Ladies and gentlemen, not one but two meteor freaks get introduced this week.
Kristen Kreuk as
Erica Durance as
Allison Mack as
Written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.
Directed by Michael Rosenbaum.
originally aired on Thursday,
February 15, 2007.
A meteor freak with the power to identify other meteor
freaks seems to be connected with a series of abductions.
While it’s great to see Lana’s no longer treated as an
idiot, the intensity of the “how precise is it?” scene easily tops it.
The similarity to “Heroes.” It wouldn’t surprise me at
all if the main similarity in the ideas started with Jeph Loeb before he
changed shows, but the difference in quality of the shows is highlighted when
a similar idea is handled so much better “over there.”
The low point reveals a lot about the
originality score. The mid-episode twist was definitely unexpected,
though. I find this a little hard to judge in some ways, as the final score
is somewhat dependant on the as-yet-unrevealed thought processes of one
character. (SPOILER: Was Lana convinced, as in any of
several dozen Silver Age stories, or did she realize Clark is something else
entirely?) I’ll split the difference and give it 4 out of 6.
The effects were very well done. The blind
effect was clear in its depiction, and still convincingly kept the blind guy
blind. The final sequence also looked great. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story introduced new ideas, moved the general
plot forward, and did it in a way that didn’t have the massive leaps of faith
a few of the other recent plots have needed. I give it 5 out of 6.
The acting was convincing. I don’t know if the
actor was actually blind, or if he used opaque contacts in all of his scenes,
but he really convinced me he was blind. The regular crew, including Mack and
Welling in the “precision” scene, also did good work. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response was pretty
good. The twist was a surprise, and one that closed what seemed to be a
logical hole that they obviously identified and avoided. I give it 5 out of
The production was the biggest surprise. If
I hadn’t read the credits, I wouldn’t have known this was Michael Rosenbaum’s directorial debut. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this is another good episode, exceeding my usual mid-season expectations for the show. I give it 5 out of 6.
Freak receives 34
out of 42.