Next week’s episodes: the season three finale and
season four premier.

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 Kelly Souders and Brian Peterson.

Directed by David Carson.

Original Airdate


Scare
originally aired on Wednesday,
December 1, 2004.

Synopsis

A LuthorCorp leak causes everyone to live their worst
nightmares.

High Point

The differences in nightmares. Most people had very
personal
nightmares, although one had a rather global fright
that echoed the
first season. It’s a very nice touch that tells a
lot about that
character. Chloe’s last speech was a close second.

Low Point

Heating the samples. That was a colossal risk.

The Review

The major plot elements are far from
original, but they did
make effective use of them to drive some character
arcs forward. I
give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were plentiful, and very well
done. I give it 5
out of 6.

The main weakness of the story was in the
bad choices Clark
made, but since they were clearly labelled as such on
screen, it’s not
a major failing. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting from Tom Welling was typical, and
that from
Kristen Kreuk was less convincing than most of this
season,
particularly during the nightmare. The work from
Glover, Mack, and
Rosenbaum is as good as ever. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was derived from the
implications for
characters more than this week’s threat. (Really,
did anyone not
predict Clark’s bad choice the first time we saw the
device? I even
suspected that the trailers were revealing a major
moment until the
teaser demonstrated the “false reality” nature that
convinced me
otherwise.) The final scenes for Lionel and Chloe
were also
impressive. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was the usual from Carson and
Miller/Gough
productions. These guys are on the ball. The music
during the teaser
was perfect, too. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it was a good episode, and a solid
point to finish
before the reruns start this season. I give it 5 out
of 6.

In total,
Scare
receives
33
out of 42.