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Smallville Meta: Deconstructing Chloe (Part 1)
Subtitled: How To Make a Chloe Sue:
 
After weeks of arguing about this on TWOP and the Smallville LJ community, I decided to just distill all my thoughts in one place. This is not as coherent or as organized as I would like and is very much a work-in-progress but I think I’ll keep this here and refer the Chloe fans to it rather than repeat the same points over and over again. 

Non-Smallville flist, you’ve been warned – this is long. Smallville flist, you’ve been warned – this is very long. :p

 
 
 
1.        The first thing you do is make her a canon character in everything but name. Teenage Clark Kent had a female buddy in high school who was co-reporter and had an unrequited crush on him. Her name was Lana Lang. Surprised? Don't be. The first sign of a Mary Sue is that she could almost be in canon – a long-lost love (to Jimmy Olsen) or cousin (to Lois Lane) or daughter (to Wonder Woman).  That Chloe Sullivan is all three is a testimony to the devotion of her own creators. 
2.        Make her do the job of the other canon characters but only, make her do it better –
1.        Pete Ross starts out as Clark's best friend who knows his secret. But he bitches about it ad nauseum and finally leaves Smallville because of the pressure. When CS steps into Pete's shoes as Best Friend Who Knows Clark's Secret, she becomes a major asset to him, taking on the role of his late father, JK and going on to become an honourable member of the Justice League of America. (more on that later).
2.        JK dies just in time and she takes taken on his role as Martha and Clark's confidant, effectively becoming a member of the Kent family.
3.        Lois Lane, Clark's fearsome reporting partner, turns up on Smallville as the no-future-ambition army brat who couldn't care less about journalism and gets arrested in college. When she finally gets on the journalism path, it's via a tabloid magazine. A far cry from CS who was born with reporting in her blood and is the youngest reporter in the history of journalism to have a column in a national daily.  Season 7 spoilers state that Lois will finally get a leg into the Daily Planet but only because of her looks, as opposed to Chloe who gets it through hard work. 
3.        Make her the most beloved/revered character on the show.
1.        Pete – Nothing much to argue here because it's all self-evident. He loves her so much, he'd rather she find happiness with Clark than pursue her himself.
2.        Clark – Where to begin. Stalking is a crime in most cultures but when the stalker is enabled there’s very little case, is there? Clark goes from telling CS (justifiably) that she looks at him as if he’s cheating on her whenever he sees her with Lana, to telling her that she’s the most important thing in his life. Clark blows up on his 'best friends' - Pete and Lex - for bad mistakes they make that have nothing to do with him (Velocity and that one where Lex is stalked by an ex-lover) but when Chloe betrays him personally over and over in Seasons 1-4, he forgives her, even saying at a time that 'there's nothing she can never use up her store of apologies for him). Of course in 'Transference, she returns the favour by telling him that he's used up his. 
3.        Lana Lang - Lana was the one who pursued friendship with Chloe, finally 'earning' it when she wins the Torch back for her single-handedly. She's the peacemaker on the rare occasions that Chloe and Clark quarrel, and invariably takes Chloe's side all the time. For someone who's painfully aware that she and Chloe have a crush on the same guy, that's practically saint-like. And when Lana and Clark finally start dating, they make a whole big deal of 'Needing to tell Chloe' (because she's like their mother or guardian or benefactor - that's me being sarcastic again) and when Chloe goes around the bend because of the fact that Clark's finally dating a girl he's been in love with since he was 5 and Lana's finally moved on after Whitney, the two of them actually apologize to Chloe over and over again - for liking each other. And in exchange, what do we get? A best friend who's in love with your on-again/off-again boyfriend and would date him as soon as he so much as blinks at her (which in most cultures is a big no-no but somehow I don't see Chloe fans having a problem with that). A best friend who agrees to play bridesmaid on your wedding to a man she thinks is a monster. 
4.        Lois Lane – Once again, nothing much to argue here. She’s Chloe’s cousin and biggest fan. The whole ‘reason’ for her appearance on Smallville was to wreck vengeance on the people who killed Chloe. 
