Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar
Cast: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, John Glover, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, Camille Mitchell, Emmanuelle Vaugier
Synopsis: The reimagining of the Superman mythology continues. We see the ups and downs of Clark’s relationships as he struggles to keep his secret. meanwhile, with the discovery of cave paintings that bear similar language to that on the spaceship, more secrets of Clark’s origins are going to become apparent.
A review by Film Nerd.
This is a season of television that delivered on the promise of the debut season. It starts to step away from the “freak of the week” episodic nature, though that is still there to a degree, but it leaves way for many more character driven episodes. It gets in-depth into the difficulty Clark has keeping his secret from his nearest and dearest friends. So much so, that the series also addresses one of my major irritations of the first season… Best friend Pete is given a much bigger role, being the first friend to actually know the secret. His reactions are also portrayed authentically, with him showing resentment at being kept in the dark, acceptance, then fear at the responsibility he now has to keep the secret. As he now knows, he joins both Clark and his parents much more on his various endeavours.
Unfortunately, in the interest of romantic tension, one of my other irritations became more prominent. The writers were consistently inventing excuses to keep Clark and Lana apart, despite many incidences that would draw them much closely together. As such, the same repetition I hated with the freak of the week element was introduced in the Clark/Lana back and forth. This did however give the Chloe character a lot of room to shine. She gave some of the clearly most amazing performances of the season, especially when giving full vent to her feelings for Clark.
Once again, the complaints I have made are small. This overall was a very entertaining twenty-three episodes. As the season draws to a close, many secrets of Clark’s past, though perhaps intimately familiar to the target audience, become apparent to Clark. Respect is given to the Superman films of the past in this process. Christopher Reeve, perhaps responsible for the most iconic Superman portrayal to date, guest stars in one episode, and is the first one so far to utter the names “Krypton” and “Kal-el”. Then Terence Stamp provides his voice for Jor-El, having himself been General Zod in Superman and Superman II.
Despite the season ending on a depressingly dark note, I will certainly keep tuning in for Season 3. I am well behind in my viewing though, the tenth and final season’s finale airs in a weeks time!!
4 stars out of 5
Season 2 Opening Credits