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.


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@jeremiah: You don't know the difference between "past" and "passed", yet you're calling others morons?


wow I might be a little late to the party, but you people are fucking morons. You have no understanding of the superman mythos what so ever. @Jude... the suit is invulnerable because superman is protected by an aura that extends slightly passed his skin.


that was not a series finale

@ davide

yes it was, genius


I really luv small did clark actualy luvd lana


I used to watch smallville when it was good. For the past 4 seasons short of a few decent episodes, the storylines have been completely implausible, illogical and completely messed up. The characters used to be believable, but the majority ended up a little stretched. The finale was also an anti climax, in my opinion they should have stop smallville a long time ago, when it used to be good!! As to the people who watched every episode, lapping it up. I am amazed, truly amazed at what you consider captivating tv. Try 'dexter' or 'game of thrones' anything HBO and youre set!!


I really wish Smallville finale had been better. For one thing, yes, the Darkseid battle was too short and too easy to defeat. In fact, I would like to see the real Darkseid in his own body and not in Lionel's. Also, we -Smallville fans- were dissappointed many times through the series. We expected that we could see Clark in his Superman suit at least once. Did we get that wish done? No! We didn't. That just sucks! I mean, I think we all expected that and that desire was unfulfilled. BIG FAIL! Oliver's struggle with Granny Goodness was just pathetic. He defeated them VERY EASILY. And finally -but not all complaints- the soundtrack was way awful. I mean, it sounded just like midi format! I could almost see a bald guy with thick glassess sitting in front of his electronic keyboard playing along the episode... They could have hired a band or something. There is a big difference of quality sound between the final scene and the rest of the chapter... Anyway, I did enjoyed somehow... I love the way they locked Zod and the other two villans in the phantome zone... I almost forgot that this serie is much based on the Superman movies...


No one seems to care that Tess died! I'm glad she got redemption and know she was purely a character made for Smallville and not the Superman series, but couldn't she of moved away?! Or at the very least could they not have acknowledged her death in some way? A child named after her or a funeral or SOMETHING! (not that i didn't enjoy the finale!)


What ever happened to the toymans group of people trying to kill Clark and the gang anyways?


WAY too much time was wasted on Clark's break with his parents and resolving that situation, and on the back-and-forth nonsense of will-we-get married or won't-we-get-married. WAY too little time was devoted to his overcoming Darkseid. If DS was such an enormous threat, why was he so easy to defeat? How could Clark have moved Apocolypse so easily? Why, after 10 years, did we get only a tiny glimpse of Clark in the suit? If Lex got his mind wiped, then how was he able to reboot himself sufficiently to be elected President (and were Karl Rove and Dick Cheney involved)? How was Oliver able to so easily defeat Darkseid's minions? The most moving scene was Lois starting to walk herself down the aisle, not seeing Clark, wondering if she'd been stood up, only to find him there to walk her down himself. Runner-up was seeing the little boy, and speculating whether he resembled Oliver or Chloe the most. 2nd runner-up was Clark and Lois at the plane window. Wish more questions had been answered, and more Supermand had been shown, with much less time-killing nonsense.


I had so many unanswered question concerning Chloe. You know how dr fate said that Chloe shared the same fate as him, well what did that mean? i tot i to meant that Chloe would be the next Dr fate. And also how the legion said dat they did not hear of a Chloe sulivan in the future, what did that mean too? Also what happened to her ability to heal people? And why d hell did Tess have to die, she deserves to be happy, you know, after all she's been through. But yeah, I'm really pissed at how they wrapped up chloe, it's so unfinished and unsatisfying. And yeah, oliver was not well wrapped up too.

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Smallville Season 10 Episode 22 Quotes

But if you look at history the great men and women of the world have always been defined by their enemies.


Clark: Lex.
Lex: You still say it the way way. Astonishment, mixed with a hint of dread, yet with a hopeful finish.