Smallville: Season 2 (2002 - 2003)

Season 2

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Air date: Sep 24, 2002

Over a decade ago, a meteor shower brought destruction to the unsuspecting citizens of Smallville, Kansas. Since then, strange events have occurred, apparently because of the meteorites, which accompanied a spaceship carrying a toddler who grew into a teenager, Clark Kent (series star TOM WELLING), in the care of his adoptive parents, Jonathan (series star JOHN SCHNEIDER) and Martha (series star ANNETTE O'TOOLE) Kent. Jonathan, Martha and Clark carefully hide the fact that Clark possesses unearthly powers, even from his best friends and classmates Chloe Sullivan (series star ALLISON MACK)--the intrepid investigative reporter for the Smallville High Torch--and straight-talking Pete Ross (series star SAM JONES III). Clark struggles with his feelings for both the beautiful girl next door, Lana Lang (series star KRISTIN KREUK), and the more receptive Chloe.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2002

Clark goes into hiding after he discovers his startling new power that quickly gets out of control and accidentally harms Lana. Meanwhile, a sexy new teacher, Desiree Atkins (KRISTA ALLEN), uses meteor-enhanced pheromones to convince Lex to marry her and then spellbinds Jonathan. Clark must learn how to control this new ability in time to prevent Jonathan from killing Lex.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2002

After one of his friends discovers Clark's spaceship in the cornfield, Clark defies his parents' wishes and reveals his secret to the person--who gives him a shocking reaction. Meanwhile, Lex clashes with one of his scientists, Dr. Steven Hamilton (recurring guest star JOE MORTON).

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Air date: Oct 15, 2002

When the school unwittingly uses red meteor rocks in its class rings, Clark experiences a new meteorite effect: Stunning his friends and family, he becomes a rebellious and dangerous teenager who uses his powers for malevolence instead of good. Jonathan and Martha scramble to find an explanation for Clark's behavior before he exposes his true identity to the world. Meanwhile, Lana is drawn to the "new" Clark, who openly declares his love for her.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2002

Clark becomes concerned when a mysterious poet, Byron Moore (SEAN FARIS), leaves love notes for Lana at her parents' grave. Clark warns her to stay away from Byron, but she is intrigued. After a mishap, Clark and Lana befriend the elusive boy and find out that he sneaks out of his house, where his parents keep him locked up in chains. They become determined to save Byron--but he has a dangerous secret.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2002

Because the farm is in financial trouble, Martha asks her estranged father, William Clark (GEORGE COE), for help. Clark is thrilled at the prospect of meeting his grandfather, but Clark's forced reunion doesn't go as planned because of an argument between Jonathan and William. Meanwhile, Lana discovers an old photograph that suggests her father may still be alive.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2002

A mysterious woman, Rachel Dunlevy (BLAIR BROWN - "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"), visits the Kents and claims to be Clark's mother, prompting them to finally tell Clark what happened after they discovered him in the cornfield that fateful day. Clark learns why his father hates the Luthors, how his adoption was arranged--and who else has rescued Lex from death.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2002

Clark tests the limits of his powers to save his young telepathic friend, Ryan (recurring guest star RYAN KELLEY), from an evil doctor who wants to control the boy's abilities. Meanwhile, Lana's aunt and guardian, Nell (recurring guest star SARAH-JANE REDMOND), tells Lana that she plans to move the family to Metropolis.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2002

When Clark tries to warn Lana and Chloe about Ian (JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS - "Home Improvement," "Wild America"), an overachieving student who is surreptitiously dating both girls, they accuse Clark of jealousy. But Lana and Chloe realize too late that Clark was right. Meanwhile, frustration with his father causes Lex to become enraged and attack a parking officer's car with a golf club. Forced to attend anger management class, Lex meets an interesting woman, Dr. Helen Bryce (recurring guest star EMMANUELLE VAUGIER - "My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star").

