Smallville

Season 7 Episode 8

Blue

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 15, 2007 on The CW
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Clark hears his mother's voice trapped in Kara's crystal, and releases her. She gives him Jor-El's ring made of Blue Kryptonite, which strips him of his powers.

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  • Interesting, but was it really necessary?

    7.0
    While this had an interesting concept of bringing Lara El back to life and bringing Zor El back around for a can't really see any of that story interesting. Blue Kryptonite was, but it only removed Clark's abilities, something that happens in every season regardless. While taking away from the typical format was welcomed, the material was so-so. The end of the episode was amazing though - Kara losing her memory in Detroit and the Julian Luthor reveal,moreless
  • Jillian Luthor Lives!

    9.0
    This episode was going on alright, not really all that great until Grant Gabriel revealed that he's Julian Luthor. I don't know how the writers are going to explain how Julian lived after it was cleared that Lex's mother, Lillian, suffocated him in his crib. We learned Zor-el and Jor-el are sworn enemies and he tries to kill Kal-el. Also trying to kill Kara, but Clark made the sacrificed and broke the crystal and rid of Zor-el and his mother to save Kara. Kara disappeared into Detroit, losing her powers and her memory. Jor-el warned Clark and once again doesn't listen. When will Clark realize that Jor-el is protecting him? Now he has to pay the consequences. I wonder what it is. I guess we have to wait all the way at the end of January because of the writer's strike.moreless
  • Jillian Luthor lives.

    8.5
    Seemed pretty boring at first, but then when you find out Zor-El is alive, you get in to it. Unluckily Kara is in the episode & she turns on Clark and goes on her father's side, no surprise there. Yet there is another kind of kryptonite on the loose. and it is blue, which strips Clark from his powers. Surprised he didn't die. The final showdown in the fortress was amazing. And Kara is gone!? Hopefully forever. Definitely a cliffhanger. Seems like the episode "Wrath" never happened though. It turns out Grant is Jillian Luthor! That was breath taking. And Lois & "Grant" continue with their relationship recklessly, definitely worth it.moreless
  • Clark's desire to see his mother Lara looses on the Earth a dangerous Kryptonian, Kara's father. An office romance between Lois and Grant leads to a major revelation about Grant's identity.moreless

    7.5
    "Blue" continues several story lines from a couple earlier episodes, putting some good continuity back in the series. Clark's kryptonian mother Lara appears again, played well and effectively by Helen Slater. Most of the episode is kryptonian-based, with four extraterrestrials battling over the future of the Earth and the El family's destiny. Clark's desire to know Lara leads him back to Kara's blue crystal, which Clark found and hid in the barn in "Lara," two episodes back. The crystal's force calls him to the Fortress, where he defies Jor-El's admonition to put it aside.



    Lara's essence - or a replicant - we're not sure what - materializes in the Fortress, and Clark is completely convinced she is real. But activating the crystal also looses Zor-El, Kara's father, and the adversary in this episode. He's played by Christopher Heyerdahl, who comes across as intended - menacing and dangerous. When Clark brings Lara to the farm, Kara realizes that Clark has found the crystal and did not tell her. Lara warns that Zor-El's replicant is right behind her.



    And he is, flying into the barn to meet Kara, who is first skeptical of her father's intents, but wants to trust him. In his "Matrix" style outfit, he loses little time in revealing his true ambition - to wipe out the Earth and repopulate it with the descendants of Krypton's survivors. He sends her to the Fortress to wait for him, and then confronts Lionel, who is still Jor-El's vessel, and Mr. Glover's stunt double is tossed across the room, saved only by Clark's intervention. No explanation is given about how Clark knew to come to the Luthorcorp tower at just that moment, and the total screen time for Mr. Glover is about one minute, giving him just enough time to warn Clark that Zor-El is seeking someone named Lara.



    The sub-plot is about the budding romance between Grant Gabriel and Lois, but Chloe warns Lois about the appearance that she got her job and assignments based on her relationship with chief editor Grant, not on her journalism skills. Break it off before it breaks her career, Chloe advises.



    Clark hides Lara at Oliver's apartment, though she does not fear Zor-El. Replicant-Lara tells him his real mother already died, but Clark is overwhelmed by finally having even an illusion of her. Lana enters too, but gets only a short role in this episode. Lara gives Clark a victory ring from Jor-El, a family tradition, but when he puts it on, his eyes change to "Blue," showing some sort of transformation - and in the next confrontation with Zor-El, Clark finds he has lost his powers. Zor-El throws him onto a Porsche 924, telling him the blue mineral ring was known to have that effect - he knew Lara would give it to Clark . "Your destiny is to rule," he tells Clark, who rejects the offer. But he lets Clark live for Lara's sake.



