Things are building toward a strong season ender.

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 Caroline Dries.

Directed by Mairzee Almas.

Original Airdate


Nemesis
originally aired on Thursday,

April 26, 2007.

Synopsis

Clark and Lex are forced to trust each other when trapped in subterranean tunnels. Lana reveals how much trust she still has.

High Point

“I see you have wholeheartedly embraced what it means to be a Luthor.”

Low Point

Breathing new life into a plotline that should have died long ago. I’m starting to think the low point of my reviews is the constant repetition of this same low point week after week.

The Review

Lana’s story arc hit a lot of notes that are original for the series. The whole “people who hate each other depending on each other to survive” aspect is far from original, though I do give them credit for avoiding the usual ending to that one. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were mostly falling debris, very little of which seemed to actually weigh what it was supposed to. In fact, this episode would be relatively cheap compared to most, so I’m half expecting a special effects bonanza to end the season off with the money they saved on this one. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story taking place above ground was far more interesting than the one below ground. The plotting was sound, and the character twists drove things along nicely. (One does wonder if that stereo ever gets used for anything but covering up gunshots, arguments, and the like.) The final lingering moment should have been much faster, though. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was solid. Rosenbaum and Glover have always been great at their roles, and Kreuk has grown into hers nicely. With those three at the centre of everything, the acting works very well. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was stronger than I expected from this well worn story gimmick. There were some nice moments mixed in coming from topside. (My emotional response to next week’s trailer was great, though. I’m something of a film noir nut.) I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was well done. The cross cut editing with periodic glimpses of countdown timers helped reveal the simultaneous nature of the action, and still kept everything running smoothly together. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a solid episode, and sets things up to carry through to an intense season finale nicely. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total,
Nemesis
receives 30

out of 42.