Superman Special #5 - Supergirl (Nevertheless, She Persisted)

June 6, 2017

It's our fifth Superman Special! Superman...returns to Supergirl for its second season finale! Zach is again joined by Craig Byrne, webmaster of Kryptonsite and K-SiteTV, to discuss Man of Steel's third appearance on the series, shades of Smallville in this episode, as well as comparison to and discussion of finales of Smallville past.

Kryptonsite has always been the hub of Smallville fandom, so if you've never heard of it or just haven't been in a while I highly recommend checking out both it and its sister site KSiteTV which covers all genre television currently on the air!
Kryptonsite: http://www.kryptonsite.com/
KSiteTV: http://www.ksitetv.com/

This podcast contains SPOILERS. You've been warned!

ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B
Craig's Grade: B

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ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 41 - 2×20 Witness

May 24, 2017

This week Zach is again joined by Nancy Petru to discuss the forty first episode of Smallville, "Witness." We get Nancy's perspective on the previous episode "Precipice," point out how much of a jerk Superman can be, discuss the logistics of running a high school newspaper, and with this being the second part of our Home Improvment two-pack, compare Zachery Ty Bryan's turn here to Jonathan Taylor Thomas' guest spot in "Dichotic." Go full Warboy and "Witness!" the latest Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP

Zach's Grade: A-
Nancy's Grade: B-
IMDB Grade: 7.9
Superman Homepage Grade: 2/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 2
Amnesia Count: 13
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 8
Clark Loses His Powers: 2
Episode Title Said In Episode: 14
Hospital Visits: 26
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 6
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 14
Main Character Deaths: 2
Mind Control Count: 8
Movie Plot As An Episode: 1
Product Placement Pete: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 6
Under The Influence: 11
Weddings: 1


TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 40 - 2×19 Precipice

May 16, 2017

This week Zach is joined by Jazz Keegan to discuss the fortieth episode of Smallville, "Precipice." Being a former podcaster about Zach's hometown basketball team the Houston Rockets, Jazz and Zach talk quite a bit of basketball in addition to his Superman and Smallville fandom. We share our thoughts on the new sheriff in town, the Lex/Helen relationship, alternate titles, and much more. The Legend of Chun-Li begins in the latest Always Hold On To Smallville!

If you enjoyed our NBA tangents in this episode, check out Jazz's Houston Rockets podcast, 3 Men and a Beard: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/3-men-and-a-beard-the-houston-rockets-podcast/id1057888645?mt=2

EPISODE ROUNDUP

Zach's Grade: C+
Jazz's Grade: B
IMDB Grade: 8.1
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 2
Amnesia Count: 13
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 7
Clark Loses His Powers: 2
Episode Title Said In Episode: 14
Hospital Visits: 25
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 6
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 13
Main Character Deaths: 2
Mind Control Count: 8
Movie Plot As An Episode: 1
Product Placement Pete: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 6
Under The Influence: 11
Weddings: 1


TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 39 - 2×18 Visitor

May 10, 2017

This week Zach is joined by Odd Shaped Panel blogger Billy Pollihan to discuss the thirty ninth episode of Smallville, "Visitor." We talk Billy's Smallville and Superman fandom, Reeve vs. Reeves, why Mon-El would've been a perfect character to appear in the series (and maybe even this episode), "Visitor"'s parallels to the movie K-Pax, and much more! Welcome Billy as our newest visitor to Always Hold On To Smallville!

Check out Billy's retrospective article on Smallville for Odd Shaped Panel: https://oddshapedpanel.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/no-tights-no-flights-a-10-year-look-at-smallville-by-billy-pollihan/

EPISODE ROUNDUP

Zach's Grade: B+
Billy's Grade: B-
IMDB Grade: 7.9
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 2
Amnesia Count: 13
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 7
Clark Loses His Powers: 2
Episode Title Said In Episode: 14
Hospital Visits: 24
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 6
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 13
Main Character Deaths: 2
Mind Control Count: 8
Movie Plot As An Episode: 1
Product Placement Pete: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 6
Under The Influence: 11
Weddings: 1


TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 38 - 2×17 Rosetta

May 3, 2017

This week Zach is again joined by very special guest Craig Byrne, webmaster of Kryptonsite and K-SiteTV and author of several companion books on the series, to discuss the thirty eighth episode of Smallville, "Rosetta." This is an episode the truly needs no introduction as it is without exaggeration, the most iconic episode of the entire series. We delve into this love letter to the Superman mythos, honor the incredible legacy of Christopher Reeve, and of course have a good bit of fun along the way including what becomes a recurring joke about Tom Welling's birthday. It's always a joy podcasting with Craig, our rosetta stone to the behind the scenes stories of the series and the Dr. Swann of Always Hold On To Smallville!

