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15 January 2008 @ 06:58 pm
On Jason Teague  
I was thinking last night a little bit about Smallville and some of the randomness that was S4. Mind you, I am one of the few people that liked S4 or at least what S4 could have been. There were so many good ideas and interesting characters. But it really was lost potential all the way around.

Jason Teague is one of those lost potentials in my opinion. I first caught him in the episodes Facade and Devoted when they initially aired and long before I knew who Jensen Ackles was. I felt like he had a chance of going somewhere beyond playing the mandatory boyfriend plot. Unfortunately, his story was rushed and cut short (Does anyone know why? Was it because he landed the Supernatural role?) and so his character goes down as this off footnote in the Smallville mythos.

I've had this on again/off again relationship with Smallville. I watched on and off through the second half of S1 when it aired and watched all of S2. I left when Clark went to Metropolis on Red K because that annoyed me and turned my attention on Stargate SG-1 instead. I missed all of S3 because of this (which ironically became my fave season) and didn't wander back until S4. (And later wandering in and out of S5 and S6.) While Lois Lane captured my attention in S4, I was intrigued with Jason Teague. Jason wasn't anyone that I could identify with in the mythos. He was new. They could take him places. When Facade and Devoted aired, I rolled my eyes at yet another Lana admirer and I admit some of his goofiness and in your face humor got on my nerves. But he was sweet. It was a nice change from all the psychos that seemed to stalk Lana. I don't feel like Lana always needs to have a boyfriend. (Please give the girl her own plot!) But I would take a normal, if not somehwat sickenly sweet, guy over crazy dead people, meteor freaks, or sociopaths.

What really caught my attention with Jason was his role as assistant coach for the football team. It was great to have another male cast member who played an older guy on the show. Jason could play big brother/mentor for Clark if they'd drop the stupid "I'm dating Lana in secret and it's creepy because she is a kid at the school and I'm a coach" storyline.

I loved the scenes between Jason and Clark. JA and TW had some great chemistry and they had an interesting dynamic that is hard to explain. By now, CLark didn't have really any guys to interact with, aside from his crumbling relationship with Lex. Lionel and Jonathan were parental figures. Pete was gone.

Smallville could have taken this to great places.

Of course, there was the stone storyline, another story that could have been awesome in its own right. Lex and Jason teaming up to try to find the stones, the sneakiness and betryal between all the characters - good stuff. I loved the scenes between Lex and Jason. They worked. It's a shame it was ruined by the lame witch storyline.

But with all of this going on, the final nail in the coffin was speeding Jason through this story of being a nice, decent man to totally losing it at the end. You can argue he always was a little unstable which is fine. But his decent was so rapid it made little sense to me. He was the ultimate Mama's Boy and that screamed creepy incesty things that I don't even want to think about. Maybe that was the point. But in the end, he just because a plot device and not his own character which is a shame. I *liked* Jason. I liked Jason before I knew anything about JA or started watching Supernatural. Heck, SPN didn't exisit at that time. So, it's a shame, really, that the character just served to create tension between Lana and Clark, and then to become a major villian in the end. I think if we'd seen Lana in a normal relationship that just plain didn't work out I would have been more satisifed than watching obsessed corrupt rich families fighting over stones and witches.

Ah, Jason. What could have been. At least the actor moved onto better things.
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MegTDJ: Dean Rock On - crystalscmeg_tdj on January 16th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
I read in an interview that his storyline was supposed to take place over 2 seasons, but when he got SPN they cut it down to one. A shame... yet not. :P
Working for the Mandroid: Across Realmsmoonshayde on January 16th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I mean it's really too bad for Smallville because he just ended up being a plot device. He had amazing chemistry with all the cast and he played such a great big brotherly type that people went to advice for. At the same time, he's amazing on SPN and I wouldn't really want it any other way.

That would make sense though if his storyarc was cut. I know the SV PTB wanted him on for a while, and they finally got him in S4.

Ah well! I'm happy either way ;)
aizjanika: ak t7s hyde kissing kelso - by piefordeaaizjanika on January 16th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
I believe he was written out because of his part on Supernatural. I've read that from many different sources, so I'm reasonably certain that's true. (I think I heard it from one of the SPN PTB, too--Jared had to be written out of Gilmore Girls and Jensen out of SV.) At the time, Jensen wasn't even doing pilots because he was up in Vancouver filming Smallville, but the guy who directed the pilot of SPN suggested they fly Jensen down to test for the part of Sam.

The first episodes and season that I ever saw were season 4, and I fell in love with the show and the characters in that season, so I can't hate it. I definitely loved seasons 1 - 3 the best, though. I can appreciate season 4 for what it is, though.

I also think seeing season 4 first helped me to appreciate Lana more. I was introduced to Clark as a character who was pining after an old girlfriend who did not love him any more. I was introduced to Lana as a strong woman who had made her choices and had her own life that did not depend on a man, even while she had a relationship that seemed to be important to her.

I thought Jason was a bit bland at first, but then when we saw that he was being manipulated by his mother and possibly others, he was much more intriguing if a bit soap-opera-ish. *g* I disliked it when they decided he was evil and in cahoots with his mother all along.

I also loved the Jason and Clark dynamic. I hadn't seen other seasons yet, so I had no clue about his former relationship with Lex. I saw season 4 and then the beginning of season 5 first, and so I actually didn't really like Lex much.

My opinion on Lex has changed, too, of course. I adore him now and I wish Mike R. would get his own show already--or well, after he leaves this one. *g*

But his decent was so rapid it made little sense to me.

Me either. It was like they just flipped a switch on the show with little rhyme or reason to it.

