Smallville

Season 10 Episode 6

Harvest

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 2010 on The CW
8.6
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To protect his girlfriend, Clark tricks Lois into leaving town on a story. When she realizes what's going on, they argue but an accident strands them in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, Tess tries to find a cure for Alexander, who is suffering from rapid aging because of his unnatural origins.moreless

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  • Well if I am honest it did not feel like an episode of Smallville at all it felt more like a horror film set in the 1800s but I loved it.moreless

    10
    I thought it was refreshing for the story to be set out of the whole "I will be Super-blah soon" storyline which I do love but it is becoming repetitive. I am a fan of thriller and horror films so the village segments were exciting for me and I really enjoyed the storyline.



    It reminded of of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a bit with the policeman pretending to be helpful but in fact is louring people to a little secluded place were they would be killed.



    It also made me thing of The Village and other films of that genre. Was so enjoyable.



    Also CLARK and LOIS have SEX! It was romantic and so hot. They're both so hot. SEXY HOT!moreless
  • Smallville meets Supernatural and finally some clois sex

    10
    I liked the clois sex, but I wish that it was more passionate and raunchier. I hate the fact that it is on the CW. But nevertheless, the episode was fantastic. I thought that it would suck. How many times have we have seen these so-called creepy episodes. But I'm so glad that they proved me wrong. I was glued to the TV. I couldn't take my eyes off of the tv. I loved how Clark is showing how much he deeply loved Lois and would do anything for her. This is a match made in blissful sweet Smallville heaven.moreless
  • The Little Town and the Sacrifice

    5.5
    I want to say that I thought this episode was dull. I want to say that the main village of the damned ordeal would put years on a calendar. I'd also like to highlight some inconsistencies in storytelling. But I won't. Clark and Lois finally do the deed, dammit, candle lights and all! This is a huge moment for 'em both, as well as the show! We're only six episodes into the season and they've come leaps and bounds with this couple. What's next?



    Stripping the episode down to its bare minimum, ''Harvest'' only juggles two separate storylines throughout: Tess' attempts at making Lex's clone feel like a normal child, and Clark's effort at rescuing Lois from a quaint village of crazy folk (who have consumed blue kryptonite, stripping Clark of his powers). Neither would be what you would call earth-shattering storytelling, but they get the job done. And it's impossible to resist the charms of Clark's new-found relationship with Lois. Her 20 questions segment in the car was a hoot, I got a real kick out of Lois finding out that her trip to the phantom zone wasn't a heavy acid induced experience and calling Doomsday ''that horny toad-looking thing''.



    We do seem to get a powerless Clark episode every season. In this instance, however, it offers up some terrific interaction between Lois and Clark and it was great watching them fight the big fight as a team for once. And in the spirit of Lois and Clark, the storyline was suitably cheesy in parts too. And in typical Lois fashion, not only does she stand up to her captors, but when Clark regains his powers it's impossible for the bull-pen reporter not to gloat and, ya know, threaten to burn the village to the ground with Clark's heat-vision. Very funny.



    As for Tess' storyline, I'm a little worried at this stage. There's quite a lot of buildup here concerning the real Lex's return. I hope it's not merely something to keep naysayers at bay until the producers figure out whether or not they can afford to have Michael on the show again. Apart from the striking final image of Alexander standing in front of a mirror and shaving off all of his hair, the storyline didn't connect as much as it should have. I really hope they can bring Lex back for a few episodes, there's only so much child acting I can take.



    The next step for this series is finding a perfect balance. I guess even after ten years there's still a lot room for improvement. The scenes with Lois and Clark were dynamite and played up to my geeky expectations, but the overall plot was extremely dull. They literally had to rip Clois from their Metropolis setting in order to indulge in a full blown Clark and Lois adventure. I appreciate the effort and focus, but they really need to find a way to juggle such a whopping relationship, as well as the many arcs the writers will no doubt tackle across the season, otherwise the tenth and final season of the show is doomed to suffer the same convoluted fate as with the last few seasons before it.moreless
  • All too familiar story

    6.0
    The evolution of the Clark/Lois relationship has changed the series for the better, as the writers can now approach the characters and the plot from a fresh perspective. Even the sudden prevalence of "blue kryptonite" doesn't detract too much from the strengths of the new dynamic. The use of a somewhat well-tred plot device, unfortunately, does keep the episode from fully succeeding.



    Kryptonite has always been the most convenient way to strip Clark's powers and force him to use his mind. Like the previous episode, which used magic to accomplish the same relative task, the goal is fairly transparent: demonstrate that Clark is more than just the sum of his powers. He is also capable of thinking his way out of a situation, or at the very least, relying on his allies to do some of that heavy-lifting.



    Enter Lois, who uses her intuition and insight to spin Clark's abilities in a way that has maximum effect on the deluded townsfolk. She probably should have worked out the creepy subtext a bit sooner, but since the writers were going for "Halloween spooky" more than strict logic, it worked. The same holds true for Clark and his abilities. At one moment, they are completely wiped out by the kryptonite; the next, he is healing and zipping around like there is nothing bothering him. But they did manage the trope of having his hand popping out of the freshly-dug soil!



    Far more effective, in my mind, was the Tess/Young Lex plot thread. If the producers don't get Michael Rosenbaum back for at least the big finale, after all this obvious setup and foreshadowing, I will be deeply disappointed. They are putting Tess in a classic bind between her stated desire to protect Clark and her hopes for Young Lex.



