A bizzaro evening planned

I have a bizzaro evening planned. 

Tonight is the 7th season premier of Smallville.

I was introduced to this series by a Canadian priest in Rome some years ago and have been hooked ever since.

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  1. So there is more to that ‘kryptonite’ coffee than we would first believe. Father, how could you succumb to such a trifling thing. Eh, I suppose it is like me and the Sopranos.

  2. jeffrey says:

    Now you tell me your a Smallville fan?… if you are ever in Chicago I’d like to buy you a beer….

  3. jeffrey: Yes, indeed. This is something known already to the long time readers of WDTPRS.

  4. Anon says:

    Wow! I didn’t know you liked this show either, Father–guess I don’t read here often enough.

    My husband and I started watching during season six, and liked the show quite a bit. We bought season five to help us catch up on the story line. Are the earlier seasons worth buying or renting as well, Father? Also, aside from the obvious problem that this show like nearly all t.v. shows treats sexual immorality as a given among most of the characters, would you say that the show in general sets up the classic good vs. evil struggle in an uplifting way? I find myself liking the moral lines drawn (apart from the issue already mentioned) and wondered if the earlier seasons were similar in terms of showing good and evil as the result of choices, acts of the will.

  5. Anon: I do NOT like Anon or Anonymous as handles. Really don’t.

    The earlier seasons of Smallville are also good, but you have to adjust your expectations having seen later seasons first. The last couple seasons are more dramatic and darker. The earlier are characterized by some of the things kids go through in high school. It is a matter of turning down the expectations knob in your head. We must remember too that this is very much Smallville for the 21st century, so moral lines are adjusted accordingly. Still, it remains a pretty clean show with good being good and evil being evil.

  6. Quieta says:

    Father, thank you for your reply! I appreciate it.

    Sorry about the “Anon;” the space pre-filled with my usual internet “handle” and I panicked and replaced it as it is known to others who also know and read your column, but who would definitely condemn me out of hand for watching a secular television program such as Smallville. Perhaps that’s cowardice, but sometimes we do pick our battles, and this sort of thing doesn’t seem worth fighting over–especially since I know ahead of time I might be tempting others to the sin of rash judgment.

  7. Cindi says:

    I have watched Smallville from the beginning and I have to say I remember the first couple of season as being very family friendly and moral (more so than some of the later seasons b/c of the sexual immorality issue). When Clark’s father was around he was a strong and moral “father figure” that helped Clark in his journey of “growing up”. I agree that having seen the later seasons first, you may find the earlier seasons a little slower, but definitely worth watching. They really set-up the Lex/Clark relationship very well.

  8. Tonight, in preparation for the premier, I had some little sesame rice crackers with garlic humus. The main course involved a stupendous NY strip, Black Angus steak with a claret, A&Z. Now I am watching the premier of a new show about a kid whose soul was sold to the Devil.

    …. !?

    …. ?!

    Lot’s of moral relativism.

    It’s funny, but …

    … what a contrast to Smallville.

    Faust repackaged with Grimm’s fariy tales.

  9. I think they are making fun of shows like, Buffy, Supernatural, Blade… etc.

  10. Tim Ferguson says:

    Reaper? I was not entirely impressed with the premiere, but I do think the show has some potential. There are a number of ways they could go with it – buddy flick, supernatural aspect, X-files, fugitive, or ideally, a combination of all that. Kevin Smith is talented and has his finger on the pulse of contemporary culture. My prediction is that the show will do fairly well until he inevitably turns his gaze and makes fun of the Catholic Church (demon possessed bishop? evil abortion clinic protester?) at which point it will jump the shark and turn into a “cult classic.” The kid who plays Sam and the guy who plays the devil have good screen presence though (if the kid becomes capable of some emotion other than mild annoyance and open-mouthed surprise, that is).

  11. Fr. Paul McDonald says:

    Would it be wrong to mention who the Canadian priest was?
    (I write from the great white North.)

  12. Karen Linsmayer says:

    Dear Father Z,

    This is way, way off topic, sorry for that. Do you ever get back to MN. I know you used to be at St. Agnes and participate in Christmas (?) and Easter. I haven’t seen you since Fr. Walzbacher left. Do you go to his parish? Just wondering.

  13. Karen: I do those things, yes.

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