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Smallville: Ten things I loved about Fortune
I should probably warn you that this entry isn't as complimentary as the subject line might suggest, and any Chloe fans will definitely want to scroll on by.

This week's Smallville was full of plot holes, OOC behavior, bad dialogue, and tiresome Chloe worship, but it was not completely without charm. Ten things I loved about Fortune:

1) Hungover Clark

Yes, I am exactly that shallow. There's something about Tom Welling in rumpled formal wear, shirt open at the neck and hair disheveled, that makes me weak in the knees. And in an episode with as little to recommend it as Fortune, sexy Tom tops my list. I also thought fuzzy-headed Clark gave us some genuinely funny moments, like when he accidentally super-sped into that building, taking a big chunk out of it as he spilled into the street. That was the biggest laugh of the episode for me.

2) Drunk Clark

I'm not a big fan of drunken antics, but the way Tom played Clark under the influence was pretty funny. Stealing the gigantic LuthorCorp logo and the little scene with Oliver (more on that below) were the highlights for me, but I also liked watching Clark gleefully spirit that armored car away and then return to the party, ready for more, with a lemur on his shoulder. Drunk Clark was an uninhibited goofball having a little fun with his powers, and he made me smile.

3) Cassidy Freeman

I don't know who Cassidy was playing in this episode, but drunk or sober, it wasn't any Tess Mercer I've ever seen before. I didn't care, though, because I loved, loved, loved seeing her sing and dance. Cassidy has bona fide musical talent, and she threw herself into that performance with delightful abandon. *applauds* Bonus points for her wonderful laugh, which we don't get to hear very often from Tess.

4) Justin Hartley

Justin was the only actor in Fortune who seemed completely comfortable in his own skin, even when it was covered by nothing more than a skimpy showgirl costume. He has a true gift for comedy, and he sold a lot of funny moments that I think would have fallen flat in other hands (only Justin could refer to Lois's breasts as "your Pointer Sisters" without sounding the least bit inappropriate). I thoroughly enjoyed his performance, and I hate to think his character was relegated to sidekick status and basically written out of the show early just because the showrunners felt they had to give Chloe a superhero with whom to walk off into the sunset. Thank goodness that omega symbol we saw on Oliver's forehead last week guarantees he'll be back at least one more time before the series ends.

5) Oliver and Lois

These two have oodles of chemistry, and a wonderful ease with each other. I thought their scene by the railroad tracks was the most natural one in the episode. I especially enjoy the friendly way they joke with each other, their conversation laced with wit and innuendo. There is obviously a lot of love between them, but not a hint of sexual tension.

Ollie: You're starting to do that twitchy thing again that you do.
Lois: I'm not twitching. There's something stuck in my bra. Just-
Ollie: That's not my territory anymore, all right?

6) Oliver and Clark

I measured my enjoyment of Fortune in moments, and the little scene between Oliver and Clark in the men's room was one of my favorites. I'm a sucker for any kind of male bonding between these two, and their inebriated state made them adorable. I was charmed by Oliver's little hiccup in the middle of his impassioned speech, and Clark dissolving into laughter when the ring got stuck on his finger. I thought it was clever how, if you were paying attention, the scene made it clear that it was Oliver who had married Chloe, and I loved the contrast of Ollie, all serious business, demanding privacy, while Clark, all wide-eyed cluelessness, mugged for the camera.

7) Emil Hamilton

I'm always happy to see Emil, just because he's awesome, and I've been hoping for a long time that Alessandro Juliani would get a chance to sing on the show. Dr. Hamilton was funnier in Persuasion, from the same writer/director team as this week's episode, but his Elvis impersonation was a hoot, and I had to laugh at his geeky reaction to having his head put in a vise by the casino thugs: "Ahh, I really wish I didn't understand the physics of this." I'm glad Clark invited him to the party (especially because without him, there wouldn't have been any video).

8) Sam the Lemur

He was no Shelby, but he made a cute and funny addition to Clark's drunken adventure. I just hope someone remembered to let him out of that closet.

