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Smallville: Brian Peterson talks to TVGuide.com
Okay, guys, the Smallville producers did a whole slew of interviews this morning, and I'll be posting them all as they go up. In this one, Brian Peterson talks to Natalie Abrams for TVGuide.com.

Smallville Producer: The Finale Is Clark's Redemption Hour
Apr 15, 2010 03:33 PM ET
by Natalie Abrams

If this season of Smallville has taught Clark Kent (Tom Welling) anything, it's that he needs to work in tandem with the Justice League or suffer serious consequences. Unfortunately, executive producer Brian Peterson says, Clark has even more tough lessons to learn before the season ends. Through the hardships — which include an identity crisis, some double crossing, and the reveal of an even bigger foe — Peterson says Clark will find redemption and finally step into a leadership position in the Season 9 finale. Read on for Peterson's take on the Red Queen, the return of Perry White and Martha Kent and much more.

TVGuide.com: What does it mean that the hero has been wearing black all season?
Brian Peterson:
At the end of last season, Clark made a decision that threw him into really embracing his Kryptonian identity. In our minds, that really involved giving up his relationships and everything that he had known as his human connection, so all of that was the color in his life. He embraced a very dark version of who he thinks the hero he needs to be will become.

This season has been about Clark exploring an identity as Clark Kent and a very separate identity as this cold, saving Kryptonian. That will propel us into the next season, where he has evolved out of that. He's been in his Kryptonian cocoon, and he will evolve out of that into the hero we all recognize. For everybody who goes out to be a hero for good, you have to struggle with the darkness before you really can come out the other side of it.

TVGuide.com: Speaking of being dark, will Chloe (Allison Mack) be held accountable for her immoral spying this season?
Peterson:
Yes, absolutely. In this week's episode, she's definitely held accountable for it. It absolutely comes to a head in Episode 20, in "Sacrifice." That's where everything comes home to roost for Chloe's actions this year.

TVGuide.com: Zod (Callum Blue) is really trying to usurp Clark as the savior of mankind, but he only really wants to save the Kandorians.
Peterson:
Right. Clark is really caught in an increasingly difficult predicament. On one hand, he has to be the savior of Earth, but on the other hand, he finally has live, flesh-and-blood Kryptonians in front of him that his father, in his dying breath, told him to save. He wants to win over and save this different race, but he's very protective of the humans. That will come to a pretty big climax in the finale.

TVGuide.com: Lois is being duped by Zod, who is acting like the Blur for his own means. What will come of that?
Peterson:
What we see is how reverent Lois is toward the Blur and how much she's willing to protect him and fight for him. Unfortunately it's the wrong Blur, so that gets Lois into some significant hot water.

TVGuide.com: How will Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark's relationship continue to develop? Will you deviate from the mythology and let Lois in on the secret?
Peterson:
What we've been trying to do is build the relationship in our version of the mythology. So, we're really trying to be true to how each of the characters would be acting in the situation they're in. Lois is hiding something from Clark and talking to the Blur behind his back. Clark is trapped in knowing he has two separate relationships with Lois — one as this huge faceless hero, one as this real genuine guy right in front of her. That all comes to a head towards the end of the season.

TVGuide.com: What can you say about the Red Queen? Some fans seem to think that it's Martha Kent (Annette O'Toole).
Peterson:
Obviously I don't want to tip it one way or another because we have a lot of players on the board that could be the Red Queen. But the Red Queen will continue to play a role all the way through the rest of the season. We'll find out that the Red Queen trumps almost everybody we thought was actually in control and becomes a really big power player in the show. It's a really fun direction for the end of the season.

TVGuide.com: What can you tease about Perry White (Michael McKean) and Martha's return to Smallville?
Peterson:
Martha and Perry return in a very fun, "look who's coming to dinner" episode, because they come at a very inconvenient time for Lois and Clark in their relationship. The episode is very fun, but I think it pays off certain things that we've been planning with our mythology through the series.

TVGuide.com: I hear we see a lot more of the Justice League in the finale.
Peterson:
There are some members of the Justice League and Justice Society that make cameo appearances. It's really Clark's moment to shine and take the leadership that we saw a glimmer of in "Absolute Justice."

TVGuide.com: Last year's finale was described as Clark's darkest hour. How will this year's finale compare for him?
Peterson:
We tried to thread it all the way through. So, really the finale is Clark's redemption for everything that happened last year in "Doomsday." We really needed to put Clark through a journey to get to where he's going to be. I think fans will be very happy.

What storylines are you looking forward to coming together in the finale?


