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Smallville 8.07 - Identity - I worship at the television altar
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Smallville 8.07 - Identity
Wheeee! I loved this episode! If Prey was about Clark discovering the struggles he will face as Superman, Identity was about him discovering the joys. And although he spent most of the episode worried about his secret being revealed, by the end he realized that perhaps he didn't have as much to fear from that as he thought. It was another big step on the path to becoming Superman, the one where Clark first entertains the notion of trading his secret for a secret identity, and I thought our show handled it beautifully.

My favorite moment of the whole episode was when Clark stood on the street next to Jimmy, and watched all the people around him look up at Oliver, who was pretending to be Clark. He saw the excitement on their faces, and finally understood how badly they need a hero to give them hope. And in that instant, maybe for the first time since he learned the truth of his origins, I think he no longer felt like a stranger in a strange land. He could see his place in this world, and a look of absolute peace came over his face, with just the hint of a smile.



Screen cap courtesy of Home of the Nutty, with my thanks!

*sniffles* Do you know how long I've waited for my boy Clark to see even a glimmer of what I see every time I look at him? I can only hope he now realizes that his gifts are something to be celebrated, and that his presence on this Earth is the greatest gift of all.

For most of the episode Clark was a bundle of nerves, scared to death his secret was about to be exposed, and desperate to prevent it. Since the time he was a little boy, his parents had always taught him that nothing was more important than keeping his abilities hidden from the world. Secrecy is practically his religion, the way it forms the core and framework of his life, and colors every decision he makes. And he has seen firsthand the terrible price those who know his secret can pay. As Jimmy relentlessly pursued the truth behind the red and blue blur, the situation rapidly spun out of control. Clark began to panic, and his barely controlled agitation was evident in his every word and action. His attempts to kill the story led to some pretty outlandish behavior, like confronting Tess in her own office and practically berating her for deciding to run it. Oh, Clark, honey, take a deep breath!

Tom Welling was incredible again this week. He unerringly showed us exactly what Clark was feeling, even when it was completely at odds with the words coming out of his mouth. As always, he was the master of nuance. He put so many little touches into his performance! Did you see how Clark bit his lip when Jimmy was about to show him the photo for the first time? How about the way he swallowed convulsively, or set his jaw, or the way his brow would furrow, his eyebrows forming an adorable little upside-down v? My heart went out to him as he struggled to look cluelessly innocent in the face of each new revelation from Jimmy, and I loved the Clark classic: the startled, frozen gaze of a deer in the headlights. Not to mention a bitchface to rival that of the legendary Jared Padalecki! :)

I was especially impressed with how Tom portrayed the escalation of Clark's anxiety as Jimmy's investigation progressed, spilling over into desperation as he told Chloe that Jimmy had figured it all out, and culminating in his passionate plea to Oliver to set aside his wastrel ways and help him. His performance was carefully crafted, showing us the true depths of Clark's feelings, but without ever being over the top or showing even a hint of hysteria. And he honestly made me believe that Clark's first concern was for Jimmy. If Tom Welling has learned anything over the course of this show, it's how to play the hero.

After his epiphany on that dark Metropolis street, and secure in the knowledge that Jimmy has been thrown off his trail, Clark came into the DP the next morning transformed. Relaxed and at ease, his confidence was back, and with it came his focus, his sense of humor, and a healthy helping of snark. I don't think I fully realized how his worry had burdened him until I saw him without it again. Which only made me appreciate Tom's acting more.

All the series regulars were great in this episode. Let's talk about Allison Mack first, because she rocked my world! She was so vibrant this week she practically leaped off my TV screen! How wonderful was it to see the Chlark friendship in full force again? I loved how Clark went straight to Chloe for help, first when he saw Jimmy's photo, and again when Jimmy figured out the blur was Clark. And I don't think that was because of her potential influence over Jimmy; it was because she's his best friend and always has his back. Her response to him was perfect both times. I was completely swept up in her enthusiasm for Clark as a symbol of hope, but I enjoyed even more the way she shifted into sidekick mode when Clark needed her most. Her shocked "What?!" when Clark told her Jimmy knew his secret made me laugh. :) Chloe was completely loyal to Clark in this crisis. Did you notice how she moved to stand by his side when Jimmy implored her to tell him the truth? Once again, best friend trumps boyfriend.

