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Smallville: Kandor Review [Nov. 6th, 2009|09:01 pm]
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I loved it. Not because it was a great episode, but because I love camp and this is the campiest SV has been since the lamented departure of Uncle Zor-El. Highlights:

- Exteriors! Lots of lovely exteriors.

- Tonight's Jor-El was empathetic and ethical to a fault, ie nothing like the Jor-El portrayed in S1 - 7. He also looks exactly like Oliver and JS even has similar body language to JH. Regrettably, no one comments on this.

- Callum Blue has found his acting groove and embraced the ham completely! I could not be more pleased. Last week, Zod punctuated a remark by poking Tess in the butt; this week, he suddenly pokes a Kandorian doctor (with a very Canadian accent.) I think unexpected poking is an excellent character motif.
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- This may be the highpoint of Chloe's expository career as she gets to provide Jor-El with both a history of Krypton and a complete biography of his son.

- Jor-El makes reference to his "Relic" visit, but omits the LanaAuntShagging.

- Oliver hits on Clark shamelessly throughout this episode. Stop it, you blond tramp! Lex and I are getting so mad...

- Chloe has put cameras all over Clark's house. Lex and I approve. Let's see some Clark-in-undies footage, please.

- When Clark arrives at the barn and finds Jor-El gone, Tom delivers perhaps the funniest line in SV history: "Why would my father leave? Who ELSE does he know in Smallville?" No, it's not remotely played for laughs but I had hiccups for ten minutes, trust me.

- Jor-El has the worst poker face in history. Just by staring at him, Zod is able to deduce the following: he's frightened for someone, he's protecting someone, who would you protect?, Family!, "We led lives back on Krypton...", "YOU HAVE A SON ON EARTH!" It plays out exactly like a scene between Lassie and Timmy.

- The dildo/ball scene is filmed lovingly from three angles.

- Jor-El staggers back to the farm, just long enough to collapse in Clark's lap and die. He asks Clark to "save Zod." We get like a split second of manly tears from Tom, then the camera shoots back fifty feet to watch them from a tactful distance.

- Oliver uses this tragic death to hit on Clark again. STOP IT!!!!

- Chloe tells Clark that Zod is out & about on earth. A few minutes later, Clark very seriously says he has to find out who killed his father. WHO COULD IT POSSIBLY BE? Should we start compiling a short list of suspects?.

- Clark delivers a monologue to Jor-El's grave, promising to find his killer, but not promising to be nice to Zod. (And the dots between father's killer and Zod? Still not connected.) Hilariously, while Clark is saying all this, Zod is standing in plain view 30 feet away, staring at him. He's not even hiding behind a tree or anything, nope. Clark, if you would just turn your head a little to the left? See the intense, stalkerish guy trespassing on your property? No?)

The only part of the episode I didn't like? Clark choking & pushing Tess. Not cool & not in character.

But otherwise....A+++ for the laughs and the poking. (And Tom looks unbelievably hot in a very snug t-shirt.)
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-11-07 03:13 am (UTC)
I'm in ecstatic with the fact that now we know that Zod created Doomsday because he was heartbroken that his mancrush Jor-El wouldn't do it for him so they could be the face of Kryptonian same-sex love.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 03:40 am (UTC)
I'm in ecstatic with the fact that now we know that Zod created Doomsday because he was heartbroken that his mancrush Jor-El wouldn't do it for him so they could be the face of Kryptonian same-sex love.
Yes!!! You are right - it wraps up the DD plot with a fabulous bow! Jor-El and Zod are so OTP. When the Disembodied Head council told them they needed to put their DNA in the orb, there was a very meaningful look exchanged.
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-11-07 03:48 am (UTC)
When the Disembodied Head council told them they needed to put their DNA in the orb, there was a very meaningful look exchanged.
First, Disembodied Head Council would be an awesome name for a band.

Second, that meaningful look was a ghost of a memory that Lex kept after his Zod possession and that's why he was compelled to create Kon-El in the future.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 03:53 am (UTC)
Second, that meaningful look was a ghost of a memory that Lex kept after his Zod possession and that's why he was compelled to create Kon-El in the future.
YES!!! This is brilliant. Why don't you write for SV?

Disembodied Head Council would be an awesome name for a band.
Did you notice that one head had a castrato voice? Very odd. Not a very powerful group, considering Zod basically made them do a 180n on the death sentence: "KILL JOR-EL!" to "JOR-EL is a HERO!" in an eyeblink.
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-11-07 03:58 am (UTC)
Why don't you write for SV?
Because they couldn't trust me to not write the Pink Kryptonite episode.

Zod basically made them do a 180n on the death sentence: "KILL JOR-EL!" to "JOR-EL is a HERO!" in an eyeblink
And that's why he was such an awesome leader. He's still doing the same kind of things in the comics right now. "We can't trust Kal-El, he's been corrupted after living on Earth all these years." "I think he's smart and great." "Okay! Let's make him the commander of an important military unit and then General after you get hurt."
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2009-11-07 03:14 am (UTC)
It was kind of silly, wasn't it? Though I do appreciate the plausible explanation of clones.

You forgot the part where, apparently, hunkering down in a foxhole will save you from a nuclear blast. Really??

I think my favorite part was the Clark was just barely tolerating Oliver. Now THIS is the way he should've been all season, because it fits. It shouldn't be over Lois, but over what happened last season.

I still think the "I've got your back" was supposed to be ironic. At least thats my wank.

