Smallville - Season 2 Reviews

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October 29, 2010
it so so interestind and my rating is 89
February 2, 2010
CAST:
Tom Welling as Clark Kent/Kal-El
Kristen Kreuk as Lana Lang
Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan
Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
John Glover as Lionel Luthor
Sam Jones III as Pete Ross
Annette O?Toole as Martha Kent
John Schneider as Jonathan Kent
Joe Morton as Dr. Steven Hamilton
Patrick Cassidy as Henry Small
Emmanuelle Vaugier as Dr. Helen Bryce
Camille Mitchell as Sherrif Nancy Adams
Rob LaBelle as Dr. Frederick Walden
Christopher Reeve as Dr. Virgil Swann
Terence Stamp as The Voice of Jor-El

Season 2 has a lot of great episodes to look over, this was the season that really got me into the show and opened my eyes to a time before Superman for Clark Kent. The first season was about Clark learning that he is not from Earth and how he has to deal with that. The second season brings about Clark learning of his heritage and what his future may have in store for him. Many notable episodes are featured here and a season long arc that comes back several times in future seasons are first explored here. We get the appearances of Superman legends Christopher Reeve(Clark Kent/Superman in the Superman films(1978-1987), Terence Stamp(General Zod in Superman & Superman II)and Patrick Cassidy(Leslie Luckabee aka Lex Luthor Jr. in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)to welcome in the new generation of the Superman story.
So here it is my season 2 episode reviews?.

EPISODE I: Vortex
Continuing from the Season 1 finale, we find Clark saving Lana and possibly flying. Jonathan and Nixon(Tom O?Brien) are trapped under a trailer and Nixon knows Clark?s secret. Lex once again avoids telling Clark about him knowing Nixon and the friendship begins to suffer when Clark finds out. Also Lex is confronted with whether he should let his father die or not, giving us a glimpse that an evil Lex is lurking somewhere inside. Lionel is also bought more into the cast as he develops blindness. Overall the episode does its job with resolving the previous episodes cliffhanger. However, it doesn?t seem to keep up the momentum from the last shot of the previous episode. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE II: Heat
Wow, what an amazing way to introduce Heat vision, Its been a few months since the last episode and Lex is getting married to a woman named Desiree Atkins(played by once soft core actress Krista Allen), who also is Clark?s new Biology teacher(anyone out there ever had a Biology teacher this hot?) . The special effects given to the heat vision is as impressive as the X-Ray effects. I do enjoy seeing some of the stuff the producers and company improve on from the films and TV shows of the past. 4 out of 5 stars {Deleted Scenes Available}

EPISODE III: Duplicity
Another great episode really helps to bring Pete Ross to the forefront of the series and gives him an important part in Clark?s life. This episode also continues with where the ship had gone and brings it back in the minds of audience as an important part of the story. Joe Morton returns for the last time and does an incredible job as Dr. Steven Hamilton, as he makes Lionel Luthor highly aware of the intrigue of Clark Kent and the ship. 4 out of 5 stars {Deleted Scenes Available}

EPISODE IV: Red
One of the best episodes of the season introduces Red Kryptonite(Red Meter rocks by this time). Its extremely fun to see Tom Welling portray this version of Clark, its not any version of Clark ever to be shown(in Superman III he?s mean, in Lois & Clark he?s immature). Sara Downing plays Jessie Brooks, the daughter of a man on the run for information he knows. I love her character and wished she would have stayed. She?s beautiful, sexy and very much the opposite of Lana and it would have been a good triangle dynamic. 5 out of 5 stars {2 Commentaries are available}

