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Smallville: S10 Official Description
Here is the official description of Smallville's 10th and final season, as posted on the CW web site. Thanks to @sv_awareness on Twitter for the heads up!

FRIDAY, SEPT. 24 8/7c

The end of the beginning starts here. Taking flight in its tenth and final season, this modern retelling of a hero's legendary origins continues to blend realism, action, heart and humor as Clark Kent (Tom Welling) soars toward claiming his birthright.

Clark has emerged from his darkest hour, only to find the path to his destiny blocked by ghosts from the past -- shadows in the present tempting Clark toward the darkness at every turn. Despite insurmountable odds, is Clark strong enough to step into the light and claim his rightful place as Earth's mightiest protector?

As "Smallville's" epic ninth season came to a close, General Zod (Callum Blue) and his Kryptonian Army declared war on the people of Earth. Clark prevented the deaths of thousands, if not millions of humans by using the Kryptonian Book of Rao to stop the attack. The spiritual tome opened a gateway to another world, one where Clark's people could exist in peace. One-by-one, every Kryptonian on Earth was propelled across the universe, but as Clark prepared for his "ascension," Zod refused to leave. Using a blue Kryptonite dagger to make himself human and avoid being sucked into space, Zod remained behind so that he could rule a world without its guardian, Clark Kent. Having no other option to rid the world of Zod's tyranny, Clark plunged the dagger into his own abdomen, protecting himself from ascension -- and exiling Zod in the process. Though victorious, Clark's win was bittersweet as he plummeted off the building and into the darkness below.

After a fateful kiss, Lois Lane (Erica Durance) realized that the two men she had been torn between all season -- Clark Kent and Metropolis' heroic Blur -- were one and the same. Having finally found redemption and a second chance at love, Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) and Oliver Queen, a.k.a. the Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), were ripped apart. Chloe was forced to painfully listen as the love of her life, Oliver, was abducted by mysterious assailants during his attempt to help Clark defeat Zod's Army. And Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman), heir to the late Lex Luthor empire and double agent for the now-defunct government organization Checkmate, was fatally burned at Zod's hand in an attempt to right past wrongs. As Tess flatlined in Metropolis General Hospital, she was visited by a shrouded, elderly woman. The granny's motives...still unknown.

Throughout season nine, Clark, bearing the iconic S-shield of his heritage, struggled to find his place between the human world in which he was raised and the Kryptonian world he was born into. Having made peace with his dual heritage, Clark, in season ten, must now find the courage to step out of the shadows and emerge into the light. Never before has there been such a dangerous time for Clark to step into the public eye and take on the mantle of the inspirational icon he is destined to be. As the tide of sentiment in Metropolis turns against heroes, branding them as unchecked vigilantes, our defender of justice will be called upon to re-define what it really means to be a superhero. Given how dangerously close Clark has skirted to crossing the line in the name of "justice" in the past, will he truly earn the right to be the symbol of good for humanity, or will he prove the naysayers right, that no one individual can be judge, jury and enforcer.

In the midst of this turmoil, a new danger will emerge as a dark force takes on many faces, threatening Clark at every turn. Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort), and Jonathan Kent (John Schneider), Clark's late, adopted father -- forever and always Clark's moral compass, will stand by Clark's side as he takes his final steps toward accepting his birthright. He will need all the help he can get to fight the impending evil onslaught...the greatest darkness ever unleashed on Earth.

The season ten premiere, "Lazarus," opens mere seconds after last season's finale. Clark Kent wakes from his near-death experience, haunted by the ghosts of his past, both friend and foe. Given a new lease on life, Clark must find a way to rid himself of every last temptation, to purge himself of every last shard of doubt in his heart before he can become the beacon of hope the world needs. But a very real threat from Clark's past has returned to challenge his ascent, causing Clark to question the nature of his crusade.

Lois Lane will face her own crisis of meaning, trying to redefine her place in the world now that she knows Clark's super secret -- but Clark won't discover that she knows, and that's the way she wants to keep it. Lois will try her best to keep the mild-mannered reporter at arms' length in the hopes that a life free of romantic complication will make him a better hero.

Struggling with her own affairs of the heart, Chloe Sullivan will be faced with an impossible question -- how much is she truly willing to sacrifice to protect the people she loves? Chloe will take a tumultuous step into danger for the greater good, the hands of Fate, her only guide.

