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Heading down to the wire...
on July 9, 2013
I haven't finished watching this, but my current comment is such: it's getting better AND worse.
There are points throughout this series where you feel like you're getting a *fresh* glimpse into the Superman mythos, and there have been times where it seemed as though the creators are blatantly fighting for every female viewer they could. No offense, ladies, but the generic male audience isn't as concerned with the myriad love triangles throughout the series, and giving the women in Clark Kent's life the ability to go through time, or train to be assassins... well, it's a departure. I can see why people were so turned off by this series as a whole.
That said, the middle seasons of this series tended to go further "out there" and gave fans the basis for what is happening in these later seasons. It's not so much that we watch this and have a sudden moment of clarity (there aren't many "THAT'S why that happened two seasons ago!" moments -- which makes me wonder how much foresight the writers possessed) but we're just more prepared for some of the weirdness that takes place in the 9th season.
Also, it should be noted that there seems to be a heavy Buffy/Whedon influence by this point.One-off episodes are sprinkled throughout, and while they're tapping into at-the-moment mainstream, these episodes are written into the storyline.
This review is meandering! Argh. But it's befitting for this item.
My recommendation: if you enjoyed the past few seasons, this season is a step up. If you disliked the last few, but enjoyed the first few? Well, you're probably not watching anymore... but, if you are, there's a SLIGHT uptick in terms of interesting episodes and semi-cohesive weirdness.