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Smallville: Greg Beeman blogs about the finale!
Almost a year after his last entry, Greg Beeman has updated his blog, Beaming Beeman! He talks about Salvation, and it is so massively spoilery it's not even funny. You want to consider carefully before you click. Actually, trust me, you DO NOT want to read it before watching the episode. SERIOUSLY, HE TELLS YOU EVERYTHING. I know, because spoiler whore that I am, I read every word. :) As always, he shares some amazing pics, so you can always bookmark the site, scroll really fast past all the words, and check out the pretty. Although some of the pics are totally spoilery, too. Maybe just wait until after the episode airs. Anyway, here's the link:


Some quotes:

Tom Welling has matured and grown so much – especially behind the scenes.

[Alllison Mack] was going through some changes on this episode, because she was choosing to move on from the show. It looks like she’ll be back for a couple of episodes but not full time. She and I got to talk about the experience of leaving behind something that you’ve grown so attached to.

Beeman was always all about Clark:

Throughout prep, something felt wrong about this. It wasn’t really Clark’s story enough – It was too much Zod’s story. As we were going through the usual VFX meetings and production design meetings, this issue kept coming up. Finally, and it was just a day or two before we started shooting Brian called me on the phone one day and pitched this new opening. I was thrilled.

I had a lot of fun with Cassidy Freeman by the way. We had met once before. It was at the premiere party for MELROSE PLACE. She was there with Kelly Souders (I think) and someone introduced me “This is Greg Beeman.” She, basically, screamed and jumped into my arms with a big hug. It was a bit of a surprise, since I’d never met her, but I went with it! So we hugged and she was screaming and I twirled her around a few times (Film business people are passionate people!) I’m not quite sure why she was so excited to meet me, but hey! For some reason my legend has grown large since I departed Vancouver. I think perhaps larger than is realistic, but, anyway – they remember me fondly there and I guess Cassidy had heard the many stories of “Beeman” and – well, there you go. Anyway she is a hoot. She is a hard worker and up for anything.

And FINALLY – I want to tip my hat to Tom Welling who has grown and matured so much since I last worked with him. During the whole of the production of this episode he was also producing the pilot to his new series HELLCATS. And he really was producing it too! As of this moment the show looks very likely to be on CW’s slate next year. That’s an amazing feat. Tom is a true go-getter and I’m quite proud of him.

A few pics. Lots more at his blog. Click for BIGGER:

ETA: Well, I guess it was a little TOO spoilery, because the entry has been taken down. Hopefully he'll put it back up after the episode airs.

ETA2: And it's back up. The little bit I quoted above about Allison's plans for next season is gone, so perhaps her circumstances have changed, and he's added in some new stuff as well. Click on the link above and enjoy!

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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was floored by how much he spilled! But definitely go back and read it after you see the episode. You've probably already seen these, but here's a non-spoilery quote about Erica, and another pic:

Erica Durance has also grown. I take special pride with her, because I feel instrumental in having cast her. The rest of the regulars came with the pilot, which I wasn’t involved in. But, when we were looking for a Lois, I saw this roughly put together audition on VHS and I remember calling Al and Miles and saying “Hey, guys, check out this gal from Vancouver. I think she’s really got something.” Erica and I have always been bonded. We stay in touch a little. She is sweet and gung-ho and I love her.

Click for BIGGER:

I'm taking his quote about Allison as confirmation that she won't be full time next season, but what he calls "a couple" of episodes could be half of them for all we know. I don't think anyone should freak out or celebrate (depending on their opinion) until we hear something more official.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, the entry is gone now. It really was outrageously spoilery. :)

He always posts the best pics. I used to read his blog regularly when he posted about Heroes.
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
He was such a cheerleader for the show and the actors when he worked on Smallville. I was so bummed when he left.

I'm very excited!
luvmax1 From: luvmax1 Date: May 14th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I followed the link, but there's no entry, just a title line. Did he take it down?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
He did. The show must have asked him to take it down. He gave away stuff we didn't even have a clue about!
starry_dawn From: starry_dawn Date: May 14th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
He's taken the post down. I kind of think he forgot the episode hasn't aired yet, because he talks about a lot of things as if people have already seen the scenes. I don't think I read the entirety of it, because people are complaining about something (not the Allison leaving thing, which... *sigh*), but I don't see what in there could be considered THAT depressing. Hmm.

What I like most about Beeman is his unwavering focus on Clark as the centre of the SV story, and the fact that he always manages to get the best pictures of his cast! That second still in particular? When have we seen Tom smile THAT big before, that too in the presence of another lady? :P
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
He gave away who dies. I think that's what people are complaining about.

I'd take the Allison leaving thing with a grain of salt. She hadn't even started negotiating at that point. Who knows what her episode count might be?

His pics are always the best! I think it has a lot to do with how much his subjects like him. :)
jeannev From: jeannev Date: May 14th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I guess we'll see what the finale is like, but now we have an idea.

And I remain very close to calling it a day with SV after S9.

