Smallville: Season 9 Finale Review & Discussion

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 10:23 am,

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This past season of Smallville, our favorite inhabitants of Metropolis have come up against some terrifying foes. From Metallo to Checkmate to Dark Archer – there has been a nemesis at every turn.

Alright, maybe Icicle wasn’t that great of a nemesis (at all), but at least his appearance led to the Justice Society popping up and Doctor Fate foretelling the (flying) future of Clark – with cape and all.

On top of that, this season has beat out any previous season in terms of cameos from familiar DC characters such Speedy, Roulette, Cat Grant, The Wonder Twins, Amanda Waller, Silver Banshee and Maxwell Lord. Not to mention Martha Kent, Perry White, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, Toyman, Dr. Emil Hamilton, Black Canary, and Cyborg all returning.

It’s been a long road. Nine seasons is long for any series, but Smallville has consistently reinvented itself and with it, kept fans tuning in – even when it was forced to switch timeslots.

But, that’s enough talk about the past. Let’s move on to there here and now.

The battle is on! In the ninth season finale of Smallville, it’s all-out fight as Clark must stop Zod from taking over the world, but will our favorite Red-Blue-Blur be strong enough to stop him and his Kandorian army?


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In my opinion, the season 9 finale of Smallville had much to prove. For almost a decade, fans have been standing by this series, tuning in week after week, year after year, and at some point there needs to be a moment where you decide whether to continue investing time into a series or cut your losses. This was that moment – for me, at least.

That being said, the ninth season finale of Smallville is not only one of the best episodes of the season, but also one of better finales that this series has in quite some time.

The episode, directed by former Smallville executive producer Greg Beeman and written by long-time scribes Al Septien & Turi Meyer, was a brilliantly crafted finale that was able to provide a wonderful ending to one of Superman’s (that’s right, I said it!) most formidable foes while also providing fans with a reason to eagerly anticipate its fall return.

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For the first time, Clark’s inevitable future as the caped crusader was not simply hinted at, but directly implied as a destiny that will soon be fulfilled. Starting with the thirty-second glimpse from the future (2013) and continuing through-out, there was so much packed into this episode that a second viewing is almost definitely needed in order to take it all in.

Although, one must remember that while there is so much potential for an amazing tenth season, this is Smallville and it wouldn’t be the first time that they’ve squandered the opportunity to take the series to new heights.

While Clark now has both the knowledge and the tools (he has the suit!) to become Superman and Lois Lane now knows who The Blur truly is, it would take but a simple mind-erase device whipped up by some bad guy of the week or the reveal that the family crest we saw reflected in Clark’s eyes was merely a patch that Martha Kent placed on top of some old photos, instead of the suit, to bring fans hopes and dreams crashing to the ground.

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If you watched the season finale, you would have already experienced that phenomenon as there were a couple of lack-luster moments. Specifically, the promised “return” of the Justice Society and Major Zod’s whispering in Clark’s ear.

Regarding the Justice Society, I’m not expert, but since when did a really fancy video chat count as “returning?” The producers had once again led fans down the wrong path by having them believe that not only would they (truly) return, but that Hawkman would help Clark fly. To be fair, the episode is “to be continued” and with that, anything could happen.

And then there’s one of the oddest moments of the season; Major Zod, with all his wisdom, had been tricking the Kandorians into blindly following him, but then forgets that he’s surrounded by people with super-hearing as he whispers into Clark’s ear? The over-throw of Zod can basically be credited to a case of superhero eavesdropping.

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In the end, these were merely minor flaws in an otherwise brilliant episode and something that can easily be over-looked. My only hope is that when the series returns in the fall, it is able to deliver on all of its promises – even if the promises were only implied.

Final Thoughts

The ninth season finale of Smallville was a wonderful episode to watch. Not only did it exceed all expectations, but it also gave the series new life with a glimpse as to how amazing the tenth season could be.

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What did you think of the Smallville finale? Was it everything you wanted it to be? Are you excited about what the future holds for the series? Will you be sticking around for the tenth seaon?

Make sure to tune into tenth season of Smallville, this fall, on The CW

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  1. I have watched Smallville on and off for the past year. I always expect more super hero WOW factor and usually don’t get it. The Season 9 finale delivered it in spades. I was clapping at the end. One of the best season finales I’ve seen lately. Supernatural did the same thing when they introduced the angels arc. They took a formulaic new monster every week show, and juiced it up with the apocalypse. Smallville did that this season with the Justice League and Clark Kent FINALLY coming into his own. Now that Zod and his crew have beamed off Earth, hope there will be a new arc that keeps me tuning in week after week.

  2. Ok, so i’m a bit late, i just saw the season finale, and before i give my two cents, i have to say that i’m a big fan. I can’t watch an episode and wait for a whole week to see the next so i wait until the entire season is over and watch all of them back to back. I take the day off and just sit home all day for this one occasion. Now that’s established, i have to say, i was a bit dissappointed. Right from the get go, we all knew Clark wasn’t going to leave, the unvieling of his mom being red queen, the superman logo in his eyes, Lois finally realizing who clark was, green arrow saying that it wasn’t the candorians, i mean, there’s just way to much going on for clark to simply vanish. And what’s with the whole Jesus pose on his way off the building, like yeah, we all believe that because of the blue cryptonite clark is going to fall to his bitter end. Although i enjoyed this season i have to say i was a bit dissppointed with the ending and someone stated earlier about all of superman’s other rivals not getting any play. What’s next, fantastic four showing up, what about batman, maybe even if we’re lucky we’ll get a glimps of the teen titans. Jeeze, i hope this new season finally bridges all the gaps that we’ve experianced on this journey.

  3. I will be pissed if, in season 10, the followling does or doesn’t happen:
    If Clark Doesnt fly.
    If Oliver Queen dies. I much too in love with him even if I don’t agree on the chlollie thing.
    If Clark does send the kandorians packing and leaves with them. Especially if they have a Whole Clark/Lois love scene where they finally confess there love and then he goes ‘sorry, but I love you too much to stay. I must take care of the kandorians. Seriously, I’d rather be with Clark and in danger everyday than be without. That’s a no brainer.
    They have to bring back Aquaman, Impulse, and Cyborg. They were seriously amazing. Black Canary too; so long as she won’t be all over Oliver. He better not end up with Tess either. Jealous much? Yeah, I am.
    Another thing, in Absolute Justice, and I’m just going from memory here, but didn’t dr. Fate say something about His greatest enemy being Lex Luthor? If you look at it this way, For there to be Luthor as the season 10 enemy., Clarks gotta get rid of the kandorians. Bu he can go with tem permanently or who’s gonna fight lex, right? So there it is.

  4. I was thinking the martian manhunter would save clark again, you never know. we all know clark isn’t going to die or lose his powers but boy do they know how to make villains hateful :) Callum Blue did an excellent job as Zod and I love how they take the actors from the movies and give them parts in smallville:)
    Terence Stamp who played Zod in Superman I and II does the voice of Jor-El, and of course martha kent is played by annette o’toole who was lana lang in superman III, on the list goes :) love this show,it’s very addictive:) sept. can’t come fast enough

  5. Frankly, it’s getting to be past absurd that Clark still can’t fly. If I remember correctly, every single person from off-planet that we’ve met on this show has been able to fly… EXCEPT for Superman himself.

  6. I have just finished season 9 again but one thought came up… when clark sends away all the kandorians, why didnt kara disappear with the kandorians? because she is back in season 10…. can anyone explain?

  7. SV S9 = Epic Win!