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Smallville Resolutions - But not mine....


Thank you to everyone who took the time to answer the questions in my last journal entry.  I was looking for people to play with, and so many of you came through bigtime.  And for anyone who was going to get to it, and didn't yet, please feel free to revisit the entry at any time and add your answers.  I thought everyones responses were so interesting.  Both for the commonalities and the differences.  Seems many of us found Justice quite overrated.

So, since that was so successful, here goes another time killer.  As we all know, a New Year has just begun.  Many people make New Year Resolutions (not I).  If you were making New Year Resolutions for the writers/showrunners of SV, what would they be? 

And just for fun, pick one, or a few, of the SV characters, and make New Year Resolutions for them.  Heck, if you are really feeling ambitious, make them for an actor or actors too.  Have some fun with this :)

As always, I'll wait to see the reception for the idea before I add mine. 

I'm especially looking forward to what some of you might have in mind for the writers.  Dazzle Me!!!

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First of all, you guys are SO awesome *hugs you all*

For the writers/showrunners:

1. Don't forget the little details.  A simple reference from Clark about his mom makes the fandom happy.  Ditto with Chloe and Gabe. 

2. Retcon's are Bad!  Repeat this every day.

3. Clark should not ever, EVER be sacrificed to prop up another character

4.  If we can't get MR, don't show a body double.  Referencing Lex is just fine without the visual, which just reminds people that he isn't there

5. Don't forget to explain a few of the things we set in motion this season, i.e. who sent Tess the crystal, who programmed it to send Clark to the P-Zone, why Chloe killed that guy in the hospital

6.  Pick a ship for Clark and SAIL IT.  Unambigiously.  Without mixed signals

7.  Chimmy is a drag,  Why are we dragging this out?

8. Write an actual, honest-to-God, with teeth, journalism arc for Lois. 

9.  If we can't have Clark flying, at least don't ignore the issue like it doesn't exist.  Allow Clark to verbalize his feelings on the subject.  In fact, allow Clark to verbalize his feelings on A LOT of subjects.

10.  Doing justice to Lana's character does not mean a) crapping on Clark's future relationships, b) having Clark appear weak and indecisive, and c) making her a victim.  Repeat often.

11.  Doomsday isn't a poor, misunderstood woobie, nor is his major function a love interest.  Have tatoo'ed on forehead.  Look in mirror often.

12.  Clark is the reason for the season.  Clark is the main character.  Clark's story is the most important.  Burn into arm with sodering iron.

13.  Be good to Tom Welling.  Praise him often.  Give him some credit for the success of the show over the long haul.

14.  Give Craig more interviews.

15.  Make the utmost attempts to lure back Michael Rosenbaum, Annette O'Toole, Kyle Gallner, Michael Ironside, Michael McKean.

For the Characters:

Clark:

Embrace the future, and let the past remain in the past.  Some things are not meant to be.  Continuing to bang your head against the same wall over and over again makes you look like a moron.

Chloe:

If the guy you live with, and marry, isn't the guy you can trust, or who makes your heart go pitter-pat, and if you find yourself attracted to new friends, then it isn't meant to be.  Don't drag out what isn't working for you.

Lois:

When life gets tough, bury yourself in your work, and leave the alcohol alone. 

Jimmy:
 
If you don't really trust the woman you are marrying, why marry her?  Remember, there's no need to rush into forever.  Concentrate on your career.

Lana:

Nothing good ever came from "secrets and lies", and who knows that better then you?  Try not to repeat past mistakes.

Oliver:

Get an apartrment.

Davis:

If you find yourself dragging around bloody body parts in shopping bags, then its time to isolate yourself from civilization, not continue on as though vicious murder is a hiccup.

Tess:

Back away from the eye makeup. 

For the actors:

Tom:

1.Grin and bear it, and do a few interviews.
2. Appear in public with Michael Rosenbaum, Jared Padalecki and/or Jensen Ackles in order to provide fangurls and fanboi's with awesome photo ops
3.  Make babies with pretty wife

Kristin and Allison:

Cults are bad.  Repeat often. 