5.        The Kents – See 2.2
6.        The Luthors – Lex felt responsible for Chloe for testifying against his father because ---- she sold out her best friend for a plushy job in the Daily Planet! That's also the same Lex who tells her Wonder Woman mother that he has a lot of 'admiration' for her daughter. Lionel never tried to kill Chloe despite the fact that it’s her testimony that sends him to prison. Few people cross Lionel Luthor and escape. He’s murdered mob bosses, powerful women, and redshirts. In vengeance for sending him to prison, Lionel goes to Smallville High … and makes a pass at Chloe. 
7.        The Justice League Society of America – Chloe becomes a member of the JLA after Oliver Queen, Cyborg and Aquaman, all superheroes with secret identity crisis that have caused them loved ones and family, fall in trust with her within moments of making her acquaintance.   Flash has been in love with her for the past 3 years.
8.        Jimmy Olsen – another canon character who like Pete Ross, is willing to enable her crush on Clark as long as he’s ‘her guy’.
4.        Make her the underdog.
1.        For 6 years, Chloe’s been the losing side of the Chloe/Clark/Lana love triangle – the ‘nerd’ girl who is looked over for the cheerleader. Of course, Chloe is far from a nerd girl with her self-confidence and her All American beauty and that’s part of the ‘tragedy’ of her unrequited love. 
2.        The hard worker who never gets the breaks – Unlike Lois Lane, she’s portrayed as having journalism in her blood and knowing what she wants (the top office on the Daily Planet) from the get-go. The tragedy has already been set in motion because we know that she’s not the one who becomes the Pulitzer Prize writer. That honour goes to Lois Lane, who got into journalism on a fluke and supposedly lands her Daily Planet job because the editor has the hots for her. (Of course, the average Chloe fan tends to ignore that Chloe only got her Daily Planet job because she was willing to sell out her best-friend but that’s semantics).
5.        Side-step her flaws
1.        Betrayal – See 3.2 Despite the fact that Chloe betrays him all through out the course of the seasons – first by investigating his adoption, then breaking her promise not to continue (and almost costing Lex his life), then by selling him out to Lionel, then by using a Truth serum to force the truth from his parents, he always forgives her, sometimes under the prompting of Lana or Pete or his parents. 
2.        Zero character development – Chloe’s obsession with Clark Kent is a sickness that she’s never been able to conquer. Chloe starts out Season 3 investigating Clark for Lionel then ends Season 3, using a Truth serum to find out about the Kents for Lionel. The only thing that 'changed' her in Season 4 is that she finally finds out Clark's secret from Alicia. Otherwise, it would only be a matter of time before she had another nervous breakdown about how she cannot stand that her best friend is lying to her all the time. In essence, she still remains the same - instead of investigating Clark to find out his secret so she can be oh-so-close-to-him, she now starts dropping hints left and right to him that she knows his secret and he can trust her so that she can be oh-so-close-to-him. She's obsessed about the same person for over a decade. Heck, even Jimmy called her on that (but in typical Mary Sue fashion, Chloe won him back without having to be honest about his question).
6.        Give her super-powers
1.        Unkillable – Chloe’s survived numerous attempts on her life ranging from an exploding house to being buried alive.
2.        Other People’s Powers – Clark Kent is a fitting journalist partner to Lois Lane but it’s hard to see how that happens
3.        Meta human – In Season 6, we discover that Chloe is a meteor freak with Lazarus tears that restore life to the dying – a discovery that officially tags her as Super-Chloe.
4.        Wonder Woman mother – Nothing much to argue there. The writers started by giving Chloe a believable (and reasonable) cause of her obsessive compulsiveness by making her the child of a run away mother.   They then retconned it by explaining that her mother did not abandon her ‘by choice’ but was committed into a mental institution. However, that was inappropriate for Chloe and her mother finally evolved into a Super Meteor Freak (a fact that is canonically impossible as Chloe’s family did not move into Smallville until after her mother had left but then again….) whose character was played by the actress best known for being Wonder Woman.
5.        Member of the Justice League of America – Within moments of meeting Green Arrow and his colleagues, she becomes their ‘Oracle’.
 


