Smallville ends another season with a fun, though slightly bizarre season finale.

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 Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

Directed by James Marshall.

Original Airdate


Phantom
originally aired on Thursday, May 17, 2007.

Synopsis

Lex tracks down the last phantom, Clark makes an ally, Chloe’s meteor power is revealed, and Lana makes a fateful decision.

High Point

The surprises. I wasn’t expecting that meteor power, nor was I expecting the last line of dialogue.

Low Point

Did they actually expect us to be as convinced as the characters? Spoiler guard on: That alley has never seen an unimportant vehicle. As if they’d throw one in now. I’m sure she set the bomb herself before hitching a ride on the mail truck.

The Review

This is an original take on a classic villain, as well as revealing beyond a doubt the supervillain Lex. This is a season finale that actually will change next season in some fundamental ways. The mid-season episodes can be pretty weak, but these guys know how to deliver a season finale. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were plentiful and effective. Again, it’s a Smallville season finale. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story plays out nicely, tying this season together and leading into the next one. We’re seeing them move more deeply into the comic book roots while they’re at it. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was good, with pain and surprises for all involved. Anything with focus on the Luthors tends to play out well, and Phil Morris is a welcome addition. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional reponse was fantastic. I’ve said many times that Smallville is at its best on the way in or out of a season. (I swear, if they cut back to six episodes a season, it would be one of the best shows on the air.) We’ve got fun payoff and great setup, much of which is bringing in more of the classic comic book elements. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production is the typical great work that we’ve come to expect. This show has had some pretty lousy scripts over the years, particularly mid-season and non-sweeps episodes, but they’re always brought to the screen with style and efficiency. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s the kind of high quality that Smallville produces when they know viewers will have more than a week or two to drift away from the show. I give it 6 out of 6. If you’ve ever liked the show, you’ll probably like this one.

In total, Phantom receives 39

out of 42.