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Smallville 7.02: Kara

Well, my VCR worked, except it might have cut off a little of the ending.

[SORRY!!! My j key is only sporadically working, which is why the cut tag didn't work first time. Hope I didn't spoil anyone!!!]


Did anything happen after Lex said "Use any resources necessary to find her"? That's when my tape cut off.

Overall, I mostly liked it, but let me start with the things I was conflicted about:

--While I love that they're really setting Lois on her journalistic path this season, and I actually like the new snarky editor of the Planet, I can tell I'm just going to hate the Lois v. Chloe storyline this is clearly setting up. I sometimes feel like the only Smallville fan who likes Lois and Chloe equally, and all I can see coming from this fandom-wise is even more entrenchment of the Chloe v. Lois wars. Oh joyous day. I'll be sitting over here as Switzerland, biting my tongue a lot and giving myself an ulcer.

--Kara. I like what seems to be the basic idea behind this character: a family connection to Clark, someone who can teach him about Krypton while he mentors her in the ways of humans. I just am not sure that the actress sold me on this character--and I wasn't too impressed by that "Clark teaches her superhearing" scene, either. She can fly naturally but not use her hearing? Okay, whatever. Kind of like her extremely colloquial command of English , I guess we're just supposed to assume her AI/matrix thing gave her selective knowledge, or something?

Things I generally liked

--Ooh, new bad guys on the scene! The Department of Euphemistically-named-so-they-don't-get-in-trouble-but-its
obviously-Homeland Security! Intriguing. Maybe they're the people that kidnapped Lionel? It is about time we had some new players in this show.

--The giant missing McGuffin crystal, that's equipped with lots of Kryptonian power. Hmm, I smell the return of Brainiac coming out of this somewhere done the road (but I am unspoiled, so please do not confirm if this is true).

--Jor-El is back? When did Jor-El come back? Still, it's nice to have his cryptic presence again, and LOOK: an actual good reason for Clark to delay his training: to watch that Kryptonian spygirl. Actually, I'm a little with Jor-EL on this: Clark switched from his justified paranoia about mysteriously appearing Kryptonians to trust awfully fast. I mean, the viewers know she is Supergirl and therefore good, but for all Clark knows she could totally be feeding him lines to get him to trust her, a la Milton Fine.

--Lionel managed to find someone to confess for Lex in what, the hour before he got caught in the dam burst? That is one quick-thinking bit of magnificent bastardy, there.

--Kara and Clark's discussion about how even advanced civilizations can manage to blow themselves up. A little anvilly, but never a bad message to hear.

Things I loved with the power of a thousand yellow suns

LEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I could put more exclamation points here, but you get the idea. Holy crap, Lex, even in reformed penitent mode you are finally beginning to show the world-mastering brilliance you need to have, figuring out that Lana wasn't really dead and actually being able to track her down.

And I can't help it, I loved every second of that Lexana scene, even if his penitence was a bit over-the-top. I really thought he was playing her when he walked forward into the gun, and a large part of me kind of wanted him to get his badass on and point it back at her, but overall I was really glad that he told her she'd be safe if she came back to Smallville, because it strongly reminded me of the resolution between Lex and Lana in my very favorite Lana story ever, mskatej's Seule et Amoreuse .

And I know people are still arguing about whether or not he did the fake baby thing, but DUDE. He CLONED HER. That is arguably far, far creepier and more obsessive and skeery than just faking a baby, and no fucking wonder Lana felt she had to fake her death and frame him to get away. I was on the fence on the "framed for murder" thing, but I think I'm off it now, because cloning people is freaky scary to me.

Though the Lexana fan in me can't help but think of fic in which Lex clones Clark, and sigh in happiness that he really did love her in his crazy obsessive Lex way, even though he's got another savior figure superpowered crush right now .

And LANA!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, Lana, I do very much love it when you embrace your inner Luthor, and I think you managed it best when you attempted to escape from them. Blowing up your own clone to fake your death is inspired! And I can't help it, I found it really sexy was very impressed that she played around with the idea of killing Lex for the betterment of humanity, knowing that she'd get away with it because she's dead. I knew she wouldn't go through with it, of course, because she really does represent the midpoint between Clark and Lex on the show. I think is right in her predictions that Clark will eventually realize he's unable to be with Lana because her moral code is different--the fact that she'd at all consider killing Lex is a sign of that--and yet at the same time she's *not* a coldblooded killer (regardless of her self-defense body count), and that's what separates her from Lex.

