Smallville Review – “Crimson”

Red kryptonite is back.

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 Glen Winter.

Original Airdate


Crimson
originally aired on Thursday,

February 1, 2007.

Synopsis

Lois obtains a love potion based on red kryptonite.

High Point

Jimmy is interesting, useful, and moving an actual plotline forward.

Low Point

I almost chose the dragging along of the Clark / Lana relationship, but that loses out to the latest freaking case in the amnesia capital of the world.

The Review

This was more original than last week. We’ve seen love potions gone wrong before, but this made some very nice headway in a few plotlines. If only they hadn’t dragged an old one back to the forefront. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were nice. There weren’t many we hadn’t seen, apart from the great leap. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story fell back on some old standards while moving other elements forward. Would it have been so wrong to either (spoiler guarded) let Lois remember, or distract Clark just often enough to keep him from revealing anything to her? End spoilers. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was well done, with some of the most convincing work from the entire group (including Durance, Welling, Kreuk, and Ashmore) I’ve seen in a while. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was great for the first forty minutes. Then the same old things started happening all over again. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was well done, particularly with the different camera angles used to distinguish the normal and infected versions of Clark. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a decent episode that moves some plotlines forward through the rest of the season. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Crimson
receives
31
out of 42.

6 replies on “Smallville Review – “Crimson””

  1. Cerberus7 says:

    YAAE
    Yet Another Amnesia Episode. I said that as soon as Lois put on the lipstick (I hadn’t seen any previews). Still, it was a fun episode, and I think Jimmy needs to do more. At least they’re making better use of him (and Chloe, especially) than they did with Pete.

  2. madhack says:

    Ugh
    I hated this episode for most of it. I agree completely with the low point and the comments in the review about the story. Then we had the Lois thing being dragged out again; I was one of those people who was quite happy when it looked like we finally had a conclusion to all of that.

    The only real bright spots in this were the Chloe/Jimmy interaction (now Clark’s secret is costing his friends their relationships — ouch) and the very last scene. It would be an interesting twist if, after all the trouble Clark has put himself and Lana through, she found out about him completely on her own.

    • vanyel says:

      Re: Ugh

      The only real bright spots in this were the Chloe/Jimmy interaction (now Clark’s secret is costing his friends their relationships — ouch) and the very last scene.

      I have to agree completely with this: I knew it was going to bad when they started talking about red kryptonite, and in fact, I fast forwarded through the entire party crashing scene because it was just as stupid and painful as I knew it was going to be. This is the second painful episode in a row — three and I’ll probably stop watching the show. On the other hand, the "impact on friends" aspect has real promise, so there’s still hope…

    • y42 says:

      Re: Ugh

      the very last scene. It would be an interesting twist if, after all the trouble Clark has put himself and Lana through, she found out about him completely on her own.

      Is it just me, or is Lex’s stabbing arm exceptionally strong?

      …teehee, "tallest building" :D

      • GrimSean says:

        Re: Ugh

        Is it just me, or is Lex’s stabbing arm exceptionally strong?

        Maybe he was wearing his Power Armor? (and I really wish I was kidding, but you know the writers are going to bring it in at some point)

  3. Alexius says:

    Bulk Fanservice!
    This episode was made mostly for the fanservice, I think. They wanted to give everyone who hoped for some relationship a little chance at it, and they got Lois to dress as sexy as they could get her. I think she even flexed her cleavage. And was it me, or did the reveal of the tattoo just scream "Make me into a LJ icon!!" I genuinely think they set up that shot for that.

    The show’s gone way down hill, but I still enjoy watching it. I just have no illusions of quality left.

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