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A mixed series,
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This review is from: Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season [DVD]  (DVD)
As Smallville reaches its ninth season Clark finally begins to embrace his destiny but finds that something is still holding him back. Meanwhile Tess Mercer gets in over her head as she finds she has released a battalion of depowered Kryptonian soldiers lead by Major Zod and a secret government agency begins to prepare for a war they believe is coming.
Season nine of Smallville is an entertaining, if inconsistent, instalment of the show that includes some very good episodes as well as some unfortunately lacklustre episodes. This season is somewhat darker than previous seasons but still has some good humour her and there. The special effects are generally good but some of the props used in some episodes have an unfortunately plastic look to them (such as the Cosmic Staff).
This season sees the introduction of a number of characters and organisations from DC Comics. Metallo, Roulette, Mia Dearden, the Wonder Twins and Silver Banshee all make appearances in one form or another as well as versions of the Justice Society of America (Hawkman, Stargirl, Dr Fate along with references to a number of others such as the Golden Age Flash and Green Lantern) and Checkmate (Amanda Waller, the Suicide Squad and Maxwell Lord). There is also a character in one episode very loosely based on Captain Marvel.
The episodes of this season are generally entertaining with 'Crossfire', 'Idol' and 'Checkmate' being favourites but it is the double length 'Absolute Justice' that is the stand out episode of the season and is probably my favourite episode of the entire show. On the downside, many of the episodes concentrating on Zod and the Kandorians are somewhat dull in places.
The performances of everyone in the series are generally on a par with that of the previous seasons. Callum Blue is reasonably good as Major Zod (he is somewhat hammy but this is somewhat appropriate for the character) and Julian Sands is very good as a younger Jor-El.
Overall this was a good season of Smallville but while there are some individual episodes that I would give a full five stars, I feel the series as a whole deserves a solid four.