Smallville

Season 10 Episode 21

Finale

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 13, 2011 on The CW
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Clark and Lois both reconsider their wedding plans, unaware that Darkseid and his prophets plan to disrupt the ceremony. Meanwhile, Apokolips draws nigh, and Lionel abducts Tess as part of his plan to bring his dead son back to life.

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  • Strong negative feelings!

    6.5
    I really have negative felling about how this show turned out. From season 8 forward, only 2 of the original characters were on, Clark and Chloe. In the final season, Chloe should have played a major role but was absent for half of it and delegated to last on the title! Only Lois of the new characters was at all interesting. Some of the new characters, especially Aquaman, could not even act. And to kill off Tess... why the H... did they do that???!!! What plot purpose did that serve? As the show progressed, the repeated angst one Clark's trying to figure out if there was room in his life for a life partner got to be extremely frustrating as did the consistent "the next enemy is the greatest one Clark will have to face". I can understand the Jonathan and Martha hard to leave Clark's life. However, what mother would move away and rarely visit her son or return to the home where she spent such a blessed time with a beloved husband? The explanation that it was just too painful just did not ring true. My favorite characters where Chloe, Lois, Tess, Clark, and Lex, in that order. Others were okay but less believable or interesting.



    And I haven't even mentioned the ridiculousness of a planet hitting the Earth but not being noticed until it was closer than the moon and not having any gravitational effect or heating effect... not even when it was almost touching the rooftops!



    Season 10 was more about saying goodbye and tying loose ends but not doing a good job or it. I thought they could have done a much better job of closing the Lana issue. Lex returning but really not being a big part of the story was disappointing as well. I understand that Michael Rosenbaum did not really want to be a part but they had so many other options.



    For me the fight and identity as Superman is a non issue. I always expected those would be the last things to happen before Clark transitioned from "Smallville" to "Superman" I do wish that he had been identified and Superman at least once.



    But back to paragraph 1, my greatest disappointment is the absence of Chloe, Clarks best friend, for so many episodes. To me, that just ruined season 10. She was an integral part in every episode until the end of season 9 but absent for 12 episodes in season 10.



    Overall, the show was okay. However, this is one of those shows that should have ended sooner... 2 or even 3 season sooner; for whatever reasons, the writers just lost their edge and direction.

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  • my nieces thoughts

    10
    clarks cute lois and lana are perfect for him i think hes heroic hes my favorite super hero out of them all wow here he omes now somebody save me
  • One of the most disappointing finales EVER!

    2.0
    I cannot express more strongly how frustrated I was watching the last episode of Smallville... it was not only a terrible episode but sloppy story telling. I freely admit that there are plenty of things about Smallville I found to be lacking but despite those faults I stuck with it (Chloe helped). Still nothing had really gotten me excited about the show in years (except perhaps the hope that Lana would leave the show never to be seen again... EVER).



    Then season 9 came along and I started to be excited for the next episode. I loved the larger world the creators of the show were building. Ollie really came into his own, as a character, and Mercy was one of the most interesting new supporting roles they had brought us. Lois pining for Clark, instead of the other way around, was fun to see. All-in-all it wasn't as iffy a show any longer. Then they take a huge step backwards and screw up the last episode I watch (my last memory) of this series. It's like they wanted us to remember that in the end this show was just a 5 or 6 out of 10 at best.



    Let me explain No there's too much, let me sum up: 1) The huge plot hole in why everyone was all of unbranded (why because they saw a speck in the sky?) 2) The death of Tessa - They took a character that had the most interesting & textured story arc and just killed her for real no reason. If it was for gravatus they should have realized it would not upset longtime fans like the death of Chloe would have (I would have totally cried). 3) What the hell happened with Green Arrow's assault on Darkseid's heralds? Why did his arrows all of a sudden do... well anything at all to them especially as Apokolips is floating in the sky. 4) So now you tell me that Lois & Clark don't get married until 2018? Why? Is there some kooky running joke about it ever working out? Nope... they just had more to do than finishing the last line in they vows (BTW legally they're most likely already married). 5) The cheesy plug for Smallville comics and the almost bookend to the episode of Chloe reading to her son (with Ollie?) was lame. Sorry guys this isn't the Princess Bride (despite what my header for this section might lead you to believe).



