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04 February 2011 @ 10:15 pm
10.12 'collateral' review!  
Smallville has returned at last! We had to wait an extra week for this particular episode but I was just happy to get the show back. I missed seeing Clois on my TV. Here are my thoughts.

I really enjoyed this episode! I know a lot of people have issues with it, but I really liked it. I thought, overall, it was done well. It was quite exciting and had many squee worthy moments, for the characters and my ships. Of course it wasn't all perfect but the majority was interesting and I was actually interested.

The Good:

CLOIS! They're seriously my favorite part of any episode and this one is no exception. They're just ... epic. Can I say how much I loved that they flew? Sure, it was only in the 'fake' world, but they FLEW and they flew together. Clark acknowledged that she was his inspiration and her saying how fun it was just killed me. He's definitely going to flying for real soon enough and I hope it's before the finale. Even their reunion in the beginning was so sweet. They seemed so relieved and happy to see one another. It melted my heart. I loved that the only two people Clark ended up trusting were himself and Lois. That was sheer brilliance. Of course their final scene was perfect too. My love for Clois knows no ends and I wish I could describe in a somewhat eloquent manner how much I love them but I just can't. So I'm going to sit here, with big smile on my face, and squee like a fangirl some more. ;)

Clark Kent. He was great. I liked him expressing doubt. I know people say that Chloe & Lois bossed Clark around and told him what to think but that wasn't the case. The truth is that yes, they did tell him things but he only chose to listen and believe what he felt was right. Many people have told Clark to believe in himself but just as many have caused him to doubt. It is no surprise that he has problems. At the end of the day, he took the advice of the woman he loves more than anything and followed his heart and his instincts. That's what I admire about him. He took a 'leap of faith' and it all ended well.

Lois Lane. This woman is seriously amazing and totally my role model. She was incredible and awe worthy this entire episode. I loved every single scene she was in and her interactions with all the characters. I cheered her on in the beginning when she was fighting to get Clark and Ollie back. Her threatening the lady on the phone cracked me up. I love how unconditionally she believes in Chloe, because damn it, Lois Lane is loyal, especially to family. I love how she supports the man she loves and is such a good partner for Clark. It's no surprise that he's in love with her- she's incredible. ♥

Chloe Sullivan. I have had my share of problems with this character in the past two seasons and while I was looking forward to seeing her again, I also had doubts about how she would return. I was pleasantly surprised. I like that when they had her kick butt, it was realistic and within her capabilities. Let's face it: she's never been a fighter and making it through the computer (no matter how much it seemed like it was 'Avator: The Smallville Edition') was good. I hated how they let Lana have a never ending list of talents, which didn't make sense, so this was much appreciated. Her interactions with everyone was reasonable and not overdone. Even her blackmailing the VRA was awesome. I was impressed, I really was.

Chloe & Lois- No, the cousins didn't have many scenes together but the ones they had were epic. I love Chloe searching out for Lois and Lois believing in her. Also, Chloe is going to be Lois's maid of honor! I'm so happy, I wanted to cry. Really. You people can't know how much I wanted it. I loved the Chlo-Lo relationship from s4 and I just want them to love each other. They do. Lois was the one who was able to figure out that Chloe's avatar had been hacked into and that made me cheer. And their final scene, with the hug? I was in heaven.

Chlollie- I forgot how much I really ship these two until I saw them together again. They're so cute and I really don't want to see Oliver's heart broken again. Their reunion was very realistic and I liked that Ollie had his doubts. It would've been silly if he had taken everything she said for law. It was gradual and she had to prove herself. What I also like was their final scene, where they had to talk to one another and he showed how hurt he had been during her disappearance. Very beautiful.

Chloe & Clark- This was good. Clark having his doubts and Chloe not getting it was really interesting and perfectly in character.

Lois & Dinah- Their interaction was really exciting. I can understand why Dinah would doubt Chloe (and it was nice seeing someone blaming people other than Clark for what happened in 'Doomsday') but I like that Lois pointed out her right wing attitude. There's no long lost love between these two ladies and it showed. It also made sense, considering 'Siren', which was the last time we saw them really interact. The 'Icarus' funeral scene doesn't count. If they were all BFF, it wouldn't have been OOC and not made sense, at least to me. This was real and it worked.

Dinah- Her character hasn't been used well in her past appearances but I think she was here. I liked her hair longer. It suits her, and she doesn't look like Ollie's twin. I wish they'd do something about the BC make-up but I guess you can't have it all. The Matrix style fight between her and Chloe made me snort a bit but I liked that she came around and was big enough to admit that she was wrong.

I liked the use of the Suicide Squad and Rick Flagg. Never thought I'd be rooting for him, but I guess that's how it works out. I am impressed with the people who called Chloe working with them. Don't remember who but I know people did. The line to Ollie about 'keep your shirt on' cracked me up.

I know it was very Matrix/Avatar inspired but I liked the A-plot. I was actually gripped and watching intently the entire time.

