Ten years ago the series Smallville made its debut and over those years we have seen Clark Kent become the hero he was destined to become. The road was rocky at times and seemed to go on forever, but ultimately we saw the conclusion we all waited for.
Not sure where Smallville will be perceived in history. It certainly the longest superhero TV series ever made in North America. Being on CW it never had to get tons of ratings to keep being renewed. It also survived some casting and producer changes as well. Some shows can’t do that but this one did. This is even more amazing when you realize that this was not the original idea the producers wanted to tackle. Writer and producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar wanted to do a young Bruce Wayne series and even after Smallville was airing, they attempted to bring the Batman character into the series, but were never allowed.
Creating a series about Superman but not actually showing Superman was a challenge and at times stretched the integrity of the Clark Kent character. “How old was he going to be before he finally became Superman and fly??”
One thing that remained consistent was pretty good casting. Virtually all the leads did excellent jobs with their characters, especially Allison Mack (Chloe), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex), Erica Durance (Lois) and so on.
A couple of other failures included, in my opinion, the whole Jimmy Olsen thing. We see Jimmy, he marries Chloe, he turns bad and dies. What??? How can they kill off a character in the comic? Well, Jimmy’s younger brother, Jimmy is the real Jimmy Olsen we would someday see work at the Daily Planet, in his brother’s footprints…. Uh, right….
Some of the villains were not that affective and the show got tired from time to time but like I said before, the actors and actresses usually salvaged those low points.. most of the time anyhow.
The finale had a few nitpicks for me like the lack of seeing Clark Kent in the Superman costume. Oh, sure, we see distant CG shots and a close up of his head only with a CG cape in the background, but at no point did we see him in the costume. The final S on the chest reveal with Superman movie music redeemed this for the most part.
So we say goodbye to Smallville and wonder if the long term performers can move on to other projects. I will miss this show and hope some kind of superhero series gets picked up at some point.
Slow down, I'm only on Season 3!ReplyDelete
completly agree it stumbled then found its feet then stumbled badly with season eight the doomsday ark fell completley flat but thank god for season nine and ten these two seasons reminded me why i fell i love with the show in the first placeReplyDelete