Now beginning its seventh season, this new interpretation of the enduring Superman mythology and its classic characters blends realism and adventure into an exciting action series. This season, Clark Kent (Tom Welling, "Cheaper By the Dozen") and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum, "Kickin' It Old Skool") have become the sworn enemies that comic book aficionados have always known and loved.
Season seven brings exciting guest stars from the Superman mythology, including Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark") and Helen Slater ("Supergirl"), plus storylines of Krypton and the El family. This season Clark will discover more about his home planet, who his parents were, what his future holds and why he was sent to Earth.
In last season's finale, Lana (Kristin Kreuk, "Partition") confronted Lex over his lies about the baby, confessed she was still in love with Clark and told Lex she was leaving him. Lana turned to Clark for comfort but when she revealed that Lionel (John Glover, "Brimstone") forced her to marry Lex, Clark went after Lionel to stop his machinations once and for all. However, Martian Manhunter (guest star Phil Morris) stepped in to explain Lionel is on their side and together they've been working to stop Lex from finding the last Phantom Zone escapee as Lex needs the wraith's DNA to fuel his army of super soldiers. Meanwhile, Lois (Erica Durance, "The Butterfly Effect 2") had her own agenda for bringing Lex down and snooped around his base at Reeves Dam. When an armed guard confronted her, Lois was stabbed and left for dead. She called Chloe (Allison Mack, "The Ant Bully") for help, but her cousin arrived too late and found Lois. As a despondent Chloe clutched Lois, her latent meteor power was revealed. Chloe healed Lois, but took on her wounds and collapsed. Lana's car exploded when she tried to leave town, and the police confronted Lex at the dam and arrested him for murder. The wraith attacked Clark, creating Clark's ultimate enemy - Bizarro. The two super men fought and their struggle caused Reeves Dam to break, flooding the area and leaving everyone in peril.
This season Clark will face his biggest battles yet. Bizarro is intent on destroying him as only one of them can survive. Clark has also lost the love of his life to a horrific accident; his adoptive mother Martha (Annette O'Toole, "Superman II") has left for Washington; and the biggest trial for Clark comes in the form of his nineteen-year-old female cousin, Kara AKA Supergirl (newcomer Laura Vandervoort).
When the dam broke, Kara's spaceship was released from the earth. She had been in suspended animation for years, having in fact left Krypton as a teenager with the intent to look after young Kal-El after he arrived on Earth. However, as she didn't age when inside the ship, she now finds herself younger than her cousin and he's now the one looking after her. Kara is fascinated with Earth's culture and has difficulty remembering to hide her powers from the world. Her youthful abandon puts her in several precarious situations that land her in hot water and directly onto Lex's radar.
Lana's death appears to have made Lex reevaluate his life. He willingly goes to jail for the murder of his wife and begins to help those in need instead of exploiting them. The secret army has been dissolved, but he begins a new fixation on Kara and her ship, although he doesn't immediately realize the two are connected. Lex also continues his awkward relationship with his father Lionel. Neither trusts each other and Lex is all too aware that Lionel has many secrets and had a part in taking down Lex's secret army. The two cunning Luthors continue to circle each other warily, each waiting for the other to make a move that could prove the end for father or son.
Another who doubts Lex's new charitable attitude is Lois Lane. After the harm the secret army caused her family and friends, Lois has sworn to find a way to bring the billionaire down. Lois also takes a big step in her career when the new Daily Planet editor Grant Gabriel (guest star Michael Cassidy) is charmed by her take-no-prisoners attitude and hires her as his star reporter. While jumping at the chance to show off her investigative reporter skills, Lois feels bad about stealing some of her cousin Chloe's limelight.
As if competing with Lois for the new Daily Planet editor's attention wasn't bad enough, Chloe discovers that in addition to hiding Clark's true identity from the world, she must also now cover up her own secret. She fears confessing her new power to Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore, "The Christmas Cottage") as she believes it will drive him away. However, her continued evasiveness about her investigative stories and her relationship with Clark leads Jimmy to believe he and Chloe may not be the destined duo he thought they could be and he begins to look at Kara in a new light. As much as she's also prodded Clark to confess his secret to Lana over the years, Chloe finds that when it comes down to it, she can't tell Jimmy she's meter-infected and realizes this may cause her to lose him forever.
Kristin Kreuk stars as Clark Kent's (Tom Welling) star-crossed love Lana Lang in “Smallville.” This season, Lana returns to her one true love, Clark, but hides a dark secret from him that could destroy their newfound happiness.
Not from a very reliable source but it's something I came across:
"Just a little giddy good news to help ring in the new season of Smallville, which starts tomorrow night.
Reliable insiders tell me—and the CW confirms—that James Marsters (swoon, Buffy's Spike) is returning for four episodes of the superseries during the new season.
We last saw Marsters's character, Dr. Milton Fine (aka Brainiac), in Smallville's fifth season finale.
While it's unclear exactly how James is returning, I can tell you he's reprising the exact same character, he's returning to set very soon and his episodes begin airing in January. He also appears on CBS' Without a Trace this season. "
Your Burning Smallville Questions Answered! (Part 1)
Is this the season Clark's story "gets off the ground"? Might Tom Welling join the big-screen Justice League? Does Lex have a top-secret partner in Supercrime? In this first of three installments, executive producer Al Gough fields TVGuide.com readers' burning questions about Smallville (Thursdays at 8 pm/ET, CW).
