Smallville meets vampires just in time for Halloween.

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 Buffyverse alum Steven S. DeKnight.

Directed by Paul Shapiro.

Original Airdate


Thirst
originally aired on Thursday,
October 27, 2005.

Synopsis

Lana joins a sorority of vampires, while Chloe tries
to get a job from
a rather unpleasant editor-in-chief at the Daily
Planet.

High Point

Bringing the phone conversation to a rapid end.

Low Point

Amnesia AGAIN?!? Somebody
get that girl a
CAT scan! (I know I always lose my memory after a
virus.
Particularly one that helps me heal from a broken
neck.)

The Review

The originality we saw was in the Prof.
Fine / Lex Luthor
relationship. The rest we’ve seen before. I give it
3 out of 6.

The effects were fairly well done. There was
some
inconsistency in the side effects of Clark’s speed,
though, with
blowing papers one minute and nothing the next. I
give it 4 out of
6.

The story with Fine and Luthor went well.
Similarly, the
storyline with Chloe at the Daily Planet, and the
scenes with Clark
and Chloe all played out well. Unfortunately, the
rest of the episode
was the prominent vampire plotline, which didn’t work
out quite as
well. I generally try to avoid spoilers in these
reviews, but some
things need to be said here. The complete lack of
fallout from the
murder of “Buffy” was bad enough, but the use of
amnesia once again
was even worse. Lana must be on the verge of
permanent brain damage
here. (Maybe she’s past the verge; she does seem to
have forgotten
four years worth of terrible treatment from Clark,
after all.) That’s
also one pretty spectacular virus. It almost makes me
want
to go get rabies. The problems and cop-outs are well
below the
quality established by DeKnight in his other work for
this and for
Mutant Enemy. This should have ended differently. I
give it 2 out of
6.

The acting wasn’t bad. The vampire and
regular versions of
Lana were kept distinct for the most part, except for
the immediate
return from the second last commercial, which was
somewhat
misleading. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was quite varied. The
secondary plots
were as rewarding as the main plot was frustrating. I
give it 3 out
of 6.

The production was well done, in spite of the
script issues.
I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it has its strong points, but the
frustrating points
will just become more exaggerated upon repeated
viewings. I give it 4
out of 6.

In total,
Thirst
receives
25
out of 42.