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This community has been dead for a while, naturally, but I thought why not jump onto my Top 10 Episodes for some sweet reminiscing! We all need it sometimes and I really need a Smallville fix right now. This is where the magic happened at CW before it got super-usual. This show is that rare instance where you saw it on TV and you knew you where watching the tale of a superheroes origin, or if you're Barney you will be referring to Lex's origin.

This is the one show that I have never faltered to like (surprising, I know) and most likely never will! I need to warn everybody first that my favorite seasons are 6 and 9, so my taste is more of the darker.. One thing I cannot complain about on Smallville are the season finales so you can almost guarantee they will be making their way onto my lists!

This list will only feature seasons 1 to 5 as there are too many good episodes to mash into one top 10 (I made that mistake with Buffy and had to sit for a good long while making up my mind on what episodes to include).

Onto the list!


10. Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1)

Never before had I loved a show as fast as I did this one! The pilot gave me all the Superman jitters I needed to keep me hooked for the remainder of what I consider a pretty dull season. Don't get me wrong, season 1 had it's charm but too much "freaks of the weeks" and too little of interesting juicy Superman stuff that came into play later on. The pilot gave us a showcase on each and every character and Chloe was easily one of the best right of the bat. This episode showed what a pain Lana was going to be and I was right even though I somehow ended up liking her anyway only to change my mind when they milked her character to an unnecessary extent (learn from this with Laurel in Arrow please, if you're not going to do something important then just kill her already).

This episode is simply a must see and the storyline about the "Freak of the week" is skippable. The only purpose it served was a more thorough introduction to Chloe and Pete in Clark's life but that's about it.


9. Vessel (Season 5, Episode 22)

This was one season finale that blew my Superman infected mind at the time! It included Brainiac, Zod's arrival, Clark being sent to the Phantom Zone (oh spoiler alert btw) and much more! I was simply sitting there in my couch planning my run to the nearest video store to buy myself season 6. So much was going on that also didn't make it higher on my list. Like the pacing was drastically amped from the beginning to the end and what could've been built up over the course of the season was rushed to simply happen during the end. Still love the episode though and think this is one of the many reasons why Smallville always managed to nail it's cliffhangers/finales and season starters!



8. Onyx (Season 4, Episode 17)

I like to have some unexpected episodes on my list and this one was very much like one of my favorite Xander episodes from Buffy the Vampire Slayer called "The Replacement" where through an accident a person is split in two, in this case Lex was split into Lex (his good personality) and Alexander (everything bad bubbling in Lex). Not only did this episode offer what I've always wanted to see from Lex but also featured the kryptonite ring on Lex's finger which sent me back to the comics and yeah you can imagine how much I smiled watching this episode the first time. Everything I ever wanted to see from Lex was right here and his rivalry with Clark here made me want for him to kill his good persona and just stay this way! Who knew they'd do what they did in season 7 and 8 to rob us of him all too early :(

7. Red (Season 2, Episode 4)

No list of mine would be whole without this episode. The introduction of Red Kryptonite. I love me red kryptonite! Clark becomes such a bad ass whenever he is infected with red kryptonite and considering how vague the effects of red kryptonite have been in everything before Smallville, I think they did a great job with making the kryptonite's effects on Kryptonians pretty clear. Yeah, this episode is just an amazingly fun watch and all the encounters really (excluding the rave one) have been amazingly fun or bad ass in one way or another!

6. Rosetta (Season 2, Episode 17)

Here is where we learn about Krypton and Clark's purpose, supposed purpose. We see the passing of the cape from the big screen Superman, Christopher Reeve, to the small screen Clark Kent on his journey to become Superman. It's truly an epic episode that simply floats by. You learn things in a satisfying way and at the end you realize just what Jor-El intended with sending Clark to Earth (but that is somehow not what he meant later on, yeah color me confused).

If you're going through the seasons and you come to this one and you're like, huh I'm going to skip this one for the funnzies of doing so, don't. Because I will find you and I will make you watch it.. With buttery popcorns and some drink of your preference! Yeah, hell I know. *dusts of shoulder*

5. Crusade (Season 4, Episode 1)

Here we finally figure out what Jor-El wants and it was pretty satisfying. All he wanted was for Kal-El to surface and be the best that he can be without morals standing in the way. Can't really argue with that one! The introduction to this season was stunning. We got some new faces showing up, (although too early in my opinion) amongst them Lois Lane. I wouldn't call her that just yet because she did nothing but annoy me and make no sense in the story at first, until maybe season 8 where she actually became a relatively good character. She was blonde for god's sake! Yeah she's the only reason this episode isn't closer to the number one spot. Kal-El was amazing. The flying scene blew my mind. Lex's turn out from the amazing season 3 finale was pretty interesting. Oh, and I actually liked Kal-El's interactions with Lois, they were somewhat funny and liked how she saw him naked before anything else! It was all out there, literally.

