One more season down. Fall can’t come soon enough.


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

Reprising his role from last week, Terence Stamp
(known to the Superman film fans as General Zod) provides the
voice for Jor-El.

Written by series creators and executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
Directed by Greg

Original Airdate

originally aired on Tuesday,
May 20, 2003


Clark tries to take control of his destiny.

High Point

The final voice over.

Low Point

The close up on an inanimate object gave too much away about the
second last scene.

The Review

This is a new direction for the show, and (to the best of my
admittedly limited knowledge) a new take on the Superman mythos in
general. It felt original enough to earn 5 out of 6.

The effects were very good. Many were old effects, but the
wireframing at the beginning was new and well done. I give it 5 out
of 6.

The story was well written, pulling the destiny themes back
into play after they were used in last year’s finale without really
feeling like a retread. The elements and threads for future episodes
were put in place, including a great way to get more scenes with the
exceptional pairing of John Glover and Allison Mack. I give it 5 out
of 6.

The acting was better than usual. All cast members were
convincing, and the interplay was surprisingly balanced. The focus
was undoubtedly on Clark, but everyone else had their moments in the
spotlight. It’s nice to see after the reduced roles Sam Jones III and
Allison Mack have had recently. I give it 6 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was marred only by the
predictability of the second last scene. (If only they hadn’t shot
that close up, I’d have still had doubts.) I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was another Tollin-Robbins high, with Greg
Beeman directing. (He has previously directed Vortex,
Lineage, Prodigal, and Suspect this
season.) The score by Mark Snow, beautifully integrating cues from
John Williams’ theatrical scores, worked amazingly well. (That oboe
gets me every time.) I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this was a great episode worthy of a season ender.
Starting the story last week allowed them to start with all cylinders
firing and run with it. I give it a 6 out of 6.

In total,
receives 38 out of 42.