Erica:

In interviews, sometimes its better to tread lightly.  Enthusiasm is wonderful, but its OK to temper with restraint.

 

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moonshayde
Jan. 2nd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Resolutions for the show runners? Hmm.

Cater less to the fans and cater more to the story ;)

Um...for the characters?

Clark: Rent out the farm and move to Metropolis to focus on career and hero calling.

Lois: Interview the RBB and get out of the basement

Chloe: Write a novel

Jimmy: Focus on photography again

Davis: Cut down on killing people.
jeannev
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC)
Your first one is AWESOME!!!!

And LMAO for the Davis one.
canadabear
Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I never do resolutions, so it's hard for me to come up with some, but the writers could stand to look up the word 'continuity' in the dictionary and then try really, really hard to put it into practice.
jeannev
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
Thats a very good idea. And its not like the 'net fandom isn't the easiest resource in the world in that regard.
theninthdoctor
Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Resolutions for the Showrunners (I have ten!)

1. Secure Tom Welling for Season 9, and if not, have a SOLID backup plan.
2. Get Michael Rosenbaum back... preferably for the final episode, should it happen in 2009.
3. Give Craig lots of interview time for the Season 8 book if he's doing it. ;) (Yay for talking about myself as if I'm someone else)
4. Don't wait until episode #21 to start wrapping the season. Do not assume you have a Season 9 [with Tom] unless you are CERTAIN.
5. If there is a Season 9, build another street in Metropolis. We're tired of seeing the same one over and over.
6. No more fake-out episodes where big "iconic" things happen only to have them forgotten by the end of the episode.
7. Remember characters and moments from the past that made Smallville work. There are a lot of forgotten gems in SV history, use them.
8. Let Jimmy Olsen be Superman's Pal and not anyone's romabrantic interest. It's cheesy.
9. Bring in Phil Morris some more. He's one of your best assets.
10. Stop catering to just the "big sites" (ie, TV Guide and E!) for publicity and do something at K-Site. You know you wanna. :)

As for resolutions for the characters:

1. Clark: Don't rely on others to be your brain anymore. You're Superman, act like it. Oh, and call your mom every once in a while.
2. Chloe: Repeat every week why you have moved on from journalism. It'll piss off some people but it'll make for some unintentionally hilarious TWOP threads.
3. Lois: Stay away from the bottle and stop sleeping with super-heroes. You're just feeding the criticism.
4. Jimmy: End it with Chloe and stick to making goofy gadgets. You're more charming that way.
5. Davis: Stop wearing shirts. You'll tear them up and get blood on them anyway, plus, Dawn Ostroff wants more females watching, and this is as good of a way to any to go up a few ratings points.
6. Oliver: Start wearing shirts. Toxic was a bit much for us to see your shaved chest. Also, get a new set, and hang out with the Black Canary again.
7. Tess: No raccoon eyeshadow. It doesn't look good on you. Also, prepare for a bad year.
8. Colin: "Ring that bell" guy. Don't be dead. Recover from Doomsday's attack. And yeah, you do look and act more like Jimmy, but that'll just be our secret.
9. John Jones: Buy stock in Oreo's and get your powers back.
10. Lex: Don't even THINK of getting plastic surgery before returning. There is only one Lex Luthor (on Smallville).

And some of the actors... well, one...

Tom: Make sure they give you what you deserve. And talk to Craig for the Season 8 book - he'd be very grateful.
jeannev
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
4. Don't wait until episode #21 to start wrapping the season. Do not assume you have a Season 9 [with Tom] unless you are CERTAIN.

Oh Good God, YES!!!! You don't know how this is stressing me out.

And Yay! for more Phil Morris.

And I definitely think Tom should make those resolutions. My fingers are crossed!
eeyore1017
Jan. 2nd, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know about dazzling anyone, but here I go:

Resolutions for the SV Powers That Be (including showrunners and writers):
1. Hire a Continuity Editor. If you already have one, fire him/her and get a better one.
2. Keep the characters "in character" if you know what I mean.
2B. Don't make Clark turn into an idiot whenever Lana's around.
2C. Don't mess up Lex with this body double crap.
3. Stop dangling carrots for the various 'ships and just tell the story, whatever that may be.
3. Don't fuck up the ending of the show.
4. Make the writers read the show bible before they write an episode.
5. Find money in the budget to go back to playing more "popular" music.

