Smallville: TV Review

Jan 24, 2011 | 2011 Articles, Books & Tales, Teens, TV

by Zachariah Zendejas

Since I didn’t make it to a movie this week to review, we are doing something different and reviewing a TV show. Smallville returns with new episodes this Friday so it seemed appropriate!

“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s… Clark Kent?” Though the Man of Steel has not donned the blue spandex, red cape or his title, Clark Kent, played by Tom Welling, is well on his way to becoming Superman, the future symbol of hope for all fictional mankind.

Smallville, which premiered in October of 2001 and is written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar along with the basis of DC Comics’ Superman, is the story of the young Clark Kent and his journey to become the Man of Steel.

At the start of the series Clark Kent learns that he is an alien from another planet and that his adoptive parents discovered him in a field on the day of the meteor shower that struck Smallville, Kansas. With this startling discovery, Clark embarks on a journey of heroism and self-discovery that will ultimately lead him to be Earth’s only salvation.

Now, as Smallville enters the second half of its final season, we find ourselves no longer looking at a bumbling farm-boy who was barely getting a hold on his powers, but a man who is on his way to becoming an ace reporter and a vigilante who saves the world, and Lois Lane (played by Erica Durance), countless times.

Under the moniker of the Blur, Clark and his friends—Oliver Queen aka the Green Arrow (played by Justin Hartley), Tess Mercer (played by Cassidy Freeman), and several others who are recognized by fans of the original comic books as parts of the “Justice League”—work to fight for truth, justice and the American way.

However, the second half of season ten offers fans many surprises. First is the rebirth and rise of Clark Kent/ Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor, who suffered massive injuries at the end of season seven and died in season eight. Though this Lex is a clone and a younger version of the Lex we have all come to know and hate, he is no less fierce and his hatred for Clark has not been tempered. While it is unclear whether Michael Rosenbaum, who originally played Lex Luthor in the series, will return, it is clear that Lionel Luthor, Lex’s father, played by John Glover, is returning for a few episodes and will be a part of the Lex-Clone development.

Along with returning veterans, Allison Mack, who plays Chloe Sullivan, ex-reporter and former sidekick to Clark, and Oliver—code name Watchtower—will be making several reappearances. At the beginning of the tenth season, Chloe’s love interest Oliver Queen had been kidnapped by a group of vigilantes called the Suicide Squad. In an attempt to save Oliver, Chloe traded places with him and the Squad was more than happy to acquire the Blur’s and Green Arrow’s greatest asset. However, their stay on Cloud 9 is short-lived when Chloe manages to fake her own death and escape the Squad’s clutches.

With the re-emergence of old friends and foes, a new enemy has emerged: Darkseid. With his three henchmen hard at work, the heroes will be seeing more of the hate-inspiring villain.

Ultimately, this last leg of Clark Kent’s journey—from being a boy to becoming a man, from the heroes being small and disorganized to being a team that is working for the good of all mankind—promises to be action-packed, witty, moving and heart-warming.

New episodes start January 28 on Friday on the CW at 8 PM with the return of Allison Mack and promises to be very exciting. Learn more on their website.

Zachariah Zendejas is 19 years old and attends Reedley College full-time working toward a degree in English. He is an aspiring writer who hopes to do some freelance work for magazines or newspapers.


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