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Smallville review: The Finale [May. 13th, 2011|11:12 pm]
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Firstly because I can't get enough of them, another new clip of Tom & Michael being giggly and cute! Michael actually makes Tom double over! Thanks to fruitbat00 for the finding the link!

For the very last time...



I'm going to ignore the first hour because it was people saying the same thing over & over. Lois has Doubt. Clark has Doubt. I find these Doubts highly unconvincing. She reads his wedding vow. He reads her wedding vows. Doubt! There are literal & symbolic doors between them! Tom looks divinely pretty in a cemetery."Clark, you need to hold onto your past" - said by three characters in a row. Shut up! The vows get read again. This is a very long hour. I wait for a Tess scene where I might actually get some action and then....

Oliver starts busting up the church and finally I'm interested. I wish he'd stayed possessed a little longer because it was cool to watch.

In the Tess/Lionel scene, Glover really outdoes himself in the Bad Touch department! He's all over her. I didn't like the Lex-made-of-Spare-Parts plot device - but it does allow the possibility that Real Lex is still out there.

Clex! It's not the greatest written Clex scene ever but it's a joy to see Tom & Michael together again. Michael always says "Kal-El" like he's holding back a giggle. There's touching & staring and some fun dialogue:

Lex: "You and I, we will both be great men, because of each other..."

Lex: "You're the light. Only you hold the power within you."

(Guaranteed, there's takes of Michael cracking up at that line.)

Clark: "I'll always be there to stop you."
Lex: "Oh, I'm counting on it!"

(You BET he is, baby!)

Lex/Tess

Lex stabs Tess to protect her from turning into him; Tess smears his face with memory-loss goo so he will forget his history with Clark. We see a montage of Lex & Clex.

I didn't love that Tess went un-mourned by Clark, or that Lex lost his memories. I was glad Clark didn't take Lex's memories (if it had been by Kiss of Lethe - different story!) I did like that Tess got a heroic end. She told Lex she wanted "something she couldn't have." Lex, of course, says "Clark!" because that's where his mind always goes. But Tess wanted redemption and she got it. And Lex losing his memories - all the abuse from Lionel wiped away - seemed to cut him loose from the past; a flashforward shows President Luthor in 2018. (And he's totally gonna fall in love with Clark at the first press conference....and those sexy memories will all rush back! But he'll pretend not to remember at first and start dropping hints and Clark will be all *confused*.)

Tom in the suit and flying was pure joy and visual poetry. The scene where he looks in the plane window and locks eyes with Lois? Hovering above the earth? Perfection.

I also love that they still weren't married seven years later because yeah, stuff kept coming up! That felt real to me.

Smallville has been my first - and possibly only - fandom. I don't give my love to shows easily. Despite lots of complaining over the years, I will always be grateful for the joy that Smallville has given me Clex, Michael, Tom and so many lovely fan-friends!
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[User Picture]From: suzycat
2011-05-14 03:22 am (UTC)
And he's totally gonna fall in love with Clark at the first press conference....and those sexy memories will all rush back! But he'll pretend not to remember at first and start dropping hints and Clark will be all *confused*.)
Undoubtedly!
Plus, you know, there are going to be photographs out there of them together.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 03:36 am (UTC)
Lex will build himself another Chamber of Clark Kent, count on it!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 03:36 am (UTC)
The chemistry still shines radiant!
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[User Picture]From: gildinwen
2011-05-14 03:34 am (UTC)
Plus you know Lex's hatred of Superman doesn't make sence if he's forgotten all about Lionel's abuse of him
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 03:37 am (UTC)
Heh, well then he's free to fall head over heels in LOVE with Supes. I foresee a series of White House emergencies to get Clark over there!
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[User Picture]From: ctbn60
2011-05-14 03:37 am (UTC)
I'm a VERY happy camper tonight. I was really upset with Tess and how she died, but she kicked ass and got out of what lionel did to her and Saved Clark in the end which is what she wanted to do all along. So I'm proud of her. I didn't think Lex was made up of parts like Lionel made it out to be. I felt that they had the original lex and he had lost parts trying to get out of the artic and then they rebuilt what was damaged. Did you see the one shot where he was in the artic standing up? So I felt he made it out of there somehow. So I felt they used the parts just to put him back together. I hated him getting lionels heart. :(