AM's true moment of triumph, however, was the very last scene of the episode. OMG!! Chloe, what has Brainiac done to you?! I was shocked, dismayed, and thrilled, all at the same time! It was beyond awesome, especially the slo-mo exit, where Chloe walks out, cool as a cucumber, and her face looks almost as stunned as we feel. Oh, bring it on, Smallville, this is gonna be good! And Allison is going to have a field day with it. You go, girl!

Aaron Ashmore made me like Jimmy more than ever this week. We had barely a hint of the Chimmy in Identity, but plenty of Jimmy with Clark and Lois. See how well that worked, show? More, please! Poor Jimmy, he figured out the secret of the century, and he doesn't even know it. But we did see a dawning of deep admiration for Clark, and outright hero worship for his alter ego. I liked Clark and Jimmy together. I hope their friendship grows as they continue to work together, and I hope it survives the heartbreak I can't help but think lies ahead for Jimmy with Chloe.

Jimmy was smart in this episode (and awww, hurt when Clark didn't give him credit for it), and I liked how they used his investigation to pull in the earlier seasons again. My favorite scene between Jimmy and Clark was the one at the farm. I was grinning from ear to ear as the truth dawned on Jimmy, as his speech slowed and his mouth hung open. And I was bouncing in my chair as he grabbed that photo of Clark in THRJ and compared it to the blur. See, Clark? I told you not to wear that stupid thing every damn day! LOL! Jimmy's stunned speechlessness was priceless, and all of Clark's diversionary babbling did no good whatsoever. Then, when Jimmy rushed to Chloe's and found Clark already there, Clark was totally busted! How much did you love Jimmy's response to Clark's lame shortcut excuse? "You know what, Clark? Why don't you show me on a map?" hee! I've been waiting years for someone to say that!

I was glad to have Lois back, and her scenes with Clark were the usual delight. How cute was it when she asked Clark to zip her up for her date, and our already stressed hero totally gave in to petulant jealousy? Clark was adorable, and Lois ate it up with a spoon. And then proceeded to torment him, by flirting outrageously and fawning all over her fake date. *giggles* Erica Durance was too funny in that scene. Their snarky exchange at the DP, after Clark got his mojo back, was completely different in tone, but equally fun. I continue to love these two together.

I enjoyed Clark's scenes with Oliver, and the role reversal between them from what we saw in S6. Justin Hartley is a welcome addition to the show, and his character was used to great effect this week. Because of the special bond Clark and Oliver share as fellow superheroes, exploring their friendship on the show gives us a unique opportunity to hear Clark articulate how he feels about that part of his life. Besides, it's just cool to see these two gorgeous guys together, talking man to man and hero to hero. They also make me laugh a lot ("Clark, you made out with my girlfriend, man. Whadja have to complain about?"). Clark needs a friend like Oliver. By the end of the episode they were on equal footing, each off to save the world on his own terms.

Tess wasn't in this episode much, but she still managed to make the most of her time. Every moment reminded us that she is intelligent, mysterious, and ruthless to the core! *shivers* I loved how she was openly incredulous that Clark would turn down a plum assignment, and intrigued by it. I also liked how she made it clear that Clark enjoys the luxury of repeatedly bending the boss's ear only because it amuses her, at least for the moment. And the news that Wilson was off to murder Lois didn't even make her blink. I do wonder why she was crying at the mansion. Was it a small moment of weakness in this cold life she's made for herself? A glimmer of regret for what she and Ollie might once have had? Or despair that her search for Lex remains fruitless?