9) Watching the Video

It was really nice to see our heroes hang out together and share a few laughs, putting aside the weight of the world for just one night, probably for the last time before Smallville is gone forever. Clark in particular is always so serious, and I loved watching his face as he took in how they all acted under Zatanna's magic spell: his surprise and amusement, his rueful embarrassment, and most of all, those big, genuine, Tommy smiles that are such a rarity on the show. ♥

10) Goodbye Chloe

Chloe Sullivan has left the building, and I, for one, will not miss her. After seeing how the show handled her return, I wish she hadn't come back. For me, Chloe's exit arc was even worse than Lana's, who out-supered Superman in every way, but paid a terrible price for it. Instead of honoring the fully developed and altogether human character we've known for years, TPTB couldn't resist elevating Chloe to superhero status at Clark's expense, and piling on the accomplishments and rewards until I had a headache from rolling my eyes so much. Let's review, shall we?

Chloe sacrificed herself to save Oliver in the season premiere. We thought she left as a prisoner, but in short order she was running the Suicide Squad, taking over "where Waller left off." She single-handedly saved the combined forces of the JLA and the JSA, including a stubbornly helpless Clark, after they were ambushed at Hawkman's funeral. She hacked into every national news web site, making the defeat of the VRA possible. She instantly saw through every illusion Desaad threw her way, escaping the darkness unscathed. And along the way she showed mad fighting skillz, equally proficient with punches, kicks, and guns.

Clark would evidently be nothing without Chloe, since she believed in him first, inspired him, protected him, and ultimately left him, to force him to finally stand on his own. But she never stopped watching his back, because Clark needs her, "as much as the world needs him." And while she was away, she traveled the world, and saw that there were many more heroes who needed her help to "realize their true potential." Including, it seems, Batman and Wonder Woman (!!!), who I guess will also have Chloe to thank for their introduction to Superman. Who's the hero of this story again?

I just don't understand why Smallville has to push it SO FAR. But wait, there's more. Let's not forget to throw in a return to journalism (which I actually thought was a nice touch) and a happily-ever-after ending with the love of her life. I'm fine with Chloe marrying Oliver (in spite of Green Arrow's comic book continuity), but I have to say it wasn't much of a wedding. They were both wasted out of their minds, and can't even remember the ceremony. All they have to cherish from the occasion are two ridiculous outfits, one ring, and a torn up marriage certificate. Not to mention that Oliver is arguably not himself, and Chloe was all set to disappear from his life without saying goodbye. AGAIN.

A full-blown rant isn't exactly what I promised on a list of what I loved about Fortune, but as a Clark fan and a Superman fan, I had to get that off my chest. Whatever, show. Let's move on.

To end on a happy note, how about some pretty? Ten of my favorite caps from Fortune:

Screen caps courtesy of TVPix, with my thanks!

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audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: March 1st, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Preach it. There isn't a word of this a disagree with.

Ollie and Lois were the highlight for me. Their friendship is more sincere and natural to me than Clark's friendship with Chloe and I find their friendship to be the most genuine one on the show at this point. Their intimacy comes from a sense of knowing each other in a way that clearly denotes that they used to be lovers; yet, their love has been transformed into something akin to family at this stage in the game. It's very believable. They are what Clark and Chloe could never be.....and what Clark and Lana SHOULD have been by the end.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 1st, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
...and what Clark and Lana SHOULD have been by the end.

I almost said this in my review. I would have loved to see Clark and Lana have a relationship like the one Oliver and Lois share, and I think it should have happened by the end of S3, when it made the most sense, and before Lois ever came to Smallville.

I've always thought that the way Oliver and Lois broke up should have been written for Clana instead. What Oliver said to Lois in Justice, and what Lois said to Oliver (and later, to Clark) in Siren, were the words I had been waiting years to hear from Lana and Clark.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: March 1st, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
ITA! I really can't believe how much Chloe pandering went on here, and how she was allowed to totally skate on all the dodgy things she's ever done. Yuk!

