This season Clark Kent learned more about himself, his Kryptonian background, and his destiny than ever before. He battled the last phantom Bizarro, and released his Kryptonian cousin Kara from nineteen years in suspended animation.
Clark reunited with and started dating Lana Lang again. She divorced Lex and returned to Smallville. Lana began a non-profit organization with the intent to help meteor-infected individuals. However, Lana constantly battled conflicting feelings within herself, fueled by anger and hurt over her relationship with Lex. Lana fell victim to evil supercomputer Brainiac, who put her in a painful coma for several weeks. Upon waking, Lana left Smallville and Clark.
Lex learned about the existence of Veritas, based on the theory of the Traveler, a powerful being who would either save the world or destroy it. Lex relentlessly hunted the truth: he continued several controversial research projects and he purchased the Daily Planet to control information, until it led him to eventually murder his father Lionel, who was simultaneously trying to protect the Traveler.
Chloe was able to master her mysterious meteor power, a form of empathic Healing. Chloe's career also hit a bump with the hiring of new editor Grant Gabriel. Grant hired her cousin Lois Lane, but it was revealed that Grant was actually Lex Luthor's cloned brother. Chloe and Jimmy got back together, but Jimmy became entangled in Lex's machinations. When he refused to comply with Lex's demands, Lex had Chloe arrested for illegal hacking, and her fate remains unknown.
Clark also had to deal with the return of Brainiac, who revealed to Lex that Clark was the Traveler. Finally learning the truth about his former friend, Lex and Clark faced off in his Fortress of Solitude. Lex fulfilled his perceived destiny to destroy the Traveler and protect the Earth as the Fortress crumbled around them.
Season 7 opening credits includes footage from previous opening credits with additional scenes from Seasons Six and the Season Seven episodes Bizarro and Kara. The opening credits for each episode include the following:
The following Recurring Characters appear in more than one episode this season:
- Gina - Anna Galvin 7/20
- Grant Gabriel - Michael Cassidy 7/20
- The voice of Jor-El - Terence Stamp 4/20
- Brainiac - James Marsters 4/20
- Bizarro - Tom Welling 3/20
- Agent Carter - Kim Coates 3/20
- Young Lex Luthor - Connor Stanhope 3/20
- Edward Teague - Rick Ravanello (1/20) and Robert Picardo (2/20) 3/20
- Mysterious Attacker - Don Broach 3/20
- Regan Matthews - Ari Cohen 3/20
- Martian Manhunter - Phil Morris 2/20
- Lex's Assistant - Peter Bryant 2/20
- Shelby - Bud 2/20
- Colin - Jason Poulsen 2/20
- Lara-El - Helen Slater 2/20
- Zor-El - Christopher Heyerdahl 2/20
- Casey Brock - Elyse Levesque 2/20
- Oliver Queen - Justin Hartley (1/20) and Luke Gair (1/20) 2/20
- Patricia Swann - Gina Holden (1/20) and Conner Dwelly (1/20) 2/20
The following Recurring Characters appear in only one episode this season, but also appear in other seasons:
- Philipe Lamont - Quinn Lord
- Sasha Woodman - Jovanna Huguet
- Black Canary - Alaina Huffman
- Lillian Luthor - Alisen Down
- Pete Ross - Sam Jones III
- Jason Teague - Owen Best
- Maggie Sawyer - Jill Teed
- Nancy Adams - Camille Mitchell
While the following character did appear, he was not played by his regular actor, nor was his face shown, and the actor was not credited
Episode List: 2007-2008
|Bizarro||Writer: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson||Director: Michael Rohl||September 27, 2007||#133 701|
|Clark confronts Bizarro, the last wraith from the Phantom Zone. Their battle causes the dam to break, bringing Kara Kent out of suspended animation. Kara saves Lex, Chloe comes back to life after being pronounced dead, and Lana is alive, hiding in China.|
|Kara||Writer: Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer||Director: James Conway||October 4, 2007||#134 702|
|After discovering Kara's spaceship with Lois, Clark is shocked when Kara tells him she is there to protect baby Kal-El. Lex makes a stunning discovery regarding Lana, and Grant Gabriel hires Lois at the Daily Planet.|
|Fierce||Writer: Holly Harold||Director: Whitney Ransick||October 11, 2007||#135 703|
|Kara enters the "Miss Sweet Corn" pageant, and meets the competition – Tyler, Carly and Tempest – three meteor-infected vixens who plan to use their powers to steal a treasure map to the hidden Smallville time capsule. Meanwhile, Lana returns.|
|Cure||Writer: Al Septien & Turi Meyer||Director: Rick Rosenthal||October 18, 2007||#136 704|
|Dr. Curtis Knox has been treating meteor-infected people and removing their abilities. Chloe makes an appointment to see him, unaware that Dr. Knox has a nefarious plan to kill his patients and harvest their organs. Kara cons Jimmy into helping her locate her crystal, and Lana sets up secret surveillance of Lex.|
|Action||Writer: Caroline Dries||Director: Mairzee Almas||October 25, 2007||#137 705|
|After Clark saves Rachel Davenport, the lead actress in a Warrior Angel film, an obsessed fan finds out Clark is a real life superhero, and Lana must be eliminated so Clark can fulfill his destiny. Meanwhile, Lex finds Lionel in a secluded cabin.|
|Lara||Writer: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson||Director: James Conway||November 1, 2007||#138 706|
|While searching for her crystal in Washington DC, Kara is captured by Agent Carter and forced to relive a prior trip to Earth through a series of flashbacks. While rescuing Kara, Clark sees Lara and Zor-El.|
|Wrath||Writer: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson||Director: Charles Beeson||November 8, 2007||#139 707|