Kryptonsite has always been the hub of Smallville fandom, and I highly recommend checking out both it and its sister site KSiteTV which covers all genre television currently on the air!
Kryptonsite: http://www.kryptonsite.com/
KSiteTV: http://www.ksitetv.com/

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A+
Craig's Grade: A+
IMDB Grade: 9.2
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 2
Amnesia Count: 13
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 6
Clark Loses His Powers: 2
Episode Title Said In Episode: 14
Hospital Visits: 22
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 6
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 13
Main Character Deaths: 2
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 6
Under The Influence: 11
Weddings: 1


TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 38 - 2×17 Brimstone

April 1, 2017

This week Zach discusses the fourty third episode of Superboy, "Brimstone." Points of conversation include this episode's Eisner Award winning writers, long nails on Superman villains, Key & Peele, and much more! Also we briefly touch on Superboy's spiritual successor series Smallville and which show was truer to the character of Superman. You know our answer...Always Hold On To Superboy!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: D
IMDB Grade: 7.1
Superman Homepage Grade: N/A
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Episode Title Said In Episode: 1
Under The Influence: 4


TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id108026

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Episode 37 - 2×16 Fever

February 8, 2017

This week Zach is again joined by Lance Laster to discuss the thirty seventh episode of Smallville, "Fever." Our extended conversation covers Lance's recent appearance on Madame Secretary, thoughts on IMDB shutting down its message board, and Lance's favorite scene in all of Smallville. Hint, it's in this episode! Also in what might become a new feature on the podcast stemming from Zach and Lance's love for sports talk radio, the Always Hold On To Smallville Soundboard! It'll definitely be back whenever Lance is our guest, and we'll see about phasing it into the rest of the podcast. We've got a fever, and the only perscription...is Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B+
Lance's Grade: A
IMDB Grade: 8.3
Superman Homepage Grade: 2/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 2
Amnesia Count: 13
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 5
Clark Loses His Powers: 2
Episode Title Said In Episode: 13
Hospital Visits: 21
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 6
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 12
Main Character Deaths: 2
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 6
Under The Influence: 11
Weddings: 1


TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 36 - 2×15 Prodigal

February 1, 2017

This week Zach is again joined by Nick Ryan Magdoza to discuss the thirty sixth episode of Smallville, "Prodigal." Zach and Nick are joined by Always Hold On To Smallville listener and (if we may be so bold) fan Taylor Evanoff who made a special request to be part our discussion on "Prodigal" as it's his favorite episode of the entire series. We talk about Taylor's Smallville fandom and how he discovered the series, if the chronology of this episode taking place the day after "Rush" makes any sense, and of course the big one...the most infamous dropped character and plotline in Smallville history...LUCAS LUTHOR! Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated in this all new Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B+
Nick's Grade: A-
Taylor's Grade: A+
IMDB Grade: 8.0
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 2
Amnesia Count: 13
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 5
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 13
Hospital Visits: 20
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 12
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 6
Under The Influence: 11
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 35 - 2×14 Rush

January 19, 2017

This week Zach is again joined by Tyler Patrick from Krypton Report: The Supergirl Podcast to discuss the thirty fifth episode of Smallville, "Rush." We talk Superman related Christmas gifts, the return of Red Kryptonite, unexpected continuity, song covers, and much more! It's an adrenaline fuled conversation in this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

The Krypton Report talks all things Superman with an emphasis on Supergirl, check them out and give them a listen!
The Krypton Report: http://www.southgatemediagroup.com/kryptonreport/

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B-
Tyler''s Grade: C+
IMDB Grade: 8.3
Superman Homepage Grade: 2/5 
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 2
Amnesia Count: 13
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 5
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 12
Hospital Visits: 20
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 12
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 6
Under The Influence: 11
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 34 - 2×13 Suspect

December 25, 2016

This week Zach is joined Tony Black to discuss the thirty fourth episode of Smallville, "Suspect." Tony is the host of our "sister podcast" The X-Cast, which does the same thing for The X-Files that we do for Smallville. We discuss Tony's background with Smallville, episodic versus serilized television, the wasted character of Henry Small, and much more! Plus, Tony recounts how he and fellow friend of the podcast Matt Latham recently met Allison Mack at a comic con! There's more than one point of view in this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

Check out The X-Cast, of which I'm a semi-regualr guest, here!
The X-Cast: http://directory.libsyn.com/shows/view/id/xfcast

