Smallville: Season 4 (2004 - 2005)


Season 4
Smallville

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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.

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Air date: Sep 22, 2004

Clark, reprogrammed as Kal-El, returns to Smallville to steal a powerful kryptonite crystal; Lois Lane comes to town to investigate the murder of Chloe, her cousin; Lana returns from Paris with a new boyfriend.

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Air date: Sep 29, 2004

An Army officer who turns out to be Lois' father stops Lois and Clark from investigating Chloe's murder; Clark learns that Gen. Lane has been in contact with Lex; Jason arrives from Paris and convinces Lana to continue their relationship.

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Air date: Oct 6, 2004

Clark faces a surprising new foe in the form of a teenage girl whose plastic surgery results were achieved with the help of kryptonite; Jason and Lana continue to hide their relationship from Clark.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2004

Clark joins the football team and immediately gets the starting quarterback position, only to learn that the cheerleaders are poisoning the team's water with Kryptonite.

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Air date: Oct 20, 2004

Remarkably, Clark cannot catch the person (Kyle Gallner) who stole Jonathan's wallet; Lex purchases a priceless framed manuscript bearing kryptonian symbols and containing a hidden map.

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Air date: Oct 27, 2004

A strange glowing stone causes Clark and Lionel to switch bodies, and when Lionel discovers his new body has superpowers, he immediately begins wreaking havoc on Smallville.

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Air date: Nov 3, 2004

Mikail Mxyzptlk (Trent Ford), a foreign exchange student, opens an underground gambling ring at school and uses his powers to control the players, including Clark.

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Air date: Nov 10, 2004

After reading from a spell book from the 1600s, Lana along with Lois and Chloe are possessed by vengeful witches who were burned at the stake; Clark is unable to stop the witches from wreaking havoc on the town.

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Air date: Nov 17, 2004

When Lex is accused of killing a young woman, Clark tries to establish his innocence by seeking Lionel's help.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2004

Lex's experiment at Luthorcorp goes awry and releases a dangerous toxin into Smallville; hoping to find a cure, Clark offers a blood sample to Lex and is stunned by what Lex does with the antidote.

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Cast & Crew

Tom Welling
Clark Kent

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Kristin Kreuk
Lana Lang

Actor
Michael Rosenbaum
Lex Luthor

Actor
Allison Mack
Chloe Sullivan

Actor
John Schneider
Jonathan Kent

Actor
Annette O'Toole
Martha Kent

Actor
John Glover
Lionel Luthor

Actor
Jensen Ackles
Jason Teague

Actor
Erica Durance
Lois Lane

Guest Star
Jane Seymour
Genevieve Teague

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Malcolm Stewart
Dr. Otis Ford

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Michael Ironside
General Sam Lane

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Terence Stamp
Jor-El

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Sarah Carter
Alicia Baker

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Mark Acheson
Magistrate Wilkins

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Dan Joffre
Hospital Receptionist

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Camille Mitchell
Sheriff Nancy Adams

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Moneca Delain
Mara the Cheerleader

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Rob Freeman
Coach Quigley

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Graham Young
Lineman 2

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Alfred Gough
Executive Producer
Miles Millar
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Smallville: Season 4

Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 4

  • May 03, 2022
    the weakest season so far, you could skip this but you would be missing out on the artifact storyline that lays the foundation for the creation of the fortress of solitude.
  • Dec 24, 2021
    this is when smallville starts to whine down. where characters are tack on just to stretch the seasons about clark kent becoming superman. we have a love square between clark, lana, lois and chloe since the three girls are begging for superman's metal rod and he is a moron. he loves lana but he is afraid to hurt her. lois acts like she hates his guts while she is impressed with him and chloe is like "please bang me all night long" and clark is like "ew no you are my nerdy friend chloe cannot even consider to bang you even joking" at this point you wonder if clark is not becoming gay since he has a weird sexual vibe with lex luthor while luthor gets closer and closer to the secret of clark and his kryptonian origin one of the best seasons in my opinion even that a bit stretched out for what it is.
  • 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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