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Citizen Rain's SMALLVILLE_Finale Set Report!!

I am – Hercules!!

A killer tornado? Whitney joins the Army? Clark almost smooches Chloe? Lex’s dad squeezes Smallville? A Luthorcorp spy finds spacecraft in the storm cellar – and discovers Clark’s superpowers?

Does Lex’s path to the dark side begin with choosing not to save his father’s life?

And Clark gets a rich grandfather?

“Citizen Rain” has much to reveal:

Hey Harry, this is my first scoop for you. I spent some time on the set of Smallville last week and while I do not have a script review I've got a spoiler loaded scoop on what happens. The episode is called "Tempest" and is directed by Greg Beeman one of the producers and frequent directors of the show.

Instead of the usual villian of the week this episode's action is derived from a series of tornados that hit the town during the big high school dance. There are number of major events and cliffhangers for this episode.

Lana Lang's boyfriend Whitney looks to be written out of the series as he quits school to join the army. Talk about a lame way to go.

Lex's father shows up to and stirs some shit up. He shuts down the Luthorcorp plant and buys the Smallville bank and threatens to foreclose the mortgages on Lex's employees as a way of payback for some of Lex's plots against his father.

Meanwhile a spy for Luthorcorp (I was unable to learn if he works for Lex or his Dad) has been spying on the Kents with some high tech surveillence gear and learns about Clarks powers. As the storm approaches he sneaks into the storm cellar and takes pictures of Clark's spaceship. As the storm gets closer the Kents run into the cellar and Jonathon surprises him...

Meanwhile Clark takes Chloe to the big dance and just as they are about to kiss Clark has to speed off to stop the tornado. Why he has to leave I'm not sure. Most likely its because in some contrived way its so he can rescue Lana Lang who gets sucked up into a twister after crashing her truck.

But the big cliffhanger is that during the storm Lex's dad gets pinned under debris and Lex has the choice of saving his life or not..

The episode looks to be pretty FX heavy. They were using wind machines for most of the time that I was there.

While that episode is done shooting, the series is still filming, they are shooting one more episode which revolves around the Kent's having money problems and Clark's rich grandfather shows up. My guess is that this episode is going to be the 2nd to last one and is being done so they have extra time to do the post production on Tempest.

The finale will also feature the band Remy Zero, who sing the title song "Save Me" they act as the band for the school dance. Also during the filming was Tom Welling's 25th birthday he got a big cookie from the crew.

That's everything I know. Sorry that I can't be more specific on the plot details but as I mentioned before I didn't have the script.

Call me Citizen Rain.

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And bow before me, son of Jor-El!

I am – Hercules!!

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  • May 9, 2002, 12:33 a.m. CST

    I don't care if I'm first or last I just want to say...

    by SchlockHound

    Smallville is a great show

  • May 9, 2002, 1:04 a.m. CST

    You know, this isn't that bad

    by TheMatarife

    It's almost better than this season's buffy. It needs more dc universe stuff. I also am hoping for a Green Lantern cameo.

  • May 9, 2002, 1:42 a.m. CST

    ummm just to let you know...

    by MyNameIsEnid

    Smallville is a piece of crap. Basically, its a face-lifted X-files wearing Roswell's clothes. Its repetitive and shallow, unlike say...the genius that is the last 4 episodes of "Felicity"

  • May 9, 2002, 1:45 a.m. CST

    Tick Tock.....

    by The Continental

    Those fools at the WB better get off their asses and get Brando to film a couple seasons worth of holographic head fatherly advice. Brando has been walking death for the past 10 years and isn't getting any younger. Also where the hell is my Tom Wopat cameo!?!

  • May 9, 2002, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Continental, if fate has taught us anything...

    by MCVamp

    It is that you will get both good news and bad news. Good News: Tom Wopat will now probably make a cameo. Bad News: It would be as Jor-El. AIIIIEEEEE!!!

  • May 9, 2002, 4:11 a.m. CST

    I want a Bruce Wayne show on FOX not some gay teen ass Superman

    by Steal_Dragon

    I don't like this show. I didn't like Superman in the movies and I don't like teen superman. It's stupid I don't wanna watch this stupid ass kid waiting for his first pubic hair to come out and pining for this hot ass Lana to make her move. Clark is gay, he is a farm boy, pun intended. I don't even like Clark, Lex is the cool one. He should get his freaking show.

