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Smallville 7.18 - Apocalypse
Going into Apocalypse, I had a lot of expectations. 150th episode! Tom Welling directing! AU! Hints of the iconic Superman 'verse all over the place! And I was not disappointed. I loved this episode. I think every actor turned in a stellar performance, and I love that they did it for Tom's episode. I can't help but think he really is a gifted director. Well done, Tom!

We start off in the loft, where the mood is somber. Clark is once again letting guilt weigh him down, and has decided he won't fight Brainiac's plan to kill Baby!Clark on Krypton before he is ever placed in his ship and sent to Earth. It's a difficult scene to play without having Clark come off like a mopey martyr, and Tom nails it. Clark has sent for Chloe, either because he hadn't made his decision until after he called her, or because he wanted to see her one more time and say goodbye. She passionately pleads with him to reconsider, and even forces the key into his hand. It's a total callback to Cure, and Allison Mack gives us one of the best performances I've ever seen from her. Light emerges from the key and envelops Clark. Thinking this is the end, Chloe looks stricken. Clark looks scared, but remains resolute. And then he disappears.

Clark comes to in the dark, still in the barn, but far from where he started. He's in a whole new world.

When viewing an AU episode of any show, I always say, consider the source. This AU was entirely of Jor-El's making, for the specific purpose of motivating Clark to accept his destiny and fight for his future. Once you realize that, it all makes perfect sense. Jor-El thinks that Clark's greatest weakness is how much he cares for the humans in his life, and how he lets his emotions rule his decisions. Indeed, in this episode, Clark contemplates what amounts to suicide because of how he believes his presence on Earth has hurt the humans all around him, particularly those about whom he cares the most. So Jor-El creates an AU where he can use those same emotions against Clark, to try and make him pull away from those he loves.

Who does Clark love most? His parents, Lana, and Chloe. Once upon a time, perhaps, Lex, but that relationship defies a simple explanation now. In Jor-El's AU, Clark's loved ones are all better off without him. His father is alive, and his parents are happy and successful. They even have a replacement Clark, a cute Canadian kid! :) Lana is happily married, and living in France, safe from meteor freaks, Lex, and Brainiac. And then there's that fiercely loyal blonde who keeps showing up in the Fortress to save Clark. I think Jor-El likes Chloe, but she did interrupt Clark's training that one time, and if their relationship gets any more serious, she could definitely prove to be an unacceptable distraction. So Clark is shown her happiness up close and personal. Chloe positively radiates joie de vivre in their encounter, and I don't think she's ever looked more beautiful. Clark can't deny she has thrived without him in her life.

Jor-El wants Clark to leave these people behind when he gets back to the real world, and showing him they would be better off without him is definitely going to motivate him to do so. We see that it's working right away, as Clark genuinely celebrates the happiness those he cares about have found. Sure, he looks a little bit wistful, but he never makes a move to change the future he sees, and he displays not even a hint of jealousy or self-pity. Jor-El is most certainly a bastard, but he's a smart bastard. First validate, then manipulate. Yes, Clark, you're right that the people in your life would be better off if you had never come to Earth. But the lesson isn't over yet, and what comes next is the most important part. The planet still needs you, Kal-El, and you can't turn your back on your destiny.

Now comes the fun part of the episode. I absolutely loved that Lex, Lois, and Jimmy were playing their iconic roles in this version of Clark's world. I don't care that we don't know how they got there; that's so not the point. I just thought the whole thing was a blast. And how cool was it that Clark switched into hero mode as soon as Lois was threatened? He can't help himself, it's just who he is, regardless of the fact that he's not even supposed to be a part of this reality.

Clark was every inch the superhero in the AU. So what was it about this world that made the difference? I honestly think it was being able to let go of his love for Lana, and all that it entailed. No longer held back by his reluctance to leave Lana behind, his fear to use his superpowers and appear alien to her, and his need to examine every action for its possible negative impact on her, he was free to finally be himself in every way, and transform into the hero he's destined to become. And it was an awesome transformation to behold! The AU Clark was smart, decisive, proactive, and intimidating. He was unwavering and unrelenting. And hot. Very, very hot.

