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Ah Smallville. The Clana is dead. Long live the...Clark/Lois? Clark/Oliver? The lack of Lana Lang? Didn't really think that statement through.



To start off with the most important thing: Oliver looked smokin' in his suit at the beginning. Very nice!

Secondly: Requiem. 1. Roman Catholic Church.
a. Also called Requiem Mass. the Mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead.
b. a celebration of this Mass.
c. a plainsong setting for this Mass.
2. any musical service, hymn, or dirge for the repose of the dead.

Also, my understanding is that it's also an act or token of remembrance.

If this is Lex's final ending, I can live with it. Seriously, I can. This isn't the ending he 'deserved', this' the ending he earned. Brought low by physical infirmity and caught because by his paranoia and lack of trust, he well and truly earned it. The eye-camera thing in Tess, the blowing up of the board of directors, everything else that he's done has lead to this. His paranoia regarding his employees, the camera that let Lex constantly watch what the Toyman was doing, was what lead to him being caught.

Which all works for me mostly because here's the thing: I actually agree with what Oliver did. Lex had proven himself to be a man incapable of reform and a man who functioned outside the law. He was never going to be stopped and he was never going to be punished. Oliver did what he had to do and it's a horrible thing that he has to live with. I also honestly believe that Oliver would have lived with it alone, taken it to his grave, if Chloe hadn't pushed.

Don't have any issue with Lex's recasting for this episode either. Couldn't tell you why, I just don't. If it had been "Lex with plastic surgery" rather than "Lex covered with tubs and medical devices keeping him alive", I would have had a problem with it.

Honestly, when Chloe informed Clark that he was living in the past, that the Lex he (and us) used to know is gone, I half expected her to add Lana there as well. Even though she didn't, the scene, at least for me, was as much about Lana as it was about Lex. You're living in the past. You need to let go. Stop.

Lana going back to wearing the necklace sealed their fate, it really did. By the end of the episode, she's become the physical embodiment of Clark's weakness. What's interesting, her own weakness (which is her lack of self-worth), was what lead to it. If Lana thought more of herself, she wouldn't have felt the need to do this to herself. (No matter what happens in the future, for me Lana's death is always going to be inoperable cancer. Luther lost his hand in the comics, from wearing the Kyrptonite ring all the time, imagine how much worse it would be when you're radiating it from yourself.)

So...Lana checked every room in the building but not the roof? Right.

The tragic ending of Clana was always going to happen. Lex was willing to sacrifice a lot more than Lana would have to be powerful, surely, surely, surely, it's consequences (especially considering all the blathering about dangerous it is in the last episode) would be more severe than that.

This storyline was never going to end well but at least it's finally over. Honestly, I think once she started dating Lex was when it was really over which was when? Mid-season 5? There are some things that aren't forgivable, that linger in the back of the mind once the honeymoon period ends. They were never together long enough for then to get beyond the honeymoon phase.

The ending scene was really sold by both actors. Clana was never going to receive a mature ending because it wasn't a mature relationship, so it doesn't surprise me that they had a Big Tragic Ending.

I think that's all I have to say, lol. Shutting up now.

Disclaimer: These are my opinions, obviously not fact. Feel free to disagree!

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Date: 2009-02-07 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] svgurl.livejournal.com
I like your review! It was very good. :)

Which all works for me mostly because here's the thing: I actually agree with what Oliver did. Lex had proven himself to be a man incapable of reform and a man who functioned outside the law. He was never going to be stopped and he was never going to be punished.

I don't like that Ollie has become a murderer ... crossed that fine line. But I've been thinking and thinking. If he had brought Lex to justice, had turned him in, he risked Lex blurting out Clark's secret to everyone. I think he thought the only way he could protect Clark was to take Lex out of the picture. I am not condoning his actions but there may have really been no other choice.

Plus, it's kinda obvious that Lex isn't dead. It's not that easy and he's Lex freaking Luthor. He'll be bothering Superman for a long time. :\

I totally agree with you on your assessment of Lana.

The ending scene was really sold by both actors. Clana was never going to receive a mature ending because it wasn't a mature relationship, so it doesn't surprise me that they had a Big Tragic Ending.

Post-"Power", I don't think it was possible. Until then, I really saw it. I got friendship vibes in "Legion" and even in "Bulletproof", that kiss was awkward and Clark seemed confused. I think they could've done it but PS3 just chose to do it this way.

The acting was really strong though and my heart did break for Clark.

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Date: 2009-02-11 11:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcus.livejournal.com
Thank you!

I think that too, that part of it was protecting Clark's secret, but Lex is also going around committing mass murder - blowing up the conference room (which felt so long ago by the end, maybe if Hartley had looked a little more like he'd almost been blown up it would have been harder to forget) - and seems incapable of being moved. He can't move or, it looked like, preform basic bodily functions but he can still kill people and he can still built a 'I'm a crazy person!' suit.

Yeah, I agree. Until there's a body and he's been dead five years without incident, he hasn't gone anywhere.

They could have had more foreshadowing. You're right, in light of the behaviour of Lana in previous episodes it doesn't make a huge amount of sense. I hadn't thought about it that way. She'd been planning this a long time, she should have been acting quite different in previous episodes. Gggh. Frustrating. It's like the crystal castle on the ice caps. Covered in snow. In the middle of July. Right. That works. (I've been trying to write a training fic. It's not working so well. Damn logic.)

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Date: 2009-02-07 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shelly505.livejournal.com
I hate what Ollie did and I hate that this is Lex's ending :(
Plus I dont really understand how Lex Luthor can be dead?
But I definetly didnt hate the episode as much as most people!
KK and TW are amazing actors..that ending..just wow.
Great review :D

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Date: 2009-02-11 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcus.livejournal.com
He probably isn't dead yet. I imagine that's why they had him all covered up with stuff, to leave it open for them to have Rosenbaum return at some stage in the future. Plus, until they have a body and heard nothing from him for five years, I say he's still around somewhere. Either that, or he has a clone running around somewhere. Remember Lana's "death" at the end of Season 6?

I didn't like it much but I've liked the rest of the season (mostly) a lot, so this soap opera throwback bothered me. :(

I agree about the actors. I was very impressed Kreuk, who I'm always overly impressed with, who actually convinced me of the enormity of the situation for Lana. Plus, she cried. Not wimpy, TV crying but sobbing. The kind of crying people do when they're breaking. Very impressive, I thought.

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