Smallville

Season 3 Episode 7

Magnetic

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 12, 2003 on The CW
8.7
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Clark is suspicious when Lana suddenly becomes attracted to a fellow student and begins to act rebelliously, which eventually lands her in jail. Clark's suspicions are confirmed when he discovers Lana's new boyfriend has magnetic powers that can move objects and alter human emotions, but when he tries to free Lana from the paranormal hold that is controlling her, she tries to kill him. Meanwhile, Lex discovers Chloe has been delving into Lionel's past and tries to get her to join forces against his dad.moreless

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  • this was a good ep

    8.5
    in this ep of smallville lana is suddenly attactied to this kid as school and is fallen maddly in love with him and even murdriously . clark goes and does some digging and learns that he is attacting her by using maganitism that he uses to attract lana. clark must get there in time before it is too late and in this ep we learn that cloe is investgatin linel luther and lex finds out and wants her to join him to take his father down. this was a great ep i thought and it had a very interesting story and i enjoyed it.moreless
  • Classmate Seth, who's had a crush on Lana for years, develops magnetic powers, which he uses to influence her feelings. Clark sees the truth, but has difficulty convincing Lana.

    6.8
    At the county fair, Lana's classmate Seth is popped on the head with a kryptonite-laced snowglobe by a tattooed thug. During an MRI diagnostic, the magnetic field goes awry, energizing Seth with krypto-magnetic powers, which he uses to influence Lana and to control metal objects. Lana goes to the closed fairgrounds with him under the influence of his touch, but they're followed by Clark, who sees Seth manifest his powers. Nice camera work on Lana and Seth while the ferris wheel operates, and so does Seth. Clark warns Seth to stay away from Lana; Seth responds with a school-lockers slamming demo.



    Lex continues working with retired cop Mason on an investigation of the tenement explosion which killed his grandparents many years ago. On learning that Chloe, too, is looking into the Luthor famiily history, he confronts her in the Torch office, implying that Chloe's has been subverted by Lionel getting her the Daily Planet column.



    Chloe and Clark ransack the hospital files on Seth, but when discovered, Chloe covers up their burglary by laying a big one on Clark, who soon has no luck persuading Lana about the danger Seth poses. Things heat up between Lana and Seth, and she cleans out the Talon's cash drawer with Lex in pursuit - but Seth and Lana leave town in a canary yellow Mustang convertible. Clark slows down that trip by heat-vision on the asphalt road, turning it into a soft tub o' tar, entangling that beautiful Mustang. Seth latches onto a passing semi, leaving Lana to cool off in jail - for what? Who filed?



    Chloe finds that investigator Mason has broken into the Torch office, and he casually walks out with her computer. Why wouldn't Chloe report this theft? Too much questionable material on her hard drive? Chloe confronts Lex about the computer theft, but Lex takes her to the morgue - Mason is dead - and Lex implies that Lionel was behind it and offers to protect Chloe.



    Seth springs Lana from jail, Clark finds them at the fairgrounds, and Lana gets a chance to take a shot at Clark. Seth and Clark battle until Seth is electrocuted and ends up in an off-screen coma. Chloe later accepts the offer from Lex for help, and she fills him in on Lionel's plot to have her investigate Clark, and his blackmail when she balked. She reveals more - crimelord Morgan Edge, missing and presumed dead in "Phoenix," was a long-time friend of Lionel. The news article we see must have been written by someone on the production staff with limited grammar and spelling abilities, and the headline reads that Edge is missing - the article says his body is being examined that day. They just don't realize how picky we Smallville fans can be!



    We get some intriguing developments on the Lex-Lionel conflict in this episode, but the rest is pretty routine meteor-rock-mutant and Clark-Lana relationship fare. Re-run rating C-.moreless
  • Another one of those Smallville weight-watcher episodes - light on plot, character devlopment and action.

