Smallville

Season 6 Episode 8

Static

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 16, 2006 on The CW
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One of the escapees from the Phantom Zone has killed the crew of a ship in Seattle. Clark confronts the killer who feeds on the bones of his victim. In Smallville, a patient in LuthorCorp Labs escapes experimentation and seeks revenge on Lex by trapping him in a dimension where he can see and hear those around him, but they cannot see him.moreless

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  • kool

    10
    The show focuses on two things, Clark finding another phantom and Lex,Lana and chloe worring about 33.1 if it is around. Clark also finds another future justice league member. Well Lana and Lex advance there life together.



    Chloe says something great. you feel the need to carry the world on your shoulders. That is noble but there are other people out there that want to help you fight the good fight, and you need to let them in. This is another shot at the Justice league. I love the idea that smallville is taking this turn. It gives an added demention to the show. I know many shows that go threw highschool years then when it comes to the college years it is hard to keep shows going. Well they aren't focusing on college like they did last year. I don't even recall clark attending class this year. IT is more focusing on all the future of clark. It is great. The 33.1 level shows how many people in metropois have come about.

    Keep up the good workmoreless
  • the person who saved clark

    8.5
    i think he was mr manhatten from the watchmen as he also has glowing blue eyes and is able to jump and fly like the person who saved clark
  • Not my favorite episode

    7.0
    This episode had it's moments, but overall it was pointless. The acting was average and the story was another meteor freak of the week. Can't they come up with anything else? But the mystery of who saved Clark from that phantom is interesting. Hope the producers don't drag this out and make us wait forever to find out who saved Clark. They are known for doing that. Lionel protected Lex by moving 33.1 to a new facility. I don't know if Lionel is good or bad. He helps Clark by protecting his secret then he helps Lex with 33.1. He flip flops too much. Maybe the evil in him isn't all erased.moreless
  • Not quite what I had expected but whatever. I watched because it is Smallville

    7.5
    Lex finds himself in an unexpected situation just minutes after telling Lana just how much she means to him. Meanwhile, Chloe informs Clark about a ship that has been attacked. A ship that last stopped at an island that was struck by a meteor the same day that Clark escaped from the Phantom Zone. She then tells him that Lex has disappeared. Clark must make the decision of whether or not to search for Lex or to investigate the ship. Lionel quickly shows up to investigate Lex's disappearance and appears to be trying to send Lana away, who claims that Lex disappeared into static.

    Clark shows up to investigate the ship and is mistaken for a medical student. His is recruited by a doctor who shows him that the crew members, dead crew members, have had their skeletons ripped from their bodies. While Clark investigates the ship incident, Chloe and Lana investigate Lex's disappearance.moreless
  • A meteor-infected madman can transform an ordinary mortal into electromagnetic static, and he takes revenge on Lex for Luthorcorp's involvement in Level 33.1 experiments.

    6.0
    At the Luthor mansion, Lana is burdened with her secret pregnancy, and Lex offers support and pledges his love, apparently not yet aware of her condition. Suddenly the security alarm activates with Code 142, and instantly a group of armed guards hustle them toward the panic room, but Lex is transformed into "Static" and disappears. Is he in another dimension? He is instantly being transported around the room, but he can no longer see Lana or the guards, and vice-versa.



    At the DP, Chloe tells Clark that a cargo ship has been found adrift with the entire crew dead, and is being towed to Seattle. It was near an island that was hit by a meteor when Clark escaped from the PZ, so we suspect intergalactic foul play. Just then Lana tells Chloe that Lex has disappeared again. Clark heads to Seattle anyway, higher-priority rescue.



    At his office, Lionel hears of the Lex disappearing; no clues exist. Lana arrives with suspicions a coverup. Security at the mansion says she's seeing things. She tells him the code was 142 - which we see has meaning to Lionel. Lionel calls Genome Technology, but that story fragment goes nowhere.



