152 of 171 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2011
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I'm not someone that knows the Superman mythos. I'm not familiar with all the DC Comics characters. I did watch a couple of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies as a child and so I know the basics of Clark Kent, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, but other than that...I know nothing. And I'm glad because I think this is what makes it easier for me to enjoy ALL of Smallville. I had no expectations and thus I was not disappointed in the overall story of Smallville. The story that I was always interested in was, of course, Clark Kent. Let's face it...this story is about him and how he deals with life and with his destiny. That's it...and to see him struggle with it all was refreshing to see, at least to me. He wasn't this perfect being that knew where his place in "history" was...he had to figure it out which is where all the drama of Smallville began...Clark "dealing" with life...which included over protective parents, a first love (Lana Lang) who could never quite trust him, a friend (Lex Luthor) that became a life long enemy, a sidekick (Chloe) that was the best friend he could have ever had but who also lost a little bit of faith in him, a fellow superhero (Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow) that tested his morality and always fell short, and last but not least...my favorite...Lois Lane...the unlikeliest person for him to fall in love with but who believed in him...or in Smallville storyland...the Blur...more than anyone else did...even Chloe. That's why in this Smallville version, Clark tells Lois...you were always the one that I needed. Her complete trust in what he represented is what he needed in this story to meet his destiny. This may not be IAW the Superman mythos, but it's darn good storytelling and I have loved every minute of it. I will be sad to see the series end because I could watch Lois and Clark played by Erica Durance and Tom Welling, banter back and forth and save the world for many, many more years to come. There are few series in TV land today that match the storytelling of this series. Thank you Smallville for some many great stories that I will continue to watch over and over again.
82 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2011
MAJOR SPOILERS FOLLOW
The tenth season of "Smallville" is a tremendous ride to a stirring final episode. It is a great sendoff overall for what is arguably the finest television series of its entire genre.
Beginning with "Lazarus," the season propels Clark on a fantastic journey. Pulled back from death in the season premiere by Lois Lane, the love of his life, Clark must face a freakishly cloned Lex Luthor, played extremely well in the premiere by Mackenzie Gray. Additionally, Clark must contend with the knowledge that an evil supernatural being known as Darkseid threatens to dominate the Earth. John Schneider also returns in the first episode as Johnathan Kent, Clark's departed Earthly father, now a spirit guide for him.
The season's second episode "Shield," is an important show for the Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller's corrupt fighting force. The group of radically violent superhero supporters comes to the forefront as the primary villains in the early half of the season. The show also introduces the "Smallville" iteration of Cat Grant, a latter-day "Superman" character whom I first became familiar with through "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman." Played by actress Keri Lynn Pratt, she is fairly annoying but essentially has good intentions.
This season also features the series' landmark 200th episode, an absolute gem called "Homecoming." The return of James Marsters as Brainiac 5 heralds a stunning trip through time for Clark. An important component of emotional peace and closure regarding Johnathan's death finally gives Clark a mature philosophical base for true love with Lois Lane. Unfortunately, the very next episode "Isis" is one of the few true low points of the season, a head-scratching show whose storyline is random and pointless. It mostly exists to drag a fringe superhero into the show but does have a moment of redemption at its conclusion.
When "Smallville" premiered in 2001, its premise and promise was the journey of the hero Clark Kent and the future villain Lex Luthor. As with any long-running TV series, cast members gradually left "Smallville," even including the show's original mature Lex Luthor, Michael Rosenbaum. To the immense credit of the series' creative staff, the overall story arc was wisely altered slightly, to both keep the name Lex Luthor viable in the series and make room for a charismatic female antihero named Tess Mercer. Cassidy Freeman contributes depth and ultimately compassion as a multifaceted actress, and has a very rich character arc in the final season. Lex Luthor is kept viable this season through a series of clones, ironically at first nurtured in secret by Tess. I can forgive an absurd contrivance to bring the deceased Lionel Luthor back to life in the episode "Luthor." The show is one of the best of the season, and John Glover's devilishly cold acting approach to Lionel Luthor is, technically speaking, the work of a master.
