Smallville: Season 10 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Justin Hartley, Callum Blue, Laura Vandervoot, James Marsters, Michael Shanks, Terrence Stamp, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, John Glover, Michael Rosenbaum

Synopsis: This was a whole season dedicated to building to what the Smallville franchise has promised all along, the origin of Superman.   From the first episode there are hints to the Superman we all know so well, the man we can believe will fly, in red and blue spandex.   Over the course of the season, we reunite with old friends,and are teased almost every step of the way to the final iconic image.

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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.

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Smallville: Season 8 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, Aaron Ashmore, Sam Witwer, Justin Hartley

Synopsis: With Lex Luthor seemingly out of the picture, Tess Mercer (Freeman) steps in to take over his empire, including the Daily Planet.   Aside from his most popular nemesis being absent, Clark’s adventures begin to more closely resemble those of his comics alter ego.   He has a job at the Daily Planet, which he uses to his benefit to save more lives in metropolis, he has the beginnings of a relationship with Lois, and his actions more frequently have him working with Green Arrow and the Justice League.

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Lost Girl – Season 1, Episode 11: “Faetal Justice”

Created by: Michelle A. Lovretta

Cast: Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Reid, Ksenia Solo, Richard Howland, Zoie Palmer, K.C. Collins

Synopsis:  Tough times are ahead for Dyson… having been accused by the Dark Fae of killing one of their clan, an infringement that may see the two factions return to all out war.   Problem is, he has no memory of the night before, so seeks Sanctuary in Trick’s bar.   Believing his innocence, Bo begins a hunt for the truth.

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Smallville: Season 7 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, John Glover, Erica Durance, Aaron Ashmore, Laura Vandervoort

Synopsis: Huge Kryptonian cameos abound in this season.   The first episode, understandably given the ending of season 6, features Bizarro (Welling in a dual role, of course), whilst we get our first introduction to Kal-El’s cousin Kara (Vandervoort), whom has no difficulty taking to flight.   Through Kara, Clark learns more about his history, including his moth Lara (Helen Slater, whom played the title role in the film of Supergirl).   Zor-El, Kara’s father also gets a look in, and Brainiac (James Marsters) returns to cause misery for Clark and his friends.   Meanwhile Lana is alive, and though she gets back together with Clark, sh hides a secret agenda to get revenge on Lex.   Chloe.   Chloe learns to cope with he meteor power, but her relationship with Jimmy suffers.   Lois is in full intrepid reporter mode now, with her own desk at the Daily planet.   Finally, Lex closes in on Clark’s secret after discovering his father knew about the “Traveller” all along, having been a member of the Veritas society, which also included Dr. Virgil Swan, Oliver Queen’s parents, and the Teagues.

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Smallville Season 6 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O’Toole, Erica Durance, Justin Hartley

Synopsis: This season has a typically thrilling opening, with Clark escaping the Phantom Zone, and proceeding to defeat the spirit of Zod, currently inhabiting the body of Lex.   He succeeds in defeating Zod without killing his rival, but his escape has released a number of phantoms into our reality, the MacGuffin for the season.   We are also introduced to Oliver Stone, The Green Arrow, and find out he is forming a team which he thinks should have “Justice” in the title.   In addition, we also meet the Martian Manhunter.

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Smallville Season 5 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, Erica Durance, James Marsters

Synopsis: Starting with a bang, this season starts with both the creation of the Fortress of Solitude, and visiting Kryptonians determined to free one General Zod from the Phantom Zone.   After seeing their ship land, Lana becomes obsessed with astronomy and this alien craft, and obsession which draws her closer to Lex.   Chloe is now a junior reporter with the Daily Planet, and often plays sidekick to Clark in his various adventures.   Once again Lionel’s agenda is a complete mystery, with many acts of good potentially hiding from the world his end game.   Early in this season w are also introduced to Milton Fine, whom literally melts into being from the Kryptonian craft.

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Smallville: Season 4 – A Review by Film Nerd

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Cast: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Jensen Ackles, John Glover, Annette O’Toole, John Schneider, Erica Durance, Margot Kidder, Jane Seymour.

