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 Smallville, Yay or nay?
AinoMinako
Posted: Jul 5 2005, 07:29 PM


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How do you guys feel about the WB show Smallville? I'm not much of a comic person, so I don't know how it fits into DC continuity.

Lex seems to have ying and yang issues.

They introduced Lois (somewhat) recently... I thought they met when Clark joined the Daily Planet?

There are many points I'm missing, but I only watch the show when I have time and I don't know much about Superman.

Just my cent. I don't think this qualifies as two.
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Posted: Jul 5 2005, 07:57 PM


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I think the show's pretty cool. I watched it a couple of times and the episodes were decent but sometimes really freaky. There was this one episode where this girl was made fun of because she was fat, so she was determined to lose weight. At home, she made vegetable shakes from the vegetables at the green house in her yard. When she drank the shakes, she drastically lost weight, which wasn't normal, but she liked it anyway and drank more of the shake. (The vegetables were contaminated). With her unusual weight loss, the girl became extremely hungry. Then one night, she hit a deer, and she became a monster; her mouth enlarged and she sucked the deer's fat out. Eventually, she did the same to some people. She would lure them, and then...BAM!

Also, the so-called superman is Clark Kent and it seems like he has a crush on his friend, Lana.


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  Posted: Jul 6 2005, 11:12 AM


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I never thought I'd get into this show, but I actually like it. I've seen quite a few episodes and I think the story line is amazing. The late Christopher Reeve guest starred on an episode I watched last week. Clark had these dreams about putting the key thingy from the ship he landed on Earth in and always woke up somewhere else, like on a road outside of town. Things get even more bizarre when this scientist guy knows what the symbols mean. Not bad for someone who used to don the suit before becoming bound to a wheelchair. May he rest in peace, the poor soul. sad.gif

Anyway, I like this show and how they're giving Superman's past a closer look than they did in the movies (plus the fact that Mike Welling, the guy who plays Clark, and Michael Rosenbaum, the guy who plays Lex, are cuties).


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Posted: Jul 6 2005, 01:03 PM


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(The first name of the actor who plays Clark Kent is Tom, actually, but never mind.)

I got into Smallville mainly because it was about Superman as a teenager and going through the same issues as many teenagers, only with the addition of being an alien with powers beyond those of humans. Clark seemed to have the same "everything is my fault" complex as Marvel's Spider-Man when it came to the so-called "meteor freaks" and the death of Lana Lang's parents. And it was rather amusing to note that Clark could never get close to the girl of his dreams (Lana) without getting sick because of her necklace, which was made from Kryptonite. Character development was decent, too, considering that Lana's boyfriend Whitney Ford started out as an A-class jerk and became somewhat likable by the end of the first season.

Second season and onward, they stopped focusing on the "meteor freaks" so much and started focusing more on Clark and his relationships with the people around him (friends, family, acquaintances, and even total strangers), particularly how those relationships were affected by Clark's secrecy over his alien heritage. I was somewhat relieved when Pete found out Clark's secret, as it meant that Clark would have someone besides his parents to confide in . . . someone his age.

Lex Luthor was a treat to see, but of course, we'd see him; you can't do Superman without involving Lex somehow. Over the past four seasons we saw Lex clashing with his father and desperately trying not to become like him, only to ultimately fail. Since Lex seemed to have given in to the evil of his family legacy by the end of the fourth season, it'll be interesting to see how he deals with Clark from then on.

Red Kryptonite . . . kick-@$$! In the comics, Red K would do all kinds of funky stuff to Kryptonians, but in the show it's narrowed down to just reducing a Kryptonian's inhibitions. The first time we saw Clark on Red Kryptonite, we saw him use his X-ray vision to peek through the girls' clothes and even confess his feelings to Lana, something everyone watching the show had been dying to see since the first episode. Of course, it went sour when Clark decided that Lana was too goody-goody for him and ditched her. Still, even at his worst, it was fun seeing a more bad@$$ Clark Kent, one that would just take what he wanted and say, "to hell with everyone else." However, I prefer Clark as he normally is: an extraordinarily gifted teenager learning how to be a hero.

The witch storyline of Season 4 was rather interesting, as the producers brought in Clark's second weakness: magic. Clark found it extremely hard to defend himself against the witch Isabelle, whose spirit had found a new home in Lana Lang's body. However, tying that storyline to Clark's Kryptonian roots was something of a mess, as many others have stated.

Another highlight of Season 4 was the Flash. Interesting but fitting that they would use Bart Allen/Impulse, as "Titans Tomorrow" depicted an older Bart as the fourth Flash. I was a bit leery of them making Bart into a thief, but they showed that he wasn't all bad, as he took the time to save Clark's father.

With the apocalyptic finale of the fourth season and the possible unveiling of the Fortress of Solitude, as well as an alien ally or enemy, the fifth season ought to be interesting, to say the least.


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Posted: Jul 6 2005, 04:12 PM


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ooo Smallville is awesomee! Even if i haven't been that up to date with the show..since the season is over...i will have to catch up on re runs! ahaha..yes..tom welling is pretty hot...


