It appears that the production crew of The WB's "Smallville" isn't wasting any time getting a jump on the show's second season.
Ain't It Cool News has confirmed that at least one episode of the upcoming season already has been filmed, and it was done before the first season finale was even finished.
According to "Smallville" co-creator Alfred Gough, the episode, "Redux," was "always meant for the second season. We looked at our air schedule last year and saw that we could only get 21 done in time (of the typical 22). We didn't want to shoot the Season 2 opener at the end of Season 1 because everybody is focusing on their well-deserved hiatus and we wanted time to work on the story and not only resolve the cliffhangers, but send fans into Season 2 with some bigger questions.
"So the decision was made to shoot a standalone (episode) that could be aired early in Season 2. As a result, 23 episodes will air this year as we will still shoot a full 22 order."
Details of the episode first turned up at AICN in May and described "Redux" as an episode where the Kents are suffering financial problems and Clark's (Tom Welling) rich grandfather shows up.
The episode apparently will be the fifth or sixth aired episode of the second season.
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