they had to have jimmy in it other wise it would'nt be superman.
Not directed at you, especially since the producers seemed to agree, but I hate this line of thinking. Was TDK
not Batman, or not good Batman, because it didn't have Robin? Am I the only one who doesn't give a rat's ass whether there's a minor character in there named "Jimmy"?
As for the "Finale"... Smallville, in its entirety, is crap. I'm with Gaith on this one. What began as a solid reboot of Superman mythos, soon became a steaming pile of horse shit.
Hold on now; no reason to throw out the first two seasons-baby with the last-eight bathwater. And I fully stand by my opinion that on objective artistic merit, "Pilot", not to mention "Rosetta", "Lineage", "Memoria" (even though it's S3) and several others, are better than any of the Supes movies.
That said, from what I've read, and even taking Clana angst into account, the writing on the first three seasons absolutely blows this latter stuff out of the water.