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 This is a review of the episode Quest that I saw posted elsewhere and wanted to share.  As a Clark fan, and a TW fan, I particularly liked what the reviewer said in regards to character and actor, and I thought it was a great perspective on Clark. 


If you are interested in some screentime statistics, join me
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While the screentime total for the character of Clark was 333m, 39s, the actual screentime total for Tom Welling was 366m, 52s.  This included the screentime where he was playing the character of BizarroBizarro's screentime was 33m, 13s.

Comparing to S6: 
Since S7 was 2 episodes shorter then S6, I am only using the screentime totals through 6x20
ETA: Adding S5 Totals as well

Clark :
398m, 50s
S6  345m, 15s
S7: 333m, 39s

176m, 9s
S6:  200m, 16s
S7: 177m, 17s

188m, 54s
S6: 223m, 11s
S7: 106m, 57s

180m, 38s
S6: 208m, 24s
S7: 176m, 52s

92m, 28s
S6: 100m, 35s
S7: 96m, 9s

Highs and Lows:

Apocalypse, 32m, 13s
Lowest:  Gemini, 5s (aka Popsicle Clark)

Fracture, 20m, 58s
Lowest:  Blue, 3m, 34s

Wrath, 20m
Lowest:  Bizarro, 44s

Sleeper, 18m, 43s
Lowest:  Veritas, 4m, 29s

Gemini, 18m, 1s
Lowest:  Action, 4m, 5s

Lara, 24m, 24s
Lowest:  Bizarro, 1m, 36s

  Sleeper, 22m, 54s
Lowest:  Traveler, 2s (Jimmy appears in the background of a DP scene, with no dialogue
Lowest w/acknowledgement of Jimmy in the episode:  Tie, Quest & Apocalypse, 4m, 58s

Traveler, 14m, 35s
Lowest:  Bizarro, 23s

Longest episode of the season:  Quest, 41m, 50s
Shortest episode of the season:  Veritas, 39m, 1s

If anyone else can think of a stat they'd like to know, just give a shout out and I'll post it for you.  :)

I didn't compare S5 totals to S6 & S7 because I don't have it broken down on paper the same way.  But I intend to find the information, and also post that.  Then when I get done with the earlier seasons, I can compare them all. 



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May. 19th, 2008 03:09 am (UTC)
Interesting... you don't use a stopwatch, do you? :P

Thnx for the link to the great review - I'm checking out the other 4 of the series!
May. 19th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
LOL, you are not the first person to ask me that. Actually, I watch the eps on my computer on using Media Player, and there's a timer on the bottom of the page that allows me to keep track. Its a tad tedious, but a stopwatch would be far worse.
May. 19th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
I almost posted a link to that review, too!! I LOVE what she has to say about Tom and Clark! I'm always happy to see any appreciation of my hero, and Clark, too. ;)

Your statistics are fascinating to me. Could you possibly list how many episodes each character was in? I'm curious about that.

I am immensely satisfied to see Lana's screentime decrease so dramatically. It makes you wonder how differently the episodes would have played out if KK hadn't been off making a movie after the strike. Thank you, KK!

Why in the world would they have Jimmy in an episode and give him no lines? Maybe he was in a scene that was cut?

Isn't it funny how everyone's screentime went down in S7? Is that because the episodes were shorter? What was the average length of an episode in each of the years? Or was it all those expendable minions sucking up all the screentime? LOL!

Thanks so much for compiling these stats. I know it's a lot of work, and I appreciate it!
May. 19th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Total of eps for each character:

Clark, Lex, Chloe : 20
Lana : 16
Lois, Kara, Jimmy, Lionel : 12

I have no doubt that KK's numbers would've been higher if she had appeared in eps 16-20. But I suspect she'd still have been behind MR and AM. For one thing, she had very little screentime in the first 3 eps. Also, she's strangely missing from eps like Fracture and Hero.

I have a feeling that AA was probably on set during Traveler, maybe filming something else (they sometimes film more then 1 ep at a time), and he wandered into the scene. Its very weird, but it counts.

I think Kara is a huge reason why everyone's screentime went down in S7. She had a significant amount of screentime, and some of it without any other regular cast member (the flashback in Lara is an exceptionally long sequence). Jimmy also seemed to get more screentime, though I didn't keep track of him in S6, so thats a guess.

I can't say whether the eps have gotten shorter, as I only jotted down the lenght of eps for S6 & S7, and they're pretty much the same. I'll keep track from now on.

May. 19th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
Duh! How could I blank on the fact that Kara was new this season? Sorry!

Thanks for the extra info!
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May. 19th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
IMO, Lex should have a lot more screentime in general. And the change in KK's number for this season is for obvious reasons. The most shocking change for me is the huge drop for TW between S5, and S's 6&7. The change in his screentime is significant, and I think the show has suffered for it. I'm really interested in the numbers for the earlier seasons.
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May. 19th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm going to add the S5 totals to my original post. I have them worked out now.

But for you:
S5: 398m, 50s
S6: 345m, 15s
S7: 366m, 52s
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May. 19th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
I thought the directing might be a factor, but really, when you look at the overall numbers, his screentime just dropped overall. In S5, he has several eps over 20m. In S6 & S7, its handful.

All I can say is that the perception that the show is focusing less on Clark, and we are seeing less Clark is proven by the numbers.
May. 19th, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for the stats! I really appreciate the hard work!

