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Smallville: Kelly Souders talks to SCI FI Wire
Smallville executive producer Kelly Souders talked to SCI FI Wire about the remainder of S9. This is pretty much all she had to say about Clark:

"Clark takes on the bigger hero mantle in [the finale]. That's definitely an evolution in his journey to being the Superman that we love."

So judging by the rest of the interview, I'm figuring we'll get a big hero shot in the finale, like the one in Justice where Clark and the JL walked away from the explosion in slow motion. Other than that, evidently, Clark will spend the rest of the season mostly standing around watching Chloe and Tess get their girl power on. *is cynical*

Remember when this show was about Clark Kent?

Returning heroes, big surprises as Smallville season 9 ends
2:10 PM ON 04/09/10

Oh, my Smallville. Look what you have in store for us as the ninth season launches the last few episodes of this super series! It's "Checkmate" for Tess, Metallo gets resurrected, Tess and Chloe deal with sacrifice, Zod has a secret, and love is in the air!

On tonight's episode, "Checkmate," Tess Mercer's life is about to get a lot more challenging. In fact, we'll find out more about Agent Mercer of Checkmate. "That will be the next step in that chapter, and then that will play out in through the rest of the season as well," said executive producer Kelly Souder. "Tess' life is going to get very complicated. Now she's in between superheroes, Kandorians and Checkmate."

Pam Grier returns as the head of Checkmate, Amanda Waller. According to Souders, we'll get to see more of what's going on behind the scenes when it comes to the organization. And look for Phil Morris to reprise his role as John Jones.

But Tess (Cassidy Freeman) isn't the only character who will face some challenges in the final episodes. In next week's "Upgrade," Brian Austin Green will return as John Corben, aka Metallo, said Souders. "He gets resurrected. We'll get to see some of the relationship he had with Lois pick up again. So you will get to see the two of them together and how that evolves." We're thinking ... probably not so good.

In "Charade," Lois tangles with ex-District Attorney Raymond Sacks (Dylan Neal) when he's released early from prison and is saved by the Blur. Unfortunately, his rescue is captured on film. Meanwhile, Chloe learns Zod's (Callum Blue) secret.

And coming up in "Sacrifice," "we will see Tess and Chloe go head to head," she said. "What is interesting when we were working on that episode is we sat down and really started thinking about these two women and started drawing so many parallels between them. They're really similar, because they've sacrificed so much for their belief systems. They've made a lot of personal sacrifices, and we're not really sure whose sacrifices are going to pay off in the end."

One element that will pay off for Chloe (Allison Mack), at least for a while, is her relationship with Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley). "They have a very nice chemistry on screen, and that was noticed. You definitely get to see the two of them have a nice arc at the end of this run. Chloe is hopefully going to end on the winning team in love for the first time," said Souders with a laugh. "I won't make any promises that it won't be complicated, but ... they're really fun to watch on screen, and they have a connection that neither of them have with anyone else, even like with Lois or Clark, who are the other two main characters in their lives. The two of them have a lot more to bond over."

And speaking of Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark (Tom Welling), Souders will only say that "their relationship will keep evolving up until the very last second of the season finale."

As for this year's May 14 season finale, "Salvation," what else could you expect except cliffhangers, especially since the series has been picked up by The CW for a 10th season? This year's finale "is going to bring all of our characters on a new playing field as far as relationships go or their position in the mythology," said Souders. "Clark takes on the bigger hero mantle in it. That's definitely an evolution in his journey to being the Superman that we love."

One other thing: According to EW.com, Justice League and Justice Society members will pop up in the finale, including the Black Canary (Stargate Universe's Alaina Huffman), Cyborg (Lee Thompson Young), Hawkman (Stargate SG-1's Michael Shanks) and Stargirl (Britt Irvin).


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jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 9th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kelly Souders is a tool.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 9th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree. I think this interview is equal parts pandering and being unclear on the concept.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: April 9th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know why I even bother to read anything KS says. But thank you for the transcript!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 9th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously, Carol! We know we're not going to like it.

I love that we're all using angry!face Tom icons! hee!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 10th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been drawing parallels of my own between Chloe and Tess ever since this season started, but I don't see either one of them as someone who has made a lot of sacrifices. I see them both as people who have let their power corrupt them, and who would do anything to fulfill their own agendas, each sure that hers is the right one, without any regard for Clark's judgment or wishes. The only payoff for either one of them should be the just consequences of their very wrong actions, IMO.

If these last few episodes are Chloe's swan song, and that's why she's being featured so heavily, I'm afraid she'll get a farewell that will rival Lana's for glorifying her and diminishing Clark. And if they're focusing on Tess in anticipation of killing her off, I'll be devastated. So to say I'm apprehensive about what's to come would be an understatement. :(
gildinwen From: gildinwen Date: April 10th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh, that made me feel sick :(
First she says they've been drawing parallels between Chloe and Tess all season long (which we ALL knew) and then she says that Tess and Chloe have sacrificed so much for their ideals?

Does Kelly even listen to what comes out of her mouth? She just compared Chloe to the woman, who's the head of Luthorcorp for god's sake, a woman who's in part responsible for the death of CLone!Jor-EL, and yet this screams to of trying to white wash Chloe's actions all season long. Why does she do this???

I'm afraid that Allison will get her wish and that Chloe will get a heroic death, never that she hasn't earned it. And Clark will not be the centre of the final episodes as he should be.

Unless KS is lying through her pearly whites, which she's better be other wise I'm seriously considering marching over to wherever she's based and giving her ( and yes AM as I do think she's part of the problem, no matter how good an actress she is)a piece of my mind.

How exactly is the Chlollie relationship a healthy one? She very nearly drove him insane!!! And his future wife is re-appearing in the final episodes. What, is Dianah fourth choice now?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 10th, 2010 09:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know what to think. Brian Peterson said Chloe was going to learn her lesson in Sacrifice, but KS seems to be implying something else. She talks about parallels between Chloe and Tess, but she hints at contrasts between them as well. If only one of them is going to see her "sacrifices" pay off, I know whom I'm betting on. It doesn't sound to me like Chloe will face any consequences at all. Am I being too cynical?

If AM is leaving (and I think she is), I'm sure Chloe will go out a hero, but I don't think she's going to die. I hope it's not like Lana's exit all over again.

OTOH, if Chloe is "going to end on the winning team in love," doesn't that make you think that she and Oliver will stay together? Which would mean either that Chloe is staying, or Oliver is leaving with her. But then why bring back Black Canary, of all people?

Seriously, I have no clue. I need to stop reading these interviews. They make my head hurt.

Edited at 2010-04-11 01:02 am (UTC)
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 10th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, look! There's Clark in the last-but-one paragraph! In the last sentence! Good to know he's still... you know, there. You think he'll stick around for next season?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 10th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! You'd never know the show was supposed to be the story of Clark's journey, would you? I don't mind them giving Chloe a lot of screen time if AM is leaving the show and they want to give her a big send-off. But why does it have to be at Clark's expense, in either story or time?

And if AM is staying, and this is just business as usual, that's even more disappointing.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 11th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry they can't seem to handle Clark as major character. *hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 13th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. They do drive me nuts sometimes!
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