    Lastly I don't care if Sups flies for 7 mins or 27... what I needed him to do was be Superman and what we saw was still The Blur. They even set the whole thing up so that all Sups needed to do was be the LIGHT and inspire people. But all he did was try to sell the Kent family legacy, get beat up by a Luthor and let Tess die.



    I cannot say this enough Superman is an overwhelmingly positive character (like him or hate him) and what he needed to do was inspire people, he could have done that many ways but the main one was simply to stop for a moment and show his face. It's saying something that the new JLA movie mirrors this story thematically in that the huge world treat of Darkseid can unite the world behind its heroes.



    Yet here were the answer to saving people is just what Clark did with Ollie (inspire him by speech and deed) was what he didn't do at all. We had the perfect moment too, Lois and the Prez on Air Force One with a camera but nope.



    Don't get me started on how we had a huge list of potential guests that could have been on the show (from JLAers to Dr Emil who we just forgot about). I really wonder how this show lasted as long as it did with a production team or (more than likely) a bunch of studio excs without heart or story symmetry.moreless
  • One word: EPIC

    10
    I know some people disliked the fact of that we only got to see him fly for 7mins. But, this show was never about Superman. It was about the journey of Clark Kent. This episode gave us everything we soul have ever wanted from the finale.
  • While the series has become somewhat heavy-handed and dark during the past few seasons, this finale returns it to the original spirit of the Superman legend.

    9.5
    Outstanding finale! The series has tended to be overly cerebral and heavy-handed in the past few seasons, but this final episode was true to the historic spirit of the Superman legend. It returned to the original basic premise of good vs. evil, action, and the heroic and courageous heart and soul of the hero. Especially satisfying was Clark's transition to Superman after he receives the suit from Jonathan, which was filmed beautifully - the entire series has been building up to that moment for 10 years! Much disappointment has been expressed about the fact that there is never a full shot of Clark in the uniform, and that he doesn't wear it until the last 5 minutes or so. To me, though, that makes perfect dramatic sense - we've spent 10 years imagining that sight, and the way the scene was shot, when he finally does become Superman - suit and all - preserves that mystique. After all, at its core, the show was never about Superman - it was about Clark's development and his journey to becoming Superman. It did not disappoint - the special effects, the music (including themes from John Williams's score from the 1978 motion picture), and the storyline all added up to the electrifying and satisfying climax that we were expecting.moreless
Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

John Schneider

John Schneider

Jonathan Kent

Guest Star

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Kent

Guest Star

Steve Byers

Steve Byers

Desaad

Guest Star

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

The Voice of Jor-El

Recurring Role

Evan C. Schulte

Evan C. Schulte

Jeff Hage

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Trivia: The dates on Jonathan Kent's grave are September 1, 1954 to January 26, 2006. The date of death is the airdate of the episode "Reckoning" when he died.

    • The TV news shows a story that Lex was just elected President of the United States in 2018. The next presidential elections will be held in 2012, 2016, and 2020, not 2018.

    • When Chloe reads to her son at the beginning, she says that Clark believes he had to turn his back on both his parents. However, the comic book says, "he believed the only way to seize his destiny was to turn his back on both his fathers." The latter makes more sense, since Clark has three parents, but only two fathers.

    • When Tess attempts to call Clark to warn him about Apokolips, she has the phone to her face, indicating the intent to make a voice call. When Clark finds the phone later on, she appears to be holding the phone in front of her as a part of the video message.

    • Trivia: Clark says that Preclox was registered six weeks ago. The date on the registration is April 4, 2011, placing the events of this episode on or about May 16.

    • As Lionel talks to Tess about Connor's heart, his left hand jumps from her right side beneath her breast (as he says "no alternative"), and then jumps in the next shot to dead center on her sternum, and then jumps back down to her right side again. In the next shot he is cupping her jaw as he bends down and kisses her. Then he drops his head back and his hand is suddenly down near her waist. Throughout this his body doesn't shift at all to indicate any shoulder or arm motion.

