It took a few minutes to sink in before I realized that it was the last time I would hear the Smallville theme song playing at the beginning of a new episode because tonight it happened: the series finale. I’ve been with the show many years, through the highs and the lows. Of course there were going to be terrible episodes I would despise over the course of the show and certain directions they took continuity that I don’t agree with but Smallville still remains one of my favorite shows of all time after ten seasons.
The episode opens with Chloe telling a child a story and then flashes back seven years earlier with Apokolips inexorably heading towards Earth…then the typical commercial break and theme song opening as I wait in anticipation!
Next we are at the Daily Planet with Clark questioning Lois about if she really is calling off the wedding. Lois did this because she thinks she is just an impediment to his destiny as Superman, but Clark refuses to give in and tells her the only way to go through with canceling the wedding is to leave him standing at the altar. I understand Lois’s reasoning behind the whole thing, but what is a hero without a woman in his life? A gay superhero that’s what! (I’m joking gay community so chill!)
After a mushy scene between Chloe and Oliver, we get to see Tess at the ruins of the Luthor mansion and a confrontation with Granny Goodness. She tells Tess of the coming of Apokolips and leaves her with the eerie knowledge that it is already upon us. I really hate that old broad. (Chill out geriatric community, I’m just joking.)
Things really start to heat up (sorry, I could care less about the wedding) as Tess tries to access Watch Tower’s satellites to view the space surrounding Earth. She finds that the satellites have been shut down and that someone placed overrides on certain parts of the system. After accessing the surveillance footage she finds that it is Oliver who was corrupted by Darkseid episodes ago. Thanks to the space station Martian Manhunter has up and running Tess is able to get a full view of Apokolip’s approach.
Oliver meanwhile is already reporting to the assembled scum bags Granny Goodness, Desaad and Godfrey. Desaad hands Clark’s best man a ring made of gold kryptonite. Dun Dun Duuuun!
Tess is trying to get a hold of anyone but can’t because of atmospheric interference and it’s funny how in the world of cell phones everyone else failed to notice this. Then men in black suits and cars stop Tess and break her window to take her prisoner. All this while the Kent Wedding is a go!
After a beautiful recital of vows, this shit gets real! Chloe notices the gold-krytpo ring before Lois can put it on Clark at which point a brawl takes place between the two, Evil Oliver having some sweet black eyes. In the end Clark talks to the good in Oliver and he rejects the darkness inside of him. It may have been a little cliche but I liked it. Thank god everyone ran out the church before they got down to the nitty gritty and now the world is about to end, because that would have been totally embarrassing for all of your guests to see.
And so begins Part 2.
As is turns out, it was Lionel who snatched Tess off the street. Lionel reveals to Tess that the perfect parts of the many Lex clones were grafted together to make the perfect copy. All that Lex needs is a heart and that is where Tess comes in! As they are about to harvest her heart, Tess manages to escape and bust a cap into Lionel before leaving. As Lionel crawls towards his son, Darkseid appears reiterating his offer to Lionel, but the elder Luthor proclaims he only cares about one person’s life, that life being Lex. In exchange for his soul Darkseid rips out Lionel’s heart to give to Lex.
Then the moment we’ve all been waiting for… Lex Luthor face to face with Clark in the ruins of the Luthor Mansion. This scene was by far my favorite. I really missed Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum in scenes together for the last three seasons. The confrontation in season 7 was good but ultimately lacked any closure. Here we get that closure, with Lex accepting his role as villain and the stage being set for them to be one another’s nemesis in the coming years. Nothing was better than Clark saying – “I’ll always be there to stop you. Always.” Then Lex retorting with “I’m counting on it.” was priceless.
As Clark grabs his fortress crystal at the Kent barn, Darkseid shows up to “annihilate” him in the form of Lionel Luthor with a decidedly creepy voice. As he flies through the air from a punch from Darkseid, Clark sees his most heroic acts in his mind as Jor El tells him that his final trial is upon. In a holy shit moment, Clark stops in mid air. He can now fly! He then flies straight into Darkseid the Superman way, owning him like only a Kryptonian could.
We then get to see Tess confront Lex at the Luthercorp building. I knew when Lex went to hug her something bad was going to happen and it did. In true Lex fashion, he stabs his half sister, rationalizing it by telling her he was saving her from becoming him. But Tess gets the last laugh as she smears his skin with a neuro toxin that he created. The toxin causes his memories to fade from every moment before it was administered. Lex stands at the window, now oblivious that Clark Kent is Superman.
I really had goosbumps when Clark took off from the fortress with cape and tights in hand, and I am now changing that to my favorite scene of the episode! After saving Airforce One, Clark rushes off to push Apokolips away from the Earth as everyone watches on.
The episode comes to a close with Chloe finishing her son’s story and then calling Lois who is at the Daily Planet. You get to see the real Jimmy Olsen as Aaron Ashmore came back for the finale and got to hear Perry White’s voice bitching about something. And oh, by the way… Lex Luthor was just elected President of the United States. It would appear that Clark Kent is his usual bumbling self and that he and Lois are maintaining a relationship in secret. They’re even finally actually getting married! That is until some idiotic newsboy yells about there being a bomb somewhere in Metropolis. The last image we get to see of Smallville is Clark going up to the roof and running in slow motion to reveal his Superman suit beneath his clothes, all the while the Superman theme is playing on. Awesome.
I give this series finale a 4 out of 5 grizzlies. I like how everything was handled, no matter how weak the retcons were because they had to happen. It was good seeing most of the original cast back together one last time, particularly Michael Rosenbaum. The Darkseid fight may have been a little shorter than the Doomsday fight, and that was my only major gripe with the finale: there could have been a little more action over two hours, but it truly was a fitting send off for the show and it’s actors. It’s terrible because you can totally see where they could have another ten seasons of episodes with Clark actually as Superman saving the world. For a TV budget they really worked wonders with their special effects. Unfortunately this looks like the end of the road for Tom Welling as Superman unless he gets cast in the Justice League movie that will supposedly have nothing to do with the current DC hero movies. What do the fans think? A worthy series finale? What was missing, or was it perfect for you? I loved pretty much every moment of it because it was the end, but all good things must end at one point.