Holy ****ing Crap!!!
That was incredible. Not faultless but still pretty great. Generally I had a smile on my face the entire time.
A few of the negatives out of the way.
I knew the wedding drama was gonna grind things to a halt, Tess died, No last words between Jonathan and Jor-El, No epic fight for Clark (still have yet to see a live action Superman story where he really cuts loose), Tess Died!, memory wiping Lex a little cheap (though a great mirror scene with seeing Lex's memories wiped), Lex was a clone, he's still not the same Lex that Clark was once friends with or the one who Clark had the most animosity towards and the memory wipe kind of clinched that, No Martian Manhunter actually a lot of people we didn't see this year like Bart, Victor, AC and TESS DIED AND IT ENDED UP BEING GLOSSED OVER!!!
The good bits.
Where do I begin?
It wasbeautifullyshot, it wasbeautifullyedited, The musical score was brilliantly used.
I liked the ending Chloe has gotten, I liked that she telling the story to her son (I assume). It wasn't overpowering nor did it get in the way of things.
The conversation between Lex and Clark. That was great, the animosity was there. It was only a brief scene but that was seriously worth the hype. I liked how the conversation was steered to a point like in The Dark Knight where it set up how they will clash for the rest of their lives. The scenes where we see everything that shaped Clark and Lex were greatly mirrored. if I have one thing to say though, they should have done the scene where Tess was killed first then have Clark meet Lex, They could have just said the memories would have taken a little longer to fade away, it would give chance for Clark to feel bad about Tess and solidify that Lex can't be saved.
Loved the truly apocalyptic feel this had. Being an avid Buffy fan I'm very critical of end of the world scenarios and Smallville's previous two just weren't great. Doomsday was a disappointment and The kandorians invasion was all talk. This one was on par with one in Vessel/Zod.
Great seeing a handful of characters return, Chloe, Martha, Lex, Jonathan.
BLOODY LOVED THAT JONATHAN WAS THE ONE WHO HANDED CLARK HIS SUIT! SERIOUSLY THAT WAS AWESOME!
Oliver. I really liked how this episode highlighted that Clark and Oliver are best friends. Clark frees Oliver from the darkness and Oliver goes to stop Desaad, Granny Goodness and Godfrey. My favourite story is the Ramayana and in that story Rama's brother feels it as his duty to help his brother prevail by defeating his enemies generals and warriors and it reminded me of that.
Tess. Her redemption story comes to an end and she gained it. This season Tess has been really compelling and engaging and the story was good for the bulk of it. It's a sad ending but she passes away with the knowledge that she was worth savingandClark indeedsucceededin saving her. Also she does hand off a giant **** you to Lex by telling her that Clark saved her as well.
And for the last time I get to do this for Smallville. *Inhales* To paraphrase Derek Zoolander she is really, really, ridiculously good looking, but that doesn't even begin to describe herattractiveness. She is insanely gorgeous, she is boombastically fantasically pretty, people from the 1950's would call her dishy, the irish would call her bonnie and not only are her eyes angelic they look like the irishcountrysideafter a soft rain, her hair flows like a sea at night with a red sky, her nose is adorable,her cheekbones are perfect, she has agreatfigureand her legs are top notch. And there ends my crazy stalker obsession with absolutely freaking and awesomely stunning and beautiful Cassidy Freeman/Tess Mercer.
Clark can FLY AT WILL!!! Not quite as awesome as it was in Crusade but with the suit shots never going to happen it was still pretty impressive. And what a way to save the world Clark, thrusting APOKALIPS out of the Solar System!
The ending scenes. Brilliant to see Aaron Ashmore return though it is a bit annoying with the whole that wasn't Jimmy this is Jimmy from Doomsday. Lex is President, nice touch. The closing shot, that was a great way to end it. Smallville had to end in a iconic way with an iconic shot and they picked a goodun.
That's the end of it. Smallville has ended. 10 years of joy, fun, rage and tears have come to a close. Clark Kent has become The Man Of Steel