EPISODE V: Nocturne
Perfect example of how things aren?t always what they seem. Byron(played great by Sean Faris)is a hopeless romantic and has set his eyes on Lana. What?s deceiving about this, is while, he is an extremely nice boy, he has another side to him, that is the complete opposite, the only way he can shelter this side is to stay out of the sun light. Another aspect that is deceiving is at the start of episode we find Byron?s father Mr. Moore(played by Richard Moll)in a very scary light, but as the episode progresses we find out that he was only trying to help. Martha begins a working relationship with Lionel Luthor and a very interesting story arc begins through this. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE VI: Redux
Crap episode in my opinion, the whole rapidly aging youth sucker thing has been done before in other series in other ways. The only part of the episode that really makes it watch able is Principal Reynolds(played by Richard Gant) giving a hard time to Clark and his brief back story with Lex and Lional. Also Clark gets to meet his Grandfather, but is saddened to find out that his father and Grandfather have a bad past that has not healed. Lana in the meantime finds out that her father may still be alive, when she finds a photo of her mom with a different man. 2 out of 5 stars

EPISODE VII: Lineage
Great episode, definitely a great companion piece to the pilot and 2nd episode. Chloe has continued to snoop into Clark?s private life and it has caused one of Lional?s old flings to resurface(Rachel Dunleavy played by Blair Brown), claiming to be Clark?s mother(making Lex his half brother). He also finds out that Lional was in charge of the adoption and what happened on the days following his arrival on Earth. I enjoyed this episode very much, it was fun to see the flashback scenes and really delve into the beginning moments in the Kent lives after Clark?s arrival. Lana also has a rather upsetting encounter with Henry Small. The main story is touched upon again later on as Lional?s son Lucas is found. 5 out of 5 stars

EPISODE VIII: Ryan
Amazing writing, amazing acting and just overall a great episode Ryan James returns as Ryan and he really brings it home. it?s a sad part of life that you can?t save everyone, some things are just out of your hands, Clark learn this here. I love how it resonates with the scene in Richard Donner?s Superman when Jeff East as Young Clark Kent ask himself, ?All that strength, all them powers and I couldn?t even save him. ? The music in the episode, especially the end fits well with the theme of the episode. Dr. Garner(Martin Cummins)is introduced in his slimy way. Also Chloe and Lana move in together when Lana?s Aunt Nell(Sarah-Jane Redmond)wants to move to Metropolis with her new fiancÚ. Definitely an episode to watch. 5 out of 5 stars

EPISODE IX: Dichotic
Well now we are back to the formula that started the series out. Jonathan Taylor Thomas is actually quite good in the episode, as an over achiever named Ian, who we discover can split himself in two, thus being able to accomplish double the work load. An out of the blue story begins as Lex is sent to anger management classes after an out burst toward a meter maid. Here we meet Dr. Helen Bryce. 4 out of 5 stars {Deleted scenes available}

EPISODE X: Skinwalker
Well here is the beginning of Smallville?s first really big Seasons overlapping story arc, Skinwalker. This episode definitely puts a new spin on the already familiar origin tale?by creating a whole new beginning. I actually quite enjoyed the arc that this episode starts, but the episode itself is just watch able, as the episode feels very much like it was just there to begin the arc. Tamara Feldman is quite beautiful, but her character is very uninteresting, she doesn?t seem to have much chemistry with Tom Welling. Gordon Tootoois plays Professor Joseph Willowbrook and does a very good job, it?s a shame he wasn?t written into more than two episodes. The Lan/Heny story continues as they find out they are in fact Father/Daughter. 3 out of 5 stars


EPISODE XI: Visage
Sad episode in a way, but also pretty good in the way it is delivered. Eric Johnson returns as Whitney Fordman, having been sent to war. Johnson does a great job in the position he is given in this episode, I won?t spoil the revelation, but we do get the return of an old villain. Lex also discover some unsettling news about Dr. Helen Bryce and the relationship starts to ripple a bit. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XII: Insurgence
Great action and great story for this episode. It takes the Die Hard meets Smallville concept seen in S1?s ?Jitters? and adds a skyscraper(making it more like Die Hard). Tom Welling does exceptionally well in this episode, as he has to face his fear of heights when he jumps over 200 feet from the Daily Planet to LuthorCorp(great effects shot I might add). The dynamic between Lex and Lional continues here as it is the reason we are watching these events. Martha also discovers that Lional may have ulterior motives for hiring her and Jonathan decides to take the initiative against the Luthors. 5 out of 5 stars.

