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Smallville: The Complete Tenth Season (2010 – 2011/Warner Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B     Extras: C     Episodes: C+



Smallville has been slowly coming to an end for years now; the creators stretching out storylines and introducing characters that have no place being in the ‘pre-Superman’ universe of Clark Kent.  This is not to say the series was not enjoyable, but after a while Smallville limped along as it awkwardly steered clear of just saying we had reached the point of no return (i.e., Superman has arrived).


The Tenth Season does not reveal much new for the world of Smallville and acts more like a continuing soap opera of ridiculousness.  There are tons of double crosses, returns from the dead, parallel universes, clones, secrets and every other ‘soap opera-esc’ plot twist.  Clark still goes undercover in Metropolis as ‘The Blur,’ while concurrently trying to lead a normal life with Lois, friends, and family.


The main focus of this season is the impending doom of earth faces as Darkseid arrives.  It starts off slow as Darkseid’s minions wreak havoc, but soon progresses to a point of utter chaos.  Other story arches involve Green Arrow’s secret identity, the Vigilante Registration Act, the shooting of Martha Kent, serial killers loose in Metropolis and much more.


I had lost interest in Smallville a while ago now, but was excited to see how it all came to an end.  The season could have been much better but it completely missed an opportunity to transition the wide eyed Clark Kent into the Man of Steel we all know and love.  Season 10 dragged like the last several seasons, introducing new storylines that mattered little to the progression of the series; especially at the end.  The series finale was a somewhat appropriate, but mostly a cop out and did not give the sense of satisfaction I was expecting.


The technical features on the Smallville Season 10 Blu-ray are well done as always, though not perfect.  The picture again is presented in a 1080p High Definition 1.78 X 1 Anamorphic Widescreen VC-1 Encoded image that is clean/clear, well balanced, and colorfully vibrant as the primary colors explode off the screen.  The colors are awesome and the inky blacks are just as powerful.  Again the detailed, sharp image is admirable and delivers a reliable Blu-ray experience.  At first, the sound played once again like it was a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix, but Warner has decided to use DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 here, but it is still adequate at best and a far cry from what a superhero series should be and especially on Blu-ray.  The dialogue is crisp as it projects from the front, existing as the shining moment for the audio track; but as the action picked up this season I was disappointed at the lack of surrounds overall and the dialogue is too much towards the front channels.


The extras include a few featurettes, commentary tracks, a music video, and finally some deleted scenes.  The deleted scenes and featurettes are adequate, but not all to revealing.  The commentary tracks are enjoyable/well done, though I would have liked to hear where they thought the series was going or if the ever had the intention to go forward (beyond Smallville) and dive in the Lois and Clark territory.


A good series that had its time, now let’s see what is next for the Man of Steel.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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