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Smallville: Wrath

You are all probably getting sick of me saying X is "the best episode ever," huh?

Too bad. BEST EPISODE EVER.



So good the only way I could divide the squeefest below was according to different ways this episode made me squee.

Things that made my sides hurt from laughing so hard:

The earth literally does move when Clark and Lana have sex! Seriously!!

Chloe and Lana gossip about Clanasex (or the lack thereof), and poor Clark is clueless about it.

That hilarious horseback riding sequence--wtf??

"I'll go get a screwdriver"

I don't have it verbatim, but Lana's comment about how an afternoon of champagne and truffles usually comes with an apology like "I'm sorry I wrecked your car" or "I accidentally slept with your sister."

Lois asking Lana if there were Joan Jett auditions that no one told her about. Hee hee! Though honestly, I think Lana looks hot in black leather, and they can keep her in that outfit as much as they want.

Word of advice, Smallville. Don't forget flowers on Valentine's Day.

Character notes that just made me happy:

Clark, thinking Lionel's agenda is still Jor-El's agenda. It's pretty stupid, but at least it explains why the hell he keeps going to Lionel for help. And the fact that he thinks Lionel might be pushing him away from Lana because Jor-El has larger plans for him shows that he knows, at least subconsciously, that staying with Lana on the farm is not really what he ought to be doing right now.

The Clark-Chloe conversation about Lana in the Daily Planet, with Chloe calling Clark on his attempt to not look at Lana's dark side, and Clark's idiotic "have you ever wondered if someone you were close to wasn't the person you thought they were?" and Chloe's response: "Clark, are you seriously asking me that question?"

The fact that Lex is still investigating Fine's ship. And it's alive!!!! (Another line that really cracked me up)

Every single Lois scene. I loved Lois sneaking out of the hospital in her polka-dotted hospital gown and slippers, looking as adorable as hell. And all her scenes with Grant really crackle with sexual tension and cute banter, even if he is working for Lex. (Or maybe Lionel? I can't decide). I also can't decide which of the Lois-Grant exchanges I thought were cuter, the "office romance never works out," or the "say that I was right/you were dupping your toes somewhere in the vicinity," or the "that was sexual harassment, but this isn't" one.

Clark and Chloe encoountering Lana's Chamber of Lex Luthor. Even though Chloe had been suspicious about Isis before, I like that she trusted Lana enough that she accepted the explanation that Lana wasn't telling Clark because he was so overprotective. That, plus the fact that Clark actually asked Chloe if she had known about the surveillance, underscored that Lana and Chloe have a real friendship, albeit largely offscreen, and it made the Chloe-Lana showdown at the end of the episode more meaningful, because it showed that even though Chloe cares for Lana, ultimately she's going to side with Clark. And I think we're not supposed to see that so much as Chloe's lingering crush on Clark as a moral decision: she finds what Lana is doing "depraved." She sides with Clark on the key philosophical difference this episode highlighted: both Clark and Chloe don't think killing to protect someone you love is morally justifiable, and Lana and Lex do.

I am a little sad that there is now a big rift in the Chlana friendship, but maybe this will just lead to Chlana enemyslash? Since Chloe won't kill to protect Clark, maybe she'll just have to seduce Lana to get her away from Clark.

Scenes that made me flail my arms in incandescent --albeit inarticulate--joy and yell DUDE. DUDE DUDE DUDE DUDE DUDE DUDE DUDE
(Seriously, that's what my notes say: dude dude dude dude dude)

Um, the whole last twenty minutes of the episode! SO MUCH LOVE. OMG. So much character and shippy goodness, I cannot even articulate what I loved most.

*Flails some more*

Ok, let me try to be coherent. The Lexana scene was awesome. I loved how smart Lex was about trying to convince Lana not to kill him, playing the Clark card over and over. And "We understand doing what we have to to survive" just before kissing her. DAMN. That was kind of cold, but I loved it. And it was a nice bone to throw those of us still rooting for the Lexana. Actually, at this point I kind of wish they would get back together, even if it's clear Lex is over her, because they really are birds of a feather now. And she is still obsessing over him--and not only do we already know that in Smallville obsession is all about twisted love, but we even had Lex textually acknowledge that to Clark.

