I’m almost caught up from my vacation backlog. (I hate getting behind, but this photo alone makes it completely worth it.) Still coming today: an event comic review and this week’s digital disc picks.

Cast

Tom Welling as Clark Kent
Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance as Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore as Jimmy Olsen
Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer
Sam Witwer as Davis Bloome
Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow

Written by Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer
Directed by Mairzee Almas

Original Airdate

Identity originally aired on Thursday, October 30, 2008.

Synopsis

Jimmy Olsen takes a picture of a red and blue blur saving Lois, and digs deep into research on the secret samaritan, linking him directly back to Clark and Chloe’s graduating class.

High Point

Jimmy gets more credit for his investigative skills in one season of “Smallville” than he’s had in 70 years of comic books.

Low Point

Spoiler guarded: Didn’t the previous exposure to memory thieves establish that Clark’s memory doesn’t work the same way? End spoiler.

The Review

This had original elements in a few places. There was also a decent collection of stuff we’ve seen before, with the memory thief and secret identity issues (the latter of which was directly referenced here.) The Jimmy angle was new, as were Chloe’s ultimate role and Clark’s revelation, but the mechanisms they used to get there were very familiar. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were generally nicely done, particularly in the opening superspeed sequence. Our samaritan’s cape looked awful, though. I understand the desire to use a CGI cape rather than the physical, since a physical cape doesn’t move the way they are drawn in the comics, but that also means any cape that moves like a comic cape on screen looks blatantly non-physical. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story was well written, with the necessary elements in place, and one seeming piece of random luck explained in a non-lucky fashion. It pulls together several elements from earlier in the season, and gives Clark a nice, big push down the path to becoming the Big Blue Boy Scout. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting was well done, particularly by guest star Kyle Schmidt and regular Aaron Ashmore. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was great. This takes a few HUGE steps that I’ve been waiting eight years for the show to take. They even wrote a tight script this time, with no seriously questionable problems or logical issues. I give it 6 out of 6.

The production was solid. This is clearly an episode they’ve had in mind and have been prepping for all season, and it shows in the level of detail that’s been applying from start to finish. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was a solid turnout. Season eight is starting out so strongly, I’m starting to look forward to season nine. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Identity receives 34 out of 42.