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01 October 2010 @ 09:51 pm
Smallville 10.02 'Shield' Review  
Another Friday, another Smallville!

I was trying to avoid Twitter before the episode, since I'm on the west coast. Last week, I was catching up with s9 so I was distracted but not tonight. I tried to tweet less too, but that didn't work out. At least this week I don't think I missed anything like I did with 'Lazarus', when I totally missed that Oliver was naked, lol.

I liked my good/bad/wtf format so I'll stick with that.

The Good

Clark. I love Clark. He's absolutely awesome. I like the way he defended Lois to Cat, and how he was brave enough to let Lois go, even though you can tell that he wanted nothing more to bring her home, even before he said it aloud. His interactions with everyone were great. It was obvious he didn't like Cat, especially with her bashing his alter ego, but he sympathized with her when he heard her story. At the end of the day, he has a good heart, and you have to love him. It was great how he sent Carter to check up on Lois though.

Speaking of Carter, I really enjoyed his character and Lois's interactions. Since all their scenes were together, I'm going to lump them together in the 'what I liked' section. They were a lot of fun together. Carter sending Clark the text about 'you owe me' when she started babbling? Priceless! I liked how open and honest he was, and how he brought the alcohol when he realized that she knew about Clark's powers. Also, him asking her not to tell Clark about the attempted kiss? WIN! He knows Clark well. ;)

Tess was good too. Her interactions with both Clark and Oliver were enjoyable to watch. I was glad that she and Clark can now talk peacefully, instead of all their interactions being so violent. I also liked that she helped Chloe because she trusted her, and told Oliver to do the same. I wonder what happened to Alexander though. There was no mention of that kid in this episode.

Btw, Oliver finding Rick and beating him up? Yeah, I know I shouldn't approve but I do. That guy stripped him naked and tortured him. He also assisted in torturing Chloe. Oliver didn't kill the guy. For that alone, he should be applauded. Everything else is perfectly fine.

Chloe faking her death and Smallville being upfront about it? Very good move. I wonder where she went though.

Clark and Lois didn't have any scenes together, but this episode had a lot of Clois references, which I always appreciate.

Also, Clark slowly getting to the costume? WIN! I like how he's changing it bit by bit, starting with the red leather jacket. It's very in character for him to test out a few costumes, while his real one is locked up with the AI. Also, the hair! Now we just need the curl. ;) (Though I have to admit, I burst out laughing when I first saw him. He really needs to update this costume fast. It's pretty ... yeah. Trying to stay positive in the 'good' section here)

The Bad

Cat Grant. Or rather, "Cat Grant", since that wasn't her real name. She was okay when she was all calm and talking about her son. Other than that, she just got on my last nerve. From insulting Lois to be a hero hater so just being so damn close minded? Her character was a pain. Also, the actress's voice kept going really high when she was freaking out. Made me want to bang my head against a wall. Hell, even Clark was visibly annoyed with her before he began to sympathize and you know it takes a special person to get him to act that way. Her best line was probably in her last scene, when she said, "We need a good old American hero in red white and blue." No, Smallville isn't exactly subtle but I love them anyway.

I want to know why characters who are replacing Clark and/or Lois at the Planet always end up as vigilante haters. It's getting kind of old.

Suicide Squad. Wow, what lame villains. Deadshot alone seems cool, but the other two? Especially Plastique, who I can't stand, even since she appeared first on this show? Pathetic. Though their plan on the tracking of the heroes was pretty impressive. Hopefully their arc doesn't go on too long though.

Conclusion

Good episode. I didn't put the Clark & Oliver scene in either 'good' or 'bad' because I was meh on it. It was intense, for sure, and I liked how Clark was calm in the whole encounter. You can't deny that they have chemistry. My boys are so pretty together, even when they're angry. I was yelling at the TV at some parts, but I liked it. Maybe I've gotten easier in that way.

Can't wait until next week! Feel free to share your thoughts.
 
 
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svgurl: zatannasvgurl on October 2nd, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
S10 is off to a pretty good start, I have to admit.