I can't put my finger on it, but boy, Chloe was annoying this week.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 03:48 am (UTC)
Tariel predicted the clones, clever her!

I can't put my finger on it, but boy, Chloe was annoying this week.
The scenes where she tells Jor-El his life story were odd - Jor-El accepted all her information so placidly, without ever asking who she was. This was a much more docile Jor-El than I was expecting. (But I am so completely on board with Chloe's Clark-cameras - I want some!)

I still think the "I've got your back" was supposed to be ironic.
It also came out quite gay (although less gay than if Lex had said it!) I think Oliver has now had the traditional SV re-boot where he's back to making jokes & we're supposed to forget the Clark-darting, murders & man-pain?

I think my favorite part was the Clark was just barely tolerating Oliver. Now THIS is the way he should've been all season, because it fits. It shouldn't be over Lois, but over what happened last season.
Haughty!Clark is so delectable! Keep right on snubbing him, baby.

You forgot the part where, apparently, hunkering down in a foxhole will save you from a nuclear blast. Really??
HEE! So gloriously silly. Love the Kandorian flak-jackets too.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 05:17 am (UTC)
Oliver is way too attached to Clark now - not liking that! And he wasn't shirtless, not even strolling through the desert - what's up with that?!?!?!?
That was the perfect opportunity to lose the shirt. Has Oliver forgotten his purpose on the show?

I giggled while Jor-El used Clark's blue dildo on Lex's purple testicle and seeing the dildo vibrate and 'come' all over the purple testicle!!
How did Julian Sands manage not to giggle?!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 05:19 am (UTC)
Tariel22 figured out the clone theory, go her!

JS is always a pleasure but I was expecting a rather less restrained Jor-El. He was so....mild. This is the mean daddy that will imprison Clark in an ice block, kill an FBI agent and kidnap a little girl and make her think she's Kryptonian? It seemed OOC for the SV version of Jor-El.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 06:42 pm (UTC)
That Jor-El could go from being so concerned about human life to sending Clark to Earth as a conquerer, is too much of a 180 for me to accept (particularly in light of how this show generally handles its continuity issues.) Whereas with Zod, I can totally buy that this is the same Zod, years later, that will possess Lex in S6.

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[User Picture]From: dawnybee
2009-11-07 04:54 am (UTC)
I loved it. Not because it was a great episode, but because I love camp and this is the campiest SV has been since the lamented departure of Uncle Zor-El. Highlights:


I'm recording it, but I just tuned in to see the Romantic Moments Backdrop with, not Lana in Clark arms, but dying Jor-El! LMAO!

ETA: I got to the part where Oliver expressed his love of Clark's clothing and I literally fell over on the floor.

Edited at 2009-11-07 04:58 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 05:22 am (UTC)
I got to the part where Oliver expressed his love of Clark's clothing and I literally fell over on the floor.
Oliver was begging for a lay this entire episode. He wasn't even paying attention to what was going on, just thinking of ways to manipulate Clark's distress to get into Clark's pants. He is a shameless hussy!
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[User Picture]From: mahaliem
2009-11-07 05:23 am (UTC)
Chloe has put cameras all over Clark's house.

This actually explains a question I've had concerning Chloe - where she's getting the funding for the Watchtower. Obviously, Chloe is selling the daily footage of Clark over the internet to the highest bidder.

Meanwhile, in Lex's secret lair, Lex keeps getting repetitive motion injuries.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 05:24 am (UTC)
Obviously, Chloe is selling the daily footage of Clark over the internet to the highest bidder.
I'd buy! Me Me Me!

Meanwhile, in Lex's secret lair, Lex keeps getting repetitive motion injuries.
HEE!

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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2009-11-07 07:25 am (UTC)
Genius!
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2009-11-07 07:30 am (UTC)
Love the review! I hadn't thought of the episode in terms of camp, but maybe at some point Jeannot Swarcz just threw his hands up in despair and tried to pull a Thirst. Zod was just so busy chewing scenery and Clark felt completely out of characterization for this season. And you're right, Ollie definitely looked like he's hitting on Clark - that line about wearing the S was just so...
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 06:46 pm (UTC)
I hadn't thought of the episode in terms of camp, but maybe at some point Jeannot Swarcz just threw his hands up in despair and tried to pull a Thirst.
It looked to me like the timing was very tight & scenes had to be cut. For instance, the Clark/Jor-El scene needed to be a lot longer to carry any emotional impact. At least, the directer did very well at creating a sense of momentum - often episodes with minimal Clark screen time drag for me, but this one chugged along nicely.

And you're right, Ollie definitely looked like he's hitting on Clark - that line about wearing the S was just so...
Stop exploiting Clark's grief & show some decorum, Oliver! Yikes!
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[User Picture]From: goodvibe
2009-11-07 04:38 pm (UTC)
//Callum Blue has found his acting groove and embraced the ham completely! I could not be more pleased. Last week, Zod punctuated a remark by poking Tess in the butt; this week, he suddenly pokes a Kandorian doctor (with a very Canadian accent.) I think unexpected poking is an excellent character motif.//

::loves it:: Honestly though, I am so loving CB' Zod. Thus far, IMO, he's been smart, clever and is proving to be a formidable opponent. I hope this continues.

And yes, on with the poking. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-11-07 06:46 pm (UTC)
Honestly though, I am so loving CB' Zod. Thus far, IMO, he's been smart, clever and is proving to be a formidable opponent. I hope this continues.
He's turned out to be lots of fun. Can't wait for the first face-off with Clark!
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