I think if we'd seen Lana in a normal relationship that just plain didn't work out I would have been more satisifed than watching obsessed corrupt rich families fighting over stones and witches.

The former is what I thought I was watching at first. *g*

"I'm dating Lana in secret and it's creepy because she is a kid at the school and I'm a coach"

I found that creepy, too. I was only able to try to understand it by assuming that Jason was only maybe 2 years older than Lana and still a college student himself, though on this show he looked much older--like maybe a graduate student.

P.S. I'm just a little sad that I can't share in your Supernatural love now. I wish we'd loved it at the same time so we could squee together. :-)
Working for the Mandroid: Becomemoonshayde on January 16th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
I'm at work right now and instead of rushing through my reply, I'll come back to this later. I just didn't want you to think I was ignoring you ;)

But I wish you were still into SPN too! It makes me very sad :(
seacrystal on January 16th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
While I don't really know about all those behind the scenes stuff (I believe Ian Somerhalder's run on Smallville also suffered like Jensen's due to some issues), I agree with you that Jason's character is a lost potential. Then again, Smallville has always been about lost potentials anyway.

For me, Jason could have been a really good parallel with Lex, proving that just because you've been brought up by evil, manipulative, abusive parents doesn't mean you have to turn out like them as well. One of the things that I've never understood about Lex is about how he kept complaining about the way Lionel brought him up and blaming everything bad that has happened to him is because of he has been "branded with his father's sins". Pfft.

I'd definitely be sympathetic with Lex (if that's how the producers want me to perceive his character) if he breaks it off completely from his father instead of still clinging to Lionel. He's just being a hypocrite here, he hates Lionel for everything (and rightfully so anyway) but claims to need Lionel's approval and "love".

Anyway, Jason's character tried to take control of his own life and make a clean break with it at the beginning of the season, he had been cut off financially and from everything else by his parents but he didn't let that stop him. Like I said, Jason could've been a great comparison to Lex in terms of the same upbringing but different choices in life. It's just a shame they simply turned him as an evil SOB and killed him off in the end.
Working for the Mandroid: Beginnings (Smallville)moonshayde on January 16th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
You know, you brought up some points I never really thought about and now it makes me even sadder that the character never really had the chance to blossom.

I *really* like your point about how Jason started off as this contrary character. He could have served as the foil to Lex which would have made Lex's descent even more pwoerful. It would show us that yes, you DO have the power to fight against the negative forces in your life and take control. Darn, that would have been awesome for Lex! *weeps*

(I do like Lex. I love Smallville's Lex, but I get annoyed with some of the more recent writing for him, namely s6.)

And not only would it have been a great parallel for Lex, but it would also have served asd a nice parallel for CLark. Here Clark would have this figure that took control of his own destiny and could have used that power for good. Clark could have used that image, along with the Kent upbringing, to see that you can still be your own person and be good.

That's a shame. While I enjoyed the poor guy being a pawn, I would have loved him to at least go down as a hero. Instead, he just ended up another psycho Lana boyfriend :(
The Girl Who Waitedoutintherain on January 19th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
Hey there! XD

Found you via the XF friending meme :) We have a lot of similar fandoms so I thought I'd friend you :)

Just so you don't think I'm being rude; I have yet to watch Supernatural or Smallville so if I don't comment on those posts, I'm not trying to be rude!
Working for the Mandroid: Like Mothermoonshayde on January 19th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Oooh. Yes, I don't have enough XF friends. It's one of things that is odd. I love XF. I love it. I watched it when it first aired and I've been waiting forever for a new movie. I just don't seem to talk about the show much. I think it might be because I just don't know many people who like the show or want to talk about it :)

A friend and I run a rewatch community and we can't get people to talk there either LOL Talk people!

I'll be checking out your LJ today. Just so you know I've spoiler free for the movie so I'll be avoiding anything about it. I want it to rock when I go see it this summer :)

And oh! You have an Sanctuary icon. I don't know many people that like Sanctuary!

The Girl Who Waited: Helenoutintherain on January 19th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
I wandered onto a forum and the people there kidnapped me; that's how I made my friends ;) If you get chatting to anyone on my LJ, they're all pretty damn awesome XF folks :)

I'll have to remember to use cuts for spoilery stuff.. I'm usually pretty good at that!

OMG SANCTUARY!!!!!! *SQUEEGLOMPOFDOOM* I have *never* found another fan outside of the community itself!!!!! I'm myblackrose there; I work for SanctuaryFans and I'm a forum mod... OMG SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Haha I totally had a dream about Amanda Tapping and Emilie Ullerup lastnight... uber random since I haven't even thought about Sanctuary since my holiday started!!!!!
Working for the Mandroid: Sanctuarymoonshayde on January 19th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
You mean that I can actually talk about Sanctuary here and not here the crickets chirp? LOL

I've only watched the first 4 webisodes but I have the others sitting to be watched. I just haven't gotten to them. (I ration.) But I love the show. i really do. I mean, I love AT from Stargate and all, but Sanctuary has this something to it that appeals to me.

I belong to the forum but I never really go and post. Bad me. I should get more involved at some point.
The Girl Who Waited: Frondeskoutintherain on January 19th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
YES!!!! *squeals of joy*

Oh you're in for a treat; 5 is my favourite.. actually I think it's Damian's favourite too... It has a very unique appeal, that's why I got into it right from the very beginning when it was first announced.. it changed my life in a lot of ways. I've had some pretty fun opportunities! XD

They're a really lovely community, you should post! I recommend watching everything first though, we're a bit free with the spoilers I think :p

I love your header!