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Smallville: Spoilers for 10x08
Yesterday I saw this synopsis for Abandoned on the SpoilerTV site:


“SMALLVILLE” — (8:00-9:00 p.m. ET)
“Abandoned” (CONTENT RATING TBD sptv050769) (HDTV)

TERI HATCHER GUEST STARS AS ELLA LANE; DC COMICS’ CHARACTERS GRANNY GOODNESS (CHRISTINE WILLES) AND HARRIET (GUEST STAR LINDSAY HARTLEY) APPEAR — Lois (Erica Durance) finds a video made for her by her mother, Ella Lane (Hatcher), before she died. After watching the tape, Lois makes a drastic decision about her relationship with Clark (Tom Welling) that takes her to the Fortress, where she comes face to face with Jor-El and Lara... Meanwhile , Tess has a nightmare involving herself as a child and a music box. Upon awakening, she finds the music box in Luthor mansion and sets out to find out who planted it there. Clark accompanies her to an orphanage run by Granny Goodness (guest star Christine Willes) who may not have the young girls’ best intentions in mind. One of the young women living there, Harriet (guest star Hartley), finds Clark snooping around and decides to take matters into her own very sharp hands. Kevin Fair directed the episode written by Drew Landis & Julia Swift (##3X6008).


I didn't know what to make of the mention of Jor-El and Lara at the Fortress with Lois, but then this morning an interview with Helen Slater popped up in my Google Alerts, and in it she says that she and Julian Sands appear in an episode of Smallville!

The other way you've come full circle too is with Smallville, a seeming alumni club for those involved with Superman!

I have to say I think it's my favourite job in the last 10 years. It's so fun, and then when I did the conventions the fans loved the connection. It's been such a positive experience. They're so nice over there, and they make me very goddess-y over there! [laughs] Lots of make-up, and beautiful hair.

So, you're just doing some stuff on the final season...?

Julian Sands and I are doing an episode. I wish it was more because it was so much fun doing it. But I guess they've got it all written. We're just doing one episode.

Read the entire interview at Den of Geek HERE. I had no idea either one of them was returning in S10!

In other news, TVGuide.com posted an article about the Clark and Lois romance, with quotes that I assume are from interviews conducted at the 200th episode party, and Tom Welling had this to say:

It's always interesting to test the bounds of any relationship. It's interesting to see how they will become who they will be in the future.

Read the full article with additional quotes from Erica Durance at TVGuide.com HERE. I agree with Tom. And I hope we don't miss out on that now that Clark has actually seen what the future holds. I don't want the show to take anything for granted.

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 22nd, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, I guess that was a big suprise.

I hope they are being used for a Clark scene. If its for a Lois scene, I think that would bother me, but I'm pretty sure thats what they are doing.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 22nd, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I guess we'll see if Clark is part of the scene, but I suspect it's just Lois. Which seems bizarre. Are they real, transported through time and space? Clones? A recording? Or some new A.I. trick?

I'm looking forward to scenes with Clark and Tess where they're on the same side! And Granny Goodness and Harriet have potential. I love Christine Willes, and I think Lindsay Hartley will be fun.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: October 22nd, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! But... ug!
So Jor-El is mean and horrible to Clark but then Lois can get a scene with both of Clark's parents???? And I guess she'll fly all by herself in next episode and... okay, everyone gets to do everything Clark should already be doing/getting.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 22nd, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you seriously think they're going to have Lois fly in Isis?!

I want to know if we're going to see some version of the real Jor-El and Lara, or another extension of the A.I. If they're real, it would be cruel not to include Clark. If they're part of the A.I., I'd rather he stay as far away as possible!
tjw_jaypat From: tjw_jaypat Date: October 22nd, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this news. I can´t really say I am excited about it. Although I have nothing against Sands, he was IMO miscast in Kandor. For me, he simply is not Jor-El. Wrong type. And Slater´s appearance in Blue fell totally flat for me. And, with Valerie, I am afraid that once again, Clark won´t interact with his "parents" at all. But let´s see...
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 22nd, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love Julian Sands, but I have a hard time seeing him as the father of Tom's Clark. Plus his character in Kandor was so wildly different from the A.I., which they never explained. Are we supposed to think the intervening years changed him that much, or is the A.I. really as corrupted as we've always thought?

