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Learn Which Major DC Comics Character BUFFY's James Marsters Will Play On SMALLVILLE!!

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Burbank, CA July 22, 2005

James Marsters sinks his teeth into another juicy role for The WB when he joins the cast of SMALLVILLE for multiple episodes. Marsters will portray Brainiac, a classic DC Comics villain and one of the Man-of-Steel's most formidable enemies. Additionally, one episode this season will reunite series star John Schneider with his former “Dukes of Hazzard” co-star, Tom Wopat.

Marsters plays college professor Milton Fine, alter ego of the uber-villain Brainiac. Possessed of a vast, superior knowledge limited only by his hubris and emotions, Brainiac comes to earth armed with a secret about Clark's biological family and the truth about Krypton's demise. Brainiac's presence in Smallville will have a devastating effect on Clark and Lex's already deteriorating friendship.

Marsters first appeared on The WB in the critically acclaimed hit series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as Spike, the vampire who first tries to kill Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), but ultimately falls in love with her. After five seasons on the show and Spike's untimely demise, Marsters' character was reborn as a ghost on the series spin-off Angel starring David Boreanaz.

Marsters began his professional career in the theater, performing in stage productions including “The Tempest” and “Red Noses” at Chicago's renowned Goodman Theatre. In addition, Marsters revisited the stage in Los Angeles with a starring role in an original play produced by Noah Wyle, titled “The Why.” Additional television roles include a guest appearance on “Northern Exposure” and the series “Strange Frequency” for VH1, as well as on Gene Roddenberry's “Andromeda.”

Brainiac is the latest DC Comics character to appear in SMALLVILLE. The Flash, Mxyzptlk and Perry White have all made appearances during the series run. Last season, Lois Lane (Erica Durance) joined the cast.

Also this season on SMALLVILLE, veteran actor and Broadway star Tom Wopat will portray a state senator who was a boyhood friend of Jonathan Kent (Schneider). In addition to his role co-starring with Schneider on the hit television series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Wopat starred in the popular sitcom “Cybill,” with Cybill Shepherd, and in the daytime drama “All My Children.” He was also nominated for Broadway's 1999 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for his role opposite Bernadette Peters in the revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.”

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 Greg Beeman, 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.

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  • July 22, 2005, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Aquaman Too

    by mpfanatic

    Also heard that Aquaman would guest star this season too, and will be dating Lois. Too bad Adrian Grenier from Entourage cant play that role!

  • July 22, 2005, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by mpfanatic

    that was my FIRST FIRST

  • July 22, 2005, 7:51 p.m. CST

    sounds like fun

    by RenoNevada2000

  • July 22, 2005, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Let's have us some AQUAMAN!!

    by Incrediburgible

  • July 22, 2005, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by SickPuppy

    Will a shark get jumped?

  • July 22, 2005, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Even Marsters won't get me to watch Smallville ever again

    by Logo Lou

    Man that show sucks. Started of shakey but promising and then went straight into the toilet.

  • July 22, 2005, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Smallville has always had very cool, appropriate guest-star cast

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I don't watch this series at all, but even I pay attention to the stunt casting they do with it. And is this it, the final season of Smallville? Are events in this season going to link (indirectly perhaps) with the events of Superman Returns? It seems as if Superman Returns will be making references not only to the original movies but also Smallville AND Lois & Clark. Very cool of them to acknowledge the fanbase of all of these other variants of Superman.

  • July 22, 2005, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by Krangelus

    now im gunna have to finish watching smallville season 4. It got so bad, it better redeem itself by the end.

  • July 22, 2005, 10:25 p.m. CST

    by insaneMovieGoer kansas? how much further from water can you get.

  • July 22, 2005, 10:26 p.m. CST

    "Superman Returns isn

    by Voice O. Reason

    Superman and Superman 2 are pretty widely considered two of the best comic adaptations ever made. In fact, the 1978 film is my favorite comic book movie of all time. I don't know what your problem with them is, but for Bryan Singer to use them as a vague jumping off point for his film, rather than retelling Superman's origin AGAIN, is a pretty good move. The films are pretty fondly remembered, and pretty much set the standard for the Superman character for anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s.

  • July 22, 2005, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Please kill the stupid-A Lana/Witch storyline...

    by aceattorney


  • July 22, 2005, 10:49 p.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    Lois and Clark was the tits. mainly because of Lois's tits.