I reveled in the Lois and Clark moments. I thought Erica Durance was wonderful. Her Lois was strong, confident, competent, and beautiful. And funny, too. Instead of clunky lines, she had cute ones: "Put your camera back in your pants, Olsen." hee! This is the Lois we met at the beginning of S4. If she had stayed like this, I would have been her biggest fan. I thought their scenes together had great chemistry, and a lot of cute moments, without stepping over into overt romance. I liked how Clark used his irresistible puppy dog eyes on her to win her trust. :) I also liked Jimmy, even though he was kind of annoying and a bit of a coward. That's okay, he's not the hero of the story. I laughed when he lost all his tough guy bravado and just caved when Clark lifted him up and slammed him into those shelves. Smart boy.

The baddies were the best. Michael Rosenbaum was amazing, of course, and it kills me to see such a brilliant performance and know we have only two more episodes with MR. *cries* Thank you, Michael, words cannot express what your Lex has meant to me over all these years. I can't imagine this show without you, but whatever you do next and forever, I'll be there. *takes deep breath* Anyway, POTUS Lex was chilling. And hot. :) I absolutely believed in his capacity to destroy mankind, all the while thinking he was saving us instead. I also thought it was interesting to note that he never fully accepted Kara, but always saw her first and foremost as an alien, keeping a gun loaded with kryptonite bullets at his side, always ready for the moment when she would betray him. We are shown, once again, that Clark's decision to never completely trust Lex was a wise one.

James Marsters, as usual, rocked as Brainiac. His performances on Smallville are always flawless, and he makes even the briefest scene exponentially better by his presence. Brainiac's cold ruthlessness is stunning to watch, especially on a show where emotions run high more often than not. He truly scares me. It seems you can never really kill Brainiac, and that's one of the things I love most about him! Something tells me we're not rid of him just yet.

The other baddie was Kara, and I thought she was convincing as Lex's minion who was beginning to have a few doubts. Once again, we see Jor-El's heavy hand in the fact that Kara was sent to Earth to kill Kal-El. Jor-El has always seen Kara as a potential threat to Clark. We aren't told exactly when Lionel discovered her ship, so we don't know how long she's been around, but evidently long enough to collect the stones and create her own fortress. I think the AU was set some years in the future anyway. Everyone looked a little older, a little more professional, and Lana already had two children. And unless they changed the Constitution, Lex had to be at least 35 years old.

As the action heats up, Clark learns that Lex's descent into darkness was destined with or without him. He also discovers that both meteor showers still happened, and there were still meteor freaks. Kara is on Earth, but she's working for Lex, and so is Brainiac! Zod is still trapped in the Phantom Zone, and Lex is still the chosen vessel for his deliverance. Standing by while Brainiac murders the infant version of himself won't spare the world all the things that Clark thought were his fault, his responsibility; it will only ensure that he isn't there to save the day. Whoa. In the end, all is lost in the AU, and when Jor-El ends the lesson just as Clark is about to get a kryptonite bullet in the brain, Clark is convinced that the world needs him after all.

Clark comes back to reality, and a giant relieved hug from Chloe. Evidently he was gone for just a second. But now it's a whole new Clark!

Clark goes to Krypton, and together he and Kara confront Brainiac. And Clark's first concern is for Lana. Oh, Clark. *sighs* Baby!Clark is beyond cute, and whoever captured that shot of him pulling his blanket up over his eyes deserves a bonus! Best shot ever! There's a great moment where Clark and Baby!Clark stare into each other's eyes, and Clark's contented smile tells me that he's remembering all the good this baby will see and do in the life that lies ahead of him, and that's when I know Clark won't be entertaining ideas of just fading away again anytime soon. Kara says Brainiac has been destroyed, but I don't know. We've heard that one before on this show. In any case, Clark, Kara, and the tiny spaceship all escape just in time before the planet explodes. And yeah, I know the science is whack, but I don't care. It's called suspension of disbelief, and Smallville always requires a healthy dose anyway.

