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Smallville: Death of a Shipper
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 21st, 2008 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG, I can't believe I didn't include John and Aeryn on my ship list! LOL! They're my model for all other ships, because of the honesty of the emotion that passed between them. I love how you say, "as much as their relationship served the story, the story served their relationship, too." That's so true. Their relationship was never a plot device, it was always the heart of their story.

"Smallville is confused, in my opinion. Its producers seem to be trying to make the ships serve the (sometimes canonical, sometimes not) story one minute, then trying to make the story serve the ships the next, and they’re swinging so far in each direction that they screw up both."

That's a great insight. And the end result is often a inconsistent mess. I do often see Chloe as this shining gem in the midst of the confusion, both because her character, as you say, has been subjected to fewer machinations by the writers, and because AM's portrayal of her is consistently strong. I feel like they should glory in Chloe; they created her, and she's awesome! But maybe because she's an original, and not tied to Superman canonically, they seem afraid to take that final step towards a Chlark romance. My frustration with their seemingly inexplicable hesitation was driving me crazy, and that's ultimately why I had to let it go.

In spite of my frustrations with Smallville, it remains my favorite show, and I miss not having new episodes as the writers' strike continues. I'm just glad I was able to find a way to watch the show in complete happiness again. I even went back and watched all of the S7 episodes again, and I like them all better with my new viewpoint. In my mind, that has to be a good thing.

Thanks so much for commenting. I really enjoyed your insights about the show!
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