Damn.

And yeah, that is not a comment about the Clex AT ALL. Damn, we should just call season 7 "the season when the subtext returns." But Lex, you protest too much. We know that the love isn't totally gone, even if most of what remains is the obsession.

Meanwhile, the number of home truths Lana delivered to Clark in the last part of the episode was astounding. I mean, I don't actually condone killing people to save other people, but I love that she was one of the first (maybe the first?) to point out that every time Clark chooses not to kill Lex (and by extension other bad guys), that too has consequences. And she pointed out that he was basically wasting his powers--which is what we've all been complaining about, right? And when he was finally trying to come to grips with all the morally bad choices she's been making, she was actually the one who called him on trying to take all the blame on himself so he didn't have to take her off the pedestal he put her on.

Damn.

DAMN.

And then that broken voice of his, pointing out that he was the one who started the "don't look beneath the surface" game in self-protection (which is definitely true)--ouch. And not responding to her when she asked if he'll always love her no matter what--double ouch. That was just a fantastic, fantastic scene.

Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the Brainiac plot. How beautifully ironic that in trying to prepare for the alien invasion, Lex has inadvertantly released Brainiac on the world again. Ok, not just Lex, obviously. In fact, it was Clark, trying to save Lana from herself, that was the proximate cause of Brainiac's liberation. Anyone want to take bets on how long it's going to be before Brainiac takes over Lana? Because you know that *has* to be the plotline they're setting up. *Flails again*

Actually analysis may follow sometime in the future, but I'm STILL mostly at the "fire bad, tree pretty" stage of things. Or as it occurs in my world, DUDE. DUDE DUDE DUDE.

Comments

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roxymissrose
Nov. 9th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
And behold, we dude with you. It's been a great season to be an SV fan, so far.
norwich36
Nov. 9th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
:D

It really is.
corbeaun
Nov. 9th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
I can't believe how this season is making me fall back in love with Smallville. I - I just have no words. Seriously, I only began watching TV again for Supernatural, but instead I'm finding that it's the hour before that's making me squeee. :D

They're really driving the characters these last few eps. And maybe it's partly due to the Lana, because now? Dude, I find her so hot in the dominatrix leather and ridiculous 6-inch stilettos. And before I could barely stand her. Like you suggested before, her acting really has gotten more nuanced with practice and the more interesting script the writers are feeding her. I've actually been browsing eat_crow again (thanks for the links compilation, btw); it seems some people are on also on the Lana-boat (though there are still some intense animosity that is a bit surprising).

And how AWESOME is it that Lex paralleled his relationship to Clark with the Lexana? I was grinning right into the opening of the next show. It was like - like someone had accidentally swapped a line from one of those angsty post-Rift Clex fanfics into the script - you know, the one with the angry hate-sex. It was just so blatant - I was amazed the writers got away with that. Sure, they were (most likely) referring to friendship!Clex, but geez! They were speaking of blatantly non-platonic relationships (i.e. Lexana and Clana) in the conversation.

This is season is for the WIN.
norwich36
Nov. 10th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
Dude, I find her so hot in the dominatrix leather and ridiculous 6-inch stilettos.

Totally. I can definitely feel new icons coming one.

've actually been browsing eat_crow again (thanks for the links compilation, btw); it seems some people are on also on the Lana-boat (though there are still some intense animosity that is a bit surprising).

I'm glad it's a helpful resource for you! And yeah, it's too bad there's still so much Lana hate around, but character hate, like character love, is so personal, so I guess it is to be expected.

And how AWESOME is it that Lex paralleled his relationship to Clark with the Lexana? I was grinning right into the opening of the next show. It was like - like someone had accidentally swapped a line from one of those angsty post-Rift Clex fanfics into the script - you know, the one with the angry hate-sex. It was just so blatant

Yeah, it was amazing how obvious they made that parallel. I was also astounded that they actually went there.
bagheera_san
Nov. 9th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
That hilarious horseback riding sequence--wtf??
I think it has this odd signficance (besides being the cheesiest crack ever): little girls want ponies. This is Lana before the fall (the one Clark saw.) But it was still wtf.