  • May 9, 2002, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Steal Dragon

    by RogueScribner

    You don't like the Superman movies and you don't like the show. So why are you watching? I have never understood the mentality of a person who hates a show or movie so much that they must watch it and then insult it on message boards. Why are you even here? ------------------ "Smallville" is gearing up to be a really good show. Just based on the events of the past few months episodes I wish Warner Bros. would just hold off on another Superman movie until after this show ends. That way they can spin off from this universe. It's gotta be better than a Superman movie directed by McG and starring Brendan Fraser. Yeesh. I have no hope for that version. I agree that Lex is the most compelling character on the show and his metamorphisis will hopefully be gradual over time and not a sweeps stunt next year. L8r

  • May 9, 2002, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Whitney & The Army

    by DarkAngelCher

    Whitney & The Army: The military no longer accepts high school drop outs. Does Whitney(the most dull character on the show) know that? ;)

  • May 9, 2002, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Smallville makes me want to watch TV again...

    by Otter

    that, and "Enterprise". The show is well done, with some great characterizations, and some funny dialogue. "Steal" Dragon? What's the "pun" about "farm boy"? I don't get it.

  • May 9, 2002, 8:04 a.m. CST

    They,ve called the last episode 'Tempest'. By god that&#

    by Chilli Kramer

    Shakespeare's last (solo) play is generally considered to be 'The Tempest', but this ain't Shakespeare. Oh hell no! Someone's got ambitions so far above their level that it must interfere with the Hubble 'scope's orbit. What's next year's opener, a day in the life of Clark, titled Ulysses?

  • May 9, 2002, 9 a.m. CST

    Chilli, pretention is...

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    Insulting the producers of a show for some imaginary slight against a dead writer and some trivial bit of knowledge about said dead writer. If you think the idea that the Tempest being Shakey the clowns last play even entered the producers mind, then you give them TOO MUCH credit.

  • May 9, 2002, 11:44 a.m. CST


    by Weasel the second season of Smallville. I'm hoping that the writers will use it to finally break away from that whole "kryptonite monster of the week" nonsense and start exploring Clark's extraterrestrial heritage in some detail.

  • May 9, 2002, 12:24 p.m. CST

    I think you'd be amazed, B.I.L.N.

    by Chilli Kramer

    There are so many shows where a prophet is called Cassandra, or there's a spaceship called Cerberus or whatever, for supposedly 'meaningful' reasons. I suspect that the writer was told to put them in to impress the backers of the show with a very slight piece of knowledge- and the backers are dumb enough to go for it. I don't think this is a slight against 'Shakey', I think it's just an attempt at 'meaning' that is the hopeless last chance of pressurised writers at being 'significant'. Or, I wouldn't be surprised if an exec had added the references, because he felt the show needed 'class'. Anyone's smart enough to throw in a reference; not many use them for any good purpose. In fact it makes the show seem like it tries too hard.


  • May 9, 2002, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Finaly the TB has come back to Smallville!

    by A-Train2000

    Well, it looks like things are about to get messy for Clark. If Whitney joins the army I hope Clark finally goes for it. Yeah Cloe might really like but she did keep the adoption certificate after Clark asked to get rid of it so I say she is S.O.L. The discovery of the spaceship, I hope that they final have Clark questioning his origins. I can't believe we'll have to wait untill next fall.

  • May 9, 2002, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Did anyone Tivo this weeks episode?

    by Matthegreat

    I had a friend tape this weeks episode ("Crush") and he f-ed up and didnt record the last 20 minutes- from what i hear the best part of the episode. If anyone has it and could send it to me that would kick ass.

  • May 9, 2002, 2:32 p.m. CST

    sick of smallville

    by vrene99

    I know you have been over this a thousand times and smallville is not superman. But why are people not protesting this show like they protested spiderman having organic web shooters? smallville is not a great show. It is a good show about some dude with powers. Not superman, I do not know what this crap is on tv. I really do not mind all the changes since I just dismiss this show as being a teen show but what bugs me more than anything is the reference to Metropoluis being in the same region as Smallville? With comments like going on a date in Metropoluis or driving to metropoluis. could they have at the very least leave Metropoluis out of this crappy retelling? I guess I will suffer in quiet untill the bring a young bruce wayne to smallville to be clark's best friend untill the starts dating Lana. Just what I think, do what you will with it.

