||[Dec. 4th, 2011|06:44 pm]
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!)
(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.)
(Contains some maddening BS about "good" Lionel.)
(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.)
I would love to read some LJ thoughts & reviews from people who haven't posted for a while - you know who you are! *nudges*
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.