Smallville

Season 7 Episode 20

Arctic

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 15, 2008 on The CW
8.7
out of 10
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823 votes
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Lex goes to the Fortress to fulfill his destiny, while Lana awakens from her coma and Chloe is arrested by the government.

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  • Lex's finale

    9.5
    Even though Lex comes back later, this is really, truly, what is considered his final appearance, and it's a crying shame. Michael is one of the best actors of the show, and always brought something to each season. I loved how he left, but I wish he didn't leave three seasons in his shadow, because there's no way Tess Mercer can meet that quota that Lex delivered, it's just impossible. Oh well. Very decent episode all around though.moreless
  • Anti-climatic

    9.0
    The stupid government took away Chloe just as Jimmy proposed - so sweet and I bet she would have said 'Yes'. Anyway, a really good finale that felt like every over season finale except the last two minutes! I mean WTF??? There was no "TO BE CONTINUED" title card at the end, the last moments were not satisfactory as a season finale because I didnt understand what was going on. Usually I get why it says "TO BE CONTINUED" like last season with the whole Bizarro vs. Clark thing but come on - it makes no sense! Or is it just me....?moreless
  • The end of an era

    7.5
    Smallville closed a major chapter with Arctic.Following John Glover's unfortunate departure in Descent,the show lost 3 more series regulars in this one.Kristin Kreuk and Michael Rosenbaum decided not to renew their contracts while the new showrunners decided Laura Vandervoort's Supergirl character had run it's course.We are into half of season 8 and while i can live without the two female absentees,it's nearly impossible to view a Smallville episode without Lex Luthor.Such was Michael Rosenbaum's affect on the show.On the other hand,i will also miss Laura Vandervoort's presence.She is a very attractive woman and even if she had a slow start,she tried to play her role convincingly.This episode might have been her finest hour.She very much resembled James Masters' Brainiac in her maneurisms. The episode itself wasn't that great.In fact,by season finale standards it was poor.It wasn't lacking in action but it was seriously disjointed.They gave themselves so much to do that they didn't have a chance of tying everything up successfully.They might have been better off if they had offloaded some of the Brainiac stuff in the previous episode.That way they could have dedicated more time in Arctic for the Veritas storyline.Instead what we got was Clark dealing with Brainiac,confronting Lex,breaking up with Lana and getting closer with Lois all in one episode.Too much.Now that Bride has just aired i am happy to say that in season 8 the writing has improved greatly and is much more balanced.It's a shame the new producers didn't have the chance to have more input in Season 7.It would have given the departing characters a more rewarding send off.moreless
  • Whoa.

    10
    A lot of shocking things happen in this episode, it was all put together nicely, first it was Kara wasn't herself. She was Braniac! Clark finally killed someone on purpose. I am so glad he did that. Lana is alive & well and leaving, Lana's goodbye video was so sad. Seeing Clark fall in to Lois' arms like , whoa. Lana is such a B*** for leaving! How can she just leave Clark with just a goodbye video. Jimmy proposes to Chloe!? And then she gets arrested. Lex & Clark have a showdown in the fortress. Kara gets sent to the phantom zone. An amazing cliffhanger, one of the best! Cannot wait for the eight season!moreless
  • Rating applies to the whole seventh season, but also to this episode. I am not gonna shed a tear when the current writers leave the show.

    1.0
    From day one I have recorded and watched each episode, purchased the 6 dvds, and pretty much remained loyal. But I think this was the year they beat us over the head with advertising placement mixed into the plots too deeply, particularly the stride gum episode. I felt as if they didn't care any longer where things were heading and rather than develop better story lines they cashed in at our expense.



    Season seven started out with a great episode, Bizarro, and I thought was a great start to the season. Followed up by Kara which also was a good episode. Then they inserted advertising inside for Toyota (Yarus). And also let the stories drift and most of the next episodes seemed like an old rehashing of previous years...Fierce had meteor freaks entering the Miss Sweet Corn Pageant, etc. While I was surprised to see Dean Cain in the next episode it just didn't tie in well. Still nothing was a bad as the Stride Infomercial they did with Pete's return. I am not buying this season's Dvd because of this episode alone.



    Pretty much the season went down hill from there, and it brings us to the Season Finale, which as many people have pointed out was a HUGE let down. Lana leaves a taped message for Clark?! Choloe is taken into custody because super-sharp Jimmy reneged on Lex, DUH! We are left with a fortress that has caved in on Clark and Lex and the image of Kara trapped in the Phantom Zone.



    Season eight is going to require some much needed writing to win back people. It would almost be better to start from Season 5 or 6 and make the other seasons that followed like the shower scene that Bobby had in Dallas...It was all a bad dream.moreless
Robert Picardo

Robert Picardo

Edward Teague

Guest Star

Adam Lolacher

Adam Lolacher

DIS Agent

Guest Star

Julia Benson

Julia Benson

Nurse

Guest Star

James Marsters

James Marsters

Brainiac

Recurring Role

Ari Cohen

Ari Cohen

Lex's Bodyguard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • When Brainiac explodes, Clark is not standing in the same spot/position as he was before Brainiac blows up.

    • When Clark asks Chloe to play the black box audio again, and when he asks Chloe to play the remaining audio, the same footage of Chloe clicking the mouse and looking at the monitor is used both times.