Other random miscellaneous episode stuff I've forgotten to mention:
--I assume Chloe was looking at profiles of random Belle Reve inmates because she's obsessing over what her new power means for her? Or did I miss something?
--Speaking of Chloe, I really loved her confrontation with Lex, though it surprises me that she so easily dismissed the possibility that Lana was alive
--Although I can see that in the future I'm probably going to just completely avoid talking about journalistic storylines altogether to avoid participating in Chloe v. Lois 2007 extravaganza, I did really love how passionately and doggedly Lois went after the alien ship story, and how the new editor of the Planet recognized that.

Comments

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xgirl2222
Oct. 5th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
Squeeeeeeeee! I loved the whole Lexana convoy, my review of them said many of the things yours did. In fact I was impressed with just how intelligently everything was written tonight. Oh how I love this show.
norwich36
Oct. 5th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
*Squees with you in shared SV love*
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norwich36
Oct. 5th, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
he somewhat creepy flat voice on that guy, and the inflection on his 'hmmm' in the elevator (for some reason sounded a tad like James Marsters to me), combined with all the space ship blahblah crystal blahblah only a kryptonian blahblah, meant the first thought I entertained during the elevator scene was that the Homeland Security guy might actually be Brainiac, with, y'know, a different face. Or something. I was half hoping for a silvery change over actually.

That would be COMPLETELY AWESOME. And Brainiac did hack the Pentagon, so presumably he has enough knowledge to fake his way around.

She pulled them out of a file marked classified, and Lex mentioned Lana filched files before she disappeared, so I assume she was looking through them either because they were a link to Lana (ala the videos and crying last week), or because she'd just recently got her hands on them (Lana arranged for them to be handed over to Chloe somehow either after, or close before, her 'death').

Oh, that's an interesting theory. I hadn't thought of that.


mskatej
Oct. 5th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I sometimes feel like the only Smallville fan who likes Lois and Chloe equally, and all I can see coming from this fandom-wise is even more entrenchment of the Chloe v. Lois wars. Oh joyous day.


LOL. *cuddles you* This is very true.

I liked all the stuff you liked as well, except that I also liked the things you didn't like.

She can fly naturally but not use her hearing?


I'm okay with that actually because I don't see why Kara should know how to do everything she and Clark are capable of without having to learn it. And if you think about it, Clark was levitating off his bed years before he learned to use his hearing, so a Kryptonian who had already matured before coming to earth and who *knew* she would have special powers when she got there is more likely to be aware of her strength and her ability to fly than things like heat vision or super breath or super hearing. Also, Clark's inability to fly is completely psychological; not only is he afraid of heights he doesn't seem to *want* to fly (yet).
norwich36
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think I'm still a lot more on the fence about Kara than you are.

I don't see why Kara should know how to do everything she and Clark are capable of without having to learn it

Thinking about that, I actually think what I didn't like about that scene is less that she didn't know how to use her power and more that it felt...clumsy and rushed, somehow. Like, "and now we will show you how Clark can be a mentor to Kara and not just the other way around" or something.
mahaliem
Oct. 5th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh joyous day. I'll be sitting over here as Switzerland, biting my tongue a lot and giving myself an ulcer.

I know! I'm already bracing myself for the fallout.

And I know people are still arguing about whether or not he did the fake baby thing, but DUDE. He CLONED HER. That is arguably far, far creepier and more obsessive and skeery than just faking a baby, and no fucking wonder Lana felt she had to fake her death and frame him to get away. I was on the fence on the "framed for murder" thing, but I think I'm off it now, because cloning people is freaky scary to me.

If I were Lana, I would've shot him. I'm not sure what that says about me and my moral code, but I think there's a sense of self-preservation issue here. Sure, he claims that he won't hurt her, etc. but it's not like he hasn't lied before.
norwich36
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
We should start a "fannish Switzerland society" or something.

If I were Lana, I would've shot him. I'm not sure what that says about me and my moral code, but I think there's a sense of self-preservation issue here. Sure, he claims that he won't hurt her, etc. but it's not like he hasn't lied before.

Realistically, yeah. Because much as I, the viewer, can find Lex's obsessions hot excuse Lex's obsessions, if I were actually in that situation I wouldn't trust him.

