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Smallville 8.10 - Bride - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 8.10 - Bride
Even before this season began, we heard about the budget cuts on Smallville, and there has been clear evidence of them in the episodes we've seen so far. There hasn't been any stunt casting, location shoots are mostly a thing of the past, and Oliver's signature set is the teeny tiny cabin of his private jet. And everything in Metropolis happens on the same city block. But none of that bothers me, and Bride was the perfect example of why that is. Our regular series cast is all I need to remain captivated by this show, I'm a lot more interested in what's happening onscreen than the backdrop behind it, and even with budget constraints, the special effects rock! In many ways this episode felt like a season finale to me, centered as it was around a big event, with cliffhanger elements and shocking reveals, and it was a glorious way to send us all into the dreaded winter hiatus.

There was so much going on in this episode, you didn't want to look away for a second for fear you would miss something critical. The main event, of course, was Chloe's wedding to Jimmy, and the teaser, video footage from the occasion, did just that, showing us just enough to make our jaws drop and our hearts race. First we saw the cute and funny video message from Clark and Lois, and then the wedding itself. Everyone looked so beautiful, and so happy, and then BAM! What was that thing?! As the video cut to static and we jumped into the opening credits, the lyrics of the Smallville theme song have never seemed more appropriate!

As every woman should be on her wedding day, Chloe was radiantly happy and as pretty as a princess. She looked amazing, and Allison Mack's performance made me believe with absolute certainty that this was the happiest day of her life, and that Jimmy Olsen was her one true love. I even started rooting for them as the episode went on! Chloe had compassion for Davis, but no inclination to encourage his obsession with her by talking to him again. She kept Davis's calls a secret from Jimmy to spare him the worry, but she made her feelings clear in her heart-to-heart talk with Lois. She wanted nothing more than to marry Jimmy and live happily ever after.

I was confused about what Chloe remembered and what she didn't. Did she still know she had been infected by Brainiac, or was that knowledge too closely entwined with Clark's secret? For that matter, was Brainiac still inside her head at all? Because when she told Clark about the weight that had lifted, I wasn't sure what she was talking about. I thought maybe it was Brainiac's presence inside of her, that was now gone, left behind in the FOS. Clearly Clark thought she was talking about the burden of knowing his secret, but I just don't think that was the case.

Jimmy was adorable in this episode. He was so happily in love he wanted everyone else to feel it, too, and even tried to play Cupid for Lois. His scene with her was fun to watch. His enthusiasm for Lois and Clark as a couple was infectious, and persuaded Lois to let her guard down, just for a moment. I love the camaraderie and chemistry between these two! Jimmy's superstitious fears about seeing Chloe before the ceremony were cute, and sadly poignant in hindsight. At the wedding itself he was happy and thoroughly smitten, and devoted to Chloe in every way. Jimmy may have his faults, but he's a good man.

I'm glad Chloe had the good sense to ignore Davis's phone calls and voice mail messages. The scene with him in that alley totally freaked me out! The man was covered in blood, and it was dripping from his ambulance as well. What did he do?! *shivers* I could only imagine the terror and panic going through Davis's own mind, and Sam Witwer's performance made me care more than I wanted to, but that didn't change the fact that he had become an uncontrollable monster. The squishy sound those plastic bags made as he picked them up turned my stomach, and we all knew that cop was toast the second his flashlight beam hit Davis's face. The gory splash of his blood across the wheel of the dumpster only confirmed our fears. And we had our first true glimpse of Doomsday, as horny protrusions burst through the skin of Davis's hands, and his eyes flashed red, but it was nothing compared to what was to come.

Oliver was out of control in Bride, driven by anger and hell-bent on vengeance, no matter how much he denied it to Clark. First he tried to drag Clark away from the wedding, calling Lex "that monster," and implying that Clark was using Chloe as an excuse to let Lex slip away. Then he compromised Clark's secret by talking about his abilities with some random tech guy within earshot, and he exploded in frustration when Clark wouldn't go along with his plan. Finally, he went to Cuba anyway, and, without so much as a hello, shot a mannequin he thought was Lex through the back of the head with an arrow. Did you see the size of the hole it made? Seriously, dude, what exactly did Lex ever do to you that you find murder your only option? Because if this is about Lionel killing your parents, Clark is right. You can't punish the son for the sins of the father. And I have to agree with Lana, too. You're better than that.

