‘Smallville’s Final Season: Reader Questions Answered, Part 1

by | September 28, 2010 at 4:01 PM | Fall TV Preview 2010, Matt's TV News, Smallville, TV News

Tom Welling in 'Smallville' (The CW)

Tom Welling in 'Smallville' (The CW)

All of your favorites from The CW’s ‘Smallville‘ (Fridays at 8/7c) gathered in Vancouver this past weekend evening to celebrate the Warner Bros. TV-produced series’ 200th episode, which will air October 15. With the main cast and executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson on hand, I arrived on the red carpet armed with a slew of questions from you, the fans. Here is Part 1 of the answers they shared.

Kara (played by ‘V’s Laura Vandervoort) is returning to “teach” Clark something that will help him become Superman. Does Kara learn anything from Clark? – Christine S.
Indeed, she does. Tom Welling, though, had to think for just the right words to tease that lesson learned. “Clark teaches her that sometimes…. How do I word this?… that sometimes you don’t need a lot of attention to get the job done.” That sounds like a reference to how Kara/Supergirl becomes a bit of a celebrated media darling during her Oct. 8 visit.

Last season, the interactions between Tess and Clark tended to be pretty intense and violent. How would Cassidy Freeman describe their interactions this season? – Valerie
Through Episode 8, “They’ve been pretty professional,” Cassidy answers. “I think Tess is still trying to prove herself to him and let him know that she’s on his side – and he’s hesitant to believe her, understandably. So they’re still playing that cat-and-mouse game.”

What’s the story on the return of the General and Lucy Lane? – blackdashund via Twitter
Episode 7, featuring the return of Michael Ironside and Peyton List (‘Mad Men’), “is so fun,” Erica Durance reports. “It’s all about Clark discovering a bit about why Lois is a little wacky, and where she comes from. But it’s also sweet, and loving.” So, is Lois expecting this visit from her fam? “No, she’s not. She gets a big surprise,” Erica says with a laugh, “and in a really embarrassing situation!” Ergo the episode’s title, “Ambushed”?

Watch a preview of this week’s ‘Smallville’ episode, “Shield,” then read on!

The producers said at Comic-Con that “Reckoning” (‘Smallville’s 100th episode) was their favorite, but that “Homecoming” (the 200th) was likely to replace it. What aspects of “Reckoning” are likely to be referenced in “Homecoming”? – Elizabeth
Exec producer Kelly Souders answers, “There’s one moment in particular that will remind everybody of ‘Reckoning,’ and it concerns something that Clark has not been able to escape.” (Elizabeth: You can look count on me sharing more Episode 200 intel as its Oct. 15 air date gets closer.)

When will Allison Mack be back as Chloe? – Gloria
Mack, who is set to appear in five episodes of ‘Smallville’s final season, took a break to appear in the off-Broadway play ‘Love, Loss And What I Wore,’ and has yet to shoot an episode since the premiere. Her best-case timetable? “We’re talking about November, [to air in] the middle of the season,” she says. Turning to the here and now, I asked Allison why Chloe swapped her freedom for boyfriend Oliver’s. “Oh, well, geez – look at him!” she said with a big grin, gesturing at hunky costar Justin Hartley. “Wouldn’t you?”

How does Oliver react to Chloe going missing? – Abigail
“It’s really hard for someone like Oliver to comprehend,” says Justin Hartley. “He is sitting there like, ‘What does that even mean?’” But know this: The bad news won’t bring back the dark-and-broody Green Arrow seen in early Season 9. Instead, “He’ll get intense on you,” Justin says. “He’ll get motivated and intense.”

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Do you know what role Erica Cerra (‘Eureka’) has in Episode 5, “Isis”? – Shelby
What we do know: Lois will be possessed by the titular Egyptian goddess during the episode. What we don’t know: If Cerra will play an Isis as well, as suggested by the sometimes-suspect IMDb. So why the big secret? “I don’t know if [Cerra's role] is so much a secret as it’s an episode thematically about Lois and Clark, and Isis is the vehicle to tell that story,” says EP Brian Peterson. “[Cerra] is definitely an important part of it, but it’s really a Lois-and-Clark episode, and that’s what we’ve been focusing on.”

Lindsay Hartley (‘Passions’) is playing “Harriet” on ‘Smallville.’ What is her role and contribution to the show? – HollsWarnock via Twitter
More specifically, Justin Hartley’s actress wife is playing Mad Harriett, a DC Comics character who does dirty work for Granny Goodness (spied in ‘Smallville’s Season 9 finale). “She’s one of her minions, if you will,” Lindsay says, “and she has a claw. That’s the weapon she uses to kill people.” Though Harriet is “very evil and trying to hurt Clark,” Hartley hopes to get her flirt on with the Daily Planet‘s mild-mannered reporter. “I haven’t shot those scenes yet,” she says, “but I kind of want to add a wicked little something.”

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