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'Smallville - The Complete Sixth Season'
(Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / (2006) 2007 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: A meteor shower bursts from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville. Twelve years later and the healing process has left the town's inhabitants with scars and secrets. From the ashes of tragedy, a popular yet awkward teen attempts to decipher the meaning of his life and his clouded past. As he struggles with the transition from boyhood to adulthood, his strength and strange abilities set him uncomfortably apart from his peers, and his name is Clark Kent.

DVD Verdict: 'Smallville' is the only television show that I watch on a regular basis that is still on air. Seeing as that is the case, it would be nice if the episodes and characters were consistent. This is sadly not the case in season 6. While there were some very, VERY good episodes in this season ("Zod," "Justice," and "Promise" ["Promise" actually got me to the point of tears it was so good] being the ones that stick out) the rest of the season was lackluster at best.

I loved the episodes featuring the Green Arrow - they brought a much-needed alternate perspective of right and wrong, and were just plain cool (nice outfit, man). Other than those few nice episodes, the rest seemed to be repetitive and similar to the "freak-of-the-week" episodes of the terrible first season. I have to say the most dissapointing aspect of this season was the unbelievable, often sporradic character of Lana Lang. She seemed to change from episode to episode, with no real justice to the Lana I used to love from previous seasons.

That said though, and much to my surprise, season six did manage to at least give Lana something to do! I usually could care less about her romance with Clark, but for the first time in the Lexana marriage episode "Promise," I felt for her and Clark. It was heartbreaking to see Lana coaxed into a marriage with Lex, when she truly wanted to be with Clark. Not to give anything away, but Lana also FINALLY discovers a secret that has been a long time coming. I was very relieved to see the secret revealed (you'll know what I mean when you see it).

There was also the introduction of Jimmy Olsen who is played by Aaron Ashmore. The acting on his part wasn't too bad, but it seemed that his relationship with Chloe seemed forced at times, and the fact that he only showed up when the writers were in need of a love triangle situation made him seem like a poorly used plot device rather than a fully developed character. The dialogue often caused groans to erupt in the room (from myself AND friends who watch it with me).

The poorly developed plot and horrible guest stars (sorry to say, but let's face it, pro-wrestlers aren't great actors and we have TWO this season...) and the hardly bearable change in characters in this mainly character-driven show made this season one of the worst in my opinion. The good episodes were good enough to keep me watching, but the rest either had me laughing at the ridiculous situations and dialogue or groaning at the repitition of it all.

All in all, the good ones were really good, the bad ones were really bad, and it just seems to me that there were more bad ones than there were good ones. I still love Smallville, I just really hope that the next season has a little bit of consistency to it! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes allwith the Special Features of:

Green Arrow: The Legend of the Emerald Archer
Smallville: Big Fans - Profiling Smallville Devotees
The Making Of Smallville Legends - The Oliver Queen Chronicles
Smallville Legends: Justice & Doom Animated Storyline
Unaired Scenes