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4 in Review: Lois Lane" By
K. Green Written March 2006
Writing reviews of Season 4 episodes after they
have aired over a season ago has its perks. Reviewing in hindsight can
be great because we know where these stories are going and if they
really worked. We also get a feel of how the fans have taken everything
for a whole season. With that said, lets look at one of the new and
interesting additions to season 4, Lois Lane.
Lois Lane in Smallville, huh? The idea if it
received much attention, some was with great acclaim and anticipation
while others were deeply critical. Being a Superman fanatic, I was
skeptical. And being a fan of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of
Superman, I didn’t quite like Erica Durance as Lois. I loved Terri
Hatcher too much. But now I have to say that I don’t know why I felt
that way - I love Erica’s Lois. Let’s just say that I now understand
where she is coming from when I watch these earlier episodes than I did
before - I get it. But still the idea lurks that Lois Lane doesn’t
belong in Smallville before Clark Kent becomes Superman. It is true and
problematic, but it’s a great story arc and it got fans to watch the
So, TPTB got Lois Lane on Smallville, now what? They had a great
opportunity. We can see the relationship between Lois and Clark develop
from the get-go as teenagers. Great! So, first episode, Crusade, Lois
meets Clark and he is, well, naked and not quite acting like himself.
She has an interesting first encounter with the future Man of Steel. But
what we see here is a Lois that has issues. She tries to put on the
tough girl act even to the point of butting heads with Lionel Luthor,
but hidden inside she is soft and caring for those in her life. This
comes out in her search for Chloe and later with her sister Lucy. And
the episode ends with the beginning of the famous Lois and Clark banter.
Lois: I'm glad to see we've moved beyond the clothing optional
stage of our relationship. I'm surprised you even remember who I am.
Clark: Chloe's cousin. Nicorette addiction, can't stand
uncomfortable silences. Lois: I guess this means your
synapses are all firing again. Clark: Look, I can't
explain my actions over the past few days. But Chloe was my best friend.
You're not the only one who misses her. Lois: I'm just the
only one doing something about it. Clark: I get the
feeling you like to do things yourself. Lois: My dad
raised me to be independent and self-sufficient. Clark:
That would be one way to describe you. It was a great beginning.
They followed this up with three more episodes in a
row that included Lois in the cast: Gone, Façade, and Devoted. Here was
the moment. This started it all. The Lois and Clark that we love to
watch. How was it handled? Well, it started well. That I can say. In
Gone, Lois and Clark have to work together to find Chloe and of course
eventually they do, accompanied by their abrasive remarks. It was good.
Façade was the pinnacle of the Lois and Clark relationship in Smallville
during season 4. The reason for this was the way they ended the episode.
Yes, we see Lois becoming a reporter for the Torch and going head on for
her investigative story. That was great. But the end. It was awesome.
Clark is in the dunk tank. Lois is going to dunk him. She does. She runs
over and ruffles his wet hair. He splashes her. She turns around and
they share huge smiles. Chloe sees the obvious sparks between them and
in the background we hear, Avril Lavigne’s “So, Much for my Happy
Ending” playing. It was perfect. It foreshadowed so much. To date, this
is my favorite Lois and Clark Smallville moment.
The question then becomes, what happened? Did they
do too much too soon? Sure we have other foreshadowing moments, but the
momentum started in this episode just dissipates in subsequent scenes
between these two characters. It is a shame; they had something and they
blew it. We still get the banter between Lois and Clark and the
magnetism is still there, just not as obvious. They even learn to like
each other. But the whole point of bringing Lois on the show seems to be
lost. What was the point?? If they aren’t going to continue with Lois
and Clark together to show the beginning of that all too famous
relationship then for goodness sakes show how Lois becomes the great
investigative reporter, Mad Dog Lane. But they didn’t. She leaves
Smallville for Met U and her reporting endeavors cease. My words fail me
in trying to figure this one out. I know this show is famous for loop
holes and just holes in general but please…they had a chance to do
something great and they passed it up. I for one am still glad that
Lois was brought onto the show. She added to a season that was really
doomed to failure with story arcs about witches, Lana in love with a
real loser, and Clark still not living up to his destiny. Don’t get me
wrong, there were some good episodes but over all this season could have
been much better. It is no wonder that many viewers moved over to
“Lost”. Thank goodness Season 5 has made amends for their failures, but
then again…well, Season 5 is another story. I’ll dismantle that one at a
later date. But for now, this is my Season 4 review of Lois Lane.
© Cindy Green 2006
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