    At the Seattle wharf, numerous bodies are being brought from the ship to a mobile coroner's tent; Clark is misidentified as a med. student assigned to help the coroner's deputy. That works for Clark, giving him freedom to roam the restricted area. The ship's crew members are just remains in boxes, without skeletons; two others were dock workers, so some hungry monster is on the loose. The deputy says it's "seriously freaky."



    Lana and Chloe return to the mansion; Lex is there, but his manifestation is in another dimension or frequency; his form passes right through Lana and Chloe. Looking for surveillance video, Chloe copies the hard drive for analysis back at the DP. Suddenly another figure is with Lex in his office, it's the 142, and he's a static being too - named Bronson, a meteor rock victim and former mental patient. These plot elements have been pretty well worked over in previous episodes, so the story line starts to weaken here.



    At the DP, Chloe and Jimmy find Lana already there. Choe has found surveillance video of Lex's disappearance; they detect another static-like figure near Lex. Lana gets a phone call from Mr. 142, who says he knows what happened to Lex, but Lana keeps this from Chloe. Lana heads back to the Talon, where he tells her that he has taken Lex in retaliation for being held in a secret lab called 33.1, where Luthorcorp is experimenting on meteor rock victims. When they are released from Belle Reve, they wind up in 33.1, confined again. He wants Lana to expose 33.1, and will release Lex. Lana is skeptical of the whole story, but agrees.



    Clark is still impersonating a coroner's assistant. Among the cargo containers, blood is found by an officer; he starts a search, but, failing to call for backup, he's easy prey for a large ugly humanoid, who kills him and starts consuming his bones. Urp!



    Bronson, we learn, was an electrician working near meteor strikes. He can move through alternate frequencies, or other time and space. He and Lana arrive on floor 33.1, and step into...a long empty space - the cells, the labs, all gone. Mr. 142, Bronson, is hysterical, Lana is still skeptical. He has put Lex "in a place where he can't hurt anyone else," and he disappears before telling Lana anything useful.



    Back at the mansion, Bronson is now on frequency with Lex, demanding to know where he put 33.1. Lex knows Bronson's history, telling him he never was going to be released from Belle Reve, but Lex was trying to help him. By that, we understand Lex would exploit Bronson's ability. Bronson has leverage over Lex, and disappears again.



    Down in the DP basement, Jimmy has dredged up old HAM radio equipment, examining the frequencies on the surveillance video, tuning into other bands, and finally they hear Lex's voice.



    At the docks, Clark continues his search, finding a pair of bloody glasses and a helmet. The ugly escapee from the Phantom Zone (a local wrestler?) flings Clark a long way into a crane, and escapes for the moment.



    Chloe searches Lex's computer files for floor plans of the Luthorcorp building, but when she reads "floor plan unavailable," the files are deleted. When Lionel drops in, he already knows of Chloe's hacking attempt. His disparages her talk of meteor freaks, and leaves. But Jimmy has a another plan to re-tune Lex.



    Lana goes to the mansion to talk to Lex, hoping he hears her. In a tearful confession, she declares how much she misses him, and her soliloquy is the only exceptional acting in this episode. He appears near her, but is still invisible. She reveals she's pregnant. Bronson appears again, threatening her life, to get Lex to fess up about 33.1. Jimmy and Chloe arrive at the right time, knock Bronson out, demanding to know where Lex is.



    Bronson escapes by turning to static, but Lana grabs him, and she's static, too. Now Lex can see her. Jimmy has his old tube-type frequency generators in the room, tuning and broadcasting while Bronson and Lex battle over the knife. Lex overpowers Bronson, who fails to use his ability to disappear, and lets Lex kill him. A big plot hole is developing. Can you be tried for murder in another frequency-dimension? Is Bronson dead back here in our frequency? Will anyone be held accountable for his death? No.



    Chloe and Jimmy can hear Lex and Lana talking, so Jimmy creates a big short circuit and they're back.



