Smallville Finale Review: The End of an Epic Journey

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It’s not often one gets to witness a series finale as epic as that of Smallville.

Going into the Finale, even I wasn’t expecting something so special. Especially with all of my worries from last week about certain plot elements that weren’t wrapped up yet. Yet what Smallville pulled off was nothing short of brilliant. It put to rest its roots in a satisfying and believable way, launching its characters into the ongoing mythology.

Lex Luthor and Clark

Thinking back to watching the pilot, I'm amazed at just how much Clark (and Tom Welling as an actor) have grown. A boy who slowly gone from wanting a normal life, feeling burdened by his powers, and a bit of an outsider to a man accepting who he is, embracing his destiny, finding the love of his life, and becoming a symbol of hope and a leader.

All of that came together in the finale, but not before Clark received a few more life lessons from those he cares about. It was always one of the smaller moments of the series, the bits of advice Clark would receive from those around him. But it held up the theme of the show and brought a lot of weight to some of the show’s more iconic moments.

I’m glad that it was something that was touched upon even in the finale. I’ve always felt those moments were what helped defined Smallville in the beginning.

The advice? There’s no reason to not embrace everything that makes Clark who he is. He is Kryptonian and he is human. By accepting both, he was able to finally, finally take flight and save the day.

Lois was who I was most worried about coming into this finale because the reasons of how and why she was pushed into this predicament of cold feet didn’t feel real. I was very happy to see her realize that although all of her fears were logical, they didn’t really make much sense considering the relationship she shares with Clark. She is not a burden, she is his greatest supporter and ally.

I was happy to finally see Lois cement herself in history by figuring out the army was going to nuke what they thought was a meteor and could kill millions of innocent people. In the process, she got the scoop of the century on board Air Force One.

Tess is a character I could never quite figure out. For all of the redemption she sought, there was always that thin strand of darkness that seemed to creep back into her life. All we learned of her and her past, eventually finding out she was a Luthor, culminated last night into the figurative noose around her neck.

In the kill or be killed world of Luthor, Tess eventually lost to Lex, but not before we finally witnessed which side she ultimately chose. As Lex stabbed her, she implanted a neurotoxin on him and erased his memory.

But for all of the characters we’ve grown to love watching Smallville, last night was all about Clark Kent.

At the Altar

Part of Clark and his destiny is Lex Luthor. I was unsure how Lex was to be handled and I was happy to see the “Smallville Way” prevail one last time. Lex was willing to wait for their epic story to begin while Clark defeated Darkseid once and for all.

The finale was book-ended by Chloe reading a story to her son seven years into the future. She was reading to him a Smallville comic, the story of how Clark Kent became Superman. At the end, we saw a bow and arrow before flashing to the Daily Planet one last time.

I couldn’t have asked for a better ending than those seven years in the future. We see Lois and Clark fully enmeshed in who they are and still trying to get married. We see Jimmy one last time. We hear Perry White complaining with Lois and Jimmy gauging just how bad it is.

And we watch Clark run up to the roof at the first sign of trouble and rip open his shirt to see the “S” one last time while John William’s iconic score plays in the background. This is the scene I always imagined Smallville could end with. How fitting.

To see this kind of resolution in a finale was breath taking, but to see how well the show sent me off into the future with the characters I’ve grown up with made it much more satisfying.

Other thoughts:

  • Oliver didn’t get much of storyline. I was glad to see he ended up with Chloe and was able to overcome the darkness he’s been battling inside.
  • The scene when Lois entered the chapel but couldn’t find Clark was a bit heart wrenching. Then, watching as he showed up and walked her down the aisle, I had tears welling up in my eyes. It was a beautiful scene.
  • Martha and Jonathan were much bigger parts of the finale than I thought they would be (something I’m very happy about).
  •  I loved the Smallville montages and allusions to past Superman films.
  • Lois calling Clark “Smallville” one last time.
  • “And now the series finale of Smallville.” It’s like a dagger to my heart.

Review

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I used to watch smallville. Not.for what some.watchec for
But the potential to be a great story.
Week after week they would line up at the plate and.i would say.
Smallville writing group make me smile and show me you have direction.
Then one day and I do not recall the day they let.the ball fall and gave.up.
The romance of Cloe and the heart of a hero.
It died a tragic death.
I turned off the show and walked away.
I only looked back to see if they had found the mojo they lost. I see it was never found.
All heads bowed all eyes shut. Lord have mercy on the lost hearts and blind souls.whom.held possible and let it fly away. Amen.

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Enjoyed watching Smallville series ...ending was okay but Little Disappointed about how chloe left clark,staying far away from clark .. Chloe was more than a friend to clark, she has been there for Clark from the begining of the series to end ,from school life to saving the planet, Chloe and Clark are featured in most no of episodes almost 60 Episodes ahead of any one else, this speaks volumes ... Only thing which Chloe wished was clark to understand her feelings for him, i would have liked to see Chloe next to clark instead of Louis, because chloe desearved to share her life with clark more than any one else... This would have made a happy ending :-)

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Love this movie

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i waited 10yrs to see the show end terribly, worst final fight ever, never actually saw him in costume, and they erased lex memory ,im pissed!!

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My only major complaint: No shot of Tom with the full Superman suit. That was just inexcusable and a very dissapointing way of ending the series.

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I have to say that im disappointed.first the writers shouldnt have made lois change her mind and waste so much time on the wedding.second,we didnt get a decient full framed shot of clark in the super suit.third,the ruined darkseid with a vessel, making him seem weak, and not showing his true form. there should have been a battle between superman, lex and darkseid.fourth,they raped lex of all his memories, making all those year that lead to him being evil and his last scene with clark meaningless.giving lex a weak send off.I dont care if they go backrupt, the fans deserved these things and better. we could gave had a battle and flying.come on man, doomsday was better than the finale.

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I have to say that im disappointed.first the writers should have made lois change her mind and waste so much time on the wedding.second,we didnt get a decient full framed shot of clark in the super suit.third,the ruined darkseid with a vessel, making him seem weak, and now showing his true form. there should have been a battle between superman and darkseid.fourth,they ruined lex of all his memories, making all those year that lead to him being evil and his last scene with clark meaningless.giving lex a weak send off.I dont care if they go backrupt, the fans deserved these things and better. we could gave had a battle and flying.come on man, doomsday was better than the finale.

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lckyjim.here in africa,uganda we love smallville especially clark and her romantic moves with lois lane

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Ok I have loved smallville since the beginning. I loved the whole lana thing and oh how I looked forward to when Clark would tell others about his secret. But I think that the show was a bit too corny, I mean it has to be (it's superman) but still. And the most corniest bits where so many in season 10. It felt like they were just wasting time and stretching the episodes so much with this corny "good person" stuff. Also I thought lex's return would entail an actual battle or some kind of awesome stuff, but all I got was one scene and that's it, he's gone. Also the candorians from season 9 were such a better enemy that stupid darkseid! What a dumb enemy. And what? Oliver just comes in and just kills all of them in 2 seconds?! Oh yeh like that would of happened?! I mean that granny had telecanesis

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I have watched the show from the start and i loved it so when he became superman why could it not carry on like the movie in his older years that would have been a new start with diffrent stories anyway hope directers or anyone thinks thats a good idea reply thanks jason.