This show runs on stupidity (both in-universe and out of it) and angst from the Trauma Conga Line
that character after unlikeable character goes through. (There's plenty of Deus Angst Machina
and Wangst too, mind you.) The tropes run the gamut from Idiot Ball
to Genre Blindness
to Distress Ball
to Forgot About His Powers
to— well, you get the idea. We're talking about a show where:
- a guy with super-hearing and X-ray vision is brought up short by an invisible villain
- an evil genius uses a relative's name as a password
- every other plot in the first half of the series is resolved by Laser Guided Amnesia; and
- people walking toward someone or sitting at a table facing him in broad daylight don't notice him 'superspeed' off
Infrequent use could be forgiven, but when every plot hinges on everyone being a moron...
The effects were laughable at the start. Art Evolution
brought them up to 'mediocre' by the end, for the most part; the season 10 Big Bad
is the most hilarious example of what happens when your ambition outstrips your effects budget. It's also amusing how far the show goes in the last few seasons to avoid calling in the actors for less frequently seen characters by using 'clever' camera angles & lighting.
The only regular characters that I liked were Chloe, Lois, Oliver and Davis (before his character arc kicked into high gear). Lana/Clark is possibly the most annoying and tedious relationship I have ever seen. In contrast, I rather liked the way Lois/Clark was handled, at least until Lois's identity started being subsumed by Clark's. On the bright side, many of the most irritating characters leave over the years.
The forced melodrama and Soap Opera
-style delivery grate on my nerves.
Just to be clear, Smallville did have its moments. It was at its best when heroes other than Clark got some screen time (see: Justice & Absolute Justice), which unfortunately didnít happen often, with the exception of Oliver. Add in the abysmal series finale, though, and you have 10 years of lousy writing, annoying characters, poor special effects and that awful theme song with zero payoff. Definitely one to avoid.
Incidentally, I think my brain will commit hari kari if I hear one more person say 'since X has been Y' (just one of the myriad abuses of the English language in this fine series).