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Posted: Jul 16 2005, 03:56 PM


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Nay for me. I don't like it, I prefer the cartoon vision of Superman. I'm used to seeing Suits being a cartoon & besides it's more enjoyable to a young girl like me. dry.gif Besides, I'm also used to seeing Lex as an African American.
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NetherPhoenix
Posted: Jul 27 2005, 02:09 PM


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Um, Lex was never actually African-American. The animators made his skin darker than it normally was in the comics, but no incarnation of Lex Luthor that I know of has been African-American. However, if you want to see an African-American incarnation of a corrupt businessman/crime lord-type villain, watch the Daredevil movie. Michael Clarke Duncan's interpretation of Kingpin kicked all kinds of @$$.


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QUOTE (NetherPhoenix @ Jul 27 2005, 02:09 PM)
Um, Lex was never actually African-American. The animators made his skin darker than it normally was in the comics, but no incarnation of Lex Luthor that I know of has been African-American. However, if you want to see an African-American incarnation of a corrupt businessman/crime lord-type villain, watch the Daredevil movie. Michael Clarke Duncan's interpretation of Kingpin kicked all kinds of @$$.

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Posted: Aug 21 2005, 08:59 PM


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Um, I really don't like it, so nay for me. I've seen it many times, due to the fact my mom and two younger sisters absolutely love it, but it's so unlike the comics and the cartoon that I just don't like it much. I mean, the only reason I ever pay attention is because I'm obsessed with Michael Rosenberg (Lex Luthor.)

It's a decent show really, just not my taste.


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QUOTE (Nightlark @ Aug 21 2005, 08:59 PM)
It's a decent show really, just not my taste.

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Well, my friend became obsessed with it. So, when I spent the night at her house once, she forced me to watch an entire season with her (DVD). I like it, to say the least. And, yes, the fact that Tom Welling plays Clark Kent is a major plus.

The original Superman movie was on HBO for a while, and I ended up watching it when I got sick. I was wondering where the word Smallville came from and then (as Clark was racing the train) I saw it stamped on his backpack so that answered that question.

I enjoyed seeing Lex Luthor as a young man. And his development in season one.

When I mentioned this stuff to my friend, she looked at me and said, "Yeah, but you think Clark's cute, right?"

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ShadowRaven
  Posted: Oct 29 2005, 09:17 AM


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I've been taping every episode this season (it's currently Season 5 now) and I thought the one where Lana joined this vampire sorority was really cool. I especially liked Carrie Fisher as Pauline Kahn, doubly awesome!


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Oh. My God.

I have officially changed my mind.

Damn, I love this show.

The Lana-becoming-a-sorority-vampire one totally changed it for me. I mean...wow...something in that just absolutely hooked me. And Carrie Fisher! As Pauline! AUGH, that kicks butt!

I love this show.

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Since the previous and current Smallville seasons have included guest appearances from younger versions of classic DCU heroes --- Flash/Bart Allen and Aquaman/Arthur Curry/"A.C." --- does anyone think they could stand to do some more in future seasons?

Batman --- Introduce him as Bruce Wayne, a young businessman, older than Clark but younger than Lex, who comes to Smallville because Lex wants to merge their companies. Clark takes it upon himself to warn Bruce about Lex. Bruce initially dismisses Clark as a naive farmboy but is soon convinced when he sees evidence of Lex's evil for himself. Lex sends some thugs to assassinate Bruce, deciding to just buy controlling interest in Wayne Industries. Clark is on his way to save Bruce but when he gets there, he sees Bruce fighting off the thugs using moves from capoeira, judo, aikido, kung fu, and other martial arts disciplines. When the thugs are dealt with, Clark asks Bruce how he learned to fight like that and Bruce answers that it's something he picked up during his travels. He also admits that he was suspicious of Lex all along and the two team up to shut down whatever evil plot Lex has in mind, combining Clark's powers with Bruce's smarts and fighting skills.

After that's over and done with, Bruce returns to Gotham City but not before telling Clark that the world will need people like him. Clark answers that the world will need people like him, too. Bruce says, "Maybe we can work together to fulfill the world's needs."

"Like the World's Finest?" Clark asks.

"Something like that," Bruce answers.

As an aside, did anyone see Thursday night's Smallville? Milton Fine is finally revealed as Brainiac. Granted, he doesn't call himself Brainiac, nor is he ever referred to as Brainiac, but he implies it when he says that he was created by a Kryptonian but that he's a lot smarter. And James Marsters' delivery of that line just kicked @$$.


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ShadowRaven
  Posted: Dec 15 2005, 03:04 PM


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Yeah, I saw it. I believe Clark was infected with silver Kryptonite and he was going all nuts, thinking that everyone was out to get him. He even got all angry when he thought that Lana was cheating on him with Lex. Thank God it was just the work of the silver Kryptonite and not the truth.

I saw last week's "Smallville." After two weeks of repeats, it was finally new. It was kind of Lex Luthor's version of "It's A Wonderful Life," with him getting shot on Christmas Eve and dreaming about being married to Lana, who is pregnant with his second kid and they have a 4-5-year-old son. His mother's ghost then tells him that he can have the life he was dreaming about if he just gave up the race for Senator against Jonathan Kent.

Being a Clark/Lana fan, I thought it was weird, because I thought that Clark was the only one for Lana. I'm like, "What the hell? Of all the women Lex could have, it had to be Lana Lange, the girl Clark Kent loves. Why couldn't it have Victoria (the girl he was in love with in the first season)?"

Oh well, can't win all the time, huh?

This week's episode is a two-hour one, and it touches upon Clark beginning to understand why he was sent to Earth.


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