The CW’s ‘Smallville‘ returns for its final season Friday, September 24, at 8/7c. Ten years ago, when it debuted, nobody imagined that the cute little show about a teenage Clark Kent would evolve into an epic saga. This season Clark will accept his destiny and eventually assume the mantle of Superman. But the journey to superherodom will not be easy. Executive Producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders shared some what fans can look forward to in season 10.
Lois Is Onto Clark’s Secret Identity
In last season’s finale, Lois (Erica Durance) appeared to figure out that Clark (Tom Welling) was the Blur when he kissed her and fled. That was not a mislead. She uses her reporter skills to confirm Clark’s identity in a humorous scene in the premiere. Lois, though, does not tell Clark that she is onto him yet. The duo quickly face a major obstacle that prevents them from having a meaningful chat about their relationship.
Lex Is Back… Sort Of
Lex and Clark’s relationship was the heart of the show for many seasons. In the premiere, a version of Lex reappears and in the worst possible way. Says Souders, “[The] first episode I think answers what happened to Lex. But obviously there are aspects of Lex that are living on and will impact several of our characters. It will play out over the course of the season.” But what fans really want to know is whether Michael Rosenbaum will return to wrap up the show. Souders hopes so. “We would love it…. We would like nothing more than to have Rosie come back.”
Clark Will Face Both New And Familiar Foes
The premiere hints about a darkness on the immediate horizon. Souders confirms, “[The DC Comics villain] Darkseid will be coming. That’s one of our big villains. He will take several different forms over the course of the season.” Peterson adds, “We have Granny Goodness, who we teased in last year’s finale; we have the Suicide Squad led by Rick Flag; John Glover is returning as Lionel Luthor. That’s an exciting arc we’ll be able to play out.” Zod will also make return appearances. On the side of good, Hawkman (played by Michael Shanks) will be back for two episodes.
Chloe’s Absence Impacts Oliver
Allison Mack, who plays Chloe, is only signed to appear in five episodes this season. Says Peterson, “Everybody’s going to be trying to fill the void in [Chloe's] absence. They’re going to fill it in very different ways. It has a pretty big impact on the show on the way that our characters are interacting – especially Oliver, of course.” Adds Souders, “He will search for Chloe and he’ll get an answer as to what happened pretty quickly. It will make him step back and look at his life in a way that he hasn’t for a while. It will send him on a pretty sharp turn that will impact the rest of his season.”
The Season Will Be Filled With Reunions
Clark will reconnect with his family when Kara/Supergirl (‘V’s Laura Vandervoort) returns in Episode 3, perhaps to help Clark learn to fly. “When she was on the show before, she was a bit of a mentor,” Souders reminds. “[Clark] was also a mentor to her because she didn’t quite know how to live here on earth. That sort of partnership will continue.” Clark will also have scenes with both of his fathers, Jonathan Kent and Jor-El. Souders says, “Each has gone to great lengths to raise their son. Jonathan gave him such a great sense of humanity and at the same time Jor-El is obviously responsible for his super abilities and his Kryptonian side.” Lois will also have a reunion of sorts, when she sees a videotape of her mother, to be played by none other than ‘Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher, who played Lois in the 1990s series ‘Lois & Clark.’ Best of all, Clark experiences the ultimate reunion in the season’s fourth episode, which happens to be the series 200th. “Our 200th episode is probably the one I’m most proud of to date,” says Peterson. “It’s Clark’s high school reunion.”
‘Smallville’ fans, are you appropriately “super” excited for the final season to arrive?