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Old 05-21-2015, 03:06 PM   #1
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This is something I've wanted to get off my chest for a while now. Smallville to me is the most underappreciated show in Comic Book TV history.

People often say Arrow and The Flash is miles better and you know what there's a truth to that but far to often people use the quality of their shows to put Smallville down. It's a ridiculous statement to say the least, were it not for Smallville testing the waters we wouldn't even have these shows.

I've even seen comments like the trailer for Supergirl was more worthwhile than anything we saw in ten seasons of Smallville. Yet again were it not for Smallville we would not have this new Supergirl show to look forward to.

Smallville tested the waters, it tried things, some of which worked, some of which didn't. But it left a template for the future shows to follow. It's very much shown a lack of appreciation by many for not been as good as it could have been. But again it really had nothing to go from, previous Superman shows Adventures of Superman, Superboy & Lois & Clark were not valid templates for a modern take on the Superhero. Smallville's no flights no tights rule eventually went out the window itself and by the final seasons it was a fully fledged Superhero show with costumes. Whilst Superman himself didn't ever really show up in a full costume the likes of Hawkman, Dr Fate and Stargirl all did.

People who say it ran away from the comic book roots probably have a valid point for the early seasons but later seasons proved it embraced them. Clark started to wear the S on his chest, other DC heroes were introduced and we even got to see Krypton many times.

If anything the show should be embraced and appreciated for what it did for the comic book TV show. I'm not saying you have to like Smallville but you sure as hell should appreciate it.

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Old 05-21-2015, 04:38 PM   #2
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I've enjoyed it and my brother and I have the complete series.

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I'd still put up the first season of Lois and Clark against anything from SV. That was a well done modern Superman take. Obviously subsequent seasons degraded the quality some. Still there was some groundbreaking stuff. The idea of Superman being his job, and Clark Kent being who he is... pretty cool change from the bumbling Reeve days.

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Old 06-01-2015, 07:30 PM   #4
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I also enjoyed Lois & Clark during the first season. At the time, it definitely felt like an updated version of the character although now it feels dated. Same with Smallville. The early seasons had the same modern yet innocent feel as Lois & Clark season 1. I also don't like it when people put Smallville down to raise their favorite shows up. I saw the Supergirl pilot and while I found it boring, I also felt a Smallville vibe to the show (by vibe I mean that lighter tone that the early seasons of Smallville had and The Flash currently has). I'm getting tired of the dark serious tone...cough*Arrow*cough.

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Old 06-02-2015, 12:32 PM   #5
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My biggest beef was the whole no flight...no tights rule. This made sense if the show was only on a couple of seasons. But, when the show is 5 plus years going. It was getting ridiculous.

Speaking of that rule. You hear that it was Tom who was against the suit and flying. Has anyone actually heard him say that? Whenever it came up in an interview he was just parroting what the producers said. Never that HE was against it.

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My biggest beef was the whole no flight...no tights rule. This made sense if the show was only on a couple of seasons. But, when the show is 5 plus years going. It was getting ridiculous.

Speaking of that rule. You hear that it was Tom who was against the suit and flying. Has anyone actually heard him say that? Whenever it came up in an interview he was just parroting what the producers said. Never that HE was against it.
They actually weren't contractually allowed to turn it into a Superman show. I think they weren't even allowed to go full on with the suit which might explain the way it ended.

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Old 06-03-2015, 12:57 PM   #7
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They actually weren't contractually allowed to turn it into a Superman show. I think they weren't even allowed to go full on with the suit which might explain the way it ended.
The stupidity of Warner and their prohibitions are stupid and make no sense whatsoever.

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Old 06-03-2015, 02:50 PM   #8
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The stupidity of Warner and their prohibitions are stupid and make no sense whatsoever.
I know, the Bat embargo and the current restrictions on TV are frustrating. I think they may worry that people won't pay to go see something they can get on TV for free.

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Watching it for the first time and really enjoying it. Don't know why I didn't give it a chance the first time round.

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I think the first two seasons were good, third was alright then the quality started declining..

I have the season-2 DVD box set, which I watch sometimes.

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Old 08-12-2015, 02:54 AM   #11
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I think the show making it to 10 seasons at all stops it from being classed as an under dog in my book.

People love to rag on what's come become. It happens whenever there is a remake of something people had a few issues with, it happens whenever something new and different comes along.

And The Flash & Arrow learned from some of Smallville's mistakes, so of course there are things they have managed some things a bit better. However, there are also things that Smallville did a lot better too (I think the Luthor household dynamics in the first few seasons are better than any villainy on either show).

Smallville will always be a huge legacy of a show.

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Old 08-12-2015, 06:31 AM   #12
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They actually weren't contractually allowed to turn it into a Superman show. I think they weren't even allowed to go full on with the suit which might explain the way it ended.
I believe the head writers of the last three seasons said that they had the go ahead and didn't.

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I liked the original concept of the show. But that concept was automatically limited in scope and could only be explored for a handful of seasons. One it drifted away from that I felt it lost its appeal.

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I liked the original concept of the show. But that concept was automatically limited in scope and could only be explored for a handful of seasons. One it drifted away from that I felt it lost its appeal.
I stopped watching Smallville in the beginning of season 4 (I think).

I watched the entire season 10, which was just OK, i guess you could tell that the budget of the show had been reduced.

Also, in some episodes, you can see that Welling was not really giving his best, his heart was not there, not his fault, either after-all, he was stuck in the same show for 10 years.

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Old 08-12-2015, 11:54 AM   #15
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Is my favorite show. Never started watching it until last summer. On season 9 now, I took a nice break in between.

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