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.