There were enough fun moments for about a third of an episode, but the intervening moments were deathly dull for me. I prefer the Persuasion approach: as odd as the juxtaposition of the Zod versus Lois stuff was, there were certainly no pacing problems and no writing the episode off as useless filler.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 1st, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I fully expected them to deify Chloe on her way out, and I thought I was prepared for it. The combination of Martha fawning all over Chloe, and she in turn pretty much taking full credit for Clark being a hero, was bad enough, but when they had to give her Batman and Wonder Woman on top of everything else, I rolled my eyes right out of my head.

I remember in Persuasion I loved all the Zod stuff and hated most of the Lois stuff (I'll always enjoy that crazy dinner scene for the comedy, if not the plot), while other people had the exact opposite reaction. At least with the mix we all found something we liked in the episode. :)
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 1st, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I applaude you for finding a way to showcase the Pretty, and finding some positive thngs to say. Thats why you're nicer then me, LOL

Now, me? I totally concede the Pretty, but then again, Tom brings that in every episode. But the episode itself was straight up awful. There are so many things I could say that I try not to get started, because it end up like a snowball being rolled down a mountain until its a freaking avalanche. So, so, so very much wrong with this ep.

And one of those things I can't even get started on? The Chloe stuff. So beyond my lowest expectations.

I do agree with you that Lois and Ollie have a nice friendship. But ya know, I have no investment there, so I don't care overly much.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 2nd, 2011 06:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I watched the episode again tonight, and found some parts worse and other parts better the second time around. I think most of what worked for me was because of the actors, as usual. I was one of those who looked forward to seeing a "fun" episode, but the levity, such as it was, felt so out of place given where the continuity of the show is right now (just as you said it would) and the whole thing was poorly executed to boot.

I didn't even try to get into all the things that didn't make sense. Just thinking about it gives me a headache. The plot holes were bad even by Smallville standards. I still think better writing could have made a momentary escape from Lionel, Alexander, and Darkseid work, but the current writing team has never been equal to a task like that.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 2nd, 2011 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Comedies that aren't funny...are bummers. (Though this ep. didn't bum me out half as much as Requiem, I'll admit. Drag Queen Ollie > Killer Ollie murdering fake Lex.)

But I agree that Chloe's exit could have been handled MUCH better. Especially disappointing after the superior writing in Masquerade, the final scene between Chloe & Clark was a letdown.

Clark would evidently be nothing without Chloe, since she believed in him first, inspired him, protected him, and ultimately left him, to force him to finally stand on his own.
Would have been so much better if that speech had been reciprocal. IE Clark says "You believed in me. " and Chloe responds "You gave me something to believe in." Wouldn't it have been nice if the speech was at least partly about how she had benefited from knowing Clark? How he'd been a friend through good times & bad? As it was, we got mostly a monologue, with Clark nodding occasionally.

Justin was the only actor in Fortune who seemed completely comfortable in his own skin, even when it was covered by nothing more than a skimpy showgirl costume.
It's weird - sometimes Ollie shines at the most unexpected moments and in the worst episodes. Just like in "Escape" (which was as much of a flop as this ep) he manages to find a few real laughs.

Love mugging-Clark and Tom's fangs!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 2nd, 2011 08:14 am (UTC) (Link)
After watching the show spend the past two years systematically destroying the relationship Clark and Chloe once shared, turning the faith she had in him to contempt, and the love between them to wary distrust, it's hard for me to imagine any conversation they could have had in Fortune that would have made me happy. I can't pretend all of that never happened just because Smallville chooses to retcon it out of existence. To be honest, I don't understand why Clark and Chloe are still friends, any more than I understood why Clark and Lana still wanted to be in a relationship together after the events of S6. I guess it's not you, Smallville, it's me. :(

That said, the changes you suggest, although small, would have made a world of difference. That they never occurred to the writers tells me how little they respect and admire their hero.

Justin is a naturally funny guy who never fights the script. He just goes for it, and sometimes makes the most inane dialogue work with his perfectly timed delivery. I still laugh every time I watch that scene where he says, "Little jellies." :) I suspect working on Passions helped him develop the skill, which has served him well on Smallville. It doesn't always work, though: "There were mosquitoes! That ate me alive!"

