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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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From: seacrystal Date: May 5th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
She passionately pleads with him to reconsider, and even forces the key into his hand. It's a total callback to Cure, and Allison Mack gives us one of the best performances I've ever seen from her.

Great observation! The parallel to Cure hadn't occurred to me, but I love how Allison had played Chloe's desperation so perfectly.

When viewing an AU episode of any show, I always say, consider the source. This AU was entirely of Jor-El's making, for the specific purpose of motivating Clark to accept his destiny and fight for his future.

Exactly. I was totally reminded of that scene in Calling (or is it Exodus) where Jor-El droned on about him hurting the people he loved if he didn't leave. Like you've pointed out, Jor-El is a bastard but a smart one at that. So yeah, this time I had to give credit to him for playing a part in getting Clark to appreciate his own existence lol, even if it's still accompanied with the Kryptonian high-mindedness and trademark snobbery.

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.

Agreed. He just wants her to be happy, that's all and he has actually expressed this sentiment over and over again. Guy has a hard time letting go and I guess I can just wait a little longer, lol.

I also thought it was interesting to note that he never fully accepted Kara, but always saw her first and foremost as an alien, keeping a gun loaded with kryptonite bullets at his side, always ready for the moment when she would betray him. We are shown, once again, that Clark's decision to never completely trust Lex was a wise one.

I just love how the Lex/Kara stuff reinforces the opinion that no matter how loyal people are to Lex, or how much they have cared about him, he'd be the one to betray them first. Trust is just a five letter word, it means jack to him.

but the subtext is all about Clark and his secrets. Lex still wants to know them, and Clark still won't talk, no matter what. The scene is beyond intense, and both actors portray their barely leashed emotions perfectly.

Again, I love how Clark refused to let himself to be guilted and manipulated here. You can see just how much he just wanted to give in, because this is not about himself, it's about Lana's own safety and wellbeing, there's definitely a possibility Lex could get something that may cure Lana and he shouldn't be this selfish. And yet my sympathies are still firmly with Clark here.

Which is maybe exactly what the guy needs: a little downtime with a friend who doesn't know his secret and doesn't care to, where he can actually put all his troubles on the back burner for a minute or two. I liked that there was no hint of flirting or romance in this scene, just the beginnings of a deepening friendship. It totally worked for me.

It's a lovely scene, mostly because of that sense of genuine hope and warmth in very bleak circumstances. Clark can just let go for a while and know that it's all right.

His Clark in those episodes is just more comfortable in his own skin somehow. He's more relaxed, more confident, more affectionate, and more charming. He's also funnier, but in very subtle ways.

Absolutely! Tom knows what he wants for Clark Kent and everytime he directs himself, I couldn't have asked for a better portrayal of this much beloved character.

And I agree about him being funny, I still can't get over that bit where he snatched the letter away from Jimmy lol. I cracked up so much at that.

And lots of love for this review as well! :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love how Allison had played Chloe's desperation so perfectly.

I agree, and I think all the actors were great in this episode. It really showed the potential for excellence this show has!

I had to give credit to him for playing a part in getting Clark to appreciate his own existence

Me, too! I know some people hate Jor-El, but sometimes the guy has a point! LOL!

Again, I love how Clark refused to let himself to be guilted and manipulated here.

This is one of the things I love best about this season. We've actually seen Clark take real steps towards Superman in his strength of purpose, and his unwillingness to be manipulated anymore. It goes hand-in-hand with accepting himself for the unique individual he is, and I'm so happy to see it happen!

Clark can just let go for a while and know that it's all right.

Exactly. Lois can give him a respite that maybe no one else can.

I still can't get over that bit where he snatched the letter away from Jimmy lol. I cracked up so much at that.

I have watched the episode a bunch of times now, and I still laugh every time at that part. But beyond being funny, I also think he's sexy. He totally owns that moment, and I love how he takes charge! :)

Thanks so much for reading, and for your wonderful comments! I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you!
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