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duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: April 15th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
His choice of words is irksome. Out of all the characters Clark's the one in need of redemption? *palmface*

But all in all, it is a really good interview. And it's nice to see some new questions *
cough*noBatmanmention*cough*
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 15th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Redemption? I do not think that word means what you think it means, Brian Peterson. :P

I am encouraged by a lot of what he says, especially wrt Chloe. He'd better not be lying! And he'd better know what "accountable" means!
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: April 15th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Redemption? What an offensive crap. Peterson really has no clue what Superman is or stands for. Each time he opens his mouth he just annoys me to no end. What about Ollies redemption for his back-stabbing?

At least there seems to be some hope for a finale that portrays Clark as a hero. But I better don´t get my hopes up too high.

Sorry for the rant! :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 15th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't apologize! Rants welcome here! :)

Redemption?! WTF? I'm just going to ignore that, it's ridiculous.

I like the rest of what he says about Clark in the finale. *fingers crossed*
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: April 15th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, colour me hopeful!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 15th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me, too! Some of it sounds really good!
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: April 15th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
First off, I’m amazed that BP talks more about Clark in this interview then he did in oh, I don’t know, all his life. I think the showrunners finally got the message that they need to keep viewers interested by talking a bit about the main character.
My grasp of English is not perfect, but is he talking about Clark’s redemption as if Clark needs to redeem himself?? Why?? I’m not sure I understand this.
Did you read the AOL spoiler about Martha’s return? It seems that Perry is her new boyfriend. I hope we’ll get something more original then 2 couples feeling awkward at the Kent farm.
Clark taking the leadership in the finale is all good, but I’ll believe it when I see it.
The questions were very relevant.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
First off, I’m amazed that BP talks more about Clark in this interview then he did in oh, I don’t know, all his life.

LOL! I know! I think the interviewers got the message, too, and asked the right questions.

He is talking about Clark's redemption, and no, it doesn't make any sense. :P

I did hear that about Martha and Perry! I was kind of hoping it was some undercover thing and not real, but with the "guess who's coming to dinner" reference, now I don't know. And I don't know how I feel about the possibility of them being together. :/

I'll believe it when I see it, too. But I'm hoping hard in the meantime!
homicidalfink From: homicidalfink Date: April 15th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm cautiously hopeful about this, aside from the 'redemption' that BP seems to think Clark needs.

Perhaps that word doesn't mean what he thinks it means.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps that word doesn't mean what he thinks it means.

LOL! I just said the same thing upthread. Princess Bride FTW! :)

I'm cautiously optimistic as well. *hopes hard*
homicidalfink From: homicidalfink Date: April 16th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC) (Link)
GMTA. :)

I'm just taking it episode by episode in these last few weeks before summer hiatus. There's a lot of potential if they don't screw it up.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I read spoilers if I come across them, but I don't seek them out, and I try not to let myself speculate too much. I'm with you, one episode at a time. And hope for the best.

I'm looking forward to Upgrade tomorrow. The clips look good, and no matter what, there will be lots of Clark.
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: April 15th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Two things:

1. TVGuide.com: What does it mean that the hero has been wearing black all season?

Brian Peterson: At the end of last season, Clark made a decision that threw him into really embracing his Kryptonian identity. In our minds, that really involved giving up his relationships and everything that he had known as his human connection, so all of that was the color in his life. He embraced a very dark version of who he thinks the hero he needs to be will become.

This season has been about Clark exploring an identity as Clark Kent and a very separate identity as this cold, saving Kryptonian. That will propel us into the next season, where he has evolved out of that. He's been in his Kryptonian cocoon, and he will evolve out of that into the hero we all recognize. For everybody who goes out to be a hero for good, you have to struggle with the darkness before you really can come out the other side of it.


This actually makes me feel a lot better about how they've been portraying Clark wrt his scenes with Tess this season. I personally don't have a problem with it because if Tess were a man, no one would blink twice about it, but seeing this as another lesson that the proto-Superman has to learn makes me feel like this isn't necessarily how the PTB see Superman, but as another lesson on the journey: Dangling women is not necessarily how you go about things.

2. TVGuide.com: Speaking of being dark, will Chloe (Allison Mack) be held accountable for her immoral spying this season?

Peterson: Yes, absolutely. In this week's episode, she's definitely held accountable for it. It absolutely comes to a head in Episode 20, in "Sacrifice." That's where everything comes home to roost for Chloe's actions this year.


I'm SO glad this question was asked because, while I'm still bracing myself for Sacrifice, the fact that one of the producers acknowledged that Chloe's actions have been just shy of insane makes me think that maybe they actually do know what they're doing this year.

Although I am as irritated as everyone about his choice of wording for Clark's so called "redemption". I'm hoping the redemption he means is the whole "turning his back on humanity" thing and not the events that led up to it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
The word redemption in connection with Clark makes me crazy. I hope it doesn't play out that way.

Clark manhandling Tess as an extension of his Kryptonian side, one that he will ultimately reject, actually works for me, as long as we hear Clark articulate that on the show.

