I know there are Smallville fans out there who are hoping that since Smallville is shot up in Vancouver, B.C., that the WGA writers’ strike won’t affect production on the show. Unfortunately, it does. Smallville’s writers are Hollywood-based and have therefore gone on strike with everyone else this week. From what I’ve gathered, there’s been no official word on how many scripts the Smallville writers had finished prior to Monday, but it looks like Smallville will be able to get through mid-season. Unlike some shows (like The Office and Battlestar Galactica) production on Smallville won’t stop just because the writers are on strike. The actors will film the remaining episodes. The producers have also stated that they, knowing that a strike was likely, ended the final finished script on a cliff-hanger, so the last aired episode (which should be in mid-February or so) can act as a season finale if need be.
You have to like Smallville’s respect for its fans in this instance. Even though the writers are acting in solidarity, it doesn’t hurt to slightly alter the last finished script to make it more digestible to fans. There were rumors this week that Tim Kring, Heroes showrunner, refused to alter the last Heroes script to make it a tidier ending if it happens to be the last episode of the season. While I also understand that point of view, I think it’s unnecessary to penalize the fans like that.
So, there you have it, Smallville fans. You’re probably looking at five or six more new episodes before the well runs dry in February. In the meantime, we have some spoilers for Thursday’s episode, entitled “Wrath”. If you don’t want to be spoiled, read no further.
Smallville: Episode 7.7, “Wrath Spoilers
The identity of the mystery person whom Chloe confronts in the Nov. 8 episode is none other than. Lana! Clark’s BFF basically issues Lana an ultimatum: You hurt my friend, you deal with me. Source: Ask Ausiello @ TV Guide
Kryptonite and high voltage mix during a lightning storm, causing Lana to absorb Clark’s powers. Using her newfound super powers, she breaks into Lex’s safe and steals incriminating evidence which she then delivers to Lois and Grant, demanding they run a story exposing Lex’s secrets. After Grant refuses to use stolen material, Lana decides to take care of Lex herself. Clark tries to stop Lana from killing Lex and a super battle ensues between the two. Source: The CW
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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