Did you hear that the Zatanna actress will be comic related project? I forget which one atm D: sry bb!
You mean, Serinda Swan? No, I haven't heard anything.
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svgurl: tom welling amusedsvgurl on October 2nd, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree with you more! Cat was just...gah I wanted Clark to "stab" her when he picked up that knife at the Talon. I'm sure he was contemplating about that :P
Glad to know it's not just me! And yes, I think stabbing her definitely crossed Clark's mind. I might've actually done it, lol.

As much as she was annoying her scenes made me laugh so much. Especially in terms of Clark's and Ollie's reaction. It made up for that. Plus I can't wait for Lois to come back and kick her annoying ass. That alone makes it all worth it :D
Oh yeah, Clark and Oliver's reactions were hilarious! Lois will totally kick her ass, and Clark will watch by the sidelines, smirking. :D

I don't mind the red leather jacket to be honest. He looks cool, like a gunslinger! But the hair made me laugh. It just doesn't fit with the whole outfit. Well...maybe if he zipped down the jacket, he would be a Greaser ;)
Yeah, the jacket is okay, but it's just the combination of everything that made me laugh.If he zipped down the jacket, you can't see the symbol though!

Great review love! Can't wait for next week!
Thanks! I can't wait either. I hope they don't try to make Supergirl a bigger hero than Clark though. I REALLY don't want to see her teach him how to fly again. I might just throw something at my TV.
♪ PARTNER IN CRIME ♪shipwrecking on October 2nd, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I thought Cat was pretty hilarious in that first scene (mostly because of how Clark reacted to her), but beyond that...yeah. I wanted her to stop talking most of the time, lol.
svgurl: clark aqua laughingsvgurl on October 2nd, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Clark's irritation with her was funny (since he rarely gets mad with people so quickly). Then she just got old. And the fact her real name is not even Cat Grant is stupid. :\
just a girl: smallville. clark&lois; she is_touched on October 3rd, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
My thoughts on this episode pretty much echo your thoughts. Most of the time they do, but there are those rare occasions, and they are rare, when we might disagree a bit.

I think the big thing that I was mad about regarding this episode was, how in the letter/email that Chloe left for Oliver as her sort of "goodbye to him" was the fact that she said something along the lines of, "I've never loved/or felt this way about anyone else," and it made it seem like she never really cared for Jimmy at all and she was freaking married to the guy. Tell me you don't just get dressed up in a white gown just to look all pretty and shiny, stand there before a preacher, your family, and whatever friggin' diety that you pray, and have it all be just an act. I mean, there has to be some love involved in there somewhere?

IDK, maybe I'm making a bigger deal of this than I probably should be, but she's one half of the reason WHY Jimmy isn't here in the first place and why he was killed, and it just friggin' pisses me off to think that she's all "love and hearts and never felt this way about anyone else before" regarding Oliver meanwhile those of us who totally shipped Jimmy/Chloe and actually really loved Jimmy for all of his faults and good things about him were getting our teeth kicked in once again.

And, yeah...I'm done with my rant. Sorry, bb. *peace hugs as an offering?!*
svgurl: clark/lois OTPsvgurl on October 3rd, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
My thoughts on this episode pretty much echo your thoughts. Most of the time they do, but there are those rare occasions, and they are rare, when we might disagree a bit.
Well, nothing wrong with disagreeing! I don't want everyone to agree with me all the time. That'd be boring. ;)

IDK, maybe I'm making a bigger deal of this than I probably should be, but she's one half of the reason WHY Jimmy isn't here in the first place and why he was killed, and it just friggin' pisses me off to think that she's all "love and hearts and never felt this way about anyone else before" regarding Oliver meanwhile those of us who totally shipped Jimmy/Chloe and actually really loved Jimmy for all of his faults and good things about him were getting our teeth kicked in once again.
You're not making a big deal out of this at all. I think people who liked Jimmy or even Chimmy were probably pissed. I know a few more people on my flist who were angry too. I mean, I ship Chloe & Oliver, but let's face it: they weren't together that long. Chloe & Jimmy were on and off for 3 YEARS ... and all of a sudden, Oliver's her one true love? I felt the same way you did in 'Escape', when Oliver talked about Lois and Chloe talked about CLARK, of all people. She should've been mentioning Davis & JIMMY. Yes, unrequited love sucks but it wasn't like Clark led her on or anything. Utter fail.