To be continued…
 

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atanone From: atanone Date: October 2nd, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
a non-Smallville flister survived though :)*hugs*
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 2nd, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
*g* How does it feel to have finished one of my mega-rants?
frostbit_sky From: frostbit_sky Date: October 3rd, 2007 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL Wow,
Well I have a better understanding of your feelings about Chloe now.

moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 4th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dear. Do I smell a convert? :p
fialleril From: fialleril Date: October 3rd, 2007 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't know anything at all about this fandom, really, but in the writers' defense, comic book universes (and their off-shoots) tend to be full of canon!Sues as a general rule.

Nice analysis, though. Kind of inspires me to write some fandom rants of my own. ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 4th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
*g* Oh I know - about the canon!Sues - but the point is that only the canon characters are allowed to be Sues. :p

Kind of inspires me to write some fandom rants of my own. ;)

YES! St. Obi-Wan. St. Obi-Wan. St. Obi-Wan.</small>
knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: October 3rd, 2007 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I assume those were her Pros, so you'll have her Cons (what little there are) in part 2, right?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 4th, 2007 10:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Little being the operative word. ;) I don't think I need to write her cons. Her fanbase has been embellishing them for the past years and counting.
From: missladyvenus Date: October 4th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
BRAVO! Well said. I myself have always called Chloe a Mary Sue character because that is exactly what she is. Brilliant essay can't wait for the rest.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 5th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh! I adore your icon.

She is a Mary Sue and the worst kind of Mary Sue who all the other characters are made to look - stupid/weak/selfish like for. So great to meet a kindred spirit. Friend?
From: awehla Date: October 4th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmmm I really can't stand Chloe after reading that, lol. I think all the characters get away with a lot, we could do similar lists of all the things Clark and Lana have done to annoy/hurt people over the past few years too but the difference is there are quite a few fans who find Clark and Lana annoying but love Chloe. They think Clark is pussy whipped or an arsehole and that Lana is a bitch etc. Good meta so far anyway. Oh and I also hate how Lois is going to get into The Planet because of her looks, the character was never like that in Lois & Clark or the films.

Lisa
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 5th, 2007 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
So nice to see you here! *g*

I'd agree with you that all the characters do get away with a lot however the 'Sueism' comes in when one character who gets away with a lot, is made out to be a matyr/under-dog/unsung hero by both the fans and the writers (they are the ones who choose how to tell the story, after all).

I also hate how Lois is going to get into The Planet because of her looks, the character was never like that in Lois & Clark or the films.
Exactly. In the comics/movies, she's the one - not Chloe Sue-liivan - who's been bitten by the journalism bug ever since she was a kid. If that isn't proof of where the writers' favouritsm lies - regardless of how much they 'claim' to adore Lana - then I don't know what is.
marikology From: marikology Date: October 5th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK I'll bite but I have a few questions. No snark or sarcasm, I simply think some of your opinions need a little more explanation to strengthen your argument.

1. Lionel never tried to kill Chloe despite the fact that it’s her testimony that sends him to prison.
Is this sarcasm? Cos wasn't it Lionel that blew up the safehouse, then sent the Metal arm dude after her? And Lionel *admitted to killing his parents.* I don't understand the animosity towards Chloe for sending him to jail. (And Clark testified against him too).

2. What is the difference between Chloe's obsession with Clark and Clark's obsession with Lana? Clark says he's been in love with Lana since he was five, but didn't even have a real conversation with her till ten years later. So he must have been in love with the *idea* of her. They have tried and failed to have a relationship, but even when she's engaged and pregnant, and Martha tells him to let it go a million times Clark's id (Kal) thinks he can win her back and tries *again*. And when that doesn't work, Clark is driven to forcefully hurt or even kill others. (Combat). And Lex? He made himself a SPARE LANA. I'm not arguing a shipper-war, I'm just saying that everybody on the show has done some pretty crazy shit over the object of their affections, so it just seems like you vilivy Chloe for things the other characters do too-- like #6.1 "Unkillable"-- How many times have Lex/Lana/Lionel come back from the dead or been saved from mortal peril? Can you seriously argue that Chloe has escaped more than anybody else on the show?

