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06 October 2007 @ 10:51 am
Smallville: Kara 7x02  
Watched "Kara" on Thursday but posting my thoughts now :)

I enjoyed it. It wasn't perfect but it was still very good.

The Good
--Lois at the Daily Planet. YAY!
--Clark in a mentor role
--Conflict for Chloe
--A plot that was mythology intensive. These episodes always are the best.

The Bad
--Um, I thought Kara was really wooden. Maybe she was supposed to be.
--Exposition overload in the Lex and Lana scene
--Exposition problems in the Clark and Kara scene about meteor rocks

But overall, it was very good and I left feeling satisfied.

I think I have a couple of unpopular opinions for this episode. One, I liked Grant. I didn't expect to like Grant. I like his abrasiveness. He gives it to you straight. He's a real motivator. This is a guy who wants stories and stories that will wow people but that would still be respectable. I *love* how he put Lois down a peg when she tried to claim that The Inquisitor was a rival to the Planet. Of course it isn't. But Grant knows how to play the publishing game and he knows what to do it make people produce quality work. I just wish he was a tad older.

Also, I wasn't bothered by the way he treated Chloe. I'm a Chloe fan - it's a travesty I don't have ANY Chloe icons; I need to remedy this situation this weekend - and this made my day. Why? Because while I love that Chloe stands by Clark and is a good friend, I often feel it's hurting her career and her dreams. She covers for him so much. If I were Chloe, I would do the same, but it is hurting her career. To people who don't know why she deflects so much, it looks like she has lost her passion, even if that is not the case. So for Grant to come in and be that cruel, which happens in the real world, it was a good wake up call for Chloe to examine where she wants to go. Conflict is GREAT. I think we're going to get some awesome Chloe this season.

Besides, if everyone was nice to Chloe and spoke the world of her and put her on a pedestal, we'd end up with another Lana. No thanks.

I'm not anti-Lana, either. I just really wished they'd flesh her out more and stop having the characters exalt her. Lex calling her brilliant? *winces* I didn't like that scene much and I've always like Lexana in theory. I'm glad Lana is darker - it gives her character more edge and always KK some room to move. But I wish we had characters on the show that didn't like Lana. That would make her more believable for me. We'll see where they take the character.

Still loving Lex. :)

And while I'm in the minority over Grant and Chloe's treatment, I am also in the minority over Kara. I liked her and all, but I found her to be wooden. Maybe that is the "Kryptonian" Kara and she'll loosen up over the course of her arc. I hope so, anyway.

Other random bits I enjoyed:

The Clois parts were fantastic. Perfect. Nice foreshadowing. Yay!

Second episode in a row where I noticed Clark is more mature and using his mind to make deductive leaps. Amazing what no Lana can do.

Best part? Clark for the win when he slammed Jor-el and made it clear his emotions are part of who he is. Yes!

Not a fan of Clana, but looking forward to next week :)

And yes, I do really need Chloe icons. I have decided.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Marilyn: Lean backmynxxdesigns on October 6th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
Nice job on your review! Two Thumbs Up! hehe!

I have to agree that I liked the Lois foreshadowing in this eppy and the fact that when Clark told her that he was leaving Smallville, she felt sad and didn't want him to go. Could there be some real feelings brewing in there somewhere for Clark on her part you think?

I do think the Clark/Jor-El scene was smart because it showed Clark actually standing up and not making excusses for his emotions. What does Jor-El think he would be like after being raised by humans, the same humans he chose for his son? I know that it's part of the character but I just feel that he needs to cut Clark some slack in that department.

Take care!
Working for the Mandroid: Becomemoonshayde on October 6th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
Could there be some real feelings brewing in there somewhere for Clark on her part you think?

I do think she does like him, but she's in denial about it. But I also don't think she really likes him in a romantic way. Just the start of something there and I'm okay with that. I just hope they don't take it too far. I would like to see more of a spark of Clark having feelings for Lois since that is more canon-like in the Superman verse.

What does Jor-El think he would be like after being raised by humans, the same humans he chose for his son?

