303 of 323 people found the following review helpful
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Season Four of SMALLVILLE saw the major characters all beginning to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood, reflecting the beginnings of the show itself to begin the transition to the next level. The fundamental challenge for the show has been to reinvent the "Superboy" years by conceiving Clark Kent as a work in progress, a profoundly gifted young man gradually gaining use of and control over powers that makes him utterly unique but also alienates him from his friends by the need to keep his abilities secret. During each season he has discovered new abilities, first X-ray vision, then heat vision, then super hearing to go with the super strength, speed, and invulnerability that he has long possessed. Plus the hints of the impending ability to fly. The difference between SMALLVILLE and the Superboy comics I read growing up is that the latter were always utterly ahistorical, intentionally oblivious to everything that would take place for the adult Clark Kent. There was Lana Lang, but no reflection on how things would go with them, how they would fail to forge a permanent attachment, how Clark would later focus his attention on Lois Lane instead. To its credit, SMALLVILLE has always proceeded with one eye cocked towards the future. In this season, the show began what could be a metamorphosis into a more mature show. I would not at all be surprised if in the next year or so SMALLVILLE were cancelled and a new show, perhaps called METROPOLIS, would be taking its place, with a small number of characters making the transition to the new show: Clark, Lex, Lionel, Lois, and perhaps Chloe, with guest appearances by some Smallville regulars. I've thoroughly enjoyed the four seasons of SMALLVILLE, but my own belief is that they are coming close to exhausting the possibilities in the story of Clark Kent's youth in Smallville. Hopefully they will take the story to the next level. Bit by bit they have added elements of the future to the show, and this persisted into Season Four's finale, [...]. And [...] is it unreasonable to assume that he will add the ability to fly at will in Season Five [...]
Though this was another good season, it was perhaps less consistent than the two previous ones. The season was hurt by two things: 1) a number of weak episodes and 2) a dismal storyline in which Lana Lang somehow channeled the spirit of a dead 17th century French sorceress. It wasn't just that Lana's possession was a bad idea, it didn't lead to any great resolution. As much as I enjoy Kristin Kreuk aka "The Cutest Young Woman in the World" as Lana, she simply doesn't possess the acting chops to pull off multiple persona in convincing fashion. [...] Simultaneously, Erica Durance was introduced to the cast as Clark's inevitable love interest Lois Lane. These were just two of many slight changes that started scooting the series towards the future. Lex, for instance, started more and more showing his willingness to submerge his genuine affection for his friends for his own ambitious ends. In the season finale he even physically assaults Lana to forcibly take from her an object he imagines she possesses.
I look forward to Season Five. This is clearly a show that is on the verge of exhausting its concept, and I'm profoundly sceptical that they can continue it beyond the coming season. I hope that the show's producers and the WB can negotiate bringing this show to a graceful conclusion and then transitioning several key characters to a new show that continues the adventures of everyone's favorite Man of Steel in the big city of Metropolis.
186 of 201 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2005
Smallville The Complete Fourth Season DVD set will finally be released on September 13, 2005. The set will include all 22 episodes from season 4. The Smallville set will be in anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) video and include English Dolby Surround Stereo audio with selectable English, Spanish and French subtitles. Warner Bros has included some exciting bonus material. You get to see 25 minutes of deleted scenes (21 scenes total), episodes commentaries by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar and others, "Inside the Writers Room" documentary, and "Being Lois Lane" featuring interviews with Noel Neill, Margot Kidder, Dana Delaney and Erica Durance. As part of Warner Television's 50th Anniversary you get a bonus DVD featuring an episode of The Flash.
Commentary tracks include:
"Crusade" - Al Gough(Executive Producer), Miles Millar (Executive Producer), Ken Horton (Executive Producer), Erica Durance ("Lois Lane") and Annette O'Toole ("Martha Clark Kent")
"Transference" - Al Gough, Miles Millar and John Glover ("Lionel Luther")
"Spell" - Jeannot Szwarc (Director), Kristin Kreuk ("Lana Lang"), Allison Mack ("Chloe Sullivan") and Erica Durance ("Lois Lane")
Here is a Complete Episode List of SMALLVILLE SEASON 4
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2005
As a huge Smallville fan, I'm very disappointed by season 4 thus far. Granted as I write this the finale has yet to air, but even if its a grand slam episode it can't shake off what has been multiple episodes of idiocy, absurdity, and contrivance.
