Smallville Season 8

Smallville over the course of 7 seasons has made its way easily to the top of my favorite shows list, but I am starting to get worried. THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF PLOT, not to mention villains, with Michael Rosenbaum leaving the cast. With every great superhero you have their nemesis, Batman and the Joker, Flash and the Rouges, and you have the loved Superman and the infamous Lex Luthor. Their stuggle has lasted 50 years and is still raging in the DC universe. Anyway, despite my disappointment at the loss of the worlds favorite supervillain, the show must go on, and so must this review.


Smallville Season 8 has potential to be great, but also the potential to not quite meet the standard of the previous seasons. After they finish the whole 'missing Clark Kent' series, continuing from the 7th season finale, the writers need to hit some key landmarks in the Clark Kent story. Firstly, they need to have Clark get over Lana Lang (thank the lords she's gone), and get his ass into the Daily Planet staff. He needs to slowly start donning the Superman persona, and eventually the costume. The costume donning should happen on the last episode so that the go out on a triumphant note. He also NEEDS to fall in love with Lois Lane, and vice versa. And he eventually needs to join up with the JLA, or as Arthur Currey wanted at the end of the episode 'Aqua' the Junior Lifeguards Association.


So, whether or not this is the last season, I have lofty hopes for it, and really hope that it not only reaches, but surpasses them.

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Sep 14, 2008 1:33PM EDT

omg!!!...i totally agree...but i love this show and it should go on for a long time cuz` superman is invincable...read my review its on the front page and my pro.!!!

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Sep 14, 2008 7:27PM EDT

I agree, its time we got some classic Clark Kent moments. We need more Daily Planet journalism, a lot more Lois and a lot more of Clark's vigilantism. Its time he made the transformation into Superman. I think season eight will go either way; it will either be great, or abysmal. I'm obviously hoping for the former, but there are few shows who manage to pull off losing a character as important as Lex Luthor. I'm glad Lana has gone though, I like Lois a lot more anyway. Plus, she has had her day. Smallville revolved around their love for way too long, untill it eventually got too frustrating. Lois is a great character, and she is played well. With more appearances from her, I think the show will get stronger. Also, a lot of my favourite episodes are Lois-centric. I'm looking forward to the new season... and something tells me that we will know by the first episode whether this season has been worth the wait.

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Sep 14, 2008 8:51PM EDT

I very much agree, jaivomi... I also hope for a much more Lois-centered love from Clark, seeing as they were just beating a dead horse with the Lana Lang love plot, but you also have to take into account that Lois mayn't be in the first few episodes, unless she tags along on the Queen Heroes rescue mission in the arctic, which the Smallville Lois certainly has the personality to do. You must remember that Lex may currently might be controlling our super-powered best friend. So Lois may be left out of this current plot twist, seeing as it is more of a super-powered affair, and the quiver packing green arrow will also their, could that be a repellent for our inquisitive reporter? I know not.Another thing I forgot in the above review, is that I believe that a green/black relationship should be in the making, but this depends on how up to date the writers are in the current DC events, with the recent marriage of Ollie Queen and Dinah Drake.

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Sep 14, 2008 8:53PM EDT

wait..omg!!..michael rosenbaum is getting cutt??...u need to have a lex luthor or the show will be like..dead...omg!!...but they should bring in the secret identity stuff and costumes and lois lane and clark should move to metropolis like he does in the comic books and movies 2 work 4 the daily planet!

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Sep 16, 2008 1:30PM EDT

You posted a question on my pre-season review of Smallville, and I think first, before I reply I will give you an explanation. Although I have watched Smallville and I have been an avid fan over its run, I am not someone who is familiar with all the different aspects of the superman world. Yes, I have seen the original movie and I watched Dean Cane's version of Superman growing up (which I loved btw). But I'm only eighteen and was never really exposed to the comicbook side of it all (I have read a few), hence I don't have a full range of knowledge like you seem to have. However, in regards to your question... I personally would love to see Bruce Wayne in Smallville. I remember in an episode a couple of seasons back they mentioned Gotham and I got a twinge of excitement at the thought of him being introduced. I think that would give the show another dimension, and would be great to watch. As for Princess Diana... well I have limited knowledge on Wonder Woman. However, I didn't really like Kara in Smallville, at all. I felt she was too much, which surprised me since I love strong feminine characters... all the better if their super. So, I wonder whether Princess Diana would be the same for me. Although I think played by the right person it might work. I'd rather see Bruce though. What are your thoughts? I do however feel this is unlikely... like you said Smallville is quite original with the occasional reference. I doubt, especially if this is the last season, they will be introduced.

