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Smallville Never Knew What to Do With Lana Lang


Lana Lang is smart and capable, but Smallville never gave her much agency beyond her relationships.

Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) in Smallville
Photo: Warner Bros. Television

This article contains spoilers for Smallville.

There’s no doubt that Lois (Erica Durance) and Clark (Tom Welling) were the right endgame for Smallville. And not just because Lois and Clark almost always inevitably end up together. Their years of loathing turning to respect and then love makes for some great TV, and Durance and Welling’s chemistry is incredible. However, even though Smallville mostly hit the mark with Clark’s love-life by the end of the series, his first love, Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), deserved so much better than the arc she was given.

By the time Clark and Lana get together in the series, Lana already knows that something is up with Clark. He’s somehow always there to save her when she’s in danger or just generally involved with all of the weird stuff going on in town. His farm boy charms also aren’t really conducive with being a good liar, nor is Lana dumb or unobservant. 

It’s understandable, especially in the beginning, that Clark wants to keep Lana safe by not telling her about his powers. But once Chloe (Allison Mack), Pete (Sam Jones III), and others start to find out the truth, it’s really unnecessary to keep her in the dark. She still ends up in harm’s way without knowing about Clark’s powers, and her quest to uncover what the hell is up with him honestly puts her in even more danger than if Clark would just be honest with her.

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