Yay midseason, yay! Ok honestly, I thought I was going to do one episode a week and this would take a while, but luckily Rerun Reviews is moving at a brisk pace. So now we come to three episodes that can best be described as Clark really trying to hide the fact he has powers. These are typically some of the better type of episodes of the earlier season, as there was a sense of tension and fear that someone would indeed find out and blab Clark’s secret, heightened by the fact that at the time no one knew other than his parents. These were the episodes where you hoped that Clark would put on some type of disguise and we would see the roots of what would become Superman. Unfortunately that did not happen for a long time. So, what we get out of “Jitters”, “Rogue”, and “Shimmer” are three relatively good genre tales that allowed the writers to spread their wings and play with the characters a little.
“Jitters”, as remembered by eleven-year-old Scott, was a very confusing episode and even rewatching it today raised more questions than answers. This was the hostage situation episode as former Luthorcorp employee Earl wanted answers to why he had the meteor rock shakes. Meanwhile, Jonathan and Martha were stuck with the always enjoyable Lionel Luthor as they dealt with the hostage situation from the outside. It’s always enjoyable to watch Clark figure out just how much he can use his powers without exposing his secret and “Jitters” does this in spades. The way Clark subverts both Lex and Earl in their search for Level 3 is really enjoyable and plays up the best elements of a hostage situation scenario.
Like I said, this episode brought about a lot of questions, mostly how the hell did Earl, played by Candyman himself Tony Todd, get into a highly secured facility. I mean no one attempted to stop him after he escaped from police custody; they had to know where he was going. The episode also drew some nice parallels between the Luthors and the Kents as the closing shot of Lex looking over at Clark really displayed how fundamentally different their upbringings were. On a similar note, it was nice to see Whitney not be a completely outrageous douche on the field trip and try to be a hero. It was one of those Flash Thompson moments that you grow to appreciate.
Overall a solid episode
Final Grade B+