Quite A Commitment

Recently Jarrod and I finished watching Smallville. Just for those that don’t know, Smallville has 10 seasons, 22 episodes per season and 42 mins per episode. If you add that up you end up with 9240 mins, or 154 hours, or just under a week.

Yes, even though I wasn’t too keen on Smallville I said “Sure, why not?” when we were deciding what to watch next those many months ago. It took us weeks of weekends to get through and many “next season is better” (Jarrod) and “Oh man, why doesn’t he just tell her already!? God, I hate Clark!” (me) comments but we finally made it.

About 2/3 through watching I found this video from College Humor “Lets Have a TV Baby” which seemed relevant except we just dived in, with no such conversation… good thing it didn’t turn out like The West Wing right? Granted, if someone said “You’ll be watching Smallville for the equivalent of a week… and 158 episodes will include Lana Lang” I might have reconsidered the decision.

All in all Smallville was… OK. Mostly. It has a similar format to Buffy (which I like) with an overall season ‘BigBad’ and individual episode villains to deal with. Even still I didn’t find it as good and the BigBad mostly ended up being too easy to beat after all the hype they’d received.

I do, however, enjoy Lex! Evil Lex, crazy Lex, paranoid Lex, farm boy Lex, I like them all! Michael Rosenbaum did a pretty amazing job with him and I would have loved to see him there for the entire show. Even just for those crazy paranoia episodes that came with nearly ever season.

Oh, and Zod was pretty cool too.

I’m not sure I could ever sit down and watch it all again. Well, other than to point out to Jarrod that:

1. The Lana/Clark ‘moments’ at the end of each episode for the first few seasons is a thing, and
2. There was definitely some attraction between Clark and Lex.

Go back and watch it, you’ll see.

5 comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    I have never seen any of the TV shows that you just mentioned, but you just scared me from watching through any TV series that is more than one season. For better or for worse, only time will tell.

  2. Kya says:

    Wow, that is a long time! It is great that you had the patience and interest to stick with it. I usually find I can’t have a proper finalised thought on sometimes until it is finished (like a book or movie). xD

    I don’t know if I could even watch that much of one of my favourite shows over that amount of time. :O

  3. Amalia says:

    I remember very vaguely watching a couple of episodes of Smallville in the first season some years ago when I was younger but for some reason I stopped because of the suspense. ~ I’m lame.

    That’s a long airing time of Smallville if you imagine watching it for a week straight, hour-by-hour. But it’s quite amazing you finally got through all the episodes. I often find myself getting bored when I keep watching the same series for a long time. Two years ago, I tried to watch all the seasons from Gilmore Girls but I was unable to finish it and stopped at Season 5. I picked it up again last year but I just couldn’t finish it. It wasn’t that the show was bad, it’s just that the feeling wasn’t there anymore?


    Haha, I actually did turn off the lights first but when I turned it on again, the moth was gone (but I knew it was still hiding in my room). And out of the blue, it just flew towards me. My brother is pretty much the answer to my prayers when it comes to getting rid of unwanted insects.

  4. tiffanyfactorial says:

    hahahaha oh my goodness!! I used to watch Smallville up until…probably season 4 or so. Then I just got caught up with school & got over it. But I loved the actress that plays Lana because…well, she’s gorgeous. I didn’t realllly like the actress that played Lois sooooo…yeah, but anyway, Lex was pretty bad ass!! I was kind of mad that his first marriage in season…uhh…3 or 4 or whatever, didn’t work out & that that doctor was a hack. That’s pretty much allll I remember from that show.

    I must give you major credit for sitting through all of that though. You know what I’d recommend to you & your boyfriend for your next TV baby? Friends. If you haven’t seen it. Or How I Met Your Mother or….Parks & Recreation. That show truly gets better with each season.

  5. Silver says:

    You survived! ๐Ÿ˜€ I used to watch Smallville but I stopped after the first few seasons. Lex’s my favourite character. I second the commenter above. Friends is awesome, HIMYM is great too. Modern family is awesome but I’ve only seen season 1. And though it’s not a drama, I love to marathon whose line is it anyway. Super fun.

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