Smallville’s back, if not with a bang, at least with a
loudish snap.


Clark Kent

Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang

as Lex Luthor


as Lionel Luthor

as Martha Kent

Erica Durance as
Lois Lane

Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan.

Written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

Directed by Michael Rohl.

Original Airdate

originally aired on Thursday,
March 30, 2006.


Clark encounters a woman with a magic hypnosis gem
that places him
entirely under her command. Lana isn’t thrilled with
the idea.
Meanwhile, Lex tracks down Dr. Fine in Honduras.

High Point

“It’s over. Forever.” Yahoo!

Low Point

“You’ve been hypnotized! How else could you ….”
Please, after his
earlier long-distance conversation? That wouldn’t be
his reaction.

The Review

The concept wasn’t very original this week.
We’ve got
another Clark/Lana fight and breakup, once again
claiming to be
forever. Let’s hope it sticks. This time, I think it
will, not
because of the way this show is written, but because I
suspect we’ll
see the germination of the Clark/Lois relationship by
the end of the
season due to the movie coming out in June. I give it
2 out of 6.

The effects were very nice. We’ve seen most
of them before,
but the teaser’s torching of the cabin was well done.
There was also
one small detail in that which I really liked; if you
look closely,
there’s a flaring plume of flame that follows the rush
of air out the
door. Excellent touch. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story held together fairly well, apart
from the one line
mentioned in the low point. I did enjoy the scenes
with Fine, as
well. I just wish the main plot wasn’t such a rehash.
I give it 4
out of 6.

The acting wasn’t terrible. Once again, the
supporting cast
turns in better performances than the stars. I give
it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was somewhat dulled by
the Clark/Lana
rehash. I am quite happy to see the return of Fine,
and I do have
some hope that the state of things at the end is
permanent. I give it
4 out of 6.

The production was well done again. They do
know how to
shoot a show, which helps me hang on through the
medocrity it
sometimes delivers. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s not a bad episode, but it’s not
as strong as
one would hope coming back from weeks of reruns. I
give it 4 out of 6.

In total,
out of 42.