Clark's little grin for Emil's camera was too cute, a tiny detail I adored. And Tom could play a vampire without any help from the makeup department. Sexy fangs!
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: March 2nd, 2011 12:57 am (UTC) (Link)
< rant>

I said in my own journal that the way you can tell the PTB had ZERO idea what to do with Chloe anymore was the fact that they took an overused fanfic cliché of taking a movie, not changing the plot much, and just inserting your favorite character(s) into it, and did it here with Chloe. Three of the four episodes in this arc - and Chloe's story in particular in them - were all taken from recent movies: Collateral was a mix of The Matrix and Inception. The Chloe/Oliver plot in Masquerade was straight from Date Night. And the plot of Fortune was of course taken straight from The Hangover. I think the only reason it didn't happen with Beacon was because the A plot actually had to do with the arc for the season, and so did Lois' B-plot that Chloe was in. Only the Martha/Chloe scene was a shot-out to the overall Chloe final arc and, of course, was steeped in Chloe-worship.

I don't think Chloe's final arc was worse than Lana's but the fact that she met both Bruce and Diana - but especially Bruce - before Clark just ticks me off to high heaven. Excuse me, but how the hell is Chloe Sullivan suppose to inspire Bruce Wayne? The death of Bruce's parents is what drives Bruce. (And don't even get me started on the idea that Bruce Wayne would let Chloe Sullivan actually know his real secret identity.)

And Chloe being the first to inspire Clark is something I will half-let go because Clark didn't voice any affirmation of Chloe's self-important deceleration. But it was ridiculous all the same, but consistent with the re-write that started in Collateral that Chloe always trusted in Clark even when she knew he was lying to her. (Betrayed Clark to Lionel? When did that happen? *eyeroll*)

I know Chloe fans hate it when people like me call her nothing but a Mary Sue, and I understand it; but it's things like this that cause me to do so. I really don't want her back for the finale. Really.


</ end rant>

That said, I did like the nice "we'll always be friends" vibe in Clark and Chloe's final loft scene. It should have happened at the end of last season IMO since, again, it's clear they had no clue what to do with Chloe's character anymore, but it was a nice, believable note to end the Clark and Chloe friendship on.

Lois and Oliver were fun and their friendship feels very real, as said. I liked their heart to heart about Clark. I loved the video highlights of the dunk night and, honestly, I think I would have preferred to watch a whole episode of that stuff. And Cassidy has a very nice singing voice - then again IIRC she is in a band with her brothers (one of whom is a voice actor for a lot of anime shows I watch), so I guess that's expected.

All in all, I really did think the episode was mostly harmless - except for the rant-y Chloe things I mentioned. And I honestly still think Lana's arc was much worse than Chloe's because while Chloe was built up at Clark's expense, I don't think Clark was regressed in any way the way I think he was during the Lana arc. But I still don't want Chloe back. Let her walk off into the night lights with Oliver, and end it there. Because it's clear they have nothing else to say or do when it comes to this character IMO.

Edited at 2011-03-02 01:05 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think Chloe's final arc was worse than Lana's but the fact that she met both Bruce and Diana - but especially Bruce - before Clark just ticks me off to high heaven.

For some reason this was the one thing that set me off and put me into rant mode. I think it's because I've been reading (and loving) a bunch of Superman/Batman graphic novels lately. I expected the Chloe worship, and I'm used to movie "homages" from Smallville by now, but the whole Bruce and Diana thing came out of left field, and was so wrong.

And Chloe being the first to inspire Clark is something I will half-let go because Clark didn't voice any affirmation of Chloe's self-important deceleration.

Me, too. We were hearing all about Chloe from Chloe. Clark was mostly silent. It makes sense that she would see herself that way, especially after spending years with Clark as the center of her life (and heart). I see things a little differently, though.

Although I would have been sorry to see her go at the time, I wish Chloe had left the show at the end of S7, when I still loved her. I don't think the show has known what to do with her since then, and I've hated watching the devotion she once had for Clark turn into distrust, contempt, and betrayal.
itsaslashything From: itsaslashything Date: March 2nd, 2011 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
*is mesmerized by the pretty*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the one thing we can ALWAYS count on from Smallville. :)
From: kissme_myfool Date: March 2nd, 2011 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I will miss her!! Last scene and I was bawling. Did not care about the chlollie marriage. Also, chlarked looked good together as bride/groom. Chlark talk and hug was gorgeous.