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 03:40 am (UTC)
I didn't think Lex was made up of parts like Lionel made it out to be. I felt that they had the original lex and he had lost parts trying to get out of the artic and then they rebuilt what was damaged. Did you see the one shot where he was in the artic standing up? So I felt he made it out of there somehow. So I felt they used the parts just to put him back together. I hated him getting lionels heart. :(
I like the idea of two Lexes, out & about. Both in love with Clark naturally! But the original Arctic Lex gets him in the end.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 03:38 am (UTC)
I think Lois locking eyes with Clark through the plane window was my favourite of many moments. I guess the first half bothered me less (loved Ma Kent's reaction to the packed boxes) because I'm all about the Clois.
I like Clois when they are in action rather than angst mode (ditto every relationship Clark's had with a girl!) So the plane moment was right up my alley!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2011-05-14 03:41 am (UTC)
I just kept watching the clock on the first hour waiting for the second part. lol

Overall, I was happy and impressed with the finale. It just made me so SOOOO happy seeing Lex's smirk again. And the comment about how Clark says his name! *g*

I didn't really like the pieced-together Lex theory, but it got Lex back, so I'll deal. I wouldn't mind if they sold "Build-A-Lex" kits though. lol I wasn't too upset about Lex losing his memories either since Lex isn't supposed to know about Superman, but I love your idea for Lex getting those memories back. Of course it'll be love at first sight for Lex again. ;)

That scene of Clark flying out of the fortress in his suit and the credits had me tearing up for the tributes to the Movie. I squeed so many times during those parts.

It's gonna be odd not having Smallville on. Even the seasons I didn't watch, it was a comfort to know it was still there.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 03:46 am (UTC)
I just kept watching the clock on the first hour waiting for the second part.
Somebody fight somebody else PLEASE! Anything but another heartfelt conversation about Doubt or Life Lessons.

I didn't really like the pieced-together Lex theory, but it got Lex back, so I'll deal. I wouldn't mind if they sold "Build-A-Lex" kits though.
I'd get you one for your birthday! (And three for me!)

That scene of Clark flying out of the fortress in his suit and the credits had me tearing up for the tributes to the Movie. I squeed so many times during those parts.
They aced it - I thought we'd only get a glimpse but it was fab!

It's gonna be odd not having Smallville on. Even the seasons I didn't watch, it was a comfort to know it was still there.
I know! It's been an institution. Will miss Tom's pretty face.
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[User Picture]From: morganlilah
2011-05-14 04:03 am (UTC)
The first half of the finale had me rolling my eyes so hard I thought I'd have to borrow a new pair from Lionel's collection of Lex parts.

I was squeeing like crazy over the Clex scene in the castle that I was willing to forgive all the flaws in the episode but I got so mad that they erased Lex's memory. I wish Smallville had stayed AU all the way through. I love the idea of Clark and Lex being the catalysts for each other's destiny. Way to undercut your own premise, show!

Besides, what does amnesia!Lex prove? That's he's inherently evil? Boo!

To be fair, the ending with the cheesy slo-mo of Clark ripping his shirt off to reveal the suit, to the tune of the classic Superman theme, made me forgive most of the crap. I'll just imagine that Lex's last scene was him standing in the castle after sending off Clark to save the world.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 04:26 am (UTC)
I was squeeing like crazy over the Clex scene in the castle that I was willing to forgive all the flaws in the episode but I got so mad that they erased Lex's memory. I wish Smallville had stayed AU all the way through. I love the idea of Clark and Lex being the catalysts for each other's destiny. Way to undercut your own premise, show!
It's more suspenseful if Lex knows:P what will he do? And it's hotter, especially when Michael says "Kal-El", so sexy! But memories never stay buried long on SV - Lex will remember! (Then force Clark to marry him by presidential decree.)

To be fair, the ending with the cheesy slo-mo of Clark ripping his shirt off to reveal the suit, to the tune of the classic Superman theme, made me forgive most of the crap. I'll just imagine that Lex's last scene was him standing in the castle after sending off Clark to save the world.
Nice! There's a good opportunity for "Lex Remembers" fics here.
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[User Picture]From: lexii314
2011-05-14 04:50 am (UTC)
This is Lex we're talking about. He will remember every last detail. Count on it. I hated the first hour. FFW to the Lex parts. I cried. Missed him so very much.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 04:53 am (UTC)
This is Lex we're talking about. He will remember every last detail.
You betcha! The smell of Clark's hair, how it feels to hug him...those memories will not stay buried!
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[User Picture]From: cinderella81
2011-05-14 05:45 am (UTC)
OMG this was so so so much win!

