Ladies and gentlemen, another new Kryptonite.

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 Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer.
Directed by Glen Winter.

Original Airdate

“Blue” originally aired on Thursday, November 15, 2007.

Synopsis

In an homage to Donner’s original “Superman,” Clark answers a call from the crystal and brings it to the north pole. The crystal creates duplicates of Lara and Zor-El, along with blue kryptonite.

High Point

Lionel’s attitude.

Low Point

The coincidental entrance to Lionel’s office. Seriously, given the time frame involved, what are the odds?

The Review

This was somewhat original in it’s building of strong family ties across the board. The new kryptonite and most other elements were recycled from the past. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were well done, with set lighting tying nicely into the eclipse effects. They rarely fail in this category. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story did its job well, reminding us of Oliver Queen, establishing family relationships, setting up implications for Clark and Kara, and revealing the nature of the relationship between the Daily Planet editor and the Luthor family. Too bad the critical scene in Lionel’s office required such coincidence, and that Clark still hasn’t learned that putting strange crystals into Jor-El’s machines or wearing rings with brightly coloured rocks are bad ideas. I give it 3 out of 6.

The acting wasn’t terrible, but Zor-El and Lara lacked enough depth as written to give the cast enough to work with. It came out as repetitive and derivative. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response could have been better had they found new ways to get the players in the field. There was too much that we’ve seen before. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was solid. With sharper, more creative writing, this team would have really delivered, instead of only somewhat delivering. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s another episode that does more for the big picture than the little picture. If they keep spending this much time building, they’d better be sure they’ll have one heck of a payoff. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Blue receives 29 out of 42.