Smallville - The Complete Eighth Season [DVD]
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There's a new reporter at the Daily Planet: Clark Kent, who shares a workspace with Lois Lane. There s a new hero in Metropolis, too. No one knows who he is. But Jimmy Olsen was on the scene of one of the do-gooder s exploits, and he snapped a blurred photo of the hero in super-speed action a hero everyone now calls the Red-Blue Blur. Red-jacketed, blue-shirted Clark Kent draws closer to his Superman destiny in the exciting 22-episode, Season 8 of Smallville. Another Kryptonian destiny also takes shape. Davis Bloome begins to realise he is Doomsday. His mission on Earth: kill Clark Kent. So many new events (will Jimmy and Chloe s marriage last?), so many new faces (Tess Mercer, Saturn Girl and Cosmic Boy among them), so many state-of-the-art effects so don't miss a single thrill-packed moment.
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This season of Smallville sees a veritable bevy of DC heroes and villains appearing in one form or another with the likes of Maxima, Plastique, the Legion of Superheroes, Faora, Toyman, Zatanna, Doomsday and a couple of others all turinging up at some point. Some of these characters, such as Zatanna and Toyman, are dealt with rather well while others aren't, the Doomsday storyline for example really isn't all that well done which is a shame considering how much time it takes up in the series.
The main problem that this series has is the return of Lana for four episodes which brings with it an unwanted return to the Clark/Lana relationship which was one of the worst parts of many of the previous seasons. As well as this the writing of many episodes is somewhat inconsistent going from the good (`Toxic' and `Hex') to the bad (`Power') to the so bad it's good (`Stiletto'). The season finale was also something of a letdown that never delivers on what it could have been
Overall, although the season was terribly patchy in places and has a tendency to rely too much on dues ex mechina, it is still quite a fun season. Season eight may not have been the best season Smallville has ever produced but I am still glad it will continue into season nine and beyond.
The first few episodes were dissapointing, the wrap-up to last years season finale felt rushed and too quick and generally a lot is introduced very heavy handedly. The new characters, the changes in Clarke, the new Job, and at lot of coincindences(more than usual!) all feel a bit rushed. Once the series gets going though it really gets back, in my opinion, to the heights it was at before. The new characters are definetly one of the big reasons. They seem to make all the difference, allowing them to essentially re-tell the same stories with new spins. Lex is replace by Tess, who puts a stunning female spin on the egotistical power hungry tycoon. Lois replaces Lana as the love interest so gracefully that you wonder what Clarke ever saw in Lana. Then to top off the new characters Davis Bloom aka Doomsday is fantastically both dark and endearing making a superbly complex nenmesis.
The real leap for the series comes naturally through Clarke making some really big steps towards the super hero status. With that idea the writers have come up with a lot of great stories for evaluating the super hero persona and the logistics and realities of the life. As well, they build the progress so well that it doesn't feel forced, but maybe thats not suprising since its the 8th season. The moral line continues as a strong focus point and the contrast with the Oliver Queen/Green Arrow works even greater this year and the two characters work perfectly together.
By the end of the series Clarke is so much nearer to being Superman that the show as a whole really feels like its paying off and it takes the show to a new level.
Its not without its ridiculous stories riddled with coincidences and lucky timings but this IS Smallville and its done it for so long now that its made it acceptable and almost expected. Being based on a comic I guess they have the right to be slightly absurd at times.
The season Finale is brilliantly low key, instead of the usual impending Doom, and I hope next Season picks up as strong as this one finished.
I would like to see more specials, blooper reels etc.
Blu Ray quality great and packaging not over the top.
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