Smallville

Season 7 Episode 12

Fracture

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 14, 2008 on The CW
9.1
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Lex tracks the amnesiac Kara to Detroit, where Lois follows him. An obsessive busboy infatuated with Kara shoots Lex, and Chloe has to determine whether to heal him or not.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Superman meets Inception

    9.5
    It's been a really long time since I've actually seen this season, since it aired almost six years ago I suppose, and this was totally Inception. Clark must enter into Lex's mind to find Kara and Lois stuck in Detroit, their lives in danger. It's not what's happening in the real world that's important, it's the dream world, and the battle between the good parts of Lex, represented by his child version, and the bad Lex, represented by the white suit version of Lex. Wow, it's been so long that I didn't even notice the "Descent" foreshadowing. Lex starts to kill his younger self in the same exact way that he eventually does. Same lines, same actions, same everything. Seeing how Descent is one of my favorite episodes of the SERIES, I loved that part. Wonderful episode.moreless
  • A "Fractured" Episode

    5.8
    Fracture-Lex tracks the amnesiac Kara to Detroit, where Lois follows him. An obsessive busboy infatuated with Kara shoots Lex, and Chloe has to determine whether to heal him or not.



    Well, if the preview trailer really hyped up this episode, making it look like diffrent kind of Smallville episode, in a very good way. But again, it was the advertisers of CW disguising the episode as one of the best of the series yet the episode turned out to be another average hour of Smallville with the usual plot holes and poor developments. Again, there was a lot of missed oppotunity and the story felt rushed from the get go!



    The episode opens up with the most random teaser as Lex and Lois are in Detroit chasing after Kara together. First off, how did Lex find Kara in the first place, and how did Lois get there? Then, or course, they find Kara who still has amnesia which is a welcomed return for Laura since she's been gone for a couple of episodes. But then episode turns into another "Lex gets shot by psycho" episode and it's very tedious from then on. How on earth Lex would not just instantly die from a bullet right in front of his forehead is beyond me! Then there's the fact that Lex is conveniently brought to Smallville from Detroit and Lionel suddenly has a machine that can have people enter another's mind? Not to mention, why is Lana becoming such a computer wiz all of a sudden?



    I guess the most interesting part of the episode were in Lex's mind. I have to admit the direction was good and the way his mind was like an large, endless abandon building was nice concept. Micheal Rosenbeaum gives a great performance as usual as Lex's evil side confronts Clark in his mind. The scene in which Lex forces Clark to watch him and Lana have sex was pretty good. Also, Alexander, Lex's good side was interesting as he is still a child and sees Clark as his friend. It's a touching moment as Clark and Alexander acknowledge themselves as friends even after all these years. Kinda made me miss the early years when Lex and Clark were so close. Then there was the scene of Loinel abusing Lex and his mother, showing how far Loinel has come in terms with how evil he was. But I feel there still could have done a lot more with the scenes inside Lex's mind as the ones with Lex and Kara were quite boring, than Lois just showing up.



    But yet again, why do the writers always go for the obseessed psycho approach after all these years as it's not even exciting anymore. Kara's obsessed co-worker was awful and under-developed. Just another guy with gun waiting to be stopped by Clark. The episode ends quite well though with Clark and Chloe discussing the extent of her healing powers. Also, Kara is still powerless and has no idea who is and trusts Lex of all people by the end of episode. Chloe was great throughout this episdoe being very selfless and confident in her power but it's an interesting development as the more she uses it, the less likely she is to come bac alive. Maybe this is a forshadowing of Chole's death in the future? Then there's Lionel and Lex's scene in which both actors always come through and the way Lionel tells Lex he loves him but Lex just walks away is a powerful moment. All and All, if you were expecting one of Smallville's darkest and creepiest episodes, you won't find that much here as "Fracture" is just your everyday Smallville outing with a few nice scenes.moreless
  • There was no point to all of this..

    6.5
    I get what they wanted to accomplished with "Fracture". They wanted to send Clark on a journey through the deep darkness that is Lex's mind. And it's really cool to see him go through all that. Too bad, how he gets there and WHY he's there, is completely stupid.



    It doesn't need to be mentioned by me as many others have all mentioned it, but why would Clark have to go into Lex's mind and risk his life in the process when he could have just as easily went to Detroit and found Lois and Kara himself? Certainly would have saved a lot of time.



    There was ways they still could have done this episode, and they would have probably worked out a lot better. But there's too much of this that's just dumb. I wish they would have put more work into really making this episode good. Instead we get an episode that just seems to make things up as it goes along.moreless
  • Clark enters the mind of his enemy-Lex Luthor.

    10
    After much wondering about Kara's whereabouts, Lex tracks her down. Lex, surprisingly tries to save her and brings her back to Smallville. But then he gets shot and is pronounced dead. Clark desperately wants to find his cousin, so Lionel helps him by trapping Clark in Lex's mind to find out where he found Kara. But in the process Clark gets in too deep and if he doesn't get out in time he will be trapped in Lex mind forever and will die. To save Clark, Chloe heals Lex and falls into a coma. What an episode! The writers struck gold with this one.moreless
  • This episode was awesome.

