Smallville

Season 1 Episode 6

Hourglass

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 20, 2001 on The CW
9.3
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An old man uses green meteor rock to reverse the aging process, then gain vengeance on the children of the jury that put him away decades earlier. Meanwhile, another woman at the same old folks' home has prophetic abilities and she sees the futures of both Clark and Lex.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Perfect tension and storytelling

    10
    My favorite of them so far and yes, I've said that many times now! It was just a brilliant episode and if this is only the start of the show, I cannot imagine how much greater it'll get. I loved the plot with Harry and how he hunted down those responsible for his jailing, which included Jonathon. The scene where he is at the door confronting Martha was plain intense! I loved how the directors didn't portray Martha as an idiotic woman who would've fell for Harry's trick but a wise and even courageous lady. It was great to see X-Ray vision be used once more, even though the sudden ending was strangemoreless
  • A awesome look at Clark and Lex's destinies

    9.0
    Wow what a great episode! It has everything you want with superman mythology,but with Smallvilles FOTW plotting. Clark and Lex's futures were a treat to see and are still awesome too this day. Also very surprising they would go this route early on in the series.



    Clark- Boy was he awesome in this episode. Seeing his own destiny was very cool and I have to admit, it would be scary to see your own future. But still seeing all the heroism was awesome. But it was cheap showing all that, but he dident even save the day at the end of the episode. But I did enjoy his and Cassandras relationship. Shes one of my favorite FOTW.



    Lex- Wow. Thats all I can say. Him pining over how destiny is overrated and then everntually seeing Cassandra was very Lex Luther-like. The end of the episode is one of the best scenes this show has ever done. Feel very sorry for Lex after relizing that his future killed the old woman.



    Martha- Proud of her that she held herself up in the end. Even though he dident have powers, her life was in high danger.



    Harry Volk- Ehhh, dident really get him. I mean he might be a FOTW but he dident have anything againest Superman. But it was suspensful when Martha answeared the door and he was standing there.



    So, this episode is a must see, as not only does it set the foundation for the series but for the whole Superman mythology. Maybe the FOTW storyline isent very intriging but youre deffinatly going to be in for a thrill. Also this episode dosent focus on Lana or Chloe like some previous episodes.moreless
  • Lana is working at a elderly care home, so Clark gets a job there too. Clark's charge is an old woman who can see the future, while Lana's old man falls into a pond containing Kryptonite – rejuvenating him to youth, and with a 60 old grudge to settle. Acemoreless

    9.5
    This review contains spoilers.



    The high quality of the first season continues with another great episode, "Hourglass".



    After very basic, slightly generic mutants-of-the-week in the first couple of episodes of the series, the writers are getting much more creative at this point. When the elderly Harry falls into the pond contaminated with Kryptonite and emerges rejuvenated, I half expected the episode to fall into a retread of 'Cocoon' (1985). Thankfully, the story takes its own direction.



    The climax of the episode is very good, slipping into a slasher-like scare fest. I liked that Martha was responsible for putting an end to Harry – although almost killing herself in the process; it is nice that Clark doesn't directly have to be the saviour each and every week.



    There is also the b-plot of the old lady, Cassandra, who can see the future. She predicts that someone close to Clark will die soon, and also, near the end of the episode, sees a psychedelically dark vision of Lex, before she passes away.

    I did kinda guess that the person close to Clark that would die would be her, but it didn't matter too much that I guessed, as it played out very well.



    "Hourglass" is a top-notch episode. At the start I thought it might be slightly predictable, but it turns out to be really enjoyable. I give it a high-scoring 9.5 out of 10.moreless
  • this was another really good ep

    9.0
    in this smallville ep clark gets pete to volinteer at a nursing home were he knows lana is volinteering and they have to help out this lady that can suposivly see the feature. and she tells pete that he left the keys in the car. and she tells clark she can see his future he gets spooked at first and leavies meanwhile lana is helping this old man that is a history buff and he askes to be taking out near the water and he tells lana to go get his skarf and falls in and then he becoems young again and starts to target the sons of the parents that convicted him years ago . and clark must deal with the fact if this lady really can see the feature.moreless
  • A great episode of Smallville. (Spoilers)

    8.5
    This was another great episode of the first season of Smallville, showing that even mortal villains can be a threat to Clark. The character interaction is, of course, brilliant as always. My favorite character is obviously Clark, followed by his father, Jonathon. Of course the rest of the cast is superb, I don't think they could have chosen better actors for any of the characters. I do hope they start including more action sequences though. Although, the action they do have in this episode is pretty good. The end of the episode was kind of like a horror movie/thriller, which I thought was pretty cool. Overall though, I give this episode, Hourglass, an 8.5 out of 10.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

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Eric Christian Olsen

Eric Christian Olsen

Young Harry Bolston/Volk

Guest Star

George Murdock

George Murdock

Old Harry Bolston/Volk

Guest Star

Jackie Burroughs

Jackie Burroughs

Cassandra Carver

Guest Star

Mitchell Kosterman

Mitchell Kosterman

Sheriff Ethan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • At 42:49 there is a shot of Cassandra after she died, but it is easy to see the actress breathing.

