Wouldn’t a football themed episode have made slightly
more sense last week?

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 Jeannot Szwarc.

Original Airdate


Recruit
originally aired on Wednesday,
February 9, 2005.

Synopsis

Clark is being actively recruited by Metropolis
University, while Lois
is called to court after an assault.

High Point

Chloe’s dialogue and its connection to the Richard
Donner film. Very
nice touch.

Low Point

With exits like that, how does Clark expect to keep a
secret?

The Review

I have to give originality credit for a
decent excuse to
integrate Lois into the cast more fully. I also have
to credit Szwarc
for pulling back on the blatant feminism. This is
how it should be:
strong female characters who can hold their own
without belittling the
male characters. (I know that Szwarc just did the
opposite bias to
many past directors, but two wrongs don’t make a
right.) I give it 5
out of 6.

The effects were fairly limited this week,
but nicely done
nonetheless. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story had only one noticeable plot hole,
which might only
seem like a plot hole because I’ve underestimated the
investigative
abilities of some of the characters. Still, Melvin
was located pretty
quickly by two people who didn’t even know his name.
(He was referred
to by Clark only as “some other student.”) I give it
5 out of 6.

The acting was pretty good this week, as
well. Tom Welling
is getting more natural all the time, as the
character he plays is
getting more and more confident. Kristen Kreuk does
a decent job of
playing mad, which was most of her limited screen
time this week. I’d
prefer to see the Luthors take on a more prominent
role again, though,
since Rosenbaum and Glover are two of the best actors
on TV, and they
play so well off of each other. I give it 5 out of
6.

The emotional response was moderate for most
of the episode.
It wasn’t until the final act break that I really
started to see the
long term effects come out. Before that, the scenes
with Chloe were
really the only ones that worked well for me. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The production was considerably better than
I’ve come to
expect from Szwarc. The output seems great when it
lacks the personal
feminist signature. (It worked with
Supergirl to some
degree, but it came across so strongly in Szwarc’s
last episode that
it interfered with the story.) This story was
allowed to tell itself,
using numerous outdoor locations for shooting without
looking like a
low-budget cost cutting plan. (In fact, shooting
outdoors in this
much rain would cost considerably more than usual.)
The subtleties
with Chloe and Clark’s conversations worked very well
with the editing
and camera choices, too. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a strong episode. I don’t
mind the odd Freak
of the Week, especially when the fallout has lasting
repercussions. I
give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Recruit
receives
36
out of 42.