I looks like I’m going to be working late on
Wednesdays from now on, so the rest of this season’s
reviews may come Thursday morning or evening instead
of Wednesday night.

Cast

Tom
Welling
as
Clark Kent

Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang

Michael
Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor

John
Glover

as Lionel Luthor

Annette
O’Toole
as Martha Kent

John
Schneider
as Jonathan Kent

Jensen Ackles as
Jason Teague

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Luke
Schelhaas
.

Directed by David Carlson.

Original Airdate


Devoted
originally aired on Wednesday,
October 13, 2004.

Synopsis

Cheerleaders decide they need extra help to make
their boyfriends do
exactly what they want them to do.

High Point

The Christopher Reeve tribute was a nice touch. As
for the episode
itself, the “darkness within” speech was a nice
touch, and well
lighted.

Low Point

I don’t mind the odd episode that is driven by lust,
but the awkward
“romantic” situations seem to be taking up a
significant portion of
this season so far.

The Review

This was a slightly more focused version of
“Nicodemus” from the first
season. This did have a fairly original
sequence with the
results of Clark’s thirst quenching, though. For
once, there’s a
reasonable way for people to not notice his
abilities. I give it 4
out of 6.

The effects were limited to stuff we’ve
already seen, but
well done nonetheless. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story works, provided Lois really did
clue in as I
suspect she has. Everyone else had a convenient loss
of consciousness
or memory, or something distracting enough to make
his sudden entrance
plausible. (Lex’ barn entrance was similarly well
timed.) Those
convenient mishaps are pretty irritating, though. I
give it 4 out of
6.

The acting was typical of the series. Mack
and Rosenbaum are
good, as is Jensen Ackles. Kreuk seems to be getting
better, too.
Welling is always awkward, and Durance had some off
moments. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was muted by the
recurring sex theme.
I like Lois’ investigative skills developing,
particularly with the
observation of the weirdness of the town. I give it
3 out of 6.

The production was well done. The colour
saturation made the
scoreboard a bit tricky to read, but otherwise it
worked well. I give
it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent episode, but they
really need to
lighten up the sexual content the weeks before and
after an episode
like this so it doesn’t get overtaxed. I give it 4
out of 6. (Next
week’s episode doesn’t seem to be heading that
direction just yet.)

In total,
Devoted
receives
29
out of 42.