The Complete Seventh Season
Much of the sixth season of Smallville was devoted to keeping Clark and Lana apart by way of sham marriages, fake pregnancies, and death threats. In season seven they’re finally able to come together, and the whole thing just kind of sits there.
Considering the epic six season long romance that brought them here, the couple is largely dispassionate. Their chemistry on the show is somewhere between a couple that’s been married for 60 years, and an uncomfortably close brother and sister.
The actress playing Lana, Kristin Kreuk, left the show and this was written into the show by having her go into a coma. So in addition to going nowhere, the relationship also gets no resolution.
A new character this season is Kara (Supergirl), Clark’s biological cousin that was sent from Krypton with him, but has been in suspended animation ever since. Now she’s discovering Earth and her new super powers for the first time. She takes to the powers much faster than Clark did, instantly mastering the art of flying, which by the end of the season, Clark hasn’t even attempted.
At first, Clark tries to corral Kara, telling her to hide her powers. It seems Clark has a deep rooted shame of his powers, or for the different-ness that those powers impart on him. He was raised as a human, and as he gained his powers over time, he diverged away from them. Gaining his powers came at with the loss of his humanity.
Kara never had humanity, she is a Kryptonian. She probably has a bit of a superiority complex, which would make it easier for her to accept her powers (she should have superhuman strength because she is superior to them). Her character doesn’t do too much in the season. She illuminates some aspects of Clark’s past and his family, and joins him in his do-goodery. In the middle of the season she comes down with amnesia. For some reason, when she loses her memory, she starts thinking she’s human. You’d think she’d revert back to a Kryptonian with no specific memory, but no.
The main villains for the season are Brainiac (Jason Marsters) and a shadowy group called Veritas, who knew of the coming of Clark long before it happened and has been preparing to harness his powers. Brainiac is a good villain for Clark. He’s a plotter and manipulator, which requires Clark to deduce his plan before he can fight him. It’s a nice way of creating a believable threat for an invincible man. Veritas feels a little slapped on, like someone said, ‘hey, the Di Vinci Code was popular, let’s do something like that!’ It’s also largely unbelievable, as members of the group have been in the show for years and showed no signs of these ulterior motives.
The Smallville mythology is kind of a piecemeal mess, but the stand alone episodes remain entertaining in a comic book sort of way.