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B+
Tony's Grade: B
IMDB Grade: 8.3
Superman Homepage Grade: 3.5/5 
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 5
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 11
Hospital Visits: 18
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 12
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 5
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 33 - 2×12 Insurgence

December 24, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Matt Latham to discuss the thirty third episode of Smallville, "Insurgence." Another huge mythology episode of for the series, we get out first proper look inside Luthorcrop, see the Daily Planet for the first time, and Clark's leaps his first tall building in the single bound...sort of. So lots of firsts in this episode, and we also meet DC Comic character Maggie Sawyer! We have no problems with you listening to us without our knowledge in this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

Matt has been reviewing Smallville season-by-season on his website www.bottleepisode.co.uk, he's now up to season 9!
Season 1: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-one-episode-by-episode/
Season 2: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-two-episode-by-episode/
Season 3: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-three-episode-by-episode/
Season 4: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-four-episode-by-episode/
Season 5: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-five-episode-by-episode/
Season 6: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-six-episode-by-episode/
Season 7: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-seven-episode-by-episode/
Season 8: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-eight-episode-by-episode/
Season 9: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-nine-episode-by-episode/

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A
Matt's Grade: A+
IMDB Grade: 8.7
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5 
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 5
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 10
Hospital Visits: 16
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 12
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 5
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 32 - 2×11 Visage

December 14, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Mike Krause to discuss the thirty second episode of Smallville, "Visage." This marks the return of two characters from the first season, Whitney Fordman and (spoiler) Tina Greer! This was one of our favorite episodes back in the day and one of Smallville's most quotable, but does it hold up? From shape shifters and spaceships to the Iraq War and the friend zone, we "STAY AWAY FROM LANA!" in this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B
Krause's Grade: C+
IMDB Grade: 8.3
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5 
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 4
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 10
Hospital Visits: 16
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 12
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 5
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Mailbag #1

December 6, 2016

This week Zach is joined by Nick Ryan Magdoza as we open up the mailbag and read listener emails, messages and iTunes reviews! Thank you all so very much for your feedback, and we'll be making this mailbag show a regular thing so if you want your thoughts read on air...leave us some for next time!


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FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 31 - 2×10 Skinwalker

November 30, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Lance Laster to discuss the thirty first episode of Smallville, "Skinwalker." This is an extremely important episode in the mythology Smallville as it introduces the Kawatche caves which go on to play a HUGE role in the series moving forward. We talk Ancient Aliens, the implications of Kryptonians and Kryptonite being on Earth before Clark, favorite movie quotes we like to use as often as possible in real life, and much more. We also take a few minutes to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline, a social injustice close to my heart and a controversy which has parallels to this episode that are too strong to ignore.

For more information about the Dakota Access Pipeline, we highly recommend The Young Turks' coverage here:

To listen to Zach talk about werewolves on The X-Cast, check out their podcast on "Shapes" here:
The X-Cast: https://www.acast.com/thexcast/file19-shapes

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: C+
Lance's Grade: C+
IMDB Grade: 8.4
Superman Homepage Grade: 2/5 
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 3
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 10
Hospital Visits: 16
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 11
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 4
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 30 - 2×09 Dichotic

November 23, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Nancy Petru to discuss the thirteth episode of Smallville, "Dichotic." We talk Home Improvment, shop class, beepers, and the questionable physics at play in this episode's climax. Also, if you're wondering what dichotic means, we have the definition! It took two of us to get the job done in this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: C
Nancy's Grade: C-
IMDB Grade: 8.0
Superman Homepage Grade: 2/5 
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 2
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 9
Hospital Visits: 16
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 11
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 3
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 4
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 29 - 2×08 Ryan

November 16, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Tyler Patrick from Krypton Report: The Supergirl Podcast to discuss the twenty ninth episode of Smallville, "Ryan." We talk VHS tapes, Clark's wardrobe, crying when watching TV, and a little bit of Superman on Supergirl. We can't read your minds, but hopefully you'll enjoy this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!
 
