No, I do not reveal who dies, though I expect the
comments will repeatedly. If you want to know before
comments are posted, watch the episode, or read this
interview
.

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 Brian Peterson and Kelly Sounders.

Directed by Greg Beeman.

Original Airdate


Reckoning
originally aired on Thursday,
January 26, 2006.

Synopsis

Clark tells Lana everything before asking her to marry
him, and then
everything goes terribly, terribly wrong.

The confrontation in the barn was a close second.

High Point

The presentation of the funeral. No dialogue, and a
few different
individual “looks.” It did its job well from a
viewer’s perspective.

Low Point

The aspect that most hampered the enjoyment of this
episode was the
use of the funeral footage in the promotions. If
they’d only used the
accident, then the ending might have been something of
a surprise.
Instead, I knew the funeral was still coming. The low
point of the
episode as produced, distinct from the promotional
materials, was
Jonathan Kent pulling Clark away from the corpse. How
could he
possibly have enough strength to do
that?

The Review

This had some original moments for the
series, with the ideas
that Clark can’t save everyone, and that some death is
permanent. I
give it 6 out of 6.

The effects were, again, well done. The
accident that kicked
things off was remarkably convincing, while the
“glowing hand” was a
nice touch. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story was well written. I complained
about the funeral
footage in the promo, revealing that another death was
coming.
Jor-El’s comments revealed this as well, though it was
the promotion
that insured the death would happen this week, and not
some later
week. They managed to generate some doubt about who
it would be, but
the main red herring just wasn’t an option if they
want to be
consistent with any other version of the character
I’ve seen. Add in
the pillbox from earlier this year, and there was no
doubt about who
it would be. Still, this was an episode that marked a
lot of
permanent changes for virtually every character on the
show. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The acting was great this week. Everyone
brought their “A”
game to the table, particularly Rosenbaum, Schneider,
and Glover. You
could tell that the cast and crew were putting
everything they had
into this one, and they didn’t let us down. I give it
6 out of 6.

The emotional response would have been better
without the
reset. Had the first time through remained unchanged,
the
implications for departure from most versions of canon
and for Lex
would have been great to see. They did have some
excellent moments
after that, including the aforementioned barn scene,
but they still
ended up pulling their punches a little. I give it 4
out of 6.

The production was very well done, with great
lighting,
angles, and editing. Everyone involved was bringing
forward the best
they had. I particularly liked the sudden appearance
of the bus the
first time, and the slow build revealing the bus in
advance the second
time. They didn’t take the easy way out and just
reuse the footage.
I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, this was a very good episode, and
definite high
point of the season to date. There are few episodes
this good in the
entire series, in fact. I give it 6 out of 6.

In total,
Reckoning
receives
39
out of 42.