Smallville gets a taste of a little more from
Kristen Kreuk as
Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
as Lionel Luthor
O’Toole as Martha Kent
Schneider as Jonathan Kent
Erica Durance as
Allison Mack as
Written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.
Directed by Bradford May.
originally aired on Thursday,
October 20, 2005.
Aquaman is incorporated into the Smallville
The Junior Lifeguard Association joke. Much more
natural than the one
Clark knows Lex watches him on security
cameras, and yet…
This didn’t feel like an original episode.
seen the introduction of JLA members like the Flash in
“Run,” and the
plot was the standard “misunderstanding leads to
combat before the
team-up happens” formula for the superhero crossover.
We made some
nice headway in establishing the character
relationships for this
season, though. I give it 3 out of 6.
The effects were mixed. The underwater
pretty cartoony, but the effect they had on Clark was
very well done.
I give it 4 out of 6.
The story had some good moments, with some
developments for the long term. The problem was that
some of the
acting didn’t sell me, which made the script look
weak. Since those
weren’t actually script problems, the episode still
receives 5 out of
The acting, as I mentioned above, had some
Specifically, the entire romance angle between Lois
Durance) and Aquaman (Alan Ritchson) wasn’t
convincing. (How hard can
it be to act attracted to Erica Durance when she’s
standing there in a
bikini?) I give it 3 out of 6.
The emotional response wasn’t as strong as it
been. It wasn’t as fun as “Run,” and it didn’t sell
me during some
scenes. Most of the response, again, was in the
characters, relationships and plotlines for the rest
of the season.
It might have helped if I had much interest in
Aquaman, but he’s only
appealed to me on the Timm/Dini animated Justice
episodes, and even there they had to win me over.
This “brat” version
did nothing for me. I give it 4 out of 6.
The production was nicely done, particularly
in the difficult
underwater scenes. They are certainly pushing
production values well
past the standards of live action television. I give
it 5 out of 6.
Overall, we get some more foundation laid. I
coherent feel to this season, as we haven’t had any
episodes so far that could have been aired at some
random time. I
give it 5 out of 6.
out of 42.