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SV 6.06:Fallout

Spoilers behind the cut.

Well, I can hear the joy emanating from Australia already, since it looks like bop_radar and supacat's Jor-El theories are being proven true. And even though Raya qua Raya did not interest me at *all* in this episode, she was a good plot device to let us know more about Jor-El and to push Clark onward to his training, so I did like her return for that reason. Also, in this episode I was very struck by Raya's physical resemblance to Kara (from "Covenant"), which makes me think Jor-El must have a type. :D

I was also glad that interacting with Raya allowed Clark to start coming to terms with what it means to be an alien, because as supacat has argued, that is really essential to him really becoming Superman. I really enjoyed his initial interactions with her (especially when they were racing), though I confess I got bored later in the episode. The fights with the Zoner seemed a little boring and predetermined, to be honest, especially with the magic McGuffin from Jor-El. I will admit to being surprised (and pleased) that they killed off Raya so quickly--I thought she might be around for a few more episodes--but mostly for the conversation it provoked between Martha and Clark. That was an excellent scene. (Martha's earlier scene where she encountered Baern but wasn't really in any danger, however, seemed very much like filler. )

Even though I thought Baern's defeat was formulaic, I still thought his storyline was well integrated into the whole plot tonight. I thought having Baern suck the power from the Brainiac hard drive was an elegant way to tie the different storylines together, though I wonder *why* they decided to remove that source of temptation from Lex. I assume this means they have a completely different nefarious project for Lex up their sleeves? Maybe he will form an alliance with one of the Zoners?

THe Lex-Lana plot tonight was very interesting. I guess we got an answer to the question as to how truthful Lana was being in "Arrow" when she told Lionel that Lex had to be protected from himself: very truthful. I take it we are to assume that she continued to think that the power source was dangerous, but thought the way to keep Lex in check was to continue working with him.

I was intrigued by her scene with Dr. Grohl. Despite the obvious plot device-ness of having the scientist she blackmailed warn her against the Luthors (which I attribute to a need to get her the box somehow more than the magical powers of the Lana, honestly), she clearly thinks she is in control of the situation (she says that to Lex, too--that he doesn't like people playing on his level), but I'm pretty sure we're supposed to see that she's completely out of her depth. She's like a kitten playing with tigers, thinking that her batting at them is actually making them scared of her when really they just think she's cute enough that they haven't stepped on her yet.

Still, I like that she was trying to exert control over Lex. And wow, could his attempt to reassure her that of course he would have chosen her have been more fake? I thought KK was great in that last scene, all wounded anger and refusing to even look at him. And I also loved that Lex basically accused her of conspiring with Baern, earlier. These two are wondefully fucked up when they're fighting; I really enjoy it. And it was interesting that she told him that the world didn't need Lex Luthor to save it, because of course he *will* think the world needs him to save it from aliens. And they've set up the reason why he'll be suspicious of Superman so well last season and this season.

And in contrast with the dark fucked-up Lexana relationship, we get the comic-relief fucked up Chloe/Jimmy. Because while I do think they're cute--absolutely adorable, actually--this episode also underscores how being Clark's secret keeper is bound to sabotage Chloe's relationship with Jimmy. I mean, Jimmy might very well have blundered into getting himself demoted without Chloe's help, but she deliberately misdirected him to protect Clark's secret, so she played a little bit of a role in that. And since I suspect Jimmy's curiousity is as insatiable as Chloe's, this is going to be an issue for them again.

OMG, though, Jimmy is absolutely the most adorable comic relief, ever. That interview with Lex was CLASSIC. His complete ineptness in trying to force an admission from Lex (and wow, Lex was wonderfully Lexian in that scene), that wonderful "Can I take that as a no comment," plus his hilarious theory that Lex was working with the Egyptians. Hee hee hee!

My only other comment on this episode is that parts of it were beautifully shot, especially the fortress (did it actually come back to life when Clark made his vow at the end?), the Kent farm (mysteriously strewn with flowers, but we can take them as metaphorical flowers, I guess), and especially that shot of Metropolis right before we went to Lana in the car in the rain. My first thought was, wow, Metropolis as Gotham: an interesting choice!

The next few days are kind of hectic for me, so I probably won't have any time to post reviews to eat_crow, so I'd really love it if people could link their reviews to the master post . Thank you!!

