The CW's Smallville is gearing up for its tenth and final season and it appears they're trying to wrangle back as many familiar faces as they can in lieu of all the departures the show has faced in recent years.
It was previously revealed that John Schneider would be returning for at least two episodes as Clark's father Jonathan Kent (death is really just a minor affliction in comic book properties after all) and now Entertainment Weekly has learned that Laura Vandervoort will reprise the role of Kara (a.k.a. Supergirl) for one episode.
Vandervoort was a series regular during Smallville's seventh season and returned briefly at the beginning of season eight. The last time viewers saw her, she was flying through space on her way to find the lost Kryptonian city of Kandor. While I believe her parting words to Clark about fulfilling his destiny on Earth would have been a nice way to conclude her storyline, the network's decision was probably not based on creative factors.
Smallville's tenth season will only feature Allison Mack's character Chloe as a guest star and Michael Rosenbaum doesn't seem all that interested in returning as Lex Luthor. At this point the showrunners are probably reaching out to anyone and everyone, just trying to see who will bite. Vandervoort's participation was no doubt aided by her involvement in another Warner Bros. owned show- the sci-fi drama, V.
As you'd expect from any show that's been on the air this long, Smallville has had some dramatic ups and downs in terms of quality. The ninth season finale had one particular shot that filled fans with equal measures of excitement and apprehension. You know the one I'm talking about:
While it's admittedly an awesome shot, our own Anthony Ocasio noted in his ninth season finale review that the show has previously dropped the ball several times in regards to making promises it ultimately didn't keep. From its inception, Smallville's creators were adamant that Clark would never wear the suit in the show and it was their way of separating themselves from other television adaptations of the character.
Either they've changed their minds or we're facing the possibility of the writers taking ridiculous measures to keep Clark in civilian clothes for the entire season. Even worse, they might reveal it's not the suit at all and that they just used the image to whip fans into a frenzy with no intentions of following through on what would be a pretty bold change in direction for the series.
What are your theories about the final season of Smallville?
Source: Entertainment Weekly.