Smallville

Season 7 Episode 14

Traveler

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 20, 2008 on The CW
9.3
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Clark is kidnapped by a mysterious team of mercenaries, and when Chloe and Lana go to Lionel for help, he expresses his suspicions that Lex is responsible. Chloe and Lana then convince Kara to go with them to the Fortress to ask Jor-El to restore Kara's memory because she's the only person who can rescue Clark.moreless

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  • Decent, but meh

    7.0
    A lot of people like this episode, while I just think it is okay. The reason is because the episode merely hints at Veratas, but there is more to the story to be seen, and the best part isn't until later. It definitely has its positives, but in the grand scheme of things, I just see this episode as generic.
  • I think member "petef20" said it best in his review of this poorly written dreck...

    1.0
    "I kept telling myself that as I've watched the first six and a half seasons know I might as well see it out to the finish and that's still my only real reason for watching the show." -petef20



    With this simple statement "petef20" has summed-up my feelings toward this show completely!



    I've always been a huge fan of comic book superheroes, (Spider-Man is my personal fave) but never watched Smallville during its initial run. I only started started watching this show after a "friend" told me how great it was. I saw that seasons 1-6 were available on DVD, so I got them. I watched the first few episodes totally unimpressed. The only thing that held my attention was watching Clark's abilities manifest, and the "knowledge" that it would eventually get better. (Remember, my friend told me it was great!) Yet, here we are, 7(!) seasons into this sh*t, and I'm *still* waiting for it to be great. (Actually, I've given up on it ever achieving greatness. Right now I'd settle for "'Fair' or 'Decent', even. Contrived situations; Characters that change 'character' depending on the situation; And my biggest peeve: Abilities that are only acknowledged or used when the story dictates. Why, Why, Why would Clark need to walk to the edge of the stairs in his loft to see who had come in? Why not just look down with x-ray vision? How is it that 8-10 mercs wearing boots and body armor, and carrying click-clacking weapons can sneak up on a guy who has super-hearing?! Hell, even the dog (with his normal ears) would've been barking had he been there. And why would Clark just stand there after being hit by the first Tazer? Um... Doesn't he have super-speed??? (Oh that's right, this is the same speedster who we've seen on countless occasions let a bad guy escape because he arrived at the scene just as the bad guy walked off-stage.)



    Maybe the writers think that the viewing audience can't handle strong writing, believable situations, and relevant storylines? Thus far all we've gotten is sticky-sweet, teen-style romance, garbage stories, generic-flavor-of-the-month bands/background songs, and excessive product placement! (Yes, DELL/TOYOTA/STRIDE I'm looking at YOU!) Ugh! And who in their right mind rates this poorly written trash a "10"????



    Someone wake me when this show gets GREAT.



    -Slaughtermoreless
  • This episode was very revealing. It showed that there's a lot of skeletons hidden in Lionel's closet.

    10
    Lionel is responsible for the death of Oliver Queen's parents and maybe Dr. Virgil Swann's death also. We see the lengths that Chloe will go to save Clark Kent. Kara now sees that Lex was just using her to get to Clark and finally find unexplained answers he has been searching for all this time. We see that Lex is steeping further into the dark side. Also, teaming up against the Luthors is a dangerous game to play. Now I don't know if Lionel is bad or good. He might have been telling the truth about protecting Clark. I guess we will find out in "Vertias"moreless
  • Girl power!

    10
    Lana, Chloe, and Kara team up to save Clark. This episode I liked a lot. First of all becaus Kara gets her memory back. Whch is amazing. Finally! And Chloe convinced Jor-El, she might as well be Kryptonian. Anyways I also like dthis episode because it shows Patricia Swan to carry one her Dad's legacy. Sucks she had to die, she could of been Clark's best friend. Lionel trapped him to protect him. I amn sick and tired of hearing him say that. It annoys me greatly. Finally Clark & Lionel's bond is over. Glad to see that happen. Anyways a very good episode.moreless
  • Lionel detects threats to Clark, and takes dangerous steps to protect him through imprisonment, while Lana and Chloe try for a rescue by attempting to restore Kara to her former self.moreless

    8.5
    Lionel receives a sealed letter in his office, but we get no clue to the contents, only that it's somehow disturbing, but the scene is nicely synchronized with an operatic aria. A shift to the farm has Clark checking the location of the spaceship/cave key in it's hiding place. Somehow a gang of armed kidnappers appear and fire into Clark a number of green electrodes which pump him with meteor rock fluid - he's paralyzed into submission, as the bad guys surround him in a circle with their automatic weapons all aimed at one another. If they fired, Clark wouldn't be the one to be hurt, so this is all for dramatic effect. And how could Clark be taken by surprise in this manner - he didn't even super-hear this crowd come into the barn?



