10 Things We Miss About Smallville
The Superhero craze has taken over both television and film in recent years, but 17 years ago creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar hit on television gold by bringing to life the coming-of-age story of Superman himself, Clark Kent. Smallville won 3 Primetime Emmys as well as several other awards, and for good reason — it was fantastic. Although fans weren’t as enthused with the later seasons as they were with the beginning, the show held a major fanbase for ten seasons before ending on May 13, 2011. The show took us right from the beginning in the pilot when baby Kal-El lands on Earth before quickly jumping to teenage Clark played by Tom Welling, who begins to deal with controlling his powers, befriending Lex Luthor and falling in love with Lana Lang. There’s a lot to miss from this iconic show, but here are 10 things we miss the most about Smallville.
10. The Town Of Smallville
The story of Superman is a well-known one and until Smallville his identity as Clark Kent wasn’t given the full shake it deserves. While everyone knows Clark as the mild-mannered, bumbling reporter of “The Daily Planet” in Metropolis, he has his roots in Smallville as a corn-fed farmboy. Smallville was the perfect backdrop for the awkward teenage Clark who just wanted to fit in, date Lana Lang and help his parents Jonathan and Martha who were expertly portrayed by John Schneider and Annette O’Toole.
You couldn’t help but love Smallville as its quaintness and small-town life was disrupted again and again by kryptonite infections and a young man learning to be a superhero in their midst. All these years later, the origin story is being tried out yet again with Superman’s fellow Justice League member Batman in Gotham, a show that is also already very successful, thanks in part to the previous success of this show.
9. Pete and Chloe
Another great thing about having the show’s basis in Smallville is learning more about Clark Kent as a teenager before his friends were just other superheroes and Lois Lane. Pete Ross played by Sam Jones III and Chloe Sullivan played by Allison Mack were great friends to Clark and essential to his high-school story, helping him solve the mysteries plaguing the town and the people as the three worked on the “Smallville Torch” newspaper.
We even miss the teen drama that plagues superheroes as well, which was also edged along by Pete and Chloe. Pete hid his feelings for Chloe for a long time while she was busy obsessing over Clark who was completely oblivious to her love because of his yearning for Lana. Eventually, both friends learn Clark’s big secret and while Pete left in season three, he did come back with powers in season seven before taking his final leave from the show, and Chloe stuck it out right through season ten.