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Smallville Spoiler from EW
My Entertainment Weekly came in the mail today, and Michael Ausiello's Spring TV Preview had this to say about Smallville:

"A long-running character bites the dust, and in possibly related news, a manhunt for Chloe (Allison Mack) and Doomsday (Sam Witwer) will dominate this season's final two episodes."

So, this has to mean they're going exactly where I've been dreading, right? We end the season with Clark dead after the big fight with Doomsday? Ugh. I think that's so stupid. As I was just saying in huzzlewhat's journal today, I don't like the whole Doomsday storyline. It worked in the comics because OMG, they killed Superman, and the whole world reeled. But Smallville's Clark Kent isn't Superman yet, no one (well, except for every regular character outside of maybe Lois, and at least half the inmates of Belle Reve) knows he's supposedly invulnerable, and if he dies, no one really cares except his friends and family. He's not yet a symbol of hope for the whole world whose loss will devastate millions. It's not the same at all, unless I'm missing something big. And we all know he's not going to stay dead, but the last thing I want to carry around with me all summer is the image of my boy, battered, bleeding, and gone forever. :(

Unless you think they're killing off Chloe for the third time? Yeah, I don't think so either. That would be equally stupid, but marginally more suspenseful, I suppose.

ETA: Well, since Ausiello now says there are two deaths, one a Smallville vet and one not so much, and that both deaths will stick, that obviously changes everything. The non-vet has to be Davis, and as for the other? They could cop out and kill someone who is no longer on the show, like Lana or Pete, but if they mean business, I think it has to be Chloe. :( Darren Swimmer flat out said Chlois was not going to happen, and I believed him. But obviously those of you who think he lied are going to anticipate this as the defining moment for the Chlois theory. I guess we'll all find out in May!

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simplytoopretty From: simplytoopretty Date: March 6th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Half the time people don't stay dead on Smallville. So my reaction is 'meh'. It's going to be Clark, I think, and it won't have the same impact as it did in the comics, but that seems to be what the show set up when they introduced Doomie.

Otherwise, why bring in the villain that kills Superman?

Edited at 2009-03-06 06:07 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Otherwise, why bring in the villain that kills Superman?

Oh, I know, I've just been in denial, hoping the patented Smallville touch would somehow translate into them not going there. *sighs*

This is why I read spoilers. Forewarned is forearmed. By the time it actually plays out on my TV screen, I'll be ready for it.
superheroine From: superheroine Date: March 6th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
ME AND THIS SHOW ARE FUCKING DONE PROFESSIONALLY!!! I just wanted to use that at least once. XD Honestly I am so over this show I dont even care what happens, but I wont lie and say it wont bother me if they kill Our Girl, and I have a feeling that is where they are going with this.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, I don't think it's Chloe. I think they pretty much have to kill off Clark, since everyone's been expecting it from the moment they introduced Doomsday. I'm just not looking forward to it. There's no mystery to it, and therefore nothing to catch my interest. I'd much rather see something original.
legendarytobes From: legendarytobes Date: March 6th, 2009 06:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I confess I think it's Clark and he'll be revived by ep 9.01. It's very anti-climatic cause we know about the contracts and who's coming back and so even if Chloe or Clark die, there's a McGuffin out there to bring them back and it's all reset by 9.01 or 9.02.

When no one stays dead in a finale (and the only ones who HAVE died and stayed dead are the Kent Baby and Jason Teague), it becomes boring and stale and a stunt that no one buys. So I'm meh.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree, I would never take a character death in a Smallville finale at face value. Was there even one person on the planet who believed Lana blew up in S6? They could only play that card and expect us to buy it once, which they did at the end of S3. And if it hadn't been for Supernatural, Jason wouldn't have died either, I'm sure.

I don't like them borrowing from the comics when it means we already know everything that's going to happen. How boring. The only question now is, will it be Chloe or Lois who mirrors the comics by cradling the dead Clark in her arms?
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legendarytobes From: legendarytobes Date: March 6th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it's the build up. Deaths you don't see coming work best for TV. In this case, if Dooms didn't "kill" Clark, it'd feel like "What's the point of bringing him on?"

So, yawn, another death that's gonna be fixed in the premiere like Lana exploding or Lex being poisoned or ...etc.
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gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: March 6th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I basically agreed with you in Huzzlewhat's journal and I agree with you here. To have Doomsday kill Clark (and it'd be his third death on Smallville) has no emotional impact. Unless, they do the thing where Clark traps him somewhere, and doesn't kill him, and then there's the thing where you know he's going to come back but when. Maybe he throws him out into space (OR Something. And thinks Doomsday's never coming back?

That way the storyline when Doomsday does come back....well he's out for revenge? Maybe? *ponders*

By the way I friended you. We have much in common!!! Hi!!!!! *waves*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Hi! *adds you back* We do have a lot in common! Don't let the lack of Supernatural entries fool you. I love that show, I've just been struggling to talk about it recently. *sighs*

Ooh, I like the way you think! Leaving the Doomsday thing unresolved would be a much better way to go. It could be like Bizarro was. As long as he doesn't come back all emasculated by his love for a woman, that is. I guess Davis is already there with Chloe, but presumably Doomsday is still a killing machine. :)

Killing Superman in the comics was a daring, original story that took the world's breath away. I'm afraid that by co-opting that story for Smallville, the show can do nothing but disappoint.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: March 6th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's funny because when I first read the spoiler, I automatically assumed they were going to kill Chloe. Then you reminded me about the whole "Doomsday kills Clark," thing. :-(

I've been reading some random stuff where people are speculating how many episodes Tom is going to be in next season. I just automatically assumed he'd be in all 22 (or however many there are). I'll be really pissed if he's not in every episode but Chloe is. I know that TPTB forget sometimes, but this is NOT the Chloe show. One person was even suggesting that Clark only appear in 14 episodes and have Oliver/Green Arrow as the main character in the other ones. No!! I like Oliver, but again, this isn't his show. It never even occurred to me that Tom wouldn't be in all of the episodes, but what if that's how they got him to re-sign for another season? *worried*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know, I suppose anything's possible, but I think it would be crazy to have Smallville without Clark, even for a single episode. I guess I could see him going for a deal that gave him more time off, or one that let him direct more and act less. I wonder if they'll tell us anything about Tom's deal, ever.

