I watch a few episodes during the first few seasons but that's pretty much it. Why do so many people dislike the show though?
Why do so many people hate smallville?
For me it just got lost alot of the time. Like they would set up this story arc spaning over three episodes then complety forget about in and then bring it back up at some random pouint. Plus green arrow in this show was a complete waste of space in terms of everything cause he was bboring as well as lana man was she overrated.
I like the show but it had some overused writing cliches and just too much soap opera stuff. If you played a drinking game to each time Lex said "Spare me the lecture" or "I'll fly in my specialists from Metropolis" you would be dead within the first 10 minutes
low budget of a TV show for superman and the fact that it's on the CW, which makes it mandatory to do stupid teenage-ish romance bullshit? Yeah, I guess that's why. BUT, news flash, none of those bother me, and I enjoyed the show from the beginning to the end. (Ok, I admit I can't stand Lana. That's the ultimate reason I guess.....)
I am currently watching the show, I am on the 6th season. My girlfriend is a huge Superman fan and wanted to watch it all again, this was my first time. And this show actually made me become a Superman fan. Even though its very dramatic and soap tvish. It made me connect more with Superman and want to read more about him. After growing up hating Superman, he is now one of my top 5 favorites. Some episodes are more fun than others, but the ones with JLA members are great. Plus Lois is nice to look at.
I loved Smallville A LOT (till I just watched first season complete, some episodes from other seasons and the 10 season complete)
It made me cry a few times...... and the soap novel-ish.... I'm a girl and till I hate soap novels, it mixed with superheroes and some action it's good enough for me :D
Um, because they got the Superman character ALL WRONG. Clark in Smallville is nothing like Superman in the comics.
The first offense is how dumb Clark is in Smallville, whereas Superman in the comics is extremely smart. Superman knows almost every language in the world, he can build future machines, he knows science, chemistry, he can fix space shuttles, anything you name it. Clark in Smallville is being lied to all the time, and he has no clue. Superman in the comics, knows exactly when anyone is lying to him. How? He has super-hearing, he listens to a person's heart-rate to see if they're lying. He can also use his X-Ray vision to see a person's DNA and figure out what diseases they have immediately. Clark never does any of this stuff in Smallville.
Another reason is that Clark in Smallville kills. He has killed villains multiple times without any consequences, he just forgets about it the next day.
And the worst is the Kryptonite, which appears every goddamn episode. Kryptonite never appears in Superman comics, because the writers actually have to write a good story instead of pulling the cheap "Kryptonite" card everytime. Smallville writers obviously didn't get that. Kryptonite every damn episode.
I mean, why can't Clark just use his X-Ray vision, scan entire Smallville for Kryptonite, and then just have his dad or someone collect them and lock them up in a shed???? Seriously, how dumb is he??
Their first mistake was putting it on the CW. As many people have already said, it was kind of like Dawson's Creek with Super powers. You can really apply that to any show on the CW actually, save Supernatural.....Dawson's Creek with Vampires, Spies, witches and so on. But anyway's, yeah, it was much to soap-opera-y for its own good. It also had a lot of lame villains of the week even into the later seasons. Usually, once a show establishes itself, they move past that, but Smallville never really did. And there were a series of letdowns the show gave me. Doomsday? Darkseid? Zod (who was actually the best overall, besides Lex)? Villains in general? They were all just very anti-climatic and lame. The series finale also sucked. Chloe was a waste of space, as was Oliver half the time. Lana annoyed me. And Lex should have never left.
But still.....I liked the show a lot lol
I liked it at first but after a couple of seasons I just couldn't take it any more. It was the same thing over and over again, monster of the week, love triangles, character either tied up bound or knocked out. And many good characters were badly portrayed and were not done any justice on that show. Plus once I found Bruce Timm's superman the animated series I never looked back. Besides its been done better in other places. If you don't believe me watch either the first George reeves superman episode, superman the movie or the 3 part pilot of superman TAS as well as the episode the new kids in town. Either of them are better than this.
I also want to point out that many characters weren't done any justice by the show. Many fans had a favourite character that was completely shafted or misshandled by the show like darkseid, doomsday, livewire, Lana Lang and many more. It was just too painful for fans to watch and many got the wrong impression of the characters because of that show. There was also repetive plot devices that really got old, just look at the superman homepage and see how many times they used the same plot devices like kryptonite, trust me it's a huge list.http://www.supermanhomepage.com/tv/tv.php?topic=reviews/smallville-knockout
I think most people who don't like it on the grounds that its different from the comics probably don't understand the concept of an elseworld or What If story. If someone doesn't like it based on the actual quality of the show that's fine I can respect that, I liked it but it was a far from perfect show. But for those of you whining that it isn't the same Superman from the comics all I have to say is well no sh*t, they said from episode one that this was going to be a different take on the character, they made no promises of a carbon copy of your most preferred version of the comic. And besides which Superman version do people consider the "Real" Superman, Is it the original vigilante Superman who ran from police, The Golden Age War bond salesman, The Silver age god who treated humans like toys, The 90s mullet guy, Electric Superman or New 52? The dude has gone through plenty of massive personality changes over the years, Smallville was just another version.
Like some of the people here said... It's more soap-opera than superhero series. Aside from that, the far deviation from the source materials affected my interest in the series. Not that far deviation is a bad thing (cause I loved Nolan's deviations) but I just felt they did it wrong. That's just me.
I don't really hate it. But I hate the fanatics. Fans are ok. But the fanatics piss the sh*t out of me. For example, the backlash when Henry Cavill was selected for Man of Steel. It was ridiculous. The fanatics wanted Welling to be the one and only Superman. That will kill the movie franchise. People will associate the movie with the show and the polarized fan/hate-base would cut the interest in the movie.
Another example of fanaticism? Here ya go...
I love Smallville. People who hate it are actually dead on the inside. Poor them.
I just started watching Smallville and to be honest, it's really good. Funnily enough though, I only started watching because I want to see Justin Hartley as Green Arrow for his appearance in Season 6, yet apparently everybody says the show starts to suck after Season 5 onwards, lol.
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