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The premise of Smallville--Superman as a teenager--takes up just a few pages in Superman's very first comic book appearance (in Action Comics back in 1938), but series producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar flesh out that period by portraying young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) not as the noble Superman-in-waiting, but as an average teen with some not-so-ordinary supernatural powers, including incredible strength and heat vision (Clark hasn't lifted up, up, and away as of yet). Clark's desire to fit in with his peers and make sense of his extraordinary abilities ground him in very realistic and identifiable terms for the series' primarily under-25 audience, as does his appealing and tentative romance with Kristen Kreuk as Clark's dreamgirl Lana Lang. But Smallville also strikes gold when it takes a turn towards more comic book territory, as evidenced by the parade of shape-shifting killers and other outlandish antagonists (many generated, in one of the series' most ingenious notions, by the same devastating meteor shower that brought the infant Clark to Earth) that Clark must harness his powers to face and defeat. Gough and Millar, along with their capable cast (which includes Michael Rosenbaum as a young and already bald-pated Lex Luthor, and Annette O'Toole and John Schneider as the Kents) manage to pull off the precarious high-wire act of combining science fiction with coming-of-age drama to create this highly watchable program.
Smallville: The Complete First Season offers a very complete and attractive DVD package that is rounded out by some highly desirable extras for longtime series fans. The six-disc set offers all 21 episodes of the first season, including the pilot, in widescreen anamorphic format; Gough and Millar are featured on the set's sole commentary track, which appears on the pilot episode. Viewers can also access a number of deleted scenes from various episodes as well as view original pre-production storyboards and WB promotional spots. An interactive "tour" of Smallville rounds out the extras, but DVD-ROM owners can use the discs to access more features via the Smallville web site. --Paul Gaita
The stories are all great and the characters are very complex.
The characters are three-dimensional, and the weekly format gives the writers time to let them grow and develop, and for us to have time to get to really know them.
There is a perfectly handled love story between Clark Kent (Tom Welling)and Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk).
I didn't watch this show when it first aired, because I wasn't interested in seeing stories about Superboy from the old comics. Fortunately, that's not what this series is. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dean Crawford
By far one of, if not the best series from the CW. My husband and I (age 25) love this series. We never watched it on tv, we just found this gem of a series on dvd. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Jess
Always enjoyed this show, looking forward to sharing with my grandchildren.Published 18 days ago by Xsnail!!!
Since I watched the show from season8 I thought I'd go back an see how it started..the discs played well, it was new! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ullanda
Love this series. It is priced reasonably and it arrived pretty quickly and the packaging was intact. I highly recommend this product. I absolutely love it!Published 27 days ago by Laura Lowell
Great show, just enough action to go along with a good plot. Those who like the new show Gothem will love this show too!Published 27 days ago by igor
Hard to believe the meteors fell about fifteen years ago. It is fun to go back and revisit Clark, Lana, Chloe, and the rest of the Smallville cast as they are just finding their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by geekacres