Though from a fanfic perspective, I have to bounce up and down with glee, because now Lex cloning people he's obsessed with is CANON. Which means he must have a whole warehouse full of Clark clones wearing nothing but silver briefs. Do you think he'll share with us?
obursts
Oct. 5th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
The Department of Euphemistically-named-so-they-don't-get-in-trouble...

Oh yes. That was so obvious and much too funny. Clearly, it wasn't supposed to be, but I laughed anyway.

I sometimes feel like the only Smallville fan who likes Lois and Chloe equally

You're not the only one. I don't like the dueling cousins either. I haven't wandered into the Lois/Chloe/Chlois threads over at TWoP in a while. I'm afraid of what I might see there.
norwich36
Oct. 6th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, yay, another person for the fannish Switzerland society. *Glomps you*
romanyg
Oct. 5th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
I loved the Lexana scene. There was just so much *there* there. I think he still might be playing her, and he did get to her emotionally.

I moving to Switzerland with you. I like both Chloe and Lois.

I'm conflicted about Kara too.
norwich36
Oct. 6th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to decide how to read Lex obsessively playing that tape of Lana saying "you'll never touch me again" over and over. Is he really still in love with her and trying to psych himself into putting whatever plan in motion he wants to put in motion? Is he trying to figure out how to distinguish between real Lana and clone Lana? (Because I expect there's still a possibility that living Lana is actually the clone rather than the real thing). Something else?

It would be quite interesting, I think, if he was playing her, and hasn't given her up just because he's moved on to a new obsession.

Switzerland is a very nice place!
romanyg
Oct. 9th, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how to read the tape-playing either. He could just be letting her go so that he can concentrate on his new obsession. Or he could still be planning something devious. I have no idea! That's one of the things I love about SV, there's just so many possibilities.
norwich36
Oct. 9th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I can't even decide which option I prefer, which is another thing I like about SV.
bop_radar
Oct. 6th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I'll be sitting over here as Switzerland, biting my tongue a lot and giving myself an ulcer.
You know last season I wouldn't have been happy about such a direct Chloe versus Lois plot either. But I feel like Chloe was such a total cow to Lois in this episode that she deserves to have to face up to this. I'm sorry I can't join you in Switzerland--I don't like the fannish wars either but I can't support a character this selfish. I still love YOU though. *hugs*

She can fly naturally but not use her hearing?
Her hearing is enhanced on Earth because of the yellow sun so she wouldn't have been able to use it like this before. I found that plausible. Presumably the flying is not dependent on the sun and is something that she would have learnt to do back on Krypton.

Maybe they're the people that kidnapped Lionel? It is about time we had some new players in this show.
That would be cool! I agree!

Jor-El is back? When did Jor-El come back?
The Fortress has been regenerating, remember?

for all Clark knows she could totally be feeding him lines to get him to trust her, a la Milton Fine.
Right! He's awful quick to trust or distrust, that Clark, heart him though I do.

I was on the fence on the "framed for murder" thing, but I think I'm off it now, because cloning people is freaky scary to me.
I'm exactly with you on this one. That's just totally fucking crazy and Lana has my sympathy too. I loved it all!

I knew she wouldn't go through with it, of course, because she really does represent the midpoint between Clark and Lex on the show.
I love that. Lana is right there as one of my favourite characters now. I adore her.

I assume Chloe was looking at profiles of random Belle Reve inmates because she's obsessing over what her new power means for her? Or did I miss something?
I was puzzled by that too.

norwich36
Oct. 6th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty much going to avoid talking about any Chloe-Lois interactions, because I'm finding it too upsetting. Sorry.

On the Lana storyline: I wonder if they're going in a particular direction with the Lex-Lana conflict when she's back in Smallville, or if they're going to drop it altogether. Though I do wonder if there are still any Lana clones wandering around out there.
bop_radar
Oct. 7th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
*hugs*

I was REALLY hoping there for a moment that there would be a rogue Lana clone. Alas! I'm also not sure where they'll take the Lex-Lana plot from here.
clari_clyde
Oct. 6th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
Lana!!! I’m sorry. I’m stuck on the Lana clones and am going into meta-paralysis over this being one more bit of fodder for her fascination with death considering, well, she was killing herself in preparation of killing her husband. I think Lana will go very close to the edge but not actually go over into the dark side. She knows when to pull back but she’s starting to really not be afraid of the darkest greys now.
norwich36
Oct. 6th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's fascinating. I hadn't even thought of that. She did, really, kind of kill herself--and I wonder about the morality of destroying a clone, too. It wasn't awake yet, I think (???), but if it had been, it would have been murder. So I think you're right about Lana skirting the edge. Finally!
bagheera_san
Oct. 6th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Hey, yeah! Over my dislike of the way the whole clone plot was just thrown at us, I completely forgot my initial squee about Lex figuring out Lana wasn't dead.

