I wasn't going to say anything about ff and the arc but I do agree with you, Kris. This is where weak, obsessed, possessive, pouting, big baby Clark seems to have originated all at once. Max, as unprofessional and criminal as he is, makes whiny Clark look like a baby. Compared to his man in love, CK comes off as an obsessed stalker, and he acts like an obsessed stalker. I really despise that Max is more believable- and romantic!- as a man in love than CK is.
I also understand more clearly what my fellow RPG members see when they talk about Lois's lack of interest in Clark as a man. Thank goodness, we have to accept what the series' writers tell us!
And they say, mountains of evidence to the contrary, she really does love Clark and not Lex or Max or Lex or Dan or Lex.
IMO. . .
DJL's Clark Kent creation died here.
DJL's Lois Lane creation died here, too.
You can't do that kind of character assassination and then put it all right by sticking in a reset button and pushing it in the fifth episode.
The new writers/producers and whoever else involved began changing Lois at the start of the season but they got the job done here. After this debacle, DJL's independent, smart, willing to take on the world young woman just isn't the same.
Clark underwent an abrupt change just by the fact that he had to be the instrument to insure a happy ending. His dedication and belief in the woman he loved was, I'm sure, meant to be the rock Lois could depend on and come back to, but it doesn't work. They made him a stalker.
And then they hit the reset button.
I realize now, Clark's remake is why I don't like the arc, and I'm sure that little kid brain of mine at 12 didn't know this was why I didn't like these episodes way back then, but I think it was.
It's a pity- IMO- that fanfic picked up on this version of CK and for the last twenty years has depicted Clark as the obsessed, child-man stalker that was born here.
That's my opinion. End of