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Rating: Not Rated
Commentary by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Ken Horton, and Steven S. DeKnight on Thirst
Commentary by Steven S. DeKnight, James Marshall, and James Marsters (Prof. Fine) on Splinter
“Smallville’s 100th Episode: The Making of a Milestone” featurette
Excerpts from the documentary Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman
“Vengeance Chronicles”: promo webisodes
“An astonishing season of destiny! Clark Kent now carries a full load of classes at Central Kansas U., but that’s not all he carries. He carries the full weight of his – perhaps the world’s – destiny. “We call this season Superman in Training,” series co-creator Alfred Gough says. “Clark is going to accept his destiny.” During this exciting pivotal season: The Fortress of Solitude rises. A spaceship mystery unfolds. A dark tragedy – one even Clark’s powers can’t prevent – strikes. These and more key elements of Superman lore fall into place.”
“Smallville: The Complete Fifth Season” is not rated.
Despite having been out of it for several seasons, I found it relatively easy to jump back into the storyline. While there were a number of changes over the past seasons, it was straightforward to follow. You could jump in with minimal knowledge of the first four seasons. However, I was shocked by just how much changed in the course of season five. A major character dies, Clark reveals his secret to several people, good guys become bad, bad guys become good, and you learn a lot more about Krypton and Superman’s dad. In short, if you try to jump in on season six, you’ll be hopelessly lost. This is the season to get back in the swing of things.
I highly recommend this series to Superman fans, comic book fans in general, and anyone that likes sci-fi/supernatural TV series. And anyone that loves a good soap opera should enjoy it, too.
This DVD has a satisfying set of bonus features. Besides your standard offering of commentaries and deleted scenes, you’ll find a 45 minute feature on the making of the 100th episode. It follows the creation of the show from script writing all the way through sound mixing. It’s incredibly detailed and there’s a ton of behind the scenes footage. You see the cast members clowning around, the crew setting up fake snow, and all sorts of goodness. Also included are short videos from the internet entitled “Vengeance Chronicles”. They follow the further adventures of Vengeance, a vigilante Clark tangles with in Metropolis in one of the episodes. Chloe also has a prominent role. While they’re cheesy, they represent a great effort to offer something new to Smallville fans. Finally, there are excerpts from the documentary “Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman”. It’s a great documentary and well worth checking out.