    Back in the tower, Zor-El knocks Lana right out of the episode and takes Lara to the frozen north, leaving Clark to counsel with Chloe, Clark still insisting that Lara is "not a zombie," and believing that Kara betrayed him by revealing Lara's location to Zor-El. Hard to accept that he would believe anything Zor-El said, given his good relationship with Kara. His efforts to remove the ring are futile, until Chloe remembers the octagonal key from the spaceship. He will use this to reach the Fortress, an unseen trip that several reviewers thought was completely unexplained.



    A scene with Grant and Lex is very revealing - Lex insisting that Grant break it off with Lois - she's too curious. Grant wants his own life and decisions, but Lex insists. At the DP, they both are ready to end their unprofessional and inappropriate relationship, under pressure from others. Or they seem to be. Wait, one more lip-synch.



    At the Fortress, Kara awaits, and only learns about Zor-El's treachery when he and Lara return and he threatens to destroy Kal-El. His plan - begin eliminating those human pests through an artificial eclipse, a nice sun-sky special effect witnessed by Chloe and Clark at the farm. Lara and Kara attempt to end Zor-El's life with Jor-El's dagger, but her attempt is futile, and Zor-El determines to kill Kara. Clark arrives at the Fortress at that moment, with a chunk of kryptonite to disable Zor-El. But he must destroy the crystal and lose Lara in order to save Kara. He shatters it, and is left alone in the Fortress.



    Here ends an interesting parallel in this story - both Krypton-expatriates Clark and Kara long so much for their lost parents that they risk their own lives as well as others to have even a chance at a relationship - and with a replicant at that. It's a strong statement about familial bonds in this episode, but their desires are not to be - in fact, both will suffer major consequences for their actions. I see the writers admonishing both to grow up and relinquish the parent-child relationship, and find the love and support they need from among their own. Their past is painful, but they must let go.



    Kara's consequences appear immediately - she awakens in the middle of a rain-soaked Detroit street, and through a dialog with a store owner, we learn that she does not know who or where she is. A difficult wet-and-cold scene for Ms. Vandervoort, but played with skill. This creates an amnesia storyline for her for some future episode(s).



    Lana gives Clark counsel and support as he regrets his human-emotion-based decisions. Lana has similar misgivings over her own life and darkness, but Clark also gives her lovingkindness.



    At the DP, Lois loses the exclusive on the eclipse phenomenon to another reporter. But the appearance of a breakup with Grant is just that - they still plan to meet that night. Later, Grant claims to Lex that he has broken up with her, but is offended by Lex and his spying on him - now comes the big revelation. What is their secret? Lex is hiding the truth about Grant to protect him from Lionel - he is actually Julian Luthor! Another secret identity is revealed, and calls for much more clarification on this development.



    At the Fortress, Clark demands Jor-El's help on finding Kara - but the Voice refuses. Clark's defiance cannot go without consequences. Those will have to come in a future episode, as "Blue" ends with several hanging storylines. It's well-done, maybe even "adventurous," although the emotional impact is slight, partly because Clark lets his human desires overcome his judgment, leading to a threat to the entire planet. The epilog lets him consider his actions, but these second thoughts don't always lead to better decisions in the future. Progress toward destiny is sometimes painfully slow. For production values, script and an interesting concept, "Blue" is above average. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • Clark loses his powers..

    8.4
    "Blue" introduces us to the Blue Kryptonite that strips Clark of his powers. I liked Zor-El's plan to get the ring on Clark. It showed Clark's human weaknesses and how they'll always be a constant threat to him as he evolves into Superman.



    More importantly than this, the episode also reveals that Grant Gabriel is actually Julian Luthor, which is a revelation that I absolutely loved.



    Kara also gets sent to Detroit with a free memory wipe to boot, which is nice because... she really doesn't have much to do other than look hot, which she does incredibly well.



    "Blue" holds up as one of the better entries in the pre-strike run and is worth a watch.moreless
Helen Slater

Helen Slater

Lara-El

Guest Star

Christopher Heyerdahl

Christopher Heyerdahl

Zor-El

Guest Star

Angela Moore

Angela Moore

Detroit Waitress

Guest Star

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Michael Cassidy (VI)

Grant Gabriel

Recurring Role

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

The Voice of Jor-El

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The Dagger had gibberish Kryptonian on it. It spells out.... R T D S M E.

    • As established in "Memoria," Julian Luthor was born in 1992. That would make him 15 here, which is clearly impossible.

