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Tom Top Ten: Broken

Are you ready for another edition of my Tom Top Ten? This is the second in a series of mini (just 10 pics each) picspams in celebration of Tom Welling, highlighting the wonderful performances he gives us, episode after episode. I call this one Broken. I hope you like it!

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chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: September 10th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aww I just want to hold him *yeah well and fondle him too* but thanks for a great picspam
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 10th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Yes, I'm sure I wouldn't be able to stop at just comforting him either. ;) And you're very welcome! I'm glad you liked it.
mynxxdesigns From: mynxxdesigns Date: September 11th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG!! I feel like crying! You really captured all of his best sad moments! Good work!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 13th, 2008 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Clark has had a lot of sadness in his life, and Tom always breaks my heart with his touching performances.
ivorykiss From: ivorykiss Date: September 12th, 2008 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you have broken me!

That breakdown in his mother's arms in Vengeance! I'll admit it, I cried like a baby at Jonathon's bye-bye. His utter despair while huddled in that corner in Labyrinth slays me every single time I see that! *weeps* And the way the world just spins around him in Bizarro! He is simply lost without his anchor there!

He has such a beautifully expressive face and it boggles the mind when some say he's not a good actor. *sigh*

Thanks so much for the lovely and sad pretties!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 13th, 2008 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Awww, I'm so glad my little picspam spoke to you! *hugs*

My whole point with these is to celebrate Tom's wonderful acting. I, too, am bewildered by those who don't seem to see just how talented he is. Here's a cap that I almost included, from Reckoning:

Poor Clark. *cries*
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: September 12th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
And some say this man can't emote? Pffsst.

::hugs Clark::
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 13th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! He has so much to offer, and I so hope he gets the opportunity to show that to a wider audience someday.
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: September 13th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
This is a great spam! You picked some of the best moments. I want to say that shot from Shimmer was used in another episode as well. I don't remember which one though. I'll have to go back through a few episodes and see if I can't find it. Oh darn - I have to watch old episodes! :) I also love the scenes you chose from Pariah and Vengeance. I bawl during both of those.

I would also add the scene in Pariah where Clark and Martha are discussing his recent elopement with Alicia. He does a great job mingling his sadness at disappointing his parents with his undeniable pull toward to Alicia. And then when Alicia visits Clark in the barn to apologize, it’s heartbreaking. She is the one in tears but he's so torn too.

Unsafe - Clark talks to Martha

Unsafe - Clark hugs Alicia

Also, the scenes in Reckoning are tear-jerkers. For me, it's when Clark puts on Martha’s necklace for her before the funeral and then again at the funeral when he seems to look at everyone with clarity he hasn’t had before.

Reckoning - Clark with Martha

Reckoning - Clark at Funeral
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 13th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Those are beautiful caps, thanks so much for sharing them! It was very difficult to limit myself to ten pics on this subject. Clark has faced a lot of sadness in his life, and I could have done twice as many pics in a heartbeat. I hope S8 brings Clark more lighthearted moments.

ETA: I forgot to say, you're absolutely right that they used that shot from Shimmer in another episode. It was in the Pilot, in another scene where Clark watches Lana and Whitney through his telescope. It's funny, it's not nearly as sad the first time, partly because of the context, and partly because of the music they play over that scene in Shimmer.

Edited at 2008-09-13 02:31 pm (UTC)
kelvintage From: kelvintage Date: September 13th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Stop making me cry!

You are brilliant...utterly brilliant! See, I was thinking of doing a post named Tom Welling: Superman or Not? I know that sounds harsh but I was going to talk about how he doesn't care about the business, etc. But honestly, it doesn't really matter. He gave us seven, going on eight, years of his life. I honestly think there are over a hundred moments where he's touched me with his performance. Sometimes, I forget that because he's so quiet. I call him The Beautiful Enigma; he's so talented and has grown SO much. I think I need to write an article where I just state my feelings on why he's one of my favourite actors.

Arctic made me cry again just yesterday and looking at your picspam brought a tear to my eye. Poor Clark. I love the end scene of Pariah with Clark at the grave, that's one of my favourite scenes. I would say the end of 4.11 Unsafe is sort of sad as well (Ophelia77 beat me to it...darn her), when Clark cries trying to explain to his mother how he feels about Alicia. That was one of the first moments where I said to my sister "Wow, where did that come from?" I think season 4 rocks actually. The scene where Clark sees Lana hugging Lex at the airport in 3.22 is sad as well, along with Clark at Whitney's father's funeral in 1.19 Crush. Clark isn't broken in that scene but it's so sad overall, one of my favourites. Tom is amazing, he completely owns me. You're absolutely right. Acting is a noble profession at its highest and his performance is a gift to us all. I LOVED your Dangerous top ten as well, you have such passion and good ideas...I wish I was a better fan like you. I just had to comment for the Tom Top Ten: Broken though, it's too good! I'm looking forward to the next ones!

