Smallville Review: Season 8, Episode 14 - Requiem - Featured

This season's fourteenth episode of Smallville was what I expected it to be - sad. Despite me thinking that Lana Lang has had her day, and has become a slightly irritating character, I felt that the way the writers wrote her out (that is if we don't see her again) was really well done.


Like I said last week, Lana's departure last season was far too easy and annoyed me at the time. Lana Lang has been a massive character throughout Smallvilles run and to leave it like that was a slight injustice even though it felt like it was time for her to go. However, I wasn't thrilled about her return this season but I have been pleasantly surprised with how it was handled. And now, I feel she has been given a far better send off than before.



The whole idea of the episode was good for me. We start off with Clark and Lana finally truly together and happy. But it isn't long before Lex ruins it for them, and in true comic book style, the polar opposite happens and they can't be within ten yards of each other. I must admit, their last kiss and their goodbye did choke me up a bit, and Kristen Kreuk especially acted out the scene really well. I liked the idea of the kiss that Clark was determined to have. The fact that he would let himself feel so much pain just to kiss her one last time was really touching (even if it did look quite disgusting with the kryptonite and what not). Clark and Lana have really been the epic romance of Smallville (even though I am a Clois shipper) there is no denying that. In essence it would of been easier for both of them if Lana had never come back. And the fact that it was Lex who destroyed their love kind of sums up their whole relationship and I even thought I saw him smile there behind his (extremely creepy!) mask. I think it will be a lot harder for Clark to move on from this than last time, and I think Clois will have to take a back seat for a while as I don't want Lois to be the rebound girl.


But this episode wasn't all about Clana. Oliver did something I didn't think he would do, he killed someone. And it wasn't just someone, it was Lex. I won't rule out the Luthors return however (this is Smallville) but I was shocked he went through with it. He is one of the good guys and despite Lex needing to be taken down, that was not the way. Also, Lex's appearance terrified me this episode! The mask was very Mortal Kombatesque, and although you could obviously tell it was needed for casting purposes it did freak me out quite a bit...


Overall, a good episode. It was good to see Lana get a proper send off, and despite me foreseeing a lot of Clark moping in the future (which I don't want to see) I think this was really well executed. I did miss Tess this episode (and Lois of course) but I am sure now Lana is gone we will get a lot more of the both of them. I know we have to wait a good while for the next episode, but I really can't wait...

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Feb 6, 2009 6:33AM EST

Btw I looked EVERYWHERE for a photo of creepy Lex - couldn't find one!

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Feb 6, 2009 8:53AM EST

Good episode, but why hasn't Lois been featured in the past couple of episodes? Btw don't think Clark will be "moping" much, think hes just going to be really angry and will properly concentrate on stopping crime.

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Feb 6, 2009 4:35PM EST

great the way they sent lana off. The kiss was pretty heart wrenching. Yeah i was wondering the same thing Adamjr. The last time we say lois she told oliver that she loved clark and then they almost kissed. Now clark and lana have been running around together. Where is lois?

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Feb 6, 2009 5:32PM EST

well, in the last episode we saw lois was leaving to take care of jimmy until chloe was found. now that chloe has left to go take care of jimmy idk where lois is now but shes probably with chloe and jimmy dreading coming back to see clark with lana.

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Feb 6, 2009 8:10PM EST

OMG I don't think i have ever cried at a Smallville till now. That kiss at the end has got to be the most heart wrenching thing ever through out the entire past 8 seasons. It was brilliant writing and they have left a window of opportunity should they wish Lana to come back. (I can hear the Clois fans screaming at that idea).
Fantastic episode if not the saddest and I agree, I don't want Lois to be the re-bound girl but I suppose the Clois situation would never happen in this season with Lana returning and the now definite season 9 means Clois may happen then.
Oliver is turning into the new Lex? At the end he certainly seemed to get some sort of pleasure in his killing of Lex or at least no real remorse for what he did. Wouldn't be good if he turned bad - too easy a bad guy for the writers to do.
I want to know what happened to Davis? Does he now know Clark's secret and is he now completely bad? Or is he as hapless as he was before. Also, his and Chloe's chemistry and longing for one another was explained as Brainiac, so does this mean Davis no longer wishes he was Jimmy or does it mean he just accepts the fact he lost.
Lois and Lana could never really be in the same episodes, it would have made life for Clark even harder and may have resulted in Lana staying in longer as she may have had to fight for him - Lois was quite literally out of sight, out of mind for Clark until Chloe mentioned her in the last episode.
Lana's send off was completely right and as you said, for her character to have been such a crucial part in the past 7 seasons, her last disappearance was not befitting her status. Good episode, good review and cant believe we have to wait 3 weeks till the next one!!!! (no casual lovers in this time!)

