(sort of leading on from thisthread) I'm a big fan of Buffy, have been for a while. I'm now about half-way through the first season of Smallville and can't hepl thinking they are Buffy-wannabbes. They appear to be trying the 'teen-speak', the meteor fragment v hell-hole, having half of your school slowly die off episode by episode. If Smallville only had a plot I'd think they were the same show. Maybe Lex can count as "this season's bad guy" and we really will be a cheap Buffy immitation.
Interesting. I hadn't thought of the two shows that way. There do seem to be a lot of similarities, but the shows end up feeling very different to me. Buffy's world is a lot darker, literally and figuratively. They appear to be trying the 'teen-speak' Well I dunno what teens actually talk like nowadays, but in Buffy they speak Joss-speak, which is far more witty and entertaining than anything spoken by the teens of Smallville. the meteor fragment v hell-hole Ahem. That's "Hellmouth". The damn Kryptonite supervillian-of-the-week effect is the most annoying thing about Smallville. They need to develop more interesting villains who stick around for more than one episode. Preferably some of whom are not powered by Kryptonite. Luthor Sr. is very good in this respect - but we need more. having half of your school slowly die off episode by episode Yeah, we'll see if the Smallville townsfolk (other than Chloe) ever notice something's up. In Sunnydale this sort of thing was the source of some amusing throwaway lines. Like an offhand comment about how this year's swim team seemed to have pretty good chances, if they could just avoid the excess deaths that plagued the team in past years. If Smallville only had a plot I'd think they were the same show. Maybe Lex can count as "this season's bad guy" and we really will be a cheap Buffy immitation. Ack! No! Lex can't go bad yet! Well, not "really" bad anyway. He's the best thing about the show. His transformation needs to be gradual, not rushed. Not like, say, the sudden aftereffect of a "moment of pure happiness" and an old Gypsy curse. :roll: (OK, "Innocence" was one of the best, true, but what works for Angelus doesn't necessarily work for Lex.) What I really want to see is a conflict between Lex and a young Bruce Wayne. Down the road a bit, after Lex has accumulated a few more dirty secrets. I can just imagine Bruce figuring out Clark's secret and using him as a clueless pawn against Lex. It'd be great fun.