For once, we get to see the solutions used by a
powerless Clark.

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

Erica Durance as
Lois Lane.

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Steven S. DeKnight.

Directed by Terence O’Hara.

Original Airdate


Mortal
originally aired on Thursday,
October 7, 2005.

Synopsis

Clark, now without any superpowers, faces off against
three
supervillains who escaped from Belle Reeve.

High Point

“Another day in Smallville.” The sherrif came across
as being quite
adept at her job, given the situations this week.

Low Point

The schmoopy portion after the opening credits lasted
too long.

The Review

The originality is good within the context of
the show.
We’ve got new approaches to problems without Clark’s
powers, and a new
level of respect is being granted to him from those
around him. It’s
nice to see him out thinking an opponent instead of
overpowering them. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were effective and clear. They
were very nicely
done this week. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story definitely maintained the momentum
from last week.
The slow start was surpassed by the progression of the
story as the
villains showed up, and Clark’s full support team came
into play. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The acting came together very nicely. The
characters are
acting more mature in every respect save Lana’s
willingness to be with
Clark after everything he’s done over the last four
years. This
maturity is a better fit to the abilities of the
actors, who are now
quite comfortable in the roles that they are working
with. I give it
5 out of 6.

The emotional response had some very
effective tension,
culminating in a unique type of solution: thinking.
We learned new
things about Chloe, got to see Chloe’s reaction when
she learned about
Pete, and had that ominous combination of song lyrics
and final shot.
In spite of the schmoopy opening, this episode came
together extremely
well. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production had that redressed lab set yet
again, which is
starting to get a bit tired. The technical aspects
and the rest of
the episode were well done, and they probably don’t
have much choice
for where they shoot the lab scenes, but they could at
least write the
season to return to the same lab over and over so it
doesn’t feel like
they’re trying to trick us. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, this is another good episode to give
a solid opening
to the season. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Mortal
receives
36
out of 42.