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Smallville review: Homecoming [Oct. 15th, 2010|09:43 pm]
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*I love Jeannot Szwarc episodes so this is mostly positive....but there is one big criticism, so if you don't want your Squee harshed, avoid!



Why can't all episodes be Szwarc episodes? Every scene was a visual delight, every actor looked fantastic and the lighting was a dream.

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What I loved most in this episode was Bug Boy coming back to thank Clark. I wish he'd spoken to him directly and that they'd taken the idea even further, filling the room with former meteor villains and people Clark saved, raising a secret glass to him. (Like the Buffy episode "The Prom" *sob*) But still, awesome.

Marsters is always great and he made Brainiac Five quite different from previous incarnations. Slashier, for one thing. I don't think his hand ever left Clark's shoulder! Marsters always makes the most of his dialogue and I loved his playful line about intending to come to the future with Clark, but Clark jumped the gun.

This episode made me laugh three times, which hasn't happened since Warrior. Once at the guidance counselor with the Clark-doll; again at Clark wearing a crown while Bug Bug made crazy-eyes at him and finally, very hard laughter, at this line from Clark: "I don't think that not returning Oliver's calls equals a darkness within me!" Because part of the reason Brainiac came back from the future? Was to say this to Clark: "Stop punishing Oliver with your silence!" Yes, we must all be nicer to Oliver!

And then Brainiac actually takes Clark to watch Oliver moodily waiting for a call from Clark - I was certain that Oliver's shirt would come off in this scene, but for once, no. This was SeriousOliver. And later Oliver goes on TV when oh no, the reporter asks "Who's on your answering machine?" and Oliver looks emo because Clark still hasn't called. But there's Clark, right in the studio! For the folks that slash Clark/Oliver, this was the slashiest ep since...Szwarc's last episode "Kandor."

The show continues to incorporate more political opinion than in the past, with Oliver using his TV segment to tackle anti-immigration politicians. I approve of topical Smallville.

I had worried about potential retcons popping up in this episode but the flashbacks were well done and sweet. I'm glad the script stayed away from Lex because I think there was a potential to veer off in unwelcome directions there.

Lois dancing on Clark's feet was very cute. I liked her complete enjoyment of her throne and the rueful acceptance of strawberry punch.

Two Clarks in an elevator, checking each other out, is porn waiting to happen.

BUT

Here's my caveat: Brainiac sending Clark to see his future...sorta denies Clark the agency to create his future. He now knows there's no risk in telling Lois his secret...because he knows he's told Lois his secret. It takes the risk, the momentousness, away from what should be a huge step for him. If Clark knows the endpoint, instead of forging his own path, he's just following a template: work at the Planet, marry Lois, glasses for Clark, cape for Superman. Sure, the viewer knows that's where he's headed, but shouldn't Clark get the thrill of discovery too?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-16 01:56 am (UTC)
It was like Willow-and-Tara-floating!

Unlike comic book Clark, Smallville Clark needs a super kick in the butt to fulfill his destiny.
Why the writers have perpetuated that Clark always needs "spirit guides" and signposts, I have no idea. I prefer the Clark we saw in Salvation who made his own plan and it worked, damnit!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-16 02:52 am (UTC)
Mine too - Szwarc always makes his episodes look so pretty.
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[User Picture]From: polytikal
2010-10-16 02:34 am (UTC)
Big fat WORD to your BUT. It's a major, major problem, but I promised myself that I would enjoy this episode.

Two Clarks in an elevator, checking each other out, is porn waiting to happen.

Why did I not even think of this? But OMG YES. SOMEONE WRITE THIS.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-16 02:54 am (UTC)
There were a lot of admiring looks exchanged between those two Clarks and obviously future!Clark would top his younger self. *nods*
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[User Picture]From: auroramoon22
2010-10-16 04:04 am (UTC)
oh my god. I did not totally think about Clark having sex with his future self.

I did think that if I was Lois and I discovered that The younger Clark appeared from the past, I would try for a threesome between younger version boyfriend and present boyfriend. Seriously, being sandwiched between the two clarks would be SO hot.

It was but a brief thought though... my imagination didn't go into details since how I was absorbed in watching the TV show.
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2010-10-16 02:56 am (UTC)
I also agree with your "But" but everything else was so wonderful and perfect that it doesn't even really bother me that much. Oh show! You totally won me back after last week.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-16 02:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad you really enjoyed it. And it was much better than last week.
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[User Picture]From: auroramoon22
2010-10-16 04:22 am (UTC)

You know...

I wasn't going to watch the TV show anymore at all if it continued to suck.... but thankfully this episode didn't suck.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Lois and Clark actually had some form of chemistry going on in this episode. It actually started to feel believable that Lois was actually the one for Clark.

