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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: 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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