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Tom Top Ten: Kiss

I'm back with another edition of my Tom Top Ten! This is the fifth 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 Kiss.

1) 1.15 - Nicodemus. Clark receives his first kiss from Lana while she is under the influence of the Nicodemus flower. He realizes Lana is not herself, but allows himself one brief moment of unadulterated passion before he pulls away. Tom perfectly portrays the shy excitement of an inexperienced teenager who is suddenly in over his head.

2) 2.04 - Red. Under the influence of Red!K, Clark finds the courage to ask Lana out, sealing the deal with a kiss. Tom shows us a confident, sexually aggressive Clark who gives Lana the hottest kiss we've ever seen! *thud* We will never forget it.

3) 2.22 - Calling. Lana visits Clark in his loft at midnight with a cake to celebrate his birthday. Clark shyly tells her she is all he's ever wished for, and gives her a sweet, romantic kiss. Tom beautifully captures that special moment in a young man's life when he first takes a chance and declares his love for another.

4) 3.07 - Magnetic. As Chloe and Clark rifle through patient files at the Smallville Medical Center, a doctor suddenly enters the file room. To cover up what they're really doing, Chloe grabs Clark, throws him up against the files, and plants one on him. Tom hilariously portrays Clark's shock and surprise, not only at Chloe's sudden move, but also, evidently, at the heady power of her kiss.

5) 3.14 - Obsession. This one is actually an almost kiss, as Clark chickens out at the last second while saying goodnight to Alicia. I love how Tom portrays Clark's delight at being with someone who knows his secret and still likes him, but also his shyness and relative inexperience with dating. It's an awkward moment, but also adorable, that makes us fall in love with Clark all over again.

6) 5.03 - Hidden. Jor-El has taken away Clark's powers, which doesn't seem like such a bad thing. He can finally live the normal life for which he has always longed, including having an intimate relationship with Lana. Tom shows us a happy, carefree Clark who gives Lana a playful kiss as they prepare to sneak out of the house before Clark's parents discover Lana in his bed.

7) 5.20 - Fade. At a fancy party in Metropolis, Clark is approached by a beautiful woman who proceeds to kiss him. Taken aback, Clark is nonetheless delighted, until he realizes his host has paid her to keep him company. Tom reminds us that Clark is still young and naive, perfectly portraying his confusion and dismay as he extricates himself from an awkward situation.

8) 5.22 - Vessel. The world in chaos around them, Clark and Chloe say goodbye as Clark goes off to save the world. Suddenly Chloe grabs Clark and kisses him, afraid she will never see him again. Clark returns the kiss, holding Chloe in a fierce embrace. Tom shows us that even our Superman needs the warmth of human affection to give him the strength to go on.

9) 6.10 - Hydro. To help Oliver out, Clark dons his Green Arrow costume to mislead Lois. When Lois grabs him and kisses him, thinking he is Ollie, Clark is completely taken by surprise. Tom's truly notable performance, however, is after the kiss, when he rips off the Green Arrow hood, and we see the unmistakable shock and wonder on his face. That was no ordinary kiss!

10) 6.13 - Crimson. Under the influence of Red!K once more, Clark is aggressive and unguarded with Lois, who is also infected. Tom shows us just how sexy and masculine Clark can be. Rowr!

Screen caps courtesy of acampbell, oxoniensis, and Screencap Paradise, with my thanks!

And there you have my choices for Tom's Top Ten performances where his acting made a simple kiss meaningful and memorable. Do you have a different Kiss favorite? If so, tell us about it in the comments. And look for another Tom Top Ten picspam soon!

Did you miss the previous Tom Top Tens? Click to see Dangerous, Broken, Happy, and Pain.

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hils From: hils Date: October 7th, 2008 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
You missed the kiss of life he gives Lex in Pilot ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 7th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why am I not surprised you would mention that? ;)
itsaslashything From: itsaslashything Date: October 7th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the kiss with Alicia when she pops into his bedroom and he wants so badly to touch her and sink into the kiss but knows he could get into real trouble if he gets caught.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 7th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is an extremely hot kiss. And right when he finally goes for it, Jonathan walks in! I was so disappointed! :)
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serenography From: serenography Date: October 7th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I adored Relic! And yes, Tom was absolutely gorgeous in his retro look.

Wonderful picspam, tariel. Just goes to show that no matter who he's with, Tom literally makes the screen sizzle.

voldything From: voldything Date: October 7th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 7th, 2008 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I'm glad you liked it! You can't go wrong with Clark kisses. :)
drusplace From: drusplace Date: October 7th, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful! I especially liked the Lois and the Alicia!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 7th, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked it! I liked all the Clalicia kisses, but I thought Tom's acting was so perfect for that shy, first date one that didn't quite happen. He was so cute.
redteekal From: redteekal Date: October 7th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
A superb choice of examples/screenshots tariel however having seen the trailer for Instinct I think there may be more to add soon (at least I hope so!!) Some of my favs included the kiss in the club when Lana tracks him down in Exile (see icon), and also in the loft in Mortal, the Relic make out sessions (GUH!)and the Vegas Wedding suite with Alicia. In fact pretty much netlynn's entire Clark video 'Lick' LOL! I will NEVER get tired of watching that man using his physical attributes.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 7th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, it was seeing that trailer that inspired this. I kept thinking, Tom doesn't seem to be as committed to that kiss in the elevator as he was to some of the kisses that are my favorites. The next thing you know I was collecting screen caps! :)

