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Smallville: Death of a Shipper
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pen37 From: pen37 Date: January 25th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
From day 1, I was a chlarker. I think that's because I've been a longtime superman fan, and chloe was the closet thing to lois they gave us.

But Over time I've come to appreciate that if I'm to stay a fan of Smallville, I'm going to have to stop investing in Chlark.

The way I see it, AlMiles look at their audience, and they don't see a bunch of fans, they see a bunch of shipping factions. And it's in their best interest to keep each faction invested in the show. If they ever settle on one cannonical relationship, the'll lose a major portion of their audience as the other (three four five six) factions lose interest and drift away.

So they keep stringing us all along by pimping out love triangles. The lexana wedding is ample proof that they may be right: No single faction was happy with that plot point, and it was one of the lowest rated episodes of the show.

Personally, I'd like to see a little less of the love triangles. I'd like to see a show where everyone with a uterus isn't treated like a possible love interest for Clark. (I loved it on Buffy when Wes and Cordelia kissed, and it was *so bad* that they decided to be just friends). I'd like to see character growth.

(again sighting buffy. characters moved on and got into new relationships. They didn't pine for several years in codependant, unhealthy relationships. And once they moved on, they were able to work toghether like mature adults without making cow eyes at each other).

Sadly, I don't watch smallville anymore. Or I ship Chloe with a character from another show. (They can't sink my ship if it's already a sub-marine).

Sooner or later, you just have to tell the pimps that you aren't interested.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 25th, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't agree with you more about AlMiles, and I'm determined not to play their game anymore. I honestly believe that for them, this show is not story driven, it's dollar driven. Why else would they completely stall Clark's natural progression towards his destiny except to extend the life of their cash cow? And so, as you say, we're just numbers to them, numbers to capture in their ratings statistics. Which leads not only to no one group ever being completely happy, but to the rest of the mess to which we're treated: inconsistent plot points, forgotten story lines, random anvils for all possible outcomes, and the Clana that just won't die.

None of which makes me stop watching. :) I freely admit I'm totally hooked on TW's portrayal of Clark, and that in itself is enough to keep me coming back for more. But I can at least stop letting myself respond to the shipper manipulations that AlMiles try to inject into the show.

I, too, would be happy to see less of the love triangles, especially with Clark. As Justice proved, viewers are more than happy to tune in for an episode that has everything to do with Clark being a hero, and nothing to do with him being a boyfriend. I don't know the demographics of the Smallville audience, but even the viewers who were young teenagers when the show started are adults by now! I can't be the only one who would love to see Clark leave the high school romantic angst in the past.

Great comparison to Buffy. Joss always has known how to do it better. That moment with Cordy and Wes was both hilarious and unexpected (at least by me), and I loved it.

Thanks so much for commenting! You can see how passionate I am about this by my long response. :) You captured the essence of why this show drives me crazy in just a few paragraphs, and I appreciate so much that you've added your insights to this discussion.
pen37 From: pen37 Date: January 26th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Which also lends credence to the theory that AlMiles hate the smallville fans. They want our dollars, and hate our whining over the ships.

And the difference between what AlMiles are doing with smallville, in comparison to what folks like Joss, JJ Abrams, Kripke and Kring are doing/have done with their respective shows just goes to show the difference between having a cohesive vision for a show and trying to guess the recipe that'll get the best results.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 26th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I really admire how Kripke developed an overall arc for Supernatural very early on. It really makes a difference in the quality of the show. As do amazing actors, gifted writers, directors who are passionate about storytelling, and everything else SPN has! :)
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