    • After he visits the diner for the first time, Young Harry goes back to the nursing home and puts on a set of blues. Why? Does he think he's going to somehow pass as his old version? Apparently he just goes back and changes his clothes just to play the piano. If he hangs around for what appears to be at least one full day, why didn't anyone else notice he was gone?

    • As is often the case, Clark walks out into the middle of the koi pond, filled with green meteor rock, and doesn't feel a thing until he looks down and sees the stuff.

    • When Clark is reading the list of jurors in an attempt to discover who Harry will kill next, he recites, "Rita Garfield"; however, when Harry mentioned Zoe's grandmother's name earlier it was Eve. When the juror's list is shown, Juror #2 is Eve Garfield.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Cassandra: No, Clark. I've seen you. Before we ever met. More than once, I've touched people and I've seen such pain and despair and... But then you were there and the pain was gone. I think that's your destiny, Clark. To help people, to save them from fear and darkness.
      Clark: How?
      Cassandra: Well, that's for you to figure out. You can fear the future or... you can embrace it. The choice is yours.

    • Lex: I believe we make our own destiny.

    • Cassandra: Mr. Ross, if you want your fortune told, go to the circus.

    • Pete: Yeah, but we could have served our community by lifeguarding the girl's swim class at the Y, instead of hanging out with the denture crowd. I mean, what's the attraction?

    • Lex: You see, I don't want to do good things, I want to do great things.

    • Young Harry: Come on, Mrs. Kent. I'm too old for hide and seek.

    • Lex: I once read about a rich man who survived a hotel fire. He hung onto the ledge for an hour before the fire department rescued him. Afterwards he bought the hotel...always stayed in the room. When they asked him why, he said he figured Fate couldn't find him twice.

    • Clark: She saw it.
      Nurse: Saw what?
      Clark: Her future.

    • Lex: I come bearing gifts.
      Cassandra: So did the Greeks.

    • Lana: I'm up there with the three-headed calf and the monster from Crater Lake.

    • Lana: Maybe I should just accept my destiny--all I'm ever going to be is a little girl in a fairy princess costume who lost her parents.
      Clark: I don't see you that way.
      Lana: I know you don't, Clark. You're the only one who doesn't.

    • Cassandra: Do those expensive shoes come with a name?
      Lex: Lex Luthor.
      Cassandra: Huh. Of Luthor... Everything Incorporated?
      Lex: More or less.

    • Young Harry: (smells burger) God, I haven't been able to eat one of these in years ... I mean not since the bypass. That was a joke.
      Zoe: You're a riot.

    • Lex: Life's a journey, Clark; I don't wanna go through it following a roadmap.
      Clark: It still wouldn't kill you to drive more slowly.

    • Clark: You might consider rounding those curves at a speed that won't actually break the sound barrier.
      Lex: Hey, where's the fun in that?
      Chloe: Yep, that's impressive, even for Smallville.

    • Clark: It's not your fault, Lana.
      Lana: Do you know anyone else who's lost an entire old person in a wheelchair?

    • Clark: Lana, I didn't know you were here.
      Pete: Yeah, right...

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Chloe: At least we know how he's doing the Time Warp.
      Reference to the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Time Warp is a dance that the Transylvanians do.

    • Cassandra:
      Cassandra is a classical character that was the most beautiful daughter of the king of Troy, who was given the gift of prophecy by the god Apollo. Cassandra rejected Apollo's seduction, so he cursed her so that no one would ever believe her predictions. The name "Cassandra", or otherwise "Cassie" was used for another psychic a year later on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

    • Lex: I come bearing gifts...
      In order to gain leverage in the Battle of Troy, the Greeks had to devise a clever plan that would gain them access to the city of Troy. They constructed a huge wooden horse with a hollow belly and hid Greek soldiers in the horse's belly. The Trojans believed they defeated the Greeks and celebrated. In the early morning the Greek soldiers left the belly and opened the gate to Troy, allowing the Greek army to attack on the unsuspecting Trojans.

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