When I was a kid, Superman was the first superhero that I’ve ever heard of. Most of the time (like your parents) people might tell you (as a kid) to dream big and fly like Superman does, don’t they?! Anyway, I am not really a big fan of Superman, but I need to write something about a show that is related to this famous D.C. character. A show that really hooked me up and made me realize how good and powerful Clark Kent (the alter-ego of Superman) is as a teenage boy.
I am a huge fan of this show that I am still watching it, though it has been over for almost a decade now. I need to write down something about this show to pay tribute and thank this show that started it all. Yeah!, all these superheroes fandoms and the series was (I believed) pioneered by this show.
Guess, you guys already know that I am talking about the hit TV series called, (ehem) Smallville. Yeah, it is Smallville.
I first saw the sneak peak or trailer (which ever you might want to call it) of Smallville being advertised in a local channel called Studio 23 which is airing in Manila, PH. The advertisement was aired in the 2nd quarter of 2002 (as far as I can remember) almost a year later since the series was originally aired in the U.S., October of 2001. Seeing the sneak peak or trailer (which ever you might want to call it) for the first is not really impressive to the point that I am not about to watch it but, it was this girl character that had me and my brother. We both agreed how beautiful Kristin (Kreuk) is and how he made Clark Kent fall while carrying a skateboard going to school. That part of the sneak peak or trailer (which ever you might want to call it) is what made us watch it. As far as I can remember, the series is being shown on Tuesday night 8:00PM PST. Since it’s a free TV channel, yes there’s lots of commercials!
So seeing the first episode of it is like, a kid being amused with Magic. The Pilot episode is a blast that you don’t want to get out of your seat though, you felt like your pee is going to explode since you really don’t want to miss a single scene, but as I’ve mentioned free TV does have a lot of commercials so I was able to manage peeing (time). I still can remember the excitement and how me and brothers are so amazed with the pilot episode. It was a blast, was really a blast!.
The pilot episode has (almost) an hour running time. I must say that I never wasted any of my minutes watching the pilot episode, you know why?, simply because, it’s complete. The pilot has Action, Drama, Thriller, Comedy—Yeah!, all rolled into one pilot episode that would make you want to see more of the series.
That scene where Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is about to approach Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) is such a teeny bopper. This scene reminds me of how you used to be hooked with those teenage movies that captivates me such as A walk to remember, Freaky Friday, Chasing Liberty, etc. Yeah—Smallville’s airing year was almost the start of the feel good setting (era) of movies and series that time. It reminds me a lot of my teenage days. Which people with my same age is missing (Do they?!).
Since the show is covering the story of a teenage Clark Kent, there are a lot of scenes that will make you fall in love all over again and would make you feel as if you are a student of Smallville High. The never ending saga of Clark and Lana love story will sweep you off your feet as the young Clark Kent will be hated on the part of being so afraid of telling Lana how he truly feels while “best friend” Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) is always willing to go on a rebound. Can’t forget this tearjerker scene (The scene is on Season 2 Episode 16) where Chloe Sullivan gave up and read a letter in front of a sick and dying, Clark Kent while he was sleeping, thinking that she might not be able to say her feelings to Clark. It was a heartbreaking scene that will leave you teary eyed. Man, that must be tough (can’t believe I am saying’ this).
If you are going to compare this show to a thing, it will be a crayon that has a lot of colors. I love how this show maintained its wholesomeness, and though it is a superhero series, the family values are being maintained as well, which make the series different compared to other superhero series currently aired.
“Trust me Clark, our friendship is going to be the stuff of a legend”, the line that Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) left Clark while looking at the sunset that seems a bit of a double meaning since you are going to wonder if it is going to be the stuff of a legend as friends or Nemisis? I have quoted that line from Season 1 Episode 11 since Smallville is also knownbecause of their phrases and lines that will make you think, “where these writers got all of those?”.
Another line from Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) that blew me away is this line from Season 6-Episode 3 while having an intimate mood with Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk). “Happiness is just a feeling of euphoria. It’s your brain chemistry going into overdrive. That’s why so many relationships fail when the honeymoon ends and reality sets in.” After hearing that line, it made me realize how scientific and philosophical Lex’s mind is. Sadly, that line also applied to Lex’s marriage life with Lana (Major Spoiler for those who haven’t seen the series yet).The whole Lex and Lana affair was highlighted in Season 6, the last episode of the season is also the end of the Lex and Lana marriage.