    • Kara's crystal looks very different in this episode than it does in previous episodes. In "Lara" for example, the crystal was rather thin, and had ribs, or finger grips. Here, it is much thicker and the grips are missing.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Lois: (asks Chloe) Hey cuz, what's the latest headline?
      Chloe: Busy writing story...
      Lois: Looks like someone woke up on the right side of the bed this morning.
      Chloe: (hints that Lois slept with her editor) At least I woke up in my own bed.

    • Chloe: Blood and sweat on Clark Kent are never a good combination. Hey, listen, a little advice. Until your wedding day, refrain from wearing rings of any kind.

    • Chloe: Hey! Hey! Hey! I know the blue K is seriously cramping your style, but you don't have to grind your finger off!
      Clark: Chloe, I don't know what else to do. It's unbreakable.
      Chloe: Okay, look, considering what all the other flavors of kryptonite do, being normal may not be such a bad thing.

    • Lex: Look, for all I care, you can date every girl from the copy room to the boardroom, just not Lois Lane.
      Gabriel: I don't get it. What's wrong with Lois Lane, other than her bad spelling?
      Lex: The woman has an insatiable curiosity. It's only a matter of time before she connects the dots.

    • Chloe: Lois, gossip spreads faster than a bad rash. And sooner or later, people are gonna start scratching, assuming one thing--Lois Lane jump-started her career on her managing editor's Diehard battery.

    • Lara: I thought I would never see you again. It's... it's like a dream.
      Clark: A dream that started out like a nightmare.

    • Lois: What genius invented the keyboard? I mean, how hard would it have been to put the letters in alphabetical order?

    • Clark: Lana, we all make mistakes. I'm living proof of that. It's how we come back from our mistakes, that's what matters.
      Lana: How do you come back when you feel like you're at the point of no return?

    • Zor-El: Kal-El, the blood of the House of El runs through your veins just as it does mine. As much as you want to deny it, your destiny is to rule. And we can do that together as a family.
      Clark: You're not my family.
      Zor-El: If you weren't Lara's son, I'd end your life right now.

    • Gabriel: A compromising page 1 pic of our philandering mayor needs two eyes, a nose, and a mouth.

    • Zor-El: You're just as stubborn as my brother. Soon you could be just as dead. If you value your life, tell Kal-El to trust his uncle. You'll be better off in the end.
      Lionel: Kal-El is following his own destiny. I will do nothing to stop his course.

    • Clark: I saw what you did to Lionel. You don't want to save anyone.
      Zor-El: The weak must be sacrificed for the greater good. Something your father could never understand. He could have saved Krypton if he wasn't such a feeble-minded pacifist.
      Clark: Jor-El did the best that he could.
      Zor-El: Yes. And where is he now? What is he now? A voice. I'm here, in the flesh. Ready to serve my people.

    • Lara: (to Lana) You're worried I'll discover the darkness you're concealing. Don't let it overpower the goodness. You must fight it.

    • Clark: This is why I need you to give me a ride. I need to get this ring off my finger and go to the Fortress.
      Chloe: Look, Clark, my Yaris gets awesome mileage, but I seriously doubt it will get us all the way to the North Pole.

    • Lana: You grew up on a planet of human beings. It's okay to feel. Your emotions are part of who you are.
      Clark: Yeah. They're more dangerous than kryptonite.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Aaron Ashmore is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Terence Stamp is credited as Special Guest Star.

    • Helen Slater is credited by character name.

    • Kara mentions that she has been surfing with Jimmy while on a trip to Coast City. In the comics, Coast City is the home of Hal Jordan, Earth's Green Lantern. It's also an important city in Superman's history as well, as it was the city that was destroyed by the Cyborg-Superman, one of the four men who claimed to be Superman, resurrected after his battle with Doomsday.

    • Blue Kryptonite has appeared in the comics. However, its effects are quite different from that in this episode. Pre-Crisis, Blue Kyptonite hurt Bizarro like Green Kryptonite hurts Superman. Post-Crisis, it makes Bizarro speak normally and makes him kindhearted. Throughout the comics Blue Kryptonite does not appear to have any effect on Superman.

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Norway: Monday, February 25, 2008 10.50 pm on TVNorge
      Denmark: Monday, May 12, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday, May 22, 2008 on Ten HD
      Greece: Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 16.45 on Star
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 10.00 pm on E4
      Sweden: Friday, July 18, 2008 9.00 pm on TV6
      Belgium: Saturday, September 27, 2008, 18.10 on 2BE
      Germany: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 9.00 pm on RTL 2
      New Zealand: Friday, March 13, 2009 22:30 on TV2
      Czech Republic: February 24, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 12, 2010 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Chloe: You said it was bad but I didn't expect Raging Bull bad.
      Referencing the nickname of boxer Jake La Motta, immortalized in the 1980 movie Raging Bull.

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