Ten Things That Should Happen in the Final Season of Smallville

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The CW Network announced that Smallville will return for a tenth and final season.  Reminiscent of the final Star Wars movie, what’s supposed to occur next in Clark’s life isn’t a mystery.  Fans know what will happen; they’re tuning in to see how it happens.  The only way the Smallville writers will satisfy viewers is to anticipate what they want to see and give it to them.  Case in point:  Tom Welling said from the outset that he never wanted to wear the Superman costume.  That’s certainly understandable, but if he doesn’t put on the red and blue tights at least once, the viewers will be disappointed.  Perhaps that’s a moot point in a final season, but it shouldn’t be.

It has been suggested that the major villain for Smallville’s final season will be Darkseid of Apokolips from Jack Kirby’s New Gods.  Darkseid would make an intriguing opponent, but another alien foe in the tradition of Zod and Doomsday further removes Smallville from its “life on the farm” origins.  The transformation to superhero/action series was inevitable, but efforts should be made for the series to reconnect with its roots in the final season.  The show should not just be a look ahead toward what Clark is about to become, but a look back to where he came from.

I can’t speak for any other viewers, but to make it easier for the writers to keep me happy during this last season I will make a list of what I want to see take place in Smallville’s final year.  My list will include things fans of Superman comics should appreciate, and I’m sure viewers will support at least a few of my ideas.

 

 

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Smallville: the beginning of the end

Smallville will return for a tenth and final season
Smallville will return for a tenth and final season
Jack Kirby's Darkseid of Apokolips is rumored to be the major villain for the upcoming season (art by Jack Kirby)
Jack Kirby's Darkseid of Apokolips is rumored to be the major villain for the upcoming season (art by Jack Kirby)
Clark needs to wear his glasses and show up for work at the Daily Planet
Clark needs to wear his glasses and show up for work at the Daily Planet
The Justice League should return, and it would be nice to see Batman and Wonder Woman--or at least Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince
The Justice League should return, and it would be nice to see Batman and Wonder Woman--or at least Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince
It has been rumored the Justice Society will return
It has been rumored the Justice Society will return
The Legion should reprogram Brainiac and have him return as Brainiac 5.  True to DC comics, perhaps he could fall for Kara
The Legion should reprogram Brainiac and have him return as Brainiac 5. True to DC comics, perhaps he could fall for Kara
The Legion should change the past and resurrect Jimmy Olsen.  He's too important to Clark's life as Superman.  Let him get back with Chloe, also
The Legion should change the past and resurrect Jimmy Olsen. He's too important to Clark's life as Superman. Let him get back with Chloe, also
Lana should return for a final good-bye
Lana should return for a final good-bye
Chris Reeve and Dean Cain appeared on Smallville--how about Brandon Routh as the Superman of Earth 2?
Chris Reeve and Dean Cain appeared on Smallville--how about Brandon Routh as the Superman of Earth 2?
Luthor must return, and it would be a shame if Michael Rosenbaum didn't come back to star
Luthor must return, and it would be a shame if Michael Rosenbaum didn't come back to star
Most of all, Clark needs to don his costume and fly
Most of all, Clark needs to don his costume and fly

Ten things that should happen in Smallville's final season

1. Clark should wear glasses full-time unless operating as Superman (costumed or not). Clark told Lois in a prior episode he was getting near-sighted, but only wore glasses around the office once. In this final season he should wear his glasses whenever he appears in public as Clark. It isn’t an issue if he’s hanging around with Chloe or Green Arrow but Lois Lane, Perry White and the rest of the Daily Planet staff should never see him without glasses.

The Daily Planet must be integral to Clark’s activities; currently, both the Planet and the Kent farm are little more than a meeting place for Clark and his gang. One has to wonder how Clark keeps his job.


