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on 4 June 2017
The beginning of a 10 series DVD marathon that tells the story of SUPERMAN through his early years when his abilities are not yet present, so you get to see how he copes when they begin and how his arrival to earth gives strange abilities to the normal folk of Smallville from the meteor rocks that landed with him but unfortunately the very rocks that can destroy him.
I missed this show when it was on TV but am very much enjoying this box set.
Great cast of characters, wonderfully weird abilities from the meteorites on the human population and great visual effects.
Highly recommended for fans of this genre.

I only wish I bought the complete box set that contains all 10 series as I've been waiting for over a month for series 2 and 4 to arrive even though I ordered them all at the same time, all for a saving of a few quid buying as separate sets, it's not worth the hassle having to keep chasing up marketplace sellers to find out why nothing has arrived, replacements not arriving, getting refunded and then reordering and waiting again. Annoyed to say the least.
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on 16 March 2017
Smallville's first season starts off a little rickety, then evolves throughout each episode, finally emerging as a morally decent portrait of a worldwide icon. Tom Welling is a perfect fit as a young Clark Kent, flawlessly displaying a pure soul that serves as a joyful reminder of Christopher Reeve's cinematic version. Michael Rosenbaum makes for an morally ambiguous Lex Luthor, with the show's writers occasionally foreshadowing Lex and Clark's future battles. Alison Mack, Kristin Kreuk, John Schneider and Annette O'Toole round out this perfect TV family of characters. Smallville also borrows some of Buffy The Vampire Slayer's "monster of the week" ethos for each episode, but that's not necessarily a bad thing as it keeps things occasionally fresh and story momentum going.
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on 23 December 2016
OK, pretty much OK, better for hardcore superman fans.
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Maybe it is that Superman is truly indestructible or that the Man of Steel, who was picked recently as one of the Top 10 American pop culture icons, is so respected that not even Hollywood would dare tug on his cape, because "Smallville" is another successful small screen version of the strange visitor from another planet. Of course, the great irony is that this time around there is no cape to tug on because this television series is about Clark Kent, years before he put on the suit with the big red "S," when he was still in high school, his powers were just starting to kick in, and the girl in his life with the double L name was Lana Lang.
Keep in mind that when Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel created the Man of Steel in 1939 there was no Superboy until 1949, when he began part of the futuristic Legion of Super-Heroes. All we knew about the early days is that just before the doomed planet Krypton exploded to fragments, a scientist placed his infant son within an experimental rocket ship, launching it toward earth. When the vessel reached our planet, the child was found by an elderly couple, the Kents. They adopted the super tyke and with love and guidance shaped the boy's future. As he grew older Clark Kent learned to hurdle skyscrapers, leap an eighth of a mile, raise tremendous weights, run faster than a streamline train, and that nothing less than a bursting shell could penetrate his skin. When his foster parents passed away, Clark decided he must turn his titanic strength into channels that would benefit mankind.
The key part of "Smallville" is that creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar go back to the simple beginning, with young Clark (Tom Welling) growing up on the Kent farm with Martha (Annette O'Toole) and Jonathan (John Schneider). From the "Superboy" comic books the series borrows the characters of girl next-door Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and best buddy Pete Ross (Sam Jones III). But in addition to covering the basics, Gough and Millar come up with a key triad of additions to the original Smallville mythos.
First, they add young Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) to the mix, knowing that he and Superman are fated to be (im)mortal enemies, but that for the present he and Clark are friends (after Clark saves Lex's life in a car accident that should have killed them both). The key thing is that they truly are friends and that "Smallville" is as much about how Lex would become a super villain as it is about how Clark would become a super hero. Throw into the mix Daddy Dearest in the form of Lionel Luthor (John Glover), and Lex would have already pulled all of his hair out if it were not for what happened that fateful day in Smallville.
