Smallville

Season 7 Episode 6

Lara

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 01, 2007 on The CW
9.3
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Kara goes to Washington to look for her missing crystal, but is captured after she breaks into the lab. She's interrogated with a memory-revealing serum that has kryptonite in it, which makes her relive a trip to Earth from the past. In this past trip she followed Lara, Clark's biological mother, to the Kents' farm.moreless

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  • Much better.

    9.0
    After a filler episode, we are given "Lara", an episode that actually furthers the story, which is what we all love. We get to see Kara further her search for her ship and crystal, Lana and her beginnings of the Watchtower (if I remember correctly), and of course, Helen Slater as Lara, Clark's true mother. Slater, of course, played Supergirl in the incredibly terrible 'Supergirl' film way back when. That storyline was confusing, something about a possible case of adultery and attempted ***cide with . Pretty sure that doesn't come back in the show, but I could just be forgetting something. Still though, great episode.moreless
  • We get to see Clark's mother

    10
    I like how this episode explains season 3 episode "Relic". It's interesting to see that Lara and Kara lived on earth on the Kent's farm before sending baby Kal-el to earth. Now we see that the Martian Manhunter was right about Kara's father; Zor-el. Zor-el wanting Lara for hisself and Kara witnessed it but Zor-el blanked Kara's memory to make it seem that Zor-el is good. Clark was always by his cousin's side even when she pushed him away. It shows that is loyal to his family. Looks like the will be a love triangle between Kara, Chloe and Jimmy in the near future.moreless
  • The past.

    8.5
    The Isis Foundation is born. When Chloe finds out, and Clark gets a little hint that Lana is hiding something. Anyways that's besides the point, this episode I felt was just just okay, even though it revealed a lot, I just cant stand Kara, well anyways, overall just okay. Kara's father was so messed up & the whole time zone was pretty weird, how can that picture still be there after all of those years, it is just impossible especially after the meteor shower. Anyways Kara & Jimmy might start dating, I hate how Chloe is so closed with him, she's just jealous.moreless
  • Flashing back to a disintegrating Krypton, Kara is being sent on a three-year journey to Earth by her father Zor-El, who gives her a crystal that will restore her to her family eventually. She is to use it when she rescues her cousin on Earth, Kal-El.moreless

    7.5
    Chloe studies Lana's ISIS foundation web site, which offers help for the meteor-infected, and promises, "Together we will rebuild our future." Clark blows in to the DP, where Chloe informs him of reports that a flying object narrowly missed an air carrier aircraft in the D.C. area, resulting in a grounding of air traffic in a large area, and they know it was Kara. Jimmy comes to admit that he had shown Kara video of a spaceship, and this led her to Washington. Clark guesses Kara is looking for her crystal; she'll do anything to get it back.



    Clark greets Lionel warmly at his office; Lionel has been recovering from his injuries. Clark has found a government lab under a silo in Granville; Lionel says it belongs to the Dept. of Domestic Security, for a program called Starhawk, looking for aliens. This story line is then dropped - we hear nothing more about Starhawk.



    Kara's crystal is being examined in a lab in DC, while overly stiff CIA operative Walker observes. Lex arrives, violating security precautions, and thinking Walker is hiding something. Kara also is in D.C., at a night club, hoping to subvert one of the lab technicians, a stereotypical geeky young guy who is only too susceptible to her charms, and talks too much. When he says crystal, she's gone to the lab with his security card. She smashes the enclosure, but the crystal is missing.



    Chloe comes to the ISIS foundation to interview someone about it's work, and is surprised to see Lana, who tells Chloe she IS the foundation. She's using the divorce settlement to help the meteor-infected - support groups, hotlines, all in the plans. But she doesn't want Clark to know, so he won't talk her out of her plan. Chloe agrees to keep another secret.



    Kara is ready to rough up the lab tech to get the location of the missing crystal, but now Clark's in D.C. also, and intervenes. She insists that her father was a good man, and she wants the crystal. Their relationship is strained, and she can fly while Clark is earthbound, so she leaves by the sky route.



    She goes back to Kansas and the DP (making us wonder if that's the nearest accessible computer) and is found by Jimmy using his. Hacking into the Dept of D.S., she looks for information about the government lab, and sees a listing for LX Dynamics - a Luthorcorp subsidiary. She disappears fast.