And, yeah...I'm done with my rant. Sorry, bb. *peace hugs as an offering?!*
I'll take hugs, but no need for a peace offering or apologies. You can rant here anytime. *hugs anyway*
just a girl: smallville. clark&lois; the space_touched on October 3rd, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
True facts. But, I am thankful for the fact that we can agree on some things. :)

I ship Chloe/Oliver as well, but at the end of the day my Chloe OTP is always going to be Chloe/Jimmy and it just felt like once again the writer's and Chloe were kicking those of us who choose to ship that way in the teeth. She was married to Jimmy AND now she's acting like Oliver is her one big epic love?! HELL NO! Sorry, I ain't by it from the way that she pined for Clark all of those years and from the way that she and Jimmy had a relationship with one another off and on again for THREE YEARS and they have that history there between them as you pointed out.

She should have been talking about Davis and Jimmy, not Clark and certainly not making Oliver out to be more to her than Jimmy ever did. I mean, Jimmy's the one who paid the ultimate sacrifice for Chloe. I don't know what more he needed to do to prove that he was completely and totally in love with her. And it's like she just spit all over him. And you're right to point out that Clark NEVER led Chloe on, in fact there is a scene way back when in Smallville's early history where he tells her that he just doesn't feel the same way about her that she did for him and he was really nice about it. She's the one who wrote that letter, got pissy about Clark loving/pining over Lana and wanting to be with here, so she takes it out on Lana instead of Clark and it's just world's of ridiculous. And yet again, I'm ranting here. lol. Oops, sorry.

IDK, when it comes to Chloe and relationships with men, I like her and Oliver. But, I LOVED her and Jimmy and she was not fair to Jimmy in the least bit and as much as Jimmy's jealousy over Clark's relationship and close bond that he had with Chloe - there was a part of him that knew there was a part of her that he could never touch and that was due to Clark and on some level I actually think that he had a right to feel the way that he did about that. If she had just been honest enough with him from the beginning and would have trusted him more, then I think that they would have been so much better than they were instead of all this stuff. But, the fact that she married him, she acted like she really loved him and all but told him that he was always the one for her as he was dying to SAVE HER DAMN LIFE, and now she turns around and writes this letter to Oliver saying that she's never felt this way about anyone else before...FUCK THAT!

Okay, I'm done now. lol. Until the next time...oi! The best thing about Chloe this season, is that she's not in the freaking credits. lol.

*hugs*
svgurl: chloe/jimmysvgurl on October 4th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Yup, same here. Like the fact we love Lois & Clois! Important stuff, you know. ;)

I liked Chloe/Jimmy in s6, but a lot of my love faded for them in s7, but even I felt like they were being screwed over. She and Oliver may have been friends, but hello? Until season 8, most of their interactions were limited, even in 'Siren'. For half of s9, Oliver was pining over Lois. How did Chloe go from being the girl who asked Clark to travel back in time to save Jimmy to deciding that Oliver was her one true love? Not very realistic, IMO. Especially since they were from just fuck buddies in 'Escape' to true love in a span of 5 episodes.

I mean, Jimmy's the one who paid the ultimate sacrifice for Chloe. I don't know what more he needed to do to prove that he was completely and totally in love with her.
Exactly! I think the writers were just unfair to Jimmy. And he was the ONLY ONE who saw Davis for the monster that he really was. Only to be called delusional and have to witness his wife all huggy with him. Ugh, fail.

