This season’s twentieth episode has hit the air.
Rumour is that there will be twenty four episodes this
season instead of the usual twenty two.

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 Al Septien and Turi Meyer.

Directed by Terrence O’Hara.

Original Airdate


Fade
originally aired on Thursday,
April 27, 2006.

Synopsis

Clark saves the life of an assassin, who wants to pay
Clark back
somehow.

High Point

Not only are Clark and Lana not back together, they’re
getting
actively pushed apart! It looks like we’re finally on
the way toward
the accepted status quo.

Low Point

Does nobody notice that the guy who knocks a man away
from a speeding
van is moving faster than the van itself? I can
accept that the saved
individual is protected from Clark’s speed as a side
effect of Clark’s
powers, but this is a busy street in Metropolis and he
appears out of
nowhere!

The Review

How original is it to compress the entire
Lex/Clark
relationship into one hour? It was nice to see the
thing play out,
but it’s not exactly anything new. The fresh material
came with Lois
and her lamentations on her love life. I give it 3
out of 6.

The effects were nicely done, diving into the
busy street,
and fading into the background. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was well told, with some interest
despite its
similarity to the long-term plotline. This is helped
in part by their
acknowledgement of the similarities. It’s also nice
to see the
relationships go someplace new, rather than just
repeat what’s already
been done. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was well done, even from those
I’ve traditionally
not been impressed with. The guest star played the
suave scumbag
quite convincingly. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was strong in spite of
the lack of
originality. This is still an interesting story, and
there are enough
character dynamics to play off of to change the way
the series runs.
The similarities between Lex and Graham were
interestingly drawn. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The production was the typical high for the
series. They’ve
got a look and feel pinned down, and they use it well.
I give it 5
out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good episode, and one of the
more interesting
ones from this season. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Fade
receives
33
out of 42.