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Tom Top Ten: Broken
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jeannev From: jeannev Date: September 10th, 2008 03:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I so adore this idea. Its such a focused way to do a picspam (and EEEE for me, I'm up to 19 clex merge's, and I think I'll have it ready to go in a few more days).

I can't even say how much his performance in Vengeance breaks my heart. Not just the final scene...though especially the final scene...but the whole episode. He plays Clark like he's an open wound. I love the way he bats away Lana's hand. I love the way his voice cracks when he tells his mother "you should wear it", and I love the way he wistfully smiles when he tells Chloe what stopped him from going too far. But that end scene? Kills me dead. Its one of the handful of eps I've watched with my mother, and it aired less then a year after my Dad died. She and I were both wrecked, and I remember her quietly saying "that was very sad". Just that. Nothing more.

OK, now I'm verklempt.

Looking forward to your impressions on the commentaries.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 10th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're enjoying these! It's been a great way for me to look at the episodes. Just as your screentime minutes have given me a whole new perspective on the show, looking at the episodes one emotion at a time has made me realize a few things as well.

Such as, in S7 Clark had more sad moments than ever before, but more heroic moments as well. The sad moments were made more poignant by Tom's performance, and the heroic moments were made more thrilling the same way. In many ways, I think S7 was Tom's best season ever.

Also, S4 was relatively carefree for Clark. Of course he lost Alicia, and that was a crushing blow, but beyond that, most of his sad moments were wistful, like when he gave up football, rather than devastating. No wonder I rewatch episodes from that season so much! :) I never had the problems with S4 that most people did, but I love it even more now.

I agree that Vengeance was an altogether outstanding episode, and that's mostly because of Tom (AOT was also great). I feel like he reached so far inside of himself to craft that performance, and put the very depths of his soul on display, just to entertain us. *loves him* I think your description that he plays Clark like an open wound is perfect. How do actors do it? The boys on Supernatural do it practically every week. It astounds me, and I appreciate it so much.

After my father died I watched Vengeance several times, and I actually found it comforting, in spite of all the tears I cried. It's a beautiful episode.

I've decided I do need to make a post about the commentaries! I need to squee over the one, and maybe vent just a little over the other. I think maybe I'll just do a DVD review from the perspective of a Tom/Clark fan, so our friends on the fence can decide if they want to own this one. :)
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