3. I don't understand the significance of your "Wonder Woman mom" argument. Nobody was more upset with the supreme butchering/retconning of Chloe's backstory in Progeny than Chloe's fans, so I'm not arguing that. But Lynda Carter is an actress. That's like saying Bo Duke is Clark's dad. Are you arguing that Chloe's Mary Sue status is proven by the show's habit of stunt-casting Chloe-centric episodes? Cos that makes sense, but other than that, it just sounds silly.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 7th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)
1. I have nothing against Chloe sending Lionel to jail. I have something against Lionel - who nearly brainfried his own son - dealing with her by making a pass at her. Lionel Luthor has had everyone from mob bosses to Noble Prize winners eliminated when they got in his way but somehow, his lust for Chloe overcomes his usual ruthlessness.

2. The difference between Chloe's obsession and Clark's love for Lana is that his feelings were mutual and returned. If he was doing crazy things because of someone who doesn't give a damn, that's pathetic, stalker behaviour. Chloe, on the other hand, has had it rubbed into her face over and over again for 6 years that Clark doesn't have those feelings for her. The look on her face when she sees him with Lois says that "No, she will never have her 'happy ending'." Her inability to move on with her life (something that both Clark and Lana have tried to do despite the mutual feelings between them) should make her creepy and stalkerish but also makes her the underdog to root for.

Even Marshall got over Sydney B and landed a hot wife and 5 sons.

3. The majority of Chloe fans being upset about the retconning doesn't make it less Suelike. The opposite, as a matter of fact. Also Linda Carter wasn't precisely her famous character, she was a Wonder Woman in the sense that she was a Super/Wonder powered meteor freak with the ability to control every other meteor freak.
vanimy From: vanimy Date: October 6th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmh... Thanks for enabling me to understand why I never liked Chloe. :D

Can you do the same for about every character in Smallville? :P I don't really like the show, probably because almost all the characters get on my nerves. The almost only interesting character's probably Lex... And I don't like the whole Lana/Clark dynamic myself... Lois/Clark=OTP, dammit! :P
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: October 7th, 2007 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)

*sniff* I love Lana/Clark. I liked the idea that she wasn't the one pining over him as in the comics. And I still ship Lois/Clark! What I don't want is for Clark to date Chloe. Ever. That's just - No. :p
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legendarytobes From: legendarytobes Date: November 3rd, 2007 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
For one major point, Chloe's mom is NOT Wonder Woman. Her powers are not inherited, they are the result of meteor exposure so it's not a superfamily trait. Also, if Wonder Woman is Chloe's mom then Lana Lang is Clark's mom and with all your Clana shippage, I don't think you want that.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 3rd, 2007 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Let me guess - TWoP? What is it about the Chlark *g* fangirls are illogical arguments? *rolls eyes* Chloe's mom started out as a child desert then a mental patient which both were perfectly in keeping with Chloe's obsessive compulsive/abandonment issues/fascination with the crazy. But AlMILES felt that wasn't good enough for their OC Sue and made Mama Chloe into a super meteor freak who morphed from a blonde woman to Amazon Linda Carter. How Mama Sue who'd never set foot on Smallville got her magical abilities was never explained. And yes, AlMILES did want Linda C to reprise her famous role. They just couldn't get permission from DC to make their superhero Chloe Sue's mom. So they settled for Super Magical Meteor Freak. Either way, Chloe Sue gets to have all the laws of the established verse altered so it revolves around her.
hollywood_r_bin From: hollywood_r_bin Date: November 9th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice argument, really in the face of all those people saying Lana is a Mary Sue. I don't particularly hate Chloe nor have I ever felt like she's a Mary Sue, or Lana for that matter but I think you do have a point. I think this is quite possibly the most reasonable anti-Chloe argument I've ever read and while I still kinda like Chloe, I do want to copy this and paste this in front of the face of everyone who's ever called Lana a Mary Sue.