The Krypton Report talks all things Superman with an emphasis on Supergirl, check them out and give them a listen!
The Krypton Report: http://www.southgatemediagroup.com/kryptonreport/

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A
Tyler's Grade: A
IMDB Grade: 8.8
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5 
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 2
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 9
Hospital Visits: 15
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 10
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 4
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 28 - 2×07 Lineage

November 3, 2016

This week for the first time in an episode discussion, Zach is joined by multiple guests! Craig Byrne, webmaster of Kryptonsite and K-SiteTV, and Matt Truex, from Lois & Clark'd: The New Podcasts of Superman, to discuss the twenty eighth episode of Smallville, "Lineage." We amaze at Clark using heat vision to make toast, Lucas Luthor being arguably the series biggest dropped ball, all things Patrick Cassidy, Lexcorp, and of course...Sheriff Ethan's sideburns. We're jumping all around the Smallville timeline in this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

Kryptonsite has always been the hub of Smallville fandom, so if you've never heard of it or just haven't been in a while I highly recommend checking out both it and its sister site KSiteTV which covers all genre television currently on the air!
Kryptonsite: http://www.kryptonsite.com/
KSiteTV: http://www.ksitetv.com/

Lois & Clark'd: The New Podcasts of Superman does for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman what we do for Smallville, so if you're a Lois & Clark fan, a Superman fan, or just a fan of hilarious conversation, check out their website give them a listen!
Lois & Clark'd: https://loisandclarkdpodcast.com/

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A-
Craig's Grade: A
Matt's Grade: A
IMDB Grade: 8.2
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 2
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 8
Hospital Visits: 14
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 10
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 4
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Superman Special #4 - Supergirl (The Adventures of Supergirl, The Last Children of Krypton)

October 25, 2016

It's our fourth Superman Special! Supergirl has moved networks for its sophomore season, coming home to The CW where it probably always belonged and going all out by featuring Superman himself in its premiere episodes! No longer a shadowy stunt double or a far away CGI special effect, the Man of Steel has a new face on television: Tyler Hoechlin. Zach is again joined by Craig Byrne, webmaster of Kryptonsite and K-SiteTV, to discuss this monumental occasion, what we thought of the latest incarnation of Superman, and the expansion of the Supergirl universe as a whole.

Kryptonsite has always been the hub of Smallville fandom, so if you've never heard of it or just haven't been in a while I highly recommend checking out both it and its sister site KSiteTV which covers all genre television currently on the air!
Kryptonsite: http://www.kryptonsite.com/
KSiteTV: http://www.ksitetv.com/

This podcast contains SPOILERS. You've been warned!

ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A+
Craig's Grade: A+

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 27 - 2×06 Redux

October 19, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Matt Latham from The Bottle Episode to discuss the twenty seventh episode of Smallville, "Redux." This episode has a unique production history as it was filmed during the first season, after "Tempest," and aired sixth in the second season. This lead to MANY continuity errors that we of course have fun pointing out. But the fun doesn't end there! Despite compelling guest stars, interesting themes, and plot set-ups for future episodes, "Redux" fails to live up to its potential and is generally considered one of Smallville's worst outings. An overcrowded story (at least FOUR simultaneous plot-lines) and one of the most ridiculous freaks of the week of the entire series will do that. We grew a lot older during this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

Matt has been reviewing Smallville season-by-season on his website www.bottleepisode.co.uk, covering the first 7 seasons so far.
Season 1: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-one-episode-by-episode/
Season 2: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-two-episode-by-episode/
Season 3: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-three-episode-by-episode/
Season 4: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-four-episode-by-episode/
Season 5: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-five-episode-by-episode/
Season 6: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-six-episode-by-episode/
Season 7: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-seven-episode-by-episode/

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: D+
Matt's Grade: D
IMDB Grade: 7.6
Superman Homepage Grade: 2/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 2
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 8
Hospital Visits: 13
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 9
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 4
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 26 - 2×05 Nocturne

October 11, 2016

This week Zach is joined by KSiteTV's Ian Gildersleeve to discuss the twenty sixth episode of Smallville, "Nocturne." Ian is the author of KSiteTV's Beauty & The Beast episode reviews, a series which has several Smallville connections including star Kristin Kreuk and executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders. It also has some striking similarities to this episode (the first Peterson and Souders wrote for Smallville). We talk Ian's Superman and Smallville fandom, his love for Beauty & The Beast, an interesting theory on how this episode could tie into the Veritas mythology from season seven, and much, much more! We stayed up all night recording this poetic episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: C+
Ian's Grade: B-
IMDB Grade: 7.8
Superman Homepage Grade: 3/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 11
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 2
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 8
Hospital Visits: 13
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 8
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 25 - 2×04 Red

October 4, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Mike Krause to discuss the twenty fifth episode of Smallville, "Red." This marks the first (and best) use of Red Kryptonite on the series and welcomes writer Jeph Loeb into the Smallville family. Loeb is a prolific comic book writer, and was a huge get for the series. Our conversation touches on Loeb's work in comic books, class rings and when you're actually supposed to get them in your high school career, and if it was implied Clark and Jessie...well, you know. We've lost our inhibitions and are telling it like it is in this episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A-
Krause's Grade: B+
IMDB Grade: 9.0
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amazing Technicolor Kryptonite: 1
Amnesia Count: 10
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 1
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 8
Hospital Visits: 11
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 7
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 7
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 24 - 2×03 Duplicity

