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Hey, Smallville peeps, rec me a mini-marathon! - I worship at the television altar
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Hey, Smallville peeps, rec me a mini-marathon!
Lately my Smallville DVDs have been getting quite a workout. I have all the seasons, of course, and every week I find myself pulling out this disc or that one, and watching a favorite episode or two. Or three, or four. :) Especially during the summer, when often there's nothing new on TV. Smallville is a show I can watch over and over again, and enjoy every time. The S8 DVD set hits stores tomorrow, and I'll be there bright and early to add it to my collection.

Lots of times I'll put together a little mini-marathon to watch, of episodes with a common theme. You can play three episodes in a little more than two hours, and four in just under three. Does anyone else do that, spend an evening watching all the episodes Tom directed, or every one in which Clark loses his powers? I thought it might be fun for us to rec each other our favorite Smallville playlists, our own little mix tapes of episodes we love, as it were.

I figured I could throw out some prompts for possible inspiration, and then you guys could share your list(s) in the comments, okay? So tell me, fellow Smallville fans...

1) ...your favorite episodes from any one season.

2) ...the episodes that best showcase your favorite actor or character.

3) ...the episodes that perfectly capture a relationship you love, romantic or otherwise.

4) ...a single disc you especially like from any one set of DVDs.

5) ...the episodes you just love the best, for whatever reason, from the entire series.

6) ...the episodes with your favorite guest characters from the DC Universe.

7) ...the episodes with the best villains, or the best FotWs.

8) ...the episodes that always make you laugh, or the ones that always make you cry.

9) ...the episodes with wonderful guest stars, in big or small roles.

10) ...a group of your favorite episodes with any other theme of your choice! Like, for example, Metropolis, Clark's powers, football, the FoS, Shirtless!Clark, season premieres, season finales, AUs, kryptonite, Wet!Clark, kids, aliens, weddings, funerals, or Pretty!Tom. :)

I'll start things off with just a few of my faves:

A) On Saturday I watched a Red!K mini-marathon. I love seeing Tom stretch his acting wings by playing Clark without any inhibitions, and we get a fascinating glimpse of who our hero could be if his impulses weren't tempered by the values Jonathan and Martha have instilled in him. Plus, Clark half naked, making out!

1) 2.04 - Red


2) 2.14 - Rush


3) 3.01 - Exile


4) 4.11 - Unsafe


5) 6.13 - Crimson


B) I love Disc 1 of S5, the Clana arc I DO like. Clark is heroic, both with and without his powers, Lana is fun, Lex is deliciously secretive, Chloe is awesome, and Lois is spunky and strong. The emotions run the gamut, from happy to heartbreaking, and we see big stunts, passionate love scenes, suspenseful action, and plenty of eye candy. It's a great start to a great season.

1) 5.01 - Arrival


2) 5.02 - Mortal


3) 5.03 - Hidden


4) 5.04 - Aqua


C) Episodes where Clark discovers a new power have always been favorites of mine. It's exciting to see a new ability manifest itself, and to find out how Clark will react and adjust to the chaos that usually follows.

1) 1.01 - Pilot


2) 1.04 - X-Ray


3) 2.02 - Heat


4) 3.10 - Whisper


5) 4.01 - Crusade


6) 6.02 - Sneeze


Now it's your turn. Give us your playlists, anything from two episodes to, oh, let's say eight. Share your favorite escapes into Smallville, the show that sometimes captivates, sometimes infuriates, but always manages to keep us coming back for more.

Screen caps courtesy of acampbell, with my thanks!

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hils From: hils Date: August 24th, 2009 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)
OOH! Funsies! I know I give SV a hard time a lot these days but there is still a fondness there

1) ...your favorite episodes from any one season.
Season 2 is pretty much my favourite I think. Episodes I love:
Heat
Red
Lineage
Prodigal
Fever


2) ...the episodes that best showcase your favorite actor or character.
Well, that's Lex obviously. And that's really hard
Jitters
Zero
Exile
Shattered
Asylum
Bound
Onyx
Lexmas
Fracture

5) ...the episodes you just love the best, for whatever reason, from the entire series.
Shimmer
Red
Shattered
Asylum
Spell
Justice
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 24th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your lists! Thanks so much for playing! I can never pick just one favorite season, I like each one for something different. Like I desperately miss the Clex in S8, but I love the new Clois dynamic. There's always something that draws me in.