Resolutions for Tom Welling:
1. Continue being beautiful and getting more beautiful (if that's even possible)
2. Do some fucking press for the show even if you hate it.
3. Star in some movies once SV is over.
4. Clone yourself so each fangirl/fanboy can have a Tom Welling of his/her own.
5. Continue directing
chaliebrown363
Jan. 2nd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
yeah, what you said. I concur with every last one of these resolutions!
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canneverbe
Jan. 2nd, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
I haven't answered your last entry. I just want it to be 100% perfect before I post. lol.

To the TPTB:
I want more field trips, I'm tired of visiting the Talon and the usual places. Surprise me!
No more Oliver on a airplane, it's beyond silly.
I would like more action (things blowing up).
I want better writing. They seem to repeat lines/situations. Watch other shows for inspiration.
End this season as if its a series finale, just in case there is no s9.
Iconic moments are FTW, ok.
More Lois and Clark at the DP getting stories together.
Bring Perry NOW.

Clark: More Superman actions please. You can look up info for yourself.
Lex: Stay badass. But don't come back if you are not MR.
Lois: Less vunerable, more Lois Lane investigative reporter.
Jimmy: Carry a camera with you 24/7 and be Clark's buddy. Increase your geekness too.

Tom Welling: Direct an episode of Heroes for me when done with SV.
jeannev
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Thats OK, no time limit on the other entry. Answer whenever you feel ready.

Field trips is a good one. Heck, I'd love them to get rid of the Talon set, and redress is as something else.

I'd be perfectly OK with a Perry recast if thats what they needed to do to bring him back. You can't better Michael McKean, but you can get an actor in a similar vein.
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tariel22
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
I think I should just refer you to Craig's resolutions. They're awesome. :)

Okay, mine are boring and predictable, not dazzling, but here they are:

For the showrunners:
1) Settle the S9 issue with Tom, immediately if not sooner, and if he's not on board, wrap the show up in a way that is true to the Superman story. And tell us what's going on, so we can mentally prepare for the end of the show.
2) Give all the writers a crash course in who Superman is, and everything that has happened on the show so far. Apparently even writers who have been around almost since the beginning need this.
3) Give an interview where you put all the shipper nonsense to rest. Own the story I'm sure you've already decided to tell.
4) Shoot new promo pics.
5) Convince Tom to do a commentary track for the S8 DVDs. Better yet, convince Tom and Michael to go back and do commentary together on some episodes from prior seasons (Freak and Apocalypse? Zod and Nemesis?), and put them on the complete series DVD set.
6) Appreciate your star more. How about making him a producer?

For the writers:
1) Pay attention during the aforementioned crash course. Stop making Clark do things Supes would never do, and work on the continuity.
2) Show, don't tell.
3) Write fewer shirtless scenes for Oliver and more for Clark.
4) Write more scenes for Clark and Oliver where they explore what it means to be a hero. And if Oliver's going to keep being an ass to Clark, at least let Clark call him on it once in awhile.
5) Don't make Clark become Supes out of guilt, or vengeance, or because someone else (Lana) tells him he should.
6) Kill the Chimmy.

For the characters:
1) Clark-Believe in yourself. Show us how smart you are. Take your shirt off.
2) Lex-Don't you dare come back without Michael.
3) Lana-Stop making it all about you.
4) Lois-Let us see you work for it a little more.
5) Chloe-Dump Jimmy.
6) Martha-Come home.

For the actors:
1) Tom-Throw your fans a bone and give us an interview. Tell us what your plans are. Do another photo shoot. Take your shirt off.
2) Michael-Consider coming back for the final episode of the series. But only if the script is awesome.
jeannev
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Craig's were awesome!!

I'm so with you on wishing they would tell us what was going on with S9. I don't think there's anything to be gained by keeping it under wraps. I can only hope their silence is because everything isn't settled, but that worries me too.

