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Smallville 7.15 - Veritas - I worship at the television altar
Smallville 7.15 - Veritas
This episode was a mess. It had some of the best acting I've seen all season, and by far the best villain, but it also had plot points that made me want to scream, and overall it left me frustrated and disappointed. The good in it was truly wonderful, but I'm afraid what I'll always remember when I think of Veritas is the bad. Maybe if I get a few things off my chest I can let them go, and then we can talk about the gems to be found here.

First of all, no matter how many times I am reminded of it, I just can't seem to accept the fact that this show always has and always will revolve around Lana Lang. Even though Kristin Kreuk reportedly will not appear in any of the remaining episodes this season, instead of finding a sensible way to write Lana out of the show, the writers have instead made her the tragic victim of Clark's unique destiny once again, and, big surprise, Lana in peril drives the action of the story. As usual, a blameless Clark heaps guilt on himself, and frozen in fear of causing Lana further harm, is completely impotent in the episode. Grrr. And this time we get the extra added bonus of seeing Kara do the same thing, sacrificing herself to Brainiac's extortion in an attempt to save the precious Lana. I'm not buying what you're selling, Smallville, and I'm tired of this nonsense.

The last scene of the episode made clear to me that Clark's entire focus now will be on finding Brainiac, but not because he could be a threat to the entire planet, or because he took Kara away to parts unknown, but because he's the only one who can bring Lana back. *gags* And also, somehow, what happened to Lana is all Clark's fault. Did you listen to the lyrics of that song that played over the scene? Sheesh.

Secondly, something was clearly missing from this episode. If the writers' strike had not been resolved in time to resume production, this would have been the season finale of the show. When it became apparent there would be additional episodes, some scenes were evidently moved to future episodes or reworked entirely, leaving obvious holes in the fabric of Veritas. And I'm not sure the missing scenes were even replaced with something else, because the episode clocked in at just about exactly 39 minutes, and that's including the opening credits. The story seemed abrupt in some places and incomplete in others. Perhaps this was unavoidable, the transitionary price of getting back to work, but it was jarring to watch.

Finally, what was the point of even having Lois and Jimmy in the episode? They were totally isolated from the true action of the story, and everything they discovered was something we already knew. Their little hunt for The Big Story was a complete waste of time. Plus, we had to suffer through Lois's usual quota of clunky lines. Her response to Lionel's question of whether she has boundless courage or incorrigible stupidity? "Potayto, potahto." What?

Okay, I feel better now. Let's talk about the good stuff. Brainiac! James Marsters' portrayal of Smallville's best villain ever was perfect. The man can act, people! Emotionless, ruthless, and remorseless, Brainiac is the embodiment of evil. Best of all, he is completely unmoved by Lana, and impervious to her charms. Of course I love him! He wreaked havoc this week, and I can't wait to see what he does when he returns.

John Glover's performance in Veritas was a tour de force! Smallville has been so fortunate to have an actor of his caliber all these years. He never disappoints, and he always raises the bar for the other actors, somehow inspiring them to their best performances in their scenes with him. His scenes this week with Clark, little Lex, and especially Chloe were all phenomenal. We finally got an answer about Lionel's true motivations, and while I think he's a bit self-deluded (he has made some decidedly nasty moves since his possession by Jor-El), I truly believe he thinks he is a changed man. Lionel was beyond desperate at the end of the episode. I wonder what his next move will be?

The flashback sequences were fun. I rejoiced to see Connor Stanhope again, I adore his little Lex. He didn't have a single line in this episode, and yet I found him compelling in his expressions and reactions alone. The boy is going to be famous one day, I promise you. Plus, how cute was he, playing with his Warrior Angel action figure? Little Ollie was adorable as well, with his little bow and arrows, and I guess that must have been little Jason Teague. Remember Jason? I liked him, before he went psycho, anyway. :) The secret meetings little Lex witnessed contained some interesting information, and it was very satisfying to tie up all those loose ends. Continuity FTW! \o/

I enjoyed the scenes of Lex and his nameless, yet devoted, minion. There is no longer any ambivalence about Lex's villainy, and I'm glad to see it. So often in the past we saw the evidence of Lex's secret agendas, but it's much more fun to see him in action, calmly ordering illegal activities and occasionally giving us glimpses of the barely suppressed rage that burns inside of him, hidden behind those deceptively cold eyes. *shivers* Lex is really beginning to scare me.

