Why I Think Smallville was Broken
There have been a ton of articles and blog posts about the end of Smallville but this isn’t so much about the finale (which was heavy on the talking and light on the ass-kicking). Instead this is about the series as a whole, or rather one piece of it that I’ve had on my mind for awhile. I’ve seen the entire series. All 10 seasons. The first 9 I watched on DVD and caught the last one on air. Yes, the show outlived its welcome but I f-ing love comic books so I stuck with it. Plus there were the occasional episodes where Clark Kent would do something super heroic or team up with people that had far bigger balls than he did. Most of those really cool episodes were written by Geoff Johns.
Anyway, I thought the series would have benefited tremendously if they had just killed Chloe Sullivan. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like Alison Mack. I think she did a great job and I admire the fact that she actually stuck through it for all 10 seasons. I just think that she would have served the show (and the characters of Superman / Clark Kent and Lois Lane) far better as a martyr.
Picture this. Chloe goes down in some situation where Clark is powerless to do anything. Maybe it’s a terminal disease or maybe it’s some Kryptonite bomb that only she can disable. She dies. Then, Lois has a reason to be a journalist instead of suddenly becoming one around season 7 or so. This way she’s carrying on with what Chloe had wanted to do and she’s honoring her cousin that way. Meanwhile Clark is inspired by what Chloe sacrificed and realizes that he can’t drag his feet anymore. He has to step up to be the hero that the world needs. Bam. He’s Superman. This shit could have happened like 4 years ago. Instead we had this long drawn out series with the writers somewhat clueless as to what to do with Chloe as a character.
Yes, I’m an angry nerd but I just thought that would have been a much better story than what they ended up doing. Granted, depending on who you ask, anything would have been better than what they ended up doing.