Smallville is also back from the winter
reruns.

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 Wendy Mericle.

Directed by Michael Rohl.

Original Airdate


Fanatic
originally aired on Thursday,
January 12, 2006.

Synopsis

Some of Lex Luthor’s supporters really, really don’t
want Jonathan
Kent to run.

High Point

The human villain. No kryptonite based powers giving
her super
mind control, etc. She’s just your average messed up
individual.

Low Point

Lois did learn from General Lane. She
shouldn’t have gone
down at all.

The Review

This is original compared to the rest of the
series. For
once, Clark wasn’t at the focus of the episode. This
really felt like
an episode that should be named after the town, rather
than a
character. The different type of villain was a nice
touch, too. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were additional applications of
those we’ve seen
before, and a pretty nifty looking balloon. I give it
5 out of 6.

The story was good. I think it would have
worked better
without that particular teaser, but it still worked.
(I always
dislike it when the teaser is just a clip from later
in the episode.
It feels like a cheap and easy way to get the viewer
invested in the
story, and it sets us up looking for the twist that
keeps things from
being exactly what they appear.) I give it 4 out of
6.

The acting was nicely done, as we’ve come to
expect from
episodes featuring this much of the Luthor family. I
give it 5 out of
6.

The emotional response would have been better
without that
teaser. Just that set-up, with the absence of Clark,
lets us know
that he’ll be able to sneak in at the last second and
do his thing.
The revealing teaser just gave too much away. I give
it 3 out of 6.

The production was the standard stuff. It’s
hard to really
excel in this area on TV schedules and budget, but
they didn’t mess
anything up, either. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good episode, and a nice
return after a few
weeks of reruns, but it’s not spectacular. I give it
4 out of 6.

In total,
Fanatic
receives
31
out of 42.