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Smallville: Ten Times Clark Was Super Without Being Super At All - I worship at the television altar
Smallville: Ten Times Clark Was Super Without Being Super At All

For Celebrate Clark! week at sv_char_love, and for all the Clark lovers on my flist.

We all know that Clark Kent will be Superman one day, but what makes him a hero is so much more than his special abilities. It is his human qualities, of compassion, humility, virtue, and strength of character, gifts from his adoptive parents, that enable him to use his powers for the good of all mankind. Clark is just a good person, and a good friend. To celebrate my love for Clark Kent, I wanted to share some of the smaller moments of his life, that illustrate why, powers or no powers, he will always be my hero.

1) 1.07 - Craving. Clark has let Lana down again, missing her birthday party for reasons he can never explain. But he is determined to give her his present nonetheless. He shows up under her bedroom window, and she is powerless to resist his sweet smile. He takes her to a drive-in movie of his own making, recreating with Lex's help the happiest birthday memory of her whole life. Lana's cares slip away in the flickering light of the projector, and the only reward Clark wants or needs is to see the joy on her face.

2) 1.10 - Shimmer. Whitney has become distant, and Lana doesn't know why. Fearing she has lost his love, and feeling vulnerable, Lana suddenly notices all Clark has to offer. It's the perfect time for Clark to make his move, and yet he can't. Having discovered that Whitney's father is seriously ill, he instead fosters a reconciliation for the couple, speaking to each of them in turn and encouraging them to trust one another and talk things through. My heart breaks for Clark as he watches them through his telescope, seeing the success of his efforts, and the end of his dreams.

3) 1.12 - Leech. A freak lightning strike has transferred Clark's powers to Eric Summers, who is having a field day exercising them. Without the strong moral framework Clark's parents have given him, Eric quickly becomes corrupted by his invulnerability, and is in danger of becoming a menace. Clark feels responsible for the turn Eric's life has taken, and goes to confront him, in spite of being powerless himself. Eric, completely out of control, hurls Clark across the school parking lot, leaving him bloody and unconscious on the roof of a car. Even after that, Clark's first concern is for Eric himself, and nothing can stop him from trying to make things right.

4) 2.22 - Calling. Lex is marrying Helen Bryce, and has asked Clark to do him the honor of being his best man. Clark's first duty is to make the toast at the rehearsal dinner, and he struggles to find the words that will properly honor this union, and make his friend proud. We see him working on it well into the wee hours the night before, and then rehearsing it in the loft before he departs for the party, having dressed for the occasion with utmost care. At the dinner itself, he delivers the perfect toast, a moving tribute not only to Helen and Lex, but to love itself. And how adorable is it that he toasts the happy couple with his water glass?

5) 3.05 - Perry. Perry White has witnessed Clark's powers first hand, and they have reawakened his journalistic curiosity. Determined to prove his theory, he sets up a rescue situation he thinks Clark will be unable to resist. He's right, but what he doesn't know is that sunspot activity has temporarily robbed Clark of his abilities. Clark dives to Perry's rescue anyway, and it's a close thing, with Clark's hands bearing the proof of just how vulnerable he is. Clark's innate goodness in the face of Perry's duplicity rocks the man to his core, and inspires him to walk the path of integrity in his own life once more.

6) 3.08 - Shattered. Lex comes to Clark's loft in a panic, bloody and bruised, telling wild tales of attempted murder that do not seem to be borne out by the facts. Lionel says he has suffered a psychotic break, and when Clark sees Lex cradling a blanket as if it were his long-dead baby brother Julian, he's not sure what to think. But Lex is his best friend, and he believes in him. Determined to help Lex solve the mysteries surrounding him, Clark defies his parents and stands by Lex's side, and they leave the farm together in pursuit of answers.

