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Smallville: Gemini

So, it is possible that I (a) stayed up until 2 a.m. last night to actually watch Smallville and (b) came into work a half an hour early today so I could write up my reactions. What can I say, I am an addict. I still probably won't get to read other people's responses until tonight, though.



First of all, I feel like a Smallville genius. Not only did I accurately predict that Julian was a clone after the last episode when everyone was saying "bad retcon, bad retcon," but I also guessed that Clark was not Clark in this episode from his very first scene. (Ok, it's true I thought he was Brainiac, not Bizarro, so I am not a complete genius, but still, I feel like I am strong in the SV plot-predicting force.)

Second, yay for a Loiscentric episode! I really loved her in this episode: how she took Chloe's warnings about dating your boss to heart; how completely tenacious she was in trying to get Chloe out of danger without giving in to Adrian's demands; and how creative she was in trying to get out of the trap, even if she made missteps along the way. And I completely loved her interactions with Lex--I really hope they're going to get to go head to head again before the season ends.

(I guess there's not a writer's strike in the SV-verse, since Lois is still jonesing for her Daily Show fix, but I am very sad at the thought that we may only have 4 more SV eps this season, since we know MR isn't signed for next season. How are they going to wrap up those plotlines? :-( I support the strike, I just wish the networks would negotiate a reasonable deal so all my favorite shows wouldn't end prematurely).

Third, Chloe finally told Jimmy the truth--and I think she was being honest when she said it wasn't that she didn't trust him, it was that she was having trouble accepting it herself. And I love that silence of hers when Jimmy asked her if telling him meant she did accept herself, because I don't think it *should* be easy for her. (And I know I was rooting for Jimmy/Kara, because they had chemistry, but I also really want Chloe to be happy, so I'm conflicted right now.)

Fourth, Grant is really turning into an interesting character. God, how completely awful it must be to find out that all your memories are false, implanted ones. And now Lois--who presumably knows a little about Grant's past, since they were dating and all--knows Adrian's history. And as Grant put it, she has a habit of diving for a penny and coming up with the holy grail, so I'm sure she's going to eventually work it out that Grant, too, is a clone--I suspect that's the real reason Grant broke up with her. (And in a side note: people need to stop breaking up with Lois, dammit! Even with relationships I'm not particularly invested in, like Grant/Lois, it breaks my heart every time.)

The Lex-Grant relationship is FASCINATING. So, Lex couldn't make his family with Lana, and he lost the Lana clone to her escape, so he went for the little brother instead--but he rejects the defective ones. In fact, he KILLS the defective ones. That's really, really disturbing, and I think really highlights both how desperate he is for love and connection and how he needs to be in total control of relationships, making the very love and connection he seeks impossible.

Fifth, Lana was really, really interesting in this episode. God, she is SO season 1 Lex (or maybe season 2 Lex). She is desperate for Clark to love her, and claims to have given up her obsession with Lex, and yet when "Clark" wants more info on Lex, what do we find? She's got that Brainiac-infected employee in the basement, just like Lex was keeping whathisname--I want to say Dr. Walden? The linguist who got zapped by the cave, way back in season 2 or so? Of course, she's rationalizing her actions by saying that she didn't want the woman to infect others, but really, she just can't give up on her obsessions any more than Lex can--even for Clark's sake.

Finally: Bizarro. Wow. I can't wait to see where they're going with this plotline. Does Jor-El know what's going on while he's disciplining his son? Has the AI somehow been infected by Bizarro, or by remnants of the crystal from "Blue"? When I was thinking Bizarro was Brainiac, I was assuming he was playing Lana to get all the info she has on Lex, and that he rescued Chloe and feigned interest in her friendship because she's a useful tool to get certain kinds of information--and that still may be accurate. I'm really curious what Bizarro's agenda is going to turn out to be.

Comments

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preciosatt
Dec. 14th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
I LOVED it. All of it!

I feel like an SV genuis too because from the moment that GG said that he was Julian Luthor, I yelled "CLONE!!!!" and was sooooo frustrated when everyone was running around going,"Retcon! Retcon!".

And Lex is so delicious when he's evil or manipulating. It's truly something to behold. Why do psychos love Lana?