Edited at 2010-05-14 04:53 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if he spoiled stuff that was supposed to be a cliffhanger. In spite of what he gave away, I'm still looking forward to the episode.

I am sorry the show has disappointed you so thoroughly. I don't even want to think about this fandom without you in it. :( I'm sure I'll be here until the end, but my enjoyment is going to hinge on whether or not they write, produce, and market S10 as the last right from the start.
homicidalfink From: homicidalfink Date: May 14th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee. I should've known you'd post about this. I read the entire thing out of morbid curiosity, and was very pleased to hear about his efforts to put Clark front and center. What is the world coming to, leading characters treated like such on their own show? I don't even XD).

Even knowing what happens, I'm still excited to see how it plays out. And I'm still here, possibly kicking and screaming, until Tom leaves. So.

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, even knowing everything he spoiled, and after watching all the clips, I still can't wait to see how it all plays out. :)

You know, I just realized that James Marshall didn't direct a single episode this season. What's up with that?
el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: May 14th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!! I started to read Beeman's post but stopped when he started to talk about the episode. I missed the parts where he talked about Cassidy and Tom. I wonder if Beeman thought the episode had already aired???
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think so, he gave several spoiler warnings, and at one point he talked about how he hadn't seen a final cut, so he would find out exactly what the episode looked like when he watched it on TV tonight like everyone else.
netlynn From: netlynn Date: May 14th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww man! I missed the spoilers. :( Can you believe I am actually looking forward to tonight? I've been a bit burn out for a while but for a few reasons I am excited. Just hope the stupid writers don't let me down ... again.

*hugs* You okay?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tonight looks like a pretty exciting episode to me. I can't wait!

I'm okay, just working too much, as usual. :) How about you?
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 14th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

i wanna read it

heard about it but by the time i got there it was already taken down.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: i wanna read it

Are you someone I know? :)
psychme From: psychme Date: May 14th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for posting about this. It made me go hunt down the entry, which I enjoyed reading and mostly made me look forward to the episode even more (that one detail that starry_dawn asked you about above made me dread it and almost wish to push it off, though). And those BTS pics are a treat.

Just a couple more hours to go. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 14th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I read it. Like you, except for that one spoiler, it made me look forward to the episode that much more. And the pics are wonderful, especially the ones of Tom.

I'm on the west coast, so I have five hours to go, and I'm spending the last three far from the internet, so I don't read anyone else's reaction before I watch for myself. :)
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: May 14th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those pics are ADORABLE. I'm actually glad he took them down because I was tempted to read it. There's only 1 hr 9 mins to go. I can wait...

NO I CAN'T!!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 15th, 2010 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Everyone on the east coast just started watching, and I have three more hours to go. It's already killing me. :)
miss_tress From: miss_tress Date: May 15th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear Internets,

I love Greg Beeman! I missed him so much.


tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 15th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
What an awesome episode!! So much love for this man and his vision! ♥
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: May 15th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for sharing this great stuff! I hope Greg puts his blog back up soon! I love the pictures! :-)

ETA: If Beeman doesn't put his blog back up, do you have any more BTS Tom pictures that you could post from it? Only when you have time, of course! :-)

ETA2: His blog is back up and I saw the rest of the pictures. Thank you again for posting this link! *hugs*

ETA3: Unless I'm missing something, it looks like he took out the part about Allison's episode stuff...

Edited at 2010-05-15 05:14 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: May 15th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
He did take out those few sentences about Allison's potential episode count in S10, but he also added in some new stuff. It's an even better read than it was before. :)
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: May 16th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much for these great pics and the excerpts! :)

Hail to Beeman for standing up for Clark. It is sad that the showrunners and writers apparently still have no clue what the show is supposed to be about. I hope they learn something from the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Salvation. But I won´t hold my breath...

I know that phrases like "...has grown and matured so much since I last worked with him" are meant to be a great compliment. But to me this always sounds like the person was just an immature and inapt rookie before. To me at least, Tom was quite capable even at the end of Season 4 when Beeman left (or did he leave even later?). So I can´t help it, but saying this about a 33 year old actor sounds somewhat our of place to me even though it is meant in a most positive way...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: June 8th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I truly hope the entire production staff will take inspiration from Salvation as they embark on S10. It was a wonderful example of everything I want from the show.

Beeman left the show at the end of 5x13, Vengeance, and at that point Tom had not yet directed his first episode. When he returned Tom had become an accomplished director, was a co-executive producer, had taken a leadership role on set that never would have been possible while AlMiles were in charge, and had started his own production company with a pilot in the CW pipeline. And I do think he's a whole new man in terms of his confidence, the depth of his experience, and his business savvy.

I honestly don't think Beeman ever underestimated Tom; I think he championed him. I loved what he said to Mairzee Almas, that she shared the last time she was on SHoE:

When I first came on to Smallville, [Greg Beeman] said to me, that Tom has a vertical learning curve. He may not have a lot of experience yet, but he's real smart, and he's paying attention.
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