Sorry this was late; I didn’t realize there even was a new episode last night until I saw a submission about the latest episode in the sub queue. Next week’s may be a day or two late, as well. I’m going out of town on business again, and the flight back doesn’t land until 11:20pm, which means I’ll be getting home and midnight and working the next day.

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 Rick Rosenthal.

Original Airdate

Subterranean originally aired on Thursday,

December 7, 2006.

Synopsis

Clark meets an escapee from a slave labour farm, and puts his family in an awkward position.

High Point

Within the episode, it was the long walk in the last minute. Within the entire broadcast hour, it was the promise of next week’s episode.

Low Point

He’s got the “identity” part pretty well settled, but that “secret” bit really seems to elude him.

The Review

The basic premise is hardly original in this series, where individuals in need of help off the record have been taken in since the first season. What’s new is Martha’s reaction, which is consistent with her new responsibilities. I’m glad to see that wasn’t ignored. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were nicely done. We’ve seen most of them before, but the sudden moves into and out of the ground were new and well done. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story did the job it needed to do: we got a good superhero story, complete with the “my powers can’t solve everything” angst; it moved Lana deeper into her relationship with Lex while showing the viewer that it can’t last forever; and it let us know how deeply involved Chloe and Jimmy are. I just wish it had a more original premise. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was well done, though I would have preferred it if Javier actually did have an accent, particularly since his excuse was watching American T.V. I have television-addicted relatives who don’t speak English that perfectly, and English is the only language they speak! I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was strong in the initial corn field chase, and in the final walk down the hall. The middle bits of the episode felt slow and familiar. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production is really what kept this episode going. The frantic corn field chase, the methodical and carefully lit walk down the hall, and the Mark Snow score caused more excitement for me than the script. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent episode, but not great. Ending with that geek-out teaser for next week tends to reduce this week’s impact, as well. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total,
Subterranean
receives
32
out of 42.