Clark faces another escapee this week.
Written by Holly Harold.
Directed by Glen Winter.
originally aired on Thursday,
November 2, 2006.
Raya finds Clark at the same time as Baern, one of the Phantom Zone prisoners. Meanwhile, Jimmy Olson takes compromising pictures of an exchange in Lex’s car.
Here comes destiny.
The remarkable un-Superman-like behavior of our Superman. Spoilers protected: First of all, not only did he not show remorse when he killed the last Kryptonian, but now that he knows there was probably a perfectly innocent human trapped inside, he’s still not guilty. In fact, he plans to either recapture or destroy the other escapees! Throw in his idiotic decisions, such as training after fighting the hardest fights he’s ever fought, or revealing that he knew there was a six week lapse in memory while pretending he just happened to find the guy unconscious somewhere, and it just doesn’t add up to the Superman I’ve read in comics.
This doesn’t feel original. I know that there are a few elements we haven’t seen, but apart from Jimmy’s actions, everything else was set up so obviously so long ago that we all knew it was coming. I give it 3 out of 6.
The effects were all things we’ve seen before (with a size increase and change in colour palette from Clark’s heat vision.) At one point, the effects even obscured what Clark was holding, which made it hard to tell why the effects on him were so different from the effects on Raya. I give it 4 out of 6.
The story served its purpose to get things moving, but as I mentioned above, it did it in ways that had Clark acting in ways that don’t really match up with Superman. I give it 4 out of 6.
The regular cast did a good job with their acting this week. Bow Wow did a decent job in a simple role, though Pascale Hutton wasn’t terribly impressive. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response should have been much better. Sometimes giving a lot of time to prepare can build excitement, as I suspect may happen with the training Clark will eventually go for. (He should, after all, be able to completely control all abilities, including flight, when the training is done.) However, the actual event here was so similar to what’s been happening since Clark faced off against the bug boy that there was no suspense when it actually happened. There’s some tension based on the side plots, but the main plot was flat, particularly because the “big fight” had more McGuffin than fight. I give it 3 out of 6.
The production was well done. They continue to deliver in this category week after week, with some subtle touches. For example, check out Lana’s hairstyle and how she’s lit in her final scene. The hair and shadows form a physical, visible barrier positioned to reflect the emotional barrier that’s just come up. That was a very nice touch. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this seems to mark the return to the mid-season medicrity this series has a habit of delivering. Perhaps it was the lack of subtlety in the foreshadowing, or perhaps the lack of Ollie and Lois just made it feel more like what the show was doing three seasons ago than a new episode, but it just didn’t pull me in like it should have. It’s not a bad episode, but it’s not a particularly good one. I give it 4 out of 6.
out of 42.