2. Introduce Clark and Green Arrow to Bruce Wayne. Clark doesn’t have to encounter Batman, but he should meet the person who will become his greatest ally in the future. In fact, it might add credibility to the notion that it has taken Clark a decade to embrace his destiny if Bruce hasn’t yet created his Batman alter ego. It would be a nice touch if Bruce could somehow help the Justice League solidify their status as a super-group.


3. Clark should meet Wonder Woman. I know this is nearly impossible, but Batman and Wonder Woman are the two most significant heroes in Clark’s future. In some respects, it is a shame Serinda Swan has already appeared on Smallville as Zatanna. She is a rare actress with the physical beauty to play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (without blowing the budget on a big-name guest-star). Similar to an encounter with Bruce Wayne, the Wonder Woman costume would be nice but not mandatory. Diana Prince would suffice.


4. The Justice League should operate in an official capacity. Martian Manhunter and Zatanna should be included as members, but Chloe shouldn’t be associated with them—they don’t really need her (and it has been suggested Chloe might not survive the final season, anyway). Seeing the Martian Manhunter in his green-skinned persona would be a nice touch. This episode should be longer than normal, similar to the ninth-season “Absolute Justice” episode featuring the Justice Society.


5. Bring back The Justice Society. The “Absolute Justice” installment was well-done and cries out to be reprised. It would be nice to see them interact with the Justice League, but only if a suitable opponent could be found. Icicle wasn’t really a match for the JSA, and it would take a special opponent to challenge both the Justice League and Justice Society. Perhaps Darkseid should be their adversary—it wouldn’t be far-fetched to require both the JLA and the JSA to defeat the Lord of Apokolips.


6. The Legion of Super-Heroes should return. Reprogram Brainiac and feature him in the Legion as Brainiac 5. This would give us a final update on both Brainiac and the LSH. It would be appropriate if they changed the past and brought back Jimmy Olsen, realizing his importance in Clark’s future and allowing Smallville to continue following the DC comics history of Superman’s future. The Legion could recruit Kara to join them in the 31st century, where she could become Supergirl and strike up a romance with Brainiac 5. This would offer Laura Vandervoort the opportunity to return for an episode, as well.


7. Let Brandon Routh guest-star as the Superman of Earth 2. Christopher Reeve and Dean Cain both made appearances on Smallville, so why not Brandon Routh? Let Routh wear the costume if Tom Welling won’t. Since there is literally no chance that would happen, let him tear open his shirt to reveal the “S” on his costume beneath it, as Superman used to do long ago in comics and television.


8. Martha Kent, Pete Ross and Lana Lang should return. It would be acceptable to bring them back under the guise of a reunion and have them appear in the same episode, but they should return as normal people—not the Red Queen, Elastic Lad and Lana-the-Kryptonite-infected-super-spy. This episode should be a nostalgic look back at how everyone has changed in the last ten years and an effort to inject a touch of normalcy to the show. A little Lois/Lana jealousy would also be appropriate as a salute to their competitive relationship in Superman comics.


9. Bring back Lex Luthor for at least half the final season. Superman needs a worthy opponent that doesn’t come from Krypton. Michael Rosenbaum has already publicly stated he wouldn’t reprise his role as Luthor, but it would be a shame for anyone else to play the part. Rosenbaum’s onscreen chemistry with Welling as Clark was a high point of earlier seasons. Luthor should be totally committed to evil, but retain a hint of regret for choosing the path he walks


10. Clark must put on the costume and fly. I realize this is actually two separate requests, but he really needs to do both. It is inconceivable that Kara, Zod and the Kandorians immediately knew how to fly, but Clark can’t get it after a lifetime with his powers. This is important: before the season ends, Clark needs to appear as Superman. All it would take to appease the fans would be for Clark as Superman to fly off into the distance at the end of the final episode.


It has been reported that Laura Vandervoort, John Glover and John Schneider will return in season 10. This is good news for fans of Kara, Lionel Luthor and Jonathan Kent. Now we need Michael Rosenbaum to return as Lex Luthor.