Back on Earth, Lana's condition has worsened, but Clark at least seems to have put it in perspective. Kara's back, but she's giving off a weird vibe that seems suspicious, and the last scene of the episode confirms that something is terribly wrong with her. Brainiac, is that you? And Lex visits Clark in the loft. What? When was the last time that happened?! They have a fairly hostile conversation, where the words are all about Lana, but the subtext is all about Clark and his secrets. Lex still wants to know them, and Clark still won't talk, no matter what. The scene is beyond intense, and both actors portray their barely leashed emotions perfectly. As Lex leaves in anger, Clark looks as stoic as ever, but his throat works convulsively, and his eyes are bleak.

We also have a final scene between Clark and Lois, in the basement of the DP. A despondent Clark is researching comas on Lois's computer when she walks in. It's late, and the office is empty except for them. Lois remembers how Clark was there for her in Siren, and she reaches out to him. It's a sweet moment. Lois doesn't quite know what to do, so she puts all her cards on the table and says so. Clark is bemused, but also touched, and tells her she's a good friend. And Lois, uncomfortable with all the emotion, punches him in the shoulder. LOL! And then drags him out for a beer. Which is maybe exactly what the guy needs: a little downtime with a friend who doesn't know his secret and doesn't care to, where he can actually put all his troubles on the back burner for a minute or two. I liked that there was no hint of flirting or romance in this scene, just the beginnings of a deepening friendship. It totally worked for me.

So how awesome was Tom Welling this week? He was in almost every scene of the episode, and he directed as well! And his performance was one of my most favorite ever. I love Tom best when he directs himself, truly. Go back and watch his three episodes again, and you'll see what I mean. His Clark in those episodes is just more comfortable in his own skin somehow. He's more relaxed, more confident, more affectionate, and more charming. He's also funnier, but in very subtle ways. And in this episode, more than any other, I have a feeling we're seeing Tom's vision for Clark, the man he could be, if the show would just ease up on the guilt and the angst and the torture that always seems to fill his life. For Clark's character alone, I would watch this AU world every week if I could. Thank you, Tom!

Random thoughts: Chloe's BF is a hottie! Does he know she's a meteor freak? Does she? Lana married Pierre Rousseau? Is that French for Pete Ross? *snerk* Sheriff Adams! Yay! I'm still angry that they killed her off. Gabe wears a rug?! They brought back that weird roaring lion sound effect for Lex. And did it bother anyone else when Clark said, "I wish there was," to Lex in the loft? I wish there WERE. Sheesh.

This episode was a lot of fun for me. I liked playing in the AU, knowing it was just a fantasy, one of Jor-El's twisted lessons for Clark. There are some aspects I wish Clark could have brought back home to the real world, mostly having to do with Clark himself, and I can't help but wonder if some of what we saw was meant to test the waters for S8. Hmmm. In any case, Tom did a great job, both acting and directing, and all of the other actors stepped up as well. I enjoyed Apocalypse tremendously. And now on to the final two! See you back here next week, okay?

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jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: May 4th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Your review is so wonderfully positive and a joy to read. I'm going to sleep now but I'll be back tomorrow to comment further.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm glad you liked it! Thank you!
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: May 4th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
We definitely share the love for this ep. :-) Some basic logic issues (Krypton) aside, I thought it was thouroughly enjoyable.

I'm not sure I agree that Jor-El created this fictitious realm to get Clark to overcome his dependance on loved ones though. I can certainly see this a viable interpretation but I think, as whacked and sadistic as Jor-El usually is, the ultimate purpose of this AU was to get Clark to come to that all important realization - his existence ::is:: essential and therefore he must go to Krypton and ensure it. What better way to get him to realize that than show a seemingly hunky-dory picture at first, and then start revealing one by one all the fundamental wrongs that are allowed to exist due to his absence. Either way though, as long as the AU was handled reasonably well, which I thought it was - either interpretation works for me.

