With the 10th season premiere of “Smallville” tonight I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the show and highlight some on my favorite moments. With so many I will try to provide what I believe are the best moments and why. “Super” moments are what I would say are those in the show when Clark exhibits heroic traits there would define him when he is Superman, goes out of his way to do what is right.
#5. Clark rushes into a tornado to save Lana
In Season One finale, “Tempest” a tornado warning is issued throughout Smallville while there is a dance going on that Clark is attending with Chloe. Lana Lang is driving back from dropping off her boyfriend Whitney at the bus depot as he head off to basic training for the Marines. In typical form for any female with the initials L.L. in the Superman world, she pulls over her truck, spots Clark as he rushed to save her and watches the vehicle get pulled into the twister. Knowing what he has to do Clark rushes in after her.
The first season of Smallville was very “freak of the week” where Clark would have to stop a new Kryptonite infected foe who threatened life in Smallville while trying to maintain some normality along with his powers. This moment epitomizes all that Clark had learned in the season, to save the people he loves he is willing to do whatever it takes.
#4. Clark saves his family without powers
In the fifth season episode, “Mortal”, Clark no longer has his abilities, taken away from him by his father Jor-El, who is in the Fortress of Solitude. He took them away as a punishment for not returning in time to complete his training. Looking forward to living a normal life Clark is helping rebuild his house after a meteor shower (more on that later) when his mother, father, and Lana are taken hostage by three men who want Clark to steal a formula that gives them their own powers, believing Clark still has his. The moment comes when Clark cannot get his hands on the serum so instead he places a flash bang in a briefcase that stuns the foe and with some ingenuity, Clark is able to not only cut his source of power, electricity he harnessed, but to knock him unconscious. Even without his abilities Clark was still able to use his head in order to save those he loves, something that he will rely upon in his future whenever his abilities are lost or when the mind is more powerful than might.
#3. Clark leaps, a step toward flight
The episode that came next in season five, “Hidden”, Clark had his powers return. A former high school classmate broke into a hidden ICBM silo and aims it at Smallville with the intention of killing at the “meteor freaks” that live there. Clark and Chloe try to persuade him to call it off but the classmate is so determined he shoots Clark, killing him. At that moment Lionel Luthor, Lex’s father, is awakened from his “possessed” state and takes Clark to the Fortress where Clark is resurrected and given his powers back. Jor-El made Lionel a vessel that he could inhabit whenever Clark truly needed help. With his powers back, Clark rushes towards the silo and leaped in a single bound onto the missile, pulled out the nuclear core and falls back to Earth, returning home in burned clothing but otherwise in good shape. Here Clark did not necessarily want his powers back because there will be a price to pay for it but despite any reservations he knew what he had to do whether he had powers or not, he saw the bigger picture in the end.
#2. Clark saves a boy from a meteor
In Season Four’s “Commencement” there is a massive meteor shower made of Kryptonite headed towards Smallville, this one hiding a ship in it that holds two of Zod’s disciples and Brainiac. The main course of action is Clark must find the Kryptonian crystal that will bring to fruition the Fortress of Solitude. While he does this he comes across a little boy who got separated from his father and is in the path of a meteor, Clark gets him out of the way and protects the boy from the blast with his body. Clark returns him to his father, enough said.
#1. Clark evaporates a river to save 2 lives
In the 7th season premiere “Bizarro” Clark is in the middle of fighting his doppelganger who is made strong by Kryptonite and has a warped sense of what is right and wrong. During their fight the shock waves destroys a dam, unleashing the river behind it, heading towards a father and son fishing. When the father trips and knocks himself out the boy cries out for him to wake up and that’s when Clark arrives to use his heat vision to evaporate the river heading towards them. When it’s gone he looks at the boy, gives him a nod and disappears. This is #1 because in the middle of a fight he doesn’t forget to help those who get caught in the middle and when the boy looks at him he gives him the nod that Christopher Reeves would give in the Superman films.
There you go folks, the top five moments in Smallville that showcase the qualities that will make Clark Superman as he continues his journey and with the 10th season I’m sure there will be more.