Never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way


It would be easy for Smallville to maintain the status quo—fighting a super-powered villain each week and prevailing with the help of Chloe’s brains and Green Arrow’s unlimited resources. The suggested confrontation with Darkseid and Apokolips would certainly offer a wide array of colorful foes for Clark and his comrades to battle. A memorable final season should offer more than that, however—it should pay tribute not only to a decade of Smallville on the small screen, but to the iconic Superman of DC Comics and his creators: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Here’s hoping Smallville delivers.


Look! Up in the sky!


Smallville can be seen on the WB Network.  Episodes can also be seen for free online.  For more information about the upcoming season, you may refer to the Smallville Magazine available online and in bookstores everywhere.

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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

Great hub - my husband is a HUGE fan of Smallville and I have watched some of it myself. I was surprised they were ending the popular show but as my husband said, "well, he has to put on the cape sometime." Do think their will be a spin-off focused on the Justice League? That is what my husband is hoping for.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Cari Jean, thanks for reading. I didn't watch the first few seasons, but when I finally tuned in I liked it. I saw the earlier episodes in reruns. I would certainly like to see a Justice League spin-off. If that's too expensive, let Green Arrow have his own series--he gets almost as much screen time as Clark some weeks, anyway.

I would like to see the show continue, but a ten year run is pretty good for any show. People put down Smallville, but it has nothing to be ashamed of.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Mike - If sequels are in Smallville's future, then they should hire you posthaste as the new lead writer. Your ideas are worthy and intriguing.

And Serinda Swan could be back as her own just discovered-twin sister to play the role of Wonder Woman. Whatcha think?


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State

I haven’t seen Smallville in quite awhile-but did watch the first couple of seasons and enjoyed the story line. You did a great job on this hub---remembering the superman chronicles brings back some wonderful memories of mine :) Thanks and Rated Up!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

drbj, I hope they do have a sequel of some type--I would enjoy that very much. As far as working as the writer for a show like that, hey--when do I start? I would love it!

I think Serinda Swan would make a great Wonder Woman--her beauty reminds me a little bit of Lynda Carter, anyway. I would be fine with a twin sister--let's sign her up, too.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

Mike


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

HC, thanks for reading. I think a lot of people have enjoyed Smallville over the years, although I'm not sure they all admit to it--it might be a "guilty pleasure" for some folks. I didn't watch it in the very beginning, but caught up with it through reruns. Now it is one of the few shows I actually do watch--the comic geek in me still cries out, I guess. Thanks again for reading and for the rating--I greatly appreciate it.

Mike


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JannyC 6 years ago

This was awesome being the comic book fan girl that I am Lol. I never really got into smallville though I have watched it ocassionally and just caught an episode though and was like wow like IS THAT GREEN ARROW COOL!!! You made some good points too and also it be cool as well. Im rooting for Wonder Woman appearence!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hey, Janny! Glad to see that you stopped by! I wondered when I wrote this if you ever watched Smallville. They did a great job on Green Arrow, didn't they? Sometimes I think the writers prefer writing for Green Arrow--he gets as much air time as Clark most of the time. I would love to see Wonder Woman on Smallville and it would be great if they could get that done.

Thanks for stopping by, I also appreciate finding your comments here! Take care.

Mike


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Loved the hub Mike and I can not wait for the final season. Season nine left us hanging and Clark falling and I am hoping he flies his way out of that mess, which will also put one check on your list.

I would like to see all of the things you listed but they are not all necessary for my satisfaction. What I think is a must is the flying and the suit, but I want them for more than one episode. I want a mega cross over, at least the last half of the season should flow seamlessly from episode to episode. And yes I want Luthor back, it is necessary for a final season and it will not be the same without him.

As far as Chloie goes I think her Fate may have been foreshadowed in season 9 and she might have more gold than just her ring when all is said and done. That is all I am saying on that theory.

