#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”

Series Finale — Smallville, “Finale”

Here we are at the end of a long, winding and oftentimes bumpy, 10-year road. Smallville is over. As someone who tries to review television objectively, I'll be the first to acknowledge this series' weaknesses, both those within its control and those not. I want to point out all of those things first as to say … Continue reading Series Finale — Smallville, “Finale”

Waiting for Superman: Week five part two: Ranking the episodes of Smallville (again)

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. You can the first five pieces here, here, here, here and here if you missed them. And now we come … Continue reading Waiting for Superman: Week five part two: Ranking the episodes of Smallville (again)

Waiting for Superman, week five part one: Ranking the seasons of Smallville

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. You can the first four pieces here, here, here and here if you missed them. This week, I decided … Continue reading Waiting for Superman, week five part one: Ranking the seasons of Smallville

Waiting for Superman, week four: How important is the ending?

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. You can the first three pieces here, here and here if you missed them. You … Continue reading Waiting for Superman, week four: How important is the ending?

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

Sometimes origin stories take 10 years — Ranking the episodes of Smallville, Episodes 25-1

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 25-1

Sometimes origin stories take 10 years — Ranking the episodes of Smallville, Episodes 49-26

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 49-26

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

Sometimes origin stories take 10 years — Ranking the episodes of Smallville, Episodes 114-80

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 114-80

Sometimes origin stories take 10 years — Ranking the episodes of Smallville, Episodes 146-115

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 146-115