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Ten Reasons I Still Love Smallville
Lately I've been venturing beyond LJ for Smallville news, to sites devoted to everything from the show itself to Superman to comic books to celebrity gossip. What I've discovered is a lot of negativity. Show bashing, character bashing, actor bashing, and even fan bashing. Of course I don't expect or want everyone to like Smallville, and I understand completely why many people have left it behind, or never watched it in the first place. And I'm perfectly okay with people expressing their frustration with the show however they see fit. What I'm really getting tired of, however, is reading that if I still like the show, I must be stupid, know nothing about good storytelling, and only watch because Tom Welling is pretty. Why the need to harsh my squee? :( So to cheer myself up, and in the hopes of finding anyone else who feels the same way I do, I decided to make an entry celebrating all the reasons I still love my favorite show. And because it's me, there are ten of them. :)

1) Tom Welling



Wow, big surprise, huh? ;) Tom is the reason I first fell in love with Smallville, and his performance continues to captivate me today. He came to the show with a boatload of natural talent and a determination to do justice to a legendary role, while telling a story no one had ever heard before. He has grown into a skilled actor with a gift for nuance, and has shown me a Clark Kent of great emotional depth, who is both heroic and human. Tom's Clark is still finding his way in the world, but I know he will be Superman one day, and I can't wait to see the rest of his journey.

Tom is also one of my favorite directors on the show, and his new role as co-executive producer makes me even more optimistic about what we can expect to see from Clark in the future. I admire him for his leadership and professionalism, and I adore him for his hard work and complete lack of excess ego. And yeah, he's pretty. Unbelievably so. :)

2) The Cast



I really think Smallville has the greatest cast around. They all seem to love being a part of the show, are passionate about their characters, and get along great together. I'm glad to welcome them all back for another season (Allison, Erica, Justin, and Cassidy, you rock my world!), and I'm thrilled to see Callum Blue join the show as the newest series regular. I've enjoyed his previous work tremendously, and he promises to bring us a deliciously evil Zod. For me, the actors ARE the show. They have my loyalty and my love, without reservation. And they, too, bring the pretty. Big time.

3) Guest Stars



Casting has always been Smallville's strong suit, and I know I can always look forward to fabulous guest stars throughout the season. Of those we've already heard about for S9, I'm most excited to see Brian Austin Green as John Corben/Metallo in the first two episodes. He's a wonderful actor, he's totally HOT, and he's a fanboy to boot! I can't wait to see Tom and BAG onscreen together. I'm also looking forward to seeing Allison Scagliotti, the best part about Syfy's Warehouse 13, in 9x05. She's in Vancouver filming right now, but deleted the spoilery tweets she had posted, perhaps at the show's request? And evidently the very cool Alessandro Juliani will be reprising his role as Dr. Emil Hamilton. Yay!

4) The S9 Trailer Shown at Comic-Con



I've only seen the blurry bootleg version on YouTube, but I'm still totally pumped for S9 because of it! If you're one of the three people on the planet who haven't yet seen it, or if you just want to watch it one more time, you can find it HERE (be sure to watch it in HD). The WB site has been hinting that some version of this trailer will be released for public viewing; I hope they're right!

5) Pics of Tom Filming in Vancouver



JayPat from DTTW took a trip to Vancouver, and came back with some truly special pics of Tom filming. Our star was on a very tall platform, with several cranes holding film equipment around him, dressed as the (no longer Red Blue) Blur, apparently filming a scene where Clark will appear high above Metropolis. SQUEEEE!! Doesn't he look magnificent up there? I can't wait to see how this scene will play out when all the effects have been added! You've probably already seen these pics, but if not, click on the thumbnails below to see them BIGGER. In the pics taken of Tom on the ground, look for him in a black tee and a white safety harness, with a woman who might be Erica standing next to him in a green shirt. Thank you to JayPat for so generously sharing his pics with us!





6) Lois and Clark



The interaction between Lois and Clark was one of my favorite things about S8. I enjoyed the scenes of them working together at the Daily Planet, and investigating stories. I loved the funny, flirty banter they traded, and the jealousy that took them both by surprise. And I liked seeing the beginning of their romantic feelings for one another, which we've been assured will deepen in the season to come. I'm glad the show is taking things slowly with them for now, with a stronger focus on Clark's identity issues, and his need to find a balance between his human and Kryptonian sides. So far, I think they're doing it just right.

When Smallville started, it was all about Clark and Lex, and that was amazing. No two characters on this show have ever approached the chemistry they shared, and nothing was more fascinating than watching them struggle to trust one another and fail, dancing endlessly around the truth as they moved ever closer to their inevitable, tragic destiny. But Michael is gone now, and Lex with him (no more Fake!Lex, please!), and so the show has had to change. If there is one relationship on Smallville that has taken center stage now, it's Lois and Clark, and I'm okay with that.

