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Fangirl in crisis: I'm just not feeling it
Okay, there's a new episode of Smallville tonight, and I'm sitting here trying to get pumped. I'm a little discouraged about my show right now, so please tell me anything that will turn my Smallville love back on. Are you looking forward to Charade tonight? Tell me why in the comments! Have you seen any good spoilers, for this episode or the rest of the season? Share them here! Help a squee-challenged fangirl out, flist!



TV Guide Magazine featured tonight's episode on their web site, with a couple of quotes from Brian Peterson:

A New Villain Lords Over Smallville
by Rich Sands
April 22, 2010 12:54 PM EST

Checkmate operative Amanda Waller may have been handled a few weeks ago, but Clark Kent’s troubles with the secretive government agency aren’t over. Friday’s episode of Smallville, titled “Charade,” introduces the famed DC Comics antihero Maxwell Lord, Checkmate’s so-called “Black King.”

Whereas Waller was trying to recruit superhero types to fight an alien invasion, Lord—played by Ally McBeal alum Gil Bellows—just wants to get rid of them. He’s especially fixated on the Blur, Clark’s superspeeding crimefighting alias. “He is collecting anyone who has gotten a glimpse of the Blur and, through all of their memories, is trying to patch together a mosaic of the Blur’s actual identity,” says executive producer Brian Peterson, making his Smallville directorial debut on this episode. “He has the power to get into people’s minds, [which he uses] to extract all these memories to patch together a cool 3-D model of what the Blur actually looks like.”

Lord isn’t the only person closing in on Clark’s identity in “Charade.” “The whole double relationship that he has built up with Lois, as Clark Kent and as the Blur, comes to a head and has a really significant outcome,” Peterson says. “Everything we’ve been building this year about Lois and Clark kind of explodes in that episode.”

Here is The CW’s official description for the episode:

DC COMICS' CHARACTER MAXWELL LORD VISITS METROPOLIS - Lois (Erica Durance) investigates the early prison release of ex-District Attorney Raymond Sacks (guest star Dylan Neal) but he threatens her with a gun when confronted. The Blur (Tom Welling) saves her, but is captured on film by a delivery guy (guest star Dustin Schwartz) who plans to sell the photo to Sacks. Lois and Clark each attempt to thwart the delivery of the photo and run into Maxwell Lord (guest star Gil Bellows, "Ally McBeal"), a wealthy tycoon and Checkmate operative, who is trying to learn The Blur's identity to eliminate him. Meanwhile, Chloe (Allison Mack) discovers Zod's (Callum Blue) secret. Brian Peterson directed the episode written by Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson.


When all else fails, the pretty keeps me going, but I haven't seen any HQ stills for Charade yet. :(

ETA: Wheeee! The BIG pretty has arrived! My absolute fave? Clark in a tux! Click for original in full size:

Clickable thumbnails of the other ones I found particularly pretty and/or intriguing:

ETA2: And a few new preview pics:

I especially love this BTS one:

In other news, the CW sent the following announcement out to media outlets yesterday. While Smallville is the only show represented by just one pic, at least it's one that puts the spotlight on Tom, and it's recent.


I am excited to see Martha and Perry come back in Hostage, but I'm not sure how I feel about the news that they're dating. The Ausiello Files gave us a sneak peek this morning:

'Smallville' first look: Martha Kent returns home!
by Michael Ausiello
APR 23 2010 11:25 AM ET

Image Credit: Jack Rowand/The CW

Martha Kent (Annette O’Toole) returns home to Smallville on May 7, and, much to Clark’s surprise, mom’s got a new boyfriend — Perry White (Michael McKean)! Here’s your exclusive first look at what I’m sure will go down as one of the show’s most awkward double dates ever. (Meta trivia: O’Toole and McKean are married in real life.)


And finally, TVGuide.com posted this "game," but I don't think I want to play:

Smallville Word Games: What Is Clark's Destiny?
by Natalie Abrams
Apr 23, 2010 12:11 PM ET

Who likes word games? Smallville's Brian Peterson sure does!

TVGuide.com asked Peterson, the executive producer of the super-show, to play a little word association, which yielded five one-word clues about the remaining four episodes. What is Clark's destiny? Will Zod (Callum Blue) and the Kandorians achieve their goal of ruling the human civilization?