I didn't think Oliver's instant and unshakable dislike of Lex in S6 was particularly fair, but at least I could understand it. I always figured that Lex was a constant reminder to Ollie of who he used to be, and it wasn't a memory that made him proud. In addition, Oliver had spent much of his life trying to make amends for the events we saw unfold in Reunion, and he judged Lex for not doing the same. Once he started investigating 33.1, I guess he found even more fuel for the fire. But now he's taken things too far. I appreciate Oliver's loyalty to Clark, and his desire to protect him, but as Clark said, I think that's only half of the story. And I just don't think Ollie acted like one of the good guys when he went after Lex this week.

Maybe what Lana said to him in Cuba woke him up, because I liked Oliver a lot better when he showed up for the wedding. He was a good friend to Lois, and it was nice to see the two of them move on and forge a friendship now that their romance is over. I don't know what's up with Oliver, but I'm worried about him. He did look positively dreamy in that suit, though. :)

Speaking of Lana, Bride marked her return to Smallville, in the first of five consecutive episodes. I've been anticipating this day, part of me dreading it, and part of me looking forward to seeing what the new showrunners had in mind for her. And my reaction is a mixed bag as well. Like Clark, Lana seems to have found a new maturity in S8, and she wears it well. I practically cheered when she questioned Oliver's motives in Cuba, and suggested that maybe he should try to be a little more like Clark. And something about the way she said it made Ollie listen. I also liked that she told Clark he was wrong to take Chloe's memories away, and that she finally gave voice to what we all know to be true, that Clark and Lana weren't meant to end up together. But I found the rest of what she said to Clark in the loft very confusing. And what Clark said wasn't much better.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's go back to Cuba for a minute. Lana told Oliver she was there to protect Clark, having come in response to blah blah blah megagigs (megagigs?) and blah blah blah ethernet. Oh, wait, I forgot Lana has mad computer skillz now. Anyway, her grand plan was to head down to Cuba solo and go all ninja on whomever she found there? Does that make sense to anyone? Then, when Lana arrived at the wedding, we once again saw the power of the Clana to stop Clark dead in his tracks. Clark was completely focused on Lois when Lana walked through the door, and as soon as he saw her, Lois ceased to exist. I get that it was the big dramatic moment and all, but that was not cool.

I just don't like the hold this relationship has over Clark, and how it seems to diminish him. I mean, Clark was great, truly. He was strong and at ease when he approached Lana in the loft, and they talked more like old friends than star-crossed lovers. It was a whole new level for them, and I liked it. But still, Lana implied that Clark would never have become the hero we've seen this season if she hadn't made the decision to leave Smallville. Ugh. When the whole barn was under attack, Clark rushed not toward the source of the danger, but to Lana's side, and stayed there until she gave him leave to go. In the hospital she was the one to say he didn't need to stay. *sighs* I just want to see Clark and Lana close the book on their romantic relationship once and for all, in a way that respects both characters, as well as what they've meant to each other over the course of the series. Oh, and did I mention the secrets and lies Lana brought back with her? *rolls eyes*

As much as this episode was about Chloe's wedding and Lana's return, it was also about Lois and Clark. We saw their relationship change in Bride, as Clark realized that Lois didn't beat the lie detector in Committed, and he found himself drawn to her in return. The first clue we had was when Lois descended the stairs in her maid of honor dress, and Clark walked up in his suit. They froze, drinking in the sight of one another, and then, as Lois came close to help Clark with his cuff links, he gave her one of the most intimate looks I've ever seen on this show. Lois made an unintentional sexual innuendo, and then turned and stepped away in embarrassment. Clark chose that moment to read Jimmy's vows aloud, and thinking he was speaking from the heart rather than a script, Lois turned back with all her love for him shining in her eyes. Clark faltered, his brow furrowed, and we could see him putting it all together.

Later, Clark caught and held Lois's gaze on the dance floor. Flustered, Lois brushed past Clark to leave, but he grabbed her hand, and with a single, silent tilt of his head and a sexy little smile, invited her to dance. Wait. What? Who was this man, and what had he done with our innocent farmboy? *swoons* Not a word was spoken during the dance, but not a word was needed. Tom Welling and Erica Durance said it all with their eyes, and every other nuance in their acting arsenal, as Lois asked and Clark answered. When she put her hand on his chest, and he took a step forward, and then leaned in for a kiss, it was an incredibly romantic moment. That was of course interrupted at the last second by Lana's entrance. Oh, Smallville, you play with my heart!

Erica once again impressed me with Lois's scenes of emotional vulnerability, but I also loved seeing the brash, funny, competent Lois, acting every inch the general's daughter as she whipped her troops into shape to make Chloe's dream wedding a reality. I like Lois's tender side, but I don't want to see her pining for Clark while he makes up his mind how he feels about Lana. So I was kind of happy to hear she won't be in the next four episodes. Lois won't be back until after Lana leaves for good, and I, for one, am relieved that the show resisted the temptation to give us one more patented Smallville triangle.