Totally agree with you on TW - the man impresses me more and more with each ep he directs.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I totally agree that the main purpose of the AU was to make Clark understand that his continued existence is imperative if mankind is to survive! I think I didn't express that very well in my review because I split my thesis into two separate paragraphs. :P I just meant that since Jor-El was the puppet master in this AU, that he would go ahead and show Clark that his loved ones were perfectly happy without him, just as he would show Kara as a potential threat. My point was more that we need to remember that Jor-El created every molecule of the AU, and his view of Clark's destiny colors everything we see.

Basically, it was my fanwank to explain how the people about whom Clark cares the most were seemingly better off without him. I just don't think that could be true. :)
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: May 4th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I was wondering where you were off too - hadn't heard from you in a while and was getting worried! Good to know you're around! *hugs*

I loved the episode too! I only just got my review up, but mine's just all over the place and haphazard, so it's really nice to have this nice, neat, coherent version to read and appreciate! I had pretty much the same thoughts you did, but I really liked what you had to say about the AU from Jor-El's perspective. I never really gave that angle much thought, but it definitely makes a lot of sense.

The Tom Welling episodes always turn out good, don't they? I'm so glad we're having a running streak of sorts here. I can't wait for the next two episodes - hopefully they give us a lot to talk about! :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, work is intense at the moment, and will be for at least the next month or so. I may be missing for days at a time.

I thought your review was great, and we really did share a lot of the same thoughts and reactions, didn't we? Great minds and all that! :)

Tom's episodes have all been great. It's interesting to me that they have all had significant Lois and Clark interaction in them, each one more than the one before it. Is this just coincidence, or does Tom enjoy the Lois and Clark dynamic and lobby for episodes that have it?
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: May 4th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
When viewing an AU episode of any show, I always say, consider the source. This AU was entirely of Jor-El's making, for the specific purpose of motivating Clark to accept his destiny and fight for his future. Once you realize that, it all makes perfect sense. Jor-El thinks that Clark's greatest weakness is how much he cares for the humans in his life, and how he lets his emotions rule his decisions.

I very much like your interpretation of this AU's purpose because it *really* bothered me that everyone seemed to be so happy and well off without Clark, which we know could never be considering these past seven years of Clark saving everyone on the show. I thought it was really unfair to Clark to present such a perfect picture because Clark not only will ultimately protect the world, he has protected everyone in his life for as long as we have known him and that should be acknowledged to him, somehow.

Your interpretation makes me feel better as to the choices that were made by the writers for this particular AU. I want to believe they had that purpose in mind when they made them!

Wonderful review, as usual. And I couldn't agree more about Tom!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 4th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I first watched the episode, I was really confused. I couldn't understand why they would show everyone as being better off without Clark. So the past seven years have had no positive impact on the people who Clark loves best? That's crazy. Let's see, Lex would have died in the Pilot, Lana in the second episode, and Chloe in the third. And those are just the first times he saved their lives! But when it was revealed that this was Jor-El's little exercise, it started to make more sense. Maybe it's just a huge fanwank on my part, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it! :)

I'm so happy for Tom that the episode turned out so great. He just keeps impressing me more with his many talents!
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 5th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Great explanation for why Clark finds everyone he loves doing so well without him. That really bothered me, too. At first, it seemed like just another way of backhandedly diminishing Clark's importance but It makes sense when you see it as coming from Jor-El as a way of further manipulating Clark. With SV you always need a little fanwanking but this really is an excellent POV to take, given the way Jor-El has always been portrayed and the fact that Clark's major resistance to doing what Jor-El wants is due to his love of family and friends and not wanting to leave them behind. *two thumbs up*

Tom really was awesome and I absolutely love it when he directs himself and can make "his choices" for how Clark should be! I'm really sensing it's gonna be a "new day" in season 8. Could just be my wishful thinking (I tend to be optimistic by nature) but this season has gained momentum in depicting Clark in a more Supermanly fashion; Tom is more visible lately and smiling so much more these days; Lana will only be in a small number of episodes next season; AND the goughlar is leaving!!! I can't help but be a bit excited!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 5th, 2008 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, TWL247? That's you, isn't it? :) I'm glad my fanwank worked for you, too!

