As far as season premieres go, this was easily the best one Smallville has ever had, and the best one of the ones I've seen this season so far. The first four minutes were absolutely jaw dropping for me, with some awesome effects...especially as far as TV standards go. To quote the kid, "Woah!" Yes...yes, I know....someone isn't really gone. But hell, we have to have someone to trash in this show! The first time they really showed us Kara on top of the water tower, she looked a little sickly. It must have been the lighting? But then they cut to her again and she looked like she had some life in her. I look forward to seeing more of her...it should bring a new angle to this show. I'm truly geared up for this season...if they hold this momentum....wow! If you are putting off watching this and were even remotely a fan of this show, get watching!