I do love S2, and especially the episodes you list. I like Red so much! And Heat. And Prodigal! LOL! I would add Insurgence and Rosetta to the list, and maybe Calling.

It's hard for me to pick favorite Lex episodes, because of course Michael is phenomenal is pretty much all of them. :) Plus I never know, do I pick the ones where his acting is incredible, but they're torture to watch because they break my heart? Or do I pick the fun ones, the ones I watch again and again? I think my all-time favorite for repeat viewing is Onyx. It's such a wonderful celebration of Lex's complexity, and Michael is a joy to watch in it.

Of course Shimmer is on your list of the best episodes ever. It's so perfect, isn't it? And nothing will ever quite match the shock and pleasure of Clark's first experience with Red!K! I think that one has to be a favorite for all the fanfic it inspired alone! :D I'm glad to see you like Spell. I do, too, and I get A LOT of grief for it. LOL!
hils From: hils Date: August 24th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rosetta! I had forgotten about that one! I love it! It made me cry.

I think Shimmer is my favourite S1 episode and Spell is just fun. I love it a lot
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: August 24th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, fun post! I'm going to go ahead and give you my opinions, even though I own none of the DVDs (YET!):

I mostly avoid Red!K episodes, heh. As hot as Tom is in those episodes, I just can't get past him acting like a jerk to everyone around him. I'm a fan of nice, sweet Clark. ♥

I like the funny episodes, so I watch those quite often. Perry, Devoted, Spell (although it's not intentionally funny), Sneeze (I ff through the Lexana parts :P), Heat, Transference (there's a LOT of funny in this episode) all fall into the list. I'm sure there are more, but I can't think of them right now.

Back when I used to be the biggest Chloe fan on earth, I used to watch a lot of episodes that featured her heavily. Now I prefer episodes that have an even mix of all characters. I have rewatched only a select few S8 episodes, though, even though I love majority of the season. I guess too little time, combined with it becoming way too painful to stream the episodes every time I feel like watching something have held me back. Once I get the DVDs, though ... \o/
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 24th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like the Red!K episodes for Tom's performance in them. He has always been adamant in interviews that Clark isn't "bad" on Red!K, but rather just acts as if his actions have no consequences, and that distinction fascinates me. Tom has obviously thought about it, and crafted his portrayal with that in mind, and I like to watch for Clark's true nature to break through. I really think Clark is scary on Red!K, and I always wonder where, if anywhere, he would draw the line.

But I'm a fan of nice, sweet Clark, too. :)

I love all the funny episodes, too. I agree with all the ones you list. And Spell has plenty of intentionally funny moments. Clark dancing, for instance. *giggles* But it's best of all when you listen to the commentary, with KK, AM, and ED. They are hilarious! And of course I would add a few S8 episodes, like Committed, Identity, and Hex.

Having the DVDs at your fingertips is a real treat. I keep all of mine in a CD organizer, with a handy pocket in the front that holds all the episode guides. That way I have every episode in one place, ready to access. :) I've even been known to throw it in my suitcase when I go on vacation!
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: August 24th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh this is gonna take me a while to think about. BTW I love me some Red!K Clark. Good times.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 24th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Take your time! I'll just be over here, staring at your icon! *thud*
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 24th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
2) I always like Clark best in the episodes that Tom directs. He's warmer, funnier, and just more comfortable in his own skin. And Fragile was such a special episode. The chemistry between Clark and Maddie was off the charts.

Labyrinth blew me away, of course. And not only was it probably the best acting Tom has ever given us on the show, he looked unbelievably beautiful.

3) I love that scene between Clark and Martha. Perfectly written, acted, and filmed.

I like how those scenes in Siren and Arctic are two sides of the same coin. And for each of them, it's their own heartache that makes them uniquely qualified to comfort the other.

5) Agreed, on all of them!

