Smallville: Season 3 (2003 - 2004)

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Season 3
Smallville

Critics Consensus

Smallville's third season sometimes succumbs to the series' kryptonite of incredulous plot twists, but inspired use of Superman's iconography and Michael Rosenbaum's smarmy take on Lex Luthor continue to delight.

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Critic Ratings: 10

88%

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User Ratings: 161

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 1, 2003
2
Air date: Oct 8, 2003
3
Air date: Oct 15, 2003
4
Air date: Oct 22, 2003
5
Air date: Oct 29, 2003
6
Air date: Nov 5, 2003
7
Air date: Nov 12, 2003
8
Air date: Nov 19, 2003
9
Air date: Jan 14, 2004
10
Air date: Jan 21, 2004
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Everyone has a future. Clark Kent has a destiny if he's willing to accept and able to master all the awesome powers and responsibilities that come with it.

Cast

Tom Welling
as Clark Kent
Michael Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor
Kristin Kreuk
as Lana Lang
John Schneider
as Jonathan Kent
Annette O'Toole
as Martha Kent
Allison Mack
as Chloe Sullivan
John Glover
as Lionel Luthor
Ian Somerhalder
as Adam Knight
Rutger Hauer
as Morgan Edge
Gary Hudson
as Agent Frank Loder
Emmanuelle Vaugier
as Dr. Helen Bryce
Christopher Reeve
as Dr. Virgil Swann
James Kirk
as Garrett Davis
Tom Heaton
as Dexter McCallum
Patrick Bergin
as Morgan Edge
Martin Cummins
as Dr. Garner
Nathaniel Arcand
as Jeremiah Holdsclaw
Michael McKean
as Perry White
James N. Kirk
as Garrett Davis
Sarah Carter
as Alicia Baker
Gordon Tootoosis
as Prof. Joseph Willowbrook
Tahmoh Penikett
as Vince Davis
Dan Payne
as LexCorp Security
Amber Rothwell
as Emily Dinsmore
Ryan Robbins
as Louis Leery Jr.
Terence Stamp
as Voice of Jor-El
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Critic Reviews for Smallville Season 3

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

What started out promisingly as an inventive reimagining of Superman has descended into laughable soap opera.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

The show's third season is by far its darkest, and also its best, with every plot thread cumulating here.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Notably, the appearance of the late Christopher Reeve combines intrigue with poignancy.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

When Smallville blasted its way into the TV universe, it offered the promise of a unique, coming-of-age take on the Superman story. Now in season 3, the show sometimes delivers on that promise but more often stumbles.

Oct 1, 2003 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The kids on Smallville are as dumb as a box of hammers -- just like real teenagers!... The Smallville teens are confused, dumb, and mopey... just like me at that age.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Millar and Gough seem to want to wrap this show more in mysticism than science fiction. In my opinion they are starting to walk a thin line with this overarching plotline.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm willing to give the producers some rope in hopes that these unfortunate plot turns will lead to something interesting eventually, but so far, it's a tad preposterous.

May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Season three perpetuates this same basic approach for most of its episodes as well, but has now managed to add a bit of the darkness that most dramas seem to need to throw out there as they mature.

Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Season three was really Lex's year to shine. And I don't mean bland evil genius Lex of later years, but the guy we fell in love with from the beginning.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Smallville works because it plays like a comic book come to life: it's grand, mythical, and action-packed.

Oct 1, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 3

  • Apr 29, 2020
    Another fun outing with changes and charecter development. Who'ss only major problem is sticking with the somewhat stale by this point stop Lionel Luther plot.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    the addiction of jor-el makes this a great season i really enjoyed his back story
  • Nov 23, 2018
    Packing heart, visuals and much better writing 'Smallville': Season 3 makes for a huge improvement over the first two seasons for sure. (8/10)
  • Mar 05, 2017
    There comes a point in every TV show when the viewer needs to feel invigorated and fresh about watching the show. No matter how much a person likes a certain show, it is nice to keep having milestone moments to keep the passion alive. For me, this happened during the Third Season of Smallville. Now, don't get me wrong, I would have watched the Third Season if it would have been terrible, but nothing of the sort happened. In Season Three, Smallville cements its reputation as one of the greatest shows of our time. It takes all the plot threads of the previous two seasons and builds them into a crescendo that covers almost the entire Third Season! The highlights: -Under the influence of red kryptonite, Clark runs away from home and heads to Metropolis. -Lex is pushed to the brink (or over?) of insanity. -Metropolis crime boss Morgan Edge takes an interest in the Luthors and the Kents. -Perry White of the Daily Planet is introduced. -The return of Christopher Reeves and what side is he really on? -Will Lex ever regain his mind? -A Krypton girl (Kara) claims to have all the answers Clark is looking for. -Lionel Luthor shows his true allegiances. -A surreal season finale, in which the bedrock of the Smallville community is shaken to the core. Through all those great plot threads, the strength of Smallville is still its character development. My favorite single episode of Smallville, Relic, airs in Season Three. In Relic, actors Tom Welling (Clark) and Kristin Kreuk (Lana) play characters from Smallville of the 1960s. Though the characters of "Lana" and "Clark" do not apply in that time period, it is still fascinating to see Welling and Kreuk interacting with one another portraying different characters. In conclusion, Season Three of Smallville really expanded the show in new and better directions. I am anxiously waiting the Season Four DVD set through the mail, where I have no doubts the show will continue to expand its horizons.
  • Sep 09, 2014
    The series hits it's stride - with all characters fully developed.
  • Dec 03, 2013
    The third Smallville season is pretty much more of the same but a bit of a more action packed flavour. It is good that they continue a quality standard here, but the series needs to evolve.

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