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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Chloe 'I'm hero-inspirer - honest!' Sullivan reading the comic book to her kid was one of the most annoying and pointless aspects of this truly disappointing finale. But then again, that character has always been annoying and pointless. Clark and Lois still trying to get married 7 years later was beyond ridiculous, as was Tess smearing of Lex's face with the mindwiping gunk. And how unbelievably ludicrous was that scene with Oliver besting three of Darkseid's previously powerful minions with a single shot with his now suddenly magical arrows, and Clark taking out the invincible Darkseid with a SINGLE swift kick to the gut. Darkwimp was it? And don't get me started on just how laughable it was that the newly minted Superman could push an entire, flame-spewing planetoid back into space. Plus, wasn't this the suit made by Martha? I'd like to know where she got the super fire-retardant material from. (Or maybe Clark gave everyone a cheap thrill by flying back to Earth nekkid!) The highlight of the episode was Lex skewering Tess with his amazingly well-hidden huge knife/sword. If only Chloe could have been in that scene too.


I'm a smallville fan not a superman fan, but can someone plz explain why Lois still knows who superman is cause I'm sure she doesn't no in the superman movies.


The finale seemed rushed and incomplete. But I don't care at all. There was some resolution to much of the story, and we got to see a culmination of a 10 year journey. Smallville was marvelous TV. In my opinion, they did the Superman story better than it has been done before outside the comics. The continuity was excellent. It was dramatic, emotional, suspenseful, farcical and comical. The actors and actresses who turned from teen to adults on camera were hot, hot, hot. The stories were full of meaning. The effects were extraordinary. If it were me writing history, this would be one of the great television programs. I want more!!!


i will really miss this i never missed an episode of this and i felt hurt watching the very last episode i know it must come to an end but its the only show that i loved so much what will i watch now? well try superman


remember we do have a movie coming out soon


Lets not be biased here OLIVER & CHLOE did not end up together. Smallville has messed up Arrow big time, that its so difficult to see past through their gimmicks and retcons. if chloe and oliver were endgame, I don't think it would have been hard to see. Lots of fans were left wondering what happened to ollie, Lots of critics who reviewd the episode raised the same question too. Then there is the DC mythology thing. I would do some serious background homework on this season and especially the finale, before just posting a biased review!!


Freakin' LOVED, LOVED it. Brilliant!!! Cried when Clois was walking down the aisle and Jonathon was there. Loved that the Kent's and Jor-El were all there to help him finally accept who he was with both his human side and kryptonian side. Loved that I saw him fly. YAY!!! Not too upset that didn't really saw him in full suit but it was still great. Lex back and will be his nemesis. Didn't mind not seeing Clois actually married but you just know that they will be together forever. Loved the scene between them during the airplane bit. The love between them and the pride that Lois had at seeing Clark be the hero that he is. Glad Lana didn't come back. She is not part of Superman's future anyway. Never liked her. The end was a perfect bookend. With Jimmy and Perry, it's the start of Superman's adventures and the end of Smallville. I am really going to miss this show. Superman is the ultimate hero and Clois belong together forever.


The episode at the end was a cat & paste. I am really disappointed :( The reason that they are not showing Tom Welling wearing the superman suit is that they don't have the rights and that's why they have shown him as a blur for the last 5 years. If you notice you will see that they are only showing us his head or the suit and then some distance picture which looks they are cartoon made. Because it was the last episode, they should have made it at the same magnitude of episode 1 season 5. I don't think that anyone will forget that episode. Anyway I loved Smallville and I will miss it... But Good thing they don't last forever ... SUPERMAN


That was a pretty amazing series finale. It was perfect. I just wished they focused on him more when he was wearing the suit. But it's pretty good. It's an amazing 10 years. Tom Welling grew from a pretty boy to a sexy and handsome one. He's tied with Dean Cain, for my favorite Superman. It's funny how I didn't like any other actors that played Superman in the movies. Kudos to Tom Welling. But isn't there supposed to be a Superboy show next?


Personally this series finale was a huge letdown for numerous reasons... 1) It was severely rushed - In one episode, they tried to tie up ends with Clark and Lois not getting married and why, him resolving his issues with daddy, Lex making his return, Clark finally presenting himself to the world (which he really didn't do much of), along with several other plots as well. They made no effort all season and just made filler episodes mostly, then rushed it all on one final episode. Horrible. 2) There was no good scenes of Clark in his Superman outfit - This is mainly because Tom Welling decided despite having taken a role of someone who wears tights, that he was too good for them. So the spoiled brat got away with a CGI graphic replacement and we never got a decent shot of him wearing the suit. 3) How did he get rid of the Omega? - All he did was fly in the air over them and then the Omega magically disappeared. There was no speech, no clear showing of who he was and what he was doing. Just flies through the air over them real quick and poof, the symbols are gone! What about the people indoors? What about the people in other areas of the world? I mean seriously, that made absolutely no sense. There were so many other issues, but honestly with how much of a disappointment this was to me, it's not even worth anymore of my time.

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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.