6) Bloodline was amazing. It really showed how far this show had come in S8. Right before it got derailed by the Lana arc, that is. :/

Why don't they use J'onn more? Such a great character, and you couldn't ask for a better actor to play him! Every moment he's onscreen is a delight.

7) The thing I liked about Dawn was the way everyone had a turn playing her. It must have been fun for the actors to do that, to give her their own twist, and yet still stay true to the inner shrew. :D

Erica was awesome as Faora. She was positively chilling in her scene with Tess, and uber creepy with Davis.

8) Spirit is hilarious. My favorite part will always be the scene between Clark and Dawn-as-Martha. :) Although Clark's "The crown's mine, bitch," is a close second. Committed makes me laugh every time I watch it. And Hex is another funny one. I adore Bryan Q. Miller. I even bought Batgirl #1!

9) Maddie was so good! I have to believe Tom's direction had a lot to do with that. And Michael Eklund! He stole every scene he was in!

Thanks so much for sharing all these great choices. I agree with you on everything. No wonder we're friends! :)
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: August 24th, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was a new thread at Kryptonsite that had an idea. Pick the episode that best encapsulates the entire season. So this is what I came up with.

S1 - Pilot, since this season was about establishing the characters and Pilot did that best

S2 - Rosetta, because this season was about establishing the Smallville version of the mythology. (Could also go with Skinwalker)

S3 - tough to choose but I'll say Shattered

S4 - I'd say Crusade since when I think of S4 I think of Lois, stones, witches and Clark flying - all of which started here

S5 - Reckoning kind of makes sense except Brainiac is such a major part of S5 to me so I have to pick an episode with him in it. So I think I'll go with Splinter, because we've got Brainiac scheming and Clark's paranoia about Lexana that seems absolutely prophetic by season end

S6 - Phantom cause there aren't many episodes that blend the three main threads of the season - Clexana, Phantoms and Lex's experiments (and two of the others are the horrific Wither and Static)

S7 - Traveler because it unites the major threads of Kara, Veritas, Lionel's ambiguous hero-villain status and Lex's descent

S8 - my problem with voting for Bride is what I like so much about it: it doesn't have very much Davis/Doomsday. And neither it nor Bloodline talk about the other major arc of the season - the rise of the RBB - so I can't dhoose either. So instead I'll choose Turbulence, an under-rated episode IMO.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 24th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a totally cool concept! I like the way you share your reasoning in arriving at the episodes you chose. It's true that a lot of episodes will touch on this arc or that arc, but not encompass all the important themes of the season. And your final list is a group of episodes that are all exceptional.

I think Turbulence is under-rated as well. The acting was really strong, and it was such an important turning point for so many characters! And in hindsight, it really set up how things would play out in the end.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: August 24th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was doing a random rewatching, after taking a break from that. But last week got busy, and then I was feeling very annoyed with SV's fans/fandom and spoilers, and now I'm not quite into it anymore. *sigh* I wish fans didn't have an effect on my love for the show, but alas...

Anyway, for you, I shall play :D

1) ...your favorite episodes from any one season.

From S3, it would be: Exile, Phoenix, Extinction, Slumber, Perry

From S5, it would be: Arrival, Mortal, Hidden, then a skip to Splinter, Solitude

2) ...the episodes that best showcase your favorite actor or character.

The Pilot, Leech, Heat, Perry, Whisper, Truth, Scare, Commencement, Fragile

3) ...the episodes that perfectly capture a relationship you love, romantic or otherwise.

For Clex: Rogue, Hug, Hourglass, Heat, Calling, Phoenix, Shattered, Transference, Nemesis, Cure, Arctic

For the Kent family: Pilot, X-Ray, Jitters, Lineage, Insurgence, Rosetta, Talisman, Covenant, Crusade, Commencement, Hidden, Solitude, Reckoning, Vengeance, Void

5) ...the episodes you just love the best, for whatever reason, from the entire series.

Exile, Transference, Nemesis, Vengeance, Identity, Instinct, Perry, Devoted, Spirit, Mortal, Hidden, Splinter, Lineage, Red, Unsafe, Leech (anything from S1, actually)

6) ...the episodes with your favorite guest characters from the DC Universe.

