Reality Is Almost Always Wrong

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My Friday night shows make me *WAFF*
Smallville, 'Kent':

--"There was a life here. A family." Kudos to Welling for playing Clark Luthor as genuinely distraught over the destruction of the Luthor mansion. In his delivery of that line, you can see the point of connection between Clark Kent and Clark Luthor, in that one of the qualities innate to Clark qua Clark, regardless of last name, is how much he truly values family bonds, and sharing in them. Clark Luthor may have hated Lionel, and he may have a...perverted...sense of what constitutes a sibling relationship, but he still defined himself in large part by the family group that nurtured him through his formative years.

--Bitter survivalist loner Jonathan Kent! Is not surprising in any way at all, really.

--Oh, Tess. Tess, Tess, Tess. *g*

--I loved Lois's kneejerk negative reaction to the possibility of Clark selling the Kent farm, and I loved that she explained her feelings to Clark the first chance she (thought she) got. And I really loved the final scene between Clark and Lois on the porch, because it was adult and vulnerable on both their parts, and they were eye-to-eye on the understanding of home as defined by people more than places or things, and the dynamic between them during that conversation was a multiverse of AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. *loves*

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Supernatural, 'My Heart Will Go On':

--"Who's Celine Dion?"
"She's a destitute lounge singer somewhere in Quebec, and let's keep it that way, please."

Part of me is like, Celine Dion jokes? Really? What is this, 1999?

...but then the other part of me remembers long car rides with my mother during the mid-1990s with Ms Dion on an endless loop in the tape deck, and I am One with the mockery.

--CASTIEL, YOU DESPERATE BASTARD.

Okay, so the text of the final scene between Cas and the boys was all about how Fate's a cruel bitch with no regard for humanity. But they did darn well in pulling off the subtext/secondary text of that scene, in that we are clearly meant to interpret Cas's words about Fate to be him LYING JIMMY NOVAK'S PANTS OFF because he doesn't want Dean and Sam to know that he screwed the universal pooch by saving the Titanic in an effort to swell his army's ranks in Heaven's civil war. Because the scene between Cas and Fate and Balthazar put Fate pretty clearly in the position of Right, and Castiel pretty clearly in the position of Wrong. (Because, as everyone kept noting throughout the episode, dying bloody is a vastly different thing than never having been born.) I'm pleased that Cas is ashamed enough of his tactics to want to hide them from the guy he's in love with (I was gonna strike that out for comic effect, but hey, the show said it first), yet committed enough to his cause to have to be bullied into taking back what he did; that's a delightful plot and character development that I fully expect to be explored and exploded sometime down the line. :)

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I'd rather the show focus on the ramifications of averting the apocalypse and the civil war than new monsters and baddies, but given the sharp writing in the two scenes you highlighted here, I have hope those will converge and come to a head before the show ends its run.

The show also called Sam and Dean his 'favorite pets.' Is it wrong I want fic with exactly that as the premise? If so, by what order of magnitude? If not, who do I bribe?

I keep getting the feeling, this season, that they've preoccupied themselves with laying a bunch of groundwork. Like you, I'm hoping the Winchester drama is going to fold into the Heaven drama in a satisfying way; my fingers are crossed for a lack of disappointing non-cohesion, anyway.

I would imagine that fic *must* exist by now, somewhere. *g*

A two-season arc could do the job, and I'd be happy with that. There's no definitive statement it's going to get a seventh season, but things look positive on that front.

If it does, I want to know where I can find it. Seriously messed-up relationships! Collars! Things done for Your Own Good!

...collars...

I am FASCINATED by the idea that Fate is in the right here, because she's way pissed off that the boys averted the apocalypse, but the show/Castiel/and even GOD has been shown to be on Sam and Dean's side. And yet I think you're correct that we're supposed to see Castiel as having jumped too far in pursuit of free will. I am really, really curious to see where this is going. And how exactly souls are currency for the war machine.

ITA with everything you said about Lois and Clark.

They seem to be gearing up to teach Cas a big, hard lesson in how the ends sometimes do *not* justify the means. I really want to know what they're not telling us about how souls factor into the heavenly war, too!

Thank you for pointing out how distraught Clark Luthor is over the mansion. I think you’re the only one on my f-list and ff-list who’s done so. And yeah, that was his home. I wonder if he felt betrayed by how flip Tess was over it.

It’s kinda nice to see both Clarks seeing their homes in their alternate universes. They both reacted with the same attachment to family. But the show made it clearer that CK was able to see how over-sentimentalization and over-attachment to physical places could bring a person down. Whereas, I think the point of CL’s return was to show, if not him then the audience, his human side, the side of him capable of love and loyalty, less detached and more capable of attachment to people.

I saw Titanic a few times because of a cousin who had seen it more than a half dozen times and of course she had the soundtrack. So yeah, the jokes felt juvenile yet so true. ;-)

I think that the Cas was supposed to be portrayed not only as wrong but hypocritical as well—on the one hand, talking about free will and being willing to fight for that, and on the other hand, appropriating souls for his purpose. Oh, and not giving Fate a choice, I rolled my eyes at him when he said that.

It’s kinda nice to see both Clarks seeing their homes in their alternate universes. They both reacted with the same attachment to family. But the show made it clearer that CK was able to see how over-sentimentalization and over-attachment to physical places could bring a person down.

*nod* Yes, this. Given that the show's hurtling towards the point at which Clark *will* be leaving Smallville for good, it feels necessary for them to show us the moment when he realises he has to let go of the farm--because for ten years, we've all been considering the Kent farm as home, too. I mean, I know *I'm* attached to what that place has always represented in the show. So to have Clark experience that moment in terms of making the separation between home/family and places/things--and to highlight it with Clark Luthor's parallel response to the destroyed mansion--I thought that was really well done.

I think that the Cas was supposed to be portrayed not only as wrong but hypocritical as well

Agreed. Championing free will suggests that Cas wants every person to be able to determine the purpose of their own lives; creating 50,000 souls with the expectation that their entire existence will benefit his agenda...suggests something else entirely.

SV: Tess needs to remember that Green K works on EvilClark in the Happy Verse as well. Also, maybe she could re-think her commitment to non-murder since Lionel 2.0 really needs to be tossed out a window.

SPN: They should have worked Rocky Mountain High in there.

Aw, but *any* Lionel makes my world a happier place! (With the exception of "oh, we're supposed to believe in his *goodness* now, are we?" Lionel. I could never get behind that version.) However richly he may deserve it, I'll be very sad when he dies again.

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