The Bad:

There was bad? Okay, I am not exactly thinking rationally right now but whatever. I could've used more Clark, but I can't really think of anything I would've cut. I kind of missed Tess, but I suppose she wouldn't have fit in. Though I did like that it was Lois who referenced her (at least I think that was who she was talking about?). Yes, I still ship it. Don't judge.

Overall:

As you can tell, I loved it. I want to watch it again. I need to take it all in, you see, because I was too busy squeeing at some parts. *nods* That's my explanation and I'm sticking to it.

Feel free to share your thoughts!
 
 
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Need, Take, Have: pic#108020263needtakehave on February 5th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
I thought it was awesome too! REALLY awesome! :)

I loved all the moments :) Especially thought it was realistic of Clark to NOT believe in Chloe automatically :)
svgurl: clark/lois reporters b&wsvgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad to hear that other people enjoyed the episode too. :)

Especially thought it was realistic of Clark to NOT believe in Chloe automatically :)
Exactly. I was worried how they'd handle her return but I was pleased that she had to prove herself to everyone. Very realistic.
chosenfire28: Smallville - Clark/Loischosenfire28 on February 5th, 2011 08:01 am (UTC)
God I loved this episode, all the Clark/Lois/Oliver/Chloe made me smile so much and I am just happy to have Chloe back, I can't see this show end without her, and I feel like her friendship with Clark is something that is so strong and amazing, I love to see it being picked back up.

I admit I haven't watched Season 9 so I wasn't sure how I would feel about Oliver/Chloe but its so beautiful.
Natashatheclexfactor on February 5th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
OMG WATCH SEASON 9 PLEEEEAAASSSEE!!! It's so epically awesome that you really must. MUST!
svgurl: chlollie & cloissvgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)
The episode was really great and it's good to hear from others who liked it too. I have been frustrated with Chloe's characterization in the past couple of seasons, but I thought she was really good here. I hope that she and Clark can work things out and get back on the right track, which they seem to be on, before she leaves again.

I have to second what theclexfactor said. You should watch s9. It was amazing. And yeah, I really liked the Chloe/Oliver. I shipped them for a while and their reunion was sweet.
phoenixnzphoenixnz on February 5th, 2011 08:07 am (UTC)
You're so right about the relationships. And I really do love that Chlollie scene near the end where Oliver tells her how difficult it's been for him the last few months. I didn't feel a sense of him forgiving her there, but more a feeling of, okay, I've said my piece, now let's work it out and see where we go from here.
I love what Chloe said to Clark about trust. And it says a lot about Clark's friendship with Lex too, in that Lex (not to mention Lana) demanded Clark's secrets, making it perfectly clear he didn't trust Clark, whereas Chloe suspected but didn't spell it out in so many words. That was a good scene for me.
svgurl: chlark best friendssvgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
And I really do love that Chlollie scene near the end where Oliver tells her how difficult it's been for him the last few months. I didn't feel a sense of him forgiving her there, but more a feeling of, okay, I've said my piece, now let's work it out and see where we go from here.
Yes, this. He was happy that she was back, but he hasn't forgotten how much pain he's been through without her these past few months and she needed to hear it. I felt it was very mature and well handled.

I love what Chloe said to Clark about trust. And it says a lot about Clark's friendship with Lex too, in that Lex (not to mention Lana)
Me too! That was great and I also thought of both Lex and Lana when she was talking. It proves why Chloe and Clark's friendship was so much stronger and survived, unlike the other two, though Clark & Lana never had much of a friendship.
Jaxonikarusphoenix on February 5th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC)
hey hon! thought id stop by and give some of my thoughts...

well, i did like this episode, and i like that chloe is back, which i admit i wasnt expecting. it was done well, everything just seemed to fit. i particularly liked chloe's "neo" moments (the matrix)

erica wwas gorge, tom was gorge, olly was gorge, dinah was a little...under the weather? but still, 3/4 aint bad, and its not like she was the crypt keeper or anything.

only part of the plot i didnt get was...if the rules of the virtual world were based on what the people in it believed, then what exactly had them believe that they had no powers or skills? i mean i'd assume if i woke up inside a virtual world and didn't know it, i wouldn't lose any of my skills or talents...i mean why would i? maybe im missing something though.

great review, and im so happy that you're so happy with the ep...im also pretty happy with it too!

love and poodles...

- jaxon
svgurl: chlollie & cloissvgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:12 am (UTC)
and i like that chloe is back, which i admit i wasnt expecting. it was done well, everything just seemed to fit. i particularly liked chloe's "neo" moments (the matrix)
Definitely. I knew she'd be back, through spoilers and trailers and I agree it was handled well. I liked her Matrix scenes because they were realistic for her skill set.

erica wwas gorge, tom was gorge, olly was gorge, dinah was a little...under the weather? but still, 3/4 aint bad, and its not like she was the crypt keeper or anything.
Yes, definitely. Everyone looked good. I hate Dinah's Black Canary make-up but I appreciate the longer hair. Before, she and Ollie looked like twins, with the spiky blond look.