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Feb 6, 2009 8:33PM EST

My God Megan, why not just write your own review!

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Feb 6, 2009 8:37PM EST

haha - coz i started to write a little and it turned it to alot!!!! :/ lol.

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Feb 6, 2009 10:46PM EST

Am i The only one who wasnt upset by Lanas departureI mean 8 seasons we've had him pining over herit felt waaaaaay overdueClark needs to let go alreadyplus Lanas character really started to annoy mewhen she came back with that lame haircutand her new attitude towards lifeand dont get me started on her getting powers [WTF]i was just like come on leave already
then Lex dyingdid he really??i mean no one actually saw himand he did have that whole cloning machine a few seasons backstill big episode indeed
but Lois being gone still annoyed melast i heardshe was taking care of Jimmy [who shouldve died aaaages ago] because Chloe was gone with doomsdaybut since Chloes been backtheres been no LoisLAAAAAME

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Feb 7, 2009 8:50AM EST

I think that was a great episode, a really good way for the Lana character to go, killing her off would have been too predictable. Also i do think Megjopol is right i don't see how Clark could end up with Lois this season, given he will know that Lana is out there and vice versa, which for the characters will be really painful. Both know they could have had everything together and now they can't even stand within 10 ft of each other how cruel. Excellent story line but cruel as, even for Lana and Lois who i am sure will find out this so how will she deal with this, knowing he loves Lana but never being able to be with her. Will this mean Clark decided to forget about love and focus on being a superhero? and what did happen to the toy maker? will Clark hunt him down? Personally i think he will and then find out Oliver set the bomb which will send him off after him. This could all get very exciting with Oliver maybe threatening to tell Chloe that Clark took away her memories after all he is the only other person who knows. Maybe i think a slightly more light hearted episode might be needed to deal with all this drama, throw in some jealousy and mistaken meanings and Tess Mercer again, oh she could be Clarks new friend both having recently lost the ones they love?

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Feb 7, 2009 10:20AM EST

perfect ending for "clana".... sad. but perfect

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Feb 7, 2009 11:56AM EST

rally really sad could not stop crying but it was a good why for lana to leave

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Feb 7, 2009 4:48PM EST

i loved it even tho it was sad but then again i havent watched all of them like some ppl so maybe what i thought isnt really relavent but that was surely a sad ending i think that one of those future ppl should have warned her at leastloved the creepy dying kiss lol

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Feb 7, 2009 5:06PM EST

Good point there cheriayawatson, they could of warned her. Suppose though that what Lana achieves in the future is so great that their love had to be sacraficed to reach that point. After all they didn't want to reveal too much about the future to her.

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Feb 7, 2009 6:27PM EST

Two things..
Finally Lana is gone! She has be a HUGE drain on the show, her acting towards the end of the past two season's has been pathetic. She has been to "Look at me everyone I can do things to" The fact that she got super powers is absolutely retarded. Smallville and Heroes both have gotten very lazy and uncreative writers. While I do admit the whole skin absorption of kryptonite is cool, I think that was all she should of been able to do, that alone would stop Clark, Lana Lang NEVER had super powers, and now that there is an even more powerful hero flying around in an alien nano-tech suit....seriously?
Lex died...um. Clark's greatest Nemisis dead and defeated? and by the green arrow with no cool fight or show down? Either the writers are retarded and killed him, or they are retarded and will be bringing him back. Television has really lost its way this year it seems.
We are now down to two of the original cast members...i think it is safe to say that this shall indeed be the final season of Smallville. Which I know i am sad about, at the same time I am happy because at the rate its going they can not put of Clark becoming superman any more. And while they should canceled this show after this season, I think a superhero spin off is not to far off, and a show I could watch.

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Feb 7, 2009 8:07PM EST

um...Lana Lang does get super powers. She called herself the insect queen. Her powers weren't like the ones in the show but she did have powers.

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Feb 7, 2009 11:56PM EST

wow ..great episode...hmm thank goodness Lana is good because she's pretty much invincible now ..lol.. with clark not able to touch her n all.. i wasn't surprised that Oliver killed Lex because he reminds me of Robin Hood especially the part when he told cloe "this is justice" ..typical robin hood..since robin hood would kill n all...okay..so no we wait..lol..