Chloe was in her usual place this week, right by Clark's side. I find myself seeing her in a different light after the events of Traveler. She's not just Clark's sidekick, she's his partner, and it's obvious nothing is more important to her than helping Clark do good in the world, and protecting him from harm. I loved how she said to Lionel, "We're not stupid." That whole scene with Lionel was incredibly intense, and both Allison Mack and JG gave stunning performances. Well done, show. I'm confused about why Chloe burst into the room where Clark and Lana were at the end of the episode, right after she told Clark she'd wait outside. Did she have urgent news to tell him? Did she somehow sense that Clark was distressed? Was there a disturbance in the Force? :)

Wait a minute. You don't think that when Brainiac said, through Lana, "You're too late, Kal-El," that he then made Lana stop breathing and she died? Is that why Clark shut her eyes and started to cry? Is that why Chloe rushed in? Nah, no way, Lana dead? That's just crazy talk. Besides, she was still sitting perfectly upright. And we know KK is coming back next season. Wow, I really got myself going for a second there! :)

I'm still loving Kara. Laura Vandervoort and Tom Welling seem completely at ease with one another. Their scenes together are so natural and believable, and always a pleasure to watch. The failed flying lesson was really cute. It looks like Kara has her own little trademark red and blue outfit now. Will she wear it so much that we start calling it The Horrible Blue Hoody? :) At least she changes it up a bit with both long-sleeved and short-sleeved versions. And those massive guilt trips Clark is always on? Evidently they run in the family.

Then there's Clark. You weren't very super this week, were you, big guy? Quite a letdown after Traveler, I have to say. I do get it, it's a hostage situation. Brainiac is basically holding a gun to Lana's head, and Clark isn't going to make any sudden moves that might make him pull the trigger. Still, it was frustrating. My least favorite moment of the episode? Clark, on the roof of the Daily Planet, looking up helplessly as Kara and Brainiac fly away. *sighs*

OTOH, some scenes rocked, and I thought Tom did some of his best acting of the series this week. I loved Clark's encounter with Lionel at Isis. Did you see the look on Clark's face when he threw open the door and saw Lionel standing there? It was pure exasperated fury, quickly brought into check. And then he points at Lionel and growls, "Save it for the police!" My favorite moment of the episode! This whole scene was wonderful: Clark on the move, desperately searching for Lana, while Lionel, even more desperate, pleads with Clark to listen to him and heed his warning. And Clark will have none of it:

"You've already destroyed the life of one son. You don't get a second chance. The only real son you have hates you just as much as I do."

How many years have we waited for someone to acknowledge the damage Lionel has so tragically done to Lex? And for it to come from Clark makes it all the sweeter. Thank you, Smallville. And as much as the Clana drives me crazy, I was moved by both the visual imagery and the devastating emotion of that last scene. Clark and Lana in profile, with a supplicant angel behind them, was an achingly beautiful image. Lana looked like a perfect porcelain doll, and Clark looked like an angel himself. As Clark's eyes filled, first with anguish and then with tears, and he bowed his head, I found tears in my own eyes. By the time Chloe came in, shedding her own tears, and we heard Clark quietly sobbing in that desolate room, I had completely lost it. It was a powerful scene, and it served to remind me how far Tom has come as an actor since those early days.

Random thoughts: Jimmy totally checked out Lois's cleavage while he was looking over her shoulder at the coroner's report. Whose idea was that? Ewww. Did you notice the Veritas flags hanging from the fireplace in the flashback? Lex looked very pretty in sunlight filtered through stained glass. The way Lionel threw his head back as he removed the locket was a nice touch. And Shelby was back! Hi, Shelby!

