Smallville Magazine- Before & After: Lois

Thanks to BarnDoorEpiphany on DI for these scans!

Luke from SeeYaRoundSV had this to say as really good commentary on the article:

I think there was a lot of good in the Lois article. The stuff about Lucy & The General, AC & Ollie, Clark, the stuff about her drive and lack of secrets, her penchant for trouble, and how good of a friend she is.

I think there was also some stuff that the writer didn’t get. Number 1 would be as you mentioned, being insanely uninformed about Lois’s worth in the films and comics. The view strikes me as someone who sees Smallville as their only real reference point for character histories. That probably explains the over-mention of Chloe for attempting to define Lois’s family and friend roles. While Lois has been consistently friendly and supportive of Chloe, after Season 4 I wouldn’t categorize them nearly as close as the article through no fault of Lois’s. Her best friend is without a doubt Clark. She was much closer to Mrs. Kent and while she and Mr. Kent weren’t as close as her and Martha, there was mutual admiration, caring and respect there without question. When it comes to Chloe, yeah they’re family, but the majority of warm feelings and effort to me are from Lois’s side. It kinda fits the 3 seasons prior to S4 where outside of 2 passing mentions there was no interaction, and reminds me of a quote from Lex in “Lucy”, “Just because you have the same blood running through your veins doesn’t make you family”. And one from Clark & Lois in “Lucy”, Clark: “You don’t like your own sister?” – Lois: “More like she’s not crazy about me.” I think Jimmy is becoming a good friend to Lois, and liked that mention. Would’ve liked to have had more than “Fracture” to attempt showing a friendship with Kara. Kinda fitting that with Lois’s upbringing as an Army brat she tends to gravitate towards guy friends and really has very few if any really close girl friends.

My last thought on this was that they missed the boat somewhat on how Lois sees herself. It’s pretty clear that behind her defenses in the past she really didn’t think much of herself at all. Always thinking everyone was better deep-down like Lucy, believing she’s the one at fault in her failed relationships, that Grant didn’t hire her for her work, that she’ll always be left behind. None of that is true, yet Lois really does struggle with self-doubt. Reminds me of a certain farmboy in that sense. Yet she won’t let anyone know her struggles except the very few she really trusts to confide in. They didn’t address how much it means to her when someone believes in her (Torch fan mail, Jonathan, Martha, Grant) even if she’ll never let on that it means anything. She doesn’t get into trouble so much because she thinks too much of herself, it’s the exact opposite. She throws caution to the wind because she figures that her friends, her family, and helping others by exposing wrong doings is more important than herself. The writers have given the foundation, but Erica has made Lois an extremely deep and complex character who is so much more than her actions that many people just look at on the surface. That’s part of why she’s so awesome.

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One Response

  1. I don’t drop a comment, however after reading a ton of responses on Smallville Magazine- Before & After: Lois | Superman Fans for Lois Lane. I do have 2 questions for you if it’s okay.

    Could it be only me or do a few of the comments look like they are left by brain dead individuals?
    :-P And, if you are posting at additional online social sites,
    I’d like to keep up with you. Could you post a list of every one of your social networking pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

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