Lionel plays a big part this week, which is always a
good sign.

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 Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

Directed by James Marshall.

Original Airdate


Transference
originally aired on Wednesday,
October 27, 2004.

Synopsis

Lionel and Clark switch bodies. This proves
educational for both
parties.

High Point

The encounter during the riot.

Low Point

Lionel’s rapid mastery of Clark’s abilities. How
would he have gotten
the hang of them so much faster than Clark did?

The Review

The body swap is hardly an original story,
but this did serve
the ongoing story well, even if some aspects were
reset. I give it 4
out of 6.

The effects were well done in most cases.
We got a flash of
their heads in the first transference, a great
“through the mist”
shot, and even the lack of the effects shot that
usually precedes the
use of sensitive hearing, using instead a more
efficient close up. My
only complaint is that the leverage was obviously off
while lifting
the tractor. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was well written. After an uneven
opening to the
season, we’re getting some quality stuff. I’m not
entirely happy with
Lionel’s final on screen conversation, but otherwise,
it’s looking
good for an overall plotline for the season. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The acting was very well done. It seems Tom
Welling can act
when he isn’t playing Clark Kent. John Glover is
always excellent. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was very strong. I
definitely felt
compelled to watch, and can’t wait to come back next
week to see the
fallout. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was the usual quality work.
A little more
variety in the lighting would have been nice, but I’m
otherwise happy
with it. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good episode, that’s a nice
followup to an
appearance by the Flash, and a lead in to an
appearance by another DC
character. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Transference
receives
34
out of 42.