Clark made all the right moves in Bride, right up until the moment Lana walked back into his life. He refused to rush off after Lex with Oliver, knowing how important it was to Chloe to have him by her side as she walked down the aisle. Clark did help Oliver as much as he could, and tried to dissuade him from his dark path by sharing the story of his own close call back when Jonathan died. At the wedding, Clark seemed genuinely happy for Chloe and Jimmy, and his tender regard for Chloe throughout the episode was truly heartwarming. It still makes me sad to think about what Chloe and Clark both have lost, though. :(

It seemed clear to me that in the romantic atmosphere of two people pledging to love one another forever, Clark searched his own heart, and found he had feelings for Lois. What those feelings are, exactly, though, remains obscure, as do his feelings for Lana, and what, if anything, he plans to do about Lex. I long to hear Clark open up a little, to give us the same insights about himself that we gained about Lois in her confession to Oliver this week. Is that a possibility, show? Or are you being ambiguous on purpose?

Everyone in this episode looked beautiful, especially Chloe, but I'm sorry, not one of the women on this show can hold a candle to the gorgeousness that is Tom Welling in his finest. Devastatingly handsome doesn't even begin to describe how pretty he looked this week. Guh.

The last eight minutes of Bride took my breath away, turned my whole Smallville universe on its head, and made me fall in love with my favorite show all over again. And gave us a whole new meaning for the term wedding crasher. Doomsday exploded through the roof of the Kent barn, and chaos reigned. There was death and destruction, blood and unbridled fear. The monster looked awesome: huge, alien, scary, and better than anything I ever expected to see on my television screen. Well done, show. Clark realized in the space of a moment who stood before him, and faced him as he had promised, but between Doomsday's impossible strength and an errant meteor rock, was powerless to stop him. Cutting a swath through the wedding guests, and leaving Jimmy unconscious and bleeding on the barn floor, Doomsday went straight to Chloe, called her by name in his terrible, guttural voice, and carried her off. Her screams of terror as he reached for her reminded me of nothing more than Fay Wray in the clutches of the mighty King Kong. Is this Smallville's version of Beauty and the Beast?

In the aftermath, Clark ended up at the hospital, his immediate attempts to find Chloe having been in vain. As he left Lana's room, he saw Lois, who had been holding back to give them privacy. She was utterly destroyed by all that had happened, lost in despair, and Clark hauled her into his arms to promise her he would get Chloe back. And we saw in Clark's face that losing Chloe was something he couldn't bear to contemplate. As Lois pulled away and turned to go, we shifted into slo-mo, and I realized that those plaintive piano notes in the background were the opening notes to a song! OMG, it was a musical montage! To an amazing song, Don't Take Your Love Away from Me, by VAST.

First we saw Lois walk away, turning for one last shared look with Clark. In that moment they mourned all they had lost that night, not the least of which, I think, was a closeness that may prove difficult to recapture. Next we saw Lana in her hospital bed, obviously in pain, but somehow I think it was something else that caused the tears we saw in her eyes. Then we saw an unconscious Jimmy being wheeled out to be transported to Star City, Lois by his side. It will be awhile before we see either of them on the show again.

The next thing we saw was beautiful and terrible, all at the same time. Doomsday carried an unconscious Chloe into the Fortress, the scene a study in contrasts: white snow, glittering ice crystals, and a glowing Chloe, against black walls, infected crystals, and a dark monster. It gave me chills. As Doomsday gently laid Chloe down on the ice, Brainiac either reinfected her, or fully awakened that part of himself that was always inside her, and she opened her eyes and smiled. And that image, of Chloe's face, her eyes the color of metal, smiling up at her monster as he splays his claw next to her head, will haunt me in the weeks ahead. *shivers*

We ended where we began, on the teaser footage, but this time the camera panned back and away, and we saw that the video was being watched by (wait for it) Lex!! Lex, all smooth skin and mysterious shadows, with a network of creepy wires and tubing coming from his body, taking it all in. And then we were out, as the final strains of VAST played over the credits.

Random thoughts: So Ollie's tech guy can wirelessly download info from a router that isn't even turned on? Chloe didn't give Clark that boutonniere at Homecoming; they went to the Spring Formal together. The part where Chloe crooked her finger and motioned Clark to come dance? Cutest scene EVER! Who refers to Green Arrow as the Archer? Is Jimmy's gay friend dead?! *cries* And careful, show. I don't know what you've got up your sleeve in regards to Lex, but Fake!Lex is worse than no Lex at all. If Michael Rosenbaum isn't coming back, don't even think about going there.

