Episode #50: Smallville Series Finale Review

Posted on: May 18, 2011
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It’s a special 50th episode of Super Podcasto Magnifico. Juan Daeho, Squirrelo Grande, Grady Magnifico, and studio guest Josh Will, share their thoughts on the series finale of Smallville. This is easily one of our most insightful and hilarious reviews yet… well at least Smokeseid thinks so.

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  1. NOW, I have a criticism! I am not a battered gf as a DC fan! there is a hypocritical statement made by Squirrel. X-Men: First Class isn’t a perverted deviation of the source material? and EVERY SINGLE One of you said it will be the BEST movie coming out this year!!!!! have some respect for yourself, Marvel fans! Mystique looks like a redhead Smurfette. Beast looks like a horrid dog! and why are Professor X, Havok, Mystique, Beast, and Banshee all the same age? and Squirrel what did Marvel put out on TV that was better?

    Comment by Michael Amrhein — May 19, 2011 @ 1:09 am

  2. I was considering going back and starting from episode one and watching them all to form my own opinion. Then i watched the last 5 minutes of the finale. I shall order Fraggle Rock from Netflix instead. Thank you YouTube, thank you for saving me a little under 7 days of my life.

    Comment by Carne Vato — May 19, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  3. I have openly stated that I dislike the deviation from the source material in the new X-Men film. I think what they’re doing to the characters and the mythology of the X-Men is disrespectful. That being said, I still think it will be a good movie, on its own merits. I could be wrong though – we won’t know until June 3rd.

    Either way, the point I was making in my “battered gf” comment, was that Marvel finally listened to us and started their own studio, so that they can be true to the source material and make amazing movies. X-Men isn’t being done by Marvel Studios, so that’s a non-issue anyway. Every movie done by Marvel’s own studio (Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor) have not only been faithful to the source material, but incredibly well written, directed, and acted. Until DC fans stand up and demand that they do the same, you’re going to be stuck with garbage like Smallville. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to see a kickass JLA movie, but it will never happen unless DC gets off their lazy asses and does something about it – and I believe it’s up to the fans to stand up and tell them that they’re not going to take this crap anymore. It’s not like DC doesn’t have the talent, they just don’t have the direction. I mean, I’ve been vocal about how the DC direct to video animated movies totally blow away anything that Marvel does in the animated realm. They can do it, they just need to be pushed. And as for your other question – since the formation of Marvel Studios, they haven’t put out any live action television shows.

    -Squirrel

    Comment by admin — May 20, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

  4. With all due respect, Squirrel, Smallville being “garbage” is your opinion, not a matter of fact. There seems to be a love/hate relationship with Smallville, and to this day I still do not understand why. The people who hate it just can’t seem to find any middle ground with the series whatsoever. It’s astonishing really. The fact of the matter is, that with this particular podcast, and I don’t know if all of them are like this (though I supsect that they are), there is a HUGE bias toward the show that is clear as day. Two of you admitted at the very beginning of this podcast that neither of you had ever watched Smallville until the Finale, or that you watched a few episodes here and there, but disliked it so much from the beginning that you never continued to watch it. You then proceeded to say how the show had “many ups and downs” with “lots of downs, lots and lots of downs.” Pardon me, but just how many downs would you know Smallville had if you’ve never bothered to watch it for more than one episode? You couldn’t possibly know, could you. So, based on that, I think it’s fair to say, that until either of you actually take the time to sit down and watch the show all the way through, then review the series without a biased opinion already formed and in a somewhat professional way, neither of you have the right to say as many negative things as you did about the show and it’s ending, let alone anything negative at all.

    And again, with all due respect, if the fans didn’t want “‘garbage’ like Smallville,” as you say, we would be asking for something else. No true fan of the show sees us as being “stuck” with the series as it’s actually somewhat meaningful and entertaining to us. To say that Marvel movies were never as good until Marvel formed it’s own studio and that that should be the basis for DC properties to work as well is ludicrous. For one, to even attempt to compare a single film to a long-running TV series is unfair as they are two very different animals that take a different level of approach to make them work.

    After the critical and financial success of The Dark Knight, DC doesn’t NEED to form it’s own studio in order for their comic films to be good, as they have already proven such without doing so. And frankly, it’s beCAUSE of TDK that DC green lit a solo Green Lantern film and Superman reboot. Hell, if they weren’t listening to the fans, there would’ve already been a sequel to Superman Returns. Granted, many DC and Superman fans liked Returns, just not enough of them for WB to say let’s go ahead with a follow-up to that, especially not after the money they lost from it. So for you to place all the blame on the fans not standing up and demanding they make something happen is rather insulting, considering all the circumstances. For the record, there are comics fans who LOVE Smallville and aren’t ashamed to admit the great moments and episodes the show did actually produce. At the same time, they’re not completely blinded by that fact that they refuse to acknowledge the mistakes it made. But it’s articles like this one that prove people still appreciate what the show can, and did accomplish.

    http://tv.ign.com/articles/116/1168440p1.html

    The truth is, that for all the non-fans of the show, no excuse or logically reasonable explanation will ever be good enough because to YOU, Smallville was a collossal failure, no matter the good that’s been frequently said about it amongst all the negative reaction that has grossly overshadowed it.

    Comment by RLB — May 23, 2011 @ 9:06 am

  5. First, thank you for coming with an intelligent argument instead of “You suck Squirrel, DC rules!” like I tend to get from a good number of DC fans.

    I was not a regular watcher of the series, but I did watch the first 4 (maybe 5 – when did the Braniac stuff happen?) seasons week after week. It was at that point where I couldn’t take it anymore and stopped watching regularly. After that I can say that I did watch roughly 3-4 episodes per season, including the season finales and premieres.

    You do make some excellent points. It’s not fair to compare a weekly television series with a movie, you are absolutely correct. My biggest complaint against Smallville is the complete lack of respect for their characters and storylines. I understand that sometimes changes need to be made to accommodate the transition from comic to screen. Some things just won’t work – I get that. But do you honestly believe the writers gave a damn about the source material here? It’s pretty clear they didn’t. I mean, can you honestly sit here and tell me that you were happy with the way Darkseid was handled? How about Doomsday? Power Ranger Blue Beetle? Fat Hawkman? Were you happy with the fact that you never actually got to see Tom Welling in the suit? Were you able to overlook the plethora of plotholes and bad writing that littered the entire series? There were a tremendous amount of missed opportunities here for the writers to show the fans some love here, and they didn’t. That’s what bugs me the most about Smallville. DC fans shouldn’t praise this show, they should be insulted. The writers insult their intelligence (and their love for the characters and stories) week after week.

    As for the movies, I believe that success of the recent Batman movies is the direct result of one man – Christopher Nolan. He is a brilliant filmmaker. He respected the characters and the comics, and it was evident in the final product. Basically, DC got lucky here. They got lucky that a man like Nolan wanted to give the character a chance. They gave him the freedom (and money) to do so.

    Like I have said previously, I want DC to succeed. I really do. I hope Green Lantern is great. They just need to put people in charge of these projects that actually care about the source material, as well as the fans. That’s why the formation of Marvel Studios is such a big deal. They have placed people in charge that genuinely care. If DC can create a sub-branch of Warner Brothers dedicated solely to their comic properties, we (as comic fans) would be in for a treat.

    -Squirrel

    Comment by admin — May 23, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

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