Bart (Run), Victor (Cyborg), Perry White (Perry), Hex (Zatanna), Instinct (Maxima), Vengeance (Acrata), Morgan Edge (Exile/Phoenix), Martian Manhunter (Labyrinth), Kara (Traveler)

7) ...the episodes with the best villains, or the best FotWs.

Exile/Phoenix (Morgan Edge), Splinter (Brainiac), Extinction (Van McNulty), Obsessed (Alicia), Shattered (different Morgan Edge), Accelerate (Emily Dinsmore)

8) ...the episodes that always make you laugh, or the ones that always make you cry.

Laugh: Spirit, Spell, Hydro, Hex
Cry: Nicodemus, Memoria, Vengeance

9) ...the episodes with wonderful guest stars, in big or small roles.

Cure (Dean Cain), Rosetta/Legacy (Chris Reeve), Obsessed/Unsafe/Pariah (Sarah Carter), Hex (Serinda Swan), Run/Justice/Doomsday (Kyle Gallner), Cyborg/Justice (Lee Thompson Young), anything with Phil Morris

10) ...a group of your favorite episodes with any other theme of your choice! Like, for example, Metropolis, Clark's powers, football, the FoS, Shirtless!Clark, season premieres, season finales, AUs, kryptonite, Wet!Clark, kids, aliens, weddings, funerals, or Pretty!Tom. :)


This one is too hard for my SV disgruntled mood. I tried though :)
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: August 24th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wanna recommend episodes involving significant Clark and Lionel interaction just to give you an excuse to watch Transference. I'll see if I can come up with another theme.
From: beeg03 Date: August 24th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi - I've been a fan of your journal for a while now. Hope you don't mind me adding something. I've watched a marathon of all the episodes with commentary.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: August 24th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you had asked those questions a few years ago, before I was active in online fandom, I'd have been enthusiastic about it and would have had a hard time choosing episodes. Now I barely enjoy just parts of the same episodes I used to love. Instead of enhancing my love for the show, fandom has tainted and damaged it, forever? and I'm furious with myself for allowing that to happen. *Sigh*

This is a lovely post. I wish I were in the mood for it. *More sighs* But I'm glad you and others are playing! (I’d hate to bring your squee down!)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: August 25th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You've picked so many cool themes (and of course, unbelievably beautiful pics!) Love the wide-eyed panicked Clark in the last one!

1) ...your favorite episodes from any one season.
I pick S3! "Exile", "Phoenix" "Perry", "Shattered", "Asylum", "Truth."

2) ...the episodes that best showcase your favorite actor or character.
My favourite character is the two headed wonder....Clex. So favourites: "Hug", "Drone", "Tempest" "Heat", "Prodigal", "Transference", "Nemesis", "Fracture", "Arctic" (to name but a very few)

3) ...the episodes that perfectly capture a relationship you love, romantic or otherwise.
See above!

4) ...a single disc you especially like from any one set of DVDs.
Ist disc of S3, 3rd disc of S1

In conclusion: Clark wants to NOM on Lex's neck:
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From: kissme_myfool Date: August 25th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to play :D

1) ...your favorite episodes from any one season.

S1: Obscura, Crush and Tempest
s5: Arrival through Lexmas

2) ...the episodes that best showcase your favorite actor or character.

Chloe/AM:
Pilot, Hothead, Obscura, Crush, Tempest, Fever, Rush, Delete, Truth, Covenant, Devoted, Transference, Jinx, Spell, Spirit, Blank, Commencement, Arrival, Mortal, Hidden, Thirst!, Splinter, Lexmas, Vessel, Labyrinth, Freak, Progeny, Cure, Traveler, Prey, Abyss, Bride, Legion, Eternal, Beast.

Episodes in which I enjoyed Chloe being kick ass or AM's amazing acting skillz ;)

3) ...the episodes that perfectly capture a relationship you love, romantic or otherwise.

Crush, Obscura, Tempedst, arrival, blank, abyss, legion, commencement, VESSEL!

Romance and mutual admiration/trust/loyalty.

4) ...a single disc you especially like from any one set of DVDs.
S5..disc 1 :D

5) ...the episodes you just love the best, for whatever reason, from the entire series.

