Smallville

Season 1 Episode 18

Drone

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 30, 2002 on The CW
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Clark gets into a class election and one of his opponents is a krypto-mutant who can control bees. Meanwhile a reporter from Metropolis visits to do a story on Lex.

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  • Great Episode

    10
    Class elections are being held, and Pete Ross nominates Clark Kent. Apprehensive at first, he soon takes to the idea. A rival candidate, Sasha Woodman, does not appreciate the competition and sends out swarms of bees to take care of the other competitors. The bad bees soon become dissatisfied with Sasha Woodman and turn on her. Lionel Luthor has a journalist write a scathing expose on Lex Luthor, but Lex Luthor has it buried when he has the journalist promoted to editor. Lana Lang gets cut-throat with the Talon, and reports the rival coffee shop, The Beanery, to the health board.moreless
  • Buzz Off!

    6.6
    Drone-Clark gets into a class election and one of his opponents is a krypto-mutant who can control bees. Meanwhile a reporter from Metropolis visits to do a story on Lex.



    Well it's nice the writers finally made an episode that utilized the high school setting as it was getting far fetched that Clark, Chloe, Lana and Pete were actually freshman in high school! While "Drone" is light on storyline and plays more for entertainment, it's still nothing more than your run of the mill filler. The class President storyline is actually pretty good, that invovles some witty banter between Clark, Chloe and Pete as Pete forces Clark to run in the race. It reminds me of the movie "Election" with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Klein with all the politic hijinks going on throughout the episode. I also liked that Chloe wasn't all for Clark's campaign and wanted to vote for a candidate that would benefit the school more. It's nice little development that shows grow and maturity in their friendship.



    Shonda Farr is beyond hilarious as Sasha Woodmana, a dorky overachieving student and one of the runners in the class president race. Continuing the similarities with the movie "Election", Cassandra is very reminiscent of Reese Witherspoon's character in that she will do anything to win the race. But unlike Reese's character, Cassandra is also a meteor freak who can control bees and uses them to attack the other runners of the reace so she can win. It's this part of the storyline that hurts the episode as bee attacks are rather ridiculous and your thinking, "couldn't the writers have come up with a better threat for Cassandra to unleash?" One scene in particular where Cassandra has the bees go after Martha is unintentionally hilarious at how poor the CGI is for the swarm of bees. Although, the scene where Felice's face is covered by thousands of bees is well done and disturbing scene. Lex's sub-plot is also entertaing with Marguerite Moreau as an investigative reporter named Cassandra Castle. Both actors work well together and it's great seeing Lex outsmart the character, especially when he reveals she's a reporter. "Drone" is just your average Smallville effort with some nice guest stars and politicial hijnks to make it watchable.moreless
  • Buzz Off!

    6.6
    Drone-Clark gets into a class election and one of his opponents is a krypto-mutant who can control bees. Meanwhile a reporter from Metropolis visits to do a story on Lex.



    Well it's nice the writers finally made an episode that utilized the high school setting as it was getting far fetched that Clark, Chloe, Lana and Pete were actually freshman in high school! While "Drone" is light on storyline and plays more for entertainment, it's still nothing more than your run of the mill filler. The class President storyline is actually pretty good, that invovles some witty banter between Clark, Chloe and Pete as Pete forces Clark to run in the race. It reminds me of the movie "Election" with Reese Witherspoon and Chris Klein with all the politic hijinks going on throughout the episode. I also liked that Chloe wasn't all for Clark's campaign and wanted to vote for a candidate that would benefit the school more. It's nice little development that shows grow and maturity in their friendship.



    Marguerite Moreau as beyond hilarious as Cassandra Castle, a dorky overachieving student and one of the runners in the class president race. Continuing the similarities with the movie "Election", Cassandra is very reminiscent of Reese Witherspoon's character in that she will do anything to win the race. But unlike Reese's character, Cassandra is also a meteor freak who can control bees and uses them to attack the other runners of the reace so she can win. It's this part of the storyline that hurts the episode as bee attacks are rather ridiculous and your thinking, "couldn't the writers have come up with a better threat for Cassandra to unleash?" One scene in particular where Cassandra has the bees go after Martha is unintentionally hilarious at how poor the CGI is for the swarm of bees. Although, the scene where Felice's face is covered by thousands of bees is well done and disturbing scene. "Drone" is just your average Smallville effort with some nice guest stars and politicial hijnks to make it only watchable.moreless
  • School elections find Clark running for President, against a meteor-mutant classmate who can control swarms of bees, and uses them to thwart her competition.