So in the end, not very much happened in this uneven episode. Brainiac gave Lana a lobotomy, Kara flew away, and we learned a little bit more about Veritas. And that's about it. It didn't live up to the hype, or the promise of last week, and that was disappointing. John Glover's swan song was a masterpiece, however, and everyone was still very pretty. :) I'm looking forward to the five newly scripted episodes, and I'm curious to see what a Lanaless Smallville looks like. We'll all find out together in three weeks!

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luminousdaze From: luminousdaze Date: March 28th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice review! I miss Glover already!*cries* I wish he could return next season as an apparition or something.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 28th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! He will be sorely missed, that's for sure. *cries with you* He made every scene he was in amazing. Hey, he can come back and haunt Lex! *nods*

Matching icons FTW! \o/
luminousdaze From: luminousdaze Date: March 28th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
He definitely should haunt Lex. LOL Or maybe he can be a new holographic face for Jor-El's interface in the FOS (assuming Jor-El is in next season)? Jor-El should have some kind of face by now. (This icon is the best!)
laurelnola From: laurelnola Date: March 28th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
First things first- Happy Birthday! At least, my lj is telling me it's your birthday, and if it isn't- bad LJ! Otherwise... *throws confetti celebrating you*

Now for Veritas. I didn't watch this one, just read about it, as has been my m.o. with Smallville since S6. But my reaction, I think, was unique among all my LJ friends. I laughed until my sides hurt.

About two weeks ago, I left a post on TWoP about how I suspected that Lana would be put into some kind of coma, because it was a tried and tested soap opera solution to the KK/Clana problem. It solves everything with one stroke- it explains KK's (Lana's) physical absence from the show, it stalls Clana because Clark ain't breaking up with her while she's sick, it gives Clark another reason to self-flagellate, and it puts Lana back in her favorite chair of victim and martyr- all past misdeeds swept magically away. It was such a horribly bad solution that I was positive they'd go there. So when it happened, I have to confess, I almost hyperventilated I laughed so hard.

It's weird, but I seemed to have turned a corner with SV. They say that the last stage in falling out of love comes right after contempt, and that it is indifference. I was bitter about SV for a long time because I kept hoping it would get better. Reading about the muck-up that was S7 pushed me from contempt to acceptance that SV is nothing more or less than a really bad show, with hackneyed writing, cheesy dialogue, and plot contrivances to rival the worst soap opera on television. I used to love it for what it could be, but now that I've stopped hating it for what it isn't, I can honestly laugh at how bad it is. I can think of it, not as the backstory of superman, but almost like a buffy musical- where some soap opera demon came along after Season two, and forced the characters of superman to live for six years trapped in an alternate universe where everything happens according to the laws of soap-operadom, and the only sane one in the group is Shelby, who is desperately trying to get the hell out of this wacko dimension and back to the real Clark on Earth 1. Wow, I think I just wrote the plot of a crackfic.

Anyway, it was a liberating experience. It made me able to enjoy the show in a strangely comic way, because it suddenly was entertaining to see how bad it could really get. I'm looking forward to finding out in S8 that Clark gets Lex pregnant (which is why Lex leaves, because he goes off to have the baby and then joins a convent), then Clark and Kara have a Greg and Marcia Brady moment and make out in the loft, and that Chloe and Jimmy are actually brother and sister, and that Lana is a real princess, whose mother was the Empress of Japan who had in secret while she went to Met U with Henry Small. And that Martian Manhunter is really Jonathan Kent back from the dead.

Whee, Smallville has never been so entertaining to me! :-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 28th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, now I'm the one laughing until my sides hurt! I love how you look at things. Your predictions are too funny! I definitely see what you're saying, but I'm still hanging on. :) Although you were the one who cured me of Chlark, and that has helped me enjoy the show tremendously more, so I do trust your judgment. :)

At least I no longer let myself get all worked up over rumors and speculation. I don't understand why people give themselves a heart attack over things that might not ever happen. But maybe it's only a heart attack for me. For them it must be fun, like a game. I just get too stressed.

