Short Commute - Smallville to Metropolis

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  1. supercrashmac Registered

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    I've noticed lately that characters on this show travel from Smallville to Metropolis very quickly. Sometimes 2 or 3 trips a day. I thought they established in season 1 or 2 that it was about a 3 Hour drive.
    For example: in Vengeance, Martha goes to Metropolis to get to a meeting and drop off Jonathan's clothes to the mission. It was dark. Then she is at the farm telling Clark. Clark goes to the Daily Planet to investigate with Chloe. Presumabley the same night. And Martha arrives looking for him.
    Lana has made the multiple trips in one day as well. With today's gas prices, how can college students afford to drive that much.
    Again, if they go by the 3 hours away story, 2 round trips would be 12 hours on the road.
     
  2. Morg Super Moderator

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    blame the writers, they the ones that screw up that Metropolis is nearby Smallville
     
  3. Zorex I'm 100% 50/50

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    Changing its location from the east coast to roughly 3 hours from Smallville is one thing, but I think it's hilarious how the city is still set on this seemingly huge body of water.
     
  4. avidreader Registered

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    I know its all a bit unrealistic, but does it really matter?
     
  5. tonytr1687 Registered

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    Who's to say that there's not a span of three hours between scenes?
     
  6. supercrashmac Registered

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    There could be, but that would mean the character is on the road all day
    I've seen episoded where it is still daylight when they arrive back home from Metropolis for the second time in a day.
     
  7. GothicPowerMix1 Registered

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    The Entire show is unrealistic
     
  8. Kaboom knock knock

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    i dont know, i've made the drive from smallville to metropolis a bunch of times. it takes like 2.5, unless you catch traffic.

    and if i bring a friend we split the gas.

    .......................
     
  9. patrickbateman Registered

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    man remember ck running from smallville to Metropolis to save lex in bullet time
     
  10. Zorex I'm 100% 50/50

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    not terribly, but still noticeable. not anything I get hung up on, but like I said, I think it's funny that [due to the show shooting in lovely Vancouver] Metropolis, apparently now in roughly central U.S., still has this appearance of being a coastal city, or at least a city on a fairly large body of water, such as one of the Great Lakes.
     
  11. avidreader Registered

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    Well funnily enough I'm watching Superman II at the moment, and the Hudson River is right there in alot of the shots.

    I recall Al/Miles saying that their Metropolis was based more on the city of Chicago. Arent there lakes there?
     
  12. BaK Registered

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    yeah, when those cows get in the way, it's a killer..
     
  13. triplet KryptonSite Reviewer

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    Yeah, Chicago is on the shores of one of the great lakes, I think it's Lake Michigan...
     
  14. AgentPat Squeaky wheel

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    Jeeze. And I thought Star Trek fans nitpicked too much. LOL :D

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. Folks, it's a show about an immortal alien living on earth with superhuman powers. He sees through walls, catches cars like beach balls, incinerates with a glance, and moves at almost the speed of light. Oh yeah, and he flies... occasionally. :p

    If you can suspend disbelief on those relatively insignificant points (LOL), why's it so hard to deal with a waterfront city three hours drive from the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas? :confused:
     
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    They did move it away from the visible skyline from Season 1 Nicodemus at least. I mean at least it's not what appears to be a stones throw to Metropolis these days.
     
  16. Zorex I'm 100% 50/50

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    Sigh . . . I'm not nitpicking. I don't think any of us need the concept of the show explained to us. I'm merely commenting on the feel that Vancouver brings to SV's Metropolis, and [especially after having been to Vancouver a couple of times] how funny it seems to me imagining it transplanted into the American heartland. Vancouver really is a city of the sea. It's definitley not the same thing as Chicago.
    And I'm glad they did, although I always enjoyed those distant skyline shots. One of my favourite's, tho, will always be Clark/Kal alone on that road, headed on motorcycle towards the city. "You will obey me, Kal-El."
     
  17. Kane Guest

    The current official comics place Metropolis around Delaware I think.

    The movies place Metropolis in NY. I noticed NY license plates in some SR shots.

    Smallville is obviously still in Kansas.
     
  18. AgentPat Squeaky wheel

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    Actually, I wasn't even responding to you, Zorex - it was the thread starter. I should have quoted the post. My bad.

    See, getting different impressions from the filming locations - which I can TOTALLY understand - is different than nitpicking the drive time and gas expense of zipping back and forth between two places that are supposedly three hours apart, or that a port city could even exist within three hours of a any town located in Kansas. That's what I was addressing. What Vancouver adds or detracts from the show is a good topic however, and might be worthy of its own thread. :)
     
  19. blksuperman2 Deadly Akuma

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    Ha. Took me exactly 2 hours and 17minutes once.:)
     
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    I always thought that it would have been easier on the show if they just established that Smallville was in upstate NY and that Metropilis was in NYC.

    Eveything else would fit after that. Metropolis being a major city.
     
  21. blksuperman2 Deadly Akuma

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    Smallville has always been in Kansas. Always.

    Metropolis on the other hand has never really been in any particular state.
     
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    I think Metropolis needs a giant shiny bean.

    Right, Zo? ;)
     
  23. Kane Guest

    Actully I think Im starting to recall Metropolis being in New York state in the postcrisis comics while Gotham is in NJ for the DCU.

    The movies definately put Metropolis in NY too.

    NY is prolly the best bet.
     
  24. Zorex I'm 100% 50/50

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    Hell, in my mind, it already has one........the show just keeps avoiding showing it ;) :p
     
  25. Kaboom knock knock

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    my understanding was gotham was always nyc.
    metropolis was always basedon chicago, but near D.C.
     

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