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Smallville 9x19 - Charade
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 29th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Triangle for Two - Part I

Thank you for explaining the Tof2 so clearly! I liked Superman from the time I was little, but I didn't love him until LnC. The concept of Clark being the "real" man captivated me, and drew me into the story like never before. So maybe you're right, and the perspective I embraced from that show is influencing how I view this one.

You talk about Clark having two sides, and I get that. But I don't see them as separate identities that will persist. I've always seen Clark's journey as his struggle to balance his two sides, to find a way to bring them together, and no longer feel torn between them. I don't see either Clark Kent or Superman as being fake, I just see them as the same person, presenting himself to the world in two different ways. Neither one is the complete picture, but both are real. The person who Clark truly will be, the man and the myth in one, is probably someone only Lois and Martha will know. I don't consider that an oversimplified way of viewing things, but perhaps you do. You've given me a lot to think about.

Geoff Johns said in an interview with IGN that to become Superman, Clark has to choose to step out of the shadows and into the public eye, to become the superhero who inspires others, and leads by example. But he also said that in so doing, Clark would have to make sacrifices, and that one of the most dear would be his personal connections to people. I think we're already seeing that with Chloe. Some people complain that Clark only goes to see her when he needs something these days, but the reality is that his priorities are shifting, and, as he told Lois in Charade, he feels guilty allowing himself the indulgences he sees as selfish, like hanging with Chloe as friends. The one person he can't seem to deny himself, however, is Lois.

I am quite curious to see where the show goes from here. Who will Clark be when the curtain falls on Smallville? To what extent will the writers align themselves with comics canon, and what story developments will emerge as unique to the show? I just hope TPTB have a clear vision for what lies ahead, and that the final season does right by our hero.
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