I've panned Smallville as much as I've praised it over the years, but the fact remains I watch, just as I watched Lois & Clark through its leaner times. Not to say that Smallville is currently lean. It's just too uneven to predict. So I watch.
Though there have been more twists of the lore than I care to track, I keep coming back to these iconic characters: Clark Kent, strange visitor from another planet, country boy making his way in the city who, in his own "aw shucks" way, charms city girl Lois Lane, though she takes forever to admit it.
The climax of last night's season premiere featured a re-enactment of the "Kneel before Zod" scene from Superman II, and yes, I was drawn in. What can I say?