Smallville: Season 6 Reviews

  • Mar 05, 2017

    The preceding (fifth) season of Smallville accomplished two main tasks: setting up the Lex/Lana relationship and moving the show in a more action & sci-fi direction. One plotline succeeded, the other failed. Let's start with what went right in Smallville's Sixth Season, then end with why it became downright difficult to watch at some times: -As Clark pursues escaped Kryptonian prisoners (a key season-long arc), his action-packed battles with the villians are sights to behold. -The formation of the "junior" Justice League, bringing back favorites from seasons past and introducing a new hero who proved to be a "bullseye". -A completely new aspect of Chloe Sullivan's character is revealed towards the end of the season. -More "wink-wink" nods to the Superman cannon, including a certain bow-tie clad camera man and an episode that precludes a potential Clark/Lois relationship. -The continued descent of Lex into pure evil, whether through flashbacks to his youth or his "33.1" secret projects. -As usually, the season premiere and finale are both visually and creatively stunning. Much like the end of season five, the final scene will have you anxiously awaiting the Season Seven DVD's to be released. However, despite those positive factors, the Sixth Season is severely lacking in some key areas: -First, the Clark/Lana relationship is streched beyond the realm of good writing, where its "on-again, off-again" nature is apparent in nearly every episode. One week they may be together, while the next week they won't even speak to each other. This writing faux pas also hindered what could have been a dynamite Lex/Lana relationship. Even when genuine Clark/Lana moments are attempted towards the end of the season, they lack any emotional punch, as that relationship has been used again and again. -Another problem with this season (as with the previous two) is the character of Lois Lane. If there ever was any doubt that Lois is on the show for her sex appeal only, this season put those doubts to rest. Whereas Lois should be used to hint at her ultimate relationship with Clark, so is all too often just "eye candy". -Finally, the writers/producers spend way too much time on the concept of Clark's negative impact on the world (what I like to call "Clark whining"). Multiple times this season Clark is seen lamenting the very fact that he was ever sent to Earth...not a "Superman-esque" attitude whatsoever. I appreciated that a young Clark may grapple with those issues, but it seemed to be a much over-used dramatic technique. To conclude, the Sixth Season of Smallville did not measure up to its past. Though doing a decent job of advancing the Superman "mythology", this season emotionally bankrupted most of the show's important relationships, thus providing little to no "tearjerker" moments that had been such a part of earlier seasons.

    The preceding (fifth) season of Smallville accomplished two main tasks: setting up the Lex/Lana relationship and moving the show in a more action & sci-fi direction. One plotline succeeded, the other failed. Let's start with what went right in Smallville's Sixth Season, then end with why it became downright difficult to watch at some times: -As Clark pursues escaped Kryptonian prisoners (a key season-long arc), his action-packed battles with the villians are sights to behold. -The formation of the "junior" Justice League, bringing back favorites from seasons past and introducing a new hero who proved to be a "bullseye". -A completely new aspect of Chloe Sullivan's character is revealed towards the end of the season. -More "wink-wink" nods to the Superman cannon, including a certain bow-tie clad camera man and an episode that precludes a potential Clark/Lois relationship. -The continued descent of Lex into pure evil, whether through flashbacks to his youth or his "33.1" secret projects. -As usually, the season premiere and finale are both visually and creatively stunning. Much like the end of season five, the final scene will have you anxiously awaiting the Season Seven DVD's to be released. However, despite those positive factors, the Sixth Season is severely lacking in some key areas: -First, the Clark/Lana relationship is streched beyond the realm of good writing, where its "on-again, off-again" nature is apparent in nearly every episode. One week they may be together, while the next week they won't even speak to each other. This writing faux pas also hindered what could have been a dynamite Lex/Lana relationship. Even when genuine Clark/Lana moments are attempted towards the end of the season, they lack any emotional punch, as that relationship has been used again and again. -Another problem with this season (as with the previous two) is the character of Lois Lane. If there ever was any doubt that Lois is on the show for her sex appeal only, this season put those doubts to rest. Whereas Lois should be used to hint at her ultimate relationship with Clark, so is all too often just "eye candy". -Finally, the writers/producers spend way too much time on the concept of Clark's negative impact on the world (what I like to call "Clark whining"). Multiple times this season Clark is seen lamenting the very fact that he was ever sent to Earth...not a "Superman-esque" attitude whatsoever. I appreciated that a young Clark may grapple with those issues, but it seemed to be a much over-used dramatic technique. To conclude, the Sixth Season of Smallville did not measure up to its past. Though doing a decent job of advancing the Superman "mythology", this season emotionally bankrupted most of the show's important relationships, thus providing little to no "tearjerker" moments that had been such a part of earlier seasons.

  • Jan 05, 2014

    very dark season love it

    very dark season love it