  • May 9, 2002, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Lana is hot but...

    by mattw

    Chloe looks like the kind of girl that would suck Pa Kent's dick, let him nut in Lana's eye, then use Lex's bald head as a nutrag.

  • May 9, 2002, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Metropolis Kansas my ass!

    by mattw

    Thank you someone for finally bringing this up. Metropolis is not 10 minutes from Kansas. I can forgive all the other stupid inconsistencies for the sake of telling a story, but this is just moronic. Congratulations Clark, you made it out of Smallville to become Superman and protect the citizens of one of the biggest cities in the U.S., Metropolis, Kansas. Oh, and you got a job at one of the biggest and most well respected papers in the U.S., The Metropolis, Kansas Daily Planet.

  • May 9, 2002, 3 p.m. CST

    Lana is hot butt...

    by DEVIL

    Chloe looks to be the sort of girl who would hop up and down on your ding-a-ling then lick a camel's bootyhole then write a twenty-two page thesis paper about it. Word 'Em Up!

  • May 9, 2002, 3:04 p.m. CST


    by DEVIL

    I meant to say 'Hot-Cha-Cha-Cha', not 'Word 'Em Up'. this oxycontin is rilly affecting my typing.

  • May 9, 2002, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Could it be...

    by zacdilone

    ...that they chose the title "Tempest" because the word "tempest" means "storm?" With tornadoes figuring into the plot, it just might be. Maybe Shakey used it because a storm figures mightily in that plot as well. Just a thought.

  • May 9, 2002, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane...

    by BurninBullwinkle

    it's a funnel cloud! Well folks, the first season of Smallville is almost up and I have to say I'm pleasently surprised. It's a definite Buffy rip, but the best of a bunch of them. Really good episode last night. A LOT better than Drone with April the robot from Buffy. Anyone notice that the drawing of Chloe was taken from an old Sarah Michelle Geller photo? For those that complained about Whitney's dad being sick to build his character instead of Token, sorry. Wrong. Whitney's dad was sick because it was a plot device they could use to keep Whitney and Lana together even though she's obviously started having strong feelings for Clark. Predictions! 1.) It sounds like Clark runs off before smootchin' Chloe to save Lana. To make it up to her, he'll expose his secret to her, making her the first "Soopey" early in the second season. 2.) Token and Lana will both find out in the second season, Token about midway, Lana towards the end. (Soopies 3 and 4). 3.) Lana will irrationally be devestated because of Clark's responsibility for her parent's death and the fact he didn't trust her. 4.) Chloe and Clark will get into a relationship. 5.) Because of this, Chloe is worm food by the end of the series. Hence Clark can end up with Lois, almost the same girl only more of a smartass. 6.) The second season will be more kryto-villain of the week. So will the third, but by then people will be getting sick of the formula and they will introduce a new source. (i.e. Government experiments on the meteor rocks.) 7. Clark will sleep with Lex and he will lose his soul. (Whooops... I mean Lex will go bad over the first three seasons.) 8.) Clark will go to school at KSU in season 4. They've been throwing around the school's name (my current educational institution, thankyaverymuch) and I don't think even they'd go as far as pulling a KSU-Smallville. They've been dropping hints that it's close by and that way Clark could have a scene with his parents every week. 9.) By the time Bruce Wayne comes on it will be AT LEAST the third season. Too many legal problems for sooner and they'll want to jam him in as a major sweeps stunt. 10.) Token will have his own "episode" to try to make people forget that every other episode has only given him two lines.

