Smallville is a show I never really followed or cared about up until this September when I got my hands on the DVD sets from a few friends. Once I started watching, I couldn’t stop and in the span of a just a few months I’ve watched every single episode.

Although not in DC Comics continuity (obviously), the show is amazing for what it is and I can’t think of many other shows that have developed characters so well.

The still-holding-out-on-becoming-Superman series, currently in its eighth season, is on its mid-season break with the last episode having aired on November 20th. There’s still no word yet on whether or not the CW will move forward with a ninth season and that could be why so many story pieces were thrown at us in the last episode.

The last episode, titled “Bride,” pulled off quite an amazing feat in bringing to life the infamous Doomsday character in full monstrous form. Not only that, but we were treated to the beginnings of the love story between Lois and Clark, the return of Lana Lang and a tease of Lex Luthor’s possible future return. The ladder of which we only see from a rear view. Lex is hooked up to some sort of life-support device watching a bunch of monitors in a dark room.

Oh, I almost forgot… The episode is called “Bride” for a reason: Chloe and Jimmy were about to tie the knot (in the Kent family barn?) when Doomsday crashed the party, killing everyone. Well, he didn’t kill everyone but it sounds more brutal saying that. He did give Clark the beatdown though. He also put Jimmy in the hospital and kidnapped Chloe, taking her to the Fortress of Solitude – which by the way, has been redecorated Brainiac-style.

It was a LOT to take in to say the least, and the ending of the episode was epic in many ways. I won’t even go into detail about the awesome Cloverfield-style intro, the high production quality and the slow-mo ending with incredible music showing these emotional scenes of all the characters and where they’re left off in the multi-cliffhanger twisty conclusion.

So, for those of you who are excited about what’s to come, here’s a little trailer for the next episode of Smallville which features the Legion of Superheroes (check it out while it lasts):

The legion, made up of the amazingly-named Saturn Girl, Cosmic Boy and Lightning Lad, come back in time to help Clark defeat Brainiac. Also up on the slate for future episodes of the final arc is the return of the Justice League which I’m psyched for.

I’m pumped for what’s coming, are you?

This January will prove difficult to keep up with all the returns and starts of new seasons. From 24, Dollhouse and Lost, to Smallville, Battlestar and Fringe. And that’s just to name a few. Many viewers want the show to continue past this season, and you can count me as one of them. Maybe its a function of having watched all seven-and-a-half seasons in two months as opposed to over an eight year span. I enjoy watching and why would I want to stop that enjoyment? Heck, change the name of the show to Metropolis and continue with Welling sporting the full costume if that’s what it takes.

Smallville makes its big return to the second half of season 8 on January 15, 2009 with the episode called “Legion.”

Source: Ain’t It Cool News