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Smallville 8.06 - Prey
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simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: October 29th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed this episode a lot more than I've enjoyed other episodes so far this season. I liked the way Clark had to struggle with the moral and ethical dilemmas of being a superhero.

I'm not really sure what to comment since on several points I disagree with you about Clark and his moral standing. I think a lot of this has to do with the fact that I'm a criminology student and I approach the show with a different lens. For instance, I don't think Superman represents our morals or ethics. I think Superman represents an idealized version of a crime fighter that is unencumbered with the due process system our morals and ethics insist upon in real life. Superman is an ideal that I think in reality most of us would have problems with. That much power can be dangerous.

I did enjoy the MM and I also enjoyed MM and Chloe presenting Clark with other sides of the moral/ethic dilemma. MM focuses on Clark protecting himself while Chloe focuses on the judgment aspect which Superman, if he is an ideal, shouldn't engage in. Perhaps Chloe was a bit harsh with her "witch hunt statement" but I think it hits home the idea of a double standard. If anyone knew about Clark's power, he would likely be the first suspect after a crime with supernatural elements. Yet because we know he is good, we never think about this other side, the side that would be afraid of someone with powers like Clark.

I don't get the Chloe/Davis thing. Her attraction to him is just weird and rather unsettling. But watching AM and SW is much better than watching AM and AA (I hate Jimmy, as you might have noticed).

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 31st, 2008 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
It's so interesting to me that you have a different perspective on Superman. I really struggled to define my own view of the character as I wrote this, and I came to the realization that each person must have a different viewpoint. Mine doesn't come from the comics, and is probably far from "canon." It's just what has stuck in my head after years of watching various incarnations, but probably comes mostly from the CR movies and especially LnC. I don't think it's right or wrong, it's just my own personal filter for watching Smallville.

I have so much respect for the field you're studying, and must admit my own great ignorance of the legalities that govern our criminal justice system. As I was preparing to write this review, I sat in my room dreaming up various scenarios, trying to decide where the lines should be drawn that Supes would not cross. The issues are a lot more complicated than Clark deciding it was okay to use his x-ray vision to search Tina Greer's hall locker, but not to check out the girls' locker room.

I don't think of Clark's attitude as a double standard exactly, because he is unique, and can't necessarily be compared side-by-side to anyone else, but I agree that he needed to hear what Chloe had to say. He went too far. But I'm so protective of my Clark, and it hurt me that Chloe chose the words she did. Actually, it reminded me of the hurtful things Clark said to Lex in their confrontation after Clark realized Lex had murdered Lionel. His words on that occasion made me cringe, too.

I really liked that Chloe and Clark got beyond it and were working together again at the end of that scene. That was wonderful to see, but all too brief.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I know most Chlarkers are staying far away from my reviews these days.
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