Retro Reviews : TV Shows : Smallville (2001-2011)

No Flights No Tights hello everyone and DC Comics Fans I will be reviewing one of my favorite all-time tv shows Smalville which was on The WB / The CW from 2001-2011. 1st a description of the series : A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas. Now on to my review of the series , Smallville is the origin story of how Clark Kent became Superman and stars Tom Welling as Clark Kent / The Blur / Superman , Annette O’Toole as Martha Kent , John Schneider , Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor , Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan , Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang , Erica Durance as Lois Lane , John Glover as Lionel Luthor , Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow and many others. Also includes guest appearances by many past Superman movie and tv actors like Christopher Reeve , Margot Kidder , Dean Cain , Teri Hatcher and many more. Smallville was in many ways the 1st great Superhero series on TV and it was ground breaking. Their had never been a tv series like this for a superhero that went back to tell an origin story like this before. Sure we had the Batman 1966 series , Adventures of Superman , Superboy , Lois and Clark The New Adventures of Superman and so on but this was the 1st series where you could say yes a superhero tv show can work long term and be good which Smallville was. The 1st 5 plus Seasons of Smallville where really good Seasons 1 to the 1st half of Season 6 which good to sometimes great episodes and epic season finales Season 5’s finale especially was really good. Then the 2nd half of Season 6-8 not great seasons a lot of that had to do with the writers strike in late 2007 and going into 2008. But the last few seasons 9-10 where amazing some of the best the series had at least in my opinion. The Special effects for this show while they where not as great as what we got with the later CW DCTV Arrowverse shows , Marvel TV Shows and Fox’s Gotham where good for the time of the early 2000’s like the way Clark would speed his way out of danger and rescue his friends from trouble awesome and showing what he can do so good. The writing on the series at times was good to not so good but in later seasons it picked up. Some many argue that Smallville went on for too long and in some cases it did but the last few seasons where epic. Lois finally figured out who Clark really was and finally got together and at the very end of the series Clark Kent finally became The Man of Steel Superman saving the world and becoming the hero we all know and love from the comics. Smalville paved the way for a lot of future Superhero TV Series to come later like The CW DCTV Arrowverse tv shows Arrow , The Flash , DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl as well as The Marvel Studios TV Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , and The Marvel Netflix shows like Daredevil , Jessica Jones , Luke Cage etc. Overall I give Smallville a 8/10 for Seasons 1 the 1st half of Season 6 a 8/10 , Seasons 6-8 a 5/10 and Seasons 9-10 a 9/10. Smallville is a great TV Series one of the best of all-time and you should check it out on Blu-Ray Disc , DVD , Hulu Plus and Digital Downloads. Go watch this fun series.  

 

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