This season is actually getting better every week.
How often does that happen in a show’s final year?

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 Brian Peterson and Kelly Sounders.

Directed by Whitney Ransick.

Original Airdate


Hidden
originally aired on Thursday,
October 13, 2005.

Synopsis

A mortal Clark has to deal with a human villain with
access to nuclear
weapons and a gun he’s perfectly willing to use.

High Point

“Huh. Wasn’t I creative.”

Low Point

The big, touching hug struck me as comical instead of
romantic when
her feet were lifted that far off the floor.

The Review

This felt like a new and original episode,
with the
post-credits opener, the villain who is not only
willing, but
successful when attempting to kill people, the “I
should have listened
to him” implications, and other such moments. This
show still has a
lot of ground to cover to turn this Clark into
Superman, and I think
they’ve started the planning needed to get the job
done before the
season’s out. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were pretty good, with one
particular effect that
harkens back to the fourth season premier. It was a
subtle touch, but
one that could mean things are going to get very
interesting this
season. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was nicely done. This week’s
episode was almost
told in real time, with some people finally pointing
out how lame and
incredible Clark’s excuses can be. We had some tense
moments the only
way they could really create them: implications for
characters in
future episodes. We know the day will be saved,
especially in a plot
that would make the entire title of the series
meaningless, so we have
to go by what will happen down the road, and that’s
what we got. Many
new implications, new relationships, and return to
some character
primes. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting was very good all around, with
some great work
from Glover once more. The final portion after the
last commercial
was excellent. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was surprisingly
strong this week.
Some moments nearly had me cheering out loud,
generally related to the
character who delivered the dialogue chosen as the
High Point this
week. I give it 6 out of 6.

Whitney Ransick did a great job on the
production this week.
The lighting, the cameras, and the music was all in
play. (Mark Snow
did reuse some of his X-Files stuff, which
normally bugs me,
but as this was a 10/13 episode, I’ll forgive him.)
This was a well
assembled episode, with great pacing from start to
finish. I give it
6 out of 6.

Overall, this is a great episode. This
season kicked off
very well, and I see no need for them to slow down.
The pieces are
falling into place. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Hidden
receives
38
out of 42.