excellent use of bit characters. The former make episodes so much more enjoyable. The later helps portray Smallville in a more complex and layered way.

//BQM offered us additional insight into Jeff (and Bert) with this tweet after the episode aired://
I love the idea of Jeff and Bert as roommates. Though I never got the impression Jeff resented Clark. Jealously maybe. I could buy jealousy.

And Fortune? It looks like it is going to be a hoot! I know not they aren't everyone's cup of tea but I tend to get a kick out of the zany episodes.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Imagine if we had been given a whole season of episodes like Masquerade! I just hope the Clark BQM gave us is here to stay.

I have to give BQM props for good dialogue and excellent use of bit characters. The former make episodes so much more enjoyable. The later helps portray Smallville in a more complex and layered way.

I agree. His dialogue is smart and funny, and even characters with just a few lines, like the barista in Luthor, add so much to his episodes.

Though I never got the impression Jeff resented Clark. Jealously maybe. I could buy jealousy.

I think you're right. Resentment stemming from jealousy? Or maybe he thinks Clark gets attention/accolades (like Bert's hero worship) that should rightfully go to the incomparable Miss Lane. :)

I think the Smallville cast excels at comedy, and they haven't had much of a chance to show it lately. I'm counting the minutes until Fortune airs in my time zone!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 26th, 2011 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
When they get CLARK right, and now more than ever, LOIS, then it works.

YES. Having Lois play an active role in Clark becoming Superman is something I haven't seen before, and I'll admit the idea made me nervous. But episodes like Masquerade hit the perfect balance, allowing both Clark and Lois to shine in their own way.

I am ridiculously excited to see Fortune. Tom doing screwball comedy and looking like, OMG FMN!

And I'm ridiculously jealous of those who have already seen it. 35 minutes and counting until it airs on the west coast. :)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: February 26th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I think this would have been one of my top 5 of all time if not for the over emphasis of the Chlollie. The Clark stuff was SOOOOOO good, i really resented the cuts to the other story line. But an emphatic YES to all of your points about what worked.

Edited at 2011-02-26 04:56 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 4th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Can you imagine how much more awesome this episode would have been with less Chlollie and more Clark? I've never been more tempted to create an edited version of an episode. Every time I rewatched, I FF through the dinner scene and all the stuff with the FBI.
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