Chloe said sometime in the episode that they messed with their brains, cutting off their skill sets. For Clark, they had messed with his brain so he didn't have powers in the virtual world and she said that if it worked there, they were going to do it in the real world. I don't remember the exact words but it was something like that.

Thanks! I am happy with the episode. It has been so long and I wanted it to be good and it was.
Jaxonikarusphoenix on February 6th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
oh no i just meant i wasnt expecting her comeback to be done in a way that fitted so well...or in a way i liked hehehe

i also favoured classic canary stylinz! she used to look like that girl from Popular...wow, how do i remember that godawful show?

so they cyber-surgically implanted a belief-based block on their powers, that wasn't really there...if only they would believe it? im still a bit sketchy on it...but whatevz, i liked the ep!

hehehe
svgurl: justice leaguesvgurl on February 9th, 2011 06:19 am (UTC)
Oh, okay. That makes sense. Yeah, I think it was handled very well and I was impressed because it could've been so much worse.

i also favoured classic canary stylinz! she used to look like that girl from Popular...wow, how do i remember that godawful show?
I don't think I ever saw Popular but yeah, I just like the long hair. Dinah looks so much prettier with it.

so they cyber-surgically implanted a belief-based block on their powers, that wasn't really there...if only they would believe it? im still a bit sketchy on it...but whatevz, i liked the ep!
I would have to watch the show again but Chloe explained it. I can't remember what she said. Well, I think that something similar happened in 'Labyrinth', back in season 6, where the phantom trapped Clark in his own mind and he was stuck in a mental hospital w/o his powers. Either way, it worked. Considering all the crazy that has happened, I give them a bit of leeway.
eternal_moonieeternal_moonie on February 5th, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
I missed Tess too
svgurl: tesssvgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
I don't know where she would've fit in though. I just like having her around. Hopefully she'll be there next week.
ctbn60ctbn60 on February 5th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Nice review I enjoyed it too.
svgurl: clark amused metallosvgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad to hear from people who liked it, because I know many didn't.
Jaxonikarusphoenix on February 6th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
wow, people suck!
svgurl: oliver 'odyssey'svgurl on February 9th, 2011 06:20 am (UTC)
Different people, different tastes. I guess. *shrugs*
karahalliwell: Sv ; Justice Leaguekarahalliwell on February 5th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yup, I totally agree with you, on everything ;p

<3
svgurl: chlollie closersvgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
Yay! That's good to know that I'm not alone in my thoughts.

Jenjlvsclrk on February 5th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely watch it again. It wasn't the best episode ever but certainly one of the best of the year.
svgurl: clark superman costumesvgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
It wasn't the best episode ever but certainly one of the best of the year.
Yes, this, exactly! That's how I feel about it too. :D
Natasha: CloisFlighttheclexfactor on February 5th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
All of this. I'm not a Chlollie shipper, but I thought they did it really well here. But everyone was so amazingly in character and consistent that I almost fell off the couch from the awesome.
svgurl: clark/lois 'icarus'svgurl on February 6th, 2011 01:25 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely. They had them as a mature, realistic relationship, which I could appreciate.

But everyone was so amazingly in character and consistent that I almost fell off the couch from the awesome.
I know, right? I was bouncing around the entire time. :D

PS Your icon rocks.
iluvaqtiluvaqt on February 6th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
I love your assessment and I think I'm will you all the way.

I loved this too. Aside from the Clois, Chlollie and Chlo-Lo of course.

I love Chloe searching out for Lois and Lois believing in her. Also, Chloe is going to be Lois's maid of honor! I'm so happy, I wanted to cry

That scene had me tearing up too. And Clark and Chloe rehashing what trust and life-long friendship is too :D I was seriously pump fist over Lois' faith and trust in Chloe. I never wavered in my original theory that the ones who would trust Chloe right off would be Lois, Ollie, Courtney and Bart (if they were included).
svgurl: chlollie & cloissvgurl on February 9th, 2011 06:24 am (UTC)
Yay! It's always good to hear from more people who actually liked this episode. :D

That scene had me tearing up too.
I was jumping up and down. Their smiles! It was so adorable.

And Clark and Chloe rehashing what trust and life-long friendship is too :D
That was good. It was nice to see them head back to where they were. I felt that it was very realistic that Clark didn't really trust her, but they actually addressed the problems, both through their conversation and the one he had with Lois, which was impressive, not to mention mature.

I was seriously pump fist over Lois' faith and trust in Chloe. I never wavered in my original theory that the ones who would trust Chloe right off would be Lois, Ollie, Courtney and Bart (if they were included).
Lois was just so great. I love her going head to head with Dinah over her faith in her baby cousin. She made me smile. It's very in character too. I liked the spectrum of trust with the characters when it came to Chloe. Yes, I think that if Courtney and Bart were there, they would've trusted her too. Like Bart could ever go against his "Chloelicious". ;)