Smallville is back from reruns for a few more weeks.

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 Rick Rosenthal.

Original Airdate


Promise
originally aired on Thursday,

March 15, 2007.

Synopsis

Lex and Lana’s wedding day is upon us, and several people have doubts about the outcome.

High Point

The unmistakable return of the Magnificent Bastard to his full former glory.

Low Point

Needlessly prolonging the Clark and Lana angst (though I do like the odd symmetry that they used to do it.)

The Review

The originality wasn’t there this week. Most of the season has been building to this, and some of it was a rehash of stories best left in the past. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were well done, particularly the one from the unusual perspective, which shows how effective Clark’s speed really is. I give it 6 out of 6.

The story was also well constructed, with the characters taking turns in the spotlight over a non-linear time construction, which builds some mysteries while revealing others and altering how we view individual scenes. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was quite well done, with some powerful conflicting emotions appearing for various characters at various stages. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was stronger than it has been for any of the latest Clark/Lana rehashes. Once again, they’ve left things at a point where they can walk away from that relationship and move on. Let’s hope they stop flogging the horse this time. (My boredom with that story dampens my appreciation of the other major shift in this episode.) I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was also well done. Mark Snow was firing on all cylinders when he put the score together, and it shows. The rest of the production staff, particularly the editor, also did their work well. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was a decent episode, and one that would have been more powerful if the audience was still interested in the Clark/Lana relationship. (Seriously, it’s time for Clark to move on to Lois and for Pete to return and “rescue” Lana.) I give it 4 out of 6.

In total,
Promise
receives 32

out of 42.