Smallville

Season 8 Episode 13

Power

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2009 on The CW
7.0
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Clark discovers that Lana is missing and Tess Mercer may be responsible. Tess informs Clark of startling news concerning an old friend, then discovers startling news of her own at a secret LuthorCorp facility.

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  • I can't decide if this episode was good or terrible.

    6.0
    Most of you will disagree when I say this, but I am a fan of Lana Lang. Even so, this episode was too much of Lana to take. So if you're not a fan of Lana, I can see how this episode could be unbearable. I considered this episode making up the time that Lana has lost in the beginning of this season, and this episode was just filling in the blanks. That's the positive way to see it. The writers totally jumped the shark in this episode, and it definitely does not follow Superman's story. In this episode Lana goes missing, Clark thinks she has been kidnapped so he talks to Tess & Chloe and a guy who she trained with to find answers. Turns out she was looking in to a project that Lex was working on, she wants to wear a POWER suit, which gives her superhuman abilities. That concept is terrible. How can anyone see Lana more than the girl next door? Her as a superhero doesn't make any sense. That's the negative way to look at this episode. Meanwhile Tess finds out that Luthercorp is preserving Lex's body. Tess manages to kill someone along the way. I find Tess completely unnecessary, and I will always say that Lex can never be replaced, I agree with Lana when she says that Tess has to be her own person, not living in Lex's shadow. The plot of Lana becoming superhuman is ridiculous, but regarding Lana's whereabouts for the past 7 months is worthy. An okay episode. Clark & Lana get together in the end. And we all know how that's going to end.moreless
  • Lana Lang is a superhero...yay lets rejoice

    2.5
    This is not a very good episode. Even the Clark/Lana relationship angle which is so RIP 2000-2005. This angle has no interest for me. And its basically a way to write off Lana since KK wants to go make movies (she's sooo talented...anyone watch Street Fighter Legend of Chun Li ... what a classic)

    Fairly boring wrap up of the latest Lana runaway. Props to her epiphany that she needs to save the world...what's that like her 5th or 6th epiphany. I wanna go to art school, no i wanna help meteor freaks, no be a mom, no wait i know superhero.moreless
  • Why?

    6.0
    I fail to understand why they would bring back the Lex and Lana thread while this season was going so well. The progression of the Superman mythos story (with Jor-El, Brainiac and Doomsday) was just picking up steam. Then it all comes to a grinding halt because they HAD to give Lana powers. Completely pointless. Clark was extremely out of character - without getting into spoilers, let's say the one thing Clark would NEVER do, he considers doing. Let's hope the Lex/Lana story is done for good on Smallville. On to Superman - I hope they go back to the heights of the previous episodes.moreless
  • "Power" is a great episode of Smallville because Lana finally got some powers.

    10
    "Power" is a great episode of Smallville because Lana finally got some powers. Lana has played the victim too many times so she was able to help Clark. I like the fact the writers did not kill her because it would make Superman a dark character. This works for Batman because he is mortal. On the other hand, Superman is one of the most powerful characters. I don't believe Superman being revengeful would make the show good. I also want to thank Kristen Krek for making Smallville a good show. Lana made Clark Kent seem more human by contributing to Clark's real life problems and happiness. Kristen will be missed but it was time for a change.moreless
  • SuperLana Returns

    5.0
    Power-Clark discovers that Lana is missing and Tess Mercer may be responsible. Tess informs Clark of startling news concerning an old friend, then discovers startling news of her own at a secret LuthorCorp facility.



    Wow, I really don't know what to think about this episode. I mean it wasn't like I wasn't looking forward to "Power", it's just the spoilers made this episode seem like the least interesting of the second half of the season. The director's cut and the preview clip didn't help either. It's not that the storylien for "Power" that makes this a disappointing episode, but it's the fact that it seemed a over-the-top and focused severly too much on Lana. Now, I've been enjoying Lana's return more than most fans have been and I've even went as so far as to defend the character a bit. Since Lana returned, the character seemed more mature and responsible, even her relationship with Clark was tolerable. It seemed that both characters were finding a balance in their relationship and that they didn't need to be in another melodramtic, angst ridden relationship to have great relationship. Even though most fans hated Lana coming back and said the character was being worship, I thought it was simply the writers bring a close to Lana's journey on the series and the Clana relationship. But the ending of "Bulletproof" had me worried a bit, but I again believed it was just another set up for the final end of the Clark and Lana relationship. But "Power" not only reaffirms the fears of Lana's return to fans, but it makes her return seem like a bad idea!