    Continuing the story from last week, Lana and Chloe recite dialog telling us that Clark intended to go to the Fortress to help restore Kara's identity. Chloe finds the key is still in the barn, so Clark did not get to the Fortress - Lana finds one of the taser-injectors used to subdue him. By now, Clark is in a small cell with bars which activate to green to confine him. He bleeds, he cannot escape, and the voltage is ramped up by his captor.



    Lionel helos to a pad in Metropolis, where he's met by Patricia Swann, whom he identifies as the daughter of Virgil Swann, the discoverer of Kal-El and the one who pushed Clark toward his destiny in Season 3. She has now received all the results of her father's research, and has been sending Lionel cryptic messages about it. She refers to the "Traveler," from another galaxy, who landed in Smallville in a meteor shower. Several families were involved in this discovery - Swann, the Queens, the Teagues, and...Lionel, who tries hard to deny all this. Patricia presses on - the four families formed "Veritas," an organization to protect the Traveler. This is a huge backstory - can all of it be found plausible given the many other storylines that have unfolded about these characters? The others all died, except Lionel - she accuses him of their murders to gain control of the Traveler for his own purposes. She threatens to release evidence linking him to the murders, unless Lionel takes her to the Traveler. He stonewalls her and departs.



    Kara is next for an update on her amnesia - someone has created en entire identity for her, school annuals, personal history, and more, but she tells Lex she does not feel that she was that person. Lex proposes a study by his neurologists, as he appeals for her trust. She agrees. Lex orders the tests to start immediately.



    Clark is still being tortured, when Lionel bursts in - it's shocking to find that he is the head kidnapper, but he wants no torture. He'd better have some pretty good reasons for all of this, or I'm going to start thinking badly of Lionel again. He's a bag of lies when Lana and Chloe later enter his office with the electrode. Lionel deflects their investigation by promising to look into a secret lab where Clark may be hidden, at LX Dynamics. By now, the various plots are getting so complicated that Lana and Chloe are given lengthy dialog to explain everything that has happened.



    Lana and Chloe hatch a plot to use Kara to rescue Clark by taking her to the Fortress for help from Jor-El. But first, how to get her out of Lex's clutches? He's busy with another visitor, Patricia, who looks much different than in earlier scenes. They have a bit of childhood history, and she gives him a drawing he made for her when young, which looks like kryptonian symbols; Lex does not remember. She's setting him up with stories of the "astronomy club" that Lionel used as a cover for Veritas.



    Lex is interested, and to his credit, shows Lionel the drawing and gives him the story as he heard it from Patricia. Lionel continues his denials; Lex asks why he killed the others. Lex leaves to get more information from Patricia - Lionel calls her, ready to make a deal.



    Lana and Chloe successfully defeat the mansion security and ask Kara to go with them, as Lex tries a lockdown, but Kara is gone. Back at the warehouse, Clark's torturer is pushing harder. Without the intervening step of the key and the cave, Chloe and Kara have transported to the Fortress, where Chloe calls out for Jor-El's help, and at last Kara is lifted by a shaft of light and her memory is restored. "Clark needs our help," Chloe tells her.



    In another surprising scene, Patricia is brought to the lab, where Lionel asks for her damning evidence against him, while she asks to see the Traveler. She sees Clark, imprisoned and suffering, and wants to meet him face to face. But that's not going to happen; Lionel's guard clubs her to the floor, and Lionel orders her sent home to Europe, and Clark sent back to the farm. But in a change of plans, head goon turns rogue, and pulls a gun on Lionel, threatening to terminate Clark. He bashes Lionel and ups the voltage on Clark, whereupon Kara to the rescue! She's a one-gal wrecking crew, blowing in the wall, zapping the controls with heat-vision, and ripping out the cage to free Clark. But the guard isn't done yet - he aims his weapon, requiring one more dramatic rescue, by Lionel!



    The wrapup is going to have to be extra long in this episode with so many hidden agendas. Patricia is at the farm with Clark, so she recovered from her head injury, and has her father's journal for him. It's filled with data and kryptonian symbols, referring to the Traveler. Can Clark live up to those prophesies from Krypton? She explains that Lionel is behind the murders - and one of many who would exploit Clark.



