The hit CW series “Smallville” held its 2007 Fall debut, Thursday, September 27th. It began exactly where it left off at the end of last season.
Two the show’s heroines began the season at death’s door. Lana ended last season as the victim of a car bomb that everyone believes her husband planted. Chloe, also ended last season in peril having willingly offered her life in exchange for that of her cousin, Lois Lane.
Luckily, the debut episode doesn’t keep fans worrying about their favorite characters for long. Although Chloe appears to die and is even put in the morgue for autopsy, her meteor power brings her back to life. And even though it appears that Lana died when her car exploded, we instead find out that she may have staged the whole thing herself.
That isn’t all that the premiere offered, though. Clark begins, yet again, battling with a part of himself; this time in the guide of Bizarro (Superman). Although he believes that his newest alternate self might be stronger than him, he manages to dispatch the villain just in the knick of time.
That certainly would seem to be more than enough drama for the show’s opener. But “Smallville” never takes the low road. There were still lots of surprises in store. The first was the arrival of Clark’s cousin, the never before seen Supergirl.
She was apparently suspended animation since her arrival on earth. However, the explosion, which fractures the town’s dam, also awakens the girl and sets her free just in time to save Lex Luthor for about the tenth time.
The thing I find most fascinating about this show is the fact that it continues to get better with each coming year. As a rule, that just doesn’t happen in the world of television. So what makes “Smallville” so different?
First of all, the show has an excellent staff of writers; easily some of the best found on any network, including the three majors – – ABC, NBC, and CBS. Second, the ensemble cast is nothing short of spectacular. There isn’t one among them that couldn’t carry the weight of the entire show on their shoulders if need be. Plus, the lead, Tom Welling, is not only an outstanding actor, but the perfect hero and a real a real feast for the eyes of his female fans.
Next, the direction on this show is always exceptional. Finally, America isn’t likely to ever tire of the plot whereby good triumphs over evil. It is an innate part of our makeup. We need to feel it, see it, and experience it. It is very much a part of who we are; flawed to be sure, but always seeking to do the right thing.
Put all of this together and you simply can’t help but have a winning combination. It’s just a pity that more shows can’t figure out how to emulate the successful formula. If they did, then television just might be worth watching.
I predict that this season of “Smallville” will set new records. With more stories about the “Justice League” and Supergirl now in the mix, it should be just about time for Clark to finally take control of those few remaining powers – – like flying – – that he has heretofore not used.
With Chloe’s new powers and Lana taking a back seat, we should also starting seeing Lois and Clark bond more closely. That is certainly what the fans are waiting for. And the growing hatred between Lex and Clark seems to be on the brink of its own explosion. All of this makes for promising TV.