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Reviews Comments: Absolute tripe Smallville whole series review by Grilinctus

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).


  • azraelfinalstar
  • 3rd Feb 12
.. just not seein' it.
  • Grilinctus
  • 5th Feb 12
Not seeing what?
  • VeryMelon
  • 5th Feb 12
I agree with most of this, I like the Theme song though.
  • vanishingreality
  • 17th Mar 12
This is the most accurate review I've read since Grilinctus has been reviewing. /trolls
  • DarkLiterati
  • 21st Jan 13
"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)."

Yeah, it was totally realistic to expect teenagers to speak the Queen's English.
  • sl1m
  • 22nd Jan 13
So disappointed that Smallville is now the longest running color Sci-Fi after SG 1 and X-Files. Just comes to show the quality of long procedural Sci-Fi on TV today...
  • JustLetItBe
  • 17th Apr 13
Maybe there was another invisible villain because I stopped watching after like season 5, but from memory the invisible villain was in s1 before Clark got his super-hearing.
  • DoctorCooper
  • 6th Mar 15
Smallville is one of my favorite shows, but I understand your points. I cannot agree anymore with your position about Clark/Lana romance and most annoying characters. Well, Lana itself became annoying since season 3 and was completely obnoxious in the 4-8 seasons.
  • johnnyfog
  • 12th Apr 15
I disagree on the effects. For its time the show had a good budget, almost on par with the revived Doctor Who's season 1.

But yeah, the scales have fallen off (arguably they fell off halfway-through, with Lex's departure), and it's apparent now that Smallville wasn't interested in mining the rich material of fifty years of comics (or even recycling them wholesale), but wheeling out the iconography from material we already love and passing it off as storytelling — or worse, inserting said characters into b-grade movie ripoffs, as if the writers were begging to move onto something else, something which wasn't misery-inducing.

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