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Smallville: Interview with returning guest star
Laura Vandervoort talked to Ed Gross for Voices From Krypton about her return to Smallville as Kara in 10x03, Supergirl, and she pretty much confirmed all my worst fears about the episode. Am I totally overreacting when I say this depresses me? Does anyone have a positive take on what LV shares?

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: Stepping back to Smallville, did the experience feel different than it had back on season seven?

LAURA VANDERVOORT: It was a little strange, I hadn’t played her for almost two years. I had returned in season eight for an episode, but it was so brief, so it felt a little strange getting back into Kara. But once you get there, it’s not too difficult. I was excited and she’s almost a different character in season 10 than she was in seven or eight – she’s more mature, and she sort of figures out who she is. The tables have kind of turned, with her and Clark – in the past she would mess up and Clark would give her a lecture, and teach her about her powers, and when she returns the tables are reversed. She’s come back with more knowledge, and she’s teaching him things and giving him ideas about who he could be in the future. She definitely plays a huge role in his becoming Superman.

VOICES FROM KRYPTON: What kind of role does she play in helping him become Superman?

LAURA VANDERVOORT: She’s in the red and blue, semi-Supergirl uniform, without the S, but she does do the brunette wig and glasses, which teaches him that he can have an alternate identity. He can have a face to the red/blue blur, and still be able to walk among the people with another identity. She kind of gives him that idea. I saw the photo – so I guess it is public knowledge that she wears that – but the second part of the reason, the producers told me, about wearing that, was to give him the idea to do it, to have the courage to show his face as the red/blue blur.

Read the entire interview HERE. And don't forget that S9 of Smallville comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray today! I'll be at Best Buy bright and early to get my copy with their bonus Blur T-shirt. :)

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: September 7th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope, not one positive thing to say. Love Laura, but what an awful, awful thing for them to do with her in the final season of the show.

Souder and Peterson suck ass.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 7th, 2010 11:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I still can't believe that they're actually doing this. I know you saw this episode for what it would be from the start, but I was still holding out hope that they wouldn't completely undermine Clark. I love LV to pieces, but I'm very much afraid that I'm going to hate this episode. :(

The part where she talks about what "the producers" told her? I don't even have the words.
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ladygawain From: ladygawain Date: September 7th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
F*ck me sideways, they did it. They really did it.

I'm just -- this is not good. Perhaps we should just call it 'The Man Who Wouldn't be Superman... or who was never allowed to have a single original idea because the producers just couldn't be bothered to give a flying rat's arse about him.'

Back to cautious pessimism as I wait for this season.

In other news, I want a Blur shirt. *runs to Best Buy*.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 7th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm still keeping an open mind about the rest of the season, and even hoping I find something to like in Supergirl. But reading this interview hit me like a physical blow. Doesn't anyone on this show stand up for Clark?
netlynn From: netlynn Date: September 7th, 2010 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awww man! Are you serious? More episodes where somebody else has to tell Clark how to be? And her?? This does not bode well with me.

Psst is tonight Hellcat's premiere?
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 7th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
They have it all backward! It's very discouraging.

Hellcats premieres tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8, at 9PM! :)
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: September 7th, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
How disgraceful... I just hope they get a thunderstorm of negative reactions.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: September 7th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
They won't. Kissing the writers asses has become quite the norm.
eternal_moonie From: eternal_moonie Date: September 7th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Absolutely LOVE this entry! Thanks for posting!!!! LOVE Laura so much!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 7th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Laura, too. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the interview!
theclexfactor From: theclexfactor Date: September 7th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Sigh*...and yet I'm still hoping for the best.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 7th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm trying to do the same, but it doesn't sound good to me. :( Al Septien said Anne Cofell Saunders wrote a script that doesn't take away from Clark, but that statement doesn't seem to jive with what LV is saying here. I don't know what to think.
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carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: September 7th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is just what I had anticipated. I hate to be right but, truth to be told, it wasn't really difficult. When you hear or read anything that BP and/or KS say about Clark and the show, you know for sure that both are doomed.

This is another slap in the face of Superman and Superman lovers.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 7th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is another slap in the face of Superman and Superman lovers.

I think so, too, Carol. :(
tasabian From: tasabian Date: September 7th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ouch. I can't believe they would think Kara mentoring Clark is a good idea :(
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 8th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC) (Link)
It worked so beautifully the other way around. The scene where Clark taught Kara how to use her super hearing, echoing the scene in Whisper where Jonathan did the same for him, was wonderful, and such a perfect way to show the man Clark had become: confident, competent, and compassionate. And that was in S7! Now, three years later, he needs her to tell him what to do?
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 8th, 2010 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
It just seems cosmically wrong to have someone else do that before Clark when literally the entire show has been building to this moment of revelation.

Exactly. I saw Salvation as a promise of what S10 would be, and I thought Clark would move forward from that amazing, inspirational episode, already embodying so many of the qualities that will make him the superhero he's destined to become. Instead I'm afraid it was the peak from which Clark will now tumble back into darkness and doubt, while Kara steps up to accomplish in one episode what Clark has been struggling to do for a decade.

I really want to be wrong about this episode because I love Kara and I love Laura, but I'm just not on board right now.

I agree with so much of what you say, but especially this. Prove us both wrong, Smallville!
jlvsclrk From: jlvsclrk Date: September 7th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Colour me uninspired although I'm hoping it won't be as bad as it sounds. The writer did do Idol last year after all (though Persuasion and Hostage weren't exactly home runs). Girl power is all very well and good but it just seems sadly misplaced given where Clark was at last season. And the show already did have Clark having the courage to show his face to the world in S8, and look at what happened to him then.

