Dark Thoughts: Smallville Secret Identity and Some Other Stuff About the Finale
A couple of weeks ago the Smallville series finale aired on the CW. It was insanely underwhelming for a finale of 10 year long series with a kind of stupid framing device around the whole thing that I will get into later. But for now I want to address one thing: Did no one find Clark’s sudden personality change weird at all?
For, like, two years Clark had been working at the Daily Planet. Everyday he would wear the same style of clothes, walk the same, talk the same. He never once even hinted that he might wear glasses to anyone. I am pretty sure that some people were excited for Clark and Lois’s wedding (I may be remembering that wrong). Then one day, out of the blue, Clark starts wearing glasses, dressing differently, walking differently, talking differently, acting differently. He is clumsy, nervous and kinda shy, and no one bats an eye. People even start to question why Lois is considering marrying him.
Cat Grant, who was partners with the guy for what I assume is a relatively long period of time, acts like Clark had always been this way, never minding the fact that he saved her from an exploding car which I am guessing the Clark Kent persona would never even dream of doing.
If they had done this personality change a little earlier, like when he started working there, but this is just ridiculous. Does nobody pay attention to anybody else they work with unless they are star reporters or something?
Now, about that framing device… At the beginning of the episode, we see Chloe Sullivan reading a comic called Smallville to her son. It apparently accounts the events that led to Clark Kent becoming Superman. So, does this mean that Clark sat down with a writer from DC and tell him everything that happened to him over the past 18 years or something? From the panels I saw, it looked like an episode of Smallville (fitting, I guess). This makes me think that after a few years Clark just said fuck it to the whole secret identity thing and decided to make a quick buck.
Two more things and then I will shut up. Why did it take seven years for Clark and Lois to get their weddings rings? Their wedding was interrupted with the Apokolips thing (which look kinda cool), but still. Finally, why was Jonathan Kent appearing to Clark? I may have missed some stuff, but I cannot once remember another time when Clark got a visit from his ghost dad (maybe in the episode he died in, but I cannot remember that far back).
Despite the fact that show was incredibly stupid, I was still a big fan. It’ll be weird not having new episodes to laugh at with a feeling shame, but I am kind of glad it’s over. Now we just have to wait a few for that Batman show and we can start this whole dance all over again.