I'm really sensing it's gonna be a "new day" in season 8. Could just be my wishful thinking (I tend to be optimistic by nature) but this season has gained momentum in depicting Clark in a more Supermanly fashion; Tom is more visible lately and smiling so much more these days; Lana will only be in a small number of episodes next season; AND the goughlar is leaving!!! I can't help but be a bit excited!

This is exactly how I feel! I'm especially encouraged by the Vogue photo shoot, and Tom allowing himself to be photographed BTS during Apocalypse. These are definite changes. I don't know if the reason is that Tom is feeling more positive about SV, or if he's finally laying the groundwork for a career after SV, or something else entirely, but as a fangirl, I am in heaven! And I agree Clark has definitely made leaps and bounds towards becoming Superman this season. I have high hopes for S8, and I, for one, am happy to see AlMiles go.
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From: seacrystal Date: May 5th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
She passionately pleads with him to reconsider, and even forces the key into his hand. It's a total callback to Cure, and Allison Mack gives us one of the best performances I've ever seen from her.

Great observation! The parallel to Cure hadn't occurred to me, but I love how Allison had played Chloe's desperation so perfectly.

When viewing an AU episode of any show, I always say, consider the source. This AU was entirely of Jor-El's making, for the specific purpose of motivating Clark to accept his destiny and fight for his future.

Exactly. I was totally reminded of that scene in Calling (or is it Exodus) where Jor-El droned on about him hurting the people he loved if he didn't leave. Like you've pointed out, Jor-El is a bastard but a smart one at that. So yeah, this time I had to give credit to him for playing a part in getting Clark to appreciate his own existence lol, even if it's still accompanied with the Kryptonian high-mindedness and trademark snobbery.

Clark was every inch the superhero in the AU. So what was it about this world that made the difference? I honestly think it was being able to let go of his love for Lana, and all that it entailed.

Agreed. He just wants her to be happy, that's all and he has actually expressed this sentiment over and over again. Guy has a hard time letting go and I guess I can just wait a little longer, lol.

I also thought it was interesting to note that he never fully accepted Kara, but always saw her first and foremost as an alien, keeping a gun loaded with kryptonite bullets at his side, always ready for the moment when she would betray him. We are shown, once again, that Clark's decision to never completely trust Lex was a wise one.

I just love how the Lex/Kara stuff reinforces the opinion that no matter how loyal people are to Lex, or how much they have cared about him, he'd be the one to betray them first. Trust is just a five letter word, it means jack to him.

but the subtext is all about Clark and his secrets. Lex still wants to know them, and Clark still won't talk, no matter what. The scene is beyond intense, and both actors portray their barely leashed emotions perfectly.

Again, I love how Clark refused to let himself to be guilted and manipulated here. You can see just how much he just wanted to give in, because this is not about himself, it's about Lana's own safety and wellbeing, there's definitely a possibility Lex could get something that may cure Lana and he shouldn't be this selfish. And yet my sympathies are still firmly with Clark here.

Which is maybe exactly what the guy needs: a little downtime with a friend who doesn't know his secret and doesn't care to, where he can actually put all his troubles on the back burner for a minute or two. I liked that there was no hint of flirting or romance in this scene, just the beginnings of a deepening friendship. It totally worked for me.

It's a lovely scene, mostly because of that sense of genuine hope and warmth in very bleak circumstances. Clark can just let go for a while and know that it's all right.

His Clark in those episodes is just more comfortable in his own skin somehow. He's more relaxed, more confident, more affectionate, and more charming. He's also funnier, but in very subtle ways.

Absolutely! Tom knows what he wants for Clark Kent and everytime he directs himself, I couldn't have asked for a better portrayal of this much beloved character.

And I agree about him being funny, I still can't get over that bit where he snatched the letter away from Jimmy lol. I cracked up so much at that.

And lots of love for this review as well! :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 6th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love how Allison had played Chloe's desperation so perfectly.

I agree, and I think all the actors were great in this episode. It really showed the potential for excellence this show has!

