Smallville Review – “Fragile”

I caught the broadcast on YTV, and got the review
done. Better late than never, I suppose.


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 Tom Welling. (To the best of my
knowledge, this is his
directorial debut.)

Original Airdate

originally aired on Thursday,
April 13, 2006.


Martha and Clark take care of a foster child with
unusual abilities
inherited from her father.

High Point

The elevator scene. It’s not over the top, but it’s
not the bloodless
approach that occurs so often in this relatively
violent show.

Low Point

Maddy’s father’s intelligence is inconsistent. He’s
smart enough to
track down specific girl in a foster home in no time,
but dim witted
enough that he either didn’t notice what Clark could
do at the Talon,
or dim witted enough to fail to realize the power of
that information.
Either way, he flip flops between genius and idiot.

The Review

This is hardly an original main plotline for
the series. Just go
back to “Ryan” from way, way back to see that play
out. The only
interesting bit was the end of the episode, which was
spoiled by the previews last week. I give it 3 out of

The effects were very nicely done. The
elevator sequence in
particular stands out in my mind as some very nice
work. It’s a
subtle touch that must have been hard to do. I give
it 6 out of 6.

The story, though reminiscent of past
episodes, was
enjoyable. The pieces of the mystery were there, and
the side plots
worked. There’s also a nice distinction in the way
Clark treated the
child. In “Ryan,” a then unpropogated Welling played
Clark as a big
brother to Ryan, while this time around, Welling used
the paternal
approach that was probably borne of his relationship
with his own
child. (Possibly children; I don’t know that much
about his personal
life.) The actor and character have both matured over
the past few
seasons, and we’re seeing the evidence that Clark is
growing up.
That’s more interesting than any specific events in
the main plot, or
the secondary plot. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting is well done all around. Callum
Keith Rennie is
always a welcome cast member, even if it’s only for a
single guest
shot. Welling also did a nice job this week, probably
drawing heavily
on his personal experiences. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response wasn’t as strong as it
would have been
if they hadn’t made “Ryan.” It was interesting, but
felt too familiar
and predictable to generate any real interest or
concern. I give it 3
out of 6.

The production was well done. Welling seemed
to stick to
established camera work and camera angles everywhere
but the final
view from the porch. (Of course, if my directorial
debut was on a
show I was starring in, I would take the safe path,
too.) There was
only the one new angle, and it wasn’t all that
interesting. Of
course, there were no major gaffes, either. All in
all, it’s a nice
first outing, but I don’t think we’ll see a distinct
style emerge
until he’s comfortable enough to take some risks.
Pedestrian, but not
poor. I give it 4 out of 6. It’s a good first

Overall, this is a good episode that would be
best enjoyed if
you don’t remember “Ryan” all that clearly. I give it
4 out of 6.

In total,
out of 42.

3 replies on “Smallville Review – “Fragile””

  1. New
    In spite of the freak-of-the-week and Ryan similarities, there was some newness. I don’t remember seeing inherited "meteor rock powers" before.

    Lana with Lex now. We were led to believe that it was really over this time, but falling in with Lex means that it really is. That’s new since she and Jason broke up, and very welcome.

    • Re: New

      Lana with Lex now. We were led to believe that it was really over this time, but falling in with Lex means that it really is. That’s new since she and Jason broke up, and very welcome.

      and finally a damned new plot point. this season has had about 1.5 episodes worth of actually important things (ie, real plot) going on…

  2. Random comments and questions
    1. For once, Clark did not need to tell some super type he helps about his own powers.
    2. I still think that the visions Lex had of his mother were designed to make him more evil, not less.
    3. When will Clark and Lion-el have their conversation?
    4. Will Chloe and/or Lionel last past the end of the season?
    5. Things are not Fine yet.
    6. Will Chloe die saving Clark’s life?
    7. Why does this season involve me less than the last one?
    8. If I had a near-death experience, who would I see?

    Martin Cohen

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