Series: Smallville Must Die
As has been established before here on EOL, I’m a glutton for punishment when it comes to sticking with a television series well beyond the point that it deserves support. Sometimes that persistence pays off. In the case of LOST for example, sure there were some rough times and, yeah, even I started to question where the show was going. However sticking with it has meant that I’m still there, still up to date, and bearing witness to it as the show really hits its stride.
The news that Smallville has been renewed for an eighth season has pushed me further than I can be pushed. Especially considering that two of the main players on the show, Kristen Kreuk (Lana Lang) and Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) have seen fit to bail out. I don’t mean to suggest that these are fantastically realised characters or anything that extreme, but as far as real Superman lore goes, once these two leave there’s nobody left — other than Clark of course — who truly belongs in a show called Smallville!
Actually, if we’re going down that path, then Lex shouldn’t have ever been in the series at all. Nor should Lois (Erica Durance) for that matter, as it is a stretch of precept for either them to be playing a part in Clarks younger life. Not that a good stretch of precept is a bad thing (you should always do it before exercising your imagination!), so long as it’s executed properly. Sadly though, just about every last glimmer of potential has burnt out of Smallville.
The initial arc which saw Lex and Clark as childhood friends started out as a brilliant device. Originally it had the ability to be a strong emotional backbone to the show, but it has long since deteriorated and Lex is little more than a 2 dimensional bad guy with more lives than that Jason dude from the Halloween movies.
Lana’s character has long overstayed her welcome too, at least in the sense of her and Clark having any ongoing relationship. As a character she was doomed from the start as canon sees her as Clarks unrequited childhood love: The important word there being ‘unrequited’. Again the writers saw fit to take liberties with the Super guy’s back story and not only keep Lana around, but to have Clark and her relationship turn into an overblown soap opera.
With the introduction of Kara, Clark’s real live cousin from Krypton, the show finally really crossed into Lameville. Sure she’s awesome for the looking at, and I respect that the show’s creators are sticking with their self imposed “No tights, No Flights” rules for Clark. But the introduction of a character far more super than he is (She can FLY!) only serves to further Clark’s current status as a lame duck.
I won’t say that I haven’t enjoyed seeing the Green Arrow getting onto Clark’s case about not using his powers to help others. But the whole pre-justice league stuff has really be wasted. At first it appeared to be setting a new direction for the show, but like so many of the other opportunities that Smallville has approached over its seven year run, it failed to maintain any real momentum.
Jonathan Kent is dead. Martha has long since moved away. Clark has no real ties to Smallville anymore and yet, just keeps hanging around. At some point the guy has to learn to be a reporter, move to Metropolis, get a job at the Daily Planet, become Superman, bust a move on Lois and start saving the world. One has to assume that this new, eighth season will be Smallville’s last and if it is going to leave any real legacy behind when it finally disappears from television screens, then the writers need to stop taking the characters in circles and send Clark toward his ultimate destiny.
As much as I’ve enjoyed watching as the show is filled with wall to wall hotties, the nerd in me actually wants to enjoy the show on other levels too. Alas the abysmal efforts thus far in season seven have left me utterly uninterested in finding out for myself where the series ends up going. [source]