I had to give credit to him for playing a part in getting Clark to appreciate his own existence

Me, too! I know some people hate Jor-El, but sometimes the guy has a point! LOL!

Again, I love how Clark refused to let himself to be guilted and manipulated here.

This is one of the things I love best about this season. We've actually seen Clark take real steps towards Superman in his strength of purpose, and his unwillingness to be manipulated anymore. It goes hand-in-hand with accepting himself for the unique individual he is, and I'm so happy to see it happen!

Clark can just let go for a while and know that it's all right.

Exactly. Lois can give him a respite that maybe no one else can.

I still can't get over that bit where he snatched the letter away from Jimmy lol. I cracked up so much at that.

I have watched the episode a bunch of times now, and I still laugh every time at that part. But beyond being funny, I also think he's sexy. He totally owns that moment, and I love how he takes charge! :)

Thanks so much for reading, and for your wonderful comments! I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 21st, 2008 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Kel's Comments

Hi again Tariel! I hope I am not annoying you yet. Tell me if my comments are too long, I like to ramble. Now, I liked Apocalypse, but it wasn't my favourite of the season even though it was quite well-done. I like AU episodes, for instance I loved Labyrinth last season. I agree that it would have been neat if it had been a two-parter but Smallville is against that for some reason.

I really liked that Lois wasn't too different between the two realities in this episode. And it was so cute when she tried to sneak a peek at Clark, that just screams Lois to me for some reason! I liked the last scene too, Clark doing research by himself and Lois trying to comfort him. And of course, the classic punch to the arm. It was really nice, I love Smallville's version of Clark and Lois. They grow to love each other, and we don't have to deal with Lois liking Superman while treating Clark like an annoyance, which is how it is in the comics or films. Did you notice how Erica had trouble putting her arm around Tom? HA! He's simply too tall and large of a guy, and Erica's not short either. Jimmy was the same too, he was still a jerk. He didn't want to help Lois...seriously; do the writers want us to hate him? As we've noted, it's a realistic portrayal but it makes Jimmy look really weak. And he was giving Clark attitude, what was up with that? I was so happy when Clark pushed him up against the shelves, he should of threw him against the wall for good measure. I'm willing to bet that Tom doesn't like Jimmy, in most of their scenes Tom plays it like he's annoyed with him which is understandable. I did like how proactive Clark was, obviously Tom understands who Clark Kent should be. The writers could honestly take some lessons from him. Tom did a good job directing once again, there were some really neat shots and effects in this episode.

I like Laura Vandervoort. I really missed her, I wish they would stop keeping her out of episodes and that they would use her more. I think the only misstep that Tom may have made directing was actually the scene between himself and Laura towards the end. It came off as strange. I don't know if the script actually said "Kara acts strange" but isn't the direction and thus acting Tom's choice? I think he may have been confused and wanted to show that Kara is still being affected by Brainiac. Yet, the last scene implies that something is affecting Kara at that point, which makes the weird look she gives Clark even stranger. She was acting pretty normal up to that point. It's a shame, if they played it earnestly and with smiles, it could have been a sweet scene. I don't read the comics but in a hundred years, Kara would still be alive with Clark so what she said is true. I know Valerie mentioned some sexual chemistry but I didn't really see it, it was just odd.

I think Tom and Laura would make a hot couple in another series or movie. For some reason though, I love the similarity in hair colour for couples, I'm so strange. For instance, I think that Erica physically fits Tom the best and they match well, but I think Kristin fits him as well because of the shared dark hair. Laura and Alison clash with him because of the blonde hair but that's just my preference. Wouldn't it be hilarious though to see these actors work on something else together? It would be funny to see Tom and Erica as siblings in a movie! Maybe a little weird but it could work darn it! Who would you like to see Tom work with?

Here are my top five actresses:

Selma Blair - They were cute together in the Fog and had chemistry, would be awesome to see them work together again.

Kate Beckinsale - Hot + Hot = Really hot.

Rachel Weisz - One of my favourite actresses with one of my favourite actors, it would be great for Tom.

Natalie Portman - Brother-sister combo maybe? Natalie's too young for Tom romantically IMO.