Bride was a big episode. It was a visual spectacle and an emotional roller coaster ride, with acting that touched my heart, an impressive big bad, and an ending that knocked my socks off. And it brought back my beloved Smallville end-of-episode musical montage! \o/ It gave me lots to squee about, plenty to agonize over, some mysteries to ponder, and even a few grumbles. It was a wonderful way to finish out the first half of the season, and everything about it guarantees I'll be back for more in January. I hope you will be, too!

Cross-posted at Starkville House of El Podcast.

And I couldn't resist including my top ten caps from the episode, because there was just so much pretty!






























Screen caps courtesy of KEakaCK, with my thanks!

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jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: November 30th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay for the picspam!

So I was kind of happy to hear she won't be in the next four episodes. Lois won't be back until after Lana leaves for good, and I, for one, am relieved that the show resisted the temptation to give us one more patented Smallville triangle.

I'm going to miss her but I'm glad too.

The last eight minutes of Bride took my breath away, turned my whole Smallville universe on its head, and made me fall in love with my favorite show all over again.

Just yes. I can't wait I'm on pins and needles.




tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked the pretty! Everyone looked gorgeous in this episode, but perhaps you can guess who I thought was the prettiest of them all? :D

I'm nervous about the whole Lana storyline, but at the same time I'm anxious to see it. I hope they can make both the Lana fans and the Clark fans happy with Lana's departure from the show.

I'm already counting the weeks until January 15th!
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: December 2nd, 2008 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't get tired of saying it but god he's beautiful and I agree as pretty as the ladies are when he's on screen. I'm dreading Lana but can't wait for it either. I mentioned this to jeannev but I'm re-watching Season Six big mistake I forgot what a liar Lana was and hey what do you know it's still the same.
Lana implied that Clark would never have become the hero we've seen this season if she hadn't made the decision to leave Smallville. Ugh.

Girlfriend needs to get over herself and the writers need to let it go it's been established that Clark was doing the saving thing and yes Lana was an obstacle but to imply b/c she left he's doing more is such an insult to Clark. It pisses me off.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: November 30th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Probably the saddest thing for me in this episode was when Doomie failed to kill Jimmy. I was so disappointed by that, although I knew Jimmy wouldn't die. I just kind of wished that he would. Then I wouldn't have to sit through anymore Chimmy, which I really hate, as you know.

I was also disappointed when Oliver didn't call Clark out for taking away so many of Chloe's memories. I really don't like this sort of sexism that women have to be protected because that's how I'm seeing it. Oliver is human, a superhero, and he can know Clark's secret and that's fine. Chloe, though, can't because it's put too much of a "burden" on her. Just ugh. I did like Lana telling Clark how she would feel if he took her memories.

I won't bore you with any of the other details of what I disliked about this episode. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

The last little bit between Doomie and Chloe was creepy and disturbing and I really don't want to know what Doomie is going to do with a Brainiac!Chloe.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
That's the thing, there's not much suspense when one of the "iconic" characters is in danger, is there? And even though I was (much to my surprise, I might add) momentarily swept up by all the happy couple stuff in this episode, I'm still no fan of the Chimmy, believe me. With Jimmy gone, we're guaranteed no Chimmy for at least five episodes, and maybe more. Who knows what will have happened by the time AA comes back?

I agree with what you say about Oliver, that's a good point. I felt the same way when Clark helped Oliver deceive Lois (who was supposedly Clark's friend) in Hydro. It's like they're in this club, and anything goes. I know the fanboy perspective is that those of us upset with Clark's decision don't understand what it is to be a superhero, that the whole reason for a secret identity is to protect your loved ones, and that all superheroes make huge sacrifices for those they care about, and that's what Clark did here. I'm not buying it.

I do agree that secret identities protect those who could be victimized in order to hurt or control a superhero, but another big thing they do is enable superheroes to live a semi-normal life, and not be mobbed by people seeking their help 24/7. And despite Clark's noble motives, I'll never believe he had the right to make that choice for Chloe. Just as you say, Oliver's easy acceptance of it reinforces the whole idea of women as helpless objects to be perpetually saved, and who are incapable of making decisions for themselves. Is it a guy thing not to understand how wrong that is? I hope not.

I have to wonder if the people who supported Clark's decision would have been equally fine with him wiping Oliver's memories instead.

I can't figure out exactly why Brainiac still needs Chloe. He has the Fortress, and he's obviously already communicating with Doomsday, since the Fortress is where Doomsday took Chloe. Did the Davis part of the monster go after Chloe on his own? I'm very confused. And knowing Smallville, it will probably never be fully explained.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: December 1st, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I so badly want Chimmy to be over. It's not even funny how badly I want it over. I dislike so much about this season but honestly if the show permanently ends Chimmy I can forgive some of the badness.

