Smallville

Season 6 Episode 9

Subterranean

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 2006 on The CW
8.0
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An illegal immigrant comes to Clark for help, escaping from a nearby farm where he's working... a farm that houses a dark secret.

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  • Clark learns a very important lesson. And totally bore the audience while at it.

    5.5
    In this episode Clark run into a illegal and finds his inner PC child. So Clark being Clark help said lad who also happened to have perfect English even though he only arrived in America a few months back and somehow learned English by watching the American television shows that I guess aired in Mexico since I believe the farmer wouldn't let any of the workers watch his tv, since the owner of the farm is evil and kills anyone who leaves the farm by moleing them to death or something.



    The only reason to watch this episode is all of the Chloe and Jimmy Olsen scenes. I'm growing to like the actor playing Jimmy and the relationship works in this episode.



    Lex and Lana only appear a few times and...someone tell the writers it's not working. Sorry I'm bored. Please stop it just make Lex EVIL already.moreless
  • Yuck

    3.0
    This episode should be stricken from Superman canon. Normally Superman upholds the law but in this twisted episode he aids a bunch of illegals. Even Lex Luthor and Lana get in the mix by allowing another dozen or so illegals into the country. At this rate pretty soon Smallville will no longer look like Kansas, it will look like South Central LA or worse, Mexico. Smallville is a great show and one of the rare shows that actually seems to promote American values, but this episode seems like it was written by some sort of globalist UN supporter. I hope they never use this writer again. In the future I hope they can keep the leftist propaganda out of Smallville. It left a very bad taste in my mouth.moreless
  • PSA? Poor story? Both?

    1.0
    Wow, this episode serves quite a painful existence. I am not sure it was meant more as a Public Service Announcement or just a really poor episode. In fact, the episode itself feels like it cannot make up its mind as well.



    The season was in a very smooth rhythm, and was relatively increasing in development. This episode seems to be a slight pothole on the pathway that the show was traveling. It won't ruin the season, but it will annoy faithfuls in a very "what was that about?" manner.



    Essentially, it felt like a left over script from the first couple seasons; and a weaker episode of those seasons to boot!moreless
  • Loved the ending

    10
    I have to admit, if it wasn't for the ending I would have probably rated this episode a 4, 5 at the most. But when that heavy metal music played and Lex was walking out while all the meteor freaks were trying to grab him was spectacular. I loved how the door closed and the last thing you see is 33.1. This episode really had nothing to do with Clark moving forward with his destiny. This was just an out there episode to go with the flow. Hopefully future episodes will have a lot more to do with Clark's destiny.moreless
  • I Wish I Could Deport The Writers!

    2.8
    Subterranean-An illegal immigrant comes to Clark for help, escaping from a nearby farm where he's working... a farm that houses a dark secret. So, the writers are either very lazy or very cocky and think anything they write is passable. Cause who in their right mind thought Clark playing savior to some Mexican kid for whole episode would be interesting. This episode is so empty of anything remotely interesting that the special effects even suck! The relationship between Clark and Javier feels something like from a bad Lifetime movie. Both actors have absolutely no chemistry and the supposed brother-esqe relationship they are suppose to develop is laughable. Also, Tyler Posey (Javier Ramirez) is god-awful and since when can an immigrant speak perfect english? No amount of television can make a person with absolutely no understanding of a lauguage make you speak it perfect in just a month or so? The was just incrediably stupid on the writers part! I mean it's like the writers were obviously trying to jam into our heads the storyline of an illegal alien and a real life alien befriending each other and relating to each other that it makes you want to yell at the screen, "Yeah...We get it!"



    John Novak (Jed McNally) was one of worst meteor freaks ever and his ground digging powers continue the trend of lame powers this season. The fight between him and Clark lasted literally 3 seconds and was the worst fight scene the series has ever done. Other embarrasing scenes are Javier reuniting with his mother (Gag me, please!) and the tasteless immigration jokes Jimmy makes when looking after Javier (my ears almost bleed!). Atleast, the last scene of the episode was a show stopper as Lex walked down the hall of 33.1 with meteor freaks encaged and Lex looking like a complete badass! "Subterranean" is a sub-par suckfest and one of the worst episodes of the series. Avoid this episode like the Mexican boarder, ha!moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Zak Santiago

Zak Santiago

Deputy Morales

Guest Star

Tyler Posey

Tyler Posey

Javier Ramirez

Guest Star

John Novak

John Novak

Jed McNally

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Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • When Clark offers a drink to Javier, he gives the options of milk, orange juice, and lemonade. However, when he opens the fridge, a Mott's apple juice container is clearly visible. Why is Clark hoarding all the apple juice?

    • When Clark is driving Javier down the road, when the camera cuts to Javier you can see the scenic mountains of Kansas in the background.

    • Javier runs away from the truck and down the dirt path. He stops and in the background you can see the truck. Then McNally grabs Clark and comes after Javier and he runs for at least 20-30'. Then he stops and in the subsequent shots... you can see the truck behind Javier in the same position as it was before he ran the distance.