  • July 22, 2005, 10:50 p.m. CST

    I just can't get into this show...

    by fiester

    It's just so dumb. And those kids are so annoying. This reeks of stunt casting. Justice League Unlimited is the real shit if you want to get your DC on right.

  • July 22, 2005, 10:50 p.m. CST

    by foreignerbelt

    also Dean Cain was the best Scott Peterson ever.

  • July 22, 2005, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Clark knows it's wrong, he just can't help falling in lo

    by commiepinko

    Darn vampires, I mean DC villians that I've never heard of!

  • July 22, 2005, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Season 4

    by Neji

    Yes, Smallville Season 4 sucked ass. But the season finale, "Commencement" will redeem season 4 in every single way. Its great, and probably one of the best episodes of the series. Though it was obvious that they were saving all the good stuff for the season finale. And to the other poster, no, this show wont tie in Superman Returns and it isnt the last season, the show just wants all the ratings it can get, now that its on Thursdays with heavy competition.

  • July 23, 2005, midnight CST

    My favorite episode of Dukes of Hazzard is the one with the car

    by SifoDyasJr.

    You know the one I'm talking about, the one where Boss Hogg has some criminal scheme and frames the Dukes. Reading "Veteran actor and broadway star, Tom Wopat" is almost as funny as reading "Veteran actor and congressman, Ben 'Cooter' Jones."

  • July 23, 2005, 12:02 a.m. CST

    This can't TOUCH Justice League Unlimited

    by ZeroCorpse

    Seriously... This is DC Lite compared to the better stuff out there. It's in the same league as Teen Titans. It's DC, but it's DC for people who wouldn't know a comic book story from an episode of the O.C.

  • July 23, 2005, 12:09 a.m. CST

    season 4 finale

    by JackBristow

    I agree. "Commencement" was a great episode. And forturnately, the witch storyline seems to have run its course. Thank God. But now it looks like we'll get the Fortress of Solitude and such.

  • July 23, 2005, 12:21 a.m. CST

    by Biowolf

    Can somebody please explain what "jump the shark" means?

  • July 23, 2005, 12:21 a.m. CST

    by Biowolf

    Looking forward to James as Brainiac....

  • July 23, 2005, 12:26 a.m. CST

    Jumping The Shark Means...

    by Neji

    Jumping The Shark is when a show has a storyline that is so outrageous or so stupid (or both) that you know the show has reached its peak and will do downhill from then on.

  • July 23, 2005, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Too Bad Smallville Sucks

    by Eshu

    Maybe I'll TiVo it while I'm watching Lost and get around to it when I've got nothing better to do... you know, for Spike.

  • July 23, 2005, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Jump The Shark Origin

    by DingaLing

    The television show "Happy Days" had an episode where the Fonz had to waterski over a shark tank on a dare or some bullshit like that. I suppose the series was somewhat watchable until that episode and then everyone collectivelly said " oh yea right, like that would ever happen in real life" . Then everone stopped watching and the series was cancled.

  • July 23, 2005, 12:47 a.m. CST

    The Horrible Witch Storyline

    by Neji

    I thought the show had jumped the shark in that "Charmed" theme episode when the 3 main female characters were possessed by witches... but luckily... that even though the majority of the episodes sucked afterwards, the season finale showed a small glimmer of hope that this show might still be good. Speaking of Lost, I'm glad that both Smallville and Lost moved timeslots because now they wont be competing with each other, but if I had to choose Lost or Smallville... Lost all the way...

  • July 23, 2005, 12:48 a.m. CST


    by Biowolf

    Thanks Neji and DingaLing.

  • July 23, 2005, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Answers Some S4 Finale Questions

    by Playhouse

    I'm guessing this confirms that Brainiac is what arrived in the black space ship that Lana was witness to during the season finale. I'll agree with everyone that "Commencement" was a good episode. But it paled in comparison to the impact and sheer shock of Season 3's finale, "Covenant". I do love that they are tapping even further into the mythos. Season 5 looks to be chock full of Superman goodness, especially with the direction revealed to be that Clark is finally accepting his destiny.

  • July 23, 2005, 1:06 a.m. CST

    Season 3 and 4 finales... (spoiler warning)

    by Neji

    "Covenant" was shocking; Lex was poisoned, Clark was taken by Jor-El, and Chloe and her dad walked into a house and it exploded. But the season 4 premiere completely ruined the season 3 finale, because within one episode, all of the cliffhangers that were left in the season 3 finale were answered, which just pissed me off. I think the season 4 finale was better then season 3 was because it was on a much larger scale, and I was in an even bigger shocked when Lana found the spaceship then when Chloe entered the house and it blew up. And the meteors destroying Smallville was pretty good along with Clark about to discover the Fortress of Solitude. So I think the season 4 finale surpassed all of the other finales. And Brainiac being in the ship... from reading spoilers... I'll just say this, Brainiac isnt introduced until episode 4 of season 5, so whatever is in the ship... its definitely not Brainiac... I like whats actually in the ship better then the Brainiac storyline.