All the kisses you mention are favorites of mine as well. When it came time to narrow my choices down, I tried to pick the ones where Tom's acting really seemed to shine. Staying to just 10 was really difficult for this one!
mahaliem From: mahaliem Date: October 7th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely choices!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 7th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I had fun picking them out.
epeters From: epeters Date: October 7th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome topic for a picspam. Thanks.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome! I'm glad you liked it.
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: October 7th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great idea for a picspam. :-) All great choices. Particularly that Clana kiss from 'Red', which, just---whoa. I also thought that "almost kiss" between Clark and Alicia was pure hotness, if for Clark' expressions alone. Same goes for the Clois 'Hydro' kiss, which, while nice and all on its own, it's really Clark' reaction that sells it hook, line and sinker.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I watched all these kisses on DVD last night, and I still feel that one from Red every time I watch it. Clark is so confident, and completely at ease, and beyond sexy. Guh.

I thought that aborted goodnight kiss in Obsession was terribly romantic, and I loved it when Alicia showed up in Clark's bedroom later. I was so disappointed she turned out to be another FotW.

What fascinates me about the Hydro kiss is the fact that Tom directed that episode, giving him even more input into Clark's reaction to the kiss than he would have had as an actor alone. His interpretation of that moment is unmistakable, I think.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: October 7th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm having a really sh*tty day, so thanks for giving me something to smile about. :-)This is great.

One of my favorite episodes is Mortal, and I love the whole loft makeout scene with Lana. If you look very closely (which I have), I think there's some tongue action going on in that scene. ;-)

Edited at 2008-10-07 03:42 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry you're having a bad day! *hugs* I'm glad all the Clark kisses helped!

I did enjoy the Mortal scene as well, of course. I decided I had to choose between Hidden and Mortal for this post, and I felt like Mortal was all about the long-suppressed heat between these two characters finally being set free, while Hidden was more emotional, and more appropriate for an entry about Tom's acting. :D
jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 7th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pretty much any Clark/Tom kiss is hot to me. Although I wasn't so much feeling the Clana kisses from late-S6 on.

Personal favs of mine are Clana/Exile, Clana/Red, Clana/Noir, Calicia/Obsession, Calicia/Unsafe, Chlark/Vessel. Didn't he share a nice kiss with Kyla too?

I love and adore the idea behind these picspams. I look forward to the next 100. ;)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, you'll notice I didn't include any recent Clana kisses. I just haven't found any of them to be particularly memorable, or notable for Tom's acting. I suspect that may reflect the actors' boredom with the relationship as much as any deficiencies in the writing. The most passionate scene between them recently, I think, was Lana's goodbye, and they weren't even in the same room for that. I'm interested to see their interaction when KK returns.

All your favorites are wonderful kisses. And yes, Clark shared a great kiss with Kyla. What I loved about it is that he stops and stares at her lips for a couple of beats, clearly communicating his intent, and then his eyes flick up to hers and he just goes for it. Rowr. He's so decisive in that moment, and the anticipation of it makes the kiss even hotter.

Of course, there is a difference between my favorite kisses and the ones that I think showcase Tom's acting. It was interesting to look at them from a different perspective than the usual one for me (the usual being the one that's all about the flailing and the squeeing).

And thank you for being so supportive of this little project of mine! I really am having fun with it. I had a crap day yesterday, and putting this together made it all better. :)

Edited at 2008-10-08 01:33 am (UTC)
superheroine From: superheroine Date: October 7th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to say my favorites are definitely the Red-K Clana kiss. (WHAAAAT? I FORGOT WHAT THE TOPIC WAS HERE.) and the adorable morning "let's not get caught" Clana kiss. SO CUTE. SO FRICKIN CUTE.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree. Regardless of how one feels about the Clana relationship, it's impossible not to respond to the hotness of the Red kiss, or the charm of the Hidden one.
trystan830 From: trystan830 Date: October 7th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh very yummy!

i should relink my Dean kissing picspam. *hee*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2008 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I love all the Tommy kisses! :)

And yes, you should! Even when he's kissing the Crossroads Demon, he's amazing.
svgurl From: svgurl Date: October 7th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love this one! All Tom kisses are just genius. And so nice for us to watch. ;)

Tom's truly notable performance, however, is after the kiss, when he rips off the Green Arrow hood, and we see the unmistakable shock and wonder on his face.

SO MUCH YES THERE! Tom really played that one well. And doesn't his eyes look so green in that scene? I was mesmerized. ;)

Thanks for this! I am loving your Top 10 Tom picspams!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed all the Tommy kisses! As much as I dread mind whammied Clark, I have to admit I'm looking forward to seeing the kiss with which we were teased in the trailer after Toxic. It's been so long since we've seen Clark in a passionate lip lock!

Thanks so much for your kind words about my Tom Top Tens! I'm already plotting the next one. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: October 7th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
*fans self*

I need a cold shower now.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 8th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I do like my Tommy kisses. Michael is also a great kisser on the show, I should do a picspam of that. It wouldn't be very long, but it would still be hot. :)
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