One week until Christopher Reeve’s guest appearance, and it’s a heck of a week.


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 Matthew Okumura, who doesn’t seem to have an IMDB entry
under that name.
Directed by Bill

Original Airdate

originally aired on Tuesday,
February 18, 2003.


Martha Kent stirs up something toxic while burying the octagon.

High Point

Being forced to trust a stranger, especially one with ties to a
certain individual.

Low Point

The Talon Mix. That entire scene felt awkward, but that spot was such
a blatant promotion for the thing that’s it’s hard to ignore.

The Review

This felt original for Smallville, but so many of
the elements have been seen in other shows that it wasn’t completely
new. I give it 4 out of 6.

The only real effects were in the opening and closing
sequences. The effects near the end looked great, but the ones at the
beginning were terrible. Was that lung tissue, or did she swallow the
circuits of time? I give it 3 out of 6.

The story was well written, with the exception of that last
scene. It really felt like the WB told them they needed to plug the
CD, so they wrote the entire scene around that bit. I give it 5 out
of 6, because the rest was very strong, and that last bit didn’t feel
like the writers or producers really wanted it there.

The acting was very good from just about everyone. John
Schneider really had a chance to shine this week. Kristen Kreuk was
weak as usual, and Tom Welling was pretty bland as well. Still,
neither case was very distracting. I give it 5 out of 6 for the
strong secondary ensemble.

The emotional response was very strong. This was an intense
hour, and with the exception of the Talon Mix and everything after it,
that response was intensely positive. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was the typical Smallville high.
(Let’s face it; I find shows with low production value hard to
stomach, unless they are Ed Wood low. I don’t watch anything with
poor production.) The only part that seemed to be odd was the layout
and decor in the hospital waiting room. I’ve never seen a hospital
waiting room with etched statues in my life; it did not look sterile.
I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was a worthy addition to sweeps week and the
Smallville series. Also, I’m betting on a mid-to-late May
due date. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
receives 32 out of 42.