I can't believe how much I laughed and cried and bounced and just squealed ...
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 05:16 pm (UTC)
Glad you finally got the TV to yourself!
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2011-05-14 06:43 am (UTC)
For me, the first hour ranged from boring to irritating to actively nauseating, but I hung in there because I knew MR was coming. And, frankly, even the second hour wasn't all that enjoyable, though it did have its moments.

Can anyone explain why Earth-2 Lionel was suddenly so determined to save Lex when Earth-1 Lionel had always been willing to sacrifice Lex if it suited Lionel's purposes? Granted, Earth-2 Lionel had allowed his adopted son Clark to murder Lex, and then had regretted it, but it seems wholly unlike ANY Lionel Luthor to be willing to sacrifice himself to save anyone else, Lex included.

The Clex scenes...left me torn, actually. I didn't like TPTB painting Lex as being so jealous of Clark's powers that it overrode everything else in his past (sure, Lex would LOVE to have super-powers, but that was never his primary motivation), and I HATED the erasure of Lex's memories. So now I'm clinging to your theory that Lex WILL remember, sooner or later, and fall in love with Clark all over again, and seduce him away from Lois for good. *crosses fingers* Please say you're already plotting a story (or two, or three, or more) based on that very premise!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 05:20 pm (UTC)
Can anyone explain why Earth-2 Lionel was suddenly so determined to save Lex when Earth-1 Lionel had always been willing to sacrifice Lex if it suited Lionel's purposes? Granted, Earth-2 Lionel had allowed his adopted son Clark to murder Lex, and then had regretted it, but it seems wholly unlike ANY Lionel Luthor to be willing to sacrifice himself to save anyone else, Lex included.
No explanation supplies, beyond the regret you mentioned and wanting someone to rule this new world with him.

The Clex scenes...left me torn, actually. I didn't like TPTB painting Lex as being so jealous of Clark's powers that it overrode everything else in his past (sure, Lex would LOVE to have super-powers, but that was never his primary motivation), and I HATED the erasure of Lex's memories. So now I'm clinging to your theory that Lex WILL remember, sooner or later, and fall in love with Clark all over again, and seduce him away from Lois for good.
Could a clone with no memories become president? I'd find it probable that the Lex we see on TV at the end is not the clone. but the real Lex, memories fully intact.
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[User Picture]From: lonelywalker
2011-05-14 06:44 am (UTC)
Glover really outdoes himself in the Bad Touch department!

Oh, as always.

The Clex scene at the mansion was perfect old school Luthor dialogue, corny as it is out of context. And it's really impossible that Lex won't figure it all out pretty quickly given all the records that must exist.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 05:20 pm (UTC)
The Clex scene at the mansion was perfect old school Luthor dialogue, corny as it is out of context. And it's really impossible that Lex won't figure it all out pretty quickly given all the records that must exist.
Memories never stay buried on SV and Lex's Clark-lust overcomes all, in the end!
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2011-05-14 06:45 am (UTC)
Forgot to say that MR totally ROCKED the role, as always, and it was wonderful to see his Lex again, even if it left me cursing the writers and TPTB. *mentally rewrites everything into Clex*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 05:23 pm (UTC)
It's gratifying to see him getting lots of love from fans on twitter - at a time when his new show Breaking In needs exactly that kind of support.
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[User Picture]From: seagull2eagle
2011-05-14 07:07 am (UTC)
That first hour was horrible. The first five minutes reminded me so much of why I don't watch the show. Moralizing... in the wrong way. Lois trying to say that Clark should be rescuing people 24/7 and not have any other sort of life? o.o Clark selling the farmhouse and NOT LETTING HIS MOM KNOW??? O.O Being a total ass to her too about Jonathan with very little reasoning to it. And then they go and say everything in the first half was wrong and Clark has learned from it - but wow, what sucky behavior to start with. Poor Martha.

Tess was great, Chloe was great. Jonathan was well done. Oliver was eh and it took very very little to "inspire" him out of the dark. Lionel was great - creepy touching is back indeed! And then then made him a zombie! I lol'd so hard at that. I bet Glover was loving it to bits.