I hope Brian's idea of accountable matches mine. I kind of doubt Chloe will face any true consequences for her actions, though. :(
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jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: April 15th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree - I substituted validation for redemption.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Validation is exactly what I want for Clark, and the rest of it made me quite hopeful.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 15th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
If this season of Smallville has taught Clark Kent (Tom Welling) anything, it's that he needs to work in tandem with the Justice League or suffer serious consequences.

But lets just ignore that when Clark TRIED to work with the Justice League at the end of last season, they stabbed him in the back. LITERALLY! But no, its bad, bad Clark for not working with them.

So, we start this interview off with a major crock of shit.

Clark has even more tough lessons to learn before the season ends.

OF COURSE he does. Same ol', same ol'

Peterson says Clark will find redemption

For what does he need to be redeemed?

and finally step into a leadership position in the Season 9 finale.

Well, Chloe must be off screen, or dead, because I think Clark would have to wrest control from her teeny, tiny grip.

This season has been about Clark exploring an identity as Clark Kent and a very separate identity as this cold, saving Kryptonian. That will propel us into the next season, where he has evolved out of that. He's been in his Kryptonian cocoon, and he will evolve out of that into the hero we all recognize.

He has? Am I the only person who hasn't been getting this impression from the show? At all?

For everybody who goes out to be a hero for good, you have to struggle with the darkness before you really can come out the other side of it.

Well, not Clark Kent. Not usually. I think Peterson is mistaking Superman with Batman again.

In this week's episode, she's definitely held accountable for it. It absolutely comes to a head in Episode 20, in "Sacrifice." That's where everything comes home to roost for Chloe's actions this year.

Might I suggest no one holding their breath...just in case.

Peterson: There are some members of the Justice League and Justice Society that make cameo appearances. It's really Clark's moment to shine and take the leadership that we saw a glimmer of in "Absolute Justice."

That sounds good. Now lets see if they deliver.

I think fans will be very happy.

Whenever Souders or Peterson say this, I feel like someone is walking over my grave. Terrifying!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC) (Link)
So, we start this interview off with a major crock of shit.

Absolutely! But aren't those Natalie's words, rather than Brian's? I never know if the intro she writes comes from something else the interview subject said, or her own personal view of the show, but I rarely like it.

Well, Chloe must be off screen, or dead, because I think Clark would have to wrest control from her teeny, tiny grip.

I'm hoping that's exactly what it means. I want her off the screen and off the show. Enough is enough.

He has? Am I the only person who hasn't been getting this impression from the show? At all?

I haven't seen this either. I honestly don't know what the hell he's talking about. The way Clark was with Tess when he needed to save Jor-El and then Lois?

Well, not Clark Kent. Not usually. I think Peterson is mistaking Superman with Batman again.

Hey, I love this show, and I'm glad it's been renewed again, but the ONLY reason for that struggle is to make the series last longer.

Might I suggest no one holding their breath...just in case.

Yeah, I'm pretty cynical about that one myself. :P

Whenever Souders or Peterson say this, I feel like someone is walking over my grave. Terrifying!

I know! Like they have any idea what would make a Clark fan happy!
jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 16th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen this either. I honestly don't know what the hell he's talking about. The way Clark was with Tess when he needed to save Jor-El and then Lois?

Oh, good, because I thought I was missing something obvious.

I guess thats the Clark story thats been happening in Offscreensville somewhere.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I do wonder what show the producers and writers are watching. Al Septien's tweets explaining various unsolved mysteries on the show have been awesome, but I can't tell you how many times I've been surprised by what he has to say.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: April 15th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clark needs redemption for what happened in Doomsday????? Arggggggg!!!!!! Words fail me. Rage makes me spechless.

Even when BP finally talks about Clark in an interview, instead of just ignoring him, he has the ability to make me want to punch him in the face (and I'm not a violent person!)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I still can't believe he said that, Carol! Redemption?! What about Oliver?! What about Chloe?!

I did find the rest hopeful, though. Not that I really trust anything BP ever says.
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: April 15th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm hopefully optimistic about the rest of the season after reading this article. It actually makes me think I'll really like it and not be sick and disappointed like I was last year.

Except with the choice of the word "redemption". I'm on the wagon with everybody else about that. Plus, I don't think Clark's plan of pulling away from everybody really lasted that long. It seems like it only lasted until Lois came back so I don't really see him as being all in with his alien side like the showrunners seem to think he has.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm hopeful, too! Don't dash my hopes, Smallville!

I see it the same way. When he came back at the end of Metallo, he came back in every way. He has continued to keep his distance from Chloe a bit, but I would say he's following her lead there.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 16th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. He's really talking it up today.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
He was definitely making the rounds! There are at least two more that I know of.
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