Oct. 19, 2010, noon CST
It was a fantastic episode.
Oct. 19, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST
It had Ethan Suplee (Randy Hickey FFS!), Gary Cole (West Wing, Midnight Caller amongst loads else, and Jake Busey (who creeped the fuck out of me in Contact). Played to its newly minted mythology aswell. Cracking.
Oct. 19, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST
Marsters + meeting Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter = awesome
Oct. 19, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST
Is awesome. Love that show.
Oct. 19, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST
It's Season 10. Put the damn costume on and fly!
Oct. 19, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST
Tell me when he puts on the suit and starts calling himself Superman. Then I might try to care enough to watch Smallville.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST
but even she is about to pull the plug over the wacky story lines they've been having since last season. I watch for the MILFish Patricia Arquette, the oh-so fuckable Sofia Vassilieva, and the hillarious Maria Lark (Bridgette, the middle girl), and try to ignore the ridiculous story line.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST
Looks like Supernatural held on to most of that audience to reverse its downward trend, too. Weekend at Bobby's was a sweet episode for folks to tune into, too.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:13 p.m. CST
That is all the show does now, flash some red and blue to make the audience think they will finally get superman, then rip it away.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST
Hadn't watched that show in a long time. I just might tune in again next time I'm home on friday night. Not least of all because Erica Durance is quite fetching.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
They did call him Superman last week. But it was 2017.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST
I just love how the ONLY thing people ever say about Smallville is "oh, is that show still on" or "why isn't he Superman yet". Well, yes, actually it IS still on, because it's good and people still WATCH it. And no, he's not Superman yet. The entire premise of Smallville is that it's a PREQUEL to Superman. If that's not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other Superman television shows that have come and gone over the years that will fill your boot and cape quota nicely. On the other hand, considering Smallville's about to become the single longest-running science fiction series in North America in 15 more episodes, I think it just might be doing something right.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
only 22 episodes away from syndication looks like season 5 will be go! They would be dumb not to!
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:41 p.m. CST
by eric haislar
Is so much fun to watch as Lois. I really use to not like her but man she has grown on me.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST
Honestly, it was entertaining enough but not something that would grab me week in and week out. And apparently, that was a much better than average episode? Meh.
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST
Oct. 19, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST
Smallville has become one of the shows I really look foward to... I download all my TV except for Smallville and Commnity where I DVR it in HD, then watch them right after they're over so I can fastfoward through commercials<br><br>If I had to bet, I'd say that they put him in the suit in the final episode before the break and have the second half of the season be superman vs. darkseid... yeah, I keep wanting him in the suit, but since they're doing such a great job leading up to it, I don't feel teased... it is NOT just dangling the suit in front of us to keep us tuning in thinking 'this is the episode he gets the suit.' They're taking their time building up to it and the way they are building up to it has been fantastic...<br><br>its such a shame that the show didn't get this good and to this point earlier...
Oct. 19, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST
Just to reiterate. :-)
Oct. 19, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST
I thought it was great to see future Lois and the noobie Clark together. Erica is hot. And the bit with Green Arrow doing the interview was well done also. kudos to the writers.
Oct. 19, 2010, 2:10 p.m. CST
Unlike some of you "Where's the suit? Why isn't he Superman yet?" types, I've reconciled that we're probably not going to see him in the suit until the series finale. Possibly a little sooner, if Darkseid arrives in full force in time for February sweeps, but probably not until a two-hour series finale. Clark will suit up, fly off to face Darkseid on Apokolips or wherever and come back victorious as Superman.
Oct. 19, 2010, 2:15 p.m. CST
When she first started, I thought she was all wrong for Lois. Now I can't think of anyone else I'd rather see as Lois. She owns the character now, IMHO. Talk about growing into a role.
Oct. 19, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST
But Isis looks better.
Oct. 19, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST
...to a pretty scary-looking guy.
Oct. 19, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST
But I really hope that they do away with that ugly wine colored leather jacket that he's been wearing the last two episodes.
