Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 29, 2002 on The CW
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An invisible stalker is pursuing Lex and one of the household staff may, or may not, be responsible.

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  • Not bad!

    This episode isent too bad,but I'll have to admit...I am getting tired of the FOTW plotting. But this episode adds more because youre scrambling to uncover who the villian is (But you will probably already know who it is from the start)

    Clark- What a good guy. Having to either pick being with Lana or resoving her differences with Whitney. In the end hes does the right thing of course and honestly I think hes the only one on the planet who would do it.

    Lana- Clana-fan heaven. In this episode, not only do her and Whitney fall apart,her and Clark get closer.I have to admit, I used to root for Clana during seasons 1 and 2, so I enjoyed this. Their scenes are really beautiful.

    Lex- Having to not only deal with a invisble killer, but with a theiving girlfriend too! Oh,the pain! But seroiusly, the plot isent bad. Lex was such a good guy back then,helping his servant family. Its such a shame seeing him turn evil...but oh,so sweet.

    Jeff Palmer- Pretty cool power. But I called it being him as soon as the episode started. But his invisible fight with Clark is awesome. The mace-swinging effect was really cool IMO.

    A pretty average episode with a pretty average FOTW. But the best parts surprisengly are the Clana parts. Its a shame that in a couple of years after this, I just want Lana to die in a painful death...oh,well!moreless
  • An invisible stalker is at work, and seems to be trying to get rid of Victoria from Lex's life. Clark investigates – and all signs point to the timid daughter of Lex's housekeeper, who has developed a crush on Lex. Not terrible, but hardly the best...moreless

    This review contains spoilers.

    A few reviewers have commented on the similarity (certainly in the early stages) between this and the first season 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' episode "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" (sometimes known as "Invisible Girl"). 'Buffy' and 'Smallville' are often compared on a number of levels, but I did spot an interesting parallel that, when taking 'Buffy's double-length Pilot as a single entity (as opposed to two-part format), episode 10 of both show's revolve around an invisible enemy, and themes of people being ignored. What a fun coincidence.

    Anyway, "Shimmer" is an okay 'Smallville' instalment, but hardly one of the show's best offerings.

    I predicted early on that it was Amy's brother, not Amy herself, who has behind terrorising Lex and Victoria; but then the episode played out so persuasively that I was convinced it actually *was* Amy behind it. So late on when they pulled the twist and revealed it to be the brother, Jeff, all along… that was kinda well done.

    The plot is fair I suppose, but one where the "teen drama" aspects (Clark almost getting his first kiss with Lana; the revelation that Whitney's father is very ill, etc.) outweighed the more mystery / adventure side of the story for my personal tastes, and felt that the whole "invisible enemy" element could have been developed more instead. The plot has some nice turns (though I did wonder how Lex's missing watch suddenly appeared in Amy's "shrine" not long after Clark actually sees her wearing it), but ultimately feels slightly flat.

    The idea of an invisible foe is interesting, and has some good moments, but I can't help but feel that something more could have been done with it. That said, it is far better than the first couple of episodes, where the "villain of the week" was almost tacked on as an afterthought and not fleshed out that much at all.

    I also felt that it would have been better if Lex's house staff, at very least the mother, had been introduced an episode or two previously, even just in the background, as previously to this we have never been given any indication as to Lex's staff, so it did rather stick out a mile in this story.

    Far from the worst hour of television I've ever seen; this one is perfectly watchable, but feels to be lacking an edge, that extra something. At most, it's one you'll sit through but likely won't come rushing back to re-watch. For its good points, I give "Shimmer" a reasonable 8 out of 10.moreless
  • Someone is jealous of Victoria and tries anything to get her to leave Lex's mansion.

    Shimmer is another episode that I didn't really care for, but also once again, I still liked the episode. The storyline is kind of predictable, but in a good way. I say that because if there wasn't a somewhat twist, it would have been the even more obvious conclusion and would have been even less satisfying. Who the invisible person turns out to be is really no surprise. The cool thing about this episode is that the meteor isn't even used for the villains power of invisibility. Instead, they become invivible due to a special flower. Pretty good episode, but nothing real memorable.moreless
  • Another "okay" episode...

    This is one of the last few episodes of Season 1, that I did not enjoy, because it is mostly since this point in which episodes begin getting better and better, but I am not revewing those episodes. So...

