The boy in blue is back.


Clark Kent

Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang

as Lex Luthor


as Lionel Luthor

as Martha Kent

as Jonathan Kent

Jensen Ackles as
Jason Teague

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Holly Herald.

Directed by David Carlson.

Original Airdate

originally aired on Wednesday,
October 6, 2004.


A self-conscious high school girl has some
modifications done.

High Point

The epilogue. We’ve got a natural growth into
characters we know, as
well as some great character interaction.

Low Point

Acknowledging the risks he was taking, to me, just
screams out at what
a stupid idea it was to take that particular job.
Also, maybe things
are different in Kansas, but out here, schools don’t
have dedicated
coaches, they have teachers who coach to fulfill
requirements. That seemed like a remarkably forced
way to get him
close to the stories and characters. There had to be
an alternative,
preferably moving away from the entire football jock
thing that Lana
would be fit to move away from if she’s really trying
to grow beyond
what she was when we first met her.

The “polite to cough” speech was almost chosen as the
high point just
because of the way it plays off of these problems.

The Review

How original is this? We’ve got the new
character dynamics,
mixed in with a healthy portion of Craving
from back in the
first season. I give it 4 out of 6, because it feels
new despite the
shared premise.

The effects were limited, but convincing
enough. (Most
didn’t need to look real to more than one person,
after all.) I give
it 5 out of 6.

The story isn’t quite the same cheap
goofiness that the ads
prepared me for. There were some problems though.
treatments of a process promised to require only one
visit? What kind
of threat is that?) I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was mostly good. Tom Welling is
his old self
again, while the guest star (Brianna Lynn Brown, who
was well chosen
for the look of the part) had an erratic performance,
with some
natural and some forced scenes. (Compare her
lockerside conversation
with Clark to her interaction with her mother at
work, for example.)
I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response wasn’t too bad. I
was more concerned
about what Lex will do with his knowledge about Jason
than any other
part of the episode. The strongest responses came
from a few isolated
moments rather than the main plot. I give it 4 out
of 6.

The production was of the usual quality. I
give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent episode, but not a
great one. It’s
more interesting for what it sets up than for what it
does this week.
I give it 4 out of 6.

In total,
out of 42.