Erica Durance
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 22nd, 2008 12:36 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kel's Comments

Of course you're not annoying me! I'm always happy to see you comment. And ramble away; I love long comments, and I'm known for making marathon ones myself!

Labyrinth is also one of my favorites. Any episode that gives Tom the opportunity to stretch his acting muscles is a treat, and Labyrinth was exceptionally well done, IMO. In addition to Tom's amazing performance, and all the twists and turns of the AU, the episode was visually stunning.

Like you, I thoroughly enjoyed the Lois and Clark interaction in Apocalypse, both in and out of the AU. I hope we see something similar in S8. But I have to disagree about Jimmy. I know it's an unpopular opinion in fandom (at least where I hang out), but I kind of adore Jimmy. I think Aaron Ashmore does a good job, and captures the iconic Jimmy Olsen pretty well. Yes, he can be annoying, and I don't like everything about him (I hate the Chimmy), but I've enjoyed a lot of his scenes this season. But to be honest, my love for AA makes me very forgiving when it comes to Jimmy. When I'm a fan of the actor, I tend to cut his character more slack.

I couldn't agree with you more than Tom understands who Clark Kent should be! How I wish he were a producer on the show, as many television stars are, so he could have more of a voice in his character's development. At the very least, I'm hoping the new show runners will be more open to his input than AlMiles were.

I always liked Kara, and especially the scenes between the cousins. I've never seen any sexual chemistry there, though. I think strange was the point of that last scene between them; in fact, I think we were supposed to think that Kara was acting OOC. I wish so badly that Tom would do a commentary track and actually tell us why he made the choices he did as the director of this episode. That would be so fascinating!

I would love to see Tom with Selma Blair again, I thought they had wonderful chemistry. I like the idea of him opposite smart, funny women. I think Rachel McAdams would be great, or Zooey Deschanel, or Jennifer Garner. And I like your suggestion of Kate Beckinsale a lot!

Thanks so much for all your comments! I love talking about the show, and your insights and observations are really interesting. I hope to see you come back again!
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 22nd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Kel

For some reason, I don't really like Garner. I have no idea why but I don't think she's that good of an actress actually, even though she's a sweetheart. Or maybe it's because I've seen a couple of her films and they were atrocious so I cannot forgive her. :) Rachel McAdams is cool, she's Canadian too so that wins points for me! Hmm...how about Eva Mendes? Sort of a strange combination but she was so great in Hitch... I was thinking about Keira Knightley but I think Tom and her would look weird standing beside each other...she's so fragile and Tom is so strong. Sorry, I just wanted to tell you something else. I live in Toronto and Michael Rosenbaum and Laura Vandervoort are going to be at the comic-con tomorrow! I can't attend because I'm going on vacation so I'm upset but oh well. I hope I hear some reports on Laura's status with the show and some funny Michael stories. My sister wanted to see him so badly. Anyhow, the nice part that I wanted to mention was that Laura wrote on her official blog that she will be auctioning off some things to benefit a hospital in Toronto. Tom signed and sent some things from the Smallville set to her including an article and Clark's jacket I believe! Ha! Nice to know that Tom's still friendly, even if he won't promote the darn show or himself! Talk to you soon!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 22nd, 2008 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Kel

I'll concede that Jennifer Garner has been in some bad movies. :) But she was awesome in Alias, and that's the JG that was in my head. Besides, she's adorable in interviews, and has a great sense of humor. I could see her getting along with Tom.

OMG, that's so funny that you said Eva Mendes! I almost included her on my list, and I was thinking of Hitch, too. Hitch is exactly the kind of movie I would love to see Tom make someday. I think he has such a flair for comedy, and it's mostly going to waste on Smallville.

I'm sorry you have to miss the Con. Some of my LJ friends are going, and I can't wait to hear all about it! I had read about the auction, but not what Tom sent. If it really is one of Clark's jackets, that should create some definite excitement! I think he's very giving when it comes to charity.

Have fun on your vacation!

Edited at 2008-08-22 09:40 pm (UTC)
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