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SDCC: Smallville talks to TV.com
In the Smallville press room at SDCC, Louis Peitzman from TV.com interviewed almost everyone from the show.

Comic-Con 2010: Smallville
by Louis Peitzman
07/26/10 09:58 AM

The cast and crew of Smallville returned to Comic-Con—perhaps for the last time. Barring any nostalgic retrospectives in the future, this is it for Tom Welling, Erica Durance, and company, as Smallville prepares for its tenth and final season. I didn’t get a chance to sit in on the panel: that would have meant waking up really early (there were diehard fans camped out overnight) and missing the Supernatural press room (where I got some face time with the Winchesters). But I did chat with the Smallville people at their own press room—here’s what they had to say about Season 10. Beware of spoilers!

Erica Durance (Lois Lane)
On Lois’ relationship with Clark: “She’s there to make things easier for him and make it lighter for him. That’s her role in the mythology. That’s what Lois Lane was. She was the love of his life.” On knowing Clark’s secret: “Instead of moping about, oh, you didn’t tell me, it’s like she finds it and goes, OK, you didn’t want to tell me. I’m fine with that. I’ll support that. I’ll know. I won’t get all girly about it and I’ll help him with this thing, because that is so much greater than my feelings right now. And that’s what I really like about her. And then at some point she’ll let him have it and bring him down to earth.”

Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen)
On where Oliver begins the season: “It’s interesting because he carries the burden of the bad guy inside of him now. So he’s got that dark heart, kind of. The weight of the world and all that.” On where he hope Oliver ends up: “I’d like to see him kind of have more of that inner peace … The superhero stuff is great, but I think Oliver is a good person, a good human being. He’s got a huge heart and that’s part of his problem. I’d like to see him get the good end of the stick.”

Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer)
On how Tess has changed: “I died a lot last season. I think she’s a bit humbled by that. I think she realizes she can’t do all of this alone, so she’s gonna turn to Clark and Oliver for a little bit of help at the beginning of the season.” On Tess’ big secret: “Midseason she’s gonna find out a secret about her past. Which I’m not completely sure what that is yet. I have an idea. I definitely can’t talk about it, but it’s definitely going to be a big twist for her, and she’s going to have to keep it a secret to keep other people safe. And I think it’ll change her trajectory at the end of the year.”

John Schneider (Jonathan Kent)
On his posthumous role: “I’m in the new season. But honestly, I’m not sure if I’m alive or dead or a vision or a memory.” On Papa Kent’s surprise return: “I wanted it to be a surprise, but it’s obviously not a surprise anymore. … I guess that cat’s out of the bag.” On how he’ll affect Clark: “He’s the only force, the only person in Clark Kent’s life who can tell him it’s OK to be Superman.”

Executive Producer/Show Runner Brian Peterson
On the new villain: “We’re introducing Darkseid in a really different way, kind of gradually unfolding that character through some of his harbingers or minions in the New Gods mythology a little bit.” On the new villain-heroes: “We have another group of kind of ragtag villain-heroes that’s gonna come in in episode two with the Suicide Squad … We have Deadshot, we have Rick Flag, and we’re bringing back Plastique.”

Executive Producer/Show Runner Kelly Souders
On Season 10’s themes: “It’s really kind of a season of Clark visiting the ghosts of his past to get over some blatant issues, shall we say, and move on to be the Superman that everybody wants him to be and knows him to be.” On tying it all together: “We try every season to do new twist and turns and delve deeper into Clark’s—who he is as a person. And I think this season, because we know it’s ending in 22 episodes, we’re literally—we’re already, I was laughing, we’re already exhausted. We’re shooting episode two, we’re pulling crazy, crazy hours, because we just want to do all of it. We want to do everything. … I don’t know if we’re even going to be alive by the end of the season because we’re killing ourselves so hard.” On the end: “Everyone feels like it’s our last chance to do every iconic moment that we want, every reunion we want to see, everything.”


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From: (Anonymous) Date: July 27th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I understand what John Schneider is trying to say about telling Clark that it's "OK" to be Superman. In my head, it means that Clark is just such a humble person. He doens't crave attention and he doesn't ever want to put himself above other people. His desire to help is so pure. He doesn't ever want to feel like a god. Jonathan will always see Clark as his son first and foremost. He'll always see the man behind the hero and perhaps Jonathan telling him that it's OK is something that Clark needs to hear because he IS so humble and gracious and doesn't seek glory in any shape or form. However, I would like to think that Martha Kent is also a very special person who could encourage and comfort her son and tell him that it was "OK" for him to go forward and embrace that role. After all, that's the role of Jonathan and Martha Kent in the overall mythos--to stand behind their son and always be there loving him so deeply as he sacrifices so much for the world. Also, in the future, the person who remains his reason for fighting is Lois. She becomes his driving life force and in his own words the only thing that keeps him going on dark days.

I am so thrilled to have John back. I just hope that Martha gets some mentions and I hope that her overall role in Clark's life continues to be important this year. I always thought of Jonathan and Martha as a team.

I like that Erica Durance understands that Lois's role is to be there as Clark's support. To make his life happier and brighter. She is right. That IS Lois's job in the overall mythology and that is so consistent with the way their relationship has been written in the modern comcis. So go Erica for that. And I think Smallville has captured that very well with the way they have developed their relationship always showing the audience that Clark finds joy being with Lois. I am intrigued as to how they are going to play Clark finally telling her the truth. I feel like we are going to see Lois take her own advice from back in "Pariah" when she told Chloe that if someone had a secret she would wait and hope they would tell her in their own time. I don't think the secret will be between them for more than a few episodes.

I'm totally intrigued about Tess. I have absolutely no clue whether she is going to be a good guy or a villian and I love that. She's going to be such a mystery to me this year!

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: August 2nd, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Most of what they're saying about S10 sounds good to me. I think John Schneider sees Jonathan's role as a much bigger one than I do, but that's exactly what I would expect from the actor playing him. :) It will be interesting to see what actually plays out on our TV screens.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: July 27th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC) (Link)
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