This was the last new episode until January 15. On Monday and Tuesday, I’ll post reviews that’ll get the “Secret Invasion” content back up to date.

Cast

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

Written by Al Septien and Turi Meyer
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc

Original Airdate

Bride originally aired on Thursday, November 20, 2008.

Synopsis

It’s the day of Chloe and Jimmy’s wedding. Lois and Clark start to move closer together, but a number of suprise guests throw things off.

High Point

Virtually any conversation involving Oliver Queen.

Low Point

The intro that set things up was, once again, made from footage that comes later in the episode. That always feels cheap to me. When you look at the first few minutes after the intro, with Lois working in overdrive to get the barn in shape, and Chloe getting the message from Davis, you can see that it’s not needed. If the intro was Lois’ overdrive moments, leading to Chloe sooner, followed by the voicemail that cuts to what’s going on with Davis (rather than waiting until mid-episode for that) they could have set things up much more effectively without revealed when the confrontation happens relative to the ceremony.

The Review

This has original elements, including how they’re finally handling the Clark/Lana relationship. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were limited to makeup and the transitional CGI needed to get from the actor to the makeup. Even then, when the effects came into play, they were kept heavily in the dark so we don’t yet have a good look at our antagonist. In fact, apart from one good punch, there wasn’t a lot of call for the expensive stuff this time. Still, the story didn’t need more effects than that, so it still receives 4 out of 6.

The story held up fairly well. There were a couple of nagging points (SPOILER GUARD: Downloading data from a rack-mounted router that has no rack to provide a power source? Clark tells Lana about the memory tampering, and she doesn’t get mad? Clark takes Oliver’s word that Chloe’s gone, and he’s not fast enough to go catch her? The emotional points work well, particularly regarding Oliver and Lois, but there were a number of logical issues that should have been sorted out. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting was better than typical. There were emotional moments for everyone here, and the cast handled them very well. I think we’ve found the kinds of scenes Szwarc knows how to direct. (Action scenes definitely aren’t on the list.) I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response was very positive. There wasn’t a lot of action, but they had a lot of character moments that help draw everything together. I just wish the intro hadn’t revealed so much of the episode; it could have scored a perfect 6. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was much better than I’d anticipated when I saw Szwarc’s name in the credits. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a good episode, that nicely sets up a cliffhanger that keeps us going until the series returns on January 15 with “Legion,” written by Geoff Johns. (Yes, comic fans, it is what you think it is.) I give it 4 out of 6.

In total, Bride receives 31 out of 42. You’ll enjoy it a lot more if you skip the intro and start watching after the opening credits.