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Smallville: Brian Peterson talks to Matt Mitovich for Fancast
Brian Peterson talks to Matt Mitovich for Fancast.

This quote makes me nervous:

"What I love about our show is that every character is justified if you look at it through their perspective. In my mind, Chloe is very justified in her actions – but they’ll still come with consequences. Our characters, as well-intentioned as they are, will reap the consequences of their actions at the end of the season."

And he's still refusing to call S10 the last. I really hope it's because they want to wait and roll out the big announcement of the final season as part of a planned marketing campaign, and not because they actually think there might be a S11. Sheesh.

‘Smallville’ Preview: Pledged Allegiances Threaten Clark’s Life and Love
by Matt Webb Mitovich
Apr 16th, 2010 | 11:18 AM

A buff ‘borg, zealot Zod, a King and two Queens will vex Clark Kent’s superheroic alter ego as The CW’s ‘Smallville’ unspools the last five episodes of Season 9 (Fridays at 8/7c). Executive producer Brian Peterson gave Fancast an in-depth look at the road to the finale.

This week’s “Upgrade” features the return of Metallo (played by Brian Austin Green), which with all that’s been going on as of late could be considered too much of a good thing. What role does he play in Clark’s current journey?
He is back in a VERY different capacity. In fact, we may find ourselves actually rooting for him at the end of the episode. When Clark is affected by red kryptonite and makes some unfortunate allies, there is only one person who has the capability to really rein Clark in – and that’s Metallo.

It’s kind of a precarious time to be playing with Clark and red K.
It sure is. Especially when Clark’s friends have not been exactly honest with him.

Clark now knows Checkmate’s agenda, and tonight he becomes wise to Zod’s powers. Are we marching toward some multi-pronged season finale showdown?
We’re actually wrapping some of that up in Episode 21. In every episode of this whole [upcoming] run, we tried to resolve different pieces of the dilemmas that have come up in Clark’s life, so that the season finale isn’t one hour of “culmination.” Instead, that episode will have room to breathe.

This is one of the more complicated canvases the show has ever had going. Was it always your plan to weave Checkmate into the Clark/Kandorians story?
It was once we decided to bring them in for “Absolute Justice.” Amanda Waller and Checkmate have a very clear goal, and they’re the one entity that unfortunately pushes some of Clark’s allegiances into the camp of the Kandorians, because he wants to protect his own people from the government agency trying to hunt them. For me, it worked out seamlessly to have them come into the show at this time.

I am left to wonder if Clark will ally with Zod against Checkmate, or help Checkmate with the Kandorians.
That’s the question we wanted to put out there. The two episodes where that really comes to a head are ‘Upgrade’ and ‘Sacrifice’ (airing April 30).

A small moment that stood out for me from last week’s “Checkmate” was Waller asking her goon to check on Tess’ latest medical records. Is that something we should be wondering about?
A-ha! It’s amazing that you caught that. That plays out in ‘Sacrifice.’

What, is there, like, a little “Zess” baby on the way?
[Laughs] I’m not going to answer that, but there is something – a minor thing – that comes out of that [Waller scene].

Other than the obvious, what’s the significance of Chloe learning Zod has powers in next week’s episode? Is it that Clark didn’t tell her?
Chloe’s trust of Clark and Clark’s trust of Chloe has been one of the pivotal issues of this season, and that also culminates in this last run, going into the finale.

The last time we spoke, you teased “surprises” ahead for Clark and Lois. These days, the fans are fretting that a break-up will be one surprise.
Well, after what happened at the end of “Escape,” when Lois pledged her allegiance to The Blur, who she’s been so reverent toward…. Keeping her work with The Blur a secret from Clark unfortunately impacts that relationship.

On the subject of romance, when considering the Chloe/Oliver pairing, did you weigh both pros and cons?
We didn’t really weigh any cons, because for us Chloe has been through so much emotionally with the people that she has loved, and it really felt like somebody in that position would want a “no strings attached,” enjoyable companion, without all the Sturm und Drang of love and romance. However, “no strings attached” always gets complicated, so there will be some interesting revelations about that relationship….

Will we be meeting anyone for the first time over this run of episodes?
We meet Maxwell Lord (’Ally McBeal’s Gil Bellows), who is playing Checkmate’s Black King as a counterbalance to Amanda’s White Queen and the enigmatic Red Queen, who was very lightly touched on at the end of “Checkmate.”

One of the promos shows Chloe chloroforming Lois. I can’t imagine how she bounces back from that. Will we believe her to be justified?
What I love about our show is that every character is justified if you look at it through their perspective. In my mind, Chloe is very justified in her actions – but they’ll still come with consequences. Our characters, as well-intentioned as they are, will reap the consequences of their actions at the end of the season.

There’s a rumor that Clark is the recipient of a mysterious package in the finale. Can you say anything about that?
I can only confirm that.

If Season 10 is in fact ‘Smallville’s last, is that something The CW will announce going into it? So they can promote it as such?
We always work very closely with The CW and Warner Bros. [Television], so that would be a decision we’d all make together. If that is the case, I think I would definitely be a proponent of it. [Laughs] But we could have made that call ages ago, and look at where we are, at Season 10.

Want even more scoop on ‘Smallville’? Email MattMtvguy@gmail.com and read The Big Tease every Tuesday at Fancast!


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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 16th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just because a character may feel justified from his/her point of view doesn't mean that it was the right thing to do. IJS. Actors playing bad guys have said the same thing for years.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Of course you're right, and I think he was talking about Chloe's perspective rather than his own, but I'm never sure with these people. And I don't like the way he used "characters" in the plural. I'm afraid that means there's some kind of consequence for Clark. This show makes me so paranoid sometimes!
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 16th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
*sneds Bizzarro after them*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Bizarro's pretty scary! But also HOT.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 18th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you say so.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: April 16th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
So now Metallo is the hero for stopping the villanous Clark??? :((

Sometimes I just wanna slap those people...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 16th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, I'm trying to make sense of what he said in the context of the Upgrade stills. I assumed Chloe and Tess sent Metallo to the Fortress to expose Clark to Green!K, in order to neutralize the Red!K, just as Martha did in Crimson. But I didn't think he needed to stab him in the gut with a giant Green!K crystal! I figured those pics were showing us Metallo gone rogue, and that the one with him trapped in a block of ice was Jor-El's response to save his son. We know he's capable of that, because he did it to Clark at the end of Blue.

Now I don't know what to think.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 17th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
What I love about our show is that every character is justified if you look at it through their perspective.

Um, duh. That applies to everyone, including the villains. That doesn't mean what they're doing is right. Are they letting the villains off the hook just because they think what they're doing is right? Nope! So why should it be any different for our heroes?

And based on "Upgrade", I'm starting to think "facing consequences" means something bad will happen as a result of someone's actions. I don't think repentance is in the picture at all, which is just completely disheartening. *sigh*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 10th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC) (Link)
That applies to everyone, including the villains.

LOL! Good point!

And of course you were right about the lack of repentance, at least from where I'm sitting. But I'll take the "I'm sorry" we finally got and be glad for it. I just hope that whatever screen time we get with Chloe next season, it's not spent berating or undermining Clark.
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