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Smallville: Aaaaaauuuuggggh!

We just watched the most recent episode of Resetville Smallville. I find myself imagining the following conversation between the writers:

Smallville writer #1: Sooooo, people seem to be liking this season better than the previous one. Let's just see a show of hands -- what's working about this season?

Rest of the Smallville writers: James Marsters. The fans seem to like him in the role of Professor Fine.

Smallville writer #1: Yeah . . . hey, I know! Let's kill him off!

Rest of the Smallville writers: Yeah! Great idea!

*facepalm*

Can someone explain to me why they killed off the most interesting plot line and character dynamic of the season? I mean, okay, I know he was overshadowing the rest of the cast a bit, but it's not his fault that he's a good actor. Besides, that whole dynamic was kind of working with Lex. It was not sucking. I'm not a Spike fangirl at all, I think they overused him near the end of Buffy, but we finally get Clark, Chloe, and Lana out of high school where they can actually have some new interactions and ... they remove the primary character that Clark and Lex have been having new interactions with.

I feel the deep-seated desire to beat a television executive with a stick.

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okkitten
Nov. 21st, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
Welllll..........yeah he went pooftie, but he's not gone. I seriously doubt they went to all the trouble of introducing Brainiac (aka Marsters) and Zod just to go back to the wacky adventures of Clark and the gang. The writers are stupid, but hopefully they're not THAT stupid.
pointedview
Nov. 21st, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure they could bring him back. And it seems very likely that Zod and Clark are going to go mano a mano. But wouldn't you have liked to see Fine challenging Lex a little more? Wouldn't you have liked to see Clark learning a little more about Krypton from him, even if it was misinformation? I would've. I would've liked to see Clark feel a connection to Fine, would've liked to see him really trust him and believe that he was the only other surviving member of his race in whom he could confide. Then I would've liked to see that trust get completely smashed by betrayal.

Maybe I've just been watching Joss too long. :)
streamweaver
Nov. 21st, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
Guess they needed to make more room for the black-hole of interest Lana Lang and her stories.
pointedview
Nov. 21st, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
That terrible thought had occurred to me as well, but it made me feel so icky that I couldn't type it out. *winks*
mumpish
Nov. 21st, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
On a related note, we watched Spike's first Buffy appearance this weekend.. Juilliard or not, I thought he was a bit over-the-top.
pointedview
Nov. 21st, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
All of S1 is a little rough around the edges. Keep in mind that this is the beginning: the characters have a long way to go. You have a lot more context and background (flashbacks) to cover, young grasshopper. :)
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