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Feb 8, 2009 1:32PM EST

yes, lana lang did have super powers as the insect queen but it was from a bio-genetic ring given to her. obviously keogan does not know his/her comic characters.. lol . fyi hehehe .. and btw.. this is an orsum episode. one of the best

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Nov 12, 2015 5:26PM EST

I'm so sad. I don't understand hoe people can be so annoyed with her presence on the show. She is so beautiful and an amazing actress and an amazing character in the episode. Maybe I'm acting as some soppy romance fiend but I love Lana and Clark together. I understand that the comic books say nothing of her appearance or her existence but I am so utterly incapable of handling Lana's disappearance. This last episode, Requiem, was the hardest for me. I cried like a little girl. I loved the way that the writers ended her stay on the show, it really was creative, and I agree with the first post that even if she does come back, which is unlikely, there is no seeing anymore of Clana together. I am extremely emotional over this last episode. For so long Smallville ruled my life I could not wait to see what was going to happen next it gave me anxiety and I feel that Clark's relationship with Lana was a very, very, very big part of it. I will continue to watch even through the rise of Clois but to no satisfaction.
Besides, I thought they weren't even going to continue on with the 8th season... who says they'll go on to the 9th?
Does anyone have any information about whether Tom Welling has decided to become Superman or not?That would be my ultimate dream for this entire show. It would be pointless to me NOT to see him in the suit. It would be ludicrous, incomplete.
I completely forgot about Jimmy and Davis though... where are they? Are Chloe and Jimmy still together? I'm a little lost on that aspect.
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Feb 12, 2009 2:16PM EST

First off, obviously Lex is not dead and will be back.
Secondly, did anyone else think it was odd Chloe was one minute unconscious/dying on the floor in the hospital from Toyman's deadly gas, and the next minute merrily chatting away with Clark with no mention of having survived the deadly gas Toyman was going to use to kill Green Arrow?
Is this a doppleganger Chloe, or just a horrible writing/editing mistake?

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Feb 12, 2009 2:21PM EST

Another comment:
In response to "what happened to Davis" by megjopol
Umm... Davis is Doomsday. Maybe you missed a few episodes.
So, yes, he is totally a bad guy now. I'm sure when he ends up battling Superman/Clark Kent, that Chloe will someone be a factor in him being defeated, which is retarted, but I'd be surprised if the writers didn't use Davis' love for Chloe to be a deciding factor in the big battle. Predictable and sappy.

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Feb 12, 2009 3:52PM EST

Haha true, I thought the same thing. There was like a really dramatic scene with her falling unconcious, and then she's like "Hey Clark" two seconds later. They really should have made it less dramatic if that was gonna be the next scene!

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Feb 13, 2009 3:53AM EST

Sad? Are you kidding me? The "Departure Scene", was more of the same, it's the CLana Drama thats been killing this show, hell everyone knew in Season 1 it was never gonna work out, 8 Seasons later, between Father-Dying (So Lana Didn't), Her Running off to Paris, Marrying Lex - and having his child, Blowing up, Being Cloned, Going into acoma, followed promptly by leaving (Or Kidnapped as it would it appear) - HOW MANY DEPARTURE SCENES MUST I SIT THROUGH, I'm seriously beyond annoyed, as i said First season you knew where it was gonna end up, why take 8 years, and allot of bad writing to achieve that end? Clark New back in Season 3 it would never work out (regardless if she knew his secret), Because he isn't normal, and wasn't meant for a normal human life, so why in god's name are we still hinging 8 years later on a Romance that has died more times then Cat-woman?
Not only does the Krypto-infused Lana interfere with the Superman Mythos, it's just plain ridiculous, Lana's part in Clark's life extends long into the future, - While i don't wanna see her on Small ville again, i also don't want to see the Character written into a wall for the future -
Aside from the last 2 Episodes I've shock lying been content with season 8, best season since 3 -

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Feb 14, 2009 7:49PM EST

I agree with some of the other posts that Lana should have been a thing of the past a long time ago, but I must also give credit where it is due, this was one of the best episodes I have ever seen on any show. And thus far this is one of the best season's Smallville has ever had. As far as characters go though I think that Jimmy and that ugly Tess Mercer should get the boot, they don't do very much on the show and they bring down the visual (which is only a bonus to the show... but still).

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Feb 15, 2009 2:48PM EST

LOVED IT! good bye to MISS "i will not be happy until i am just like clark" dang lana was annoying.