Thanks for the birthday wishes! So far it's been a great day!
superheroine From: superheroine Date: March 28th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
FANTABULOUS REVIEW! I pretty much agree with everything you've said.
I was so annoyed with the way the did KK leaving the show. The character of Lana has SO MANY HYPOCRITICAL QUALITIES. Turning her into a martyr was a ridiculous idea. Then again, this is Lanaville we're talking about. ALMILES: PLEASE TO BE GETTING YOUR HEAD OUT OF LANA'S ARSE. THANKS.
I also noticed the song choice. Ridiculous. It was a nice song, but it's undone allllllll of the other nicely chosen Clana music throughout the season. Clana hasn't been happy and perfect in a while, if ever. Please don't try to fool us with the music.

I firmly believe the only reason Chloe was in the last scene is because at the last minute the director said, "TOM'S NOT CRYING! LET'S BRING IN ALLISON!" B/C she completely told him she'd wait outside.
Disturbance in the Force LOL. COULD BE, COULD BE.

The Jimmy/Lois scenes were so out of left field. I guess this is the writers' way of making it up to the actors since they weren't in the last few episodes. To a Chloiser, this screams Cat Grant. The way they barged into Lionel's office was totally tabloid reporter-ish.

LIONEL! I will miss him when he is pancaked next episode. John Glover is a fantastic actor, and I'm always completely in love with any scene that he has with Allison. Dude, he looked like he was about to have a heart attack during that scene @ the DP. I was actually thinking, "HOLY CRAP. LIONEL WILL BE DONE IN BY CARDIAC ARREST!"

Kara & Clark scenes are SO CUTE. I loved her trying to push him a bit. One of the cutest things was when he turned around and said, "YEAH...not helping. *SQUEE* I loved the music swell right after Kara said, "UP UP AND AWAY!" It was REALLY LOUD. I immediately flailed and remembered the last time it was said...by Chloe when she got her job @ the Planet in "Thirst". LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE.

BRAINIAC. I love me some Marsters. Wet!Marsters @ the beginning was a godsend for the fangirls. ♥ I also fangirled mini!Oliver with his quiver and mini!Dean Winchester Jason Teague. TOO CUTE.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 28th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!! I had such high hopes that the Clana was actually winding down, and then they just crank it all back up again. *kicks show* That song made me so mad!! Although it's a beautiful song. Just don't apply it to Clark, okay?

I agree Lois and Jimmy were totally tabloidy! At least Jimmy looked a little embarrassed about it. Behavior not really worthy of the DP, IMO.

I thought Lionel was having a heart attack, too! When he got that look on his face, I was sure that was what was coming next. That scene was intense! And AM and JG were both so good in it.

I really think LV is doing a great job. It sounds like TW has sort of taken her under his wing, and I imagine it's because he remembers what it was like to go through what she's going through now: being thrust into the spotlight when you're still relatively inexperienced, taking on an iconic role, and everyone thinking you're just a pretty face. It just seems like there's a lot of natural brother/sister type chemistry in their scenes together. And I thought her little "up up and away" was adorable.

Marsters is totally made of win. How much do I love that his Brainiac obviously couldn't give a damn about Lana freaking Lang? He actually seemed to delight in tormenting her. i guess that's how AlMiles define true evil. :) All I know is, I love it, and no one could do it better than JM!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 28th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pretty much yup, yup, yup and yup some more.

More then anything else, I am sick to death of the level of guilt and misery they heap on top of Clark. Hell, even the SONG CHOICES scream of his failings. You know, I never thought you could create Superman by totally crushing someones soul and spirit. Thank you AlMiles, you sicks schmucks. I'll consider myself schooled.

