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Smallville tells the tale of a teenage Clark Kent in the days before he was Superman. It is the town where he came from where very strange things started happening with his arrival in a spaceship in the midst of a meteor storm of green rocks. Clark must deal with a variety of individuals given powers by the green rocks, keep his powers a secret, cope with his friendship with a young Lex Luthor, and balance the two girls in his life, Chloe and Lana. The show also shows us how Lex Luthor develops from a friend of Clark's and kinda-okay guy to (presumably) the villain who will plague Superman in his later years.
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent


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  • To: sheena115 and TheFza from a comics reader: You know zero about Lois and you need to stop acting like a basic OC like Chloe is anything like Lois.

    Chloe was NOTHING like Lois is supposed to be. The only things that Chloe shared with Lois was being a reporter and being into Clark. THAT'S IT. As a comics reader, I know that comics Lana started out as being into Superboy and was an aspiring reporter. That doesn't make Lana anything like Lois.

    Lois is brash, reckless, obnoxious sometimes, arrogant, confident, a woman in a man's world, relentless, intense, fierce, she can't spell in nearly every iteration, very flawed, she's not a killer or a manipulator (Chloe killed to protect Clark's secret and no Lois would ever do that; Chloe also stole from Oliver and she betrayed Clark to Lionel because he was more into Lana), Lois is consistently herself etc.

    Most importantly, Lois shares Superman ideals while Chloe increasingly, starting in S2, showed signs of believing in other brands of justice and morality and she finally showed that in s8 when she colluded in Oliver about not telling Clark about the man she killed and when she covered up the bodies of the people that Doomsday killed. She said as much in S9 to Oliver when she advocated killing the Kandorians and when she said that Clark would never do what needed to be done. THIS IS NEVER LOIS. Lois disdains Batman's tactics, for instance.

    Stop and get out of here before you start talking about who Lois is. I know who Lois is from years and years of consuming comics and every media with Lois in it. You can complain about everything in Smallville, but the minute you start off with "Chloe is more like Lois" you laughably reveal your ignorance and invalidate your opinion. Lois is one of the few things Smallville did right. She's very very much like comics Lois and she's probably the closest to Modern Age Lois in live action. Superman Unbound also had a Lois much like Modern Age Lois, but that's animated. Just stop with your bs that made me post here just to refute your ignorance. I'm a lawyer and I can't resist.moreless
  • Too cheesy, too predictable, too boring

    Let me start off by saying that I didn't watch all 10 seasons or whatever it was - I rufused to watch at some point righting the 4th season when I had exceeded my tolerance for this awfully overrated show. So much good acting talent went to waste in this series, it's truly a shame.

    Every episode was far too easy to read into and figure out. They took far too long to progress character development. Clark and Lana were still in love with each other after 4 seasons, when they had never really been a thing since the first season. Unreal, and so boring. This relationship should have been over by early second season.

    This was pretty much a procedural show, and that's downright pathetic, a disgrace to have in a Superman property. The story arc took way too long to get going and once it did, it was extremely predictable. This was one of those shows where i gave it a chance for a long, long time because of the property name. I am ashamed at the time I spent watching this poor excuse of a superhero television series.

    This is a series that in all honesty should have been done in 4-5 seasons, tops. If you can't tell a respectable story in 80-100 episodes at 40 mins. per, you need to stop writing for TV. This kind of reminds me of Supernatural in a way - except Supernatural had/has a far more engaging story arc and it actually moved away from the bullshit procedural style of story telling. The whole premise of the first few seasons was exactly this; someone is affected by the kryptonite, this someone hates Lana and attacks her, Clark saves a day and they have an awkward moment near the end of the episode where they get all lovey-dovey. Too. Fucking. Predictable.

    The visual effects were quite bad as well. I laughed every time they showed Clark running at high speeds This had the potential to be a top 5 all time show, instead it ended up an embarrassment..

    Whatever, I'm goign to stop myself right now before I waste any more time venting on this show, as I have already wasted days worth of hours watching this series. I feel sorry for the people that watched the entirety of the series, and I feel worse for the people that actually considered it good television.

    For the four seasons I watched, I give this a 3.5/10. Poor storytelling, pacing, non-engaging, predictable, poor visuals etcetera.moreless
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  • Somebody saaaaaaave meeeeeee from this show!

