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Rating
Video:   8/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   5/10

Season 2
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
5/31/2004

While most were at the big football game, the Kents were in town buying tulips at Nell's flower shop. Nell's niece Lana played quietly while her parents spent the afternoon watching the game. The team won and everyone was celebrating in the streets when the meteors hit. Lana's parents were killed while she watched from across the street; Lex Luthur who was visiting a farm with his father was sent into shock and lost his hair when a meteor hit near him; and Jonathan and Martha Kent, a couple who couldn't have a family of their own, found a child who had fallen from the sky. It was a day that changed many lives.

Clark Kent, the boy from the sky, is all grown up; he's strong, fast, and not from around here. The story of the boy who crashed to earth in a spaceship is just beginning. Watch as the young man grows into the man he's destined to become.

This excellent show is all about Clark growing up and discovering his powers along the way. It's teen-drama with some super hero stuff tossed in. The acting from Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk is phenomenal (especially Michael Rosenbaum).

Video

Warner Bros has given us another nice anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1) transfer for the set. Some minor dust here and there and some scenes contain a bit of shimmer (usually in thin lines or a pattern). Colors are nice and bright, but I found the reds a bit too strong. Chapters are set at appropriate points; something Warner is good at doing.

Audio

Just like with season 1, season 2 contains a stereo tracks, at least an English track. They made a few changes with the languages included on the set; the French audio track is gone, as well as the Portuguese subtitles. Fans will be happy that Warner Bros has gone and licensed the music for the episodes, so they'll remain the way you remembered them in the initial airing. The track is good, but it would be so much better in 5.1. There are English, French and Spanish subtitles to choose from, and the episodes are closed captioned.

Extras - How we rate extras

Commentary Tracks
Okay, I like this commentary approach. We're given 2 commentary tracks on 2 episodes; one featuring the cast and the other featuring producers. The tracks featuring the cast are chaotic, with people talking over each other constantly. The tracks featuring Gough and Millar are full of information, and much calmer.
Red 1 - Alfred Gough (executive producer), Miles Millar (executive producer) and Jeph Loeb (writer/consulting producer)
Red 2 - Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum and Greg Beeman
Rosetta 1 - Alfred Gough and Miles Millar
Rosetta 2 - Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Greg Beeman and James Marshall.

Christopher Reeve: The Man of Steel (10:21)
A look at Christopher Reeve's contribution to the character, and his role in Smallville. Features interviews with Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Alex Ross (artist), Jeph Loeb (writer/producer), Tom Welling, Greg Beeman, Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, John Schneider, and the Man of Steel, Christopher Reeve.

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Visual FX of Smallvill (11:23)
This featurette examines some of the visual effects used in the series. A few scenes are featured, dissected and the visual effects are explained. Mat Beck (visual effects producer/supervisor), Christopher Reeve, Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Kymber Lim (senior visual effects producer), Jeph Loeb, John Wash (visual effects supervisor), Ken Horton (executive producer), Eli Jarra (lead artist) and John Han (CGI artist) provide comments about the visual effects used in the series.

The Chloe Chronicles (14:54)
Chloe talks about some of the oddities that occur around Smallville. This is a fun addition to the set, and there are 4 stories in the section.

Deleted Scenes (6:04)
A few deleted scenes from episodes:
Heat - 0:50
Duplicity - 0:30
Dichotic - 1:27
Prodigal - 1:43
Fever - 0:50
Exodus - 0:44

Gag Reel (6:08)
There are some funny bits in here, but it seems a bit quiet.

Summary

Season 2 was about Clark discovering who he is and what's expected of him. The season also featuring an exciting episode, The Rosetta Stone, with special guest star Christopher Reeve who played Superman in the movies. It was an exciting episode for fans of the show, the movies and the character, and when they played a few bars from the Superman theme I got shivers. This was also the last season of the show I watched; I had too many other things going on and had to cut back some of the weekly shows I watched. Since Warner Bros has been doing a nice job with their DVD sets I figured I would just wait and watch it on DVD. After watching the second season I started to miss the show. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long for the next set.


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