I understand Welling was no master thespian, but his look was right for Clark imo and he fit in well with the show's concept. The character of Lana started out very well, and Lex as well as his father was done well. I loved the relationship Clark had with his parents in earlier years. I'm even noticing the new Flash tv show fans are taking some shots at Smallville and already considering the new show (off of just the pilot) better than all 10 years of Smallville. I think it is too early to tell. For some reason if you bring up Smallville to some Superman fans, they totally freak out in disgust. Nothing is perfect, I just wonder why the hatred and vitriol from some What did the show do to lose some of those fans?