I don’t know if you’ve ever been a fan of shows on the WB. Here’s the issue: rarely do the shows have anything resembling a complex storyline or a plot devoid of holes, inconsistencies, etc. I can say this because I have watched at least 50 episodes of Dawson’s Creek, every single episode of Charmed, 60+ of Smallville, and 3 episodes of Gilmour Girls. That is a fair sampling.
You don’t watch the shows on the WB for the same reason as you do average TV, or for the reason you might go to movies: the WB, you watch for the beautiful people. Oh, and the people are beautiful…
… and now they put a new chick on Smallville who plays a young Lois Lane, and lordylordy, let me tell you. Fun stuff.
Anyway, the point is, I don’t think that the WB is really in the business of producing or airing quality television, so critics should probably get over it. The WB is eye candy, and if you’re just looking for a good time, for about 42, 44 minutes, I say indulge yourself.