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svreview: rush
children of dune - leto 1
seperis
I suppose Livia's mind control might be getting to me. Might. It's a theory worth pursuing. But. Clark is still annoying me, even when I shouldn't be annoyed.

I did my temper tantrum in my diaryland diary months ago about Clark. Parts of it I looked back on recently and thought, huh, that was a little harsh.

Now? I'm just at the edge of thinking, I'm not nearly harsh *enough*. I'm not there yet. You will notice I'm not at the disembowlment stage or saying that Clark should die. I'm happy with my self-control.



So right. This is Nicodemus Redux. People acting stupid and sexual and bizarre but it's NOT THEIR FAULT.

No, wait.

This is Red Redux. Clark acting stupid and sexual and bizarre but it's NOT HIS FAULT.

Hold on....

This is Heat Redux and Hug Redux and I'm tired of watching this episode, even if, finally, it looks like, yes, Clark DOES have a functional libido and he and Chloe DO get action. Thousands of ChLarkers threw a party. And considering I am so very NOT a Chloe/Clark girl, I still got a massive kick out of how, well, FUN, Clark is under Red Meteorite when he isn't being a sociopath. They were cute! Show me your superpowers! Come back here and see! All we needed were some mentions of etchings as come-on lines and my life would have been complete.

Oh man, that was fun as hell. So. Damn. Cute. No, I shall never carry a banner for this pairing, but it was so much fun to watch them both like that.

But. I would have loved this far, far more if this didn't come RIGHT after Suspect, where really, I SPENT all my excess energy defending Clark.

I suppose, though, my greater wrath isn't even at him at this point--we know he doesn't apologize to Lex. Ever. But I have a theory why, which doesn't show him in a good light but does explain a lot. I think he knows--in fact, at this point, he HAS to know--that he can piss Lex off seriously and NEVER GET CALLED ON IT. Lex has a massive blind spot where Clark's concerned. One he chooses, but it's there. It hurts. Also? It's going to keep them friends for far longer than if he didn't have it, so God, I'm glad he has that blindspot.

What's annoying me at this point is the SV thing about character development. Or the lack thereof. Ideally, episodes such as this show characters in ways that are important to their development but can't be done using their conventional behavior. Which is cool, time-honored, and fun as hell to watch. I'm a massive fan of mind-altering being the way to go to get some seriously interesting revelations. My problem, of course, is that none of these episodes seem to be doing that. Besides hitting the Magical Reset Button Famous in Trekdom, they don't really CONTRIBUTE anything. If I were cynical, and I am when moved to be so, I'd say the entire episode's POINT was to get Clark and Lana almost together, just in time to milk a few more weeks of estrangement out of them, with everything else basically being gravy.

Hug gave us Lex's resentment of the town, his father's name, and Clark's family's behavior toward him, as well as his insecurity regarding Clark.

Nicodemus gave us Pete's crush on Chloe and his jealousy of Clark's relationship with Lex, the resentment over the entire creamed corn thing. It also gave us a Lana that was vaguely disturbing in her self-centeredness, but also free of some of her more annoying characteristics. Jonathan's ability to be nasty was doubled, and we find out that wow, not so different except he likes guns more when he's high. Go figure.

Heat had the entire "No one is gay here! Really! Look! No Gay ANYWHERE!" of gayness going on. Dear God, the gayness. But anyway. Also gave us our first glimpse of how the rift between Clark and Lex will go down. Lex's first genuine fight with Clark, and how utterly merciless he can be when he chooses.

Red gave us out of control Clark the Oh No, He's Not Gay At All, Really, REALLY (CLex redux, wow). In which his simmering resentments of his family's financial situation, his obsessive need to keep secrets, and etc etc you see where this is going. And the fact that he's a bully. A very powerful, very scary bully.

Rush didn't give us anything. There was no new insight into Chloe here--yes, we knew she wanted Clark, was that supposed to be new information? Yes, we knew she resented Clark's feelings for Lana. Pete? Lots of lines. That's it. We know--nothing else here. Nothing about them was revealed that couldn't have been done in non-mind-altering ways. This was, in effect, one hour of breaking Lana and Clark apart again, with fun stuff happening and pretty much nothing else, along with the joys of No Consequences.

