Season 3 Episode 2

Phoenix (2)

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 08, 2003 on The CW
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Clark gives up the ring and its effects rather than kill his father, and both he and the rescued Lex return to Smallville. Clark must deal with crime lord Morgan Edge, who has followed him to Smallville, while Lex must determine who tried to have him killed - Lionel or Helen.moreless

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  • this was a good ep of smallville

    clarks dad brings him back to smallville and lex returns to find his wife enjoying the mansion and everything after he suposivly died and learns about the fake story she told everyone but after clark comes home his dad collopes and clark tells martha his mom that jer rel powers overwelmed his body. and lex tells his wife we should go on a real honey moon and they go up in the plane and she final admits what she did and the plane goes down with her in it . and morgan edge is back in smallville to find out were clark lives and he shows up and clark gets really angrey .about that and problems start to happen with him. this was a good ep i thought.moreless
  • Phoenix is the fourth episode in a climactic series about Clark's attempt to reject his Kryptonian destiny, with Johathan taking on super-powers under a pact with Jor-El in order to rescue Clark from his foray in Metropolis.moreless

    In a tumultuous battle between Jonathan and Clark, the red kryptonite ring is destroyed, returning Clark to his normal state. Lex is rescued after his aborted honeymoon trip and subsequent plane crash, and returns to Lionel's office in murderous rage, based on his belief that Lionel was behind the accident, but Lionel casts the suspicion on Helen. A leaner and meaner Clark has stolen the blood sample back from Lionel at the behest of crimelord Morgan Edge (Rutger Hauer), and Jonathan destroys it.

    Clark apologizes to Lana for his conduct in Metropolis, but Lana struggles to understand and accept his actions - a scene played with great sensitivity by Kristin Kreuk. Lex rejoins Helen, who presents Lex with yet another story of the plane crash, claiming that her instinct for self-preservation caused her to abandon Lex to his fate, a tension-building scene as we still don't see whether Helen is deceiving Lex or not. Clark and Lex enjoy a reunion, giving us more insight on Lex and his three months of being marooned at sea, confronting his personal demons.

    While Lana remains angry that Chloe hid Clark's location in Metropolis, she begins to accept Chloe's apology - with Chloe getting the clever line, "Let's face it, Clark has more issues than Rolling Stone." Edge traps the Kents, forcing Clark to give him a blood sample, which Edge brings to Lionel at the docks, while his thugs disable Clark with kryptonite just as Lana arrives and puts her thug down with a well-placed kick into a pitchfork. If we dwelled on these details, we'd wonder why Lana wasn't brought up on manslaughter charges - but we must accept these leaps of illogic for the sake of the larger story.

    As Clark is brought to the dock, Lionel is on the verge of discovering that he is the source of the blood, but Clark escapes detection through a truck explosion, and Edge takes a header into the bay in the ensuing gun battle with Lionel's guards. Is he dead?

    On a second-chance honeymoon flight, Lex confronts Helen with his version of the first flight - she pulls a gun, the pilot is shot, and somehow Lex manages to fly a business jet to a safe landing - how did he get to be a qualified pilot? And how did Helen disappear from the plane? Is she dead? Glossing over these details, the script has Lex accepting Lionel's offer to join him in managing Luthercorp, and even buying the Kent farm at auction and putting the Kents back in ownership, whereupon Clark pushes Lana away one more time.

    Four episodes of numerous plots and subplots, fine acting, and excellent screenwriting, raising Smallville from a routine series of stand-alone stories to a higher level of legend-building, destiny and speculation about the possibilities of redemption. Essential viewing, and the four episodes together, "Calling," "Exodus," "Exile," and "Phoenix" get a re-run rating of A.moreless
  • Rising From The Ashes

    Phoenix-Clark gives up the ring and its effects rather than kill his father, and both he and the rescued Lex return to Smallville. Clark must deal with crime lord Morgan Edge, who has followed him to Smallville, while Lex must determine who tried to have him killed - Lionel or Helen.

