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'Smallville': The 10 Most Memorable Moments

by Mike Moody, posted May 13th 2011 12:00PM
smallville series finale
After ten seasons and hundreds of super, strange and shirtless moments, 'Smallville' is coming to an end. The two-hour series finale, featuring the highly anticipated return of Michael Rosenbaum as bald baddie Lex Luthor, airs tonight (8PM ET on The CW). Are you excited? 'Cause we're excited. Super excited! (Yeah, I went there).

We couldn't let Clark Kent's swan song pass us by without celebrating 'Smallville' one last time. So in honor of one of the longest running genre TV series ever, here's a list of our 10 most memorable 'Smallville' moments. Feel free to share your most memorable 'Smallville' moments in the comments section.

smallville lois lane10. When Lois Met Clark

Strong-willed and sassy from the start, Erica Durance's Lois Lane arrived in Smallville determined to investigate the mysterious "death" of her cousin, Chloe Sullivan. Her first stop? Casa Kent, of course. But before arriving at her planned destination, lightning struck her car and she met Clark Kent lying buck naked in the middle of a cornfield. Welcome to Smallville, Lois!

9. Gone Daddy Gone
Lex murders Lionel Luthor. This was one of those moments that loyal viewers probably saw coming ever since the show's pilot. For much of the series, Lionel was the ultimate SOB, and his strange and twisted relationship with son Lex helped push the troubled badly to the dark side. But even after he sought redemption, Lionel couldn't escape the deadly hate and rage of the monster he helped to create. Rosenabum and John Glover did some fine work here, making this one of the darkest and most thrilling moments of the series.

smallville justice8. Strut of Justice
I'm probably in the minority here, but I'm not a big fan of 'Justice,' the proper debut of 'Smallville''s pleather-clad Justice League. It's one of the cheesiest episodes of the series. Still, that image of Clark, Green Arrow, Bart Allen, Cyborg and Aquaman strutting their super stuff in front of a giant fireball can only be described as iconic. Plus, the episode kicked the show's geeky comic book-referencing fun into high gear.

7. Legion-dary
The first of three memorable episodes penned by comic book scribe Geoff Johns, 'Legion' introduced us to three members of the famed Legion of Super Heroes: Rokk, Imra and Garth. This one was extra geeky, as the costume-clad superhero stuff goes off the rails and the Legion members inspire Clark to believe in himself while going all fanboy over the future Superman.

smallville absolute justice6. Hi, Society!
Johns returned to script the epic two-parter 'Absolute Justice, which united Clark Kent with seasoned Justice Society do-gooders Hawmkan, Doctor Fate and sexy crime fighter-in-training Stargirl. Deeply rooted in DC Comics lore, this season nine favorite was loaded with action, humor and superhero baddassery. The event helped move Clark's coming-of-age story along in a gloriously nerdy and entertaining way.

5. Lex Brings Down the House
Michael Rosenbaum's final 'Smallville' episode (before his return on tonight's finale) was a dark and dramatic hour as an obsessed and enraged Lex used an alien orb to destroy the fortress of solitude. But it was really Lex's hate that brought the arctic House of El crashing down on him and Clark.

smallville scarecrow4. The First 'S' on the Chest
You could probably view this striking moment from the pilot episode two ways: As a fanboy-baiting culmination of a tedious, manufactured plot device, or as a clever and emotional foreshadowing of what was to come for a very young Clark Kent. But, like the 'Justice' strut, that "S" painted on Clark's chest is iconic and unforgettable. It also marked an early friendly moment between Clark and Lex.

3. Pa Kent Goes Down
After a hard-to-watch clandestine meeting with Lionel Luthor in the barn, Jonathan Kent walked out into the yard, clutched his chest and died of a heart attack in Clark and Martha's arms. It really doesn't get any sadder than that. 'Reckoning' was a game changer, that's for sure, as Clark lost someone very close to him, and the show lost the solid, comforting presence of John Schneider (who later came back in flashbacks and in Clark's visions ... or something).

smallville meteor2. Anti-Meteor Man
Clark proved he was a true hero in the season four episode 'Commencement' as a meteor shower hit Smallville, and our Supermanboy was tasked with protecting his fellow townies. This one is high on the list because of the enduring image of Clark protecting a boy from the meteor explosion. It's so striking that its still one of the coolest visuals in the show's opening credits.

smallville missile1. Super Spaceman
Here's another unforgettable image from an early season. The episode 'Hidden' features Clark riding a runaway killer missile into space in another attempt to save his family and friends from the plans of an insane, obsessed teen. The scene, which foreshadows Clark's first real flight (which, hopefully, we'll see tonight) has also been an opening credits fixture for years.

Okay, 'Smallville' nerds, I know some of you are probably shaking your fists and screaming, "BUT YOU FORGOT ABOUT (insert scene here)!!!" So, yes, please help us celebrate the awesomeness that is 'Smallville' by telling us about your favorite moments below.

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I really liked it the first time he saved someone, which was lex luthor.

May 15 2011 at 6:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Blake Britton

(while shaking my fists and screaming KHANNNNN!!!) I'm thinking you forgot about...

OK, we all know the very last scene. I think THAT one tops the cake.

May 14 2011 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vug Too

Wow, is that major cool or what. Wow.


May 14 2011 at 7:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Nelson

I'm going to be pissed if he doesn't put on the suit and fly by the end of tonight's episode.

May 13 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Two other favorites of mine were Christopher Reeve's first appearence in Rosetta and the flight in crusade at the beginning of season 4, even though it wasn't "clark", kal-el flying was still fun to watch.

May 13 2011 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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