The full cast is back, and an old DC standby is
mentioned.

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 Jeph Loeb and Steven DeKnight.

Directed by Greg Beeman.

Original Airdate


Unsafe
originally aired on Wednesday,
January 26, 2005.

Synopsis

Clark gets the opportunity to rekindle an honest
relationship from his
past, while Lionel and Jason strive for honesty of
their own.

High Point

The unexpected ending is probably the best part,
although the Jimmy
story and some camera work I’ll mention later were
pretty good, too.

Low Point

Lionel’s apparant transformation is going to need one
heck of a story
arc to justify losing the old Lionel. The one we had
before was a
simply fantastic character that they should have been
hanging on to
for as long as possible.

The Review

This is a fairly original take on the
returning villain
compared to most episodes with that theme. I give it
4 out of 6.

The effects were nicely done, with a new
effect for the
mid-teleport perceptions that looked pretty darn
cool. I give it 5
out of 6.

The story was laid out well, although some
moments had some
corny dialogue. (Dialogue doesn’t seem to be Loeb’s
strong point, and
DeKnight didn’t quite get it up to his usual
standard.) I give it 4
out of 6.

The acting worked pretty well. Welling is
moving into new
territory here. This “Evil Clark” was considerably
different from the
one we’ve seen in the past, and his reactions
throughout the rest of
the episode were far more emotional than normal.
These last few
episodes of season four have convinced me that season
five is going to
be one heck of a final season. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was strong. There
were some good
moments, and there was an ending that didn’t wrap
things up into a
tidy little package. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was very well done. There
was some great
lighting and relative positioning of the characters.
For one example,
go back to the private conversation that happened
just after the
skating. The camera lifts up a couple of inches at a
moment in the
conversation that reveals the true nature of this
relationship. We’ve
got a completely different view of this pair, with a
shift that
matches the shift in Alicia. It would have been
nicer if the shooting
location had allowed them a set-up for a smoother
move, but it was
still effective. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good warm-up for big things
to come. Keep an
eye on the last 33 episodes of the show, because I
think they’re going
to be good. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Unsafe
receives
34
out of 42.