    After an thrilling season opener, "Phoenix" continues to momentum and makes for another exceptional episode. The episode picks up exactly from the premiere as Clark and Jonathan are fighting to the death. It's a breif but intense fight and I loved how Jonathan's line, "If I raised a son that could kill, than kill!" and that Clark breaks the Red K ring right after. It was also a perfect move on the writers part to continue the Morgan Edge storyline as he continues to impress as a villian. It's was also genius to have Edge and Lionel have history as well as being both partners in crime. Both John Glover and Rutger Hauer command the screen in their scenes together. I also love the development of Clark stealing his own blood sample from Lionel and the mystery of why Lionel could want it in the first place. Lex's storyline is also solid as he returns angry and paranoid as he returns to Smallville. Micheal Rosenbaum is great throughout as Lex first blames his father for trying to kill him but the scene where he confronts Helen on the plane in wonderfully played. I just wish we knew what happened to Helen after this episode as she neever reutrns or is pronounced dead. There are some other great scenes like Clark cuting his arm to give Morgan Edge his blood, Clark causes the truck explosion to Morgan Edge being shot down by Lionel's henchmen. All and All, "Phoenix" is a tremendous follow-up to the season premiere with amazing development, storylines and acting, not to mention, a great title.moreless
  • Great Episode

    Jor-El grants Jonathan temporary superpowers, and he and Clark engage in a destructive battle below the LuthorCorp building. Clark, unable to kill his father, destroys the red kryptonite. Lex returns home to the shock of Helen. He quickly learns that Helen attempted to kill him, and takes measures to ensure that doesn't happen again. Morgan Edge finds Clark and kidnaps him in an effort to make amends to Lionel. Clark Kent spent practically all the episodes trying to reach the heart of Lana Lang. When she is absolutely fallen for him. Jonathan Kent's attitude towards Lex has always been of arrogance, scorn and disdain. But he easily accepts that Lex buys his farm in the auction and puts it back on his name.moreless
  • The Return Of Clark... and Lex.

    A set back from the season premiere "Exile", but the second part of the episode was still pretty good.

    This episode was pretty slow to start, but when the hostage situation took place it got really awesome, but as I said the first part was kinda slow, after the Clark and Jonathan fightscene of course. Clark's return to Smallville was obviously going to happen, and it was handled pretty well, as was Lex's return from the Island he was on, but still, some of the scenes dragged a little, I did love Lex's reunion with Lionel, and his scenes with Helen were also pretty interesting.

    When the hostage situation took place, "Phoenix" got really great, and Clark giving his blood to Morgan Edge using the kryptonite was interesting, and lead to Morgan trying to reveal Clark to Lionel, though Clark blows up the truck he was being brough in, and Lionel thought Morgan set him up. I also loved that Lana wasn't the damsel in distress in this episode, as she basically saved the Kents from Morgan Edge's employess, and killed one accidentally.

    This was a great episode, not as entertaining as the first part, but still a good enough episode, this season has gotten of to an excellent start.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

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Rutger Hauer

Rutger Hauer

Morgan Edge

Guest Star

Brock Johnson

Brock Johnson

Edge's Blonde Thug

Guest Star

Kurt Evans

Kurt Evans

Edge's Bald Thug

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Dr. Helen Bryce

Recurring Role

Françoise Yip

Françoise Yip

Dr. Lia Teng (uncredited)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (19)

    • In the scenes after Lex returned to Smallville, the bruise around the corner of his mouth are not always the same size. In some shots, the bruise was very obvious, in others, it wasn't.

    • From the time Jonathan and Clark fly out of the window, to the time they crash, Jonathan manages to grow quite a bit of stubble on his face.

    • During the flashback, when the pilot opens the plane door, there is no evident change in pressure.

    • When Edge shows up at the farm and Clark slams Edge against the car, his thug holds a handgun to Clark's head and threatens Clark. This same thug also shot Clark with a submachine gun in the previous episode, so why does he bother using a less effective gun now?