  • July 23, 2005, 2:45 a.m. CST

    "Darn vampires, I mean DC villians that I've never heard of!

    by Voice O. Reason

    You're on a Superman talkback and admitting you've never heard of Brainiac? That's like going to McDonalds and asking a what McNugget is.

  • July 23, 2005, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Smallville is weird.

    by Serious Black

    It can at times be brilliant, adding layers of depth to the Superman mythos that no one would have ever suspected. And the next episode we see Lana kill a man by kicking him onto the ouch end of pitchfork without any pangs of conscience or police inquiry. I like Superman, so I want to like the show, and sometimes I do. But it's not easy. And Tom Welling is okay most of the time but he's terrible in any scene requiring strong emotion. He would have never had the chops to carry the film. Then again, I don't know if Routh will do any better.

  • July 23, 2005, 5:18 a.m. CST

    I'm glad they're bringing on more DC characters.

    by Serious Black

    I'm still waiting for a young Bruce Wayne to tangle with Lex in some sort of business battle. Flash needs to come back for a better story than the one he got. We haven't seen Bizarro yet, I don't think. Aquaman? Clark must meet him on his vacation to the beach or something.

  • July 23, 2005, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Mxyzptlk was in this?

    by Grando

    And now Brainiac? Hm, I may have completely underestimated this show as a pile of pish. Anyone want to tell me otherwise?

  • July 23, 2005, 7:34 a.m. CST


    by Waff

    Yeah, Mxy was in the show. It was a terrible version of him. God awful. The show has it's moments. When it's good, it's really good. individual episodes that focus on the mythos of the character, pretty much suck.

  • July 23, 2005, 8:31 a.m. CST


    by kuryakin

    No you were right to think it was pish. The show is enjoyable enough but more for reasons they don't want it to be. There was a brilliant episode in the last season involving witches - the wee girl who plays Lana had to do 'evil' and 'seductive' and at one point was required to throw her head back and laugh AHAHAHAHA. Fucking outstanding. Made me squirm more than the episode of The Office about the black man's cock. It's good telly to sit with a pint and switch off your brain, like the OC or something like that. Then again, I'm not a big Superman fan so I'm not offended by deviations from the canon. It's just stupid monster of the week bollocks really. Still watched it though.

  • July 23, 2005, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and I'm a vegetarian

    by commiepinko

  • July 23, 2005, 9:45 a.m. CST

    James will be outstanding...

    by viola123

    I love this news. "Smallville" is a great show, with it's share of great episodes, like "Commencement", which I feel was the best episode ever. For real, which episode could top that? It was amazing and it set up Season Five with such promise - all the relationships changed, Smallville changed, and now they are going to bring Brainiac in, played by James Marster?!! Oh, that's too good. He's going to be awesome, and so is Season Five in its entirety. I just know it. And I know I'll get my Lex and Lana - when Lex told Lana that she meant a lot more to him than she knew, I melted (just like when he saw her off in "Covenant"), and surely the who won't be stingy and not give us more scenes like that. Yay, Spike, Spikey, Blondie Bear, in Smallville. I lurrve it!

  • July 23, 2005, 11:07 a.m. CST

    the hell with braniac, i want princess diana to drop in!

    by davids

    You know a 17 year old hot blodded super strong amazon princess out to get some with out killing the guy! He mom queen Hippoylata all ready apeared on the show. [all right it was a newspaper head line about the amazon queen addressing the un!] Then again on the superman animated show they had a great episode were braniac travled back from the 30th century to confront the teen age clark kent and kill him before he became superman. The legion of super heroes showed up great fights [even ma and pa kent went braniac hunting with shot guns] Saturn girl mind wiped the whole town and clark so the time line would not be corrupted. Would make a big show for smallville.