This is the funest hub I have read all week. Thanks :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

John, thanks for stopping by. I will confess there are some things I would rather see than others if my wish list were granted--flying and the costume foremost among them. These things might not have been necessary within the confines of Smallville's original premise, but it seems odd for Clark NOT to be wearing the suit, given the number of costumed friends and foes he's encountered over the years. Throw in the idea that he now has a costume and one would be forced to wonder what he's waiting for if he doesn't wear it.

It seems important to bring Luthor back for more than just a final episode or even the final six--he needs to have the opportunity to interact with everyone, and that can't properly be done in a series finale. It seems questionable that they could entice Michael Rosenbaum back for more than an episode or two (if they got him at all), but the powers that be should try.

Well, thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate your opinions and your kind words. Take care.

Mike


ShadowKing! 6 years ago

I'm a devote Superman fan, having caps, t-shirts, key chain, DVDs, white gold rings, WG earrings, WG wrist watch, and a diamond-studded, iridium "S" charm I wear with an iridium necklace. I agree with all choices except 7. There should be one Superman present in the SMville series at all times. Although I agree with ya on it reflecting on it's roots, I think that Season 10 should begin with 4-5 action-oriented episodes with the tightening of Lois & Clark's relationship; then ease up on the action for love, family, & friendships with each next 5 episodes ending with harbinger of a villain yet to come; then all remaining episodes (except the Series Season Finale) should kick it back up to epic-level action stories (but not action for the sake of action). The Series SF should be mild in tone with action, ending with a Michael Bay-style clip of Clark as Superman.

I also think they should distinguish the personality mindsets of Clark & Superman, like how we saw with Reeve & Routh (you could tell their Clarks were down-to-earth, gentle souls & their Supermans were stern, serious warriors of justice with VERY LITTLE trace of Clark Kent). Welling's Blur comes off to me a Clark-trying-to-play-hero whereas Reeve/Routh's Superman came off as "I am THE HERO"--no questions asked. Welling should somehow show this in Superman. If he doesn't don the infamous suit I've already created a hub article intended to criticize him for his fail. You can't have Superman without these indispensable conventions: Lois, Zod, Clark, Kryptonite, flying, eyeglasses, & the damn suit.

Finally you absolutely NAILED it: Ms. Kent, Pete, Lex, & Lana should return for a few episodes WITHOUT Red Queen, Elastic Lad, etc.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Shadowking, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your opinions and insights, particularly when discussing Clark's personality relative to Superman's. In the movies with Chris Reeve and Brandon Routh, Superman was the real person and Clark the "disguise." In Smallville Clark is the real person and Superman is the "alter ego." This difference is fundamental to the way the character is portrayed, and it makes a huge difference in how Superman is perceived. You put it very well when you noted that Welling looks like Clark is trying to PLAY hero. The difference is pronounced.

I understand your not wanting to see anyone else play Superman on Smallville--I considered that myself when writing this, but I thought it might be interesting for Superman to look straight into the eyes of himself--it would certainly be a way for Clark to recognize his nature and his destiny.

Like you, I hope for a mixture of action stories and stories that examine the relationships between Clark and his companions. I do hope there is an effort to connect to the show's roots--I think the brief reappearance of Lana, Martha and Pete could do the job.

I believe it is extremely important to bring Luthor back. Smallville hasn't quite been the same since Michael Rosenbaum left. I still hold out hope that Rosenbaum will return, but we'll see.

Well, thanks again for stopping by, I greatly appreciate it.

Mike


coffeesnob 6 years ago

Mike, Great hub. I think you have a good plan of operation for Smallville


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

CS, thanks for stopping by. I have always liked Smallville and hope to see it go out in the right way. Now, if we could only get the writers to do what I suggest.....

Thanks again, I appreciate your comments.

