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For many fans, the Superman revisionist series Smallville truly hit its stride in its second season, when it shifted focus from traditional comic book conflicts to one of self-discovery for its hero, a teenage Clark Kent (Tom Welling). Fans and first-timers can judge for themselves with this six-disc set, which compiles all 23 episodes and a decent selection of supplemental features. Whereas season 1 focused on Clark using his powers to combat a host of menaces à la the WB's other big fantasy hit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, season 2 delved into Clark's past and the extent of his super powers, most notably in the back-to-back "Heat," in which he discovers his heat vision, and "Red," in which red kryptonite in the high school class rings uncorks Clark's less-than-upstanding side. Other plot developments from the season that pull the series in interesting directions include the arrival of Dr. Helen Bryce (Emanuelle Vaugier), who becomes involved with Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), but the season's most significant moment comes during episode 17, "Rosetta," in which Clark learns of his Kryptonian origins courtesy of a scientist, who, in an effective bit of casting, is played by Superman film star Christopher Reeve.

The complexity of the writing and issues dealt with in season 2 marked Smallville as a series with depth and drama worthy of its considerable fan following as well as a second boxed set; fittingly, the supplements in this set are more expansive than on the first one. Producers Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Greg Beeman and cast members Welling, Rosenbaum, and Kristen Kreuk weigh in on commentary tracks for two episodes ("Red" and "Rosetta"), while a trio of short featurettes explore Christopher Reeves's appearance in "Rosetta," the show's visual effects, and the amusing "Wall of Weird" web page maintained by Chloe (Allison Mack). The extras are rounded out by a handful of deleted scenes and a gag reel. --Paul Gaita

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • All 23 episodes on six discs, two with commentary, five with deleted scenes
  • The Chloe Chronicles - webisode investigations
  • Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: The Visual FX of "Smallville"
  • Christopher Reeve: Man of Steel
  • Gag Reel
  • Number of discs: 6

Cast

Tom WellingClark Kent
Kristin KreukLana Lang
Michael RosenbaumLex Luthor
Allison MackChloe Sullivan
John GloverLionel Luthor
Annette O'TooleMartha Kent
John SchneiderJonathan Kent
Sam Jones IIIPete Ross
Tom O'BrienRoger Nixon
Rekha SharmaDr. Harden
Julian ChristopherDr. MacIntyre
Jerry WassermanDr. Yaeger Scanlan
Mitchell KostermanSheriff Ethan Miller
Joe MortonDr. Steven Hamilton
Sarah-Jane RedmondNell Potter
Emmanuelle VaugierDr. Helen Bryce
Patrick CassidyHenry Small
Lizzy CaplanTina Greer
Christopher ReeveDr. Virgil Swann
Anson MountPaul Hayden
Neil FlynnPete Dinsmore
Terence StampJor-El

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Brad Turner
  • Producer: Warner Home Video
  • Length: 1045 mins.
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 24, 2002
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 18, 2004
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