    • Clark rolls up the sleeve of his shirt. Then he cuts his arm with the kryptonite. When he falls on the floor, the sleeve is rolled down again.

    • In the scene after the opening credits when Jonathan collapses Clark puts his hands on Jonathan's back. Then in the close up shot it takes Clark a few seconds to get to his dad.

    • When Clark goes to give Lex a hug, he puts his arms under Lex's arms but when they switch shots his right arm is on Lex's shoulder.

    • When Clark walks into the ambush, he manages to walk right by his father and only notice him being held hostage at gunpoint when Morgan Edge told him to look back.

    • When Clark is in the truck after being kidnapped, he has a meteor rock tied to his chest. In previous and future episodes it is shown that Clark can barely move when exposed to meteors so how is it that he manages to kick the box hard enough to knock it over and use the glass to cut the tape not only on his hands but on his chest too, not to mention throw the meteor clear across the back of the truck.

    • From the way the wood splintered, the bullet went straight through the wood. How did it change direction and hit the pilot? And after it hit the pilot, where did it go? If it went straight through him, then some machinery should've been damaged. Or the window of the flight deck should've had a hole in it.

    • Why hasn't Edge placed someone in the back with Clark? Wouldn't he want to make sure there's no way Clark had escaped? Also why not bring his parents along? After all, that was all the insurance he had against Clark beating them up.

    • If Lionel keeps surveillance on his jet, wouldn't that have been helpful in putting Helen behind bars after she miraculously returned from the wreck with her fraudulent tale of survival? Surveillance implies he was having someone watch the plane from the outside, so wouldn't the watcher notice when she had Lionel's pilot killed and her own substituted?

    • Helen is willing to murder her own husband for his money. She also sells the greatest scientific discovery of all time, a sample of genuine alien blood, to the highest bidder. And yet, she retains the medical ethics not to reveal Clark as the source of that blood? Surely Lionel offered enough for that information. Why would she continue to protect him?

    • Clark has shown on many occasions that he can move faster than the human eye, not to mention a speeding bullet. Even with their guns directly against Martha and Jonathan, Clark could easily have reached both of Edge's goons before either was even capable of reacting. Also, that would have been a far better idea than revealing his only weakness to Edge. Plus...Clark, also has heat vision, which Edge presumably doesn't know much about. It just seems unlikely Clark couldn't handle the situation with his powers.

    • Is throwing the vial of blood against the barn wall really destroying all evidence of it? Not only would there be a bloodstain there, but presumably the Kryptonian cells are just as indestructible as Clark is.

    • Does Lana really think Morgan's thugs look like movers? They've got a moving truck and all, and the Kents are moving, but the two thugs are dressed in off-the-rack business suits - not exactly the uniform of moving men on duty. But she just goes up and casually asks them where the Kents are.

    • So, is Lana just going to be cleared on the murder/manslaughter/accidental charge without mention? Seems like the local sheriff might kinda wonder about that, as well as why the Kents were being held hostage by the thugs of a major crimelord (or Metropolis businessman, or whatever Morgan Edge was publicly known as).

    • Metropolis is in Kansas, a three-hour drive from Smallville (according to the show's creators). Ummm, where the heck would you find a major dock/port area in Kansas like the one where Edge meets Lionel? It's pretty clearly an ocean-type harbor/dock area, or at least the kind of thing you'd find on a major body of water like the Great Lakes.

    • Black mark on Jonathan for leaving a pitchfork laying around with the tines pointing out at chest level. Guess the Kents don't have to worry about OSHA standards or anything.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (5)


    • Lex I have no doubt that I'll rise from the ashes again.
      In mythology, the phoenix is a magical bird that dies and then rises from its own ashes. Symbolic of renewal and rebirth, it refers to both Clark and Lex returning to Smallville. A phoenix, named Suzaku, is also the gaurdian of the western gate of Japan.