2) Show, don't tell.

Another thing they should tatoo on themselves, and glance at often.
jude_judith82
Jan. 2nd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm.
1.Don't sacrifice Clark just to make your story because he is you story.

2.If you can't get Welling to sign for season 9 find out now and make a kick-ass ending.

and that's all I can't think of right now :-)
jeannev
Jan. 2nd, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Amen to both of them. Succinct and True!
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jeannev
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:13 am (UTC)
1. Make certain Erica is in episodes 8.17-8.22.

Thats definitely a good one! I should've included that one. I firmly beleive Erica should have more eps. I hate this whole thing they've got going on with characters dropping in and out of the season, particularly Lois.

And I'm also firmly on the "No S9 without TW" train.
redteekal
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
1. Be innovative, original and irresistable to MR and offer him something he'll want so that he can at least do three episodes before the end of the season. I'm thinking scripts and a story so well constructed he'll have no choice but to say yes.

2. Please please PLEASE allow Clark to have some loving before the end of the season. Clois is the best bet. And I am NOT just saying that because semi naked Tom Welling is always a ratings winner but really because Clark deserves it. He's been through enough.

3. Season 8 should be the end. It's for purely selfish reasons (and a fear that TW will disappear) that I'd want a S9 but you can't do it without TW. And to be honest if he did sign for S9 I'd be seriously wondering how it would go what with Clark being pretty much Superman by now with tights and flights. Ergo the finale of this Season needs to be made of absolute awesomeness.

4. Chloe needs to know Clark's secret again and Chimmy needs to just go away. (I'd say 'die' but that might be a little harsh).

5. Tom? All I wish for you is that you're happy where you are and that that sense of happiness might stretch to throwing us an interview or two.
jeannev
Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
On #1, heck, just tell him its OK if he doesn't want to shave his head. Let Lex have on a wig, or have MR weak a skullcap. If that makes him happy, work with him.

Looks like we all have the same Tom resolution for Tom. LOL
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jeannev
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Well, I'd prefer for him to make babies with me, but I figured that wasn't an option ;)

Dropping her in and out of the show does not serve Lois Lane's story lines or character well.

ITA, and not just in regards to Lois. I don't think its served any of the characters particularly well. I think this system was a bad idea by TPTB, and if there's a S9, I definitely think they need to take another approach.

5. Stop writing Clark into no-win situations

AMEN!!

tasabian
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
1.Grin and bear it, and do a few interviews.
2. Appear in public with Michael Rosenbaum, Jared Padalecki and/or Jensen Ackles in order to provide fangurls and fanboi's with awesome photo ops

I concur with these resolutions for Tom! Michael-snuggling, for the win!

To the showrunners: please don't wreck the lovely, Clexy "Arctic" ending by bringing in a fake!Lex.
jeannev
Jan. 3rd, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
A Fake Lex should be on everyones NYE under the "Things Not To Do" category!
acampbell
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
For the writers:

1. Kill the Clana! If there's one thing that gets super-annoying, it's a back & forth, on & off relationship. AlMiles even admitted they "forgot" how many times the Clana broke up and got back together! Inexcusable, much? Lana as a character deserves a dignified sendoff, but let her go out as Clark's friend and don't make her into a hero giving him up "for the good of the world." You've already made that mistake a couple of times, and once in particular!

2. Ditto on the continuity person.

3. Ditto on Tom giving at least one interview and a photo shoot. I've gotten into many discussions/arguments with people about Tom and his apparent attitude toward fandom and publicity. While I grant that he doesn't "owe" us his body and soul, I do believe that part of the job is to give at least a LITTLE to your fans beyond showing up to work. Yeah, I realize that it must be really hard to promote a show that's screwed up to the extent that SV has, but fake it, just a little.:)

