Smallville

Season 10 Episode 20

Prophecy

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 06, 2011 on The CW
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Clark and Lois go to see Jor-El and receive his blessing, and he gives Lois Clark's superpowers so she can see what his life is like. However, she soon discovers that she will have to use her powers to fight crime when the Toyman returns. Meanwhile, Oliver discovers that he bears the Omega Brand and seeks out a means to remove it, and encounters Kara, who is also seeking to stop Darkseid.moreless

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  • Sad to see the series ending like this.

    1.0
    Sad truth is the series has lacked good scripts. Superboy is about 28 years old and he has never flown nor worn his super suit. And yeah I know no flights no tights rule...but the character has aged...growth should have occurred..it didn't. Him romancing and marrying Lois Lane is a cop out. He hasn't even had his career as Superman in the big city. Clark/Superman should've been focused on stopping interesting villains, you know, better story's? Of which we didn't get. And since when does Superman give a computer recognition as his father? Because its a computer, not the real thing, and yet he takes Lois and introduces the machine like the real McCoy. Long before now the character should have been flying and wearing his suit. No flight no tights should've ended gradually after season 4. Very poor character development here.moreless
  • Ultrawoman 2: What Was The Point?

    6.0
    Prophecy-Clark and Lois go to see Jor-El and receive his blessing, and he gives Lois Clark's superpowers so she can see what his life is like. However, she soon discovers that she will have to use her powers to fight crime when the Toyman returns. Meanwhile, Oliver discovers that he bears the Omega Brand and seeks out a means to remove it, and encounters Kara, who is also seeking to stop Darkseid.



    Okay.....so this was penultimate episode of the series, not of the season, the entire series and....THIS is what we got? An episode that features Toyman, Supergirl, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Granny Goodness....oh and the Legion of Doom no less....yet "Prophecy" feels like a ill concieved mess! Too much is introduced in one episode, too many polt developments feel rushed or forced and don't get me started on Kara and Oliver's pointless adventure. But let's start off with SuperLois! Now if you were alive in the 90s like me, "Lois and Clark" did a episode like this before. Lois gets Clark's powers for a day and become Ultrawoman but soon discovers Clark doesn't have it easy at all and being a superhero is about sacrifice. Obviously, the writers were set out to achieve the same thing with this episode, but it's underwritten lesson that gets lost in an epsiode where too many plot developments are being thrown left and right.



    The only real highlight of this "being Clark for a day" story is when Clark teaches Lois how to use his superhearing. It's a nice scene played well as usual by Tom and Erica. Other than that, it's rather poor. Watching Lois have her fun in the beginning was entertaining at first but once Toyman comes to play, things go downhill from there. Okay 1) how can Toyman have a cellphone in jail? 2)How they hell does he know Clark's secret? 3) Why the hell would Lois go along with Toyman's plan at all since he's a psycho, she has Clark's powers and can stop him right there by either superspeeding to Clark and telling him or just destory the cellphone with heat vision! Problem solved! But no, we get the "tragic" polt point with Lois putting the mind control device on her (how could that penatrate her skin away?!) So Lois attacks Clark while Tess....just stands then telling Clark to hold on instead of getting some kryptonite to stop her...but anyway....Clark gets his powers back just as quickly as he lost them....and the point of this story was? Atleast we got that badass confrontation between Clark and Toyman! Farmboy is really ready to put on that suit. Speaking of suit, I'm sure most of us expected at least for the episode to end with Clark maybe getting the suit or some hopeful conclusion leading into the series finale but nope, Clark's confrontation with Jor-El was just harsh and they way he turned him off made me think, "Since you could have done that the whole time, why didn't you do that before!?" It that wasn't bad enough, Lois decides she can't be with Clark because she'll be taking away from him being a hero? Great acting from Erica Durance aside, this development couldn't come at the worst time and considering what thse two have been through this season, as well as how much has been emphasized that these two can handled a life together for a suddden break-up to occur felt like a kick in the b@lls. Do we really need this type of melodramtic crap leading into the FINAL EPISODE?



    Then we have Kara and Oliver's search for Orion's Bow which goes nowhere. This part of the episode just felt dull and moments like Kara knowing how to shot a bow screamed "headdesk!" An even bigger insult is how Kara's exits the series. Suddenly, Jor-El proclaims Clark is ready and that Kara is standing in his way....excuse me what? Yeah, it's great Jor-El is finally standing up for his son, but virtually shafting Kara for an rushed exit is a bigger insult than even "Supergirl" was. So what was the point of bringing her back if in the end, she was in Clark's way and contributed NOTHING to helping Clark stop Darkseid? So away she goes into the future, no closer between the cousins, rushed farwell with no emotional weight, talk about LAME! I won't even get into how Kara found the ring and how Jor-El didn't give Kara a clear mission or genuine reason to go to future besides "We can't fit you into the finale, so you gotta go!" Anyway, Granny Goodness' appearence was one of the reare few highlights, I like that she destoryed the Bow getting read of any possible Deus Ex Machina for the finale. (But how could she destory such a powerful weapon when Darkseid couldn't) Ehw...I'm done..."Prophecy" was simply a weak lead in to the finale. Instead of leaving fans with hope for an epic conclusion to the series, we got a terribly average episode that tries too much when it's too late. The time has come for Smallville to end....."Finale" here I come!moreless
  • Prophecy

    9.0
    Prophecy was a superb episode of Smallville and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of character and plot development. It was interesting to watch Oliver quest for the Bow of Orion. I thought that Jor El was wise to have Clark and Lois switch places so to speak to see what the other has to deal with. This episode had a lot of growth for the characters and their relationships. Kara made an important decision regarding her own fate. I was really shocked by the last scene of this episode and I definitely look forward to watching the season finale!!!!!!!moreless
  • Jor-el gives Lois Clark's powers for a day.

