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Smallville: Warrior [Feb. 12th, 2010|09:20 pm]
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*spoilery* WARNING: SQUEE behind the cut.



You know that feeling when a Smallville episode is firing on all cylinders? I'm a tough cookie - I don't get that feeling often in the post-Lex years. But tonight I'm pleased.

Major props to Allison and the writers. I loved the attention to continuity and detail, like Clark thumbing through Lois's collection of costumes ("Exposed", "Combat", "Odyssey'), the various Blurs and Green Arrows wandering around the Con and Chloe taking a tumble off the roof a la "Action". Some lovely comic direction too, with the line-up of guys leaning over to check out Lois's costume and Clark getting caught in Lois's phone cord.

I love beyond words when Clark is horny but trying SO hard to suppress it: the scene where Zatanna whomps him with magic and then straddles him is my sexiest SV moment this year. Tom makes this incredible face at one point, the perfect mixture of "I want this so bad but I really, really shouldn't." HOT!

Zatanna is a goddess! The way she stares at Clark like she just wants to gobble him up....SV needs more unrepentant minxes and more acknowledgment of Clark's irresistible hotness. Love that when Chloe asks if she's interrupting, Clark says "No" & Zatanna cheerfully says "YES!" Hope she's back to tease Clark again.

Lois was great tonight - lots of comic moments for Erica. Loved her speech about why she isn't jealous and the follow-up scene at the end. Nice touch that the guy Lois revenge-kisses looks thoroughly unimpressed and rushes away! It was great to finally get another scene between the cousins and a good scene, at that.

The Warrior Angel plot was slight but the guy playing Alex did such a good job at playing both the innocent 12 year old and the ANGRY SCARY 12 year old that it worked. (And kudos to Allison for the long look we got at his very nice torso. Makes me feel better for not getting any nipples last week.)

The 30 second scene in which Oliver is snarky-taunty with Clark was a better acting moment for Justin than the entirety of "Disciple."

And finally, this was just a good Clark episode. Love that we finally got a little window into his thoughts in the scenes with Zatanna and the boy. Tom is always so good with young actors. And his rambly but determined apology at the end was utterly charming, Tom getting to use his comedy chops.

Now, I'm excited to see screencaps of horny!Clark.... ♥
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2010-02-13 03:12 am (UTC)
I am wanting to draw glittery hearts all over this ep! So much wonderfulness! Especially everything you mentioned!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 03:55 am (UTC)
One of the reasons I still watch SV is every so often an episode just comes out of nowhere and delights me! The cast was great tonight ♥
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2010-02-13 03:38 am (UTC)
Just YES! to everything you said.

Boy, I really have no clue where the hating on this ep is coming from.

I thought Clark was heroic like crazy in this episode, and sexy!, and also very romantic with Lois.

Zee was a bad girl. But she wasn't Evil! bad. She was naughty! She wanted Clark, and she thought he looked like he needed a little....release. She was wrong, but I can't find myself being outraged by it.

I liked it. A whole lot more then AJ, as it turns out.

Edited at 2010-02-13 03:39 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 04:01 am (UTC)
People didn't like it? Why? I am so out of synch with SV fandom sometimes. Ah well, you, me & mist_tress liked it!

Zee was a bad girl. But she wasn't Evil! bad. She was naughty! She wanted Clark, and she thought he looked like he needed a little....release. She was wrong, but I can't find myself being outraged by it.
I was turned on by it! Logically, people should be attempting to ravish Clark on a regular basis: Lex understood that! If I was on SV, I'd be throwing myself at him relentlessly. And I love Serinda Swan - she plays a minx so perfectly and Tom was brilliant with her.

I thought Clark was heroic like crazy in this episode, and sexy!, and also very romantic with Lois
For Clois, I thought this was about 100 times superior to the slow moving Pandora - we got a look at Clark's POV and it was adorable. And Lois got to be cool too; ED got some of her best lines of the year.

