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Season Five of Smallville, an alternative take on the Superman story that follows the adventures of a young Clark Kent as he moves into maturity, is perhaps my favourite so far of all the seasons. This is the season that really begins setting up the long established chronology of Superman with The Fortress Of Solitude playing an important part, the arrival of other Kryptonians on Earth and the first encounters of characters who will later go on to become Superheroes in their own right! Not wanting to drop any spoilers.....but look out for a certain aquatic hero making his first appearance.
Erica Durance returns as Lois Lane and here begins settling in to what will become a regular role. Though still not entirely convinced by Durance's performance, and not finding her paticulary attractive either, I am nonetheless starting to warm to her though the tensions between her and Clark can be a bit wearing at times.
The main focus this season, of course, is on the after-effects of the second meteor shower which devastated Smallville at the end of the last. More meteor freaks come out of the closet and Lex and Clark's relationship further deterioates, leading us closer to the conflicts that will see them become enemies and adversaries in later life. This is one of Lex's strongest seasons with crucial storylines which show him making lots of hard descisions which will further lead him away from the honourable intentions of Clark. Clark too has his own demons to battle: can he go on living a lie forever or should he just come clean to Lana and take the risk that she will abandon him? One thing is certain, the choices both these characters make will shape their destinys forever!!
I love Smallville now and love all the in-jokes and little asides thrown in for all the true fans (geeks?) who have followed Superman's film, television and comic career for years! For instance, Clark is always dressed in a combination of either red or blue and, in one important episode, one character discusses the possible formation of the Junior Lifeguards Association; a play on the words because the initials spell out J.L.A ~ Justice League of America!
I am so glad by now that I stuck with this as this seems to get better every season. There are still a few duff episodes slinking in (Thirst for example ~ dealing with vampirism in no better way than Dr.Who did last year) but on the whole, this is rapidly becoming highly addictive viewing.
Certainly this is one of the most exciting variations of Superman we have seen in quite a while!!
Season 5 deals with the aftermath of the second meteor shower. Clark deals with adult life, going to college, a real relationship with Lana, and the loss of someone he loves. His distrust for Lex continues to grow, as Clark's professor begins supplying him with evidence of LuthorCorp's secret projects. Clark looks to Chloe for support, while Lionel's transformation into a better person draws skepticism from everyone.
Season 5 in my opinion is the show's most entertaining season. Introducing elements like Milton Fine/Brainiac and *SPOILER* Jonathan's death *SPOILER* helps the show further Clark's inevitable rise to the Superman cape. The fifth season delivers brilliant action, great plotlines, shocking twists and a great time. Reckoning (the 100th episode) is by far the best of the set, while a distant last is Thirst, whihc reimagines Lana as.... a vampire. Yep, its that bad. Allison Mack is the stand out cast member of the season alongside Annete O'Toole and John Schneiders increasingly brillliant portrayals of Clark's parents. John Glover also makes the most of his increased role this season, playing the scheming Lionel Luthor perfectly. The guest stars are frequent and the best of all is easily James Marsters as Milton Fine, Clarks new professor who has a secret identity of his own.
The special features on this set are great insights into the making of the show but to get the full effect, watch them all after seeing the season. Watch out for the cast/crew commentaries in particular.
Smallville is into its fifth season here and this is one of the strongest seasons of Smallville. This pretty much keeps the same main cast as the prvevious season with Tom Welling as Clark Kent and Michael Rosenbaum as the villain of the story, Lex Luther. Also there are plenty of other characters back like Chloe, Allison Mack, and Lana, Kristin Kreuk.
The season kicks of with Clark destroying Xod, after his whole buildup at the end of the previous season. What I dont like about Smallville in this sense is that they spend quite a few episode developing a massive season cliff hanger which is all well and good, however the cliffhanger is always solved by the end of the first episode of the following episode. They should really make it last over a few episodes for maximum effect.
However what makes this an excellent season of Smallville is the villain rivalry going on. There is the excellent Milton Fyne, aka Braniac, who ias a machine that can adapt to any surroundings in order to fit in, manipulate and take control and Braniac even has Clark very mystified, then of course there is the legend between Clark and Lex and we see how their friendship further has more twists and turns and if there is any going back to being good friends again.
The acting is decent as always, and not exactly oscar worthy, but the acting from Lex and Braniac really do stand out and are what sets this season above others for me. This is still only around half way through the Smallville story though and expect lots more characters, personality changes and baddies to be coming your way soon.
Smallville season 5 sees the return of Clark Kent (Tom Welling) who as we last saw him had just created the Fortress of Solitude with the Kryptonian crystal at the end of season 4. There he meets Jor El, his real father and learns his must train to prepare for a doomed attack on Earth. But first he must save Smallville once again as two Kryptonian disciples of evil General Zod arrive looking for Kal El (Clark).
This season sees Lois Lane (Erica Durance) step up from guest appearances to a series regular and other Justice League members are introduced such as Aquaman and Cyborg. Clark and Lana have finally gotten it together and are an official couple who have to deal with going to College, the aftermath of the second meteor shower from the end of season 4 and the growing gap of friendship between Lex and Clark.
This season also includes my favourite episode, the 100th episode, in which someone Clark loves dies! I won't tell you who so not to ruin it!
I particularly like the chemistry on screen of Clark and Lois, although no where near the couple we know they'll end up as, I think the casting manager and the producers did a great job in picking Erica Durance, with attitude and humour, she fits the Lois Lane profile perfectly. Unfortunately Chloe plays a less important role in Clark's life (and, indeed, the show) as he is now with Lana, the viewers have always wondered how Chloe will be written off as she isn't in the Superman mythology (apart from this show of course) but thats not to say she doesn't continue her supporting role to Clark and people in need or that it happens this season.
Season 5 also introduces my all time favourite Smallville character in Professor Fine aka Brainiac. His gradual introduction as, at first, Clark's professor and later nemesis is done so brilliantly and it all leads to an awesome finale involving the two and Lex. Elsewhere Jonathan Kent decides to run for Senator which has repurcussions in the Luthor household as Lex is also planning on running so it's rich vs poor, money vs value in this race for power.
All in all this is probably one of, if not the best season of Smallville, the early days were a little simple and uncomplicated, sometimes boring but now we are in season 9 and it is pretty ridiculous, for me, this should of finished after the end of season 6 with this season its peak.
The end of series 4 brought with it a meteor shower, and some Kryptonians for Clark to contend with. Clark is getting older and is now a student at Central Kansas University, we're beginning to see more familiar superman traitssuch as the Fortress of Solitude. Season 5 is pivotal to the Smallville franchise, the Kent family becomes involved in politics and Clark faces a double tragedy and the hardest decision of his life. We also see the return of Zod in this series and the start of an unexpected relationship.
The DVD has a selection of special features such as the making of the 100th episode, some unaired scenes and excerpts from the new documentary about the story of Superman. Series five is up and down in terms of its believability and good plots but is a step up from the storylines of the caves and Lana's witch plot.
With the credit crunch going on there is a chance you'll get a bargain on this series in one of various administration sales, if this is the case go for it. If you're a fan of Smallville I still reccommend it even if you can't get it at a discount price.
This is without a doubt one of the best television series ever, if you are a superhero fan, or just a superman fan, you cannot miss this particular series, as it tidies up some of the loose ends, and even makes references to the Justice league of America. you get to see Clark Kent Fly on no less than four occassions. so people go out and buy this series NOW. Then start watching Series 6 on FREEVIEW go to the KRYPTONITE website and find out the spoilers for series 7