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19 January 2007 @ 10:51 am
Smallville: Justice  
Here are my thoughts on the latest SV episode.



Okay, this episode was over-hyped a lot. So much. So, unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype for me, but it still was a very good episode.

The Good

*Bart, Cyborg, AC: Characters that I have enjoyed in the past.
*Something for Chloe to do
*More vunerable Lois
*All Lex and Lionel scenes (have I missed you so!)
*No Lana (I don't hate her but...nice break)

The Bad
*Cliche
*Many scenes were forced just to get snappy dialogue
*Rushed feel, like TPTB were trying to fit too much into it.

Overall, it was a good episode. It was nice to see Chloe in this "oracle" type role. If it is true that DC has bought her, I hope they can do something with her along these lines. I want Chloe to live on, but as more time passes, I just don't feel she's a good fit at the DP or as a reporter. I can see her being a researcher, a writer, and helping out her superhero buddies. I really enjoyed her as their go-to gal.

I know there have been some complaints (and valid ones) that Oliver makes Clark look bad since Oliver takes his hero business very seriously. I do see that Oliver takes it too far though, and that loss of the human touch, the heart, is something that Clark brings, ironically, to the team. We already know that Clark does not approve of Ollie's methods and he's the one to absolutely make sure at the end that no one is left in the building before it blows. He's not happy about it, but his main priority are the lives of the people. This is the future Superman. And when Clark matures more I can see him coming to lead the Justice League. I really thought that was a nice touch.

Kudos with continuing to flesh out Lex in ways that show he is evil, but he truly believes he is doing the right thing. This makes him much more interesting as an up and coming villian. I love the way Smallville has handled Lex overall, aside from a few flubs, and I look forward to see him continue down this path. He absolutely shines when he is in scenes with Lionel. We need more of those.

It was also nice to get away from shippy angst in this episode. We had Oliver and Lois, but it was a small part of the story. If it was bigger, it would have hurt the episode. Lana wasn't it in so we didn't have to touch upon that triangle, though I look forward to seeing her next week. I didn't see any Chlark ship at all. I didn't even see any Clois ship, either. I saw Clark being protective of Chloe as usual, and also just wary of why Bart was really there. With Lois, I did see a change with Clark where he was more flustered around Lois. And when he walked in on her and she said she could have been naked, he just smiled. S4 Clark would have acted differently. I liked that Clark obviously felt some proectiveness for Lois as well. He is known to do that with everyone in his life. So while I do sense more changes in Clark in how he relates to Lois, I do not see this as shippy. But it was nice :)

The Oliver and Lois breakup scene was weird for me, though. I don't feel like there was the right build over the season so far to make that break the way they did. There should have been more of Oliver taking off on her or show Lois getting more upset over it. Because it made it feel tacked on in this episode. Granted, we all knew it was coming, but I just thought it was a bit rushed and made Oliver look bad. Maybe it was went to make Oliver look bad. I don't know. My biggest problem is that Clark is seeing how Oliver messed up with Lois. He knows he messed up with Lana. Maybe these lessons are what finally propells him to reveal to Lois way way into the future. You would just think that with everything he sees, he would know better. But it also highlights that Lois would have likely accepted Oliver even after he tricked her. Which makes their breakup even sadder.

But it was nice to have a break from ship, ship, ship and get to some action. Again, not the best episode, but nicely done.

And I cannot wait for next week. Whee!
 
 
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Nervous, Messed-Up Marionettesuperbadgirl on January 19th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
I only just now saw the one where Jonathan died, and I'm ashamed to admit I wish they'd left it at Lana getting smashed up in a car wreck. I don't hate her, but something about her just rubs me the wrong way. Maybe because her entire role is that of a love interest.
Working for the Mandroid: Misfitsmoonshayde on January 19th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
She's one of the worst female characters on TV. I don't hate her, but she is just the love interest. I think most people would have liked her to die in that episode.

It's sad :(
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: carsuperbadgirl on January 19th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
I've never figured out what Clark loved about her so much...or Lex, either, for that matter. Plus, she's just a complete moron if she thinks Lex doesn't lie to her in an even worse way than Clark did. Clark's just a terrible liar.
Working for the Mandroidmoonshayde on January 20th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Moron is putting it lightly *cough*
aizjanikaaizjanika on January 21st, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
I think this is why I liked her more in season 4--in the beginning and middle, anyway. The witch storyline and Jason's mother and that whole thing were weird and silly, but Lana seemed like more of her own person then--even though she was with Jason. She seemed like she was taking charge of her life and trying not to repeat mistakes and so on.

In some ways, it reminded me too much of Sam on SG-1, when Lana had truly seemed to have moved on and it was good for her, only for them to go back to it...for no real reason. She got back together with Clark for (what seemed to me to be) no reason at all. Nothing had changed from the reasons why they'd broken up before (as I understand it, since I haven't seen those episodes), and it really took away from Lana as a character, I thought.
aizjanikaaizjanika on January 21st, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
Me too! That's the first time I saw that episode as well. I had read somewhere that his father died, but I loved the character, so I wished it hadn't been so soon. :-(

I also don't hate Lana, but would have preferred losing her to losing Clark's father.
Gategrrl: Little Boy Icongategrrl on January 19th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
What is it that Oliver reveals to Lois way into the future, and how would he know what he knows? Is he precognitive?
Working for the Mandroid: Clarkmoonshayde on January 19th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'm very tired and burnt out. Did I misspeak? Because I don't know what you're saying LOL

I was jumping back and forth between Clark and Oliver. I was just commenting on how Clark sees all the mistakes that Oliver makes with Lois and all the mistakes he himself as made with Lana. Yet, if you look at the whole Superman story it takes him forever to reveal his identity to Lois, so he basically repeats the same mistakes over again.
aizjanikaaizjanika on January 21st, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
Okay, this episode was over-hyped a lot. So much. So, unfortunately, it did not live up to the hype for me, but it still was a very good episode.

That always happens to me, too. Fortunately, I didn't see any of the hype and this was only the second episode of the current season that I've seen, so I thought it was great fun. *g* I usually don't care that much for mostly action episodes, but this one was really well put together, and had some great moments and scenes/images (like the guys all walking in front of the exploding building *g*).

We already know that Clark does not approve of Ollie's methods and he's the one to absolutely make sure at the end that no one is left in the building before it blows. He's not happy about it, but his main priority are the lives of the people. This is the future Superman. And when Clark matures more I can see him coming to lead the Justice League. I really thought that was a nice touch.

Me too. I don't think Oliver looks bad. Clark has other priorities right now. He's also an independent sort right now.

And I cannot wait for next week. Whee!

Me too, again. *g* It really looks like a fun episode. :-)