The last new episode until December ran last night.
Next week, it’s a rerun of the fourth season plastic
surgery episode “Facade.”


Clark Kent

Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang

as Lex Luthor


as Lionel Luthor

as Martha Kent

as Jonathan Kent

Erica Durance as
Lois Lane

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

Directed by Paul Shapiro.

Original Airdate

originally aired on Thursday,
November 17, 2005.


Martha Kent is striken with a life-threatening
disease, which
Professor Milton Fine seems to know quite a bit about.

High Point

Lionel’s tipoff.

Low Point

The vehicular product placement was forced and
awkward. I know
they’re giving one away, but what waitress in a town
like Smallville
can afford a new car of any brand? Jor-El’s absense
in the latter
portion of the episode was also irritating, and they
didn’t have some
business partner getting in the way that time.

The Review

Once again, they’re establishing new and
original directions
for the season. They clearly have a plan, and they’re
taking it
slowly, giving us some great stuff with Fine and the
Luthors. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The effects were nice, with some good combat
in the
fortress. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was fairly good on its own, and
another big piece
of a full season puzzle. They’ve finally moved to the
storylines, which are definitely the way to go.
Lionel Luthor was
particularly well used this week. I give it 5 out of

The acting had some good work all around,
with the Luthors
once again stealing the show. Welling was convincing
with his mix of
determination and pain in his bedside conversation. I
give it 5 out
of 6.

The emotional response was strong. We’ve
finally got a nice,
clear Big Bad for the season, and I’m pretty sure
we’re going to see
developing serial stories for the rest of the season.
Add in the fact
that I honestly thought that one of the characters
wouldn’t survive
the episode, and we’re in good shape. I give it 6 out
of 6.

The production was the usual quality from
this group. I give
it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s another solid episode with
implications. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
out of 42.