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View Poll Results: Grade Smallville#8-13: "Power"
SUPERMAN 2 4.55%
Above Average 8 18.18%
Clark Kent 12 27.27%
Below Average 8 18.18%
BIZARRO 14 31.82%
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Old January 30 2009, 01:32 PM   #151
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Re: Smallville#8-13: "Power" Discuss/Grade <SPOILER>

Next week on Smallville : Ioalus dies, The Source is resurrected, Frank Burns gets paranoid and screws up an operation, Harriet Oleson meddles and gossips, a new Death Star is built, Picard apologizes for Bad Humanity, Eric gets set up by Donna, Hyde and the others, and Megan gets the better of Drake and Josh. All of these shocking twist surprises are revealed to be merely part of Apocalypse's master plan.

Also, our new theme song : "You go back-Jack-do it again; Wheels turning round and round..."
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Old January 30 2009, 01:42 PM   #152
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Re: Smallville#8-13: "Power" Discuss/Grade <SPOILER>

Kudos for the Drake and Josh mention Gojirob! Ioalus...man that brings me back memories!
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Old January 30 2009, 01:49 PM   #153
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Re: Smallville#8-13: "Power" Discuss/Grade <SPOILER>

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Should I just save myself the pain and just delete it?

Yes.

After sleeping on it, I gave this one Bizarro. It was really bad, and I really feel sorry for poor Ally having to direct this cluster-fuck. I agree with most of what's said above here: This single ep set the show back by 2 - 3 seasons. This year started off with a bang and finally started moving Clark on the right track.

It's been trashed now. I have nothing against Kristen, but bring Lana back serves the story no purpose whatsoever. And we're still not rid of her.

All the potential this season was showing, right down the drain.
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Old January 30 2009, 01:59 PM   #154
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Admiral_Young wrote: View Post
Kudos for the Drake and Josh mention Gojirob! Ioalus...man that brings me back memories!
Phineas and Ferb are my antidote to D+J, not to mention the later seasons of Dexter's Lab, and the middle seasons of Wings.

A premise can be dragged too far. This isn't even a new Clark/Lana relationship, based on their growth. This 'visit' by Lana is turning into the 'visits' by Odie (remember when he had a different owner?) and Nermal in Garfield.

Besides Chloe also backsliding into Clarked-on guilt, why wasn't she more upset about the kiss? Just last week, she warned Clark not to let her cousin get cut by the triangle Clark/Lana were rebuilding. The one thing I ever really give Clark shit for is how he treats Chloe. Much of the rest of his so-called 'whining' I toss into a pile I call 'They Didn't Always Know', ala Luke, Buffy, and others who reached teendom and then were told 'By The Way....'. But my gut tells me that, when Chloe is gone, as it seems must happen in the grand finale, Clark will dedicate Superman's career to her memory. It will be a tragic flaw in our greatest hero, but a workable one, IMO.
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Old January 30 2009, 02:05 PM   #155
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Re: Smallville#8-13: "Power" Discuss/Grade <SPOILER>

Instead of bringing back Kristen for a handful of episodes to once again wrap up the Clana drama they should have just let things be with the video at the end of last season. As Clark pointed out...he's got his life moving towards the things he needs to be doing without her.

Oh about Tess...I never really thought she was meant to be a villian in the traditional sense so I guess that some of the things Lax typed about her are true. She is mainly there as a sort of supporting character for Clark really. They could have done some really cool things with her and I agree that they've stripped everything that they built up with her little girl talk with Lana. See...Lana is destroying all the good nature that this season has built up with her few but impactfull appearences this season! I'm really curious now about how she'll be leaving the show...obviously I'm guessing it won't be with the power suit on and that Clark will save her once again somehow and finally resolve their relationship. This is what we get when Erica is only signed for thirteen episodes! I also thought that Chloe was off to see Jimmy at Star City last episode? They didn't even mention why she hadn't left yet.
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Old January 30 2009, 02:33 PM   #156
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Instead of bringing back Kristen for a handful of episodes to once again wrap up the Clana drama they should have just let things be with the video at the end of last season. As Clark pointed out...he's got his life moving towards the things he needs to be doing without her.

Oh about Tess...I never really thought she was meant to be a villian in the traditional sense so I guess that some of the things Lax typed about her are true. She is mainly there as a sort of supporting character for Clark really. They could have done some really cool things with her and I agree that they've stripped everything that they built up with her little girl talk with Lana. See...Lana is destroying all the good nature that this season has built up with her few but impactfull appearences this season! I'm really curious now about how she'll be leaving the show...obviously I'm guessing it won't be with the power suit on and that Clark will save her once again somehow and finally resolve their relationship. This is what we get when Erica is only signed for thirteen episodes! I also thought that Chloe was off to see Jimmy at Star City last episode? They didn't even mention why she hadn't left yet.
See! We agree more than you think!

The sad part too is, they could have brought Lana back and used it to show that Clark had grown up, could care for her as a friend and not regress to a 16 year old. Clark could have smiled at Lana, said hi, and then gone back to dancing with Lois. This would have been a powerful statement about his growth, and also about the producers letting go of the past as much as Clark letting go. Lana's appearance could have had a really posititive spin.

Lana could have had some voting shares stashed away that got forgotten, or been Lionel's heir (that would have been cool) and this arc could have been a Tess/Lana arc that set up a power struggle for Luthorcorp and we could have seen Tess acting a bit Lionelish and sucking up to Lana while she was positioning for control of the empire...

