?

Log in

No account? Create an account
entries friends calendar profile Previous Previous Next Next
Saturday Smallville Scenes - I worship at the television altar
tariel22
tariel22
Saturday Smallville Scenes
Posted at sv_renaissance

The scene I picked for today is from Combat, when Clark approaches the fight promoter, Richter Maddox, in the parking lot of Belle Reve. Neither man is quite what he seems. Maddox, who works at Belle Reve to gain access to meteor freaks for his fights, pretends to be nothing more than a nerdy clerk, leaving his boring job to return to his equally boring life. Clark pretends to be a badass fighter, hot to join the underground fight club.

In spite of his usual uniform of THRJ and blue tee, Clark appears to be a completely different person. Our first clue is the deadly stillness in his eyes, as if all compassion has been extinguished. Then, when he speaks, his voice has a distinctively lower timbre, and every word comes out in a husky growl. Clark aggressively demands entrance into the club, and when Maddox clings to his pretense, denying knowledge of the fights, Clark violently shoves him up against his car.

The confrontation escalates when Maddox continues to insist Clark has mistaken him for someone else. With all the effort it would take one of us to toss a teddy bear, Clark rather gently throws Maddox onto the hood of a neighboring car. After all, he doesn't want to actually hurt the guy, just convince him he's serious. It's rather masterfully done, with Clark displaying virtually no effort as Maddox goes flying. And with that impact, the change in the milquetoast Maddox is instantaneous.

He rolls off the car and comes up fighting, a gun in his hand and a snarl on his face. Thinking he now has the upper hand, he advises Clark to run. When Clark instead once again demands to fight, and charges him, Maddox shoots. And then looks utterly stunned. Because of course Clark is standing before him, unharmed, holding out the bullet he just caught between his fingertips. As Maddox examines the bullet, his expression changes to one of delight, and he becomes positively giddy at the thought of the entertainment Clark will provide in front of the cameras. There's an extraordinary moment where, drunk with anticipation, Maddox jokes about Clark's pretty face, and Clark gives an almost imperceptible shake of his head, as if to say, don't even think about messing with me, bitch. It's wonderful! They seal the deal with a handshake, and the scene is over.

The thing I love about this scene is that the demeanor that Clark summons to intimidate Maddox is one that clearly rests right beneath the surface, one he can access effortlessly, in the space of a moment. Clark means it to portray menace, but what I see is a promise of Clark's future. I see strength. I see presence. I see the makings of a hero, one who can and will face any threat to keep safe the planet he calls home. Turn that red jacket into a cape, give me some wind in his face, and I have my Superman, people! Superman prevents crime as much with the power of his existence as he does by actually exercising his superpowers, and this scene convinced me that when the time comes, our Clark will be ready to wear the mantle of the Man of Steel.

Tags:

4 comments or Leave a comment
Comments
From: seacrystal Date: May 13th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for this unexpected treat! :D

When I first watched this episode, I was totally pissed off that Clark was pissed off simply because of Lana's marriage, but I grew to really appreciate Combat after repeated viewings, and I thought that scene at the end with his mom is just simply amazing. *suddenly misses Martha, A LOT*

There's an extraordinary moment where, drunk with anticipation, Maddox jokes about Clark's pretty face, and Clark gives an almost imperceptible shake of his head, as if to say, don't even think about messing with me, bitch. It's wonderful! They seal the deal with a handshake, and the scene is over.

Maddox is awesome. I love how he's just so unabashed in calling Clark a pretty boy, and he mentioned it twice too lol. Those in charge of Belle Reve are just as crazy as the inmates! And how ironic it is that Maddox has a dual identity.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 13th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, thanks so much for commenting! That's so cool what you say about Maddox having a dual identity. I never even thought of that! I so enjoyed how the actor played Maddox the promoter with such abandon and glee, and then turned around and played Maddox the nebbish perfectly as well. He was great.

I miss Martha, too. I wish they would beg AOT to come back for some episodes next season. Clark's mom is supposed to be a part of his life, even once he becomes Superman, isn't she? And one of the things I miss the most, which has kind of taken me by surprise, is the dynamic Martha had with Lois. I always liked that relationship.
From: seacrystal Date: May 13th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's very true. As much as I love Clark becoming his own man right now, Jonathan and Martha, or at least one of them, should have been there. I mean come on! Even Bruce has always had Alfred as a father, the parent/child relationships are essential to these characters, I'll never understand why they want to do completely away with Martha.

I've really enjoyed Martha's relationship with Lois too, she started out pretty much like Clark himself with regard to Lois, not comfortable with Lois' brashness and whirlwind-like attitude at all but in the end becoming genuinely close with each other.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 13th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I also thought Martha saw Lois's potential (as did Jonathan). Martha didn't hire Lois to be her Chief of Staff as a favor, but because she knew she could do a good job, and I think she wanted to nurture the promise she saw in Lois. That was unique for Martha; she never showed that kind of interest in any of Clark's other friends, or at least not onscreen.
4 comments or Leave a comment