I agree with you. This was on par with the best episodes SV has ever delivered. But unlike Pilot, which was merely cool and creative, or Shattered, which was utterly heart-breaking, this one was SO DAMN SATISFYING.
norwich36
Nov. 10th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
think it has this odd signficance (besides being the cheesiest crack ever): little girls want ponies.

See, I thought it was a reverse sexual metaphor, or something. Clark and Lana can't have sex, so they have silly movie horseback riding (that in certain eras would have symbolized actual sex) instead.

And yes, I can't believe how satisfying this episode was, because it paid off so many pieces of characterizations that had been hinted at but had never come to fruition.
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norwich36
Nov. 13th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re: part I
I'm still, a day later, a little stunned that an episode with such a genuinely silly premise -- random person gets Clark's powers thanks to the marvelous conductive powers of kryptonite and cotton -- yielded such rich, tasty characterization fruit.

Yeah, I definitely wouldn't have predicted this outcome just hearing the summary of the premise of the episode.

Oh, we're absolutely supposed to see it as a moral stance. Chloe is, I think, a good illustration of one of Superman's more subtle yet important gifts -- he leads by example, spurring others to pull themselves up to his moral standards. In Nemesis, Chloe was a lot closer to current!Lana in her thinking of the best way to deal with Lex, and she drew a distinction between herself and Clark when she said, "But you can't think that way." Now she thinks that way, and it's a direct result, IMO, of the influence of Clark's constant presence in her life.

I think part of it is definitely Clark's influence--but another part is Chloe's own change of status. I was struck by her comment that Lana's spy operation was "depraved," which seems like a strong criticism--but it's more understandable now that Chloe is one of the mutants who must fear surveillance and invasion of her body/privacy. And even though Lana wasn't spying on her, she *was* using a facility that was supposed to be helping the meteor-infected as a front for spying. I expect Chloe's feeling of betrayal is somewhat on par with how Clark felt when he first encountered the Chamber of Clark Kent.

'm sure that I should, on some level, be appalled at myself for rooting for Lana and Lex to get back together after what he did to her, but ... I'm really not. They are more suited to each other now than ever before and now, there's a real fire between them that hasn't been there since the very early days of their romantic relationship.

Yeah, I'm not usually one for having female characters reconcile with men who violated them (and when I phrase it that way I'm appalled at myself too)--but like you, I really wanted Lord and Lady MacBeth last season, and this is exactly what I thought it would look like. (And really, Lex's marriages should look something like open combat and angry hatesex, which is just about what this would be).

I've actually always kind of had a problem with the series' suggestion that somehow no one's got a right to wonder about alien life or dig into it when something possibly alien has a profound impact on peoples' lives

Seriously. And Lex is not wrong; just because Clark and Kara have benevolent intentions doesn't erase the fact that most of the aliens Lex has encountered have not.

Oliver said something similar to Clark in Rage after shooting Lex.

Oh, how did I forget Oliver? *Headdesk*

And you know, even putting Clark's actual moral compass aside, I think he'd be a lot more willing to at least philosophically consider the idea if people would stop espousing it to him while they themselves are completely out of control and probably in need of being knocked unconscious.

Hee!
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norwich36
Nov. 13th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Re: part II
You know, that was the one thing Lana said in the whole episode that didn't sit right with me from an intratextual perspective. I mean, yes, Action showed that the creative team 'gets it' that the audience is tired of waiting for Clark to start thinking/acting globally. But of all people, Lana should understand why he wants to try for a normal life because a big part of why he wants to try is for her. Had anyone else said it, it wouldn't have bothered me, but something about that coming from Lana, who is one of the primary reasons he's been dragging his feet, struck me as really mean.

