Smallville “Finale parts 1 & 2” 8:00 to 10:00 on CW
I stopped watching Smallville sometime during the third or fourth season, to be honest I couldn’t stand Chloe Sullivan and the long winded Jason Teague Kryptonian Rock plot lost me, I still popped in every now and then to check in, but for all intents and purposes I was done, but there was always something reassuring to a geek/TV nut like me that a Superman series was on the air, thriving and paving it’s own new mythology.
I was 17 when Smallville premiered, and to me an angsty Super-series, starring my Canadian crush Kristen Kreuk was pretty much all I can ask for. Tom Welling was great casting. Farmboy good looks, a chiseled jaw and enough charisma to carry a series, but at the same time he was perfect at playing the humble and salt-of-the-earth side of Clark Kent. Annette O’Toole and John Schneider were also great Kents, better than Eddie Jones and K Callen from Lois & Clark And while I never had an inkling of fondness for Chloe Sullivan (or Alison Mack) or Pete Ross, the trifecta of Welling, Kreuk and Rosenbaum was enough for me.
A few season later Erica Durance was introduced as Chloe’s cousin Lois Lane, she epitomized sass and was a perfect addition to the cast as the iconic Lois Lane, and when it was time for Kreuk to depart, her absence was barely felt as Durance had capably taken the female lead spot.
As they abandoned the “monster-of-the-week” format and moved on to more arc-type stories the series flourished, and added a cadre of characters straight out of the DC universe, culminating in seeing the first live action Justice League production since the awful failed pilot from the 90’s. Laura Vandervoort’s Supergirl, Justin Hartley’s Green Arrow, Cyborg, Flash, Aquaman, Black Canary, Booster Gold, Martian Manhunter, StarGirl and Hawkman all made appearances as did Perry White, Jimmy Olson (the real one…), Amanda Waller, infact it seems that only Batman and Wonder Woman, arguably the two other most famous DC characters were never featured – but who knows… that may change tonight.
Smallville also succeeded in casting and creating its villains. Rosenbaum set the bar high with Lex Luthor, it took a few years for him to be actually evil instead of slightly manipulative but Rosenbaum gave 100 percent the entire time. James Marster’s Brainiac and Callum Blue’s Zod were two other standouts.
The series had its ridiculous plots and moments too, who can forget Remy Zero (the singers of the theme Save Me) playing the prom and having Pete Ross yell “REMY ZERO!”, that was awful. A third season plot featuring Ian Somerhalder as Adam Knight, the meteor-steroid using wacko who obsessed over Lana was dumn. Equally dumn was the entire 8th season plot featuring David Bloome (Sam Witwer), the man that would eventually become Doomsday. What made this plot so weak was its connection to Chloe (yeah, I’m a massive Chloe hater) and the cliched plot of her boyfriend Jimmy Olson (Aaron Ashmore) getting jeaous and then dying at Doomsday’s hands saving her life, only to be revealed that he’s not the real Jimmy Olson, he’s his older brother (oh brother). Also who can forget when Lana became a ninja assassin hunting down Lex?
The series had plenty of outstanding moments too; Whitney dying overseas, Lois coming out of the pool, Clark and Lex’s later season dialogues, but most prominently, the 100th episode; Reckoning, which had Clark unknowingly exchanging his father’s life for Lana’s.
I’m glad Michael Rosenbaum made it back to Vancouver to film tonight’s finale, it simply wouldn’t be the last episode of Smallville ever without him.
Famously at the beginning the producers, Alfred Gough and Miles Millar delivered the mantra “No Flights, No Tights” and although Clark has kinda flown a few times, the mantra holds true, hopefully tonight, in the two part finale, which features the return of Lex Luthor among other surprises I’m sure, we’ll get to see a glimpse of Welling in the suit, flying over Metropolis. Even thinking about it gave me chills. Though I stopped watching years ago, I’ll be there tonight to watch the end of an era, and hopefully to watch Superman take flight.
Check out the promos for tonight’s finale.
A recap of the first 9 seasons
Season 10 Episodes 1-11 recap montage video (no dialogue)
Season 10 Episodes 12-16 recap montage video