September 27, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Lance Laster to discuss the twenty fourth episode of Smallville, "Duplicity." The series went deep into the thesaurus for the title of this episode where Pete learns Clark's secret! Our discussion hits on the role of Pete in the series, Lana's second season self taking root, tying up old plot threads from season one while launching into new ones, and would you REALLY think Clark's ship from Smallville was a spaceship if you found it in a cornfield? A cornfield that no one visited and had no maintenance for over three months apparently. We're not keeping any secrets in this completely honest episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A-
Lance's Grade: A-
IMDB Grade: 8.4
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 1
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 8
Hospital Visits: 11
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 7
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 6
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 23 - 2×02 Heat

September 20, 2016

This week Zach is again joined by Daniel Proulx to discuss the twenty third episode of Smallville, "Heat." Episodes where Clark gains a new ability are always fun, and this one especially so. We talk the look of Smallville's heat vision, the prevalent awkwardness throughout the episode, the time Zach was set on fire, and how breaking up with your long distance boyfriend at the end of a video letter from all this friends kind of ruins the entire thing. All that and more in this HOT new episode of Always Hold On To Smallville!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A
Dan's Grade: B+
IMDB Grade: 8.7
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 1
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 8
Hospital Visits: 10
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 7
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 6
Weddings: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 22 - 2×01 Vortex

September 13, 2016

We're back! Much like Smallville itself, we've returned from hiatus to discuss the twenty second episode of the series, "Vortex." To kick off our second season coverage, Zach is joined by very special guest Craig Byrne, webmaster of Kryptonsite and K-SiteTV and author of several companion books on the series. Craig tells us his long history covering television dating back to the Lois & Clark days, and we go on SEVERAL tangents throughout our conversation but they're well worth it as Craig is a venerable fountain of knowledge when it comes to the series, and we had a lot of fun talking not only "Vortex" but really all things Smallville. What planned cliffhangers were dropped in "Tempest"? What second season episode was filmed BEFORE "Vortex"? DID Clark fly in the tornado? What alternate castings would we have liked to see on the series? All this and much, much more!

Kryptonsite has always been the hub of Smallville fandom, so if you've never heard of it or just haven't been in a while I highly recommend checking out both it and its sister site KSiteTV which covers all genre television currently on the air!
Kryptonsite: http://www.kryptonsite.com/
KSiteTV: http://www.ksitetv.com/

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A
Craig's Grade: A
IMDB Grade: 8.8
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: 1
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 7
Hospital Visits: 10
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 7
Mind Control Count: 8
Product Placement Pete: 1
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 4

PREDICTIONS
Kent Truck Accidents: Zach - 25, Lance - 50
Blue Shirt/Red Jacket: Zach - 130, Craig - 155

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 21 - 1×21 Tempest

July 20, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is joined by Matt Truex from Lois & Clark'd: The New Podcasts of Superman to discuss the twenty first episode of Smallville and the first season finale, "Tempest." As with all first time guests we open up discussing Matt's Superman fandom, his thoughts on Lois & Clark and Smallville overall, then jump into talking "Tempest"; from annoying Superman references, the ages of the main characters (they're HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMEN) and Matt's Green Arrow costume, we have a lot of fun discussing what is in my opinion Smallville's best episode yet! We cap it all off reading listener email and bidding you adieu for a month or so. Just like Smallville did after this episode...I'm going on hiatus!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A+
Matt's Grade: A
IMDB Grade: 9.1
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Episode Title Said In Episode: 7
Hospital Visits: 8
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 5
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 6
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 4

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 20 - 1×20 Obscura

July 11, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is joined by Daniel Proulx from Trek.fm to discuss the twentieth episode of Smallville, "Obscura." We talk Daniel's Smallville fandom and his love for the series' Lois Lane, then dive into our episode discussion where our topics of conversation include the stubbornness of Jonathan Kent, Whitney as the prototype for the current CWverse "first season boyfriend" and of course the first appearance of the infamous octagonal disc!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B
Daniel's Grade: C+
IMDB Grade: 8.2
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 8
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 4
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 6
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 4

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 19 - 1×19 Crush

July 5, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Nancy Petru to discuss the nineteenth episode of Smallville, "Crush." We lead off the show reading more iTunes reviews and listener emails then jump into our main conversation in which we discuss one of the series' most recognizable guest stars in Adam Brody, ponder the mechanics of a hit and run car accident resulting in such specific hand injuries, and rant a bit about Heroes. And if you're cover band in need of a name, we think we found one for you: The Wrong Kwan.

