It’s no secret that many “Supernatural” fans are also “Smallville” fans. Many found the former because it came after the latter. The two shows are an iconic sci-fi pairing that have managed to consistently perform well for their networks year after year after year. They’re now together again after a year apart for what is “Smallville’s” final season and it couldn’t be more fitting.
I’ve often been reminded that “Smallville” was here first. While I know that, I probably get that a lot since I got it backwards. I became a fan of “Smallville” in season seven, checking it out after finding “Supernatural” in season three. Yes, going through six seasons of DVDs was a lot of homework but we were able to do it as a family. The kids are hooked and I can’t wait until they’re old enough to go through the “Supernatural” catalog with them.
Speaking of opportunity, I’d be remiss if I didn’t give a big shout-out to KryptonSite. Craig Byrne has been the most devoted fan this show has had. He has tirelessly run KryptonSite (a job that involves lots of hours and little financial reward as I know from experience) and written “Smallville” companion books. As someone who hopes to run a fan site as great as his, it only took me two and a half years to get an interview with “Supernatural” stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles. Craig waited ten years for his big interview, finally scoring the coveted and very rare Tom Welling interview at Comic Con.
Craig’s interviews with Tom and all the cast members at this year’s Comic Con can be found in the News section at www.thekryptonsite.com. They are different than the ones I’m sharing in this article, so I highly suggest you check them out. Thank you Craig for all you’ve done for this show and its fandom.
At least “Smallville” is going out with a bang and getting a proper goodbye. In the four year history of The CW, no series has been given this farewell opportunity. So, when given the choice to attend “Supernatural’s” panel or go to the final “Smallville” press room session, the choice was clear. I couldn’t turn down a final opportunity.
The Press Room
I was pretty stunned by myself in the “Smallville” press room. I’ve interviewed a wide assortment of TV actors, producers, and writers in my two and a half years of blogging. I had long gotten over those initial fan girl moments, right? I’m a pro, right? Yep, that kind of cocky thinking came back to bite me.
I was trying to tweet all the info I could from the “Supernatural” press session when the first interviewee for “Smallville” arrived. I look up and I’m face to face with John Schneider. It was that precise moment I had a total internal freakout. Luckily, my inside screaming voice, “OMG, OMG!!! IT’S BO DUKE!!! IT’S JONATHAN KENT!! HE’S GORGEOUS!” was not heard by others.
I didn’t go to the panel. Most of us in that room didn’t know John was a surprise guest. I was sitting there in a speechless trance, remembering with glee that I’ve been watching this man on TV since I was young. Tom Welling, Jensen Ackles, and Jared Padalecki were tiny children when I was watching John Schneider on my TV religiously every week. Yep, I gave away my age when I told everyone at the table afterward how thrilling this moment was for me. No, they apparently weren’t watching prime-time TV in 1980. I won’t even go into what happened to my insides when Justin Hartley and Tom Welling entered the room.
So, fangirl squeeing aside, I did get some great information from this press room. Over the next several pages are the transcripts from the interviews at my table. Please note, some sentences were left out and the questions aren’t word for word because the noise levels in this room were very high and I couldn’t make them out. For those fans of “Smallville,” SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!