Smallville is a show based on the early years of Clark Kent AKA Superman. It follows Clark as he grows into the superhero he eventually becomes, and as he saves the day and stops the bad guys. Although obviously there are some similarities between Smallville and all the earlier interpretations of possibly the worlds favourite superhero, Smallville has become a separate entity.
Clark, played fantastically by Tom Welling, has grown over the years from a teenager who is unsure of himself, to a man almost ready to begin following the road upon which is his destiny. We have seen Clark fall in love with Lana, someone he has always thought he was meant to be with forever. Clark has experienced loss also, in the form of the death of his father, someone who was perhaps most instrumental in shaping the man Clark has become. And then theres the super side of Clark... his powers have grown and his enemy's have got tougher to defeat, all things that ultimately lead to Clark donning the red cape.
I suppose though that Smallville isn't just a story of how a superhero is born, but also a story of how a villian is born in the form of Lex Luthor. Lex, the ultimate in comic book villians is not the man we knew from 7 seasons ago. In fact, he is completely different. And, although some may say the darkness in Lex just took time to come to the surface, I believe that we all have the light and dark within ourselves meaning it was the choices that Lex made that made him become such a villain. And to be fair, Lex hardly had the humble beginnings that Clark was fortunate enough to have. Son to Lionel Luthor, a figure renound throughout Metropolis with a not so spotless past, its easy to see how Lex went from a friend of Clark, to his foe.
Like many stories that originate from comics, Smallville is a show with a lot of opposites. There is Clark, a figure of good who saves people and is morally good. Lex is ultimately the opposite of that. He is the kind of person who doesn't care who he hurts as long as his goal is achieved. Then there is Jonathan Kent and Lionel Luthor. Both fathers, yet polar opposites of themselves. Jonathan teaching his son about respect, Lionel teaching his son about power. Even down to the kryptonite there are opposites. A substance powerful enough to reduce Clark to a much weaker version of himself, yet it can also enable humans to become much stronger versions of themselves with amazing and sometimes deadly powers.
Although, for me, season 7 wasn't in the same league of previous seasons, I am hoping Smallville will do a One Tree Hill and turn itself around. Smallville has always been a great show, but never has it ever had the challenges it will have to face next season with two lead actors leaving. It is in my mind, the loss of Lex that will be the biggest hurdle to overcome. But it is a new era for Smallville of sorts. With Lana gone, Smallville can now follow the story that we all know, Clark's love for Lois, and his life as a journalist. There is no doubt Smallville is reaching the end of its epic journey, I just hope the next season is on par with what I have come to expect from such a great show like Smallville.