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Rest in peace, Jonathan Kent

January 27, 2006
by Jennifer Squires Biller

In the famous words of Peter Gabriel, “I grieve.” That’s the only way to describe my melancholy mood today.

Last night was the landmark 100th episode of Smallville. If you haven’t heard – and I’m not sure how that’s possible - someone major was supposed to die.

Well, someone did. In fact, two someones. Lana died, but she didn’t stay dead. In the end, it was Pa Kent who took the eternal dirt nap.

I’m sad to see the wonderfully talented John Schneider exit Smallville. He was perfectly cast as Jonathan Kent and will be missed.

His death scene was respectful to the character’s history. He didn’t go out with a campy speech full of platitudes. He simply fell over in his son and wife’s arms.

The funeral was brutal, for longtime fans. Snow fell in slow motion, as Gabriel’s “I Grieve” played in the background. As the camera panned to a beautiful shot of the Kent farm, even the cows looked sad. Talk about moo-ving. (Sorry. I couldn’t resist.)

I’m sure it’s not normal to be this disturbed by a fictional character’s death, but there it is. I’m sad. I’m yearning for one of those uplifting Jonathan speeches that always began with, “Son,…”

Goodbye Jonathan Kent. We’ll miss you.

To see what John Schneider had to say about his Smallville death, check out this interview at TV Guide http://www.tvguide.com/News/Insider/?cmsGuid=%7B37DF497A-8F90-462D-93C6-D1613C83C62D%7D.

The cool folks at Kryptonsite also scored an interview with Schneider about his exit. Read it here http://www.kryptonsite.com/schneiderdeath.htm

Tube talk girl can be reached by e-mail at jennifer@tube-talk.com.


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