So, after watching Man of Steel I decided to check out Smallville for the first time. The show started 12ish years ago and I thought it might be fun to have a retrospective talkback for the first season. Keeping it to season 1 because I'd like to stay clear of any major spoilers (selfish, I know). Anyways, for those of you who have watched the first season- what did you think? All in all, I enjoyed the first season a fair amount. But, the show is definitely flawed. The writing is pretty poor at times, some of the characters tend to be rather flat, and really the show has a habit of being silly. That being said, there is a charm to Clark's character that makes the series enjoyable (in the first season at least). My biggest grievance with the writing is how contrived the endings tend to be. All this buildup for a villain and then Clark just swoops in and saves the day in a matter of three minutes. I realize he is more or less invincible but it isn't very satisfying. I also realize that the show is episodic (to a degree), but I hate how everything just goes back to status quo at the end. Surely the town would be more affected by some of these supernatural occurrences. I know, I know, it's based on comic book logic but the town of Smallville needs to smarten up. The characters...oh boy, some of them are just plain useless. I could care less about Whitney leaving the series because his character was so poorly developed. Oh, and what about Pete? For Clark's best friend he barely gets any airtime. Chloe was fun until they tried to make her a love interest for Clark. Sorry, but those two don't have any chemistry. I can only hope that gets squashed quickly in season 2. And Lana...well, I have to say I don't dislike her as much as the rest of the fandom it seems. Can't stand Lex. He really needs to get over the daddy issues because they got old fast. My favorite episode was the one with the Ryan character. Honestly, I kind of wish he had stuck around. He made all of the characters so lively and fun, especially Clark. It was nice to see him caring for someone other than Lana for a change. Least favorite...probably the bee girl. I guess it kind of seems weird that I claim to have enjoyed the first season despite having so many complaints. Really though, there is something endearing about the series. Anyways, how did you feel about the first season? Please do NOT post any spoilers.