When Chloe vanishes, Oliver Queen will be forced to look long and hard at the circumstances behind it. Blaming himself for her disappearance, Oliver will begin exploring accountability for all his past actions, good and bad -- what great lengths will Oliver go to in order to bring his lost love back home?

Having risked her own life in an attempt to become accountable for her own misguided actions, no one is more surprised than Tess Mercer when she wakes, alive and well, in a seemingly abandoned medical facility. But what secrets lie in wait in the recesses of "Cadmus Labs"? And how much is Tess willing to give up to seize her second chance at redemption?

"Smallville" was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar ("Shanghai Noon," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"), based on the DC Comics characters. Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson serve as executive producers, along with James Marshall, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins, Joe Davola and Tom Welling. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.


If you haven't already seen them, tjw_jaypat from DTTW has posted a couple of fascinating entries about his recent visit to Vancouver, with some wonderful pics of Tom on set! Check them out on DTTW HERE and HERE (I think you might need to register to view them).

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netlynn From: netlynn Date: September 3rd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC) (Link)
*bounces* OUCH! Dude, this is making me sooooo excited. God, I hope they don't let me down this year but right now I'm not letting them.

Um, did I miss something?? When did Oliver become the love of Chloe's life? Yes, they had a thing last year but love of her life? I would think not. Is that just me?

What about you? Are you still excited??

Did ya get finished last night? *hopes*

tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 3rd, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Be careful, you're still on the mend! :) I'm very excited after reading this. A few things give me pause, but I'm just going to wait and see how it all turns out. I'm just so happy that we have a whole season where we know where we're going, and the writers no longer have to dream up reasons why Clark can't get there yet.

The Chlollie romance moved at lightning speed, especially considering that TPTB said they didn't even think of going there until they saw the final Chlollie scene in Roulette! I thought their declarations of love for each other in Salvation kind of came out of left field, but whatever. I just don't like them calling Ollie the love of Chloe's life when the comic books say his heart belongs to Dinah. Chloe deserves a man who is truly hers, not someone who already has an iconic history and destiny with someone else.

I did finally finish, late last night, which is why I'm only finding time to reply to comments now. :)
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 3rd, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see it more as Lois taking a step back to let Clark find himself. I think she realizes that he's still figuring out his place in the world, and she wants to give him some space to focus on that. But she's not running away, and as you point out, it sets up the perfect opportunity for Clark to articulate to Lois that she belongs at his side.

The description does sound a little dark, doesn't it? I hope the heavy stuff is offset by humor and bright, iconic moments.

They've been holding back certain milestones in the Clois romance (saying I love you, Super!Sex), just like they've been holding back Clark flying and wearing the suit, saving them for last. But the Chlollie romance was a last-minute thing, and then they had to accelerate it because AM wasn't coming back for a full season. When you see the two relationships side-by-side, Chlollie seems rushed.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: September 3rd, 2010 01:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Chloe was forced to painfully listen as the love of her life, Oliver

LOL! Excuse me - what?

Anyway, I'm amused at all the "dark" mentions in this description. Nice alluding to Darkseid guys, okay, we get it. :p

Edited at 2010-09-03 01:20 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 3rd, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL! Excuse me - what?

I think a lot of people are surprised to find out Chloe and Oliver's relationship was supposed to be that serious. I guess AM's decision to leave the show put everything on the fast track, but it just makes me wonder, what about Dinah?

Nice alluding to Darkseid guys, okay, we get it.

LOL! I think you're right, that's exactly what they're doing. :)
From: kissme_myfool Date: September 3rd, 2010 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
So weird that now that Allison is not a regular, she gets a bigger write up than ever before.

Edited at 2010-09-03 01:58 am (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 3rd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this is what DO meant when she said at the Upfronts that it won't "feel" like Chloe is gone. They're centering Ollie's season-long arc around her, to make her absence from the show less glaring. I wouldn't be surprised if this were written before Allison stepped up to give her fans the truth. I'm sure that if she hadn't, we'd still be getting vague but optimistic quotes about her possible episode count.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: September 3rd, 2010 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, OK. Aside from the absurdity of Oliver being the love of Chloe's life, I guess all that is...fine. I don't really feel much one way or the other about the OD.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 3rd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seriously, where did that come from? And what about Black Canary?

