Smallville

Season 1 Episode 13

Kinetic

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2002 on The CW
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  • Oh No, Whitney's in Trouble?

    5.4
    Kinetic-Whitney falls in with some former jocks who have kryptonite tattoos that give them the power to walk through the walls. Meanwhile, Chloe is seriously injured and Lex has his own plans.

    At this point, Whitney has been the most underused character so far (well, him and Pete!) But when the writers make you out to be the 1 dimensional high school jock, there isn't much to tell. I mean there's Whitney's whole drama with his father's illness, but there's nothing relatively interesting about the character. "Kinetic" sees the writers putting Whitney in the spotlight and trying deseperately to give him some character development. You got to feel bad for Eric Johnson as he never really had much to work with as Whitney. He's never been truly comfortable in the role and it's no wonder the character was dropped after the first season. But the character by episode ends seems rather unchanged to begin with and you just wish they just left him as just Lana's love interest. The freaks of the week this time are a group of intangible jocks who steal from Lex's mansion, leaving Lex and Clark to track them down. They're all very 1 note characters, especially the leader, Wade Mahaney who comes off as your cliche bad boy. Although, the special effects are very good with phasing through walls looking like a cool power. It also looking quite lethal like the scene where Wade puts his hand through Clark's chest and squeezes his heart. The more interesting parts of the episode is Clark dealing with Chloe's accident. It's a touching moment between the 2 characters as Clark becomes more protective of Chloe, even though it wasn't his fault. Also, I loved Lex taking charge after being robbed and his little promise at the end toward Wade and his gang was quite progressive in his dark nature. "Kinetic" has some nice sub-plot and developments, but it's quite a boring episode that tries too hard to make Whitney sympathic.
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