Are you still going to stick with your original "No Tights, No Flights" policy, considering how far we've come with the mythology and the fact that Supergirl [aka Kara, played by Laura Vandervoort] will be flying? —
Al Gough: Yes, we are sticking with that policy as far as Clark is concerned. (Obviously Bizarro can fly as well as Kara.) But following up on what Chloe said about his lack of flying in the season premiere ("Clark, you need to get on that"), Kara will be giving him "flying lessons" later in the season. Although with Clark, they end up being more like "falling lessons."
Can we get some clues as to who some of the other DC characters are that might appear on the show this year? Thanks, and awesome job with the show. I'm hooked every week.
Gough: I am glad you are hooked; that way, when I don't give you any new information, you will keep watching. Mwhahahaaha! Here's what I can say: You'll see Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, Bizarro, and the return of Brainiac and the Green Arrow... as well as a future hero to be named later!
Since there is going to be a JLA movie and [Superman Returns'] Brandon Routh and [Batman Begins'] Christian Bale are not going to be in it, is there any chance that Tom Welling and the rest of the gang from Smallville's own Justice League could be featured in the roles?
Gough: That, unfortunately, isn't how Hollywood works. You will see a brand-spanking-new group of actors donning the tights for that film. I heard it is under the direction of George (Mad Max) Miller, so I am personally very excited to see it.
Will Chloe go back to being "Watchtower" this year at all? I thought that was a great way to fit her into the Justice League storyline. I love the episodes where they are saving someone or just working together and taking care of business.
Gough: We love those stories, too, and you will see Chloe in quasi-Watchtower mode around Episode 11. You'll discover that she is still doing odd jobs for Oliver and the gang on the side. Hey, a girl's got to pay the rent. Cub reporters don't make squat!
Will we get the opportunity to see Bizarro survive and join the Legion of Doom, which will become an opponent for the Justice League?
Gough: You haven't seen the last of Bizarro, and the Legion of Doom is always a possibility. And in the words of Forrest Gump, that's all I've got to say about that!
Will there be a major character or at least a guest star playing a character on Lex's side? — kpjmm
Gough: Yes, at least they will start there. There may also be someone on the show who is currently on Lex's side and we don't know it yet. (Kids, fire up the TiVos and put on those thinking caps!)
Will the fake-baby storyline be explained properly? I thought it was a pretty desperate thing for Lex to do and a sad ending for Lex and Lana.
Gough: It was a desperate and sad thing for him to do. However, the explanation was given — Lex didn't feel Lana would marry him for himself, so he faked the pregnancy to seal the deal, then stopped drugging her with hormones after the wedding, so she thought she had a miscarriage. Remember, gang, this is one of the reasons he becomes evil, because he is desperate for love that he cannot get from his father or from Lana.
I heard Clark and Lana will reconcile, yet the audience knows that Clark and Lana will not end up together. Why invest so much time and energy rehashing their relationship this late in the series?
Gough: You also know that Lex will become evil, that Clark becomes Superman, and that the two will be mortal enemies, yet you've been watching for seven seasons! The fact is, Clark loves Lana, and that is one of the central relationships of the show. She is that crucial first relationship that helps define him and his future relationships with women. The fact that he screws it up so badly, no matter how hard he tries, is one of the reasons he ends up with Lois. Remember, my young Padawan, our story is the journey, not the conclusion.
The character of Clark seems to have become increasingly marginalized over the last couple of seasons. When are you going to tell Clark's story of his journey toward becoming Superman? And why does the journey have so much pining for Lana in it?
Gough: See answer above and below.
We've heard a lot about character arcs for Kara, Lois and Lex. I was wondering whether there was a specific arc for Clark, one independent of Lana's return, considering he is the central character. Right now he seems to be reacting a lot to other characters; it would be nice to see him take the initiative and to see Clark specifically being pushed forward for a change.
Gough: Clark's journey this season revolves around his struggle between his Kryptonian heritage and his earthly upbringing, and dealing with his cousin — which ain't easy! Kara will give him an insight into his family (which is seriously screwed up) and his birth planet (which went boom, so there was something seriously screwed up there as well). He will grapple with his past and his future. And now that Lana is back, will he finally realize that this relationship, no matter how hard he tries, is ultimately doomed? Stay tuned.
I know about the romantic restrictions on Lois and Clark [being a couple on Smallville], but is there a restriction on one or the other starting to have nonplatonic feelings? Such as Clark starting to like Lois more but keeping it to himself? — Superman_Beyond
Gough: Shhhhhh! You're spoiling the end of the season!
That was Clark, the boy raised in Smallville, the man trying to carve a life for himself in Metropolis. A life which the most important element was a vivacious young woman named Lois Lane.
Statement From Gough & Millar On The Writers' Strike
As of 12:01 am yesterday, our entire writing staff is on strike. That means that the pencils went down and there won't be any more scripts until our guild, the WGA, receives a fair deal from the studios and networks.
We were able to complete scripts for 15 episodes. Episode 15 is a cliffhanger. To the best of my knowledge, the studio plans to produce all of them. If there isn't a quick resolution, then the season ends in February. It is our wish that this strike will be resolved quickly so that we can get back to doing what we love -- writing.
From the entire writing staff, thank you for your continued support.