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With a four-day weekend, I decided that this week would be the week I finally completed my series of essays on plot structure in Smallville. I have no idea why it took me so long to get to this one, because Rebirth is, imo, the most interesting of all the plots.

7. Rebirth
spoilers to Season 6's 'Promise' )

7.1 Lex
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7.2 Clark
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7.3 Lana
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So a million years ago I started this series of essays on plot in Smallville. These were intended to trace the way the seven ‘classic’ plots (Overcoming the Monster, Rags to Riches, Quest, Voyage and Return, Comedy, Tragedy and Rebirth) are used in the TV series. I’m finally going to complete the series. *breathes a huge sigh of relief* I’m also summoning up my courage, because I think this essay’s going to be the most controversial of the bunch.

6. Tragedy
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6.1 Character arcs: Lex, Clark and Lana
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6.2 Final observations
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Previous Parts here

5. Comedy
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5.1. Masked identities
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5.2. The Other Half
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5.3 The Dark Character and Redemption
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5.4 Summing up
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PS. Because I am in a share-the-love mood: the Grey's Anatomy Soundtrack is great and you should all get it.

ETA: Now without the cuttags and tags buggered up!
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Parts 1, 2 and 3 in this series available here.

Spoilers in this part for eps up to 5.12 Reckoning.

4. Voyage and Return
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4.1 Voyage and Return Example 1 (Lex)
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4.2 Voyage and Return Example 2: Clark
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4.3 Voyage and Return Example 3: Lana
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4.4 Summary
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Previous Parts here
The little baby essay of the seven!

3. The quest
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3.1 The incomplete Quest
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3.2 Darkness within
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3.3 Summing up
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Next: the interesting stuff! ;-)
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Part I of this series of essays on plot structure in Smallville is available here

Spoilers through to Season 5 Reckoning.

2. Rags to Riches
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2.1. Initial wretchedness at home and the 'Call'.
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2.2 Out into the world, initial success.
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2.3 The dark version
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2.4 The dark characters
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2.5 Summing up
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Introduction and acknowledgments
This is the first in a series of seven essays, in which I hope to explore the ways in which Smallville is structured using certain plot archetypes. The genesis of this series of essays lies in conversations with [livejournal.com profile] supacat, [livejournal.com profile] norwich36 and others, in which I discussed how Smallville is structured as tragedy. This was an instinctive response on my part, as I love the dark themes of the show, but I was prompted to define this response more clearly. While thinking about this I stumbled on Christopher Booker’s recently published The Seven Basic Plots, which gave me both answers and further questions.

The Seven Basic Plots is a brilliantly accessible and compelling exploration of plot archetypes, and I recommend it to anyone interested in story construction. I will borrow heavily from Booker’s analysis in these essays, but I cannot hope to explore the complexities with anything approaching his aplomb or accomplishment. However I hope that it will be of interest as an analytical tool to those of you, like me, who get a kick out of meta.

The following essay contains specific spoilers through S4 Onyx, very general spoilers for S5 and specific spoilers for Superman I.

Basic premise
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1. Overcoming the Monster
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1.1 Overcoming the Monster in Superman I
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1.2 Overcoming the Monster in Smallville
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1.3 Summing up
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I'm such a geek. *facepalm*

ETA: Now with less annoying italics!

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