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Smallville: Greg Beeman blogs about the finale!
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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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