EPISODE XIII: Suspect
I love this episode, the story telling from various points of views was done very well, making the footage appear dreamlike as each person was telling their sides. This would be Mitchell Kosterman?s last episode as Sheriff Ethan and it?s a sad send off, but memorable. The music heard when Lional is shot is incredible, I have the S2 Companion Book and they failed to note the song heard, but its extremely powerful piece of music. NOTE: This is the episode I believe Lional regains his eyesight, after a fall like he had, a traumatic experience like that can cause things like that to happen. 5 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XIV Rush
Another fun episode to mark on the watch able, but not essential to see category. Seeing Pete and Chloe on a fearless tangent is fun(especially with Super Sexy Chloe), but the best part is having red meteor Clark return, even for a short while. Dr. Walden is introduced here. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XV: Prodigal
What started in ?Lineage? comes to head here, as Lex finds his half brother Lucas(Paul Wasilewski) in Edge City(The Mask anyone)and makes an elaborate ploy to overtake his father. This episode is fun to watch, but it really makes you wonder what was real and what was part of the plan. Lucas Luthor betrays Lex and Lional various times and you never know which betrayal was part of the plan. 3 out of 5 stars
{deleted scenes available}

EPISODE XVI: Fever
Martha is dying and Clark is sick with the same symptoms, but no one knows what it is. That?s the gist of the episode and it plays very well. We discover how powerful Clark?s ship is and we see the lengths in which Pete will help his friend. Jonathan and Clark also discover the miracle Martha has been keeping. Dr. Bryce also becomes more involved in the Kents lives as she makes a startling discovery. Chloe also opens her heart up. 4 out of 5 stars {deleted scenes available}

EPISODE XVII: Rosetta
This is the pinnacle of how great Smallville can get, its not just because Christopher Reeve guest stars or even the John Williams ?Krypton? score being heard throughout, its how the writers have treated the source material with the respect, while giving their own spin on the lore. The episode advertisements centered on the fact that Reeve was guest starring, but that is just a trickle of what is shown here. Dr. Walden becomes more of an important character in this episode(which will pay off on the 2nd to last episode of the season). We alo manage to get a piece of information that will not resurface unil later seasons, so pay attention. 5 out of 5 stars. {2 Commentaries available}

EPISODE XVIII: Visitor
Now that Clark is aware of the planet Krypton, we move on to a classic S1 type story, but with a new twist, he?s somewhat a hero too. Clark finds out that fellow classmate Cyrus Krupp(Jeremy Lelliott)is super smart and believes he?s an alien. This episode spends most of its time trying to figure out whether he?s crazy or telling the truth. This episode was a bit of break from the arc this season was exploring, although there are mentioned stuff that has been discovered, it really is just a stand alone. Lex and Dr. Bryce move in together, but it appears that Bryce is getting a bit nosey. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XIX: Precipice
Sheriff Nancy Adams has arrived, I love this character, she is always getting in Clark?s way, but she?s just a great Sheriff, she has that no-nonsense type of attitude(reminds me of Perry White). Clark gets into trouble when he assaults 3 frat boys for trying to rape Lana. What bothers me with this is Clark never goes looking for trouble, it appeared out of character for him to follow the assailants after they left. However, this does make Lana a more capable character as she begins to study self defense. The main story revolves around Dr. Bryce?s ex-fiancÚ Paul Hayden(Anson Mount) and his obsession with her. This is actually quite an interesting story as it struggles with the issue any protective boyfriend goes through when the person they love is in trouble. Michael Rosenbaum does exceptionally well in this area. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XX: Witness
Well we had Home Improvements? Jonathan Taylor Thomas on the show(Dichotic), now we have Home Improvements? Zachary Ty Bryan to appear in another classic S1 type episode. Unfortunately it doesn?t work as well. This is just another episode like S1?s ?Kinetic? where the villains ingest(instead of Tattoos laced with Kryptonite) Kryptonite to gain their abilities. Lana?s relationship with her father is also put on hold(this was probably done just to knock that out of the show). Chloe also develops a huge spiteful attitude toward Clark in a moment of weakness. 2 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XXI: Accelerate
Another throwaway episode, but one that really strikes the sympathy cord. Lana?s is plagued by the appearance of a childhood friend named Emily Dinsmore (Jodelle Micah Ferland), who died when they were very young. The actress playing Emily has done a very good job in the role ad plays the role innocently, but unsettling at the same time(like how the role of Damien Thorn was played in the original version of The Omen). This episode once again amplifies how monstrous Lionel really is, cloning a child. 3 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XXII: Calling
The first part of what could have been aired as a two part S2 finale has begun. Dr. Walden awakens from his coma, Clark begins to get deafening sounds from Jor-El and the ship and Clark?s blood has disappeared from Dr. Bryce?s office. Chloe also begins to change her attitude towards Clark & Clark and Lana start a relationship. This episode is pretty good, it begins to answer all the questions set forth throughout the season and even starts asking new ones. The fight at the end between Clark & Dr Walden last for about 2 minutes, but it makes an impression. 4 out of 5 stars

