There’s no guarantee we’ll get a movie review up this weekend, but at least we’ve got this to offer.

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 Don Whitehead and Holly Hendersen
Directed by Ken Horton

Original Airdate

Descent originally aired on Thursday, April 17, 2008.

Synopsis

Lex confronts Lionel, asking for the key. Lionel doesn’t cooperate, so Lex takes drastic measures to ensure his victory. This is one of several moves this episode which adds a metaphorical layer to the literal definition of the title.

High Point

Breaking the cliches. This happens a few times, with Lois’ heroism, Lex’s inner voice, and Chloe’s game of hide and seek.

Low Point

Villains are less scary when they pull their punches. Considering what that character had for a recent model, she needed better reasons to hold back. Spoiler guard on the rest: She had reason to leave Jimmy and Lois alive until she confirmed the actual destination of the picture, but there was no reason to leave Chloe alive. Had she hit Chloe once, then heard Clark enter and scrambled to destroy the photo before finishing the job, it would have made more sense.

The Review

This has a fairly original feel to it, particularly for this season, as it feels as though it’s actually putting us on course for Clark’s inevitable future. I give it 5 out of 6.

The effects were well done, with some new, and some new variations on older effects. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story holds together well, apart from the low point. Seriously, those were decisions based on the needs of future episodes, and not on the character’s likely actions in those situations. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was done well enough. Lionel looked rather calm the second last time we saw him, and Lex’s lackey was weak in her private moments with him, but otherwise, things were fairly well done. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response is much stronger than one might expect given the weaknesses I’ve mentioned above. The clear forward momentum (including the total absence of Lana) are a breath of fresh air. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was also well done, delivering as consistently as we’ve come to expect. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, despite a couple of weak aspects, it’s generally a strong episode. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Descent receives 33 out of 42.