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Smallville update!
Thanks to TV by the Numbers, here are episode descriptions for the next four episodes of Smallville, from the CW's press release about November Sweeps. The one for Patriot is new to me. I'm not looking forward to more torture scenes, and of course the description makes me wonder if Patriot was deliberately written to be Clark-lite, but I'm thrilled to see Tom direct again!

Friday, October 29

•Smallville — “Harvest” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
Concerned about Lois’ (Erica Durance) safety, Clark (Tom Welling) diverts her away from covering the Vigilante Registrations Act, but an angry Lois tells him that she can take care of herself. When a flat tire strands their car in the middle of nowhere, Lois ends up in serious danger.

Friday, November 5

•Smallville — “Ambush” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
The General (guest star Michael Ironside) and Lucy Lane (Peyton List) decide to drop in on Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark (Tom Welling) for a surprise Thanksgiving dinner. Clark and the General get off to a rocky start after Lois’ father bashes the superheroes and tells Clark he is trying to pass a vigilante registration Law.

Friday, November 12

•Smallville — “Abandoned” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
TERI HATCHER GUEST STARS AS ELLA LANE — 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.

Friday, November 19

•Smallville — “Patriot” (8:00-9:00 p.m.)
DC COMICS CHARACTER AQUAMAN RETURNS WITH HIS WIFE MERA; TOM WELLING DIRECTS AND MICHAEL HOGAN (“BATTLESTAR GALACTICA”) GUEST STARS AS COL SLADE. — In an effort to protect the rest of the team, Oliver (Justin Hartley) decides to register for the Vigilante Registration Act to see what the government plans to do with the new Law. As he suspected, it was a trap to lure superheroes to an undisclosed location where he is confined to a jail and subjected to a battery of brutal tests under the supervision of Col. Slade (guest star Michael Hogan, “Battlestar Galactica”).

SOURCE

From E!Online's Watch With Kristin, a sneak peek of Lindsay Hartley as Mad Harriet in Abandoned:



Those Hartleys make a very attractive family! Read more about Lindsay's character at E!Online HERE.

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jeannev From: jeannev Date: October 27th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am so freaking bummed out that Patriot is Oliver-centric. I can barely tolerate his whiney ass lately. And now its going to be a "Brave, sacrificing Oliver..." *hurls*

I'm just hoping the B storyline in Abandoned gets as much time and attention at the Lois stuff, because I have to admit that I'm really not all that pleased with Lois going to the FoS and having scenes with Jor-El and Lara. So, I'm just hoping the plot about Tess, with Clark helping her, gets just as much time and attention to offset it.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like Oliver a lot better than you do, but I hear you about the whining. I'm going to be really disappointed if Clark doesn't have a significant role to play in this one. That hasn't been the case in the past when Tom directs. :( I thought since he had a break from filming to do his prep, we didn't have to worry about his time onscreen. The ODs have been misleading before, though, so I'll wait and see.

I'm just hoping the B storyline in Abandoned gets as much time and attention at the Lois stuff

I can't wait to see the scenes between Clark and Tess! Just the two of them, working as allies? I'll be in heaven. I'm still hopeful that Clark will be a part of the FoS scene, but I'm not holding my breath.
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ladygawain From: ladygawain Date: October 27th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoa, Lindsay Hartley is hot, seriously. Hm, "Abandoned" looks like it's going to be a little insane with all of these things going on. I just hope that they actually do Mad Harriet justice and she doesn't just appear for a minute and die some useless death.

Oh, as for "Patriot", bringing in Aquaman and family, and then making it Ollie-centric... it's either really silly or else they're killing two birds with one stone. As a comics geek, I'm so looking forward to seeing Slade Wilson in live action.

Hm. And Clark, really, I hope all of this comes back to him in a credible and useful way, I guess we'll have to see.