    7.0
    A meteor-mutant classmate tries to dominate the class elections, and we find she can control a swarm of bees. These bees are a bit weak in the special effects department, and not very scary. Shonda Farr plays a one-dimensional (too intense) part as the beekeeper, while Chelan Simmons, playing glamour-candidate Felice, has nothing to work with but silly Mean Girl stereotypes. Nothing subtle here. The side story has Marguerite Moreau playing a Metropolis reporter out to get the story on Lex, first luring him with a phony problem with her red Mustang (never happens to me!), but Lex reads her ulterior motives quickly, then drives off in his silver-blue Ferrari (plates - "Lex 1") Ms. Moreau, as reporter Cassandra Castle, pursues Lex again at the mansion, but Lex spots his father's influence behind the "story" she seeks. Quote: Chloe: "Never underestimate the need for the clinically ambitious to pad their resumes." Allison Mack gets the best lines! Re-run rating C- for the boring bees.moreless
  • a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of smallvile we find that pete gets clark to run for class president. but weird things keep happening bee attacks all around town to people that are running in the election clark and cloey must figure out whats happening and causing these . they find out its a someone that is in the election that was stung over 100 times when she was yonger and has attracted there scent and has the power to control them and also in this ep clark and cloey fight again in this ep. it was a really good ep and it had alot of interesting things in this ep.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Whitney Fordman

Marguerite Moreau

Marguerite Moreau

Cassandra Castle

Guest Star

Chelan Simmons

Chelan Simmons

Felice Chandler

Guest Star

Simon Wong

Simon Wong

Paul Chan

Guest Star

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro Kanagawa

Principal Kwan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • At 8:38 there is a very visible reflection of the boom-mic when Lex closes his door.

    • Is this a different school? The one in previous episodes (and the opening credits) had the name "Smallville High School" in letters applied directly to the building all in one line near the roof rather than in two rows on a little sign above the door like we see in the opening scene of this episode. The original one also had mostly concrete around it where this one has grass and flowers. Finally, it had plain glass windows rather than windows decorated with grid muntins.

    • When Sasha confronts Clark in his barn, she sends the bees after his mother, saying "you may be thick-skinned, but what about your mother?" Yet there is no indication whatsoever that Sasha knows he has thick skin, as the only time he mentions it is to Lana, joking saying "I must have thick skin" when she asks how he didn't get stung. Also, the method by which he killed the bees probably wasn't published, since he used coolant to freeze the bees. So, how did Sasha know?

    • The shack blows sky-high but doesn't even singe Clark's clothes-- nor Sasha's clothes. (possible answer: I think they've established, or are trying to establish, that Clark's clothes (and someone close to him) gain some of his invulnerability (kinda like in the post-Crisis version). We've seen other episodes where Clark's clothes are unharmed (when he saves Whitney in "Metamorphosis") so at least they're consistent here... :) )

    • Doesn't Sasha have any parents? Her shack blows up, less than 50 feet from the house. And Clark just hauls her right off to the hospital or wherever surviving krypto-mutants get taken to. Even if Sasha's parents aren't there (and according to a later episode school in Smallville gets out after 4:30 in the afternoon - so where are they?), you'd think they'd wonder about Clark and his involvement, what happened to their girl, etc. Guess they couldn't afford two more actors this episode.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Chloe: What do you stand for?
      Clark: I stand for truth, justice, and some other stuff...
      Chloe: I think the man of tomorrow needs to get a platform for today.

    • Clark: You ran a good campaign, Pete. We had fun, we met some new people, and we have enough t-shirts to last a lifetime.

    • Clark: My father says you learn more about yourself when you lose.
      Lex: What'd you learn?
      Clark: That I'm not destined to be a politician. You need two different personalities.
      Lex: You don't need to be an elected official to change the world, Clark.
      Clark: Have you ever thought about getting into politics?
      Lex: Someday I'd like to be president.

    • Clark: Chloe, not that I'm planning to, but if I ran, do you think I'd have a shot?
      Chloe: Yeah, right after I'm elected head cheerleader.

    • Lana: I felt I had to choose between doing the right thing and being successful. Weird part is, I kind of enjoyed being underhanded.
      Clark: Lana Lang, seduced by the dark side? Who woulda thunk?

    • Jonathan: Clark, you can quit if you want, but remember: quitting's a very hard habit to break.

    • Lana: That's too bad. I think you'd make a great class president.
      Clark: Really?
      Lana: Yeah. You're honest. People trust you. And you have this innate sense of justice. I can see it on your face how upset you get every time you think somebody's being mistreated.
      Clark: You see all that in me?
      Lana: Yes I do.

    • Chloe: "Clark Kent, Man of Tomorrow". Kind of presumptuous, don't you think?
      Clark: I like it.

    • Chloe: Okay, well I think the Man of Tomorrow needs to get a platform for today.

    • Clark: That's weird, bees are notorious followers. They wouldn't desert their hive without good reason.
      (Chloe gives him a look)
      Clark: My mom's addicted to the Discovery Channel.