I didn't find Clark's motives noble. I found it him completely ignoring what Chloe had said about not regretting knowing his secret. That to me eliminated any ability for his actions to have any sort of noble intention. He also apparently forgot all the angst Chloe suffered in the past when she didn't know his secret and he was lying to her.

Oh I'm sure people would have a riot if Clark stole Oliver's memories. But it's Chloe, a female, and it's okay. I really hate that. I found Oliver so hypocritical in the last few episodes. He can know and he's a human but Chloe's humanity (and femininity I argue) apparently make her ill-equipped to handle what has happened. No discussion of what Chloe thinks, just what the men think. I just...ugh. Sorry, I ranty.

I'm not sure why Brainiac still needs Chloe. Other than maybe Brainiac likes using her body and wants to hurt her for hurting him. It'll probably never be explained.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: November 30th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great review, as always! This was as enjoyable as a Lex-less episode can be for me. The cast was wonderful and everyone looked so pretty. Your 'caps are divine....Tommy, you're a work of art!

For that matter, was Brainiac still inside her head at all? Because when she told Clark about the weight that had lifted, I wasn't sure what she was talking about. I thought maybe it was Brainiac's presence inside of her, that was now gone, left behind in the FOS. Clearly Clark thought she was talking about the burden of knowing his secret, but I just don't think that was the case.
I wondered if that was Brainiac talking through Chloe there, wanting to reassure Clark so he'd keep his guard down?

And careful, show. I don't know what you've got up your sleeve in regards to Lex, but Fake!Lex is worse than no Lex at all. If Michael Rosenbaum isn't coming back, don't even think about going there.
I'm hugely concerned about this....I'd hope respect for Michael would prevent them from trying this. *worries*

I just want to see Clark and Lana close the book on their romantic relationship once and for all, in a way that respects both characters, as well as what they've meant to each other over the course of the series.
I really hope Lana doesn't die - the upcoming episode title "Requiem" has me a bit worried. Martyring Lana not only deprives her of her role as Clark's life-long friend, it also casts a pall over every other relationship Clark might have.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! And I couldn't agree more about Tom! But I think you already knew that. :)

I wondered if that was Brainiac talking through Chloe there, wanting to reassure Clark so he'd keep his guard down?

Ooh, that's a fascinating theory! I could certainly see James Marsters' Brainiac being that thorough. It was very cool of him to do that voiceover for Abyss. I wonder if we'll see him on the show this season at all.

I'm hugely concerned about this....I'd hope respect for Michael would prevent them from trying this.

My feelings exactly. I can't remember where I got this link (it may even have been from you!), but THIS interview with Cassidy Freeman gives me pause. She makes it sound like she has a scene with Lex:

“I am not in every single episode so they kind of come and go but there is a really great episode with Luthor and Me that I am pretty excited about. I ask him to do some things for me and it does not turn out too well.”

I have this vision of them splicing in old, unused footage of Michael, like a bad fanvid or something. *is paranoid* I'm not crazy about the idea of a voiceover combined with the back of Morris's head, either.

I really hope Lana doesn't die - the upcoming episode title "Requiem" has me a bit worried.

I said the same exact thing in my review, but then I deleted it! I convinced myself they couldn't possibly kill off Lana Lang. But something about the way Lana said, "Clark, there's nothing more you can do for me," gave me that uh-oh feeling. Do you think they might actually go there? God, I hope not, for the very reasons you state.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: November 30th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a wonderful review. I'm so glad your reviews are being crossposted. You are the Master! :)

In all your praise for the episode, I also see that you and I had a lot of the same issues with the episode overall. Most obviously the Clark/Lana stuff, and how Clark acted once Lana walked back onto the scene. I didn't care for the loft talk at all, aside from Clark's line of "Chloe's glad you came...I could've used some warning". Such promise for a conversation that ended up going around in some confusing circle. And I couldn't help but think that Lana's "compliment" to Clark was also a passive-agressive dig. Has Clark not been saving people all along? Was she not proud of him before?

I guess the whole thing worried me a lot because I'm afraid that this might set the stage for the next 4 eps. Which would be unfortunate.

Oliver was a bag of nuts in this episode. And he seems to be in love with Clark. But then again, who isn't? ;)

OMG, it was a musical montage! To an amazing song, Don't Take Your Love Away from Me, by VAST.

YAY!! A Song!!! Also, very important to listen to the lyrics that play over each character. If people still don't believe the show is headed towards romantic Clois, I just really don't think you're paying attention.




tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, thank you, Val! I agonized over this one, which is why it took me so long to finish it.

