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Smallville in 20 pics [Dec. 7th, 2009|08:55 pm]
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THANKS VERY MUCH for my wonderful snowflake gifts! I just finished a grueling 7 day work week & happy snowflakes on my page were a cheering surprise!

Also happy: I left this prompt at the Smallville Kink Meme: Lex rescues a chained-up Clark from Zod. And sue_dreams responded with an awesome & sexy story Here (My dream ending for S9!)

jeannev had a cool idea, and I quote: "a SV hiatus project which would be a picspam, no less then 10 stills, no more then 20, that encompassed SV for you. The idea was to see which unique images everyone would pick, and to see what the show is, or has been, in each unique perspective."

For me, restricting myself to 20 pics and not adding any comments proved to be hardest; Also, considering the show as a whole, and not just looking exclusively at Clex. I tried to make a little visual narrative but not sure how successful this was!










































'caps by acampbell
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2009-12-08 02:19 am (UTC)
It's weird, five years later and that scene of Clark hiding behind Chloe and Lois as he puts his shirt back on still cracks me up! :) He just looks so wounded that the icky girl was touching him.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 04:36 am (UTC)
He just looks so wounded that the icky girl was touching him.
So violated, poor baby! It's no wonder that right after that, Clark forgave Lex. After the cheerleader-trauma, he needed to be wrapped in Lex's arms again, pronto!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2009-12-08 02:23 am (UTC)
I just LOVE that you chose the one of Lex and his water bottle! lol

I think you picked some great pics. Got most of the characters and a variety of emotions. :)
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 04:37 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Lex and his bottles could fill up an entire pic-spam, all on their own!
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2009-12-08 02:55 am (UTC)
OMG, I love your choices. I love the fact that you picked these subtle images that seem to convey so much. That one of Lionel with his hand on Lex's shoulder? How much does that completely sum up their whole relationship? Completely!

That scene from Jitters, or Lex looking at the Kent's while getting a fake hug was an image I almost used. I would've, actually, if I had found a good still of it I liked. Its another image that says so much.

And I noticed some definite phallic symbols, which I'm quite sure were intentional, LOL
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 05:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! You came up with a cool theme.

I love the fact that you picked these subtle images that seem to convey so much. That one of Lionel with his hand on Lex's shoulder? How much does that completely sum up their whole relationship? Completely!
The Lionel-touches-Lex scenes are always fascinating to me. Michael has said that John improvised many of the touches so we get a double layer of reaction: Lex wary of Lionel, and Michael watching to see what John will do next!

I noticed some definite phallic symbols, which I'm quite sure were intentional
Heh, phallic symbols and SV go together like hot chocolate & marshmallows!
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[User Picture]From: azrielle_jones
2009-12-08 02:57 am (UTC)
This didn't need any words and I just don't have any words to describe it.

Just... &hearts
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 05:13 am (UTC)
Aw! Thanks :)
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[User Picture]From: jlvsclrk
2009-12-08 05:23 am (UTC)
So many of these pictures made me crack up - they're all so evocative of mostly good times. Random thoughts...

I love how you start with the phallic symbols - sometimes they're not exactly subtle. That Chloe and Lana pic cracks me up because Lana looks so goofy and focussed on her job (although I always laugh about the food handling practices at the Talon) while Chloe is all aloof - the reverse of their usual dynamic.

Those two Clex hugs and the tie-tying scene are some of my favorite moments even though the Lexmas one makes me sad since its not real. And the juxtaposition with the Luthor relationship is just so chilling.

And one last giggle in the crowd scene at the football game. I love how everyone else is really into it while Lana is scowling away - upset at not being the centre of attention?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 05:45 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I love how everyone else is really into it while Lana is scowling away - upset at not being the centre of attention?
Heh. "LOOK AT ME. CLARK!" (Or maybe she didn't like the ref's call.)

I love how you start with the phallic symbols - sometimes they're not exactly subtle.
Thank goodness for that. I will never forget my first squeal of joy at beholding an ice dildo!
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[User Picture]From: lonelywalker
2009-12-08 06:14 am (UTC)
I can never get over how utterly frozen they all look at Crater Lake.

And that pic of Clark, Martha, and Shelby is one of my favourite shots in the entire show. Just beautifully framed.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 07:26 pm (UTC)
And that pic of Clark, Martha, and Shelby is one of my favourite shots in the entire show. Just beautifully framed.
Mine, too. Just a lovely shot.

I can never get over how utterly frozen they all look at Crater Lake.
Everyone so cute in their hoodies!
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[User Picture]From: disprove
2009-12-08 06:46 am (UTC)
Chloe and Lana look surprisingly cute and teenager-ish in the Talon pic. How old were they at the time btw (characters and actors)?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 07:27 pm (UTC)
How old were they at the time btw (characters and actors)?
I think they were both 19 then - they did look very convincing as high school students!
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[User Picture]From: christina_kat
2009-12-08 10:29 am (UTC)
You picked some great caps :)

phallic symbols?? AWESOME ADD!

