I was watching the first scene of Fortune and I noticed a few things that I hadn’t noticed before. I love the little head nod that Tess gives Clark when she walks away from him. I also think the look Clark has on his face when she & Lois walk away is awesome as well. It makes you wonder what he would have done if she and Tess had gotten to be closer on the show because you know wacky hijinks would ensue considering the situations they’ve both been in over the years. Poor Clark would’ve been worried all the time.
I also thought this scene was cute as well. I’m assuming the veil falling wasn’t in the script, but I loved that it was kept in anyway.
I was having a conversation with a friend about Smallville and we talked about which characters were our favorites and I decided to come up with a list. I figured it would be easy but, it was actually a somewhat difficult process. I think each of the characters held a purpose on the show even if I wasn’t necessarily fond of some of those characters. It the end it came down to which characters had the most memorable/lasting effect on me. Most of the characters I’ve chose were/have been main characters, but a few of them were my favorite recurring characters. This list basically consists of the characters that fall on the side of good, but I am thinking about doing a list that focuses on the villainous characters as well.
1.Clark Kent & Lois Lane: I know this is kind of cheating, but I really do put them on the same level in terms of how much I love them. I will admit that there have been times were Lois ranked a bit higher than Clark (she was my bright spot during seasons 5-7), but I couldn’t imagine enjoying one without the other for a long period of time at this point. They both bring different things to the table for me.
I love how kind hearted and trusting Clark can be. He always wants to give people a second chance even when that person might not deserve it. Throughout the show we also got to see just how much Clark’s presence can affect those around him. For example, characters like Whitney & Tess were both characters that started out one way (semi-villain & typical-bully), but were ultimately helped by Clark. I’d like to think with that help as well as his kindness and support really went a long way with them. Clark was loved by nearly every main character that was a part of the show (even the ones that eventually ended up hating him) and I think that also says a lot about his character. Something else I really love about Clark is how goofy/innocent he can be at times. It’s really refreshing to see a guy that looks like Clark with those attributes.
Lois isn’t as trusting and will always be more suspicious between the two, but I love that underneath that suspicion she has huge heart and will do what she can to help/protect those she cares about. I love seeing how creative and intelligent she is as well as fearless when it comes to most things. I always enjoyed the fact that she can make me laugh and cry depending on the circumstance. I love that she isn’t perfect and will be the first one to admit that she’s done something wrong and own up to it. I think a lot this has to do with Erica Durance’s portrayal, but I love she’s likable even when she’s doing things like she did with the therapist girl in Idol. I will always love how much she wants to change the world even if that means putting herself in danger.
I love that despite all their differences, Lois and Clark basically have the same moral compass and they both wants what’s best for each other and those around them. They both want to do what’s right and while they go about it in different manners, they still have the same goal.
2.Tess Mercer: My love for Tess didn’t come until the final season, but looking back I can enjoy the journey this character had during her time on the show. I still don’t really like the way she was used during much of season 8, but I it is interesting to look back on. I did however, enjoy her arc with Zod during the first half of Season 9 and I really began to take notice once she began to seek redemption. I think what drew me to her redemption was that she didn’t really make excuses for the things she did.. She slowly proved that she was trustworthy through her actions. Seeing her development during Season 10 gradually made me fall in love with her and I hoped for a happy ending for a woman that grew up in darkness. She was always looking for love and she wanted to belong and I am glad she managed to get a bit of that from Clark and the gang for little bit. I do love that her final act was to protect Clark. I will also say that Tess actually reminds me of Lois a bit in terms of personality. Both women have a tendency to hide their real feelings under bravado and both dealt with a lot growing up that clearly still effects them to this day. Obviously Lois has opened up more over the years and I’d think given more time, we might have gotten that with Tess. Something else I loved about Tess was that she was allowed to be intelligent and could constantly thwart people that underestimated her. I do wish we were allowed to see the more fun side of her though because other than Fortune and few other episodes, we didn’t see that side as much. I will admit that I have never really been all that interested in the Luthor storyline, but I did like seeing how Tess went from wanting to stand in for Lex to making her own way and helping the good guys in the end.
3. Martha Kent: While I would agree that Jonathan has a big effect on Clark’s life, I think I enjoyed Martha’s effect more. She was the buffer between Clark and Jonathan and while that might not seem like a big deal I believe it was. She was generally the more supportive of the two and I think that balanced them out as couple. She had many of the same fears as Jonathan, but also realized that holding Clark back wasn’t the best thing to do either. I liked that Smallville was able to give us a version of Martha that was a working woman and someone that wanted to make a difference. It’s clear that she was also a huge influence in Clark’s life. I also loved the similarities between Martha and Lois as well the fact that she bonded with Lois before she and Clark were romantically involved.
4.Jimmy Olsen/Henry Olsen: I know this particular character is a bit a sore point for many in light of “Doomsday”, but I really did enjoy his time on the show. I decided to combine the character we saw from 6-8 with the one that we saw in the Finale because they were basically the same to me and it would be hard to choose one of the other. I liked the relationship he built with Lois during Season 7 and that he thought the world of both Lois and Clark. The Lois/Jimmy stuff was probably the only thing I did really enjoy about Season 7 because we got to see the two of them investigative mode. I do wish the relationship with Clark was built up better because I think that would’ve been interested, but I liked that fact that Clark was actually on Jimmy’s side after the stuff with Davis happened. I also loved that his continued attempts to put Lois and Clark together romantically and I’m kind of bummed he didn’t get to see that his instincts about them were actually correct. I loved cameo in the Finale though part of me wants to pretend it’s the same Jimmy we knew before instead of his younger brother.
5. Emil Hamilton: Obviously Emil wasn’t a regular character, but I did enjoy all of his appearances on the show. I really liked seeing a character that wasn’t a hero nor super powered person on the team. I know we technically had Chloe and Tess later on, but I liked seeing someone come in that wasn’t initially connected to the main characters come in. I loved that during his last onscreen appearance in “Kent” he was able to reassure both Lois and Tess when he was talking to them about the developments. It was also nice having a doctor on the show that didn’t end up corrupt or dead like many of the doctors that have appeared on the show have.
6. Carter Hall/Hawkman: I’ll be honest and say that I was kind of ambivalent to Carter when he first appeared in Absolute Justice, but I loved each of his appearances afterwards. I really liked that he went from not wanting Clark’s help to ultimately helping both Clark and Lois in his own way. I think one of my favorite moments in Shield was when he came out right and told Lois to ask Clark when he realized she knew Clark’s secret. If it had been any other person, they would’ve played dumb or changed the subject. I liked that he was honest with her and helped sway her to come back home. I thought it was great that the writers chose to parallel his relationship Shayera to Lois & Clark’s. He’s gruff, but it’s clear underneath all that he does really care.
7.Victor Stone/Cyborg: He was only ina few episodes, but I think out of all the heroes on the show, I’ve enjoyed Victor’s appearances the most.He’s a bit more toned down than the other heroes like Bart and AC and I think that’s part of the reason I like him. Once again I liked the similarities to Clark’s issues that he was going through with the secret. I know Smallville gets a lot flack since Cyborg technically shouldn’t be around, but I really liked the addition of a black hero to Smallville’s version of the JLA. I do wish we’d gotten to see a bit more of him on the, but I’ve always enjoyed each of his appearances.