|8 mistakes that Smallville DIDN'T make!
||[Oct. 8th, 2009|06:39 pm]
Today was a mixture of good and bad. The good: A friend sent me a book in the mail with this note "I forgot your birthday was months ago. I'm so sorry!" I didn't remember that she'd forgotten and I'm happy to have the book now, probably even more so than if I received it in July. Surprise non-birthday books are awesome!
The bad: Two colleagues have taken a dislike to each other and it's affecting the atmosphere.
The Smallville: Every SV fan can point out "mistakes" the writers have made, plot-lines and episodes that shouldn't have happened. *cough* S8's Fake!Lex *cough* But sometimes mistakes are caught before they happen, and potentially dreadful plotlines are averted in the nick of time....
1) Lana moves into the manor in S2
Hey, I wasn't thrilled when this happened in S6! But according to a Kristin interview in SV magazine, it was originally slated to happen years earlier, at the beginning of S2. When Nell left town, the first draft of the plot had Lana moving in with Lex. While the notion of Lex as Lana's "guardian" might have pleased Al/Miles (pervs!), fortunately common sense prevailed and Lana moved in with the Sullivans. Chloe and Lana became friends: .
And the mansion continued to be Clex turf! No love triangle of doom on the horizon just yet.
2) Doomsday, the bartender
In early casting 'sides, Davis was a bartender, not a paramedic. Hey, maybe they should have gone with it...nothing says alien menace, like mixing up some Cosmopolitans then dashing out for some carnage. No?
3) The original "Phantom"
The S6 finale "Phantom" seems to have been entirely re-conceived. Originally, Clark and Lana run away together and hide from Lex. Lana works as a diner waitress; Clark as a mechanic. Lex sends an army of meteor freaks after them.
So much wrong there. 1) The cheese factor is sky high. 2) Clark running away???? 3) As with most of S6, it's ALL about Lana, the trouble and the solution to everyone's angst..
I'm not hugely fond of "Phantom." I think it's the second weakest of the finales, after "Doomsday". But it's still much better than their original idea & heralded the end of the S6 "All About Lana" arc. There was also some quarrelsome, yet hot, Clex.
And ooh, that tremendous shot of Bizarro!
4) Lex's dream in "Scare."
In "Scare", virus-stricken Lex has a reprise of his white suit dream from Hourglass. Early spoilers had indicated he would dream of marrying Lana.
The S4 dvds include the original dream as a deleted scene....but wait, that's not Lana, that's Lex's Mom! So were the spoilers wrong, or did they test-run a couple of dreams for poor Lex? Anyway, as a Clexer, I was relieved to see Lexana held at bay for just a little longer!
5) Kara, the Material Girl
When Supergirl was announced as an upcoming character for S7, this quote from Al Gough made fans nervous: “She becomes enamored with our culture: clothes and iPods and stuff. We’ll have a lot of fun as she gets acclimated.” This was troublesome - would Kara be the new product placement mouth-piece?
Laura Vandervoort noted that the character had changed from the original conception: “The way I portray her wasn’t what they originally had in mind. They wanted her to be more of a ditsy, Paris Hilton-type. She goes shopping, she breaks into stores, she’s walking around naked. But I played it kind of stronger, because I thought, little girls are going to look up to her, and I didn’t want her to be another one of those girls. We don’t need another one of those girls.”
Kara turned out to be quite a serious character & LV a very worthy Supergirl!
6) Lana look alike in "Fade"
In "Fade", Clark meets yet another billionaire admirer, Graeme, who decides to mend Clark's Lana-broken heart by fixing him up with an escort. The original spoilers added a squicky touch: the escort was at first going to be a Lana look-alike. It's not often I have the opportunity to say this: Smallville, thank you for not going there!
The final scene ends up being quite cute. Clark enjoys the attention at first:
Then his usual breast-related panic kicks in.
7) Lana to die at the end of S6
Writer Steven DeKnight revealed that the possibility of Lana dying permanently at the end of S6 was considered. I wasn't a fan of Lana in S6, not did I like her SuperHero exit in "Requiem"....but I think her death would have been too much for the show to come back from and cast a shadow over S7. Plus, if Lana died, Lex probably would have been the one to kill her or order her death, and I wouldn't have liked that at all. So, viva la Lana-clone!
8) Lex conspires against Clark in "Asylum"
There were spoilers that Lex would be working with the meteor trio (Ian, Lightning Boy and Van McNulty) to lure Clark to Belle Reve in "Asylum". The episode was even described that way in TV guide. Fortunately for Clexers like me, that proved not to be the case. Lex refuses to help the conspiracy & gets beaten for it, and Clark and Lex have one of their swooniest-sexiest-starcrossed scenes!
Thanks, show! This version was so much better :)
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