The whole FotW storyline was boring. Of course Wilson served his purpose in that final scene, but I couldn't care less about the rest of his time onscreen. I didn't understand why they gave him the power to steal memories if he wasn't going to use it. Everything he did involved his power to read people, and even when he found out Lois knew all about him, he opted for murder rather than mind wipe. Was it just to make him seem more menacing?

Oh, wait, I almost forgot to talk about the pretty! Except for that first, brief scene in his trademark red and blue, Clark wore nothing but grey, black, and white in Identity. Okay, it's official, this show is trying to kill me. Every week they come up with new, more stunning ways to dress a man who is already so beautiful his face renders me incoherent on a regular basis. And Tom doesn't help by rolling up his shirtsleeves and jamming his hands into his pockets every chance he gets! Guh. I have to give a special mention to that deceptively simple grey tee, that hugged Tom's chest so gloriously, and those lovely black slacks, that highlighted so nicely that which we love but rarely see, Tom's delicious booty. Yeah, I went there. :)

Random thoughts: What was that mugger wearing on his face? A black painter's mask? Who else put their DVR on pause to check out the contents of Lois's purse as they went flying? :) Since Ollie's apartment set is now the Ace of Clubs, will he be relegated to that tiny private jet set for the entire season? That cape was total CGI, right? I loved the "Faster Than a Speeding Bullet" headline. *is a dork* Shouldn't Wilson have been handcuffed to the bed, or had a police guard outside? Presumably Lois had him arrested for attempted murder. And have you ever noticed how much Clark favors shirts without pockets this season? How's that for random? :)

Prey was written by Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson, and Identity was written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer. And the difference between these two episodes perfectly illustrates the reasons why, as a Clark fan, the latter pair is one of my favorite writing teams, and the former is not. This week we were given an amazing episode. It was all about Clark, and focused on his journey to becoming the hero he is destined to be. We saw him attack his problem and solve it, with the help of those closest to him, his secret keeper and his brother in arms. The episode had action, drama, mystery, humor, heroics, special effects, and the tiniest hint of romance. And it ended with a staggering reveal. It was just about perfect, and I loved it. Keep 'em coming, Smallville!

ETA: OMG, starry_dawn just reminded me! One of the biggest laughs of the episode? Clark desperately weeding all the red and blue clothing out of his wardrobe! HAHAHAHA!! Talk about having nothing to wear! And I loved that we could see so many of our long-time favorites in the potential reject pile. Too funny, show.

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polytikal From: polytikal Date: November 1st, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great review! :)

Who else put their DVR on pause to check out the contents of Lois's purse as they went flying?

I did! All I could make out was an iPod, though. :P I'm so glad they took the time to add each of those things in! It takes DAYS to do that! The effort there is really nice.

Since Ollie's apartment set is now the Ace of Clubs, will he be relegated to that tiny private jet set for the entire season?

Oy. I know. At least both times when Clark visited him there, he was getting ready to take off (first to Aruba with the girls, and then to Europe with the JL), so it wasn't too jarring.

That cape was total CGI, right?

It was! But it was surprisingly good CGI! :)

I didn't understand why they gave him the power to steal memories if he wasn't going to use it. Everything he did involved his power to read people, and even when he found out Lois knew all about him, he opted for murder rather than mind wipe. Was it just to make him seem more menacing?

The way I understand it, all he could do was see your memories. I think calling him a "memory thief" was a mistake on Slavkin/Swimmer's part. He didn't want to kill Lois. She was a "good woman". If he could steal memories, I'm sure he would've just done that, instead of opting to kill her just because. :P
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *waves* Thanks for your comment!

Yeah, I saw the iPod, too, and a bunch of money. The girl needs a coin purse! :)

That airplane set just cracks me up because it's so tiny! But it seems to be Ollie's signature set. Maybe he should move in with Clark. ;)

Oh, when he said "I'm not going to steal her memories," I thought he meant he could wipe them out, but I guess he meant steal in the sense of looking at them without permission and sharing them with Tess. That makes a lot more sense.

We seem to have a lot of friends in common! Adding you back now.
simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: November 1st, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed this episode a fair bit. I think it marks one of the few episodes where Jimmy's presence did not make me want to shoot myself.

