Smallville

Season 10 Episode 16

Scion

3
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 04, 2011 on The CW
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Clark is shocked after Tess reveals Alexander's secret. Meanwhile, Lionel and Tess face off for control of LuthorCorp, and Lois must deal with a super-powered menace under the influence of red kryptonite.

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  • Not this again

    6.0
    What has Smallville come to? Every other episode features someone (meteor freak, alien, clone or robot) who is as strong or stronger than Clark. How many times have we not seen somebody temporarily getting Clark's abilities and immediately use them better than Clark, at least beating him the first time around and escaping? And EVERY episode has either blue or green kryptonite in it! I want to see Clark superspeed around villains and superpunching them, like he can do to fodder-muggers on the streets of Metropolis as the Blur; however EVERY time he really needs his powers (like going to that female-only Orphanage with Tess) there's suddenly green kryptonite there. The worst part is the enemies don't even KNOW Clark's weakness or even that they HAVE meteor rocks in some form around them. They just go "Oh what he fell down on his own? Talk about weak".

    All shows get boring if the Hero is too powerful all the time, so all shows (unfortunately) find ways to nerf their Hero after EVERY powerup they get - Heroes ruined not only Peter and Hiro but their entire show, and Stargate...

    I really feel Smallville should have been taken a different direction than having green kryptonite in the hands of every villain. In 99% of all cases someone shows up to save Clark cause he is completely incapacitated. I love Clark, I strongly dislike they take away his abilities every time he really needs them.

    Only time he actually has his abilities in a fight versus a real episode-villain, the villain has some superhuman power as well, that in many cases should be way weaker, but somehow manages to beat Clark easily the first rounds.



    Well... Rant over.



    It was a good episode except for the major down-side for me that we have yet another super-powered potential villain here, who is only made up to 50% of Clark's DNA, yet somehow is at least just as strong as Clark, and has at least as good control over the abilities.

    I can't wait till he turns darkside on Clark and beats him in the first round.



    Hadn't this been Smallville, the show I have loved the 8 years, the rating would have been waaaay lower. 6/10moreless
  • Seriously?

    6.0
    ok, smallville has got worse over the years with the countless unrelated storylines including multiple counts of memoryloss and inch square pieces of kryptonite preventing clark from doing anything (kryptonite in junior lex behind his back and clark goes weak when he sees it???? COME ON!!). Then they have the liberty to have another month break without even a sniff of supermans arrival. And what was this last episode about? Lutessa?? who cares?? So far in season 10 there has been 1 episode with the suit, then no mention of it at all, then he flies in his dream and doesn't know how to when he awakes.... PLEASE!! he floated in season 2. Now i know i am ranting here but i am a huge superman fan and absolutely love smallville, but i know i am surely not the only one with this opinion? Guarantee you guys who have read down this far that clark will become superman in the last five minutes of the last show.



    Rant over, phew!moreless
  • Superboy makes a triumphant debut as Smallville pays homage to the glory days!

    8.5
    "Didn't see that one coming" is an understatement here folks. This whole time, we were led to believe that Alexander would rapidly age to become the Lex Luthor from the comics. So you can imagine my genuine shock when I heard the news that Alexander was going to become the Smallville version of Superboy! It's certainly an unexpected route to take with the character but it definitely worked.



    As sort of a sequel to "Beacon", "Scion" successfully continues the ongoing Luthor saga. With Earth-2 Lionel in desperate search of his son Alexander and Tess desperate to keep the clone of her half-brother safe from the clutches of her mirror universe father, it makes for a great hur of television.



    Being a fan since Day 1, it thrilled me to see callbacks to episodes as early as "Heat", "Red", and "Exile". Seeing Clark serve as a father figure to Conner went a long way in showing just how far Clark has come over the years. Overall, "Scion" was a fun, action-packed hour of Smallville. The ending with Lionel visiting Lex's grave was awesome enough, leading to the reveal of Darkseid! Epic beyond words.moreless
  • John Glover takes screen honors with a classic Lionel performance, as he tries to turn Alexander to his side, while Clark, Lois, and Tess fight to keep him on the virtuous path.moreless

    8.0
    "Scion" is memorable for the riveting performance by John Glover, who simply owns the screen when he's on. Lionel from any universe still is Clark's nemesis, throwing kryptonite around and trying to subvert his clone-son Alexander.



    Tess had a strong confrontation with Lionel, but the outcome of the break-in to his office by Lois was transparent - we just knew she would be captured. Alexander's downfall via red kryptonite, and subsequent rescue from its effects by Clark, happened a little too quickly, as if pressure existed to create the crisis and resolve it within this one episode.



    While Tess still tries to do the best for her faux-brother, her conflict with Lionel makes her, in my estimation, the character most likely to be killed off before the series end. I think we'll see Tess end her own life by taking out Lionel at the same time. Meanwhile, the final shot of "Scion" tells us that Lionel is about to participate in an unholy partnership with Darkseid, so Clark and company are being set up to combat both these forces together. This indicates that the Lionel storyline does not have to be resolved separately from Darkseid in the few remaining episodes.



    The ongoing commitment to the Alexander character and his development is evidence to me that Michael Rosenbaum is not needed in the final episodes, although one site lists him in the finale. At one time I hoped he would appear, but character and plot developments since then have made me indifferent about his return. Some have seen Connor as a continuing character, but I could believe that he continues growing, and becomes...Rosenbaum.