    • Although Tess was clearly going to the wedding rather than watching over the city (note that she brings her fancy dress to Watchtower), and may have been a bridesmaid (as implied in "Fortune"), no one at the wedding notices or cares that she's absent. It's not until after Apokolips arrives that they try to contact Tess and discover she's MIA.

    • Clark tells Oliver that Oliver "knows gold kryptonite will take away my powers forever." Prior to this episode, neither Oliver or Clark have been shown to know anything about gold kryptonite. Emil and Tess know, but every indication was that they were keeping the information secret.

    • In "Masquerade," when the threat of Darkseid was no greater than seen in this episode, Lois had a diorama set up with the various vigilantes seated in the chapel. They are not at the wedding, supposedly out on patrol because of the threat of Darkseid. She also mentioned in that episode that her father's "hero-hating Army buddies" would be there, but there's no sign of any military personnel in the audience. And finally, the diorama seen there bears little resemblance to the actual chapel: the diorama is much smaller, and the windows in the diorama are pentagon shaped while the windows in the chapel are rectangular.

    • Lois' vows to Clark, and her voiceover reading of them, don't match what is on the page.

      - Stated: "But I guess life's meant..." Letter omits the "But."

      - Stated: "I think it's like my dad". Letter reads, "maybe its like my dad".

      - Stated: "Only sign up". Letter reads, "You only sign up".

      - Stated: "I can not imagine". Letter reads, "I can't imagine."

      - Stated: "So I promise that I will always have your back, as you will always have mine". Letter reads, "I promise to always have your back, as you'll always have mine."

    • Clark's voiceover as Lois reads his vows doesn't match what is on the page.

      - Stated: "and more pure heart". Letter reads "who is so pure of heart."

      - Stated: "always been there to bring me back". Letter reads, "you're always there to show me the way back."

      - Stated: "So on this day, at this moment". Letter reads, "So, today, at this moment."

      - Stated: "You've always believed in me, and I believe in you." Letter reads, "You've always told me you believe in me I want you to know--I believe in you too."

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Chloe: This is the story of an amazing boy, who grew up in the fields of Kansas. In a little town called Smallville. When he became a man, he believed the only way to seize his destiny was to turn his back on both his parents and refuse to see the darkness descending on Earth. But all that was about to change. He was about to face his greatest challenge.

    • Lois: I'm just in your way.
      Clark: You're not in my way, Lois, you're by my side.

    • Lois: You really don't see it, do you? You're a hero, and that's how it should be. It's just that you've gotten so used to the fact that you know you're gonna be able to fix everything and make everything right that you cut out any possibility that there are some things that you just... you can't fix.
      Clark: We don't need fixing.
      Lois: We don't. But we are in an impossible situation, one that you can't superspeed or superhear or superleap your way out of.

    • Granny Goodness: I want to give your soul eternal life! Please, Lutessa, let me save you!
      Tess: From what?
      Granny Goodness: Darkseid's Apokolips. Evil in its purest form--the heart of human nature, obscured over time as something to be cast away rather than embraced. Hades, Kali-- even the word "Lucifer" is an old Latin phrase meaning "morning star," "bringer of light." I'm afraid the centuries and translations have twisted Darkseid's true gifts. But before the end of days, his rapture will be the only salvation.
      Tess: I will never join you.
      Granny Goodness: Farewell, my child. Bless your soul.
      Tess: Wait. When? I mean, what you do mean, when? When is this hell coming?
      Granny Goodness: It's not coming, Lutessa. It's upon us.

    • Lois: Clark can hear the world's cries for help, and he's duty-bound to answer the call. I am not gonna stand in his way.
      Chloe: He can't listen all the time, Lois. He's not God. He can't be aware of every bird or blade of grass, okay? He's a man. And sometimes he needs to not listen. He needs to rest, to love, to laugh. And when he finally does decide to take to the skies, he's gonna need you to ground him.

