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Smallville in TV Guide
The good news is that Smallville gets a mention in the April 26-May 2, 2010, issue of TV Guide. The bad news is that you'd never know Clark was even in Sacrifice from their coverage. Kudos to Justin Hartley for his writing credit on the episode, and I look forward to seeing the story he crafted. I just think we've already had enough episodes focusing on characters other than Clark this season.







I do, however, know that Clark is indeed in Sacrifice, because we have a still to prove it.



In other news, the CW has issued a press release to promote their upcoming May Sweep schedule. Their focus for Smallville seems to be on Chloe, Clark, and Zod, in that order, with no mention of Oliver or Lois.

Friday, April 30

SMALLVILLE — “Sacrifice” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Tess (Cassidy Freeman) breaks into Watchtower, triggering an elaborate security system that Chloe (Allison Mack) installed, ultimately trapping the two women inside. Clark (Tom Welling) realizes Zod (Callum Blue) has given his soldiers super powers.

Friday, May 7

SMALLVILLE — “Hostage” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

Much to Clark’s (Tom Welling) surprise, Martha Kent (guest star Annette O’Toole) returns to Smallville with her new boyfriend, Perry White (guest star Michael McKean), in tow. Chloe (Allison Mack) helps Clark search for the Book of Rao, which they believe contains information on how to stop Zod (Callum Blue) and his army.

Friday, May 14

SEASON FINALE

SMALLVILLE — “Salvation” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)

When Zod (Callum Blue) and the Kandorians launch their brutal attack on Earth, Chloe (Alison Mack) calls in some old friends to join the fight against the aliens. Clark (Tom Welling) and Zod face off in an epic battle for the control of Earth.


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duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: April 21st, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sigh* I'm not happy at all with how second part of the season is playing out. :/

Chloe (Allison Mack) helps Clark search for the Book of Rao, which they believe contains information on how to stop Zod (Callum Blue) and his army.

Didn't Jor-El hid it in the Kent house, and Chloe saw him do it on camera? And then conveniently forgot to tell Clark about one of the last things his Father did on this planet...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think Jor-El was taking the Book of Rao FROM the farmhouse, where he had hidden it previously. I think that's the whole reason he went to Smallville, to retrieve it. So Chloe doesn't know where it is, but of course that doesn't excuse her keeping what she saw a secret from Clark.

For all I know they'll retcon it, and we'll find out Clark has known about it all along, and just never mentioned it onscreen. :P

Is all this focus on Chloe in the media the show's way of sucking up to AM to get her to sign a new contract, or do they just love Chloe that much more than the actual hero of the show? *sigh*
legendsinlove From: legendsinlove Date: April 21st, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
HAWKMAN IS NOT HAPPY! (ok so it's Daniel, but either way the GUY WHO PLAYS HAWKMAN IS NOT HAPPY)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not happy either! Maybe I'm being too pessimistic, though. I guess we'll see.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that short description of Salvation already proves that the show is going exactly where you (and I) had hoped they wouldn't. Zod and his followers attack the Earth, and it never would have happened if Clark hadn't decided to save him. :(
jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 21st, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Being proved right sucks major donkey balls.

Fuck you Smallville. Just fuck you!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
"When Zod (Callum Blue) and the Kandorians launch their brutal attack on Earth"

That just says it all, doesn't it? And it's even worse than last season, because this time it's ALL on Clark. What the hell is the message they think they're sending? Is Clark NOT supposed to believe the best of people? Is he NOT supposed to save them? Even if Clark prevails in the end, they have completely undermined him as the hero he is supposed to be.

Am I missing something here? Because I really don't get it.

Fuck you Smallville is right. *rages*
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: April 21st, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
O gosh, this is so sickening... :((((

Quite obviously, everything Clark did this season will be another failure, so that the true heroes of the show, Chloe and Ollie, have to help him out in the final battle. In other words, they are validated and Clark´s approach is wrong.