    At the ISIS, Lana has numerous surveillance videos in operation in a secluded area, which seem to be tracking every room at the Luthor mansion, but suddenly the screens go blank. Kara enters the mansion, checking out Lex's safe, but agent Walker uses Kryptonite to disable her, just as Lex steps in. Walker has disabled all the cameras and the security guards, and when Lex gets too belligerent, Carter prangs him with some type of dart, and takes Kara captive. Lana can see only part of the mansion video feed, but what is Kara doing there? She calls Clark to tell him she knows where Kara is. Clark arrives about then and is told by an angry Lex that Kara has been arrested by the D.D.S.



    Kara has become a test subject at the lab again, held captive while Walker infuses her with a meteor rock cocktail. He thinks she's not human, and uses a Summerholt device to get her to talk. Kara's mind flashes back to a meeting with Lara twenty years earlier; she came to Earth to see where her son might grow up. Thus Lara was pregnant with Kal-El at that time. She tells Kara that Jor-El's Brainiac may save Krypton, but Lara realizes that she also must be ready to save her son. Jor-El chose the Kent family for their son's future home. Kara has unwillingly revealed all this to Carter, and he increases the dose.



    Kara's mind again returns to the Kent farm in 1986, when she suggested the name Kal-El for her future cousin. Clark crashes into the lab to free Kara, but he's momentarily slowed by the green rock, as Walker accuses him of being an alien, too. Lionel show up just in time to shoot Walker, and allow Clark to resuscitate Kara.



    Back to the past at the Kent farm, the door blows in - it's Zor-El, angry at Lara. He wants her to stay on Earth to rule with him, but Lara tells him that she and Jor-El are having a son. He thinks Jor-El stole Lara from him; he's a dangerous and jealous would-be suitor. Lara's DNA strands are stored in a crystal, and when Kara bursts in, angry at her father's jealousy and betrayal, Zor-El uses a crystal to erase her memory of these events. At the farm, Clark and Kara look at an early photo of Martha (probably a genuine portrait of Ms. O'Toole from her early 20s), and in the back of the frame, the photo of Lara that Kara took 20 years earlier. Clark now has an image of his birth mother. Kara apologizes for putting him in danger.



    Lionel enters the mansion to tell Lex that there's a new girl in town, and Lex is fascinated with her, but Lex says Kara just works for him at the Talon. Lex has some harsh words for Lionel too, as a father. Lionel tells Lex, "You can never fool me," but this scene has no real specifics, just angry words about not much.



    At the DP, Jimmy gets an apology from Kara, who is trying to make amends by taking him to lunch. Chloe (Allison Mack looks very good here) also asks Jimmy about lunch, but she's too late. She says "You and Kara are from different worlds" (an understatement); he replies that Kara is from Minnesota, not another planet, bringing a chuckle from we viewers.



    At the farm, Clark brings Lana out, showing her the photo of Lara, his birth mother, and the blue crystal - he has found it, and knows Lara's DNA is within. This looks like a bad move by Clark; one that will surely anger Kara in a future episode.



    "Lara" has some fairly significant plot elements and setups for future development, but the writers have packed so much into it that it loses some impact. Lots of explanatory dialogue can be a bit difficult to follow, and the Lex-Lionel confrontation seems to about nothing but confrontation itself. Lana seems to be up to something sinister, but too little is made of it to be effective in this episode. It should be seen by fans, but don't expect a lot. Re-run rating C+.moreless
  • A solid episode.

    8.9
    "Lara" is the finest example of Smallville at it's best since the season premiere. We are let in on the family feud that took place before Clark's birth and it's an interesting ride.



    Kara, while searching for the crystal, ends up being held captive and tested on by the Agent and then forced to undergo memory revival tests which bring some interesting backstory points to light. Laura Vandervoot was actually good in this episode. She pulled off all that she was given to do and I was pretty likable this time around. Plus, the scenes where she was trying to seduce the young nerd into information about the ship showed that she's willing to go harder at accomplishing what she needs to do than Clark sometimes is.



    As usual, another great throwback to the fans with the usage of Helen Slater, it's always a treat when they do that for the fans.



    "Lara" is a very strong episode and one that shouldn't be missed.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort

Kara

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • At the beginning of the episode, we are told that the airplane pilot saw Kara shoot into the sky in a red-blue blur, but when she escaped from Clark, she was a silver blue.

    • When Clark sees Kara in danger, he risks the kryptonite radiation to save her. However, he doesn't use his heat vision at a distance rather than get closer to the kryptonite.

