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3.0 out of 5 stars The Shark Circles..., May 11, 2005
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This review is from: Smallville: The Complete 4th Season (DVD)
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.
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Initial post: Apr 5, 2012 5:31:37 AM PDT
Good review, could have been mine!
I hated most of season 4, the episodes I like could hardly fill 2 discs.
Was glad that season 5 was back to form again!
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