With “Smallville” in its final season, viewers are being treated to an excellent ending of the series. Loose ends are being wrapped up in such a way as to correct prior writing mistakes, while at the same time giving us a sense that Lois and Clark’s lives will continue after the show. Episode 7, entitled “Ambush,” begins the decent into what is expected to be Clark’s final showdown.
In this week’s episode, we see Clark and Lois finally enjoying each other at the Kent farm with no secrets between them, only to be interrupted by Lois’ Dad and sister. General Sam Lane, who is incredibly overprotective of his daughters, arrives with a list of chores Clark needs to complete to make the house appropriately safe for Lois. I found this to be an incredibly ridiculous plot point, making Lois Dad seem not like an in charge General, but rather a micromanaging Father who ultimately has no faith in his daughter’s intelligence and judgment. For a laugh, you can click HERE to see the list of chores Clark was given. After reading the list, you’ll see that the General should have been more than amazed when Clark finishes the list later in the episode. What I don’t get is how he knew all of these chores needed done.
Lois’ dad reveals that he is a proponent of the Vigilante Registration Act, a Bill that would require all masked heroes to reveal their identities. Clark and Lois are obviously opposed, but Lois refuses to stand up to her father in favor of attempting a peaceful Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, Oliver returns to Watchtower badly injured, is mended by Tess, who discovers a subdermal tattoo representing the Suicide Squad. The Suicide Squad being a group of vigilantes led by Rick Flag. The tattoo is a means of tracking people for Flag, and since Oliver has turned Flag down in his offer to join the Suicide Squad, he is worried that Flag will come looking for Clark next.
Flag, as it turns out, is more concerned with the General than Clark for now, wanting to stop anyone involved with the Vigilante Registration Act. Flag is able to convince Lucy Lane that her father is in danger by posing as a military officer named Col. Richard Stafford, and convinces her to give him evidence that Clark is a vigilante sympathizer, in the form of photos of Clark speaking to Kara, AKA Supergirl. Flag also convinces Lucy to place a tracking device on the General, so he can be kept “safe.”
When Oliver and Clark meet, Oliver discovers that Clark too has one of the subdermal tattoos, which was apparently given to him using blue kryptonite at some earlier date. Soon after, Lois and Clark fight, and with the vigilante sympathizer in the General’s hand, the Lane family leaves the Kent farm for Lois’ apartment above the Talon, where Lois demands that her father respect her love for Clark. At this, the General and Lucy leave, also leaving behind the tracking device. At the same time, Flag fires a missile that is designed to home in on the tracking device. Lois’ apartment is destroyed, and the General believes Lois has been killed, only to find that the Blur has saved her.
The General apologizes to Clark, realizing that his family is more important to him than anything, and that he owes their safety to the Blur. Clark asks for Lois’ hand in marriage, which leads into a beautiful family Thanksgiving dinner. This is followed by the announcement that the Vigilante Registration Act has been passed, and Flag stating that this was an act of war.
Looking towards the series finale, expect a big showdown between the Justice League and the Suicide Squad. My main complaint with the series has been Clark’s seeming inability to man up and take the reins of his abilities. With the negative influences of his father (Mr. Kent, not Jor-El) now gone combined with sharing the secret with Lois, the love of his life, Clark is starting to realize the good he can do in the world. It’s been a long journey, but Clark is finally becoming a man, which is a requirement, I believe, to be Superman.
I’ll see you, and “Smallville,” next week!