The Best and Worst of Smallville: Season 7

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Season 7 was a very strange season of the series: Grant Gabriel, editor of The Daily Planet actually being a clone of Lex Luthor’s younger brother, Julian Luthor; Kara Kent, Clark’s cousin from Krypton was released from cryogenic stasis following the destruction of Reeves Dam; and Lionel Luthor meets his demise by his son, Lex..

 

The Best:

Bizarro, Kara, Wrath, Gemini, Persona, Siren, Fracture, Veritas, Descent, and Apocalypse

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In small pieces:

  • Bizarro sees the formal introduction of Bizarro, as well as the first appearance of Kara Kent, and the comic book death reveal of Lana Lang;
  • Kara formerly introduces Kara to Clark,
  • Following last seasons changes growth with Lana, Wrath speaks to the idea that when an ambitious woman has power, she will misuse it, a common theme in the series to those romantically involved with Clark in the series;
  • In Gemini, we see that with Lana’s growth, that she no longer has an apparent inability to tell the difference between good (Clark) and bad (Bizarro);
  • Persona sees the return of Brainiac, and the death of Bizarro;
  • Siren introduces us to Dinah Lance, a.k.a. the Black Canary, noted for her comic book romance with Oliver Queen. However, in the show, Oliie has romances with Lois Lane, and later, Chloe, per usual Smallville differences. I loved when Lois faked knowing Ollie was Green Arrow, a subtle reference to Hydro;
  • Fracture sees Lex capture an amnesia Kara Kent;
  • In Veritas, Kara tries, and fails to teach Clark how to fly, meanwhile Brainiac attacks both Chloe and Lana, leaving Lana catatonic, ending with Kara going with Brainiac to Krypton;
  • Descent sees the death of Lionel Luthor, killed by Lex, unsurprisingly; and,
  • Apocalpyse is the 150th episode of the series, which I definitely liked a lot, mainly for incorporating a rare alternate reality, as we wouldn’t see another one until Season 10’s Luthor and Kent.

According to the IGN review of Bizarro:

After the surprise reveal of Bizarro at the conclusion of last season we were hoping for a little more substance to his first full episode on screen. Those of you expecting a comic book canon incarnation will be disappointed as this iteration doesn’t feature any of the backwards speak of the funny books version. Instead, this Bizarro is portrayed simply as an alternate version of Clark who doesn’t let his inhibitions hinder his actions. He has a few great moments on screen, including a funny bit with Lois, but we’ve seen Welling play “evil” Clark before and this felt like nothing more than an extension of that. We were also disappointed that his alliance with Lex was short lived and we’re only left with the sweet thoughts of what could have been an extraordinary Lex-Bizarro story arc.

Regardless, Clark and Bizarro did have a couple of decent bouts and we surmise that more punches were thrown here than in all of Superman Returns. That counts for something, right? Clark also seems to be far less shy about utilizing his powers. His ingenious use of heat vision to turn a tidal wave into mist was one of those powerful Superman moments that is usually reserved for the feature films. It was good to see the full power of Kal-El come to fruition on the small screen; even if the special effects were a bit lacking.

The introduction of Martian Manhunter last season bore little fruit as his appearance on the show seemed to serve little purpose other than as a tool to advance the plot. Here he seems to finally be coming into his own and it’s clear that this Manhunter is meant to be a surrogate father figure for Clark in the absence of his parents. Phil Morris continues to do a fantastic job portraying the character and we hope to see him used more prominently in future episodes. If only they could make him a little more Array; green.

After the major casting announcement over the summer, Laura Vandervoot makes her first appearance as Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl. While it would appear that she is underutilized, only appearing in a couple of scenes, it would seem that she has already garnered the interest of Lex Luthor. Kara saving Lex from the submerged police car shares an eerie parallel with Clark saving Lex during the first season and it appears to have caused Lex to reevaluate himself as he decides to turn himself into authorities for Lana’s murder. This is a rather unexpected twist and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

By far, the strongest moments of the episode were the ones with Chloe and Clark coping with the impact of Lana’s death. It’s also clear that Chloe is having a hard time coming to terms with her own short lived demise and hopefully this isn’t simply dismissed in a few weeks as it should undoubtedly have a lasting impact on her character.

The “surprise” reveal in the final moments of “Bizarro” came as little surprise. It would have been great if they had kept the first few episodes of the season completely “Lana free” so that her supposed death might actually have some substance but it looks as if the producers couldn’t wait to reveal how they fooled us all. The problem is, they’ve played this game so many times before that their audience knows it all too well. Also, why does Lana’s disguise look like something stolen from the SD-6 vault of international espionage?

Despite some nagging flaws, this episode does kick-start what looks to be a promising season for Smallville. Of course, the season premieres are notoriously known for being some of the best episodes the series has to offer and aren’t always an accurate indicator for how the show will progress the rest of the season.

According to the IGN review of Kara:

As the title suggests, “Kara” is the first full episode of Smallville dedicated to Kal-El’s older cousin Kara Zor-El, played by the stunning Laura Vandervoort. While it’s obvious that her acting is a little rusty and that she needs to find her place amongst the rest of theSmallville regulars, she already seems to have developed a strong chemistry with Tom Welling which will be key considering the amount of time we assume they’ll be spending together. However, the writing of her character seems to be a bit dodgy at times. We need less of “I guess it’s true what the humans say; girls mature faster than boys” and more of Kara’s reaction to the destruction of Krypton or her use of super-hearing for the first time. Kara Zor-El is a great character as long as you don’t fall into the routine of just writing her as a teenage brat.

It’s also going to be interesting to see how they find weekly villains that can stand on equal footing with both Kara and Clark. The regular “freak of the week” barely cut it as an adequate nemesis for Clark but the show seems to have evolved beyond that formula in favor of larger story arcs with Superman mythos-inspired villains so hopefully this will not be a problem.

Here is a quick comic book lesson for those of you who are wondering how close this version of Supergirl is in relation to the comics. This version of the character is very similar to the post-Crisis on Infinite Earth’s (DC 1985) version that was re-imagined in 2004, right down to the ulterior motives of her father Zor-El.

Inevitably, Smallville was going to get around to tackling how Lois Lane landed her job at the Daily Planet but the way their going about this is rather surprising. We’re really mixed on this whole Chloe vs. Lois rivalry that has been set in motion by the new editor of The Planet, Grant Gabriel (Michael Cassidy). It’s great to see Lois pessimistic about the idea of being in direct competition with her cousin but inevitably we all know where this is going to lead; we just wish it didn’t have to come at the expense of Chloe.

