Smallville, one of the longest lasting sci-fi shows ever, has entered its last season. I must confess I am only now starting to watch. I have read Superman comics for close to 20 years now, and differences were too much for me to buy into. Still, several big names from the comics were being mentioned showing up at the end of the last season so I finally gave it a shot. It’s ok, so here I am watching the last season. Based on my knowledge of DC I have several big guesses as to where we are headed.
It started a few weeks ago with G. Godfrey showing up. He mounted a campaign to convince people the heroes weren’t to be trusted. This is right out of the DC miniseries Legends. In that classic story, Godfrey was an advance agent for Darkseid, DC’s ultimate evil, who appears to be on the rise in the show also. In the comics, Godfrey became a cultural hero, trying to convince people super-heroes shouldn’t be trusted. Briefly, the world turned against its heroes, before finally Godfrey was proven to be evil. This basically happened in the show, although it had nothing to do a S and M club like it did in the show.
However, the show’s club called the “Desaad Club” is reminiscent of the recent “Dark Side Club.” In that storyline, Darkseid is once again on the rampage. He sets up a wild nightclub, that he used to manipulate the minds of the young. The “Desaad Club” may pop back up in the show, but I get the feeling it has probably served its purposes.
So where does that leave the rest of the season? Darkseid is definitely coming. He is the ultimate evil in the DC universe. He is one of the few people genuinely more powerful than Clark. He comes with an army of beings powerful to put a beating on Clark and his buddies also. Expect the first half of the season to focus on little hints being dropped of the coming evil. Hopefully soon, Darkseid’s evil son Kalibak will be one of the threats Clark has to deal with. It would be a wonderful mid-season break cliffhanger. Kalibak would be a threat to Clark physically, and take a great deal to put down. Meanwhile, with Booster Gold coming soon, expect time travel to play a big part in an episode. For those who don’t know, Booster is a “hero” from the future who uses his knowledge of the “past” to fight crime and gain fame. Eventually, he learns how to be a true hero. Expect him to know more of the coming darkness.
To wrap up the season, the powers that be should take their lead from the best Darkseid story ever, The Great Darkness Saga. The show has shown its willingness to borrow story elements from famous comics but change them to fit the show’s mythology. In the Darkness Saga, DC’s heroes are facing an unknown threat of immense power. It took several issues with several defeats of the heroes before Darkseid revealed himself, in all his evil splendor. Fortunately, Darkseid’s evil is balanced by a baby boy that appeared in one battle, who quickly grew into Darkseid’s opposite, Highfather, a being as good as Darkseid is evil. Let a baby pop up in Metropolis in the last three or so episodes. Finally, in the second to last episode, he could age and what’s been happening. In the comics, he added his power to the collection of heroes fighting Darkseid, giving them the chance to fight back finally on an even level. Perhaps, in the show he could finally unleash Clark’s full power and restore Clark’s fallen allies for one final push. Expect the last episode to finally have Clark don the suit he has dodged for some reason for ten long years. Someone will probably remind him of his destiny, and my money is on Lois. He could then step up and take command of Earth’s defense, as its greatest hero, having beat back the ultimate evil.