I think I got an idea of the twisted reasoning of S&P: despite Clark being a total fail again, he will probably do something heroic and appear as the "strong victor" at the end. But this is just superficial sugar coating to please the dumb masses who believe that the hero of the story is the one who wins a big showdown. But in my book Clark would have been the hero if his plan had worked out better, so that he would have had to battle at most Zod and maybe a few others, not the whole bunch of Kandorians. So they will call guys like us nitpickers because we didn´t enjoy the epic battle and Clark´s superficial supermanly appearance because we dared to look beyond appearance and complain about the sad reality of the story... :((
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are so right. And how dumb is that? Superman is so much more than the guy who wins the big fight. The way they've set this up, any victory he has over Zod will just look like Clark having to clean up a mess he himself created, and the blood of anyone who gets hurt in the process will be on his hands.

First, in Pandora, they give us a Clark who walks away from his destiny because the girl he didn't even realize he was crushing on goes missing, and now, one of his best qualities puts the entire planet in danger. What are hell are they doing to our boy?
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: April 21st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm at the point where I just want the season to be over, with limited damage and fallout to the only two characters I even remotely care about anymore, individually and together (points at icon). Then I just want/hope Tom puts his foot down and says that season 10 is IT. Because any hint I read from Brian or Kelly about anything past season 10 makes me want to find them and hit them upside the head.

Sad thing is, all the way up through Conspiracy, I have really liked season 9, for the most part. I did think they were getting way too distracted by some things (*cough*Oliver*cough*), but I was actually engaged and enjoying the season, and it looked as if the second half maybe wouldn't fall apart like it always has since around season six.

Boy, how wrong I was. And this time it's worse because, for me, it feels like a "fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice . . ." situation. I know it's just a short blurb, but I'm not looking forwards to the finale at all.

And "epic battle"? I think the CW promo/OD writers should be banned from using those words, especially after the "epic" Doomsday fight from last season. :p

Edited at 2010-04-21 09:11 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm at the point where I just want the season to be over... Then I just want/hope Tom puts his foot down and says that season 10 is IT.

This is my feeling as well. Just get through what's left of S9, and hope they'll somehow find a way to give us the kick-ass final season we all deserve.

I've enjoyed most of this season, too, as you know from my reviews, and I expect to love parts of the remaining episodes. But the way this show treats Clark is just so discouraging to me. Like you say, that description of the finale is just a couple of sentences, but it manages to confirm my worst fears all the same. :(

And "epic battle"? I think the CW promo/OD writers should be banned from using those words, especially after the "epic" Doomsday fight from last season.

Seriously. I did like what we saw of Clark's showdown with Doomsday, but 1:45? That was a slap in the face after an entire season of hype. And this time I'm not looking forward to any battle, given what the conflict represents to Clark.
homicidalfink From: homicidalfink Date: April 21st, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
The epic boy-to-manhood of the world's most beloved superhero really is All About Chloe, isn't it.

I don't even know what else to say that's printable.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm never going to be okay with the show putting a greater emphasis on any character over Clark, but I could at least understand them giving Chloe time in the spotlight a la Lana's S8 arc if I thought this were her big send-off. But I have every expectation that she will be back in S10. And I shudder to think how she will be used to undermine Clark then.
kissme_myfool From: kissme_myfool Date: April 21st, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow they are really trying to get Chloe fans to a watch again, huh? Even as a Chloe fan, I see how much Chloe emphasis there is...

Little do they know, we're still not interested.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think they are courting Chloe fans, and perhaps Allison herself. But they don't understand what Chloe fans want any better than they get what Clark fans want. They've been assuring us that we'll love the finale for weeks now, and then their own description of it makes it clear that we won't. It would make me laugh if it didn't make me want to cry.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: April 21st, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I pretty much expected all this. It still hurts but it's a good thing that I gave up on SV a long time ago. After all, it's not a show about Clark Kent/Superman anymore so in my Superman universe SV is not happening at all.

So... what Val said above.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 21st, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never been closer to rock bottom, Carol, and it does hurt. I'm determined not to become someone who constantly hates on the show, and I'm sure I'll find lots to love in the episodes ahead, but this has been a very disheartening week. :(
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 21st, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clark (Tom Welling) and Zod face off in an epic battle for the control of Earth.

That sounds kinda promising . . . right?

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 22nd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
It does, but if Zod and his people attack, that makes it look like Clark screwed up when he decided to save Zod's life with his blood, thereby inadvertently giving Zod superpowers, which he then turned around and passed on to the rest of the Kandorians. They take one of Clark's best qualities, believing the best of people, and never giving up on anyone, and have it result in a bad outcome. And that sucks.