Episode highlights are "Homecoming," "Ambush," "Abandoned," "Icarus," "Shield," "Patriot," "Lazarus," and the series finale, a two-hour masterpiece entitled simply "Finale."
The finale is a thoughtful romp through ten years of series backstory, thematically exploring the character of Clark Kent in its first half and revealing the character of Superman in its second half. The Darkseid storyline comes to a gruesome head and original series stars Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum fulfill the series' intial promise. A brilliant storytelling balance highlighting the marriage of Clark and Lois and the full emergence of Superman juxtaposed against a monstrous dark turn for both Lionel and Lex sets the perfect tone for the series' conclusion.
I love "Smallville." Over its time on the air, it has become one of my favorite television shows of all time. Thank you to the cast and crew through all ten years, and to original series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. This is a truly brilliant show.
126 of 152 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2010
I've been watching Smallville since it's premier on October 16th 2001. Lets be honest folks, this series started out so strong, it just wasn't really Superman like... in the beginning. That doesn't make it bad tho, it all comes together in due time. Character development on this show has been superior to most other shows. I put the characterization level to Joss Whedon's Buffy: Anya and Cordelia (through Angel) who have been 2 of the most fleshed out characters in my television watching history. Each character on this show has his or her own place, and their development is top notch. The show finally develops into what it will become in season 4 and the introduction of Lois Lane. Smokin hot Erica Durance!!!! Her chemistry with Tom Welling has been undeniable since she first found him in that field. Unfortunately (And fortunately) Season 7 brought about the end of creators Al Gough and Miles Millar's run on the series! This is bad, as they are fantastic with what they do, and how they kept the pace of the show. Also bad because season 8 Smallville is by far the weakest season under the Smallville belt. It felt pushed, the acting was slippery and the plot had more holes than a 5lb chunk of Swiss Cheese... The Doomsday fight alone was cringe-worthy enough to nearly destroy the entire show, that is until season 9 kicks off... Which is when all the GOOD starts happening despite Gough and Millar's exit. Once the new producers (maybe new writers?) found their groove, they grooved all the way to the bank.... Season 9 exploded into my favorite season of the show. With so many guest stars and new characters... Season 9 looked to be the best, and then..... SEASON 10 has been blowing my mind. The progression that we've all been waiting for has finally arrived... The show has hit it's stride, and it's so incredibly unfortunate (not to say I don't understand) that with S10, we will be rid of Smallville, and that my friends is a melancholy moment, but I'm sure glad they are going out with a bang! If you haven't seen any Season 10 yet... just you wait, it's tops! As a series... it's one of my all time favorites along with Buffy, Angel, Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters. I find it hard to put these 5 shows in any kind of order, they are all fantastic!
27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2011
Let me start off by saying that I have been a DIEHARD Smallville fan since its inception in 2001. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed each season, season 10 is definitely the weakest of the series. One of the problems of this season is that they take DC's greatest villain Darkseid and reduce him to a "smokey" afterthought. Smallville has always done a great job of integrating villains from the comics and putting their own little twist on it to fit a CW budget but Darkseid fails to make the cut considerably. Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Zod, and even Doomsday have all been transfered from the comic book pages onto the TV screen with great results but Darkseid literary makes an appearance for like 10 seconds in a total of 22 episodes. There is so much untapped potential with the Darkseid character which ultimately makes this season disappointing. Another disappointing element to this season is the sub plot of Oliver Queen revealing his identity to the world. This contributes nothing to the overall plot arch and what makes it worse is that it was directly ripped off from the movie Iron Man. The introduction of Cat Grant leading the opposition against the superheroes is pointless as well. Her character is annoying, irritating, and contributes little to the season. They should have used the hot Cat Grant from season 8 and perhaps introduce an interesting little love triangle when Lois Lane leaves for Egypt. Like I said, most of this season has so much untapped potential. Another disappointing element of the season is the return of Chloe. Chloe is one of Smallville's most popular characters and her return is shoddy at best. The episode "Collateral" which introduces her return and is a rip-off of the Matrix is perhaps one of the worst episodes of the series. Other elements of the season such as the Vigilante Registration Act, The Suicide Squad, and the government's involvement of superheroes is shoddy, contrived, cheesy and unsubstantial at best. The episode Fortune which blatantly imitates the Hangover movies all but exemplifies the problem of this season in that it borrows from all sorts of popular movies and in the process loses its identity as a great Superman show. Also, Clark Kent decides to shed the Black trenchcoat and wear a Michael Jackson inspired "Thriller" jacket to reflect his growing optimism and hope necessary to become the Man of Steel. Unfortunately the new costume is very very cheesy. He would have probably been better off he kept the Black Trenchcoat untill he becomes the Man of Steel.