EPISODE XXIII: Exodus
What is better than a hero getting his rewards? Having to watch him struggle as it I taken away, that?s what. Clark?s life is finally together and with the voice appearance of his father becoming more and more frequent he begins to grow desperate to stop it. Lex and Dr. Bryce are getting married, but run into one more problem, while Jonathan finally excepts Lex as a friend. Chloe makes the ultimate deal with the devil after being spurned once again by Clark. All the elements are put forth in this episode and we find ourselves intrigued with a cliffhanger that leaves you hanging for 3 months. 5 out of 5 stars {deleted scene available}

SOUNDTRACK SONGS FROM THIS SEASON I HAVE:
Tomorrow by Avril Lavigne
A Little Less Conversation by Elvis Presley
Hot in Herre? by Nelly
Underneath It All by No Doubt
The Anthem by Good Charlotte
I Just Wanna Be Love by A.M Radio
Fight Test by The Flaming Lips
Themes from Superman: The Movie by John Williams
Don?t Forget Me by Red Hot Chili Peppers
I?m With You by Avril Lavigne
Wasting My Time by Boomkat
Don?t Dream It?s Over by Sixspense None the Richer
Wave Goodbye by Steadman
Inside Out by Vonray
Lonely Day by Phantom Planet
Nuclear by Ryan Adams
TRIVIA:
Christopher Reeve is best known for playing Adult Clark Kent/Superman in the 4 Superman films(1976-1987).
Patrick Cassidy played the illegitimate son of John Shea?s Lex Luthor ; Leslie Luckabee in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman(1993-1997)
Terence Stamp has played General Zod in Superman: The Movie(1976), Superman II(1981) & Superman II: The Richrd Donner Cut(2006). He?s also played in Elektra(2005)as Elektra?s training mentor.
Richard Moll played the voice of Matt Hagan?s Clayface in the DCAU(Batman: The Animated Series(1992-1995), The New Batman Adventures(1997-1998) & Justice League: Unlimited(2002-2003))
Writer Jeph Loeb has written several comic books for Superman, Batman and The Flash
Red Kryptonite in the comics has various effects on Clark, making the results unpredictable
Coast City, where Martha Kent says her parents retired too is the home of Green Lantern
Hub City as shown in ?Ryan? is the home of The Question
The symbols seen in the course of the series from Krypton are the real symbols used and created in the comics.
The original incarnation of Superman had him able to leap really high, but not fly. This is first incorporated in the episode ?Insurgence? and has been used more frequently since S4.
Edge City is the home of The Mask/Stanley Ipkiss
February 23, 2005
I love this season, it has a lot of different dynamics and climaxes and the last episode leaves you wanting more!
February 22, 2005
this season was really great. I like how Clark and Lana look together. I love every episode in this season. Very Highly Recomended.
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