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Comic Con Pictures - Smallville

Ah, I know these are the pics most of my flist wants to see.  Again, its a random bunch.  I have better, I have worse.  I cropped Souders and Peterson out of most of the shots, because lets be honest, does anyone really need to see pictures of them?  LOL

As I said before, Tom was charming, articulate (if a little inscrutable with some of his answers), handsome as can be, and very much in control.  But, I think I missed a little of that shyness he had last year.  This year, he came across very much as a producer.  What I mean by that is that he clearly had a job to do, and he took it seriously, and thats what came across. 

One of my biggest beefs with the SV panel was the way the seating was done.  It isn't unlike how it was done last year, but that was a bigger cast.  The way it was set up here, poor Cass seemed out there on her own, and on the other end, Erica and Justin seemed to be zoning out a bit (Erica even says as much when a question is addressed to her), while most of the action took place between Tom and John Schneider (who really became a HUGE presence on the panel), and Souders/Peterson a bit less so.  Compared to someone like an Eric Kripke, who is really funny and is better at selling the show, Souders and Peterson just didn't feel like they said much, and what they did say was rather vague.  For instance, on the panel itself, they never mentioned 2 of the big returns coming up.  Their answer about Chloe was vague.  Well, there answers about almost everything was vague.

Once again, the questions asked were beyond lame.  I don't know why SV fans have such a hard time coming up with good questions.  But then again, I didn't get off my ass, so maybe I should just shut it.

But, I think my biggest disappointment was that there was a general lack of joking among the cast.  They didn't really seem to engage each other, and make inside jokes, and laugh with each other.  Tom seemed seperate (no doubt due to seating placement).  Even a great opener, like Justin Hartley saying he'd like to play Lois Lane, wasn't picked up and run with by another member of the cast. 

We saw a lot of great panels during my 4 days of Comic Con, and SV was tops for seeing Tom in the flesh (SEXY BEAST!!), but middle of the road as far as panel content.

As always, the SV cast is gorgeous


Tom and John




More SV pics to come later :)


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Jul. 29th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
First of all, GREAT PICTURES! Tom is sooo pretty!
I watched the whole panel on YT and I believe that Geoff Jones did an awful job. He was like a wet blanket with his monotonous tone and low voice. And how about that indecent self-pimping? As a mod, he's supposed to set the tone and the pace of the panel, and the tone was flat and he didn't set a quick pace to the questions. There was a huge silence between questions that drained the energy. It was his job to fill the void. The panel wasn't energized at all partly because of that I think, except for Tom which I think made valiant efforts to keep it interesting. Yes, the rest of the cast zoned out (especially Erica imo)and they could have interacted a lot more. After all, John wasn't shy about taking the floor a couple of times. But I understand that when not a single fan is directing questions at you, you tend to zone out. But yes, that opening from Justin had a lot of potential, but I'm not sure the usually very conservative Superman crowd would have appreciated.
I'm happy that Tom opened more; I found it really pleasant; I'm sure that he'll continue to make progress over the years.
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
I'm no fan of Johns. There's just something about that guy that rubs me all wrong. And yes, I agree, he wasn't a great moderator. And that could have something to do with the flatness of the panel.

I think Tom did fine, I just think the other cast members needed to get more engaged. I wish I felt their camraderie a bit more, because I'm sure its there.
Jul. 29th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
Woah. I just re-read myself and I sound incredibly negative. Despite its small flaws, I appreciated the panel a lot because of course, it's not every day that you see and hear Himself talk!
Jul. 29th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Don't be silly! You can be critical without necessarily being negative.
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
One of my biggest beefs with the SV panel was the way the seating was done. It isn't unlike how it was done last year, but that was a bigger cast. The way it was set up here, poor Cass seemed out there on her own, and on the other end, Erica and Justin seemed to be zoning out a bit (Erica even says as much when a question is addressed to her), while most of the action took place between Tom and John Schneider (who really became a HUGE presence on the panel), and Souders/Peterson a bit less so.
They should have put the actors together and the producers at the ends. Souders and Peterson are both very dull speakers. Maybe Allison's absence was a factor too in the cast dynamic too? I was surprised by Justin's lack of energy - he was very animated in his panel with Phil Morris a few years back, but maybe the supporting cast doesn't want to steal focus, when Tom takes a rare turn in the spotlight?