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B+
Nancy's Grade: A-
IMDB Grade: 8.2
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 7
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 4
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 6
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 2
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 4

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Superman Special #3 - Batman v Superman - Ultimate Edition

July 2, 2016

It's our third Superman Special! The Always Hold On To Smallville crew had the good fortune to attend a special screening of the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this week, and we're here to deliver our report! We recount our experience at the screening, discuss the changes made to this extended version of the film, and where we stand on Batman v Superman now after a few months to digest it and a second, superior version now available to us.

Here's the link to Screen Rant's article we used for reference in the podcast, a very helpful breakdown of all the differences between the theatrical and ultimate cuts of the film:
http://screenrant.com/batman-v-superman-ultimate-edition-changes-differences/

This podcast contains SPOILERS. You've been warned!

ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B
Lance's Grade: B
Krause's Grade: B-
Damante's Grade: A

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 18 - 1×18 Drone

June 21, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Nick Ryan Magdoza to discuss the eighteenth episode of Smallville, "Drone." Our discussion includes the limited roles for Asians in Hollywood, an alternative way to introduce Lois Lane onto the series, and how this episode inspired Zach to run for band president in high school. And we read more listener email off the top!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: C+
Nick's Grade: C+
IMDB Grade: 7.6
Superman Homepage Grade: 2/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 6
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 4
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 5
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 4

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 17 - 1×17 Reaper

June 15, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Lance Laster to discuss the seventeenth episode of Smallville, "Reaper." Off the top of the show we respond to some listener feedback, reading iTunes reviews and emails, then jump into discussing what is one of the series' most frustrating episodes. There's no denying the freak of the week plot here is one of Smallville's worst. Still, "Reaper" contains life lessons that are truly worth holding on to and in fact the one scene of the entire series that most resonated with Zach.

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: C+
Lance's Grade: C+
IMDB Grade: 7.6
Superman Homepage Grade: 2/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 6
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 4
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 5
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 4

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 16 - 1×16 Stray

June 6, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is joined by first time guest from Krypton Report: The Supergirl Podcast, Tyler Patrick to discuss the sixteenth episode of Smallville, "Stray." As fellow Superman aficionados, we nerd out for the first 25 minutes or so discussing Tyler's Superman and Smallville fandom as well as a random tangent here and there. Truth be told there's more than a half hour of conversation I left on the cutting room floor, so maybe I'll release an "Ultimate Cut" someday. If you enjoy Superman fans Superman...fanning, then this is the episode for you!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A
Tyler's Grade: A
IMDB Grade: 8.8
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 5
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 4
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 4
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 4

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 15 - 1×15 Nicodemus

May 31, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Lance Laster to discuss the fifteenth episode of Smallville, "Nicodemus." Our discussion includes our most in-depth edition of "what day is it?" yet, the character of Pete Ross, and the distance between Smallville and Metropolis. Also, we respond to more listener email at the end of the episode and talk a little season 4!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A-
Lance's Grade: A
IMDB Grade: 8.4
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 10
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 4
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 3
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 4
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Under The Influence: 4

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 14 - 1×14 Zero

May 24, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is joined by first time guest from The Bottle Episode, Matt Latham to discuss the fourteenth episode of Smallville, "Zero." Matt is our first guest from across the pond, so we spend the first few minutes discussing the logistics of watching an American show in a foreign country, as well as his history with Smallville and the comic book genre in general. Points of discussion include Tom Welling's finest moment yet, Lex Luthor's never-quite-altruistic motivations, and Matt walking us through TvTropes' breakdown of the episode.

Matt has been reviewing Smallville season-by-season on his website www.bottleepisode.co.uk, covering season 1 and 2 so far.
Season 1: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-one-episode-by-episode/
Season 2: http://www.bottleepisode.co.uk/reviews/episode-reviews/smallville-season-two-episode-by-episode/

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A-
Matt's Grade: B+
IMDB Grade: 8.0
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 7
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 3
In Media Res: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 3
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 13 - 1×13 Kinetic

May 17, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Nick Ryan Magdoza to discuss the thirteenth episode of Smallville, "Kinetic." We take the first few minutes of the show discussing Supergirl's renewal for a second season, its move to the CW, and what effects we expect that move to have on the series. We also read a listener email! Basically, we put off having to discuss this episode as long as possible. Let's be real, it's Smallville's worst so far. Yes, even worse than "Craving." No subplot with Joe Morton to save the day here...bro. BE THE TRUCK!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: C-
Nick's Grade: C
IMDB Grade: 7.8
Superman Homepage Grade: 3/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 7
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 3
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 3
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/alwaysmallville
EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 12 - 1×12 Leech

May 10, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Mike Krause to discuss the twelfth episode of Smallville, "Leech." It's Iceman v. Superman this time around, and our conversation includes the Ashmore twins, the Siegel and Shuster families' never ending battle for the rights to Superman, and Lana's Kryptonite necklace...it's back! And stick around to the very end when we ponder if Arrow is like a box of chocolates...then what is Smallville like?