I love the cap where we see Oliver lusting over Clark and Clark doesn't give him any attention. The following capture shows Clark lusting over Lex but Lex stares down and knows. *hee*

Helen learns about Lex was keeping a room dedicated to Clark.
Clark tries to get away from Desiree and then a CLEX HAPPY HUG!

*claps*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 07:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie!

I love the cap where we see Oliver lusting over Clark and Clark doesn't give him any attention. The following capture shows Clark lusting over Lex but Lex stares down and knows.
That's exactly what I was trying to show!

Helen learns about Lex was keeping a room dedicated to Clark.
Clark tries to get away from Desiree and then a CLEX HAPPY HUG!

Moral of the story - the boys are happiest together!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 07:29 pm (UTC)
Heh, I was aiming to show that I liked the Chloe and Lana friendship...but your interpretation is viable too! Lana does look a little annoyed in the football shot.

(Hope your mother is doing well.)
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[User Picture]From: goodvibe
2009-12-08 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is great. So interesting, and I am in awe of all the Clex and Luthor!dynamic shots you chose.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It was hard to choose between all the available Clex & Luthor shots. I'm a big fan of Tom's direction of the Clex scene in Apocalypse - Clark and Lex's merged identities - & thought that would make a good closer.

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 07:31 pm (UTC)
Picking just 20 was very hard!
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[User Picture]From: idunnoit
2009-12-08 10:05 pm (UTC)
What I find funny is that I would have nearly picked the Chloe and Lana pic with the cakes too. Had it already in my folder. I just wanted to include the girls, because they were so cute.

I think a Lionel/Lex moment is definitely missing in my picspam, as well as Lex's chamber of Clark Kent. I love that you picked the scene where Lex helps Clark with the tie, because I totally forgot about that one. Also love the last cap.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 11:02 pm (UTC)
What I find funny is that I would have nearly picked the Chloe and Lana pic with the cakes too. Had it already in my folder. I just wanted to include the girls, because they were so cute.
That's cool we looked at the same pic! I liked it for the brightness, that it showed the golden age of the Talon, and because the girls look so young & happy!

I think a Lionel/Lex moment is definitely missing in my picspam, as well as Lex's chamber of Clark Kent. I love that you picked the scene where Lex helps Clark with the tie, because I totally forgot about that one.
With 20 'caps, you really have to pick & choose. I'd have liked to have included Alicia & Kara and a shot of Lex at work, but had to trim those to fit!

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[User Picture]From: complicat
2009-12-08 10:56 pm (UTC)
Heh, Lana looks like she's about to munch her way through the entire plate of cakes in that scene with Chloe! Nice to see them looking friendly and happy though.

Love the 'Oliver pining for Clark' cap, followed by 'Clark thinking filthy thoughts about Lex'. Very nice!

Love all the Lionel and Lex pics too, and of course the Clexy ones!

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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-08 10:59 pm (UTC)
Lana looks like she's about to munch her way through the entire plate of cakes in that scene with Chloe! Nice to see them looking friendly and happy though.
I liked the Lana/Chloe friendship & always wished they'd have let that blossom a little more, instead of focusing on Lana's endless love dramas.

Love the 'Oliver pining for Clark' cap, followed by 'Clark thinking filthy thoughts about Lex'.
Such is the SV chain-of-love!
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[User Picture]From: chatchien
2009-12-09 05:31 am (UTC)
Oh I like that picture of Dr. Helen Bryce in Lex's Disco Room of Clark. The look on her face. What do you do when the man that you are dating and about to marry has a secret room devoted to a jailbait boy? Me, I would run, but Dr. Bryce was made of sterner stuff. She married Lex and then dumped him in the ocean. That was when I knew that I liked her.

Chloe and Lana in the Talon Coffee Shop. I forgot how pretty and tasty all the pastries looked. Just like the girls, cute as muffins, both of them.

Lex did make bald look good.

Thanks for answering the challenge.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-10 03:09 am (UTC)
It was a fun challenge to do!

I like that picture of Dr. Helen Bryce in Lex's Disco Room of Clark. The look on her face. What do you do when the man that you are dating and about to marry has a secret room devoted to a jailbait boy? Me, I would run, but Dr. Bryce was made of sterner stuff. She married Lex and then dumped him in the ocean. That was when I knew that I liked her.
As soon as Helen sees the room, it's all over with her! And poor Lex - he seems to think she'll actually accept the room as a collection of dispassionate research, when really it's his epic LOVE for Clark writ large.

Chloe and Lana in the Talon Coffee Shop. I forgot how pretty and tasty all the pastries looked. Just like the girls, cute as muffins, both of them.
I miss the days when the Talon was busy and everyone would rendezvous there.
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2009-12-09 08:22 am (UTC)
I always love seeing Smallville through your eyes. You show me anew how intertwined Clark and Lex are, how inseparable. Lex may be away for now, but not forever; this dance is far from over. You start with the moment I've always seen as Clark's sexual awakening, when he learned the full power of his desire, and how to control it. It's a nice choice to show father and son together, as Jonathan practically burst with pride to see the physical manifestation of his son's prowess that day, his admiration for Clark for once untempered by warnings or platitudes.

