Smallville: Season 5
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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
- 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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Well i have to say this collection of Smallville is pretty much like the last 4 season box sets. There are not that many special features to this season. If you been following the series then it is one that I say that you have to watch, if you haven't then start with the first season and go from there. In my opinion is the best season because of the story and the events that occurs in Clark's life. Now there are six DVD with a total of 22 episodes the plot summed up goes as follows:
It starts with Clark deals with the aftermath of the second meteor shower. Then on to dealing with adult life, going to college, a real relationship with Lana, the loss of someone he loves, and his distrust for Lex continues to grow which sees the end of the friendship between Clark and Lex. Then Clark's professor begins to give information about Lex's secret project, they introduced in Arthur Curry, and Victor Stone who are other heroes in the comics, and then Clark find out that his professor is not what he is and pretty much becomes this seasons villain. Finally it ends with a confrontation with his professor who is now trying to make a vessel for his leader Zod another of Clark's race.
and pretty much has summed up this season. Nothing left to say but to you thanks for reading this review
Added this to my collection of other Smallville seasons. What can one say? You either love it, or you don't. However, being a die-hard Superman mythology fan, I could not go without having as many seasons in my library as possible.
I will be able to revisit all these episodes [ I still watch two a day ] for many years to come.
I was not happy with the "no tights, no flights" policy. Everyone wants to see Clark fly, but it is still a great series because of the great ensemble cast of gorgeous, tough women and interesting men.
Now, the producers need to make "Metropolis" and continue the saga with the same cast.
Just don't wear out the "meteor rock" [kryptonite] story plots.
Fortunately "Man of Steel" did not use this in their storyline at all.
Way to go Amazing-zon!!
Besides the superb performances of the aforementioned actors, season five allows the remaining stars (Allison Mack, John Glover, and Annette O'Toole) the chance to really shine throughout the year's installments.
Most significantly, John Schneider gets an episode that becomes one of the pivotal moments in the show's run.
Erica Durance really comes to fruition in her role as the always-ready-with-a-quick-retort Lois Lane.
The season is filled with rebirths, deaths, resurrections, and lots of deceit, the latter the result of everyone, at one time or another, keeping a secret from another.
Because of the dark turn of the series, there are some images that might warrant parental guidance in regards allow younger family members to view them. A couple of characters are impaled, one is incinerated, there are several deaths by gunshot, and fiery explosions and car crashes occur more than once. Such scenes might be unnerving to younger viewers.
Also, two installments have implied sex scenes that are a tad too suggestive for the small fry.
The extras on the disc include an informative making of the 100th episode and a "mini-series," of sorts, that deals with a character introduced in the "Vengeance" installment.
As a whole, this is a great season but should be viewed and discussed by parents before allowing impressionable children to watch them.