Smallville gets a taste of a little more from
DC continuity.

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 Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

Directed by Bradford May.

Original Airdate


Aqua
originally aired on Thursday,
October 20, 2005.

Synopsis

Aquaman is incorporated into the Smallville
mythos.

High Point

The Junior Lifeguard Association joke. Much more
natural than the one
in “Run.”

Low Point

Clark knows Lex watches him on security
cameras, and yet…

The Review

This didn’t feel like an original episode.
We’ve already
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
projectiles looked
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
interesting
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
6.

The acting, as I mentioned above, had some
weakness.
Specifically, the entire romance angle between Lois
Lane (Erica
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
could have
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
positioning of
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
League

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
like the
coherent feel to this season, as we haven’t had any
“one shot”
episodes so far that could have been aired at some
random time. I
give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Aqua
receives
29
out of 42.