Yay Lex and Clark scene! There was Clexiness, and Lex encouraged Clark to go be a hero, and Clark apologized to Lex. I thought the line about Lex wanting Clark's destiny was really weird and wtf, but him being mad at Clark for being so wishy-washy about it was good. They really worked well together for that little scene.

The rescue of world was a little anti-climatic, but they were trying to shove a lot in there and making references up the kazoo to the comics (by the end, I was actually starting to get a little tired of all the replications of comic scenes).

The Lex and Tess scene... was really well done but also weird. Didn't get why Lex wanted to kill her despite what he said -- I think they just wanted a death and to get rid of a non-canon character. As for the memory wipe... well, who on earth said it worked? Lex apparently believed it would, but we never actually saw it happen other then seeing the memories, which Lex could just have been thinking about. In Smallville-Land, it probably did, just as electro-shock therapy can clear an exact memory period and leave the rest (I've always rolled my eyes at that one). But even so... reset to default and we're to believe he still becomes the comic Luthor? And if Lex was reset... Clark would be there. He wouldn't let that happen all over again - he would want to do good, to do right and to actually love Lex properly this time. Lois might have been there later, but Lex was first and if Clark has a chance to save him... I think he'd take it.

I went back and watched the Clex scene again just to end the night.

Edited at 2011-05-14 07:07 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 05:27 pm (UTC)
The Lex and Tess scene... was really well done but also weird. Didn't get why Lex wanted to kill her despite what he said -- I think they just wanted a death and to get rid of a non-canon character.
It would actually more believable if Lex killed her because she was getting to close to Clark and that fired up his jealousy. And if Tess had robbed his memories to steal Clark from him! I think you're right that they just wanted to have a death in the last quarter and Tess was the easiest choice.

There was Clexiness, and Lex encouraged Clark to go be a hero, and Clark apologized to Lex. I thought the line about Lex wanting Clark's destiny was really weird and wtf, but him being mad at Clark for being so wishy-washy about it was good. They really worked well together for that little scene.
Michael & Tom generally manage to transcend the dialogue with their beauty & chemistry.
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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2011-05-14 10:23 am (UTC)
I didn't watch it in real time so when I came home I went on Twitter and saw your tweet about needing more action and then when I watched the first hour I was like, 'Ah, now I see what she was talking about." Not just people saying the same thing over and over and over, but basically undoing the decisive course of action Clark took in the last few episodes. Oh, show.

But as always the Clex worked as a soothing, calming salve and was beautiful. Even if they cocked it all up with Lex forgetting, but the good thing is that Clark didn't. He couldn't save Lex (even if the Lex we got tonight wasn't *his* Lex), but now he'll always look at Lex and hope for better.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 05:31 pm (UTC)
Not just people saying the same thing over and over and over, but basically undoing the decisive course of action Clark took in the last few episodes. Oh, show.
He had far too many Spirit Guides in this episode and they all need to shut up and give me some action!

But as always the Clex worked as a soothing, calming salve and was beautiful. Even if they cocked it all up with Lex forgetting, but the good thing is that Clark didn't. He couldn't save Lex (even if the Lex we got tonight wasn't *his* Lex), but now he'll always look at Lex and hope for better.
And memories never stay buried in SV. The wave of lust Lex experiences when he first lays eyes on Supes will bring it all back to the surface. "You've kissed me....I know you have!"
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[User Picture]From: myownghost
2011-05-14 11:30 am (UTC)
i had the show on but muted a lot of it because i had no idea what had happened in the last few years, and i've disliked martha for ages (since she made clark cry out in the barn after he shacked up with some dame in vegas, i can't even remember who). that first hour, then, essentially. chloe and oliver make a gorgeous couple, btw.

what blew me away, in the final section, was the use of the canonic film music, including "can you read my mind," and the restaging of the airplane rescue, etc. i had been under the impression that they were never to be allowed to overlap with superman. must've been thrilling for tom to wear the suit and fly.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-05-14 05:42 pm (UTC)
Annette O'Toole had a funny quote when Diane Lane was cast as Martha in the new film. Something like: "More power to her. Hope she enjoys baking and serving coffee..."

must've been thrilling for tom to wear the suit and fly.
He seemed very tickled to do it!
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