Despite the disappointing nature of season 10, The series finale blew me away. I have to say the Series Finale is the best series Finale of any television show EVER! They did a perfect job of wrapping up 10 seasons of great memories while leading the groundwork for his role as Superman. I was absolutely shocked at the quality of the final episode especially since the rest of the season was mediocre. Other highlights include the season premiere as well as the 200th episode "Homecoming" which are some of the top episodes in the series. Overall, If you watched all of the other seasons and enjoyed them I strongly recommend you pick up the Final season to see how it all ends. The package is a mixed bag but the resounding conclusion will more than make up for it!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2011
I really loved just about everything about this finale. I have had a funny relationship with the is series. I was a huge fan when it first started but something in the middle of the second season (who am I kidding, it was Lana) turned me off. Then I spent about five years viciously mocking it. And whenever anyone would talk about it I would scoff and say "I haven't watched that in years". Somewhere during the middle of season eight I started watching it again and became a fan again. There have been many things about this show that have annoyed me but it was a lot of fun and it made me happy to have something to obsess over. The finale gave me everything I needed. It was sweet and romantic and full of action and adventure.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2011
Seem that the first half was picking up a little slow but the finale as a whole was put together beautifully. Out of every Superman movie/tv show I have ever scene, the evolution from Clark Kent to Superman in the fanale was a WORK OF ART!!!! Sad to know that we will not be seeing this series anymore. As Jonathan Kent said..."Never forget Smallville"!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2010
I just saw this epi again and I enjoyed it even more this go around. I have to say one of the more special scenes was the end with Clark and Jonathan Kent. It brought tears to my eyes to see how Clark, in his confusion and disappointment, leaned on his father as he had so many years before for guidance. It was odd because I was transported back 10 years looking at Clark and "dad"...it was as if the years had not passed the way they slipped comfortably into their roles and Clark, despite knowing that he has matured these past 10 years, seemed to me to be that young man that started this series. Yes he looks older but the look in his eyes as he looked at Jonathan reminded me of a young Clark. It was an amazing achievement for Tom Welling to bring back this part of Clark to the screen. This is a special series with specail actors. I am sad that this is their last year for the series.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2011
This review is more for season 10 itself. I think after nine seasons, after starting off in one place and really taking the series (and its characters) to places fans probably never thought it/they would go, expectations for the tenth season were undoubtedly sky high and in my opinion that's why a lot of people have given some negative reviews about some parts of the season. The only episode I allowed myself to have any real expectation for was "Finale." I've been through this before; The seventh season of 'Charmed' and a good portion of season eight was fantastic, but my expectations to tie up so many loose ends that final season let me down. Same with Buffy and Angel ... So I promised myself I would not create any expectations in my mind of what the final season should be. I approached it like it was not the final season.
