Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Cast: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley, Callum Blue, Laura Vandervoot, James Marsters, Michael Shanks, Terrence Stamp, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, John Glover, Michael Rosenbaum
Synopsis: This was a whole season dedicated to building to what the Smallville franchise has promised all along, the origin of Superman. From the first episode there are hints to the Superman we all know so well, the man we can believe will fly, in red and blue spandex. Over the course of the season, we reunite with old friends,and are teased almost every step of the way to the final iconic image.
It was a wise decid=sion for the creative team to declare that this would be the final season of Smallville. Clearly, as with any television series, dragging things out too much ;longer would have been a sheer greedy move and the quality of television would suffer as a result (as has been seen previously with the overly-long Lana Lang storyline). The other advantage is that the series had a clear end-point in sight, and what was most important was the journey to get there.
The opening episode heralds this intent. Lois now knows Clark’s secret, we see the red and blue suit for the first time (by reflection), there are hints as to how Lex Luthor may be resurrected, and there is even a cameo from John Schneider reprising his role as Jonathan Kent. In subsequent episodes we are introduced to the Season villain, The Darkness, which also sees a return as Laura Vandervoot (in full Supergirl costume this time).
There are many more cameos throughout the season, and as early in this season saw the 200th episode of the series, a brilliant episode was assembled that examined both Clark’s past, as well as getting him to see his future (another big nod to the fans of things to come!!). In a bit of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey worthy of Doctor Who, Clark even gets his idea for the “glasses and bad haircut” from this visit to his future self. This particular moment was worth it given what this season represents. There are some flights of fancy taken in this episode that perhaps stretch credibility on the verge of too far. The rating I have given below is representative of the fact that though this threatened to be the case, the major jump the shark moment never came.
When the final episode finally comes, it is more than well worth it. All the major story-lines get concluded, with enough being left for Superman to take care of in future (the not well concealed return of Lex Luthor most prominent of these open ends). The big moments are also quite expected, Clark in the Super-Suit, flying to the rescue. I would have liked a bit more of this, languishing on this long awaited moment, but it is a minor criticism which may just be me hailing back to the Christopher Reeve glory shots of old.
Most importantly, this season delivered on what it promised. After ten seasons, one can ask for little more.
5 stars out of 5