Let me start by saying how frustrated I get with the writing on Smallville sometimes. With a character such as Clark Kent/Superman, there should be no shortage of story possibilities, however, time and time again their are episodes that are just lazy blatent ripoffs of other things. Take the episode "Mery" from season 5, it is laughably ripped straight from the script pages of the Saw movie franchise. This lastest episode "Rabid" is just another example of that. Anyone who has seen the zombie movie 28 Days Later can tell you, that the begining of this episode and the overall plot was just an utter hachet job on the movie. From the very first scene of Clark awaking alone in a hospital bed and then walking outside only to find their is no one around is just verbatim. It annoys me when they do this, cause it is starting to become a trend with their writers, and its just lazy uninspired writing.
The only redeeming thing in this episode was the very first inception of Clark and Lois working together, only to have Clark make an excuse to step away for a second to go save the day. That 30 second scene was the only bright spot in an otherwise awful episode. That superman-eques dynamic is what the writers need to focus on. And please, for the love of God, stop with the pop-culture ripoffs. I swear, if their is even a vampire Twilighty themed episode, I may just be done.