There is nothing more frustrating than a plot that seems to go nowhere – fast. That’s exactly what happened this week with Lex already being released from his holding cell after turning himself in for the murder of Lana Lang just last week. Was there really a point and are we expected to believe that Lex is feeling any real remorse for what he did to Lana? It’s also frustrating to see the “Lana’s death” plot being wrapped up so hastily. The number one complaint amongst many Smallville fans is how the series continually sets up big events that inevitably go nowhere and this is a prime example of just that. Let’s face it, Lana as a character has been poorly handled the last few seasons. They paired her with Lex last season to reinvigorate the character but that developed with rather mixed results and at this point it would be far better if the “real” Lana Lang were dead. It would finally put an end to the Clark-Lana romance that has been going in circles for years and fuel Clark’s necessity to evolve into the man he inevitably has to become. Without Lana as an anchor, Lex would find himself falling deeper into the bottomless pit he has dug and we’d finally have some sustained character development on the show.

The only exciting development to come out of this Lex-Lana story arc is the prospect of Lana Lang clones. Is Lana really alive or will we be seeing an army of her clones embroiled in awkward relationship angst for the rest of the season? Also, we can finally find out what happens when Clark is put in a room with multiple Lanas.

According to the IGN review of Wrath:

In the great book of convenient plot devices there must be a chapter called “How to transfer memories, personalities or super-powers from one person to another.” Smallville borrows from this book more than most shows but admittedly the nature of the show allows them to throw logic to the wind and do what comes naturally. That means transferring Clark’s powers to Lana via the power of a windmill, kryptonite and lightning. Sure, it doesn’t make any sense but it really doesn’t have to because this is actually a pretty interesting descent into the madness of Lana’s now shattered life.

So what is the first thought on a super-powered Lana’s mind? Sex, of course. The writers don’t beat around the bush here and their earth-shaking romp leads to a hilarious moment with Chloe sitting in the Talon wondering why the ground is literally moving beneath her feet. The following scene is equally as funny with Chloe rushing in to warn Clark about the potential danger approaching, only to find out that Lana and Clark have been in the throes of super-powered passion.

The progression of Lana and Clark’s relationship throughout this episode is fascinating to watch. The first ten to fifteen minutes presents a couple at the pique of their union and seeing it fall apart scene after scene is tragic to witness. While they are both in love with each other, they are in obvious denial of the fact that this relationship simply cannot work. By the end of “Wrath,” Lana accepts that she may even share more in common with Lex than the man she wants to be with. Clark continues to blame himself for Lana’s shortcomings.

The theme of Lana and Clark’s relationship has been about secrets and those that we keep to not only protect ourselves but to protect those we love. For six seasons, this primarily was a one-sided affair, for obvious reasons, until Lana’s obsession with Lex Luthor drove her to keep a few secrets of her own. Her biggest secret is something that she cannot even admit to herself – that the time she spent with Lex fundamentally changed the person who she is. This is pretty evident in the almost “split-personality” nature of her character as she tries to be there for Clark as a girlfriend but at the same time seek vengeance as only a Luthor can. We’ve said it many times before but it is hard to deny the tragic arc of her character.

Now that 33.1 and Project Ares are distant memories, Lex can focus on Project Scion. Does Lex come up with these names himself or does he have a guy for that? Whatever he wants to call it, Project Scion is the first step towards the eventual return of Brainiac and that can only mean good things for Smallville. Don’t expect to see Spike, err, James Marsters just yet though as this version of Brainiac is still in the rebuilding phase. That means it resembles the black oil from The X-Files in both form and function – literally.

Lois’ foray into the newspaper business continues at The Daily Planet and a couple of unexpected twists present themselves. First, Gabriel Grant appears to be working for Lex Luthor in some unknown capacity. The most likely scenario is that Lex simply wants to have control of the information flow in Metropolis. Second, Gabriel had an ulterior motive for hiring Lois other than her keen investigative journalism. OK, that second part wasn’t completely unexpected but it really undermines the history of Lois Lane to insinuate that she may have gotten her job because of her looks and not due to her abilities as a journalist.

“Wrath” gets the ball rolling towards what may be a tragic conclusion for Lana at the end of this season of Smallville. Of course, Lana has already died once and that didn’t really amount to anything.

According to the IGN review of Gemini:

This week, Smallville bounces back after the rushed mess that saw the conclusion of the Zor-El storyline and the revelation that Grant Gabriel is in fact Julian Luthor. What!? Yeah, that’s what we said and the good news is that “Gemini” doesn’t waste time getting to the “why” behind Julian’s existence. Also, Lois finds herself at the center of a somewhat exciting bomb scare that features Chloe sporting a secret Santa present with an explosive surprise. If that isn’t enough, this episode features the return of a major Superman villain.

The Lois Lane bomb scare was a great way to kick start the episode and while it didn’t feel like a completely original idea, it was definitely an effective catalyst for the Adrian/Grant storyline. It was also an unusual way to temporarily reunite Chloe and Jimmy who had recently broken up. The whole ordeal had some unusually funny moments for such a dire situation. Lois beating the courier over the head delivered a few laughs. Plus, Chloe and Jimmy’s moment in the elevator just as the bomb had activated was quite possibly the most oddly written scene in some time and this is Smallville we’re talking about. At this most dismal of moments, Chloe decides to calmly reveal to Jimmy that she is a meteor freak. We understand why she did it but with a bomb quickly ticking to zero next to her, we’d expect far more panic in her voice.

Grant Gabriel is just one of those characters that you really can’t get a handle on. His presence on the show seems unwarranted and Michael Cassidy’s acting has been a mixed bag so far. Luckily, “Gemini” takes Grant, throws him in the blender and spits out a pretty interesting addition to the cast. If you were keeping a list on how Julian/Grant could still be alive, “clone” was probably at the top. Not the most original idea but it gets the job done and we appreciate that they didn’t bother stringing out the explanation for the next few episodes.

Obviously, this sets up a good amount of animosity between Grant and Lex that should intensify over the course of the next few episodes. Lex buying the Daily Planet was an exciting twist and will only complicate matters between him and his brother. This also gives Lois the opportunity to finally utilize her natural talents as an investigative reporter and hopefully find some hard evidence to connect Lex to Project Gemini. We appreciate Grant deciding to break it off with Lois and the scene was a really touching moment. Dare we say this was the first instance we actually sensed that their relationship was anything more than a sexual tryst and it was sad to see Lois get dumped… again.