Oct. 19, 2010, 3 p.m. CST
Let's bring a little balance to the proceedings: Smallville has always been both hit AND miss. Perhaps as many as 100 of the now-200-episode show have been wastes of time and talent. As a Smallville lifer, I'll cop to marking out on the 30-40 things they've done ridiculously well (best Lex ever, best Jonathan Kent ever, any scene that involved Christopher Reeve, best Justice League ever seen on the small screen, ONLY Justice Society on same, killer Brainiac and very good Zod) while admitting that there have been at least as many cringe-inducing moments (three words should suffice: Lana as witch). The reason fans of the show keep coming back (and, I believe, why the show is picking up steam in its final season, despite the deadly Friday Night Sci-Fi curse) is that the showrunners are consistently mining the DC universe - not JUST the Superman universe - to bring characters we know and love to life on the small screen ... and they are attempting (with the occasional pitfall) to incorporate them into the story of the making of the Man of Steel. Yes, it's a mixed bag ... but what isn't? We cannibalized Battlestar Galactica and LOST as they went down for their subpar endings, and we'll probably do the same to Smallville, even if the final ep ends with a full-on Supes-Darkseid war. Enjoy the ride, folks ... it's highly unlikely that there's another primetime, live-action, DCU hourlong coming through that door.
Oct. 19, 2010, 3:03 p.m. CST
I've watched Smallville since season 1, and although there have been moments whee you wondered where are they going to go with this show (characters leaving, trying to drag out the Superman transformation forever, etc.), it's actually one of the few shows that was worth watching for so many seasons. This season has been really good so far, although I will throw a big middle-finger up to Michael Rosenbaum for not agreeing yet to come back in some capacity as Lex Luthor in this final season.
Oct. 19, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST
His name henceforth shall be written only as Gary "Bill Lumbergh" Cole. Not a day goes by I don't think of his character while walking around my office.
Oct. 19, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST
Wasn't that episode a week before Halloween? Didn't really have a problem with it as such, and was kinda hoping they were starting a yearly tradition with it. Oh well.
Oct. 19, 2010, 3:59 p.m. CST
unfortunately, you were wrong--it wasn't a halloween episode--it was a FULL SEASON story arc... makes me cringe thinking about that storyline...<br><br>the OLD and terrible showrunners did crazy things to keep Lana on the show, which never made ANY sense, because EVERYONE knows that Lana is not the love of clark's life--it was lois... yet the old showrunners could not understand that nobody cares about a soap opera romance that everyone knows is going nowhere...
Oct. 19, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST
by Dreadlock Holmes
Easily the season's best episode thus far.
Oct. 19, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST
and Clark's PROLONGED soap opera romance was, I hope, a misguided attempt by the WB/CW powers that be to include a Dawson's Creek/One Tree Hill vibe to the show. Terrible decision, but understandable considering those networks' moneymakers for years were the 'tween heartthrob/unrequited love junkies. Smallville really hit its stride a few years ago when Lana was finally written off the show (Season 8 Doomsday revisit notwithstanding) and Lois became more than a guest star.
Oct. 19, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST
The best moment in this past week's smallville was lois knocking out the helicopter pilot to keep him from seeing clark. now THAT was lois lane.
Oct. 19, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST
nobody get your hopes up just yet. Invariably, whenever a great, fan servicing episode appears, the next one just can't compare. <p> <p> Be realistic and expect a dip this Friday. They're digging through their toy box of Smallville tropes & using the character "gets possessed" plot device again - Lois turns into Isis (something they foreshadowed a couple eps back.)<p> <p> I'm inclined to agree with whoever said that they'll give him the suit right before winter break. IIRC, Welling was recently confronted with the issue of having to wear the suit and, apart from seeming nervous, he sorta hinted that the costume would be in more than just the finale. Producers also suggested that they'd pull the trigger well before the end of the series.<p> <p> Realistically, he's basically Superman now anyway. They'll probably have him wear the red jacket with the 'S' for an episode or two as a quick transition to the classic costume.
Oct. 19, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST
If anything, just to stick it to the former showrunners and creators. No tights, no flight my ass!
Oct. 19, 2010, 6:48 p.m. CST
that episode was so good, I watched it again as soon as I was finished. Probably, the most emotional I've gotten for this show. The one thing about being on for 10 seasons, it lets you earn episodes like this. And I love that it's James Marsters' Brainiac that tells Clark to let go of his guilt from the past and fear of the future to reach his potential. Finally, enough whining about destiny, and someone tells him to just let all that shit go and be who he is. Brilliant. And lets him be totally present with Lois without angsting out. When they started to float at the end, my heart was in my throat, and I thought what a great way to transition him into flying. That flying's about the ecstasy of the present moment, and letting go of the things that keep you crashing to the ground. Though the floating dancing was a total steal from Buffy when Willow and Tara did the floaty dance thing as the last shot in "New Moon Rising" from season 4. But yeah, great episode and a clever way to show flashbacks to earlier seasons without it becoming a cheesy 'recap' episode.
