Season 6 Episode 17


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 22, 2007 on The CW
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Clark and Chloe find an escaped Zoner named Titan who is the star of a secret fight club that puts its death battles on the internet. Lois can tell that there is a story and goes to investigate, where she is put in the ring to fight. Clark goes in as a super-powered fighter to take on Titan but ends up against a different opponent instead.moreless

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  • The Smallville writers and producers generated one of the worst episodes of the series, burdening the cast with violence, brutality, cynicism, gore, and sanctimonious posturing.

    This repellent and disappointing episode could have been developed like this - someone in the Smallville production cadre decided to pander to the "wrestling" crowd, and found several locals involved in that activity and wrote a script for them. That turned out to be a poor way to produce any kind of story that would do honor to the Superman legend. The violence, brutality and death is disgusting, and the CW network on one hand glorifies it, then preaches to us about how awful it all is. This is not the first S-Ville episode that exhibits this type of hypocrisy - another example of sub-demographic-group pandering was to the street racer crowd in "Velocity" in season 3, both low-rated episodes.

    In a sudden departure from the murder-wedding-loss-of-Lana episode last week, it's quite a come-down to insert an episode about repellent internet- based fight clubs, and the sleazy people that populate these civilization-free zones. Nothing to admire here. The preview scene has a ruthless wrestler tearing up an arena, sending everyone running in a flurry of smoke, fireworks, blood, and violence. Maybe he's just too tough, but one of the fighters is Clark! Is it a Zoner threatening him? "Time to die, Kryptonian," Brutus says.

    Martha questions Clark about a string of citizen's arrests of criminals, what does Clark know? He know a lot - "They were meteor-infected." She warns him about justice meted out in this manner: Clark isn't ready to hear it. He's turned to heroics, possibly to supress his feeling of great loss - as the Lana-Lex wedding comes up again.

    Clark and Chloe are disgusted by the fight club scenes on the net, even murder takes place; Chloe tries to find the source of the feed. They see that one of the fighters, Titan, has Kryptonian tattoos - a Zoner. Clark will have to settle this.

    Lex and Lana's honeymoon trip was canceled over Lana's concern for the baby's health. Lex offers Lana a celebration, instead of their trip. Is Lana pulling away already? Lex is understanding on the surface, but secrets lie beneath.

    Chloe is at the Talon, as Clark blows in. She's found some leads to the fight club; one of the dead fighters was an inmate at Belle Reve. Several victims have been found, and they figure Titan is a kryptonian warrior and fight clubs are right up his alley. Lois pops in, saying the Chupacabra (an urban legend creature featured in tabloids) could not be found, she didn't get a story, and her editor is miffed. She need a story for the Inquisitor, but gets no help from Clark and Chloe.

    But something was left in Chloe's trash; Lois finds an image of Titan, and recognizes a logo on his shirt - it's a military facility - FR-44. Lois has those investigative skills...and she's off to the old hangar, wearing red vinyl, ready to play fight girl.

    She's found by an overly-tough female fighter, exploited here for her physique and piercings. Lois claims to work at a local club, then risks a few flash photos in the fight ring, as she steps in smears of blood from previously-killed competitors. This gorefest is inappropriate and beneath the production values and standards that were established years ago for Smallville. Lois is detected, the two "ladies" engage in a kick-fest, Lois wins round one, then the manager shows up with a gun, and she's effectively a prisoner.

    Chloe has found that the fight club honcho is the "executive administrator" at Belle Reve, Richter, (but his compay profile lists him as "administrative clerk") giving him an unlimited supply of meteor freaks to use at the fight club. Chloe refers to Titan as our "jolly mean giant," so the writers managed to come up with one humorous line in this depressing story. Clark decides he must do battle with Titan, to the death, as he feels responsible for loosing this monster from the Phantom Zone. Is hand-to-hand combat really the only way to end this menace? If you're determined to portray Clark Kent as a brutish combatant, it is.

    Lex is plotting again - in checking security videos of various Luthorcorp facilities around the world, he sees they are being compromised by a hooded figure - his nemesis, the Green Arrow. This is a bit of a follow-on to the "Justice" episode in which Oliver Queen and friends set out to disable those facilities. Lex discovers Lana on the floor in pain. In her bi-weekly stay in Smallville Medical Center, Lana awakes, desperate to know if the baby is all right; Lex has called in another doctor (to replace Dr. Langston whom he murdered last week), but Lex has to tell her they lost the baby.

    At Belle Reve on a foggy night, Clark confronts Richter, saying he wants to fight. He provokes Richter into pulling a gun, which he fires at Clark, who simply catches the bullet. Such a display of powers in front of an inconsequential person is out of character for Clark. Now Richter is interested, and takes Clark to the hangar for round one. Clark wants Titan, Richter says no, offering another adversary - of course, it's Lois, and we are not surprised. Clark fries the internet feed transmitting equpment with heat-vision, then gets into a bloody and disgusting battle with Titan, who has recognized Clark as Kal-El. Clark wins, if you can call barehanded murder a victory.