Tom Welling was incredible again this week. He unerringly showed us exactly what Clark was feeling, even when it was completely at odds with the words coming out of his mouth.

I agree with this completely. I found his Clark excellent this week. I liked the progression of Clark being reluctant to be more than just a shadow in the dark and then realizing just how much society does need a hero. I think given the way people fear crime, Clark can provide a powerful beam of light in the darkness a lot of people feel.

Let's talk about Allison Mack first, because she rocked my world!

I loved Chloe in this episode. From her telling Clark the world needed a hero to her being the concerned best friend when Jimmy figured out Clark's secret. The Chlark friendship seemed really great in this episode from these scenes. Chloe and Clark do disagree, but still Clark comes to Chloe when he needs her help. I love the strength of their friendship (I'm sure that's no surprise to you).

I'm not sure how I feel about the Chloe the killer storyline. I believe Brainiac is controlling her, but even then at some point Brainiac will be banished and Chloe will have to deal with the aftermath of knowing her body was used to kill people. Chloe's my favorite character and I would hate to see her suffer because I think it would eat her up that she had killed, regardless if she wasn't in control of her body.

Last thing: I also agree with you about the pretty. The grey shirt over the the white shirt nearly slayed me dead. Whoever is in charge of wardrobe deserves an award for how s/he is dressing Tom this season.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I adored Chloe in this episode, and I loved everything about her and Clark together. He comes to her first when he has a big problem, and she's there for him, completely and without hesitation. Allison was so captivating, too, and beautiful!

I think the way Chloe so easily chose to lie to Jimmy to protect Clark's secret should have given her pause, but I hate the Chimmy, so I'm biased. :)

I share your concerns about the Chloe/Brainiac storyline, but I am looking forward to how Allison plays Chloe in crisis. I think it's a chance for her to show just how talented she really is. I also hope we'll see Clark really fight to save her.

That grey shirt/white shirt combo just about killed me. Yowza.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: November 1st, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Again, GMTA! :D

See, Clark? I told you not to wear that stupid thing every damn day!

I wrote in my review: "See, Clark? I knew the stupid thing would get you in trouble someday."

Same words, woman! How's that for brain-sharing? :D

Who else put their DVR on pause to check out the contents of Lois's purse as they went flying? :)

I didn't pause, but I did make out an iPod. :)

Since Ollie's apartment set is now the Ace of Clubs, will he be relegated to that tiny private jet set for the entire season?

Bwahahaha, I had the same thought. :P

That cape was total CGI, right?

Was it? It was damn cool, though. That whole scene made me squee so hard!

And if it wasn't already obvious, yes to everything else! I couldn't agree more!

What other episodes have Slavkin and Swimmer written?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I love how we continue to agree on so much! *hugs*

What episodes have S&S written? Luckily, I have a link to a list! Go HERE. :)
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: November 9th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
AHAHA, that's how good my memory is! *facepalm*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have that post in my Memories. I remember how interesting it was to me that both teams had written episodes I loved (Transference, Blank) and ones I pretty much hated (Hypnotic, Promise). I've gone back to that post more than once to look those lists over again.
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: November 1st, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I can add anything, you pretty much covered every thought I had, and then some. Tom is just grown up now, he just gives all of these nuances to Clark these days, especially in last night's ep- the fear of being exposed, the panic at being "hunted", the relief when he realized his secret was safe. And I loved the scenes with Ollie. I like Ollie, I do, but he's so self righteous sometimes. He's always down on Clark for not doing his part to save the world (his words, not mine). I don't think he realizes just how much Clark has accomplished, and what he's given up and lost to do it. I like seeing Ollie eat a little crow.

I guess we were right about the Chloe/Brainiac thing. It seems like she's protecting Clark at the end, but I still have questions about her bond with Davis, knowing, as we do, who he really is, and what he eventually does to Clark/Superman. Is Brainiac acting as Clark's foe or protector?