    In this episode, we see a girl named Amy that is in love with Lex Luthor. And someone apparently is using invisible makeup in order to attack all of the people who have bother them. The battle at the end was exciting but the rest was not. The first time I watch this episode, I knew that it would be to trivial to put Amy as the main villain and her quiet brother making "no-notorious" appearances, kind of convince of who the real killer was since the beginning. There are other episodes of Smallville with better plots and with better mysteries (such as "Suspect") but sadly this episode is not one of them...moreless
  • Another great episode.

    Clark Kent faces an invisible person. Another kryptonite freak to deal with. this is really interesting. The writers can throw all kinds of stuff at Clark. It's cool when Clark gets weakened by the kryptonite when he gets close to it. We see the side of him that we rarely see. This is a very watchable episode. Well all Smallville episodes are good. This one included. The action keeps coming. We're treated with a cool adventure story. An invisible villain is another great bad person for Clark to deal with. It's nice to see a conflict happening each week, this episode promises just that.moreless
Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Whitney Fordman

Sam Jones III

Sam Jones III

'Pete' Ross

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Jesse Hutch

Jesse Hutch

Troy Turner

Guest Star

Kett Turton

Kett Turton

Jeff Palmer

Guest Star

Glynis Davies

Glynis Davies

Mrs. Palmer

Guest Star

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Sarah-Jane Redmond

Aunt Nell

Recurring Role

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • At the Beanery, Clark sees Lex's stolen watch on Amy's wrist. He and Lex promptly go to the Palmer residence to search her room. Despite the fact there's no indication Amy went there and left, and no time for her to have done so, Lex's watch is in the shrine.

    • Lana is running a blood drive, and she, Pete, and Chloe all volunteer to donate. They're 15, but American Red Cross blood drives require you be 17 or older to donate.

    • When Amy comes over to talk to Clark, he is seated at a table almost directly in front of the Jungle Lord pinball machine. In the preceding episode, the machine was in a different location, there was no lamp next to it, and the position of the machine is such that Lex couldn't have been standing in the previous episode where the table is this episode.

    • Trivia: Amy's shrine for Lex features an article about the bank robbery from "X-Ray."

    • When Clark is hit with the mace, it shatters; it is impossible for iron to shatter under normal temperatures and with the small amount of force that a regular human can put behind a swing, no matter what it hits.

    • When Clark and Lana are on Lana's porch about to kiss, Clark's head is tilted to the right when the camera is behind him, and switches to the left when the camera is behind Lana, this goes back and forth a few times before Lana's aunt interrupts them before they can kiss.

    • At the end of the episode when Clark is watching Lana and Whitney on her porch, they switch the shot to one from in front of the telescope where we can see a reflection of Lana and Whitney in the lens of the telescope. Unless they were sitting 3 feet from the telescope, their reflection would not appear in the lens, and definitely not when her house is a mile away.

    • Somehow between when Victoria steps into her bath (with her hair completely dry) and the time she sits down and lies back, her hair gets wet.

    • On several occasions, Clark doesn't feel the effects of the kryptonite that the invisible attacker has covered himself with. This includes when Jeff attacks him, when the door is slamming and the invisible man brushes past Lex, Clark, and Victoria, when Chloe has the oil on her hands.

    • In the credits for later episodes, a clip of Lex and Clark from this episode is played. However, in this episode, Lex is on the right, with Clark standing behind him as they both go to investigate the mysterious happenings going on in Victoria's room. The scene is right before they open the door and a close shot of Lex and Clark as they approach it. In the credits of later episodes, the same clip is a mirror image, with Lex on the left and Clark behind him.

    • So, Clark invites Lana to see the sunset "tomorrow". Night passes, it's a new day, Clark goes to school, sees the medicine. It's night, Clark goes to Lex, talks about the medicine, and Victoria almost gets killed. Now, it's day again and Clark goes back to school! Clark talks to Whitney about the medicine, Clark talks to Lex again, and then sees the sunset. So Clark and Lana didn't watch the sunset "tomorrow" but rather "the day after tomorrow."

    • So does Clark also have telescopic vision? When he sees the medicine vial in Whitney's bag with his x-ray vision, he's some distance away but is able to clearly read the name of the medicine.

