Part of the appeal of the superhero genre is the fantasy it provides its fans, and that appeal is not only something civilian characters buy into within those narratives but also something the superheroes themselves are logically denied. It is understandable, then, why fantasy as a whole was a driving theme throughout the Smallville series, particularly when it came to relationships. Critics of the Clark and Lana relationship sometimes argue that Clark made idols out of Lana and his humanity by blinding himself to the faults in Lana and their relationship as well as refusing to accept his alien side and share it with her believing it to be repugnant. Meanwhile, critics of the Lois and Clark relationship sometimes argue that Lois’ treatment of the Blur as a fantasy figure illustrates an unappealing and incorrigible inability to love and accept Clark for the man he was. Consequently, a major task of the final seasons was to show the characters finally developing the discipline and perspicacity to discern fantasy for what it is and to balance such escapism with reality. Season 8 began with the pendulum swung toward reality, and only one couple—Lois and Clark—ultimately found the ideal balance.