Tonight, superhero and science fiction television history will be made with the finale episode of the decade-spanning CW program, Smallville. Smallville has made its way into all hearts, whether loved or hated, there’s no doubting the power that this show has had.
In an effort to honor the epic two-hour finale, Geeks of Doom has taken it upon some its writers to remember the show in its final moments, and for this man, one of my favorite parts of the early days were those one-off shows that fans lovingly referred to as “Freaks of the Week.” As the show continued, we saw the evolution from “meteor freaks” to metahumans, and in the past few seasons, DC Universe cameos, but the meteor freaks from the first seasons still have a large piece of my heart. This is not a comprehensive or “best of list” because I wouldn’t dare say that one of these is better than the other, but listed below are some of my personal favorites. Whether being the guest character in an amazing one-off episode, or a character that had an incredibly amount of heart, these are my Top Meteor Freaks.
5. Cyrus Krupp (Visitor): Cyrus Krupp was a student at Smallville High School who was constantly bullied and fit the outsider motif that the majority of the meteor freaks were given, but what made Cyrus special was his sense of destiny and what that meant to Clark Kent. Cyrus witnessed the death of his parents at a very young age when the first meteor shower took place which gave him the ability to heal. During the shower, he also saw young Kal-El’s spaceship land, which convinced Cyrus that he, too, was an alien sent Earth. Convinced of this notion, Cyrus spent his entire life trying to contact his family in the skies to no avail. After learning of Cyrus’s unique abilities, Clark Kent was convinced that Krupp was a fellow Kryptonian. Clark began to help Cyrus along his journey to go home. And on the night that contact with a higher plane was primed, the bullies from Smallville High showed up to ruin Clark and Cyrus’ attempts, and in the process, one of Cyrus’ tormenters suffered a fatal injury. Cyrus decided to use his abilities for good, and saved the life of the bully, but in the process suffered a mental breakdown which put him in a mental hospital with little to no chance of recovery.
The reason I love Cyrus Krupp so much is because of his tragic story. The kid felt like an outsider his entire life, and feels the exact same way that Clark had since he discovered that he was different. It’s incredibly intriguing, especially considering the consequences of his heroic actions to save the life of another. All he wanted was to feel accepted and at home, and when he forgives and saves the ones who harmed him, he is given the ultimate insult by losing everything. It’s tragedy at its finest, and the parallels between Clark and Cyrus were brilliantly done down to their initials.
4. Sarah Conroy (Slumber): Sarah Conroy was a young girl when she and her parents were in a car crash that sent their car falling off Loeb Bridge to the meteor rock [Kryptonite] laden bottom of a river. Her parents died in the accident, but Sarah survived, although comatose, with the meteor freak ability of dream manipulation. The episode centered around her new next door neighbor and Smallville protagonist Clark Kent’s bizarre and outright disturbing dreams. Later on in the episode, Clark, after finding it hard to distinguish dreams from reality, discovered the gift of his neighbor and uncovered a terrible fact that Conroy’s uncle was manipulating the Conroy family fortune for his own gain.
The main reason I chose Sarah Conroy was that her ability was unique and pretty much hinged on her being in a coma and contacted those around her to free her from the coma and save the Conroy name. This episode was so incredibly strange and awesome at the same time. It was and still is one of my favorite episodes of Smallville, and I honor its memory with Sarah Conroy.
3. Jordan Cross (Hereafter): Jordan Cross was gifted with the power of Kryptonite when his mother suffered a direct hit from a meteor while giving birth to him. Shortly after, his mother died, as per usual. Jordan discovered his unique ability at the age of six when an elderly woman at an amusement park touched his shoulder, and he saw her future death. He tried to warn her and everyone else, but his calls fell on deaf ears, and was unable to save her. As a result, Jordan tried to avoid all human contact, but when he inadvertently touched his Smallville High coach, he saw the man standing in the middle of the street, getting run over by a bus. He had to try to stop him, and with the help of The Teenager of Steel, he was able to. Jordan and Clark came to get to know each other a little better, and when Jordan eventually touched Clark we saw the first glimpses of Superman, a red flowing cape. Clark’s destiny was set in stone, and it was a great moment for all fans.
And if the destiny factor isn’t enough of a reason for Jordan to be picked, then his use of his ability was only for good, and he was one of the few truly heroic meteor freaks, unlike our next pick. Good on you, Jordan.
2. Tina Greer (X-Ray, Visage): Tina freakin’ Greer. How could you not love this insanely twisted meteor freak? She’s one of the first “freaks of the week” to become “freak of more than one week”! Tina Greer was a friend to Lana Lang, but she had a little gift that no one knew about — the ability to shape shift, and she used this ability to nothing but absolutely horrible things. In X-Ray, she used her ability to pose as Lex Luthor and completely empty out his entire bank account, then she killed her mother and posed as her to cover up all of her crimes. During this time she also developed an extreme obsession with Lana, and it became so insane that she ultimately wanted to become Lana. This character trait developed from creepy as Hell into totally bat shit crazy when, in Visage, she came back posing as Lana’s dead-in-the-military boyfriend, Whitney.
I don’t think I have to explain any more why Tina Greer is special, but she was a forced to be reckoned with, and was the most truly evil freak of the week that we saw.
1. Alicia Baker (Obsession, Unsafe, Pariah): I can’t even think of the name Alicia Baker without getting a little misty-eyed. Fans of the show know her as the beautiful girl with meteor rock abilities that Clark felt like totally understood him, and we all fell in love right along with him. She had the ability of teleportation, and on a field trip to LuthorCorp, the two were stuck in a falling elevator and they used their abilities to save each other and avoid attention. Ah, young, weird love. The more we learn about Alicia, however, we see she starts becoming extremely obsessed with Clark, and he starts to feel smothered and she freaks out. She had always felt like a loaner before Clark, and the thought of losing the only person that she could ever relate to was to horrifying for her to accept. In later episodes, Alicia shows back up with her insanity in check, but we find out that she has been mistreated, and she desperately wants to escape and tries to use Clark to help her do so, under the influence of Red Kryptonite. She died tragically shortly after revealing Clark’s secret to Chloe Sullivan because she felt that Chloe should know, and hoped that this information would benefit Clark’s life and stop Chloe from making rash judgments about the meteor infected. Not to mention, the unintentional foreshadowing that Chloe actually is a meteor freak…
Alicia is easily the most and best developed freak of the week from all of Smallville, and she was there for the first moments of Clark being truly happy with someone that was like him, and that he could be in a relationship with. She grew as character from being obsessed, to being in love, and ultimately sacrificing herself for others. I’ll miss you Alicia, most of all. Maybe there’s an alternate version of you somewhere that can ultimately be happy with the Clark Kent of Earth 23.
That’s it for my top 5, but I want to give a shout out to another favorite meteor freak of mine, Pete Ross in Hero, because without his super stretch meteor rock gum power, I would have never known that Stride Gum was “Kryptonite Free.”
But we want to hear from you, who are some of your favorite meteor freaks from Smallville?