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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 Peter Ellis.

Original Airdate


Lockdown
originally aired on Thursday,
January 19, 2006.

Synopsis

A survivor of the Kryptonian attack comes to Lex to
track down the
spacecraft he saw.

High Point

There are actual consequences to choices made. Up
until now, things
have reverted to the status quo. Not this week.

Low Point

Flint should have ended the episode ranting about the
impossibility of
escape from the given situation, and putting things
together.

The Review

This didn’t feel that original for the
series, harkening back
in many ways to “Insurgence” from series two. Of
course, that could
well have been the best episode of the entire series,
so you’ve got to
give them credit for taking this long to get back to
that feeling. I
give it 4 out of 6.

The visual effects were pretty good. There should
have been more
disruption during the explosion than we saw, though.
I give it 4 out
of 6.

The story was well written. Plausible
motivations, a
villainous plot that might have actually worked, and
some character
driven decisions that weren’t unwritten when the
episode was over. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was pretty good, as it usually is
in an episode
with this much of either Luthor. Welling had a lot of
the “lost
little boy” look, but that’s about all he had to work
with. I give it
4 out of 6.

The emotional response was very good. Lies
were revealed,
which always creates drama. Lex was wounded, which
did create
tension. (The tension wasn’t of the “will he live?”
variety, but of
the “what deathbed confessions will he make to Lana?”
variety.) Then
some of the hints and teases in the last few minutes
came together,
and really set up next week nicely. I give it 5 out
of 6.

The production was good, with good editing
and choices of
camera angles. Things came togther quite well. I
give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was a good episode, setting up
plot threads
that might make next week’s 100th episode an even
better one. I give
it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Lockdown
receives
32
out of 42.