"Watchtower": "Sadly, 'Chloe [Allison Mack]."'
"Kandorians": "Victory."
"Checkmate": "Burned."
"Supersuit": "Finale."
"Destiny": "If I had two words, it would be 'Season 10.'"

What do you make of the five clues?


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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 23rd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

from MK :)

Awww, Tariel. I think a lot of fans feel your pain right now. But try to keep the faith.

I don't think there's any doubt that Clark is going to get a ton of GREAT focus tonight. I really think he's going to be the "Star" of this episode with Lois as a close second.

You know..."Charade" is the 19th episode of the season. Right?

Well, last year, "Stiletto" was the 19th episode of the season. It was in that episode, that the "Blur" established his relationship with Lois.
And supposedly tonight he's going to have a re-evaluate where that choice to call her last year and start this relationship has led to.
While "Stiletto" was heavy on Lois and had a silly subplot...it wound up being an great episode for Clark. He came out of that episode looking like a freaking hero and was the absolute picture of "Superman" at the end of the episode.

Honestly, tonight looks like a mythos heavy Superman story. Clark is trying to protect his secret identity and trying to figure out how his two personas are influencing his personal relationships. That's great Superman stuff. Some of the best comic book stories have come out of that same kind of problem.

As for the webclip...I really thought Tom was effective in that short clip. He really seemed to be shaken up. I felt like I could really see Clark asking himself, "How did I let this happen?" I find it very interesting. All this time he's thought he was doing the right thing by keeping up this double life persona...and now it's backfired on him. So how will he deal with that? Where do you draw the line? Is it ok to lie to the person you love in order to keep them out of danger? What would you be willing to do to keep the person you love safe? These are all legitimate questions that Clark is going to have to face.

I'll admit that I was crestfallen when I saw the promo pics for "Hostage" and realized that there was only one of Clark. (AGAIN.) And only one of Martha and Perry. BUT---I am really holding out hope that both "Charade" and "HOstage" are going to be good episodes for Clark. I have no idea what to think about "Sacrifice." But I'm trying to stay positive.

So keep the faith! You never know when this show might surprise you!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: from MK :)

Wow, great pep talk! Thanks! :)

I loved Stiletto, and I would welcome another episode like that. A lot of Clark is always at the top of my wish list, and Charade does seem to promise that.

I agree, Tom did a wonderful job of portraying Clark's conflict over his decision to take Lois's cell phone. He looked shaken to his core. I'm looking forward to seeing how that is resolved, but I'm a little wary, too.

This is great, I'm feeling better already!
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whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: April 23rd, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't have any spoilers to make you happy, but I have a dancing MR?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
You KNOW he always makes me happy! :D
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: April 23rd, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, TV Guide, just stop it. I'm sick of teases and asterisks and stuff. Either tell us, or keep it quiet.

I wonder what happens between Clark and Lois tonight.

I do like the new photo with Martha and Perry. :)
Though - awkward! Ha ha.

Like you, I'm pretty disillusioned at the moment with the show.

The only thing giving me tiny bit of hope is this:
seeyaroundsv @alseptien it's cool if you can't say, but hot or cold on thinking that Clark helping the Kandorians this year is going to help him in 9.22?

alseptien @seeyaroundsv hot!


lisas100 @alseptien @bryanQmiller @SV_Writers will Lois be more involved in this year's finale than last + stay conscious + part of the action? TY

alseptien @lisas100 Yep, very involved.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, TV Guide, just stop it. I'm sick of teases and asterisks and stuff. Either tell us, or keep it quiet.

WORD. All that stuff just ties me up in knots.

I'm looking forward to the Lois and Clark interaction, too. And I know some people are dismayed at the bunny suit, but wow, Erica looks beautiful.