    9.0
    Get inside Lex's head! Literally, who knew there was a good Leax & an Evile Lex inside his head, it seemed a bit unrealistic, at least Kara & lois return from the long time they were gone, well at least Kara, I literally could not believe Lex dying in the beginning, I knew he wasn't really dead, but It was nice wondering how he was going to survive. That crazy bus boy gave me the creeps, well anyways I also like how it shows that Lionel cares for Lex, as well as Chloe, I love her attitude about the whole meteor freak situation, nice episode & memories of Lex.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The place where Kara works looks noticeably different here than it did in the episode "Blue." Then, it looked like a high-end coffee shop. In this episode, it looks more like a rustic, rural diner.

    • If Clark wants to find Kara and Lois, why doesn't he simply search Detroit at superspeed? The Detroit police (and thus Lionel) know where Lex was gunned down. Lex was following Kara's GPS signal when he was shot down, so he had to be close to where Kara was kept within the fence. There's no indication Finley moved the body (which certainly would have killed Lex anyway). And Kara stays at the same location for the rest of the episode. But even if Lex wasn't killed close to Kara's location, Clark has superspeed and superhearing.

    • Inexplicably, Clark doesn't tell Kara that she's a Kryptonian, or that she's supposed to have superpowers. Why would he keep this from her? Much less let her go and end up in the clutches of Lex, who Clark has just accused of having nefarious motives for dealing with Kara. She might be skeptical, but that seems better then letting Lex experiment on her.

    • It's a dramatic and directorial necessity that Clark views Lex's memories in the third person, rather than from Lex's point of view. However, when Clark sees Lex gunned down the "memory" continues after Lex has collapsed. Lex can't have a memory of something when he's unconscious.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Lionel: (about Lex) We really never had a close relationship. A lot was said. A lot went unsaid.

    • Clark: Speaking of heartbeats, you didn't have one for over 18 hours.
      Chloe:I was hoping we could skip the lecture and go straight to the "welcome back" dinner. I'm starving.
      Clark: It's 15 hours longer than the last time, Chloe. I've been sitting here, literally, trying to think about what to say at your funeral.
      Chloe: Well, let's both be glad that I'm alive, 'cause I know how much you hate giving speeches.

    • Doctor: I watched three field officers die after their brains went into electro-neural shock. That machine is a deathtrap.
      Lionel: I pay you a small fortune, doctor, so please withhold your negative opinions.

    • Lionel: There is something I was afraid that I would never get the chance to tell you.
      Lex: Yeah? And what's that?
      Lionel: I love you, Lex. My son.

    • Chloe: Maybe I am pushing my luck with this whole death thing. I mean, it is death, after all.

    • Lex: It's like a reflex. I see you and start defending myself.
      Clark: That's what guilt does to a person.

    • Clark: There's a side of you that knows what's right.
      Lex: Wow. Now what would I do without Clark Kent, voice of reason?
      Clark: That voice isn't me, Lex, it's you.

    • Kara: See, Clark didn't even mention that you were friends. What happened?
      Lex: I grew up.

    • Lois: What are we doing, Lex?
      Lex: No one asked you to be here, Lois.
      Lois: Trust me, I never planned on being your Sundance Kid, especially in the armpit of Motor City.

    • Finley: Hey, bald man, look, is it really worth killing her to get to me?
      Lois: Rhetorical question, Lex!

  • NOTES (7)

    • The following scenes were left out of the episode:
      - Finley holding Lois at gun point, because he thinks that she will take Linda (Kara) to a lab to have her studied. After some persuasion to spare Lois, Finley locks her up with Kara.
      - Lois and Lex leave the diner to see Kara being driven out of the area.

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Monday, March 31, 2008 10.50 pm on TVNorge
      Latin America: Tuesday, April 1, 2008 on Warner Channel.
      Denmark: Monday, May 26, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday, June 11, 2008 on TEN HD
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 10.00pm on E4
      Sweden: Friday, August 15, 2008 on TV6
      Greece: Sunday, October 5, 2008 at 16.45 on Star
      Belgium: Saturday, October 25, 2008, 18.25 on 2BE
      Czech Republic: March 2, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 18, 2010 on Markiza

    • Kara's bracelet has the original Superman symbol on it.

    • Aaron Ashmore is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Music: Say It Again (Marie Digby)

    • In-joke: An amnesiac Kara is given the name "Linda". This is a tribute to the Pre-Crisis Supergirl who was discovered by Clark while living in an orphanage going by the name "Linda Lee."

    • Corey Sevier (who plays Finley) is Laura Vandervoort's real life boyfriend.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lois: Does MacGyver blush every time he walks past me?
      Referencing the 1985 series starring Richard Dean Anderson as MacGyver, a troubleshooter who refused to carry a gun and possessing a gift for turning everyday objects into weapons, explosives, and tools.

    • Chloe: Lois, Kara, and Lex? Not exactly Three's Company.
      Referencing the series starring (initially) John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, and Suzanne Somers as roommates. Ritter's character Jack Tripper had to pretend to be gay so their nosy landlord would find the rooming arrangements were acceptable.

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