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A
Mike's Grade: B
IMDB Grade: 8.4
Superman Homepage Grade: 3.5/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 7
Clark Loses His Powers: 1
Hospital Visits: 2
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 3
Mind Control Count: 8
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1

TWITTER: twitter.com/alwaysmallville
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Superman Special #2 - Supergirl (Season 1)

April 26, 2016

It's our second Superman Special! Supergirl wrapped up its first season last week, and Zach is joined by Lance Laster and Nick Magdoza to discuss CBS' freshman series. We talk first impressions, Superman's role in the show, The Flash crossover, speculate on the (knock on wood) second season, and of course mix some Smallville into the conversation!

This podcast contains SPOILERS. You've been warned!

ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B
Lance's Grade: B
Nick's Grade: B

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Episode 11 - 1×11 Hug

April 19, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Nick Magdoza to discuss the eleventh episode of Smallville, "Hug." We take our time with this discussion, clocking in at over an hour and a half...most of which consists of Nick concocting fanboy justifications for every plot-hole we come across. We also decide "Touch" would've been a more appropriate name for this episode, as a surprisingly low amount of hugs (0) occur in an episode with that as the title.

NEXT WEEK: We'll be breaking format next week with our second Superman Special featuring a round table discussion on the first season of Supergirl!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B-
Nick's Grade: B
IMDB Grade: 8.0
Superman Homepage Grade: 3/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 7
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 3
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Hospital Visits: 1
Mind Control: 8

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Episode 10 - 1×10 Shimmer

April 12, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is joined by frequent guest Lance Laster to discuss the tenth episode of Smallville, "Shimmer." In addition to our normal shenanigans, we retroactively add a new category to the tally board (KOs to Keep Clark's Secret) and spend a good chunk of conversation off the top talking Arrow in the wake of its most recent episode as of this recording ("11:59") and the sad state of affairs that once great series has become. Not caught on up Arrow? Don't want to be spoiled? Just don't care? No problem, there are audio cues and time codes in the podcast, but just to be extra clear all Arrow discussion is 2:05 - 22:17. You've been warned! We know it's a bit irregular to spend such a large portion of the podcast talking about another series...but we just had to vent!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B
Lance's Grade: B+
IMDB Grade: 7.7
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
KOs to Keep Clark's Secret: 3
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Hospital Visits: 1

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Episode 9 - 1×09 Rogue

April 5, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is joined by the Explicit Podcast's Anthony James to discuss the ninth episode of Smallville, "Rogue." In addition to our regular episode discussion, we have some exciting breaking news: Smallville is coming to Hulu! This is a big deal for a series to which accessibility had been a huge barrier to entry in recent years, and hopefully this will not only bring more fans to Smallville...but also to the podcast!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A-
Anthony's Grade: A-
IMDB Grade: 8.2
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Hospital Visits: 1

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Superman Special #1 - Batman v Superman

March 26, 2016

It's our first Superman Special! Seeing as Smallville is a series about Superman, we will on occasion break away from our format and cover other Superman related topics of discussion...and what bigger news could there be about the Man of Steel than his first cinematic meeting with the Dark Knight himself in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice! Fresh off its the release this week, Zach is joined by previous guests Lance Laster and Mike Krause as well as new-to-the-podcast Mike Damante to discuss this extremely controversial and polarizing second entry in the DC cinematic universe. DC wouldn't have it any other way, right?

This podcast contains SPOILERS. You've been warned!

ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B-
Lance's Grade: B
Krause's Grade: C
Damante's Grade: A

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Episode 8 - 1×08 Jitters

March 23, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Lance Laster to discuss a mutual favorite, "Jitters." This episode has an interesting backstory, as it was originally intended to be the third episode of the series but due to various revisions during post-production was pushed back to eighth. We speculate on what scenes were re-shoots and how those play into Lana's necklace appearing and disappearing at will. We also yet again try to figure out "What day of the week is it?" and Zach shares the story of the time he met Tony Todd at a Star Trek convention.

