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Smallville 7.18 - Apocalypse - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 7.18 - Apocalypse
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jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: May 4th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Your review is so wonderfully positive and a joy to read. I'm going to sleep now but I'll be back tomorrow to comment further.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm glad you liked it! Thank you!
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: May 4th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Jor-El wants Clark to leave these people behind when he gets back to the real world, and showing him they would be better off without him is definitely going to motivate him to do so. We see that it's working right away, as Clark genuinely celebrates the happiness those he cares about have found. Sure, he looks a little bit wistful, but he never makes a move to change the future he sees, and he displays not even a hint of jealousy or self-pity. Jor-El is most certainly a bastard, but he's a smart bastard. First validate, then manipulate. Yes, Clark, you're right that the people in your life would be better off if you had never come to Earth. But the lesson isn't over yet, and what comes next is the most important part. The planet still needs you, Kal-El, and you can't turn your back on your destiny.


This was done so well. Clark's all happily going along yeah all my friends are doing so well then SLAP! Umm but the whole world needs you.

Clark was every inch the superhero in the AU. So what was it about this world that made the difference? I honestly think it was being able to let go of his love for Lana, and all that it entailed. No longer held back by his reluctance to leave Lana behind, his fear to use his superpowers and appear alien to her, and his need to examine every action for its possible negative impact on her, he was free to finally be himself in every way, and transform into the hero he's destined to become.

Just word. As great as it is to see that Clark has these relationships there's a part of them that holds him back a bit.

Back on Earth, Lana's condition has worsened, but Clark at least seems to have put it in perspective.

His whole look to the future thing. It's about damn time. Clark has spent too long looking into the past he needs to move forward.

So how awesome was Tom Welling this week? He was in almost every scene of the episode, and he directed as well! And his performance was one of my most favorite ever. I love Tom best when he directs himself, truly. Go back and watch his three episodes again, and you'll see what I mean

You'll have no argument from me :-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
This was done so well. Clark's all happily going along yeah all my friends are doing so well then SLAP! Umm but the whole world needs you.

I know! At first I was confused. How was everyone being happy going to convince Clark to fight to stay around? But everything shifted gears in a heartbeat. What I loved was that Clark did, too, totally focusing on saving Lois, and then the world. Awesome.

His whole look to the future thing. It's about damn time. Clark has spent too long looking into the past he needs to move forward.

Agreed! I feel like the show holds him back on purpose, I think to keep the series going longer, and I am beyond frustrated with it.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: May 4th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel like the show holds him back on purpose, I think to keep the series going longer, and I am beyond frustrated with it.

Very true and I've always questioned why. There's a way to do this you know. *sigh* There's so many changes coming who knows what to think. I'm hoping its for the better.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm actually quite hopeful for S8. The thing I worry most about is the role Lana will play in the episodes she'll be in. I hope they're all in the beginning, and that they give the Clana a proper ending that respects both characters. As much as I hate the Clana, I acknowledge the huge impact this relationship has had on Clark's life. My biggest fear is that they won't end the Clana at all.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: May 4th, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think, and I really, really hope I'm not being naive here, they're going to have to give it a proper ending. I must confess something that I don't like saying too much b/c it'll make me seem like a don't love Rosenbaum, but there's a part of me that's actually kind of happy there will more than likely be a Lexless season. Not because of anything but I think people in general are so caught up with Clark and Lex that it almost feels to them like there has to be one or else and for Superman doesn't need Lex. Lex is obsessed with Superman and not the other way around. It's so great to hear some optimism after hearing people scream to the skies that the world is ending. ;-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do think MR is beyond awesome, and I don't think they could ever find anyone to equal Lex as an adversary for Clark because of the incredible chemistry the boys share, but the fact is he's gone, and at his own choosing. I respect that, and I'm happy for him that he has the freedom to make that choice (I wonder if Tom wishes he could as well). But I watch this show to see Clark Kent and his journey to becoming Superman, and quite frankly, they could probably get rid of everyone except Tom and I'd still watch. :) The kind of worst-case-scenario speculation that is running rampant in fandom right now makes my stomach hurt. I prefer to hope for the best and see what happens. Why get yourself all worked up about some imagined outcome that may never come to pass?
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: May 5th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
he kind of worst-case-scenario speculation that is running rampant in fandom right now makes my stomach hurt.

Very true I've been caught up in it before and for what. I still love SV and look forward to it and yeah I'll continue to watch as long as Tom is there.
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