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Smallville: Spoilers and poll [Dec. 1st, 2010|08:30 pm]
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Some spoilers, spec and a poll regarding upcoming episodes, especially "Luthor."



John Glover returns this Friday, for the first of four upcoming episodes. In "Luthor", Clark wakes up in an AU where everyone thinks he's "Clark Luthor." (I know I'm gonna get a thrill every time someone says "Clark Luthor" - that will be his name when he marries Lex!) "Clark Luthor" was found by Lionel when his speceship landed & has been raised Luthor-fashion, ie, He's a fencer, a murderer and enjoys threeways!

Meanwhile, the actual "Clark Luthor" has ended up in Clark's dimension, to wreak a little havoc, which means Tom gets to play a naughty Clark, for probably the last time. When Tom plays "bad" Clark, he varies up his performances. Each version of Red!Clark has been slightly different; Clark has been in different places in his life every time. So we've had the Lex-wannabe in "Red", the tired-of-secrets Clark in "Rush", the strutting, secretly grieving club kid in "Exile", the jealous-of-Lana-AND-Lex suitor in "Crimson" and the showing-off-to-my-new-Kryptonian-Lex-surrogate-pal in "Upgrade."

Meanwhile, "Crusade's" Kal is pure mission and drive, Clark!Lionel is a snarky, sexy, brilliant Glover-homage; Splinter!Clark is the scariest of the lot: sweaty, unhinged paranoia.

Tom has done a magnificent job playing all these variants on Clark and based on this clip from "Luthor", he's completed the circle by playing Clark as Lex. He's using Michael's purr, tilting his head, a la Lex. It also looks like he's also been styled and made up to evoke Lex.



Hot!

Another "Lex alumni", Lucas Grabeel from Reunion, returns in an upcoming episode, as the Lex-clone continues to age. As I've said before, unless they have guaranteed Michael at the end of it, this is a perilous road to take. And I go back and forth in my head as to whether it's possible Michael will return and they're keeping it a secret.

Here's my chain of thought:
- Michael has signed up for a SV Con in May....would he do that if he's not making an appearance? (And endure a hundred repitions of: "But WHY didn't you come back....")
- But he has TWO TV shows on the go now. Will he have time to film SV as well?
- Would they film his scenes in LA, to preserve the element of surprise?
- A fan recently asked Michael about coming back and got this answer

So I don't know. (And as always, I love MR either way.)

Poll #1651887 Bad Clark Poll

Who's the sexiest Bad Clark?

Red!Clark in "Red"
8(21.1%)
Red!Clark in "Rush"
0(0.0%)
Red!Clark in "Exile"
9(23.7%)
Red!Clark in "Crimson"
1(2.6%)
Red!Clark in Upgrade
2(5.3%)
Kal in Crusade
0(0.0%)
Clark!Lionel in Transference
9(23.7%)
Clark Luthor will be sexiest!
9(23.7%)

How else should Tom evoke Michael's Lex?

fondle a pool cue?
9(19.1%)
tease a blue bottle?
14(29.8%)
throw his hips around when he walks?
11(23.4%)
sit on a desk with widespread legs?
8(17.0%)
Look, a window! Out you go, Lionel!
5(10.6%)
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: herohunter
2010-12-02 01:41 am (UTC)
Hee! I voted for Exile!Kal because Bizarro!Clark wasn't an option, but I think that Clark Luthor holds much promise, yes, I do!

Watched my first Season 10 eppy today, Tas, and thought of you! :D
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-02 02:58 am (UTC)
I forgot Bizarro! And he's so sexy too!

Clark Luthor holds much promise, yes, I do!
He will be Tom's sexy tribute to Michael!
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2010-12-02 01:55 am (UTC)
I think Tom does a tremendous job with playing altered states of Clark. On the Transference commentary, I think its Glover that talks about what a fun time he has, and how freeing it is for him as an actor. And I think that comes across in his performance, which is why "bad" versions of Clark end up being so damned sexy. Because Tom is relaxed, and having fun, and not surpressing that hotness of his. While I expect Clark Luthor to be a blast, I do think we probably won't get a lot of him in the episode, since its a dual universe sort of thing, and I expect RW Clark in the AU to get the lions share of the screentime.