Four paragraphs and barely a mention of Clark Kent. While watching an episode, I’ll usually take down a good amount of notes referencing characters, story elements and acting. Well, most of the notes referring to Tom Welling’s acting this week were anything but polite. It just seemed like he didn’t bother showing up for rehearsal and was simply reading his lines off a whiteboard. Of course, that was before the incredible twist at the conclusion of the episode that explained why Welling was playing Clark differently. We definitely didn’t expect to see Bizarro returning so soon but it’s appreciated and this is a far better punishment by Jor-El than another “someone you love is going to die” storyline. The wait for the next new episode is going to be even harder now that we know both Bizarro and Brainiac will be returning to Smallville.

According to the IGN review of Persona:

Before the holiday break, “Gemini” delivered a couple of startling surprises that hinted at a very promising second half to the season. The discovery of Grant Gabriel’s true identity and that Bizarro had been posing as Clark Kent were fantastic cliffhangers to a good episode. But would the writing staff use that momentum to deliver a compelling story arc? Well, “Persona” definitely has its moments, don’t get us wrong, but once again it feels like the story is being rushed and concepts that are being played with aren’t given the screen time they really deserve. “Persona” is a good episode that could have been a whole lot better.

Potential is a word we throw around a lot when it comes to Smallville and it’s surprising that after all these years we’re still waiting for the show to completely deliver. One of the best elements of “Persona” is the super villain team-up of Bizarro (Tom Welling) and Brainiac (James Marsters) who makes a long over-due return to the show. On paper, this is a brilliant match-up of brains and brawn that could propel Smallville into one of its best story-arcs yet. The combination does work to a certain extent but it is evident that the full potential of this opportunity isn’t fully realized and it’s not hard to find yourself somewhat disappointed.

Surprisingly, Welling as Bizarro steals the show. We genuinely admit that we’d be willing to sit through several episodes of Bizarro posing as Clark and the funny part is that Lana appears to prefer this version of Mr. Kent as well. He’s a far more charismatic character and a welcome change to the normally moody Clark Kent.

Understandably, Clark eventually has to return and so he does, ruining all of Bizarro’s fun in the process. This is when events start to feel rushed and after the discovery of another Kryptonian living on the planet, Dax-Ur (Marc McClure), Clark acquires a sample of blue kryptonite that is used to over power Bizarro, causing him to explode. Once again, we’re robbed of an epic Bizarro vs. Clark fight and are subjected to another villain being dispatched in 30 seconds or less.

The fallout from Bizarro’s time with Lana doesn’t appear to be something that will dissipate so quickly. It is heavily implied that the two had sex and with Clark and Lana’s relationship already being on shaky ground, we see things growing far worse from this point on.

Unlike Bizarro, Brainiac appears to be sticking around for a while and he brilliantly uses both Clark and Bizarro against each other. This allows him to discover the location of his creator, Dax-Ur. Speaking of Dax-Ur, isn’t it just a little too convenient that another Kryptonian happens to be living on the planet and nobody knew about him all this time? Also, he just happens to be Brainiac’s creator.

Meanwhile, the Lex/Julian Luthor clone saga continues to be a compelling storyline. Julian (Formerly Grant Gabriel) is every bit the Luthor that his brother is in spirit but with the sinister dark side stripped away. His decision to face Lionel Luthor about the truth was well handled and set up a great deal of animosity between him and Lex. More surprising is Lionel’s willingness to accept this clone as his son and as the bond between them grows, Lex finds himself outcast. This drives Lex to make a decision that can’t necessarily be called surprising but is nonetheless shocking. It’s one of Lex’s best character moments in quite sometime and something that he shouldn’t so easily recover from.

“Persona” certainly has its moments and for fans of the series there are some gems that won’t soon be forgotten. However, the squandered potential of a team-up between Brainiac and Bizarro and rushed conclusion to Bizarro’s stoyline are glaring problems.

According to the IGN review of Siren:

Smallville has been fairly hit or miss lately and unfortunately, “Siren” is a pretty big miss. It’s especially disappointing when this episode features two very special guest appearances by Green Arrow and Black Canary (Alaina Huffman). Justin Hartley’s performance as Green Arrow last year was a real treat so it was sad to see him gone for such an extended period of time. Well, this time he’s accompanied by his current comic book romantic interest – Black Canary. The problem is that the ingredients for a great episode are present but too much Clark Kent-Lana Lang melodrama gets in the way. If you’re a fan of Clark and Lana being miserable for the majority of the episode, you’ll love “Siren” with a passion. For the rest of us who’d rather watch a charismatic hero fighting the good fight, well, you should probably send a letter into the CW asking for a Green Arrow spin-off.

For the most part, the Black Canary featured in “Siren” is a fairly good depiction of the comic book version… from the neck down. We’re not too sure what they might have been thinking when they decided to take away Canary’s beautiful blonde hair and add make-up around her eyes that makes her look a lot like Pris from Blade Runner. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind but at least they managed to get her powers right. Alaina Huffman definitely has a lot of fun with the part and while her acting is a little over-the-top at times, she still fits right in on Smallville.

In the limited screen time Green Arrow/Ollie Queen receives, he completely out shadows the rest of cast. He’s fun, charismatic and comes equipped with a wide assortment of arrows. Too bad he spends a portion of the episode tied to a chair with Lois Lane or this episode might have been much better. It was sad to see the Lois and Ollie relationship come to an end but it results in a pretty good scene featuring Lois breaking down after yet another relationship abruptly ends.

The problem with this episode is pretty simple; Clark and Lana’s relationship has been completely driven into the ground. Last week, Lana admitted that she had a better time with Bizarro than she did with Clark. Where do you possibly go from here? Every time Clark and Lana are on screen you can feel them sucking the fun out of the episode. Even when Clark shares scenes with Chloe he’s just mopes about, acting depressed. It’s really a sad state of affairs when your lead character is a sad, lonely shell of himself. It simply doesn’t make for good TV.

The final moments of the episode have Clark confessing some of his “less than super moments” to Lana and apparently this is supposed to make things better. What’s the point? The writers seem to feed off keeping these two characters angry or depressed so they’ll undoubtedly find a new way to do that in a couple of weeks. Either just end the relationship or allow them to be genuinely happy for a few episodes. Nobody wants to see the hero of the show depressed because he won’t have sex (Bizarro proves that he can) or that his girlfriend isn’t talking to him. Clark doesn’t need to be Green Arrow but he needs to be someone you want to watch every week without feeling sorry for him.

