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Smallville: Can It Survive Without Lex Luthor?

Smallville triangleSuperman has been saving citizens in peril at speeds faster than a speeding bullet for almost 70 years. Clark Kent’s alter-ego started in the comics and has enjoyed subsequent runs in animation, feature films, radio and of course, television. One of the most successful and unique television versions has been the Smallville series which airs on the CW network. The show focuses on young Clark Kent as he uncovers his powers and comes of age in Smallville, Kansas. The show is the only Superman series that has never shown its hero in the traditional cape and tights. But can the show continue without the arch villain Lex Luthor?

Smallville premiered on October 16, 2001 and though the ratings were very good, comic fan reaction was mixed. This stemmed in large part from the fact that the early episodes focused primarily on the “freak of the week” scenarios (each week a new town resident is adversely affected by radiation from Kryptonite meteors). Fortunately, as time has gone on, the Smallville characters have become more developed and the series has come to balance the sci-fi aspect with character development. A compelling aspect has been the deteriorating relationship between Clark Kent and wealthy friend/nemesis Lex Luthor. The storylines have recently focused on Lex’s relationship with Clark’s female obsession Lana Lang. Lex and Lana are currently engaged which has stirred up all sorts of feelings between Clark and Lana. How will this story play out? Hard to tell but things may be getting even more complicated behind the scenes.

Michael Rosenbaum, who has played the follicly challenged Luthor from the beginning of the series, recently told Kristin Veitch at EOnline that he will be leaving Smallville after the end of the seventh season (the series is currently in the middle of its sixth). Rosenbaum said, “Next year will be my last year. I had a great run. I loved it, but that will be it for me. I think other people have longer contracts. I’m not going to say who, but I know that next year is the last for me. So, it will be very sad when it happens, but all good things must come to an end.” That certainly throws a monkey wrench into the show’s famous love-triangle.

Smallville is enjoying a bit of resurgence and is currently garnering great ratings so it’s a sure thing that CW will renew the series for a seventh season. Providing that popularity continues, could Smallville continue for an eighth season without one of its two male leads? Or, could Rosenbaum’s departure mean a premature end for the series? Considering that Lex is such a vital part of the show, it’s really difficult to see how it could continue without him in a successful way. Could they recast the part or find a way to fill the villain role with another character? The need for a decision’s a ways off but ultimately that’s a cliffhanger only the producers and writers can solve. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

 

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nicole August 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

omg without lex the show bombed he was the biggest charectar in my opinion and shouldnt have been cut, im pretty sure they will do a season 10 but no 11 wich is horrible, lex luthor was my favorite carecter but got replaced by oliver queen who of corse i like more than lex, but the show really stinks without micheal playing lex, smallville is the only show i watch and i dont know what i would do without it oh and my suggustion for the show is that clark and chloe get back together they were such a good match im gald jimmy was cut so now clark and chloe have a chance…

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swiss February 4, 2010 at 12:55 pm

i would like to no when and if smallville is coming back to ous screens as me and my son both miss it. its been to long now and telly just aint the same !!!

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nicole August 27, 2010 at 10:26 am

they just did season 9 it will be a delay till season ten wich is unfortunatly the last season

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Smallvill_NUM_1_FAN July 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm

I don’t want to see Lex leave he played a good part in smallvill It wont be the same without him and don’t cancel smallvill everyone loves that show So much :)

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Marc April 7, 2009 at 9:11 am

I am a over 50 male viewer of Smallville. I wish Mike would reconsider however I understand his decision to move on.
This series is wonderful entertainment . I will continue to watch with or without Kristen or Mike. I do miss Lana as well.

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taylor March 28, 2009 at 9:53 pm

please do not cancel smallville thats the best show ever i’d be sad to see it get canceled.i think lex should still be in smallville because it gets more interesting

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