And you're right to point out that Clark NEVER led Chloe on, in fact there is a scene way back when in Smallville's early history where he tells her that he just doesn't feel the same way about her that she did for him and he was really nice about it. She's the one who wrote that letter, got pissy about Clark loving/pining over Lana and wanting to be with here, so she takes it out on Lana instead of Clark and it's just world's of ridiculous. And yet again, I'm ranting here. lol. Oops, sorry.
I get SO pissed off when Chlarkers hate on Clark just cuz, OH MY GOD HE DID'T HAVE ANY FEELINGS FOR CHLOE. That's not his fault. There are some people that you just don't see as anything but a friend. Plus, he may be an alien but he was raised as a human and he was a teenage boy. It's not like it was a huge secret that he was in love with Lana and he genuinely had no clue that she had feelings for him. CHLOE was the one who decided that they should just be friends at the beginning of s2. Clark's not psychic. How was he supposed to know she was testing him? Considering how snarky she was to him half the time (and not in the fun Lois way either), it's no surprise he didn't see her that way. LOL, see, I'm ranting now. It's just one of my pet peeves.

Chloe doesn't have much luck in love ,but let's face it: when it came to Jimmy, she's just as responsible for the failure of that relationship as she is. I wasn't really impressed with her attitude in s6, but I wasn't impressed with his in s7. Yes, Chloe hid things but he jumped from her to Kara rather quickly. Then, when Kara got amnesia, he ran back to Chloe. The fact that he was STILL jealous in s8, when he found that stupid letter, just proved how not ready they were for marriage. Plus, by then, there was the whole Davis thing, which was just plain bad. If they had BOTH been more upfront and honest, they would've had a better relationship.

The best thing about Chloe this season, is that she's not in the freaking credits. lol.
Well, her name is there but yeah, she isn't. It's nice to see Erica behind Tom. :)
just a girl: smallville. lois lane; so your heart_touched on October 7th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh that's totally important. *winks* Also, I wasn't ignoring your comment the last day, I just was without internet for some reason and finally got it back around 1p today. lol.

That's pretty much my question. So, I think you hit the nail on the head, dead on there. What the how?! I've always loved Chloe/Jimmy from the very beginning, even if I felt like the show was slighting them and not being fair to the development of their relationship. I don't think my love for them ever waned, but then again I finally got to a point when S8 rolled around where I felt like Chloe just didn't deserve to have a guy like him with the way that she was treating him in regards to their relationship and the way that she was pretty much keeping secrets from him and kissing ya know, other guys monsters.

Jimmy's jealousies and insecurities did get to a point where it bothered me, but I still feel like Chloe had a lot more to do with that because it was no secret that some part of her was still pining for Clark and I do feel like Jimmy was just a bit justified. Plus, it doesn't bother me that Jimmy sort of found himself attracted to Kara either. I mean, Chloe has been carrying a torch bigger than all of Texas for Clark and to me that's emotional and a lot more worse than Jimmy. Plus, Chloe was the one breaking up with Jimmy and then during all of the time that he was with Kara his heart was always with Chloe and that much was very obvious so we knew those two weren't going to last that long. Jimmy might not have been perfect, but the one thing that he did more than any other guy that Chloe had been with up until that point and I might actually go so far as to include Oliver as well, was actually love and accept Chloe for who she truly was and not what everyone else saw her to be. He saw this beautiful charismatic woman that Clark couldn't even notice was right in front of his face all along.

And what did he get for that? He got dead, that's what he got. Wow, what a pay off, huh?

That's true, Jimmy was the one who knew that Davis truly was a damn monster that was just going to destroy anything and everything that got in his path. Even when he was split from Doomsday, he still had it in him to kill. He was actually Davis at that point and made the conscious decision to kill Jimmy over jealousy issues and what pisses me off THE MOST are the people who actually try to explain away and rationalize the WRONG or the MONSTER that Davis is by making excuses for why he killed Jimmy and they act like it's perfectly okay for him to kill Jimmy. Ugh. Stupid people are stupid.
svgurl: chloe 'hex'svgurl on October 7th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
Also, I wasn't ignoring your comment the last day, I just was without internet for some reason and finally got it back around 1p today. lol.
Oh, don't worry. I didn't think you were ignoring me at all. I take a while to respond to comments too sometimes, whether it's because of real life or just me forgetting, lol. I'm glad to hear that you got your internet back though!