Also, Lana’s dialogue seems to be getting worse. Who uses “I’ve been a two-headed hydra lately” in conversation? Kristen Kreuk’s a smart woman so give her some intelligent dialogue instead of dialogue that is supposed to make her sound intelligent.

It’s unfortunate that an episode, which features Lex Luthor dual-wielding handguns against Green Arrow and Black Canary, is ruined by so much emotional baggage. Also, seeing Clark run in at the last moment, batting bullets and arrows out of the sky, was a reminder of just how boring the character has become.

The show needs some sort of reset and a friend recently suggested that they base the next season five years in the future, cutting away all the baggage. The season can start with a Clark who has just returned from the fortress after his training. This might not be a bad idea.

According to the IGN review of Fracture:

The first five to ten minutes of this week’s Smallville were pretty gripping if not a big jarring. “Fracture” begins with Lex and Lois after they’ve tracked down Kara Kent (Wait, did I miss an episode?) who, if you don’t recall, had her memories wiped and was banished to – Detroit! Apparently, Jor-El feels that the Motor City is a banishment hot spot. Events culminate into a standoff between Lex and a jealous short-order cook who has been caring for Kara these past few weeks. Things go terribly wrong and Lex ends up with a bullet in his brain. Now Clark must enter Lex’s mind, via a piece of Luthorcorp tech, to find Kara and Lois’ exact location before they end up just like Lex.

Last year we spent an episode inside a fantasy world created in Clark’s mind so it’s only natural that we take a trip into Lex’s brain. Why do these “entering somebody’s mind” episodes always have incredibly long corridors with child representations of the person whose mind we are invading? This reminds me of that bad Buffy episode that had Willow running around inside Buffy’s mind for a whole forty-minutes. Clark quickly finds himself confronted with a couple of different incarnations of Lex. One as a child called Alexander and his current adult self. Regardless, Clark is there to find Kara’s location and eventually, after having us sit through several scenes establishing how Lex discovered Kara, he finds what he is looking for.

Unfortunately, instead of taking the red door and getting the hell out of Lex-ville, Clark decides to stick around and fight Lex’s inner demons. Yes, if there is anything we couldn’t love more, it’s inconsequential battles against someone’s inner demons inside someone’s mind. If your sarcasm meter is broken then you might not understand what I’m trying to convey with that last sentence. We understand that Clark is the type of guy who would try to help his worst enemy find that shred of good within him but this is far too literal. Besides, beyond the red door there are real people who need real help in the REAL WORLD with real suspense and drama waiting to happen.

One question, where is Julian Luthor in Lex’s mind? Wouldn’t he be another inner demon running around continuously tormenting Lex? I guess they must have dropped him like that Grant Gabriel storyline.

After Clark comes to his senses and returns to the real world he discovers that Chloe has used her power once more to save Lex and also save Clark’s mind. Of all the powers Chloe could have been given, why give her one that renders her dead for several hours? It’s an strange choice but definitely the right one. If Chloe could heal at will, all suspense would be completely stripped from the show but now there is the serious consequence of her ability killing her for good and inevitably we fear it might come down to this. If there is one character who has taken a back seat in the past few weeks, it’s Chloe. She’s present but we’re really starting to miss those classic Clark-Chloe mystery episodes and with Lana sporting a room full of computers these days, Chloe is being left with little to do.

As per formula, Clark stops the cook around the forty-minute mark (commercials included) and the next seventeen minutes are dedicated to epilogue. Almost, every episode of Smallville follows this structure. One scene features Clark trying to convince Lex that there is still good in him. Isn’t Lex’s story arc well past this point? He had his cloned brother killed in cold blood. He’s a bad guy so stop trying to make us feel sorry for him and just let him be THE BAD GUY. Thankfully the final scene does just that as he is obviously planning on using Kara’s amnesia as an opportunity to discover Clark’s secret. Now if they can only follow through on this ending and give us an exciting episode.

According to the IGN review of Veritas:

The last time we saw Brainiac (James Marsters) he was teaming up with Bizarro in what we expected to be a pretty exciting episode. Well, it ended up being a rather lackluster supervillain team-up and with the recent trend of disappointing episodes we were expecting more of the same. Surprisingly, “Veritas” gets the ball rolling for the final few episodes of the season and kicks off a couple of new intriguing storylines.

“Veritas” is broken up neatly into several different concurrent storylines that all relate in some manner. Nothing really comes together by the end of this episode, but it appears that everything is building towards something big. Well, at least we hope that it is. The episode starts off running with Kara coming face-to-face with Brainiac in the opening moments. From there on out, Clark, Kara and Chloe attempt to track down Brainiac while also trying to understand what he could possibly want with Kara.

Unfortunately for Clark, Brainiac’s ability to fly gives him a huge advantage. This leads to a scene with Kara attempting to coax Clark into flying. The description that CW sent out implies that there is “teaching” involved. Well, there is nothing of the sort in this episode and Clark shrugs off any lessons that Kara may have been willing to give. While this is more than a little frustrating to watch, it does come back to haunt Clark at the conclusion of the episode. As Kara hands herself over to Brainiac, Clark is left helpless as he is forced to watch both of them fly off into the night sky and into outer space.

Clark is also left completely useless when it comes to protecting Lana whose cerebral cortex has been altered by Brainiac. In fact, this whole episode seems to be dedicated to showing how completely useless Clark is. If the “No Flights, No Tights” rule didn’t exist, we’d expect this to be the point at which Clark would finally learn how to fly. That being said, we don’t know what to expect from here on out. Since Clark can’t fly, how will he develop as a character to overcome this obstacle? This storyline pretty much demands some sort of transition from one stage to the next.

After the death of Patty Swann, everyone is pointing the finger at Lionel Luthor who is now desperate to regain Clark’s trust. His impassioned plea to Chloe was actually a little awkward to watch. At one point, he gets down on his knees and begs Chloe to trust him and heed his warnings. Lionel was at the point that it seemed like something was physically wrong with him or forcing him to act against his well. It’s a stark contrast to the Lionel of old whose evil machinations were a real treat to watch.

The Veritas story picked up this week as it was revealed that Lex had Patty killed for the contents of her necklace. Apparently, the gunshot to the head that he received a few weeks ago jogged a new storyline into his memory as he can now clearly recall events from his childhood that directly relate to Veritas. His search for the two keys was rather uneventful but we do learn that Lionel is in possession of the second key. There is also a great flashback sequence to Lionel, Robert Queen and Edward Teague discussing the Traveler (Clark). It does a lot to bring the Veritas story to life but we’re still not quite clear on how this connects to everything else that is going on. How did they plan to control the Traveler and what is contained in the safety deposit box that Lex is tracking down? It’s definitely an intriguing mystery.