7) 5.02 - Mortal. Escaped meteor freaks from Belle Reve have invaded the Kent farm, taking Clark, his parents, and Lana hostage. In what is later revealed to be an elaborate scheme of Lex's to give him proof of Clark's special abilities, the captors send Clark to the LuthorCorp plant in search of a special green serum. But Jor-El has taken his powers away, and even the combined efforts of Clark and Chloe prove fruitless in obtaining what the mutants want. Nevertheless, Clark returns to the farm with a plan, and using a combination of ingenuity, courage, and normal human strength, succeeds in saving the day. And looks totally hot doing it. :)

8) 5.12 - Reckoning. Clark and Martha prepare for Jonathan's funeral, and as Martha struggles to secure the clasp of her pearl necklace, something Jonathan has always done for her, the enormity of what she has lost rocks her. Clark's devastation is made all the worse by the unendurable burden of guilt he has placed upon himself. First Martha lends him her strength, telling him Jonathan's death was not his fault, and that she knows as a man he will make his father proud. And then Clark steps up for her, symbolically taking on his father's role in their family as he takes her pearls in his hands, and as he puts them around her neck for the first time, we know it's a promise to be there for her for all time. He tells her he loves her and holds her close, and we all weep.

9) 7.11 - Siren. Clark comes to see Lois in the aftermath of her final breakup with Oliver. Lois opens up to him like she never has before, which is a testament to just how hurt and vulnerable she is. Clark can imagine all too well the challenges she and Ollie face as a couple, and he struggles to convince her (and perhaps himself) that love can find a way. In the end, however, his words prove inadequate against her pain, and all he can offer her is the comfort of his arms. Which he does.

10) 8.10 - Bride. Chloe's getting married, and Clark offers up his home to host the event. Not even the promise of finding Lex will take him from Chloe's side on her big day, and we are reminded of their long history together as he gives her the traditional something old in the form of a sentimental memento of their high school days. As he walks her down the aisle, his smile is almost as radiant as the bride's, and there is no doubt that he is taking joy in her happiness with Jimmy. At the reception, as they share a very special dance, his warm and loving regard is unmistakable, and we know this marriage can never change the unique friendship between these two. Once she gets rid of Brainiac and gets her memories back, that is. ;)

Screen caps courtesy of acampbell, KEakaCK, Screencap Paradise, and SVFan, with my thanks!

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
The fact that Clark can be so powerful and yet always so tender is what makes my heart melt for him. Anyone would be lucky to call him friend, and his powers have nothing to do with that.

Thanks for your comment!
huzzlewhat From: huzzlewhat Date: February 24th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww... I love this picspam down to the toes of its little cotton socks. It's amazing how just screencaps of the scene with Martha and the pearls can bring me to tears. Love your commentary, too.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much! The performances in that scene from Reckoning are wonderful. It never fails to move me. As does, of course, the last scene from Vengeance. The relationship between Clark and Martha has always been a favorite of mine, and one that I see as pivotal to his journey. I miss Martha, and AOT, desperately.
burningqueen From: burningqueen Date: February 24th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful! I love Clark to pieces, and this is why.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I love him, too, and I'm having so much fun celebrating that!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! There are scenes in this show that never fail to move me to tears, no matter how many times I watch them.
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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: February 24th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww . . . you've made all teary-eyed. Happily, you included Lex and he'll wipe them away for me. ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
And snuggle you after. :)
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: February 24th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh those are all very cool!!!!

(and i haven't seen them. *G*)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Hey, that's right, I didn't include a scene from S4. Between the Stones of Power and Isobel's magic, Clark used his powers a lot in that season! The two that I thought about using were his ice skating date with Alicia in Unsafe, when he welcomed her back after her time in Belle Reve, and the way he took care of Evan (aka the exploding baby) in Ageless.

Thanks for reading and commenting!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: February 24th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is such a wonderful idea for a picspam, and I love the choices you made. And I think the greatest thing about this picspam is that I could think of so many other examples as well. So many moments, big and small, where Clark proved what a good person he is.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Val. There really are a lot of little gems to be found in all the episodes, and invariably, it is Tom's acting that makes these moments speak to me. How could I not love this man, or this character?
fotw_sv From: fotw_sv Date: February 24th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ten Times more reasons we love him so much! *Swoons* Perfect pics Tariel! Truly the essence of a good man.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Deb! I'm glad you enjoyed the pics. And you know, your wallie of that first scene is one of my favorites. It's such a sweet moment!
From: super_robyn Date: February 24th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Stop it! You're killing me with the Clark picspams! ... okay, you can keep going. HEE!

