Smallville

Season 7 Episode 20

Arctic

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 15, 2008 on The CW
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  • The end of an era

    7.5
    Smallville closed a major chapter with Arctic.Following John Glover's unfortunate departure in Descent,the show lost 3 more series regulars in this one.Kristin Kreuk and Michael Rosenbaum decided not to renew their contracts while the new showrunners decided Laura Vandervoort's Supergirl character had run it's course.We are into half of season 8 and while i can live without the two female absentees,it's nearly impossible to view a Smallville episode without Lex Luthor.Such was Michael Rosenbaum's affect on the show.On the other hand,i will also miss Laura Vandervoort's presence.She is a very attractive woman and even if she had a slow start,she tried to play her role convincingly.This episode might have been her finest hour.She very much resembled James Masters' Brainiac in her maneurisms. The episode itself wasn't that great.In fact,by season finale standards it was poor.It wasn't lacking in action but it was seriously disjointed.They gave themselves so much to do that they didn't have a chance of tying everything up successfully.They might have been better off if they had offloaded some of the Brainiac stuff in the previous episode.That way they could have dedicated more time in Arctic for the Veritas storyline.Instead what we got was Clark dealing with Brainiac,confronting Lex,breaking up with Lana and getting closer with Lois all in one episode.Too much.Now that Bride has just aired i am happy to say that in season 8 the writing has improved greatly and is much more balanced.It's a shame the new producers didn't have the chance to have more input in Season 7.It would have given the departing characters a more rewarding send off.
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