Doing that allowed me to enjoy each episode (some were not as good, admittedly, but every season of every show has its weaker episodes). I'll give the writers and producers (and especially the cast) credit; they really do CRAM A LOT in these twenty-one episodes ("Finale" is two hours). Annette O'Toole and John Schneider (Martha and Jonathan Kent) make touching returns; John Glover's return is absolutely chilling as he reinvents Lionel as a nemesis, not the soft(er)-hearted sometimes-villain he had become prior to falling to his death at the end of the seventh season. James Marsters rocked as Brainiac 5, and Laura Vandervoort's episode, though one of the weaker of the season, showed a Kara that had grown since we'd seen her last. Callum Blue's return as Zod (who know ruled the Phantom Zone) was one of my favorites. Appearances in "Finale" by Michael Rosenbaum (always fabulous as Lex Luthor) and Aaron Ashmore as the real Jimmy Olson. Most of all I was happy Allison Mack came back for six episodes, book-ending the season with Chloe sacrificing herself to save Oliver and playing a solid role in the finale, as it should have been. I'll admit I was a bit ticked that Mack did not sign on as a regular for the full season, especially considering she was lasted longer than any other cast member on the show (except Tom Welling, of course), but ultimately I think it was fitting. After years of taking a back seat to Kristin Kreuk's Lana Lang, Mack really proved her worth during seasons eight and nine as the show's female lead. Chloe Sullivan had more real character development in those two seasons than seasons five, six, and seven combined. It was fitting, though, that she step aside and hand the role of female lead to Erica Durance (the best Lois Lane ever, in my opinion) for the final season. Justin Hartley (Oliver Queen) and Cassidy Freeman (Tess Mercer) were brilliant in their roles; Freeman really rocked this season and held her own in a scenes with with Michael Rosenbaum and John Glover.
Though seasons eight and nine are my favorite, season ten is awesome and I highly recommend it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
Smallville recently concluded it's 10 year run in May and while the final season itself wasn't the best of the series it did have many super moments, particularly the amazing Finale that would have been more amazing had we seen Tom Welling in the suit.
However, Smallville has never looked or sounded better, for example, the Finale episode looks way better than any HDTV rip it is clearer and the main reason to own this besides the great 1080p video is the DTS-HD audio which is a first for the series on Blu Ray. The DTS track sounds unbelievable, it's loud, completely fills the room and is the best way to enjoy the final season of this awesome show.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2013
This was a muddled finale season to an otherwise strong series. After an amazing Season 8 and 9 with Doomsday and Zod, the overarching plot theme this season is a mysterious darkness that must be battled. Not fully developed, this darkness randomly overtakes people and turns them evil against their will. The evil's final action is oddly disconnected from every episode in the season, and the evil earthly minions are killed rather easily in the finale (super lame). Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan is in only a handful of episodes, and her presence is sorely missed. The ongoing thread of the anti-vigilante movement doesn't make sense AT ALL because the heroes are saving people, not taking criminal justice into their own hands. The writers work hard to try to make it work throughout the entire season, but it simply doesn't. Like the darkness theme, you just have to pretend it works and move on. The whole second Lionel plot is also super ridiculous.
On the positive side of some lame plots, it's fun to see so many actors returning (why no redemption for Pete Ross, however?), particularly Annette O'Toole and John Schneider. There are some outstanding episodes among the mix (the one where Lois gets caught in a cult is really fun), and there are elements to the finale episode that wrap things up nicely.
It's also worth noting, for people of faith out there, that the writers take on a decidedly anti-Catholic/Christian perspective in this season and push it from beginning to end. I'm not talking about them taking a stance again religion but attacking their followers. One ongoing villain is named Godfrey, and his biggest supporter listens to Amy Grant and is perpetually perky. The Darkness has chosen ones that he chooses for himself to live eternally after the darkness "rapture" day. That's a short list. In thinking of people I know, it was more than mildly offensive.
Overall, this isn't the worst season of SMALLLVILLE (skip Season 4 entirely), but after the build-up of Seasons 8 and 9, it's disappointing. At the same time, if you've been with the series through the good and the bad, you'll want to see this final season even though it is one of the weaker ones.