The 150th episode of Smallville aired this week. Assuming the strike didn’t reduce the normal 22 episode order, that leaves us with four episodes to the entire season.

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 Turi Meyer and Al Septien
Directed by Tom Welling

Original Airdate

Apocalypse originally aired on Thursday, May 1, 2008.

Synopsis

Clark gets a chance to see what the world would be like if he wasn’t in it. Viewers get some actual forward momentum in the “love interest” aspect of the series.

High Point

Yes, there seems to finally be a budding love interest between Clark and Lois.

Low Point

The cliche that was needed to kick it all off.

The Review

The originality tanks early on, when we get the typical “It’s A Wonderful Life” deal to instigate it all. This doesn’t feel fresh until, oddly enough, it starts to show us the elements we’ve seen in virtually every incarnation of the Superman story. It would have been a problem to move us this far along in season three, but now, it feels long overdue. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects are few, but are very well done. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story was predictable in structure, though not in detail. (For example, I could predict that the first few friends he checked in on would be fine, but the last would be in trouble due to Lex, though I didn’t know which friend the last would be.) I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was done well enough from all involved. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was pretty strong through the second half, though the first half was somewhat weak. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production was done fairly well. There were no moments when the execution really blew my doors off, but neither were there any noticable problems. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this will either turn out to be a landmark due to an actual direction change, or a frustrating tease as everything reverts back to the way it used to be. I sincerely hope for the former. I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Apocalypse receives 30 out of 42.