    2.0
    You'd think, with the wealth of mythology from comic books etc., Smallville would have enough material to mix it up almost every episode. And yet, beyond my comprehension, in season three alone, we have yet another Lana-item-of-obsession episode. Enough already! Feeling very much like a missing season one episode, "Magnetic" sees a guy who has the hots for Lana acquire new, you guessed it, magnetic abilities. Explained through dire techno babble, we find out he's changing Lana's feelings, making her do out of character things and such nonsense, making Clark a very jealous guy. A bottle episode in every sense of the term, "Magnetic" lacks Smallville's habitual fall-back, that if the story isn't up to mediocre-par, at least it all looks good. But no, there's very little FX here and the denouement is both predictable and underwhelming, even for such a ropey episode. While I'll always consider Smallville an enjoyable show at heart, when it's bad, it's truly dire stuff. This episode being a prime example.moreless
  • "I'm a Freak and Obsessed with Lana" Part 6

    5.1
    Magnetic-Clark is suspicious when Lana suddenly becomes attracted to a fellow student and begins to act rebelliously, which eventually lands her in jail. Clark's suspicions are confirmed when he discovers Lana's new boyfriend has magnetic powers that can move objects and alter human emotions, but when he tries to free Lana from the paranormal hold that is controlling her, she tries to kill him. Meanwhile, Lex discovers Chloe has been delving into Lionel's past and tries to get her to join forces against his dad.



    After a string of great episodes since the premeire, Smallville runs into it's first bad episode of the season and of course, it's focused around Lana and her newest meteor of the freak stalker. There's nothing remotely interesting or life threating about Seth Nelson and his Magento-inspired power as he can control metal. Kevin Zegers just bores in the role and doesn't make any impression showing that his different from any other meteor freaks. The most lame aspect of his power to control Lana by just touching because...wow...opposites attract like a magnet! Kristin Kreuk is unbearably bad throughout as she plays Seth's bad girl. I mean Lana, bad?...never! This is one of the few times where you just can't wait until Clark saves the day so the whole episode can be over already.



    But it's actually not all bad, I like the development that Lex asks Chloe to help him take down Lionel. It's a great team up as they are about to get the truth of Lionel's murder of his parents which continues to imress as a storyline. All and All, Despite a brilliant sub-plot, "Magnetic" is sub-par and a funless filler!moreless
  • Great Episode

    10
    When Lana starts seeing a new guy, and begins acting out of character, Clark Kent investigates. Clark's suspicions are confirmed when he discovers Lana's new boyfriend has magnetic powers that can move objects and alter human emotions. When he tries to free Lana from the magnetic hold, she tries to kill him. Lex discovers Chloe Sullivan has been digging into Lionel's past and tries to get her to join him in his fight against his father. Lex offers his protection to Chloe. In this episode, again Clark Kent does not date Lana Lang, although they have a crush on each other.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

Steven Cree Molison

Steven Cree Molison

Trucker

Guest Star

Rimple Sumer

Rimple Sumer

MRI Technician

Guest Star

Scott Swanson

Scott Swanson

MRI Doctor

Guest Star

Camille Mitchell

Camille Mitchell

Sheriff Nancy Adams

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (25)

    • The article on Morgan Edge that Lex shows Chloe has several incomplete sentences and misspells the word "thief" as "theif." It also declares that Edge's body has been recovered and will be examined before being put to rest in the cemetery. However, despite that he reappears in the next episode.

    • In this episode, Lana tells Clark, at the end, that one day, someone will come along who is right for her, and Clark will just have to deal with that. Yet in the last episode, Lana stated that she would wait as long as he needed for them to be together.

    • Why did the police not think that Lana had something to do with the stolen car? She was the only one on the scene when the sheriff pulled up... no one saw the boy run off, and it was never mentioned that the car was stolen by a male. It seems like the police see or help Lana everyday, but never ask her how she got into that position.

    • In the medical records room, Chloe says, "Assuming we can prove that Seth can manipulate metal with his mind..." In the scene just before that, Seth closes his locker door with his powers in front of everyone plus closes everyone else's locker doors in front of everyone else. If that's not proof enough...

