Say what you will about Smallville, it sure knows how to put on a finale or premiere. In the ruins of the Fortress of Solitude, Lex mysteriously disappears and a powerless Clark winds up indentured to a Russian fisherman. The Justice League goes looking for Clark, leaving them open to siege by the new boss of LuthorCorp, Tess Mercer. Meanwhile, Chloe is being held at a LuthorCorp facility in Montana, and without his abilities, Clark chooses to help her.
I've always thought the best time to see Superman's true character is when he has no powers. When he chooses to stand and fight with no particular advantages (powers, utility belt, etc.), he shows faith in the human spirit like no other hero.
After a near-death experience, Clark finally decides to quit the farm and find his fortune in Metropolis. Putting him at a desk across from Lois already seems a bit abrupt as we haven't yet seen any particular inclination toward journalism, but I still smiled at their banter and body language. Smallville has always had its moments, and I'm grateful for another season of them.