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Air date: Nov 26, 2002

While dirt-biking with Pete, Clark falls into a cave and discovers two hidden treasures: ancient Native American inscriptions that hold the key to his identity and a beautiful girl whom he believes to be his soul mate. Desperate to preserve the writings, Clark pits father against son by enlisting Lex's help in stopping Lionel's construction crew from demolishing the cave.

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The legend continues to grow stronger in the second super season of Smallville. Throughout the season's twenty-three episodes, Clark Kent grapples with his calling as he explores his true origins: was he sent to Earth to save humanity or destroy it?

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Critic Reviews for Smallville Season 2

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Intelligent plumbing of these fundamental questions of identity and purpose has given Smallville a deeper dramatic resonance than the DC comics or the several Superman movies.

Feb 12, 2020 | Full Review…

Season two smartly expands the show's storytelling capabilities while staying grounded in coming-of-age high-school plots.

Nov 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Consistently good, the series finds its high point in Rosetta, an episode which showcases a cameo from Christopher Reeve.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The show really starts hitting its stride and starts doing some cool things with Superman.

Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Lex gets his own supervillain: his icy industrialist father Lionel (John Glover), who makes Machiavelli look like a pushover. One last highlight: Christopher Reeve guest stars as a scientist privy to Clark's secret in "Rosetta."

Nov 18, 2016 | Full Review…

It's an hour of poignant moments, surprise twists and still more references to the Superman mythology.

Sep 23, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 2

  • May 03, 2021
    Taking the core origin and supporting cast (family, friends, romance), this season added more clarity to all the components of young Kal-El's life. It interjected more minor twists building each character, Kal-El's powers, new romances. It was one of the series strongest seasons.
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Thanks to the best Lex Luthor adaptation in history and an extremely "human" Clark Kent, Smallville may be the best Superman adaptation ever.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    Everything that was great in the first season is amped up. With the acting improved and better effects. It also starts expanding on story and superman mythology.
  • Aug 26, 2019
    Smallville is Back and with a Sophomore season that improves on the misses from season 1. With heartfelt stories, strong acting, a beautiful Christopher reeves cameo, and a season Finale that will leave you crying and with your jaw dropped.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    a better season for sure intense epic would geta full 5 stars if not for the filler
  • Nov 23, 2018
    An improvement over Season 1 but packs quite the problems despite that. (5/10)
  • Aug 14, 2017
    One of myh favorite show off all time season 1 to 10 was amazing
  • Mar 05, 2017
    The Second Season of Smallville begins immediately where the thrilling Season One left off. After the great premiere episode, the show resumes its more "normal" (if you can call it that) episode formats of meteor freaks. However, a few episodes into the season, the show really starts to change...instead of focusing on a "freak of the week", it hones in on the Kent Family, Lana Lang, Chloe Sullivan, Pete Ross, Lex Luthor, and Lionel Luthor. This change is for the better, as the character developement is off the charts. Here is a preview of Season Two (without any key spoilers): -Clark is introduced to red kryptonite, which makes him wildy aggressive, as well as developing heat vision. -Pete Ross learns something that will change his life forever. -The Clark/Lana/Chloe relationship triangle takes more turns than a Six Flags rollercoaster. -An ancient set of caves are discovered on the outskirts of Smallville, possibly holding the key to Clark's history. -Lionel Luther has an unfortunate accident, and the dynamics of his relationship with Lex become even more strained. -Lex finds romance with a doctor named Helen, but does she really have his best interests at heart? -Christopher Reeves makes a spectacular mid-season appearance that will shock the Smallville universe. As you can see, with all those plot threads going on at once, there was little room for meteor freaks in Season Two. All TV shows must change over time, and Smallville changed for the better. Season Two was twice as good as Season One, once again containing a finale that will have you racing to your nearest retailer (or the Internet!) to buy Season Three!!
  • Jan 18, 2016
    Season two makes a big step forward on Clark Kents origin, and introduces more intriguing storylines and villains, but ultimately leaves you wishing for a little more.
  • Sep 09, 2014
    The legend grows... painfully.

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