When Smallville premiered ten years ago, the series creators, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar promised two things: no flights and no tights. From the series beginning, the intention was to end the series with Clark Kent becoming Superman. On May 13, 2001, Smallville closes its ten-year run with a two-hour finale.
Some thoughts from the press release for the finale follow the jump.
Tonight, SMALLVILLE will reach a television milestone and continue on a course to science fiction history! The very special episode #200, which finished filming in September, will air this evening at 8pm on The CW. The cast and crew were celebrating this momentous milestone with a party at the end of September in Vancouver, at about the same time when the tenth season was premiering on our screens. In terms of number of episodes, every set of ‘100’ represents approximately five years of imagination, dedication, and hard work. And all the people involved with the series for the past nine years have definitely earned the right to celebrate.
This tenth season will also be the final one, despite the series continuing to show ongoing viewer support and creative growth. From an artistic standpoint, having a specific end-date in sight will allow the creative team the opportunity to bring the storylines to a natural close as Clark Kent continues on his path to becoming The Man of Steel. Ever since the first season in 2001, the producers have declared ‘no tights, no flights!’ referring to their desire to explore the early years of Clark Kent before he becomes the iconic hero known as Superman. Despite several story directions, which found small loopholes around this decree, even earning the eye-rolling frustration of fans waiting for Clark to don the red and blue suit – or at least to jump a tall building in a single bound – the creative team stayed true to its word. Until now. This will be the season that Clark Kent makes the full transformation into Superman and the series is ready to pull out all the stops!
SMALLVILLE is also now set to make sci-fi history. Up until this year, STARGATE SG1 has been the longest consecutively running live-action Sci-Fi series in North America, having aired 213 episodes. This accomplishment has earned it a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, and makes it second only to the British DOCTOR WHO in the worldwide standings. At the point that SMALLVILLE will almost be reaching the end of this tenth and final season, it will air episode #214 and thereby earn its place as the new record-holder. And that is quite an accomplishment for a science fiction show that has fought against great odds to reach this point.
Episode #200 is titled ‘Homecoming’ and it will contain something for everyone, whether you have watched it faithfully for nine years or tuned out after three. For viewers who may have lost track of the series, returning to watch this episode will be like a homecoming of their own. Highlights and pictures, after the jump.
To help promote their network shows, The CW Network is inviting the viewers and fans of their shows to “Watch and Tweet” with stars and executive producers from each series from Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7.
This event will include such CW Network stars as Misha Collins who plays Castiel on Supernatural, Robert Buckley who plays Clay on One Tree Hill and Shenae Grimes who plays Annie on 90210. As an added bonus fans and viewers THE VAMPIRE DIARIES who live on the west coast can also tweet along with executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec on Thursday, May 6.
Despite lower rates than last season, The CW has renewed Smallville for a tenth season – tying it with Stargate SG-1 as America’s longest-running sci-fi/fantasy series.
The news, which is being reported by Brian Hibberd’s Live Feed blog and the folks at Airlock Alpha, is, no doubt, a reward for giving the network a steady presence on the black hole of Friday nights – better known as “date night” – and for being a frequently TiVo’d series.
DC purists will continue to be appalled, while the rest of us are cheered by the news. Plus Tom Welling and Calgary girl Erica Durance work for another year. Sounds like win-win to me.
After more film and TV adaptations than any character other than Tarzan and Sherlock Holmes, Syfy has come up with a rather nifty fantasy version in Beyond Sherwood Forest [tonight, 9/8C]. Even before the opening credits, it’s apparent that this not your standard Robin Hood movie.
In the first sequence, we see a young Robert [Rowen Kahn] practicing with a bow and promising a young Marian [Anna Louise Sargeant] that he will, one day, become the finest archer in Sherwood. Meanwhile, the Sheriff of Nottingham and his two deputies are chasing a dragon, which one of the deputies, Malcolm [Julian Sands, Warlock]] is sure he’s wounded. The dragon kills the sheriff and when the deputies follow, they come upon a young woman, wounded by an arrow. Young Robert arrives just in time to see Malcolm strike his father down and ride off with the wounded woman.
There’s a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent (Tom Welling), who shares a workspace with Lois Lane(Erica Durance). There’s a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is. But Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) was on the scene of one of the do-gooder’s exploits, and he snapped a blurred photo of the hero in superspeed action: a hero everyone now calls the Red-Blue Blur. All of this pushes the red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent closer to his Superman destiny in the exciting 22-episode, 6-disc Season 8 of Smallville.
Fans who found season 8 of Smallville to be one of the better ones yet, attributed the better story writing to a lower filming budget, believing that when the series had the big budget, all the writers and producers could think about was how to make cool stuff happen that had no real point behind it. Many viewers felt that the writers in season 8 of Smallville were forced to come up with more complex storylines for the characters instead of substituting whiz, bang special effects. That while it was one of the ‘darkest’ seasons yet of Smallville, it was also more fun
Be that the true reason or not, there were many good character driven stories in season 8 of this long running hit CW series. Character arcs that included Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) taking the marriage plunge with the man fans/viewers had come to know as Jimmy Olsen and the revelation that Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer) is the Kryptonian known as Doomsday whose mission is to kill Clark Kent aka Ka-El of Krypton. Yet two other key events along the way were very polarizing among the fans and sparked the most debate: the return of Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and the death of the man who turned out to not really be THE Jimmy Olsen of the Superman comic book lore, but rather his older brother Henry James Olsen.
Fans and viewers had mixed feelings about the revelation that the Jimmy Olsen introduced in season 6 wasn’t the real deal. Viewers who had fully accepted that this was Jimmy Olsen even though the writers/creators of Smallville were going against the established mytharc of the Superman story were then disconcerted to have the rug pulled out from under the them in a matter of mere moments. Other fans were delighted to find out that the story would return to it’s home base and Jimmy Olsen would become the much younger character he is originally intended to be.
Love it or hate it, the Jimmy Olsen twist and turns is just one of the reasons why Smallville season 8 is something to put on your DVD ‘must watch list’. Another good reason is the return of Lana Lang.
The complete 8th season of Smallville is now available on DVD and Blu_ray. The 22 episode, 6 disc set is nicely packaged in a solid plastic casing that protects the DVDS but makes it much easier to remove them for viewing. The set includes special features such as extended/deleted scenes and commentaries on two key episodes and a behind the scenes special Smallville’s Doomsday: The Making of a Monster.
And after you are all caught on the exciting events of Smallville season 8, tune into the CW Network beginning on September 25th as Clark Kent takes to the airwaves in season 9 airing in it’s new Friday night time slot at 8PM EST.
Check out this fun sneak peek at what’s in store for Smallville fans and viewers!
There’s been a big revival for Smallville in the last year. I know after not watching it since season three, but for some reason started again last year and enjoyed the heck out of it. You can feel the new love and energy that Smallville is now generating in the reception that Tom Welling gets. It’s a great panel, most of the cast is there, Justin Hartley, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Callum Blue (Zod), and Allison Mack with of course the loud, over enthusiastic Comic-Con crowd. One bit of news is that Season 9 isn’t necessarily going to be the last season, they are “gunning for season 10.” You can watch the entire thing here.