The fourth season of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on September 22, 2004. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman[^2^]. This season focuses on Clark's quest to find three Kryptonian stones that hold the key to his destiny, as well as his relationship with Lana Lang, who has been infected by a meteor rock parasite that allows her to control people's minds. The season also introduces Lois Lane, Clark's future love interest and partner at the Daily Planet, who comes to Smallville to investigate the death of her cousin Chloe Sullivan, who was killed by a meteor freak in the season three finale.
The season received mixed reviews from critics and fans, who praised the introduction of Lois Lane and the development of Clark's powers, but criticized the lack of focus on the main plot and the inclusion of some filler episodes. The season also suffered from a decline in ratings, averaging 4.4 million viewers per episode, down from 5.1 million in the previous season. The season finale, "Commencement", which featured Clark battling a second meteor shower and discovering the Fortress of Solitude, was watched by 6.2 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode of the season.The season features a talented cast of actors who bring the characters of Smallville to life. Tom Welling plays Clark Kent, the young man who will one day become Superman. Kristin Kreuk portrays Lana Lang, Clark's childhood crush and love interest, who is possessed by a witch from the 17th century. Michael Rosenbaum plays Lex Luthor, Clark's former friend turned enemy, who is obsessed with finding out Clark's secret. Jensen Ackles joins the cast as Jason Teague, Lana's new boyfriend and assistant coach at Smallville High, who has a hidden agenda involving the stones. Allison Mack plays Chloe Sullivan, Clark's best friend and confidante, who works as a reporter for the school newspaper and later for the Daily Planet. John Glover plays Lionel Luthor, Lex's manipulative and ruthless father, who is released from prison and claims to be a changed man. Annette O'Toole and John Schneider play Martha and Jonathan Kent, Clark's loving and supportive adoptive parents, who help him deal with his extraordinary abilities and his destiny. Erica Durance guest stars as Lois Lane, Chloe's cousin and a future journalist, who comes to Smallville to investigate Chloe's death and stays to help Clark in his adventures.The season also features a variety of villains who challenge Clark and his friends. The main antagonists are Genevieve Teague ( Jane Seymour) and her son Jason, who are descendants of Duchess Gertrude (also played by Seymour), a rival of Countess Isobel in the 17th century. They seek to obtain the three stones of knowledge and use them for their own purposes. Genevieve is also behind the death of Jason's father Edward Teague ( Robert Wisden), the leader of a secret society that protects the stones. Another recurring villain is Lionel Luthor, who claims to have been reformed by Jor-El after being blinded by a meteor shower. However, he still has ulterior motives and manipulates Clark and Lex throughout the season. He also becomes involved with Genevieve and learns about the stones. Other villains include Margaret Isobel Thoreaux (also played by Kreuk), a witch who possesses Lana's body and tries to find the stones; Mikhail Mxyzptlk ( Trent Ford), a foreign exchange student who can control people with his voice; Dawn Stiles ( Beatrice Rosen), a former prom queen who switches bodies with Lana; and Geoff Johns ( Chris Carmack), a football player who uses steroids made from meteor rocks. 061ffe29dd