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Smallville Spoilers from Entertainment Weekly
From The Ausiello Files in the August 14, 2009 issue of Entertainment Weekly:

Smallville lightens up

Smallville producers are backing down from earlier claims that the coming season would be one of the show's darkest yet. "We might've misled people a little bit with that," confesses co-showrunner Brian Peterson. "Clark starts the season in a very gloomy place, but the season itself won't be dark." Case in point: In episode 3, Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark (Tom Welling) are "in the trenches fighting zombies," says Peterson. "And when they catch their breath from fighting, [romantic] sparks will fly."


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From: beautygirl777 Date: August 7th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC) (Link)
really? ZOMBIES!? wOw.... but sparks?!! yay! can't wait for clois goodness. but not looking forward to Clark being gloomy.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't mind gloomy Clark if he's also smoldering and HOT. :) I just don't want it to go on for too long.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: August 7th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, I wonder if they finally noticed the blowback from all that freaking depressing doom and gloom, and now they are trying to change their tune? Honestly, with these guys, I think I need to see it to believe it. Clark and Lois having "a moment" doesn't exactly signal to me that the season is going to be ligher, or happier for Clark. It just means that Clark and Lois are going to have "a moment". With the way they've been talking about Clois, I think Clark and Lois better have a lot of "moments", or people are going to feel really mislead.

Zombies? I'm still shaking my head over that. But I'll talk them any day, and twice on sundays over the Wonder Twins
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
But the zombies are funny, and lighthearted! :/ Honestly, I don't know what to think. It sounds like big time backpedaling to me, but I'm okay with it if they really are making changes, and not just trying to spin it. I'm totally up for a little Dark!Clark, especially after the way almost everyone betrayed him in Doomsday, but I never wanted to see a whole season of doom and gloom. With lots of Clark guilt and angst, no doubt.

Besides, don't we already have a spoiler that says Lois IS one of the zombies? I'm so confused.
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: August 7th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Well it said she and Tess are infected doesn't say if they turn into Zombies themselves... I wonder if Clark will find the cure before that happens?

But I swear I just want to kiss Brian & Kelly for making me soo freakin happy! And if Tom has anything at ALL to do with this silly fun story I'm going to have to kiss him too.. but I'm afraid there will be tongue involved with his :P
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
These things never turn out how I think they will from the spoilers anyway. I just hope they know what they're doing. :) If they play it for laughs, like Shaun of the Dead, that could be fun, I guess.

I knew you would be happy to hear that Clois tidbit! :D
chrisluvstommy From: chrisluvstommy Date: August 7th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Can't help it I luvs the Clois *sigh*

And I absolutely LOVE Shaun of the Dead it is my FAV
theninthdoctor From: theninthdoctor Date: August 7th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonder Twins > Zombies as far as stupid fun.

I think I'm the only one looking forward to episode #9.5.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I have no inherent bias against the Wonder Twins. :) And I think I'm the only one who actually has faith in Brian and Kelly. I still don't like what they said about Clark and Lana in your S6 Companion, and I haven't completely forgiven them for Promise, but after listening to everything they had to say in all their Comic-Con interviews, I'm really feeling good about the season ahead.

But everyone knows I'm notoriously easy. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: August 7th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure Lois will cheer Clark right up.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
She will. That's one of the things I like best about her. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
It makes me more optimistic about both this episode and the season in general. I want some fun, thank you very much!

Snag away! Spread the news! :)
tasabian From: tasabian Date: August 7th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm quite interested in the zombies but worried about the Wonder Twins!

Also very worried that S9 will bring another fake!Lex :(
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know anything about the Wonder Twins, and trying to read those sides always makes my head hurt. :) But it seems many people share your apprehension!

The specter of Fake!Lex has indeed raised his ugly head. But it came from Dawn, and I don't think she knows what she's talking about. In their various Comic-Con interviews, Kelly and Brian seemed to downplay Lex's potential role in this season. Cassidy flat out said Lex is out of the picture for good as far as Tess is concerned, but we all know the actors are kept in the dark, and don't know what is actually going to happen.