Lois and Jimmy team-up to get the scoop on the murder of Patty Swann. This was the weakest component of the episode but we do appreciate the attempt at teaming up Lois and Jimmy. To an extent it feels a lot more inline with the Superman mythology but Lois not looking much older than Jimmy seems a little strange.

“Veritas” does a great job of getting the ball rolling for the final few episodes of the season. However, after watching so many Smallville story-arcs begin with promising potential, we’ll be approaching these final few episodes cautiously.

According to the IGN review of Descent:

It’s been obvious for some time now that one of the key turning points in Lex’s evolution would have to be the death of his father, Lionel. We’ve seen Lex develop into a close approximation of his comic book counterpart over the course of the season but he still wasn’t quite there yet. He’s been struggling with his inner demons and his sense of morality. Lex is a fascinating character but it was time to truly take that final step and transform him from sympathetic villain to evil mastermind.

I try to avoid spoilers like the plague. Casting announcements are fine but when it comes to information on storylines I always try to look the other way. Lionel’s murder at the hands of Lex came as a complete shock and was a skillfully handled moment. The decision to have it take place in the precredit scene was a sound one and allowed the writers to delve into the fallout right away. When it happened, it took me a while to come to grips with the fact that Gough and Miller had actually gone through with killing Lionel. Then that sense of hesitation settled in. Smallville is frequently guilty of misdirection and if that was the case in this situation it would have ruined the episode and the rest of the season. Thankfully, things didn’t revert to status quo.

Lionel has been a fantastic character over the last seven seasons and he will be missed, but it was definitely the right time to kill him off. Seeing him get down on his hands and knees and beg Chloe in “Veritas” was a clear indication that his character had run its course. His death serves two very important purposes. It allows Lex to emerge from the shadow of his father’s legacy and become the villain he was meant to be. But it also was an important moment for Clark, who had relied on Lionel as an ally over the last couple of seasons.

The decision to effectively take Lana and Kara out of commission now looks like a stroke of genius. Trying to shoehorn either of these characters into this story would have made it bloated. One of the successes of “Descent” is how tightly written it is and how everyone has a key part to play. The episode successfully focuses on the core aspects of the series and effectively handles the Lex versus Clark storyline that, to a certain extent, culminates in this episode. Particularly in the latter half of the episode that features a couple of striking scenes between the two. The first taking place in the Luthor mansion in which Lex and Clark confront each other in a verbal sparing match that boils down to the very essence of what both of these characters represent. The other being Lionel’s funeral which showed Clark’s defiance of Lex and that he’ll always be around, watching and waiting.

While Lex has been on a steady descent over the course of this season, the character of Clark Kent has continued to suffer from some inconsistent writing. Some weeks he’s written as a brooding hero while in others he plays the doughy-eyed schoolboy obsessing over his high school sweetheart. “Descent” features a focused Clark who is determined to solve the mystery behind Lionel’s death and stop Lex Luthor. Even Welling seemed more confident in the part and that probably has a lot to do with how well his character was written.

The only real gripe that I have with “Descent” is that the middle of the episode doesn’t maintain the momentum setup in the opening. That’s not to say that it was disappointing by any stretch. A lot of effort is put into expanding on the intriguing Veritas storyline that is developing at a good pace. Gina’s death was rather anti-climactic and while she’s been around for quite some time, I’d barely noticed her as a character and could care less about her departure. Now that Lex is “Lex”, maybe it’s time for Mercy Graves? Also, Lois’ reaction to getting shot at close range was downright horrible. “You shot me!” was her first reaction to a bullet in the arm? Erica Durance favoring her bleeding shoulder as if it was a sprain didn’t help much either.

“Descent” was a fantastic episode and we’d love to see Smallville maintain this level of excellence over the course of the rest of the season. With Gough and Miller departing, I expect the end of this season to be their series finale and the final few episodes will probably be filled with all of those storylines they failed to get to over the course of the past seven years. This could be the show’s best run yet.

According to the IGN review of Apocalypse:

This week’s episode of Smallville has me really torn. There are elements of “Apocalypse” that any fan of Superman would love. This episode features President Lex, Clark Kent in a suit and glasses, Pulitzer Prize winner Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen wearing a bow tie, kryptonite bullets, Kara using the name Linda Danvers and Brainiac. The problem is – none of it actually happens. It’s all part of an elaborate visual lesson that is meant to show Clark that Earth really does need the last son of Krypton. Unfortunately, what Jor-El’s lesson actually depicts is a far more interesting universe than the one currently featured every week on Smallville.

These alternate universe style episodes are generally hit or miss but they do give writers the opportunity to tell a story without being hindered by the continuity of the series. The whole premise for Jor-El having to show Clark what the world would be like without him was a bit silly. Clark blaming himself doesn’t make much sense when it’s obvious that the destruction of Krypton and the subsequent meteor rocks are the real cause of the majority of mayhem and chaos in Smallville. Luckily, the payoff was well worth it as this “Clark-less” Earth was a real treat to watch.

What stands out most about this version of history is that it’s oddly much closer to the Superman mythos in some respects. Even if you haven’t read the comics, bow tie Jimmy and Pulitzer Prize Lois are recognizable from the movies. Lex Luthor as President is something that the show has previously hinted at and having Milton Fine by his side is a nice little addition. The show would have benefited from a more substantial Fine/Luthor team-up but at this point I fear that will never happen. This altered history felt like a mish-mash of comic book fan service and for the most part it was welcome. But now it has me craving more.

Unfortunately, this episode takes a turn for the downright horrible as soon as Clark is suddenly thrust back into reality. Realizing that a world without Clark Kent would be no better, he decides that he must travel back in time to Krypton and save himself. The result of this decision is a complete mess as it completely destroys one of the most iconic moments in Superman history. Clark uses the Fortress of Solitude to magically travel back in time (apparently the Fortress could do this the whole time), and with the help of Kara, he saves the baby version of himself from Brainiac. He then places himself in the spaceship that launches from Krypton as it is destroyed. What? Where were Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van? This is one of the most iconic moments in the history of the character and Smallville decides to rewrite it. I’ve been pretty fair about the show breaking from the comic book mythos because the writers deserve to have room to breathe. They need to be able to tell their stories without being hindered by continuity, but this is a poorly executed mess.