Oct. 19, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST
that episode was killer... tons of payoffs, glasses, phone booth, suit, headline with "superman" in it... the last half of this season should be epic... despite all of its flaws I still enjoy it immensely...
Oct. 19, 2010, 8:14 p.m. CST
...with the slicked-back hair, glasses, and suit!
Oct. 19, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST
The last episode was my favorite in YEARS. It was so good, and what the show should have been about a long time ago. Someone running things finally understands. Loius Lane is perfect.
Oct. 19, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST
It's sill far from perfect but it captures the spirit and many of the themes of Superman quite nicely and has had a really impressive number of nods to the DC Universe. Despite it being a very "WB" quality show, I can't help but smile at all the geek moments that they've put in. <BR><BR> It's a shame the series didn't start out with the current show runners... these guys "get it". Along these lines, I like how the last ep was the Smallville High reunion with flashbacks to the early seasons but it was all about "letting go of his guilt/past" so that he can become the hero he was always meant to be (perhaps a not too subtle message to the first showrunners now that it's in it's final season?). Now I hope they make good and end the series with something epic...
Oct. 19, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST
...could be better than the Snyder/Nolan film coming out in 2011. I'd care more about the Smallville cast playing the iconic roles that any newcomers coming in. With Welling as Supes, Rosenbaum as Lex, Erica Durance as Lois, a decent story and a decent budget it could be great. Coming right after the end of Smallville's TV run it could have a logical jump in the story from when he becomes Superman to actually being Superman.
Oct. 19, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST
Nice video of Welling as Supes here.
Oct. 19, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST
Oct. 19, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST
The 200th episode epitomizes everything a superman show should be. It took 10 years, but Time Warner/DC know they have a hit. It's the perfect opportunity to jumpstart the Superman film francise. Disney/Marvel take notes!
Oct. 20, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST
My version of the opening titles (YouTube blocked it because I used John Williams' theme.): <p> 32 MB - http://tinyurl.com/283zo2w <p> 305 MB (better quality) - http://tinyurl.com/2ert755
Oct. 20, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST
No doubt the man simply embodies this character of Superman/Clark Kent the way he is in the comics! I love how he plays the role of Clark Kent, and honestly even without the suit he's this generations Superman. If they cast anyone else in the new movie I refuse to watch it... I will not support anything Snyder puts out ever again if he casts anyone BUT Tom Welling. Look at this petition! I'm not alone in feeling like this. http://www.sodahead.com/entertainment/who-should-play-superman/question-1288813/?page=1&new=1&scroll=1#post_42565579
Oct. 20, 2010, 1:45 a.m. CST
YankeesPayroll said, "the OLD and terrible showrunners did crazy things to keep Lana on the show". I am outraged that you would look unfavorably upon efforts to keep the best character and finest actress on Smallville in a leading role. Smallville would be NOTHING without the otherworldly talents of the incomparable Kristin Kreuk! Lana Lang made that show must-see-tv. Never forget it!
Oct. 20, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST
BigSexy75 said, "Smallville really hit its stride a few years ago when Lana was finally written off the show" Do you live in an alternate universe? For God's sake, the beautiful Lana was THE reason for Smallville's success! Ms. Kreuk's portrayal of Lana was pitch-perfect and it should be shown in every acting class in the country. Smallville has never been the same, never been as good since the departure of Lana.
Oct. 20, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST
Why on earth would someone take WormyT's fantastic Smallville/Superman mashup and then cap it off with scenes from the show? Wouldn't you put that shit at the beginning? Fucking amateurs, man.
Oct. 20, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST
But he won't get it. If he does, I'll be pleasantly shocked. I've a feeling they won't want this connected in any way with the TV show. Jon Hamm has said that he wants the part, and I thinkk he'd be a great choice.
Oct. 20, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST
It'll be direct to dvd though. Warner Bros. would be insane not to further their home video sales of the property once it wraps up.
Oct. 20, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST
I am one of them. Those who don't like it - well, frankly, I and the other fans don't give a shit about your 'mehs'. 200 episodes is a success in anyone's eyes and I shall miss the show when its gone. Take your hate and stick it up your arse.
