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The long-lost S8 Tom Welling promo pic! - I worship at the television altar
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The long-lost S8 Tom Welling promo pic!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 6th, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *waves* I'm always happy to have more Smallville fans on my flist, as long as you don't mind my obsession with Tom. :) *adds you*

No one wears dress clothes like Tom. When the show finally clued into that at the beginning of S8 (inspired, evidently, by Tom's photo shoot in Vogue), I felt like having a party to celebrate! It cracked me up when Tom talked about how he had gotten away with wearing jeans and a tee for years. Here I was, so tired of that combo, never realizing Tom loved it because it was comfortable!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 7th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, as long as you know what you're getting into! ;) Thanks for adding me back!

I think they were always so focused on making Tom look younger than he really is that they were afraid to let him dress like a grownup. Thank goodness Clark's move to the DP and Tom's photo shoot happened close enough together to give us the magic that was (and is) Clark's new look! There is no mistaking that he is all MAN now!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 7th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree! For me the beginning of S8 marked a rebirth of Smallville, a rebirth I welcomed, and while I've had my problems with some of the developments we've seen since then (*cough*Super!Lana*cough*), I've never loved Clark more. And Tom has never seemed more at ease or confident in the role. Whatever else may drive me crazy about this show from week to week, his performance never lets me down.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 7th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
This is pure speculation on my part, but I honestly think it's because AlMiles left. I don't think they had the same appreciation for Tom's contributions to the show that the current showrunners do, and I don't think Tom had the same freedom he does now when they were running things. And Clark was definitely a different character in S7. It may be my imagination, but I swear Tom came into S8 acting like a huge weight had been lifted from his shoulders, and I'll always believe that the change in leadership was at the heart of it.

I know some people miss AlMiles, and think the show has gone downhill since they left, but I don't agree. They gave Smallville to us, and they were wonderful storytellers, but I don't think they ever did right by Clark, or Tom. I don't miss them at all.

I was stunned when Tom signed on for another two years, and I almost fell over dead when he showed up at Comic-Con. I have to think something fundamental changed to make those things happen. Whatever it was, I'm beyond thankful for it!

Ooh, don't get me started! See what happens? :D
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