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« on: May 04, 2007, 09:27:30 PM »

For some years now, I have been reserving my opinion on the Smallville television series, because I'd never really had the occasion to see it. I had inklings of the show, none of which I liked; apparently, there was some sort of soap opera feel to the whole thing. I had seen pictures, of course, and didn't really like the face of Tom Welling as Clark; I did, however, like the choice of Annette O'Toole as Martha, a witty and clever bit of casting. The idea seemed to be quite clever, playing a riff off a bit of Americana without directly mentioning it.

So, today, I made use of the Internet to watch the pilot episode, and a few others besides.

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2007, 12:25:53 PM »

It got better but mostly its Dawson's Creek writ Super. But still there's been some standout eps per season
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007, 12:32:53 PM »

This is the only incarnation of Superman that I just can't seem to get into at all.

And I really like Annette O'Toole, i was lucky enough to see her perform with Michael McKean at a nightclub
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2007, 02:16:32 PM »

Nah, they all stink. There are some cool moments here and there but that's about it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2007, 03:24:51 PM »

Smallville still gets ratings. Proving once again, Superman has drawing power. If you sift through all the convoluted subplots, there is potential for a great story. Sadly, I don't believe we'll ever see it. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2007, 07:36:38 PM »

What is there to like about the show? The "writing" is grade-school level and most of the acting isn't even equal to that a high school drama club.

Moreover, Clark is an incompotent moron who 9/10 has to be lead on to the plot by Chloe or Lois. He stills listens and obeys the disembodied voice who wants him to conquer the planet, that killed several people, and is only slightly less ruthless than Zod.

Lex's motivation for evil comes right out of Star Wars: Episode 3. He goes down the dark path to attempt to save Lana from dying in child birth.

Bo Duke, the most entertaining character on the show, is brilliantly killed off just to echo what happened in a movie that was released 30 years ago.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2007, 10:07:01 PM »

I meant I liked her overall, not her acting on the show
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« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2007, 12:19:51 PM »

smallville is probably one of shows that i have followed the most in my life.  i always loved the early superman movies, but never read a single comic book in my life.  since watching smallville and now superman returns, i have completely jumped into the superman universe.  i have started buying superman graphic novels as fast as i can read them and frequent several message boards nightly.  smallville can be a little soap opera ish, but i love the coming of age, great parenting, responsibility, friendship, and young love themes.  my girlfriend has even caught the superhero fever from the show.  she told me the other day that she caught herself defending superman against batman and spiderman fans, while at her workplace.  so maybe smallville is offensive to some of the old school purist, but to us rookies it can be the start of a new journey. 
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