Reading this does make me excited for the season, and I like the sound of it for the most part. I just don't get the part about Clark being tempted toward darkness, and having to rid himself of temptation. I have no idea what that's supposed to mean. It's all pretty vague, though.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: September 4th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, not to put too fine a point on it, it sounds like pandering to the Clark haters to me. Of course, I sort of include Kelly and Brian in that group, LOL

Here's the reality though....all last season, we didn't have any indication that the people of Metropolis had any issue with Clark's methods as The Blur. Aside from one bad guy trying to manipulate public opinion, Sachs, and even then, there was no indication the people of Metropolis were buying it. We saw Clark inspiring young heroes (The Wonder Twins), we saw Clark as an inspiration to a young child (Warrior), we saw the people of Metropolis enamoured with The Blur enough to create Superhero swag, and websites devoted to him. We saw Clark listen in on a conversation where a small child was asking their parent to tell them a Blur story.

But wait....No, chuck all that....didn't happen. Instead, Clark was doing it all wrong, and he was walking on that darkside line.

Well, bullshit!

The only really bad behavior Clark exhibited last year was being too rough with Tess, and getting so involved with Lois without telling her the truth. I saw no indications that his actions as The Blur were a problem.

I know they need to create a reason for Clark to want to come out of the shadows, and put be a public Superman. I think the question for me will be if they are going to piss all over what he achieved last season to do that?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Why in the world would the show want to pander to Clark haters? What would they have to gain from that? I don't think B&K do right by Clark, which is beyond wrong on a show that is supposed to be all about him, and I think it's because they neither love nor understand the character. But I'm sure they don't see it that way; they both said Superman was their favorite superhero at SDCC, after all. :P

Do you mean that all the stuff about temptation is about Clark stepping over the line with his powers? That would be stupid, the Clark we saw in Salvation was far beyond that struggle; I've never seen Clark more sure of who he is, or more confident and in control. And he showed compassion toward Zod at every turn. But of course it wouldn't surprise me to see Smallville regress Clark or recycle old storylines.

I thought the whole point of Clark's activities as the Blur were that they gave the people of Metropolis hope. And as you say, what little they've shown us of the public's opinion of him has been overwhelmingly positive. Are we going to see a replay of Infamous, where all of Metropolis turns against him in an instant? *rolls eyes* I'm still hoping the change will have been caused by the recent actions of the Kandorians, but they were more like terrorists than vigilantes in their final days. IMO, the only actions of Clark's that could possibly be interpreted that way would be the way he bullied Tess, and the destruction of the Rao Tower (and I still think he was absolutely right to do the latter), but the public doesn't know about any of that. I don't know what to think.
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: September 3rd, 2010 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
As much as the Chloe stuff is a head scratcher, I do like the next one about Oliver re-examining all his actions. He still has a lot to learn, and I don't doubt is a large part of the reason that society distrusts heroes in general.

The best thing about the OD is how much it talks about Clark. The worst part is I'm not sure I'm going to enjoy the tack they're taking, emphasizing doubts and darkness. Clark really did have his head screwed on tight by the end of last season, so are they going to regress him just so he can relearn another lesson? Here's hoping that's a no.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm torn about the Oliver stuff. Of course I want him to see his past actions for what they are, and I'm still waiting for him to apologize to Clark, but I don't get why Chloe's disappearance should be the trigger for his epiphany, and I'm wary that we're just going to get another round of "dark" Ollie wallowing in self-indulgent behavior. And I don't want to see Oliver entirely give up his belief that the end justifies the means, that's who he is. I just want him to stop betraying Clark, and I don't see him learning that from a crisis over Chloe.

Clark really did have his head screwed on tight by the end of last season, so are they going to regress him just so he can relearn another lesson? Here's hoping that's a no.

I feel the same way. The Clark we saw in Salvation was so close! I was hoping S10 would be more of a celebration of his last few steps, rather than one last uphill battle. This whole Darkseid thing promises to be a season-long arc, but I don't know if that means the season as a whole will be steeped in darkness. I want to cheer for my hero, and watch him triumph, and not just in the last ten minutes of the series finale.
duskwillow From: duskwillow Date: September 3rd, 2010 07:54 am (UTC) (Link)
1) LOVE the new header!

2) Well this is pretty vague. Darkness, shadow, biggest threat,...
And all the flying puns are cracking me up.