Those tweets are encouraging. Thanks for sharing them! I so appreciate Al's willingness to make himself available to the fans. He has a great attitude.
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starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 23rd, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not feeling it either. You know, we can consider this a good thing, because it's usually when expectations are low that the show surprises us. Fingers crossed? :)

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a good point! *fingers crossed with you*
huzzlewhat From: huzzlewhat Date: April 23rd, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, here's the reason I'm looking forward to "Charade." The main plot is centered on Clark and his identity choices, which has been one of my favorite plot elements of the past couple seasons. When the show has focused on that element, they've produced some of my favorite episodes. We know that the working-from-the-shadows gig isn't going to work for him, and an episode that contributes to his eventual decision to go public in primary colors starts off in the plus column for me — it'll have to work to lose ranking points. :-) That's the reason that I like Zod's impersonation of the Blur, and why the Maxwell Lord arc intrigues me. As long as Clark's anonymous and faceless, his identity isn't his own — this is what Zod's antics will teach him. And staying in the shadows isn't going to stop people from trying to unmask him... he's going to spend as much time covering his tracks as actually doing good. And I really like that these two arguments are coming together at the close of this season, and actually working in tandem. These are issues that matter to the long-term storyline of Clark; they're not temporary plots that will be solved and moved past. They matter now, and they're going to continue mattering — and they're all about Clark!

So... was that optimistic enough? :-)
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well damn, it was for ME!
legendsinlove From: legendsinlove Date: April 23rd, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm about to start a twitter effort to trend #EDfor22, so I'm staying positive for that. But it was nearly crushed by the release of those Hostage stills. There better be some damn good Martha/Clark hugging pics hiding on the CW press site or I'm gonna cut someone. And some awesome Lois/Perry investigating stills would be nice too.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thing about those stills for Hostage is, ALL of them could have taken place in a scene that lasts all of three minutes. There's no WAY they would bring Martha and Perry back and not give them substantial screen time. AOT and MMK were on set for a whole week, after all. And they wouldn't pass up the opportunity to take lots of pics of this momentous event, either. I'm convinced they'll release many more pics closer to the air date.

Look at me! I'm so cheered up I'm GIVING the pep talks now! :D
sunflowercyn10 From: sunflowercyn10 Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Watchtower": "Sadly, 'Chloe [Allison Mack]."'
"Kandorians": "Victory."
"Checkmate": "Burned."
"Supersuit": "Finale."
"Destiny": "If I had two words, it would be 'Season 10.'"

Actually this 5 word game got me happy *smiles* A finale with a supersuit, victory either over the Kandorians or as implied by some back and forth on twitter that Clark helping try and save some of the Kandorians might come in handy in the finale so both look good for our guy.

Tonight's episode? I like that they are bookending IDOL with this episode and putting the double identity front in center and attempting to ask some tough questions. I hope that it is...lol. I guess I've been wondering how Clark can justify keeping Lois in the dark about his secret when he knows how things went with Lana that way. Especially since Lois has interacted with the Blur in the past, reveres him and is now to his surprise interacting with a fake one. I hope that we get a plausible reason that makes him look good yet at the same time shows him and us that he needs to look at changing how he has his hero persona presented to the world and how long can he keep this other side of his life from the woman he loves.

But I have to say I'm a little bummed that we have so many pics of Ollie and Tess for HOSTAGE and one with Clark/Mom/Lois/Perry...*shakes head*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, I guess I'll play a little after all. :) I never doubted Clark would prevail over the Kandorians in the end, so the word "victory" doesn't comfort me much. :( I'm more concerned about the price of that victory. And I think the finale he's talking about with the supersuit is the series finale. Can you tell how little I trust BP? LOL! The Destiny/S10 part sounds awesome. I hope that's a hint that S10 is already planned to be the last, and they're just being coy about it right now.

That's a good point about Idol. I loved that episode, and I do think it's cool that they're following up on that. We don't get to see Lois in true reporter mode enough, IMO. And I struggle to understand Clark's reasons for keeping Lois in the dark, too, especially when not knowing is what puts her at risk with Zod. If this episode provides an explanation I can embrace, I'll be thrilled.

I really do think they're saving the best for last with Hostage, and that there will be many more pics to come.
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
When all else fails, the pretty keeps me going, but I haven't seen any HQ stills for Charade yet. :(

Perfect timing, dude! (I've watched the gag reels WAY too many times.)

That picture of him in the tux is just... DAAAAAAAMN.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm uploading them to my PB now! Wheeee!
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
We have Clark in the tux!! I think Clark without clothes could make us a lot happier...well!