And, yeah, whatever excuse Lex had for cloning her (and I'm not sure I want to know it, because it's probably going to be something either creepy or contrived), that was just... crazy and WRONG. But not as pathetic as the baby-fake, if he faked the baby to keep her close.

Between you, xgirl2222 and romanyg, I guess I have proof that occasionally, this show isn't too dumb, but too smart for me *g*
norwich36
Oct. 6th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't gotten around to reading my flist yet today, so I am guessing you objected to the clone plot coming out of nowhere? But it wasn't completely unexpected, I think, given the other projects Lex is doing. (And maybe this means he's working on Clark clones, too, which can only be a thing of beauty and a joy forever).

beck_liz
Oct. 7th, 2007 02:06 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'm a little with Jor-EL on this: Clark switched from his justified paranoia about mysteriously appearing Kryptonians to trust awfully fast. I mean, the viewers know she is Supergirl and therefore good, but for all Clark knows she could totally be feeding him lines to get him to trust her, a la Milton Fine.

*snort* Yeah, Clarks all, "Ooooh, family! *glomps*" Which I totally don't blame him for, but still. At least a little niggling doubt on his part wouldn't be amiss.

While I love that they're really setting Lois on her journalistic path this season, and I actually like the new snarky editor of the Planet, I can tell I'm just going to hate the Lois v. Chloe storyline this is clearly setting up. I sometimes feel like the only Smallville fan who likes Lois and Chloe equally, and all I can see coming from this fandom-wise is even more entrenchment of the Chloe v. Lois wars. Oh joyous day. I'll be sitting over here as Switzerland, biting my tongue a lot and giving myself an ulcer.

I'm sure someone's already said this, but you're not alone. I like them both equally (it's Lana I waver on). I'm really not looking forward to the complaints on either side. *joins you in Switzerland*

norwich36
Oct. 7th, 2007 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yay Switzerland!

Like you, I can't blame Clark for glomping onto family, especially now that his mom's in DC, but yeah. Be ust a *little* cautious, please, Clark? Did Milton Fine teach you nothing?
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norwich36
Oct. 7th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
I completely love your icon. LOVE it.

And Kim Coates, who plays Mr.-Currently- Unnamed-Government- Operative, is a terrific actor.... SV is lucky to have him and I hope it doesn't waste him.

Well, if they're casting really good actors as villains, I hope that means they're going somewhere good with the government conspiracy plot.

I agree with everything you said about the fake baby plot in your journal, btw.

I would even go so far as to argue that it could have genuinely made her fear for her life because if he's got a backup version of her then he could just get rid of her if she got out of line!

Yeah--that does seem to be the hidden subtext. I can't see how to read that in a non-threatening way.

That scene was awesome on so many levels and yes, it made the latent Lex/Lana fan in me weep for what could have been and Lana's calm and deliberate calculations was part of the awesome. She rocked. I'm v. v. happy she's not really dead.

Oh, if only they had had the guts to actually go there. But I join you in being happy she's not dead.

slinkling
Oct. 7th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
I seemed to have a different read from everybody else on what's going on with Chloe and Lois (I just posted my episode reactions, over here) -- I don't actually see this as Chloe vs. Lois. Maybe it's just me, and my happy-place reading. But I see no need for a Switzerland, because I don't think rivalry between them is the point. Of course, the show may yet prove me wrong.

As for Kara, and the powers she has and doesn't have -- well, I'm totally with you on where she would have picked up English, not to mention American idioms. But with regard to flying, unlike Clark, she didn't grow up with a fear of heights (having not spent her toddlerhood hurtling through infinite space, one assumes), and she's not at all conflicted about the fact that she's an alien and not human. We've seen Clark flying when he was "not himself" for whatever reason; I firmly believe that he *could* fly, and it's his own baggage that's holding him back.
norwich36
Oct. 7th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
We've seen Clark flying when he was "not himself" for whatever reason; I firmly believe that he *could* fly, and it's his own baggage that's holding him back.

That's a very interesting interpretation! I like that a lot, actually, because it's actually a good reason for the whole "no flights no tights" rule.

*Runs over to your journal to see what you said*
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