  • July 23, 2005, 12:01 p.m. CST

    by Neaera

    Smallville itself doesnt suck. What I think sucks is Tom Welling. way to hire and model and prove that some of them CAN act(!) This show would be vastly improved if Lex was the main character, and Clark was just there, as a main charater, but not as THE main character. It was okay to begin with, but seeing the cast grow and be held back by the lead's lack of talent is just unbearable. he just blinks and seems to say the same things every damn episode...i can't believe people wanted Singer to hire him for the movie...Nooooo

  • July 23, 2005, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Narrative Momentum

    by GracieLaw101

    My problem with Smallville is that it feels like it never actually goes anywhere. You have some big departure that looks like it will change everything, usually in the finale (Clark turns evil, Clark gets taken by Jor-El, Chloe dead, Lex dead in a plane crash / poisoned, and on and on.) Then, within less than an episode or two at the most, everything is right back to the same status quo. It's maddening. I watched the first three episodes of Season 4 and then stopped. It sounds like I'd only need to watch the finale in order to be completely caught up.

  • July 23, 2005, 1:08 p.m. CST

    I agree With Most

    by sledgehammer5050

    This show has its promising moments...i've always wanted smallville to succede. I love superman and the mythos of the character. But, this show contunualy smacks Superman and what he stands for in the face. I mean, for Christ's sake...Clark played football!!??! How does that not just trash the original movie!? Like stated earlier, the flash and perry white, etc. are great ideas. but, there is no descent continuity in this show. Everything is great in the finale, but then neatly wrapped up in a common WB tv way. It sucks. And I get plain freakin tired of this Lex and Clark goodie, goodie, not wanting to step on each other's toes crap situation. I'm sure most people didn't like it, but I loved the evil Lex episode just because it gave us a glimps of the true Luthor. Brainiac is a GREAT idea, I just hope they don't screw it up like they did with Mxypitaik, or however you spell the name. And please, WB, make this story last...don't do anymore filler, krytonite enhanced villan episodes...that's freaking old. Respect the character, the mythos, and the fans! Quit making this a teenie-bopper show.

  • July 23, 2005, 1:13 p.m. CST

    One more thing....maybe two

    by sledgehammer5050

    I forgot one more slap in the face of the mythos...right from the get-go you have to know things would go all WB "kiddie" when they didn't even have Lana as a RED HEAD! I mean, how can you do that?!? And, why is Lois even on this show...yeah, she's hot, big boobs, etc. But, doesn't that minimize the impact of her first encounter with Superman (at least for Clark) and even Clark's first encounter with Lois. I mean, does anyone see a future episode or a movie where Clark first meets Lois and is like "oh, hey. I remember you...i already saved your life a few times and you actually lived in my house for a while in Smallville." That right there cuts back on Lana's effectiveness and future encounters. Please WB, clean this face-slapping mess up somehow.

  • July 23, 2005, 1:16 p.m. CST

    One Last Thing *Spoiler on Lex*

    by sledgehammer5050

    I've already got Lex figured out too. That's so dang easy to see what will be his final "turn to the dark side." They'll push Lex almost to the brink of evil by the end of the show. And then when he's hanging on the balance of good and evil what will put him as Supe's ultimate enemy? LEX IS GOING TO KILL HIS FATER. That's easy.