Mike


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

i hope all this will come true for you! In fact I need to see superman fly! ( my one and only request really...)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Rebecca, thanks for stopping by. No matter what else happens, Superman has to fly. Everyone else from Krypton intuitively knows how to fly on this show--all except Clark! It's just gotta happen.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Mike


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

I'm always a day late and a dollar short. I've never watched the series but will catch up with it in re-runs it will be all new to me. I agree with several of your comments, because of my love of old school Superman lore. Excellent hub, love the visuals.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

pmccray, I hope you get a chance to watch the series--if you were a fan of Superman at some point, there's probably something in the show you will enjoy. Smallville has evolved over the years, and the series is very different now than the way it began, but that is appropriate. I think you'll like it. Thanks for stopping by, you've been missed!

Mike


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JannyC 6 years ago

Well I know your a guy and have not noticed but Green Arrow is HOT! so they are appeasing to the female viewers like me. Hahaha.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Hi, Janny! I've been told by other ladies that Green Arrow is hot, as well. I'm sure his inclusion as a regular member of the cast hasn't hurt the show's ratings. Sometimes it seems the show is more about him than Clark, but I like the character and haven't minded. Clark and Green Arrow make a pretty good team, also.

Glad you like the show (and GA), and thanks for stopping by.

Mike


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States

I absolutely agree with you, especially having Lana Lang, Martha and Lex come back for a final goodbye. Pete Ross would be a great touch as well!!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Angela_Michelle, thanks for reading. I really think Lex should be the major enemy for the last half of the final season, or at least in the last half-dozen episodes. Martha, Lana and Pete should come back as ordinary people--not ruthless spies or super-powered freaks. That would allow Smallville a look back at its own considerable history and add a touch of nostalgia to the show.

If nothing else happens, Michael Rosenbaum should return as Lex Luthor.

Thanks again for reading.

Mike


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sabrebIade 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

2. Introduce Clark and Green Arrow to Bruce Wayne.

I have heard that no Batman references are allowed because of copyright.

3. Clark should meet Wonder Woman.

Same thing there with copyright.

BUT (if they could do it) I vote that since Diana is immortal, maybe Clark should meet an adult WW.

My vote is Chuck's Sarah Lancaster.

5. Bring back The Justice Society.

I have the funny feeling the CW is looking at a spin-off.

Hawkman and Hawkgirl are supposed to show up in season 10.

6. The Legion of Super-Heroes should return.

Pretty sure that will happen with the re-programed Brainac like you suggested.

10. Clark must put on the costume and fly.

You know in the season finale of season nine, there was a glimpse of Superman, costume and all, flying.

I'm not gonna self promote, but I have a screencap up over at my comic book blog.

And Ma Kent gave him the suit...finally!

My own 11...I agree with all of your 10!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA Author

Sabre, I was hoping you would stop by sometime--I consider you the expert on super-heroes in television and film, and I looked forward to reading your opinions. I wondered if copyright issues might be what kept Batman and Wonder Woman from making an appearance. It is a shame, but not surprising. A part of me wondered if it could possibly be circumvented--maybe a man in the shadows helping Clark and Green Arrow that could just once be referred to as "Bruce." I'm sure that would still be too much, but it would be in keeping with Batman's style.

I wouldn't mind a spin-off, whether it was the JSA, Green Arrow or something. It's going to seem weird without any heroes to watch after this season.

I would like to see the Legion with Brainiac 5. I wonder if it would be too silly-looking to make him green? I also felt it would be a good venue for Laura Vandervoort to return as Kara since she was in love with Brainiac 5 in the comics, but I would guess the powers that be have other ideas in mind.

As nice as the return of all these folks would, I still think I would trade it all for Michael Rosenbaum to return as Lex. The Superman story just isn't the same with Luthor, and no one else could do the job after watching Rosenbaum for six years or so.

Thanks again for stopping by, I really appreciate it. Take care.

Mike


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trusouldj 4 years ago from Indiana

I prefer the early years with Lana, Pete, Chloe, Ma and Pa on the farm.

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