No worries about that with Schneider, of course! Put a mike in front of him & he's good to go. See also: Rosenbaum, Mark Sheppard.

Did you see this incredibly cute clip of Tom teasing Cassidy? He wrinkles his nose when he giggles!

*wants lots of Cless in S10*

Oh, and BEAUTIFUL pics. I love Tom looking like he's about to kiss the mike and showing his adorable dimples!

Edited at 2010-07-29 01:39 am (UTC)
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
There is no doubt in my mind that Souders/Peterson should've been next to the moderator, and then the cast should've been sitting together. I think it would've helped with the dynamics. Justin was very subdued. I understand that they step back and let Tom set the tone, but he needs some support out there.

I'm a little torn on how much Schneider took over. On one hand, he and Tom were adorable together. On the other hand, he didn't seem to even acknowledge that there were other cast members there.

I saw that IGN clip, and OMG! I want to real life 'ship them, thats how cute they are. Have we ever seen Tom do something like that on camera with a female cast member? So cute!

I have lots and lots of Tom pics. I'll get them all up and posted eventually.
Jul. 29th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Have we ever seen Tom do something like that on camera with a female cast member? So cute!
I think that's the most playful I've seen him be (in public) with a female cast member. From the set, there are those cute stills of him pretending to strangle Kristin in Aqua. I really hope Tom & Cassidy get to show a little of that chemistry onscreen this year!

Schneider is no shrinking violet, that's for sure. More of an expanding violet!

Jul. 29th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Judging by the spoilers, it does sound like Clark and Tess are going to have a better relationship...at least for a while. I'm very pleased to hear that.
Jul. 29th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)

I also think the cast was just damn tired. They were out (sans Tom, of course) until 2am the night before at the Syfy-EW party, so I have a feeling they weren't in top form. That said, I really think John just... took over way too much. Not that I don't love John and Jonathan, but I don't really see why his presence was required at all. CC is to promote the series, not the premiere, and I think there may have been more opportunities for Erica, Justin and Cass to jump in had he not been there.
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
YES! Its is official THE CUTEST THING EVER! Tom gets all flirty with a co-star on camera for the first time.

I can believe the cast was tired, but certainly not moreso then most of the attendees, and we tried to bring the energy. I think they should've brought John S, Laura and James all out towards the end of the panel, as some big announcement . Make it a big deal. Instead, John S took over the panel like he was returning as a regular, and Laura and James didn't even get mentioned. Very strange. And frankly, John S doesn't know Cass or Justin at all, and he didn't acknowledge Erica.
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Jul. 29th, 2010 01:53 am (UTC)
Tom's hair was amazing, and you just wanted to go up to him and run your fingers through it.

I guess, the bottom line for me is that this is the last SV panel. Ever! And it was pretty low energy, and I didn't really feel like the showrunners were trying to pump up the crowd for it. All I can say is that if you find the SPN panel on line, watch that for how big a difference there was. I can't explain it any better then just watching the 2 panels back to back.
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Everyone except for Schneider was a letdown...i like Geoff Johns but moderating isn't his thing clearly.

Nice pics of that "hottie with a body".

I mean Tess of course.
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
Well, honestly, I had some issues with the way Schneider sort of took over things. I'm very torn in how I feel about that. I think he sort of blocked the others out a bit, because he was so focused on him and Tom.

Seems to me that just about every pic I posted of the SV cast could be considered a "hottie with a body". LOL They are sort of a nice looking bunch.
Jul. 29th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I agree, I think they didn't pay enough attention to Erica, Justin, and Cassidy. It was just Tom, John, Kelly, and Brian that did all the talking. In some pics, you can tell that Justin was kinda bored. I feel bad that we didn't get much from Erica.
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Not much from her at all, and she's usually pretty sparkley. Justin too.
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
That they are...and Schneider did take up alot of time but it was mostly being about the other people there instead of all about himself. Though I'm not sure if three eps are necessary..they're likely gonna try to present him as a great, moral man. I'll be shaking my head in disgust...but that's another story and I digress.
Jul. 29th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)

Call me cynical, but last year (when they had ratings to contend with) Souders and Peterson seemed pumped up and everyone seemed excited. This year, well, it almost seemed like a lame duck panel. They knew they had the year ahead and didn't need to work for another.

