I apologize for not having this up yesterday. I had an unavoidable family commitment. Next week’s review may be a day or two late as well.

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 Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

According to the website, it was directed by James Marshall, but I could swear the on screen credit was given to Whitney Ransick. I’ve really got to start writing these down before I tell the PVR to delete the episode.

Original Airdate


Rage
originally aired on Thursday,

November 9.

Synopsis

Ollie starts taking a drug that accelerates healing while increasing rage. Clark has to find a way to deal with this a few days before Thanksgiving.

High Point

The visual metaphors continue with Lana and Lex. So much can be said with furniture and lighting, while simultaneously paying homage to Tim Burton’s Batman.

Low Point

The potential storyline set up between Martha and Lionel. They know he’s a murderer, starting with his own parents. Why is he being accepted into the fold so readily?

The Review

The drug addiction story is not terribly original, though the motives are not like those seen on other shows. It’s also a take I haven’t seen on the less powered heroes; I’ve never heard of Batman getting envious of the other League members. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects are those we’ve seen before, and were actually quite minimal. Apart from the slow motion and X-ray, there wasn’t even much need for CGI this week. That may be a choice to save budget for a bang-up show to end the sweeps period, but I could be wrong. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was far from unpredictable, but it works well enough. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting worked well, too. The scene between Clark and Lana in the Luthor mansion is one in particular that worked well, with convincing pain from each person involved. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response could have been a lot stronger. The problem with using established characters like this is that nobody can be convincingly placed in danger. It was kind of cool to realize that the only person at Thanksgiving dinner who doesn’t know Clark’s secret is his future wife, but I’m not sure that’s something the writers planned for. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production is still well done, as it has been for most of the series. I do like the way that the props and lighting are telling the viewers about the relationship between Lex and Lana, particularly since this accents the level of meaningless drivel in their actual conversations. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent episode, but not a great one. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total,
receives 31

out of 42.