Some of the elements from earlier this year have returned to Smallville.


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 Todd
and Darren Swimmer.
Directed by Rick Rosenthal.

Original Airdate

Rush originally aired on Tuesday, February 2, 2003.


An alien organism feeds off human adrenaline.

High Point

Lex’s final scene. It really makes me wonder how soon Lex entered
that barn.

Low Point

The predictable (and boring) amnesia aspect. Telling Chloe made it
clear to me that amnesia would be involved. I’m not sure if that’s a
good thing, though. I think I’d rather see her figure it out for
herself, though. If she gets help from anyone figuring it out, that
help should come from Lex.

The Review

This episode was all about reintroducing elements of the past, which
hurt its originality. Still, the fact that Clark wasn’t the
only one affected by this was nice, and the way Clark’s dark side came
back was nice. Still, it felt like a rehash most of the time. I give
it 3 out of 6.

The effects were great, until the car went over the edge of
the gorge. The blue screening there was bad, and the final shot just
seemed off. (The car was being held too still, I think.) I give it 4
out of 6.

The story had some nice elements (like the barn scene,) but
it had a lot of predictable stuff. Some of that predictability would
have been reduced if the ads hadn’t revealed so much of the second
half. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was very good. Kristen Kreuk was even convincing.
Sam Jones III and Allison Mack had a chance to play different kinds of
characters this time through, and they did it well. I give it 5 out
of 6.

The emotional response this produced was poor in the
important places. The Lex scenes worked, as did the barn scene, and
the scene discussing Clark’s recent school performance. (Chalk that
last one up to Annette O’Toole’s performance.) I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was good. No moments really amazed me, but
the job got done. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, this was a decent episode with lasting implications,
but if it weren’t for Lex’s suspicions, I doubt this would have been a
significant landmark. I look back at Insurgence, and I
wonder why it wasn’t delayed a couple of weeks to fit this slot and
kick of February sweeps right. I give Rush 4 out of 6.

In total, Rush receives 28 out of 42.