Thus endeth season five.

Cast

Tom
Welling
as
Clark Kent

Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang

Michael
Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor

John
Glover

as Lionel Luthor

Annette
O’Toole
as Martha Kent

Erica Durance as
Lois Lane

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Brian Peterson and Kelly Sounders.

Directed by James Marshall. This is the first
Smallville
season finale not directed by Executive Producer Greg
Beeman.

Original Airdate


Vessel
originally aired on Thursday,
May 11, 2006.

Synopsis

Lex is kidnapped to become the vessel for Zod. Clark
is told that
killing the vessel is the only way to prevent Zod from
destroying the
world.

High Point

Clark is growing into Superman. For once, we’ve got a
problem that
really will take a Superman to solve.

Low Point

The plot thread with Martha and Lois. They’re going
to have to go out
of their way to integrate that with the main plotline
next season;
right now, it seems like random stuff just to put
every lead
character in jeopardy at the end of the season.

The Review

This doesn’t feel as original as some of the
past season
finales. I think the main reason for this is that
this is the first
finale that didn’t throw a new threat at us, but
instead simply
delivered the threat that we’d been hearing about for
the entire
season. It’s also nice to really drive home the
amount of lying
Clark’s done, particularly when compared to Lex. I
give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were well done. The work in the
teaser looked a
little cartoony, but that which came later (including
the cityscapes
and that great final shot) was extremely well done. I
give it 5 out
of 6.

The story was well written in most respects.
(Again, I feel
that the Martha and Lois plot thread was grafted on to
put everyone in
peril.) The conversation between Lex and Clark worked
extremely well,
though. It’s a great way to set the two up as
enemies. I really hope
that Lex retains his memories of this event, even if
it does
contradict most versions of the Superman canon. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was very well done this week, from
the cast all
around. With Marshall at the helm instead of Beeman,
things slowed
down the usual frantic pace and allowed for some
genuine character
moments to come through as well. I give it 5 out of
6.

The emotional response kicked into high gear
the moment
Lionel pointed out the choice Clark may have to make.
Once that
choice was laid out, and they started to face off in
the midst of
worldwide panic, the pace returned to the traditional
Beeman feel.
The results of Brainiac’s plan have turned out to be
very
interesting. What else can be said? This looks like
a job for
Superman! I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was also well done. It’s a
different feel for
a Smallville finale, but it worked very well.
I give it 5
out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good season finale, and one
that certainly
leaves me pumped for next season, as well as for the
movie (due June
24.) I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Vessel
receives
35
out of 42.