    • Clark: I, Clark Kent, take you, Lois Lane, to be my companion... forever. With you by my side, I will never be alone. Though the world sees a strong and independent woman, I've never known someone with such gentle grace and more pure heart. When I've been lost, you've always been there to bring me back. So on this day, at this moment, I pledge the rest of my life to you. You've always believed in me, and I believe in you. And when you believe in someone, it's not for a minute or just for now. It's forever.

    • Lois: Well here's the thing about that. I can be loud. And at times I'm a little bossy. So someone might wonder why a person of your godlike caliber would be with a woman who is so imperfect. Well don't take this the wrong way, but you come with some baggage of your own. And it's made me a better person. Just like being with me will make you a greater man... and a superhero, I hope.

    • Lois: I wanted these vows to be perfect, but perfection's a hard thing to get your hands on. But life is meant to be a little messy. And when it comes to love, I think it's like my dad always said about the Army. "You only sign up if it's the only thing you could ever imagine doing." And, Clark, I can not imagine spending a moment of my life without you. So I promise that I will always have your back, as you will always have mine. You're my best friend, you're my home, and you're my true love. And I am yours and will be forever.

    • Clark: I'm not giving up on you, Oliver. You've a good heart, let it guide you. You and I, we have to save the world together. I need you to be a hero. I know you'll make the right choice. You know gold kryptonite will take away my powers forever. Listen, I believe in you.

    • Clark: Dad.
      Jonathan: I knew you'd see me again. When you were ready.
      Clark: I made a mistake, Dad. I thought I had to leave you behind. But it's you and Mom, everyone that I care about, that make this world worth saving.
      Jonathan: But you're worried you're going to fail this time. I know you're scared, Son.
      Clark: I faced Darkseid before. He knows my weakness. He almost defeated me. I need your help.
      Jonathan: But Son, he never saw the man who's standing before me now.

    • Martha: Don't doubt yourself, Clark. This has been coming for a long time. Before you arrived, we wanted a child so badly. The day you found us in that field, you were the miracle we prayed for. Now the world needs that same miracle.

    • Clark: Lois, no matter what happens...
      Lois: A person that I greatly admire once told me that when you believe in someone, it's not for a few minutes or some times, but just for now, but for forever. Now go save the world.

    • Lex: Hello, Clark. Can't say I love what you done with the place.
      Clark: Lex.
      Lex: You still say it the same way--astonishment mixed with a hint of dread, yet... with a hopeful finish.
      Clark: You're alive.
      Lex: Seems my father had a... a change of heart. And I got a second chance of life.

    • Clark: Where's Tess? What have you done with her?!
      Lex: She's fine. I wouldn't worry so much about my dear little sister. You know, I used to think it was our families who made us who we are. Then I hoped it was our friends. But if you look at history, the great men and women of the world have always been defined by their enemies.
      Clark: You have a second chance. You can change all that.
      Lex: But that's the thing about memories--you can't forget them. Like how you're always one step ahead of me, Clark. No matter how meticulously I prepared, no matter how strategic I was. If only I'd known I stood a chance.
      Clark: It wasn't a competition.
      Lex: Of course it wasn't. You were born to be the chosen one. You're simply better than us.
      Clark: And that always killed you.
      Lex: No. No, what killed me is that you didn't even want it. You fought it--you hid from it! I would have taken it and relished it, embraced it.
      Clark: My destiny wasn't yours to take!
      Lex: I get that now. Which is why I finally embraced my own. You and I... we will both be great men. Because of each other. We have a destiny together, Clark... only on different sides.
      Clark: And I'll always be there to stop you. Always.
      Lex: Oh, I'm counting on it.

    • Lex: Our story hasn't been written yet, Kal-El. And every villain is only as great as his hero. But, you see, that all relies on you saving us from the coming Apocalypse.
      Clark: You know about Darkseid?
      Lex: You really think I just read the Cliff Notes of the Veritas journals? They foretold of a chosen savior--the light that will inspire this world out of darkness. You are the light, Clark. Only you hold the power within you.
      Clark: I'm not so sure that Clark Kent can save the entire world on his own.
      Lex: He can't. But we both know who can.
      Clark: I'm sorry I couldn't save you, Lex.