I agree with you about chlark, though really I like Chloe a lot more when she doesn't know Clark's secret. I'd rather have crazy stalker Chloe (though I don't think she's have a break down) than the back-pocket-girlfriend/mother Chloe. I miss backstabber Chloe. Now backstabber Chloe and evil mastermind Lana, they would make a GREAT team. They could destroy Clark! (whom I do kinda hate just a little bit).
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 13th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I think this is quite possibly the most reasonable anti-Chloe argument I've ever read and while I still kinda like Chloe, I do want to copy this and paste this in front of the face of everyone who's ever called Lana a Mary Sue.

Could you please do that? And while, you're at it direct them to this link for a crash course in Chloe Sueism. I still think Chloe is a Sue - a matyr Sue who doesn't get the Hero but we're made to see that as his loss not hers. And I guess that's why I feel my dislike of her is coloured by how much the Chloe fans adore her. If fandom didn't think she was so wonderful, I'd probably feel more sorry for her than anything.



I'd rather have crazy stalker Chloe (though I don't think she's have a break down) than the back-pocket-girlfriend/mother Chloe.

I actually agree with that. At least then, she had more of a backbone. Clark even admits to her as Red Kal what he thinks of her and she still hangs around him. ::shudders::

They could destroy Clark! (whom I do kinda hate just a little bit).

That's another plot bunny you need to write. :D I don't hate Clark but I do think he is rather stupid. Which is worse.
hollywood_r_bin From: hollywood_r_bin Date: February 23rd, 2008 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
BTW, will there be a deconstructing Chloe Part 2? I like Chloe on the actual show but seeing people take her down a peg or two fandom wise, and in such a reasonable way is fun. Especially with the Mary Sue thing cause so many people call Lana that.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 3rd, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sigh* I always take forever to reply your comments. I'm so sorry. *hugs* I've been juggling lots of stuff recently but things are calming down. I'll soon be my fangirl self again.

And yes, there will be a Deconstructing Chloe. In fact, the first one was more of a draft than anything. Even if I didn't want to, Season 7 is simply begging for another Chloe Sue Exposure. And feel free to point the rabid Lana haters to that meta.
got_no_strings From: got_no_strings Date: July 13th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

I so freaking LOVED this!

Hey I've think I've seen ya on DTs, but anyway this IS sooooo awesome and true and just.

Could I please post it with a link on my flist?

I totally agree with your post, I was like nodding my head like a head banger lol while reading it.

Me and others have noticed that chloe is a Mary Sue and really despise the way canon mythos characters have been tossed to the side just so she can be 'so awesome' and fit in the mythos.

Where's part 2?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 13th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I so freaking LOVED this!

Sure you can link it. I guess I'll write Part 2 at the end of the show. I must confess that I've lost a lot of interest in Smallville but I'm glad people are still finding this and finding things to agree with there.
reevesdamn From: reevesdamn Date: July 14th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess one of the things I always liked about Chloe in the beginning was how much she reminded me of the modern day Lana Lang.

When they had planned to put her in the comics they wanted to reboot the character. It's a shame they never went through with it.

We all need to rant sometimes. Don't let the c word people bother you. Half of them have never even picked up a Superman comic let alone know anything about the mythology.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: July 14th, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess one of the things I always liked about Chloe in the beginning was how much she reminded me of the modern day Lana Lang.

Actually I don't think that was a mistake. I think the producers of the show deliberately cast Chloe in the original Lana Lang's role and reduced Lana Lang to just love interest because they wanted to give their original character the potential to be more relevant. When it boils down to it, what role did Chloe fill - apart from unrequited love interest - could KK!Lana Lang not been able to handle?

When they had planned to put her in the comics they wanted to reboot the character. It's a shame they never went through with it.