    Clark is still searching for the PZ escapee, following a trail of blood. Bluto-man nabs Clark, but suddenly falls dead...some unknown phantom has aided Clark. It's a Kryptonian figure, who soars up and speeds away into the night sky.



    JImmy and Chloe are on floor 33.1, finding nothing, and Lana remains doubtful that 33.1 ever existed; she chooses to believe Lex.



    Lex is back with Lionel, who seems to have been behind the disappearance of the lab. Another accusation by Lex, but this time no denial. Lionel admits he moved it to a top security location, and will reveal that to Lex on one condition - he wants to be full partner with Lex on the entire project.



    At the Kent farm, Chloe checks in with Clark, wanting to know the Seattle story, but Clark is evasive. Someone else killed the alien intruder, but Clark does not know if the Other is on their side. She wants to be on his side; "Sometimes even heroes need to be saved," she says, but he declines full disclosure, disappointing Chloe and us, too.



    At the mansion, Lex is trying to be protective of Lana's condition. He tells her he's pleased that the woman he loves is carrying their child. Sliding right back into the Big Lie mode, he tells her that 33.1 never existed. She suggests she might be involved in learning more about the meteor-infected...he takes her to an elaborately decorated room, filled with roses, candles, light and beauty, all for her, and the centerpiece is a gift, a ring. "Will you marry me?



    This is the first and only Smallville episode credited to two new screenwriters, and it shows. Music, set decoration, photography, all quite good, but "Static" demonstrates how every component affects the creation of a good episode, and screenwriting is clearly one of them. Other than the major news of Lex asking Lana to marry him, "Static" is pretty routine and has a few plot holes. In fact, Clark has such a minor role as to be almost inconsequential. The writing on this one is weak, and since it's not crucial to any continuing storylines, it can be passed over. Re-run rating C-.moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Elias Toufexis

Elias Toufexis

Bronson

Guest Star

Carmen Moore

Carmen Moore

Seattle Coroner

Guest Star

Sean Millington

Sean Millington

Luthor Security Guard

Guest Star

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Lana and Lex come back from the other frequency, there's a lot of smoke coming from Jimmy's equipment. In the next shot, all the smoke is gone.

    • This episode is filled with many inaccuracies of basic physics. There are too many to list all of them. But one obvious example is when Jimmy uses his father's ham radio equipment to decode Lex's radio signal from the video surveillance footage on Lex's hard drive. But there's no way a radio frequency would be recorded by a camera that has sensors for video (light) and audio (sound), these sensors would not be capable of recording radio frequency waves, there would be nothing to decode.

    • When Chloe and Jimmy are on floor 33.1 and Jimmy is examining the wiring he says "Whatever was on this floor wasn't your typical cubical farm. There's enough power pumping in here to light up Metropolis." The irony of the statement is that the wires he is examining are not power lines but are in fact telephone wires, and he's holding enough of them for several phone lines. Your typical cubical farm would likely put those lines to use.

    • The timing in the final scene is off. Lana leaves Chloe and Jimmy at the office and goes directly to the manor to talk to phantom Lex. Meanwhile Chloe meets with Lionel and some appreciable time passes. But then they arrive only minutes after Lana starts talking to Lex and starts to fight with Bronson. What was Lana doing all the time that Chloe was busy checking blueprints and talking with Lionel?

    • While Clark is in Seattle, Lana drives to Metropolis. She and Chloe drive back to Lex's manor. Then they both drive back (separately) to Smallville. Then Chloe and Jimmy drive back. At three hours a trip, that's 6-9 hours. During this time, Clark doesn't seem to... do anything. He has super-speed - did it really take him 6-9 hours to wander the docks and stumble across the Kryptonian killer twice?

    • FM and AM are different frequencies (AM: 530-1600Kilohertz - FM:88-108Megahertz) but specially different forms of modulating (Amplitude x Frequency Modulation) the radio waves to transmit data.