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Sep 18, 2008 5:28PM EDT

Haha your writing is so good that I assumed you were older than me! Anyway, yeah I think I would be content with seeing the odd reference to either of them. Like them talking about either in the daily planet etc. But I agree, I think it would be a good move on the producers part if they wanted to extend the amount of episodes, it would open up a lot of possibilities in terms of storylines.

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Sep 18, 2008 9:00PM EDT

I agree with pretty much all of what the original poster said but disagree only on the part about writing out lex.I agree it wont be as good but it has to be done.Luthor would be able to figureout who superman is.His ego won't let him.He has to leave now to allow enough time before CK turns up as Superman in the future and for LL to have forgotten CK and (most prob)delete records of him in Smallville.

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Sep 18, 2008 9:18PM EDT

as for jaivomi's comments on Wonder Woman and Bruce Wayne. Not sure but i think Diana would still be on paradise isand.Batman wouldn't have been in BW mindseye at all.only way i could see it happening is if BW(used as a posterboy) was in metropolis because waynecorp take over the daily planet.BW is a spoilt rich kid and CK saves his life (in a way that mirrors the pilot wher he saves LL).he should be someone nobody likes (except lois based on looks..again). get somebody saying something like "Wonder if he'll ever mount up to much" and leave it at that.

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Sep 18, 2008 9:56PM EDT

You know what, I agree with almost everything you said, except for the part when you said he should don the superman costume. First off have you seen tom welling, now picture him in the infamous superman costume, that we have seen so many times. I just think that the costume wouldn't make Tom Welling look the part, even though he surely can play the part (without the costume). Also I definitely think that there is going to be a Lois and Clark hook up, because if you've seen the end of the first episode, that look in Lois's eyes is revealing and tells that there is definitely an attraction, and much more to come.

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Sep 23, 2008 9:01PM EDT

Wow, now for responses to just about four comments.
1) I liked the season opener, I thought that the writers pulled off the losses, and may I relate the loss of Lana Lang to the Warrior Angel plot from 7.06 'Action', just thought I would toss that in. Tess Mercer is not my favorite character, and seems a bit dodgy, but I think it fills the void left by Lex Luthor, which nobody can argue wasn't a loss for the show. As for 'flash_point' s comment about Lex Luthor's knowledge of Clark Kent's secret, I have only two things to say. Firstly it was a way to write Lex Luthor out of the show, because of course he cannot know about the deep not-so-dark secret. Also it did away with the Veritas plot which, I believe was a way for Clark Kent to see that the world really does need him as a guardian, of at least Metropolis does. Also they could have solved Lex Luthor knowing if he had continued to star in the show, who knows, maybe the fortresses collapse caused memory loss, we will never know, probably.
2) They could introduce Bruce Wayne any number of ways, as Batman or as himself, the spoiled rich kid. They could do both at the same time, or, like they did with Oliver Queen, introduce one an episode later.
3) The costume you say? It won't work? You're right. That's why he isn't going to don the red and blue until the last episode. Smallville is the comprehensive story of two things, first it is a story of the upbringing of Clark Kent, and the lessons that he learns that makes him Superman, second, it is a story of the meeting of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
I will write a review of the 8th season on Thursday, once we have a little more indication of where they are going with the plot.
Thanks...--Aqua

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Oct 11, 2008 8:49AM EDT

FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN AND READ OF SMALLVILLE SEASON 8 THE PRODUCERS SAY THAT THEY ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE SUPERMAN IDENTITY COMING TO FRUITION, AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED THEIR NO CLOSER TO THE SUPERMAN STORY THAN THEY WERE AT THE LAST EPISODE OF SEASON 1, I AM THINKING OF GIVING SMALLVILLE AWAY, ITS JUST GOING NO WHERE

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