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The Success of Smallville the Series

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Last night CW Channel 11 featured the third episode of the 2007 season of Smallville. This show is in its seventh season, and that fact alone, demonstrates the huge, continuing appeal of both the show and the Superman genre.

Smallville is the story of Clark Kent, aka (Superman) during the early years of his youth, as he attends high school and develops into a young adult, under the watchful eye of adopted parents John and Martha Kent, who find him as a baby in a crashed space ship. Clark (Kal-El) is sent by his birth parents, as a toddler from his home planet, KRYPTON, a planet in a distant galaxy, just before it explodes. Our yellow sun (Krypton has a red sun), changes Clark’s molecular structure endowing him with incredible abilities and unlimited strength. We all know the story.

Smallville has, for many reasons, become my favorite show. I have always been a fan of Superman and I love the entire super hero concept. Apparently I am not alone, because this is a very popular show, with a huge and diverse fan base.

The writers and producers are highly creative, and have produced some excellent episodes, while introducing very appealing and likeable characters. Young actor Tom Welling, is the perfect Clark Kent. He is very handsome, well built, and looks more like the Superman character than anyone I have ever seen on screen, and I have seen them all. The choice of Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor borders on genius. Michael in my opinion is the most talented actor on the show. He provides us with the perfect mix of intelligence, class, cunning, and restrained evil, that we so admire in our wealthy Billionaire villains.

The first three season episodes have surprised even the most alert of Smallville’s viewers. The producers have made a brilliant move, by introducing (Supergirl), in the form of the very attractive Canadian actress, Laura Vandervoort. Laura plays (Kara Kent), Clark’s cousin, who unknown to him, was also sent too earth in a spaceship, just before the destruction of their home planet Krypton. She has all the super powers, enjoyed by Clark and begins to struggle with the same identity issues. Laura is stunning in her outfits and looks great in the primary red and blue colors, as she tries to emulate Clark’s penchant for simple attire.

This brings up my main point. Smallville has more strong female characters, than any TV show on the air! There are five major female characters, Annette O’Toole, Kristen Kreuk, Erica Durrance, Allison Mack and now the beautiful Laura Vandervort. This is one of the major reasons why the show is enjoying so much success.

Each of these ladies brings a different element and style that provides a high degree of depth to the series. Kristen plays (Lana Lang), Clark’s girl friend. She is a fine young actress and provides romance, drama and a certain unique beauty. Erica Durrance, set in the role of (Lois Lane) is doing a fine job, and among the male viewers the feeling about her is “She has one of the best physiques on screen.”  I would not disagree!

I have always like Annette O’Toole, and as Clark’s mother, (Martha Kent) she is not disappointing. If this were not enough the show has introduced other Superheroes, such as Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, The Green Arrow and The Martian Manhunter, setting the stage for the beloved Justice League of America. I would not be surprised to see both Wonder Woman and Green Lantern in upcoming episodes. All in all the show is very enjoyable and well worth viewing, especially for fans of DC Comics. Oh, and in case you didn’t guess. I am highly impressed with Laura Vandervoort!


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