4. For MR: at least CONSIDER coming back for at least an ep or two if you haven't yet received an offer to play Iago in Othello.
acampbell
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
P.S. BTW, Tom, your fans are not all loonies. Many of them are smart, nice, sensible people that only occasionally go a little crazy when contemplating your loveliness.:)
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jlvsclrk
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
For Clark:
- tell Lana you'll always care for her but you're not in love with her.
- travel somewhere exotic
- help save lives after a natural disaster
- repeat "its NOT all my fault" 100 times before going to sleep each night
- fix the danged AI so that it follows your commands, not vice versa
- when you get mad, take a deep breath (be careful when breathing out)

For Tom:
- listen to the producers plans for S9. If they're good, sign on if the price is right. If they're not, walk away.
- make some movies: you're a natural for romantic comedy or action
- remember there are worse things than being typecast as Clark Kent
- most importantly, make LOTS of babies!!!!! I have no doubt you'll be a great dad.
jeannev
Jan. 3rd, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
repeat "its NOT all my fault" 100 times before going to sleep each night

Totally! How could I forget that one? Thats a perfect resolution for Clark.
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kelvintage
Jan. 3rd, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
Producers

1) The final episode MUST be a special 90-minute one or two hours would be even better. Make sure eveything is tied up, and don't rush things because of time/budget/laziness. Argue with the leaders of the CW if necessary.

2) Do not kill off Lana or make her a victim. Let her leave Smallville happy and let Clark let her go finally.

Tom

1) Please take five minutes and write a message to the fans via kryptonsite or devotedtosmallville. Just say thank you for the eight years we have supported you if this is the final season. There's a difference between being quiet/shy and not caring. We all love you Tom, show us that you at least are aware of it.

2) Please star in a feature film, a romantic comedy would be great. You can be all sweet and beautiful.

3) Make babies with jeannev. Or your wife. Or Erica. or Kristin. Just someone okay? You're too handsome not to.

Erica Durance

1) Feature films are the way to go, even if it is a supporting or minor role. Don't be afraid to do that first and then move up to lead actress status.

Michael Rosenbaum

1)PLEASE come back to Smallville for the final two episodes!

Kristin Kreuk

1) Please stop hating on Smallville and keep getting prettier everyday, if that's possible. I'm stealing this from Tariel: take your shirt off.

Oh and I had to ask: BOTH Kristin and Alison are a part of that group? WTF? Since when? Not that I even follow their careers really but I never heard of that? Hmm...
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
An extended finale episode would be a great idea. I'd love that.

And yes, I believe there is sufficient reason to believe that both Kristin and Allison are affliated with that group, though I do think Allison's involvement is far murkier.
gildinwen
Jan. 3rd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
For the showrunners:

Repeat after me:

This is the story of a young Superman. See? Not Lana. Try to rememeber that.

If that wasn't clear enough: Don't sacrifice Clark's character to make others looks better. Write for Clark.

Don't forget things that have happened before. Continuity is a good thing.

Either get MR back or don't use a body double. The use of a body double is obvious and it makes Gil sad.

Stealing from someone above (Kelvintage?) The finale must be a 2 hour special. It just has to be.

Give Clana some closure, that doesn't make Lana into a saint, victim, or the reason why Clark becomes Superman, (He's been saving lives since he was 15 for god's sake)

For the characters:

Clark: You're a smart boy, believe in yourself, and believe you know what's best. Don't let other's opinions sway you.

Chloe: If Jimmy truely is the one for you then stop making goo-goo eyes at Davis/Clark. If he isn't then leave him.

Lois: Be the reporter that we all know you are, Clark will come round eventually.

Oliver: You're not Bruce, sweetie, if you're going to after Lex do it because he's been upto shady shit in the past and not because Lionel killed your folks. In other words? Be more like Clark.

Tess: Be your own person. And stay loyal to Lex.You're so much more fun that way.

Jimmy: Photograph things sweetie. That's what you're good at.

For the actors:

Tom: Have kids, with your wife. Or me. Or Jeannev. Or me. LOL. Just spread those genes man!.

Michael(yes I know he's not on the show but still..) See above. And come back for the finale!!!.

Kristin, and Allison. What Jeannev said.

And Happy New Year Jeannev!!!
jeannev
Jan. 4th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you too! :)

I loved your resolutions for the characters. Totally spot on.
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