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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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  • BEST SHOW EVER!!!!

    10
    This show guys is a masterpiece. It's a long show because of the ten seasons, but believe me, it's worth it a billion times. It's about Superman, but a part of him that you don't know, and you should know. The action is amazing, in every episode there's a new thrilling story, so for you boys don't worry, you'll get enough blood and fights; but I'm a girl, so the thing that i really loved was the relationship between clark and lois, even with lana is awesome, but trust me, with lois is a whole other story. They complete each other so badly that at the end of every episode you wish to have what they have in you're future with a man or a woman, it's unbelivable. Even the actors are amazing, it's like they were born to be Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lex grown up with this show, and I felt so bad when it ended, and usually I don't care if a serie ends or a movie saga. Guys you must watch it!!! Definally the last seasons are the best, expecially the 10th.moreless
  • Smallville-

    9.5
    During Smallville's run I was playing Mommie to babies and toddlers, so I did not watch consistently. Now that my children are teens and pre-teens, we have all 10 seasons- an investment I rarely make. Overall, Smallville was good television. To me, (and now I'm showing my age) it was the new sci-fi that was a mixture of X-files/Dynasty.

     Whenever a popular as well as respected story from a book or comic is brought to the big screen or television screen, the writers and producers had better be thinking ahead and out of the box. Superman is a brand- an extremely popular one since before my generation-the "Superfriends". I questioned some story-line decisions, but overall- I think the constant change in line-up was the main problem.

    I have been a huge fan of the Christopher Reeves/Superman. This is when Superman became a character that I'd follow for the rest of my life. I put Tom Welling at the top of the Superman list. I don't get hooked often, but I fell in love with the progressive storyline of Clark starting to believe he could be super- in all other mediums I HAD SEEN (I'm not a huge comic book fan)- Clark/Sup was already confident in the dual-complimentary role.

    The seasons I favor are 4-10; my 12 year old favors 1-3; the love interest I favor is Lois; my daughter wanted Clark to be with Chloe. Her opinion, of course, from a Superman medium point of view is juvenile. I will add, however, that both my daughter and I appreciate the entire story- as we often share our favorite moments.

    984 does a great job explaining why Lois and Clark belong together. Lois was/is custom made for Clark/Sup. The writers get this for the most part- some times I do feel there is a push and pull going on with the Lana storyline, but all mature viewers (or maybe I should say well-informed) know he'd have to end up with Lois once her character is introduced. I must admit, however, even in this over-enlongated first love storyline, the writers/producers have the foresight never to make Lois and Lana rivals. It's all fate that drives Clark's choice to be with Lois in the end. Then, the character realizes she's the only fit. It's good psychology also. This kind of pairing works in many superhero love affairs. Even DC's rival sees the greatness and success of the "god-like" savior who's in love with the pure hearted but imperfect and sassy person. Here, I will note that Durance does a phenomenal job with the character. She's got the look, personality, confidence, and sensuousness necessary for this role. Even his parents approve of Lois and show only support for her; later, Ma Kent shows support for their relationship. She and Lois have a good mother-daughter chemistry. They make a good traditional family.

    From a story lover's point of view, I'd like to have seen a sincere love affair between Lex and Lana that may have had a break up in the end due exclusively to Lex's nature. Because the backdrop storyline of Clark/Lana don't belong together, does not match with the front stage storyline of them hanging on. This, of course, is a mature view of the story. Many "first time" Superman -Smallville only- fans may have wanted something else.

    As a literary buff, I'd put this rendition of Lois&Clark up there with the 1995 rendition of Elizabeth&Darcy. They are convincingly in love and belong together. For all other parts, except for the apparent indecisiveness of Lana-Clark interactions, I'd say the characters and their interactions were very good. Chloe and Clark are best friends. Chloe and Lois are best cousins/sisters. Oliver is a good partner/friend/lover of the aforementioned. Mom and Dad are the parents we all dreamed of having; the villains are complicated and "human".

    I read a lot of books, so the complete story per episode does not bother me. I think good writing for longer pieces has to have closure for each chapter that is linked to the next chapter that fits into the overall larger story. For me, this was done well.

    I will have to say that for 2000's this is my favorite. And for the first time ever, I felt satisfied- even though they aren't married in the end- and I understand why this could not have happened at this time- at the close of the show- enough to say that I'd follow Welling and Durance into another version of the story although I know this is highly improbable.

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  • i love smallville

    9.5
    I watch this show every morning, 2 episodes, love it, never watched it back when it was on, now love it

  • 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.

    8.0
    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

    3.5
    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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