    • The usual ignored problems of being invisible:
      - How do you see if light either goes through your invisible eyes or (as appears to be the case here) is bent around them? - If Jeff's eyes aren't covered by the invisibility stuff, shouldn't they be visible?
      - When Jeff leaves the bathroom and cuts himself on the glass on the floor, his blood is visible. If the blood was visible, which it should not be, then why wasn't the cut on him visible?

    • Lex comments that he "knows everything that goes on in this house." Not only was he unaware that Clark got into the house a few minutes earlier, but crooks, reporters, and his father wander in and out throughout the season and Lex doesn't seem to have a clue.

    • Shouldn't some of the invisibility stuff wash off when Jeff tries to drown Victoria in the tub? And yet he's totally invisible when he flees after knocking Clark down.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Clark: What are you thinking, Chloe, that the locker room's haunted?
      Chloe: Not unless the meteor rocks can conjure up the ghost of dearly departed jock straps, which I seriously doubt.
      Clark: Well, it's nice to see you still have your standards.

    • Chloe: Oh, quick! Pretend we weren't watching.
      Clark: Hey, Lana, how's it going?
      Lana: Not great, but thanks for the courtesy clueless.

    • Victoria: Bye, Daddy. (hangs up the phone) He wants to know if you're selling this castle after we sell out your father.
      Lex: Why? Does he want to ship it back over to Scotland?

    • (looking at the sunset)
      Lana: What do you think?
      Clark: (looking at Lana) I think it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

    • Lionel: Lex, you have disappointed me.
      Lex: Hi, Dad. It's good to see you, too.
      Lionel: Would you mind telling me what she's doing here?
      Lex: Right now? Working on my neck. But knowing her, I think that's just a start.

    • Clark: I don't see it.
      Lex: What are you, part bloodhound?
      Clark: I live on a farm. I'm good at seeing needles in haystacks.

    • Lex: (to Lionel) LuthorCorp is your company. I'm just one of its many expendable employees. As you made abundantly clear when you exiled me to this charming cow-town.

    • Lionel: Empires are not brought down by outside forces - they are destroyed by weaknesses from within.

    • Lana: That's the thing about Clark Kent: he's not always there when you want him...but he's always there when you need him.

    • Pete: "Have you seen the sunset from my loft?" You actually said that?
      Clark: Yep.
      Pete: I bet your stomach was in the knots the whole time.
      Clark: Yep.
      Pete: Clark, if I were you, I'd start scripting what I was gonna say now.
      Clark: No, I think I'll play it by ear. You know, fly by the seat of my pants.
      Pete: Clark, you're not the flying type. I'll make you some notes.

    • Lex: Napoleon's mother couldn't make it to his coronation. But when he commissioned it, Napoleon told David to paint her in as if she were there, right in the center. Even though she couldn't be there physically he brought her into his life through sheer force of will. There to share in his greatness.

    • Jonathan: Clark, you know you can't donate.
      Clark: I know, Dad, but what am I supposed to tell her?
      Martha That you have a problem with needles, which you technically do.
      Clark: Great, not only do I lie, but I look like a wuss.

    • Nell: Lana, you still out here...? (interrupting Clark and Lana's almost kiss) Clark, do you have the time?
      Clark: No, but I'm guessing it's late.
      Nell: Smart kid.

    • Clark: Lana, have you ever seen the sunset from my loft?
      Lana: Yes...Ahem, but that's the great thing about sunsets. They're unique. You always see things you've never noticed before.

    • Clark: You ever gotten information you wish you hadn't?
      Lex: In my experience, there's no such thing as too much information.

    • (checking out the invisibility stuff)
      Clark: You know what you'd be if you rubbed this stuff all over your body?
      Chloe: Naked?

  • NOTES (3)

    • John Glover is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • The original story for the episode involved the sabotage of the school play, but was changed partially for reasons of time. The story as it was intended was published in the 2nd young adults Smallville novel "See No Evil."

    • Music: "When I'm With You" by Simple Plan, "Blend" by Something Else, "Poor Misguided Fool" by Starsailor, "If I Go" by Thrift Store Halo, "Evolution Revolution Love" by Tricky, "Galaxy" and "S.O.S." by Vigilantes Of Love, "Caught In The Sun" by Course of Nature.