We’re heading into the end of the season, and things are looking great for next year’s dynamics.

Cast

Tom Welling as
Clark Kent
Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang
Michael
Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor
John Glover
as Lionel Luthor
Sam Jones III as
Pete Ross
Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan
Annette
O’Toole
as Martha Kent
John
Schneider
as Jonathan Kent

Written by Mark Verheiden.
Directed by Rick Wallace.

Original Airdate


Witness
originally aired on Tuesday,
April 29, 2003.

Premise

Clark is witness to the robbery of an unmarked LuthorCorp vehicle.

High Point

The final scene. My brain is still reeling in the implications.

Low Point

The truck that was robbed that everyone kept talking sure looked like
a van to me. I suspect that was changed from the original script by
the effects crew, but it wasn’t updated in the dialogue, possibly
because the dialogue scenes were already shot.

The Review

We’ve seen kryptonite-based freaks before, so that limits the
originality. It is nice to see that the intelligent villain
actually figured out a way to hit Clark where it counts, though. I
give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were limited to stuff we’ve seen time and again,
but they were still well done. I give it 5 out of 6, hurt for not
breaking new ground.

The story was well done. Nary a plot hole that I could see,
developments of multiple relationships, effective use of every major
cast member save Annette O’Toole, and a villain with motivation other
than plain old robbery. I give it 5 out of 6, hurt because we didn’t
see enough of Henry Small in previous episodes for his plotline to
work this week.

The acting was good in every shot save one. Zachary Bryan
did well enough here (and on Buffy) to make me quickly forget
about his character on Home Improvement. Apart from Lana’s
breakdown, the entire cast was convincing. You can never go wrong
with John Glover as Lionel Luthor, either. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was excellent. The
moment I hear John Glover’s voice, the screen has my complete
attention (as if it didn’t already.) Mark Verheiden has done
excellent work on the show overall; don’t be surprised to see him take
on the role of showrunner on this or another show at some future
point. He can write an episode that builds on the past without
referring to it directly (for the most part), making it accessible to
people who have and haven’t watched the show in the past. The
implications of that final scene are still setting in for me here. I
give it 6 out of 6.

The production is excellent. The moving camera kept long
conversations interesting, the lighting of the foundry scene was
exceptionally well done, and the editing and direction kept things
moving rapidly throughout the hour. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a very strong episode. It’s not quite as good
as Insurgence was, but it’s close. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Witness
receives
35
out of 42.

Next Week

I’ll be offline for a week in May, so the next new episode will be
reviewed by Hitch.