The fat teenager Jodi Melville (Amy Adams) is obsessed to lose weight. She feels reject by most of her schoolfellows with the exception of Pete Ross, who defends her. Near to the Lana Lang's birthday party, Jodi submits herself to a radical diet, eating only vegetable planted in her father's greenhouse, but with soil full of kryptonite. Her body immediately achieves a wonderful shape, but Amy has a huge and uncontrollable starvation and need for fat as the side effect.
"Craving" is another great episode of this excellent TV series. Director Philip Sgriccia, of "Metamorphosis", balances the action with the dramatic situation of Jodi Melville, and the frustrated romance of Clark Kent with Lana Lang, and the result is one of the best episodes up to now. The special effects with the character of Jodi Melville are amazing. I liked the conclusion of this episode, when the original and unique gift of Clark Kent is disclosed. My vote is nine.
In this episode, Clark has a new villain who is not particularly evil. Jodi (Amy Adams) is overweight but begins a new diet, by only drinking veggie drinks. She doesn't realize the vegetables are grown in soil that contains the meteor rocks and thus she rapidly losing weight and can't stop eating.
This episode's visual effects are what is primarily shown. As Jodi loses weight, her appearance visually changes in front of your eyes. She doesn't have an evil trait in her, but when she gets to a point of where she can't stand it, her character is no longer very innocent. She tries hard to keep loyalty to those who chose to be nice to her (like Pete) but struggles.
As Clark confronts her, he struggles to convince her to seek help because he's weakened by the nearby kryptonite. It's a very inspiring episode to those people who are overweight. It's also very inspiring and I think eye-opening to people who believe they are superior for being skinny. Count your blessings and don't put people down for any reason, is the morale I get from this episode.
Special effects are still present in this one, as Clark uses his powers of super-strength, super-speed, and X-Ray vision and even invincibility. I thought this episode showed more of a darker, edgier side to it and thus is not meant for kids to watch it. Especially when Jodie's mouth extends like a snake. It's quite disturbing.
Lana's relationship with Clark suffers a setback due to his destiny of needing to save people. Lex builds his friendship with Clark and Lana, and Martha shows how good of a mother she is to Clark. It's a very captivating episode in plot-sense. It's got everything any Smallville fan could want, once again. It's consistent, inspiring and a deeply developed episode.
The way Smallville was in the beginning (and so also in this episode) is a bit tiring but serves a purpose. The thing I mean by ''the way it was'' is the fact that every episode had it's own drama where someone from the general population became affected by the kryptonite in one way or another. And because of the fact that a different person became the ''villain'' in each and every episode, each episode could also tackle it's own issue.
I definitely feel like this episode tackles some questions regarding eating disorders and the general meant health of teenagers. Because even though a bulimic or compulsive eater wouldn't go out and eat a deer that they just hit with their car, this episode still captures those chaotic moments where it all goes down (trust me, I would know).
Another great thing about this early-on style is that it shows that anyone can turn bad under the right (or maybe wrong) circumstances. Yes, I know what you're thinking; ''it's the kryptonite, it's not a real thing''. Well, yes, but it's never JUST the kryptonite is it? In this case it's her dieting that leads on to this dilemma, and in other cases it could be some other situation that the character finds themselves in.
Enough hypothetic ramble. Conclusion; this episode is good and the early stages of Smallville was boring but still got to some kind of point.
This episode was OK. It didn't feature much towards the overall plot with Clark discovering who he's meant to be. It was more mutant-of- the-week centric. The mutant in this episode was pretty freaky as it was a girl who couldn't lose weight so she starts drinking green shakes...of the meteor rocks from the soil in her greenhouse. She realizes that through that she becomes skinny but has to keep eating.
A side story they had was Lex wanting to fund research into the meteor rocks to find out if anything else besides the meteors came down 12 years ago. He is getting closer to Clark's secret bit by bit. Love Lex's story.
I like the Lana/Clark relationship. He is really trying to get in Lana's favor. He missed her birthday party but he got her a present that she deeply wanted. He really listens to Lana and wants to make her happy. He is really Superman.
While this episode is by all means not the best of the first seven episodes, it still is interesting and takes Lex down a path of obsession that will maddeningly compel him even to "Smallville" in the present day, through six seasons.
Jodi Melville (Amy Adams) is an ugly, fat teenager with no confidence. Due to her exposure to mysterious green substances, she acquires the ability to drop calories at an alarming rate- giving her a beautiful look and figure- but at the same time, acquires the obsession to eat large amounts of food in order to replenish the thousands of lost calories. So much in need for any type of food, she becomes willing to even eat deer on the road, and near the end of the show, eat a human in order to feed her hunger. Clark is able to stop this problem amidst an exploding building, while Whitney informs his girlfriend Lana that he has been accepted to Kansas State on a football scholarship. Meanwhile, Lex discovers all of the strange things that have occurred in Smallville the last 12 years and seeks Dr. Hamilton to discover if anything else in particular happened that fateful day.
The contemporary plot is just OK, but the threads near the end of the show are its biggest draw.
Before "Smallville" got its wings late in season two, each episode was more of an exercise in "Krypto-freak-of-the-week," primarily showcasing the young Clark's encounters with others affected by the meteors that came with him to Earth.
This episode was no deviation from the then-norm; however, it has fantastic special effects: the believable "fat suit" that actress Amy Adams wears at the start of the installment, the scenes of her rapid weight loss, her attack on an interested suitor, the great use of pyrotechnics at the show's end, and an early look at how the Kryptonite is effecting her appetite.
It is the latter that really is a totally-engrossing image as the actress bends over the carcass of a deer and proceeds to devour it.
No other episode in the show's long run can come close to the shock factor of that one alone.