That last one just made me melt into a puddle of goo. Their dance was just so sweet! ♥
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL! You're so funny. :D

I agree, that dance was wonderful. It was so happy and so sad all at the same time. You could tell how much he loves her, but also how sad he is that she doesn't remember him. Thank goodness she's 100% Chloe again now!
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: February 24th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh my word, this was wonderful.
Clark is just a downright amazing guy.

Reckoning was so heartbreaking. i bawled my eyes out. *sigh* I miss Jonathon.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! He is amazing. *loves him*

I miss Jonathan, too. And I am a mess every time I watch Reckoning, or Vengeance. Poor Clark.
svgurl From: svgurl Date: February 24th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are just awesome! Aww, Clark. &hearts :D

And how adorable is it that he toasts the happy couple with his water glass?

VERY! And you just reminded me how much I miss the Kent Family moments. I wish they'd bring Martha back for an episode or two.

The 'Siren' scene is seriously one of my favorite moments in s7. It just shows how Clark can break through people's shells, even one as tough as Lois's. :D

And the 'Bride' dance was sweet. I enjoy Chloe and Clark's friendship. :D
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I miss the Kent family moments, too. At least we had Bloodline this season, that gave us some wonderful scenes between Clark and Kara. I really wish they could bring Martha back. I just think Clark's relationship with his mother is so important to his journey, and I miss their dynamic. And I desperately miss AOT.

That scene in Siren was a huge moment for Clark and Lois, I think. She's always so careful to protect herself, to keep her guard up, and in that scene she was completely raw and vulnerable. She really opened Clark's eyes about what it means to love a superhero. And he, in turn, reached out to her in a way he never had before, opening his heart as he opened his arms, and truly wanting nothing more than to make her pain go away. Sharing that gave their relationship a whole new level of intimacy, IMO.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree. It's one of my favorite episodes, where Clark really seems to come to terms with who he is, and the hero he will always strive to be, with or without his powers. At the end of the episode, as he watches Perry's bus drive away, standing so beautifully tall in the sunlight, he's never seemed more comfortable in his own skin. In that moment, he is my Superman.
lexalicious70 From: lexalicious70 Date: February 24th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really, you amaze me with your ability to remind me why I love this show. Great spam!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely comment! Thank you so much. I'm glad these moments spoke to you as well.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Clark's infinite capacity for tenderness, in a being so impossibly powerful, will always win me over. And reminding myself of these moments I love so much goes a long way toward washing away the bitter taste of recent episodes. If you know what I mean. ;)

Thanks for your comment!
oatmeal_cookie From: oatmeal_cookie Date: February 24th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
See, this is why I cannot hate this show. Whenever I see glimpses of Superman-ly Clark just being this amazing person even without his powers... well, I melt. ♥ He's always been a person to aspire to be like, so wonderful in ten thousand different ways. There are so many other great moments too, but I love everything you've highlighted here.

That Siren moment is one of my Top 3 Most Favorite Scenes Ever, and not just because of my shipping preferences. It was so beautiful to see Lois take down her walls for once, and for Clark to be the one to see it, to be there for her. I love their friendship, and I love that the things they bring out of one another. Clark has never been more loveable to me - his strength, his wanting and trying so hard to make her smile/make her feel better, his never-ending empathy. Sigh.

Thank you for a lovely, lovely picspam. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: February 25th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Whatever craziness this show hands me, nothing can change the love I have for Clark. He truly is my hero, and he continues to show me that, in every episode. And as frustrated as I've been by recent episodes, I already miss him. I'm hopeless. :)

I completely agree about that scene in Siren. In that moment they dropped all the pretense between them, all the snark and banter, and were just two people, open and vulnerable, one hurting and one doing everything possible to take that pain away. They could not come away from that unchanged.

It will be interesting to see how things develop from here on out between Clark and Lois, especially now that S9 is assured. If and when Clark is offered Lois's love with her full knowledge of who he is, he will know very well just how much that means, after seeing how she couldn't make that same commitment to Oliver.

Thank you for your comment. Putting this together was entirely my pleasure!
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