It’s a bird, it’s a plane … it’s Superman sans the cape and tights! Dreamy farm boy Clark Kent (Tom Welling), a.k.a. Kal-El, returns for the third season of the WB’s hit fantasy/drama "Smallville," recently released onto a handsomely packaged six-disc set.

In season three, which has come to DVD faster than a speeding bullet (considering that the WB is currently airing season four of the series), most everything that happens revolves around the strong friendship between Clark and Pete (Sam Jones III), the latter of whom exits the series at the end of season three. There’s a lot of drama waiting in the 22 episodes of season three, including: a season opener which features the "evil" Clark living in Metropolis, an episode in which Clark’s destiny crosses paths with reporter Perry White, and a storyline which eventually finds Clark’s best friend, Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum), undergoing electroshock therapy at Belle Reve Sanitarium to wipe out some of his past memories.

The season doesn’t disappoint as it jumps back and forth between juicy story arcs and it’s dependable (albeit sometimes old) with its baddie-of-the-week motif. The DVD set is also jam-packed, featuring cast and crew commentaries; a making-of documentary; interactive comic book; deleted scenes and gag reel; and a DVD-Rom link to the official "Smallville" site, which features a handful of additional groovy bonus material.

DVD Grade: A-