Sorry this review is so late. My home Internet access
is still out of commission (and will be for at least a
week), so I won’t be posting things (including
tomorrow’s DVD column and Saturday movie review) at
the regular times, though I’ll try to at least get the
right day. I’m also without my templates, so this may
not look quite like it normally looks.

Cast and Crew

Series regulars Tom Welling, Kristen Kreuk, Allison
Mack, Annette O’Toole, John Glover, and Michael
Rosenbaum star, along with some familiar guest stars
whose appearances would be spoilerish.

Written by Holly Herrold.

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

Premise

Lana becomes (emotionally, if not physically) addicted
to a chemical that grants a life after death
experience.

High Point

We have a few choices this week. The set-up may have
been sudden, but some of the moments were wonderful.
Lex’s paranoid addition to the mansion was a nice
touch, as was the camera move that showed Martha
viewing Lionel with a different perspective. The
speech about a symbol and a destiny was great, as was
the delivery of the line “goodnight… Clark.” Still,
my favourite moment was the speech about ignoring
previously given advice. That’s an interesting
approach to a difficult problem.

Low Point

The sudden onset of Lana’s problem. We really needed
to see what came between the last two episodes, and
how exactly Lana got herself into this. It’s not the
kind of choice she would make.

The Scores

This has some original elements for the
series. Somebody else gets saved this week, and one
of the regulars manages to save herself. Clark and
Lana stay broken up. There’s also the first serious
push down the road we have been waiting for Clark to
take. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects also had some impressive moments,
with several familiar effects and one completely new
and well crafted effect as Clark made a fairly long
run. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story is missing its beginning. There’s
just too big a gap between where Lana was and where
she now is. The story served an important purpose for
the series as a whole, but it needed a more carefully
planned setup. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was well done. Glover and
Rosenbaum are always good, and Kreuk has improved
considerably over what she was a few years ago. She
plays a junkie well. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was also very good. I’m
surprised; I usually don’t like Szwarc’s work, but
this week was well made, with some interesting and
dynamic camera works maintaining an active feel
through a conversation-heavy episode. I give it 6 out
of 6.

The emotional response was hampered by
confusion at the outset. (The change in Lana was so
dramatic I was convinced the teaser would be another
one that recycled footage from later in the episode.)
That weak opening hurt somewhat, but the second half
did recover with the motivation it provided for the
rest of the series. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good episode. It’s not great
in isolation, but it can become a significant piece of
the series in the long term. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Void receives 33 out of 42.