The camaraderie of Pete Ross (Sam Jones III) and Clark’s friendship is a real representation of how true friendship should be. Most of the scene with Clark and Pete is a Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn situation as Pete kept on supporting Clark and pushing him through with everything Clark wanted to be especially his passion in joining the athletic team. When Clark gave up on Pete showing his super powers, that’s where the real brotherhood sets in. Pete kept on protecting Clark’s secret all along until Lionel Luthor (John Glover) blackmailed him threatening him to have his mom, unemployed if Pete didn’t tell Lionel the real identity of Clark Kent. This made Pete and his mom move to Wichita for good to avoid further trouble in being involved in Clark’s secret identity. The part where Pete and Clark is saying goodbye to each other is a mush, not because of them being apart, but because of a main character that gave life to the show leaving for good. Though Chloe (Allison Mack) replaces the best friend status in the later part of the series, Pete will always be the first best friend to act as a vault in keeping the Clark Kent’s secret identity.
Just like all other series, there are also episodes of Smallville that is a bit off or somewhat like a filler for me. I don’t like the episode where Lana, Chloe and Lois (Erica Durance) became witches in Season 4, Episode 8. I almost skip that episode due to boredom. I was like “how come Clark Kent is fighting witches?” ha-ha!, but still I was able to finish the entire episode since I would like to know if there will be a twist in the end (which Smallville always does) but sadly, it’s an ordinary filler episode. I also hated it when Lana became part of this sorority vampire club in Season 5, Episode 5. Again, I was like wondering “why did the director would do such an episode like that?”, yeah, the episode might highlight on Lana leaving Clark to study at Met-up but still the “vampire” thing is a bit off for me (just sayin’).
Oh, and also, this Season 4, Episode 8 called “Spell” is a bit “should not be added” episode for me.
I also learned a lot of family values watching Smallville that I currently applied to myself being a father especially the lessons that Jonathan Kent (John Schneider) taught Clark. I love the bond that Clark and Jonathan have. Clark can say everything to his father as well as her feeling about Lana, which I want me and my son to apply when he grew up. Opening topics about crushes and puppy love is oh, so awkward especially for teens– that’s why the father and son relationship that Clark and Jonathan have is a must.
Martha Kent (Anette O’Toole) is also a model of a strong mother. It broke my heart a lot watching episodes of Smallville after Jonathan died. I know in a long run people will get used to of not seeing Jonathan on Kent farm, but, those first few episodes without Jonathan saddened me. The part where Jonathan used to pile up those haystacks will make you miss the character and will make you think “Ah, Clark’s dad should be doing that”. Yeah, that’s really what I felt seeing the first few episodes without Jonathan Kent. In a long run the character of Lionel Luthor almost took over Jonathan as Clark’s guidance, but nevertheless the mother figure of Martha became much stronger dealing with protecting Clark’s secret as well as dealing with Lionel’s partnership with Martha’s political advocacies.
Okay, enough of those sappy flashbacks. As I have mentioned earlier, Smallville is the pioneer of superhero comic book based series. I remember WB doing another DC based series called Birds of Prey Wayback 2002 sadly, the series lasted only for one season. Birds of prey was not able to reach the ratings that Smallville has, since its pilot airing, probable reason why the TV series didn’t last. Okay, so going back! Smallville started it all, I remember people on the internet having a forum and asking what comic book based series will emerge after Smallville?, yeah fans started being geeky watching Smallville for ten years. When Smallville ended there are a lot of spin off request from fans like, they want Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) or Bart Allen(The Impulse) to have their own series. Fans who grew up watching Smallville is filling the needs of seeing more of a “Smallville like series”.
The hype started on Season 6 Episode 11 when Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley) collaborated with Aquaman (Alan Michael Ritchson), The Impulse (Kyle Gallner) and Cyborg (Lee Thompson Young) to take down Lex’s 33.1 facility, a facility which experiment/study metahuman to use it for war or making it a universal soldier (well as per Lex’s subliminal reasoning).
Watching that said episode is full of excitement, especially Clark not knowing what the deal is. It is exciting to the point that you don’t want to go out your seat watching it, I can say that this iconic episode started it all. I remember an article on the net way back that Marvel Studios is following the trend of Smallville by starting it with the Daredevil movie, then Spiderman. I mean, yeah, that make sense because today, Marvel already has the Avengers being assembled the whole idea must have come to Smallville. Okay, don’t get mad at me–this is just an opinion (my opinion). I am actually thinking as I am writing this that, there might still be some people out there that doesn’t know or haven’t watched Smallville yet so I guess I’m going to shut my mouth, my fingers or my mind (which ever you might want to mention) to stop being a major spoiler. If you would like to watch a series that has a lot of emotions to it, go ahead and see Smallville or let me end this blog by saying that, for those of you who haven’t seen Smallville yet, Please watch it!