  • Teaser: - Out of the ship that Lana finds come what seem to be two Kryptonians - Nam-Ek, a "beautifully built black man," and a blond female named Aethyr. Sounds like they're naked, as all Kryptonians are when Smallville seasons begin. So much for that "suit that Clark was going to wear in Superman Returns" rumor, eh? - Aethyr superspeeds in front of Lana. Lana notices a Kryptonian symbol on the small of Aethyr's back that is identical in look and placement to the one that Lana had on her back in Season 4. - Lana asks the strangers who they are and where they're from. A military chopper approaches, and Aethyr sends it spiraling out of control, thanks to a burst of heat vision. Then, Nam-Ek uses his heat vision power to completely incinerate the chopper. Twenty armed soldiers approach in Humvees, and bullets bounce right off of the two strange visitors. They then incinerate all of their attackers with their heat vision. - A Humvee charges full throttle at Aethyr, who grabs it by the bumper and flips the vehicle into the air. After all this commotion, Aethyr asks Nam-Ek where the girl has gone to. "She's of no use," he says. "We must find Kal-El." Lana hides and crouches in the bushes as all this is going on. End of teaser... A few minutes later: - Lex comes up from the rubble inside of the cave. His hand is bruised. He walks into the cave's inner chamber, and finds Chloe's cell phone laying on the ground. Lex spots the altar, where the octagonal key is resting. He examines the octagonal key, and hears a "You!" from behind. It's Nam-Ek and Aethyr, wearing fatigues stolen from the military people. Lex thinks they're really soldiers, and tells them that everything is under control, and that they're probably needed elsewhere. Nam-Ek asks Lex where Kal-El is. "Who?" Lex asks. "He possesses the octagonal key," Aethyr says, and in doing something that sounds like the Force in Star Wars, Nam-Ek lifts his hand and the key rockets into his palm. They ask Lex if he is Kal-El. "Who wants to know?" Lex asks. Aethyr grabs Lex by the throat and digs her nails into his skin. "Kal-El would not bleed," she says. And then.... - We see the Arctic tundra, and there's a human figure laying face down in the ice. It's Chloe. We don't know for sure what happens next, but it's a pretty safe bet that by episode's end, or at least early in the season, Chloe and Clark will have to have a little talk, because she now knows everything about where his powers came from and he's not your average run-of-the-mill meteor freak. Meanwhile, at the hospital... - Lois visits the Kents to make sure they're all right. She makes a comment about how they let her have a home before, so the least she could do is to help out when it came crashing down. The Kents smile, and then a shattering explosion shakes the walls. In the corridor are Nam-Ek and Aethyr. "Tell us where Kal-El is, or suffer the fate of your brethren," they warn. The sheriff fires his gun at them and the bullets fly off. (The script says his, but hey, isn't Nancy a she?) Lois watches in disbelief. Nam-Ek approaches Jonathan. "Where is Kal-El?" Aethyr demands that they are taken to him, that Jonathan would know where he is. Jonathan is shocked to hear someone saying Clark's Kryptonian name. - Aethyr reaches for Jonathan, when Lois intervenes. "I know where Kal-El is!" She tells them that Kal-El is at Fort Ryan and is waiting for them. "I'll take you to him right now. But you have to promise to behave yourselves. That means no blowing stuff up. Got it?" Lois asks. Nam-Ek and Aethyr each take Lois by an arm. Lois grins, trying to cover her fear. And what of Lana? - Lana wakes up on a couch in the mezzanine of Luthor Mansion. Her leg is bandaged up. She hears a scratching noise coming from downstairs. She looks down, and sees the Kryptonian symbol that she saw on the man and the woman, carved into the wood floor. Then it is revealed who is doing the carving - it's Lionel! "Mr. Luthor, what are you doing?" Lana asks.... and sadly, that's all we know right now. - Lionel tells Lana that Nam-Ek and Aethyr are disciples of Zod and must be stopped. Yes... he said it... ZOD! - Lionel gives Lana a green Kryptonite rock so she can stop the two aliens. Lana looks down at the rock, and seems to start to put the situation together as to what she needs to do... Clark Finds Out What's Happened - Clark, wherever he is, sees a television news broadcast on a television that's up on a wall. Smallville's second meteor shower is international news. The number of casualties in this second meteor shower is revealed. Clark stares in horror at the news report. We're assuming his next step is to return to Smallville. He's with someone else in the scene, but we can't really tell you