Tom Welling and Erica Durance in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Homecoming" | ©2010 The CW/Ed Araquel

Tom Welling and Erica Durance in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Homecoming" | ©2010 The CW/Ed Araquel

Stars: Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Justin Hartley, Cassidy Freeman
Writer: Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Network: The CW, airs Friday nights
Original Telecast:  October 15, 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE: Even though SMALLVILLE is over, ASSIGNMENT X missed a few episodes during Season 10 and will be filling in the reviews during the summer as The CW re-airs the show.

The 200th episode of SMALLVILLE arrives with a very fitting story – tracing Clark Kent’s past, present and future in a sort of superhero version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by way of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

“Homecoming” features a distraught and disillusioned Clark hiding from the world both as himself and as the Blur. Meanwhile, his friend Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley) is carrying the brunt of the vigilante hatred on his shoulders now that he’s come out as the Green Arrow.

Lois (Erica Durance) who knows he’s the Blur, but hasn’t told him, wants to shake him out of his shell. She convinces him to attend his ten-year high school reunion. While there, everyone remembers him as the small-town farm boy who became the big football hero. Yet, it’s a bit too much for Clark – he has to face that Chloe is missing and Lana Lang is no longer with him.

Then former foe Brainiac (James Marsters) shows up. Clark is ready for a fight, but discovers that he’s from the future. Brainiac is now a good guy and part of the League – and wants to guide him along the right path so he can help Clark, like Clark helped him.

Brainiac shows him Pa Kent’s death and says he needs to let go of the past and stop hanging on to wanting to be able to save him. He sees the present with Oliver needing Clark, but Clark not being there. He also glimpses that Lois clearly loves Clark, but Clark keeping her at a distance because he doesn’t want what happened to Lana to happen to Lois.

And then it’s time for the future, where he sees what he becomes and how he and Lois are happily married – and she knows his secret. There’s even an homage to the first SUPERMAN movie with Lois endangered in a helicopter.

This starts to open up Clark’s world once again. He begins to see the positive and he now has the motivation to move forward in his life. The episode concludes with one of the most magical moments in the entire series. Since he and Lois missed the dance at homecoming, he puts a mirror ball at his place and has a special dance with Lois. As they begin to dance and live in the moment, Clark elevates Lois off the floor – and neither of them notice.

Writers Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders do an excellent job of paying homage to the last ten years of the series (there’s a nice nod to the freaks of the week), while also moving the Superman story forward for the series finale.

Director Jeannot Szwarc helms this episode, and he also does a fantastic job balancing the whimsical moments with the romance. This is definitely the best episode of the season so far. It also gives Welling and Durance a chance to bring Lois and Clark closer together. They’re such a great Lois and Clark, and they don’t get enough credit for making them their own.

SMALLVILLE once again proves, ten seasons in, that it still hasn’t lost the super power mojo that made it so special in the first place – and shows that the series is clearly going to go out with style.

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Comments:

  1. A few things, Brainiac is part of the Legion not the League. He shows Clark what happened the night of his father’s death and it is about Clark needing to stop taking responsibility for the choices of others not about still wanting to save Pa Kent. The thing with Oliver is about Clark’s dwelling on the mistakes of the past and punishing those around him. In the future that he visits, he and Lois are not married yet. They are actually pretending that they don’t have a romantic relationship at work which is why after she pulls him in the phone booth and makes him put on glasses she exits the phone booth and tells him “We can’t have people thinking things.” It is not a reference to him being Superman but instead their romantic relationship. This point is clarified at the end of The Finale prt 2 which takes place approx 1 yr after this part of Homecoming. Finally, Homecoming wasn’t just the best of the Season, it was the best of the entire series.

    mstaley3000
  2. I miss Smallville.
    Here is a cool recap video featuring a scene from each episode in order.

    SupesTR
  3. I think the idea of faith is what this season is about because there needs to be a sense of something bigger than they are that gives hope. Superman believes in humankind as a strength that gives him hope. It’s his time he spend growing up pretending to be a human that gives him his strength. I have to admit that I have been busy for the last 9 months enough that I wasn’t able to keep up with some of my favorite shows. My absolute favorite being Smallville I figured it was better to wait until I could watch them successively because there are long periods of time I can’t watch. Well I finally started watching them and I can’t stop.

    Bryon

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