The latest installment of Smallville is here.

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 Tracy Bellamo.
Directed by Whitney Ransick.

Original Airdate

Wither originally aired on Thursday,

October 12, 2006.

Synopsis

Nasty vegetation starts attacking people while Oliver Queen gets closer to Lois Lane.

High Point

The “demonstration of skill.”

Low Point

Clark’s seeming acceptance of Gloria’s fate. He’d better not be okay with this next week.

The Review

They do a good job of breaking original ground in an early season episode once again. The new love triangles are forming, and we’ve got some new relationships established within Superman’s supporting cast. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were erratice. The makeup effects and CGI wounds looked good, as did the arrow, but the vines looked too obviously CGI, particularly when they wen’t in through the mouth. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story started out strong, but then hinged on absentee medical professionals and stretched out Gloria’s origin and actions when they could have left more time for Clark to deal with the way her fate was established. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was as strong as it’s been all season. This cast actually seems to be improving for season six, when so many other shows end up with a tired cast instead. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was weakened by the low point. Other moments were very well done. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was good for the most part. The ADR insertion asking Clark to show himself out was irritating, as I felt that particular scene would work better with a musical cue and no dialogue. Still, that’s a relatively minor point. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a little tough to gauge. If the low point stays dropped, that hurts the episode. If they pick up on it next week and continue, then it’ll be fine. For now, I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and give it a 5 out of 6.

In total, Wither
receives 32

out of 42.