4. Reckoning (Season 5, Episode 12)

As a huge Superman fan, this episode was pivotal. In my opinion, it delivered. Though the reason for Jonathan's demise is also what kicked Clark's journey to being Superman into a slow one. It seems instead of fueling him it filled him with guilt and doubt. Hey, it gave me 10 seasons so I'm not complaining!
In this episode we saw the happy part and the "we know what happens during one part let's see the next one". The happy part was super jolly and everything was perfect, except for Lex's reaction to the proposal and secret revealing and of course Lana's death (wait that is a happy moment). Then comes the other one, where Lana doesn't die (sad moment) and instead another life is taken. Jonathan's life more accurately. This was necessary but slightly premature if you ask me. Even though I'm not so sure season 6 would've been as good with Jonathan in it. I just think this episode is so important and so good it deserves to be here, if this was a top 10 of all 10 seasons it would probably not be here but now it has to be!

3. Commencement (Season 4, Episode 22)

Best season finale out of all 5 seasons? I think so. This episode manages to blow minds. A lot happens, kind of the usual Smallville season finale. Clark goes to the arctic so we all know we will be seeing the Fortress of Solitude next season, Chloe goes along with him (finally!), Lana see's something that might just get her killed, Clark's parents might be dead and Lex goes a little bit crazy when his obsession get's the better of him. Lionel being in a catatonic state means something and we'll just have to wait to see what, but yeah the wait was worth it. He needed to stop being seen as the villain so that Lex could completely seise the spot. This finale was all about epic, and it delivered.
2. Exile (Season 3, Episode 1)

Best season starter out of all these seasons in my opinion. This episode showed us a really really bad ass Kal that robbed banks just to show other thugs how pathetic they were. We saw some Morgan Edge and we got some more of the red kryptonite. I just loved how everything in this episode was so very grande. From the reveal that Chloe knew where he's been to Lana going to see him and then his dad doing whatever he can to get his son back. This episode is simply amazing and a better start to the season, I could not have even hoped for!
1. Run (Season 4, Episode 5)

I like going for the unexpected with my last pick, but this might not be that unexpected for some... This is IMO the best stand-alone episode in all of the 5 seasons. There where a lot to pick from but I simply love the introduction to Bart Allen. Kyle Gallner is what I think about when I see Bart Allen (or Impulse) in my mind. In all honesty I'm not sure why I love this episode but it was just nice to see that Clark felt a little less lonely out there and he had someone he could bond with (the no secrets kind of way, well maybe some). This is one of those episodes you long to see and is over to fast when you've seen it. Thank god they bring him back for some epic stuff later on, which will be explored in my Seasons 6 to 10, top ten list.


Looking forward to making it quite soon. I have a lot of these planned as a matter of fact!
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Season 3 "Memoria" deserves a mention.
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So many episodes do, one of the many challenges of writing a Top 10 is not to put everything out there. I totally agree with you though.
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This is a great list!!I basically never watched smallville before. Thanks a lot
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You're very welcome, and thank you!
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A fantastic list! I basically lived under a rock and had never watched Smallville, thanks to a glimpse of this post I decided to Marathon it...

...so far I have lost about 6 weeks of my life and I'm on s7ep8. I love this show!

now that I have passed s5 I felt I had the right to read your post and completely agree. thank you for bringing Smallville into my life! :)
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I am happy I was able to inspire you to watch it, do make sure to read part 2 once you finish Season 10, and thank you! :)
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This is a great list!! The only ones that I would add (And honestly I'm not really sure where i would even put them) Would be "Stray" and "Ryan", I was a big fan of that story line and those episodes were big winners for me. Also "Sacred" was a big favorite for me, not really sure why, i just loved the story!

Thank you for the list! It brought back a lot of good memories!
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Happy to oblige!
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my episodes in order of seasons
1 Hourglass
2 Heat
3 Red
4 Insurgency
5 Exodus
6 Talisman
7 Crusade
8 Run
9 Transference
10 Bizzaro








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good list, Bizarro happens to be the first episode of season 7 though!
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"Pariah" should have been on the list, Chloe finding out was probably the best thing that ever happened to Clark and the show. Also "Skinwalker", the caves added something new to the show and the Superman mythology. But the best thing about both of these episodes was that they showed Clark was capable of loving someone other than Lana, an ability he should have put to a lot more use.
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I've built up some form of hate towards Alicia so anything that includes her manages to simply not entertain me for some reason. Also, never really liked the caves even though they further advanced the plot so when it comes to my favorites they sadly can't be included. Do see why you'd want them on yours though.
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Good list, hope you include the final episode of season 6 in part 2. 'Smallville' proved one more time that it can offer fucking awesome season finales!


