What’s better than a love triangle? A love dodecahedron! Lest viewers get bored with the non-relationship between Clark and Lana, Smallville has plenty of other running tales of unrequited love.
Foremost among these is one of Smallville’s original characters, and one of the few great aspects of the show: Chloe Sullivan. Chloe is the editor of Smallville High’s student paper, The Torch, and naturally carries a torch for Clark. (I apologize for the pun. It was unavoidable.) But, astonishingly, this does not define her character.
Instead, Chloe actually focuses on her journalism. She creates a “wall of weird” documenting the bizarre events that plague Smallville. She investigates the mutant-of-the-week on her own initiative on a number of occasions. She get an internship with the Daily Planet.
Best of all, she calls Clark on his crap a good half the time. When they do start dating at the end of the first season, she’s the one who calls it off when she realizes that she is essentially second prize compared to Lana in Clark’s eyes. While she still has feelings for him, she recognizes that dating him is a bad idea.
She is, in other words, smart enough that she really ought to be in another show. If she and Lex were to run off to set up their own detective agency in Gotham or Keystone City or somewhere, I would watch it in a second. They could solve mysteries and expose conspiracies and commiserate together on how difficult it is to be secretly in love with Clark.
Pete can come too, and maybe then he’ll actually get to do something.