I didn't care for the loft talk at all, aside from Clark's line of "Chloe's glad you came...I could've used some warning". Such promise for a conversation that ended up going around in some confusing circle. And I couldn't help but think that Lana's "compliment" to Clark was also a passive-agressive dig.

I had a hard time articulating my thoughts about this scene, but you say it perfectly here. At first my heart soared when Clark said that, but then he started talking about how maybe he and Lana could have been married if he had been able to wipe her memories of his secret (WTF?), and I got totally lost. And why did they cut the scene off before he could respond to what Lana said about them not being meant to be together? Was he wistful? Sad? Or just reflective? Did they tell Tom to play it vague? Because usually I have an opinion about what he's trying to convey.

As for Lana, I found that remark about being proud of him downright condescending, as if he had finally figured out what she had known all along. And what was that whole bit about sitting on her porch daydreaming about their wedding? When was that, exactly? While she was still dating Whitney? Or during the two months or so between when she broke up with Whitney by video (Heat), and when Nell sold the house and Lana moved in with Chloe (Dichotic)? During which time they had exactly one date, which was disastrous, and after which Lana wasn't even speaking to Clark. What was the point of that entire loft conversation? I just didn't get it.

The spoiler about them kissing doesn't thrill me either, but I can see where PS3 would want to give the Clana fans that. I just don't want this final Lana storyline to be a replay of the Arctic video, but in person this time, and stretched out over four episodes.

I couldn't believe that scene between Clark and Oliver on the jet! Oliver looks down, swallows hard, looks up to stare deeply into Clark's eyes, and says, "The truth is, I'm going after Lex for you." And then we get that crack about the lovers' spat! LOL! Are they playing up the Ho!Yay or what?

I loved that montage so much! I've watched it countless times, and you are so right about the lyrics!

Clark and Lois:
I am looking for inspiration
And I think I found it in your heart
It's the kind of thing you get when you're not looking
It's the kind of thing you had from the start

Lana:
Put me on a ship that is sinking
On a voyage to an untamed land

Jimmy:
Take away the freedoms I wanted
I understand

Lois:
Please, don't take your love away from me
Don't take your love away from me

Chloe and Doomsday:
Don't take your love away from me
Please don't take your love away from me

Chloe and Jimmy (wedding video):
Please don't take your love from me

Lex:
Put me inside flesh that is dying
A ghost that wanders without rest

How awesome is that?! I love the score on the show this season, but I miss the songs so much!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: December 1st, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done there. Very specific song choice there, and very specific matching scenes to the lyrics.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I especially liked "ship that is sinking" for Lana. Perfect.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Oliver was being somewhat... deranged in this episode

I know! What is up with him? Is Green Arrow like that in the comics at all?

Oh, I meant to tell you! I bought the book of the Action Comics Legion story by Geoff Johns. I loved it! Supes was awesome! I also ordered his New Krypton and Brainiac stories. But then I heard Superman isn't going to be in Action Comics anymore. :(

they really are in a beautiful place right now, where both have acknowledged their feelings for each other, at that's enough for me for the time being

I agree. I'm comfortable with leaving it there for now, which is why I think it makes sense for Lois to be out of the picture while the Clana relationship is resolved.

I liked the Chlo-Lo, too. I'm glad the friction that seems to exist between their respective fans is completely absent from the show itself.
babaojay From: babaojay Date: November 30th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved this episode for many of the reasons you stated. The end scene with Chloe and Doomsday was just about the most chilling and beautiful scene I've ever seen on TV...and Chloom continues to be the most compelling relationship on the show this season. Lana...I iwsh I could get over my hatred of Lana, but her reappearence just reinforced for me what a weight she was on the show. I'm not glad she's back, but I'm not going to let her or the Clana dead horse ruin my S8 buzz.

Clois still continues to not move me in any way. I know that you and a lot of other people are glad to see the ship come to fruition, but the way SV has handled these two has irked me. I just can't understand, the way they've shown us on the show, why Clark would be into Lois beyond the fact that she's beautiful. In that way, it reminds me of Clana in that we're given no reason WHY, other than because TPTB are telling us so, rather than showing us.

