“Smallville” has always struggled to match its potential, especially as it has attempted to transform itself into a more mature show in the later seasons. Part of the problem was its eternally open-ended format. Without an end date in mind, the writers not only had to be flexible, but also felt they could meander from plot point to plot point without much consequence. This may have worked in earlier seasons, but they knew going in that this was the final chapter. This was all about establishing the “Smallville” version of Clark Kent’s evolution into Superman, and that no other endgame was going to be acceptable. So I’m a bit flummoxed as to why they would punt the ball when it really mattered.
The review for Smallville 10.21/10.22: “Finale” has been added to the archive.