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8 mistakes that Smallville DIDN'T make! [Oct. 8th, 2009|06:39 pm]
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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 :)


'caps by acampbell
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2009-10-09 01:12 am (UTC)
OMG, #3 still gives me nightmares. The awfulness of that is just stunning. I'm just not sure there's a way to ever truly have faith in writers that batted that idea around for even a nanosecond.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-09 02:22 am (UTC)
Would there have been any coming back from #3? Clark going into hiding boggles the mind. It might have killed the show for me. No Clex rebound in S7, no "Arctic" Fortress cuddle...
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-09 02:28 am (UTC)
No hate! Lexana had potential but IMO, it played out soapy & soggy. Fake!baby and martyr!Lana are two of my least favourite SV plotlines ever. Michael & Kristin did have chemistry and seem to have enjoyed working together.

(But I always prefer Lana plot-lines that don't disrupt Clex.)



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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2009-10-09 04:02 am (UTC)
Is this a sign of the apocalypse? SV did at least a few things right? lol That's nice to find out though.

Eeep! #4 and 8 are really just wrong. So glad we got the "Asylum" we got.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-10 02:32 am (UTC)
So glad we got the "Asylum" we got.
Yay for Romeo & Juliet Clex!
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[User Picture]From: me_and_thee
2009-10-09 08:14 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'm SO glad they didn't go with #8! .:shudders:.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-10 02:32 am (UTC)
I know! It would have wrecked everything.
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2009-10-09 09:48 pm (UTC)
Lucky escape for #1 - we would probably have got no Clex with Lana hanging round the mansion all the time and they would probably have had Lex secretly pining for her for the next 6 years! Yuck!

I'm actually a bit sad that we didn't get #2, just because Doomtender amused me - the whole idea sounded so gloriously bad!

So glad #8 didn't happen, and instead they gave me one of my favourite episodes
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-10 02:35 am (UTC)
we would probably have got no Clex with Lana hanging round the mansion all the time and they would probably have had Lex secretly pining for her for the next 6 years! Yuck!
Imagine every Clex scene interrupted by the entrance of Lana. *shivers*

I'm actually a bit sad that we didn't get #2, just because Doomtender amused me - the whole idea sounded so gloriously bad!
It might have been gloriously silly - what's a bartender's excuse for being constantly covered with blood? "I had an accident cutting lemons!"

So glad #8 didn't happen, and instead they gave me one of my favourite episodes
I know! All that gorgeous Clex-clutching & gazing into each other's eyes.
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[User Picture]From: earthseed_fic
2009-10-09 10:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my god! #8. Thank goodness common sense and good taste prevailed.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-10 02:36 am (UTC)
I know! Close call...
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From: dramaa_princess
2009-10-09 11:00 pm (UTC)
#8

i totally agree. one of my fav Clex moment!! ^___^
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-10 02:36 am (UTC)
They are so romantic together in Asylum!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-10 02:36 am (UTC)
Yep, they successfully dodged a few script bullets!
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[User Picture]From: eeyore1017
2009-10-10 04:49 am (UTC)
I like your positive spin on storylines that could have become major crap piles. :-) Sure we've seen our share of actual crap storylines, but I guess we should keep in mind that they could always have been worse...:-)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-10 06:28 pm (UTC)
I could have added the original description of "Rabid" to this list!
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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2009-10-10 04:58 am (UTC)
Fantastic post! See, they don't always steer in the wrong direction.

For me I would add that the didn't go the Tess/Clark flirtation route that was reportedly intended between the two.

IGN: Your relationship with Clark is really interesting. I had read that there was originally going to be a romantic relationship there...

Freeman: Mm-hmm. They had that idea. I think that they were playing with the whole Lex as a female thing. (laughs) Fans have always joked about that. But I think they made a wise choice in changing that, because I think that their relationship goes a bit deeper than a quick, for lack of better phrasing, a quickie./end quote

And to me, it wouldn't have worked anyway because while everyone falls a little bit in love with Clark, Clark and Lex's relationship can't be replicated. Plus, flirting with the same sex makes more sense if she's to be like Lex.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-10 06:35 pm (UTC)
See, they don't always steer in the wrong direction.
There have been some fortunate 11th hour recoveries! Would love to know who we have to thank for that - writers, cast intervention, even the network perhaps?

I would add that the didn't go the Tess/Clark flirtation route that was reportedly intended between the two.
I like that Clark toughens up around Tess. There's none of his usual abashed & apologetic mode with the ladies. But a shag would only make sense if Clark's in an altered state (or if Tess was wearing some of Lex's clothes and Clark had scent confusion.)

And to me, it wouldn't have worked anyway because while everyone falls a little bit in love with Clark, Clark and Lex's relationship can't be replicated. Plus, flirting with the same sex makes more sense if she's to be like Lex.
I liked Cassidy's quote about Tess's relationship with Clark being less "emotional" than Clex. Word!
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2009-10-11 11:45 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh! Thank GOODNESS they didn't have Lex conspiring against Clark in "Asylum." To miss out on one of the "swooniest-sexiest-starcrossed scenes," would truly have been terrible!

*shudders*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-12 04:07 am (UTC)
Wouldn't it have been awful? I'm glad they came to their senses.
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2009-10-12 04:24 am (UTC)
Great list! What bothers me especially about #3 is that Steve DeKnight seemed to think it was a great idea. I don't know, he did a few decent episodes but I was very glad that he left after S6.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-10-12 05:23 pm (UTC)
What bothers me especially about #3 is that Steve DeKnight seemed to think it was a great idea. I don't know, he did a few decent episodes but I was very glad that he left after S6.
DeKnight is talented but he would sometimes write the most glaringly out-of-character moments for the cast. For example, in "Lockdown", he has Clark being petulant that Lex has been credited with saving Lana. That's not Clark! He might be sad that Lana is moving away from him, but he'd never be jealous of someone else's rescue; he'd be grateful that everyone was OK.

I think SDK sometimes had a bit of a superior attitude towards SV, wanting to reboot the characters to his liking. And I'm profoundly grateful that #3 didn't happen - that was a show-killing finale right there!
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