I haven't seen that icon in awhile. I've missed it! Now I want to see the Wonderfalls one with the cow creamer. :) *uses old school icon*
tasabian From: tasabian Date: April 21st, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
At the beginning of the season, Lois dominated screen time & Chloe had very little. I was bugged there wasn't enough focus on Clark. Now it sounds like Lois is shoved to the margins and Chloe goes front & center. And I'm bugged there isn't enough focus on Clark. Same thing more or less in S8. Did it never occur to these guys that it might be nice to alternate week by week? Focus on Clark, Lois & the Planet one week; focus on Clark, Chloe & JL the next week. Equal air time for the girls, with Clark's POV dominant. Then dovetail the two plotlines, the two halves of Clark's life, together for the finale.

That's nice that JH's episode got a good review! Hope there's more Tom-stuff than that description indicates.

Of all those spoilers, the one I hate most is Martha dating Perry. NO.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 22nd, 2010 01:22 am (UTC) (Link)
At the beginning of the season, Lois dominated screen time & Chloe had very little. I was bugged there wasn't enough focus on Clark. Now it sounds like Lois is shoved to the margins and Chloe goes front & center. And I'm bugged there isn't enough focus on Clark.

Exactly. They're doing it wrong. :( And your solution, as always, makes perfect sense. I'll never understand why writing for Clark is so challenging for them.

That's nice that JH's episode got a good review! Hope there's more Tom-stuff than that description indicates.

I was really hoping for a meaningful conversation between Clark and Oliver. I was interested to see Justin's take on that. I am still excited to see the episode. The script is by BQM, who is probably my favorite writer on the staff, so at least whatever we get of Clark should be good.

Of all those spoilers, the one I hate most is Martha dating Perry. NO.

I still can't quite believe that. Maybe it's some kind of undercover thing, and not real. But BP equating it to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner makes it sound like it is.
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miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: April 22nd, 2010 02:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh. Chloe does all sorts of cool and amazing things while Clark is surprised (twice), looks for something and maybe has a fight.

*retches*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 22nd, 2010 02:19 am (UTC) (Link)
And the hits just keep on coming. Thanks, Smallville!

*kicks show*

I'm gonna need more Angry!Tom icons.
sunflowercyn10 From: sunflowercyn10 Date: April 22nd, 2010 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I think its great that JH co-wrote this one but I'm still thunder struck that when you have a show about a guy...Clark Kent...who is really close to becoming the legendary Supes you decide to promote the Green Arrow/Chloe/Tess? Why would that make folks get excited for the final episodes? I don't have to tell you *smiles* but look at Tom Welling!!!! Just plaster his face around with the Supes symbol and that should be enough...no offense JH.

As for the focus of this episode....I am trying to be positive but when I read that now it comes down to Clark finding this Book of Rao to stop the Kandorians...like you I don't like where this is going.

Question...if Jor-El hid the Rao book at the Kent Farm many years before and retrieved it as his replicant copy....why doesn't Clark just go and talk to the AI Jor-El? *shrugs*
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 22nd, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

from MJ :)

My joking reaction when I saw the Sacrifice stills was to say:

"Who is that attractive man with the black hair? You know if he applied himself he could have his own TV show one day."

Oh wait a minute....

Hi Tariel. :) Thanks for letting me chat.
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la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: April 23rd, 2010 02:05 am (UTC) (Link)
"Q: You're often behind great CK episodes, but CK barely seems involved in Sacrifice. Any hope for this CK fan?

A: The O.D. was refreshingly Clark spoiler-free. Yes, he's in there. Doin' stuff. Lots of players on the board. Also doin' stuff."
I find this upsetting. I don't find a Clark mention annoying like he seems to think so. I don't see what's refreshing about a Clark spoiler-free O.D. The less Clark in the O.D., the less Clark in the epi. I'm not sure I could qualify one episode in S9 as Clark-centered. Now THAT would surely be refreshing.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
It's so hard to interpret tone in 140 characters or less, isn't it? I took his answer to mean that he thinks the Clark parts of the story are better when they are experienced fresh from the episode, in the order and context that the writer intended, rather than having bits and pieces spilled ahead of time in the OD. Al Septien has expressed a similar sentiment when talking about spoilers. But I could be totally off.
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