After all, was it me or did Lois and Clark lack any chemistry in past episodes despite some very sweet scenes together? In fact the only chemistry that was even hinted at was when other characters brought it up. So it kinda feels to me that Lois and Clark started late in showing actual romantic chemistry, just not friendship with maybe something more.

Of course, that could be just be me. Mainly because I've been familiar with the Lois Lane in the comic book universe, and she was often far more in love with Superman and the idea of being Superman wife than she was with Clark as an actual person. Even in the current version she had the undercurrent of that superman obsession.

And then in Smallville they started off treating each other more like they were brothers and sisters, with the bickering friendship from my viewpoint. That doesn't exactly scream destined one to me at times.

Oliver and Clark's scene? I agree with you... it's super-slashy. :P
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-16 09:35 pm (UTC)

Re: You know...

I've noticed Clois chemistry before but it comes & goes, depending on the writing & directing of their scenes. Last night was good because the director is one of the SV greats - he always makes the cast look their best!

I also thought they started off like a brother/sister relationship, especially when Lois was living with the Kents. They also look like they could be related.

Oliver cries and cries when Clark doesn't call him!
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[User Picture]From: auroramoon22
2010-10-17 01:17 am (UTC)

Re: You know...

now that's a disturbing thought-- them looking like they could be related, that is. I never noticed that at all!

That actually kind of turns me off the Clois pairing even more. ^^;; I don't mind it for the comic book, but for Smallville it just doesn't seem feel right to me.

To be honest I don't remember much Lois and Clark moments in Smallville, but the ones I do remember they were full of awkward moments. like the one where Lois was taking on the role of an stripper and had to give Clark an lap-dance. Poor Clark looked so uncomfortable.
It was basically played for laughs... and the writers didn't seem to realize that sex-related moments does not always equal chemistry.

But yeah, maybe they did have good moments and I just didn't notice. ^^;;
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-17 06:03 pm (UTC)

Re: You know...

My favourite Clois moment is in Apocalypse. Lois notices that Clark is mopey, thumps him on the arm & takes him for a beer. Simple, but sweet.

I think the Lois/stripper episode was just an excuse to show off Erica's awesome bod. I like when her costumes are a bit more creative, ie stormtrooper!

And when it comes to chemistry, nothing tops Clex for me!

Edited at 2010-10-17 06:03 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jh_july001
2010-10-16 05:36 am (UTC)
I caught a little bit of this ep on TV!
I gotta say, Clark looks SO mature now! SO.. Supermanish..!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-16 09:31 pm (UTC)
Tom's a beauty, no doubt about it!
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[User Picture]From: shopgirl318
2010-10-16 06:09 am (UTC)
Nice episode! I still hate that the show thinks that Clark needs spirit animals though I will say Brainac 5 was a far better one than some of his other ones recently. I know Clark will always have doubts about his future but I don't get how TBTP are trying to regress Clark for no reason. I hope he pulls another Salvation and be like got my own plan kay, thanx bitches!

I can't ship Oliver/Clark ick no. I can cheat on Clex or Clois with that pairing though the end was slashy.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-16 09:31 pm (UTC)
Heh, "spirit animals" is the perfect term for it!

I don't get how TBTP are trying to regress Clark for no reason. I hope he pulls another Salvation and be like got my own plan kay, thanx bitches!
That would be awesome: a little character meta. Clark escapes the writers!

I don't 'ship Oliver/Clark either but the show sure was pushing it heavy last night. CLEX RULES!
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[User Picture]From: shopgirl318
2010-10-17 01:51 am (UTC)
Hey nice icon. It is so blue! I never realized how Clark and Lex were matchy at times, unless it was manipulated that way.

I saw your comment on Clois and I they do have chemistry but it is depends on who is writing them. Tom and Erica flow really well together though I can see why some viewers think they lack chemistry, the writing is uneven at times and the dialouge so it can hurt them also.

Yes!Clex for President!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-17 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! The icon was made for me by a friend and I think she did play up the colouring a little.


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[User Picture]From: whimsywinx
2010-10-17 02:43 pm (UTC)
I don't have a problem with Clark seeing his future. Sure, it's a wee bit lazy, but the future is in flux and could change. Clark still has to earn it.