|During a lightning storm, Lana absorbs Clark's powers and uses them to wreak havoc on Lex. She steals evidence about Project Scion, a black liquid that appears to be alive. Meanwhile, Lois and Grant begin dating.|
|Blue||Writer: Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer||Director: Glen Winter||November 15, 2007||#140 708|
|Despite Jor-El's warnings, Clark releases Lara from Kara's crystal. Lara gives Clark Jor-El's blue kryptonite ring, which strips him of his powers, enabling Zor-El to take control of the Fortress of Solitude. Meanwhile, Chloe and Lex each warn Lois and Grant to stop seeing each other.|
|Gemini||Writer: Caroline Dries||Director: Whitney Ransick||December 13, 2007||#141 709|
|Clark and Lana team up to bring Lex down. A man named Adrian Cross plants a bomb on Chloe, which he will detonate if Lois doesn't get Lex to admit the truth about Project Gemini. Chloe gets stuck in an elevator with Jimmy, and romance ensues.|
|Persona||Writer: Holly Henderson & Don Whitehead||Director: Todd Slavkin||January 31, 2008||#142 710|
|While Clark is frozen in the Fortress, Bizarro takes over his life with Lana, who enjoys the "new Clark". Bizarro enlists the help of Brainiac to help him remain Clark forever, and Lex is stunned at Lionel's reaction after Grant reveals he is a clone of Julian.|
|Siren||Writer: Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson||Director: Kevin Fair||February 7, 2008||#143 711|
|Chloe is attacked by the Black Canary, a mysterious woman with a subsonic cry. Under the direction of Lex, the Black Canary launches an attack on the Green Arrow and Clark. Meanwhile, Lois discovers Oliver's secret.|
|Fracture||Writer: Caroline Dries, Al Septien & Turi Meyer||Director: James Marshall||February 14, 2008||#144 712|
|Lois follows Lex to Detroit and discovers he has found amnesiac Kara. Obsessive busboy Finley fears Lex will take Kara away, so he shoots Lex and holds Kara and Lois captive. Desperate to find Kara, Clark takes a journey through Lex's mind.|
|Hero||Writer: Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing||Director: Michael Rohl||March 13, 2008||#145 713|
|Pete Ross returns to Smallville and unwittingly chews some kryptonite-laced gum, causing him to develop stretching powers. Lex discovers his powers and blackmails him into breaking into Lionel's safe by threatening to reveal Chloe's secret.|
|Traveler||Writer: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson, Al Septien & Turi Meyer||Director: Glen Winter||March 20, 2008||#146 714|
|Lionel hires Pierce to have Clark kidnapped and held in a kryptonite-lined cell. Patricia Swann confronts Lionel about some of his past deeds, Lex has a watchful eye on Kara, and Kara rescues Clark with the help of Chloe and Lana.|
|Veritas||Writer: Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders||Director: James Marshall||March 27, 2008||#147 715|
|When Kara refuses to let Brainiac take her away, Brainiac takes control of Lana's body. Lex starts to remember Veritas, Lionel has lost all trust of Clark and Chloe, and Lois and Jimmy investigate Patricia Swann's death.|
|Descent||Writer: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson||Director: Ken Horton||April 17, 2008||#148 716|
|The secret of Veritas leads Lex in a dangerous direction that will put Clark and Lex in each others' crosshairs. There is a major power struggle and one character dies.|
|Sleeper||Writer: Caroline Dries||Director: Whitney Ransick||April 24, 2008||#149 717|
|Clark searches for Brainiac, as he is the only one who can help Lana. Chloe assists Clark by searching for major power surges, while Jimmy gets caught between Lex and the Department of Security|
|Apocalypse||Writer: Turi Meyer & Al Septien||Director: Tom Welling||May 1, 2008||#150 718|
|Brainiac returns and Clark sees an alternate reality, where it's shown if Clark never crashed onto Earth and where Lex is the president and Chloe is engaged. This alternate reality will become true, however, if Brainiac succeeds.|
|Quest||Writer: Holly Harold||Director: Kenneth Biller||May 8, 2008||#151 719|
|Lex is attacked by a cloaked stranger who carves Kryptonian symbols into his chest - a message for Clark. Chloe and Clark investigate and discover one member of the Veritas clan has survived and is hiding in a church. Clark and Lex race to be the first to find this mysterious Veritas member, who holds the key to Clark's survival.|
|Arctic||Writer: Don Whitehead & Holly Henderson||Director: Todd Slavkin||May 15, 2008||#152 720|
|Kara tells Lex he is destined to defeat the Traveler and offers to take him to the Fortress to learn how. Clark is stunned that Kara would go to Lex but it is revealed that Brainiac is impersonating Kara and she's actually trapped in the Phantom Zone. Chloe is arrested by the Department of Domestic Security and Lana awakens from her comatose state. Meanwhile, in an epic turn of events, Clark and Lex face off in the Fortress and Lex learns Clark's secret.|
On November 5, 2007, members of the Writer's Guild of America went on strike, meaning there were no scripts produced for new episodes of television shows. According to series creator Al Gough on KryptonSite, if the strike had persisted for a significant length of time, Season Seven would have ended with Veritas. Both sides resumed talks on November 26, 2007, which lasted until December 6, 2007, but abruptly broke off with no resolution. The week of January 21, 2008, studios and writers began informal talks with the aim to resume formal negotiations. On February 9, 2008, WGA union leaders released a statement that a tentative deal had been reached and writers could begin working as early as the week of February 11. With the strike's resolution, The CW requested five additional episodes to be produced for Season 7 with the first airing April 17.