NEXT WEEK: We'll be breaking format next week with our first Superman Special featuring a round table discussion of Batman v Superman!

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A-
Lance's Grade: A-
IMDB Grade: 8.0
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1
Hospital Visits: 1

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Episode 7 - 1×07 Craving

March 15, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is joined by Nancy Petru to get a female perspective on the seventh episode of the series, "Craving." Not only is Nancy a first time guest, she's a first time Smallville watcher! Our conversation has us talking a little X-Files, how current Lois Lane Amy Adams went from Smallville freak of the week to Oscar nominated actress, exactly what weight qualifies as fat for a teenage girl, and how Lex Luthor's subplot elevates what would otherwise be of the the series' worst episodes.

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: C
Nancy's Grade: C
IMDB Grade: 7.5
Superman Homepage Grade: 3/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1

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Episode 6 - 1×06 Hourglass

March 8, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Smallville lover and Man of Steel hater Mike Krause to discuss the sixth episode of the series, "Hourglass." Our discussion includes the mechanics of a Kryptonite Fountain of Youth, the often overlooked tragic future of Superman, Smallville vs. Man of Steel on a couple of key points, and if this episode is better remembered than it probably should be just because of its incredible final scene.

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B
Mike's Grade: C
IMDB Grade: 8.3
Superman Homepage Grade: 5/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1

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Episode 5 - 1×05 Cool

March 1, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is again joined by Nick Magdoza (creator of our awesome logo) to discuss the fifth episode of the series, "Cool." Points of conversation include the 2016 Oscars, high school letter jackets, if you'd really ditch your girlfriend to watch a fight on Pay-Per-View, and what exactly happens to these Freaks of the Week after it's all said and done?

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: B-
Nick's Grade: B
IMDB Grade: 7.8
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: FAIL

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1
Smallville High School Student Deaths: 1

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Episode 4 - 1×04 X-Ray

February 23, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in Smallville, which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

This week Zach is joined by fellow Superman fan Mike Krause to look beneath the surface (or some other lame X-Ray Vision pun) of the fourth episode of the series, "X-Ray." Along the way they discuss Smallville's spiritual predecessor - the forgotten Superboy, the mechanics of shape-shifting, live action Lex Luthors and how Lana is a surprisingly three-dimensional character in the early going.

EPISODE ROUNDUP
Zach's Grade: A
Mike's Grade: B+
IMDB Grade: 8.2
Superman Homepage Grade: 4/5
Bechdel Test: PASS

SERIES TALLY BOARD
Amnesia Count: 1
Kent Truck Accidents: 2
Smallville High School Faculty Deaths: 1

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Episode 3 - 1×03 Hothead

February 16, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in "Smallville," which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

In this episode, Zach is joined by Nick Ryan Magdoza, who created the awesome logo artwork for the podcast! They discuss the third episode of the series, "Hothead." Points of conversation include Nick's history with "Smallville," high school newspaper policies and publication, the lack of continuity regarding Jonathan Kent's age, and how this mediocrely remembered episode isn't so mediocre after all.

Zach's Grade: B+
Nick's Grade: A-
IMDB's Grade: 7.6/10

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Episode 2 - 1×02 Metamorphosis

February 9, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in "Smallville," which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

In this episode, Zach is again joined by Lance Laster as they discuss the second episode of the series, "Metamorphosis." Points of discussion include changes made from the pilot to the series proper, stalking, what Zach's last meal should be on death row, and the ever cool, ever quotable Lex Luthor!

Zach's Grade: A
Lance's Grade: A-
IMDB's Grade: 7.7/10

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ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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Episode 1 - 1×01 Pilot

February 1, 2016

"Always hold on to Smallville..."

Those were Jonathan Kent's final words in "Smallville," which from 2001 to 2011 chronicled the trials and tribulations of a young Clark Kent on his journey from farm boy to Superman. Host Zach Moore is taking them to heart and will be covering each and every episode of the hit TV series than ran for 10 seasons and over 200 episodes on the WB/CW...and ushered in the golden age of superhero television we're currently enjoying today!

In this episode, Zach is joined by Lance Laster as they discuss how they came to be introduced to "Smallville" and the very first episode of the series, "Pilot." In their play-by-play of the plot, observations are made, trivia is shared, laughs are abundant and a good time is had by all.

Zach's Grade: B+
Lance's Grade: B
IMDB's Grade: 8.8/10

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EMAIL: alwaysmallville@gmail.com
ITUNES: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/always-hold-on-to-smallville/id1080260981

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