I thought the Lois/Ollie was so boring. Also, Lois looked so old with her s4 hair do. You think 6 yrs wouldn't matter much, but they do.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 2nd, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, I can only say I'll miss who Chloe used to be. Or more accurately, who she used to be to Clark. It was bad enough when the show decided there was only room for one female reporter at the Daily Planet, and pushed Chloe out, but I'll never forgive them for changing the fundamental nature of her relationship with Clark. :(

I have to say I've never seen Allison look more breathtaking than she did over the past four episodes, and of course I'll miss her acting talent. She always made it all look so effortless.

I didn't like Lois's hair at all. Those bangs drove me crazy.

As always, thanks for sharing your perspective!
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huzzlewhat From: huzzlewhat Date: March 2nd, 2011 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)
The funny thing is, I missed the first half of this episode, and laughed my ass off for the second half — until the Clark-Chloe farewell scene anyway, when I was ... well, someday I'll laugh. :-) Maybe the episode would have worked better as a 1/2 hour sitcom? Or maybe it benefitted from me not having seen The Hangover, so I had no idea how derivative they were being. Or it benefitted from the first scene I saw was Ollie and Lois on the train tracks, which was one of the really winning parts of the ep, and so it sort of set the tone and my attitude for the rest of it.

What I don't understand is... is Chloe and Oliver's marriage real? I thought it "didn't take," so to speak, because of what Chloe said to Clark about him not having to worry because the marriage wasn't legit, but the way reviews of the episode read, it sounds like it's for real. So... it wasn't legit when she thought it was Clark, but it was once she knew it was Ollie? The logic of this completely escapes me. Sigh.

Edited at 2011-03-02 03:32 am (UTC)
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: March 2nd, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
And if it is real, what about Dianah (sp?)??? What now she's second best?
serenography From: serenography Date: March 2nd, 2011 06:01 am (UTC) (Link)
This is SO in line with what I posted in my comments about this episode. We even quoted the same Oliver/Lois lines. I'm glad I'm not the only one who did find some good in this episode, even if it wasn't anything critical to the overall storytelling.

While I didn't love Lana's final arc, I didn't hate it as much as most people. Probably my Lana-fan bias, but also I never felt it regressed Clark - which I know is a really sticky opinion to have. His continued feelings for her didn't stop him from going out on his patrols, which is exactly where he was in his superhero progression at that time. Of course, I understand that some feel that it's exactly his continued feelings for her that were a regression, but that's an argument for another day. :) What Lana's arc did do that I think distinguishes and elevates it from Chloe's final arc, is show a Lana who was inspired BY Clark, and they textually made that point very clear. You point out very thoroughly how Chloe seemed to be presented as the one to inspire everyone else - even the superheroes of the future!

Love the caps you chose. I'm feeling twitchy to make some new icons.

Oh, and I'm so glad I'm not the only one who CRACKED UP at Clark hitting that wall. :D
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: March 2nd, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry for jumping in here but I just wanted to agree with you about Lana's arc.

I think there are two major things that distinguish and elevate it from Chloe's final arc. First, as you said, Lana was ultimately inspired by Clark. I believe her intentions were misguided but I do think that at the root of the situation was her desire to feel like she was worthy of Clark because she admired him so much and wanted so badly to feel like she was his equal. Now, I always felt that Clark saw Lana as his equal already but Lana did not see it that way. And I do believe that she sought power that was not hers and I believe that she made a mistake in going after that powersuit. However, I do believe the motivation was at the root driven by Clark's inspiration. Second, there were CONSEQUENCES for Lana's mistake. She made the choice to seek power that was not hers and the result was that she was not able to be physically near Clark ever again. Lana didn't skate out of town free from her mistakes. One of the reasons i still feel heartbroken for Lana is because....even watching that final moment between them in Season 8....I KNEW that Clark would move on. I had already seen the first half of Season 8 and I had already seen the sparks with Lois. The potential was already there for Clark to find happiness with someone else. He couldn't see it yet....but the audience could. However, at this point, we really don't know how Lana is feeling. I'd love to know that she is getting a happy ending but right now, we don't know how she's feeling. Yet, we know that Clark is happier than he's ever been. So no one can tell me that Lana did not pay for her mistakes. Because she did. Clark is happy. The fact that he moved on and is now happier than ever in and of itself is a heartbreaking thing to consider for Lana.

