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26 January 2007 @ 12:25 pm
Smallville: Labyrinth  
Finally, a Clark-centric episode.

Awesome episode. That is all I can say. The actors in this episode were right on. It was amazing. The direction was great. The music was great. And Shelby's back!

So, the theme/storyline is not a new one. This has been done on every single scifi show I have ever seen. So while it's cliche, it doesn't ever get old because we get to explore so many ranges of emotions with the characters.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the episode. Martian Manhunter was amazing. I loved him and I want more. What a perfect way to have him approach Clark. He says he's from Mars. He's in an asylum with Clark. Clark can't be sure of anything. But the payoff with his acting and the way his character was written was brilliant.

Chloe was great. Crazy Chloe. It's interesting how the Phantom used Chloe against Clark. From a storytelling pov, she was there to confuse the audience more. Chloe believes in Clark? Great! Clark was right! Something was done to him and Chloe knows! But then it slowed revealed that she's nuts as well and that along with her death is the catalysts that brings Clark closer to the fantasy world. I thought that was a great way to push him closer to giving in.

Kudos to the continuity department for bringing up stuff that happened throughout the series, especially the pilot. That was a nice touch and helped to twist Clark's reality.

Lois wasn't in the episode. I love Lois, but she wouldn't have fit here anyway. So no problem with that for me. I missed Lionel, but he was mentioned. Glad for that as well.

I loved the scenes between Clark and Lex. Wow, MR just really let go. I loved their scenes, especially the one where Lex has tears in his eyes and he's yelling at Clark full of hate. Awesome.

Clark and his mom. This scene really hit me. Clark has always at least been able to rely on his parents. Jonathan and Martha were always there for him and he'd protect them no matter what. To suddenly have his mother not believe in him at all crippled him and you could see it in TW's acting. It was great.

All of these things helped build towards Clark falling apart. I do love how long he stayed defiant and strong. That really speaks to his character. A Clark from S1 and S2 wouldn't have lasted. He would have caved. This is a Clark that is getting closer to who he's meant to be.

However, I'm not pleased with the resurgence of Clana because that ship has been dragged out way way too long. I feel that it is holding the characters back, especially Clark. However, it didn't bother me in the context of this episode. It was an AU and Clark did love her. He still has feelings for her. Often, it takes a long time for someone to get over their love, especially their first loves. The dream presented Clark with an alternative where he could have what he's wanted--Lana. But even in that scene where he gives up and decides to go through, there is suspicion and doubt in his eyes. If you watch those scenes carefully, I see a Clark who is grasping at straws, just hoping that there is this chance even if it's not real. I see Clark in those scenes knowing the truth, but unwilling to accept it. And when he finds he just can't fight past that imaginary world that he thinks he wants, then he helps shatter this alternate world and take action.

The end scenes with Clark and Lana just reinforce how deeply the dreamworld affected him. Clark is still living with this hope that maybe he can have what he wants. But Lana stated it perfectly in his dreamworld. He has two destinies: one where he can stay with her and one where he saves humanity. He cannot have both. And in the end, we all know what his choice will be.
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aurora_novarum: daniel by moonshaydeaurora_novarum on January 26th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
While watching this, I thought of you and your anticipation of it. :-)

I was so psyched when I saw John J'onzz in the asylum too. It was a clever use of an oft told story (especially in sci-fi), your reality isn't your reality at all. ;-)

I liked Lana saying they were just saying goodbye (and I hope that's it, because if they go through this angsty look phase...again! I think I left the show the first time when they did it with Jason? The guy who was Dr. Quinn's son). I love the concept of clark/lana as early superman history, but hasn't it played out yet? I'm more interested in her connection to Lex now.

You're right, Lois doesn't fit in at all in that universe, but I loved Ollie Queen being a not so "pretty" looking employee, heh.

Wait, has superdog been gone? Aw. Keep the puppy!

Clark should've known something was up when the loft was decorated Lana style. I mean, I'm sorry, but aside from Mr. Fortress of Solitude or a Walton boy, no one is interested in making a quasi-apartment in the hayloft when there's a large nice farmhouse, especially not a girly girl like Lana.

