Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

OH, SMAL­LVILLE. How I wish I could quit you. Af­ter four sea­sons filled with plot in­con­sis­ten­cies, cheap reso­lu­tions, con­trived char­ac­ter in­tro­duc­tions and baf­fling char­ac­ter pro­gres­sions, you’d think I’d have had enough.

But the show that chron­i­cles Su­per­man’s teen years does de­liv­ers an in­stal­ment now and then with taut sto­ry­telling, clever writ­ing and mind-bog­gling twists, and I’m sucked in again.

And damn the sea­son fi­nales that hook you in just when you’re about to give up! We’ve had killer tor­na­does, Clark giv­ing in to his dark side, Lionel blow­ing Chloe up and – a sec­ond me­teor shower.

But so far, so good. The writ­ers and ac­tors seem comfortable in their roles and the con­fi­dence boost has had a marked ef­fect; they’ve learned the art of sub­tlety, adding a much-needed edge to the show. Each char­ac­ter has also un­der­gone a ma­jor change and it’s re­flected in the cur­rent al­liances – Lex and Lana, Clark and Chloe, Martha and Lionel.

This sea­son, Erica Du­rance’s Lois, be­low with Tom Welling, is up­graded from spe­cial guest to se­ries reg­u­lar, while a reg­u­lar cast mem­ber will make an exit in the 100th episode, Reck­on­ing, set to air in a few weeks. Chloe’s more in­volved now she’s in on Clark’s se­cret, Lois shakes things up with her at­ti­tude, Lionel may have turned good, while Lex may have fi­nally given in to his evil side. And just wait for the sea­son’s fi­nale; all I’ll say is… Zod – Colin Roop­narain

● Smal­lville is on SABC2 on Satur­days at 6.30pm.

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