This is a question I've struggled with for some time. I don't have an issue with Smallville making Jor-El's motives questionable, but I can't seem to rationalize why he would have picked Earth and the Kents for Clark if he felt this way. I'm hoping there is more to teh story that we don't know yet that will bridge the two aspects of Jor-El's personality. Plus, FOS Jor-El is not the realy Jor-El anyway, so I like to imagine that maybe the "computerized" version of his personality doesn't have the depth the real man had.

I also did read your review. I think a lot of the questions you had about loose ends will be answered in the upcoming episodes.
Marilynmynxxdesigns on October 6th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
I hope so...Thanks!
aurora_novarum: daniel by moonshaydeaurora_novarum on October 6th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, you should have chloe icons (said by the cheapskate who only has 6 icons total)

And very nice thinky review. I agree with a lot of your points. I was a bit annoyed at Grant's putdown (not that he did, just the way) at the time, but your ideas make me rethink that, because you're right. She lost her drive when she started realizing the reason for the meteor freaks and Clark's secret. Aw!
Working for the Mandroid: Cousins/Reportersmoonshayde on October 7th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, you should have chloe icons (said by the cheapskate who only has 6 icons total)

And now I do! But making icons for a show like SV - even though I love it - is hard. I haven't watched it as much as I have watched SG-1 so I never can remember which scenes I'd love to have an icon for. Same goes for all my other shows ;)

I think we could see some real character development for Chloe this season if they show her struggling with her job vs Clark. We saw some of it surface last year and I'd love to see it again. Poor Chloe.
Naomi: Yeah I said wtf too Chloe by Mssullivanfrelling_tralk on October 6th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
Totally agree on Chloe needing to get motivated, and Grant helping her to do that :) Proving herself to Khann is how she originally got the job, and she needs to get out of this rut already. Two years in the basement??? Not good
Working for the Mandroid: Pleasemoonshayde on October 7th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
It's sad. it is. Because if I were Chloe I'd be doing the same thing. I'd react the same way. But her loyalty to Clark and her dreamd as a reporter are clashing right now. She's got to make or a choice or find a way to balance the the two.

On top of being a metoer freak, I would say Chloe has a lot of challenges ahead of her this year.
awehla on October 7th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
I agree that maybe Kara was supposed to be wooden because she's Kryptonian which is probably why I didn't notice the "bad acting" others have claimed to observe. The Lex/Lana scenes were bad and calling her brilliant was cringesome. I did wonder how Clark would know Kryptonite is Kryptonite when Kara doesn't, did the database of his language update after Krypton exploded to include the term?

I didn't mind Gabriel either. A lot of people think his age is a problem but he could be 30 and look young for his age and in the UK anyway people can be editors of a newspaper at 30 I wouldn't know about the US. I also think Chloe needs a kick up the butt because protecting Clark and doing all that work for him does take up time she could be using to write proper articles. Clark can superspeed for Gods sake and do it himself. He seems to forget he has a superior brain. Where's the Clark Kent of comic books who can learn a new skill in an hour or less?

Next week looks strange, it seems to suggest Lana is a clone or are they talking about her not being the same metaphorically? The clone thing was just the first thing that came into my head. I've watched a directors cut on You Tube and Lana is being nice and Clark is smiling. It was quite disturbing, lol.

Working for the Mandroid: Broken (Clana)moonshayde on October 7th, 2007 03:57 pm (UTC)
As far as the kryptonite thing goes, to my recollection they started naming it that back in S2 or S3 once Clark knew about Krypton through Virgil Swan. Before that time, they just referred to it as meteor rocks. So it's okay that Kara didn't know because it's something that Clark or Chloe or someone named a few years back. I can't cite the specific episode though as I haven't watched the year seasons in quite some time.

Like I said, I'm not anti-Lana though Clana in not on the top of my list. I think I dislike it so much because it's been on and off for years and it makes the characters look bad. I just really really want them to have one last go at their relationship and see that it doesn't work so Clark can move on. Is that so much to ask? ;)
awehla on October 8th, 2007 11:36 am (UTC)
Yeh I agree Clark and Lana need to see it doesn't work and move on.

I think Kryptonite was called as such after Clark was uploaded with the language of Krypton in Rosetta. All of a sudden he could understand the symbols and called the meteor rocks Kryptonite.