Jimmy was cute. So was Lois, who was also really hot. Erica and Tom have the most amazing chemistry. I've always been a Clark/Lex girl, but the Clark/Lois pairing is really growing on me. They have such a connection, and they're both starting to realize it- like the way Lois blushed (in the villain's flash) when Clark was zipping her up. I loved that!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think Oliver had any idea that Clark had become Metropolis's secret hero, and when he launched into that same old criticism, I liked that Clark turned it back on him. And I enjoyed that last scene on Ollie's plane even more. I like it best when the boys are friendly and snarky with each other, and I absolutely love it when they work as a team, like they did in Odyssey.

I think Brainiac is still intent on killing Clark. He tried to do just that in Apocalypse, in both the past and in the AU. But I still don't know if Chloe's attraction to/friendship with Davis is influenced by Brainiac or not.

I loved Clark and Lois, Clark and Jimmy, and Lois and Jimmy in this episode. Even in the midst of Clark's near panic, Lois can distract him, and their scenes together were a lot of fun. I like that the show isn't going too fast with them, but at the same time there is no doubt that they have feelings for one another.
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: November 9th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love it when Clark and Ollie are snarky with each other, but I have a secret fondness for snarky Clark in general. I suppose that's one of the reasons why I like him and Lois together so much, she brings out his lighter, funnier side.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree, and that's what I loved about that last scene between them at the DP, after he stopped worrying about Jimmy's picture and the impending article. His lines to Lois were so funny!

"I heard about your date last night. Ended with a thud."

"I was deep undercover on a dinner with a psychopath."
"Sounds like your type."

"I have a new mission in life."
"I didn't realize you had an old one."

"I'm going to use my expert tracking skills and find this camera shy superhero."
"Really? Good luck with that."

hee! And I especially like how each snarky comment is followed by a genuine one, where Clark shows his concern and compassion for Lois, so we know he doesn't mean a word of all his mock insults. Nicely done, show.
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: November 9th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love their connection. I was acutally kind of disappointed in the last episode when she decided not to move in with him after all. Clark and Lois as roomies, that would have been so great!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have to admit I was kind of disappointed, too. :)
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: November 9th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved when she first joined the show in season 4, and was staying with the Kents. When she surprised Clark in the shower, while wearing his shirt, and then Martha sees them- it was hilarious.
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: November 1st, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome review!

My favorite moment of the whole episode was when Clark stood on the street next to Jimmy, and watched all the people around him look up at Oliver, who was pretending to be Clark. He saw the excitement on their faces, and finally understood how badly they need a hero to give them hope. And in that instant, maybe for the first time since he learned the truth of his origins, I think he no longer felt like a stranger in a strange land. He could see his place in this world, and a look of absolute peace came over his face, with just the hint of a smile.

This was my favorite moment of the night. I got all teary eyed with joy.

Justin Hartley is a welcome addition to the show, and his character was used to great effect this week. Because of the special bond Clark and Oliver share as fellow superheroes, exploring their friendship on the show gives us a unique opportunity to hear Clark articulate how he feels about that part of his life

I enjoyed Justin Hartley during the episode I hope they keep this up because I can get behind this if they keep it up. Also I mentioned this with Jimmy but Oliver is yet again another example of a male friendship that Clark really needs and this one as you stated is a unique one.

One of the biggest laughs of the episode? Clark desperately weeding all the red and blue clothing out of his wardrobe

I can just imagine Clark going why the hell did I only wear these colors for the last 21 years!!! LOL.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

This was my favorite moment of the night. I got all teary eyed with joy.

Oh, me, too! The look on Clark's face just made me feel so happy. Tom did a great job with that moment.

I can just imagine Clark going why the hell did I only wear these colors for the last 21 years!!! LOL.

I know! And that big pile of clothes also made me think, with all those different red and blue choices in his closet, why does he insist on wearing the same two outfits almost every day? :)
drusplace From: drusplace Date: November 2nd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The best part of the ep, for me, was the look of confusion on Chloe's face over what she had just done. This could be really good for Allison.