This problem doesn’t just stem from continuity. Having Clark go back to Krypton to save himself as a baby seems like an episode’s worth of story. Cramming it into what is essentially one scene doesn’t make much sense. There is so much you can do with this concept and instead we are presented with what feels like a rush job. Some will use the writers’ strike as a defense for having to cram story elements in this late into the season but that is no excuse for this poorly executed scene.

 

The Worst:

Fierce, Action, Hero, Sleeper, Quest, and Arctic

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Briefly:

  • Fierce is awful on so many levels, as in order to try and fit in as Kara enters a beauty contest in order to achieve validation, meanwhile a trio of meteor-infected Evil Demon Seductresses (see Feminist Frequency‘s #4) have plans to win the contest for valuable objects;
  • In Action, Clark saves actress Rachel Davenport from a killer wanting to replicate her character’s comic book death, which is totally lame;
  • Hero sees the return of Pete Ross, with some pretty lame abilities;
  • Sleeper is another terrible Jimmy Olsen-centric episode;
  • Quest has very little to speak of that makes it redeemable, except it’s cliffhanger; and,
  • Arctic is one of the worst finales of the series, though it wasn’t likely the intended finale that Doomsday was, due to the Writers Guild of America Strike.

According to the IGN review of Fierce:

“Fierce” is the first Freak of the Week episode we’ve seen in some time and while the concept behind the three villainous vixens was great, they felt severely underdeveloped and underused. Three attractive women, each sporting a different force of nature and they barely had any impact on the episode and appear to be nothing more than an afterthought. Last week we mentioned that it was going to be difficult to find villains for both Kara and Clark to fight and that seemed to rear its ugly head here as kryptonite inexplicably had to appear to add any tension to the final confrontation.

In any case, the story did deliver plenty of character moments between Kara and Clark that highlighted the contrast between the two. The watermelon-heat vision scene was a fun little moment and hopefully we’ll see similar scenes throughout the season. Maybe we’ll even be treated to a training montage with Kara trying to teach Clark how to fly. Kara’s speech towards the end of the episode about Clark’s reluctance to accept his Kryptonian heritage was well written and Laura Vandervoort’s delivery was perfect. Just like Welling and Rosenbaum, Vandervoort is well cast in her role as a young Supergirl.

In three weeks we’ve gone from Lana being “dead” to Lex discovering her alive in Shanghai to Lana attending the local Smallville country fair with nobody noticing her sudden resurrection. Early in “Fierce” it’s established that Lana must remain in hiding until Lex can have the charges against her dropped but once Lex confirms this has happened we aren’t treated to a reunion scene with Chloe. Instead, by the end of the episode, Lana and Clark are hanging out at the local fair with everyone inexplicably turning a blind eye and everything seemingly returned to status quo. Over the course of last year, Lana Luthor became an important public figure in the Smallville/Metropolis community and her appearance at a local event after being presumed dead would be a huge deal. Not to mention the fact that she is being spotted with another man. Even Lana’s initial reunion with Clark lacked the emotional intensity you would expect after discovering your loved one has risen from the grave.

Is it just us or does the Smallville writing staff suddenly hate Chloe? Lois is successfully competing for her job and now she has to compete with Kara for the heart of Jimmy Olsen. Regardless, all the drama being thrown in Chloe’s direction could develop into some very compelling storylines. Chloe’s struggles with being a meteor freak have already manifested themselves in her work and are now causing problems in her love life as well with Jimmy calling “open-season” on all meteor infected people. That scene was heart-wrenching enough but the addition of Jimmy and Kara’s lingering stare made matters that much more unfortunate for Chloe. With all this drama going on in her own life we’re disappointed that it appears she will be spending far less time with Clark as we’ve always enjoyed their chemistry.

“Fierce” did have its moments. The gradual formation of Lex’s alliance with the government and his obsession with Kara are both filled to the brim with potential. Clark and Kara’s discovery that there may be another Kryptonian in their midst is another interesting plot development that could mature into something remarkable. Of course, potential has never been one of the show’s problems – Smallville is filled with it. Capitalizing on that potential is when the show begins to falter.

According to the IGN review of Action:

After seven seasons, it’s taking a lot of getting used to watching Lana and Clark bask in the glow of relationship bliss without having to worry about a certain secret getting in the way. Well, this is Smallville and as expected, any relationship bliss is going to be cut short and that is definitely looming on the horizon. But for now, we’ll enjoy Lana and Clark the way they were meant to be – the way they were written in the comic books. That brings us to “Action”, an episode that highlights the obsession of fandom when it comes to Hollywood interpretations of literary classics. Yes, Superman is a literary classic.

This week, the Kent farm is home to the production of “Warrior Angel”, a film based on a fictional comic book in the Smallville universe. Lead actress Rachel Davenport (Christina Milina) finds herself in a life-threatening situation when her stunt car veers out of control due to the brake lines being cut. Naturally, Clark comes to the rescue and with the help of Chloe, uncovers a plot to kill the young actress. Clark decides to protect Rachel personally and in the process inadvertently reveals his powers to Ben, the production assistant from hell, who is behind the threats on Rachel’s life. The only problem is that Ben is hardly a worthy adversary for Clark and that destroys a lot of the tension.

Clark’s leaping catch to save Lana in the final moments was great but we wish they wouldn’t tease us with flight only to send us crashing back to Earth. Also, did he completely forget about Rachel and Ben on the roof during his lingering stare into Lana’s eyes?

Ever since Lionel was dragged off by a mysteriously cloaked figure, fans have been eager to find out where he has been. Well, “Action” delivers a pretty shocking answer as it is revealed that Lana has been having the elder Luthor held captive in a cabin close to where the damn broke in the premiere. An unknown woman named Marilyn is doing Lana’s dirty work and has an injured Lionel trapped in bed and to make sure he doesn’t leave, a bear trap is clamped to his hand. While the whole situation traverses a little too close to Stephen King’s: Misery, we appreciate that these scenes featured some no-holds-barred moments including Lionel graphically ripping his hand out of the bear trap. Then, after he escapes with the help of Lex, he takes out his frustrations on Marilyn by beating and stabbing her to death. Two very striking and visceral scenes that are quite unlike anything we’ve seen on Smallville in quite some time. The Luthors are darker than ever, well, if you ignore Lex’s hermetically sealed comic book collection.

Lois returns and it’s safe to say that this is the point that Miss Lane should have been introduced. A young reporter working her way up the ranks at The Planet and meddling in Lex Luthor’s affairs is a far better starting point than a troublesome high school student awkwardly shoehorned into the story. We still don’t know about this Gabriel Grant character and the looming romance between him and Lois but we expect he is up to no good.