    10
    It was an interesting episode. I like that Oliver was tracking the bow of Orion and am interested to see what Granny did witgh it and will do with Oliver. I like that Kara was in it but it kind of seemed like they could've done the episode without her. I thought she should have had one scene with Clark. Tess hasn't really done anythnig the last couple of episodes except stuff at watchtower. Lois getting Clarks powers was neat but they've done that before. I like that having the powers is what changed Lois's mind to marry Clark. I read there was going to be a wedding in the finale so I guess we will see what happens with that little dilema. The way Clark got his powers back was kind of cheesy. He loves her, she thinks about it, then goes back to trying to kill him. Then their hands meet right at the exact time they need to and he gets his powers. I liked that the episode had action and that they had a few villians in it. I am definitley looking forward to next weeks episode. One last review for us all, how sad. See you next weekmoreless
  • Awesome!!!!!!!

    10
    This episode was awesome, why do people keep rating smallville low???? Cuz this show is amazing! And this episode was amazingly awesome, and it sets up the finale beautifully! I know one thing for sure tho, the finale will have loads of awesome reviews and a really good score on here! I can't believe lois canceled the wedding, but from the pics I've seen they do end up down the isle, and they better end up getting married cuz they desserve each other! And I really hope ollie is ok, I'm sure he will be! The finale is gonna be the best finale EVER!!!!!!



    Smallville rules!!!!!!!moreless
Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Chris Gauthier

Chris Gauthier

Winslow Schott/Toyman

Guest Star

Britt Irvin

Britt Irvin

Stargirl

Guest Star

Christine Willes

Christine Willes

Granny Goodness

Guest Star

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

The Voice of Jor-El

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Despite the fact that it's been shown that they keep kryptonite in Watchtower (such as when Clark Luthor attacked), Tess doesn't use it to ward off the mind-controlled Lois when she attacks Clark.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Clark: Are you okay?
      Lois: (gaining his powers) I'm more than okay. I'm super.

    • Lois: Then on my way back through the heartland, there was this flood, so I had to use my freeze breath...
      Clark: Arctic breath.
      Lois: ...to stop it. Also, I have a whole new appreciation for your jacket and--and boots. The number of heels that I have broken super-stretching my legs today is out of control.

    • Clark: This is when I would use my super-hearing to listen in on the Marionette boys to see how they operate.
      Lois: Right, and a big part of that is the squinty head-tilt, yes?
      Clark: Apparently.

    • Kara: You want me to just walk away?
      Jor-El: Kara, your own destiny is written. It is in another place and time. But this is Kal-El's battle, and he must fight it alone. even though a time will come when he turns away from me, in the end he will make the right decision. He is ready. This is his time.
      Kara: He's all the family I have left. I have to at least warn him.
      Jor-El: Sometimes the greatest sacrifice a person can make is to give up what they hold most dear.

    • Clark: I'm flattered, Winslow. Playtime's over.
      Toyman: What's to say I just don't tell the whole world who you really are?
      Clark: Something tells me if you really wanted to, you already would have. But then, we wouldn't be able to play anymore, would we? No matter how many of you band together, what games you decide to play, I'll always be there to stop you.

    • Lois: Clark, I'm sorry. After today, I realized that us being together makes you vulnerable. And I--I can't just sit and watch a movie and eat ice cream, when at that very moment you could be saving five people. Clark, every moment of your life that I take for myself, I am stealing from people who need saving.
      Clark: Lois, what are you saying?
      Lois: I'm sorry, Clark. I can't marry you.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: October 18, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
      Norway: December 17, 2011 on Max
      Turkey: February 5, 2012 on CNBC-e

    • Although not all villains working for Winslow are named, the complete roster is: Metallo, Dark Archer, Solomon Grundy, Manta, Captain Cold, and Roulette. The presence of Solomon Grundy, Manta, and Captain Cold are an injoke to the Legion of Doom. The Legion was from the Challenge of the SuperFriends TV series, which featured eleven of DC Comic's superheroes, including such stalwarts as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman, battling their counterparts, the thirteen members of the Legion of Doom. Each week, the Legion of Doom would emerge from its giant skull-shaped headquarters deep in a swamp and come up with some vast world-conquering scheme, which would initially succeed, only to see the heroes rally and triumph, and the Legion would escape at the end only to return another day to do the same thing.

    • Injoke: The mind control diode is star-shaped and bears a resemblance to the miniature starfish used by the alien comic book invader Starro. Typically the giant starfish releases sprays of mind-controlling drones, that attach themselves to the victims' necks and puts them under the alien's mental domination.

    • Laura Vandervoot and Terence Stamp are billed as Special Guest Stars.

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