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Monday, November 06, 2006

Review: Smallville Season 3

This isn't a very good season in the sense that in many ways, it feels like a setup for seasons to come. There's too much emphasis placed on Lana and Clark's relationship, which is too much like a turn-around-chase-me story for me. At some point you want to shake the people involve and say, "quit your whining and behave like a real human being." As a matter of practicality, there's only so much back-and-forthing an audience is willing to put up with before quitting a show, and the show's writers are definitely running out of tricks to play.

The highlight is that Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor really comes into his own in this series --- in many ways he is the hero of the story. By turns sympathetic, decisive, capable, and most importantly he seems to be the only truly unselfish and unself-centered character in the entire season. Certainly, to watch him is to wish that the Lex Luthor in Superman Returns was written with as much sensitivity and intelligence. I can only imagine what Kevin Spacey could have done with that character.

In any case, at this point it's quite obvious that the show does not want to adhere to canon, so I'll keep watching to see how it all turns out. Hopefully, the next season's episodes resolves more mysteries.

Oh yes, there is an obligatory cliff-hanger at the end of the series. But does anyone seriously doubt that all involved will return next season?

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