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The long-lost S8 Tom Welling promo pic! - I worship at the television altar — LiveJournal
The long-lost S8 Tom Welling promo pic!
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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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