We’ve seen Zachary Ty Brian on Buffy and Jonathan Taylor Thomas on Smallville. Any bets on Taran Noah Smith appearing on a Fox show this season?

Cast

Tom Welling as
Clark Kent
Kristen Kreuk as
Lana Lang
Michael
Rosenbaum
as Lex Luthor
John Glover
as Lionel Luthor
Sam Jones III as
Pete Ross
Allison Mack as
Chloe Sullivan
Annette
O’Toole
as Martha Kent
John
Schneider
as Jonathan Kent

Written by Mark
Verheiden
.

Directed by Craig Zisk.

Original Airdate


Dichotic
originally aired on Tuesday,
November 19, 2002.

Synopsis

Jonathan Taylor Thomas guest stars as a person with incredible time
management skills.

High Point

It’s hard to choose. On one hand, kidnapping victims in this town do
not just sit back and wait for the cavalry. On the other hand, we’ve
seen an aspect of Lex Luthor for the first time that may contribute to
his eventual, inevitable future.

Low Point

Falling people aren’t hurt because the things they land on are
inanimate, they’re hurt because they stop so quickly. That entire
sequence needed to be completely rewritten.

The Review

There’s a limit on the originality when they recycle yet
another X-Files villain. (See Humbug from season
two.) In this case, though, they did do something different with that
concept. I give it 4 out of 6.

The effects were decent, but flawed. I really can’t think of
a way to make this stuff look natural. Instead of trying, I think
they should have reduced the lighting. There isn’t as much need to
make the close-up look good, and the shadow shot would have been
consistent with the way the close-up was lit. Lana also seemed rather
blurry when she was being shot from above near the end. I give it 3
out of 6.

The story, apart from the bit that made the “low point,” was
erratic. Some moments, including both attacks in the shop room, were
very well done. Others, like the “if you don’t have any facts” speech
and the “I expected more” speech felt forced and out of character. My
only other complaint was the lack of town and school reaction to the
death of a teacher, and an arson of the scene. Just how desensitized
are these people? I give it 3 out of 6.

The acting this week was one of the best aspects of the
episode. Strong work from the whole cast, including the previously
weak leads. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional reponse produced was moderate. There was
interest for most of the episode, and then frustration at a botched
ending. Apart from the bit in the “low point,” there’s also the fact
that there was a witness to Clark’s feats who seems to have left with
his memories completely intact, and nobody seems concerned. I give it
3 out of 6.

The production was the other category in which this episode
excels. The shop lab, including Clark’s project and its original shot
blocking, were very well made. I give it 5 out of 6.

Overall, it was an entertaining episode, but not a classic.
I give it 4 out of 6.

In total,
Dichotic
receives
27
out of 42.