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Feb 19, 2009 4:28PM EST

It was a fitting end to lana and clark. ironic because they could never be together because they were so different, and now, its sad. I do agree that this was a better way to send her off the show, last season wasnt enough for a crucial character of 7 seasons.
Lex cant be dead rite? I mean he IS the evil nemesis. I was also really surprised by oliver, he seemed slightly evil, the whole vendetta to kill thing. man he's easy on the eyes though lol
I really hope clark learns how to fly soon and dons the suit, they cant end the show without it, oh and more lois drama - where the hell is she?
Anyways this was a fantastic episode, really sad, i had tears in my eyes at the end. goodbye lana lang (who i thought was a decent actor, i dont know why everyone hates her so much)

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Feb 24, 2009 2:06PM EST

i read this review and in the first line it says.. the 14th ep was sad.. but later on (somewhat in the last piece of text, first line) it says it was overal a good episode..? what is up with that? now my own opinion.. i agreed that the send off of lana this way is way better, but the fact that they cant be together just suck. I know in the supermanseries its lois and clark.. but to me because of the whole smallville thing.. starting off with lana and clark.. i really think they should be together.. and besides all this they looked awesome a couple in this serie (kristin and tom). Also if u truly feel the sorrow and sadness of the characters for not be able to love and have each other for like 7/8 years... and than now never to ever touch each other.. its just so freaking sad.. with this in the back of your mind, i find the acting between kristin and tom OVERWHELMING. It was just so good and touching.. not to mention the awesome camera (close-up) work and directing of the director was just down marvelous!! But i mean smallville is one of the shows that always has a freaking good ending... to touching and so beautiful with appriate music along the way. And everytime when they do a close up of any of these actors or actrice.. you can see and read their feelings in their eyes... the love, the friendship, the sorrow, the disappoint, the anger.. i mean allison, kristin, tom, michael are just so freaking good actors/actrices...
To me the whole episode was oke.. but (like a lot of times) the ending just blows my mind... just to mention.. other endings.. the episode where lana is in a coma state.. and clark visits her.. in the hospital .. ending of that episode was heartbreaking!! (not to forget the beautiful song on the background of vast - one more day), the ending where lionel luthor dies, where lex and clark stand against each other face to face... such a good ending and good music, the episode where clark was attacked by a phantom and got him into dream/nightmare world where only cloe believed in him, at the ending clark talks to lana.. about his dream where he bought her a plastic ring from a gumbal machine at "queens" market (orsomething) and then lex picks lana up.. such a good scene with in the background music played by hefshill - yesterday.... and i can go on and on!!:P
SMALLVILLE FOREVER!!! (and kristin kreuk/tom welling such good actors/actrices!!)

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Feb 24, 2009 2:10PM EST

oh and i dont believe lex is dead... unless he really is en they want to end the serie with clark vs doomsday.. that would make sense.. but i was expecting another face to face of clark vs lex...

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Feb 24, 2009 7:43PM EST

Sad doesn't necessarily mean bad, it just means that was the overall tone of the episode. It was meant to be sad, as we were meant to feel the loss of a character and the loss they both felt towards each other. It was well done - well written, well directed and well acted. That was why I said it was overall a good episode - it was, but it was also a sad one.

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Feb 27, 2009 5:26PM EST

yeah it was a great episode...they are slipping the show from our universe into the dc universe very discreetly......who of us that watched since the first season ever expected to see lex in the fortress of solitude let alone survive it and come back for more........obviously lex is'nt dead....i smell another lex-clone explosion.....way to rip that one off ur ex lex

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Mar 2, 2009 10:49PM EST

I completely agree! i was feeling the same exact way about Lana. you summed it up perfectly. I too am really excited about the fourthcoming of the whole lois clark dynamic story thing happening (finally....now that lana is clearly out of the way....though you never know with this show)

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Mar 11, 2009 12:33PM EDT

In response to Robk's comment - how do you actually know Davis is now evil? Have they said he is, has he proved he is? Yes he turns into Doomsday but he also turns back into Davis so the question was asking whether or not DAVIS was evil not Doomsday. I also wondered about the new dynamic now I presume Davis about Clark's secret due to his initiation by Brainiac.
To those who have managed to pick things out of the review when no real picking was necessary, why do you need to do it? Yes, have a clear and concise argument and comments that the review left out but to just go and say that a review can't say that an episode was both sad and due to this very good is just useless criticism of a well written review.

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