The first episode of sweeps just isn’t as good as the
ones from a few weeks ago.

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 Steven S. DeKnight.

Directed by Whitney Ransick.

Original Airdate


Tomb
originally aired on Thursday,
February 9, 2006.

Synopsis

The spirit of a corpse in the wall of the Talon makes
contact with Chloe.

High Point

“I’m a writer, Clark.”

Low Point

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
down.
End
spoilers.

The Review

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
perspective of
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
we’ve seen
before. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story had not one, but two deus ex
machina moments.
(Highlight: First the guy happens
to be in the
photo, and then Chloe’s restraint just
vanishes.
) Those
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
they’re just
depressed lately. (Maybe they are depressed; perhaps
John Schneider’s
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
6.

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
of 6.

In total,
Tomb
receives
28
out of 42.