Just my feeling but...I don't think MR is coming back. And going by his comment, I wonder if they've stopped asking him to.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-02 03:01 am (UTC)
Just my feeling but...I don't think MR is coming back. And going by his comment, I wonder if they've stopped asking him to.
I waffle back & forth about whether I think he might...and my concern is more about people being mean & entitled to him on twitter than whether he needs to be on SV (because if they bring him back to play a clone? That would be dumb.)

While I expect Clark Luthor to be a blast, I do think we probably won't get a lot of him in the episode, since its a dual universe sort of thing, and I expect RW Clark in the AU to get the lions share of the screentime.
This should be a two-part episode! I would cheerfully give up any other S10 ep to have more Clark Luthor!
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2010-12-02 02:01 am (UTC)
Haven't watched the clip yet, but I still have the most fondness for the bad Clark in "Red," if only for his open flirting with Lex and that x-ray gaze he runs over Lex as Lex is leaving. *melts* (I do admit, however, that Lionel/Clark in "Transference" has both Clark-sexiness and Lionel-sexiness, to go along with the Lionel-evil.)

I can't help hoping MR stays far away, as I'm certain TPTB want to do HORRIBLE things to the character. But I'll support Michael either way.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-02 03:08 am (UTC)
I still have the most fondness for the bad Clark in "Red," if only for his open flirting with Lex and that x-ray gaze he runs over Lex as Lex is leaving. *melts*
So blatant and so hot!

I do admit, however, that Lionel/Clark in "Transference" has both Clark-sexiness and Lionel-sexiness, to go along with the Lionel-evil.
He so thoroughly enjoys his wickedness too!
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[User Picture]From: cinderella81
2010-12-02 02:28 am (UTC)
I seriously cannot wait for this episode to air ...

I love how Red!Clark is always a bit different ... it changes as Clark gets older ...

I can't wait to see what Tom does with being Clark Luthor (*squeals* Clark Luthor!!)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-02 03:07 am (UTC)
(*squeals* Clark Luthor!!)
He was always destined to take Lex's name! *nods*

I love how Red!Clark is always a bit different ... it changes as Clark gets older ...
It's a tribute to Tom that he plays up the little differences.
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2010-12-02 03:01 am (UTC)
I love your observations about Tom's performances! I enjoy how these episodes give him the chance to show what he is truly capable of, and he always impresses me. Clark Luthor looks AMAZING, I'm surprised my computer screen didn't melt! Like Val, I don't think we'll get to see much of him, but I'm going to savor every moment. The way he's just sprawled there in that clip, the way he looks at Tess? *faints*

I'm still wondering how they'll explain Lex's absence in this reality.

I don't think Michael's coming back. That's fine with me, but it makes me very nervous about where they're going with the clone storyline. :(
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-02 03:06 am (UTC)
I don't think Michael's coming back. That's fine with me, but it makes me very nervous about where they're going with the clone storyline. :(
Yeah, if they didn't have Michael locked in, they should have just let Tom pay Lex homage through his portrayal in "Luthor" & left the clone plot alone. Tom's version is the only "UnLex" I want to see.

I'm still wondering how they'll explain Lex's absence in this reality.
My guess is that Clark Luthor murdered him :( (Wish they'd done this plot back in S7 so that Michael was around for it.)

The way he's just sprawled there in that clip, the way he looks at Tess? *faints*
So sexy. And Tess is quite taken with him, against her better judgment!
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[User Picture]From: morganlilah
2010-12-02 04:25 am (UTC)
Where is the "All of the above" option for Question 2?

Clark Luthor! I'll have to watch this ep. For this season, I wait until I've read your review so I know what scenes to fast-forward, so thank you! :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-02 04:43 am (UTC)
Aw, you're sweet to read my frequently grumpy reviews.

Where is the "All of the above" option for Question 2?
Wouldn't that be awesome? A Michael tribute!
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[User Picture]From: serenography
2010-12-02 04:37 am (UTC)
Ack! No fair making me choose a Bad Clark. I love them all.

I went with Red!Clark because he was the first, and you never forget your first. (hee!)

I told Val when we were talking about this episode last week that I wanted to see Clark drink from a Tynant water bottle. I think the fangirl squeals will be heard around the world if that happens.

And I go back and forth in my head as to whether it's possible Michael will return and they're keeping it a secret.

I sekritly am hoping for this, even though I think the chances are remote. I shared with you what James Gunn told me right? It didn't sound very optimistic, but then again... it's showbiz, things change ALL THE TIME.