I agree, the amputee Lex and Clark confrontation was the most amazing scene, really calling back the show history and cementing Clark's false "reality".

Oh, who is Dr. Milton Fine? That name was a blank to me. That wasn't Chris Reeve's character, was it? Hey whatever happened to Margot Kidder's role? After Mr. Reeve's death, was that dropped?

BTW, the closed captioning was a bit of a spoiler giveaway. There were times when this odd music cresendoed of an unclear sound. The captioning kept saying [dog barking], so the clue was there from the get go, and I guess it became more muted/disguised in the final sound mix.
Working for the Mandroid: Becomemoonshayde on January 26th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
The closed caption spoiled it? LOL That is sort of funny.

Dr. Milton Fine. He was an recurring character in S5. Professor, actually who took Clark under his wing. Only at the time, Clark didn't know he was feeding him lies. He was a kryptonian intelligence from a ship aka Brainiac. It was the major arc for S5 and it tied into Zod and all that.

I forget what happened to Kidder's role. i think she might have died.

I don't know. Lana in the loft was weird, but Lana is weird. And at that point, Clark was trying to figure what was going on. he didn't believe her at all at that point. he just broke down much later. So I give him a pass ;)

Shelby's been missing for quite a few episodes. Nice to see the dog still gets taken care of and fed and all. ;)

I'm nervous of where they'll take the Clana now after seeing the preview for next week. Did you see that? if this is leading to some decent closure for Clana and Clark getting the rest of it out of his system, I'm for it. But I have to see how next week plays out first.
aurora_novarum: daniel by moonshaydeaurora_novarum on January 26th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
OH! Milton Fine was Spike! Why didn't you say so! Wait, he was Brainiac?!?

I know I caught part of one episode that he had alien wonkiness, but I didn't know he was Brainiac.

I really have to catch S5 sometime I guess. LOL
aizjanikaaizjanika on January 27th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
He was a kryptonian intelligence from a ship aka Brainiac.

Is he actually Kryptonian, though? I'm just watching season 5 now, but he seems to have weird abilities that Clark doesn't have. He's like a replicator where his finger turns into a knife-like thing that stabs people and that sort of thing, right? Clark can't do that. Hmmm.... I'm just curious. *g* Since I not only don't know the history of the show, but know virtually nothing of the Superman universe, I don't really understand this. *g*
Working for the Mandroid: Becomemoonshayde on January 27th, 2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
He's kryptonian, but he's not a person, if that makes sense. He's an intelligence. In the mythos, Brainiac was like this super computer from Krypton. The Replicator comparison is pretty much on the mark.
aizjanikaaizjanika on January 28th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! That makes so much more sense. :-)
aizjanikaaizjanika on January 27th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
Oooh, excellent thoughts about this episode. I don't have a lot to add, but I really loved it. I really am appreciating both TW and MR a lot more as I watch the show more. I really like both Lex and Clark a lot. Heck, I like all the characters on this show. hehe
Working for the Mandroid: Beginningsmoonshayde on January 27th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh man. TW and MR rock. And when you finally catch up with the series, you'll see just how great they play off each other when they have scenes together. S5 had some good moments. So did S4. S6--few and far between. But between s1-s3 they had tons of seasons together. And it was wonderful.

Btw, have you been able to see the pilot episode yet? That is the ep I recommend. I love it so much. It gives you a glimpse into what happened at the moment of Clark's arrival and how everything went downhill since then. Accept for the Kents, of course.

And it has the fateful meeting of Clark and Lex on the bridge in that episode. One of the best moments in the series, imo. To this day the choreography on that scene still leaves me speechless :)

I wish I could send you a copy!
aizjanikaaizjanika on January 28th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
They're showing season 5 in syndication right now, which was lucky for me since I just watched season 4. As I think I mentioned, they're skipping some episodes, though, I think.

I haven't seen any of seasons 1 - 3 at all, not even one episode. *g* It was seeing a random season 4 episode that gave me the idea to get the season 4 DVDs.

So, no, I haven't seen the pilot episode. That sounds cool. :-) Hopefully they'll start over with season 1 as soon as they finish with season 5. :-)