    Lex is looking for Titan, so we learn of Lex's involvement in Belle Reve meteor freaks and their fighting, but he learns that Titan is dead. Who could have taken Titan down? There's no video left of who who did it, fortunately for Clark. Titan wasn't human, according to an autopsy.

    Clark looks through more crater photos, realizing that more Zoners may be loose, as Martha steps in to tell him Lois will be all right. Clark questions whether it was an accident to kill Titan - how is he different from them, he wonders? Martha replies - regret, remorse...these feeling make Clark human. He still wonders how Lana could marry Lex. Did someone influence her? Martha advises letting it go, or the anger he feels will always be there.

    Lana is devastated by her loss, isolating herself in the nursery, where Lex tries to comfort her. She tried to call Dr. Langston, she says, but was told that he was killed in a car accident; Lex feigns surprise, shocked that Langston was killed the day they were married. Why is all this happening, she wonders, her life feeling out of control. He tells her to let go also. She wants her medical files from Langston's office; Lex promises to get them.

    In the final scene, Lex has the confidential files on Lana's pregnancy - he slowly burns them the fireplace.

    This is a truly awful episode, and it's disappointing to realize that well-respected stars such as Welling and Durance apparently didn't draw a personal line on how low they will go as actors. Surely this schlockfest was not necessary for their contracts or careers, perhaps they didn't know just how bad it would be until the final scenes were edited. Someone should have known and told them. Even a disaster of an episode has a few redeeming scenes, but in this one, all you need to know is that Lana lost the baby. Then you don't have to bother ever watching it. Re-run rating - F.moreless
  • Titan vs. Man of steel

    This episode was very good, especially that fight scene between Clark and Titan. I was pumped, I actually got up from my couch and was shouting, "Get it, Get it! Kill him Clark!!" I know in reality, Tom can't defeat him without a miracle. Lana lost her "baby" and of course Lex lied about the Doctor that helped him fake Lana's pregnancy. Lex is stepping more into the dark side and Clark is still upset that Lana married Lex and is determined to find out why he married him in the first place. A lot of drama is evolving. Hope Smallville does it right in the upcoming episodes.moreless
  • Clash of the Titans...Sorta!

    Combat-Clark and Chloe find an escaped Zoner named Titan who is the star of a secret fight club that puts its death battles on the internet. Lois can tell that there is a story and goes to investigate, where she is put in the ring to fight. Clark goes in as a super-powered fighter to take on Titan but ends up against a different opponent instead.

    Besides one of Smallville's most elaborate fight sequences, "Combat" has nothing much going for it in terms of storyline or any sort of depth what so ever! The whole underground fight club has been done in so many TV shows and films that it's not even somewhat interesting on Smallville. It seems all this episode was is a build up to the big showdown between Clark and Titan, which just hurts the episode in the process. Titan proves to be yet another under-developed, poorly acted Zoner whose just waiting to be defeated by Clark. Also, what's up with these WWE wrestlers playing these Phantoms? No wonder they suck as villians. Also the guest stars are pitiful, especially Ashley Massaro (Athena) who looks like a buffed up pornstar who needs work, HA! Also, Lois is used poorly in this episode, dressing up in a very tacky red leather suit and getting knocked out in the end. Well, at least she beat up Athena! Go Lois!

    Back to the fight, which is virtually the only good part of the episode just because it's the only Smallville fight that lasted longer than 1 mintue, I timed it! It's a real brutal and intense fight that sees Clark actually FIGHTING for once instead of tossing his opponent away and then they're dead. Clark's ruthlessness throughout this episode was a breath of fresh air as he was very Superman-esqe and took command of the screen. I'm glad losing Lana actually was great development for Clark as we don't get to see this side of him often. Also, the lost of Lana's baby makes for a sad storyline. Kristin Kreuk gives a heartbreaking performance as Lana is devasted but Lex's reaction makes it seem like he had the child killed. Could it be that the child was do dangerous to be born? We'll see... All and All, "Combat" is senseless entertainment with only a great fight scene and some nice acting to make it decent overall.moreless
  • For all the haters of this episode, you claimed you wanted to see Clark fight like a man - and well he did! Clark kicked ass!

    Clark and Chloe find an escaped Zoner named Titan who is the star of a secret fight club that puts its death battles on the internet. Lois can tell that there is a story and goes to investigate, where she is put in the ring to fight. Clark goes in as a super-powered fighter to take on Titan but ends up against a different opponent instead - Lois. The fight scene was really good and the special effects were excellent. The alien baby died and Lex destroying all evidence was a dark moment which I loved. And that lesbian fight club person got her ass kicked by Lois!!moreless
  • Awesome Clark is pissed off that Lana married Lex and he just wasnts to hit something and joining a foght club is the best way to do that.