The progression of Lana Luthor’s character this season from dead to alive and now to psychopath is definitely rushed but it’s starting to deliver some excellent results. We haven’t ruled out Lana clones just yet but a phone call from Clark received by what appears to be an evil Lana makes it seem like there may only be one. Of course, like Lana suggested, how did anyone organize the kidnapping of Lionel from Singapore? Either way, this has developed into an interesting story and the only person who can really suffer and benefit from this in the end is Clark, so we’re definitely onboard.

According to the IGN review of Hero:

Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) returning to Smallville was a reminder of how much potential this show had at one time. Sure, the show wasn’t perfect and you could pick apart both the continuity and storytelling, but there was plenty of fun to be had. Several years later and all we have to reflect on is what could have been. Pete’s reaction to seeing Lionel in the Kent homestead is an appropriate reaction to this season as a whole. What happened?

“Hero” is devoid of all the excitement and fun that those “Pete Ross” days had and epitomizes a lot of what is wrong with the currentSmallville. This isn’t a bad episode by any means but with such an important character returning for just one episode, you would hope that they could have come up with a more engaging premise. Instead, we’re offered a story about Pete’s disdain for living in Clark’s shadow. Which is an appropriate premise when you consider why Pete had to leave Smallville at the end of season three. However, his anger towards Clark feels forced here and it doesn’t help that most of Pete’s actions are blamed on the krypto-laced gum that gives him his temporary “Elastic Lad” abilities.

By the end of the episode you can’t help but simply feel sorry for Pete. His parents lost their business to the Luthors all those years ago and now he’s left a shell of his former self. Sure, Pete changes his tune by the end of the episode but his life really is ruined due to the secret he has had to keep. Not the happiest of endings but admittedly, the most realistic one.

The Kara Kent storyline is moving at a snail’s pace and one has to wonder why they bothered to bring this character on board now that she is being completely underutilized. Laura Vandervoort is well cast in the part but it’s apparent that the writers don’t know what to do with her. They’ve relegated this super-powered heroine to an amnesia-stricken lost soul. The only positive out of this storyline is that she is falling into the dark clutches of Lex Luthor, who, for once, is truly seeming like his devious self with little wavering. Really, if you’re going to introduce the future Supergirl in Smallville at least let her be SUPER. Of course, like I said in a few reviews at the beginning of the season, trying to find foes for one superhero to fight is difficult enough.

The Chloe and Jimmy relationship appears to be getting a second life. So why did they bother establishing the Jimmy and Kara relationship in the first place? This seems like a bad case of drama for drama’s sake. You create a situation that causes conflict or tension but it never really evolves into anything meaningful or develops the characters in any new or interesting ways – you simply return to status quo. Smallvilleis frequently guilty of this and the Chloe/Jimmy relationship is a shining example. Chloe saying no to a possible rekindling of their past relationship would have been far more appropriate considering she was the one Jimmy left for Kara. We’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out but Chloe saying yes to a date was bad enough.

At this point, we can only imagine what the story would have been like if they had allowed the Zor-El plot develop past the point of “Blue”. The beginning of this season showed much promise and if they had built upon that momentum instead of killing it so early on, episodes like “Hero” would have had much more story to work with. Instead, we’re left with an episode that essentially boils down to Pete learning what it means to be a hero and Clark discovering that Lionel isn’t completely trustworthy. Not much content for 44-minutes of television.

According to the IGN review of Sleeper:

Superman’s pal, Jimmy Olsen, takes center stage this week in an episode that pales a good amount in comparison to last week’s stellar outing. The tumultuous Chloe and Jimmy relationship finds itself once again on rocky ground this week as their second try at love isn’t going so well. Chloe’s work with Clark and Green Arrow’s version of the JLA is taking up the majority of her time and, well, Jimmy needs his attention. Besides a few cute moments between Chloe and Jimmy during the latter half of the episode and a great Lex scene, this is a rather forgettable episode.

The major problem with “Sleeper” is that it completely fails to capitalize on the impact of “Descent.” The decision to have this episode focus on something other than the Veritas storyline and instead attempt to tell a fun little Chloe and Jimmy tale may have not been the best decision. It’s simply the wrong time for this episode and frankly seeing Jimmy pout about how little time he gets to spend with Chloe is more than tiring. Previously, we got to enjoy Jimmy’s complaints about how much time Chloe was spending with Clark and his suspicion that they might have been having an affair. No one likes a jealous mate and I’ve never really been a fan of watching one on TV either. Just like in a relationship, they can be cute at first but they become tiresome after a while.

On the other hand, it was good to see a lot more Chloe this week, but it’s a shame that they didn’t have the opportunity to pair her up enough with Clark. The lack of a really good Chloe and Clark mystery episode of the week is noticeable and as has been noted before, they have the best chemistry on the show. Together, Allison Mack and Aaron Ashmore share decent chemistry but as said earlier, their relationship is tiring. However, the scene they shared at the nightclub was cute and the dance they shared was surprisingly fun to watch. It was obvious they were really enjoying themselves and that came through in their performance.

The plot is best summed up as adequate. It essentially worked as an excuse to have Jimmy Olsen turn into a wannabe James Bond for an episode. Ashmore definitely appears to be having a lot of fun playing a super spy but this type of story has been told before on countless other shows.

“Sleeper” featured very little of both Lex and Clark. The stuff we did get to see of Lex was a great tease to the further development of the Veritas storyline. He eagerly opens the safety deposit box and discovers a hidden compartment that appears to contain a device that will lead him to whatever he’s looking for. Not much of an appearance but seeing him bludgeon a man with a safety deposit box was probably the best reason to tune into the episode. Hint: We need more Lex.

There is a pretty big development in the whereabouts of Kara and Brainiac and I’m not sure if I really like it. It turns out that Brainiac took Kara back in time and they are now on Krypton with Kara eagerly attempting to contact Clark from the past. This story seems like a bit of a stretch but the possibility of Clark going back in time and traveling to Krypton does pique my interest slightly. Although, the possibility that danced in my head which featured Kara being trapped in the Bottled City of Kandor would have been a far, far better development. Is that too much to ask for?

According to the IGN review of Quest:

Even though the Veritas plot has come out of nowhere in the latter half of this season, it has been one of the better-developed storylines on the show in a long time. The story of four families and their pact to find The Traveler has dealt with a good amount of the mythos that the show has created within the Superman universe and combined that with the larger picture of Clark and Lex’s destiny. This week, Lex’s quest to find the device that will control The Traveler (Clark) continues as he unravels the mysteries of the enigmatic clockwork device he retrieved a couple of weeks ago. At times, “Quest” almost feels like an episode of Alias with a mysterious Rambaldi style device and a globe-hopping adventure. Well, if you count Montreal as “globe-hopping.”