All in all, disappointing.

And Pa Kent. I mean I love what he brought to the show but he was killed off 5 years ago!! And he is only in 3 eps this season. Did we need so much focus on him?

Jul. 29th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
Souders/Peterson definitely seemed more energetic last season. Maybe they were tired due to the EW party the night before. Its hard to say. But I guess I just expected them to do more to pump up the audience.

From the panel, you'd think John S was coming back as a fulltime regular.
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Great pics Val! I'd have to agree on the panel being so-so overall. As mentioned, Johns didn't do a great job moderating - i get the feeling he really just wants to pimp his own favorites. Well, I guess that's his job now - whatever.

Wouldn't it be cool if there was a way to pre-screen questions at these shows - letting the audience as a whole vote on at least a few they'd like to hear addressed? We have the technology...
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I have more pics too. I just kept snapping away.

I have the same issue with Johns as you do. I don't really feel any interest in SV for him, particularly Clark, except as a platform to introduce some of his fav characters to a live action forum.

Questions were lame all over CC, but I really had hoped that they'd be a bit better for SV. Oh well.
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Jul. 29th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Justin surprised me, because he's usually the life of the party, ya know? But he just seemed a bit...pouty, maybe?

I'm not sure why they'd worry about seating Tom and Erica together anymore. Its not like the Cless or Cliver 'shippers would throw a fit. The last competing 'ships on SV are over and gone.
Jul. 29th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
I have to confess that, when I look at clips from the SV panel, I'm so distracted by Tom's beauty that I don't pay much attention to what it's being said. lol But yes, I agree in that GJ did a very bad job (I definitely don't like the guy), JS talked too much, most of the questions were lame and the seating was unfortunate. About BP and KS, they should have been seated next to GJ and as far away from the cast as possible. lol I'm sure that would have improved the mood of the panel tremendously.

Your pics are wonderful! And that IGN clip is the cutest thing ever! Tom and CF are adorable together!
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me, Tom just being there, and being so gorgeous, makes anything better, and worth seeing.

GJ is a low energy guy. He was also on the Green Lantern panel, and he was just dry, with one word answers, and not very interesting. At Comic Con, a good moderator can really make all the difference. Loeb was better.
Jul. 29th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
Aw, too bad about the lack of energy of the panel. I've decided to stay away from the Con stuff except for pics to avoid spoilers, so I didn't know anything about the panel itself. Last year moderator's was Jeph Loeb, right?
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, last year was Loeb, and he was better. I'm glad I have pics for you to enjoy. :)
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Jul. 29th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, believe me, I enjoyed the pretty. And Tom brought it in spades.

Cass and Erica and Justin all looked great too. I wasn't crazy about Erica's pink satin dress though.
Jul. 29th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Wow, gorgeous pics! I can't stop staring at the ones of Tom. He's so pretty, and I love how clearly we can see the beautiful green of his eyes. And the hair! Those errant curls!

I agree about Geoff Johns. He has no clue how to be an effective moderator. I laughed so hard when he and that fanboy started geeking out about Blue Beetle and Tom said, "What are you talking about?" His delivery of that line was priceless. One of the things that Jeph Loeb did so well was to make sure everyone got questions, even if he had to ask them himself. Of course I'm happy to have Tom talk the entire time, but I felt bad for the other actors. And when Geoff did ask questions, it sounded like he was reading them off cards that the writers gave him.

I honestly think they do the seating that way because they don't want Tom sitting next to any of the girls. I guess with Smallville the producers have to address all the questions that delve into spoilers, because they don't tell the actors anything in advance, but I agree that they should sit at the end, next to the moderator. It looked to me like they intended for John to sit at the end, next to Cassidy, but when he came in, Tom gestured for him to sit next to him, and then Kelly and Cassidy moved over. I did think he kind of took over sometimes, at the expense of the other actors, but I appreciated the energy he brought to the proceedings, and Tom was obviously thrilled to have him there.

