May 16th, 2011
11:16 AM ET
After 10 years of "Smallville," we finally got to see the suit on Clark Kent and it did not disappoint.
Friday night was the two-hour series finale of the CW’s "Smallville,” a show that has pushed the boundaries of the Superman story to its limits. (Such as the creation of new characters that hadn’t shown up in the comics before [Chloe Sullivan] and taking other characters and giving them a bigger role than they ever had in the story as we knew it [Lana Lang].)
Although the show’s creators boldly said “no flying and no tights,” we saw those rules broken in the finale in a way that should make fans of both the show and Superman’s original tale satisfied with Clark Kent becoming the Man of Steel.
Over "Smallville's" decade-long run, it did at times devolve into a teen drama akin to “Dawson’s Creek.” While the finale had moments like that, it was more about saying goodbye to friends and wrapping up stories. Admittedly, some of that was done poorly, like with the Tess storyline.
True to their words, the writers this season brought back all the main characters of the show for one more visit, although the one I did not understand - or maybe it was just poorly executed - was the return of Lex. Outside of one really good line, “Every great villain needs a great hero,” I really saw no reason for him to be back.
The show did have some great nods to the comic book world, from the blatant “Smallville” comic book in the opening and closing scenes to the more subtle one of Lex as president in 2018.
As a fan of both the show and Superman, I had to let out a small cheer as Clark ran to the roof of the Daily Planet, pulled open his shirt and became the Man of Steel as music from the "Superman" movie swelled in the background.
I was hoping for the iconic Christopher Reeve pose with the cape flowing, but I’m 100 percent happy with the way they ended it. It looks like not everyone agrees, though - iReporter Omekongo Dibinga thought it was one of the worst series finales he'd ever seen. What did you think? Weigh in with an iReport or in the comments below.
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