Two weeks in a row. Let’s hope the trend turns around shortly.
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 Genevieve Sparling
Directed by Mike Rohl
Beast originally aired on Thursday, April 30, 2009.
Clark and Oliver discover that Davis is alive, but don’t immediately realize who has been helping him stay off the radar. Once they do, everyone is forced to make very difficult decisions.
The interactions between Jimmy and Oliver.
I’m with Clark and Jimmy on this one; this is too far out of character.
This didn’t seem to cover a lot of original ground. It felt like they’d actually covered too much ground in previous weeks, and didn’t leave enough for a whole episode here. It’s like they had two side plots and put them together, stretching them out to fill an episode that was missing a lead plot. The Oliver/Jimmy story worked well, but it took way too long to do what they were doing with Chloe and Davis. If you ask me, Clark should have actually found a killer in Alaska unrelated to Bloome that he then brought in. Giving an extra seven or eight minutes of screen time to that segment would have greatly packed this together. Instead, we get the LONG version of the conversation we’ve seen coming for a month. I give it 3 out of 6.
The effects were all those we’ve seen before, but they were still well done. I give it 5 out of 6.
As already mentioned, the story felt like it had filler. A bit of action with Clark finding and stopping a perfectly human Alaskan serial killer, only to be called back by Oliver, would have gone a long way. I give it 4 out of 6.
The acting was well done. It felt like it dragged and was a lot of the same, but that’s the fault of the writer, not the stars. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response was weak. It just felt plain draggy. The Jimmy/Oliver scenes worked, but the rest needed a little tempo, particularly from an episode this close to the end of the season. I give it 2 out of 6.
The production is well done, as usual. The editor, DP and director really tried to make it look like things were moving, including the “circle completely around Chloe” shot to stall for time while a car drove away and Davis came out of nowhere. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this is a troubled episodes whose problems start and end with the script. If it’s on the PVR, watch the first ten minutes, and then skip to the last ten. I give it 3 out of 6.
In total, Beast receives 27 out of 42.