I've been watching my season 1 and 2 sets lately, and am amazed at how much depth and character interaction were in those early episodes. The kryptonite monsters sucked, but those episodes were held together by strong relationships that made Smallville feel real. Most of this is lost by season 4. This year, we get a storyline about kryptonian artifacts that Clark must recover. Not a bad idea, but somehow Lana has a witch ancestor trapped in her body who is also seeking the magic rocks. What was intended as a storyline to bring her closer into the mythology only pushes her farther away. I like Kristen Kruek, but she spends most of the season distrustful of Clark, Lex, her new boyfriend Jason, and just about everyone else. The sweetness we fell in love with only returns at the tail end of the season. What happened to Lana?
In fact, what's happened to everyone else? The absurd storyline seems to give everyone nothing to do, which is odd considering the talented cast. An interesting twist with John Glover's Lionel Luthor is rendered moot by the season's end, and he and Michael Rosenbaum's Lex are wasted on the soap opera drama of the artifacts hunt. The Kent parents don't show up as much as they used to, and when they do they spout an endless string of cliched parental advice. Jensen Ackles is Jason Teague, the new disposable supporting character. I like him, and he's an asset to the show, but he's not given much to do. He would've fared a lot better as an actual boyfriend to Lana and not just another plot device in the artifacts storyline.
So what does Smallville do right this year? Two words: Erica. Durance. Seriously, the addition of Lois Lane is eyebrow raising, but like the introduction of young Lex it pays off in spades. Erica becomes Clark's window for growth and development this year, and the chemistry between her and Tom Welling rocks. Also, Allison Mack's Chloe learns a bit more about Clark (finally!) and fan favourite Alicia Baker (the beautiful Sarah Carter) returns for a tragic two-part story mid-season.
I could go on about the horrible dialogue, scripts with metor-sized plotholes and contrivances, or the butchering of Superman foe Mxyzptlk. However, in the end this is a show I've stayed with for four years, and it's been a constant and dependable diversion. I have all three of the previous sets, so it's hard to imagine not buying this one as well. I'm also going to stick with Smallville till the end, because we all want to see Clark finally accept his destiny. Chalk this season up as a misfire, and let's move on to better things.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 8, 2005
Okay, granted that Season 4 was the most unusual of all the seasons and one of the most controversial. Granted that there was a lot of unnecessary sexual content in the first thirteen episodes or so. Granted that unexpected circumstances like Christopher Reeve's death and Margot Kidder's refusal to continue on in the show REALLY REALLY threw the writers and the plotlines out of wack.
However, I'm STILL going to give this a five star review. When I give something five stars, it means that I think it's totally worth your money to buy, not necessarily that it's going to be mindblowingly incredible.
First off, the two new cast members are great actors. Jason Teague is certainly not the most intriguing character on the show, but he is charming and well-acted. Erica Durance IS Lois Lane. She brings so much charm and energy to the show, and her addition at this point was a brilliant idea.
Secondly, it does what it needs to do well. Season 4 is really about buildup for Season 5, and thus serves as a "graduation" season by continuing to foreshadow what's going to happen at the end and why Clark and Lex make the decisions they do. Plus, this season has lots of major turning points, including one or perhaps two new people that learn Clark's secret...
Secondly, there are some GREAT and amazing episodes in here that make the whole set worth the buy:
Crusade: The most exhilerating episode of Smallville I have ever viewed, perhaps because its purpose is solely exhileration and to kick off the season with a bang. The episode does what it does amazingly well, and we finally get to see Clark fly. Or is it Clark? But I should not say...
Run: Clark meets The Flash. A well-written episode with some fun interaction and foreshadowing about two members of the Justice League. The special effects of the two racing are a lot of fun. Keep in mind the special relationship that Lana and Martha share from when Lana was little during their scenes together.
Transference: Best episode of the season. Clark and Lionel undergo a body-switch, leaving Clark trapped in prison and Lionel with Clark's body, good looks and all of his abilities. All those of you that doubt whether Tom Welling can act...prepare to be amazed. When I first heard about the premise for this episode, I thought that it was going to be horrendous. Far from it. This episode makes the "gimmick" work and delivers a tremendous and well-balanced plot that has consequences for the continuity of the entire show...
