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Screentime Total Project: S4

So, S4 is done, totals are all totaled, and the entire season is rewatched.

I know that S4 is generally reviled, but I liked it.  Upon rewatching it, I liked it even more then I remember liking it.  The season was bright and cheery.  Clark smiled all the time.  The season seemed to have some pretty clear focal points.  

I do agree that the tatoo/witch/stones plot was bungled pretty badly.  A lot of it just doesn't make any sense at all.  And Jane Seymour got a chance to chew a lot of scenery, but Genevieve Teague never seems to ever take on any dimension.  She's always a pretty cardboard Cruella DeVille cut out.  

But I'd say for pure entertainment factor, S4 beats S6 and S7 pretty handily.  I can see where S5 might have the edge due to its strength in the early eps.  But unlike S5, S4 feels steady throughout.  Whereas S5 seems to suffer a big drop-off after Reckoning , and even worse one after Cyborg.  I never felt like S4 had that sort of freefall.

Also, for those who have felt that the episodes have gotten shorter, S4's shortest ep was Scare at 40m, 11s.  It had twelve eps at 42m+ (not counting Commencement which was an extended episode at 52m, 8s).  To compare:

S7 had zero episodes of 42+m and six episodes under 40m
S6 had one episode of 42+m, and that was Zod, and included the "previously on SV" stuff, and four episodes under 40m
S5 had six episodes at 42m+, and one episode under 40m

Bottom line, proof is conclusive that the episodes have gotten shorter each season from S4 to S7.

Lots of numbers and stats, so better off
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Clark Kent :
S4 season high:  Blank, 31m, 3s
S4 Season Low:  Forever, 14m, 9s
# of eps in all seasons, 22
Comparing 22 eps (S7 omitted)
S4: 480m, 49s *
S5: 441m, 22s
S6: 377m, 12s
*Total screentime for Tom Welling: 490m, 15s
Comparing through 20 eps:

S4: 445m, 6s *
398m, 50s
S6  345m, 15s
S7: 333m, 39s **
*Total screentime  for Tom Welling: 454m, 32s
**Total sceentime  for Tom Welling: 366m, 52s

Lex Luthor:
S4 Season High:  Onyx, 32m, 34s *
S4 Season Low:  Spirit, 2m, 46s

*Top total for S4, for any character
# of eps in all seasons, 22
Comparing 22 eps (S7 omitted)
S4: 197m, 11s
S5: 205m, 28s
S6: 221m, 47s *
Total screentime  for Michael Rosenbaum: 215m, 34s
Comparing 20 eps : 
S4: 172m, 37s
S5: 176m, 9s
S6:  200m, 16s *
S7: 177m, 17s
Total screentime for Michael Rosenbaum: 194m, 3s

Lana Lang: 
S4 Season High:  Spell, 28m, 32s
S4 Season Low:  Krypto, 2m, 1s
# of eps in S4, 22
# of eps in S5, 20
# of eps in S6, 21
# of eps in S7: 16
Comparing 22 eps (omitting S7)
S4: 204m, 20s
S5: 208m, 8s
S6: 237m, 46s
Comparing 20 eps : 
S4: 182m, 43s
S5:  188m, 54s
S6:  223m, 11s
S7:  106m, 57s

Chloe Sullivan:
S4 Season High:  Blank, 19m, 44s
S4 Season Low:  Crusade,  27s

# of eps in S4, 21
# of eps in S5/S6/S7, 22
Comparing 22 eps (omitting S7)
S4: 171m, 2s
S5: 194m, 50s
S6: 220m, 19s
Comparing 20 eps : 
S4: 149m, 13s
180m, 38s
S6:  208m, 24s
S7:  176m, 52s

Lois Lane:
S4 Season High:  Lucy, 19m, 50s
S4 Season Low:  Forever, 4m, 19s

# of eps in S4/S5/S6, 13
# of eps in S7, 12
Comparing 22 eps (omitting S7)
S4: 167m, 51s
S5: 101m, 20s
S6: 120m, 18s
Comparing 20 eps : 
S4: 155m, 27s
 92m, 28s
S6:  100m, 35s
S7:  96m, 9s
Martha Kent:
S4 Season High:  Crusade, 13m, 30s
S4 Season Low:  Spell, 1m, 11s

# of eps in S4, 21
# of eps in S5, 19
# of eps in S6, 18
Comparing 22 eps -No Data post-S6
S4: 93m, 1s
S5: 124m, 56s
S6: 62m, 20s
Jonathan Kent:
S4 Season High:  Commencement, 10m, 27s
S4 Season Low:  Unsafe, 50s

# of eps in S4, 21
# of eps in S5, 12
Comparing 22 eps – No data from S6 on
S4: 89m, 11s
S5: 117m, 14s*
Total screentime for John Schneider: 123m, 29s
Lionel Luthor:
S4 Season High:  Transference, 23m, 50s
S4 Season High with only John Glover playing Lionel:  Forever, 8m, 49s
S4 Season Low:  Krypto, 1m, 41s

# of eps in S4, 13
# of eps in S5, 15
# of eps in S6/S7, 12

Comparing 22 eps (omitting S7)
S4: 81m, 30s*
S5: 98m, 39s
S6: 71m, 22s
*total screentime for John Glover: 72m, 4s
Comparing 20 eps : 
S4: 68m, 17s
 80m, 19s
S6:  57m, 19s
S7:  67m, 48s
Jason Teague:
S4 Season High:  Devoted, 14m, 30s
S4 Season Low:  Blank, 2m, 1s

# of eps in S4: 20
S4: 118m, 25s

As always, if there's a particular stat you are interested in, or totals for a particular episode, feel free to ask.

Needless to say, complaints that Clark's screentime has gone down significantly is provable wih the numbers.  He lost over 100m from S4 to S6/S7.


Jun. 17th, 2008 08:40 am (UTC)
As always, your statistics are fascinating. I especially like the comparisons across all seasons!

It's interesting to me that Lex, Lana, and Chloe all saw increased screentimes in S5/S6 while Clark's went down. I wonder if this was a deliberate effort to relieve Tom a bit of his crushing work schedule, or an indication that the writers had lost interest in Clark, or something else? And then in S7 all of their screentimes went down, I guess because of Kara, and maybe more time for Lois and Jimmy?

Do you suppose the episodes will get even shorter in S8? There's barely enough time to tell a decent story anymore already. *sighs*

Thank you so much for doing this! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it!
Jun. 17th, 2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I was trying to find the best to compare the numbers. I hope that I managed to do it in a comprehensive way.

Why the screentime went down so drastically for Clark is a mystery. I guess all we can do is speculate. But even with less screentime, he shouldn't have lost the focus of the show.

Lois actually had her highest numbers in S4, by far. I don't think she can be accused of eating up screentime in S5-S7.

As for shorter eps, I can only assume thats due to them wanting to put in more commercials. Probably because SV is one of the few shows on the CW that gets a decent viewership.
Jun. 17th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Lois actually had her highest numbers in S4, by far. I don't think she can be accused of eating up screentime in S5-S7.

I always manage to miss something that's right in front of my face. *facepalm* And I call myself a numbers person, too. I did notice that S4 was Lois's highest, but I missed the next part, that showed her time went down even further in S7. Sorry!



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