Sorry this review is later than usual. Flying home yesterday was something of a comedy of errors.

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 Turi Meyer and Al Septien.

Directed by James Marshall.

Original Airdate


Combat
originally aired on Thursday,

March 22, 2007.

Synopsis

Clark’s anger at Lana’s wedding is vented on meteor

freaks.

High Point

Clark gets himself recruited.

Low Point

The teaser structure was even worse than the latest

bout of convenient unconsciousness.

The Review

This wasn’t original. (I’m surprised the guy’s name was Maddox instead of Mongul.) The characters even constantly refer to it as a fight club. As for the Lex and Lana storyline, from my perspective, the only suprise was doing this before the season finale. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were more extravagant than usual. The first hit in the big fight looked great, but some of the acrobatic trajectories were all about the effects and not about the storytelling, which is distracting and sometimes hard to follow. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was minimal. The side plots seemed to cover more ground than the main plotline did. Let’s hope this finally puts things to rest. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was mixed. Kreuk did some great work this week, as did Mack throughout and Welling at times. The WWE guest stars were less impressive, however. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response could have been better. There were some fun moments, but there were some tired moments (Clark’s final conversation in the barn) and some very un-Supermanly stuff. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production started out very well. Things started to slip in the big fight, though, when the effects shots took precedence over the storytelling. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a piece of the puzzle, but if you missed it, I’m sure you’ll be able to catch up when the new episodes go back to air. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total,
Combat
receives

27 out of 42.