Next we see Clark's introduction to the FoS, the boundless knowledge therein represented, of course, by an impressively large ice dildo. :) Clark is confused and searching for self-awareness, but one searing, sidelong glance tells Lex everything he needs to know: his boy is a hero, he loves him, and that's all that matters. He will seek his answers, but nothing he finds will change that. Women will always be a part of their lives; they're both the kind of men to whom women are irresistibly drawn. But no woman can touch what they mean to one another.

Lana, Chloe, and Lois: they're all lovely, they're all Clark's friends, and they all vie for his attention. But as long as Lex is around, it never seems to work out with any of them. Indeed, sexually aggressive women scare the heck out of Clark, as we see by how hilariously he retreats to safety behind Lois in Devoted. And yet he can show his feelings for Lex with no reservations whatsoever, throwing himself into Lex's arms, and looking at him with open hunger, much to Lex's delight. Even when Lex is married, Clark is there, inescapable.

BTW, I love the irony of the BTS shot from Aqua you included, where it's obvious that the three actresses on this show have a wonderful working relationship, while the fans who purport to champion them are often at each other's throats.

Other boys don't stand a chance either. Stop pining for Clark, Oliver, he'll never be yours.

The contrast you've shown between Clark and Lex is heartbreaking. Both boys contend with being different, feeling alien, but while Clark has parents and friends who love and support him in all that he does, Lex has loneliness and the twisted mind games his father thinks will make him strong. Lex endures, and finds refuge in his friendship with Clark, but in the end he remains an outsider. It haunts him, and me. *sniffles*

My God, that cap (third from the bottom) of Lex looking over at Jonathan and Clark is stunning. I miss Michael's acting so much! Thank you so much for putting this together. I guess the beauty of a wordless picspam is that we each take from it what we will. These pics certainly spoke to me, although I don't know if I heard the message you intended. In any case, you make me realize how integral Lex is to Clark's story. I like the story they're telling now, a lot, but I'll never mistake it for the same one that made me fall in love with Smallville in the first place.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2009-12-10 03:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! You always leave such lovely & gratifying comments! ♥

I love the irony of the BTS shot from Aqua you included, where it's obvious that the three actresses on this show have a wonderful working relationship, while the fans who purport to champion them are often at each other's throats.
I cheated a little, including a bts shot, but that's exactly what I wanted to convey: Tom & his three leading ladies, having a laugh, enjoying each others' company.

Indeed, sexually aggressive women scare the heck out of Clark, as we see by how hilariously he retreats to safety behind Lois in Devoted.
He's so happy when the girls turn up and he can take refuge from Mandy! I love how puppyish Tom looks there, while Lois & Chloe have their sardonic faces on, protecting Clark from ravishment.

The contrast you've shown between Clark and Lex is heartbreaking. Both boys contend with being different, feeling alien, but while Clark has parents and friends who love and support him in all that he does, Lex has loneliness and the twisted mind games his father thinks will make him strong. Lex endures, and finds refuge in his friendship with Clark, but in the end he remains an outsider. It haunts him, and me.
It makes me understand why after seven seasons, Michael was ready to go: there's only so much tragedy & sorrow you can embody. He threw his all into Lex and inhabiting that character would start to be just too much sadness after a time, even for someone as naturally sunny & ebullient as Michael.

You start with the moment I've always seen as Clark's sexual awakening, when he learned the full power of his desire, and how to control it. It's a nice choice to show father and son together, as Jonathan practically burst with pride to see the physical manifestation of his son's prowess that day, his admiration for Clark for once untempered by warnings or platitudes.
For me, "Heat" is one of the perfect episodes, every character exactly right. And I love the naughty visuals - that particular angle of the scarecrow er, riding the post is no accident I think!

You show me anew how intertwined Clark and Lex are, how inseparable. Lex may be away for now, but not forever; this dance is far from over.
I loved two particular final Clex moments Tom & Michael gave to us in S7: Michael changing his last line in "Arctic" to include "I love you" and from Apocalypse, Tom's direction of the scene I used for the final 'cap, the boys with their faces blurring into each other, into a single merged identity. I love that Tom thought of that and his flawless execution of it (and note that he modestly puts himself in the background & Michael in the foreground.)

In any case, you make me realize how integral Lex is to Clark's story. I like the story they're telling now, a lot, but I'll never mistake it for the same one that made me fall in love with Smallville in the first place.
Aw, thanks! Well, the wonder of SV is that people fall in love with it at different times & for different reasons! I will always be grateful for the wondrous, shiny innocence of the early seasons & for 7 seasons of Clex- what a gift!
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