Sorry about the lateness of this review; yesterday’s
management meeting ran quite late, and I couldn’t
watch it until today.

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

Erica Durance as
Lois Lane

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Alan Septien and Turi Meyer.

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

Original Airdate


Vengeance
originally aired on Thursday,
February 2, 2006.

Synopsis

Clark meets a viligante who masquerades as a mild
mannered reporter by
day.

High Point

Lionel’s complete lack of surprise at a key moment.

Low Point

Casting a former Miss Universe instead of someone who
was a convincing
actress.

The Review

This wasn’t original. In fact, the same
producers did
something very similar when they cast Sung Hi Li on
Birds of
Prey
a few years ago. It served its purpose for
Clark’s future
and Lionel’s return, but that’s all it’s done. I give
it 2 out of 6.

The effects were decent implementations of
effects we’ve seen
before, and some interesting prop work. I give it 5
out of 6.

The story had two components. The remarkably
predictable
main storyline was rather weak, partly because anyone
familiar with
what Clark will grow up into will be well aware of
where it would be
going, while the secondary plotline involving the
Luthors was very
well done. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting from regular cast members was well
done across the
board. The acting from the most prominent guest star
was pretty darn
poor. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was weaker than it
should have been.
They were, after all, delivering on their promises to
set up the
future of Clark, but doing so this predictably still
weakens their
position. I give it 4 out of 6, mainly for the
secondary plot.

The production was the usual quality for a
Miller/Gough
production. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s not a bad episode, but it seems
as if the main
purpose was to help Clark mourn as quickly as possible
while setting
things up for his future methodology, rather than tell
the story as it
came naturally. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total,
Vengeance
receives
28
out of 42.