who, because we don't know who. Clark and Lex Confrontation - "I don't have time for an interrogation," Clark tells Lex, maybe referring to the events that happened at the end of season 4. "Then be straight with me," Lex challenges him. "If you're my friend, you'll tell me the truth. Why were you in the caves when the meteors hit?" Clark and the Kents Reunited - Clark eventually makes his way to the hospital where the Kents are at. Jonathan tells Clark that they're looking for Kal-El. "I'll make it easy for them. Where are they?" he asks. - Jonathan tells a police officer that Fort Ryan must be notified immediately. The officer turns around with a bloody face, his eyes dazed. At the military hangar.... - Lois gets Aethyr and Nam-Ek to the military hangar and is stalling them with chit-chat. "Conversation? Don't they do that where you come from?" Lois asks. Aethyr reveals that the place they come from doesn't exist anymore. Nam-Ek gets angry. He realizes that Kal-El is not there. Lois tells him that Kal-El is right around some metal trunks in the corner, that that is "where he likes to hang out." The two walk toward the trunks, which are labeled "Lead Munitions." Behind them is nothing but a rat, but it buys Lois the time to pick up a rocket launcher. Yes. A rocket launcher. Lois fires and it blasts towards the duo. Nam-Ek catches the rocket, but it still explodes, engulfing the both of them. The Kryptonians emerge from the blast. Lois is terrified. "Whoops..." Somewhere in Act Four... - Lionel slumps toward the ground, unconscious. Lex gets up, out of breath, with a stream of blood trickling like a tear down his cheek. - Nam-Ek and Aethyr are not pleased with Lois's ruse. "It was just a little prank," Lois babbles nervously. "Don't you guys have a sense of humor?" They hold her up in the air. "Guess not." Aethyr throws her 20 feet into a shelf of supplies. Things, and Lois, crash into the floor. Suddenly, Clark blurs out in superspeed, grabs both Nam-Ek and Aethyr by the hand, and throws THEM 80 feet, slamming into a cargo jeep. Yay for Smallville and the throwing around gag. They stand from the wreckage, unfazed. "We are not your enemies, Kal-El. We mean you no harm," says Nam-Ek. Nam-Ek explains that they three are the last survivors of Krypton, and that together they can do what their forefathers envisioned. "I saw what you did at the hospital," Clark tells them. "That's not utopia. It's murder." - Aethyr tells Clark that some must be sacrificed for the sake of the many." - Clark challenges her. "Then you'll have to sacrifice me, because I won't allow you to kill anyone else." - Aethyr takes off her metallic bracelet and hurls it onto the floor. The bracelet mushrooms into a vortex of wind and black-purple light. "We cannot destroy you, Kal-El, but we can put you in a place where you cannot stop us," Nam-Ek tells him. Clark struggles as he is dragged toward the inferno. - Clark uses some new skills he learned at the Fortress of Solitude earlier in the episode (obviously material we don't yet have spoilers for). He musters all of his strength to break free, and.... - Clark's new skill learned from Jor-El in the Fortress has him leaping backward in the air in a perfect backflip. His feet ram into Nam-Ek's chest, sending him flying 30 feet. Aethyr rips a wing off of a plane's fuselage and swings it at Clark. It misses. Twin shimmers of heat vision blast after Clark. Clark blasts back with his own rays. This goes until Aethyr fires a blast into the axis of criscrossing beams up above. All three of them are flown back from the inevitable blast. Clark falls on the ground, near the vortex, and Nam-Ek grabs him by the leg. "Goodbye, Kal-El," Nam-Ek says, ready to give him the final blow, when his own knees start to weaken. - Reveal Lana right behind him, clutching a glowing green rock of Kryptonite. Clark tries to hide his own gripping pain. Aethyr rushes across the warehouse, getting weaker as she gets closer to the green rock. Weakened, Aethyr lets out a burst of heat vision which sears Lana's arm. Lana screams and slams back, knocking over some shelves, right behind those trunks labeled "lead munitions." Clark is back on his feet. The vortex continues to whirl. "Your human friends are of no use to you now, Kal-El," Nam-Ek tells him. Clark remembers Jor-El's words inside the Fortress and superspeed leaps into the air, ands ends up in the rafters, hidden from Nam-Ek and Aethyr. Aeythr searches for him, frustrated, when Clark comes back down from up above and pounces her, propelling her into the vortex. She digs her fingers into the floor when she is sucked inside. Nam-Ek struggles and tries to grab her arm and pull her out. As Nam-Ek struggles, Clark hurls a cannon at him, and.... Thank you

