Is Smallville Circling The Drain?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:01 am,

smallville black canary Is Smallville Circling The Drain?Actually, my first title for this was going to be “Is Smallville Swirling In The Toilet?”, but I thought that might be a bit much.

If you read this site regularly, you’ll know that I’m actually quite a fan of Smallville. But when I like something I tend to hold it to a high standard. Granted, this isn’t high brow entertainment, but it has been fun to watch over the years as Clark has matured from a geeky high school student to a man of responsibility. Also great has been seeing the slide into darkness of Lex Luthor.

However one thing that really drives me nuts is when a TV series hangs on too long. This was the case with the most excellent Stargate SG-1, which should have ended when Richard Dean Anderson left the show and before the wretched Ori storyline began.

Now Smallville is entering “should’ve quit while they were ahead” territory.


The last couple of episodes have been probably the worst of the entire series.

First we had “Siren”, a couple of weeks ago. The episode introduced the Black Canary, a DC universe super-heroine who in the comics is romantically involved with Green Arrow. In the opening minutes of the show, it was so incredibly cheesy that I thought it was some sort of wierd parody of the show or strange dream sequence.

I kid you not.

When the episode just kept going from there, I was stunned. It was the most cornball thing I’d seen in a long time, complete with cringe-inducing dialog. The romantic exchanges between Lois and Oliver Queen were also really awful.

It was actually painful to sit through and felt like it lasted about 3 hours to me. Even my daughter who loves superhero-related stuff thought it was terrible.

And then last week we had the episode titled “Fracture,” where Lex tracks down amnesia-ridden Kara, Clark’s Kryptonian cousin, and while trying to bring her back to Metropolis suffers a gunshot wound right between the eyes – and survives!

I almost turned it off when they cut to the hospital room and said he was in a coma. A gunshot to the forehead, dead straight on, and he’s just in a coma.

Wow.

Anyway, Clark had to use experimental technology to get inside Lex’s subconscious in order to find out where Kara and Lois are being held in Detroit. He discovers a little boy in there who is the final remnant of what good is left in Lex.

In the end Chloe once again manifests her super-duper lifesaving powers to heal Lex completely.

They’ve brought in too many Kryptonians, Clark still can’t fly, Lana has been turned into this dark, twisted character and they gave Chloe super-powers so I suppose she’d be more relevant to the show.

If the next couple of episodes don’t improve, things are going to get really bad. And on top of all this, they’re planning on continuing the show with an eighth season despite the fact that Michael Rosenbaum (who plays Lex) is leaving the show and the only actor committed to returning at this point is Tom Welling (Clark).

I always bring up the TV series Seinfeld as an example of a show that bit the bullet and quit while it was at the peak of it’s popularity. Sure, it’s tough, but now it will always be remembered as a great show and not one that slid into mediocrity towards the end.

CW, I know you’re hurting for ratings and a hit show, but if this is any indication, season 8 of Smallville is going to be horrifically awful.

Quit, while you still can.

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  1. Vic,

    That alright, I know you try hard. Nobody is right all the time. You keep it pretty close, but I understand. We will keep you in our prayers while you recover from this laps in judgment.

    Vic keep it rockin, keep it straight, and keep it pumpin. We love you out here, so stay off my Smallville. lol

  2. Smitty, you’re funny. :-)

    But if a show loses it, it loses it. Even if a Star Trek show stinks I’ll say so, and I’m a huge Trek fan.

    Best,

    Vic

  3. Vic,

    We will see, I hope your are wrong. It seems everything is swirling after the crazy writer’s strike. I hope they can pull back off of this nose dive some seem to be seeing. Even my my Fav Jericho seems to be off target, so I have no clue what the future holds for our favorite shows.

    Thank you for being able to appreciate mt humor. Outside of Myspace I spend most of my time here. Thank you for all of the time you spend to help keeping nerds like me well informed.

    Smitty

  4. Kyle,
    The Black Canary has always looked like a “street walker” or a little skanky as you put it. That has been gone over and joked about many times in the comics. So no true issue there.

  5. Smitty,

    The Black Canary in the comix may have had SLIGHT hookerish overtones,namely because of the fishnet stockings but she NEVER looked like a damn skank like she does here in Coolville. She doesn’t even look hot….can you say el dyke-o much? ;-)

    BC in the comix,specifically in the Silver Age stories,always looked like a superhero even with the fishnets. She had bucaneer high heeled boots with fishnet/gray pants,black shirt and blue over jacket. She looked hot. She looks best in the JLU cartoon,IMO,cuz the fishnets (dumb idea) are non existant because they didn’t translate well into animation. No one’d mistake her as a ho. Now currently she looks a bit more “street walker-ish” in the comix but it isn’t completely overboard like here in Smallville. Short hair with big dude burns and painted mask (WTF???? BC doesn’t wear a mask!!!),WB has dropped the ball AGAIN in translating another classic comix character to TV (they do it with films too,mostly because of Jon Peters,IMO. See here:http://singerssupermansucks.blogspot.com/2007/12/jon-peters-is-class-act.html).

  6. http://singerssupermansucks.blogspot.com/2007/12/jon-peters-is-class-act.html

    Sorry,the link wasn’t “linkable” for some reason. :-)

  7. Stargate SG-1 shouldn’t have just ended after RDA left. The Ori arc was needed to hopefully bring further trust from the ascended Atlantians in the story line. The execution of it, however, was not up to par. Season 10 seemed abbreviated because they knew it was the last season.

    In any case, Smallville jumped the shark with me 2 seasons ago because it is a-number one the most stretched and milked and bilked storyline in the history of TV serials. They needed to have had Clark become more like Superman by now and also finally make some decisions about his future long ago. I don’t care about the exact comparison to the comics, thats just silly. There are many different re-tellings of the Superman story. However Smallville just doesn’t know when to quit and arc and move on with some real closure, results, or upgrades in Clarks’ abilities. I still watch it “just in case” but I realize that is what they have been banking on for at least 2 seasons because they don’t have anything else.

  8. Vic
    I agree with you about smallville going beyond the stopping point. It has gotten harder for me to even watch the show because the plots have become so far fetched that its downright stupid! Now dont get me wrong, initally the show was a hit with me and my children, but I believe that they have left the point where the show was simple to follow and led it down a road that is winding and possibly leading to a dead end! I mean veritas! what the heck is that all about, now we have a group of people waiting on supermans arrival! that really changes the story line, and almost makes it into a Christ like figure, u know the wise men awaiting the messiah!

  9. If CW and the new producers of smallville are smart they will run two more seasons( 9 & 10). Tom Welling should be given one heck of new contract besides letting him direct more episodes. Smallville as well as tom welling have a HUGE fan base – so CW make a smart move and keep tom welling for two more seasons!!!

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