The Luthors have never failed to entertain.


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 Brian
and Kelly Sounders.
Directed by Greg Beeman.

Original Airdate

originally aired on Tuesday, February 11, 2003.


Lex finds his half-brother in Edge City.

High Point

The billiard ball scene.

Low Point

The setup in the basketball scene didn’t wash for me.

Also, I hereby rescind my choice of Low Point for Insurgence.

The Review

This felt original. Usually the long lost sibling is brought
on as a surprise, so it is nice to see this one come out a few months
after the first hints. As for the content, Lucas added a whole new
dynamic to the show, and kept it feeling fresh. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were few, but well done. The bullet thing is old
hat, but the melting part was new, as were some of the basketball
stunts. I give it 4 out of 6, hurt because the bullets still look
like CGI, even after all of this practice.

The story was solid, like a radish, or a potato. The
Luthor-centric stories are always great, and all three were in fine
form. There were no places that really bothered me, or struck me as
terribly implausible, either. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting was very good. They know how to cast for the
Luthors, that’s for sure. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response was strong again this week. They’ve
got a great dynamic here, and they’re playing with a storyline not
bound by comic book events. They grabbed my attention in the teaser,
and held it easily throughout. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was excellent. The teaser was shot very well,
given the location constraints. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, a great episode. I give it a 6 out of 6.

In total, Prodigal receives 37 out of 42.