    • At the beginning, why do the security team come racing in? Bronson can shift through dimensions and there's never any indication they have a sensor that can track him. If they just realized he escaped from the lab in Metropolis, then how does he get so quickly from there to Smallville (three hours away)? Alternately, why did it take them three hours to realize he escaped from a high-security facility?

    • The Phantom Zone killer throws Clark into a crane. However, the crane is holding up a container and containers are never left suspended unless an operator is present. So there has to be someone in the crane but they're never referenced or given any indication they are witness to Clark displaying super-powers.

    • When Clark is looking for the killer on the docks, he doesn't use his x-ray vision or super-hearing or super-speed to find the Phantom Zone killer. He just… walks around.

    • Although at the beginning the security team is all over the manor and dedicated to protecting both Lana and Lex, later there is no sign of them when Bronson and Lana come in, Jimmy and Chloe come in with equipment, etc.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Chloe: There is a lot more to this story than what meets the eye, you don't know the Luthors like I do.
      Lana: You don't know Lex like I do.... I'm not going to take the word of a homicidal maniac over Lex, I'm sorry.
      Chloe: Lana, you can't prove that Level 33.1 didn't exist.
      Lana: And you can't prove that it did.

    • Clark: I have to go to Seattle.
      Chloe: Clark! I know Lex isn't exactly your pick for Man of the Year but you just can't turn your back on him!

    • Lex: (to Lana) You have no idea how much you mean to me. (long silence) In an ideal world, I was hoping for some kind of response.

    • Jimmy: I know that "Lex Luthor Lost" is a juicy headline, but tell me again why we're looking for the root of all evil?

    • Jimmy: My (radio) handle? "Jimmy the Infuriator."
      Chloe: Why does that not surprise me?

    • Chloe: I didn't know you had it in you.
      Jimmy: Why do you think they call me Jimmy the Infuriator?

    • Lionel: (to Lex) It says on the door out there that this is my office. My private office. Obviously that doesn't mean much to you.

    • Aldar: Nice try, Krypton Man.
      Clark: You escaped from the Phantom Zone.
      Aldar: But I'm no phantom.

    • Aldar: Your blood must make you strong. I should taste it.

    • Chloe: So, the crystal was a success?
      Clark: No, it wasn't.
      Chloe: Then did the Zoner just decide to pack up and leave the solar system?
      Clark: Someone else killed him--someone who could do things I could only dream of.

    • Chloe: You feel the need to carry the world on your shoulders. That's noble. But there are other people out there who want to help you fight the good fight, and you need to let them in. Because sometimes even heroes need to be saved.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: April 15, 2007 on TVNorge
      Australia: October 20, 2007 on Ten
      Belgium: November 24, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Turkey: April 20, 2008 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: May 13, 2008 on TV Nova
      New Zealand: June 13, 2008 on TV2
      Slovakia: July 26, 2009 on Markiza

    • Although credited, Erica Durance and Annette O'Toole do not appear in this episode.

    • Batista is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • Although not identified on-screen, the figure that confronts Clark flies, has a form of heat vision, is bald, and likes Oreo cookies. These are all traits of the DC character J'onn J'onnz, the Martian Manhunter, a founding member of the Justice League of America. J'onn first appeared in Detective Comics #225 (1955) and was created by Joe Certa and Joseph Samachson. He was accidentally teleported to Earth and stranded, and took on the role of a superhero. He was a founding member of the Justice League of America and has served in most of its incarnations. The character has also appeared in the 1997 Justice League pilot, Justice League Unlimited, and The Batman. J'onn is in many ways a less powerful version of Superman, but also possesses telepathy, shapeshifting, invisibility, and density control powers. His only weakness is flame, which leaves him powerless.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Chloe: These guys aren't just meteor freaks, they're from galaxies far far away.


      Referencing the Star Wars movie franchise. Star Wars is an epic space opera franchise and a fictional universe initially developed by George Lucas during the 1970s and expanded since that time. Each movie in the series stars with the words "A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...". This sentence became one of the series' most famous catchphrases, along with other lines like "May the Force be with you."

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