Actually, I'm quite glad. I think a lot of development that went into Chloe, was done at the sacrifice of other characters' and it was done on purpose to make her more marketable to DC; and I'm glad that they weren't successful.


We all need to rant sometimes. Don't let the c word people bother you. Half of them have never even picked up a Superman comic let alone know anything about the mythology.

Thanks a lot! I'm always glad to have someone who does/did like Chloe's character find something positive about this meta because I know that despite my best intentions, it's really not meant to be Chloe-friendly.
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 8th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have had your comments book-marked in my Inbox for what seems like forever and I’m really sorry that it’s taken me this long to finally getting round to replying them. The only thing I have to say in my defense is that your remarks were just so intelligent and thought-provoking that I really wanted to seat down and type a reply that was deserving of the OC. So really, it’s all your fault. *shame-faced smile*

You know, I vary in my responding to bashing/fights that go on in the loud/unpleasant parts of Smallville internet fandom. I've either never gone to or sworn off places that are or have been centers for it (twop & k-site respectively), 'cause if I immerse myself in that type of environment I just become angry and miserable, and to me nothing that you do for fun and enjoyment should devolve into that. At the same time, I get sick of the group-think/"be loud and people will think you represent the overall fandom opinion" garbage, and I'll throw my 2 cents in on it from time to time. And when people go and cross the line from character bashing to actor bashing, I stand up and yell then too. Mostly I try to avoid the negativity and stay where I find it to be enjoyable.

I agree with this. It’s part of the reason why I’ve dropped off a lot from the Smallville fandom. Even apart from some of the – for want of a better word – Extremist Fans that I’ve had the bad luck to personally encounter, the whole attitude of negativity and group-thinking really got me down. It even got more disturbing when you come across fans who herald Chloe as a Feminist Icon and Independent Woman and then spew the most anti-feminists, patriarchal, backward kind of insults on Lois’s sexual freedom – slut, whore, tramp. And. Simply. Cannot. See. The. Irony. Anyway, more on that in my responses to your other comments.
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: November 8th, 2008 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Instead of being creative and finding work around without giving away character beats that could be used for other characters at the appropriate time with patience, they give it to their "OC" (original creation).

Exactly. To be fair to TPTB, I don’t think they expected Chloe to become as popular as she did, but once she did, they kept milking the figurative cash cow to the expense of the story itself. A lot of the problems with Smallville that the fans prescribe to Lana are actually problems that are caused by the phenomena you just described: As a result, the canon characters suffer because DC/WB restricts what they can do to a point, and instead of finding creative ways to work around it they go to the easy button which ends up circumventing DC/WB's attempts to protect their characters by on the surface making them look inferior to SuperChloe, which in turn also makes Chloe an unrealistic caricature. How exactly can Clark grow into Superman when Smallville canon makes him an inferior journalist to Chloe and literally gives her his brain? Pete’s departure from Smallville virtually has no impact on him as Chloe steps in immediately to fill the void. Jonathan Kent’s death and Martha’s exit – the same thing, Chloe becomes family. The entirety of his relationship with Lana was completely compromised because Chloe always had to be playing a more important role to him. In real life, that’s a recipe for disaster. Story-wise, that could only lead to a Chlark resolution – a resolution that is clearly never going to happen. So it just makes Clark look like a horrible person for stringing her along, no matter how subtly, and it makes Chloe look like a desperate fool. Both are depictions that I’m sure neither TPTB nor the Chlark/Chloe fans want to see but that’s the plain truth. And the bottom line is that the story suffers.


I’m not going to respond to your character recap comment because I really don’t have much to say besides, Love, Love, Love. It’s almost scary how much better the show would be now if Chloe Sullivan had just died at the end of Season 3 in that explosion. And I especially loved what you said about Lois making her mark not because of blackmail or a story on lesbian sorority vampires but because she does the field work herself and throws caution to the wind to do so.</q></i> When Smallville gets its canon characters right, it gets them Right and I guess that’s why it’s still so hard for me to break away from the show even though its Fandom and the way its Fandom dictates the show have done their best to drive me away.
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