Jinx: Smallville's take on Mr. Mxyzptlk that keeps it grounded in reality and not out there.
Sacred: This episode's a seriously fun ride.
Onyx: A lab explosion splits Lex into a good side and a bad side, and Clark gets to see what his friend will be like years later when he becomes Superman. In a sense, this is the sequel to "Transference", as we see through various shots and moments how Lex will become his father.
Commencement: The incredible season finale where Clark, Lex and numerous other characters move a LOT closer towards their destinies when a meteor shower hits Smallville (again). Expect some incredible cliffhangers.
So there you go. Throw in some cool extras, a couple of commentaries (including one on Crusade and one on Transference with Al, Miles, Ken and John Glover), several deleted scenes that should provide some interesting insights into what could have been, and a commentary on the writing behind Smallville, and you've got a DVD set well worth buying.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2005
First of all, for all those who don't know their comic history, I'd like to say take a quick read and you'll discover that Lois does meet Clark in Smallville while he's still in love with Lana, and the two of them fight for his affection.
Now back to our favorite farmboy hero. Smallville has slowly been feeding off the original comics. There has already been mention of Lex becoming President one day. Pete Ross ran Clark for school President and said that he was "the man behind the throne," which is a good hint at him being Vice President to Lex. But it is still unclear if he will marry Lana as he does in the comics. Clark has slowly been developing his abilities and soon he will learn the super-breathe and of course get over his fear of flying and take off into the sky again, as he did in "Crusade" the first episode of this season. Lex is quickly spiraling to his destiny, as Clark is flying to his. Next season we will find out who comes out of the ship...I suspect they are following the comics again with the Kryptonians from the Phantom Zone, who are going to give Clark a whipping. Lana will most likely learn his secret, as she already knows the stones are meant for him. And myabe, just maybe...Clark will finally start wearing some glasses to show he's human and has some form of weakness.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2005
I have been a fan of Superman since I was 2 years old. That's when I first saw Christopher Reeve as Superman on HBO and that was all it took. However, when he left the role of Superman I thought it was over. There were attempts at TV shows like Superboy and Lois & Clark which were pretty good but then Smallville came along. At first I was very skeptical because Clark is always Clark and never Superman so who cares? But all it took was one watch and I was hooked. Every episode of this show is shot and treated like a movie. And between the performances, the effects, the writing, plus the fact that Christopher Reeve did his final on screen appearance on this show makes it a must have. It truly is almost too good for Television. And now after 4 seasons it's still magical and fun. Also the fact that none of this cast will be in the new Superman movie makes this show even more special with a life all it's own. It does nothing to take away from, but instead adds to the Superman legacy in a great way. And with the new movie coming out next year I have a feeling that Season 5 will be the final season. And believe me this show will be missed when it's over. So if you are a fan at all, buy the seasons and enjoy the journey of Clark Kent the farmboy becoming Superman the hero.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2005
Background: 20 year-old, college student; Superman fan from the first time i saw Christopher Reeves fly out of the Fortress of Solitude in "Superman: The Movie." Concerned for how the new movie will look, but completely satisfied with the television show "Smallville."
I have watched each episode of "Smallville" since it aired in my senior year of high school. Season 1 was excellent, albeit a bit too much of a teenage-drama. Season 2 expanded with darker story lines, but the plot surrounding the caves left me underwhelmed to an extent. Season 3, I will acknowledge, was a mess. Some great episodes ("Legacy", "Forsaken" "Exile") coupled in with some truly horrible ones ("Velocity," "Magnetic," "Relic"). But, i stayed true and watched the new season this past year and i loved it. It indeed did start out real rocky and juvenile, but after "Transferrence" the show got a face lift. Any episode dealing with Lex or Lionel is always outstanding. "Onyx" is another great episode showing what dark-side awaits Lex once he fully embodies who he is destined to become. However, there were definitely some missteps along the way ("Facade," "Lucy," "Spirit"), but every show has those filler episodes.
At the end of the day, "Smallville" is the best show on television and i will add Season 4 to my dvd collection when it is released.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2005
I LOVE Smallville!!! The release date is set for Tuesday, September 13th. Can't Wait!!
