Smallville

Season 6 Episode 7

Rage

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 2006 on The CW
9.3
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After being shot while stopping a carjacking, the Green Arrow begins acting strangely. Chloe and Clark investigate and find Oliver is taking a super drug that while healing his wound, has some dangerous side effects.

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  • Hey...Even Superheroes Can Be Junkies!

    8.2
    Rage-After being shot while stopping a carjacking, the Green Arrow begins acting strangely. Chloe and Clark investigate and find Oliver is taking a super drug that while healing his wound, has some dangerous side effects.



    I have to say, I'm loving how the writers are developing Oliver and his boy wonder persona as his storyline is becoming the most well written of the series in a while. Justin Hartley is definately getting more comfortable in the role with each week as his performances get much stronger. "Rage" sees the Emerald Archer back in the spotlight and this time he has an unhealthy new addiction other than crime fighting. The idea of the healing drug seems a bit like the vaccine Lex and Brainiac were using at the end of Season 5, but the effects it has on Oliver are what make this episode entertaining to watch.



    Oliver's descent into almost madness is great and Justin Hartley is very convincing. The scene where Lois confronts Green Arrow and Oliver accidently pushes her into a glass table is a disturbing, especially as Lois rapidly begins to bleed to death. But the best part of the episode is Green Arrow and Lex's confrontation at Luthorcorp. Both Micheal Rosenbaum and Justin Hartley play off each other very well once again as there's a sense of good vs evil in that scene. Also, the effect as both men shooting and the arrow and bullet hitting them simultaneously was so well done. Also in very disturbing news, Lana has been officially knocked up and is pregnant with Lex's baby. It's very unexpected but promises some possible tension for futre episodes. "Rage" has a great premise with Green Arrow on a rampage and some well crafted scenes.moreless
  • Angry Oliver is sexy

    10
    I thought Oliver and Lex weren't going to kill each other, but Oliver actually did kill Lex and Clark saved him by giving him serum. We find out that Lana is pregnant. let's see where this goes, somehow I think it's a hoax. Lois is on the verge of breaking up with Oliver until Clark made things right with them again. Even Lionel and Martha had a moment, but I'm glad that they didn't kiss, that would be too nasty. The ending was really nice. Everyone gathered at the Kent's house for thanksgiving and had happy smiles. Of course Lana had thanksgiving with Lex.moreless
  • After Oliver begins behaving erraticly, Clark and Chloe discover he's taking a super-drug that gives him a healing factor, but the drug itself has severe side effects. Meanwhile, Lana makes a shocking discovery that will impact her relationship with Lex.moreless

    9.0
    While trying to stop a carjacking, the Green Arrow is shot and left for dead. However, when Clark goes to check on Oliver the next day, Oliver's fine and denies having been injured. Instead, Oliver begins behaving erraticly, insulting Clark and breaking a glass in his bare hand. As Clark leaves, he notices Oliver pull out a syringe and inject himself with a mystery substance that instantly heals the cut on his hand. Later, Clark tries to warn Lois that Oliver's doing drugs, but Lois berates him, refusing to desert Oliver when he needs her the most. At Queen Industries, Dr. Pamela Black warns Oliver that the experimental drug RL65 can cause "violent tendencies", and urges him to stop using the drug, but Oliver refuses, believing he "can handle the occasional temper tantrum." After Lois ends up in the hospital following a bout with the Green Arrow, Clark and Chloe learn about RL65 and its negative side effects. However, when they go to confront Dr. Black, they find her dead, and discover that Lex had co-opted Dr. Black so he could test the drug on convicts from a halfway house. At LuthorCorp, Oliver as the Green Arrow confronts Lex over Dr. Black's death, and the two get into a stand-off that ends with both shot in the chest. Meanwhile, the Kents prepare for their first Thanksgiving without Jonathan, and Lana learns she's pregnant after fainting in front of Chloe.



    My Review: Considering this ep was mostly Oliver-centered, it wasn't too bad. I was even able to tolerate some of Lana's scenes, namely the ones involving her fainting in front of Chloe and finding out she's pregnant. By comparison, the only Lex scene I enjoyed was the stand-off with Oliver/GA, but then again, Lex hardly appeared in the episode so that's not saying much. But moving on. Justin Hartley really made Oliver's motivation behind taking RL65 both shine through and seem realistic. Oliver, wanting to help so many people, became jealous of Clark's abilities, and tried to raise himself up to Clark's level. It didn't work out, and he learned his lesson the hard way. Besides the acting, I loved the special effects used for Oliver and Lex's shootout, particularly how the arrow and bullet pass right through each other. Kinda symbolic, don't ya think? I also liked that it was a Thanksgiving episode, and how the subplot involving the Kents' first Thanksgiving without Jonathan was subtle and perfectly in the background. Instead of the "poor me" route, the writers and actors only briefly touched on Clark and Martha's grief, and didn't make it the central focus of the episode. For that, they all get gold stars, and nine turkeys (in this case, a good thing!) out of ten. :)



