Smallville: Season 9 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Callum Blue, Justin Hartley

Synopsis: Clark is committed to his vigilante efforts as The Blur, though struggles with his dual identity, a process complicated by his romance with Lois.   Things get quite interesting to make life more complicated still.   The greatest villain Krypton has ever seen is reincarnated from genetic samples on Earth, along with an army of his fellow Kandorians, though from a stage before he was driven solely by revenge.   Clark is left to decide whether to befriend or obliterate him.

This season I have perhaps enjoyed the most of the more recent ones on offer.   First of all there were absolutely no guest appearances from Lana Lang to complicate things, meaning that we get so many more indications of Clark’s destiny.   Zod also makes for a very interesting villain, as a conflicted man who has so much potential for good, it makes his fall all the more tragic.   For these reasons, I found him more entertaining than Sam Witwer’s entry in the cannon as Doomsday, who never seemed quite as threatening, despite his role in the Superman cannon.

The season of course opens clearing up all the mess that occurred in the Season 8 cliffhanger finale.   Clark needs to reconnect with humanity, and succeeds in such a way, not only redeeming himself, but bringing together the members of the Justice League in its most recognisable form yet.   This episode also introduced the Justice Society into the mix, led wonderfully by Michael Shanks’ (Stargate SG1) Hawkman.   This two part episode was quite incredible, also featuring Stargirl and Doctor Fate.   This was also just one example of more and more DC characters being included in the story.   The true comic fans were really catered for indeed!!

The performances were quite good this season overall.   Welling and Mack are stalwarts of the series and slip into their personas now with practiced ease.   Durance continues the tradition of strong Lois Lanes on the small-screen, definitely more in the vein of Teri Hatcher than a Kate Bosworth.   She has the right mix of strength and sarcasm with chinks in the armour that occasionally open up and show the softer side.   Her character too matures a lot this season, requesting the Blur not to reveal himself as she knows what that could mean for him, and for her as someone he is close too.   Hartley’s Oliver Queen has some demons to fight again, but he plays the role well, never truly becoming a villain in his darkest moments, the true hero nature still there enough to make his eventual redemption realistic.   Hartley plays this perfectly.   That leaves Blue’s Zod, a fascinating and well-played character.   When his true nature does finally show through, it is in a scene of incredible impact and shock value, and Blue’s performance is key to its success.

I was going to wait until the price of Season 10 dropped further before purchasing it, but on the strength of the quality of TV I have enjoyed with this set, that resolve has been broken!!

4.5 stars out of 5


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