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Smallville review: Beacon [Feb. 11th, 2011|09:39 pm]
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I liked it. I found it a much better return for Martha than "Hostage", with lots of little continuity nods. AOT was great showing her steel - one tough Mom! Loved Lionel, smitten with Martha in every dimension, bringing up the gift of a watch in Insurgence!

Lionel
Glover made me laugh a bunch of times. When Oliver points out "In this dimension, you killed my parents!" Lionel's response that he killed them in BOTH dimensions "I had my reasons!" is one of my favourite JG lines ever. Also "I gave you LOTS of gifts!" to Martha.

Alexander
I'm always anxious about the Lex clone plot but I appreciated the distinction the writers drew between Real!Lex and Alexander. For starters, calling him Alexander rather than Lex throughout. I thought Lucas G. was very good & liked that he did not try and mimic Michael as the Lazarus actor did. His creepy silence at Luthorcorp was magnetic. It's cute that LG is so much shorter than JG, JH and especially TW.

Liked that Clark pointed out that Alexander has someone Lex did not: Tess.

So is Alexander "Connor" the Clex baby? You know, I'd be in favour of a Michael-return if I could only watch THAT conception scene in flashback. (I think it happened after all the jealous Clex drama in "Bound". After the boys stopped pouting at each other, the flannel hit the barn floor!)

Chloe & Lois
LOVED Lois's "fair & balanced" crack. SV was already on some conservative writers hit-lists for "liberal bias." So happy the writers aren't backing down at all.

AM seemed more like early season Chloe this week, which I liked.

Tess
"Why are you so good, Clark?" *Loves*
Nice parallel to Lillian killing her son to "protect" him in "Memoria." I like that Tess will still overstep, go where Clark will not, to protect him.

Clark
This ep. was a little short on Clark-time which usually annoys me - but I guess I got Glover-blinded & didn't mind as much as usual. What Clark we had, was good. I loved his discussion of establishing his second identity with his Mom.

Clark watching his fan-vids at the end really worked for me. To see him getting love from the people he rescues every day choked me up. Great idea to use fans because they don't look like actors; they look like real citizens of Metropolis. And it works as meta because it's also fans sending love to Tom for embodying Clark for ten years.

Loved Clark's bumpy rescue of Lionel. Also: Tom's little comic pout of reluctance before he rushes back in: fabulous!

And what did everyone else think?
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2011-02-12 02:45 am (UTC)
Squeee! Followed by other dolphin noises!!

I love it when my show delivers the goods. I agree those fan vids really worked - that was a great call by the show.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-12 04:57 am (UTC)
Yay!!! The people in the fan-vids did great.
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[User Picture]From: ctbn60
2011-02-12 03:18 am (UTC)
I totally freaked out over Lex being Conner. I mean that has to explain the needle right?? It would be nice if lex came back and actually helped to save him.

Wow Martha was wonderful in this With Clark, With lois and especially with Chloe. I think she said a lot of things that needed to be said. I liked it a lot.

Lionel is wonderful in any dimension. I'm really curious to see what they will do with him. I also liked oliver and chloe. The whole thing really worked for me.



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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-12 04:58 am (UTC)
I want Clark & Lex to raise him as their child. MAKE HISTORY SMALLVILLE!
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[User Picture]From: ctbn60
2011-02-12 02:20 pm (UTC)
Good lord all my dreams coming true in one night. It's too much to ask. lol.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-12 04:59 am (UTC)
I prefer when the clones don't mimic Michael (though little Connor is excellent.)

And now where they will live, Tess & Lex if they burn the Mansion? and now seems that Tess and Lex are now living with Clark??
I guess they're living in the barn!
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[User Picture]From: gildinwen
2011-02-12 03:37 am (UTC)
I think that Clone is a prototype of Kon. Doesn't he say he's getting sicker? I'll be back later with more coherent thought
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-12 04:59 am (UTC)
Very possible!
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[User Picture]From: gildinwen
2011-02-14 09:01 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2011-02-12 03:49 am (UTC)
My reaction is really mixed. Definitely better then last week, but that wasn't a hard hurdle to clear. And the dialogue was LEAGUES better.

But, I have to admit to still being really unhappy with the way they are writing Clark, or the amount of people who seem to be needed to protect him, and inspire him, and pep talk the crap out of him.

I thought the videos were lovely, but why am I not seeing the show where I'm watching Clark do the sorts of things that inspired people to feel that way?