    Granted this was the most successful television series based on the life and times of Clark "Superman" Kent ever produced... Indeed it was the most successful television series based on any DC Comics character, lasting a whopping 10 years and 218 episodes. Not even the six year run of the 1950's Adventures of Superman series was any match.

    Yet despite the clear success of this series, and aside from the fantastic run in Season One, overall Smallville leaves much to be desired.

    * Throughout much of the series Clark acts foolish, selfish and even capricious at times.

    * The love story between Clark and Lana goes on WAAAAAY too long, especially as it was a love story we knew would not last.

    * As for the 'Monster of the Week' set-up most episodes follow... well it just leaves the viewer with a confused haze of stories with little-to-no memorable/identifying features (like Buffy gone awry).

    Much of the 'Monster of the Week' stories are in fact better forgotten... still there are several excellent aspects to Smallville that kept me, if not interested, at least continuing on. The first being the development of Clark into Superman. It's takes forever, but in a way that builds the character of Clark into The Man of Tomorrow.

    With that buildup in mind the Clark (Kal-El) Kent portrayed here hold tight to the overwhelmingly positive characteristics of the Superman mythos fans can truly recognize as a hero. Not the dark brooding jerk Clark is characterized as in the new Man of Steel movie. This Clark Kent wouldn't snap a man's neck, and while this Clark Kent may even worry TOO much about crossing that line at least he thinks about it.

    Other fun parts of Smallville include the dark twisted portrayals of the Luthor Clan that Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover worked so hard to give us. Those guys are SOB if ever there were any. Not to mention my favorite character, Chloe who really was everything that Lois Lane was suppose to be and more!

    Pa & Ma Kent were great, well portrayed by veteran actors who did an excellent job at both parenting and parenting a super tyke. Furthermore the powers that be provided some clever ideas and interesting ways to intertwine DC mythos as well as characters, like Brainiac, into the series. With the addition of some great guest-stars in great roles it was often just a good time to see what would happen with them: Dean Cain, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Lynda Carter, Helen Slater, Michael Hogan, Michael McKean, James Marsters, Brian Austin Green & Pam Grier (as Amanda "The Wall" Waller).

    And lest we not forget all the superhero guests who helped bring texture to the Smallville Universe: Supergirl, Aquaman, Cyborg, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, Impulse, Zatanna, Green Arrow made it onto the small screen with Clark. If they weren't enough we also meet the JSA and the Legion!

    So in the end while often I would cringe my way through and episode, in particular the Lana/Clark stuff which should have ended in season 3 or 4 at the latest, this show was not terrible and if you're thinking of visiting Smallville just be aware not every episode or indeed every season is created equally. If you skip a few here and there, like Seasons 3 and 4 (not to mention most of seasons 2, 7 & 8) you mind find you'll enjoy the visit.

    Just remember to cut Clark some slack, I know it's hard and you may want to slap Clark more than once in the series but remember like Harry Potter in the Order of the Phoenix, he's not a pain in the butt without reason. He was adopted and has some issues with that which he needs to work out.

    If you were to ask what the best parts of the series were I would point out that Season One, in it's entirety might just be the best Season all together. The first part of Season Two and the series after Steven S. DeKnight becomes a co-executive producer for Seasons Five & Six are also good. With Seasons 7 and 8 it's sort of hit-and-miss with just about every other episode. Though finally Seasons Nine and Ten provide a more stable quality as well as a really good send off.

    All being said this series isn't really that good or bad over all, maybe a 6 out of 10 stars... Of course that's just my opinion and this show did enjoy 10 Seasons so judge for yourself if you like.moreless
  • Why thank you for ruining Superman for me

    5 problem with this show

    1. Chloe was everything that Lois Lane was suppose to be.

    2. Stepped down good characters for ratings.

    3. This show was like 7th Heaven, (WILL THIS SHIT GET CANCELED ALREADY) it went on for to long.

    4. This show made Superman look like a punk bitch, smelled like a weak bitch, and flew like dumb bitch.

    5. Why make such an interesting and amazing character like Chloe Sullivan and do almost anything to destroy her. (Don't get me started on the bullshit that was season 2)moreless

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