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2005
When "Smallville: Season 3" ended all us fans were left wondering just what was going to happen to Clark to cause him to be reborn. Will Jonathan survive Jor-El's attack in the cave, how will Martha cope without knowing where her son has been, is Chloe dead, what exactly did Lionel put in Lex's drink to poison him and what will happen with Lionel's prison sentence and his cancer? Well, most of these questions were answered within the first 2 episodes, the Lionel storyline actually carried through a large part of the new season. Besides answering those burning questions, "Smallville: Season 4" raised many new ones that would drive the new season along. I won't tell you what those questions are due to the fact that you should watch and find out for yourself, but I will tell you some points that are touched on in the season.
In season 4 many changes are made to the show, two notable changes are the additions of two new cast members, Jensen Ackles, who plays Lana's new love interest, and Erica Durance as Lois Lane (possibly the best looking Lois ever, maybe even better than Teri Hatcher). Clark does get a new power for one episode, now when I say it's only for one episode, it's not because the power doesn't fit into the Superman mythos, but that the way he achieved his power is resolved and the power disappears for a time, but the power will return at some point, just not in season 4. The rift between Clark and Lex continues to spread, but some measure of peace is found between the two friends. Clark finally plays football this season and is taught a lesson that no matter what, his destiny lies in something greater than scoring points in a game. Also, a classic DC Comics Superman villain makes an appearance. All of this, leading up to a terrific season 4 cliffhanger that takes place in an incredibly cold place that fans of the Superman comics will instantly recognize and know where the new season is heading.
Overall, a terrific season of a series that continues to top itself every year. The entire cast of characters really mature this season as we witness their graduation from high school into adulthood in the season finale. Erica Durance and Jensen Ackles really bring a lot of fun and new twists to the series. The storytelling, the acting and the special effects all continue to be top-notch.
As always this series is a must see!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2005
Personally I'd hoped season four would be the last season. None of the teens in this show look like teens anymore. I'm beginning to feel like I did when I watched FAME (the television series) as a kid. People in their mid to late 20's trying to pass themselves off as teens just doesn't work. Setting that aside, here are some low points and high points for the season.
The writers were really reaching when they tied Kyptonian symbols to hidden artworks stretching back centuries. I didn't know if I was watching SMALLVILLE or THE DAVINCI CODE. Then, on top of that, tying Lana to a witch that lived centuries ago, and ancient Kyptonian symbols was a real bad idea. It is also a real good sign of script fatigue, which is a bad sign for a series. SMALLVILLE is about one step away from having Lana waking up one morning, going to the bathroom and finding Clark taking a shower as he tells Lana she has dreamed all the events of the past season. Also, as I continue to pick on Lana, can Lana ever date someone without a hidden agenda or power? I don't think so.
Lionel Luther's transformation from convicted criminal, to a champion for the underprivileged, and finally back to evil corporate figurehead was a great storyline. I also enjoyed watching Lex continue to morph into the villain we all know he will become. Watching Chloe say good-bye to the Torch was a treat and a well-written scene. Season five just won't be the same without Chloe and her high-school newspaper. The writers brought back Clark's super powered girlfriend from season three. She appeared in two episodes and I feel as though they are two of the best episodes of the entire series. Lastly, I can't believe I'm admitting this, I enjoyed having Lois Lane join the cast. I've understood why, as a nod to fans, the writers have had people from the adult SuperMan storyline traipse through Smallville and meet up with Clark Kent. It's cute but really damages the continuity of the established SuperMan story. Still Lois was a breath of fresh air and her relationship with Clark (aka Smallville) is really cute to watch unfold. The writers didn't put the two in a relationship but were very successful in hinting at the developing attraction between the two characters.
As for the DVD, and this is what I've said about other SMALLVILLE DVD's, it's a great buy. Plenty of extra features, widescreen transfer and priced just right. Why Smallville, a successful show currently in production, can be priced around the forty-dollar mark and other hit shows currently in production, like C.S.I., sell for almost twice what Smallville does is a mystery to me. I suspect greed is the answer. I'm glad the producers of the Smallville DVD's have a little more respect for their fan base than other franchises.