This is a great episode IMO. This episode has not only a Villian FOTW, but a good one as well! This plot offers retrospect with Lex and Clarks friendship,which is also big in this episode. Also this episode is big for Chlark-fans,which I will explain later.
Clark- This episode reallly shows the good in him. Knowing Kyles a good man while everyone is saying hes bad,and him still sticking with his opinion. The various saves he does this episode is awesome. I like the allusion the writers made between Clark and Kyle. Kyle chooses to use his powers for good instead of hiding, really develops Superman IMO.
Lana- This episode is where I started to develops feelings of hatred for Lana. While the last episode focuses on Clana growing,this episode shows them seperating. I suppose this is a good thing, as it allusion's to them not being togther in the comics. But did you really have to make Lana unlikeable to do it? Her b*tching at Clark really got on my nerves.
Lex- While Clark was allusioned with Kyle,Lex is allusioned with Bob. The whole episode shows Lex's dislike for Bob, with him never shaking his hand. The Climax is epic IMO, with Lex going commando on Clark and Kyle. Boy do I love the scene where Lex is firing that SMG. It really shows what Lex will become with great acting by Micheal Rosenbaum. The ending with Lex and Clark in the loft houses one of my favorite lines in Smallville history. "Trust me Clark. Our friendship will be the stuff of legend."-Lex
Chloe- While this episode started my dislike for Lana,it really grew Chloe in my favor. The episode shows her first real team-up with Clark, and she is one of my favorite sidekicks of all time. Plus where she kissed Clark isent that bad either ;)
Kyle Tippet and Bob Rickman- Really liked this storyline. Plus I really liked Kyle and I wished he would have appered in the series later. Once again I have to say this is the stongest Lex-Clark allusion the show has ever done. The end was well done as it showed good will always prevail againest evil.
A fantasic episode! While the beginning is kinda slow,the episode quckily picks up. Again,a must watch and nice change to your average FOTW stuff.