Smallville: Season 4 (2004 - 2005)


Season 4

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Air date: Sep 22, 2004
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Lois Lane (Erica Durance) arrives in Smallville as the fourth season of the Teen of Steel series begins. Lois comes to town to investigate her cousin Chloe's death and discovers an amnesiac Clark (Tom Welling) in a cornfield after she veers off the road during a storm. She takes him to the hospital and meets Martha (Annette O'Toole), who's busy keeping watch over a severely injured Jonathan (John Schneider). Elsewhere, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) finds a new beau (Jensen Ackles) in Paris; Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) needs blood treatments to help keep himself alive; and Jor-El (Terence Stamp) warns Clark that the entire planet is in danger if the three sacred stones aren't reunited. Margot Kidder and Jane Seymour guest star.


Tom Welling
as Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk
as Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor
John Schneider
as Jonathan Kent
Annette O'Toole
as Martha Kent
John Glover
as Lionel Luthor
Jensen Ackles
as Jason Teague
Jane Seymour
as Genevieve Teague/Gertrude
Sarah Carter
as Alicia Baker
Michael Ironside
as Gen. Sam Lane
Margot Kidder
as Bridgette Crosby
Peyton List
as Lucy Lane
Kyle Gallner
as Bart Allen
Trent Ford
as Mikail Mxyzptlk
Steven Grayhm
as Brendan Nash
Brianna Brown
as Abigail Fine
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Critic Reviews for Smallville Season 4

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

The flying sequence alone makes this one of Smallville's best; the introduction of Lois makes it even better.

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The fourth season of Smallville remains, to most people, the most disappointing era of the show, but the finale really is something to behold.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Season four introduces Chloe's cousin Lois Lane (Erica Durance), setting the table for the eventual transition of Clark's affections from Lana

Nov 18, 2016 | Full Review…

Not only does it stop bullets, not only does it leap tall buildings, it soars.

Sep 22, 2004 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Erica Durance provides significant invigoration to a season that, while compellingly advancing the show's mythology thread, is bogged down with 'bodysnatcher' episodes.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

[The Season 4 finale] also begins a multi-season run of finales that do such a wonderful job of delivering action-packed moments and thrilling cliffhangers that you forgive the show for uneven moments in the previous 21 hours.

Jul 12, 2018 | Full Review…
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The good news about Smallville's fourth season is that a hero has come to save the day: none other than Lois Lane herself, played with great screwball energy by newcomer Erica Durance.

Sep 22, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 4

  • Jul 07, 2019
    Chloe is annoying Clark is good as always the lana clark thing starts getting really annoying lex is great as always
  • Mar 05, 2017
    In the beginning (seasons 1-3), the concept of Smallville was to chronicle a young Clark Kent through his high school years. After three seasons, however, the character relationships (especially Clark and Lana) that provided the emotional punch to the show became played out. The "on again, off again" Clark/Lana saga was getting a bit old, the evilness of Lionel Luthor was well established, while the inner workings of Lex Luthor's tortured psyche continued to become apparent. Barring a major change, the show looked like it may have been reaching a climax, what with the main characters graduating high school. Yet, as is often a "problem" in televised drama, the show was so popular on its WB (now CW) network that it would surely continue for future change. Thus, major change to the structure of the show is exactly what happened. Let's start with the not-so-great changes (trying not to reveal too many spoilers!) and end on the high notes: For the first time, the writers/producers constructed a season-long dramatic arc in which Lana (controlled by an ancient medieval witch, as improbably as that may sound), Lex, and Clark race to obtain three Kryptonian stones. Needless to say, this storyline was quite contrived (most likely to give Kristin Kruek (Lana) something to portray) and lacked the punch of the Kryptonian caves or Lex's insanity of earlier seasons. Thus, the "mythology" episodes of this season were subpar. The other disappointing aspect of Season Four was the introduction of Lois Lane. Though (obviously) an extremely important part of Clark's future, the Lois character struggles to fit into the overall scheme of the show. My personal theory is that she was added to spice up the show's sex appeal (one look at Erica Durance (Lois) will show you why) to appeal to the young WB audience. Besides those major gaffes, however, Smallville's fourth season provided a number of fantastic moments that kept its fans (young and old alike) tuning in each week: -The "no flights" rule is temporary lifted in the season premiere. -Clark is introduced to a certain "speedster" with whom he will later pair with. -An incredible acting performance from Tom Welling (Clark) after switching bodies with Lionel Luthor. -A mischevious Russian villian is introduced who continues to torment Clark long into the future. -Alicia Baker (Clark's former love) is brought back in a very emotional two-part series. -The Kent family comes across a later-famous pooch with certain "abilities". -Perhaps the best acting performance from Michael Rosenbaum (Lex) in which his "good" and "evil" sides square off against each other (ala Captain Kirk in Star Trek). -The final scene of the season, which introduces a critically important piece of Clark Kent's future. To conclude, the fourth season of Smallville lacked the emotional focus of the three preceding seasons, but still managed enough "wow" moments to continue satisfying the "shipper" (relationship-based) and die-hard comic book Smallville fans alike.
  • Sep 09, 2014
    Awkwardness with cousins still allows for several poignant moments.
  • Dec 03, 2013
    Smallville is getting a bit tired of itself, but the advance on Clark's origin is going great at this far, and characters continue to evolve. Some episodes can be annoying, but overall this fourth season still holds up.

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