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Smallville: Bryan Q. Miller talks to Inside Pulse
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jeannev From: jeannev Date: November 16th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)
I really love how much credit he gave cast and crew. Something that consistently cheeses me off about the SV writing staff is how hard they pat themselves on the back. And to my mind, they should be thanking the cast for turning their mediocrity into something good.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 16th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
It's funny, some writers are extremely arrogant, and others appreciate all the contributions that go into making a TV episode or a film. When Jessica Alba made that recent remark that was so insulting to writers, I read a lot of comments that were posted on various blogs about it, and I was blown away by the way some writers view their own self-importance. They equated directors and writers to contractors and architects, completely discounting the creative component directors add. And they were even more dismissive of actors, to the point of being bitter that they receive the lion's share of fan adulation. It was a real eye-opener for me.

I do think the writing is the most important part of any good TV show, but there are scores of people, each with their own part to play, who make the magic happen. BQM is my favorite writer on Smallville, and I love his scripts, but what makes the show for me overall, episode after episode, are the actors, and I think they not only make the most of the material, they rise above it on a regular basis.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: November 16th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I can honestly say that I feel no love for any of SV's current writers, though BQM seems like the most likeable of the lot.

But I always wonder what SV might've been with a truly amazing writing staff.
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 16th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC) (Link)
When I was watching Ambush, I remembered when Don Whitehead and Holly Henderson joined the show in S7. Their first three episodes were Lara, Persona, and Traveler, and Clark was amazing in all three of them. They became my favorites, but then they went on to write Abyss and Requiem in S8. In S9 I liked Metallo and Crossfire, but not Charade. Now, after hearing how the writing process works on Smallville, it's hard to know how much the writers' hands are tied by the time they are given an episode. More than anything else, I have to blame the leadership, but clearly some writers come closer to seeing Clark the same way I do than others.

But I always wonder what SV might've been with a truly amazing writing staff.

So do I. And if Tom retreats behind the camera when Smallville is over, I will always regret that he so often wasn't given the material he deserved, or allowed to show the true extent of his talent.
jeannev From: jeannev Date: November 16th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Right, thats exactly how I look at the writers. BQM wrote some great Clark, but then he wrote Echo, which I sort of hate a lot (and which I thought did Clark no favors). But some writers do have a much better track record with Clark then others.

And don't remind me of Tom possibly disappearing from the screen forever. WAH!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: November 17th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to believe he means what he says, that he wants to do it all, but I can't help but worry. :(
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