Clark’s cousin has come by to visit.

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 Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.

Directed by James L. Conway.

Original Airdate

Kara
originally aired on Thursday, October 4, 2007.

Synopsis

Clark meets his cousin, who was expecting him to be much younger.

High Point

The ricochet. That was a well done visual effect.

Low Point

The Lana “mystery” wrapped up far too quickly.

The Review

This wasn’t an original episode. They’ve had a Kara before, but this time, they used the actual comic book Kara, with the origin used most recently (as introduced in an early Superman / Batman story arc.) I give it 2 out of 6.

The effects were great in most cases. The hovering effects don’t seem quite right, but on the other hand, the superhearing effects were great. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was fairly well done. At least there was some hint of aftereffect to the repeated head bashing that’s been going on. More importantly, we have reasons for Kara to stick around, for Lex to stay involved in Clark’s life, for Lois to start moving into her career, and for Clark to stay in Smallville instead of completing his training as originally planned. We’ve also got a hint of the story arc for the season coming, as well. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was generally strong. Durance and Vandervoort both had weak moments. Durance’s were as she was trying to convince people of her story, while Vandervoort’s were in her initial introduction and search for Kal-El. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was pretty good. The producers seem to have realized that simply letting Clark grow up may not hold our attentions very easily, and have moved into a more active “build the hero’s support structure with him” plan that includes the supporting cast, as well. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was well done, particularly in the superhearing scene. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it engaged me more than last week’s opener, probably due in large part to spending so much time building the season’s story arc. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Kara receives 31

out of 42.