Thus endeth season five.
Kristen Kreuk as
Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
as Lionel Luthor
O’Toole as Martha Kent
Erica Durance as
Allison Mack as
Written by Brian Peterson and Kelly Sounders.
Directed by James Marshall. This is the first
season finale not directed by Executive Producer Greg
originally aired on Thursday,
May 11, 2006.
Lex is kidnapped to become the vessel for Zod. Clark
is told that
killing the vessel is the only way to prevent Zod from
Clark is growing into Superman. For once, we’ve got a
really will take a Superman to solve.
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
right now, it seems like random stuff just to put
character in jeopardy at the end of the season.
This doesn’t feel as original as some of the
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
delivered the threat that we’d been hearing about for
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
and that great final shot) was extremely well done. I
give it 5 out
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
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
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,
down the usual frantic pace and allowed for some
moments to come through as well. I give it 5 out of
The emotional response kicked into high gear
Lionel pointed out the choice Clark may have to make.
choice was laid out, and they started to face off in
the midst of
worldwide panic, the pace returned to the traditional
The results of Brainiac’s plan have turned out to be
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
leaves me pumped for next season, as well as for the
movie (due June
24.) I give it 5 out of 6.
out of 42.