This review spoils the identity of a DC character who
shows up in this episode. Be warned.


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 former Angel scribe Steven S.

Directed by David

Original Airdate

originally aired on Wednesday,
October 20, 2004.


Clark learns that someone else is as fast as he is.

High Point

The last 30 seconds or so.

Low Point

A state of the art security system is a bunch of
lights and sirens?

The Review

This strikes me as a different version of the Flash
than we’re used
to, which counts for originality. This
didn’t even need to
be the DC character, but could have been any one of
the superpowered
villains we’ve seen. He was just more fleshed out
than most. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The effects were well done. They could have
used the same
effects they’ve used for Clark the entire time, but
went with a more
traditional Flash look instead. Excellent choice,
and a nice
indication that they don’t want to fall into a rut.
I give it 5 out
of 6.

The story was fairly well done, with the one
exception I
noticed above. There were no moments that really
demanded to be
overlooked, unlike several other episodes of the
show. We’ve got a
decent plot driving the main story forward, while
telling an
interesting one-time character piece in the meantime.
I give it 5 out
of 6.

The acting from Welling was better than
usual, possibly
because his character spent so much time lying and
withholding things
this week. He wasn’t supposed to come off as
natural. Kyle Gallner
did some good work as a guest star, too. I give it 5
out of 6.

The emotional response was pretty good. The
Talon scene was
very amusing, and many of the interactions between
cast members worked
quite well. I really like what we saw from Jonathan
this week. (I
expect his story to take a larger role this season.)
I love the way
they can use this as a seed to establish the entire
DC Universe. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The production was, again, well done. These
people know
their jobs, and they don’t seem to be tiring just
yet. I give it 5
out of 6.

Overall, it’s a pretty good episode, with
hardly any sex!
It’s probably going to be one of the high points of
the season. I
give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
out of 42.