7) Geoff Johns and Bryan Q. Miller



My two favorite S8 writers, back for more in S9! Geoff Johns, arguably DC's best asset, gave us Legion, and promises to work his magic again this season with a story about the Justice Society of America. Bryan Q. Miller's scripts (Committed, Bulletproof, Hex) are entertaining and funny, and I LOVE the way he writes Clark. I already know I can look forward to the episodes these two will give us.

8) The Move to Friday Night

I am a little worried about Smallville being scheduled for the "death slot," but selfishly, I'm looking forward to new episodes on Friday night. I never go out on Friday, I'm way too tired from working all week; Saturday is my night to party. Friday is my night to pick up Chinese, grab a beer, and kick back on the couch, remote in hand. And now that relaxation ritual will include my favorite show as well! Awesome. Besides, with no work in the morning, I can stay up late to watch the episode again, write my review post, and share the squee!

9) 174 Episodes and Counting

I can't even remember the last time I watched only one episode of Smallville in a week. I'm constantly going back to watch episodes from past seasons again, especially now that I have S1 and S2 on my iPod (thank you, iTunes!). With my DVDs, I might put together a Red!K mini-marathon, or watch all my favorite Michael episodes, or delight in the episodes Tom has directed. Sometimes I'll pick a random season and watch it straight through. My point is, I never get tired of this show, and each repeat viewing gives me something new to enjoy and appreciate.

Right now I'm doing an online re-watch with bananabehr and ophelia_77, where we synchronize our DVD players and watch the best episodes of the entire series together, in order, and chat while we watch. It is the most fun ever! We just finished S1, so Clark and Lex are the best of friends, the Kents are still on the farm, the Clana is sweet, and the original Scooby gang of Clark, Chloe and Pete are tackling the mystery of each new FotW. Good times.

10) My Fandom Friends

Finding the Smallville fandom on LJ quite literally changed my life, and many of the friendships I've made online are every bit as real and meaningful as those I've made face-to-face. I love you guys! I know not everyone I've met because of Smallville still likes or watches the show, but I hope we can find new ways to connect and stay in each other's lives. Bros before shows, right? And I hope to continue to make new friends with whom to share my squee over this crazy, wonderful, infuriating, exhilarating show about Clark Kent, the farmboy I love beyond all reason.

When you come right down to it, the reason I love this show can be described in one word: escape. When I lose myself in Smallville's fantasy world, with all its pretty people, vibrant colors, and a big, beautiful hero I adore, I don't have to think about my next door neighbor who just lost her five-year battle with cancer, or my co-worker whose son just got his high school girlfriend pregnant, or my friend who was laid off six months ago and still can't find work, or the job that's killing me, or the boss who hates me. RL is glorious and full of joys to be found, but it can also be a bitch, and sometimes I just like to forget, 43 minutes at a time. Who wants to join me?

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: August 17th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww, this is a wonderful post.

Ya know, its always easy to bitch about things you don't like. But really, there's so much to praise and enjoy as well. The bottom line is that SV is really escapist entertainment, and even when its frustrating you, it should also be entertaining you.

I love the pretty visuals as well :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, Val. *hugs* I don't mind the bitching, really I don't, but I just wanted to give a little bit of the other side. And I feel wonderful for having expressed it!

You know I can never resist a few pics when it comes to this show. There's just so much pretty to be had! :)
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: August 17th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right now I'm doing an online re-watch with [info]bananabehr and [info]ophelia_77, where we synchronize our DVD players and watch the best episodes of the entire series together, in order, and chat while we watch.

I wanna play *pouts*

Oh and I did the same thing with my ten reasons list at the beginning of S8. I think I shall do it again with S9 because I'm SO EXCITED!
bananabehr From: bananabehr Date: August 18th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)
You can totally come squee with us! All you need is a yahoo account! We're going to be starting as soon as T gets home.
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: August 18th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic post

It hurts me to no end to see people that are upset because their ship didn't happen decide that this show isn't worth watching anymore .. I don't get this reasoning.. I endured the Clana relationship for over 7 1/2 years I've waited patiently with NO assurances that my ship would ever happen. No that it is it's just bonus because like you I am a fan of Tom first and formost and I can not imagine not seeing him every week

I love your insight on thins Tariel and I enjoy your weekly reviews and can not wait til you start again !
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, thanks! *blushes* I actually miss writing about the show, which means this hiatus has gone on long enough! :) Too bad we still have so many more weeks to go.

