For those of you waiting for reviews to decide whether or not you’re going to watch it: this one’s not too bad.
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
Written by Caroline Dries
Directed by Whitney Ransick
“Sleeper” first aired on Thursday, April 24, 2008.
The government seems to have noticed Chloe’s computer activities, and have decided that she’s a likely candidate for terrorism. They recruit Jimmy to spy on her. Meanwhile, Clark and Chloe have figured out where Brainiac and Kara went. Next week: the 150th episode.
The unmasking in the teaser.
As much as I liked the teaser, when you immediately learn that it’s a portion of the later episode, it feels like a cheap trick to create more tension than the episode could on its own. This isn’t quite as guilty of that as other episodes have been, but there’s still some degree of it.
The only original element of the episode was the actual consequences to their actions. It’s about time somebody noticed everything they’ve been up to. I give it 4 out of 6.
The effects were really light this week. I don’t even think Welling was in any of the effects shots. This could be a sign of an expensive episode coming next week. Still, the few they had were well done, probably because they were all physical effects (with the exception of a taser or two.) I give it 5 out of 6.
The story was told well. For once, the “revealing teaser” trick didn’t involve some sort of mind control or shapeshifter, so we were looking at what we were actually looking at. I give it 4 out of 6.
The acting was good from the regular cast, but a bit weak from the (typically attractive) guest star. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response wasn’t too bad. They were dwelling on the Lana thing again, which just reminds me of how long that story thread has been anchoring progress. I give it 4 out of 6.
The production was the typical high. They know how to put together an hour of television. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, it was a bit of a lull compared to last week, but it’s not too bad. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Sleeper receives 31 out of 42.