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myownghost
Nov. 3rd, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
i was amused that lana thought she was playing on lex's level. as if. your image of her as a kitten among tigers, protected only by her own cuteness, is perfect.

it did look to me like the fortress sang into life when kal-el made his vow to train. well, he has to kill off a bunch of monsters-of-the-week first, but maybe the season will end with him trundling off to become superman at last.
norwich36
Nov. 3rd, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
Well, I think they're setting it up in such a way that season 6 could be the end of the series if they don't get renewed (or if the CW completely goes bankrupt and vanishes!), but I expect they'll have to have some complicating factor if it does get renewed, because I assume as soon as Clark goes through the training he'll be superman.

I'm finding myself actually sympathetic to Lana, because she's in way over her head and doesn't even realize it. Someone made a comparison to Lillian, and I think that might be apt. I wonder if Lillian thought she could "save Lionel from himself," but to play his game she ended up turning into Medea.
huzzlewhat
Nov. 3rd, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
I thought having Baern suck the power from the Brainiac hard drive was an elegant way to tie the different storylines together, though I wonder *why* they decided to remove that source of temptation from Lex. I assume this means they have a completely different nefarious project for Lex up their sleeves? Maybe he will form an alliance with one of the Zoners?

What I thought was interesting about that was that it means that the power in that completely fucked-up relationship shifted again. The destruction of the "box" (which wasn't really a box at all, but Braniac's power core, and how cool was that?) means that Lana, as the one who Grohl handed all his research to, is necessary to Lex in a way that has nothing to do with romance. And it also means that if the experiments go forward, Lana is now explicitly complicit in whatever comes of them.
norwich36
Nov. 3rd, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's a really good point. She still has all the research--will she actually give it to Lex? (My guess, at this point, is no).
cinderella81
Nov. 3rd, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
Jimmy is wonderful comic relief ... Egyptians *snort*

Jor-el has a type *giggle*

Clark is ready for his destiny!

Can't wait for next weeks!!!

norwich36
Nov. 3rd, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
Jor-El, like his son, seems to fool around with blondes but marry brunettes!
beck_liz
Nov. 3rd, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
And even though Raya qua Raya did not interest me at *all* in this episode,

A) I knew she was toast almost from the beginning; B) if she'd stuck around, they'd have to do a much better job developing her for me to have any interest. But as it was, she was a great catalyst for Clark, and she was able to tell him her POV on Jor-El (and is it just me, or did she seem to have a rather major crush on Jor-El?)

which makes me think Jor-El must have a type.

Wonder what his wife looked like. :-)

I'm pretty sure we're supposed to see that she's completely out of her depth. She's like a kitten playing with tigers, thinking that her batting at them is actually making them scared of her when really they just think she's cute enough that they haven't stepped on her yet.

I snickered when she said "playing at his level". I mean, I like Lana more now than I ever have, but Lana? Sweetheart? You're so deluding yourself if you think you're on any sort of level with either Luthor. Now, if she sticks around them for long enough, I can definitely see her getting to that point. I do really like the messed-up-ness of their relationship, and I hope it continues.

norwich36
Nov. 3rd, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC)
and is it just me, or did she seem to have a rather major crush on Jor-El?

Oh, yeah, she totally did. Which makes Clark's obvious crush on *her* a little creepy.

Wonder what his wife looked like
I'm way too lazy to go did up caps from Memoria, but if I'm remembering the scene at the end correctly, Lara had brown hair.
bop_radar
Nov. 4th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
Joy is emanating, babe! \o/ We were hugging and cheering with joy! (And tears of relief, goddam it--we've waited FIVE SEASONS for this!)

Also, in this episode I was very struck by Raya's physical resemblance to Kara (from "Covenant"), which makes me think Jor-El must have a type. :D
Yup, I reckon he thought Kara fitted as a Kryptonian! Because I was really struck by the physical resemblance to Clark as well.

I agree about the Zoner fight being kinda dull but the Martha scene being awesome.

a completely different nefarious project for Lex up their sleeves? Maybe he will form an alliance with one of the Zoners?
Hmm, I hadn't thought as far as speculating on that yet. Yes, maybe...

Jimmy is absolutely the most adorable comic relief, ever.
Yeah, he is! :-)

My first thought was, wow, Metropolis as Gotham: an interesting choice!
It totally looked like that! And then Lana had all that dialogue about the 'cloak and dagger' stuff being uncalled for. I feel the whole thing didn't come off as well as it could have--it seemed like they were pushing for a reveal that what appeared suspicious wasn't, going with that theme of appearances being deceptive, but I think that got tangled and lost later in the ep.
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