- 22 episodes on six discs
- Commentary by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Ken Horton, and Steven S. DeKnight on Thirst
- Commentary by Steven S. DeKnight, James Marshall, and James Marsters (Prof. Fine) on Splinter
- "Smallville's 100th Episode: The Making of a Milestone" featurette
- Unaired scenes
- Excerpts from the documentary Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman
- "Vengeance Chronicles": promo webisodes
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This new interpretation of the enduring Superman mythology and its classic characters blends realism and adventure into an exciting action series. This season, everything changes as Clark Kent finally begins to accept his destiny and take giants leaps towards becoming the Man of Steel.]]>
Consistently solid with some major developments, the fifth season of Smallville kicks the characters off to college, but not before finishing the cataclysmic disaster that ended the fourth season. With Chloe transported to the Arctic Circle and Kryptonian supervillains in town, Clark (Tom Welling) is in the Fortress of Solitude meeting Jor-El (voiced by Terence Stamp). He gives up his powers, but to get them back will cost him the life of someone he loves.
The even bigger development is that Clark and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) finally give up their dalliances with others and become an official couple. That means the other girls in Clark's life become fifth and sixth wheels, so Chloe (Allison Mack) reveals the secret she's been keeping from Clark and becomes a best pal. Super-gorgeous Lois's (Erica Durance, now part of the opening credits) banter with Clark loses its bite without any sexual tension so instead she meets Arthur "AC" Curry, a fantastic swimmer who has an eye for Lois and an accusing one toward Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and LutherCorp. He's not the only one; Clark's Central Kansas A&M professor, Milton Fine (James Marsters) hires Clark to help him on his project, an expose of LutherCorp. Lex is the pivotal character of the season. His relationship with his best friend, Clark, now history, Lex has a Christmas Carol-type dream in which he sees himself in a law-abiding--and happy--life. (That episode, "Lexmas," also has some amusing interplay involving Clark and Chloe.) Undeterred, he decides on a life of power and dives into a state senate race against Jonathan Kent with gusto, though a fanatical Lex supporter turns the race into a literal one for life and death. Lionel Luthor (John Glover) also makes a strong comeback in this season, pulling unseen levers and making everyone wonder exactly what he knows.
There's some fun. "Thirst" is a tribute to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and another DC Comics character, Cyborg (Teen Titans), appears. Carrie Fisher plays Chloe's editor at The Daily Planet, and "Exposed" reunites Schneider with former Dukes of Hazzard costar Tom Wopat, and the two go peeling out in a vehicle. But things come to a head in the series 100th episode, when Jor-El's prediction comes to pass and splintered relationships end up leading in unexpected directions. Then in the season finale's cliffhanger, Clark has to face three of his enemies. DVD features include commentary on two episodes and a half-hour examination of the 100th episode, from writing through production. --David Horiuchi
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however I had to knock off a few stars, because..... (warning spoilers below)
in my opinion the way they set up for Lex and Lana to fall in love with each other were poorly executed. Lex had never been interested in Lana at much, and there was times when I got the impression that he actually found her annoying. Yet, because of some dying dream he had (Lexmas), he suddenly decides that he's in love with Lana?? Everyone knows that Dreams don't always side with reality at all... and had Lex had more time to think and cool off, he would had realized that he simply wanted a family of his own more than he truly wanted Lana herself at all. He even says so later on.
Lana on the other hand, follows on though with her predictable pattern of hooking with the next available guy because it's nearly impossible for her to go one day without being in an relationship. It's like she can't stand being single... which is why I find this whole pairing to be so bizarre... especially when they go: "What do you mean, we've ALWAYS been in love."
But, on the plus side it did get us away from the tired storyline of Clark x Lana "Will they or won't they" drama, so there's that.
Then there's Lionel Luthor... the way they set him up to suddenly become the "good guy" makes no sense at all. So because he's possessed by the Jor-El A.I program, this somehow redeems him? When the Jor-EI program has consistently shown itself to be evil as hell, what with it wanting Clark to take over the world... it's killed off people, imprisoned and brainwashed people, etc.
So with all of that evil baggage from the past, it should had only made Lionel Luthor twice as evil and twice as scheming when it possessed him. But wait, the Jor-El AI is suddenly a good guy too!
Ummm, you see what's wrong with this picture, right??
That said those two storyline problems aside, the episodes were fairly enjoyable to watch, and the directing on a lot of those episodes were excellent.
The inside packaging is different than the first four seasons where where it's hard to take out of the putter paper box and the plastic becomes more breakable and the DVDs overlap. They should've stuck with the packaging for the first four seasons because I can see how this could easily break and ruin the DVDs. Four stars because of the fingerprints and it's hard to not ruin your box while trying to get the DVDs out.
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