    • Javier yells at Clark to stop the truck, gets out, and runs. And... Clark can't catch him right away. Despite the fact he can run at super speed.

    • When Javier asks to get out of the car when told that Francesco is dead, he runs down a path and onto the edge of a corn field. When Clark gets sucked underground, Jed McNally starts to come for Javier he turns around and there is loads of corn behind him instead of the path that they were standing on while talking in the scene before.

    • In an earlier episode ("Obscura", Season 1), it was mentioned that Chloe moved to Smallville in the 8th grade. In this episode, she says that she's lived in Smallville for 10 years. Now that she's a college sophomore (14th grade), that adds up to 6 or 7 years, depending on how you do the math, not 10.

    • Clark says that the sheriff identified Francesco's body. No sheriff was shown at the crime scene, Clark never talked to anyone except Deputy Morales, and since Francesco was an illegal alien with no papers, there'd be no legal authority who could identify Francesco.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Martha: We have no choice. We have to call Immigration.
      Clark: I told Javier he'd be safe here and I meant it.
      Martha: I wanna help this boy as much as you do, but I took an oath to uphold the law.
      Clark: All he's trying to do is find his mom.
      Martha: I know, but we have to go through the proper legal channels.
      Clark: Was it legal when you forged my adoption papers? I'm an illegal immigrant, Mom. You've been harboring me for over 17 years.
      Martha: Your situation was entirely different. We had to protect you.
      Clark: And I need to protect Javier. If I don't defend him, who will?

    • Clark: Chloe, all I did was ask you to watch him.
      Chloe: I know, I know and I'd plead guilty to child negligence in the third degree.

    • Javier: Why didn't you tell the police?
      Clark: Because I know what it feels like to be out of place. Besides, I'm not from around here either.
      Javier: Where are you from?
      Clark: It's a place a lot further than Mexico.

    • Clark: See, that's the thing: No matter how many people I save, I can't solve the world's problems.
      Chloe: I don't know anyone else who does more for this world than you.

    • Jimmy: (to Clark) Do you play hoops?
      (Clark gives an uncertain nod, looks at Chloe)
      Jimmy: Great. Cool. Then we will, you know, go play a little one-on-one and we'll just leave it out on the court 'cause you know, I'm your bro, not your foe. Ring that bell, dude.
      (Jimmy punches Clark's fist)
      Jimmy: There it is.
      Chloe: Please, don't ask any follow-up questions.

    • Jimmy: I just don't feel too comfortable with my girlfriend living in a town surrounded by murderous freaks. You know, a chick who sprouts vines, a serial killer farmer with a dirt fetish. I mean, who knows what's next?

    • Lex: Three lost Vermeer paintings were discovered last month. You should go to the opening.
      Lana: At the Metropolis Museum?
      Lex: Actually, it's a bit farther. The Rijksmuseum.
      Lana: In Amsterdam? Lex, that's 4,000 miles away.
      Lex: And one of the most romantic cities in the world, where you'll feel very lonely and realize how much you miss me.
      Lana: Nice strategy, boss.
      Lex: Only if it works.

    • Jimmy: (using an exaggerated volume and pace) Javier...you have not experienced America until you've experienced pepperoni pizza.
      Javier: Isn't pizza from Italy?
      [Jimmy, surprised that Javier speaks with perfect English, is now embarrassed]
      Jimmy: (normal voice) Well, that's a common misconception. Um, we came up with the cheese angle.

    • Lex: I thought I told you you're no longer a welcome guest at the mansion.
      Clark: Trust me, Lex, I don't want to be here either. But after what you've done…
      Lex: And exactly what did I do? Did I swat a fly with too much force?

    • Clark: Last year, LutherCorp bought Jed McNally's farm, and any illegal immigrant who didn't want to be used as forced labor was buried in a cornfield.
      Lex: I don't know what you're talking about. But then I could quote you The Farmers' Almanac and you'd still call me a liar.

    • Martha: Sometimes when you're dealing with extraordinary people, you need to take a risk. That's a lesson I learned from my son.

    • Lana: I realized that money isn't just luxury, Lex. It's power.
      Lex: And that power can be yours too, now.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: April 22, 2007 on TVNorge
      Belgium: December 1, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Australia: December 21, 2007 on Ten
      Czech Republic: May 14, 2008 on TV Nova
      New Zealand: June 21, 2008 on TV2
      Slovakia: July 26, 2009 on Markiza

    • In Latin America the WB aired this episode before and after "Static" which created some confusion among watchers.

    • John Novak (Jed McNally) played Coach Quigley in the Season 4 episode "Recruit." Dee Jay Jackson played Pete Ross' father in the Season 1 episode "Pilot."

    • Featured Music:
      AFI - "Prelude 12/21" from Decemberunderground

    • John Glover and Erica Durance are credited but do not appear.

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