Pilot, Delete, Truth, Thirst :)

6) ...the episodes with your favorite guest characters from the DC Universe.
not impressed yet :/ Maybe Run with cute little Flashy :D

7) ...the episodes with the best villains, or the best FotWs.
Zex episodes, I guess.

8) ...the episodes that always make you laugh, or the ones that always make you cry.

Laugh: Spell and Devoted :D
Cry: Reckoning, Vengeance, Progeny

9) ...the episodes with wonderful guest stars, in big or small roles.
Progeny! Wonder Woman, doesn't get better than that in my book :)

10) ...a group of your favorite episodes with any other theme of your choice! Like, for example, Metropolis, Clark's powers, football, the FoS, Shirtless!Clark, season premieres, season finales, AUs, kryptonite, Wet!Clark, kids, aliens, weddings, funerals, or Pretty!Tom.

Anything heavy on Chloe being kick ass and that is listed above in Question #2
acampbell From: acampbell Date: August 25th, 2009 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Tough call, but I'll try!:)

I like the eps that comprise the Victoria from S1 ("Rogue"-"Leech"). I particularly enjoy the dilemma Clark faced in "Rogue" with the dirty cop not only learning his secret and blackmailing him, but Clark learning to control his anger (too bad it didn't stick!) and I love Lex showing that hint of evil when he bends over the dying Phelan to coax, "Just tell me what you had on him!" (Clark). I loved Victoria as a character, too, even if she was poorly acted and her scenes were all hacked up.

Also, later S2 is generally sort of a downer stretch, but I love

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"Calling" and

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"Exodus". As a writer, I never felt closer to Clark than at this time--I could really relate and feel for him with all he was going through.
silverscreengal From: silverscreengal Date: August 26th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Gahh!! I love my Smallville!! And you make it so much fun!!

hmmm...let me see...

I had 2 inspirations when I was reading all the wonderful posts. One, was eps with special effects since Tom seems to love to do the physical work in the show. Pilot, Tempest/Vortex, Perry, Crusade, Hidden, Season 9 promos ;).

Secondly, my favorite way to see Clark is when he is a hero even when he doesn't have the superpowers or needs to be but just IS. Mortal, Leech and Asylum.

Whenever I think I have written off a season or group of eps, I watch them again and see something I love in them. Just recently it was season 6.

I listen to them a lot without watching. I will be painting or doing another chore and just hear the words. Sometimes I like them less and sometimes more.

Has anyone suggested season finales/premieres??


This is totally shallow, but I enjoy the romantics themes best, because I love to see Tom making out. There. I said it. :)

When are you going to have this marathon and can I get in on the fun????

angryzen From: angryzen Date: August 29th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC) (Link)
1) ...your favorite episodes from any one season.

*Season 6: Wither, Arrow, Rage, Hydro, Justice, and Crimson.

2) ...the episodes that best showcase your favorite actor or character.

*That would be Lois/Erica D: Facade, Devoted, Insinct, Stiletto, Bloodline, Exposed, and Committed.

3) ...the episodes that perfectly capture a relationship you love, romantic or otherwise.

*Clois. Hmm. Gone, Krypto, Hydro, Instinct, Committed, Hex, and Stiletto.

5) ...the episodes you just love the best, for whatever reason, from the entire series.

*Skinwalker, Suspect, Spell, Wither, and Instinct.

6) ...the episodes with your favorite guest characters from the DC Universe.

*Run, Cyborg, and Hex.

7) ...the episodes with the best villains, or the best FotWs.

*Zod, Bloodline, Spirit, Solitude, and Vessel.

8) ...the episodes that always make you laugh, or the ones that always make you cry.

*Laugh: Krypto, Tansference, and Hex.

9) ...the episodes with wonderful guest stars, in big or small roles.

*Run, Justice, Cyborg, and Hex.

Favorite Episodes with Locations Outside of Smallville: Sacred, Bloodline, and Exposed.

Favorite Season Finale: Commencement, followed by Vessel. I just love the finales where the evil is coming and time is running out.

Favorite Season Premier: Crusade, followed by Arrival.
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