I’ve been a devoted fan of Smallville for many years now. I know there’s a lot of people out there that gave up on the series four or five seasons ago. But I weathered through some of the more difficult times and plotlines that were maybe less than stellar. I couldn’t have been happier when Lana Lang was finally taken out of the show. Nothing against Kristin Kreuk, but I absolutely loathed the character and found myself wishing weekly that she would come to some very horrible end. When she did die several times, I cheered until finding out that the series writers had found yet another new way to bring her back from the dead. I would groan and my wife would always elbow me and tell me to stop. I was. however, seriously bummed when Lex Luthor made his disappearance from the series. There was such a great chemistry between actors Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum. Oh well – enough with the talk of season’s past. Let’s talk Season Nine!
Season Nine of Smallville had a lot more ups than it did downs. There was still way too much romance for my tastes when combining Clark and Lois’s relationship with Chloe and Oliver Queen’s. Don’t get me wrong, neither one of these was anywhere near as bad as the wretched Clark / Lana love affair fiasco. Sometimes, it just seems like the romantic elements go on a bit too much and get in the way of the action. The action was definitely there, though. You had great battles between Clark and Zod, games played with the Toyman, deadly confrontations with The Black Archer, and the uncovering of mysteries surrounding the secret organization Checkmate.
Clark truly begins to embrace his destiny of becoming the world’s savior and leader of super heroes. A type of christening or passing-of-the-torch takes place in the great double episode, “Absolute Justice.” It was very nostalgic and a well-done homage to the classic comic book heroes of the Justice Society of America, including Hawkman, Dr. Fate, and Stargirl. We also get to see their museum, which features iconic symbols of super heroes of the past – Hawkgirl, the Silver Age Flash, and even the original Green Lantern’s namesake item among others. The episode features a touching changing-of-the-guard between the Justice Society of America and a group of “new” super heroes Clark has rounded up that don’t have a name yet. He refers to the group as “a work in progress.”
Great guest-stars for this season were in abundance as well. You had Metallo, played by one of my favorite supporting and ensemble actors Brian Austin Green. The return of Michael McKean playing Perry White, who has now become the boyfriend of Clark’s Earthly mother Martha. The introduction of the Wonder Twins, Zan and Jayna, with Zan being played by 7th Heaven’s David Gallagher. Then to top it all off, you have the great Julian Sands portraying Jor-El in the episode “Kandor” when Clark comes face-to-face with his Kryptonian father.
It wouldn’t be right to not mention Zod through all of this. Zod at first seems to be a character you can sympathize with and then begins to show his true colors as a megalomaniac who basically just wants to take over the Earth. Callum Blue (Dead Like Me) portrays the character so intensely, but in my opinion never reaches the level of what Terence Stamp did in the movies. It definitely doesn’t deter you from the story at all, however.
Special Features include unaired scenes in the episodes “Rabid”, “Roulette”, “Disciple”, “Persuasion”, “Conspiracy”, “Upgrade”, “Charade”, and “Salvation.” There’s also commentaries on “Kandor” by Callum Blue and writers Turi Meyer and Al Septien and on “Idol” by Erica Durance and Executive Producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders. Then, there’s two features which include Kneel Before Zod and Absolute Justice: From Script to Screen.
Specifications for the DVD box set include Widesreen presentation; English , French, and Spanish subtitles; English and Portuguese Languages; and 5.1 Surround Sound. Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season is six discs clocking in at 1012 minutes.
It’s been released three different ways. There’s the DVD release, Blu-ray release, and a Special Edition version that comes with a “Blur” t-shirt you can get from Amazon.