Smallville Review – “Action”

Tonight we’ve had two big returns: Lionel Luthor, and Warrior Angel.

Cast

Tom Welling as Clark Kent
Kristen Kreuk as Lana Lang
Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance as Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olson
Laura Vandervoort as Kara
Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
John Glover as Lionel Luthor

Written by Caroline Dries.
Directed by Mairzee Almas.

Original Airdate

Action originally aired on Thursday, October 25, 2007.

Synopsis

In the main storyline, the live action “Warrior Angel” movie is filmed at the Kent farm, and someone is trying to kill the female lead. In the backup storyline, Lionel Luthor wakes up in a very “Misery”-esque situation.

High Point

Getting out of the bear trap. Dang, but that scene was effective.

Low Point

The part near the end where the dialogue was written “okay” instead of “that’s why I’m leaving and never coming back.”

The Review

Although the plot lines themselves aren’t original, there hasn’t been an episode with a plotline this creepy in the history of the show for years, if ever. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were very well done, particularly when removing the bear trap. I give it 6 out of 6.

The main story was a little predictable, but it’s an important piece of the complete Superman puzzle. I can’t wait to see where Clark is at the end of the series. The secondary storyline was far more interesting, both in implications and execution. (They’ve done well with the implications this season, but the execution was often lacking.) I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was well done by the guest stars as well as the regular cast. I give it 5 out of 6.

For the first time this season, the emotional response was really great, primarily due to the second storyline. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production on this show is rarely poor. They can shoot, light, and edit as they need to. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s the strongest episode to date in the season. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Action receives a respectable 35 out of 42.

5 replies on “Smallville Review – “Action””

  1. madgnome says:

    Feelings
    Was anyone else disappointed that they didn’t use the Lana falling off the building as the opertunity to finally have Clark figure out how to fly. It would have been a near perfect moment for it. I will be greatly disappointed if he is flying by the end of the season if they don’t have a discovery moment as potentially good as that one.

    • Fez says:

      Re: Feelings

      disappointed that they didn’t use the Lana falling off the building as the opertunity to finally have Clark figure out how to fly.

      I agree, that would have been a perfect time. In fact, I told my wife that would have redeemed it from being so sappy. I’ve never been a fan of Clark/Lana, and it’s been especially tiring lately. Though now that Lana is rather devious this may be more interesting, I suppose…

    • Tekzel says:

      Re: Feelings

      Was anyone else disappointed that they didn’t use the Lana falling off the building as the opertunity to finally have Clark figure out how to fly. It would have been a near perfect moment for it. I will be greatly disappointed if he is flying by the end of the season if they don’t have a discovery moment as potentially good as that one.

      Yes, I was. I thought the SAME thing at the end of that scene. Also, something that is starting to tweak me a little bit, and that scene touches on it. I know the story is about Superman and this limits the believability of it to a certain degree, but that doesn’t mean they have to completely throw physics out the window.

      For instance, when Clark grabbed the girl as she flew out the window at like 1000MPH, that would have pulverized every bone in her body. How about the Clark/Lana falling off the building scene, all is fine and well, but when he landed with her in his arms wouldn’t the sudden stop have the same, if not worse (less surface area contact to dissipate the kinetic energy in his arms than if she had hit the car top) effect? I get fantasy, in fact I love it. But couldn’t they find a way to do the scenes and maintain SOME connection with the real world?

      • quantaman says:

        Re: Feelings

        For instance, when Clark grabbed the girl as she flew out the window at like 1000MPH, that would have pulverized every bone in her body. How about the Clark/Lana falling off the building scene, all is fine and well, but when he landed with her in his arms wouldn’t the sudden stop have the same, if not worse (less surface area contact to dissipate the kinetic energy in his arms than if she had hit the car top) effect? I get fantasy, in fact I love it. But couldn’t they find a way to do the scenes and maintain SOME connection with the real world?

        My thought on this was two things, first even if he didn’t fly he might have decelerated significantly before hitting the car, however the size of the dent in the car contradicts this hypothesis somewhat. Also there are two things that cause problems when you hit the ground, the deceleration and the impact, while the deceleration still should have caused some problems, like whiplash and a concussion, him holding her would have a benefit similar to being seat belted inside a car during a collision as opposed to strapped to the front bumper in eliminating the impact injuries.. Though even with those two points it still would have been nice to see some acknowledgement of the necessary deceleration.

  2. Tekzel says:

    The cape…
    I meant to add this to my other post, but forgot. Its a damn shame we can’t edit posts.

    For one, why did he leave it on the fence. If it was for dramatic effect, sure it was ok if nonsensical. My wife immediately said they should have had him grab the corner and toss it over his shoulder so it hangs down his back as he walked away. That would have been a great duality moment. Would have worked so much better than the fence thing, and would have made sense.

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