    • Why did Clark let Chloe face Kara alone? Her argument that the Kryptonite would affect Clark was valid, but surely he could've been nearby watching the whole thing from a safe distance with his X-ray vision. Just because Chloe had kryptonite didn't guarantee her safety even without the knowledge that Kara was Brainiac in disguise.

    • On Edward Teague's Argentinian passport, the day of birth reads: 16th Junio (June). The "th" expression doesn't exist in Spanish; the proper way of writing it would be "16 de Junio."

    • Trivia: At no point in season 7 did Clark use his super-breath ability. This makes this the first season that he did not use all of his powers at some point throughout it.

    • Lex smashed a hole in the stone fixture above his fireplace to uncover the device in "Quest" yet it appeared undamaged in this episode.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Lex: Who am I to turn my back on my fellow man? Especially after you turned your back on me? I'm sorry, Clark. But you are the Traveler. You hold the future of the entire planet in your hands. I'm here to take it back.
      Clark: Lex...
      Lex: You'll never threaten the world again... Kal-El.

    • Brainiac: This is a simple matter of self-preservation. When I couldn't kill you, I knew I had to control you.
      Clark: I'm in control now. And you will release Chloe! You'll release Lana!
      Brainiac: The only way to save them would be to kill me now, in cold blood. Which goes against everything you stand for. You could never deliberately take another man's life.
      Clark: You're not a man. You're a machine.

    • Lana: (to Clark) I need you... but the world needs you more.

    • Chloe: (pulls kryptonite out on Kara) Why isn't it working?
      Kara: Check the expiration date?

    • Kara: You know, for the last surviving member of a secret society, you're not a very good liar.

    • Jimmy: I found out something about those mystery expeditions he's been sending to the North Pole.
      Lois: Either he's planning a hostile takeover of Santa's workshop, or he's doing something illegal. And since I'm sure Lex isn't into the Christmas spirit, what's the scoop.

    • Jimmy: Look, Lex, I would really like to help, but lying, it's just, uh, you know, it's not my thing. It's eating me up. It's actually… it's making my stomach hurt.
      Lex: Well it's never too late to learn a new skill.

    • Kara: Why is it every time I bring up Veritas, people seem to suffer from sudden amnesia?

    • Brainiac: (to Chloe) I'm impressed. I wouldn't have thought a member of your weak-willed species, especially a friend of Kal-El's, could ever use kryptonite against his cousin.

    • Jimmy: You know what? Maybe I should… yeah, I'll carry you upstairs.
      Chloe: Jimmy, we're climbing the stairs to the Talon, not scaling the mountains of Tibet. I'm fine.

    • Lex: (looking at the Fortress) I must admit, Clark. This is a big step up from the barn.
      Clark: It's not what you think, Lex. You don't understand.
      Lex: For the first time, I think I do. You see, you live among us as a mild-mannered farm boy. But secretly, you're a strange visitor from anther planet, plotting our demise.
      Clark: That's not what I'm doing at all.
      Lex: It's a brilliant disguise, Clark. You don't even need a mask.
      Clark: I'm not your enemy, Lex. I've never done anything to hurt you.
      Lex: You didn't trust me. With everything you had, with everything you could do, did you ever think about what we could have accomplished together? I would have helped you become a hero.

    • Chloe: Jimmy, I realize that I was the one that was just in the ICU, but you seem to be the one with marred motor skills.

    • Kara: I'd always thought the Traveler was meant for good. Even he thinks he is. When I went home to Krypton, I learned the truth about his fate. He won't save mankind. He'll destroy it.
      Lex: Who is it?
      Kara: Don't you already know?

    • Clark: Have you come into contact with red kryptonite--a ring, a necklace?
      Kara: I stopped wearing jewelry.

    • Lex: I loved you like a brother, Clark. But it has to end this way. I'm sorry.

  • NOTES (7)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Monday, May 26, 2008 10.50 pm on TVNorge
      Denmark: Monday, June 23, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday, August 14, 2008 on TEN HD
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 on E4
      Sweden: Friday, October 10, 2008 on TV6
      Greece: Sunday, November 30, 2008 on Star
      Czech Republic: March 12, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 27, 2010 on Markiza

    • Music: Perfect (Simple Plan), Ashamed (Orgy), Perfect (Michelle Featherstone), Enough is Enough (Homy)

    • These are Michael Rosenbaum, Kristin Kreuk, and Laura Vandervoort's last appearances as series regulars.

    • In the commercials advertising the latter part of this season, there was a very heavily emphasized clip featuring Lex, in full arctic-gear, approaching and discovering the Fortress of Solitude from the outside. That scene was absent from this episode, the only episode it could have occurred in. Presumably it was cut for time's sake.

    • John Glover is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Injoke: Lex's line "See, you live among us as a mild-mannered farmboy; but secretly you're a strange visitor from another planet, plotting our demise." references the opening lines of the animated Fleischer serials.

    • James Marsters is billed as Special Guest Star.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jimmy: So I guess wax on, wax off, we're even now, right?
      Referencing the 1984 movie The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morito. Morito's character trains his student by having him apply and take off wax from his vintage car.

    • Jimmy: We can have Breakfast at Tiffany's in the morning.
      Referencing the 1961 movie starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard, based on the novel by Truman Capote. Tiffany's is known for its fine engagement rings.

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