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While "Smallville" has been a success story since its debut on the WB network (which has since become the CW network), I was initially skeptical of how long the series could go on. To my pleasant surprise, the series has not only now run for several seasons, but has grown and improved in the years since it first aired.

For those unfamiliar with the series, it follows the early years of Superman/Clark Kent (Tom Welling) as he grows up, looked after by Martha and Jonathan Kent (John Schneider and Annette O'Toole). The earlier seasons of the show had Clark learning more about his powers and finding both romance and, not surprisingly, a series of villains - although none more powerful than Lex Leuthor (the wonderful Michael Rosenbaum, who has unfortunately left the series at this point.)

As the seasons passed by, Clark gradually left high school and went on to adulthood, although with adulthood come greater challenges and responsibilities, as well as greater enemies - such as the powerful Zod. However, alongside Clark are both old friends - such as Chloe (Allison Mack, terrific) - and new ones, such as Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Justin Hartley, who became a series regular in this season.)

The 8th season sees the show still backed by its core strengths - an excellent creative team and strong performances in front of the camera - although the departure of Rosenbaum is a bit of a disappointment. Still, that doesn't mean that Clark isn't faced with arch enemies, as Clark finds himself up against Davis Bloome. While Davis initially seems like an ordinary person, his blackouts hide his change into a dangerous new foe for Clark. Clark also starts working at the Daily Planet - along with Lois. Life isn't easy for Chloe, either, although she does take her relationship with Jimmy to another level.

The show's cast continues to impress during this sixth round of episodes. Welling manages to convey the character's inner turmoil well and continues to be a surprisingly solid choice for the role. Mack also shines as Clark's pal and so does the rest of the ensemble, including Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang), Annette O'Toole, Hartley and Erica Durance (Lois Lane). As the show has in the past, once again we get an exciting, well-written cliffhanger of a finale that certainly hints at a lot of potential for the ninth season of the show.

Season 8

153. 8- 1 18 Sep 08 Odyssey
154. 8- 2 25 Sep 08 Plastique
155. 8- 3 2 Oct 08 Toxic
156. 8- 4 9 Oct 08 Instinct
157. 8- 5 16 Oct 08 Committed
158. 8- 6 23 Oct 08 Prey
159. 8- 7 30 Oct 08 Identity
160. 8- 8 6 Nov 08 Bloodline
161. 8- 9 13 Nov 08 Abyss
162. 8-10 20 Nov 08 Bride
163. 8-11 15 Jan 09 Legion
164. 8-12 22 Jan 09 Bulletproof
165. 8-13 29 Jan 09 Power
166. 8-14 5 Feb 09 Requiem
167. 8-15 12 Mar 09 Infamous
168. 8-16 19 Mar 09 Turbulence
169. 8-17 26 Mar 09 Hex
170. 8-18 2 Apr 09 Eternal
171. 8-19 23 Apr 09 Stiletto
172. 8-20 30 Apr 09 Beast
173. 8-21 7 May 09 Injustice
174. 8-22 14 May 09 Doomsday


VIDEO: "Smallville" is presented by Warner Brothers in 1.78:1 (1080p/VC-1) and the results are mostly pretty good. Sharpness and detail see a very nice improvement over the DVD edition of the same season. Dark/dimly-lit sequences in the DVD edition looked good, but look even tighter and more precise (as does much of the presentation here) on the Blu-Ray release. While some minor artifacting was seen on a few occasions, the presentation generally looked smooth and clean. Colors looked bright and bold, with pleasing saturation and no smearing or other faults. While not a reference quality presentation, this is certainly a nice bump up over the DVD's presentation.

SOUND: "Smallville" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 by Warner Brothers. The show's audio remains quite engaging and enveloping, with crisp, clear dialogue and well-recorded sound effects.

EXTRAS: "Smallville's Doomsday: The Making of a Monster" featurette, "In the Director's Chair: Behind the Lens and Calling the Shots With Allison Mack" featurette, deleted scenes (in HD) and commentary on 2 episodes.

Final Thoughts: "Smallville" turns in another excellent round of episodes, with excellent performances from the cast, compelling plots and some unexpected twists and turns. The Blu-Ray set provides good audio/video quality and a few bonus features. Recommended.

DVD Information

Smallville: Season 8 (Blu-Ray)
Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
Dolby Digital 5.1
1012 minutes
Subtitles: English/
Rated NR
Available At Amazon.com: Smallville: Season 8 (Blu-Ray)