Well, if somebody doesn't like a show, they should probably move on. Just leave the rest of us in peace when you go. I wish people weren't so bitter, though. :( I think I get what you mean about what you've been through, waiting for your 'ship to come in, so to speak. There were times during S7 when I just wanted to scream because I couldn't understand why Clark and Lana were still together. It was so frustrating.

Whatever happens this season, we know this much: we'll get 22 episodes of Tom, and that's enough to keep me coming back, week after week! :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
*hugs you tight*
tasabian From: tasabian Date: August 18th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Your #1 is also my #1!

I know not everyone I've met because of Smallville still likes or watches the show, but I hope we can find new ways to connect and stay in each other's lives. Bros before shows, right? And I hope to continue to make new friends with whom to share my squee over this crazy, wonderful, infuriating, exhilarating show about Clark Kent, the farmboy I love beyond all reason.
Awww! *hugs* Your optimism is a shining light in SV fandom!

If I were going to add a #11, it would be the element of surprise, when suddenly a really good episode comes along, or a moment I've been waiting forever to see. Of course, what constitutes an amazing moment or episode differs from fan to fan, but this is part of SV's wax & wane!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Tom's #1! Yay! :D

Your optimism is a shining light in SV fandom!

I'll admit I'm resigned to being defriended by some people, but I'll still be sad to lose anyone over a TV show. After all, my sister watches The Bachelor, and I still love her. :)

I agree with your #11. Even though I'm a total spoiler whore, there are still times when this show can surprise me and take my breath away. That last scene between Lex and Clark in Arctic, for example. Clark's speech to MM in Odyssey. The musical montage at the end of Bride. Clark's scene with Oliver at Isis in Beast. Have I mentioned I love this show? ;)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: August 18th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Allison Scagliotti tweets?! Linky please!! I love her on Warehouse 13.

I love how you love your show. Just love it. Pure happy unabashed squeeful glee. Never change.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Linky! She ends most tweets with a blip.fm song, and her choices are very cool. And I love her on Warehouse 13, too!

Thanks, Whimsy. *hugs* I know some people find my devotion to this show laughable, but that's okay. I'm just following my bliss. :)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: August 18th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC) (Link)
It's really quite awful the negativity you can run into concerning the show out there. And of course, there's the other extreme with people who insist that I'm just being prejudiced or not a real fan if I don't enjoy a particular episode. I'm so thankful that I found people like you who strike that happy medium - boundless enthusiasm for the good, with a loving critical eye and tolerance for a difference of opinion.

I love the show and am looking forward to S9 for all the reasons you mention but especially of course #1. Sure Tom is pretty, but so much more as well. His portrayal of Clark Kent is very nuanced and rich - by light years the best portrayal of the man behind the cape. In S8, Clark's voice was all too often shut out, but Tom did a fantastic job on the reaction shots showing us where Clark's head is at. Hopefully more writers will be like BQM and find the joy in expressing Clark's point of view.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean. There were people last season who read my reviews and called me a hater, and said I should stop watching the show if I thought it was so bad. Me? A hater?!

His portrayal of Clark Kent is very nuanced and rich - by light years the best portrayal of the man behind the cape.

I agree! He's my Superman! It was his performance alone in Doomsday that initially gave me hope for S9, and it is the confident leadership and happy enthusiasm he displayed at Comic-Con that fuels my anticipation now. He gave us a wonderful gift with that appearance.

In S8, Clark's voice was all too often shut out, but Tom did a fantastic job on the reaction shots showing us where Clark's head is at. Hopefully more writers will be like BQM and find the joy in expressing Clark's point of view.

This is so true, and it's one of the things I love best about him. I hope as we go forward, Clark is allowed to articulate his thoughts and feelings more often.
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: August 18th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
You totally made me cry with this post! I'm so happy/excited that your love for the show still goes on and that it brings you so much joy!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, you're so sweet! *hugs* I still look forward to Thursday Friday nights and get excited for each new episode. What can I say? Smallville takes me to my happy place. :)
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: August 18th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought for sure it was gonna be 1-Tom Welling 2-Tom Welling 3-Tom Welling's hair. Uh wait that's my list lol ;-) But seriously #10 is so true my fandom friends are so great.

RL is glorious and full of joys to be found, but it can also be a bitch, and sometimes I just like to forget, 43 minutes at a time. Who wants to join me?

Hear, hear. BTW I'm a bit loopy from cold medicine just in case this all over the place I really just wanted to write GROUP HUG! LOL.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I thought for sure it was gonna be 1-Tom Welling 2-Tom Welling 3-Tom Welling's hair.

LOL! That's my kind of list! And yes, GROUP HUG! \o/

Seriously, you're one of my favorite people here. Here's hoping we both find lots to love on the show this season, and lots to talk about, too.
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: August 18th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I couldn't read your entry without responding. I am in total agreement with the 10 reasons you still love Smallville. Especially your #1 reason!

