LEGENDARY: A Chloe Sullivan Appreciation Project
I’d like to spread the word about an impressive Smallville-related fan project, honoring Allison Mack, and her character, Chloe Sullivan. The title of the project, Legendary, may seem like a bit of hyperbole. However, if you think about it, Chloe has been around for almost a decade. Other than Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Mack is the only one of the original cast members of Smallville to stick around for all 9 seasons. With a 10th season of Smallville on the way, Allison’s Mack continued status as a full-time cast member is not a certainty; but there is the potential for a decade long run on television for Mack, playing the same character. Impressive, indeed.
Chloe has really grown a lot during her long run on Smallville, from a teenager obsessed with “meteor freaks” and nursing an unrequited crush on Clark, to a self assured force to be reckoned with. I started watching Smallville during my junior year of college (undergrad), and as I matured, so did Chloe, and my appreciation for her. I must admit that I was not a fan of Chloe early in the series, at all, but eventually, she became the girl I genuinely rooted for. Sometimes relegated to the role of “Exposition Girl,” Chloe has not always been well treated by the show in terms of story lines. But Chloe is incredibly smart, brave, selfless, and sassy, and ultimately Mack has demonstrated her crucial contribution to the show. Mack is a talented actress, and last season she did some of her best work, in the service of the Doomsday arc. This season, despite her second billing in the credits, Mack’s screen time has been rather limited. Still, Mack has been one of the main reasons for the show’s continued watch-ability this season. Honestly, with Clark in that Angel/ Batman trench coat, and so many new characters taking the place of the old ones, sometimes Chloe is the only reminder of the show I used to know and love.
Check out the following press release from the Legendary Chloe website, for the details of what these Chloe fans have done in support of their passion. They have actually put together a fan-funded commercial tribute, set to air this Friday:
Smallville fans have funded a professionally-filmed tribute commercial for CW leading lady Allison Mack and her TV character, Chloe Sullivan, to air twice during the 6-7pm hour on Friday, May 14, 2010, on the CW’s Los Angeles affiliate, KTLA. Starring on Smallville since 2001, Ms. Mack has gained a large and devoted fan base as one of the CW’s most beloved stars.
For the completion of her 9th year on the series, Smallville fans decided to celebrate Allison Mack and Chloe Sullivan, with a commercial project entitled Legendary. Scripted and funded entirely by fans, this is a first of its kind tribute ad, one that honors a specific actress and character on an in production series. Legendary was filmed in Los Angeles in late February with the director, Jon Michael Kondrath, at the helm. Together, cast and crew created a tribute commercial focusing on who Chloe Sullivan is and what she means to Smallville fans.
You can check out a teaser for the upcoming commercial below. I look forward to seeing more!
I encourage you to check out the project website, for further information: LEGENDARY: A Chloe Sullivan Fan Commercial.