    The end of the episode makes it clear that Young Lex is getting beyond her control, but I doubt the writers would have set him up if they were just going to let him die. To say nothing of the juxtaposition between Clark and Lois, making love, to Young Lex shaving off his hair, staring into the mirror. Very well done! (And am I the only one who thinks this kid looks more like a young Michael Rosenbaum than the original Young Lex earlier in the series?)moreless
  • 1006

    7.3
    Good episode of Smallville tonight. I came in to this episode really not expecting a lot. In fact, I almost knew that I wasn't going to like the episode. I was actually surprised, well, not because of Clark & Lois' story line. I was pleasantly surprised with Tess & Alexander. I wonder how the writers will handle the Lez story line without Michael Rosenbaum, looking forward to see how they handle that.



    The interactions between Tess & Alexander were definitely the best of the episode. Clark & Lois' story just spelled out filler, until the end of course when Clark & Lois have sex for the first time. Why couldn't have Clark "figured out his abilities" and how to control them when he was with Lana? Oh well, I guess it follows the Superman story, so I won't complain.



    Overall a good episode regardless of the somewhat bland been there done that main plot.moreless
Connor Stanhope

Connor Stanhope

Alexander

Guest Star

Sandy Robson

Sandy Robson

Patrolman

Guest Star

Lexa Doig

Lexa Doig

Dr. Christine Lammell

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Clark: Lois, we both know that your articles in support of the Blur put you in the eye of the antihero storm.
      Lois: So, what, you're gonna lock me in a castle tower like I'm some damsel in distress?
      Clark: Lois, I just want to make sure that you're safe.
      Lois: Clark, I love that an intergalactic powerhouse wants to protect me, but this Earth girl can take care of herself.

    • Lois: Our Twilight Zone acid trip to the, uh, phantom prison, that place was...
      Clark: Kryptonian.
      Lois: And that horny toad-looking thing that crashed Chloe and Jimmy's wedding?
      Clark: Kryptonian.
      Lois: And the spaceship that I found in the woods near the dam?
      Clark: Also Kryptonian. That wasn't mine, that was my cousin's.
      Lois: Sorry about the third degree, Clark. It's just not every week that a girl learns his boyfriend is an...
      Clark: Alien? And you're still okay with that?
      Lois: Are you kidding me? It's like... dating a god, or Bono.

    • Lois: Two flats and only one spare. This looks like a job for... AAA.

    • Lois: Whenever the General grounded me, I always found a way to escape. This Army brat has picked more locks than Harry Houdini. In the meantime, you should change your clothes or you're going to stick out like a stripper at a seminary. (watches Clark remove his shirt) Why are we never someplace romantic when he takes off his shirt?

    • Tess: Clark is not the bad man, Alexander. Lex is. He used you, just like he used me. And you don't deserve what's happened. You don't have to buy into his memories. I will help you.
      Alexander: Why? So you can feel good about yourself? So you can exercise those demons deep within your soul? Isn't that what you've always wanted? To save the world so you could redeem the evil inside you?
      Tess: Stop it.
      Alexander: But you couldn't do it alone, so you clung to powerful men.
      Tess: Enough!
      Alexander: First Oliver Queen, then me, then Zod. And now Clark Kent.
      Tess: (slaps him) I'm so sorry, I shouldn't have done that. I just want to help you. I know that I can do this, I know that I can save you.
      Alexander: How can you save me when there's so much you don't even know about yourself?
      Tess: Please. Please. Alexander...
      Alexander: Don't call me that. My name is Lex.

    • Mr. Cavanagh: Silence! You do not understand, because you don't have faith.
      Lois: I have faith. I have faith! Faith has nothing to do with blindly following this misguided messiah. I believe in knowing right from wrong, just as you all do. Deep down you know this isn't right.

    • Lois: Yes, it's a sign. Move back, way back, far away from him. You are not worthy to be in his presence. Drop your weapon and beg for forgiveness. No, I don't think you get it. He is a messenger, sent from the heavens.
      Mr. Cavanagh: I don't believe you.
      Clark: Lois...
      Lois: Oh, you better believe it. Because if you don't listen, he will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger. And he will use his, his heat vision to raze your village. And his superbreath to smite your crops!
      Clark: Amen.

    • Clark: (to Lois) I want you to know me completely, with no secrets. Because you're the one. Always will be.

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  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Lois: Our Twilight Zone acid trip to the, uh, phantom prison, that place was...
      Referencing the 1959-1964 series The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Serling. The anthology series featured fantastical stories, often with a twist ending, and occasionally featured strange alien landscapes.

    • Lois: And now I'm at risk in Green Acres?
      Referencing the TV series Green Acres (1965-1971), which starred Eddie Albert as Oliver Wendell Douglas and Gabor as his wife. The city couple move to a farm despite being completely inept at farming and chores.

    • Lois: I was steamed you kept me from that rally scoop, and I ended up trapping us in the village of the damned.
      Referencing the 1960 movie Children of the Damned, based on John Wyndham's novel The Midwich Cuckoos. The residents of a British village pass out, and when they awake, they discover all the women are pregnant. Their children are blonde-haired fast-growing infants who developed telepathy and telekinesis and turn evil. The 1995 remake starred Christopher Reeve.

    • Lois: What do you say, speed us away from these children of the corn, honey?
      Referencing Stephen King's 1977 story Children of the Corn, later released in his anthology book, Night Shift. In it, a group of children embrace a twisted religious belief in a god of the cornfields, "He Who Walks Behind the Rows," and sacrifice outsiders to it as well as their own when they reach the age of 18.

    • Lois: It seems our Stephen King's romp in the back wood bumped Cat Grant's antihero crusade from column one.
      Referencing author Stephen King, a Maine writer known primarily for his supernatural novels and short stories, including Carrie, The Dead Zone, and the aforementioned Children of the Corn.

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