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Smallville: Season 10 Blu-ray Review

The final season of “Smallville” is wildly uneven.

In the 10th and final season, the writers have decided to cram as much as possible into the last 22 episodes of the series. We see the return of characters such as Supergirl, Zod, Jonathan Kent, Lionel Luthor (a doppelganger version), Hawkman, a now married Aquaman, Martha Kent, Chloe, and Toyman. Additionally, fans are introduced to new characters such as Darkseid, Cat Grant (new Daily Planet employee), Deadshot, Granny Goodness, Isis (in the form of Lois), Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Braniac 5, Lois’s father, and a clone named Conner. If all that wasn’t enough, there are key story arcs involving Oliver Queen/Green Arrow, Tess Mercer, The Phantom Zone, the Vigilante Registration Act, parallel universes, Lois getting superpowers, and a possible marriage between Lois and Clark.

Aside from the ninth season, “Smallville” kind of lost its way after the poorly handed Lex Luthor/Michael Rosenbaum departure. The writers kept scrambling to replace his character and come up with new conflicts for Clark Kent and it all felt desparate and altogether sloppy. Even though Lex/Rosenbaum appears in the series finale appropriately named “Finale,” it feels like what much of “Smallville” really was- a tease.

While “Smallville” has some genuinely geektastic moments such as the appearance of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle in the “Booster” episode and the mostly satisfying ending in “Finale,” much of the series was made up of moments that would tease or aggravate fans. For instance, I doubt ANY fan wanted to see the total filler episode “Harvest” about a religious cult nor do I think that fans wanted to see a certain CGI clothing item in “Finale”. We all know this isn’t the “Superman” show, but irritating fans with needless stories or dangling exciting story elements in front of fans just feels cheap. It’s as if the writers were afraid to fully deliver on what fans wanted and needed to see which is a shame from a creative standpoint.

Summary: If you’re a “Smallville” fan who has made it through nine seasons, you owe it to yourself to at least see how the series concludes. It’s certainly a bumpy season, but there are gleeful scenes that will make you realize why you have watched this show for ten years.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is shockingly stunning. The episodes look 10 times better than the HD broadcasts on CW. Everything from the rain and skin tones to the f/x   and detailed background items look stunning. This is the best the show has ever looked.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track soars like Superman himself. The dialogue, score, and action scenes all sound sharp.

Extras:
* Deleted scenes for “Shield,” “Supergirl,” “Abandoned,” “Beacon,” “Scion,”
* Commentary on “Lazarus” by Allison Mack, Holly Henderson, Cassidy Freeman and Don Whitehead. Expect lots of joking around, geeking out about “Superman,” behind-the-scenes stories, etc.
* BD-Live capabilities.
* “Back In The Jacket: A Smallville Homecoming”- A featurette about the 200th episode (“Homecoming”), the character development from season 1 to 10, the return to high school, etc.
* “The Son Becomes The Father”- A featurette about the relationships between Clark and his parents and Lex and his father.
* “How Do We Do” music video.

*Commentary on “Dominion” by Brian Peterson, Kelly Souders, Justin Hartley and Callum Blue. Most interesting aspect of this commentary is Hartley talking about his directorial duties. To be honest, I’m surprised there isn’t a commentary on “Finale”.

 

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December 2, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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