Most of us sat down to watch the eighth season of Smallville with the same notion... it was going to crash and burn. And quite frankly, no one could blame us for presuming that. Any show which loses one, never mind two, central characters at the same time is bound to face some trying times. Luckily for us, something super happened. We have witnessed Clark rise from shattered buildings and walk through the flames, but never had we seen the show itself quite literally rise up, defy all our TV reasoning, and still be a great show. But it did.
Season eight of Smallville gave us a lot of emotion, a lot of excitement, a lot of drama, and even a lot of laughs. Emotions-wise I have to say we had one of the saddest episodes in Smallville's eight year history when Clana got the ending it deserved with that bitter sweet kiss. We also said goodbye to Jimmy, not the most loved of characters (at least in my eyes) yet in reality he was the love of Chloe's life and his photographic journalism always put an interesting spin on things. Clark and Lois spent this entire season wrestling with their feelings, and something tells me there is a lot more of that to come next season.
Smallville always seems to deliver in the excitement department too. While we did have a slightly disappointing climax to Doomsday's campaign against Clark, the rest of the season was filled with many exhilarant moments from Chloe's wedding being crashed by the world's omnipotent destroyer to Lois and Clark being trapped in the phantom zone. Some time traveling was then involved when the future Legion turned up to rid the world of Doomsday once and for all. Throw into the mix a plane crash, multiple kidnappings, and far too many run-ins with kryptonite to count and you've got action galore!
Along with all the action, the season was definitely not short on drama, drama, drama. We spent a lot of time waiting for Lois and Clark to finally get it on, and while watching the flirtatiousness of them both was tantalizing, it all ended in tears when Miss Lang came back to town. Then there was Chloe who came very close to having a relationship with a serial killer. And if that wasn't enough for you we even had Jimmy's drug problem and his and Chloe's separation!
I think I can pretty much sum up the hilarity of this season with two words - Lois Lane. Whenever she was off somewhere whether she's having a manicure or having dinner with the General, ergo not in an episode, there always seemed to be something missing. Lois has been a consistently great aspect this season with her interactions with Clark and her often perilous endeavors. And through it all she always manages to make us smile with a quirky one liner. She quite literally laughs in the face of death. Move over Lana Lang... there isn't room for the both of ya's.
The main reason for all our woes as to how this season would shape up was the departure of Lex Luthor. But this season did have its fair share of villains to fill the void. Tess Mercer was in a way an anti-heroine. On the surface, and to pretty much everyone around her, she seemed scheming and devious (and in a way she was). However look deeper and you could see someone whose persona was very much shaped by a troubled past and who sometimes did have a moral goal, yet I suppose if the road to hell is paved with good intentions then she is very much on her way there. Davis, or Doomsday, wasn't exactly as strong a villain as I had hoped. I found myself thinking he hadn't been utilized enough throughout this season. However, he did have some amazing moments, and crashing Chloe's wedding was definitely one of them. The way he was portrayed as the polar opposite to Clark, one sent to protect, one to destroy, was also an interesting spin to things and at times made us empathize with Davis. He however was never meant to be the loving person Clark is, and eventually he was dealt with.
Overall, I think Smallville had a great season. It is definitely a show not done telling its story yet and whether you like it or not it still is one of the most watchable things on TV. It shocked us all by coming back with episodes even better than those seen in some previous years. Let's just hope next season goes the same way!