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'Smallville Season 1' Review,
This review is from: Smallville: The Complete First Season  [DVD] (DVD)
A meteor shower over the town of Smallville, Kansas brings a blight in the form of unusual green rocks which are capable of affecting lifeforms exposed to them. However, the shower also brings to Earth a spaceship and, within it, the boy who will grow up to be Superman.
As is usual for the first season of any show, ‘Smallville’ takes a little time to find its footing – stumbling through season one and the early part of two. This set contains episodes which range from superb (notably ‘Leech’, ‘Zero’ and ‘Tempest’) to dreadful (‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Craving’). The strength of the show lies in its characters, and episodes which are driven by those characters and their personal struggles are those which really excel, whilst others which balance this aspect with a freak-of-the-week B-plot often end up either mediocre or ridiculous.
In general, the dialogue in the show is excellently written from the word go. The writing occasionally falters, however, and clanger-lines are not uncommon, especially in exposition scenes where the characters are forced to spout hypotheses which would leave even Agent Mulder feeling a little foolish, had he to suggest them. Indeed, many ideas here have been pilfered from ‘The X Files’ and other shows, and as there simply isn’t enough time in each episode for emotional-turmoil scenes and a strong sci-fi plot, the former shines at the expense of the latter.
Overall, ‘Smallville’ season one can be forgiven for its failings, as so much of it is so enjoyable. The extras on this set are fairly meagre, consisting only in those made for the Canadian release of the Pilot/’Metamorphosis’ ‘mini-movie’, but the extras are unimportant when it’s the episodes you really want to see. Climaxing in the fantastic ‘Tempest’, we are left holding our breaths for season two.