I have no idea why this episode exists, actually.

And despite that, I did enjoy it. I'm a whore for these storylines, seriously. It just--doesn't mean anything. We have a possibly alien parasite wandering in Cadmus labs. Like Lex's particle accelerator, we don't know if we'll ever see this again. Let me throw a party now.

*grrr*

Hmm. As said, if this hadn't come right on the heels of Suspect? I'd probably have enjoyed it more. Much more. But the non-apologizing thing is starting to get to me. Luckily, there are people even more reactive than I am writing anti-Clark fic, so I feel absolutely no need to injure him myself. Yet. But it's building.

I remind myself of these things in moments like this.

A.) He's sixteen.
B.) I'm a CLex writer. That is very hard to do without the CL portion. Very, very hard to do.
C.) I LIKE Lex. For some reason, he wants Clark, and I like to give Lex everything he wants. As I do not want to give Lex things that are BAD for him, Clark must be somehow either fixed or explained.
D.) I cannot sexualize Lana, even with Lex, no matter how hard I try. So that method of writing myself into a better mood is NOT going to work. And no more writing depressing Lex het. Just wrong, wrong, wrong. No more.
E.) Damn, Clark's pretty without a shirt.
F.) See C.

In other news....

Um. My personal life took a turn for the bad. Not something I care to discuss, but in any case, I've been slow in answreing comments and email becaue of that. For anyone still waiting for a response, you'll get one. I'm still staring at the story, because wow, so Rush annoyed me, but man, did it fit into the unfocused ideas in my head about A Separate Peace. Disturbingly well. I wish it had Jossed me.

*sighs*



Recs tomorrow when I feel less allergic-Sudafedish. My backlog is at fifteen stories.


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No, wait. This is Red Redux. Clark acting stupid and sexual and bizarre but it's NOT HIS FAULT.

Exactly! Oh, exactly. You nailed my issues. And - how many times is Lana going to simper and coo over being asked out 'for the first time' by Clark? Ugh. Sooooo annoying.

Gah.

Yes. And double yes. And triple yes.

Though I was less annoyed by Lana than usual. Possibly because I was staring at the screen thinking, why is this happening?

C.) I LIKE Lex. For some reason, he wants Clark, and I like to give Lex everything he wants. As I do not want to give Lex things that are BAD for him, Clark must be somehow either fixed or explained.

Replace "Lex" with "Chloe" up there, and you'll know why I ship Chlark.

Chloe wants Clark. I want Chloe to be happy. Ergo...

Replace "Lex" with "Chloe" up there, and you'll know why I ship Chlark.

Heh. I kept replacing Chloe with Lex in your post. But yes, I think this is one of the reasons they are the two most lovable characters on the show.

But yeah Jenn, I love Lex. I just want to give him everything he wants. And what he wants is for the farmboy to believe in him.

*laughs at you both*

Clark so does not deserve either of them. So totally does NOT.

WARNING: dysfunctional brain at work. be careful.

I think he knows--in fact, at this point, he HAS to know--that he can piss Lex off seriously and NEVER GET CALLED ON IT. Lex has a massive blind spot where Clark's concerned.

Okay, I know you're saying that in the heat of anger, but all I'm reading is, "Awwww, they are so wubbly together." *giggles* I'm a little high on Clexy moments right now, so...my comments are ALL going to be bizzare, like, strangely bizzare. *g* *g* *g*

It's going to keep them friends for far longer than if he didn't have it, so God, I'm glad he has that blindspot.

Yes, 'friends' is nice. Except I wouldn't mind smut. Like, lots of it.

entire episode's POINT was to get Clark and Lana almost together, just in time to milk a few more weeks of estrangement out of them, with everything else basically being gravy.

Yes, agreed times two. But it was a sizzling episode anyway. Just because I saw skin...the, ah, well-defined abs and such. what was I saying again? Oh, yeah, the Clexy moments. This is, like, my second or third time seeing Smallville...and none of the previous ones that I saw had any of this sort of tension (sexual tension, of course :D), so, yeah, I totally loved this episode.

D.) I cannot sexualize Lana, even with Lex, no matter how hard I try. So that method of writing myself into a better mood is NOT going to work.