Lois is insulting to others, unnecessarily mean + condescending to Clark, and her bravado is just embarassing at times. While it's not a reason to hate her, these aspects of her character don't create a valid or plausable reason for *Clark* to fall in love with her, IMO. The ham-handed attempt to force their romance this season, especially in Bride, has been the only piece of S8 to bother me. All of Clark's "awakenings" in this ep were physical (Clark noticing how beautiful she looked, CLark reacting to sexual innuendo, etc). For this love to be epic, SV has to first show why Clark would love Lois...what makes her THE ONE over the other women on this show. I'm not trying to turn this into a "Chloe/Lana is so much better than Lois!" arguement at all. I just haven't seen that story of why Clark falls for Lois yet, half way through the season. I'm sorry to go off in your LJ...I'm glad you liked the ep, too. This piece just irks me, and I'm interested in hearing what about S8 Clois is winning you (and others) over.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The end scene with Chloe and Doomsday was just about the most chilling and beautiful scene I've ever seen on TV

I found that scene visually stunning. I haven't been able to figure out Brainiac's plan in my own head, or how Chloe fits into it, but I can't wait to see how it plays out. And I imagine Allison is thrilled to stretch her acting wings a bit this season.

I certainly have had no vested interest in the Clois relationship prior to this season, and I wouldn't say I ship them now. I loved Lois when we first met her, at the beginning of S4, but since then? Not so much. Last season the way she was written drove me crazy, and I made some enemies among the Clois shippers by saying so in my reviews. I gained a new perspective on her toward the end of last season, and this season I have been gradually but completely won over.

I consider S8 a reboot. Clark and Lois are both different from how they have been in the past, and I embrace the change. I know a lot of people talk about lightswitches this season, but I see no need to continue with what AlMiles screwed up for the sake of continuity. So I let go of all my problems with Lois from prior seasons and started fresh.

I am first, last, and always a Clark fan, and it is Clark's reaction to Lois that makes me like her, I think. I do find their banter funny, in a My Girl Friday kind of way, and I think it's balanced by enough moments of sincere friendship to show it's more flirtatious than mean-spirited. What I think Lois does for Clark is take him out of himself. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and he's so serious, and Lois makes him laugh, and remember that he's a man as well as a Superman.

I also think Lois has qualities Clark admires. She's fiercely loyal, and she's brave (albeit foolishly so sometimes). She's been there for him as a friend over the years. And she doesn't pressure him. She accepts him at face value, and treats him like anybody else. She doesn't wonder about his secrets, she takes him out for a beer. :) In short, she lets him be, and with her, he feels more human than alien, and no one else makes him feel that way. That's how I see it, anyway.

Oh, and one more thing. I think what Clark responded to more than anything else in Bride was the realization that Lois loved him. That's what made him ask her to dance, IMO. To what extent he returns those feelings remains to seen. I doubt Clark himself knows at this point.

Lois is insulting to others, unnecessarily mean + condescending to Clark, and her bravado is just embarassing at times.

I get what you're saying, truly, although I wouldn't describe her that way. It's just that for me, her sometimes tactless remarks are offset by her vulnerability, and I think her bravado is mostly an act anyway, to hide her many insecurities. And somehow that endears her to me.

Sorry to go on and on, but you asked. :) And really, the only character on this show I'm passionate about is Clark. It's all about Clark and Tom for me. Also, feel free to go off in my journal anytime. I welcome all viewpoints here!

Edited at 2008-12-01 08:30 pm (UTC)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: December 1st, 2008 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
The next thing we saw was beautiful and terrible, all at the same time. Doomsday carried an unconscious Chloe into the Fortress, the scene a study in contrasts: white snow, glittering ice crystals, and a glowing Chloe, against black walls, infected crystals, and a dark monster. It gave me chills.

And your description gave me chills! The last 10 minutes were just epic and your review brings it all back into crystal clear memory. Like you, I had to take off some marks for that tiresome Clana scene. I like what you said about being glad that Lois won't be around for the next 4 episodes. I hadn't thought of it, but it is a clear change from AlMiles that they're not exploiting the potential triangle for all its worth. Lois deserves better.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for your comment! I think Lois deserves better, too. I've been fine with the way Smallville has put their own twist on the Lois and Clark relationship, having Lois fall first, and for Clark rather than Supes (since he doesn't yet exist), but I don't want to see the legendary Lois Lane turned into someone we feel sorry for while Clark take one last adoring look at Lana. It's far better for her to be out of the picture altogether.
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: December 1st, 2008 10:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Loved reading this review. :-) I definitely agree that it felt like a mid season finale, the last montage in partcular had this haunting, epic quality to it. I was commenting in someone elses lj, that no matter what one thought of the content of the ep, visually and aesthetically, it was very well done.

I really couldn't agree more about the Clark/Lois scenes, and what Lana' return meant for Clark. I just hope that the writers remember to do right by Clark, first and foremost. Because I think his characterization took a bit of a hit here upon Lana' return.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I agree, whatever one took away from what went down in this episode, it was a beautiful sight to behold. Especially in HD!

