I have some meta reasons for not blaming Chloe and being on her side. PTB tried so hard and so blatantly to beat down Chloe in order to make Lana look better in comparison. I felt it was an insult to my intelligence. So naturally I rebel and whatever Chloe the Underdog does, I just cheer her on.
Totally Word on that point. And like you, I'm a stubborn cuss when it comes to obvious off screen motivated plot contrivances. You're going to get exactly the opposite reaction from me than you're too clearly going for, as well as a screw you attitude as the cherry atop the cake.
Besides, as the perpetual SV underdog, my heart bleeds for Chloe because she has nobody, no one at all she can turn to with her troubles. She certainly couldn't go to Clark, Pete's useless because he barely exists and that relationship was eliminated last year anyway. Lex has proven to be no savior, the Kents don't care about her - they only care about Lana, that's CANON. And Lana has never shown Chloe a single second of genuine friendship - Chloe and Gabe are simply means to an end for Lana. The usual, useless Clana ending of this very episode only continues to highlight the stark differences between the plights of the two girls, while portraying Lana as the most selfish, self-absorbed little princess I've ever seen on television. You can't tell me that when Lana climbs the stairs to the loft to regurgitate the same-old, same-old Clana scene at the end of this episode that she isn't, at that moment, entirely aware of the serious trouble the Sullivan family is suddenly in. But what is Lana's biggest problem? She has two boys vying for her attention, and that
, and that alone, brings her to boo-hoo over herself? How can a viewer take her troubles seriously? Chloe drops the bombshell of her life, and it's just as quickly swept under the rug so we can shoehorn in another self-absorbed moment in Lana's Pink and Boring Melodrama.
Unlike Lana, Chloe is always portrayed as having to bear her own burdens inwardly. She has no one other than her father, whom we never see, to turn to or count on. She makes her mistakes, she takes her smackdowns, she suffers mostly in silence. Lana stubs her toe, and the entire town falls over themselves to throw a pity party.
Chloe's solitude breaks my heart. For that, she will always be the sympathetic one.
Edited by Ann Tara, Jan 22, 2004 @ 1:31 PM.