The first episode of sweeps just isn’t as good as the
ones from a few weeks ago.
Kristen Kreuk as
Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
as Lionel Luthor
O’Toole as Martha Kent
Erica Durance as
Allison Mack as
Written by Steven S. DeKnight.
Directed by Whitney Ransick.
originally aired on Thursday,
February 9, 2006.
The spirit of a corpse in the wall of the Talon makes
contact with Chloe.
“I’m a writer, Clark.”
The inconsistencies in the conclusion. Namely
(highlight to view):
The Kryptonite only bothered Clark
when the girls
were in danger, and Chloe’s hand suddenly wasn’t tied
A haunting? That’s original territory for
this show. It’s
also nice to see Clark as a minor player for once.
(The show is named
after the town, after all, and not him. I’d like to
see more of the
rest of the town, perhaps doing an episode from the
Lex, Lois, or someone else close who doesn’t know his
secret.) I give
it 5 out of 6.
The effects had some funky glowing, and stuff
before. I give it 4 out of 6.
The story had not one, but two deus ex
(Highlight: First the guy happens
to be in the
photo, and then Chloe’s restraint just
glitches just couldn’t overcome the novelty of the
five act structure
they’ve been using this season. I give it 3 out of 6.
The acting wasn’t thrilling this week. It
almost feels like
the actors are getting bored with things, and that
depressed lately. (Maybe they are depressed; perhaps
loss is felt that strongly on the set. If that’s it,
it says great
things about the man behind the camera.) There should
have been much
greater concern here. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response was excellent in the
first half. Up
until the halfway mark, this felt like a really tense
story, with some
creepiness and doubts about Chloe. Then came the
reveal, and a
complete shift into something reminicent of the Lana
story arc I
didn’t care for last season, which wrapped up too
easily. The payoff
wasn’t on par with the build-up. I give it 4 out of
The production was, once again, great for the
first half, but
then weak in the conclusion. I give it 4 out of 6.
Overall, the first half is a really good
episode, but the
second half doesn’t maintain the quality or momentum.
I give it 4 out
out of 42.