I did think that Clark meeting his birth mother was touching, but Lara never seemed Kryptonian to me, if that makes sense. No display of superpowers, no arrogance, no indication that she was from a society whose belief system was rooted in science. She seemed like a nice, normal Earth mom to me.
serenography From: serenography Date: October 22nd, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Read the entire interview at Den of Geek HERE. I had no idea either one of them was returning in S10!

I'm chuckling because I wonder if Ms. Slater was supposed to stay mum on these appearances. Normally they swear everyone so such secrecy, and save the surprise leaks for their PR machines.

I'm really looking forward to seeing Teri Hatcher's bit as Lois' mother. It's just kind of a VeryCoolThing to have the former TV Lois Lane play this role.

It is kind of another snicker though that all 3 lead females on this show had sekrit stuff about their long missing mothers pop up into their lives. Remember Lana listening to the tape of her long-dead mother? And of course Chloe's mom got to actually come back to life!

I'm too much a fan of Relic to handle Julian Sands as Jor-El. He just did not work me at all, although he did a fine job with what he was given. I liked Helen Slater as Lara, but wasn't a huge fan of her character in Blue.

Ah well. I'll just enjoy the pretty and hope for the best.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 22nd, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm chuckling because I wonder if Ms. Slater was supposed to stay mum on these appearances.

I wondered the same thing. Did they forget to give her the secrecy talk because they assumed no one was knocking down her door for interviews?

I'm looking forward to Teri Hatcher's appearance, too. I watched LnC faithfully, and I identified so strongly with her Lois. I've been a fan ever since. And now we'll have another Superman alum in the same episode!

Smallville has always been rather heavy-handed with the parental issues, haven't they? Clark, Lex, Lana, Chloe, Lois, and Oliver all lost their mothers at an early age, and Clark, Lex, and Lois all had distant, controlling fathers. The Kents really stood out as something unique and wonderful in Smallville.

As much as I love Julian Sands, I can't get past the fact that he looks a lot more like he could be Oliver's father than Clark's. And to put Sands and Slater side by side as Clark's parents is just laughable. How in the world did those two blondes produce that stunning example of tall, dark, and handsome?
legendsinlove From: legendsinlove Date: October 22nd, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was so puzzled when I saw the OD for Abandoned yesterday. lol

I have no idea what to make of it because I just can't think of a drastic decision that would bring Lois to the Fortress. And, I too, would be hugely disappointed if Clark didn't get to be part of that. But I don't think he'll be there for any of it. He'll be too busy with the orphanage stuff (which sounds cool).
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 22nd, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I'm still trying to figure out how Lois even knows about the Fortress! ;) I'm kidding, of course, but I hope we get to see Clark sharing these formerly secret parts of his life with her.

I never know what to expect from this show, but of course several different scenarios have been running through my head. My biggest question is, if Clark's birth parents can appear in the Fortress, why has Clark been denied access to them? That seems unnecessarily cruel, but then again, we are talking about the A.I. here.

The more episodes we see, the more I appreciate the new structure of having only four series regulars (all of whom I love), with lots of guest stars. It really keeps things interesting!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 22nd, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I like that spec! And I could totally see Lois doing that for Clark. It was outrageous that Jor-El took the suit from him, it has nothing to do with him!

I love how we all have icons of that rooftop moment. :)
legendsinlove From: legendsinlove Date: October 23rd, 2010 12:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! Clark is just so happy in that moment. And Lois too!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 23rd, 2010 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I know! They're adorable!
legendsinlove From: legendsinlove Date: October 23rd, 2010 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
This spec is great and I am so on board. It totally fits with Lois' character and I think having Jor-El and Lara be holographic images is very fitting with Superman lore. And I can see them wanting to remind us about the suit midway through the season.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 23rd, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excited for some Cless investigating! And can't wait for Granny Goodness - dead-on perfect casting.

ETA: did Hellcats get a full season pick-up? Yay, Tom!

Edited at 2010-10-23 06:11 pm (UTC)
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: October 25th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)
I would love to see Lois rip into Jor-El. He doesn't stand a chance.
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