Once again, Clark’s vehicle insurance rates spike
before the opening credits roll. No wonder the Kents
are having such financial problems.

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 Greg Beeman.

Original Airdate


Splinter
originally aired on Thursday,
November 10, 2005.

Synopsis

Clark receives a splinter from silver kryptonite, and
becomes
exceedingly paranoid.

High Point

The ambiguity of what Clark actually saw. How many of
those elements
can turn out to be real?

Low Point

Would people quit resting parts of their body on a
frictionless
surface? This may seem nit-picky, but after picking
up a couple of
physics degrees, breaking the laws of physics without
an “it’s my
superpower” exception really bugs me.

The Review

The Milton Fine character is driving this season is
new and
original directions compared to previous
years. There’s a
lot of good stuff here that’s keeping me interested in
what’s coming
up. I also like the “temporary” bit instead of the
amnesia for once.
I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were nicely done, with a pretty
decent battle at
the end as well. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was well written, avoiding the
common cliches on
the show, and leaving what exactly Clark saw vague.
(Spoilery
questions I’ve been stewing on: As
these appear to
have been hallucinations controlled by Fine himself,
we have to wonder
if he really had the superpowers, or if he just made
Clark think he
did. I also wonder how he learned Clark was Kal-El:
did he know
before landing on Earth, or did he just know Kal-El
was here and
figured the rest out from the information in
LuthorCorp’s databases?
Did he know about Kal-El at all, and found all the
records in some
database here? When Chloe said “I’d rather die than
reveal your
secret,” was that foreshadowing that connects Jor-El’s
threat to
Chloe’s absense from the comics?
) The excuses
this time were
plausible, and not some overused fallback. This
week’s really worked
for me. I give it 6 out of 6.

The acting had some good work from a paranoid
Welling.
Rosenbaum and Glover always do excellent work, and
Marsters is playing
a being who feels superior quite effectively. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was strong. This
episode got me going
thinking about future implications and the
immediate
plotline, which is a rare combination. I give it 6
out of 6.

The production really shone this week, with
some excellent
elements of lighting, sound, and camera perspectives
that they don’t
normally get a chance to use. (The Luthor mansion
looks great in the
dark.) My only complaint was the use of unmodified
musical cues from
The X-Files. Maybe I just watched that show
too much, but
they always feel out of place here because I associate
them so
strongly with that series. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s back to the better episodes the
season launched
with. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Splinter
receives
37
out of 42.