That's pretty much my question. So, I think you hit the nail on the head, dead on there. What the how?!
For me, I can see them falling in love, but not in the short span they gave us. I mean, whether or not they were close, it was obvious they've been in each other's lives for a while (despite most of it being in Offscreenville). They made some hints to the relationship possibly being more, but I think they sped it up just because AM wasn't coming back in s10, at least not for the whole season. But I could've believe it.

Jimmy's jealousies and insecurities did get to a point where it bothered me, but I still feel like Chloe had a lot more to do with that because it was no secret that some part of her was still pining for Clark and I do feel like Jimmy was just a bit justified.
Which is why I was okay with him in s6. I think Chloe definitely used Jimmy to get over Clark that season. She was too afraid to take a chance on Clark (story of her life), so she went with Jimmy, while secretly pining for Clark. That was why the break-up/make-up didn't bother me. But I thought that after Clark even established there was nothing between them, they'd move on from the plot. I truly believe in s7, Chloe was over Clark, and the plot became so overused that I stopped sympathizing with Jimmy. Especially in s8, how he reacted to the 'Fever' letter. At that point, I just knew they weren't ready for marriage.

Plus, Chloe was the one breaking up with Jimmy and then during all of the time that he was with Kara his heart was always with Chloe and that much was very obvious so we knew those two weren't going to last that long.
I knew they weren't going to last, but the way they handled it was a little silly. I don't remember the Pete episode, but in the beginning, Jimmy was all admiring Kara and by the end, he just wanted Chloe back? Doesn't exactly play well on his character.

Jimmy might not have been perfect, but the one thing that he did more than any other guy that Chloe had been with up until that point and I might actually go so far as to include Oliver as well, was actually love and accept Chloe for who she truly was and not what everyone else saw her to be. He saw this beautiful charismatic woman that Clark couldn't even notice was right in front of his face all along.
That is true.

Yeah, Jimmy just got written off as being a drug addict. To those Chloe fans who like to compare her and Lois so much, maybe they should've compared with the drug situation vs how Lois handled finding out Ollie was actually on drugs in 'Rage'. Chloe ran into the arms of the man she knew had feelings for her; Lois ran back to Oliver, to check on him and make sure she was okay, despite the fact Clark wanted her to actually stay away. I would've been okay if Chloe went to Clark or Lois, but seriously? Davis? Fail.

I can't imagine how they could justify Davis killing Jimmy. Poor Jimmy's last act was to save Chloe from him too. Some people just suck. Or actually, they just want Chloe with a hot hero and unfortunately, Jimmy didn't live up.

Edited at 2010-10-07 02:52 am (UTC)
just a girl: smallville. clark&lois; but i wanna tell_touched on October 7th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh no, I completely understand where you're coming from when you talk about Chlarker's and the way that they along with Chloe fans just hate on Lana for the sole reason that Clark actually loved her and he chose to be with her instead of being with Chloe. But back to that, he never had feelings for Chloe that were more than just friendship and he actually told her that. Would it have been better if he would have just led her on and never told her or was it better that he was honest with her? At least he had the decency to be the later and not be like Chloe and play mind games by testing with "let's just be friends, but I really want to be more because secretly I'm the girl of your dreams masquerading as your best friend, omg love me. Pick me. Choose me. Have me!! Because if you don't, I'll just hate Lana to death a hundred times over like fire.!!!!"

And what kills me is the way that Chloe treated Lana when it came to Clark, like Lana was just stealing what was hers to begin with all along and that wasn't the case at all. Geez. The boy didn't even want her like that.

Again, I'll go back to what I said up above about Jimmy, some of the things about him frustrated me and did add to the demise of their relationship but I can't fault him for some of them either. I guess I'm just bias like that, because I'm alwyas going to side with Jimmy just because. But, really...I do feel like Chloe had more to blame in this than he did. Let's face it, she did a pretty good job at giving him reasons to be insecure in their relationships. But, you are right about something, they would have been better and BOTH benefited if they had been honest and upfront with each from the beginning all the way through.