    Highlights: Clark comforting Lois the morning after Oliver mysteriously disappeared again; Clark warning Oliver to be more careful, and Oliver exploding at Clark; Clark trying to warn Lois about Oliver's new "habit"; Lionel stopping by the Kent farm to explain about Thanksgiving; Chloe trying to hurry Clark out the door, just as Lana arrives; Lana fainting; Clark visiting Lois in the hospital; Lex's shootout with Green Arrow, and Clark convincing Oliver to save Lex; Oliver back to normal and sorry for his behavior; Clark reuniting Oliver and Lois (if only so he could see Lois happy); and Clark hosting Thanksgiving dinner at the Kents' (quite possibly my favorite scene out of the entire ep).moreless
  • Conflict and reconciliation are featured in this episode highlighting Lois and Oliver; he is on a crimebusting spree but relying on a drug with nasty side effects to protect him from injury. Lana get some shattering news.moreless

    8.5
    Just as Lois and Oliver almost get very close at his penthouse, he is sidetracked by a street-level assault below, and off he goes (but how can he see wearing dark glasses at night?) Arrow loosed, one more Chrysler K-car bites the dust - no great loss - but the bad guy gets one more shot, and Oliver is down.



    Back at the Kent's, Lois reports Oliver's disappearing act - Clark reassures her, "Lois, I'm sure you'll find someone who's better suited for you." So it is foretold. The news is reporting the Green Arrow shot but not found.



    Lana shows interest in a charity serving a second-chance halfway house, but Lex warns her against the charity, and quashes her desires. Hmmm, does he know something he's not telling?



    Clark visits Oliver, who seems to be unharmed. They engage in some interesting debate about hidden identities and helping serve justice, then Oliver belligerently kicks out Clark, who spots Oliver injecting some type of medication, which instantly heals his glass cut. Clark informs Lois of his suspicion that Oliver is using drugs. We learn that Oliver is taking RL-65 injections, and his homegirl scientist, Dr. Pamela Black, warns him that lab animals taking the stuff are having loss of control.



    Lionel visits Martha to offer regrets that he won't be coming for Thanksgiving dinner - and we're on the verge of the first romantic encounter between the two - but Lionel bails pre-contact.



    Lana suddenly faints while visiting Chloe; she gets a medical exam about her pain, but the writers let the tension build. When Lois next stops at Oliver's lair, she sees the Green Arrow and clobbers him, but he floors her and runs, she's hospital-bound. Doesn't she begin to wonder why the G. A. is in Oliver's loft?



    Martha later visits Lionel again, affirms there's something between them, and he agrees to come for Thanksgiving.



    Oliver finds street thug number 2, who leaps off a building and splatters below, but somehow he's unharmed. Roughed up by Oliver, thug says his halfway house is being visited by a female Doctor. Looks like Lex is paying Dr. Black, too. She announces she's quitting the experimentation on RL-65, but we know how hard it is to say "no" to Lex. When Chloe and Clark go to the the lab, they find Dr. Black dead, and a green arrow nearby. More planted evidence?



    Clark finds Lana at the Luthor mansion debilitated and weak, but she won't let Clark help. Oliver ambushes Lex and tells him the Doctor is dead. In a standoff, bullet versus arrow, they're both hit. Oliver injects himself, leaving it to Clark to find more RL-65 to save Lex, who awakens to find himself alone. More superhero confrontations follow, but Oliver finally drops the chemical supplements.



    The major development in this episode is finally revealed as Lana comes to see Chloe with the heavy news - she's pregnant.



    Clark persuades Oliver to come for Thanksgiving, which is a heartwarming cast party full of good food and a nice recitation by Clark on family traditions and faith. It's a good family time, but without Jimmy and Lana. By contrast, Lana and Lex have a stiff and formal dinner separated at a twenty-foot long table, as Lana continues going through the motions of her increasingly unhappy life.



    "Rage" is a high-quality episode, with good dialog, fun-to-watch Lois and Oliver bantering, and life-changing news for Lana. Re-run rating B.moreless
  • Green Arrow begins acting strangely. Chloe and Clark investigate and find Oliver is taking a super drug that while healing his wound, has some dangerous side effects.