Or not. I'm just saying that Lana could have been used well, and moved the characters forward even further.
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Old January 30 2009, 02:59 PM   #157
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Re: Smallville#8-13: "Power" Discuss/Grade <SPOILER>

Next week it looks like Fake Lex Luthor or "Flex" Luthor.

Tess: "Didn't you wonder how Lana got access to a video camera right after coming out of a coma?

Clark: "I thought a wizard did it."

Someplace grimey,

Lana: "I'm so out of control, I'll cut my hair in bad lighting using a straight razor...and somehow it won't look like total shit."

Much later,

Tess: "Oh, yeah, looks like the glaringly memorable necklace my security guy, who happens to be at Luthor Mansion, wears."

Clark: "Good, I haven't had a confrontation/ conversation in Luthor Mansion in the last 12 hours."

Later but months ago,

Guy: "I'm a retired teacher."

Lana: "Bullshit. I read the article about you in Soldier of Fortune. I want you to train me."

Guy: "Oh, you also saw my ad on Alt.com."

Lana: "Not like that, you perv!"



Metropolis,

Chloe: "Clark...don't you think...whatever...why do I bother? Just go save Lana for the 1,000,000th time."

Very secret lab,

Assistant: "This is dangerous."

Scientist: "Duh!"

Tess: "The script says I'm supposed to kill all of you."

Lana: "As if! I got power, girl!"

Daily Planet early morning,

Nobody: "Hey, Clark what did ya do, spend all night here looking internet porn?"

Clark (to himself): "Wow, that Richard White sure is an ass."


Obligatory roof top scene,

Clark: "Lana, you had super powers before. It didn't end well."

Lana: "You mean when I had powers like you or when I was a vampire?."

Clark: "Uh...I can't remember. Everyone I know has had superpowers at somepoint. "

[Clark and Lana swap spit at ludicrous speed]
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Old January 30 2009, 03:56 PM   #158
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Re: Smallville#8-13: "Power" Discuss/Grade <SPOILER>

BIZZARO. Smallville has come to the point I cannot sit down and be fully engaged by an episode. The stories are crap, and as pointed out by others here, Kristen Kruek is a horrible actress. I've never liked her (she always looks like she's going to cry). This episode was completely disjointed and had written all over it.

I do not see how this show could possibly get a 10th season.
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Old January 30 2009, 04:00 PM   #159
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Re: Smallville#8-13: "Power" Discuss/Grade <SPOILER>

You know the story is totally lame when Shlarck has lines like...
Lana, the "last" time you had superpowers it didnt work out too well.
Umm, Last time. You mean they resorted to this stupid ass story line before? It almost seems like Kristen demanded they put her back in the show cause she had to audition for Chun Li. Either that or she has some real good dirt on a producer or writer. And its totally obvious that she will die in next weeks episode...
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Old January 30 2009, 04:00 PM   #160
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Obligatory roof top scene,

Clark: "Lana, you had super powers before. It didn't end well."

Lana: "You mean when I had powers like you or when I was a vampire?." [quote]


"Or when I was the reincarnation of French witch . . . ."
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Old January 30 2009, 05:15 PM   #161
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An average episode turned BIZARRO thanks to its ending.

Damn it, we have 2 more episodes of Lana angst ?
I got nothing against Kreuk, but those writers can't get their head out of their ass when it comes to the Lana/Clark relationship.
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Old January 30 2009, 06:33 PM   #162
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Re: Smallville#8-13: "Power" Discuss/Grade <SPOILER>

I think it really is time for the show to end.

After last season I told myself I wasn't going to watch anymore. But then I heard what they were going to do and figured it was going to be a train wreak. So, of course, I just had to watch. Then I found myself starting to like it. But per usual, I was only setting myself up for disappointment as they've reverted back to the same old B.S.

I just feel really bad for Mack. I hope this doesn't turn out to be her one and only chance to direct; she show a lot of promise. Some of her shots were really quite good. And, she was even able to pull out a good performance by that chick who plays Chloe.
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Old January 30 2009, 08:31 PM   #163
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I'd actually become a fan of the show again for the first half of the season.

Thanks for ruining it Lana!!!
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Old January 30 2009, 08:34 PM   #164
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I agree the show should end.

Its so schizophrenic. These writers only seem to have a hand full of ideas for each of these characters. So they are rotating back and forth between those. Not that their potential is limited to what these writers can think up. Of course not! But its what we are stuck with for this show.

I can understand wanting more episodes with Lois. I agree. But its seems TPTB have done all the Lois episodes they had ideas for. We would be just as frustrated if she was in episodes she served no purpose.

The idea of a perfect season 9 is unrealistic. This show has never been consistent in quality. Plus the fact that they STILL don't seem to have a endgame in mind. They are just spinning their wheels.
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Old January 30 2009, 08:39 PM   #165
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An average episode turned BIZARRO thanks to its ending.

Damn it, we have 2 more episodes of Lana angst ?
I got nothing against Kreuk, but those writers can't get their head out of their ass when it comes to the Lana/Clark relationship.
NO! Just one, just one.

She still had five episodes on her contract from last season due to the writer's strike. She came back in "Bride" just before the holiday break. That was one. Since then there has been "Legion", "Bulletproof", and "Power" as 2,3 and 4. Next week's "Requiem" is five. And that is it. She will be gone and Lois will be back in the following "Infamous" which will not be airing until the beginning of March. Yes, they will be taking a three week break after next week. But at least this Lana drivel will be over.
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