Thanks for the review babe!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was an awesome moment, and a great way to finish the episode. I was reeling over what Chloe had just done, and then we see that Chloe was, too. I think Allison will have fun with what's ahead, and it will give her a chance to stretch as an actor. I'm looking forward to it.

Thanks for reading and commenting! Sorry to be so late to reply.
goodvibe From: goodvibe Date: November 2nd, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
//If Prey was about Clark discovering the struggles he will face as Superman, Identity was about him discovering the joys.//

That is wonderful way to put it. :-)

Like yourself, I too, really enjoyed the Jimmy scenes in this ep, and the Clark/Ollie interactions were great too. Lois was awesome, as was Clark and his very palpable dilemma that he had going on. AM knocked it out of the park in that last scene, but I have no idea WTF is going on with Chloe.

Unfortunately, I think I'm the only one for whom the Clark/Lois scenes in this ep, didn't quite work as a whole. :-( Oh well, there's always next time.

And TW? Just.no.words.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
AM knocked it out of the park in that last scene, but I have no idea WTF is going on with Chloe.

Me, either! But I am interested to find out. I think the storyline has potential, and I also think Allison can do it justice. I hope the writers can as well! :)

And TW? Just.no.words.

Exactly. I just adore and admire him more with each new episode.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: November 2nd, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so slow with the commenting for this episode. Bad me!

One of the best things about Identity was Clark being able to actually see how he could be perceived by people in a way thats never really been tangible for him before. I loved that moment, and it was such a profound thing. This sort of moment works so much better then any pep talk, lecture, or browbeating. Dare I hope that the SV writers are finally getting that?

I can only imagine how much more fun this is for Tom to play, as compared to the material he's had for the last few years. And since I do still firmly believe that this is the last year, I love that he could get to bring the show to a close in this way (if the writing holds up, that is). I suspect if AlMiles were still in the house, Clark would've been dragged through the mud for another year, with the show ending as Clark is forced to endure training at the FOS, misery etched into his face. God, what a difference a season makes! What a glorious difference!!

I didn't love the Clois as much this week as I have been this season. But it wasn't a major disappointment or problem. I think some of the dialogue just needed tweaking. But the scene in the apartment definitely plays better in context after you realize everything that was going on. To include that adorable expression Lois was wearing as Clark zipped her up. Its so very easy to identify with that pleased smile, because it was also a very vulnerable one. Erica really continues to impress me this season. I wasn't sure she had this in her.

And who do we have to pay-off to make sure Tom wears that grey t-shirt as often as possible? With or without the white one underneath. Damn, he looked so gorgeous!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're slow? I'm devastated by how little I can even get online these days. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's getting closer all the time.

One of the best things about Identity was Clark being able to actually see how he could be perceived by people in a way thats never really been tangible for him before.

Watching Clark see for himself how he could inspire people was such a touching and satisfying moment for me, and it was Tom who made us understand perfectly what that realization meant to Clark. I love it when the acting tells the story, instead of a bunch of exposition in the script.

I suspect if AlMiles were still in the house, Clark would've been dragged through the mud for another year, with the show ending as Clark is forced to endure training at the FOS, misery etched into his face.

Ugh! I could totally see that happening! And how awesome is it that the ratings keep going up? I love that Smallville is the number one show on the CW, even without the "scripted" qualifier.

Erica really continues to impress me this season. I wasn't sure she had this in her.

I agree. I think she's hitting all the right notes, and I love the mix of funny, brave, tender, brash, and vulnerable she gives Lois. I think her Lois is just what Clark needs to take him out of himself, and to keep him from becoming mired in the seriousness of fighting evil every day. Plus, I just have so much fun watching her!

And who do we have to pay-off to make sure Tom wears that grey t-shirt as often as possible?

Yes! For that alone, Jimmy was my hero this week! ;)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: November 3rd, 2008 02:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Great review!