And the Chloe/Martha scene was straight up bullshit.

Great performances by AOT, Glover, LG and Cassidy (who is SV's most solid performer these days). Less enthused by the rest.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-12 04:55 am (UTC)
Every word you say about Clark's writing is true...but I am a weak, weak woman when it comes to Glover. CAssidy blew me away, as ever.

I thought the videos were lovely, but why am I not seeing the show where I'm watching Clark do the sorts of things that inspired people to feel that way?
We need more stranger-rescues, I love Clark swooping in on an astonished damsel or dude-in distress.

(When Lionel was driving around looking for Alexander, they showed an extra in a hoodie - it would have been so funny if Lionel had thought Ollie was Alex. "MY SON!")
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[User Picture]From: roxymissrose
2011-02-12 04:36 am (UTC)
Clark watching his fan-vids at the end really worked for me. To see him getting love from the people he rescues every day choked me up. Great idea to use fans because they don't look like actors; they look like real citizens of Metropolis. And it works as meta because it's also fans sending love to Tom for embodying Clark for ten years

LOVED that--so much!!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-12 05:00 am (UTC)
*hugs Tom & Clark*
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[User Picture]From: goodvibe
2011-02-12 06:30 pm (UTC)
//Glover made me laugh a bunch of times. When Oliver points out "In this dimension, you killed my parents!" Lionel's response that he killed them in BOTH dimensions "I had my reasons!" is one of my favourite JG lines ever. Also "I gave you LOTS of gifts!" to Martha.//

He had some great lines, didn't he? I especially loved the one to Martha about presents and gifts, heh.

//I'm always anxious about the Lex clone plot but I appreciated the distinction the writers drew between Real!Lex and Alexander. For starters, calling him Alexander rather than Lex throughout.//

::nods:: I definitely appreciated this too.

//So is Alexander "Connor" the Clex baby?//

Ah-- I've been wondering how he was impervious to the needle. I'm not sure how I feel about this though---
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-12 10:33 pm (UTC)
Ah-- I've been wondering how he was impervious to the needle. I'm not sure how I feel about this though---
Yes, it's a plot device that could go either way...

He had some great lines, didn't he? I especially loved the one to Martha about presents and gifts, heh</i? Glover is so much fun!
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[User Picture]From: foreverknightfa
2011-02-13 08:17 pm (UTC)
I saw a few eps of Brimstone through the Chiller network, Glover must have loved playing the devil in that one! He ate up the scenery a number of times.
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From: dramaa_princess
2011-02-12 11:18 pm (UTC)
Lionel. A+
Tess. A+
Alexander. A+

I think it happened after all the jealous Clex drama in "Bound". After the boys stopped pouting at each other, the flannel hit the barn floor!

A++++++++++++++++++++++++++

ETA. OMG, I JUST READ THE COMMENTS HERE AND NOW I UNDERSTAND THE THING WITH THE NEEDLE. O M G. O__O

Edited at 2011-02-12 11:19 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-13 12:18 am (UTC)
Alexander has two daddies!
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[User Picture]From: foreverknightfa
2011-02-13 08:15 pm (UTC)

SV liberal bias?

"Chloe & Lois
LOVED Lois's "fair & balanced" crack. SV was already on some conservative writers hit-lists for "liberal bias." So happy the writers aren't backing down at all."

It's a fantasy show of make-believe characters. If you actually look at the Superman mythos, he is for everyone, including minorities and goes for what is right, not for any specific political agenda.

While I can see certain far right Christian conservatives might be offended by the Clark as savior angle SV has done in a number of season episodes, what is this alleged " liberal bias" in SV? When Clark defended illegal aliens from an underground mutant? When there were native Americans with their cave drawings referring to Clark as the traveller? Or is this " liberal bias" claim based on the depiction of a Limbaugh-ish talk show host's broadcasts against the "metahumans"?

Geesh, some people need to get a life!!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-14 03:47 am (UTC)

Re: SV liberal bias?

Or is this " liberal bias" claim based on the depiction of a Limbaugh-ish talk show host's broadcasts against the "metahumans"?
That's the bit that offended people. (Not me!)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-02-14 03:49 am (UTC)
Not following spoilers, but Connor is Superboy - a cloned combination of Lex' and Clark's DNA. It's what I thought when I saw the needle break.
Now we need a flashback to Lex obtaining Clark's DNA!

The fan vids were very sweet.
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