    7.2
    Good episode: it delt with a big issues in society, DRUGS & not having unprotected sex



    Oliver was on the right track about Clark in battle....getting off his ass and start looking out towards others, stop hidding behind your identity. The scene with Clark & Oliver towards the end was great.."This hole time I just wanted to be like Clark Kent...bring justice to the world...but Clark wouldn't take another life."



    We all saw Lana's pregnancy coming... To me it's a blessing because this means that the writers are on their way to somehow killing her off the show. Don't get me wrong I love the actress who plays her but Lana's character doesn't have a purpose for the show anymore. The fact that she is afraid to tell Lex and Clark shows that she really doesn't want this baby. Why the hell are the writters trying to bring Mrs. Kent and Lionel together again? Way back in the beginning of Smallville this was explored. It's nothing that needs to be explored again....So Mrs. Kent is smart enough to back off.



    The entire Thanksgiving at the Kents just was unneeded. Chloe sitting next to Lionel, at the end of season 3 he tried to kill her (you don't forget those things)Let's get real, Clark would not be thankful to see Lionel at the dinner table next to his mother.moreless
Carrie Genzel

Carrie Genzel

Dr. Pamela Black

Guest Star

Brandon Blue

Brandon Blue

Pierced Punk

Guest Star

Holly Hougham

Holly Hougham

 

Guest Star

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (9)

    • When Lois dials 911 the operator picks up and says "Hello?". The 911 hotline standard procedure is to answer "911, what is your emergency?" not "Hello."

    • In his first appearance it was shown Oliver can nail a single country on the Daily Planet globe from several blocks away with an arrow. But here he takes forever to put on his costume instead of just shooting the two carjackers from his balcony, like he's shot other bad guys before. Fortunately the carjackers wait until he shows up and don't injure their victims or anything.

    • Despite the fact that Lionel tried to have Chloe and her father killed, forcing them to go into witness protection, here Chloe is sitting next to Lionel and quite comfortably chatting and laughing with him.

    • Although Lois is injured in Metropolis, for some reason she is taken to Smallville (three hours away by car based on many previous episodes) for treatment at the hospital there.

    • At the hospital Lois is lying on her back. That would not be standard hospital procedure for someone who was cut numerous times in the back.

    • The carjacker that Green Arrow chases leaps off a building, falls, and... gets up. However, in all other instances it's been shown that someone has to take the drug before they can heal. The carjacker doesn't take the drug after his injury here.

    • In the hospital, Lois states that Green Arrow will be "nursing a couple of broken ribs for sure." Yet when Lois hits Green Arrow earlier in the episode she hits him in the back of his right shoulder.

    • If the camera is in the sunglasses, why would the feed cut short if Green Arrow was shot in the chest?

    • When Oliver Queen is reviewing the video of the carjacker that shot him, we see the gun aimed towards his left side. However, Oliver was shot in the chest on his right side.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Oliver: This whole time I wanted to be like Clark Kent. I wanted to have the ability to bring justice to the world without having to get killed in the process. Then something occurred to me, I realized that Clark Kent would never take another man's life, I came within an inch of doing just that. I'm not even in your league.

    • Clark: Oliver, you're getting sloppy.
      Oliver: I've got more important things to worry about, like staying alive!

    • Clark: I didn't come here to be insulted.
      Oliver: I don't remember you being Invited.

    • Oliver: (to Clark) Apparently you were too busy using your powers to bale hay to realize that there's a crime wave in Metropolis... let me ask you a question: are you ever going to get off your ass and finally do something for a change?

    • Lois: We had no future. He's a world-renowned billionaire, and I'm a nail-biting Talon-doling tabloid reporter.

    • Lois: Oliver… I'm pretty open-minded but kinky hide and seek really isn't my game.

    • Lois: What were you thinking?
      Clark: I was looking out for you.
      Lois: I have 20/20 vision, Smallville. I look out for myself.

    • Lana: Do you ever wish that you could go back in time and... everything would be different?
      Clark: All the time.

    • Lex: What do you think is faster, an arrow or a bullet?
      Green Arrow: There's only one way to find out.

    • Clark: Who am I dealing with, Jekyll or Hyde?
      Oliver: Just plain old Oliver today, Clark.

    • Clark: Oliver, you do a lot of good in this world. You don't need to be indestructible to be a hero.

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Clark: Who am I dealing with, Jekyll or Hyde?
      Referencing the novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this novella, researcher, Dr. Jekyll, creates a serum that inadvertently unleashes the bestial side of the human personality by creating a second personality. Dr. Jekyll's second personality goes by the name, "Mr. Hyde." The novella has since inspired dozens of book, movie, and TV adaptations and parodies. For example, a Marvel comics villain with similar powers bears the name, Mr. Hyde. And this same literary character (Mr. Hyde) has also appeared in Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, where he met his death in the second volume.

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