John Schneider, <EM>Smallville</EM> John Schneider, Smallville
SmallvilleEven though the hype factor spiked to something like 25 on a scale of 1 to 10 regarding Smallville's 100th episode (you know, the one where

someone close to Clark will die!), I really tried to be good and stay spoiler-free. But, of course, that didn't stop my inquiring mind from speculating. And I felt in my gut that the doomed one was going to be either Lana or Jonathan. And when Lana died, I just knew it was too easy. That first half of the show seemed like the recent Lexmas dream: It was all very fleeting and just not real. So when Clark begged his bioDad to let Lana live, I knew Mr. Kent was in trouble. After I finally accepted the inevitable that Jonathan was gonna die I became a tad bit weepy. Not so much for the character, but for the actor. John Schneider rules! 

More 100th episode thoughts:
- I actually felt good about Clark telling Lana the truth about his identity. Finally, I could breathe a sigh of relief, 'cause now she can shut up about how he lies to her all the time. Then, of course, Clark stupidly chose to relive that day. Consequences, Clark. Look 'em up.
- The two Lana-Lex scenes at the Luthor manse when the Bald One was all broody and drunk over losing the state-senate race to a farmer, were perfectly and utterly intense. Just thank the master of mayhem, Michael Rosenbaum.
- Why did the writers beat us over the head with these way-too-happy moments, ones we knew were just about to get shattered? I know, it ups the ante on the drama when the happiness is destroyed, but a little more subtlety would have been much appreciated.

Say what you will, but this whole major-character death did get some watercooler buzz. Some of my peeps at TV Guide Channel (my day job), plus friends and family, were all talking to me about it. And I guess that's a good thing in the world of TV. But still, it's not a good day when you have to say bye-bye to Bo Duke.