I've also never personally believed that Clark's continued feelings for Lana were a regression as much as one of those life experiences that many people go through and that sometimes you HAVE to go through in order to grow up and come out the other side. I think many people have been in a situation with SOMEONE in their lives (whether it be a lover or a friend) where you know it's over or you feel that it's not right....but you just keep hanging on because it's so hard to come to terms with the fact that life has changed. You are different, the other person is different and the world is different. And it's one of the hardest things in the world. And I think sometimes as human beings...we have to go through that pain and "regression" in order to really take stock of who we are and to come out the other side and figure out where we really belong.

I still don't think that the producers made the right choice in the way they chose to end Lana's time on the show. I will always wish they had gone another way. That being said, I have come to appreciate some of the deeper meaning to Lana's arc over the last 2 years and I can see value in that metaphor of growing up in Clark's overall story. In a way, Clark's ultimate realization that he was experiencing all of these feelings that he didn't understand for Lois and his slow realization that he might actually be in love with her is even more poignant when one considers how badly he tried to hang on to Lana for so many years. There was a connection to his story that mattered.

However, try as I might...I can't find the same kind of connection with Chloe's arc for Clark. I said this somewhere else but Clark didn't even feel like part of the equation. The final barn scene wasn't about the Chlark friendship. It was about Chloe. Clark didn't even feel like he was a part of the conversation or a part of the friendship in any real way.

whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 3rd, 2011 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm still behind in Smallville, but I really want to see Ollie in the showgirl costume. (Yes, I am completely and utterly that shallow.)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2011 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Here are a few more caps to tide you over until you can watch. Click for BIGGER. :)

luminousdaze From: luminousdaze Date: March 3rd, 2011 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Hello! Renamed my account & lost all my mutual friends list - not on purpose I think I checked a box I shouldn't have. Please add me back if you still want to be friends with me (old username= mer_moonchild).

I enjoyed your picspam & ep review and totally agree with #3, 4, 5 & Sam the Lemur! Only I would add I loved the Chlark! And Chloe dressed as circa 1980s Madonna was also one of my fave moments. I'll miss Chloe and I don't mind if Clark admires her and says so, but I don't think it was handled well, like when they made her sing her own praises.
Self-aggrandizement is not attractive unless your a Luthor. Clark ought to have said "you believed in me first" and so on, instead of having her take credit for things herself. If I remember when she dealt with Darkseid she learned that having too much pride almost led to her being corrupted by the Darkness.
And surely Batman doesn't need Chloe to be his right-hand woman, everyone knows he has Alfred!
And I wonder, how can Chloe & Ollie live happily ever after when he was corrupted by Darkseid?

Edited at 2011-03-03 02:30 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much for commenting and telling me about your name change! *adds you back*

I seriously need an attitude adjustment when it comes to Chloe. I watched Blank during my lunch hour today, and remembered how much I always loved Clark and Chloe as BFFs. Maybe time will give me a different perspective on everything that happened over the past two years.

I think the showrunners really wanted to make some kind of reference to Bruce and Diana, the two characters DC would never let them have, before Smallville was over, and this was what they came up with. I'm sure plenty of viewers loved the shout-out, but it really didn't make sense for Chloe to know them or their secrets.

And I wonder, how can Chloe & Ollie live happily ever after when he was corrupted by Darkseid?

I know, that's not exactly a minor detail. But I'm sure it will be resolved somehow in the remaining episodes, and maybe even be a major part of the final conflict. No one seems to know exactly how many more episodes Justin will be in. What we are hearing is that he's not in the next three, and that he's directing 10x20.
jwm_rocks From: jwm_rocks Date: March 3rd, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that you were able to find ten things to love about this episode!