    • Agent Walker is seen in Washington D.C. throughout most of the episode. However, despite the fact that Kara is clearly operating in Washington D.C., when she breaks into his lab, Walker flies to Smallville. There's no indication that he would believe Kara went back to Smallville, and it would take several hours to fly there and back. Yet somehow he is there exactly when she breaks into Luthor Manor.

    • The photo of Lara is hidden behind a picture of Martha. However, the entire Kent house was destroyed by a meteor strike at the end of Season 4 in "Commencement."

    • When Kara and Lara are in the Kents' living room in 1986 you can see a TV which is not from that time frame but from the 1990s.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Kara: Tell your boss. I only want what's mine.
      Agent Carter: My boss is the United States of America.

    • Lionel: Can't I take an interest on my son's well-being?
      Lex: Oh, which son is that? You spend as much time protecting Clark as you do pushing me away. Exactly whose father are you?
      Lionel: I wish I could say yours and be proud. Your treatment of Lana...
      Lex: C'mon, Dad. I learned from watching you with Mom. I was just... being a Luthor.

    • Chloe: Clark, you're not the one who played chicken with an airplane. Besides, she's not your responsibility. You're her cousin, not her father.
      Clark: But I pushed her away, Chloe. I didn't trust her. And now she's alone and angry. I have to find her and bring her back before she hurts someone.
      Chloe: Or uncorks the Kent family secret. I mean, clearly, Kara does not fly below the radar.

    • Kara: That crystal is the only thing I have left of home. But you could care less.
      Clark: That's not true.
      Kara: It's always about what you want. You act such like a hero. But really, all you think about is yourself.
      Clark: I'm not the one who took off and didn't tell anybody where I went.
      Kara: Was I supposed to give you an itinerary? We may be cousins, but I don't have to like you. Stay out of my life.

    • Kara: Why are you doing this? You're hurting me.
      Agent Carter: Well, if I wasn't hurting you, you'd be hurting me. We humans--we call it "survival of the fittest."
      Kara: I am human.

    • Agent Carter: I want to know about your home planet.
      Kara: You're on it. It's called Earth.

    • Clark: (opens Martha's portrait and find Lara's picture inside) I don't believe it. After all this time.
      Kara: That means that I really was here, and everything that I saw was true.
      Clark: When I saw my mother in your memory, she was so beautiful... just as beautiful as she is in this picture. You really loved her, didn't you?
      Kara: I did. Just like I love my father. Until now, I thought he was such a God--a real Kryptonian hero. But you're right. He was nothing like that.
      Clark: Your father did some terrible things. But in his own misguided way, I'm sure he loved you.

    • Lex: However, the term "classified" has never prevented me from getting what I want.

    • Lionel: Striving for complete isolation? Dangerous choice. No man is an island entire of itself.
      Lex: Glad to know your son still ranks a spot on your busy itinerary.

    • Zor-El: Remember, Kara, a true Kryptonian embraces their destiny no matter what.

    • Clark: Lionel... welcome back.
      Lionel: Clark. Oh.
      (they hug)
      Clark: I'm glad you're okay.
      Lionel: Yes, well... in the darkest hour, the soul is replenished and given strength to continue and endure. Luthors are survivors, Clark.

    • Chloe: Look, I know how this is gonna sound, coming from me, but you and Kara are from different worlds. Just be careful, okay?
      Jimmy: Chloe, Kara is from Minnesota. It's not like she's from another planet.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Erica Durance is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Helen Slater has been involved with Superman before, having played Kara (Supergirl) herself in the 1984 movie Supergirl.

    • Music: "Super Sexy Free" by Bosshouse, "Lucid" by Eek

    • When Kara hacks the government files, the names listed include show crew Winica Dewangga (Office Production Assistant), Ling Yang (Storyboard Artist), Kristina Lyne (Graphic Designer), and Lorna Jacobson (Accounting Clerk).

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 on Warner Channel
      Norway: Monday, February 11, 2008 10.50 pm on TVNorge
      Denmark: Monday, May 5, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday, May 8, 2008 on Ten HD
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 10.00 pm on E4
      Sweden: Friday, July 4, 2008 9.00 pm on TV6
      Czech Republic: February 22, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 10, 2010 on Markiza

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Kara: You know, UFOs, aliens... galaxies far, far away?
      This is a reference to the Star Wars media franchise, in which the movies, games, etc., usually begin with the line "A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..."

    • Lionel: No man is an island entire of itself.
      Lionel is quoting from a sermon of John Donne (1572-1631), a poet and preacher. The line would later be the inspiration for writer Thomas Merton's No Man Is An Island (1955).

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