The eighth season’s end run has begun. Generally speaking, this is the strongest season we’ve had in years.

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 Caroline Dries
Directed by Glen Winter

Original Airdate

Infamous originally aired on Thursday, March 12, 2009.

Synopsis

Linda Lake (Tori Spelling) is back, ready to blackmail Clark with his secret. Clark decides to deal with the issue by going public on his own terms.

High Point

The scenes between Clark and Lois.

Low Point

Tori Spelling can’t act. Anyone else with her looks and talent but middle class parents would live in complete obscurity.

The Review

This has the same sort of original feel as the rest of this season: it’s not new in the context of 70+ years of comic book history, but it’s new to the show, and giving us some definite forward momentum. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were well done. It’s the same set of effects we’ve seen in the past, but they’re still effective. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story felt a bit accelerated, as though it should have been a two parter but was jammed into a single episode for the sake of avoiding a two parter. It also smacked of deus ex machina, but frankly, that device has been waiting in the wings for a while, and this effectively closes that hole. It does have a classic problem with this device, though, which I’ll discuss under spoiler guard: Either we have duplicate Clark Kents running around, or we’ve got a logical flaw. We know Clark doesn’t just go back in time to become himself; the Legion didn’t have themselves around to jump into. Therefore, he goes back in time with another Clark still around. The only way to get rid of the second Clark is to give him the ring and send him back in time. He can’t do that, though, as he destroyed the ring. So, what are we to do with the second Clark? The solution is not to destroy the ring now, it’s to jump ahead to the time of the Legion and destroy it then, well removed from the timeline which is messed up by the dual presence of Clark. He also needs to bring the duplicate ring with him, while somehow telling the “past” Clark why the ring is missing so it doesn’t bother or concern him. The writers seemed to completely miss the duplicate person aspect. End spoiler. I did like what this episode does for the ultimate fates of Lois, Davis and Linda Lake, though. I give it 4 out of 6.

The acting from the regular cast was great. Erica Durance had a great opportunity to shine in this one. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the guest cast: see the Low Point. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response is strong. Some of the execution was pretty shaky, but the fan in me can get past much of that for the sake of the goals. I give it 4 out of 6.

The production of this series is always pretty solid. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, a lot of the parts don’t quite gel, but the complete package is worthwhile viewing for the sake of the entire package and the future of the series. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Infamous receives 31 out of 42.