Smallville: The Complete Third Season
DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005
Starring Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristen Kreuk, John Schneider, Annette O’Toole, John Glover
Studio: Warner Brothers
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For those who may have been sleeping under a rock for the past three years, Smallville is the story of the early days of everyones favorite super hero, Superman. The story revolves around the mild mannered Clark Kents journey through High School, his dealings with his friends and the inevitable question of his own destiny.
Season 2 left us hanging with Clark fleeing from Smallville, under the influence of Red Kryptonite (making him less than the good guy) after destroying the ship that brought him to Earth in the hopes it would rid him of all ties to his birth father, Jor-El. Season 3 begins with Clark living a life of crime in Metropolis, while his friends and family frantically search for him. To close the cliffhanger from Season 2, Clarks adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, makes a last ditch attempt to rescue Clark by receiving all of his powers from Jor-El. Little do we know, at this point, that this will have a huge price down the road.
This season contains 22 episodes, dealing mostly with Jor-El seeking Clark down through the mysterious caves bearing Kryptonian symbols. Clark, still unsure of his true purpose here on Earth, is convinced that his birth father has sent him here to conquer and destroy mankind with his superhuman powers. The uneducated audience is misled in Clarks fathers true motives as well, but those die hard fans know the truth.
The writers also start probing more into Clarks friendship with Lex Luthor, which comes to a crashing halt in the finale when Clark realizes Lex lied to him, again. As with most of the seasons, Clark has been slowly learning new powers as the series progresses. This season is no exception with the addition of super hearing. This gift comes in handy in many a touchy situation, but also allows our hero to hear some things that he might be better off not hearing, as in one scene where he finds out his best friend, Chloe, is working with the sinister Lionel Luthor and spying on Clark.
The DVD features include the standard run of outtakes, most featuring the ever amusing Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor) along with some great commentary from the shows creators. My only drawback to the outtakes was that not one of them featured the star of the show, Tom Welling. Maybe he doesnt screw up, but I wouldnt think so.
All in all, the series is turning out to be a very plot driven telling of a somewhat skimmed over story from the movies. Not every episode deals with who Clark is, and where he came from, but they all tie into the greater picture, and leave the audience eager for future episodes. Being able to watch them all back to back with digital sound is a great bonus also, as they have really put a lot into the shows production.
Commentary on 3 Episodes by Key Cast and Crew
Producing Smallville: The Heroes Behind The Camera
The Chloe Chronicles Vol. II
Interactive Comic Book
DVD-ROM Link to Smallville Site Featuring Added Bonus Material
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC
Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Season Premiere (2 episodes) and Season Finale (talk about cliffhangers)
Running Time: 950 minutes