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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.

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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: 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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