I know it hasn’t been on the air for 5 years, but you can still buy and rent the DVD’s so I will review it. Simply one of the best superhero shows ever on TV. This show single-handedly revived my interest in comics. I didn’t eve catch on until season 6, but I caught a marathon on TV and decided to buy all seasons and catch up. It was definitely worth it. The writers of this show got it. Technically it is not about Superman, it’s about Clark Kent, but still…
No matter what the obstacle Clark faced and overcame, no matter how dark the villain, at the end you still had a feeling of hope. Martha Kent said it in one episode in season 6; “You are the symbol of hope this world needs.” Starting in freshman year in high school, and ending with his transition to the superhero we all know, we go through every step with Clark and understand why he thinks the way he does. He gets his values and his sense of right and wrong from Jonathan and Martha Kent. Strong values that are unshakable. I have talked to friends who watch this show and them and want to go out and act like Clark. They feel empowered. I wanted to act more like Mr Kent (being a father).
I’m not going to review season by season, but it’s genius how they show Clark and Lex starting off as best friends and evolving slowly into bitter rivals. It is just as much Lex’s journey as it is Clark’s. Lex is played expertly by Michael Rosenbaum. I don’t think anyone has ever played Lex better. Certainly not Jesse Eisenberg (at least not from the preview). First they develop the personalities and then they grow apart. When they are best friends, you can feel it. When they drift apart, you understand why. It’s not just something that happens because it has to. Great story telling. This show stayed true to the mythos and worked with the room that was left to make very interesting stories. Season 8 was kinda shaky for storyline, but I can forgive it.
All the casting and characters were top notch. Creating the Chloe character as a childhood Lois replacement worked very well. The addition of Tess in season 8 was questionable, and Davis wouldn’t have been my first choice either. Casting on the latter two I wasn’t thrilled with either. But those are rare misses compared to the excellent actors. It would be easier to name the bad ones. It would be easier to name the bad episodes. Every show has filler shows, but this one had only a few.
My overall review of the series is a 10 out of 10. This is a great starting point if you don’t know the DC Universe. It is a little frustrating that writers of Arrow diss this show when they get a chance. I don’t know if Arrow would exist if Smallville hadn’t crushed it. I understand why it’s not in the same universe, I mean it would have had to occur simultaneously like the Flash is happening, but you gotta respect it. I have a few problems with those series, but this post is about Smallville. I’ll get into those later.
For casting for Man of Steel, Tom Welling was actually the second choice. At the time I though that was a bad idea, but after seeing that garbage I am glad he didn’t participate. They could have used Smallville as a springboard for the movie and started there. That would have been genius marketing wise. Everything Marvel puts out is in the same universe. Even if you miss something, though, you are not lost. Warner Brothers could have done this here. This could have increased the sales of Smallville DVDs and created a continuous universe. A missed opportunity in my eyes.
all in all Smallville is excellent.