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You are making me want to rewatch Smallville and I just don't have the time! lol I think part 2 will be harder for you, so much choice! Gotta include Checkmate, it was one of the stronger episodes of season 9, am I right? x
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you're right indeed, but also about how hard it's going to be.. Think I'll have to personalize Part 2 more so that it's unexpected yet understandable!
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*Cough* Justice *Cough*
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obviously some are undeniably the better episodes (*cough*Justice*Cough*)
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I can't argue with any episode on that list...they're all high quality. Some honorable mentions though are required since I think any of these could easily be in the top 10

Justice (6x11): I mean c'mon...it's the Justice League. By definition that makes it awesome, right?

Homecoming (10x4): Maybe I'm a sentimental ol' bastard, but Lois and Clark with a Smallville High reunion capped off with a Braniac three ghosts...brilliant!

Isis (10x5): Having established that I'm a sentimental ol' bastard, but, "It's me...I'm the blur" {run, jump, pounce, kiss} "What took you so long?"...that scene by itself is enough to qualify in my books

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this list only included seasons 1 to 5, I will be making a part 2 with the rest from 6 to 10 as well!
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LOL...you mean you only included seasons 1-5 by cunningly disguising "Seasons 1-5) in the title of your post?

{head shake}

Mea Culpa
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Indeed I did good sir!
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RUN was a fav of the first 5 for sure, loved the ending when Flash speeds away! Nice to see he was not alone. I love the list, great choices..I think the 6-10 will be harder as they had some really great arcs and I thought always moved the story at a slow but steady pace...I did not like season 8, did not buy into Chloe's story at all, and thought they picked the wrong bad guy in doomsdays...missed Lex to the max
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I did enjoy season 8 as a matter of fact, had some legion in there and it was over all solid even though the interpretation of a lot there could have been better!
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I saw the title of this article and my immediate thought was, if Red isn't on this list you're an idiot. Congratulations. It's a solid list, excellent episodes.
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Well I do like to keep off the idiot-radar!
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Run, & Exile were great! Crucade was great too! Wish he'd stayed as Kal-El longer!
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where is justice?
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season 6, so in part 2 I will definitely include it.
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Boo... y'all need to cull some season 9 or 10 for good episodes because that's where it actually starts to get good again after many mediocre seasons (though not the series finale because seriously, how disappointing).
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Thanks for this. Gonna bingewatch it again! :D
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I might as well but seen Smallville a dozen times already (literally) so if I'm not too busy with other shows ofc ;)
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Nice list. I still watch Smallville, since TNT shows reruns in the wee hours of the morning.
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yeah, if I told you how many times I've watched through the seasons I'd probably scare myself...
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I loved Smallville, and if it was still on the air I'd still be watching it every week. I still think the first three episodes of Smallville are the best. Smallville came out before the "gritty" superhero trend, but it wasn't part of the wacky superhero drama show either. It delivered, for the most part, a mature superhero drama. I think Smallville has altered my understanding of Clark/Cal/Superman, and made him more relatable as a character. DC comics really owes Smallville, in my opinion, for fleshing out Clark as a person rather that an alien with superpowers. The superman comics did give us a lot of his backstory, but Smallville made it real.
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Personally I loved all the episodes where Clark was on red kriptinite I really liked a darker Clark. I also loved the first episode of Lois lane when she found Clark and his broken brain and nakedness, the scene in the hospital when he just picked her up out of the door way, and the look on her face was classic.

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we deffo have the same number 1from the first few seasons !! the end bit when bart and clarke have a race and bart absolutely slay clarke ! LOOOVE IT!!!
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I just finished to watch the whole shows a couple of weeks ago :D!
220 episodes at once... Just kiding it took me some times!
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oh yeah, crossed the tenfold line a couple months back. Could've invested that time in other shows but Smallville kept pulling me back for some reason..
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I have been thinking about going back and watching the series all over again. In shame, I admit, that I still haven't watched the last 8 episodes of the series. Whether that be out of fear for a disappointing ending or because I don't want to admit to myself that the show is really over, I don't know.
Great list.
I LOVED seeing Reeve in the episode. That has to be a top 5 episode of all time for me.
I really liked the Crusade episode....but hated it that Clark turned his back on that side of himself and didn't embrace it.

I hope the "Justice League" episode makes it onto your next list.
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The justice league episode was great.
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Justice... No doubt about it!
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