A wedding is usually cause for celebration, but, sigh, not when it means that Smallville is over for good. (And not when the best man tries to insert a kryptonite ring into the festivities, either, but we'll get to that...)
In the end, Tom Welling's Clark Kent got the future he was always destined for—Erica Durance's Lois Lane and some natty Superman threads—but it's still hard to believe that 10 seasons just whooshed by faster than a speeding bullet.
As executive producers Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson promised us, the series finale provided at least a modicum of resolution for all and an absolutely adorable scene involving a door...
(MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD)
Heading into the finale, Lois was having doubts about taking the plunge, worrying, once she got a taste of his formidable powers, that she would hold her superguy back with her ordinariness. Clark even started to agree for a sec! But once she had read a copy of his vows, courtesy of Chloe, Lois knew she was being downright silly.
Meanwhile, Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman) was hitting every roadblock possible (literally) in her quest to bring credibility to Lex Luthor's evil empire, and Oliver was really getting his rage on (the black eyeballs gave it away).
And obviously, with Lois and Clark walking down the aisle only midway through the two-hour finale (even Clark's late dad (John Schneider) was there, we knew something was up. Sure enough, Oliver (Justin Hartley) tried to slip a power-killing ring on it, an on-the-ball Chloe knocked it out of his hand, Clark caught Lois in his arms in what looked like super slo-mo but was really super speedy time, and finally he was able to talk Oliver down from that slippery slope of evil.
Just in time to look out the window and see the fiery ball of Apokolips coming their way!
With the vows not swapped, we switch to Tess, who's been kidnapped by dad Lionel so that he can give her heart to someone that needs it—the prodigal son, Lex Luthor.
Happily, Lex's sister knows how to fight. Then Darkseid comes along, figures Lionel doesn't need his soul and agrees to let Lex live.
"Our story hasn't been written yet, Kal-El, and every villain is only as great as his hero," Lex sagely tells Clark upon his return to the living.
Sadly, embracing his own destiny meant that Lex was going to turn into a real son-of-a-bitch, and before you can say, "Watch out!" he's run Tess through with a dagger, explaining that he's saving her from turning into him.
Before she dies, though, she smears her batty bro with a memory-wiping neurotoxin—cue the clip montage of Michael Rosenbaum's greatest hits—that will make him forget his twisted past.
Meanwhile, Clark is busy reconnecting with Jor-El, who tells him the time has come to accept his destiny. Cue the hard-core Superman togs, which are then handed to the not-so-torn-anymore Clark by Jonathan Kent.
So Clark manages to stop the flaming planet from hitting Earth just in time and, seven years later, Chloe (Allison Mack) is telling her and Oliver's son all about the adventures in a place called Smallville, and Lex Luthor is...gulp...president.
Oh, and Clark and Lois are finally going to get married...after Superman foils a mad bomber.
The theme all along has been acceptance—of who we are, where we come from, who we're meant to be—and Clark Kent took a long time getting there, but... well, you know what happens next.
Cue the Superman theme.
So what did you think of Smallville's send-off? Was it a fitting finale, or were you disappointed? Share your thoughts in the comments section!
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