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Half good, half really quite pants,
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This review is from: Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season  [DVD] (DVD)
I am a major SMALLVILLE fan and have been for ages, but now I must speak out!
Smallville is losing the plot. By the end of this season, it's clear it's NOT about what it originally was. The main culprits are the writers who have given time to useless 'spectacle' moments while leaving characterisation to the changeable and weightless wind.
As a Clark/Lana fan, I enjoyed the first few episodes, though in a wider general sense, they lacked gravitas and verged on absurd, ie. episode 'thirst'. After 'Reckoning' things take a turn for the worst and Smallville becomes like a bad bad soap opera with recycled dialogue and issues, everyone stalling.
Lex gets more 'evil', though the shows writers have yet to take his character to somewhere really dark - its hinted at many a time, but he has yet to be 'the villain'. Chloe is solid as ever. Lana sucks, her character doing a complete 180 half way through the season, you're left blinking and wondering what show the writers were watching all this time and thinking 'can this get any worse?'
Many of the episodes were nigh useless. Martha and Lois are great throughout. Some episodes tried to go back to the tried and tested formulas with 'freak of the week' strands but again, this is drawing thin and tiresome. The show needs a serious injection of class. So much of it is now cheese.
The Cw needs to bring back the original writers so we can have progressive CHARACTERISATION.
(don't get me wrong, the cast can act, yet they're all stuck in a loop of the same dialogue and same expressions)