Saturday, May 14, 2011
Let me state up front that I quit Smallville after about season 4. After teasing that we were finally going to let Lana in on the secret after it became flat-out ridiculous that she didn't know already, they undid it and killed Jonathan Kent instead. I had no desire to keep playing the game from that point on.
I hear the show got better, and worse... and better again. Maybe they ran this cycle a couple of more times, it's hard to keep track. I had heard the last season was finishing strong, and I like what I've seen of Erica Durance... I think she might keep it watchable even through the bad times. So I was tempted to jump back in the pool this summer and see it through... but the reactions to the finale don't help my motivation when there are so many things I want to see. I think this quote seems to sum up best the reactions I'm seeing, courtesy of a gentleman named Bat-Fan Beyond in the toonzone forums:
"The last two hours of Smallville represents, to me, exactly how the series as a whole was all through the course of its entire ten season existence: A considerable amount of great moments sprinkled here and there throughout tons and tons of crap from beginning to end."
Yeah, I think I'll keep Smallville on the backburner for now. Probably until they make it super-easy for me by throwing the whole series on Netflix streaming.
I heard they killed Jimmy Olsen in the course of the show, but then went back and said it wasn't THE Jimmy Olsen, that THE Jimmy was actually inspired to follow in his older brothers footsteps. My first reaction was "What a ridiculous copout." But actually, that's a brilliant idea. If I were writing the show, I'd kill Jimmy Olsen every week, with another "Cousin Jimmy" replacing him the next week.