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2.0 out of 5 stars Buy with Caution, June 12, 2009
This review is from: Smallville: Season 8 (DVD)
I'm in no way a casual viewer of this show but I'm approaching my review as if the reader has very little experience with Smallville.

If you have never seen the show you might enjoy Season Eight as you have no benchmarks established. I personally thought this season to be one big, huge let down. There were episodes that were flat out painful for me to watch, however, there were some good moments too.

If you are a Tom Welling fan as opposed to a Smallville fan I can strongly recommend this season over all others. Tom's just smokin' hot in Season Eight. Five Stars just on this point (shallow as it is).

If you are a fan of Allison Mack/Chloe Sullivan I would recommend this season with a lot of caution. Chloe experiences a lot of ups and downs. Chloe is the second most important character and like Clark, appears in every episode. She interacts mostly with Clark, Jimmy, and Davis. Do not expect sunshine and rainbows for her. The good is quite good and my purchase is exclusively for those good moments, but I'm not sure an average viewer would glean the same appreciation for those moments as I do. Two and a half stars for Chloe.

If you have been asked by your child to purchase this season and you think it's family safe, I would like to point out some things that might concern you. Although not too graphic, there is premarital sex on this show, even with Clark (no, just because he's suppose to be Superman doesn't mean he's held to a higher standard), the episode "Instinct" has some pretty lude sexual references that might be hard to explain to a younger mind, there is drug addiction, and there is a suicide attempt in the episode "Eternal". There is much playing around with Christian religious motiff. Those things might be important to you or you could care less. Three stars for family safe.

I am most definitely not a fan of Lois Lane. I would like to point out though that Lois appears in only twelve episodes, so if you're buying believing she's in every one, that's not true. No stars for Lois.

Lana Lang exits Smallville and Clark's life in a five episode arc. I can recommend this arc if you are a Lana fan. If you're not a Lana fan, you're not going to like it. No stars.

If you are a Lex fan, run and hide from this season as Lex makes only one appearance and that actor is not Michael Rosenbaum. If I could give negative stars, it would be for this sloppy tied up loose end. No stars.

To me $38 dollars is a lot of money to spend on something. I personally don't recommend anyone spend that sort of money unless you're 100% sure you'd be satisfied. Buy with caution is my advice.

I'd give this three stars but the "Doomsday" finale forces my hand and I have to give it two.
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Initial post: Aug 12, 2009 6:05:13 PM PDT
Dee says:
Thank you for the breakdown, Nancy. I think I'll give this one a miss!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2009 8:51:17 PM PDT
You forgot to mention that this season is extremely darker than previous seasons - with alot of carnage and murder - some of which Chloe herself partakes in with no real consequences.

Posted on Feb 5, 2010 2:30:19 AM PST
In reviewing the Smallville show, you have to remember that the show is based on fantasy as well as some reality. Drug addiction, murder, and deception is all part of real life. For the first time, the writers finally got it right. The other seasons are like cheesy afterschool specials from the 1980s. As far as younger truly underestimate them...young people these days are exposed to alot more than you think. I think you obviously haven't spent any time with kids when adults aren't around. The sexual references are pretty tame by today's standards (just watch an MTV video and compare). And as for the violence and betrayal, that's reality; shielding your children from these issues isn't the way to go. It's better to watch this stuff from your home where it's comfy and safe rather than see it or experience it in real life. Besides, I believe that Season Eight not only presents these issues, but also explains how the characters deal with all the horrible things that happen and shows the consequences of violence, betrayal, murder, etc. Instead of an afterschool special that just says that lying, stealing, cheating, drugs and mob bosses are bad for you...the writers show you why. And they have finally to date aired some of the best episodes ever. The show has finally matured...everyone has...the actors, the writers, everyone. It's not just a bunch of meteor freaks with a pick-your-special-power terrorizing highschool kids partying at a lake on a Friday night.
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