I love how vast majority of description is Clark ClarkClarkClark. I approve. :D

But the part about Chloe and Oliver made me laugh, so much!! People, that does not correlate with what we saw on screen. lol
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)
1) Isn't it gorgeous? Deb does the most amazing work. I want a Smallville with just that feel to it: heroic and serious, but also hopeful and bright.

2) I read it several times to try and figure out what exactly they're promising us, but I still don't know. And I think the writer got a little carried away with some of the word choices. :) But I'm totally excited for S10, so I guess the OD did just what it was supposed to do! :D

I certainly never saw the great love between Chloe and Oliver. Just how much of their relationship was created purely in response to fans? Because we know Smallville does that sometimes, and it invariably leads to the weakest storylines.
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: September 3rd, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the description! :)

I am relieved that Clark is apparently not dead, but undergoing a near-death experience only. I can live with that. All this resurrection stuff, however, would be too much for me to bear. Being just almost dead is a big difference.

I dread, however, all that darkness stuff and, actually, all these guest stars because it seems to me that Clark may be portrayed as disoriented, so that everyone needs to tell him what to do. Even if his dad or vision dad or spirit dad or whatever he is, is among them, it still doesn´t feel right for me that, after 10 years, Clark would need all these guys for guidance and inspiration. It looks like Superman is the slowest learner and last hero among a crowd of others who made him who he is. This is something like backwards-causality... :(

BTW, glad you liked my reports. :))
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad Clark doesn't actually die, too. But now I'm really wondering how Jonathan appears to him, and what the catalyst is for that.

After all the years of holding Clark back in order to prolong the life of the series, I'm hoping the final season will be the one where Clark shows us what he is truly made of. I share your concerns about how all these returning characters will be used, and how they will interact with Clark. I certainly hope they're not there to tell him how he's doing it wrong. :(

I love your reports! Besides the amazing pics, you always give us exactly the details that I, as a Tom fan, am dying to hear, and with intelligent insights and great humor. Everything you share is a treasure, and I can't thank you enough for taking us along on your Tommy vacations!
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: September 3rd, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Forgot: if that pic on the right hand side of your new header doesn´t scream Superman, I don´t know what does. :)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! He looks just like he stepped off the pages of a comic book! His beauty, his bearing, and especially that steely gaze are all perfect. He IS my Superman. ♥

I love how you can see the gorgeous green of his eyes in the original of that pic. Hi-res is the BEST.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: September 4th, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks a lot!
No comments from me, except that your new header is beautiful!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for your comment, Carol! I love my new header. Without the beauty of Deb's masterpieces, my journal would be very drab indeed. :)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: September 5th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC) (Link)
That was quite the recap.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 5th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I was surprised it was so long. It will be interesting to come back and compare what actually goes down in the episodes ahead to what was (rather vaguely) promised in the OD.
chris_43 From: chris_43 Date: September 6th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm happy to see the OD focus so much on Clark as it should!! I also think the change in the public view of the Blur will be from the aftermass of the Kryptonians. It's the idea of Metahumans having so much power. Hopefully, they will make the change of the peoples mindset believable and not a light switch. I also think that Supergirl may make a mistake initially with her return and the media may paint her in a bad light. In the comics Cat Grant has a thing against Supergirl and portrays her negatively in her articles.

Hopefully, they won't back track Clark after his standout portrayal in Salvation.

I'm one of the fans who doesn't like Clark in the black (other than Tom looks great in black ;)), hiding in the shadows, his scare tactics with Tess and even the burning of his symbol to inspire hope. I know that worked for SV, but it's not very Supermanly to me. I'm eager to see Clark step into the "light" as the OD stated. Superman doesn't wear a mask so that people can trust him, he doesn't have to leave a symbol behind, because he is the symbol, so as heroic as Clark was last season these final steps make sense to me.

I don't feel the Oliver and Chloe stuff at all!

I see it more as Lois taking a step back to let Clark find himself. I think she realizes that he's still figuring out his place in the world, and she wants to give him some space to focus on that. But she's not running away, and as you point out, it sets up the perfect opportunity for Clark to articulate to Lois that she belongs at his side.

I'm hopeful you nailed it here! In Charade Lois and Clark talk about that greater calling and duty. Clark talks about feeling selfish taking time for himself when others need him. I think Lois deserves a moment to take in the secret and what that means to their relationship even if it's been done on the show before.

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