I liked it. A whole lot more then AJ, as it turns out.
Me, too. (And I did enjoy much of AJ so that's 2 good 'uns in a row. But this was a good episode for Clark, which automatically bumps it to a higher rating.)

I look forward to your review!
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[User Picture]From: theclexfactor
2010-02-13 04:17 am (UTC)
I did like the episode. I agree with everything you said about Clark, Lois, and Zatanna. I kind of can't stand Chloe at the moment, but "Alec" was so endearing that I was actually able to deal with her scenes thanks to him. I need to watch it again on iTunes because I had to videotape it old school, but I'm sure once I watch it without the screen flipping I'll love it more.

But here's my analysis about why some people are probably hating on it: 1) It was "Chloe-centric". I usually share thus sentiment, but there was just so much wondeful Clark that it really didn't feel like a Chloe-centric ep. 2) Zatanna was hitting on Lois' man. As someone that ships Clark with pretty much anyone that isn't Lana or Chloe, this didn't bother me nearly as much as it probably should. Because I do love Clois, but at the same time I love seeing anyone be jealous because of Clark, so there's that. And Clark/Zatanna was kind of (very) hot. 3) "Lois was the butt of the joke". Now this is something I don't get at all, so I can comment on it.

So those are just some of the comments I'm anticipating hearing/reading on a particular forum I frequent. Or maybe I'll just avoid it for this episode because I rather not have my enjoyment second guessed. P.S. I rather loved AJ. A lot.

Edited at 2010-02-13 04:18 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 04:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I see. I hope the Chloe-dislike isn't causing fans to dislike the episode just because Allison directed it :(

I haven't liked all of Chloe's arc this year, and I still think she & Oliver owe Clark an apology for the events of last year, but her plotline seems to be changing for the better. I liked seeing Chloe have fun and the scene where she & Alex dance around to the game was very cute. That actor was so perfect - in the wrong hands, the "12 year old in a man's body" could have gone very wrong indeed but he was adorable!

And Clark/Zatanna was kind of (very) hot.
Oh, yeah!!! Love discombobulated Clark! Tom plays that so well.

3) "Lois was the butt of the joke". Now this is something I don't get at all, so I can comment on it.
See, for me, this is one of the best Lois episodes. She's not jealous and she lays out exactly why. And she's not following Clark around, she's getting on with her work. As a non-shipper, I like when the plot chugs along with some cute, funny moments and no angst.
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[User Picture]From: theclexfactor
2010-02-13 01:27 pm (UTC)
As a non-shipper, I like when the plot chugs along with some cute, funny moments and no angst.

And you just stated one of the reasons I love Clois. I mean, if we're going by Damian Holbrook's definition, then I'm not a shipper either. I watch the show for Clark and his progress towards his destiny. It just happens that Tom and Erica play off each other so well and their relationship is one if the things that is written and portrayed well on this show so I can't help but enjoy it.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 06:51 pm (UTC)
I mean, if we're going by Damian Holbrook's definition, then I'm not a shipper either. I watch the show for Clark and his progress towards his destiny.
The reason I call myself a non-shipper is if Clark and Lois broke up, I'd be fine with that, so long as he continues along his heroic path & she continues her ascent into journalism. So "Warrior" was a lot more appealing to me than, for example, "Pandora" because we see them excelling in their individual fields: Lois, not letting jealousy over Clark interfere with her story; Clark, not letting Zatanna & her shenanigans stop him from rescuing Alex & setting him on the right course. And the final Clark/Lois scene was exactly right - a funny capper to a great episode.

Also, when it comes to Clark, I am happy to see him getting kissed by as many hotties as possible. Would love to see a Tess-kiss next! And if the show makes it to S10, maybe we'll finally get a man-on-man kiss!