I hope Kelly and Brian have realized Fake!Lex was a serious misstep, and will think twice about disrespecting Michael's legacy again, in the hopes of convincing him to come back for the series finale. With Tom's help, who knows? They might just pull it off.
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: August 7th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't like Fake!Lex either. I'd hoped they'd bring Lucas back but that seems unlikly since he's a vampire now.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 10th, 2009 07:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Fake!Lex is an abomination. And nothing brings that home more strongly than our re-watch. What the hell were they thinking?

I always hoped they would bring Lucas back, too, but I don't know if I'd like that storyline without Lex anyway. I'm kind of hoping VD tanks, but that's just me holding a grudge over the time slot.

Who knows, maybe Smallville will do just fine on Fridays. After all, Tom DID just win Choice TV Actor: Action Adventure on the TCAs. ;)
jude_judith82 From: jude_judith82 Date: August 7th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess the realized the doom and gloom wasn't working for them. BTW love the new header ;-)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope so. I don't know anyone who was looking forward to that.

Isn't that header pretty? Tom at Comic-Con was a thing of beauty and wonder!
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: August 7th, 2009 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't trust P&S, never did, never will. They never liked writing for Clark and they were never above disrespecting the character. But, if it's true that they read online comments, maybe that'll help to teach them a necessary lesson, though I wouldn't put much trust on that either. My only hope is that Tom's opinions will contribute decisively to make the season better than it could have been.

I guess P&S realized the "darkest season" approach was not well received and they are trying to repair some of the damage. To what extent? That remains to be seen.

Thanks a lot for the scan!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 7th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, I wouldn't go so far as to say I trust them. :) But I am feeling optimistic. Mostly because I want to, I'll admit. It's no fun for me to dread the episodes and expect the worst (and I don't mean to imply that you do that, just that some people on my flist do), so I tend to focus on the things I can feel positive about, and cling to them, even! :)

I think what gives me the most hope is the genuine rapport S&P seem to have with Tom. When he talked about being a producer, he said it was "thanks to Brian and Kelly," and many times he nodded as they answered questions. The three of them exchanged lots of smiles, and there seemed to be mutual respect between them. I absolutely trust Tom's vision for his character and the show, and it seems like he'll be given a true opportunity to weigh in and have a genuine impact. And maybe working more closely with Tom, and the increased respect for him I'm sure that will bring, will inspire them to do better by Clark.

I loved the first part of last season, and I do think the show went off the rails after Bride. Not that I didn't like any of the back half, but in a lot of ways it was a mess, and I hated the Lana arc with a passion. And I just don't know who or what to blame. Were Kelly and Brian wholly responsible for the problems because Slavkin and Swimmer had already left to work on Melrose Place? Were S&S responsible for everything I liked about those first episodes? I don't know. Maybe I'm just fooling myself.

Sorry, I don't mean to go on and on. I promise I'm not trying to convince you of anything. :) I guess I'm just thinking out loud, and figuring out for myself why I feel the way I do.
anakaliaandrea From: anakaliaandrea Date: August 7th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
THANK GOD! i hate dark, for clark.

lol

the zombies I heard about a few days ago. God help us. lol
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 10th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I certainly don't want a whole season of darkness for Clark! I was worried about that, and I'm feeling better after reading this.

Yeah, I'm still not sure about the zombies. But it could be campy fun if they do it right. And the sparks have potential, too. :)
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: August 7th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
If Pride and Prejudice can get away with zombies then I'm sure SMV can. I don't mind some darkness but I do hope its a fun S9. Since news of my other show is less than encouraging, I'm pinning all my must-see-tv hopes and dreams on Clark and the gang.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 10th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to sharing the squee with you this season! Whatever else happens, Tom will be awesome, right? I'm also super excited about BAG in the first two episodes.

As for Supernatural, the absence of the boys at Comic-Con, followed by THAT spoiler, isn't helping me get pumped for S5. :(
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