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The Top 25 Smallville Episodes

Hourglass, Shattered, Transference, and Nemesis were all major omissions to me, personally I would have replaced season 4's Onyx with Transference. And while I agreed with *some* of the finales and premieres that were included (Crusade, Commencement, Odyssey were all unarguably epic episodes) I didn't agree with including the less memorable ones like Phantom and Bizarro. I especially wouldn't have put the series finale in the top five, cause really? It felt like the list was at times just going with the ~obvious~ choices of the bigger episodes, rather than the actual best episodes. Well the best ones IMHO anyway g*

I'm not even sure what my top 25 would be at this point though, it's been so long now that a lot of it is kind of a blur to me, but hopefully I'm going to pick my SV re-watch back up at some point. I watched seasons 1-4 last year originally intending for it to be a complete series re-watch, but there's just sooo much more tv to keep up with every year that I keep falling behind with everything :( I still need to pick my X-Files re-watch back up with season 6, I want to fit in a complete rewatch of Farscape, and then there's Gilmore Girls 7 seasons as well before the Netflix episodes...Oh and I want to re-watch The Good Wife from the beginning soon too when the DVDs for the complete series come out. And maybe Nikita too, I would like to re-watch Nikita...Hopefully I will start on season 5 of SV soon though, next year maybe
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Smallville's John Schneider Dislikes Man Of Steel's Jonathan Kent

“I love Kevin, and I love what Kevin does. But I didn’t care for one scene in there, where Jonathan was advising Clark to do something that was self-serving, it was tell a lie, I can’t remember exactly what it was. I think Jonathan Kent is the best dad perhaps ever depicted on television. And I don’t mean my work, I just mean the man I was fortunate enough to play. He was a great father, and I don’t think the one in Man of Steel was a great father. He had some flaws that don’t belong in a comic book. I really had wished that had been me.”

Umm I haven't seen Man Of Steel yet and I'm not totally sure what moment he's commenting on, but since when did Smallville's Jonathan Kent never advise Clark to tell a lie or be self-serving, the Kent's on Smallville were constantly advising Clark to lie and telling him how vital it was to always protect the secret?!?

And meme taken from my flist!

Give me a fandom (or more than one) and I'll tell you:

Character I'd let hang from a cliff
Character I'd frak or make-out with
Character I'd marry
Character I'd wrap a blanket around
5 favorite characters
3 OTPs
Funniest character
Prettiest character
Most bad-ass character
Character I'd like as my BFF
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Give me a fandom and I'll give you, either in the comments or in a separate post, five unpopular opinions for that particular fandom.
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I don't know how many Smallville fans are still on LJ, but I thought that this interview with Al and Miles was fairly interesting:

Q: Smallville stirred up a lot of controversy with hardcore comic book fans devoted to the original. How did you guys deal with that?

AG: Like all writers — we tried to avoid it as much as possible! We stopped reading Ain’t it Cool News where we were being burned in effigy everyday, and didn’t go to the San Diego Comic-Con until Season 2.

MM: Listening to fan boys is tiring, frustrating and ultimately futile. Smallville began at the dawn of the fan-forum era — we used to scan the posts to get a sense of the general feeling, but that’s it. If we did course-correct a storyline it would be because the fans’ sentiment mirrored our own. The truth is the so-called “hardcore fans” will find fault with anything and everything. We had no interest in following the established mythology of the D.C. universe or aligning our timeline with theirs.

Q: What was the most controversial?

AG: Making Lex and Clark friends. That was a radical idea at the time, as well as casting an African American actor to play Pete Ross and a Eurasian actress to play Lana Lang. You would not believe how much flak we caught for those choices from the internet peanut gallery.

MM: Again, probably the meteor shower because it led to accusations that we over-relied on the “freak of the week” formula. We had a super-powered, crime-fighting teenager — we figured he had to battle someone every week. It’s not like sleepy Smallville was a hot bed of crime. It wouldn’t exactly be great drama if Clark was forced to use his awesome abilities to solve the case of the missing library book. I have zero regrets about that.

Q: Looking back, is there anywhere you wish you’d taken the characters of Smallville?

AG: I wish we had a better trajectory for Lana Lang. That was probably a three-season love story that lasted six seasons.

MM: It’s so torturous and slow. Ultimately, it damaged Lana in the audience’s mind. Because Clark refused to tell her the truth about his identity, he was constantly forced to lie to her. Although justified, Lana’s response to his behavior made her seem cold and unsympathetic — even though from her POV, Clark was a sneaky, bold-faced liar.

Miles also mentions that We also almost succeeded in bringing Aquaman to the small screen but were thwarted when the WB got swallowed by UPN and became the CW. The atmosphere at the new network was very hostile to Smallville and they were not open to doing another comic book series. It was all about Gossip Girl — looking back, it’s kind of amazing we survived at all.
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I brought the complete Smallville collection and I've just finished season 1 :D The first disk was so hard to get out though that I ended up scratching it and a couple of minutes of the pilot and X-Ray won't play now :( Nothing too important from them luckily, but gah still really annoying for an expensive set like that to get damaged

I forgot how much I loved the portrayal of Lex in season 1. Okay a lot of people slate the cheesy MotW feel of season 1 and feel that season 2 is when the plotting really stepped up, and I can't necessarily argue with that. But I do think season 2 lost something when you compare say the relationship of Lex and Helen to even a network ordered character in season 1. Victoria wasn't played by the greatest ~actress in the world~ (in fact a lot of the guest actors for season 1 are surprisingly terrible with really O/T performances), but I've seen her pop up in a lot of fan fic because she was an interesting idea and brought out a different side of Lex. Helen and the 'wall around my heart' was just a mess from start to finish. The characterisation of Lex as a spoilt playboy trying to change was done sooo well in season 1, and his scenes with Lionel or Clark were always a highlight. Even the frequent references to Lex's partying always being in the news before Smallville, and him being a bit of a playboy, seem so different to the idea the writers seemed to later have about Lex always being this creepy and not quite right kid. No wonder the amount of fanfic being produced never recovered after season 1, the characterisation was much stronger then IMO and Lex felt so much younger even compared to season 2

In some ways I think the show also lost something when it made Lionel completely evil in season 3 and forcing ECT on his son/driving him insane, their relationship was so much more subtly sad and effective for me when Lionel was just the emotionally-closed off and cold businessman who didn't treat his son with any affection or love.

