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Spoilers for "Descent" [Apr. 16th, 2008|10:24 pm]
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Smallville episodes are airing a day early in Canada. Don't go behind the cut if you want to stay unspoiled!



There's far too much retcon canonization of Lionel in this ep. mostly delivered by Tom, who does his best....but since we (and Clark) recently saw Lionel abusing Lex & Lillian in "Fracture", it doesn't really work. And Chloe intoning that Lionel "died for all of us" just made me giggle.

What I liked about this episode"

- The gorgeous angsty ache between Clark and Lex. A wonderful long, talky scene at the manor where Michael and Tom act their shapely asses off.

Lex: I did try, Clark. In fact, when I first met you, you inspired me....

- Michael looks beautiful throughout: crystalline tears in those big, sad eyes. There's even a sob at one point! Oh, Lex....

- The notion that if Lex gets hold of the two "Veritas" keys, Clark will be forced to "do his bidding" (yes, that's a direct quote from Chloe!) has Clex porn written all over it. Chloe: "He'll have total and complete control over you!" So....off with the clothes and into the hot tub, then? Right-o!

- I don't believe for a moment that "L'il Lex" is actually dead. As long as Michael is playing Lex, Lex will have a soul 'cause Our Boy will put it there.

Lex remembers Lionel taking him to the aerospace museum: "He knew I loved things that could fly...."

What I liked best about the episode? The silent Clex scene at the end. Lex has forbidden anyone from coming to Lionel's funeral; Clark comes anyway. They stare at each other. When Lex walks away, he passes Clark and though Clark doesn't see it, there's a tiny smile on Lex's face. What that conveyed to me is this: even though the current state of their relationship is beyond fucked-up, Lex was secretly happy that Clark came, still desperately needs Clark in his life, still doesn't want to be left alone. And Clark has shouldered Lex as his responsibility: saving him, while saving the world from him.

(And despite the serious nature of the episode, Lex gives Clark a lingering up & down look at one point: surely Michael's little gift to the Clex fans!)
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[User Picture]From: starry_dawn
2008-04-17 04:47 am (UTC)
Eeee! Sounds good! Thanks for the write-up, can't wait to see it tomorrow! :)

As long as Michael is playing Lex, Lex will have a soul 'cause Our Boy will put it there.
And that's why he cannot be gone next season! Please come back, Michael!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-19 02:50 am (UTC)
And that's why he cannot be gone next season!
I can't imagine the show without him!
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[User Picture]From: myownghost
2008-04-17 10:35 am (UTC)
lionel died for all of them? wtf? this show canNOT get it straight about what lionel's been up to.

i'll have to watch it for the clexy scenes. last night someone posted a link to a preview clip, and michael was really selling the heartache. you're so right about the soul.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-19 02:52 am (UTC)
michael was really selling the heartache.
Yeah, the sorrow and the anger just radiates off him. Brilliant performance.
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[User Picture]From: hoperoy
2008-04-17 11:26 am (UTC)
I love your write-ups, as since I live in the US, I have to wait the extra day. This gives me just enough information so that I don't have to wait, but so the episode is still fresh.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-19 02:54 am (UTC)
Thanks! (It's rare for Canada to get shows first - bit of a treat!)
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[User Picture]From: goodvibe
2008-04-19 03:48 pm (UTC)
I think this was such a tour deforce for MR. Truly brilliant. I love when the Clex dynamic is this powerful and you can really tell, that MR and TW relish playing these scenes. They were both at their A game!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-04-20 06:06 pm (UTC)
ooh, yeah! They were playing beautifully off each other!
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[User Picture]From: morganlilah
2008-04-21 03:50 am (UTC)
Just watched the episode tonight, and yes, too much polishing of Lionel's non-existent halo.

The notion that if Lex gets hold of the two "Veritas" keys, Clark will be forced to "do his bidding" (yes, that's a direct quote from Chloe!) has Clex porn written all over it.

Counting the days till you post this. :D
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