The big “S” on Clark’s chest in the cover art for the
ninth season of “Smallville” is a big clue that things are
going to be ramped up a big for the ninth season. The original
mantra was no tights, no cape, no flying when the show was
first introduced. Pretty soon the producers are going to
have to come up with a new mantra. ***
At this stage in the show those reading this review
probably already know what happened during season eight.
If you haven’t seen the previous eight seasons, you shouldn’t
dive in here as this is a series that deserves to be followed
from the beginning even though the show has been inconsistent
over the last nine years. What I will say about the show
is that Clark hasn’t donned the cape yet nor has he adopted
the name “Superman”. Right now he’s only called “The Blur”
which certainly describes how everyone sees him as he does
good deeds around town and he’s wearing—black. ---
Image & Sound:
The Blu-ray looks fairly impressive colors look quite
strong with nice flesh tones and sharp looking detail for
the most part. This is a solid looking presentation of the
show the only complaint is that like a lot of recent Warner
Blu-rays there are a few too many episodes on each disc.
That could be a good thing if it doesn’t impact the transfer
quality but it does resulting in occasionally crushed blacks
and some issues with fine detail that occur on episodically.
Audio sounds quite good although once again I’m perplexed
as to why Warner who puts out some amazing Blu-rays (even
those where they put too many episodes per disc resulting
in a lower bit rate and lower image quality)doesn’t go for
the gusto here and include lossless audio. Perhaps it’s
a concern due to the fact that the bit rate has already
bit somewhat compromised by putting six episodes per disc
and, if that’s the case, than I understand their decision.