    The whole backstory of Lana's disappearence and the her literally becoming a superhero at the end of the episode has to be one of the most ridiculous and silliest storylines the writers ever came up with. I mean I found the flaskbacks and Lana's whole "Batman Begins"-style trainig sequences boring and laughable. I mean I was fine with Lana with her fighting skills and her being a supportive of Clark, but seems now the writers have already forgetten the "Bride"-"Bulletproof" when Lana's return made sense, but now it just contradicts all that she's been doing so far. I loved the introduction of Lex's power suit, the fact that Lana is using it and literally becomes an equal to Clark just annoyed the hell out of be. I mean in "Wrath", Lana being super-powered actually serve some sort of a purpose, where Lana using the suit seems like she's doing it selfish reasons. Not to mention, her being a equal to Clark and her wanting to fight by his side at the end...excuse while I vomit. I thought this was Smallville, the journey of Clark Kent becoming Superman, not Lana and Clark: The New Adventures of Super Clana. If that wasn't bad enough, Clark really disappointed for the first time this season. I mean I honestly believed that the writers were trying to show that Clark could still be the por-active hero his been throughout this season with Lana around him, but "Power" again ruined the point that the writers were trying to establish. At the beginning of the episode, Clark (ironically) says that the kiss was a mistake, that he should have left his feelings in the past and that he actually was becoming a better man since Lana has been gone. But then Chloe actually tells Clark he should talk to Lana again about the whole thing. That's funny considering Chloe was defending Lois last episode about the thought of Clark getting back with Lana. Also, Clark being angry about Chloe hiding the fact that she was hiding a secret from Lana. Umm, Clark, you ripped away Chloe's memories of your secret and you still haven't told her you hypocrite. Hopefully, this episode will be Clark's only BDA episode, because I really would hate for the character to become underdeveloped once again.



    The only things I really liked about the episode were 2 things: 1) Allison Mack gives a marvelous directorial debut. Never has the show looked more stunning that the camera angles and cinematography were pretty much the only thing that kept me interested. 2) Tess! I really love Tess' new one woman mission against Lex and it's actaully more refreshing to see the character coming into her own as venegful vigilante instead of a She-Lex. After probably the finest run of episodes in the series' history ("Prey"-"Bulletproof"), "Power" really is a disappointment and the weakest episode of the season so far. What could of been the writers continuing to close Lana's role on the seres as well as her relationship was developed into a showcase of Lana becoming a superhero. I mean it's just a bad idea and it's really hurting Clark because of it. I'm sorry to say this, but I think I might join the "I can't wait until Lana leaves" bandwagoon with the fans of the series. I honestly don't know how Lana will exit the series next episode as the writers are making it look like Clana is back in full swing, but whatever it is, I don't care at this point as I think I've had enough of the character after that episode!moreless
Ted Whittall

Ted Whittall

Carter Bowfry

Guest Star

Aaron Craven

Aaron Craven

Male Technician

Guest Star

Scott Little

Scott Little

Daily Planet Worker

Guest Star

Ari Cohen

Ari Cohen

Regan

Recurring Role

Mike Dopud

Mike Dopud

Tess' Assistant

Recurring Role

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In a flashback, when Lana is making the DVD for Clark and talking to the camera, she says, "As long as I'm in your life, I'm holding you back. Please for both of us, don't come looking for me." But in the season seven finale of "Arctic," she says, "Please, don't come after me."

    • When Tess enters her office at the Daily Planet and her assistant doesn't respond, she turns the chair around and sees that he is shot dead. Just before she spins it, the dead man blinks and moves his mouth slightly.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Chloe: Clark, you know you're bored when you resort to watching a repeat of your breakup.

    • Chloe: (to Clark) You know, you have an arsenal of abilities at your disposal, but suffocating feelings that want to come up for air definitely isn't one of them.

    • Lana: Yeah, well, life hasn't exactly been a walk in the park lately.
      Carter: Oh, poor, poor, pitiful you. How long have you been feeling sorry for yourself? Let me guess: your entire life.

    • Tess: You're a pretty pathetic guard dog. Loyal to a master that can't even feed himself. Why don't you come and work for me? Hmm? I'll give you more Milk-Bones than Lex ever did.
      Regan: I think I'd rather shovel cow dung.

    • Tess: That's a ballsy move, sitting in the boss's chair. Either you have good news for me, or you like to live dangerously close to the edge. (discovers her guard is dead) I guess it's the latter.

    • Dr. Grohl: You can't destroy the suit without murdering her.
      Tess: Lana Lang was born to be a martyr.

    • Lana: I'm not here to hurt you, Tess. I'm here as your friend.
      Tess: My BFF who tears open my safe with her bare hands and burns all my research. I think you're stretching the definition of "friendship" just a little bit.

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