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Smallville: Brian Peterson answers fan questions for E!Online
In this interview with Megan Masters from E!Online's Watch with Kristin, Brian Peterson answers questions submitted by fans.

Spoilerama! Smallville Boss Answers Your Burning Q's
April 15, 2010 3:01 PM PDT
by Megan Masters

Hey, did you know people, like, care and stuff about Smallville?

We know, we know, it's been around nearly a decade and those who watch it like to know what's going on, but color us surprised, because when we tweeted asking for Smallville questions earlier today, you fans crashed at least one of our mobile devices with a deluge of Q's.

Now that's super. Here's the scoop you've earned, straight from show runner Brian Peterson...

heroicfarmboy: How do you think Clark has evolved this season?
Brian Peterson:
From the top of the season we said this would be Clark's darkest hour and that's why he's been dressed in black, trying to come to grips with what it means to be a Kryptonian on Earth and ultimately the world's savior. True to what the show has always done with Clark, he is wrestling with how far to take his powers, how much to take control, how far to push people, whether you kill or not, and these are all questions he's been grappling with this year. We haven't taken him to places where Superman would never go, but we've definitely shown his character going slightly over the line of what he should be doing and then wrestling with those decisions afterward.

nzs_23: What's wrong with Clark? He's decidedly very unClark-like.
B.P.:
As we go into next season, we will see Clark maturing through some of his growing pains as he evolves further into the hero he becomes.

txmoviefan: Are Clark and Chloe going to be on good terms again this season?
B.P.:
This actually happens soon. Chloe's been doing what she thinks is right to protect the world, but that all unfortunately has consequences, and they will pay off in episode 18 tomorrow night, and in episode 20, "Sacrifice," is where this really pays off.

Vera_23: When will Chloe return to being Clark's partner and working at the Daily Planet?
B.P.:
We addressed that a little bit last year in an episode called "Hex". Chloe toyed with the idea of what it would be like if she went back to the Daily Planet and lived the life of Lois Lane. She decided to leave that in the past and embrace her identity as Watchtower, so she's basically full-throttle Watchtower at this point. It gives her a more specific way to be close to Clark, rather than just a reporter.

heroicfarmboy: Where is Lois' journalism career headed? Will she and Clark get promoted out of the basement? Work under Perry White maybe?
B.P.:
We all know that's what eventually happens, but as with any story there are a few bumps in the road. But Perry White is making an appearance on the show in "Hostage," so that will move them along to that end.

lorrainecollins: There are no spoilers for episode 21, "Hostage."
B.P.:
It's a really pivotal episode because even though Martha's (Annette O'Toole) been gone, clearly she's still been watching over her son and been in his life. To have her come back into the show provides a great episode that lets us explore how much Clark has grown since he graduated from high school and since his father died. Perry comes in, too, and has a great story with Lois Lane, which turns them in a different trajectory than they've been on.

Lane_Kent: "Idol" was the second highest rated episode of the season. Any more Lois-centric episodes in the future?
B.P.:
We actually have a sequel to that in an upcoming episode called "Charade," which I was lucky enough to direct. We bring back the villain from "Idol," Ray Sacks, the D.A. who blows Lois off the roof. We cap that story with the next evolution of that.

heroicfarmboy: Clark and Lois' relationship has been great so far. Will she finally learn his secret?
B.P.:
What I can say is that this year we've really explored the tough duality of Lois having one relationship with this hero, the soldier of duty relationship, and one romantic love relationship with Clark, and so that just drives all the way through episodes 19, 21 and the finale. Everything that's been going on with that love triangle converges.

Lane_Kent: Kelly Souders said Clark and Lois would develop until the very last second of the season. What exactly did she mean?
B.P.:
I can back that up 100 percent. It's not just Clark and Lois, it's really the relationship between the Blur and Lois, and Clark and Lois that drives all the way up into the last few minutes of the finale. It's one of the bigger cliff-hangers at the end of this season, what happens with them.

ChlollisGAWT: Justin Hartley and Allison Mack's chemistry is INSANE! What can we expect for Chlollie?
B.P.:
They started out as no strings attached, just fun companions because of all the baggage they each had from past loves, but in the finale that relationship will be pushed to the next level. [Romantically?] Yes, I would say there's definitely development in that episode in the final episode.

Lane_Kent: Brian Austin Green as Metallo is quite popular. Could he possibly return?
B.P.:
He's fantastic. He comes back tomorrow night in an episode called "Upgrade," in a very different way than you saw him in episode two. He basically has to rein in Clark, who gets infected with red kryptonite which makes him a bad boy, and Zod on his own. It's a fun twist on things.

