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!
Mine too - Szwarc always makes his episodes look so pretty.
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.
There were a lot of admiring looks exchanged between those two Clarks and obviously future!Clark would top his younger self. *nods*
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.
I'm glad you really enjoyed it. And it was much better than last week.
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
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!
I caught a little bit of this ep on TV!
I gotta say, Clark looks SO mature now! SO.. Supermanish..!
Tom's a beauty, no doubt about it!
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!
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.
My trouble with it is, it makes Clark, once again a passenger in his own life: this is your end-point, do this.
//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.
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.
//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.
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!
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?
No, it would be pretty easy to follow without having seen previous seasons.
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.
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)