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16 October 2010 @ 02:48 pm
"That's What I Become" (Smallville 10x04: Homecoming)  
Wow, this could have gone the other way so quickly. SO QUICKLY. I mean, it IS just a clip show, right? But it didn't. It so didn't.

It's finally happened. It's here, the things I love so much about this story are on the cusp of happening. From the moments in which we all hated every other episode back in season seven, when I was so disgusted with everything, to the frustration of season eight, and on to the starting-to-get-there season nine, I've wanted to occasionally (and sometimes more than occasionally) drop this show like a hot rock. I was epically paid back in full by last night's episode. Oh, was I.

This is about as EPIC as it gets. And more than I truly ever expected from this show. They've managed to fly higher and tell more hard truths about their universe in the last four episodes than I thought they were capable of. Things that we've been yelling at our TV screens for years, aggravated enough to punch our sets out. Things about Clark and his Emo Boy, the things that keep holding him back, Jonathan and the need to make him proud, the blind eye he casts at things at times to keep from getting hurt or hurting others, the anger that seeps in. His need to not hurt Lois the way he did Chloe, to not let things go the same route as they did with Lana. Things we've all been saying, but didn't realize the writers knew.

I even enjoyed the Lana flashback scene and the Torch and the Wall of Weird. It was hilarious to see that Chloe has her little fans who worship the ground she walks on. Also, that Chloe obviously has her eyes on these kids. It was a respectful tip of the hat to the past and what it means to the foundation of the series.

They called him on his guilt. Bluntly. I'm so glad that they put the mirror up to his face. He needs some of that, he needs it to be the hero he is, but he holds on too much. You need to resolve that before you move on. I keep hearing things this season that I never thought I would. Thank you, Kelly and Brian. And Tom. It's time.

As much as it hurt to hear, along with the use of Everything, the punch bowl lady said all the things that have been spewed at Lois, all of the ugliness she's gotta by the older fans. And you know what? That was the past perception. She's still paying, although she's his canon wife, for the past of the series. And there's nothing she can do about that except soldier on. As hard as that scene is to watch, it was necessary. And I'm glad they put it out there like that. Especially where Clark could overhear. It's time he really understood what it was like for her.

Also, the Bugboy moment? Went exactly the opposite of what everyone expected and I love it. Not the expected route at all and exactly what Clark needed to see. Yes, you have done some good. You HAVE changed people's lives already.

(Looks like no one's put that one up yet. Which is a shame, actually.
ETA: Found it!)

Can I even talk about The Future? Are there really any words? Tom. OMFG, Tom, I love you but you... You're my Jason for a reason and I love you so madly. This? Not only for your ability to deliver here, but for being such a fan? If I can't have Brandon back in the cape, I wanna see you there. I think I've made up my mind. If no Brandon, I'm in for Tom. This episode finally decided me. His wide-eyed OMGISTHISREALLYHAPPENING!?! through the whole first sequence with Lois was so wonderful and THEM. Their chemistry was totally highlighted in this scene to perfection.

And let's not even get me into 'Future!Clark. I screamed. I honest-to-God screamed at three in the morning. I loved every single second of him on screen. And the way they played the two Clarks together? Perfection. So awesome. I should mention that I was just sniffling with disbelief at this point.

For Lois, oh dear Lois. Erica, you... Dear God, you. Yep, folks, she's it. Margot, then Erica. She'll always be the Lois for this generation for me. Those two and no other. Any Lois they put on the big screen has pretty big shoes to fill. Pitch-perfect throughout.

HELICOPTER SCENE! OMFG HELICOPTER SCENE! I love you guys. I'll never forget that. I really meant a lot to me. And the scene itself was great. One final kick to make Clark realize once and for all that she can do this. Lois can handle your life and more. More than you can ever imagine, darling.

And did anyone else see Clark's reaction to the date earlier in the scene? And it's pretty obvious that he's been doing this for quite a while. Anyone want to guess how soon his launch date may be? Eighteen more episodes, guys. It may be here before you know it. ;)

And I love how Clark comes back at just the right time to start to make up not only for disappearing, but also for the dance that was interrupted in Bride, Lois not holding it against him, only to have someone else ruin it for them. Ah, Jimmy, how I miss you for a more canon version of this.

Also, I love that Clark immediately goes about doing what he needs to do. I love that my darling BDA finally got it into his head that Ollie is pretty much his best friend right now and that he really does need his help to get the ball rolling and to do it correctly and keep it rolling. And the moment at Jonathan's grave was beautiful. Jon would be so proud of him for moving forward like this.

And what can I possibly say about the ending scene? What? Other than I remember when they said last season that Lois would be the key to his flying. I see, you guys. I see. And the fact that Clark has finally decided not to hold back? It's time. You two are legend. Stop fighting it. It's time.

It's time.
On the Verge of: optimisticoptimistic
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Lois: Clois :: B&W :: Just Another Daykalalanekent on October 16th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I think I've forgiven every single rotten storyline of the last nine years. JUST because of one episode. I can't stop watching the thing! And I keep catching brand-new little tribute. Just noticed the 'Troupe' reference in Lois' phone call to Perry in the future scene. *happy dance* It really did have it all.
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Lois: Heirs :: Kal-El and Jason :: Legacykalalanekent on October 16th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
No, you're right. We kept slogging it out because we did know, somehow, that we'd get here. It was just a matter of time. Tom is a huge Clois and canon fan. Erica, too. As soon as we got rid of the older writers, it started to come together. Tom just had to be in charge of his own character. And it wasn't a moment too soon. We went through a lot of shit to get here. But this season. I think it'll pay in full. It's just right. Not too comic book, not too L&C, not too SR and RV. I think it'll be just right.