Even if Micheal doesn't return, I'll always love that guy.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-02 04:42 am (UTC)
No fair making me choose a Bad Clark. I love them all.
And I left out Bizarro - d'oh!

I went with Red!Clark because he was the first, and you never forget your first.
To this date, I think that stands as Clark's hottest kiss. And the scenes with Lex were pure homoerotic joy!

I told Val when we were talking about this episode last week that I wanted to see Clark drink from a Tynant water bottle. I think the fangirl squeals will be heard around the world if that happens.
YESYESYES, Please! Tom would do this for us, yes?

I shared with you what James Gunn told me right? It didn't sound very optimistic, but then again... it's showbiz, things change ALL THE TIME.
Yes, JG seems very sure (and very protective of MR too.) I'm just surprised Michael hasn't done a rebuttal tweet. Maybe he figured he did it once, that's enough? And hearing him be a bit more ambiguous in September made me wonder if the window was open, at least a crack...
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[User Picture]From: cheerful_earl
2010-12-02 09:59 am (UTC)
How ridiculously hot.

I think "Red" will always be my favorite Red!Clark. And Clark Luthor should totally fondle blue bottles. It would make me misty for times past, but it would be quite the nice call back, hehe.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-03 12:14 am (UTC)
I think "Red" will always be my favorite Red!Clark. And Clark Luthor should totally fondle blue bottles. It would make me misty for times past, but it would be quite the nice call back, hehe.
Red!Clark wanted Lex to run away with him, the sweetie!
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[User Picture]From: redteekal
2010-12-02 10:13 am (UTC)
UNF!!! OMG that trailer....srsly....it's been so long since bad!Clark but clearly Tom has NOT forgotten how to make girl parts implode!...thanks for posting this. Very much looking forward to the episode now.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-03 12:13 am (UTC)
Isn't he the hottest hottie that ever hotted? Rrowrrr!
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[User Picture]From: foreverknightfa
2010-12-05 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hoo boy ya betcha!!

I agree with the view that the alternate Clarks show how Mr. Welling can actually ACT rather than be a pretty boy in front of the camera.

Though there's nothing wrong with that,OC.

I've said this before elsewhere. To me watching him progress since Season One I can actually see how he's improved as an actor. Granted he has a number of stinker eps in SV where either the script sucked or he had to play CK in ways that were not true to to the scene, so to speak, but I'd say overall he's done a very good job of it.

I'm hoping to see him in further roles in front of the camera. He's too good an actor to waste behind the camera. But that's his choice to make.

As for MR I doubt he will finally make an appearance in SV, though if he did, I for one would like it. I had the idea of Lex wearing a control helmet a la Professor X, to solve MR's problem with being shaved bald for the role. There is an alternate Earth Lex that is full haired, the one I think that made Matrix ( Supergirl) so maybe SV could go that way to lure MR back for one show.
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[User Picture]From: complicat
2010-12-02 09:37 pm (UTC)
Hmm, Tom is making Clark very Lex-like in that clip! Aww. Maybe he hopes Michael will see it and come back to show him how it should be done!

Well, I'd rather have Tom playing Lex than have another fake!Lex

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-03 12:13 am (UTC)
Hmm, Tom is making Clark very Lex-like in that clip! Aww. Maybe he hopes Michael will see it and come back to show him how it should be done!
I love the idea of Tom watching old episodes to practice his "Lex". Or knowing Michael so well, it comes naturally to him.

I'd rather have Tom playing Lex than have another fake!Lex
Yes! Much sexier.
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[User Picture]From: gyri
2010-12-03 01:43 pm (UTC)
Wow! You know, I might actually watch tonight. Thanks for the update!

It will almost be like old times. *sniff*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-04 07:14 pm (UTC)
I think you'll like it - Glover & Tom are fab, also Cassidy F.
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[User Picture]From: ariss_tenoh
2010-12-03 07:26 pm (UTC)
Wow. That's sexy! I might have to watch tonight XD
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2010-12-04 07:13 pm (UTC)
It's worth checking out!
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[User Picture]From: gildinwen
2010-12-09 02:11 pm (UTC)
Hmmm might there be a "made for tv" film to tie up loose ends? Maybe they'll try to get Michael back for that. Because Clone!Lex knew about Zod...they can't have just thrown that in for no reason can they. I'm gonna say that Michael will be back....for that.
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