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Our reviews of Smallville: The Complete First Season (published November 24th, 2003), Smallville: The Complete Second Season (published June 9th, 2004), Smallville: The Complete Third Season (published December 15th, 2004), Smallville: The Complete Fourth Season (published October 19th, 2005), Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season (published October 16th, 2006), Smallville: The Complete Sixth Season (published October 3rd, 2007), Smallville: The Complete Sixth Season (HD DVD) (published October 24th, 2007), Smallville: The Complete Seventh Season (Blu-Ray) (published September 26th, 2008), Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season (Blu-Ray) (published September 7th, 2010), and Smallville: The Complete Tenth Season (Blu-ray) (published December 22nd, 2011) are also available.
Metropolis wants to know: who is the Red-Blue Blur?
Season Eight of the C-Dub's flagship hourlong flies…um, runs real fast onto Blu-ray, bringing with it a meteor's worth of plot holes, inconsistencies, cornball moments, and big fun.
Facts of the Case
Following the explosive aftermath of Season Seven and the destruction of the Fortress of Solitude, Clark Kent (Tom Welling) has gone missing. The Green Arrow eventually tracks him down in Russia, but perhaps if Clark knew what awaited him this season he would have stayed put. See, there's something dark, deadly, and dastardly afoot in Metropolis and he goes by the name of Doomsday. Currently inhabiting the body of a hapless paramedic (Sam Witwer), the evil Kyptonian bad-ass has been set to Earth with one purpose: kill Kal-El.
Meanwhile, Jimmy and Chloe wed, Lois (Erica Durance) slowly begins to realize the depth of her feelings for Clark, superheroes from the future make repeated appearances, Brainiac returns with a vengeance, Lana (Kristin Kreuk) pops in for a five-episode arc, and a new woman named Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman) assumes Lex Luthor's vacated seat of power—her intentions: unknown.
Twenty-two episodes, four Blu-ray discs, and more superhero angst than you can shake a stick of black Kryptonite at.
Full disclosure: I am a Smalville noob. I scoped the pilot episode when it aired way back when, but lost interest and never revisited the show. I like Superman and all, but wasn't feeling the Dawson's Creek-with-laser-vision vibe, so I checked out. Fast-forward seven years and…well, I'm interested. Season Eight is probably the perfect place for a viewer like me (i.e. impatient with endless teen melodrama and itching to get on with the Supes mythology) to check out the show. I can't speak for the preceding seasons, but this one felt like a Superman television series. It's not a flawless batch of episodes, but it held my attention and, at more than a few points, kept me transfixed.
What I Liked a Whole Lot
Lois and Clark
Clark vs. Oliver
What I Sort of Liked
The Duality of Doomsday
What I Found Lame
Chloe's Decision-making Skills
Crap I Despised
The Final Fight
I don't want to the end on a negative, so I'll just reiterate that I did in fact find this season highly entertaining. Some episodes were clunkers and more than a couple of storylines depended on characters making idiotic decisions or convenient plot devices, but I had a good time with this—and may have even been convinced to tune in for Season Nine.
Fans would be advised to pick up the Blu-ray set. The video quality (1.78:1) is simply outstanding. This is precisely what a high-definition television show should look like. Given the stylized, fantasy-rich world the show occupies, getting the HD should be a no-brainer. The colors are thick, beautiful, and omnipresent, bolstering the high-gloss resolution. The only downside is the boosted visual fidelity can make some of the more economic visual effects look especially chintzy. Audio comes courtesy of a standard-issued 5.1 Dolby Digital mix. Lossless-addicted audiophiles may be disappointed, but the it's active and does the trick.
Extras: Commentaries on select episodes, deleted scenes in high-def, plus featurettes on Allison Mack's first stab at directing an episode and the Doomsday creature design.
It was an uneven experience and the finale kind of sagged (save for a pretty cool cliffhanger), but I had a fine time with proto-Supes. The Blu-ray visual mojo looks killer.
Not Guilty. Up, up and—oh never mind.
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Studio: Warner Bros.
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