//4) Justin Hartley//
Erica finally gets a reprieve from wearing the most ridiculous outfit in an episode. (Wait, I forget she had to dress up in an identical outfit.)

//He was no Shelby, but he made a cute and funny addition to Clark's drunken adventure. I just hope someone remembered to let him out of that closet.//
Where is Shelby? Did he (she?) get any of the champaign?

//Chloe Sullivan has left the building, and I, for one, will not miss her.//
I will not either.

Thanks for the positive review!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that you were able to find ten things to love about this episode!

It wasn't easy. Not compared to last week, anyway. :)

I loved that at least this time Lois wasn't the only one in a crazy, revealing outfit. And who knew Oliver would make such a pretty girl? Kudos to Justin for being a tremendously good sport.

I hope Shelby is in the finale. I'll be very disappointed if he/she isn't.

Thanks for your comment!
crazy4ew From: crazy4ew Date: March 3rd, 2011 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't really share your enthusiasm for any part of this ep... it just didn't follow the last one very well. Very disappointing IMHO. Yes, disheveled Clark in a tux was a definite bonus, but I hated the storyline... I think it would have been more fun actually SEEING the party going on than the silly bits at the end, if only to escape that horrible Chloe-Clark angle - of all things gone wrong!

I will never appreciate episodes where they make Clark like the dunce and everyone else the smart ones. Chloe was always smart, but she needed Clark's bravery and good sense. Now she has becomed the Almighty!!! How ridiculous. It really grieves me that they should have gone this route. Did you see her shoot? Hello!!!! No, this episode made me more angry than pleased.

I used to really like Chloe and her storyline, but ever since they felt the need to make her a semi-goddess and match her up with Ollie... talk about a mismatched pair, I stopped liking the character. I liked better the Ollie-Tess pairing and obviously the Ollie-Lois, although that was doomed from the start.

I just felt that this being the 10th and final season, this episode was a waste. I share your sentiments about Chloe's comeback; better to have not.

I'm sorry I'm all over the place with my comments, much like Fortune.

I was hoping to see some smart development with Ollie having fallen prey to darkseid, instead, he's just buddy-buddy with everyone this week.. It was like this episode did not belong sequentially in the season.

I did like the ending when Clark professed his love for Lois, in 5 min or 5 years.. how romantic! But really, I was totally disappointed with this episode. Maybe I wasn't in the laughing mood when I watched, but my expectations were entirely different.

Let's hope it gets better from now on...

luminousdaze From: luminousdaze Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Why or how is Oliver acting normal when he's infected?
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for all the pretty, managing to find ten things you liked about the episode and for expressing yourself so well one the Chloe departure. I have to admit, I've been upset about this episode since watching it. I did laugh an enjoy the 10 things you mentioned, but the Chloe storyline, her whole return was maybe even more frustrating for me than Lana's departure. I guess because somewhere deep down I still wanted to like and care about Chloe. At one time, Clark and Chloe's friendship was one of my favorite written characterizations on the show. It has been completely destroyed over the last couple of years, but when TPTB said that Chloe's return would focus on her relationships, I had a glimmer of hope that they would deal with the issues between Clark and Chloe and get them back to the real friendship they once shared. Then that wonderful hug at the end between them would have been meaningful and special. I don't know why I would allow myself to think that would happen. Chloe being the first to inspire Clark was liking spitting in the faces of Jonathon and Martha and just about killed me. The Batman and Wonder Women reference was infuriating. Just like the Clark and Lois fake flight together, it seems TPTB are throwing everything they can into the final episodes even if it's detrimental to the story. I could barely watch Chloe the fighter, gun handler she has become. The whole Chloe/Oliver marriage didn't make any sense to me and someone else mentioned how is she legally married to Oliver when she eased her identity and Chloe Sullivan doesn't even exist any more. LOL

Anyway, I'm eager for the next episode to air, so I can hopefully get past this Chloe run!