I really loved Tom this year. His confidence was a wonder to behold. He volunteered things without being asked, he was funny, he was playful, and he seemed totally in his element. I know what you mean about the difference from last year, he didn't have that sense of wonder and awe, but seeing him take charge the way he did was amazing. And where he really blew me away was in the video interviews afterward. I think we saw a glimpse of what Tom must be like in RL for the first time, and now I'm more hopelessly in love than ever. I still can't quite believe we saw him play around with Cassidy that way, what a treat that was.

I'm so glad you could go again. You were there for a piece of Smallville history, and you got to see Tom in person for a second time. That's going to be awfully hard to top. :)
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoy the pics. I was pretty pleased with the quality. When I use the strongest zoom, its a bit harder to keep the pic super clear, but a little fuzzy doesn't harm The Pretty.

As soon as Johns announced he was writing another ep, I said to my sister "I guess he'll be introducing another character I know nothing about, and not doing much writing for Clark".

I don't know why they care about Clark sitting next to the girls anymore. Those fandom 'shipper battles are sort of over for S10. Putting the cast together might've given them the chance to joke around together a bit more.

There is no doubt at all that there is much love between John and Tom.

I saw a confidence and take-charge-ness in Tom this year, on the panel, and in the interviews. I think taking on the producer duties for SV and Hellcats has really had an effect.

I'm glad I went again too. But thats it for me. Comic Con is amazing, but next year I think I'll take a week and go lie on a beach somewhere.
Jul. 29th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your great pics! Needless to say, I am envious... :))

I downloaded various clips of the panel, but didn´t have the time yet to watch them. So I can´t comment on much. Anway, it seems that Johns guy is overrated in many ways. And I guess I am one of the very few who could never really warm up to the character of Pa Kent. He was way too ill-tempered for my taste, so I am not really looking forward to another pompous speech of a dead man, telling Clark once again what to do. And Schneider too strikes me as a very conservative guy...

See, I told you to ask a question so that we would enjoy at least one intelligent one! lol

I look forward to the rest of your pics, and also to your thoughts on the (new content) of the preview clip.

Jul. 29th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'll be interested to hear your thoughts when you do watch it.

I miss Pa Kent, but you are right, he could be a pain in the ass as a character.

The problem with asking a question is that you have to get out of your seat, go stand on a line, crouching down, and you can't take pics. Its not worth the trade-off for me.

Oh, yeah, thoughts on the preview clip....I'll do that in another post, with more pics. What I saw looked like it was filmed beautifully. I expect a lot of focus on Lois coming, much like last season.
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Sssh! It doesn't matter if they can talk, they're all sooo pretty!!!
Lol, no, seriously though the seating arrangement peeved me too. I seriously don't get why, in the history of Comic Con's they have never let Tom Welling sit next to one of his co-working actresses. I guess they worry it would upset the shippers or something, but seriously?
And yeah, Johns was awful. His big exciting announcement was that he was writing another episode? Dude, you've done that like 3 times, and, frankly, the episodes you've done were kinda boring. No one cares this much. I'm into comics and I don't care that much!
And lord knows our fandom isn't focused enough to come up with decent questions, lol. Hell, I couldn't even think of one if I tried! I think SV has numbed all our brains...
Jul. 29th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
LOL, you have a point there. Its hard to be critical when the beauty of Tom is right there in front of you.

If it was up to me, the panel would've been seated this way, going from the podium, Kelly, Brian, Erica, Tom, Cassidy, Justin, and John S being given a seat next to Tom when he came out, which wouldn't have been for the whole panel.

Johns is a bore.
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Jul. 29th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Johns might be a good guy, but he just comes across as so dry and humorless.