And I love Reporter Lois. Unlike some at that other place, I do think that it's possible for her to be a good reporter. Chole doesn't have to hand her everything and there is room for more than one good reporter on the show.

Geez, my eye literally just twitched thinking about it.
norwich36
Dec. 15th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
Yes, we are SV geniuses!!

And I agree, Reporter Lois completely kicks butt.
cinderella81
Dec. 14th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
I loved this ep!

And I was right there with ya on the guessing that Julian is a clone and Clark wasn't Clark! I feel so smart!

Poor Lois ... I love the line she said about not working with 'the right guy' ...
norwich36
Dec. 15th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Yes, we are SV geniuses together!!

And yeah, poor Lois! Though at least now we have a good canonical reason why it's going to take her so long to hook up with Clark.
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norwich36
Dec. 19th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
A Clark transformed by whatever the AI ('cause I refuse to call that thing Jor-El any more) did to him at the end of Blue; it wouldn't be the first time Clark came back from the AI's ministrations as calmer, more singularly-focused, and more mature (for lack of a better word).

Yeah, that's what I probably would have thought too if the "previouslies" hadn't made reference to Fine and that Kryptonian substance escaping, which is what made me think it was Brainiac when Clark was acting a little off.

I'm actually proud of the series that it managed to take something as, frankly, wacky as cloning and wring some nice, meaty emotional truth out of it in terms of Lex's characterization.

Isn't Lex cloning people actually comics canon? (My knowledge of comics canon is almost all filtered through fanfic, so I could be wrong about this). But yeah, I agree that it's nice that they're actually using it to show character development rather than just using it for the mad scientist factor.

I think it was brave of Lana to come completely clean with 'Clark', but it's concerning that she doesn't see a problem with holding Casey in her sekrit basement lair of SCIENCE! and that but-for 'Clark' asking for her research on Lex, she was still hiding this from him while simultaneously claiming she was moving beyond her Lex fixation. If she was really doing that, she'd, I don't know, find Casey's family and send her home to them, maybe.

I KNOW! And what's really nuts is that she seemed so sincere when she told Clark that she was finished with her obsession with Lex, as if SHE really believes it. Shades of early seasons Lex, again.

My apologies for the late reply--work has been crazy lately.
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norwich36
Dec. 19th, 2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Which just goes to show you how good Welling has gotten in his acting - he just subtly changed his voice and I KNEW it wasn't Clark.

Yeah, he really has gotten good at telegraphing without actually telegraphing, you know.

And like you, I'm happy that they seem to be keeping Grant around, because suddenly he's a very interesting character.

I'm just hoping the writer's strike doesn't lead to shows getting cancelled with major plot arcs still dangling!

My apologies for the late reply; work has been crazy lately.
bop_radar
Dec. 16th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
I feel like a Smallville genius.
You ARE a Smallville genius!

I am very sad at the thought that we may only have 4 more SV eps this season
Is that the latest? It's very hard to get clear information. That's very sad. It will be a tragedy if that's what happens after all this time.

I'm really curious what Bizarro's agenda is going to turn out to be.
same! Very impatient to see more!

(Lois was brilliant! So was Lex!)
norwich36
Dec. 19th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
I am very sad at the thought that we may only have 4 more SV eps this season
Is that the latest? It's very hard to get clear information. That's very sad. It will be a tragedy if that's what happens after all this time.

Yes. Smallville has four more episodes that have been produced, and then that's it unless the writer's strike ends before Christmas. I suppose it's theoretically possible if the writer's strike ended in January, they could start production again, but apparently that's unlikely because of the amount of time it takes to produce episodes.

I agree with you--Lois was amazing in this episode.
bop_radar
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:04 am (UTC)
Ugh. That's just dreadful news. Like you, I support the writers--I just want the networks to be reasonable and end this. *sends more pencils*
miche_connor
Dec. 25th, 2007 10:34 am (UTC)
Ooh! I love to read your reactions and thoughts. You're always so interesting!

I wanted wish you a happy holiday and merry new year. Or something like that!

so - Happy Holiday! :) and Happy New Year. :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/16092711@N05/2134309066/ (ecard:)
norwich36
Dec. 26th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much--that's very sweet of you to say. And thanks for the lovely e-card! Happy Holidays!
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