The season ends next week, so naturally the pace is
picking up.

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 Caroline Dries.

Directed by Whitney Ransick.

Original Airdate


Oracle
originally aired on Thursday,
May 4, 2006.

Synopsis

Lex and Fine are near the completion of their project,
while Lionel
reveals more of his plans and knowledge to Clark.

High Point

The conversation between Lex and Fine in Lex’ office.

Low Point

The amount of time required for Clark to figure it
out.

The Review

This wasn’t very original, but that wasn’t a
big problem.
This episode is about tying together this season’s
loose ends for next
week’s season finale, and that’s what it did. We’d
seen all the
setups, and knew the payoff was coming. There was
only one unexpected
moment in the episode, quite near the end, which seems
to be setting
up a season finale somewhat similar to that from
season two. This one
doesn’t have a comic precedent that I’m aware of, so
I’ll give it 3
out of 6.

The effects were well done, even if they were
effects we’ve
seen before. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story seemed to be just picking up
forward momentum for
the first time in a while. All of the threads started
coming
together, without giving the impression that they were
crammed in at
the last minute. It’s a fine line to walk, but Dries
did it. I give
it 5 out of 6.

The acting had room for subtlety, and it was
used well.
Marsters, Glover, and Rosenbaum set a high standard
for their
coworkers, who are starting to catch up with them. I
give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was the strongest it’s
been in a
while. Things are really moving now, with everything
really starting
to come together. This show may lag mid-season, but
they sure know
how to end a season. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was well done, with careful
use of close-up
shots and long shots, with very few medium shots. We
either got a
sense of the scope of things, or a tight, emotional
feel, which is
exactly what this episode needed. I also like the
lower lighting than
past seasons, which helps generate a dark and brooding
feel. I give
it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a strong lead-in to the season
ender. I give
it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Oracle
receives
35
out of 42.