100th Episode Interview With Smallville Executive Producer
19, 2006 - Interview conducted by Craig Byrne (PlanetKrypton@aol.com)
been fortunate enough to interview Smallville Executive
Producer Alfred Gough about the upcoming 100th episode
of the series. The interview contains some talk about the events
of the January 26 show and offers some hints about what's to come
later in the season, so be warned of spoilers.
In several interviews you've talked about a plan or a general
outline you've had for the show. Were the events of the 100th
episode always part of the plan?
PRODUCER ALFRED GOUGH: They were, actually.
How will Clark be changed by the death in episode 100?
It's definitely going to force him to take a look at his life,
and realize that the decisions you could make as a high school
kid and the decisions you make as a young adult are vastly different,
and it's a step closer from becoming the Superboy to Superman.
How do you feel the Clark and Lana relationship has worked this
season now that they've finally gotten together?
I think so far, I think it's worked well. It's probably worked
better than any other season, just 'cause you put 'em together,
they have sex, he gets his powers back, so he clearly then hasn't
been with her, which is what we're playing now, and then, guess
what? It's going to go horribly awry, because he has honesty issues,
and he wants to get laid. And then also, you've got Lex who's
out there really, now that the gloves are kind of off with Clark,
his feelings for Lana are an issue as well, so this relationship's
got a lot to battle. Clark can either step up, or step aside.
Why has it taken so long for Clark to just tell Lana his secret?
I think there's always an issue of, you've got a couple super
hero dilemmas. One is can the person take it? Will they look at
you as a freak, and run the other way? Two is, girlfriend to super
hero. Always in a lot of trouble. And that would only get worse,
especially if she knew the secret. And thirdly, I think there's
always the question of 'is she really the one?' You know, which
we from the comics know that ultimately she isn't. You know, there
are the mistakes you make in your first relationship that'll have
reverberations through the ones you have after that.
With Clark apparently getting engaged, when is Chloe ever going
to get any love?
Always a good question. I'm not sure. [laughs]
In TV Guide it
was mentioned that another "major" player is on the
way out, too. Does this mean more than one regular cast member
will be leaving, or will we just have to wait and see?
A lot of fans are excited to see James Marsters will be coming
back. What do we have to look forward to with that?
His plan is to release Zod from the Phantom Zone. He sort
of made that crystal clear when he was in the Fortress. So he's
going to be back, and his first attempt was foiled, but now he's
got a bigger, badder attempt and it involves Lex as well, which
obviously makes Clark's life much more difficult. So he's back
and badder than ever.
Can you tease anything specific from #100 that the fans will particularly
[Silence] Good question. A lot of great stuff in the episode,
but I don't want to spoil anything, because that's what spoiler
pages are for. [pause] I think they'll like the way the character
dies. How's that? [laughs]
Do you have a favorite episode of the hundred that you've done
I don't have one particular favorite. I have favorites that
are in there from each season. Obviously Rosetta, because of Christopher
Reeve. I think Memoria, too, is a favorite. I
really liked Run, where we introduce the Flash. I thought that
was the best introduction of a DC character. I still really like
Nicodemus, actually. I saw that again on ABC Family over the holidays.
I hadn't seen it, quite frankly, since it aired. And I really
like, from the first season, I really like Stray, too. The first
one with Ryan.
Will Terence Stamp's Jor-El character factor into the 100th episode?
Yes, he will.
I read recently that we may actually be able to see Jor-El on
the show. Has that restriction from the movie people been lifted?
It's an ongoing conversation. It's something that we hope to do.
But it's not only the movie people, it's Terence's schedule and
quite frankly how it fits into the storytelling.
So he would play Jor-El?
That will be the plan.
Is there anything that you wish you had done differently in the
show's first 100 episodes?
That's hard to say, because I think every season you look
back and there are things you like about the season and things
you don't. So I can't point to one thing in particular and say
gosh, I wish we'd done that. I think things we've wanted to do,
we've been able to do, and you learn from your mistakes, and as
the show matures you always try to play to its strengths and try
not to repeat things that you watched going horribly awry. Like,
you know, aging babies that explode. WTF? You know. [laughs]
Will we be seeing any more actors from previous Superman TV series
or movies, or characters from the comics, anytime soon?
There's always a possibility. We have Cyborg coming up in episode
15, and there could be an appearance by General Zod.
Will yourself and Miles Millar be writing another episode
Quite frankly, we have our hands tied. We're still involved
in all the episodes and the story breaking and things like that,
but we're now heavily involved in Aquaman, so that's kind of taking
all of our writing duties. We
wanted to write the 100th episode, and then once Aquaman came
together, we realized we couldn't do that. Miles wanted to direct
another one this year as well. But we're fortunate that we have
a fantastic writing staff. Souders and Peterson, and Slavkin and
Swimmer, and Steve DeKnight, and the other staff. They do terrific
work week after week, so we couldn't be happier with the staff
that we have.
Will the Aquaman
series take place in the Smallville universe? Is there any
chance of a crossover?
Will we crossover? My guess is down the road, perhaps there will
be some crossover. I don't think in the first season, but don't
hold me to that, that could all change. I think you have to establish
a show on its own terms before you could start to do that kind
of stuff. It's not like a Buffy/Angel thing where you're
spinning a character that you've lived with in one show into another
show, so it feels obvious that you cross people over.
Why do you think Season Five has received a good critical
& ratings reaction?
You know, the ratings reaction - I couldn't tell you. I think
Lost and Top Model were really hurting us, and I think
it's more than that too. I think people, for whatever reasons,
I think have tuned back into the show. Creatively, you always
try to do a great season regardless of if your numbers reflect
that or not. West Wing's having a terrific season, and the numbers
certainly don't reflect that. But I think for us this year is
we allowed the characters to grow up. They're not in high school
anymore, they're young adults. The issues are more complex. Things
don't get resolved necessarily at the end of every episode. I
think we've gotten a lot better at the continuing arcs of a continuity,
which is something that we definitely wanted to play more this
year, and also not dragging out storylines, like the whole Jason/mother/crystal
storyline which sort of got dragged out in Season 4.
with Brainiac, we wanted to have one plan, that got foiled, and
now he's going to come back with another plan. And we've made
allusions to Professor Fine, and he's not around, and the ship's
missing, and they're looking for it. You can keep a story alive
without having to cut to the character, and I think that's certainly
something we learned last year with the whole crystal story. I
think this year we've allowed the characters to grow up. Obviously,
older the show gets the closer it gets to Superman, so I think
you feel a lot more of the Superman mythology in the show, which
I think the fans really like. I know Miles and I really enjoy
it. The things that we've been teeing up for four years, I think
this year have started to happen. Like, the real deterioration
of Clark and Lex's friendship. Not like "we're not friends."
Four episodes later. "Okay, we're friends again." So
all that stuff is playing out, and finally you can play the Clark/Lex/Lana
When is Lex going to get better security in his mansion?
That's a very good question. We at least acknowledged it in
Fanatic, which I thought it was funny.
You've got a defined goal for Clark and Lex. Do you have a
defined goal for where Lois will end up?
We do. Lois has always been interesting because we don't want
to rub up against the movie too much, so there have been certain
restrictions on Lois and Clark's relationship that we'd love to
play out that we hope, once the movie is out, we'll be able to
do. But yes, we have a plan for Lois, but then we have an alternate
plan as well. [laughs]
like to thank Al Gough and Warner Bros. Television for the time
in doing this interview.
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And don't miss the big 100th episode, "Reckoning," on
Thursday, January 26 on the WB!
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