- Kelvin
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 13th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Stop making me cry!

Wow. Thank you for your wonderful comments! *blushes* I'm glad you're enjoying this little series. Putting it together has made me fall in love with Tom all over again. I guess he focuses on the work, giving us the best performance he can, and prefers to keep his private life exactly that, private. I get frustrated with it, too, sometimes, simply because I want more Tom, but as you say, he's given us so much!

All the scenes you mention would have been perfect for this picspam. I have probably watched the funeral scene from Crush 20 times. It's so beautiful, and so sad, and the song is so haunting. I love that scene beyond all reason!

I had completely forgotten about Clark at the airport in Covenant! OMG, that slow motion shot of the single white rose hitting the ground just destroyed me! And I loved how you just barely had a glimpse of him from Lana's POV, and then he was gone. *sighs*

I'm a big fan of S4, too! There's so much to love! And relatively few sad moments for Clark. Plus it has some of my all-time favorite episodes: Crusade, Transference, Onyx, Spirit, Blank, and Commencement. But then I like every season. :)

I'm working on the next one now, and i hope to post it by tomorrow night. I hope you like it!
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: September 15th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dammit. I knew I should've looked at this one BEFORE I jumped all over the happy!Clark post! Now I'm all sad. :(

I think Tom's a terrific actor all round, but he just captures sadness so well. That scene from "Vengeance" will never NOT make me want to cry along. And even when he's not crying, he manages to convey Clark's pain so beautifully. It's all there in his face for the world to see.

That first shot from "Shimmer" is beautiful - kudos to whoever the director was for that episode. I've seen that particular scene used many times for vids, and it always manages to convey the sadness and loneliness so well. And I always thought they never gave Clark a chance to truly feel Chloe's loss at the end of "Crusade", so that scene from "Bizarro" is definitely very special. I never much liked Alicia, but Tom definitely managed to make me feel terrible for Clark during that entire phase, so that must really say something about him as an actor.

This goes without saying, but what a wonderful picspam! I can't wait for the next one! (And please let it stay happy! :P)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 16th, 2008 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I think Tom has a special gift for communicating emotion without dialogue. It's an ability that enables him to rise above a less than stellar script time and time again. And he is especially effective at portraying sadness. He breaks my heart on a regular basis. Poor Clark.

That scene from Shimmer always kills me. As ophelia_77 pointed out above, it was originally used in the Pilot, but the circumstances of the episode made it much more emotional for me in Shimmer.

I'm glad you liked this one. But I'm afraid the next one isn't exactly happy...
acampbell From: acampbell Date: September 16th, 2008 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Clark & Ryan

I didn't like this kid in "Stray" because he was so pissy to & about Lex, but he redeemed himself in S2!!








I feel so badly for Clark, losing his honorary little brother.:(
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 16th, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Clark & Ryan

Stray just killed me, and Tom's performance in it was very touching. I think that episode was a new challenge for him at the time, and he completely rose to the occasion.

Your caps are, as always, beautiful, and you've chosen just the right ones to illustrate this theme. Thank you for posting them!
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: September 16th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I confess that these days I tend to avoid re-watching scenes where Clark suffers. I like physical TC (because Tom does it so beautifully and Clark recovers quite quickly) but I don't enjoy emotional TC anymore. Reckoning marked a turning point for me: my SV love suffered a severe blow. And then I'm one of those people who hate Promise. It's so unfair for Clark to be put through the wringer over and over or to be put in so many no-win situations! I'm tired of Clark having to feel guilt and regret. I love my happy, confident Clark more and more!

That said, I LOVE Tom's work and the awesome job he does with those sad scenes! Your selection is great and scenes like the Vengeance and the Layrinth ones touch me deeply.

Another amazing picspam! From a Tom fan, thank you for putting these pics together and for the wonderful comments!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 16th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have high hopes that we'll see a happy, funny, confident, heroic Clark in S8. And as you say, it's about time.

I'm so happy you liked my choices for this picspam. Thank you for your lovely comment! If you like physical TC, you should check out my latest Tom Top Ten! ;)
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