I think one of the things that is worrying me is how busy Tom is, and whether or not thats going to impact his screentime. Some of the things I'm hearing so far aren't filling me with confidence. I hope I'm wrong.
Jul. 29th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Maybe AM's absence was the cause :P.
Jul. 29th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm, I guess its always possible.
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
on second thought...maybe it's this guy's absence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNXkWb49Eh8
Jul. 29th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures Valerie and I agree about the seating and all. Tom and John were the most entertaining but so much more could have happened. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics with us.
Jul. 29th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
When I see Tom and Cass teasing each other in the IGN interview, it just convinces me more and more that the SV cast would've had more fun if they had been seated all together.

Time to go find some more pics to post.
Jul. 29th, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yup! Agree!
Jul. 30th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Panel- Josiane, I had to post as anonymous
Hey Valerie, now I understand why you didn't like the SV panel that much, it makes total sense. Last year's panel was a lot more engaging.
There were a few things that made this one different. Last year there was a huge buildup of anticipation for Tom, that got the crowd and people on the panel energized. This year we already knew he was coming. The moderator was crappy. I've never liked G.J. he has an over inflated ego and I can't stand the fact that he'll write for anybody but Clark. There was no bantering amongst the panel. J.S. took up most of the time and although the interaction between him and Tom was super cute, he could have restrained himself a little bit more. At least we knew he was excited. Tom does seem to be more in control, as he should be, furthermore the panel is not new to him, maybe he's growing into his more public persona. I'm also worried that all these hats he's wearing are going to take him away from Smallville but, on the other hand, it is the last season and Clark's story must be front and center so I'm optimistic. Tom looks beautiful as usual. How he does it, I don't know, it's supernatural is what it is.
Jul. 30th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Panel- Josiane, I had to post as anonymous
I forgot to add that I frankly couldn't understand most of what the panel had to say. All the videos I've seen have had sub-par audio and I don't blame the people recording. There was a lot of noise in that room. Not sure about the questions because I couldn't hear but whatever I did hear was certainly uninspiring. They always seem to ask the same obvious stuff over and over again, so boring.
I think it would have been cool if Tom and Erica had been seated together, that would have made a big difference. There are hardly any pics. of them out there as themselves. It would have been a small thing that would have made fans happy and no, I don't think A.M's absence had anything to do with the lack of spunk for the panel.
Jul. 30th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Panel- Josiane, I had to post as anonymous
You make a good point that we all knew Tom was coming this year, while last year it was a last minute announcement. That probably changed the expectations a bit.

I just wish there had been a little more interaction amongst the cast. Just something like Tom turning to Erica and starting a sentence like "Hey, remember that time....", ya know? I don't necessarily care what cast member sat next to who, I just think they should've been bunched together with the producers on the end. Especially since Kelly and Brian are sort of charisma-less, and not particularly great speakers.
Jul. 30th, 2010 07:51 am (UTC)
I saw the online videos of the Smallville panel and the focus was mostly on Tom and John. I really hated the reasons Jonathan Kent was killed back in the 5th season and I really wished he was a series regular again, but I'm glad he'll appear in 3 episodes for the final season. When he left, the show lost the family morals and values he and AOT brought. John didn't acknowledged some of the cast members like Justin and Cassidy because he never worked with them, but he worked with Erica for 2 seasons.

I agree that Geoff Johns isn't as good in moderating as Jeph Loeb. The reason Loeb isn't doing it this year because he now has a position in Marvel that's equivalent to Johns' at DC. Since he's writing an episode with Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, he better have Clark play a central part in it since it's the final season.

There's nothing like Tom being more open for interviews about the final season of Smallville and the upcoming Hellcats. He will wear the iconic suit and fly and he's more open to the idea of playing Superman for a feature film.

Jul. 30th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
The focus was definitely on John and Tom. In Tom's case, I think thats completely justified. In John's case? Well, not so much. It would've been nice if John had made some sort of nod, or something, towards Erica, but he really just seemed focused on Tom, and himself.

I did understand why Loeb wasn't there. I just don't think Johns was a good replacement. Last years Con, Michael Shanks acted as a moderator for the Burn Notice panel. Since he's going to be in 10x02, I think he would've been a great choice to moderator the SV panel.

I love that Tom is all over the place right now. I just hope that doesn't completely change as the season goes on.
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