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Smallville 7.18 - Apocalypse
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goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: May 4th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
We definitely share the love for this ep. :-) Some basic logic issues (Krypton) aside, I thought it was thouroughly enjoyable.

I'm not sure I agree that Jor-El created this fictitious realm to get Clark to overcome his dependance on loved ones though. I can certainly see this a viable interpretation but I think, as whacked and sadistic as Jor-El usually is, the ultimate purpose of this AU was to get Clark to come to that all important realization - his existence ::is:: essential and therefore he must go to Krypton and ensure it. What better way to get him to realize that than show a seemingly hunky-dory picture at first, and then start revealing one by one all the fundamental wrongs that are allowed to exist due to his absence. Either way though, as long as the AU was handled reasonably well, which I thought it was - either interpretation works for me.

Totally agree with you on TW - the man impresses me more and more with each ep he directs.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I totally agree that the main purpose of the AU was to make Clark understand that his continued existence is imperative if mankind is to survive! I think I didn't express that very well in my review because I split my thesis into two separate paragraphs. :P I just meant that since Jor-El was the puppet master in this AU, that he would go ahead and show Clark that his loved ones were perfectly happy without him, just as he would show Kara as a potential threat. My point was more that we need to remember that Jor-El created every molecule of the AU, and his view of Clark's destiny colors everything we see.

Basically, it was my fanwank to explain how the people about whom Clark cares the most were seemingly better off without him. I just don't think that could be true. :)
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: May 5th, 2008 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
//I think I didn't express that very well in my review because I split my thesis into two separate paragraphs. :P//

No, I think you did a great job explaining your interpretation. And like I said, I can definitely see it as a viable option, and it most likely is, come to think of it. But I dunno, much as I normally can't stand Jor-El and his awful "tough love" methods, this may have been the one time I felt he didn't exactly have a trick up his sleeve, so to speak.

I certainly agree that the people in Clak' life could not even concievably be standing there, alive and kicking, if it wern't for him - considering just how many times hes saved them and whatnot. And in that sense, I can completely see your fanwank as applicable. I just wish this ep was better spaced out. A two parter might have really helped in filling in these blanks. I'm not sure why SV doesn't believe in two-parters, several times this seaon alone, I've felt the need for them.

Stupid writers.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 5th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not sure why SV doesn't believe in two-parters

I have a vague memory of hearing AlMiles talk about two-parters on one of the DVD commentaries. Something about how every season essentially started out with a two-parter to resolve all the cliffhangers of the season before, and how they wanted to get away from that. Maybe they just said no more two-parters, ever. I agree there have been a number of times this season alone where the story would have been better served by a longer, deeper exploration of events.
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