Somewhat off topic but what Kara does is show a stranger's face to those she meets in her everyday life - totally warped if you ask me. No part of Kara's secret identity has any real meaning, she has no roots. Her situation has no applicability to Clark really. Oh well.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: September 8th, 2010 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
That's the thing about ACS: I loved Idol and pretty much hated Persuasion, so I don't know what to expect. My one problem with Kara in S7 was how easily she mastered her powers, when Clark had been struggling to do the same for years. And now she's coming back to one-up Clark again? No, thank you. :(

No part of Kara's secret identity has any real meaning, she has no roots. Her situation has no applicability to Clark really.

That's an interesting point. And the fact that she is only going to be in one episode only reinforces the superficiality of it all.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: September 8th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
The spoilers for this episode have me in such an angry funk I can't even describe it. And it makes me sad because I - so far - am interested in pretty much every other episode we've gotten spoilers for so far.

This episode - in contrast - has bugged me ever since we got the title for it. And, IMO, it's been all downhill from there.

And I am not kidding about the point I made above - about some Superman and comic book fans not caring about the fact that Kara is basically stealing his uniqueness and thunder. I've seen it. They don't care how Clark gets to be Superman, they just want him to be Superman, and see cool things happen. And that just boggles my mind as a fellow Clark/Superman fan.

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audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: September 8th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally know what you mean. There are some Superman and comic book fans who aren't bothered by this at all and it boggles my mind as well.

You know, there have been plenty of times over the years where I've disagreed with something that the show has done. And you know...that's to be expected. I expect to have disagreements from time to time with something as subjective as a television show. But there have only been a few times over the years where I have truly felt like I was slapped across the face as a Superman fan.

The last time I literally felt slapped was at the end of "Power." That kiss being on top of the Daily Planet building just made me livid. And my reason for being livid had nothing to do with shipping. I didn't care that Clark and Lana kissed. I knew they would kiss...whatever. It was the WHERE. It was just so wrong. I still remember watching that episode live and feeling so frustrated and upset as the hour passed as Clark became weaker and weaker. And then the final scene came. And I just remember thinking....how dare you??? Some things are sacred. Yes, this is a new version of a very famous story. Yes, we all know the ending. But some things are so special and so important to this story that you just don't touch them. I remember hearing Allison Mack talk about her decision to move the shot to the top of the Daily Planet building (it wasn't originally set there) and it was clear that Allison never realized for a second that she might offend so many Superman fans with that shot. She just thought it would look dramatic and cool. She was completely ignorant to WHY having that kiss take place on top of the Daily Planet building wasn't just a slap in the face to Clois shippers but to Superman fans period because she shit on an iconic image of the story just to get a cool shot.

That's sort of how I feel about these spoilers. I'm convinced that these people have no clue how offensive this is to some of the Superman fans. They truly have no idea that to many of us the idea that Clark make this decision to show his face ON HIS OWN is sacred. It's weird because on the one hand, I do believe that it's not intentional. On the other hand, I feel like if you're making a show about the future Superman you should CARE about these few things that make this story sacred and you should be vigilient to protect them at all costs.
eeyore1017 From: eeyore1017 Date: September 8th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea that Best Buy was giving away free Blur shirts. :-( Oh well...I bought mine where I work- employee discount...
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 8th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Audrey's comment about Clana kiss

Huge Allison Mack fan here and she NEVER said anything about moving Clark and Lana's kiss to the Daily Planet. What she did talk about was having Lana save herself in the lab to show that Lana could take care of herself. I have not read anything about her talking about Clark and Lana's kiss.
audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: September 8th, 2010 05:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Audrey's comment about Clana kiss

I don't want to get into an argument here with you but...Yes, she did. It was revealed in an interview that it was her choice to have the kiss on the DP building because it made a beautiful shot. Libby can probably help me out with this since she is much better than I am at archiving all the interviews. I like Allison Mack very much and as I said above, I don't think she would EVER purposefully offend Superman fans. Either way, Allison was the Director of that episode. She had creative power. She could have had that kiss take place somewhere else. That being said, I don't hold her fully responsible. There were a lot of people responsible for the complete blasphemy that was "Power" (the writers, the producers) and I don't ever think it's fair to pin the blame on one person when there were a group of people involved. But yes...she did reveal in an interview at one point that she wanted the kiss there.

Either way? It doesn't matter who was responsible for it. I hold everyone involved with that episode responsible for that action. The location of that scene was up until this point one of the most flat out disrespectful, slap in the face moments EVER in the entire run of Smallville to true fans of the Superman mythos. It took a core element and sacred moment from 70 years of Superman history and then slapped people in the face with it.
SOMEBODY should have spoken up. Someone should have been sensitive enough to one of the most sacred images from the entire Superman mythos. And that's my point with all of this. Sometimes, these ideas sound great on paper. But why isn't there someone there to speak up and remind people that they are dealing with a 70 year old property that MEANS something to millions of people. That some things are sacred. That it's fine and wonderful to be creative and new but that there are some things that you don't screw with--that you respect and honor.

All that that being said, if these spoilers about Kara turn out to be true? I'll consider the location of the Power kiss a blip on the radar in terms of kicking the Superman fans in the gut. So I'm holding out hope that it's not going to turn out that way. I'm trying to keep the hope alive....
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: September 10th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
You're going to wear that Blur shirt every Friday, aren't you? Don't answer. I just know that you are. :-p

And now I must dash off to beat my head into a wall as there are no Smallville writers' heads near by so I can bash their heads into the wall. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!!!!
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