I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by the season premiere of Smallville. How could a show possibly go on after simultaneously losing two of their major characters? But I actually think they pulled it off. I liked this episode.
Inevitably, there were some new faces to fill the void left by Lex and Lana (Mainly Lex). Tess Mercer, the lady left behind to look after Lex's company does seem like the kind of person you don't want to cross. Especially in the wake of Regan (another power hungry Luthorcorp employee) going 'missing'. Within the episode they told us she is worse than Lex, but I think with watching 7 years of Lex Luthor ruining peoples lives I will have to see it to believe it. I do however, forsee a lot of battles between her and Lois, which I think Lois is more than ready for. Lois over the years has become one of my favourite characters so I am definitely looking forward to a bit more of the Lane this season.
Although this wasn't exactly the most action packed episode of Smallville, I could sort of tell they were laying the foundations for the season as well as wrapping up some loose ends from the last. We did have Oliver and Clark beating each other up though which I rather enjoyed, especially with Clark sporting the wet look (I think its the hair that does it...). It was nice to see Chloe back in one piece too... in fact more than one piece, she is now super intelligent! I suppose thats going to factor in along the season although Chloe was always really smart so it can't be that big a deal surely...
Clark being almost killed by Oliver was an interesting scenario too, and I was impressed by the special effects there - looked painful though. But of course, he didn't die. And his kryptonian friend sacraficed his powers for Clark's destiny. I definitely think the message of this episode was the fact that Clark is pretty much alone now and that he is for the first time actually ready. I thought Clark saying that he never actually said goodbye was very true to all the losses he has had over the years, and so I thought that was a good scene. It very much felt like he was almost saying goodbye to the last 7 seasons due to the fact I think this one is going to be very different.
Probably the only thing that made me groan about this episode was seeing Jimmy right at the end. Needless to say, I have not exactly ever been his biggest fan - at least of the Smallville version. I just don't like how they have made him, and I don't like him with Chloe either... she can do better.
Other than that, I thought it was a good episode and a nice start to the season. It looks like I got my wish too, with more classic Clark moments... him at the Daily Planet and even a mention of a homemade suit! It will be interesting to see how this season goes, but in my eyes its looking good.