Sorry this is later than usual; I just got back in town. I’ll be spending most of the month out of town, so the other reviews this month may be just as late.

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 Brian Peterson and Kelly Sounders.

Directed by Tom Welling.

Original Airdate


Hydro
originally aired on Thursday,

January 11, 2007.

Synopsis

A reporter with special powers reveals secrets she shouldn’t, and Lois tries to learn a secret that Oliver wants to keep.

High Point

Chloe gets Lois to tell Clark her story.

Low Point

Tori Spelling can’t act.

The Review

This originality was certainly lacking in Lois’ Silver Age-esque quest, and the Rita Skeeter mutant wasn’t much better. I give it 3 out of 6.

The pond-side effects weren’t the best, but they were a small part of the episode. Most of the physical effects, and the windshield shot were very well done. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story involved lots of potentially useful setup, particularly with the ambiguous end to the villain. There’s not a lot of plot just yet, but it’s a good prelude to sweeps period. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was good from most of the regular cast. Durance had here weak moments, and Spelling didn’t have any strong ones. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was strong, in spite of the episode’s other weaknesses. It may be derivative, but the comic geek in me doesn’t care. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was fairly good. Welling is a decent director, and Mark Snow’s music was right on cue. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, in spite of its failings, I really enjoyed the episode as a whole. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Hydro
receives
31
out of 42.