The episode touted as a Crouching Tiger, Hidden
style episode has aired. Did the
marketing guys even pay attention to the show before
making the ads?


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 Brian Peterson and Kelly Sounders.

Directed by Brad Turner.

Original Airdate

originally aired on Wednesday,
February 23, 2005.


The hunt for the stones leads Clark, Lana, Jason, and
Lex to China.

High Point

Passing the torch from Swann to Crosby.

Low Point

If you don’t have professional martial artists, don’t
do a serious
wire fight. It just won’t work.

As a close runner up, either they were out far longer
than it looked
and Lex was way, way behind, or somebody forgot to
use X-ray vision to
look for something that disappeared with only three
other people

The Review

Even the promotions recognized that this wasn’t
Find a stone, and spoof Crouching Tiger, Hidden
. Not
a difficult formula. I give it 2 out of 6.

The effects were pretty good. There was one
effect that wasn’t entirely convincing, but it wasn’t
terrible. Most
were quite good. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story got off to an interesting start,
but soon broke
down into some pretty predictable stuff. I give it 4
out of 6.

The acting was pretty good. Welling does
better when he’s
taking command, and Kruek can do a decent villain.
John Glover did a
great job once more. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was weak. If I
wanted to watch
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I’d pop in
the DVD. In the
meantime, I’ll tune in to Smallville hoping
to see Superman
developing. I give it 3 out of 6.

The production was good. These people know
how to maintain
the look and feel of the series, and how to tie the
scripts together.
They just need to go back and review the first two
seasons to remind
themselves what kinds of scripts the fans were
consistently tuning in
for. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent episode, but until we
know what the
stones are all about, it’s hard to get hyped up about
the search for
them. If we knew what they were capable of, even if
the characters
didn’t all know, it might be a lot more suspenseful.
I give it 4 out
of 6.

In total,
out of 42.