#TVFail Entry 19: Smallville, “Reckoning”

The accused: Smallville, “Reckoning” (Season 5, Episode 12) The crime: Sending its lead character on an aimless, never-ending path of self-loathing How much impact, both positive and negative, can one bad episode have on an entire series? How do long-running series continue onward in the aftermath of an episodic failure? Is it possible that individual, … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 19: Smallville, “Reckoning”

Smallville, “Prophecy”

This review is going to be really short, as I am short on time, catching up AND have very little to say about this episode.  I hate to say this, but it's pretty obvious that Smallville had no business coming back for a full 22-episode final season. I enjoy these characters and like spending time … Continue reading Smallville, “Prophecy”

Waiting for Superman, week one: How Smallville can stick the landing

With only five more weeks of Smallville, there are mixed emotions in the TVS headquarters. To work out those conflicting feelings, I'll be writing a pre-episode piece every week from here on out until the final episode on May 13. This is the first one, obviously. Smallville's tenth and final season has been a bit … Continue reading Waiting for Superman, week one: How Smallville can stick the landing

Smallville reaches 200: An ode to the undervalued fans

Tonight, Smallville airs its 200th episode, becoming only the 79th scripted series to reach that milestone in the history of television. This is a massive deal, but for the most part, the industry's biggest and critics are ignoring it. There's no Entertainment Weekly or TV Guide cover. Alan Sepinwall isn't writing about his favorite moments … Continue reading Smallville reaches 200: An ode to the undervalued fans

Sometimes origin stories take 10 years — Ranking the episodes of Smallville, Episodes 79-50

After the positive response to my ranked list of Lost and Office episodes, I just had to do another. Heck, even if there wasn’t a positive response for those two features, I probably would have done another one anyway because I love lists. I’ve been thinking about what series to tackle for nearly a month … Continue reading Sometimes origin stories take 10 years — Ranking the episodes of Smallville, Episodes 79-50