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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 26th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Emotional episode (cont.)


Tom Welling blew me away in this episode. He had me close to tears several times. I was watching the episode with my husband and he was completely riveted. When it was over he looked over at me and said, "That was a really really good episode. I actually felt like I was getting a little emotional." The last time I saw my husband get emotional about something on television was when we watched "Marley and Me."

I thought that Tom and Erica were intensely sympathetic. I felt like I could understand both sides. I knew where he was coming from and I felt pain for him but I understood where she was coming from.

I loved that they FINALLY allowed Clark to articulate what many viewers have known for a long time: That he feels SELFISH taking something for himself. And my God, what a brilliant callback to the Superman mythos. One of the most powerful moments in Superman II is the moment where Clark challenges his birth parents (his father in the Richard Donner cut) about feeling "selfish" about loving Lois. Then you think about the way Lois has stated before that she knows it's "selfish" but she doesn't want to share someone with the world. Yet, here she feels the same call to duty and service that Clark does. She doesn't want to be selfish but she can't deny her passion for him any more than he can deny it for her. I found it very emotional and moving.

Thanks for your comments and thank you for welcoming me into your chats.

Kindest Regards,
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 27th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Emotional episode (cont.)

That's so funny that you mention Marley and Me. I have a friend who works at a movie theater, and he told me that was the only movie he's ever seen where more men came out crying at the end than women. :) There's just something about dog stories and guys, I guess.

Tom was incredible. I really do think this was one of his best performances ever, and I was taken by surprise at how deeply it touched me. He may have a crazy busy life, with projects and responsibilities pulling him in all different directions, but his commitment to his role as Clark Kent has not lessened in any way. What a guy!

I was so tied up in knots watching this episode! I could totally see both sides. Lois was all wrong about Clark's motivations, but her conclusions were completely understandable. It was an impossible situation!

I, too, loved that moment where Clark gave voice to his feelings, and that it was in response to recognizing those same feelings in Lois. I think the show is going to break these two up (they have nowhere else to go with them), but moments like that make me okay with it, because I know they will find their way back to one another, and they will only be stronger for the challenges they face now. I'm excited for S10!
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