You're right, but I think it started going downhill when Clark started living with Lana and rejected Chloe. The tension brought a lot to the show. Bringing in Lois bugged me at first, but I got used to her. Personally...I think they could've made Chloe change her name to Lois (she used the name as a fake name at the Daily Planet before Lois came) and allowed her and Lana to fight it out. I don't mean physically. Bringing in Lois, weakened all of this and added nothing to the show. We knew they had to do it, but Chloe was the writing wizard and I thought that was a great way to introduce Lois. The real Lois is intriguing, but Chloe is way better.
But, you're right. Removing the Luthors from the show also removed Clark's hesitations, his indecisions, etc. It also left them with little material for new shows. The enemies are often wack--when they do appear (rarely)--while Lex and his father provided constant trouble for Clark and company. The stones storyline was one of the best on the show, but they threw it away with a wack ending. Lana as the witch didn't even really fight Clark. It could've been a real end of the world conflict like Buffy and Angel shows. Also, giving Lex gadgets and other his capabilities like in the movies would've given more material to the writers. They removed Lex just as he was getting truly dangerous. By the way, making the father good was a wack move. I thought he was faking, but it seems he wasn't. They need a character that brings in conflict like that girl who teleports, Lex, Lionel, Lana v. Chloe, etc. They made sure to remove all of this so...yeah. Time for Smallville to bite the dust. Unless...they want to defy convention like they did by bringing on Super Girl, Clark's Kryptonian parents, etc. Otherwise, Smallville should end up on the scrap heap.
· 1 decade ago