Ditto Lana. She wasn't the strongest season 1 character for me, but at least her early attempts to break away from cheerleading and find her own path had some resonance, and then there was the realistic obstacle of Whitney coming between her and Clark. By the time of seasons 2 and 3 it was just an entire two seasons of Clana not being able to be together because of secrets and lies, and countless barn scenes hammering that into our heads. Not to mention the completely pointless subplot in season 2 of Lana finding out that Henry Small was her father, and his new wife then getting jealous of her???

And of course it goes without saying that the characterisation of season 1 Chloe >>>>>>>season 2. Season 1 actually had a little more subtle characterisation with Clark being torn between two girls at the end of the season, Lana being uncomfortable with Clark's burgeoning relationship with Chloe and having to deal with her feelings on that, the idea of whether the right girl was there all along and Clark didn't realise it. Whereas season 2 just has the fairly trite idea of Chloe the lovelorn and rather pathetic girl moping over Clark and getting increasingly bitter, and Clark and Lana moping over each other

Some of the season 1 plotting was REALLY bad though to be fair lol, especially Zero with the identical double of the man that was shot just happening to be cool with the suggestion of taking on the other man's identity and terrorising Lex. Huh?

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Those are my thoughts so far anyway *g* I'm hoping to start on season 2 tonight!
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Gough confirmed for me that back when he and Miles Millar (also an EP on Angels) first launched Smallville, “The final image was always [Clark Kent] suiting up [as Superman] and flying away — but back in the day there was going to be more of thing with him and Lex (played by Rosenbaum)…. It all came down to the Lex-Clark dynamic.” Gough said

Unpopular view these days, but I still wish SV could have wrapped up when Lex was around full-time and given us a really kick-ass finale leading up to Clark and Lex's future rivalry. I hate the way that Lex was handled in season 8 with the clone, and also I just don't see the point in wiping all of Lex's memory, then flashing forward to him as President with the implication that everything went on the same regardless. It makes the rivalry (and seven years of following Lex's journey) meaningless when all you end up with in the end is some clone version with no memories of everything he went through with Clark
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Kristin Kreuk's facebook response to the criticism of her for saying she isn't planning to watch SV's finale:

Okay, I will answer this… Please appreciate how delicate I want to be with this. There are many people who are just waiting for me to say something that they can hate me for. And there are many people who really want the best for Lana. An …d there are many people who want the best for Smallville itself. As do I. I want the best for the show and for the character I played.

Part One of my answer:To be honest, I do not believe there was ever a real offer for me to come back. Though, I am pretty sure that if I showed interest in returning Kelly and Brian would find a way to fit me in.

Part Two of my answer: I may be in the minority, but I thought Lana’s story ended well. I liked that she gained inner strength and was able to handle the metaphorical power of her suit. That she had the courage to walk away from Clark, that her commitment to a greater good outweighed her very human desire to be with Clark. That she saw that her love for Clark would never diminish, even if they could not be in the same vicinity. And that if she did not do her best in the world, if she did not do the best she could for humanity, that would counter some of the very reasons she loved Clark in the first place. She loved his nobility, strength of purpose, kindness and drive to help others. To deny that in herself would have been to deny that very thing she found beautiful. I find that beautiful and tragic.

So, what I am saying is… I think her story is done. I am not sure how her coming back changes Clark’s story any longer. He has moved forward. As he was always supposed to do. As Lana would have wanted him to do.
I may be missing something, but those are my long-ass thoughts
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Smallville fandom is giving me a massive headache today, but at least there is always GIP to make me happy :P

And a new preview clip for Chlollie!
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AWESOME new Chloe stills :D

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Aww, a Tom and Allison hug!

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The Chlollie One of Ten video is now up on YouTube

I felt too shy to send my own picture in, but it's fun to see all the different Chlollie fans, so I kind of wish I had taken part now *g*
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The Vampire Diaries 202 )

What a fantastic trailer! I've gone from not caring at all about the warewolf storyline to being pretty excited for it

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And this is what comic book Chloe will look like apparently...

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[Poll #1617856]
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My top 20 Lexana moments


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SUCH a cute interview with drunk Justin *g*

And I had a real scare earlier. I was just browsing the internet when an anti-virus ad thingy kept saying they had scanned I had a virus and would I let them install blah blah. I kept on clicking no because I sensed it was an obvious trap, but then it ended up on my comp anyway! And any programe I tried to open, including system restore, it kept overriding and saying I needed to install their protection. Eventually I managed to get rid of it by going into safe mode and restoring the comp to an earlier time, but still eeek!
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New pics have been released from Allison's play!



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Spoilery Chlollie squeee!!!!

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Image thanks to the awesome [ profile] go_clo
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Chloe will be making her first official appearance in DCU in the Jimmy Olsen feature in Action Comics
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A picspam of my top 25 Smallville episodes:


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My top 25 Smallville episodes part 2


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