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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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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 :(