Smallville: Season 3 (2003 - 2004)

Season 3

Critics Consensus

Smallville's third season sometimes succumbs to the series' kryptonite of incredulous plot twists, but inspired use of Superman's iconography and Michael Rosenbaum's smarmy take on Lex Luthor continue to delight.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 193

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Air date: Oct 01, 2003

Clark becomes involved with a crime lord (Rutger Hauer) while under the influence of red kryptonite; Jonathan takes drastic measures to bring Clark home.

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Air date: Oct 08, 2003

After Jor-El grants Jonathan temporary superpowers, he and Clark engage in a battle atop the LuthorCorp building; Lex must determine who arranged his plane crash.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2003

Clark gets shot with a kryptonite bullet while protecting Lex.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2003

Clark dreams he is being pursued by a girl who desperately needs his help, then learns she is a real girl trapped in a coma; Lionel demands that Lex undergo a psychological evaluation before hiring him.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2003

A tabloid journalist (Michael McKean) arrives in search of stories about aliens from outer space but soon devises a scheme to expose Clark's superpowers.

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Air date: Nov 05, 2003

Lana's great-uncle shows her a 40-year-old picture of a drifter who looks exactly like Clark; a medallion allows Clark to see flashbacks of his father, Jor-El, engaged in an illicit love affair that ends in murder.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2003

A rebellious Lana lands in jail after she becomes attracted to a fellow student (Kevin Zegers); Clark discovers that Lana's new friend has magnetic powers that can move objects and alter emotions.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2003

Clark does not know whether to believe Lex's wild rants after Lionel claims his son has suffered a psychotic breakdown and should be institutionalized.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2004

Lex plots his escape from the mental institution after learning he is going to be subjected to electroshock therapy at his father's behest.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2004

Clark is temporarily blinded but develops superhearing to compensate for his lack of sight; Clark struggles to master his new power.

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Air date: Jan 28, 2004

Clark and Lana both inexplicably try to kill Chloe after receiving mysterious e-mail from the Sommerholt Institute; Lana decides to rent the apartment to Adam.

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Air date: Feb 04, 2004

Clark's schoolmate Jordan, who can see the future, predicts that Lana will soon die in a fire; Chloe, suspicious of Jordan, investigates his background.

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Air date: Feb 11, 2004

Thugs threaten Pete's life after he deliberately loses a street race; Jonathan's deal with Jor-El begins to take a terrible toll.

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Air date: Feb 18, 2004

A new girl at school has powers of her own and becomes possessive of Clark; Lana asks Lex to investigate Adam.

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Air date: Feb 25, 2004

While Clark's father awaits surgery, a boy at the hospital straps a Kryptonite bomb to himself and demands that Jonathan's liver go to his ailing brother.

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Air date: Mar 03, 2004

Clark gets a prophetic phone call and learns of Adam's (guest star Ian Somerhalder) plan to shoot Lana.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2004

Clark suspects Jor-El is causing Jonathan to withdraw from his family; Lionel's true motives are revealed when he and Dr. Swann (Christopher Reeve) strike a deal.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2004

Clark must find an antidote to a deadly truth serum before Chloe figures out his secret or dies.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2004

Lex joins an experimental program involving memory, hoping to recover information about his father's past.

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Air date: May 05, 2004

When a Kiwatche Indian (Nathaniel Arcand) steals a mythic knife from the caves, he is bestowed with superpowers similar to Clark's, causing the young man to believe he is the legendary Naman.

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Air date: May 12, 2004

Clark decides to tell Lana his secret so they can finally be together; an errant FBI agent (Gary Hudson) kidnaps and tortures Pete to try to force him to reveal Clark's secret.

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Air date: May 19, 2004

A beautiful girl with superpowers, claiming to be from Krypton, tries to entice Clark into fulfilling his destiny; when Clark seeks advice from his parents, he is stunned to learn about the deal Jonathan made with Jor-El.

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Cast & Crew

Tom Welling
Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk
Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum
Lex Luthor
Sam Jones III
Pete Ross
Allison Mack
Chloe Sullivan
John Schneider
Jonathan Kent
John Glover
Lionel Luthor
Camille Mitchell
Sheriff Nancy Adams
Gary Hudson
FBI Agent Frank Loder
Lorena Gale
Dr. Claire Foster
Tim Henry
Private Investigator Mason
Martin Cummins
Dr. Lawrence Garner
Daniel Bacon
Agent Tobin
Françoise Yip
Dr. Lia Teng
Kendall Cross
Jessica Kent
Brock Johnson
Edge's Blonde Thug
Alfred Gough
Executive Producer
Miles Millar
Executive Producer
Michael Kattleman
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Critic Reviews for Smallville: Season 3

Audience Reviews for Smallville: Season 3

  • Jul 26, 2020
    Not as seamless as some of the seasons but it is a blast and brings some nice surprises.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    Another fun outing with changes and charecter development. Who'ss only major problem is sticking with the somewhat stale by this point stop Lionel Luther plot.
  • Jul 07, 2019
    the addiction of jor-el makes this a great season i really enjoyed his back story
  • Nov 23, 2018
    Packing heart, visuals and much better writing 'Smallville': Season 3 makes for a huge improvement over the first two seasons for sure. (8/10)
  • Mar 05, 2017
    There comes a point in every TV show when the viewer needs to feel invigorated and fresh about watching the show. No matter how much a person likes a certain show, it is nice to keep having milestone moments to keep the passion alive. For me, this happened during the Third Season of Smallville. Now, don't get me wrong, I would have watched the Third Season if it would have been terrible, but nothing of the sort happened. In Season Three, Smallville cements its reputation as one of the greatest shows of our time. It takes all the plot threads of the previous two seasons and builds them into a crescendo that covers almost the entire Third Season! The highlights: -Under the influence of red kryptonite, Clark runs away from home and heads to Metropolis. -Lex is pushed to the brink (or over?) of insanity. -Metropolis crime boss Morgan Edge takes an interest in the Luthors and the Kents. -Perry White of the Daily Planet is introduced. -The return of Christopher Reeves and what side is he really on? -Will Lex ever regain his mind? -A Krypton girl (Kara) claims to have all the answers Clark is looking for. -Lionel Luthor shows his true allegiances. -A surreal season finale, in which the bedrock of the Smallville community is shaken to the core. Through all those great plot threads, the strength of Smallville is still its character development. My favorite single episode of Smallville, Relic, airs in Season Three. In Relic, actors Tom Welling (Clark) and Kristin Kreuk (Lana) play characters from Smallville of the 1960s. Though the characters of "Lana" and "Clark" do not apply in that time period, it is still fascinating to see Welling and Kreuk interacting with one another portraying different characters. In conclusion, Season Three of Smallville really expanded the show in new and better directions. I am anxiously waiting the Season Four DVD set through the mail, where I have no doubts the show will continue to expand its horizons.
  • Sep 09, 2014
    The series hits it's stride - with all characters fully developed.
  • Dec 03, 2013
    The third Smallville season is pretty much more of the same but a bit of a more action packed flavour. It is good that they continue a quality standard here, but the series needs to evolve.

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