Second, is the brilliant reconceptualization of Superman's arrival on earth where the small spacecraft shows up in the middle of a shower of glowing green meteors that are all that remains of the planet Krypton. As much as the little boy in that spaceship, those meteors change Smallville forever, turning a little girl into an orphans and a young boy bald, and the small Kansas town into the self proclaimed meteor capital of the world. More importantly, those little green rocks will have continue to have an impact as they cause a series of mutations with which young Clark will have to contend. This also accounts for the great in-joke that Clark always becomes a bumbling idiot around Lana because she wears a locket made of kryptonite.
Third, there is the multi-purpose character of Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack). The driving force of the Smallville High School student newspaper her "Wall of the Weird" documents all the strange things that have happened around Smallville since the meteor shower, making her the show's resident mistress of exposition. But she is also the tragic figure who longs for Clark the way he casts puppy dog glances at Lana, creating a nice example of teenage love triangle pathos.
Overall, Miller and Gough had created an extremely solid premise for their series, which creates multi-dynamics for all of the plotlines. The first season (2001) is book ended by some great special effects, with the devastating arrival of the meteors in the pilot and the three twisters becoming one in the thrilling cliffhanger finale. My only serious complaint is that Schneider's Jonathan Kent has too much of an angry edge, which takes away from his font of parental wisdom. Martha really needs to mellow him out so that he cuts Clark some slack. I understand that Jonathan is motivated by fears and concerns about his son, but I always liked the gentle influence personified by Glenn Ford in the first Christopher Reeve "Superman" film. Turning adolescent traumas into mutant monsters of the week is a hit and miss proposition, but that was true of the first season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" as well, and look at how well that series turned out.
Yes, we can also throw into the mix that Clark and Lana are played by a couple of cute young actors. Welling is not too serious as the kid who is going to grow up to be the hero who stands for truth, justice, and the American way, and I was going to say Kruek was the WB's new Katie Holmes except after her soft-core Lana scene in the school swimming pool goes way beyond the world's biggest collection of midriff revealing tops. But the bottom line here is that either the Clark-Lana or the Clark-Lex would be enough to make this a good show and "Smallville" has both of them and a lot more, including the brilliant metaphor of the scarecrow immortalized in the DVD collection's cover shot.
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on 3 February 2010
This product is exactly what I expected it to be. The price was fantastic and the shipping time was minimal.
I am completely satisfied with this order and will order from Amazon again.
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on 12 December 2003
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.
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VINE VOICEon 12 January 2004
For all Smallville fans, this is a must buy keepsake of the first season. For those not so familiar, Smallville, is a modern day version of Superman the early years. Clark Kent is a High School student in Smallville, he writes for his School paper and is adored by Chloe Sullivan editor of the newspaper and his best friend. When not in School he is down on the Kent farm helping his parents Jonathan and Martha Kent. Although he knows he has some special abilities, he hasn't got them all and we see him develop new ones as we go through the season, which sometimes help and sometimes hinder him. But Smallville is no ordinary hick town..... after being bombarded with meteorites filled with pieces of Kryptonite Rock from Clarks homeworld, when Clark landed on earth, some of the residents of Smallville develop strange abilities, that lead to trouble. Clark is in love with Lana Lang, who is untouchable, since she is dating Whitney, the School's Football Team Captain. Like Lois Lane in the original Superman, Lana is always getting into trouble and Clark is always there saving her. For anyone who loves the Superman fantasies and enjoy's a good bit of x-files type strangeness, then this is for you.
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on 8 July 2009
Smallville starts out with an explosively lavish Pilot directed by David Nutter, and quickly propels the viewer into the life of Clark Kent. The future iconic Superman who will one day fight for 'truth, justice and... other stuff' -- as Clark so eloquently puts it in 'Drone'. The Pilot is the best episode of the season both visually and contextually with the introduction of the characters and their world. Season one is the least mythos heavy season of Smallville and purely works as a nice introduction to the comic book universe. Having said that however, season one is also the season that draws the least amount of influence from the vast sprawling comic book universe.