I just hope that the writers remember to do right by Clark, first and foremost. Because I think his characterization took a bit of a hit here upon Lana' return.

Exactly. So far PS3 have done pretty well by Clark, but Lana hasn't been part of the mix. I didn't hate every Lana moment in this episode by any means, but the Clana stuff gave me pause. I'll admit I'm worried.
all_you_wanted From: all_you_wanted Date: December 1st, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aside from anything with Tom Welling in it, I think the scene in the FOS with Dooms carrying Chloe was probably one of the shows most visually stunning shots ever.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. The slo-mo, the white and the black, Chloe's ethereal beauty next to Doomsday's hulking, alien form, and that haunting song all left me breathless. And the finish on Chloe's face was so shocking, and so unexpected. Sometimes this show just gets it right.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 7th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *waves* Thank you so much for your comment! I wrote this review so late I was afraid no one would read it. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

I think I know the spoilers to which you are referring, and I feel for you. I read all the spoilers, but I don't hold on to them much. There have been too many times in the past that I've agonized over something that didn't even come to pass, or has played out in a completely different way than what I imagined. It's just too stressful! But I was disappointed to hear that Lois will be MIA again.

I think the show is in a tough place right now, especially when it comes to Lois and Clark. They don't know for sure if the CW will commit to S9. Even if the network says yes, they don't know if Tom will even consider it, and if he will, if they can afford him. They want to advance the Clois relationship fast enough to give the series a satisfying ending that is somewhat aligned with comics canon, but not so fast they mess up a possible S9. And they probably don't want to spend their already tight budget on additional episodes for Erica if they don't have something meaningful for her to do. None of which changes the fact that I loved what I saw between Lois and Clark in Bride, and I want more! :)

Adding you back now, it's wonderful to meet you!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 7th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm a little surprised that people aren't more excited about Chloe's storyline.

Me, too. I suspect Allison herself is thrilled. How cool must it have been to film that scene at the end of Identity? In that moment we saw Chloe's immeasurable devotion to Clark, combined with Brainiac's cold logic and ruthless efficiency. Wow. And then Chloe's stunned confusion as she walked away. Allison nailed it, in a scene that rocked the audience back on their heels, and set message boards on fire. What actress (and her fans) wouldn't love a storyline that takes her places like that?

What I find more interesting than knowing Clark's thoughts (we've had seven years of exposition about them, that's enough!), however, is seeing him act, reach out, engage in life without being paralysed by doubts or guilt.

I want that more than anything! And that's the biggest reason why I loved the dance scene in Bride, I think. When Clark reached for Lois's hand as she tried to walk away, instead of watching her go, my heart soared, just to see him go after what he wanted. And that's what I love about S8 in general, that Clark is leaving his fears behind, becoming a hero on his own terms, and facing his setbacks without becoming mired in guilt over them. He's my hero in every way. :)

And, even though Lois buoys him, Clark still has to make the leap to fly on his own.

Yes, absolutely. I don't want Clark to take the final steps on his journey for anyone but himself, and his desire to help the whole world. I was afraid for a long time that they would have Clark decide to become a superhero out of guilt or vengeance when someone he loved died (Chloe, or maybe even Lana). With the way S8 is going, I think I can finally put those fears to rest.

I'm nervous about the next four episodes, and how Lana's departure will be handled, but I'm also anxious to see it. I have my fingers crossed that it will be as good as the rest of this season has been.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 7th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't feel as ambivalent as you did about the loft scene and I'm feeling optimistic about the story's dénouement.

I hope you're right. I've been frustrated with the Clana for a long time now, and I've developed a terrible bias against the relationship as a result. And being a Clark fan, I have a hard time forgiving some of the things Lana has said to him, especially, "I don't know how I could have ever loved you," in Vessel. The show has a consistent pattern of behavior for Clark when he's with Lana, and in S7 in drove me crazy. It seemed like they were still going there in Bride in some ways, but maybe I was reading too much into it. I'm sure I'm hyper-sensitive and paranoid when it comes to the Clana. :)

I really did like Lana in Bride for most of the episode. I still think she could have been a much more awesome character if TPTB could have seen her as something more than a love interest and a damsel in distress. I loved Dark!Lana, and I thought KK rocked that role.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 16th, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Song during Clark and Lois Dance?

Does anyone know the name of the song that was playing during the scene where Clark and Lois are dancing and almost kiss?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I have been looking for awhile.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: January 23rd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Song during Clark and Lois Dance?

Sorry, I can't help you with the song information, but by far the best resource for the music on Smallville is The Definitive Smallville Sountrack. Maybe the guys who run that site can help you out. Good luck!
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