So they haven’t forgotten Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex.

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 Brian Peterson and Kelly Sounders.
Directed by Charles Beeson.

Original Airdate

Wrath originally aired on Thursday, November 8, 2007.

Synopsis

When Lana inherits some of Clark’s powers from a combination of lightening and kryptonite, her darker comes out and targets Lex.

High Point

“That was probably us.”

Low Point

If you were writing a show involving black oil of alien origin, wouldn’t you go out of your way to be different from The X-Files?

The Review

This was somewhat original, using a device from earlier in the series in a completely different way for new effect. We also finally have some new ground covered in the Clark and Lana relationship arena. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were as good as always. The motive liquid in a jar was quite impressive, though it’s final appearance wasn’t nearly as impressive as when I first saw that visual effect over 10 years ago. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story actually felt like it was moving this week, and not just adding to the big season picture. Let’s see how long they can keep this up given the current WGA strike. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was generally convincing. Kreuk isn’t as convincingly evil as Welling was, but she wasn’t terrible. (In fact, this almost makes me crave an episode in which this unbalanced Lana uses red Kryptonite to recruit Clark to her little plan.) I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response was pretty good. I was entertained both during the episode, and when I was thinking about what this means for the season as a whole, particularly when I thought about who might be returning. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was the typical high. The music coming out of the credits during the earthquake was particularly effective in capturing the mood of the scene. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was a decent episode, and one of the better ones in the first third(?) of the season. We’ll see how the full season turns out when we find out how many episodes will follow the strike. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Wrath receives 32 out of 42.