    • Chloe: I can't believe it only took one day for you to be compromised by the lure of popularity.
      Clark: Remind me to pull your funding after I'm elected.

    • Lana: Yeah, that's the last step before I institute topless waitressing.
      Pete: Well, here's to hoping it fails miserably.

    • Cassandra: (to Lex) It took a while to figure out what would tempt you. Then it hit me. It's not your picture on the cover of the Journal so much as the words "son outshines father" in the caption. How am I doing?

    • Clark: I believe in my friends and their dreams.
      Lana: What if their dreams come crashing down around them?
      Clark: Nothing's crashing down around you, Lana - not while I'm here.

    • Pete: Clark, you've got the whole package: looks, brains, and that whole farm boy charm.

    • Clark: You know, if it was such a great gig, why didn't you run?
      Pete: I know my strengths. I'm more the power behind the throne, the guy behind the guy, the one who makes it all happen.
      Chloe: Pete Ross: The Kingmaker.

    • Lex: Appearance is deceptive. Nothing around here is what it seems.

    • Clark:I can't believe Pete did this.
      Chloe: I know. Some men are born to greatness, others are dragged into it kicking and screaming.

    • Sasha: She is trying to buy this election like one of her Prada bags!

    • Lex: To quote The Godfather, "It's time to go to the mattresses".

    • Lana: And then he had the nerve to say "It's nothing personal, only business."
      Clark: Why does everyone over 40 have to quote The Godfather?

    • Ms. Castle: I'll tell (Lionel) I got an offer I couldn't refuse.

    • Lex: (to Clark): There's nothing wrong with a good fight. Just remember, the man of tomorrow is forged by his battles today.

  • NOTES (12)

    • Injoke: Clark's line of "I stand for truth, justice, and some other stuff..." is a reference to how in most comics, Superman is said to stand for "truth, justice, and the American way,"

    • Music: "Wake Up Elvis" by Alan Charing, "If There's Love" by Citizen Cope, "Wogs Will Walk" by Cornershop, "Opaline" by Dishwalla, "Not What I Wanted" by Evan Olson, "Here Is Gone" by Goo Goo Dolls, "Fever For The Flava" by Hot Action Cop, "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World, "Big Day" by Puracane, "Stick 'Em Up" by Quarashi, and "Drink To Get Drunk" by Sia.

    • The candidate Paul, in the scene at his home before the opening credits, is seen to be making a poster with his face on a "Superman" body. The slogan says "Paul will fight for you." This is probably in reference to the Smallville Crow, who also wears a "Superman" suit, but still, in this show, it's all about the "S"

    • Although Pete Ross mentions not having any political aspirations, in the comics he is elected to the office of Vice-President - he is Lex Luthor's running mate.

    • Hiro Kanagawa only gets a single line or two of dialogue, but an upfront credits listing.

    • Whitney only appears briefly in this episode, in a non-speaking role at a table in the Talon when Lana is talking about the baseball team.

    • Clark's slogan, "The Man of Tomorrow", is of course a common nickname for Superman in the comics.

    • Lots of little in-jokes referring to Lex becoming President in the comic books.

    • After this episode aired in Dallas, the WB33 station interviewed the cast about the final 3 episodes of the season. Mind reading and a tornado were mentioned by the cast.

    • Clark (as Superman) did become President of the United States in Superman: Man of Steel Annual 1 in 1991. It was in an alternate universe.

    • "Shuster's Gorge" is an in-joke reference to Joe Shuster, the co-creator of Superman.

    • With this episode WB started airing brief promos for the season finale, "Tempest", with the Smallville logo across a stormy sky and the words "The Storm is Coming."

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Sasha: She's trying to buy this election like one of her Prada bags!
      Prada is an Italian fashion company (also known as a "label" or "house") with retail outlets worldwide. Like the current Gucci and Christian Dior groups, Prada held, for a time, a portfolio of designer labels under its corporate umbrella.

    • Ms. Castle: I'll tell him I got an offer I couldn't refuse.
      This is a modified quote from The Godfather. Michael Corleone says to Kate his girlfriend, "My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse"

    • Lex: It's time to go to the mattresses...
      'Going to the mattresses' is another term for a war between Mob families, mentioned in The Godfather among other sources.

    • Ms. Castle: The way to kill Goliath is to find his Achilles' Heel.
      Somewhat of a mixed metaphor. Goliath is obviously the biblical reference to David and Goliath. David slew Goliath, a giant of a man, with a sling stone to the head. Achilles was a Greek hero who, at birth, was dipped into the River Styx, thereby made invulnerable. However, to dip him in the water, his mother held him by the heel, and thus, Achilles was later killed by a poison arrow to the heel. This is also where the name "Achilles' tendon" comes from.

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