And the Lana stuff? Just *sigh* I'm so tired of it. There were a lot of ways to write her out. Why can't they just LET IT GO ALREADY! What is wrong with these writers? So, pretty much all season, Clana has had a miserable relationship, that culminates in something heinous happening to Lana, and Clark is drowned in grief and guilt. Brilliant!

I did think the Lex parts of the episode worked, and its good to see him with a competent and devoted minion. I think TW and LV are very cute together, but really, I could've totally lived without any hint of flying lessons. Its really such an insult to Clark. But the actors made it as cute as they could. JG is totally awesome, even if Lionel was driving me crazy with his incoherent babbling. If you want people to heed your warnings, how about spitting it out Dude!

Ah well, better luck on April 17th
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 28th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
And the Lana stuff? Just *sigh* I'm so tired of it.

That's exactly how I feel. Why are we still dragging this old thing around? I was torn, because I loved watching Tom in that scene, he really touched me, but of course I hated to see Clark weighed down that way.

I don't want to see Kara teach Clark to fly, I want him to find it within himself. And I don't want to see it played for comic relief, either. The thought of my superhero crashing into hay bales while Kara looks on and laughs just makes me cringe. So I was glad that if they were going to go there, that Clark didn't even try.

I'm keeping my hopes up for the remaining episodes. It all depends on how they play the Lana factor, I think.

I think this is the first time I've written what could be called a negative review, although I've had my little Lana rants before. I don't think it helped that I had read Craig's book so recently. :)
prim_rose_etta From: prim_rose_etta Date: March 28th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jimmy totally checked out Lois's cleavage while he was looking over her shoulder at the coroner's report. Whose idea was that? Ewww.

Jimmy's out for any tail he can snag. Kara; Chloe; Lois, Martha eww!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 28th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Why do they need to ruin these characters I loved long before this show ever appeared? I just don't understand how making Jimmy a dog is good storytelling. *sighs*
prim_rose_etta From: prim_rose_etta Date: March 28th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I just don't understand how making Jimmy a dog is good storytelling
Well, maybe they finally wanted to add a little male realism...

And, really, don't they have Lois be a bitch in heat, as well? Kal-El's gonna have a grand ol'time when he finally partakes (let's hope he's last to the plate).
kpjmm From: kpjmm Date: March 29th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I pretty much agree with your review. I think the show had to edit things around, since there wasn't time to re-film things. Some major scenes were cut. One I can think of is Lex opening that safety deposit box. I think the show had scenes that were origianally not going to be shown (Lois and Jimmy) and took out Lex's.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 29th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! Thanks for reading, and commenting. It's funny, I don't think this episode would have bothered me so much if last week's episode hadn't been so awesome. This one suffered by comparison, unfortunately. I'm hoping that once the remaining episodes air, Veritas will make more sense to me in the big picture.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 30th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
"I don't think this episode would have bothered me so much if last week's episode hadn't been so awesome. This one suffered by comparison, unfortunately."

I was so excited to see Clark's progression from reluctant boyish hero to full-fledged Superman mode, which your review of Traveller emphasized so well, (THANKS) and was what made that episode so awesome and special for me, too, that to see Clark looking so helpless in this episode against Brainiac just made me very sad. I also don't think the writers can be trusted with this new direction they are taking Clark and Lana. I seriously am repulsed in this plot choice. Why, oh why?

(Still trying to decide if I should sign up for an LJ account so I hope you don't mind me replying anonymously to you on occasion. Your LJ is one I read regularly *smiles*)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 30th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *waves* I'm happy to have you reading, and especially commenting!

I had the exact same reaction to these two episodes. I guess it shows the differences between the different writing teams, but it felt so much like one step forward, two steps back. I watch this show to see Clark be the hero, not the guy who stands helplessly by while all the action happens around him. That's why, even though I found the flying lesson scene to be beyond adorable, I don't ever want to see Kara teach Clark how to fly. I want Clark to find it within himself.