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-17 05:23 pm (UTC)
My trouble with it is, it makes Clark, once again a passenger in his own life: this is your end-point, do this.
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[User Picture]From: goodvibe
2010-10-17 04:23 pm (UTC)
//Here's my caveat: Brainiac sending Clark to see his future...sorta denies Clark the agency to create his future. He now knows there's no risk in telling Lois his secret...because he knows he's told Lois his secret. It takes the risk, the momentousness, away from what should be a huge step for him. If Clark knows the endpoint, instead of forging his own path, he's just following a template: work at the Planet, marry Lois, glasses for Clark, cape for Superman. Sure, the viewer knows that's where he's headed, but shouldn't Clark get the thrill of discovery too?//

That's an excellent point. I was just commenting in Lat' lj in fact that I think the premise here was very tricky. What made it work more for me though was future!Clark' stance. It never felt holier-than-thou or lectur-y. The fact that there wasn't a guide present in B5 in that moment helped too, because it was left for Clark to discover things on his own, through this little slice of his future life, rather than have someone also provide a running commentary.

Still, I definitely agree that we shouldn't have needed this at all to get Clark to come clean with Lois in the first place.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-17 05:50 pm (UTC)
The future scene would have worked better for me if it left out Lois (except for perhaps a fleeting glimpse.) Because then their relationship is still uncharted and Clark still has to take the leap, to trust her. The scenes with Lois were fun but IMO would have been more awesome in the series finale, when she knows and the L & C adventures are just beginning.

I did love the meeting of the two Clarks and the subtle differences in Tom's performance.

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[User Picture]From: goodvibe
2010-10-17 04:37 pm (UTC)
//What I loved most in this episode was Bug Boy coming back to thank Clark. I wish he'd spoken to him directly and that they'd taken the idea even further, filling the room with former meteor villains and people Clark saved, raising a secret glass to him. (Like the Buffy episode "The Prom" *sob*) But still, awesome.//

Forgot to add - this! I so agree. I love 'The Prom' ep like crazy, and it would've been so nice to have seen a slew of those that Clark happened to save back in the day. Alas. But still, atleast we had Greg. And it was one of my favorite moments of the ep, in fact.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-17 05:45 pm (UTC)
Clark hardly ever gets thanked...so seeing a room full of the people he grew up with, who are grateful to him, would have made me sob like crazy!
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[User Picture]From: dramaa_princess
2010-10-17 07:42 pm (UTC)
the 200th episode? omg how could i miss that? do you think i'd have to watch s8&9 to understand what is going on now?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-17 08:04 pm (UTC)
No, it would be pretty easy to follow without having seen previous seasons.
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[User Picture]From: dramaa_princess
2010-10-17 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh god, your icon makes me feel like crying! Dammit, i have watched way too much SV over the weekend. XD

Thanks. But on the other hand, Lex was the highlight of the show for me, who will take his place now?

Okay, i have to rethink this whole idea one more time. >.>
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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2010-10-21 09:13 pm (UTC)
Here's my caveat: Brainiac sending Clark to see his future...sorta denies Clark the agency to create his future.

My gigantic problem with the ep. It pretty much wrecked my general love of the ep. IMO it paints him as a coward who needs tangible proof to dare to step into his destiny. It's all too easy.

I was certain that Oliver's shirt would come off in this scene, but for once, no.

Which, what the hell was that? No shirtless Oliver? How dare this show?!

For the folks that slash Clark/Oliver, this was the slashiest ep since...Szwarc's last episode "Kandor."

Is it any wonder that I love LOVE LOVE Jeannot? Gotta love the French.

Because part of the reason Brainiac came back from the future? Was to say this to Clark: "Stop punishing Oliver with your silence!" Yes, we must all be nicer to Oliver!


He's teaching Clark how to cope in relationships. If Clark does this to one or two lovers (Lex, Ollie), just imagine how he'd treat Lois. Brainiac 5 was nipping this in the bud.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-10-22 01:51 am (UTC)
My gigantic problem with the ep. It pretty much wrecked my general love of the ep. IMO it paints him as a coward who needs tangible proof to dare to step into his destiny.
I just can't love an episode in which Clark is a complete bystander. And in the Christmas Carol format, the future is supposed to be scary, a warning of what could happen. Even Popular understood that!

Is it any wonder that I love LOVE LOVE Jeannot? Gotta love the French.
Jeannot made the perfect template of the Clark/Ollie relationship in Kandor...and then the show just dropped it. One of my early seasons vs latter seasons complaints is now they just expect viewers to take relationships as presented, with no build up. And this applies to every relationship currently on the show.

Edited at 2010-10-22 01:51 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2010-10-22 03:48 am (UTC)
Jeannot made the perfect template of the Clark/Ollie relationship in Kandor...and then the show just dropped it. One of my early seasons vs latter seasons complaints is now they just expect viewers to take relationships as presented, with no build up. And this applies to every relationship currently on the show.

As much as I loved Ollie's man-pain over Clark's lack of attention, even I thought it was over the top and OOC for what their relationship seems to be on the show. There's been great moments like in "Bride" and "Kandor" and "Echo", where we're presented that they're friends, but since then, nothing. I don't get a sense of Clark being Oliver rock because I never see them do anything besides bicker.
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