Smallville Review – “Wrath”

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


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.


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.

4 replies on “Smallville Review – “Wrath””

  1. ferrofluids rock!
    I love these things

    The earthquake was super, and I liked Clark’s face after Lana told him that she really needs to know he’ll love her, no matter what. That was well played.

  2. Super Lana
    Generally, a good show.

    However, how did Lana know to catch the falling tower, since she did not know she had super powers? imho, it would have been more realistic for here to have dived down and not be hurt when it fell on her. This was easier to film, I guess.

    Wouldn’t the "earthquake" have been picked up on some seismometers?

    Can Lana get pregnant?

    • Re: Super Lana

      However, how did Lana know to catch the falling tower

      Everything was going in slow-mo and she figured it out?

    • Re: Super Lana

      However, how did Lana know to catch the falling tower, since she did not know she had super powers?

      The "superspeed" sound effect lasted much longer than it needed to if she ran directly under the tower. I mentally pictured her instinctively running away as fast as she could, realizing how quickly that was (just as Clark did back in episode nine when the rogue cop shot at him), realizing that Clark may have lost his powers to her, and then running back to save him for once. Listen to the sound effect; it’s a full three or four seconds long, which is plenty of time for all of this.

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