I'm a huge LJ enabler, so I say, go for it! :) But you're welcome in my journal anytime, anonymously or not!
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: March 29th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm honestly hoping that when viewed back as part of the larger context/picture, this ep might end up making more sense. Because as it stands, ya, I'm feeling majorly confused about some of the WTF's. And also extremely irritated by the Clark/Clana!guilt situation the writers have torturously placed him in. ::gives evil stare to writers:: I didn't hate the ep though because there were some aspects I really did enjoy, but on the whole, a bit disappointing.

As for the "negative review" part - heh. Had to happen, eh? ;-) 'Tis SV after all.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 29th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm honestly hoping that when viewed back as part of the larger context/picture, this ep might end up making more sense.

LOL! I just typed the exact same thought in response to a comment upthread. This episode was so strange, because it had parts that I loved beyond all reason, and parts that made me furious, and sometimes both in the same scene! I loved Tom's performance in that last scene, but the song they chose to play over it made me so mad! *sighs*

The highlight of the episode for me was the scene between Clark and Lionel at Isis. The way Tom played Clark's barely controlled anger and his near panic over Lana was so nicely done, and everything he said to Lionel was fraught with significance. JG played Lionel's breakdown so well, too. It's the one scene I've watched over and over.
acampbell From: acampbell Date: March 31st, 2008 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Did you listen to the lyrics of that song that played over the scene? Sheesh.

Yes. Nice song, but that did suck. As sloppy as SV can be, they seem to be very circumspect about the applicability of the lyrics in the songs they choose.

Chloe burst into the room where Clark and Lana were at the end of the episode, right after she told Clark she'd wait outside. Did she have urgent news to tell him? Did she somehow sense that Clark was distressed? Was there a disturbance in the Force? :)

So she could weep audibly, giving the audience the cue that this really was Sad Stuff.

It's always seemed so lame for Clark to remain earthbound while others can fly. I love Superboy and Supergirl together, but in the comics it was Superman who taught Supergirl to fly.

Your reviews are always so good!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 31st, 2008 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)
So she could weep audibly, giving the audience the cue that this really was Sad Stuff.

I agree, totally, AM is great at crying, but then why have her say she'd wait outside? Was it a last minute change, because they didn't think Tom was getting the job done? It was weird.

And Kara teaching Clark to fly is ludicrous, even if that scene was adorable. I want him to find it within himself, and not because he has to do it to somehow rescue Lana. I would love him to find it as the result of a joyful moment, a moment where he learns to finally revel in his superpowers.

Thanks for reading, I always love our discussions!
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 21st, 2008 03:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Kel's Comments

I know this is really late but I am so behind on Smallville that it's not even funny, I'm too busy to keep up with it like everyone else so I hope you don't mind my commenting now!

"Jimmy totally checked out Lois's cleavage while he was looking over her shoulder at the coroner's report. Whose idea was that? Ewww."

Can I just state that I hate Jimmy's character? Absolutely HATE! Most of it is how he is written, which is terribly I must admit. I know that you watch Chuck so I wanted to ask you: Why is Chuck lovable and funny most of the time but Jimmy is such a giant douche? Is it the actors? I do believe that Zach Levi is more talented than Ashmore who is probably the worst cast member on Smallville currently. Yet, the characters are similar aren't they? Jimmy irritates me to no end, with his stupid smile and trying to go from girl to girl. He left Kara when she had amnesia for Chloe! Couldn't he have waited a little bit longer? SHEESH! Oh and do the actors have any say? Can't Ashmore say Jimmy shouldn't be looking at Lois' chest? It may be realistic but as a character it makes him look like a pervert and the viewers dislike him for it, besides Smallville isn't supposed to be 'realistic.' Write him off the show please, he's useless.

