Smallville: All's Fair in Love and Doom
Hahaha! The comments from last week leave us with fear of even mentioning Ms. Lang again, so we will steer clear. As you know, the next new episode of Smallville won’t be aired until March 12, which gives us plenty of time to discuss a few more of the nuances of the show.
For curiosity’s sake, let’s go to the polls.
From one of last week’s polls, it looks like a very close race between viewers wanting a Clois finale and a Clark/Doomsday battle. We know! You’re probably holding out for both in all fairness, but let’s talk about the individual elements in these options. First, a quick nod to David T. W. for his elaborate description of a good season finale.
From the trailer, it appears Clark will be revealing his secret to Lois and letting her put it in the paper. That obviously does wonders for her career as a journalist, but is it the smartest idea for Clark? With Tori Spelling’s Linda Lake returning, going public looks like a bad choice…of course, that would kill Linda’s blackmailing opportunity. And wait. Did they give away too much in the trailer? It distinctly looks like Clark slams a high-voltage cable in Linda’s chest.
Okay, reset. We’re talking about Clois. Though many of you want the season (possibly the last?) to end with the romance of Clark and Lois in full effect, aren’t they both a bit young (character-wise) to enter that stage? The comics (yes, we realize Smallville is a different interpretation) drag out the love triangle of Clark/Lois/Superman forever and though the setting has changed to Metropolis, let’s not forget the name of the show. This series is supposed to be based on Superman’s formative years, not his love life as an adult, right?
We’ll ride the segue-wave right into the introduction and battle with Doomsday. Should a show named Smallville, which until recently, has been about the life and times of a young Superman, even approach the battle with the villain that eventually kills the Man of Steel? To last week’s commenter, TLW: would the show really be pulling a Quantum Leap if the series ends without the death of Superman (a Superman who doesn’t know how to fly)? It seems it would be hard to pull off the iconic Death of Superman image with Lois cradling him since the backdrop is the red cape and that doesn’t exist in the show.
Sniff, sniff. What’s that? That’s right, it’s another poll.
All of this to say, look, we understand that big explosions and powerful enemies excite people, but the “human interaction” between Clark and those around him should be enough for a powerful storyline and ending, right? A comment from Karen last week stated:
“I first got into Smallville because it was about a young man struggling with growing up (and superpowers just happened to be part of that struggle). Somewhere along the way, the show became more and more focused on the superpower part of it--which is fine, but I feel that it gets more and more difficult to identify with the plot/characters. Maybe if the writers could bring back more of that "everyday struggle" bit...?”
We couldn’t create better comment-bait if we tried! Post your thoughts below and, as always, check back often to see what others are saying.