  • July 23, 2005, 6:07 p.m. CST

    It will become the Brainiac show

    by jtp972

    If the show lasts beyond this season (which is iffy) and if Marsters' character recurs...he'll take over just like he did on "Buffy" and "Angel." And that wouldn't neccessarily be a bad thing. He was often able to steal the show on 2 shows with very talented casts. Except for Rosenbaum, the "Smallville" cast is average at best. When "Smallville" is canceled, the fans will probably start clamoring for a made-for-TV Brainiac movie.

  • July 23, 2005, 6:26 p.m. CST

    by rscw3

    the first and last episodes are the only ones you need to see to know whats going on for the entire season. everything else is just monster-of-the-week-soap-opera filler.

  • July 23, 2005, 7:21 p.m. CST

    paunchy mid life brainiac

    by dr.bulber

    wb must be getting pretty desperate.

  • July 23, 2005, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Learn who is the fluffer on the set of the sequel to SERENITY!!!

    by Mr. Profit

  • July 23, 2005, 9:43 p.m. CST


    by kuryakin

    The Kents take in a foreign exchange student called "Diana" from somewhere in Greece. She is always fiddling with her bracelets. The guy from Dukes of Hazzard feels uncomfortable around her, possibly due to her sexy muscles and great tits. She becomes very 'close' with Chloe. Generic meteor-empowered bad guys threaten the safety of Smallville's denizens, by now almost stupidly oblivious to any kind of supernatural shenanigans but Diana and Clarky team up to beat fuck out of them. Lois looks pissed off. And also about twenty years older than her actual age. Diana makes some comments about Lois' big tits and grey hair. Hilarity ensues. Diana goes home with her chauffeur. Pa Kent breathes a sigh of relief and makes love to his wife with his eyes closed that night. In bed Clark ponders on his life - he is young, muscular and handsome and saves attractive women on an almost daily basis yet he is terminally unable to get laid. He weeps into his fluffy pillow. END SHOW

  • July 24, 2005, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by jtp972

    The sad thing is...the post by Kuryakin...I CAN SEE IT HAPPENING on this show!!! Aargh!! I still wish Bruce Wayne would show up and bang Lana, further emasculating Clark.

  • July 24, 2005, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Here ya go..

    by The True Priapic

    ..and I mean this most sincerley.I don't honestly.I really don't care.

  • July 24, 2005, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Did no one read what I put?!?!!?

    by sledgehammer5050

    I mean, I'm surprised no one else has pieced it together...Lex will kill his father to become the vadar of the Superman mythos.

  • July 24, 2005, 4:41 p.m. CST


    by napalm68

    People please remember who has the dubious honor of cancelling both Buffy AND Angel - Warner Brothers. What they said here means jack shit.

  • July 25, 2005, 9:38 a.m. CST

    man! you people are cynical..

    by Yeti

    everything is gonna suck becuase even if its actually good few things meet the pre-concieved expectations of you whiners. Smallville can be really bad (Lana learning karate inside of one episode in season two comes to mind) but even when it's bad I find it very entertaining which is all I want from a tv show. I still think a young Bruce Wayne may show up at some point this season (The Adam Knight charecter is season 3 dosent count) I'll also bet that these will be the last season, shows generally become too expensive to make after 5 seasons and thats one of the reasons the suits at the WB are moving Smallville to Thursdays where (loyal fanbase not withstanding) it'll be creamed in the ratings so they have an excuse to pull the plug.

  • July 25, 2005, 10:35 a.m. CST

    As long as Braniac

    by Quin the Eskimo

    doesn't try to rape Clark, I'm OK with this. "Got to get it hard to service the alien."

  • July 25, 2005, 12:15 p.m. CST

    It's not very good, but I love this show.

    by _Maltheus_

    I can understand why people don't like this show, it has some very bad momemts. What I can't understand is why I like it so much. It's a "popcorn" TV show that can't be taken too seriously (although strangley, I don't care for popcorn movies). I liked much of the last season, even as I rolled my eyes over the whole witch plotline. I'm not into the mythos, so I don't mind when they change it to suit the story. I also like the the lead character doesn't torture people, in an attempt to show us how "necessary" it is. That's pretty rare for TV shows these days. Even the last Star Trek show went there. Clark has retained his notion of right and wrong, even post-911. The show does tend to cheap out on certain storylines. Any teenage boy would have told Lana his secret by now. Obviously she can be trusted and he needs to get laid. Kryptonite stories get kind of boring. But I like how they handled the whole, "Chloe secretly knowing his secret" thing. I liked the Alica and the Flash storylines. So I'm really looking forward to this next season. And I still have Deadwood, BSG and Lost when I'm in the mood for something a bit more meaty.

  • July 25, 2005, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Smallville is one of the worst shows on television

    by God-Man

    But I can't stop watching. The people who run this show have great source material to work from yet they continually ruin it. They repeat the same storylines over and over again. They have resorted to "big name" guest stars to boost their falling ratings, but I can't get enough of it. The show is at it's best when they pull characters and storylines out of the comics and it's worse... the rest of the time. The WB will probably cancel Smallville after this season so I hope they at least try to put a good show on the air instead of finding every way possible to show Tom Welling with the least amount of clothes possible

  • July 25, 2005, 1:14 p.m. CST

    I'll bet they get that Tarzan actor to play Aquaman

    by Drath

    Not that I care, just my theory if they use the King of the Sea (and don't cast Tony the Tuna). Sorry, this show is good for a laugh, but anyone who thinks it is better than the Superman movies (even the last two) or the 90s animated series must be in their tweens.

