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A vast and welcome improvement!,
This review is from: Smallville - The Complete Sixth Season [DVD] (DVD)
After the dull and often-times painful experience of watching season 5 of Smallville, season 6 comes as a real breath of fresh air. The city of Metropolis and the Daily Planet, staples of the Superman mythos, make frequent appearances (more-or-less in every episode, in fact), and we get to see Clark discovering more of his powers, while learning more about his Kryptonian heritage and his biological father, the enigmatic Jor-El (voiced by Terrance Stamp), while the colourful supporting cast continue to find their way in the world. Indeed, the supporting cast are sometimes (often-times) more interesting than Clark himself; even Lana Lang, Clark's whiny ex-girlfriend, who has easily been the most irritating character in the series to date, takes an interesting turn to the dark side this season in her relationship with Lex Luthor, and all the duplicitous cloak and dagger business that comes with it.
This season also marks the first appearance in the series of Oliver Queen (a.k.a. Green Arrow), billionaire playboy by day, masked crime-fighter by night. Sound familiar? Well, the word is the writers wanted Bruce Wayne (i.e. Batman) for this season, but due to the recent release of Batman Begins, the character was unavailable. Nevertheless, Green Arrow not only makes a fantastic substitute for Batman, but also introduces one of the lesser known DC superheroes to the uninitiated, such as myself.
My personal favourite episode this season? 'Justice', in which Green Arrow recruits Clark and three other young superheroes (each of whom has appeared in a previous season), Aquaman, Cyborg, and Impulse (renamed from the Flash due to copyright reasons) to take out a Luthor Corp lab, where Lex is conducting sinister experiments on people with kryptonite-related superpowers.
If you're feeling jaded after season 5, season 6 of Smallville will restore your faith in the series, big time. After the spectacular finale, I really look forward to seeing the conclusion in season 7.