You're right--it was deliberately cruel, even. I'm sure on her part it was related to the epiphany about just how much power Clark has (one thing to know it in the abstract, another to experience) and her own duality, the sweet Smallville girl covering up the crusader to bring down Lex. I think to me this signals that Clana would never work in the long run even if Clark doesn't end up rejecting her, because she has this secret strain of contempt for his choices.

As Madelyn pointed out on my LJ, it's stunning that Lex delivered the line, "It must sting, seeing what you've created," to Clark while they're staring into each other's eyes. It was like, "Wow, SV. You're just going right to the 72-point font on that bit of subtext, aren't ya?"

I'm not even sure that still counts as subtext--it seems pretty textual to me!


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norwich36
Nov. 13th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Re: and, and, and ...
I KNOW! That was completely made of awesome.

Oh, Lex. I love when they actually let you be the supervillain you are meant to be.
huzzlewhat
Nov. 10th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
DUDE!!!!

That hilarious horseback riding sequence--wtf??

With the cheesy, oh-so-happy-sounding pop song with the mournful lyrics! Brilliant!

Clark, thinking Lionel's agenda is still Jor-El's agenda. It's pretty stupid, but at least it explains why the hell he keeps going to Lionel for help.

Yes! I went there, too.

And the fact that he thinks Lionel might be pushing him away from Lana because Jor-El has larger plans for him shows that he knows, at least subconsciously, that staying with Lana on the farm is not really what he ought to be doing right now.

That, and he's probably sick of hearing it from everyone he knows, and even random movie-assistant guys. :-)

I loved Lois sneaking out of the hospital in her polka-dotted hospital gown and slippers, looking as adorable as hell.

God, wasn't she cute?

The Lexana scene was awesome. I loved how smart Lex was about trying to convince Lana not to kill him, playing the Clark card over and over.

What I love most about this episode is how the romantic triangle reoriented itself visibly. I mean, we'd been meta-ing for a while that Lexana was really all about Clark, but this episode it really was made clear that it's All About Clark. The two of them look at him as the perfect, unattainable point on the triangle, and for all that they're screwing around with each other, he's the ideal. It was beautiful.

Damn, we should just call season 7 "the season when the subtext returns."

Oh, god, yes. It was all over this ep, but that last Clark/Lex scene? DUDE!!!

In fact, it was Clark, trying to save Lana from herself, that was the proximate cause of Brainiac's liberation.

That's the classic way for a superhero to fuck up; with collateral damage while saving someone. Think of the opening of Superman II, where "safely" setting the warhead off in space caused shockwaves that destroyed the prison that held Zod and his followers. It made me squee with comics-fangirl delight, even while I was calling Clark an oblivious idiot. (Because of course, he should have been completely aware of the danger of the black gunk when writhing under the effects of Kryptonite and electrocuting himself!)

Anyone want to take bets on how long it's going to be before Brainiac takes over Lana? Because you know that *has* to be the plotline they're setting up. *Flails again*

Ooh! I hadn't gone there yet. *Flails with you*

Actually analysis may follow sometime in the future, but I'm STILL mostly at the "fire bad, tree pretty" stage of things. Or as it occurs in my world, DUDE. DUDE DUDE DUDE.

DUDE!!!!
norwich36
Nov. 13th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
What I love most about this episode is how the romantic triangle reoriented itself visibly. I mean, we'd been meta-ing for a while that Lexana was really all about Clark, but this episode it really was made clear that it's All About Clark. The two of them look at him as the perfect, unattainable point on the triangle, and for all that they're screwing around with each other, he's the ideal. It was beautiful.

I just could not believe they actually made that textual, you know? I mean, with Lana, sure, but with Lex? It was so amazing. And God, the Clex. This might have been the Clexiest episode ever.

That's the classic way for a superhero to fuck up; with collateral damage while saving someone... TIt made me squee with comics-fangirl delight, even while I was calling Clark an oblivious idiot. (Because of course, he should have been completely aware of the danger of the black gunk when writhing under the effects of Kryptonite and electrocuting himself!)