No sexualize Lana? Oh thank god. See, it's all about the Clex, so, erm, if you were to sexualize Lana, it would--not be about Clex. *am confused now* (I know I was thinking about something, but then...Lana was mentioned and now I have no idea what I was thinking. Odd.)

And no more writing depressing Lex het. Just wrong, wrong, wrong. No more.

That's right! You tell 'em! It's about the depressing Lex slash. Or. Un-depressing Lex slash is fine as well. Just slash. Never read an SV het fic before. Don't plan to start now. (and you know, this is all your fault, because it was you who got me hooked to SV and Clex. god, I can't even imagine another pairing.)

Damn, Clark's pretty without a shirt.

Yes--I've been saying yes a lot, haven't I? Do I even know what I'm saying 'yes' to? I mean, it could be a sexual assault. I shouldn't be agreeing to it. Anywho, mmmm...pretty, pretty boy. You could just put him on a grill and make a hamburger out of him, with buns and everything. *licks lips*

My personal life took a turn for the bad.

Okay, I know you hardly know me, but...dammit, I like you. *throws virtual arms around seperis and squeezes her to near death* Remember, you are lacking oxygen because I like you. Berry berry much. Hope it gets better, whatever it is. *hugs again*

And that concludes the Strangest Post I Ever Sent Anyone. *have feeling i'll read what i wrote tomorrow and die of utter embarrassment*

So. Clark's a brat. Teenage brat extroirdinaire. Surprising? No. Dissappointing? Yes.

Too much Lana in this episode.
Lex *still* needs a hug, and what the hell ever happened with Helen? We haven't seen her since Visage, so should we assume that they tried to get back together but it didn't work? I still hold that that scene looked very forced.
I mutter more about this episode on my LJ. I get a tad acerbic. Here's an excerpt:
Clark is not noticing the lollipop enough for a teenage boy with hormones. Sorry, should she be whining about dead people instead? Does that turn you on more than oral sex?
I have a virgin LJ, btw. No one has commented yet. Boldly go where no one has gone before!
-Silverkyst

This is Heat Redux and Hug Redux and I'm tired of watching this episode, even if, finally, it looks like, yes, Clark DOES have a functional libido and he and Chloe DO get action.
I think Chloe especially is way cute without inhibitions. Clark gets mean and manipulative, but Chloe mainly gets playful.

Not only is this a Heat and Hug redux, but it's "Ice" redux. The plot recycling machine has chosen an X-Files episode to spit out this time. Alien worms that live in your adrenal gland and make you act a little crazy are taken directly from "Ice", one of the first few season's eps. I have it on fricking videotape at home.
Oh yeah, and the fat sucking girl? Anyone else get "TooShy" XF flashbacks.
You know, the fact that I still remember episode titles from that many years ago probably means they're in my permanent memory pretty solidly. Now, why can't I get statistics equations in there with that kind of staying power? (thwaps head against keyboard)
Oh. Uh oh. Now I'm picturing a family of meteor mutants ala "Home". Eeeks. Bad mental place.
Lex's pants. Lex's pants. Lex's nice leather belt.
Okay. I'm good.
-Silverkyst

This is Nicodemus Redux. People acting stupid and sexual and bizarre but it's NOT THEIR FAULT.

No, wait.

This is Red Redux. Clark acting stupid and sexual and bizarre but it's NOT HIS FAULT.

Hold on....

This is Heat Redux and Hug Redux and I'm tired of watching this episode...


This has been my whole problem with this season. There has been nothing *new*, no character development. I'd almost wecome back a MOTW.

I don't know if I agree that Lex has a blind spot where Clark is concerned. I think that he is starting to see Clark for the spoiled, petulant brat that he's been this season. And this is all cumulating into Lex's turn to the darkside. Which wasn't supposed to take place this quickly.

That's my other problem with this season. I don't want to see Evil!Lex anytime soon. Misunderstood!Lex. o.k. Manipulative!Scheming!Lex with good intentions? Even better. Evil? Just not Evil!Lex. Yet.

Sorry you're having a tough time sweetie, don't worry about responding to this bit of nonsense.