  • May 9, 2002, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Less Whitey = More Token! YAY!

    by BrashHulk

    If Whitey joins the Army, which will be hard to do if he drops out since the Army ain't takin' drop-outs no more cuz theyz want rilly smart people to yell at now, then we get more Token Time! Pete Ross gets a few more lines per episode, maybe? We can get a look at the lily-white state of Kansas from a bro's perspective, maybe? We can go back to the VERY hot sista that Pete dated halfway thru the season who he said was "just a friend", maybe? We can get a little more background on Pete's creamed corn lgacy, maybe? Ah well, we can dream, can't we? we all know that the extra screen time would be taken up by Lex's Michael Rosenbaum, who (along with the writers) has proved that he's the real draw to this show - the dynamically hot duo of Chloe and Lana notwithstanding. C'mon though, everyone, don't ya just want to see a young African-American Elastic Lad??!?!

  • imean it's got all the same love triangle "she likes me but i like her" subplots, Lana JUST REALIZING she likes Clark when Claerk JUST REALIZES he likes Chloe who JUST REALIZE she likes that justin kid, and WHOOP Lana wants to tell whitney it's off so she can go bend over for a boatload of krypto-cum, when OH NO Whitney is sad and vulnrable cause his old man couldn't renegotiate his contrant and got written out. so BOOM everything stays how it is for now, cause if the major formula of the show changes ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE and by hell imean CHANGE AND'd think because of this i'dhate the show but next to 24 it's my Favorite show on Television (Futurama and other cartoons don't count)...... and oh yeah one last thing, the Eternal Lana Versus Chloe debate? well, Lana looks like the kind of girl you would make Love to and Chloe looks like the kind of girl you tear her clothes off, bend her over a desk and then shove your sausage in her ass till she screams for you to stop pounding her gentle asshole... i

  • May 9, 2002, 7:54 p.m. CST

    I think I'll undermine my 'serious' posts above....

    by Chilli Kramer

    Lana, she's hot, but Chloe, DANG!!! In the interests of resolving this debate, I slept with both. Lana, well, she looks good, but it was hard to get her in the sack. And once there, she kept looking in the mirror as she was doing it, (can't blame her) kinda like a female version of what Christian Bale does in American psycho. But Chloe, well... I didn't even need to find her. She trawls the web for internet geeks to randomly bang. Boy can she bang! She bangs like a barn door in a hurricane, then performs the slow motion replay for ya! Some of the shit she does shouldn't be attempted by anyone other than those really flexible chinese acrobats! She was so good, I even forgot that I've always considered her to have a face like a horse! --------- Amazing how I can screw fictional characters... but then I'm practically becoming one myself.

  • May 10, 2002, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Metropolis is in New York

    by Steal_Dragon

    Because in one Superman Comic said it's near the JLA headquarters on Earth and that is in New York. So Smallville is inaccurate and Gotham City is in New Jersey.

  • May 10, 2002, 3:18 a.m. CST



    I find your Lana/Chloe debate hilarious. I decided to join this message board because you guys were so funny, that and I can't let you have all the fun. So here goes... Lana is hot, but Chloe is... I can't think of anything right now but I will return with the funny. That is a promise. *I wonder if anyone will see this*

  • May 10, 2002, 12:53 p.m. CST

    An episode by any other name would still be just as sweet

    by zer0cool2k2

    TEMPEST: 1.A violent windstorm, frequently accompanied by rain, snow, or hail. 2.Furious agitation, commotion, or tumult; an uproar. So maybe the writers just wanted a cool synonym for the word storm, both the tornadoes, and the stormy turns everyones lives are about to take. And maybe they didn't give a crap about Shakespeare. Either that, or Brian Robbins forced them to put in a subtle literary reference because he's still trying to impress that Symone chick from Head of the Class.

  • May 10, 2002, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Lana is hot, but Chloe...

    by ogge2

    has snaggleteeth and big gums.

  • May 10, 2002, 4:54 p.m. CST

    What grade are they in...

    by MargoFargo

    because i have no idea. i remember at the begining, clark was a freshman because he was hanging in the field as the "scarecrow". i dont know if my school is weird, but there are no freshman paper editors, only seniors. then i started to think that maybe clark and pete are the only freshmen, but that would make chole some desperate senior who has a crush on her freshman friend. and maybe whitney is a senior because that would make more sense of him having a scholarship to lose because not too many freshman have scholarships to schools they are going to go to in four years. so im guessing hes at least a junior. mybe i completely missed something on the show but i think ive seen all of them. could someone fill me in please. im going crazy. (forgive my spelling)

  • May 10, 2002, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Re: What grade are they in...

    by Mistah Kurtz

    Boy, I really hope Whitney isn't a senior who's dating a freshman (as Lana presumably is). Cuz I find that not a little creepy.