The superheroes that appear in the latter years of Smallville are missing here and while season one is strong in its originality and freshness the constant formulaic structure of the episodes can become grating after a fashion. Clark himself is the focus of the show with the theme of the show itself being a simple one: 'family'. While it deals with the idea of power and the corruption that it brings, it sheds light on the nature of family using the paralleled lives of Lex Luthor (Superman's future nemesis) and Clark Kent. Lex Luthor is saved by Clark and slowly they develop an interesting and rather Machiavellian friendship. Lex and his politically twisted relationship with his father Lionel Luthor acts as the dark parallel to Clarks loving open relationship with his parents; Lex is envious of Clark and this season we begin to see his very progressive fall to darkness which is chillingly foreshadowed in 'Hourglass'. This ominous portent is what gives the Lex character such maniacal depth while he still appears to be a good person; there is a distinct sadness to the character in this respect.

The future of both characters is heavily foreshadowed during this season; more often than not the writers enjoy the use of irony when alluding to this. Lex's envy of Clark is an intriguing notion in which to build upon their future rivalry; in future seasons we see how far Lex goes in order to essentially possess whatever Clark has or 'had', here this idea begins to form. Smallville as a show is incredibly slow to portray and acknowledge character development or story development with the payoff coming much later. 'Queen Industries' for instance is referenced in the Pilot episode and is again revisited in season six, as is the growing mystery surrounding Level 3 which is brought to the fore this season, and will consequently be developed as the series continues.

The characters themselves are all nicely portrayed by their respective actors. Chloe and Pete are more in the background than is necessary this season, but when the two are in a scene they tend to steal it with comical ease. Tom Welling does a competent job as Clark and continues to improve leaps and bounds. Lana Lang is a typical Mary Sue character but she is likable all the same here; Clark's parents are well cast and are particularly good at raising the acting bar on the show. However, the acting kudos undoubtedly goes to John Glover and Michael Rosenbaum who play Lionel and Lex Luthor, the sparring authorative complicated duo really are magnificent in every scene. Rosenbaum really was an inspired choice for Lex, he can play the wounded child whilst retaining the inner darkness of the character which makes Lex all the more compelling.

On the whole there is a lot going on underneath this first season of Smallville than there first appears to be, which will all become more evident in the proceeding seasons. Season one introduces us to the characters and the concept delivering some really wonderful character pieces, and narratives. Highlight episodes include: 'Pilot', 'Metamorphosis', 'Hourglass', 'Rogue', and the season finale 'Tempest'.
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on 19 July 2005
Season 1 is a great start to the Smallville adventure. It succeeds in laying down the groundwork for the series. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. If your looking for an ground breaking box set to add to your collection then get season 2 as it has a lot more depth to both the characters and the plot. In S1 Lana can be a bit cringeworthy at times during the early stages as Kreuk's acting can be sketchy as she seems to be getting into character. The writers don't really have much of a role for Lana yet, except for Clark's love interest and the Damsel in distress on multiple occasions.
Another flaw of this season is the repetitiveness. Person gets effected by kryptonite in some way, clark figures out what is wrong with the help of Pete & Chloe, Clark saves day in the nick of time after overcoming some form of struggle.
This is a great introduction to what is an amazing series; I would highly recommend it. If you don't like this then don't be put off as Smallville is about to get a whole lot better. It is worth every penny, believe me.
Season 4 is especially awesome, watch out for it this October on DVD.
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on 24 January 2008
Fantastic first series, captivating pilot episode had me hooked from the very beginning. I found myself watching the entire season within one weekend! My only criticism would be that first few episodes seem slightly fragmented, all telling a 40/50minute story from start to conclusion without a visible progression of a main storyline. From about episode 5 or 6 onwards though, everything starts to tie in and become a more ongoing and fluent story. The last episode was amazing but also very frustrating as it was "to be continued" so I would reccommend having season 2 close at hand to prevent frustration!!
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