The latest complete season of Smallville leaves behind many of the campy episodes of previous seasons and instead includes many lead-ins to the Superman movies starring Christopher Reeves. A principal one is the death of Lionel Luthor, a character unseen in the Superman movies, leaving Lex alone as the chief of the Luthor empire. A second lead-in is the departure of Lana, and Clark's growing friendship with Lois. Third, we have Clark's victory over Braniac. Last, and most importantly, Lex finally discovers who Clark is, and the season ends with their climatic confrontation.
Like other seasons, season 7 has its fair share of ludicrous episodes. A good example is when Jimmy is conned into spying on Chloe. His newfound ability to penetrate Luthorcorp security is totally out of character and wholly unbelievable. The most important thread of the show is Lex's obsession of Veritas, and fully half the episodes deal with this theme. Also the core of the Justice League is established by season's end, with hints of a greater role in the future. So overall, one of the better seasons, and important at progressing the Superman origins storyline.
*NOTE: Spoilers within.* I've been in love with "Smallville" since the first day I saw the pilot. I've grown up with this show, literally, and I'll stick with it no matter what. That said, I stopped expecting great or even good writing from the show a long time ago. Maybe Joss Whedon has spoiled me. When I watch television now, I expect something great. Fortunately, "Smallville" has enough going for it to make up for the crap writing, but with good writing, it could really … more
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Super-sexy and super-flirty, Clark's super-cousin Kara (Laura Vandervoot) made the splashiest addition to the cast inSmallville's season 7. Unfortunately for Clark (Tom Welling), she's more advanced in her powers than he is (she can fly), and she's not the kind to shy away from drawing attention to herself, whether it's in a skimpy bikini or garnering notice from Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore, joining the opening credits). Chloe (Allison Mack, rightfully moving ahead of Erica Durance in the credits) is trying to come to terms with her "meteor freak" powers, and Lois (Durance) is dallying with the newDaily Planeteditor Grant Gabriel (Michael Cassidy), who has a mysterious past. The dreary drama of Lex and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) is over, and Martha Kent (Annette O'Toole) has permanently departed for Congress, so Lana is now playing house with Clark at the Kent farm. More elements of the DC Comics mythology enter, such as superheroine Black Canary (Alana Huffman), as do guest stars from the universe of Super-entertainment (Lois and Clark's Dean Cain as a doctor who claims to be able to "cure" meteor powers, and Helen "Supergirl" Slater as Clark's Kryptonian mother). Braniac (James Marsters) is still a threat, and Lionel (John Glover) reveals a shady past as part of an order called Veritas, which is purportedly assigned with protecting "the Traveler," an alien who has come to Earth as its salvation. Yet even with the numerous cast comings and goings, the most ...