I don't really blame Clark--how could he know?--but it was a wonderfully ironic moment. And I agree, very inspired by the comics and films, to cause collateral damage as he helps someone.

DUDE!

beck_liz
Nov. 10th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
The earth literally does move when Clark and Lana have sex! Seriously!!

Oh, I about died laughing with that.

That hilarious horseback riding sequence--wtf??

The thing is, one thing I remember about Lana from Season 1 was that she went horseback riding. I'm fairly sure it was in the first episode, even. I don't know, maybe it's a callback to a time of innocence which is about to be shattered? Did go on a bit long, though. Heh.

And she pointed out that he was basically wasting his powers--which is what we've all been complaining about, right?

I did a fist pump right there. Please let it sink in this time?

Edited at 2007-11-10 10:25 pm (UTC)
norwich36
Nov. 13th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, I about died laughing with that.

I didn't really think they could top "Heat" for sexual humor, but they really really did.

The thing is, one thing I remember about Lana from Season 1 was that she went horseback riding... I don't know, maybe it's a callback to a time of innocence which is about to be shattered?

Yeah, that plus a metaphor for sexual frustration or something. If they're not having sex, they have to occupy their time somehow, right?
bop_radar
Nov. 11th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Wheeeeeee!!!

The fact that Lex is still investigating Fine's ship. And it's alive!!!! (Another line that really cracked me up)
It's exhibiting conscious behaviour! *rotfl* I was watching with supacat and she paused it at that line to say 'no, it's NOT!' We couldn't stop laughing for a good two minutes.

even though Chloe cares for Lana, ultimately she's going to side with Clark. And I think we're not supposed to see that so much as Chloe's lingering crush on Clark as a moral decision: she finds what Lana is doing "depraved."
Yeah, I agree that we're meant to see it as moral issue, and perhaps one of ultimate personal loyalty, but not a romantic issue. I don't feel like Chloe and Lana are rivals for Clark's affection any more. But Chloe's committed herself to Clark's 'team'.

So much character and shippy goodness, I cannot even articulate what I loved most.
It was really HARD! Meta post took me aaaaages.

I love that she was one of the first (maybe the first?) to point out that every time Clark chooses not to kill Lex (and by extension other bad guys), that too has consequences
I think Oliver had a stab at it? But not nearly so succinctly or directly. Clark himself has wondered aloud whether it might not be better. I can't remember the episode though.

And when he was finally trying to come to grips with all the morally bad choices she's been making, she was actually the one who called him on trying to take all the blame on himself so he didn't have to take her off the pedestal he put her on.
That was a new level of brilliance from Lana.

Anyone want to take bets on how long it's going to be before Brainiac takes over Lana? Because you know that *has* to be the plotline they're setting up. *Flails again*
OMG, I HADN'T EVEN GOT THERE YET! *blinks*
norwich36
Nov. 13th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
I don't feel like Chloe and Lana are rivals for Clark's affection any more. But Chloe's committed herself to Clark's 'team'.

Yeah, that's what it felt like to me.

So much character and shippy goodness, I cannot even articulate what I loved most.
It was really HARD! Meta post took me aaaaages.
Ah, but then you were at least able to engage your brain. (Though honestly, part of my inability to analyze these days comes from the fact that I am usually writing the review while watching Gray's Anatomy and SPN. Thursday nights are too busy! Though I guess with the writer's strike that won't be a problem for long.)

I think Oliver had a stab at it? But not nearly so succinctly or directly. Clark himself has wondered aloud whether it might not be better.

Yes, how could I forget Oliver? *Headdesk*
(Anonymous)
Mar. 7th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
Agreed
Gotta agree with all I just read there. seems you're a huge SV fan too! I didn't even know season 7 was out yet, so am frantically watching them all, 7ep's in 2 days at the moment. SOOOOO GOOOOD!!!
norwich36
Mar. 7th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Re: Agreed
Hi there! Nice to meet you! Yes, I am definitely a big SV fan. (And feel free to sign your comments if you are popping by without a livejournal).
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