Synopsis:   Three months after the events of the season 3 finale, Clark returns to Earth as Kal-El, on a mission from Jor-El to collect three Kryptonian stones.   He has no memory of being Clark Kent, and is discovered on his return by one Lois Lane (Durance).   She is in town to investigate the apparent murder of her cousin Chloe, but sticks around to regularly spend time with her very much alive relative.   This season sees Lex and Lionel also after the Kryptonian stones, Lana in a new relationship with Jason (Ackles) whom she met in France but indeed seems to know more than he lets on, and also Chloe finally learns Clark’s secret, and without him actually knowing it, helps him keep it.

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Smallville Season 3

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, Terence Stamp, Rutger Hauer

Synopsis: Clark starts the season in hiding and high on red Kryptonite trying to escape the pain he feels over the events that ended season 2.   He is dragged back to Smallville and atonement however, and to his not-to-be romance with Lana.   Meanwhile, the conflict between Lionel and Lex gets more intense, with more seeds being sewn of greater tension between Lex and Clark, spurned by the secrets they both keep from each other.

Initially with this season, I will admit I was quite frustrated and had to push through the first few episodes.   I have understood the need in drama for characters to go through periods of darkness, but Clark’s foray down this path I found uncomfortable to watch.   It is how I feel every time an otherwise good character becomes a real dick (thoughts of Iron Man 2 spring to mind).   Not saying there were not some great moments.   Jonathon makes a deal with Jor-El, leading to him having powers like Clark such that he can bring him home.   This deal has repercussions throughout the season, and this story arc in itself becomes quite exciting, in fact it is the lynch pin for the season finale.

There are other fantastic elements to the season.   The best example is the further exploration of Lex’s relationship with his father.   This season gets to the crux of the shared animosity they have for each other, as well as making their run-ins increasingly severe.   The audience throughout remains firmly on Lex’s side, however Clark accurately comments on more than one occasion that Lex is becoming more like his father as time progresses.   This storyline is responsible for some of the biggest jaw dropping elements of the season.   Basically, those elements that have the most significance to the origin of the Superman story we know is to develop are where the series really hits its stride.

Not every element here is gold though.   Once again, I am having trouble being drawn into the Lana/Clark storyline.   For me it is too repetitive, and personally I cannot wait to get to the introduction of Erica Durance’s Lois Lane, as from that point we will have a relationship to observe that actually has a future, as opposed to the current angst-ridden storylines.   Attempts are made to give Lana her own story arc this season, with her recovering from spinal injuries and meeting a new love interest.   These never really fly though (pun not intended), and her character only gets a good showing again at the time that Clark decides he will tell her his secret.   This is thwarted though when he learns how much Pete is struggling with his knowledge.

Speaking of Pete, once again he is under-utilised in this story.   He has one episode that centres around his character where he goes off the rails.   He is then kind of forgotten until the season’s end, which is also I believe his final appearance in the series.   He puts in a powerful performance at this time, which shows there was a good actor wasted, and one can’t help but feel he was written out because the writers just did not know what to do with him.   The other external characters do much better.   Chloe remains a strong side-kick, and her own battle with the Luthors is a strong side story.   Her performance also remains strong, and it is easy to see how she lasted with the series until its end.   Clark’s parents may not get a lot of screen time, but as Clark’s moral compass, their role in the series remains influential as well as inspirational.   This season also features some great cameos, including Rutger Hauer, and Christopher Reeve makes his second appearance as Virgil Swan.   There is also a great episode featuring one Perry White as an out of luck reporter who manages to get a second chance, and hints at a bigger future in journalism.    A drop of the name Lois Lane in this season is also tantalising.

Season three has its flaws, as has the previous season, but by the final episode some really strong stories have been pulled together.   The obligatory cliffhanger showing multiple threads of story with characters all in dire situations is quite compelling, even if it does channel The Godfather given that it seems many of the strings have been pulled by Lionel Luthor himself leading us to these conclusions.

3 stars out of 5.

 

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Season 3 trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYIK46QVDE4]

Smallville Season 2 – A Review by Film Nerd

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


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Season 2 Opening Credits [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQwi882RCgw]