I found this episode really interesting from the trailer. I certainly can't wait to see why Lois punches Clark and the scene where Clark (Blur) touches Lois's shoulder and she sees him from the screen in frond of her.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clark in the tux!! *twirls*

I assume Lois hitting Clark is part of their cover. I hope she doesn't hurt her hand! :) I do wonder what's happening in those pics with Clark behind Lois. She looks devastated to me.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: April 23rd, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm kind of in limbo now too. At least Clark stealing Lois's phone seems completely justified by the circumstances so that's a relief at least. We're getting near to make or break time for the season, so I'll be watching with a mix of trepidation and my usually Pollyanna 'surely they'll get it right this time' attitude.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't fault Clark for taking Lois's phone when he seems so upset about it. I assume he had to make that decision in a hurry after he found out there was a Fake!Blur, and he did what he felt he had to do to be able to keep Lois safe. I'm just worried it will ultimately cause angst between them. I'm convinced a Clois breakup is imminent, and I'm okay with that, but it all depends on how they handle it.
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: April 23rd, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've decided to stop being upset about all the things that made me upset the last two weeks and instead be upset over the fact that Clark has peas on his plate in that dinner photo from TV Guide! Clark doesn't like peas! He better be shown eating around them during the ep!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay, now this is an outrage I can get behind!! I've put up with a lot on this show, but if they retcon Clark's dislike of peas, that's IT!!

I will say, however, that my mom still serves me vegetables I won't eat when I have dinner at her house. She clings to the hope that one day I'll learn to love Brussels sprouts. Maybe Martha put those on Clark's plate, and asked him to try just one bite. ;)
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: April 23rd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been feeling the same way lately. It's become the "everyone but Clark" show as of late, and I am NOT happy about that.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tell me about it. :( But tonight's episode actually looks like it has a lot of Clark, and the new preview pics I just added even include one of him in action! I have much higher hopes for Charade than I did this morning, that's for sure.

*high fives my awesome flist*
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: April 23rd, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Late to the party but Charade is probably the episode I am looking forward to the most(except for the Martha/Clark scenes in Hostage) because the focus is on Clark and his identity.

Idol is one of my favourites of the season so maybe, just maybe, Charade will be a pleasant continuation. If all else fails, we will get Clark in a tux tonight which is distracting enough to hopefully get you through the episode.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: April 23rd, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's never too late to join my party! :) Thanks to you and everyone else who commented here, I'm really looking forward to the episode now. I wasn't focusing on how Clark-centric it promises to be, and I hadn't realized its potential significance at all. Plus, as you say, Clark in a tux! \o/

That said, however, after reading the OD for Salvation, I'm concerned about the fact that Lois still thinks Zod is the Blur when we get to the finale. How can Clark let that continue after tonight? And then it sounds like Lois and Clark will break up because he won't be honest with her. *sigh* I hope they make a strong case for Clark guarding his secret so zealously, because otherwise there's going to be a lot of head-banging going on at my house, and not the good kind. :(
stoodupforlove From: stoodupforlove Date: April 24th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been gone for a whole year, and when I finally log back into LJ, I find this post and it makes my heart sing with joy. Not because I still love SV. I had no TV for almost a year, and now that it's back, I'm having a tough time getting into it again. I love this because it makes me realize how much I missed you and your unfailing devotion to Tom. Though SV itself isn't doing much for me right now, Tom continues to shine and to be the most beautiful presence in television.

Also? Reading this post makes me WANT to watch SV again. I've missed sharing a TV show with others. It's so good to be back. *hugs*
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 8th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, you've been gone a year, and it took me almost as long to reply to this comment! :) Welcome back, I'm so happy to see you here, and to know you're okay. And yeah, I still like Tom. :D
ophelia_77 From: ophelia_77 Date: April 27th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Though late, I do hope my twirls today helped a bit. :-D

Edited at 2010-04-27 09:12 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 8th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your twirls were wonderful! And even though it took me exactly SIX WEEKS (!!!) to tell you that here, I hope you knew how I felt from all my emails. ;) You always deliver the superlative pretty! *hugs*
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