  • July 25, 2005, 1:39 p.m. CST

    the problem with DC characters

    by Calculon

    The problem is that most DC characters are fucking GAY. Sure, I watched reruns of the campy 60s Batman show and Superfriends, and I even had some DC comics as a kid, but when I started collecting comics in junior high, I stuck with Marvel. The inanely stupid villains and b-level "heroes" [The Penguin? Come on! Brainiac? Dumb. Aquaman? Lame.] were enough to turn me off to DC. They even knew their characters were stupid, so they "rebooted" their universe like three times. [How many disparate origins does Supergirl really need?] Having said that, Batman Begins was pretty damn good [mostly because they decided to include more realistic villains like Carmine Falcone and Ra's al Ghul rather than ultra-gay homicidal clowns]. And I watch Smallville because there are usually a couple gems a season. In general, it seems DC should stick with origin/"Year One" stories, since all villains tend to devolve into Mr. Freeze and Killer Croc [I mean "Killer Croc?!?" Wtf?] the later they appear in the continuity.

  • July 25, 2005, 3:07 p.m. CST

    Batman's Rogues Gallery is awesome when done right, look at

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Superman's is pretty decent as well, of course when done right (TAS). Smallville does kick a lot of ass-mar though. Even the ones I think look awful in the previews end up being at least respectable fun. That Flash episode just kicked ass too. I wish they'd just fucking get Clark to fly though, this is pussy shit.

  • July 25, 2005, 7:35 p.m. CST

    :O Noooo!!!!!!!! Plese, no.... :s This is weird.

    by MrFloppy

  • July 25, 2005, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by sledgehammer5050

    i MEAN DANG!! Lex will kill his father and I get nothing on that one. not even a "you're nuts dude" reply. you people are so dang self involved.

  • July 25, 2005, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Adventures of Superboy from '88-'92

    by sledgehammer5050

    Now there was a great show! Anyone watch that one? I'm twenty five now, so I was 8 years old to 12 then, but I loved that show. It was on the WB usually on Saturdays or Sundays. Ok, so Superboy isn't technically possible cause Superman didn't get his powers till he was older, but other than that..that show stayed true to the comics and then some. I mean, it was great. They had Bizarro, the right Mxysipitlk (again however you spell it), an evil Supeboy at one time, a freakin Killing Lex Luthor, the Toy master, Metallo...all kinds of D.C. villans. Plus a Lana with freaking RED HAIR!!!! And way hotter. Yeah, the special effects weren't great cause it was ahead of it's time, but the story was always wonderful. And when Superboy/Clark got outta college it got darker. See, you can make a great Superman mythos show...please Smallville people, go back and watch those episodes of the Adventures of Superboy. By the way, anyone want to see those on DVD? boy that'd be nice, but I hear there's some legal thing on them. Oh well.

  • July 26, 2005, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Superboy show wasn't done by Warner Bros.

    by Drath

    I seem to remember reading that Superboy was actually done by the Salkinds (producers of the movie) without Warner Bros. The show was killed by a lawsuit filed by WB, who realized from Superboy's success that Superman COULD be done on TV after previously refusing to support the Salkinds in the first place. So Superboy was killed so that they could bring us the oh so great Lois and Clark series. WB has kept that show off the air even as reruns ever since, and will probably prevent a DVD as well. Shame really, the show had the best on screen Lana ever. It was campy as hell, but at least they let everyone wear costumes.

  • July 26, 2005, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I agree the show should be ALL LEX all the time...

    by Arithma

    I watched the first two seasons religiously, but somewhere in the third season I lost the love for it. I saw the finale of the third season, and I thought "whoa, man, heav-ay" but when the 4th season premiered it was like "pbbblllltttt." Haven't watched it since. I've always though Lex was hot, even with his creepily big shiny head. Can anyone tell me if he and Lana ever got it on? That would be rad!

  • July 26, 2005, 3:33 p.m. CST


    by Calculon

    I watched the first two seasons, and I was like "Far out!" Everything seemed groovy and when the next season came, I said, "Lay it on me, brotha!" Then the jive turkeys gave us season 3. I saw Lana in her witch costume in season 4, though, and it was like "aah-OOOH-gah!" and "bow-chicka-bow-wow!" I hope The Man don't give us none of that slackum yackum in season 5!

  • July 26, 2005, 7:51 p.m. CST

    reasons to watch the show

    by YourHero

    micheal rosenbaum's acting kristen kreuks looks that's it. i've wanted a young batman appearance, but on second thought with the way the show's quality's been dropping, it might not be the greatest idea. same goes for a young hal jordan.

  • July 29, 2005, 12:04 a.m. CST


    by Bad Wolff

    Isn't it supposed to come out on DVD within the next 6 months? Thought I heard that somewhere....