Smallville Review – “Injustice”

The previous two episodes weren’t all that great. Is this week’s entry better or worse?


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 Turi Meyer and Al Septien
Directed by Tom Welling

Original Airdate

Injustice originally aired on Thursday, May 7, 2009.


Chloe returns, begging Clark to kill Davis. Clark soon learns that Tess is involved in a team of superpowered individuals who are hunting Doomsday as well.

High Point

The direction with Tess. I’m liking this character, and they’ve found a way to replace Lex while connecting her to Oliver in a different way.

Low Point

Spoiler guard (highlight to read): Clark always recovers as soon as the Kryptonite is removed. Parasite was in trouble, transferred powers back to Clark, and Clark was fine. How is that consistent in any way? End spoiler guard.

The Review

The originality of the episode comes only in the actual reveal of Tess’ team. We knew it was coming, but so much of this episode is a culmination of events to date that there’s not a lot here we haven’t already seen. I give it 3 out of 6.

The effects were good. We’d seen most of them, but there’s also some new ones with the transference and the nifty colour selections done for them. I give it 5 out of 6.

The story felt like it accomplished more than last week. Most of what it accomplishes is done through dialogue, rather than action, but it still mostly works. I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting works for most. Tom Welling seems to have a tough time directing himself, as he had weak delivery of a few lines compared to his usual. I give it 4 out of 6.

The emotional response is also generally good. I’m definitely more interested in where the Tess and Oliver storylines are going, and they did a nice job of setting Clark up with a non-physical challenge for the season finale. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production is pretty good. Tom Welling is shaping up to be a decent director, at least when he’s backed by this production team. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, this was a good episode, and effectively sets up next week’s season finale. With the season nine renewal already announced, it’ll be interesting to see how things wrap up. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Injustice receives 32 out of 42.

3 replies on “Smallville Review – “Injustice””

    • I’m just going to spoiler the entire message:

      In the Superman comic revamp that started back in the late ’80s/early ’90s, Lex Luthor had a kryptonite ring. But it ended up poisoning him, and he had to amputate (either the finger or the whole hand, can’t remember which).

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