My favorite moment of the whole episode was when Clark stood on the street next to Jimmy, and watched all the people around him look up at Oliver, who was pretending to be Clark. He saw the excitement on their faces, and finally understood how badly they need a hero to give them hope. And in that instant, maybe for the first time since he learned the truth of his origins, I think he no longer felt like a stranger in a strange land. He could see his place in this world, and a look of absolute peace came over his face, with just the hint of a smile.
You've described it beautifully! It was a fantastic acting moment from Tom, conveying so much through his eyes.

Guh. I have to give a special mention to that deceptively simple grey tee, that hugged Tom's chest so gloriously, and those lovely black slacks, that highlighted so nicely that which we love but rarely see, Tom's delicious booty. Yeah, I went there. :)
Seriously, Tom's improved wardrobe might be my favourite thing about S8 and I'm not being frivolous: He looks incredible in every scene!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!

It was a fantastic acting moment from Tom, conveying so much through his eyes.

I agree! And Tom has never had a chance to show us a moment like that until this season. Whatever Smallville has lost as so many great characters and actors have left, it has also gained something amazing in Clark's characterization for these final (I hope) episodes. I love that Tom has been given the opportunity to leave the series with some of his most memorable performances ever.

Seriously, Tom's improved wardrobe might be my favourite thing about S8 and I'm not being frivolous: He looks incredible in every scene!

I know! Who knew clothes could make such a big difference? I've long said they were squandering a major part of what Tom had to offer by making him wear that stupid red jacket every week, but even I had no idea what to expect from the unleashed power of the pretty. I could watch with the sound off and still love this show! :)
stoodupforlove From: stoodupforlove Date: November 6th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)
My favorite moment of the whole episode was when Clark stood on the street next to Jimmy, and watched all the people around him look up at Oliver, who was pretending to be Clark. He saw the excitement on their faces, and finally understood how badly they need a hero to give them hope.

*sigh* Yes. Yes yes yes. I agree with pretty much everything you've said here. The entire review, not just the piece I quoted above. Superman is more about hope than anything else, and allow me to toot my own horn for a moment. In the first fic I ever wrote, there was a conversation between Clark and Jonathan (this was years in the future, long after Superman came about) where Clark was feeling hopeless because he couldn't save everyone, and also because he never knew if he was making the right choices. For example, what if he had to choose who to save because there was only time to save one. What if he chose to save a child instead of a woman who was dying a mile away, but then the child grew up to be a serial killer? What if he was doing more harm than good, how did he ever really know? Well, Jonathan sat him down and explained a few things to him, one of them being that Superman isn't just about saving people; Superman gives people hope, and that's more important than anything else he does. So...for me to see that scene on SV, to see Clark come to that realization and even to hear Chloe say something similar to him earlier, was just overwhelming. THIS is why I watch the show. THIS is what I put in my time for over the years, the knowledge that one day we would get there. And now, we ARE there. It's an incredible feeling.

And yeah, okay, I watch for Tom, too. I can't lie. LOL

"Clark, you made out with my girlfriend, man. Whadja have to complain about?"

BEST LINE EVER!!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 9th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are people who watch Smallville because they love Superman, and there are people who watch just because they love the show. I'm a little bit of both. I came for Superman, but stayed for Tom, and Michael. So I bring some preconceived notions about my hero to the party, and I have certain expectations about who Clark should be at the end of the day. And as you say, it is an incredible feeling to see the journey end just as I hoped it would. Seeing Clark step up, and watching Tom play his final steps to embracing his destiny so perfectly, is beyond thrilling. I have loved every season of this show, but so far it looks like this one will be my favorite.

The conflicts you talk about, and the impossible choices, make up the very fabric of Superman's life. Without the understanding that what he brings to humanity is so much more than just the individual lives he saves, and the criminals he stops, I don't think Supes could go on. To see the moment where Clark first realizes that was truly special.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: December 1st, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never seen Tom look more like Superman than in that moment. He portrayed what Clark was feeling perfectly, and with no dialogue at all. *loves him*
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