    With coming appearances by John Schneider and Annette O'Toole, and a couple cartoonish heroes, plus vanquishing Darkseid and saving the entire human race from it's threat - well, that's lots of ground to cover. I hope they don't overload the storylines. Keep it simple, feature the key characters, and end on a high note. As for Scion, good episode, re-run rating B.moreless
  • Speechless.....

    10
    WOW!! This episode lived up to all of my expectations and then some. Talk about a major flashback type episode. Clark taking on a Jonathan Kent type role about training Connor and helping him master his abilities. The whole heat vision thing brought me back to season 2 "Heat" and then the Red K ring made me thing of Clark with the red ring in the beginning of Season 3. Also loved the Helen Bryce reference from when Clark was sick in "fever" season 2 i think. The writing in this episode felt more natural and more like the earlier seasons than like the later ones. It was very nice (in a strange way) to see the Luthors back. That Lex like figure in Connor when he had on the ring was amazing to see again and made me even more excited to see MR again. The ending was great too, With the Smallville High application for Connor Kent. I really hope we get to see a lot of Connor in the next few episodes and revisit Smallville High at least once. This was a great episode, and i feel that i may have been wrong about losing Chloe and Oliver....if this stays up maybe they were not as big in this show as i thought they were. Fantastic episode!! I really don't want to wait for 6 more weeks, but i hope that it will be worth it! It is so sad to see this show coming to an end.....moreless
Lexa Doig

Lexa Doig

Dr, Camille Lamell

Guest Star

Ken Kirzinger

Ken Kirzinger

Lionel's Scientist

Guest Star

Evan Frayne

Evan Frayne

Security Guard

Guest Star

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • About two minutes into the episode, when Clark and Tess find Conner lifting the tractor in the air, Conner says, "Hey Tess, check it out" but his mouth doesn't move until the last word.

    • When Conner abducts Lois for love and prepares to kill her, Lois says that Clark never did anything like that under the effects of red kryptonite. However, in "Crimson", Clark abducted Lana for love and strangled Lex with the seeming intent of killing him.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Lionel: Give me my son.
      Tess: I'm surprised you are so hellbent on this family reunion, given the fact that in this world, it was Lex that sent Lionel plummeting to his death.
      Lionel: That's proof that the Lex you knew was a true Luthor.

    • Clark: I'm like you.
      Conner: So does this mean... oh my God, are you like my dad?
      Clark: I prefer brother.

    • Clark: Conner has... he's only half Lex, it turns out.
      Lois: What? Okay, if you say the other half is Tess, I'm going to officially write that family off for good.
      Clark: Lois, the other half is me.
      Lois: Are you trying to tell me that Conner is the genetic love-child of Clark Kent and Lex Luthor?
      Clark: You don't have to say it like that.

    • Clark: It's just sometime I forget you never saw what it was like. Growing up, being different, feeling like an outsider, a freak. Like you were all alone.
      Lois: You turned out pretty normal.
      Clark: Lois, you don't understand. It never goes away. It's always in there. The only thing that's ever made me feel... normal is you.

    • Conner: Who taught you how to do all this stuff?
      Clark: My parents were there very step of the way. My dad, he believed that all the hard work he had me do, would teach me how to control my abilities. Teach me character. Conner, you may not have parents, but you have me. I'll always be there for you.

    • Conner: I'll open up a world Clark can't even imagine for you.
      Lois: Clark is my world!

    • Lionel: Why don't you have me killed?
      Tess: Because that's not who I am.

    • Conner: I'm not like you, Clark. I mean, maybe on the outside with what I can do. But what that ring brought out in me, that was all Lex.
      Clark: There's a shadow inside of all of us. But that doesn't mean that you need to embrace it. You decide who you really are. And I know you'll make the right choice and become the hero you're destined to be.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • Tess: I'm saving him from an encore performance of Daddy Dearest.
      Referencing the 1978 expose of Hollywood star Joan Crawford titled Mommy Dearest. The tell-all is written by Joan's daughter Christine, and she claims that her mother is a dominating parent who engages in child abuse. It was adapted into a movie in 1981, with the more dramatic moments overacted to the point where the movie was often hailed as a camp classic.

    • Lois: Now hold on, Chicken Little.
      Referencing the Aesop's Fable of The Sky is Falling, with Chicken Little. In the original, Chicken Little is hit in the head by a falling acorn, thinks the sky is falling, and goes to warn the king, gathering his friends along the way. It has since been told in many different variations in books, movies, and TV.

    • Lois: I feel like I stepped into a Tom Clancy novel.
      Referencing the American author famed for his espionage and techno-thriller novels. Many of his novels feature characters Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst, and/or John Clark, a field operative. A number of Clancy's novels have been adapted into movies, including The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, and Clear and Present Danger.

    • Lois: He'd give Lazarus a run for his money.
      Referencing the miracle recounted in the Bible (John 11:1-44) in which Jesus brings Lazarus, a follower who was dead for four days, back to life.

    • Lois: We have to call Clark and tell him Don Luthor is going all Godfather on us.
      Referencing the 1972 movie based on Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather (1969), which chronicles the trials and tribulations of the Corleone family as they battle the other New York City Mafia families for control of the crime empire. The movie spawned two sequels, in 1974 and 1990, and appears on numerous "Best Movie" lists.

    • Lois: Thanks, but I think you've got the wrong idea, Romeo. This Juliet is already spoken for.
      Referencing the play by William Shakespeare, based on the Italian story The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet are young lovers who families are at odds with each other. The story represents love in the face of adversity, particularly doomed love since Romeo and Juliet die in the final scenes.

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