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There were a lot of things in the premiere that I overlooked because I understand that the show is in desperate need of ratings and so it’s doing this really choppy and poorly explained or reasoned reboot.

But come on! Lois and Clark at the Daily Planet is a big part of the Superman story and we’re supposed to accept that neither of them got them got their job based on merit? Couldn’t one of them have experience that actually counted at a paper like the DP? If you want to play around with the mythos, then do it, but don’t half ass the attempt so that it ends up making a mockery of it.

So really, all that can be assumed is that Clark either got his job because there is an appalling lack of standards at the Daily Planet, or it will be revealed that someone pulled some strings to get him in.

If it’s the former then the fact that he and Lois work there means nothing and they might as well be working at the Smallville Ledger for all it relates to the Superman story (and frankly that would have been a much better idea).

If it’s the latter and Clark took a job that he knew he didn’t deserve and that meant that someone who worked hard and did deserve it got shafted, then I think that’s awful. Clark is supposed to have carried the Kent morals with him even though Jonathan died and Martha moved. But I find myself constantly thinking, “If Jonathan Kent were alive, Clark would never do that.”

Not that I mind the show having Clark explore pushing the boundaries of the Kent morals, but then the show has to reflect that. But I’m willing to bet that there’s not going to be a hint as to why Clark shouldn’t have that job (they certainly never addressed Lois’ job situation).

The thing is that Smallville could get away with this kind of stuff if it was solid in other areas. But it’s not. It has poor continuity, the plots are silly and contrived, the writing often leaves something to be desired, and the new cast is struggling to build a consistent chemistry (which is understandable with the huge turnover). This show just doesn’t have enough quality to fall back on for this kind of stuff. Shiny new plots are nice, but explaining them would be nicer.



Sep. 22nd, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, they make it seem like you can get a job just by knowing someone and without an education or experience and that's just not true in today's society you need all three. Chloe's the only one that worked for her job at the Daily Planet and got shafted for doing work. While the other two got there on some kind of whim.


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