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The television show Smallville was just renewed for a 10th season and what will be its final season. Now being such a big fan of the show I'm both surprised and pleased. Now usually when people see a show go on this long it loses the feeling that once made it great. Well usually its right but with Smallville I think it thrived among its badness. Now I admit there have been periods I've wanted to just give up on the show but I'm still sticking with it.
Smallville has evolved over its nine years. From the small town origins of Clark Kent and his high school years growing up to where we are now with Clark working at the Daily Planet with Lois and looking over the city of Metropolis donning the black and silver costume.Smallville I believe is the best Superman produced television series ever produced. Now growing up a big comic book fan and having read a lot of Superman in my life, I think this has captured a great, fun, and exciting spirit of the characters. Now I do love Adventures of Superman, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Superman: The Animated Series produced by the great Bruce Timm, but I do think Smallville is the best of them. I loved many of these characters, loved many of the stories, how they respected the source material, and the little nods to the fans of the comics. This show also has the best cast of any the Superman shows.
Tom Welling has been perfect I think in the role of Clark Kent for the past nine years and can be an excellent Superman as shown in the recent ninth season. I think he has that same charm that Christopher Reeve had when we saw him in the first Superman movie as just like Reeve then, we had no idea who this kid was.Well we do now since he's played the part for the better part of a decade. It'll be interesting to see how his full on transition to Superman goes in the upcoming season. That's possibly the thing I'm most excited about for the final season.
I might get shit for this but whatever, Michael Rosenbuam is the best actor to ever portray Lex Luthor. He exhibited everything about him when he turns evil. Now I do love Lex as his evil self from season 5 and on until his departure at the end of the seventh season but for the first four season's as Clark's friend, I liked that a lot. We were really shown more to Lex than we ever knew and adding along his love-hate-HATE relationship with his dad Lionel, played masterfully by John Glover, about what drives him to become evil.
Jonathan Schnedier and Annette O'Toole as Jonathan and Martha Kent respectively were Clark's rocks for the first few years of the show. Schnedier having played Bo Duke on the original Dukes of Hazzard TV show was perfect to play Jonathan Kent having that good old boy charm and feeling and O'Toole was very nice as Martha who really more so than Jonathan was Clark's voice of reason on the show. She's been in the Superman universe before having played Lana Lang in Superman III. Yeah she played his mom and girlfriend. Let's move on from the creepiness. Now they've both left the series but their impact is still felt by me and many fans.
The ladies of Smallville have certainly given us great moments.
Lana Lang played by Kristin Kruek was the love of Clark Kent's for the first five years and wife of Lex Luthor's for the sixth year. They of course had finally gotten together in season 5 but we know that wasn't gonna last long because Lois will always be Clark's. But as predictable as the end result was gonna be it was pretty entertaing to watch. I know many of you didn't like her but I did for the most part and there were parts where I didn't like her but she did something that did again make me like her. She stayed on for the first seven years and popped up here and there in season 8 because she had left the show to go film Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. Not the best move but she can make it up by coming back for the final season.
Chloe Sullivan played by Allison Mack has always been my super geek crush since day one. She is so cut and adorable but wait, now she's a badass! Yeah I said it. Of all the character on Smallville, next to Clark and Lex of course, I think Chloe has had the best character transition. I mean for the first four seasons she tried to expose the meteor infected people to the public but since season 5 and on she's been helping them and has become emotionally connected to them. Yeah she of course pined for Clark and feuded with Lana but I think once that ended, she changed a lot more. Sure she still does the whole help reporting for Clark but she can hold her own in a fight. I love Mack and think Chloe is possibly the best female character ever on the show. I wonder is she's single.
Lois Lane played by Erica Durance is the most beautiful Lois Lane ever. Coming on in season 4 as a recurring character and Chloe's cousin (so all fantasies we'd have about them is therefore creepy and wrong), she's been a series regular since season 5 (another thing that made season 5 the best but that's for a different blog post). Right off the bat she was Lois and has never stopped since. Going places she's not supposed to, referring to Clark as Smallville, reporting whatever she damn well wants to report on, and being a bit of a bitch, but hey that's why we love Lois.
Now I'd go on about the many more characters but I'm saving that for another blog post about each season of Smallville which will also feature my favorite episodes of the show.
Smallville I look forward to seeing how you're gonna close out. Its certainly gonna be big.