MjrCorp Review of Smallville Season 1
Before battling the forces of evil, Clark Kent faced his greatest challenge: high school. The WB's engaging hit drama has finally arrived on DVD. A devastating meteor shower strikes the peaceful town of Smallville. For most of the townsfolk, the event brought great losses and unexplainable results, but for the caring Kent Family (John Schneider & Annette O'Toole), it blessed them with an amazing gift: a son who will become Earth's greatest champion. Producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have developed an original and appealing twist to the Superman myth. "Smallville" is the popular live-action comic book series that follows the young Clark Kent (Tom Welling) adapting to his superhuman powers, his friendship with future arch nemesis Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) and the developing relationship with sweetheart Lana Lang (Kristen Kreuk). The series is a surprising mix of coming-of-age drama and comic-book fantasy. "Smallville" also features a top-notch cast and stunning visual effects. The first season of "Smallville" definitely keeps viewers entertained but too many "Villain of the Week" episodes give the show a repetitive nature.
Fans of the WB drama will be satisfied with "Smallville: The Complete First Season". All 21 episodes of the first season are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen format. Its picture quality is quite bright and reasonably sharp. The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is satisfactory with decent surround effects. The box set includes two commentary tracks by series creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, several deleted scenes from the pilot and second episode, "Storyboard to Screen" featurette, an interactive tour of Smallville, some promotional material and DVD-ROM extras. Overall, "Smallville: The Complte First Season" scores a "B".
if you like watching super heroes, this is for you!
If you love comics and super heroes, like I do, then you will love Smallville: Season One. It literally starts the SUPERMAN franchise from the beginning and takes you through his freshman year in high school in Smallville, Kansas. I think Tom Welling (Clark Kent) plays an excellent character of young Superman (whom most of us have come to cherish from when Christopher Reeves played him).
They do a superb job of introducing and creating the tension between over-curious Lex Luthor (who is saved by Clark in one of the very beginning episodes) as well as the others (ie Lana Lang, Chloe, his parents, and Lionel Luthor (Lois Lane doesn't appear yet). They also do a little set up for furthre villians, which I was not familiar with (nor can i remember what their names should be as they did not have their name from the comics yet).
I did not start watching Smallville until season five, which I found as one of the best shows on TV. I instantly added Season One to my Netflix queue. It was fun to see Clark develop his powers, such as jumping through fields of corn; looking thru the wall into the girl's locker room to throwing the truck of the Lana Lang's boyfriend (his love) on top of three other cars like it was a piece of cake; burning a hole thru a projection screen at school when he gets a little horny over his new very hot teacher; and (my fav) running super speed when he needs to be somewhere else immediately. I will say that the first few episodes I was not overly impressed with as they were a little cheesy and a little too slow for me. However, by about episode 5 it was full blast story and action that hasn't slowed down yet. The overall plot build of his young superman is a perfect gradual crescendo that will suck you in for more and more. So if you liked Batman Begins or Xmen, you'll sure to like Smallville.
I can't wait to start Season Two!
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Superman Comes Back With a BANG!
When I was growing up, superman was awesome, every kids hero, then in the late 80's he kind of lost his flair, not too much was heard from superman after his 4th movie that pretty much washed him (and Christopher Reeves) up. Then comes along Smallville in the early 21st century... If you haven't seen the first season, it is a must, at first I was kinda "blah" the first few episodes were not all that hot, but as the story started to unfold I was hooked on this TV show and am a HUGE fan of it now.
I love the way they tell the superman story in Smallville, showing him growing up as a teenager and going through real teenage trials that we all experienced, this TV show has brought Superman into a whole new light. He and Lex Luther are best friends in this season (I'm not going to spoil it for you..) Go and watch this season and see for yourself how the story of superman unfolds into an action-packed, sometimes tear-jerking and suspensful thriller all at the same time! If you are a fan of comics at all, then this first season is where the story begins and you will get hooked after the first few episodes, I love it and you will as well. I own all 5 DVD seasons and can't wait for season 6 to hit the market! I give smallville 1st season 5/5 rating (I give all the smallville dvds 5/5, yes this is one of the best TV shows I have ever seen)
The special effects are great, the actors are very good, Michael Rosenbaum plays Lex Luther like you have never seen him before (he is a very young man in this show - mid twenties and has not turned "bad" YET..) John Glover plays as Mr. Kent, John Glover was one of the Duke Boys from Dukes of Hazard if you didn't know that. Annette O'Toole is Ms. Kent (she also played Lana Lang in Superman 3)... and as for superman, new-comer Tom Welling is setting the new standard for superman in the years to come, no more blue tights and a red cape for this super hero!
Go and get hooked on this TV series, you won't regret it!
This Is A Must See!
Smallville Season One introduced us to a young (teenager) Clark Kent. Still in high school, he is trying to understand his life and why he is different. Throughout the season Clark gets new powers and meets new people (Including Lex Luthor and Lana Lang, both who are in the comics).
This is a great show to watch because you get a real look into Clark Kent before he became Superman. The special effects and story lines make this a must watch for any Superman Fan.
An all star cast including Tom Welling as Clark Kent. This is also great family TV show. A great TV show (and DVD box set)! DVD’s include awesome extras!
24 of 36 people found this review helpful.
Amazing Show for All Types of People!!!
Smallville is the best television series I have seen in over ten years! It has a little bit of something for everyone. This show is the story of Clark Kent's (pre-Super Man) days in Smallville as a young man struggling with daily conflicts like the rest of us. He just happens to have super powers to deal with also!
If you are not a Superman fan, no need to worry, Smallville will still have something for you! Smallville is almost an X-Men meets X-Files meets Dawson's Creek meets Superman! However, the quality of the graphics is much better! You will get movie quality storylines and graphics in each episode.
The first season is a must because it is of course the foundation for the other seasons. It also establishes some intense character relationships that carry through the rest of the show's seasons.
The final reason that I have to give Smallville a 5/5 rating is that on top of being one of the most interesting and creative shows I have seen in a very long time, Smallville is a show that you can actually watch with your teenagers and not get embarassed!
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