  • May 10, 2002, 7:51 p.m. CST



    Let me first say that although this is a

  • May 10, 2002, 10:59 p.m. CST

    How old they are:

    by Cap'n Chaos!

    From what I've gathered, this is it... Clark and Chloe have got to be at least 16 because they drive, presumabley without a liscenced adult. Whitney is a senior (he is joining the Army, appearently). Lana and Pete? Don't know. The Pilot made it sound like Pete and Clark, at least, were freshmen. Now they could get around Clark by saying he didn't join school until late or something but it'd be hard to say the same thing about Pete. Chloe would seem to be at least a junior because she was going to ask Clark to the Spring Formal (which I'm assuming is a prom). While many communities let underclassmen attend the prom, it's only if they are the date of an upperclassmen. Now I would assume they're going to try to backpedal to make the main four be sophmores so they can squeeze out three years of high school, but to try to claim ANY of them is a freshman would be ludicrous. It's one thing to have Nick Brendon and Alyson Hannigan walking around as 22 year olds when they at least started out looking the right age. It's another when the actors look in their mid-twenties to begin with.

  • May 11, 2002, 2:49 p.m. CST



    Hey, Cap

  • ...Smallville is good, but the whole idea of Metropolis being in Kansas is ridiculous, as other TalkBackers have noted. It should be a major MidWestern City, and the archetypical MidWest City is Chicago, so maybe it should be where Chi-Town is....It is also my understanding that the original creators of Superman modeled Metropolis after Cinncinati, their hometown...Anyway, that is my main gripe about the show's continuity..otherwise, everything else is cool****Other stuff: they should develop Clark's knowledge of his ET origins and lay more of the groundwork for his future transformation into Superman...maybe they could get Chris Reeves to portray Jor-El via flashback or crystal holo-tv, like they did with Brando in the movies. FX and sound engineering could take out Reeves breathing machine and allow him to contribute again to the legend he helped create in the films. ***Also, after several years of Smallville, they should perhaps end the series and start a new one with the same, more mature cast called "Metropolis". THAT would be cool.****Lastly, they should get Frank Miller and have him stop working on a "Batman: Year One" movie and turn the concept into a sister show to Smallville on the WB. Call it "Gotham City", and cast young unknowns like they have in Smallville. Gotham City could show a young-ish pre-Batman Bruce Wayne (say College Aged), who is just back from his world tour of training to become a Crimefighter (Martial Arts learned in the Far East, Detective Skills learned in the U.K., etc). He could encounter Selina Kyle before she becomes Catwoman and romance her. He could encounter his ally and future enemy, the D.A. Harvey Dent (who could take on the equivalent of the Lex Luthor role in Gotham City, by being the friend who late returns out to be an enemy, aka "Two-Face). He could also encounter his early opponent but later ally Jim Gordon, who is the new top cop in Gotham. Lastly, the malevolent Joker could be shown as a dangerous criminal enforcer and enemy of Wayne's prior to his transformation into the Joker. "Gotham City" would be more adult and mature than hte High School based "Smallville", with Wayne pretending to be a rich Playboy by day, but going out at night to try and fight crime and to avenge his dead parents. This way, he still has not adopted the Batman identity, but is preparing to, as he was in the early part of "Year One". If "Smallville" can become "Metropolis" and then "Gotham City can be introduced, eventually both casts could make the leap to feature films, sort of how the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation went from TV series to film franchise. THis way, a good, solid TV series can be the basis for a consistent and entertaining film franchise. If you start out with unknown actors and make them minor stars on TV, the TV audiences will follow thenm to the films, while the mainstream audiences will come ou tfor hte characters. This way, costs on paying for the stars for the films will be low, since you are using the TV actors instead of big names like Michelle Pfieffer as Catwoman, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr.Freeze, etc. Anyway, a "Metropolis" series and a "Gotham City" series would be great in and of themsleves, but they could also form the basis for a long future franchise of Superman and Batman films. Barron out.