    • In the Sea of Love scene in the confrontation between Clark and Seth, there is a shot of Clark getting up from behind the car after having jumped behind it to avoid the gunfire by Seth. The shot shows Clark getting up and sweeping the slugs off his shoulders. In the following shot where Seth's in the process of pulling a car off to fling at Clark, you can see Clark getting up and sweeping the slugs off his shoulders again in the background.

    • Bullets bounce off of Clark, so why when Seth is shooting at him does he dive 20' to get behind cover?

    • Much like in "Obscura," lots of lights have been left on after the fair is supposedly closed for the season. Why would anyone leave the roller-coaster lights on when the fair is closed?

    • In the first scene at the Kent Farm, Jonathan comes in and walks over to Martha. However, in the next shot (which is behind Martha), he is nowhere to be seen.

    • Lana says it was nice of Lex to give her her job back. She's a partner with him - he could choose not to press charges, or he could choose not to argue in court there's grounds for the partnership arrangement to be broken. But she doesn't have a job at the Talon per se - she's one of two owners who works there because she chooses to. Lex couldn't give her her "job" back any more then she could give him his back as an owner.

    • They also probably wouldn't let Lana into the MRI chamber, particularly one that was malfunctioning when she might have metal on her. Even if she was nearby and happened to hear the noise, they usually have warning signs around.

    • When Seth and Lana are going to get on the ferris wheel, Seth motions with his hand and the lever moves, stopping the ride. But when they get on and Seth closes the safety bar, the ride starts up again without him motioning for the lever to move.

    • When Lana confronts Clark about how he's been acting in regard to Seth, he tells her something about how she might still be under his mind control. She responds by saying, "Seth isn't touching me now...." The question is: how did she know about his touch? Clark or Chloe didn't say anything about it to her, so how did she know?

    • Shouldn't file rooms be locked? And even if it was, volunteers don't usually get keys.

    • Lex admires Chloe for barging in - gee, if he had security maybe people wouldn't barge in on him so often...

    • So...is the existence of super-powered freaks in Smallville common knowledge? You'd think super-powered mind-control would make for some interesting twists on an insanity plea, but apparently nobody tries to defend Lana that way.

    • When Seth is in the hospital room manipulating metal the second time on the cart, his hand changes from open to shut and back again depending on whether the camera shot is from over his shoulder or in front of him. The cuts are instantaneous and there's no indication Seth is flexing his hand or anything.

    • Clark says he has to get used to Lana dating other people. Ummm, he put up with at least a year of Lana dating Whitney - probably more since he knew her before the first episode.

    • When Clark first confronts Seth and Lana in the Sea of Love ride, there's bubbles floating around. Why'd Seth turn on the machine? And then why does it stop - after the commercial break the bubbles are no longer present.

    • At the carnival when Seth opens the gate, there's a long shot from behind them with Lana turned toward the side. Then there's a cut to the front with Lana still turned toward the side. Then the camera cuts behind them and Lana turns and faces the gate. Then the camera cuts again to the front and Lana is turned sideways again and starts turning toward the gate.

    • If Seth is such a powerful magnetic that a compass can point to him from a considerable distance even when he's not actively using his powers, there should be other indications that he's a walking magnet, like the gun sticking to his hand, nearby metal objects moving toward him, etc.

    • It's unlikely they'd use a MRI on Seth, given the hefty cost of running the test, for such a comparatively minor injury. (editor's note: they probably checked Seth to see if he had metal in his head before using it, though.)

    • The MRI technician would have turned off the machine the moment anything appeared to go wrong. Those machines are very expensive and potentially dangerous. He definitely should have known better than to leave it running when he tried to enter the room.

    • When Seth knocks the gun out of the officer's hands in the jail, why does he run to get it? Why doesn't he pull it towards him with his magnetic ability?

    • It seems a little odd, but not totally unreasonable, that Seth doesn't use his mind-influencing powers on anyone but Lana. He's obsessed with Lana, and there's never indication Clark would have given him the chance to touch him or that Seth could touch anyone else long enough to influence them as he does Lana.

    • Clark seems to totally forget his super-speed powers during his fight with Seth. Seth grimaces, clenches his hands, and finally manages to throw a car at Clark after some concentration - Clark just stands there 20' away and lets him.

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