    Awesome Clark is pissed off that Lana married Lex and he just wasnts to hit something and joining a foght club is the best way to do that. I liked this episode cause Clark actually fights in this episode in other episodes he justs pushs people with his super-strengh and i saw alittle of superman in him. the action and fighting were superb and Kane was vicious but as always the kryptonians wins again. Kyptonians rule Kyptonians Kyptonians rule Kyptonians rule Kyptonians rule Kyptonians rule Kyptonians rule. Athena was hoooot Kyptonians rule Kyptonians rule Kyptonians rule Kyptonians rule Kyptonians rule vmoreless
Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Glen Jacobs

Glen Jacobs


Guest Star

Ashley Massaro

Ashley Massaro


Guest Star

Judith Maxie

Judith Maxie

Dr. Allbright

Guest Star

Benjamin Ayres

Benjamin Ayres

Security Guard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • At the beginning of the episode, the guy comes in and talks to Athena while in the background we hear the start of the Lois/Clark fight get announced. The guy says Titan showed up and the fight will soon be over, and then the alarms go off. But later in the episode when we see the actual fight, Titan doesn't arrive until after the Lois/Clark fight is announced and his arrival appears to be unrehearsed and after the alarms start.

    • Why can't Chloe record the video feed of the death match? She's an experienced hacker, on her own computer at home, and there are several ways to record a computer image simply by capturing it through a video card output.

    • Why does Chloe close her eyes during the fight, with nausea and/or disgust? At the point where she's watching, there are basically two men punching each other, no worse than on an average TV wrestling program. Plus she's seen far worse while hanging around Clark, getting attacked by krypto-mutants, seeing people turned into wax statues and shattered, etc.

    • After the opening titles there's a message which reads "46 Hours Earlier." However, as we all can perfectly see, the scenes before the opening titles happened during the night while Clark and Martha's dialogue happened during the day, making the time counting wrong. In order to be correct the only possibility was if the message had some number over 48 in it.

    • Around the end of the episode, Clark is back in the barn talking with Martha at his desk. When he stands up you can see that he has left his Tim Hortons - Roll up the Rim to Win coffee cup on the desk. Tim Hortons is an extremely well-known Canadian chain of coffee shops that at the time were only in Canada.

    • Near the end of the episode, one of the photos Clark is looking at reads "Las Santos, Ecuador". Since 'santos' is a masculine noun and 'las' a feminine article, it should read instead "Los Santos" or yet "Las Santas."

    • During the fight that Chloe and Clark were watching online, some of the closeups on the fighters were at such an angle that the camera would've had to have been in the ring with them. Clearly, from wide shots, there were no cameras anywhere in the ring.

    • Trivia: Chloe and Clark watched the fight online on a fictional Web site at Note the name: T1T4N (leet talk of Titan).

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Chloe: Clark! Slow down!...I don't have enough money to hire a full-time maid to clean up every time you decide to blow in.

    • Chloe: Clark, he can kill you.
      Clark: Not if I kill him first.

    • Richter Maddox: You scared me. Where did you come from?
      Clark: You wouldn't believe me if I told you.

    • Richter Maddox: Uh, you must have me confused with someone else. It happens, I have that kind of face.
      Clark: Come here. (pushes Maddox against his car) I know about the fight club. I know you're not only using patients from Belle Reve. I want in.
      Richter Maddox: Ow. Okay, look. The only place I could get you into is a psychiatric facility.

    • Martha: Clark...I know how difficult Lex and Lana's wedding was for you, but ever since that day, it's like you've become another person.
      Clark: Why? Because I'm not distracted by my feelings for Lana anymore? That I can finally focus on what I really need to do?
      Martha: Sweetheart, you should never consider what you felt to be a distraction. Love is a natural human emotion.
      Clark: Then maybe my mistake was having those feelings at all. I'm not human, Mom, it's time I stop pretending to be.

    • Chloe: I'm starting to think that, uh, super-sleuthing might be my latent krypto-power.

    • Clark: The tattoo on Titan's arm. From what I could tell, it said he was a warrior, enhanced for combat. Ever since he's been here, he's been looking for a fight.
      Chloe: Then what better challenge for a brawl-loving Zoner than a rumble at a krypto fight club?

    • Lois: Is that a story?
      Chloe: No.
      Lois: Okay, normally, I would be hands-off, but this puppy needs a bone. Please, cuz. I'll owe you big-time.
      Chloe: There's no story for the Inquisitor here, Lois. It's just a dead end.
      Clark: I'm sure after a shower and a cappuccino, you'll come up with something in no time.

    • Lois: Come on... help a girl out? I'll leave your name at the front door. You can watch my act. I do a killer Stars-and-Stripes routine.
      Athena: I've always been a sucker for a girl in boots.
      Lois: Lucky me.

    • Richtor Maddox: Hey, what do you think of the name "The Man of Steel"?
      Clark: "Man of Steel"?
      Richtor Maddox: Yeah, I give all the fighters their monikers. Trust me, kid, it's a name that no one's ever going to forget.

    • Clark: I'm not going to punch you, Lois.
      Lois: Fine. Then you take the dive.
      (she lands a punch, but she recoils at the pain in her hand from punching Clark in his stomach)
      Lois: That is not just a six-pack under your shirt. That's a steel kegger.

    • Clark: (to Titan) You don't belong here.
      Titan: You're the one that doesn't belong.

  • NOTES (8)


    • Chloe: So I think I found our Vince McMahon wannabe.
      Vincent K. McMahon is the chairman and majority owner of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). Glen Jacobs (Titan) and Ashley Massaro (Athena) are both currently working for the WWE.