We made it. *sniffles* We finally made it. And I plan to enjoy every moment of it.

And is it just me or have there been a lot of 'OMG DID THEY JUST SAY THAT?!' this season? I'm constantly amazed how realistic and up-front they're being this year!
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Lois: SV :: Clark :: Lois on my headkalalanekent on October 17th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
the_scary_kittythe_scary_kitty on October 16th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
ZOMG, I hear you! I could not stop squeeing and squealing and clapping and giggling through the entire episode. It was a beautiful thing to behold. Finally, one of my favorite shows GOT IT RIGHT. I couldn't be happier! :D
Lois: Lois :: Helicopterkalalanekent on October 16th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
I just can't believe the difference between what we were seeing two years ago and now. It's hard to believe it's even the same show! And this episode...I mean, I CAN'T STOP WATCHING IT! XD

And my plot bunnies are totally having a field day, let me tell you!
saavikam77: Destinysaavikam77 on October 16th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
*twirls you* :D

My gods, SHOW!!! XD We were over here squeeing all through it (and I admit I got all misty-eyed at the flashback scenes ~O_O~ *wibble*), and the SECOND I realized Lois was getting on a helicopter, I thought of you and just KNEW you were gonna have a fangasm the likes of which the world has never seen. :p And I just LOVED the thing future!Lois kept doing to indicate Clark's glasses. XD So freaking adorable and awesome!

And then, the floating dance at the end--I groaned just a little at the SR similarity with her stepping on his toes, but then there were 'I love you's, and EPICNESS, and I just said, ah screw it, SHOW IS AWESOME AND I LOVE IT EVEN IF IT *DOES* RIP OFF OTHER CANON A LITTLE. XD *squeals a little*

I could go on for pages on the awesome epicness of this ep, but we're on the same page, so... :D

NEVER has this icon been more appropriate! ^_____^

*flails a little more*
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Lois: Lois :: Gigglekalalanekent on October 16th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
I was! I was totally squeaking behind my hand! "OMFGOMFGOMFGOMFG!"

Now if they can find a way to sneak Margot back on...

And get me a few pics of Tom and Margot together....



You hearing this, Kelly and Brian? *big stupid grin*
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Lois: Lois :: Laughterkalalanekent on October 17th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Oh, dear God, if ONLY it worked that way! *prays*
Lois: Clark :: Filled With Dorky Gleekalalanekent on October 17th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
I'm just blown away with how much I loved it! I mean, honestly, there's nothing I really disliked in this one AT ALL. And there are no words for the RV moment fangasms. I mean, OMFG! The glasses thing and her reaction to him constantly 'forgetting' them had me LOLing.

Awww! I actually loved the moment with the toes because it was something that they really did use prominently in SR that I hadn't seen used and I caught it. And of course, the dance on air. I have the worst fetish for them and it was nice to see one in a version of fandom I really like (yes, I know they did it on L&C, but...you know).

I know, right? BRING IT, TOM! It just keeps getting better!
Kattxenokattz on October 16th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
My second favourite after the floating barn dance is "I don't mean to come off so Lois." Because YES, "lois" is now an adjective.
Lois: Lois :: Laughterkalalanekent on October 16th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
We really ought to do a dictionary of Super-speak someday.

And only that version, and maybe the MK!Lois, can use use that phrase. It was perfect. Then again, I found myself braying through that whole office scene.

AND HOW CUTE WAS CLARK!CLARK? I totally freaked over how adorably woobie he looked!
Kattxenokattz on October 16th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Okay so list of favourites
1) Floating barn dance
2) "I don't mean to come off so Lois" office scene
3) Greg Arkin wanting to pass off his thanks because YES! THAT IS WHAT SUPERKAL KENT DOES!
4) All the season 1 flashbacks. They were all so tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiny!
Lois: Time After Time :: Clois-:: B&W Times Pakalalanekent on October 17th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
1) OMFG, I really do have the WORST 'dance on air' fetish. Then again, it's not like I haven't written fic in that vein AT ALL. OH, HAI THAR, 'Lighter Than Air'!

2) XD Agreed 100%

3) THAT WAS THE BEST BAIT AND SWITCH EVAR! I love that they twisted it like that!

4) I KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW! I about died over little baby Chloe and her Wall of Weird. I DO miss that so much, even if I don't miss the Clana drama at all.
nire135nire135 on October 16th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)

OMG! I was just rewatching the 'taste of the future' video you posted and I noticed that the newspaper he looks at has the words 'Photo: Jimmy Olsen' on it.
Lois: DP :: Iconic Globekalalanekent on October 16th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
I really need to comb back through and see if I can catch all the little stuff. Really ought to do a 'spot the canon references' contest or something.
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Lois: Lois :: What's In A Namekalalanekent on October 19th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
I still can't get over what I saw. I mean, is this the same show we've wanted to pound like a tent stake a million times before? It can't be. Not this year. *shakes head in wonder*
routhfan1: cloiskissingrouthfan1 on October 17th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
So, I'm taking it you liked it? I just watched it this morning, and wow, wasn't sure when it started but by the time it ended I was left going "WHAT!?!?!?!" Fantastic. Perfect. Loved every second of it, actually. And I cannot wait for what is to come.
Lois: Clois :: Happy Togetherkalalanekent on October 19th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
I just didn't expect half of the epic things that they added in there. I mean, I'm still trying to get over the way that they bluntly dealt with some of the problems that have been within fandom for a LONG time.