The site that suggested the season be split between Clark and Oliver has never been a strong supporter of Clark or Tom, IMO, so even though I rolled my eyes at that suggestion, I wasn't terribly shocked to see it.

I've seen speculation that Ausiello's referring to Chloe or Lois, but I still think it's going to be Clark. Not that I'd want it to be either of the other two instead.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, you're right. I guess I'll have to wait and see how they handle it, but I've lost my confidence in the current team, I'm afraid. *sighs*
jeannev From: jeannev Date: March 6th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh. wow. smallville. has. never. done. something. like. this.

the. suspense. is. killing. me.

Really, this show has long since worn out my patience this season.

Killing Clark would suck, and really lacks emotional resonance. And frankly, if Chloe cries her tears of suck over his body and brings him back to life, I'm going TO HURL.

And if Chloe dies? Again? It will be as suspenseful as Lana dying at the end of S6, meaning not at all. Even if I thought that she'd be killed off permenantly, why would I want to see more of that heartbreak poured onto Clark? Jesus, its hard to believe in Clark being Superman when they work so hard breaking his spirit, and crushing him into dust.

I just believe this entire 2nd half of the season is made of complete and utter fail, unless you are into Chloeville and Emo-Davisdoomsdayville. I don't watch the show for any of that.

If they were building towards a Clark/emo-Dooms confrontation, they should've spent far more time this season building up a relationship of some form between Clark and Davis, and they shouldn't have made it revolve around a female. Shades of the Bizarro debacle all over again.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not funny, but YOU are. *giggles*

I agree that a lot of the spoilers don't sound good, but you know me, I'll hope for the best anyway. But no character death is going to sit well with me.

The whole parallel with Bizarro didn't even occur to me until just last night as I was replying to another comment upthread. It really is going to be King Kong, isn't it? Except the hero will die, too. It all sounds really bad to me.

OTOH, I think that new Infamous clip is adorable. I don't know what to think, or what to expect in the weeks ahead. These are crazy times for this show!
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: March 6th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
i don't think it'll be clark if we're having a season 9. But Chloe most likely and Tess or Doomsday. This sucks.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
In light of the new spoilers, I have to think it's Chloe, too. :( And Davis for sure. Of course, they could always kill off someone who isn't even on the show anymore, but if this is for real, I don't know who else it could be.

Obviously the Chloisers will think Lois is going to die, but I just don't believe the show is going that way. IDK, I guess we'll see. Wow.
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: March 6th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
btw, cloiser_trish posted a new spoiler and I reposted it on my blog and the people that die will stay dead and not come back. =(
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the heads up! I went into a meeting for a couple of hours and my flist had exploded with the news when I got back!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: March 6th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, I know this is serious stuff, but this:

But Smallville's Clark Kent isn't Superman yet, no one (well, except for every regular character outside of maybe Lois, and at least half the inmates of Belle Reve) knows he's supposedly invulnerable

almost made me choke on my lunch.

OK, serious now. And your point is very valid. *hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 6th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Well, it is kind of ridiculous how many people know Clark's "secret." :)

So now Ausiello says there are two deaths, and that they're going to stick! Obviously not Clark, then. I'm sure one is Davis, and I'm afraid the other one will be Chloe. :(
From: loislane85 Date: March 6th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am *REALLY* hoping its Lana... thought I doubt it would be. I am going to have to agree, and say that it's probably going to end up being poor Chloe.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 7th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know why they have to kill people off either. I guess so they can leak the news, and we can all go crazy about it, and thereby create buzz for the show. What a waste of a character, whoever it turns out to be! Why couldn't they just say someone was leaving the show, and not kill them? *sighs*
tasabian From: tasabian Date: March 7th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Since Allison Mack is still under contract, even if Chloe dies would AM maybe stick around as another character? (ie a Fred/Illyria scenario?)

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: March 7th, 2009 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I think people with contracts get written out of shows all the time, and whether or not they're still compensated would depend on the specifics of the deal they had in place. But after pondering this all day, I don't think either Chloe or Lois is going anywhere.

Chloe is Clark's best friend, and Allison is an immensely talented (IMO) actress who is both adored and respected by everyone who makes this show. I just can't imagine they would let her go, especially after working so hard to keep her when her contract expired. I just kind of panicked before. :)

And Lois is Lois Lane. I just don't think they're going to mess with her, no matter how far off the reservation they're going with other storylines. I don't know if they plan to use her more in S9, or if she'll remain an occasional presence brought in to hint at Clark's future, but I think she'll definitely be around.

So I can only conclude they're going to kill off someone I never anticipated, someone who is part of comics canon. But in light of the recent interview with the DC rep in which he basically said Smallville was an Elseworld, I guess that's absolutely possible. I wish they weren't killing off anyone, quite frankly. Character deaths always seem to be a gimmick to create buzz and drum up ratings, and the payoff is rarely worth the price. But hey, I'm just thrilled it's not Clark! \o/
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