- This season has 20 episodes, two fewer than usual; due to the 14-week Writers' Guild of America strike, which renders it the shortest season. Season 1 had 21 episodes, Season 2 had 23 episodes and seasons 3 to 6 had 22 episodes.
- Lex Luthor is the main antagonist of Season 7 with other main antagonists Bizarro in the first half of the season and Brainiac in the 2nd half.
- This is the last year that series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar serve as Executive Producers.
- Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore, Laura Vandervoort and John Glover only appeared in 12 episodes this season, just one episode short of their 13 episode contract. However, Vandervoort, Ashmore and Glover only had brief non-speaking roles in 1 out of their 12 appearances. Glover also only appears briefly in Descent for his death scene. In addition to her 12 appearances, Vandervoort's voice is heard in Sleeper.
- Kara Kent and Jimmy Olsen are the new main characters in Season Seven. Both are series regulars throughout the season.
- In the opening credits, Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk switch places for the first time. Allison Mack and Erica Durance switch places as well.
- This season is the last one where John Glover, Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk appear as series regulars.
- This is Laura Vandervoort's first and last season as a regular character.
- This season introduces the Smallville versions of comics characters Supergirl, Lara-El, Zor-El and Black Canary.
- This season sees the return of Pete Ross for the first time since the penultimate episode of Season 3. This is his last appearance.
- Justin Hartley reprised his role as Oliver Queen in Siren. This is his last appearance as a guest star, as he is promoted to a series regular as of Season 8.
- James Marsters appeared as Brainiac in four episodes: Persona, Veritas, Apocalypse and Arctic.
- Camille Mitchell reprised her role as Nancy Adams in the episode Apocalypse.
- Kristin Kreuk does not appear in four episodes, as she was on-location filming Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li in Thailand. This is the reason why she missed most episodes than during any one season of Smallville. She only appeared in a video message in Arctic and only had a brief non-speaking role in Bizarro.
- A new type of kryptonite is introduced for the first time since Season Five: Blue kryptonite in Blue, is the fifth type of kryptonite to be introduced after Green kryptonite in Pilot, Red kryptonite in Red, Black kryptonite in Crusade and Silver kryptonite in Splinter.
- The Julian Luthor storyline reappears from Season Three, although this time he survives in the form of a clone rather than dying as a baby.
- Former Supergirl actress Helen Slater makes two appearances as Clark's birth mother Lara. This is the first time she is seen on screen, although her voice was heard in Season 3's Memoria where she was voiced at the time by Kendall Cross.
- The reason for Lionel being in Smallville on the day of the meteor shower is revealed seven years after the Pilot (in which it happened) in Veritas.
- This season marks the shows 150th episode via Apocalypse.
- References to the Teague family and Swann family are made in several episodes. Jason Teague was introduced as a main character in Season Four although he and his mother died at the end of that season. Virgil Swann was introduced in Season Two and was last referenced in Season Four when news broke of his death.
- Clark and Lana start a completely honest relationship for the first time as she is now aware of his secret.
- After being introduced at the end of last season, Bizarro makes another 3 appearances throughout this season (Bizarro, Gemini, Persona).
- Lana gains powers from Clark in the same way that Eric Summers got them in Season One's Leech, although this time his powers are copied, not transferred. However, her powers are only temporary.
- Former Superman actor Dean Cain guest stars in Cure.
- Former Jimmy Olsen actor Marc McClure guest stars in Persona.
|Season Seven in Smallville|
|Seasons in Smallville|
- Brainiac was also played by Laura Vandervoort in 2 episodes. Marsters also played Brainiac in both those episodes.
- In all 3 of his episodes, the Smallville closing credits misspelled actor Don Broach's last name as "Broatch"