Edited at 2010-02-13 06:56 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: theclexfactor
2010-02-13 07:54 pm (UTC)
I just watched it from iTunes and liked it even better now that I can actually see what's going on. Still loved Clark. I love it when they have him do everything right, even down to telling Lois the truth in the end. Our boy has grown up just right.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 08:03 pm (UTC)
Our boy has grown up just right.
Yes! The scenes with Lois and the little boy are just perfect - so Supermanly!
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2010-02-13 07:11 am (UTC)
I usually stay away from LJ until I've written my review, but tonight I just couldn't contain my squee! I loved it! Clark talked! About his thoughts and feelings! And Zatanna was a delight. I want her to come back as often as possible, Serinda Swan is awesome.

Lois was loads of fun, Chloe didn't snipe at Clark, and the whole thing was funny, and light, and uplifting. Plus that amazing scene at the end with Tom and the little boy. I just watched it two times in a row, and it was every bit as good the second time around. Congratulations to Allison for a job well done, and chalk up another one for Bryan Q. Miller.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 06:56 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for your review!

Clark talked! About his thoughts and feelings!
Yes!!! Not only did he get good lines, I love how Allison chose to use Clark's POV for those scenes - and Tom delivered the lines, like he was thinking all this stuff through in his head, made it seem spontaneous.

Lois was loads of fun, Chloe didn't snipe at Clark, and the whole thing was funny, and light, and uplifting.
In one of the interviews you linked, AM compared "Warrior" to an early seasons episode, and it absolutely had the same sweetness; I've missed that a lot.

Zatanna was a delight. I want her to come back as often as possible, Serinda Swan is awesome.
If there's a S10, maybe she can come back? Love the character, love the actress, love how poor Clark got so flustered!
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[User Picture]From: theclexfactor
2010-02-13 07:55 pm (UTC)
I can't to read your review too!
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[User Picture]From: starry_dawn
2010-02-13 10:06 am (UTC)
Yes to everything you mentioned! It was a filler ep, yes, but it was fun, sweet and hilarious! We could stand to have a few more of these kinds of episodes every season. :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 06:57 pm (UTC)
In the latter seasons, I actually think the "throwaway" episodes like Hex & Warrior are so much better than the "serious" episodes like Doomsday and Pandora, which end up just...sitting there like a block of granite.
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[User Picture]From: starry_dawn
2010-02-14 08:14 am (UTC)
Nicely put! :P
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[User Picture]From: goodvibe
2010-02-13 01:42 pm (UTC)
//You know that feeling when a Smallville episode is firing on all cylinders?//

I know and I got! This ep was a delightful little surprise.

//Major props to Allison and the writers. I loved the attention to continuity and detail, like Clark thumbing through Lois's collection of costumes ("Exposed", "Combat", "Odyssey'), the various Blurs and Green Arrows wandering around the Con and Chloe taking a tumble off the roof a la "Action". Some lovely comic direction too, with the line-up of guys leaning over to check out Lois's costume and Clark getting caught in Lois's phone cord.//

All of this, yes. There was such a fine harmony between the writing, direction and acting in this one.

//The 30 second scene in which Oliver is snarky-taunty with Clark was a better acting moment for Justin than the entirety of "Disciple."//

Heh, ICAM.

And it was a great ep for Clark! Which makes me the happiest.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 06:58 pm (UTC)
And it was a great ep for Clark! Which makes me the happiest.
That's always the deal-breaker for me too!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 06:59 pm (UTC)
I like seeing Tom open up more with the edgier emotions, like lust - we don't get to see that enough!
It's so hot watching Clark try and keep a lid on his lust - Tom plays that so well!
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From: dramaa_princess
2010-02-13 03:59 pm (UTC)
the good think about not watching this show anymore is that i can read spoilers/reviews. and this one sounds pretty sweet!! ^____^

i'm glad you had so much fun with this episode.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-02-13 06:59 pm (UTC)
If you haven't seen the rest of S9, it works as a stand-alone!
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