When we were complaining about the lack of Clark in season 6 we were right, in spite of some people denying the obvious. Of course putting so much focus on certain guest stars was one of the factors. And Kara was to blame this season. I wish the GA had been in less eps. and Kara had not been in SV at all! And of course, we got stupid episodes like "Static" in season 6 and "Sleeper" in season 7 that wasted so much screen time. The show has gone downhill these last two seasons, IMO, and one of the reasons is that it lost its focus. I hope it gets it back in season 8!

Thanks for the link to that review. I like what they writer says about Tom and Clark!
May. 19th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
We were absolutely right. Numbers do not lie. And I bet when I go back and do earlier seasons, Clark's numbers will be even higher, proving our claim that his screentime has been decreasing as the seasons go by. Will this change in S8? Even with the cast changes, why am I not confident about that?

I think what I liked most about that review was that it touched on a subject that I've been ranting about....the endless torture of Clark, whether it be physically or emotionally. I understand wanting vulnerability in Clark Kent, but this show has taken it to ridiculous extremes.

Edited at 2008-05-19 02:12 pm (UTC)
May. 19th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
It's so disheartening for me to see TW' screentime being progressively shortened, season to season. :-(

And unfortunately that's not the only depressing thing about these numbers. I mean, in what universe is it acceptable for Lana and Chloe' screentime to be more than Lex friggin Luthor'?!

Sometimes I am honestly baffled. Really. I know, this is SV, and yes, we have become accustomed to expect crap like this, but c'mon! Clark, the main 'effin character's screentime should ::never:: decrease with such alarming consistency, and Lex' screentime should ::always:: be significantly more than the supporting casts, in particular a fourth billed supporting player.


Thanks again for doing these numbers for us though! They're very telling.
May. 19th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
I also find the numbers very telling. I do believe they show an increasing disinterest in the character of Clark Kent. I know the arguement put forth was that TW needed more rest, but come on....does anyone really believe that? Because to be honest, I don't. And I think Lex's screentime numbers show a complete and total lack of talent on the part of the writers.

It is very frustrating. But I love having the data. LOL

May. 20th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
Ooh, this is interesting stuff. It really is telling how the numbers for Clark have just dropped massively from S5. Jeez. Is the show even about him anymore? :/
May. 20th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
It is interesting stuff. At least I think so.

Obviously, Clark still has a lot more screentime than any other character. But when you see the numbers, you realize that the feeling you've had that there's a lot less of him is no illusion.
May. 20th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)

Thanks for all your work, but I still feel blue about it all. *sigh*


May. 20th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, somehow SV facts can end up depressing the heck out of you. I'm not sure why thats the way it goes, but it does. :/
May. 23rd, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
In fact, I was expecting even more of a drop for Clark screen time from S5 to S6-7; which means about 3 minutes less per episode. It felt worse to me. Maybe because I feel that SV since S6 is not focused on Clark anymore; he seems to wander from place to place while things happen to other people.
May. 23rd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I know exactly what you mean. We can see that his numbers dropped, and the fact that his presence seems to be missing makes it seem like it should be even more of a drop. But I noticed, particularly in S6, that there were a lot of scenes with Clark in them, but the focus of the scene was elsewhere. This was clearly evident in a few of the GA episodes, where Clark just stood in the scene, and Oliver drove it. I also think S6's numbers are a bit skewed by the episode Labyrinth. Tom is in, literally, every single scene. He has about 37m of screentime. Take that episode out, then figure out his screentime average, I think you'd see a bigger drop.

In S7, I suspect Tom playing Bizarro caused a bit of a drop for Clark. But still, there were some eps, like Hero, where Clark just didn't seem to be in it as much as he should've. Cure is another such episode. In fact, I know they even cut a scene between Clark and Dr Knox. Why the hell would you do that?
May. 23rd, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Exactly, and thank you for the break down btw. I'm curious to know about the earlier seasons, as I agree that they will show more minutes than that.
I'm actually reading the companion books once again back to back, and I notice that writers and AlMiles always say about Clark that "For once, someone doesn't love him immediately" or "For once, he doesn't win", "It was nice to do a story about what's her face" or something to that effect. And no writers mention Clark as a favorite character.
I really think they lost the big picture on Clark and they don't realize that right now, hardly any character on the show likes Clark and he rarely dominates a situation.
In fact, I feel like I'm rooting for the underdog on that show!
May. 23rd, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
I always say the companion books should be required reading, because to understand whats going on on-screen, you really need to hear the writers in their own words. Its the classic "I don't think it means what you think it means". That describes SV writers vs most of the SV online community.

I actually get the sense, and have had it for a while, that not only do the SV writers not have much interest in Clark, I think goughlar actively Disliked the character. I do believe that they undermined him in their writing, and dismissed it to themselves by saying "Ah well, everyone knows he becomes Superman anyway".

I think the last writer SV had, who declared loudly that they loved Clark, was Jeph Loeb. He left sometime in S4. I think his absence has made a huge difference. I don't think Clark has a champion amongst the writers anymore. I know Chloe does. I know Lex does. I know Lana does. I think Lois does. And the way they've written Jimmy this season, can there be any doubt that the writers think he's hot shit? But Clark? No, I think Loeb was his last champion.

And yeah, I often think of Clark as the underdog...on a show that is supposed to be about him. How messed up is that?

Edited at 2008-05-23 10:57 pm (UTC)
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