I too find it disheartening to hear others tear down the show, actors, characters & fans. For me, Smallville is my guilty pleasure. It is an escape that is necessary and something I look forward to each week, well, more than once a week ;)

I will be joining you Friday nights to escape to Smallville, enjoy the tales of Clark Kent and talent of Tom Welling!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *waves* I'm so glad to meet another Tommy fan! And hey, you don't have to feel guilty. :D I hope you'll be back to talk about the episodes in the fall.

I see by your journal that we have a lot in common. ;) *friends you*
silverscreengal From: silverscreengal Date: August 18th, 2009 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Your post bring out all that is good in SV and in the fandom. And you write so damn well. I enjoy every entry. Thanks for being you and loving the TW with me!!!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you DO know how much I adore you, right? You love Tommy the same way I do. ♥

Thanks for your kind words. *blushes* I hope you'll join me for the squee come September!
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: August 18th, 2009 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Of, course Tom Welling is the reason #1 I still watch smallville!
the season 9 trailer made SQUEE and I had a long time to SQUEE about smallville!
Lois and Clark are great and fun characters and I love the things they're going to happen in this season!

CAN'T WAIT!
this is a lovely post!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of, course Tom Welling is the reason #1 I still watch smallville!

Believe me, I never doubted it! LOL! And I can't wait either!

Thanks for your kind words, truly, and thanks for sharing the Tommy love!
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: August 18th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
::applauds your enthusiasm:: And I genuinely, sincerely mean that. :-)

I agree with most of your list, foremost of which is #1 of course. ;-)

Bring on S9!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 18th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm glad you're in! I look forward to more of your wise and wonderful reviews, and sharing our mutual appreciation for the awesomeness that is Tom Welling. \o/

Now if they could just tide us over with some promo pics of Clark in his new outfit, my happiness would be complete. Supernatural pics for the upcoming season came out today, where are the Smallville ones?!
netlynn From: netlynn Date: August 18th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have I ever mentioned how much I love your enthusiasm of all things Clark? How you always manage to remind us all why we love the show? And how you always bring the pretty to share with us. I always love reading your posts but this one just left me with a feel-good sense and I just had to stop and say thank you for putting a smile on my face today. *hugs*

I'm glad to hear you finally figured out the IM thingy. *cracks up* See? Told you it wasn't hard. ;)

...many of the friendships I've made online are every bit as real and meaningful as those I've made face-to-face. I love you guys! I know not everyone I've met because of Smallville still likes or watches the show, but I hope we can find new ways to connect and stay in each other's lives. Bros before shows, right?

I feel the same exact way!! Always bros before shows. Smallville might have introduced us and even though we don't always agree on the shows direction, I have a friend who is much more important to me than a TV show will ever be, even one that has the most beautiful man I've ever seen.

Thanks again for all the time you take to share the pretties with us. I know it must be time consuming for you to hunt and then code all the things you do but I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate ever single second you spend. (Even if it is in the wee hours of the morning for you. Dude, don't you ever sleep??)

*hugs you tight*

♥ ♥

Edited at 2009-08-18 01:49 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 19th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad to hear this post put a smile on your face! *hugs* It made me feel great to put my love out there, and all the wonderful comments have filled my heart to overflowing with joy. I have the best flist in the world!

I'm glad to hear you finally figured out the IM thingy. *cracks up* See? Told you it wasn't hard.

I know, right? *facepalm* I may have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the party, but I do have a good time once I get there. :D

I just don't get some people. You and I have always looked at the show through somewhat different eyes, but we've never had a problem finding common ground (Tommy!), or being able to appreciate the other person's point of view. And even if I disagreed violently with you over the show (which I don't, of course), I still can't see that hurting our friendship.

I was once defriended simply for using a pic of an actor someone else didn't like in one of my birthday pics. Never mind that the actor was the birthday girl's favorite, the other person was so offended by the sight of the pic she defriended me on the spot. *rolls eyes* Whatever, dude. Life's too short, y'know?

I have fun putting my posts together, although I'm not the fastest person in the world at it. And yes, my sleep problem continues. :/ At least posting the pretties beats lying in bed staring at the ceiling, wishing I could fall asleep.

And OMG, your card made me cry!! I can't even tell you what it meant to me to read those words! *feels loved* Thank you so much! ♥

You truly are the best, Net! *smishes you*
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: August 18th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
TOM!! OOOOOOOOOOO YES! lol.


awww thanks, I feel the same. I love my lj friends. And it's awesome we share the same love for this amazing show!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 19th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I feel the same way about Tom. :D

I'm so glad Smallville brought us together, and I love that we share other interests as well, like Psych, and Burn Notice, and Disney!
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