Smallville: Season 5
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This new interpretation of the enduring Superman mythology and its classic characters blends realism and adventure into an exciting action series. This season, everything changes as Clark Kent finally begins to accept his destiny and take giants leaps towards becoming the Man of Steel.]]>
The even bigger development is that Clark and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) finally give up their dalliances with others and become an official couple. That means the other girls in Clark's life become fifth and sixth wheels, so Chloe (Allison Mack) reveals the secret she's been keeping from Clark and becomes a best pal. Super-gorgeous Lois's (Erica Durance, now part of the opening credits) banter with Clark loses its bite without any sexual tension so instead she meets Arthur "AC" Curry, a fantastic swimmer who has an eye for Lois and an accusing one toward Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and LutherCorp. He's not the only one; Clark's Central Kansas A&M professor, Milton Fine (James Marsters) hires Clark to help him on his project, an expose of LutherCorp. Lex is the pivotal character of the season. His relationship with his best friend, Clark, now history, Lex has a Christmas Carol-type dream in which he sees himself in a law-abiding--and happy--life. (That episode, "Lexmas," also has some amusing interplay involving Clark and Chloe.) Undeterred, he decides on a life of power and dives into a state senate race against Jonathan Kent with gusto, though a fanatical Lex supporter turns the race into a literal one for life and death. Lionel Luthor (John Glover) also makes a strong comeback in this season, pulling unseen levers and making everyone wonder exactly what he knows.
There's some fun. "Thirst" is a tribute to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and another DC Comics character, Cyborg (Teen Titans), appears. Carrie Fisher plays Chloe's editor at The Daily Planet, and "Exposed" reunites Schneider with former Dukes of Hazzard costar Tom Wopat, and the two go peeling out in a vehicle. But things come to a head in the series 100th episode, when Jor-El's prediction comes to pass and splintered relationships end up leading in unexpected directions. Then in the season finale's cliffhanger, Clark has to face three of his enemies. DVD features include commentary on two episodes and a half-hour examination of the 100th episode, from writing through production. --David Horiuchi
- 22 episodes on six discs
- Commentary by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Ken Horton, and Steven S. DeKnight on Thirst
- Commentary by Steven S. DeKnight, James Marshall, and James Marsters (Prof. Fine) on Splinter
- "Smallville's 100th Episode: The Making of a Milestone" featurette
- Unaired scenes
- Excerpts from the documentary Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman
- "Vengeance Chronicles": promo webisodes
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Lex Luthor and Jonathan Kent do battle to become state senator, Lionel Luthor switches sides (again), Clark consummates his love for Lana and then is forced to give her up, Chloe starts working for the Daily Planet, one of the leading cast members is killed off, and it winds up in the most explosive, dramatic, and powerful season finale of the series.
It's rare that I have enjoyed almost every episode in a season, but there is some solid stuff here -- "Lexmas" is a heart-ripping "what if" featuring Lex's alternate life if he is to choose the path of good, with a sadistic twist in the second half to make Stephen King take a step back; "Tomb" is a fantastically fun ghost story in which Allison Mack plays an alternate Chloe; "Reckoning" brings two consecutive deaths and a painful funereal; "Mercy" revolves around the charisma between Martha and Lionel when a manic madman forces them to make their way through his house of horrors; and five or so episodes revolve around the steadily building seduction of Lana Lang. Tom Welling also makes his directorial debut (and a marvelous one at that) in "Fragile," an ironic twist of fate since it contains a super-hot first kiss between Lana and Lex at the end.Read more ›
However, in the most general terms, Smallville continues as one of the most interesting fantasy shows on television. A new character played by James Marsters of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" fame joins the cast. He plays a professor at the college that Clark attends. Of course, no one is who they appear to be in this tale.
Themes of loyalty and betrayal prevail. As Clark, Lois and Chloe enter college and a new phase of life they must make harder decisions. Lex continues to make choices that will separate him from his humanity and his friendship with Clark Kent. Clark continues to push away Lex and Lana, even though at times it seems he will reconcile with them. Lois continues to be flip, curt and annoying. It is interesting that not only Clark but most of the main characters seemed doomed to have no sex life--as if the assumed celibacy of this superhero is infectious somehow.
In general the season is darker and less hopeful than prior seasons. Despite this it continues to fascinate and enthrall.
My only other complaint about Season 5 is the packaging... not nearly as nice as the first 4 seasons... and I hate the overlapping DVDs which make it hard to remove the DVDs in the rear. But, my main complaint is not having the English subtitles. I got spoiled watching the first 4 seasons and having the subtitles. To not include English subtitles now is just plain stupid.
Many big events occur this season on "Smallville", beginning right where the season finale of "Smallville: Season 4" left off, Clark has thrown the crystal deep in the arctic and this causes a huge crystal fortress to be erected from the snow covered ground, thus his Fortress of Solitude is formed. Clark must come to grips with many things this season; he must decide whether his love for Lana can survive all the secrets, is his friendship with Lex broken beyond repair, and last but not least worry about getting to class on time at college. There are several big highlights spread throughout the season, the Season Premiere holds some truly awesome fight scenes and opens the door for many events that will take place throughout the remainder of the season; a dangerous villain from the Superman mythos makes multiple appearances, and a key figure in Clark's life dies leaving Clark wondering how to continue on, and another person knows Clark's secret and the revelation will change Clark's life forever.
This series is like a fine wine, it just keeps getting better with age, with now 5 seasons under its belt, and gearing up for a sixth season, "Smallville" shows no signs of slowing down.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased episode 5.02 and it ran great! Had pretty bad internet connection when I was trying to watch it and still was clear and I was pleased with the quality.Published 1 month ago by Brittany Bratt
So many things wrong with this show
From the characters to how it plays out
I excessively hate lana lang
Clark does everything for her but is a ungratefull... Read more
One episode features the Crimson Avenger, erm, I mean the Angel of Vengeance
Girl audience members may think Arthur Curry (Aquaman, played by x) is a hottie, but bro can't... Read more
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the show's not about clark BEING superman, it's his JOURNEY to becoming superman. the creators from the beginning didn't want the suit and (as far as i know) don't have plans for him to ever be superman in the series.
Aug 23, 2006 by Amazon Customer | See all 10 posts
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I agree. Jeff Loeb does work as a consultant for the show from DC Comics. If something truly contradictory came up, it simply wouldn't make it into the show. Loeb agrees that Superman in the movies/TV needs a fresh change in order to keep up with the new generations of Superman fans.
I'm... Read More
Nov 25, 2006 by Sean Pasek | See all 15 posts
I totally agree. Although my English is good, English subtitles would have been helpful, especially when you are hearing impaired. Is there anyone out there thinking of such people? Shame on the company for releasing the DVDs without considering this aspect!
Oct 18, 2006 by A-Dur | See all 7 posts
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Dec 24, 2006 by M. DeLuca | See all 3 posts
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Who says the show will last that long. Since it is called "Smallville" maybe that is when it ends. When his Smallville life is over and his metropolis life begins. Better to have Lois early then not to have her at all. Not everything has to be according to the comic books. As long as it... Read More
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