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Smallville Retrospective [Dec. 4th, 2011|06:44 pm]
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Due to the great kindness of a friend (♥♥♥), I have been able to watch the SV Retrospective documentary that came with the all seasons dvd set. While I wish there was more glimpses behind-the-scenes and more interviews with Tom, it was a pleasant walk down memory lane. The retrospective documentary is not without its frustrations - it would have been nice if it was acknowledged that some plot-lines were more successful than others - but any sort of critical assessment is absent.

christina_kat has posted Youtube links for parts of the documentary (via Maria & Tom Welling Unlimited.) Links, thoughts and a few new 'caps of BTS Tom & Michael, behind the cut:



Season One Retrospective

(Love Michael prattling about the weather to Tom at 6.14. As christina_kat points out, he seems mesmerized by Tom's face!)

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Season 2

Season 3

(JS talks about how he used to argue with producers via 12 page essays! Clip of Michael being silly begins at 3.40. It's interesting (and appropriate) that Alicia gets a mention, but Adam, who had a multi-episode arc, is not.)

Season 4

Season 5

(Contains some maddening BS about "good" Lionel.)

Season 6

(Features quite a bit of talk about Nemesis, which is interesting as when the episode first aired, it didn't get much press compared to the big soapy episodes, like "Promise." Like Alicia, it was a fan-favourite! Director Mairzee Almas talks about Tom & Michael's different work styles.)

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I would love to read some LJ thoughts & reviews from people who haven't posted for a while - you know who you are! *nudges*
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2011-12-05 12:16 am (UTC)
I really liked the retrospectives on the earlier seasons. Mostly 1-3. I thought even the annoying Al/Miles had a lot of interesting stuff to say, and Greg Beeman is so The Man! His love for the show may be second to none. But as the retrospectives went on, I became less enamoured of them. Unlike Al/Miles, who managed to shelve their annoyingness, and say interesting stuff, Souders/Peterson just reminded me of why I loathed them so much. Especially on the S7 retrospective where they blamed Lex's badness all on Clark, with Souders going on and on about how the "bad guy is the good guy, and the good guy in the bad guy". I always thought this attitude was full of shit, not to mention overly simplistic. I also felt, as the retrospectives went on, that you could really feel how they were losing interest in Clark more and more. At least thats how it feel to me.

While its great that Tom, and Michael, and Allison, and Cassidy, and Glover, and Schneider are here, there isn't nearly enough of any of them, most especially Tom. And there are so many people missing. And as you pointed out, so many things they just didn't discuss at all. Most egregious, I thought, was Lana's return in S8, and the whole supersuit thing. They don't mention it AT ALL. Which is ridiculous.

And I'm really puzzled why there is more of K-Site's Craig Bryne then any of the actors, and many others. I didn't mind his perspective at all, but I guess I wondered why there was so much of it as compared to, say, Tom Welling.

I do give them credit for admitting that bringing on Kara was kind of a mistake, and did take away from Clark, but then you really have to wonder why they did what they did in S10's Supergirl.

It was great to see Sam Witwer and Callum Blue interviewed, but I missed James Marsters here.

Overall, it was a nice walk down memory lane, but as has been the case with so many SV DVD's, so much less then it should've been, or could've been.
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[User Picture]From: miss_tress
2011-12-05 12:33 am (UTC)
Especially on the S7 retrospective where they blamed Lex's badness all on Clark
This, this, this. A thousand times this. I hate that they seem to take personal responsibility totally out of the equation and dump every bad thing that Lex has done and will do squarely at Clark's feet.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-12-05 12:56 am (UTC)
A thousand times this. I hate that they seem to take personal responsibility totally out of the equation and dump every bad thing that Lex has done and will do squarely at Clark's feet.
By S7, I put the blame squarely on Lionel. as does MR. As we see in "Luthor", and as Clark says: "Lionel's blood doesn't corrupt. It’s the man himself. I was wrong." and from Scion: "he was my closest friend and you destroyed him."

That said, if the events of Shattered and Asylum had gone differently, if Jonathan and Martha hadn't been so resolute against letting Clark help Lex? Then he might have gotten Tess's murderer-to-hero redemption arc. That's the power & tragedy of S3.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2011-12-05 01:03 am (UTC)
I missed James Marsters here.
His absence is especially odd because he was in three seasons and LOVES talking about SV and Tom...it's bizarre that Brainiac doesn't even get a mention in S5.

And as you pointed out, so many things they just didn't discuss at all. Most egregious, I thought, was Lana's return in S8, and the whole supersuit thing. They don't mention it AT ALL.
They seem to be stepping around some of less popular arcs & episodes - but yeah, that was major and deserved a mention. I wish they'd been open enough to say "yeah, not every plotline worked or was popular..." There's a hint of that from KS regarding the fake baby plot, but it's quickly dropped.

I'm really puzzled why there is more of K-Site's Craig Bryne then any of the actors, and many others. I didn't mind his perspective at all, but I guess I wondered why there was so much of it as compared to, say, Tom Welling.
I guess because he was available and happy to cheerlead? If they'd only been able to coax another 30 minutes of footage out of Tom, how amazing it would have been! Of the actors, I thought JG's bits were the most interesting, perhaps because he'd been away for 3 years then returned. KK's absence is very notable.

I cherish a faint hope that Tom will get more talkative as the years go by and the SV experience becomes more nostalgic for him.
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