I have to say that I am also getting really really tired of no "On screen" apologies. I think Lex takes it for many reasons (blind spot included) but one of the biggest I think that he figures 'ok Clark is wrong about this but there's all this other stuff I'm doing that would really wreck our friendship if he knew so I'll let him get away with it.'

*shrugs*

And say what you will, I don't care how rude Clark's words were to Lex, didja get a load of the body language? Clark was ALL OVER HIM! Talk about taking the opportunity for a cheap grope. Yow!

Ok now the SV writers need to fix this rift because it's too soon and it's hurting me to watch it eppy after eppy.

Oh and Lana? Lana needs to go, she serves seriously no purpose other than to give me freaking heartburn.

Ok, now I'm just ranting in your space. Sorry about that. *looks sheepish*

Hope everything evens out for you in RL soon sweetie.

I have to say that I am also getting really really tired of no "On screen" apologies. I think Lex takes it for many reasons (blind spot included) but one of the biggest I think that he figures 'ok Clark is wrong about this but there's all this other stuff I'm doing that would really wreck our friendship if he knew so I'll let him get away with it.'

*shrugs*

And say what you will, I don't care how rude Clark's words were to Lex, didja get a load of the body language?
Clark was ALL OVER HIM! Talk about taking the opportunity for a cheap grope. Yow!


I think you're right on about the cheap grope and Lex's guilt. There are also some fundamental reasons why 22/16 year old friendships have problems. Teenagers can be real brats and will probably expect the adult to do all the relationship work.
I'm guessing, like everyone else, at Clark's age. Me? I was 15 at the start of *junior* year, and know a lot of people who also were. Given that we're in the land of the perfect smile where mutants threatening the gene pool are destroyed, everyone can be assumed to be the perfect age for their grade, I suppose. Or they're all two years behind, because they don't look like teenagers. With, sadly, the exception of Lana.

You know I'm feeling cranky when I start accusing SV of fascism. *Sigh.* There is plenty of the RL crappiness to go around, Jenn.
*hugs*
-Silverkysto

I'm trying not to think too much about Rush because when I think too much about Rush I want to chew my arm off. Or gouge my eyes out.

That's how much I hated this episode.

The writers are playing AU games themselves: "Look: This week, Lex and Clark are good friends! Look: Next week they don't like each other at all! Hey: Bet you wish you'd seen the *whole seasons worth of episodes* that should have come between Suspect and Rush, huh?"

And the CLana....dear god where does one start...I literally cannot look at the screen when she's on it. I desperately wish Clark had stayed Red K Clark just long enough to tell her "Y'know, you can be replaced by a handful of KY jelly and a recording of lectures about honesty."




Rush's Contribution to Superman Mythology

(Anonymous)
Actually, Rush did give us something. God knows if anybody has pointed this out yet, or for that matter, if anybody is going to read this, but...

Rush gave us a chance to see yet another very serious reason to have Lex hold a serious distrust for Superman. There have been incarnations of (future) Lex where he wasn't completely evil, or at least understood that if people are kept happy then they almost cheerfully allow benevolent dictatorships. And it's been in these incarations that Comic!Lex or OtherSource!Lex has become the most multi-dimensional in his dislike of Superman. He doesn't trust Superman, because aside from stopping Lex's plans for whatever, Superman is too good to be true, and too powerful to let go without some sort of checks and balances.

In Rush we see Lex realizing, see it further cemented in his psyche, just how dangerous an out-of-control Clark could/would be. Future Smallville! Lex may end up being every bit as megalomaniacal as Comic!Lex, but that doesn't necessarily negate him having a deep concern about the Earth's ability to deal with an off-his-rocker Superman. Lex has now had the opportunity to witness this twice in Clark, god knows how many more times he might see it over the course of his life.

Lex's reaction in the end of the episode was almost a loosening of the gauntlet right before it's tossed to the ground. Rush helped set up in a fantastic way part of the raison d'etre for Lex's hated of Superman in the future. The more Lex finds out about Clark's connection to the caves, or the meteorites, the lies, etc., the less Lex is going to be able to trust or believe in Clark's future alter-ego*. Unfortunately, we are not likely to see the fallout of this, but nonetheless, there you go.

LP.


* If Lex doesn't recognize Superman as Clark, I'm going to deem him too stupid to breed (poor Lena).

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