Another staple of the Superman comics rears its head on Smallville.
Tom Welling as
Kristen Kreuk as
Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
as Lionel Luthor
Sam Jones III as
Allison Mack as
O’Toole as Martha Kent
Schneider as Jonathan Kent
Written by Jeph
Loeb. Yes, this is the same Jeph Loeb that wrote the comics,
including Superman for all Seasons, which has just been
reprinted and will be available again on Wednesday, October 23.
Directed by Jeff
Red originally aired on Tuesday, October 15, 2002.
Clark’s behaviour changes dramatically after buying a class ring.
The final scene in Lex’s office, for so many reasons. The writing,
the acting, and the long-term implications of that scene were all
The set-up for the most important visual effect in the episode was
predictable, and the execution felt very forced. The visual effect
itself was positively awful.
This was a somewhat original episode. We’ve seen the
krypto-freak-of-the-week much too often, but at least it was Clark
this time. The crooked cop angle has also been done before on this
show and others. I give it 3 out of 6.
Most of the effects were good. The most important effect in
the episode was terrible. Since that was the only effect they haven’t
done several times before, it was the only one that was really
challenging, and the only one that required any real work in the
design stages. I give the effects 3 out of 6.
The story was tightly-paced and nicely written. The “bad
boy” came across well, but some key events had just enough indication
of internal conflict to help the audience believe that certain lines
wouldn’t be crossed. It’s also nice to see Pete’s increased role from
last week is still around this week. I give it 5 out of 6, for the
nice work to keep it interesting, and the ramifications it’ll have in
The acting was good or great from everyone but Tom Welling.
He’s even worse at playing the bad boy than he is at playing the good
boy. Kristen Kreuk didn’t even seem as bad as she usually does here,
although that may just be because she was playing off of a sub-par Tom
Welling the entire time. Fortunately, the rest of the cast (including
John Schneider, Sam Jones III, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, and
John Glover) turned in some great work. I give it 4 out of 6.
The emotional response produced here included very little
suspense. There were some moments that drew me into the ongoing saga,
including every scene with at least one Luthor. The equestrian scene
was also intruiging due to the implications for future stories. The
crack about the way the wardrobe department dresses people was also a
source of great amusement. I give it 5 out of 6.
The production was up to its usual high. The camera work did
a great job of setting up Clark’s new attitude by filming him from a
steeper angle than usual. The lighting contributed to this as well.
The directing, editing, score, etc. were competant, but not
spectacular. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this was an entertaining episode that merits
rewatching when it’s rerun. I give it 4 out of 6.
In total, Red receives 29 out of 42.