Oh and a quick YAY to Tess and Emil who stoled the episode. Clark running into the wall and having some fun and Sam the Lemur. Wish I could of enjoyed Oliver in the showgirl outfit, but I was too blinded by Chloe's fighting and gun skills in that scene and Lois crawling around on the floor in that outfit. LOL Going back to take in all those stunning caps of Clark again! *Sigh*

Edited at 2011-03-03 04:14 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 4th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally get where you're coming from. I used to love Chloe so much, and at first when the show started to change her relationship with Clark, I kind of ignored it, writing it off as OOC behavior. But at some point you have to accept the characters as written, and I actually think the show made a decent case for what was happening.

When Clark embraced his destiny at the beginning of S8, he started a new life at the DP that not only threw him together with Lois, it left him with very little time to hang out with Chloe. Working as partners, he and Lois grew closer than ever before, and gradually realized that what they shared was something much deeper than friendship or professional camaraderie.

At the same time, Chloe became engaged to Jimmy, threw herself into her work at Isis, met Davis, and discovered her greatly enhanced brain power, which she chose to hide from Clark. Clark had been the center of her existence for years, and that was no longer the case.

They grew apart. Chloe's incredible mental abilities gave her so much confidence in her own decisions that she stopped listening to anyone else, including Clark. The blind faith she had had in him since before she learned his secret was lost, and she has questioned his judgment from that moment on, even after the Legion removed every trace of Brainiac from her body.

Chloe has spent the last two years second-guessing Clark, making her own plans instead of following his, and telling him he was doing it wrong on a fairly regular basis. Their interactions have been marked by mutual alienation and Chloe's growing contempt for the hero she once championed. And even when Clark apologized, over and over and over, Chloe remained cold and distant. Or at least that's what I saw.

I know some people blamed Clark and others blamed Chloe. I just thought the whole situation was tragic. I mourned for what they once shared, and wished they could find their way back to each other. But I'm a Clark fan, first, last, and always, and I just couldn't find Chloe sympathetic or likable when she treated Clark with disdain to his face, and took action to oppose him behind his back.

So it's just a bit much for me to swallow that Chloe is the big hero, the one Clark couldn't live without, the one who inspired him to greatness and will now do the same for others. You made me feel this way, show, and you can't expect me to forget all the hard, painful lessons you taught me just because it's suddenly time for happily ever after.

Chloe being the first to inspire Clark was liking spitting in the faces of Jonathon and Martha and just about killed me.

That bothered me a lot, too. Martha believed in Clark from the moment she scooped him up into her arms and accepted him as her own, and she and Jonathan devoted their entire lives from that point on to giving their adopted son everything he would need to grow up into a caring, compassionate, moral man. Those qualities, combined with his superpowers, will make him the world's greatest hero. Smallville only seems to remember Martha and Jonathan's contributions when they are actually in front of the camera.

The Batman and Wonder Women reference was infuriating.

I keep asking myself if I totally overreacted to that, but I don't think so. You don't mess with the Trinity.

Well, I guess I still had some venting to do. I feel so conflicted over this. I'll watch an episode from S4 or S5 and fall in love with Chloe all over again, and then I'll watch one from S9 and my heart will harden once more. And the heaping helping of Chloe worship the show has given us over the past four episodes is just ridiculous.

Still, it's just a TV show, one that will soon be over. I hope the remaining episodes are focused firmly on Clark, and give us more of what we saw from him in Masquerade.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: March 4th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Late as I am to the game, I have nothing of substance to add. It´s really exasperating that even supposed fun episodes sadden me in the end because of the horrendous writing and the missed oportunities... :( The only really good thing about Fortune was the little glimpse of Tom having fun outside of his role. (There is no way that even spell-drunk Clark would act as he did in some scenes! Which, objectively seen, is bad again because it means that Clark was written partly OOC.) Well, yes, and to see that the cast seems to have a lot of fun together.

Anyway, what makes me even more sad is that it is all too obvious by now (well, it was obvious earlier but there is always hope) that the show will go on like this, that is, without all the things that I´ve wanted to see about Clark´s final steps. And in the finale Clark will be lightswitched into Superman, probably flying and wearing the costume, and the writers think that all this makes up for all the missed opportunities and their very subpar job.
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