I loved the ending, I mean it was so sad and beautifully framed. Clark looking at Lana with the angel in the background, plus the lighting was great. The production value on Smallville has always been superb, even though they don't have millions of dollars to spend. I liked the song at first but you guys are right. Why is it Clark's fault? Because he wouldn't hand Kara over? Why did Chloe come in?! Unnecessary. She has too much screentime as it is. I know you like her so I don't mean to be rude. Was that her crying? I thought it was Clark. I would have liked it if Tom had cried. His eyes were watering but he should have cried, it would have made the scene that much more poignant. The director dropped the ball there.

I do feel sorry for Lana, I will never hate her. The writers butchered her character over and over again, it is not Kristin's fault and she still does a decent job. A part of me will always love Clana, they gave me too many awesome moments. I would add the Veritas ending to the list as well, although it is depressing. Probably the saddest scene in Smallville history...Clark at Alicia's grave was depressing as well.

"Kara & Clark scenes are SO CUTE. I loved her trying to push him a bit. One of the cutest things was when he turned around and said, "YEAH...not helping. *SQUEE* I loved the music swell right after Kara said, "UP UP AND AWAY!" It was REALLY LOUD."

EXACTLY, they are so cute together. Tom and Laura have a nice chemistry. I loved how she tried to hold onto Clark's arm as well. I really hope that he flies in season 8. Did you hear how he said he wouldn't lose both Kara and Lana? Sweet! The worst part of her leaving is that it was a trap after all, just like Clark said.

I enjoy reading your reviews so I would like to hear what you think of my comments but I haven't watched the season finale so no spoilers please.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 21st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kel's Comments

Your comments are welcome any time! And I love to talk about Smallville, whether the episode aired last night or seven years ago! :) I'm writing this very carefully, so as not to mention anything spoilery. I hope I can remember what happened when! :)

Although I adore Aaron Ashmore, and I think he does the best he can with Jimmy, I often find myself groaning out loud or even yelling at my television screen because of Jimmy's behavior. Most of my frustration arises out of the Chimmy. If they would just let that relationship die, I think Jimmy could be salvaged, and take his iconic place as Clark's sidekick and a source of comic relief on the show.

OTOH, Jimmy could never hold a candle to Chuck! He has none of Chuck's nerdy charm, and displays none of Chuck's tender sweetness, his fierce loyalty, or his selfless bravery. I wouldn't call Jimmy a coward, exactly, but let's just say he's very prudent when it comes to his own self-preservation, shall we? ;) The way Jimmy totally caves when he's threatened by the bad guys is probably fairly realistic, i.e. just what most normal people would do, but as you say, who tunes in to Smallville to see realism?

OMG, I looove Chuck! I think the difference between Chuck and Jimmy is all in the writing. Plus, while AA is cute enough, Zachary Levi is seriously hot! :) Have you ever seen THIS photo shoot? Guh.

I don't think AA has any say in what Jimmy does. On Smallville, I think only TW has that kind of clout, and ultimately even he is paid to hit his marks and say the lines as written. AOT was clearly dismayed at some of Martha's actions in S6, but in the end had no choice except to do what she was told by TPTB.

The ending of Veritas was quite powerful, and visually stunning. I love these two caps:

When Chloe comes in (and like you, I don't know why they thought that was necessary), we see her crying, but the quiet sob we hear as the screen fades to black is definitely Clark's. I found that lonely sound, coupled with Clark's head bowed in defeat, to be incredibly moving. *cries*

I'm sorry if I've given you the impression that I hate Lana, because I don't. And of course I have nothing but admiration and respect for KK. I just detest the Clana for the way it has held Clark back in recent years, and I don't like that the focus of the show is often on Lana when I think it should be on Clark. At the same time, there are a number of Clana moments I will always appreciate, like the scene where Lana surprises Clark in the loft for his birthday, and their dance together at the prom, and even their intense moment of unexpressed passion in Nemesis, which I know many people absolutely hated.

TW and LV have great chemistry together. I have pretty much adored every scene they've shared. I totally buy them as cousins, and I love how their relationship is sometimes funny, sometimes heartwarming, and sometimes quite contentious. Just like in a real family! :)

Thanks for your comments! I am really enjoying your insights into the show!
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