Oct. 20, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST
that would make it "Smallville the movie", in many peoples minds. And not "SUPERMAN, directed by Zack Snyder".
Oct. 20, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST
It'd be ironic as hell if it made more or had more DVD sales than Snyders version.
Oct. 20, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST
It was a little weird as I haven't seen it since Season 5, but Welling and Erica god-she's-hot-Durance have a great chemistry. That was the weirdest high school reunion ever...no one familiar except the season 1 bug guy? It was cool to see future Clark Kent as we know him at the Daily Planet. Cheers to the 200th.
Oct. 20, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST
What a show. Seriously. What they have done with Smallville is an unprecedented character study of one of the world's best-known, iconic, and beloved characters, and for that alone it has been a brilliant ride. When I strip everything away and look at the core, the steps that take a boy on a Kansas farm to being a man in Metropolis, it has been a remarkable achievement. Each episode was a baby step for Clark, just like every day is a step in our own personal development, and suddenly you turn to find ten years have got behind you, and those baby steps have accumulated into miles from where you began. <br><br> Maybe it's because LOST left a bad taste in my mouth, but I find myself wanting to yell on the street corner for more people to watch Smallville. Yes, "Wow, that's STILL ON?!" is a common response. Yes. Yes it is still on, and how. <br><br> Some thoughts: <br><br> 1) Clark, for all intents and purposes, IS Superman already. I love that. I love the foreknowledge that Season 10 is about him casting out doubt and pride to fully become the icon, and from the groundwork laid, it feels natural, purposeful, and revealing. Like I said, this is the core of the show, and it's brilliant in this season. <br><br> 2) Clark has made some wrong choices in a field of no right choices along the way and has lingering personal debts. The important part as that he stayed true to his ideals, come what may. That's Superman's foundation. <br><br> 3) I wasn't keen on Erica Durance when they first introduced Lois, either. She has transformed into one of the best incarnations of the character. Maybe the best. Especially once they botoxed the age lines around her mouth. lol Lovely, ballsy, determined, and fantastically in love with Superman already. I loved her in this episode. I had tears in my eyes when they exchanged I love yous. <br><br> 4. The compound ending of this episode piled greatness on top of greatness. Oliver's speech made possible by Clark's presence was gut wrenchingly raw. In your face, says Green Arrow. And if the death of Jonathan Kent moved you, then Clark's scene at the grave with the watch gave us beautiful closure. <br><br> 5. I love how this episode played like Clark's A Christmas Carol, with Braniac 5 playing the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future. <br><br> 6. But, okay... Please stop using the word "darkness" in every other line of dialogue. We get it. <br><br> I'm a fan, unabashedly. It has been one heluva ride.
Oct. 20, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST
Said it before, but that episode Makes me believe this season could be pretty good. The creative staff is still intact. Kripke is still somewhat involved. So I'm now looking forward to a season I had serious doubts about.
Oct. 20, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST
http://jimhalterman.com/interviews/interview-smallville-eps-kelly-souders-and-brian-peterson-talk-homecoming-and-the-final-season/ The link says it all. Supes is in safe hands. for now
Oct. 21, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST
That was a great interview. It gives me far more hope for the final episodes of Smallville than the vibe we felt from the LOST creative team toward the end. I can't wait, yet I never want it to end. It's like waiting for Christmas. You want to rip into your presents, but once you open all of them there are none left to open. Luckily, Smallville is the Death Star play set of television presents.
Oct. 21, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST
When Clark was talking with future-Lois in their Daily Planet office, when Lois mentioned the big day when he revealed his secret to her, they included a phrase from the Lois and Clark theme in the music. I caught it immediately and had to rewind a few times to hear it again. Beautiful, brilliant, and subtle touch. Keep this up, and this season is going to be unforgetable.
Oct. 21, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST
PrestigeWorldwide said, "WAAAYYYY too many stories in the last 200 eps have been pointless Clark/Lana will-they/won't they, which was fine for a couple of seasons but quickly grew tiresome and repetative." Are you out of your freaking mind?!! Lana OWNED each and every scene she was in. Her star burned brighter than any other character. When she was onscreen, you knew the reason why you were watching Smallville. I will never, EVER forgive you for your shoddy comments about Lana. Don't speak to me again!
Oct. 21, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST
now maybe cbs will cancel that shit