Edited at 2010-10-27 09:50 pm (UTC)
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It seems like all the episodes are jam-packed in S10, but you're right, Abandoned is insane! Lois's mom, Jor-El, Lara, Granny Goodness and Mad Harriet? And the guest stars include two Superman alums and Justin's RL wife. I guess it really is Sweeps Week!

If they're giving us an Ollie-centric episode in Patriot, I demand a battle of the bods between Alan Ritchson and Justin Hartley. ;) I was hoping they would give Tom a comedic episode to direct, but I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with this one, and I'm sure he enjoyed the new challenge of filming underwater (with dolphins!).

The show has been doing a pretty good job of keeping the focus on Clark so far. I hope they keep it up.
carolandtom From: carolandtom Date: October 27th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear! The more I read the less I like. A possible Lois-centric episode and then, much worse,an Oliver-centric episode? NO, please!!!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 27th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can see the reason for the Lois-centric episode, because casting Teri Hatcher as her mom is perfect for Sweeps. It seems like they're trying to tie it back to Clark with the visit to the FoS, but in that case, he should be there, too. Like Val, I hope the storyline with Clark and Tess isn't overshadowed.

We've heard rumors that multiple Smallville spin-off ideas are being floated. I wonder if one of them stars Green Arrow or the Justice League, and that's why Oliver is being featured in the Aquaman episode. I was hoping that Aquaman's return would be used to establish Clark as the leader of the JL.
cbrownjc From: cbrownjc Date: October 28th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I know some are worried about the Ollie-ness of the Patriot OD, but honestly, the dude sounds like nothing more than the damsel-in-distress for the episode, not the actual focal-point of the plot. At least, to me he does. The whole signing of the act and then getting taken just sounds like a way to kick off the plot about the VRA being a trap more than an actual episode that will focus on Oliver himself.

JIMO of course.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 28th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, that's a very interesting perspective, I like it! I do hope there is more Clark than the OD (which doesn't even mention him) seems to imply. I'm always fascinated when Tom directs himself. It's the one time we can be sure we're seeing exactly the performance that Tom wanted to give us.
whimsywinx From: whimsywinx Date: October 28th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if Tom had fun torturing Justin . . .
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 28th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if he let made him get naked again...
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audrey229 From: audrey229 Date: October 28th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm excited too! You aren't in the minority. I actually do think that Patriot is going to be more Clark-centric than the OD is letting on. And I agree that Lois going to the fortress is going to be the B plot of Abandoned. I also think that Clark is going to see whatever it is that Lois finds in the fortress. I think this may finally be Smallville's way of including the famous holograms that Superman is SUPPOSED to have from his birth parents that prove once and or all that his father and mother loved him desperately and that their love can never truly be captured in a computer in an ice castle. :)

As for Lucy...that's sort of her character. She's not Lois. And depending on how closely they are playing this to the mythos....Lucy becomes very resentful of Lois' relationship with Superman. Ultimately, Lois will never betray Superman/Clark and that does create a rift with her family. In the mythos, Lucy feels as though Lois broke their father's heart by loving Superman more than him. I have no idea what they are going to do with Lucy or how far they are planning to take this on Smallville. But she's not always the most likable character, in my opinion.
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el_elle_8 From: el_elle_8 Date: October 28th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope 'Patriot' isn't Clark lite, as you mentioned, the episodes Tom directs aren't usually Clark lite so I am holding on to that. I try to take the OD with a grain of salt because the episodes typically play out different than the OD suggest.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 28th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're so right about the ODs. I often find myself wondering who writes them, and what exactly they use as their source material.
tasabian From: tasabian Date: October 29th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Mad Harriet & Granny Goodness look like fun! Also looking forward to some Cless investigating.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 29th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
After all those scenes in S9 of Clark manhandling Tess, I can't wait to see them working together without hostility. I think they make a great team, as do Tom and Cassidy as actors. Plus I'm hoping this episode will inspire some good Tom stories from Cassidy later on! :)

I hope you're feeling better. *hugs*
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