Remember Dr. Walden? He’s back.

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 Kenneth
Biller
.
Directed by Terrence
O’Hara
.

Original Airdate


Calling
originally aired on Tuesday,
May 13, 2003.

Premise

Dr. Walden wakes up, complete with superpowers.

High Point

John Glover. He’s a magnificent actor, perfectly cast as the
Magnificent Bastard. Just listen to how much information, emotion,
and manipulation he put into a simple “Hmmm” in his first scene
tonight.

Low Point

The “shootout” with Dr. Walden. That’s about as uninspired as
superbattles get.

The Review

Dr. Walden’s inevitable fate was pretty unoriginal, but it’s
been a while since a character like that actually had lasting
implications. The realization of the Clark-Lana romantic relationship
is a nice move too, allowing the writers to go somewhere new with the
characters, while still leaving time for the anticipated split that
leaves room for Lois Lane. I give it 5 out of 6, for setting up so
many new directions.

The effects were good, until the final confrontation. That
looked cheesy. (I think my main problem is that Clark was hanging as
though he was being supported by his armpits, not his chest.) I give
it 3 out of 6.

The story was a bit of relationship development, and a bit of
foreshadowing and developing Clark’s purpose on Earth. It was setting
up next week’s season finale as well, so the story wasn’t complete. I
give it 4 out of 6.

The acting in any episode with John Glover is incapable of
scoring below a 4. Well, it might score a 3 if the rest of the cast
just reads the pages on screen with no inflection, but that’s what it
would take. Allison Mack has also shown great talent, and their scene
together was excellent. Kristen Kruek and Tom Welling are still
unconvincing at times, but the rest of the cast holds it together so
well that it’s not terribly obvious. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced had its ups and downs.
My temporary sympathy for Lex was made more apparent by the complete
reversal moments later. Other scenes, like most of Dr. Walden’s
stuff, just coasted by. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production, apart from that overlong long, awkward pause
at the start of act one, was very well done. The lighting in the
Torch office scene, as well as in the rehearsal scene, was very well
done. The overhead crane shot in the pasture was excellent. I give
it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was a very good epsiode, well suited to sweeps,
that promises a lot for next week’s season finale. I give it 5 out of
6.

In total,
Calling
receives
31
out of 42.