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Smallville Series Overview

Aired on The WB / The CW
2001-2011

Press blurb: Reinterpreting the Superman mythology from its roots, “Smallville” was developed for television by Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (“Shanghai Noon,” “Spiderman 2”), based on the DC Comics characters. Gough and Millar serve as executive producers, along with Ken Horton, Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Joe Davola. The series is produced by Tollin/Robbins Productions, Millar/Gough Ink and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. SUPERMAN was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.

Seventeen years ago, a meteor shower burst from the heavens, raining destruction on the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville, Kansas. Clark’s transition from boyhood to manhood has been particularly difficult. He has struggled to come to grips with his emerging superpowers — and the effects of various forms of kryptonite — while battling the strange things that have plagued this idyllic Midwest hamlet since the meteor shower.

This new interpretation of the enduring Superman mythology and its classic characters blends realism and adventure into an exciting action series. Over the course of the series, Clark Kent (Tom Welling, “Cheaper By the Dozen”) and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum, “Sorority Boys”) become the sworn enemies that comic book aficionados have always known and loved.

Kyle Gallner as Bart Allen

Bart Allen in Smallville

In the fourth season, Smallville introduced the character of Bart Allen, played by actor Kyle Gallner, in the episode entitled, “Run.”

Here’s how the network describes the episode, “Run”: After Jonathan’s (John Schneider) wallet is stolen, Clark (Tom Welling) super-speeds after the thief (guest star Kyle Gallner) but is stunned when he cannot catch him. The thief, Bart, a.k.a. The Flash, later shows up at the farm and tries to talk Clark into leaving Smallville for a life on the road together, flexing their super powers. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) buys a priceless framed manuscript with Kryptonian symbols and Clark learns that it contains a mysterious hidden map. However, when Bart steals the manuscript from Lex, he inadvertently puts Clark’s life in danger and must make the decision whether to save Clark or himself.

Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, John Glover, Jensen Ackles, Annette O’Toole also star. David Barrett directed the episode written by Steven S. DeKnight.

During the episode, Bart flirts with Chloe and jokes about being from the future. He also has a series of fake IDs, including Barry Allen, Jay Garrick and Wally West. The episode ends with a “Superman/Flash” race between Bart and Clark, where Bart leaves Clark in his dust.

Bart Allen returned for a mega-hero team-up in the six season episode, “Justice.” He also made an appearance in the eighth season finale, “Doomsday.”

“RUN” IMAGE GALLERY:

Bart Allen in “Justice”


Lee Thompson Young as Victor Stone


Vic Stone/Cyborg on Smallville

In the fifth season, Smallville introduced the character of Victor Stone, played by actor Lee Thompson Young, in the episode entitled, “Cyborg.”

Here’s how the network describes the episode, “Cyborg”: A sympathetic doctor releases a half-human/half-machine subject named Victor (guest star Lee Thompson Young) who was being held captive and experimented on by LuthorCorp. While making his escape, Victor is struck by Lana’s (Kristin Kreuk) car. After watching him walk away without a scratch, Lana calls Clark (Tom Welling) to investigate. Clark befriends Victor and promises to help him find his girlfriend, but Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) traps Victor and takes him back to LuthorCorp. Erica Durance, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O’Toole and John Schneider also star.

The episode was written by Caroline Dries and directed by Glen Winter.

Comicscontinuum.com Article: Thursday, February 2, 2006

Hot off its 100th episode and the death of Jonathan Kent, The WB’s Smallville will again step into the spotlight with “Cyborg,” an episode featuring the DC Comics character of the same name. “Lee Thompson Young, who is playing Victor Stone, is a terrific actor and we’re very excited about it,” Smallville executive producer Al Gough told The Continuum.

Gough said that Cyborg will be facing the same types of issues he did in the Teen Titans comics and animated series. “Victor Stone is a high-school football star who has a full ride to USC, but then he’s in a terrible car accident,” Gough said. “In our version, LuthorCorp takes him on as a project and sort of builds the limbs and the artificial intelligence that goes into that.

“It’s really a question, just like in the Teen Titans show, of, ‘How much humanity do I have? How much machine am I?’ Clark teaches him how to control his abilities. And he realizes his life isn’t what he thought it was going to be, but he can still have a fulfilling life, and Clark helps put him on that road.”

Victor Stone returned for a mega-hero team-up in the six season episode, “Justice.” He also made a brief appearance in the ninth season episode, “Salvation.”

“CYBORG” IMAGE GALLERY:

Victor Stone in “Justice”


Smallville: “Justice”

In the sixth season, Smallville brought back Victor Stone (Lee Thompson Young) and Bart Allen (Kyle Gallner) in the episode entitled, “Justice.”

The sixth season introduced a new billionaire in town with the arrival of DC Comics character Oliver Queen, aka Green Arrow (Justin Hartley, “Passions”). Although he has no superpowers, Oliver is a gifted archer who qualified for the U.S. Olympic team, but chose to put his skills to work as the “emerald archer.” He steals ill-gotten gains from the rich and gives to the poor. Oliver comes from Star City to Metropolis to aid in the recovery from Brainiac’s deadly virus. While in town, he meets and is charmed by Lois Lane, igniting suspicion and a little jealousy in Clark. Oliver discovers Clark’s abilities and asks Clark to join him in his new project – forming a league of superheroes.

Here’s how the network describes the episode, “Justice”: The Green Arrow (Justin Hartley) sends out for reinforcements and Bart Allen, a.k.a. Flash (guest star Kyle Gallner), Aquaman (guest star Alan Ritchson) and Cyborg (guest star Lee Thompson Young) return to Smallville to help him take down LuthorCorp’s secret lab.

During a break-in at the LuthorCorp facility, Bart is captured and tortured by Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and Clark (Tom Welling) sets off to rescue him but is felled by meteor rock. An alarmed Chloe (Allison Mack) goes to Oliver for help and the newly formed “justice league” springs into action to rescue Clark and Bart. Kristin Kreuk, Erica Durance, John Glover and Annette O’Toole also star. The episode was written and directed by Steven S. DeKnight.

from TV Guide magazine: “Episode 11, which is our second episode back in January, is going to be called “Justice,” and it’ll basically be our first look at the Justice League. We’re gonna have Green Arrow, Cyborg, Flash and Aquaman, played by Alan Ritchson, who is coming back. That’s gonna be our first Justice League episode.”

Despite the press blurb, Bart is given the codename Impulse in this episode.

Promotional images for “Justice”


Slade Wilson in Smallville

In its tenth and final season, Smallville introduced Slade Wilson as a Colonel who firmly supported the Vigilante Registration Act. Michael Hogan portrayed Slade, making his debut in the episode, “Patriot.”

Here’s how the network describes the episode, “Patriot”: “Oliver signs up for the Vigilante Registration Act to learn what’s really involved, and discovers that it’s a ruse so that a team lead by Colonel Slade can trap and test persons with superpowers. Meanwhile, Arthur “A.C.” Curry returns to fight back against the VRA and Clark confronts his extreme activism.”

Slade returned in the episode, “Icarus”. Here’s how the network describes the episode: “In the wake of the VRA’s passage into law and the spread of the Omega Tattoo, civilians begin rioting against vigilantes, including Green Arrow. Meanwhile, Slade kidnaps Lois and Clark turns to his allies Hawkman and Stargirl for help.”

Slade’s violent action led to the destruction of his own base, in an explosion that he miraculously survived although lost his eye. “Let’s just say the reaper can swing his sickle at me, but I’m beyond Death’s stroke now,” quipped the Colonel.

Michael Hogan as Colonel Slade Wilson


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