This was the story of Clark Kent (Tom Welling) in his high school years with his friends Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack), Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk), Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), and Pete Ross (Sam Jones III). His parents Jonathan (John Schneider) and Martha (Annette O’Toole) Kent tried so hard to protect Clark’s secret for so long, but the time came where Clark could no longer take the back seat and watch the people of Smallville suffer. Clark uses his abilities that come with the title of the episode. Lionel Luthor (John Glover) is played out to be the villain in the first few seasons as well.
Seasons one-four, and episodes of other seasons, I would say are like that of Arrow’s season three and four. There is a lot of love drama that gets repetitive and annoying. Clark has always loved Lana but also has a thing for Chloe; both girls do love him as well. I did see a tone change after season five. The high school years were more “happy times, no one can know my secret, and getting used to the powers” while everything after four was more “I need to protect those I care about, and I need to find a balance between Clark Kent and the Red-Blue Blur”. I really think that was when this show hit its high peak. The quality of the show went up when a couple characters were no longer a part it. Once high school is over, Clark goes to Metropolis to work for the Daily Planet with Lois Lane (Erica Durance). Jimmy Olsen (Aaron Ashmore) is also introduced at this time and becomes a season regular. During season eight, another new character, Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman), takes over Luthor Corps. Once Clark discovers an ancient cave, the Fortress of Solitude and Jor-El (Terrence Stamp) come to life. Jor-El is unlike Russell Crowe’s Jor-El (Man of Steel, 2013).
The two relationships that I found extremely annoying were the Lana-Clark and Lex-Lionel relationships. The Lana-Clark relationship drug on for too long and brought the seasons down anytime they fought and made up an episode later.
One thing I found funny was how anytime someone found out Clark’s secret their memory was wiped for however long. It could have been two weeks and that person would be saved by Clark with no memory. How no one also put the pieces together whenever something bad happened and Clark said, “The important thing is that you’re okay” is bizarre. I would say that would be his catch phrase. He says it a lot during the Smallville trials.
Many of the great Superman villains come about after high school like Brainiac (James Marsters), Darkseid, Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer) aka Doomsday (Dario Delacio), Metallo (Brian Austin Green), Bizarro, and Zod (Callum Blue). Smallville also introduces the Justice League in season six entitled “Justice”. This Justice League consisted of Clark Kent, Watch Tower (aka Chloe), Green Arrow (Justin Hartley), who becomes a series regular, Aquaman (Alan Ritchson), Impulse (Kyle Gallner), and Cyborg (Lee Thompson Young). Other DC characters in the series include Zantanna (Serinda Swan), Stargirl (Britt Irvin), Hawkman (Michael Shanks), Superboy (Lucas Grabeel), Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort), Martian Manhunter (Phil Morris), Mera (Elena Satine), Dr. Fate (Brent Stait), Booster Gold (Eric Martsolf), Black Canary (Alaina Huffman), and Blue Beetle (Jaren Brandt Bartlett). They really tried to get the big names in the show before it ended. Some of the characters mentioned above were not portrayed all that good like Black Canary and Darkseid. There are also more than these characters that were introduced, but I only named the ones that appeared for more than one episode or were fresh in my mind.
If you have the time to ever watch the series, then I would say go for it. There are ten seasons so be prepared.
8.0/10, A, 4/5 GM