Lane_Kent: Give us some type of "major" spoiler for the finale?
B.P.:
Everybody has come to expect some huge, gigantic, massive superfight because we do that a lot in our finales, or we once did, and this year will still meet everybody's expectations. We have some amazingly iconic moments—moments catch close to all of that much bigger mythos that has become Superman—probably more than any other episode in the series. But it also is much more about Clark's character and his growth, and some character reveals than just all-out fighting. It's a really great way to go out of the season on some amazing character cliff-hangers.

Just a quick note since we're sure you're on Smallville scoopage overload but wondering about any info on season 10. Sorry, guys, it's just too early to tell and the producers are busy perfecting a ninth season ender that promises to be a good one. Says Brian: "I wish we could answer everything! You guys know you don't wanna know this stuff, you know that!" Cool? Cool!

Find out the answers to your other burning TV Q's by emailing tvdiva@eonline.com!


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jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: April 15th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, well other than the "insane chemistry" between Chloe and Ollie bit, this was a pretty interesting set of q&a's. Sounds like they're warning the fanboys not to expect an all out action finale, which is fine by me.

Can't wait for the return of Martha!!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Brian and Kelly's only finale was last season's Doomsday, which is famous for not delivering on expectations. I guess this time they're hoping to lower those expectations in advance. :)

I certainly don't need a "massive superfight" in the finale. I just want an episode that does right by Clark.

i wish Martha were coming back as a regular for S10. I'm so excited to see her on Smallville again!
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: April 15th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe they even entertained that question about Chloe at the DP.

I'm feeling a little more optimistic about Chloe learning her lesson since it wasn't a part of the question but BP addressed it anyway.

And what exactly has Clark done that isn't Clark-like. Dangling people over buildings? Have they never watched Rogue or Pariah? Clark/Superman does have a temper, people. Read Superman/Batman #5 someday.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
You are exactly right. It's really kind of amazing how differently they interpret what's going on. If anyone is being a jerk, it's Chloe, and very specifically to Clark.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 09:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I can't believe they took that question either, but hey, at least he answered with a definitive never.

He keeps using the words accountable and consequences, which is exactly what I want to see. I'm still wary, though.

What Trish said. Obviously I think Clark has been very much himself all season.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm wondering when we'll find out who of the current cast will be back in S10. Besides Tom and Erica, of course.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: April 16th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm really baffled by some of his answers, because he's talking about this whole arc for Clark that I haven't actually seen taking place on screen. All this "he's struggling with how to be a hero/its his darkest hour" bullshit. How often was this storyline even touched on on-screen? Hardly at all.

Its like Clark has been having some other evolution off screen somewhere.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had the exact same reaction. After reading that first answer, all I could think was, what show is he watching? I haven't seen any of that!

Also? I always thought that one of the reasons we have journalists is because they will ask intelligent, informed questions. I can understand soliciting fan questions, but presenting them unfiltered and unedited seems less than ideal.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 16th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. Very interesting.

I'm all for Chloe and consequences.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Me, too. I don't want Chloe punished or knocked down, but I need some unequivocal indication that her choices have been wrong, and that she sees that.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: April 16th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
True to what the show has always done with Clark, he is wrestling with how far to take his powers, how much to take control, how far to push people, whether you kill or not, and these are all questions he's been grappling with this year. We haven't taken him to places where Superman would never go, but we've definitely shown his character going slightly over the line of what he should be doing and then wrestling with those decisions afterward.
Has BP written an entire other show in his head? Because we've seen none of this. I would welcome a little soul-searching but we rarely get a glimpse inside Clark's thoughts any more, alas.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
That answer just boggles my mind. I would have loved to see the show he just described!
la_belle_isa From: la_belle_isa Date: April 16th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Fans complained all season long that we didn't get Clark's pov at all. Seems that these last minute interviews serve that purpose and are all we're going to get. Why show it onscreen when you can explain it in interviews and then focus on something else on screen?
The remaining episodes are already canned, I'm not sure there will be any change for Clark then what we saw all season. I have the feeling the interviews are just trying to influence our way of seeing things on screen.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have the feeling the interviews are just trying to influence our way of seeing things on screen.

I think you're right. He's trying to fill in the plot holes with exposition after the fact!
polytikal From: polytikal Date: April 16th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm embarrassed to say that half of these questions were submitted by me.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not the ones I was complaining about. I know those screen names. ;)

If you're heroicfarmboy, I loved your questions! I thought that might be you, because I figured it was originally homoeroticfarmboy, but then you had to take out a few letters because it was too long.
polytikal From: polytikal Date: April 16th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL. homoeroticfarmboy. I wish I'd thought of that...
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