Re: "...a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent": Does this not worry anyone els
No, you do not "hope for the best, but expect the worst" that's just absurd. CB fans are some of the most knee-jerk pessimistic people that I've encountered. As for the quote, no, it doesn't bother me at all. If Clark were already established, there'd be nowhere for his character to go, which is boring.