Smallville: Season 4 (2004 - 2005)

Season 4

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Introducing Erica Durance's intrepid Lois Lane into the mix, Smallville flies to new heights as a soap opera with punch.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 187

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Air date: Sep 22, 2004

Clark forges an uneasy friendship with newcomer Lois Lane, who has arrived in town to investigate the apparent murder of her cousin.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2004

Clark suspects Lois's father knows more about Chloe's apparent murder than he is prepared to admit, and his investigation leads him to Lex.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2004

A shy schoolgirl with a kryptonite-enhanced appearance discovers that she harms everybody she kisses - and sets her sights on Lana.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2004

Clark joins the school football team, but is surprised at his fellow players' strange behaviour and violent outbursts - until he and Lois discover the cheerleaders are adding kryptonite to their water.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2004

When Jonathan's wallet is stolen, Clark speeds off after the thief, but he's amazed when even he cannot catch him. Later, the mystery thief visits the farm, and introduces himself to Clark as Bart, aka The Flash. He tries to persuade Clark to leave Smallville and embark on a life on the road together, flexing their superpowers. Meanwhile, Lex buys a framed manuscript embellished with Kryptonian symbols, and Clark learns that it contains a hidden map. But when Bart steals the map, he inadvertently puts Clark's life in danger, and must decide whether to save him or save himself.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2004

Clark is drawn to the prison where Lionel is being held, and arrives in time to see Lionel trying to attack Lex with a strange stone. Stepping in to save Lex, Clark grabs the stone from Lionel, but they suddenly swap bodies. Lionel quickly realises that his new body has superpowers, and heads off to cause chaos in Smallville. Trapped in prison, Clark frantically tries to escape in time to save his friends and family.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2004

Clark and Chloe encounter a mysterious foreign exchange student who has the ability to control people's actions, and is using his power to fix the outcome of college football matches. Lex also learns about the newcomer - and tries to turn the situation to his advantage.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2004

Lana, Lois and Chloe are possessed by the spirits of witches who were burned at the stake in the 17th century. Later, the girls crash a surprise party for Chloe at the Kent farm and use a spell to turn the event into a raucous affair. Making matters worse, a Princeton recruiter visits Clark the night of the party.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2004

Lana meets Jason's mom (Jane Seymour) and is surprised to discover that she looks like a woman from a dream she had about Isobel, the 17th-century witch who possessed her. Elsewhere, Lex is the prime suspect in a murder case after he wakes up next to the body of a slain woman.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2004

The town's residents are infected by a toxin that causes unconsciousness and horrific nightmares when the LuthorCorp plant loses control of the dangerous substance. Meanwhile, Lionel's conviction is overturned, but he feels he deserves to stay in prison.

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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.

Cast & Crew

John Glover
Lionel Luthor
Jensen Ackles
Jason Teague
Tom Welling
Clark Kent
Allison Mack
Chloe Sullivan
John Schneider
Jonathan Kent
Annette O'Toole
Martha Kent
Jane Seymour
Genevieve Teague
Camille Mitchell
Sheriff Nancy Adams
Sarah Carter
Alicia Baker
Dan Joffre
Hospital Receptionist
Margot Kidder
Bridgette Crosby
Rob Freeman
Coach Quigley
Malcolm Stewart
Dr. Otis Ford
Veena Sood
Michael Ironside
General Sam Lane
Alfred Gough
Executive Producer
Miles Millar
Executive Producer
David Carlson
Holly Herold
Dan Sulzberg
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Critic Reviews for Smallville Season 4

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

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…

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…

Smallville's dedication to depicting a personally and ethically complicated world for Clark, Lois, Lana, and Chloe is good insurance that it will continue to challenge presumptions about young people's lives and decisions.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

As the fourth season begins, the show seems reinvigorated. It's certainly repopulated with the introduction of three major characters, most notably Lois Lane.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Good mindless fun with generous doses of super-heroism and aw-shucks sweetness -- but the season seemed to tread over the same territory time and time again.

Feb 6, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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…

Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 4

  • Jul 26, 2020
    The introduction of the greatest Lois Lane in live action history and continued fun stories make this one of the greatest seasons of one of the best adaptations in history.
  • May 06, 2020
    The problem with this season is that they used a lot of time which could have been dedicated to the storyline, as softcore porn moments. The show went from a peck on the lips rarely appearing, to sex scenes and sexual references in every episode, multiple times in one episode. Extremely tacky and obviously a marketing ploy to manipulate viewers. It obviously didn't work because we tune into the show for strong storylines. This network does this to every good show, they turn every into porn and cheesy acting. The network execs need to be replaced for good.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    A much needed change up with a brand new arc and villan and bringing Clark a step closer to being superman.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    Chloe is annoying Clark is good as always the lana clark thing starts getting really annoying lex is great as always
  • Nov 23, 2018
    Funny, emotional and introducing Lois Lane Season 4 of 'Smallville' is easily the best one of the series yet!!
  • 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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