    • Granny Goodness: The mark has been lifted.
      Gordon Godfrey: That's impossible.
      Green Arrow: I've got this friend, cool leather jacket, blurs faster than a speeding bullet. He's pretty good at impossible.

    • Darkseid: The lost son of Jor-El.
      Clark: Darkseid. My father sent me here to protect this planet. And I will fight you to my last breath.
      Darkseid: There must be a part of you that's disgusted by how easily your people fell to me.
      Clark: They may not be perfect, but I believe even in the darkest soul, there's always hope. People want to believe in something greater, and it may be easier to hate, but it's stronger to love.
      Darkseid: Is it? Eons have passed since I came face-to-face with a force that could possibly tip the balance to the light. You are the light! You cast out the darkness from Oliver Queen, and you will obliterate my darkness from the rest of the world if you are not stopped! You will surrender to me. You will lose your soul. I will annihilate you!

    • Clark: These were my trials.
      Jor-El: The final trial is upon you, my son. You are ready. Seize your destiny.

    • Tess: Something told me that I'd find you here. I combed the lab, and I saw what happened.
      Lex: Long time, Sis.
      Tess: Did you always know?
      Lex: Why do you think I recruited you and treated you as my own flesh and blood?
      Tess: You used me.
      Lex: Semantics. I'd say dear old Dad did most of the abusing. Wouldn't you? I guess the bullet in his chest answers that question, huh?
      Tess: He wanted nothing more then to have you back again.
      Lex: And what did you want, Tess?
      Tess: Something I'll never have.
      Lex: Clark?
      Tess: Redemption.

    • Jor-El: Your journey has come to an end, Kal-El.
      Clark: I shouldn't have tried to push away my Kryptonian side. My strength is accepting it--accepting you.
      Jor-El: You honor me. A father's pride cannot be measured in words, but know that I am proud of you, Son.
      Clark: You have no idea how long I've waited to hear you say that.
      Jor-El: We have been down our long road, Kal-El--one paved with difficult trials. Those trials are behind you now. Any father can only hope that he is one day humbled by the feats of his son. But it is your soul, Kal-El, of which I am most proud. You--and you alone--possess the courage, the determination, and the compassion that will be required of you to lift the darkness from the Earth. (returns the suit to Clark) I ask you to remember one thing. Your abilities may be of my blood, but it is your time in Smallville, with Jonathan and Martha Kent and all the people there, that made you a hero, Kal-El.
      Jonathan: Always hold onto Smallville.

    • Chloe: "And that was the day the boy turned into Superman."
      Chloe's Son: Wow. Read again, please.
      Chloe: Oh. There will always be more adventures for another day.

    • Lois: How many "Great Caesar's ghosts"?
      Jimmy Olsen: Four, before his coffee. But...did you get my shots?
      Lois: Love the framing, love the colors. Where's the drama?
      Jimmy Olsen: Um... um, did you see the one with the elephant?
      Lois: The Man of Steel deserves something better than a circus incident and a fender-bender. I want pecs, I want cape, I want pearly whites.
      Jimmy Olsen: Yes, Miss Lane.
      Lois: Great. Your brother left big shoes for you to fill, Olsen. I know you're up to the task.

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Lois: Your Copperfield act's impressive.
      Referencing illusion David Copperfield, who made a name for himself in the 80s and 90s by performing astounding feats of legerdemain such as making the Statue of Liberty disappear, and walking through the Great Wall of China.

    • Tess: Thank God for our favorite Martian.
      Referencing the 1963 sitcom My Favorite Martian, starring Ray Walston as a human-looking Martian stranded on Earth, who used his natural telepathic powers to comedic effect.

    • Oliver: Clark, I don't think taking a scalpel to your past is going to turn you into the caped Skywalker of your future.
      Referencing the character from the Star Wars franchise, Anakin Skywalker. Although trained to be a Jedi, Anakin refuses to embrace tumultuous feelings. As a result, he eventually gives in to his anger and embraces the Dark Side, becoming Darth Vader.

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