The ads say Lex has finally turned. I’d say he’s paused to look at his options, but he hasn’t set a firm course yet.


Tom Welling as
Clark Kent
Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang
as Lex Luthor
John Glover
as Lionel Luthor
Sam Jones III as
Pete Ross
Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan
as Martha Kent
as Jonathan Kent

Written by Kenneth
and Jeph
Directed by James

Original Airdate

originally aired on Tuesday,
January 21, 2003


Lex discovers that Lionel has bugged the mansion and decides to return
in kind. (I don’t think his anger management classes are going very

High Point

Preparing to jump. It’s unfortunate the jump looked so cheesy toward
the end; the Daily Planet set and the build-up were excellent.

Honourable Mentions for High Point

The end of the fourth act, which made me wonder what happened off
screen between Tempest and Vortex, was also a great
scene that I hope they return to later.

Lionel’s research project, and his final conversation with Lex were
both very interesting. It’s nice to know that Clark hasn’t been
fooling everybody. I think it’s a safe bet that Lionel’s got his own
version of the Wall of Weird, and he knows Clark belongs in the pile.
He may suspect even more.

Finally, the people on the newsgroup have been
complaining for a while that Pa Kent tends to speak in platitudes.
It’s nice to see someone on the show notice that, too.

Low Point

The bug in the stereo. Why would a blind guy install a video feed?
(I’ll recind this if we later learn Lionel’s been faking his

The Review

This felt original as an episode of the show, since it’s a
far cry from most of the farm-based krypto-freaks that we tend to see.
Instead, we get something that reminded me a lot of Die
. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects on everything but the end of the jump were very
good. That last shot looked very fake, though. The reflection of
Clark and the Planet globe in the windows almost makes up for it. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The story was well done. Lex ends up looking like a greater
bad guy than he is at this point, Lionel has even more reason to
suspect, and the Kents are starting to take some pro-active moves
towards keeping Clark’s secret. If they’re showing an episode like
this now, I can’t wait to see what’s waiting for us during sweeps. I
give it 5 out of 6, for three minor problems. (The first is in the Low
Point, the second was when the first line of cops didn’t stop Clark
walking through the barricade, and the third was when Lex didn’t
question how Clark beat the helicopter to Metropolis when he’d been in
Smallville just before that.)

The acting this week was mainly from Michael Rosenbaum, John
Glover, and Annette O’Toole. That’s a guarantee of some great stuff.
The script and their acting work kept me so interested that I didn’t
even realize Pete and Chloe weren’t on this week until after the show
ended. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response produced by this was lacking only in
the first act. The teaser and the last three acts held me
completely. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was excellent. This was easily one of the most
cinematic episodes of Smallville yet. (Tempest and
Vortex are really the only other two options, in my opinion.)
The crane shots over the crowds and rooftops were very well done. The
vertigo was nicely handled. The music and cuts of Clark preparing to
jump were perfect. (I think I heard a hint of a new Superman theme in
there.) I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this was a great episode. It’s set the standard for
sweeps very high. I give it 6 out of 6.

In total, Insurgence receives 37 out of 42.