While some may have enjoyed last week’s alternate universe storyline, it’s hard to deny that “Apocalypse” lacked focus. Thankfully, a bloated plot that tries to do too many things at once doesn’t hamper “Quest.” Instead we are treated to a much more focused story that features Lex trying to decipher the clues left by Veritas. It’s a very refreshing attempt at trying to tell a larger storyline on a Smallville budget.

Michael Rosenbaum is in good form here and we have to give him credit for his consistency in playing Lex Luthor over the course of the series. Some actors grow noticeably tired of playing a part over the years but Rosenbaum has delivered quality performances every week. We just wish that he had been given better material to work with this season. “Quest” does allow him to shine though, especially in the final moments of the episode as he makes a key discovery.

“Quest” does have a few noticeable shortcomings. As usual of late, Clark is absolutely useless for the majority of the episode. Chloe puts the pieces of the puzzle together, sending Clark on a trip to Montreal where he is quickly captured by a kryptonite cane wielding Edward Teague (Robert Picardo). I’m starting to think you can buy kryptonite on every street corner in the Smallville universe as everyone seems to have some. I’ll concede that Teague is definitely in a position to get his hands on kryptonite but it would be far less of a crutch for the writers if these green pieces of rock were much harder to come by.

Also, Chloe’s miraculous appearance in St. Christopher’s cathedral to save Clark, yet again, was a bit too convenient. Lex’s jet was in the air before Chloe left and yet she managed to arrive in Montreal not too long after him. Are we to assume that Ollie’s jet is twice as fast? It would have been nice to see Clark work his way out of this situation on his own, instead of relying on Chloe to save the day.

The character of Edward Teague was horribly underdeveloped. He’s been hinted at over the course of the last few episodes and while it was an interesting twist to see that he really wasn’t dead, his surprise appearance wasn’t all that exciting. Robert Picardo is a great actor who has given a lot to sci-fi, but even he couldn’t make me interested in this character. Someone who could have been a fascinating new addition to the Smallville> universe comes off as nothing more than a clichéd religious zealot.

Once again, Lana’s absence is noticeable but is she really missed? Besides being the damsel-in-distress, there really is nothing else left for Lana to contribute to this storyline. The show is already juggling so many characters that it doesn’t know what to do with (Kara, Jimmy and Lois) that Lana has fallen by the wayside. “Quest” benefits from cutting most of these characters out of the story and only focusing on four regulars from the cast.

Having the final piece of the Veritas puzzle be Luthor mansion was a nice touch and a good way of bringing the story home. The map appeared to show the arctic as Lex’s next destination so we’ll assume that is where we are headed. Also, calling the next episode “Arctic” helps. Don’t forget, Lana, Kara and Brainiac’s stories have all yet to be resolved so it should make for quite a jam-packed conclusion to this season.

According to the IGN review of Arctic:

“Arctic” represents the culmination of Alfred Gough and Miles Millar’s vision that was set into motion seven years ago. This may not be a series finale, but this is where they close their chapter of the Superman story. Unfortunately, with the pressure of having to leave several doors open for the next showrunners, this episode misses its mark. Something that could have been truly epic feels fairly average and only teases us with a few moments of greatness.

The glaring problem with “Arctic” is that it has far too many loose ends to tie up in a very short period of time. Skillful writers can do a great deal with only 44 minutes of television but this season has been stumbling to the finish line and there was nothing that could really save it. Besides the pre-credit sequence, the reintroduction of Kara Kent was underwhelming and predictable. Her actions early in the episode set up the expected return of Brainiac and her scenes with Clark were devoid of any emotional investment. Early in the season, we mentioned that Clark and Kara had fairly good chemistry together but over the course of the season, as they spent less time together, we lost interest in their story.

As mentioned, Brainiac returned this week. There was a time when the appearance of this character would be a cause for celebration. He was an exciting departure from the usual freak of the week story and actually made Smallville feel like part of the Superman universe. Well, they’ve managed to suck the fun right out of him and his appearance in “Arctic” is a perfect example. His reveal was predictable and hardly exciting. Sadly, Brainiac’s final scene versus Clark is uninspired, with very little effort actually put into making this an exciting action sequence. Instead, we’re treated to the usual short fight sequence (if it can actually be called a fight) and Clark defeating Brainiac with the very electricity that he was using to recharge himself.

Lana’s appearance in this episode is a bit of a joke. After Clark defeats Brainiac, she makes a full recovery from her coma but decides not to stay for the reunion. The video she leaves behind for Clark may deliver an emotional impact for some but it doesn’t replace what could have been a proper reunion. Also, how many times has Lana left Smallville during a season finale? Is this the only cliffhanger that the writers can come up with? It’s a disappointing conclusion to the central love story of the entire series. Lois walking into the room and hugging a teary eyed Clark Kent was a respectable nod to the future, but it does very little to evolve their relationship. This isn’t the Clark Kent who falls in love with Lois Lane and they shouldn’t even try to attempt that on this series.

Thankfully, this isn’t going to be the last time we see Chloe Sullivan on Smallvillebecause it would have been a disappointing departure. This is a rather run-of-the-mill episode for Chloe who does her usual “hack-into-a-computer-and-tell-Clark-what-to-do-next-routine” that she has become so good at. Besides, Clark holding her hand in the ICU of Smallville Medical, the episode lacks a moment for these two pivotal characters to connect. Even though Allison Mack is returning next season, it would have been nice to have seen a much more active Chloe in such an important episode.

It was strange watching the final scene between Clark and Lex. This was a moment that I envisioned seven years ago when the series started. The show was obviously going in a direction that would have the two cross paths and, at some point, they would probably have Lex discover Clark’s secret. It was inevitable and an understandable departure from the comics that would hopefully be corrected at a later time. For the sake of Smallville‘s narrative, it had to happen. While this moment did have a certain emotional impact, it was still underwhelming. For such a key scene in the Smallville mythos, it deserved to have more screen time dedicated to it.

After the Lex/Clark cliffhanger, it will be interesting to see how they explain Lex’s disappearance or if they manage to wrangle Rosenbaum in for a season premiere guest appearance on the show. Either way, I’m expecting the inevitable explanation of amnesia due to falling fortress to be the reason he doesn’t remember Clark is a Kryptonian.

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