That was like the best thing about the credits, Erica being behind Tom. I thought, "FINALLY!!!" But, seriously...yeah, her names there but she's not actually fully in the credits either. That feels really good.
svgurl: clois s8 promosvgurl on October 7th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
But back to that, he never had feelings for Chloe that were more than just friendship and he actually told her that. Would it have been better if he would have just led her on and never told her or was it better that he was honest with her?
Exactly. My theory is that the Chloe/Clark/Lana triangle was a little like the Betty/Archie/Veronica one, except for the fact that Clark isn't a douche, like Archie. That boy plays both girls, knew how Betty feels about him, and runs to her whenever he has problems with Veronica. Clark was genuinely oblivious. And Chloe would've reacted badly, whether Clark told her about him and Lana or not. Deciding to go work for Lionel and spy on Clark? A little extreme. Chloe fans like to pretend that she's perfect, but she's far from it. At least us Lois fans can admit that Lois has flaws and love her anyway, sometimes because of it.

And what kills me is the way that Chloe treated Lana when it came to Clark, like Lana was just stealing what was hers to begin with all along and that wasn't the case at all. Geez. The boy didn't even want her like that.
Yes! This! Everyone and their mother could tell that Clark had feelings for Lana. I mean, why should Lana just stand around and give Clark up, just because Chloe has an unrequited crush on him? Lana was actually nice to Chloe in early seasons; it was Chloe who was the bitch cuz she was jealous.

But, really...I do feel like Chloe had more to blame in this than he did. Let's face it, she did a pretty good job at giving him reasons to be insecure in their relationships.
Well, considering how her past relationships went, she probably was pretty insecure too. She did always end up falling for the wrong guy. So yeah, she may have screwed up, but Jimmy was Chloe's first real relationship. It's not easy when you're hiding someone else's secrets, especially secrets as big as Clark's.

Chloe and Jimmy should've been written more consistently. It would've made them more believable.

That was like the best thing about the credits, Erica being behind Tom. I thought, "FINALLY!!!" But, seriously...yeah, her names there but she's not actually fully in the credits either. That feels really good.
I feel the same way. Lois as always been promoted as one of the main female leads. It's about time she got the respect she deserved. :)
Calcus: smallville; oliver/chloecalcus on October 3rd, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
Haha, I actually liked Cat but I can understand why you wouldn't. (Though the anti-hero stuff was a bit heavy handed.)

I liked pretty much everything else you liked, though I found the red leather jacket rather comical. Carter and Lois were all sorts of win together. Oliver keeps getting beat up by life though doesn't he? I thought the Lois and Chloe comparison was a bit poor though. They know Lois is okay. They don't know the same thing about Chloe.
svgurl: clark/oliver 'echo'svgurl on October 3rd, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Haha, I actually liked Cat but I can understand why you wouldn't. (Though the anti-hero stuff was a bit heavy handed.)
I can understand she was meant to be the comic relief, and she was funny ... for about five seconds. That first scene, and Clark's irritation amused me but it's like she had no character development. I thought she was going to figure things out, when she was talking about hiding under a new identity and Clark brought up that vigilantes had to do the same thing, but she didn't GET it. Plus, her real name is not even Cat Grant, which bugs me. And yes, the anti-hero stuff was heavy ... it was like they were trying to make Clark deal with someone like Corben, except this girl was just brainwashed. The smartest thing she did say was how people need a red white and blue superhero.

I liked pretty much everything else you liked, though I found the red leather jacket rather comical.
It was a funny jacket, though the crest was cool. Clark's getting there.

Carter and Lois were all sorts of win together.
They really were. I like Carter confiding in her and vice versa.

Oliver really does keep getting screwed. Poor guy.

I thought the Lois and Chloe comparison was a bit poor though. They know Lois is okay. They don't know the same thing about Chloe.
Same here. Oliver was harsh on Clark. He should know that you can't control Lois Lane. Though the whole conversation, where they were talking about people leaving them because of their double lives made me go, "which is why you're perfect for each other!" Guess no matter you can't take the Collie shipper out of this gal. ;)