The final season kicked off last night.

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

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Erica Durance as
Lois Lane.

Written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

Directed by James Marshall.

Original Airdate


Arrival
originally aired on Thursday,
September 29, 2005.

Synopsis

Two Kryptonians appear in Smallville in the aftermath
of the meteor
shower, and start tearing the place apart looking for
Kal-El.

High Point

“Take me along for the ride.”

Low Point

There were some rather weak special effects in the
opening teaser.
The CGI ice fell more like styrofoam than actual ice.

The Review

There are some original directions for the
show, and many
that were already established in the comics. The
state of things at
the end of the episode promises some interesting times
ahead. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The effects in the opening sequence were a
bit weak, but from
then on, things looked mighty fine. I give it 4 out
of 6.

The story was one of Smallville‘s
traditional
high-octane season openers. Things moved and changed
with every
scene, and set the stage for some interesting actions.
I strongly
suspect that we’re going to see many parallels to the
first two
Christopher Reeve Superman films, which next
year’s movie is
supposed to be a sequel to. (Yes, the movie will
ignore the last two
Christopher Reeve Superman films.) This
will, I assume,
allow Smallville viewers who haven’t seen the
original movies
to step in and understand what’s going on, so that the
new movie will
be an ambiguous sequel to both movies. It’s going to
be a hard line
to walk without feeling like a retread. I give it 5
out of 6.

The acting was much improved. Welling can
play confidence
well, and that’s what we saw from him this week. The
rest of the cast
did great work bringing it all together. I give it 5
out of 6.

The emotional response was great. The show
is back on track,
and the ending really makes me look forward to this
season. I give it
6 out of 6.

The production was very well done, with great
editing and
changing focus in the cinematography. They put
together a great
episode. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was an excellent way to kick
off the final
season. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Arrival
receives
34
out of 42.