    Back at Luthorcorp, we have one more chance to learn what Lionel is up to, when Clark appears. Lionel claims to have been protecting Clark against potential threats, and that he built the cell to imprison other Travelers. But Clark is seeing Lionel as a never-ending threat. Lionel: "I'm a different man." Clark: "No, you're not." That sounds final, but Lionel will have more chances in the future to explain his motivations.



    At the barn, Clark returns Kara's bracelet, and tells her the Luthors are a lost cause, capable of doing the right thing only when it benefits them. Bad scene for an ending - on a bridge near Metropolis, Patricia is murdered by her driver - who was behind it? We see Lex wiping blood from her necklace, as he gazes at his childhood drawing. A shame to end this way, as the Patricia character was engaging and interesting, and would have created an opportunity for some good story lines. Still, it's good drama, although Mr. Welling gets to do little but writhe in agony for the entire episode, while Mr. Glover gets most of the good acting opportunities. Depending on how future episodes carry on with the Veritas story line, this might be a must-see. Re-run rating B.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

Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort

Kara

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • When Kara is looking at the papers on her bed, the "Citizenship Award" has Minnesota spelled with only one "n."

    • When Clark pulls out the first dart that hits him, there is no red shirt scrap attached to it. Yet when Lana and Chloe find it, there is a red scrap on the prongs.

    • For some reason Lana and Chloe are doing research on Lex at the Daily Planet computers. The same computers that Chloe determined in the previous episode were being monitored by Lex.

    • For some reason, Lionel makes no efforts to cover his tracks or use a fake name or shell company to hide his involvement in setting up the airplane hanger. It's his name clearly shown on the records, despite the fact he would not want anyone to know he was assembling a ton of refined meteor rock.

    • Amnesiac Kara had moved out of the Kent farm specifically because she didn't trust Lana as well as Clark. Nothing much has been shown of her new relationship with Chloe. Despite this, when Lana and Chloe show up, Kara just leaves with them, despite having gone to Lex as the only person she trusts, and with no evidence to gainsay that. (In a deleted scene, Jimmy directs her to the secret passageway and warns her not to trust Lex.)

    • When they enter the Fortress, Chloe tells Kara to get out if there's a sudden shift in the weather. However, when the wind picks up Kara makes no efforts to leave.

    • Despite the fact they're in a hurry to find Clark, Chloe and Lana take a three-hour trip to Metropolis just to ask Lionel if he recognizes the tazer dart. They could simply have sent him a fax with a photo of it.

    • Pierce is dead, but there's at least ten mercenaries that know Clark has superpowers, may have taken "in case of my death, deliver this letter" precautions in case Lionel tries to eliminate them, and otherwise pose a threat to Clark's future.

    • When Clark hears the noise in the barn at the beginning, he doesn't use either his super-hearing or x-ray vision to find out who or what is making the noise

    • After Clark gets hit by the first taser blast in the scene where he's captured why didn't he escape after he saw the second one just miss him? He clearly still had his powers as after he pulled out the first shot he threw one of the guys across the barn. So he could've easily super-sped away, or X-rayed the area to see where everyone was and taken them out or super-jumped through the roof or done any one of a dozen more intelligent things than just stand there and wait to get hit.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Pierce: (to Lionel) You know in all the time that I worked for Lex, not once did he put the interests of a meteor freak above the safety of the world. He knew when to terminate a project. But you, you're not your son. And I'm gonna terminate it for you.

    • (After she rescues Clark)
      Kara: Clark, how could I have ever forgotten you?

    • Patricia: (to Clark) My father often reminded me that despite the power of the sun, it's always night on half the planet. For all the good you do, there will always be darkness. People who would kill you or abuse your power for their own gain.

    • Chloe: We need Kara.
      Lana: Chloe, Kara can't help if she doesn't have her powers back.
      Chloe: Clark was on his way to the fortress of solitude to ask Jor-El for help. Now, maybe we can Polar Express Kara there ourselves.

    • Lana: Lex likes to keep his women on a short leash.
      Chloe: Sounds like a choke chain if you ask me.

    • Chloe: Jor-El! Out of all the planets across the universe, you decided to send your only son to this one. To Earth! You trusted us to protect him. Now please, Jor-El, I need you to trust me. I love your son. He's in danger and he needs our help!

    • Patricia: Somehow, I never pictured the last son of Krypton making coffee.

    • Lionel: The truth can be very easily manipulated.
      Clark: You would know that better than anyone, Lionel, you've been doing that for years.
      Lionel: I'm different now. I'm a different man.
      Clark: No you're not.

    • Clark: Lex and Lionel are only capable of doing the right thing if it benefits them. I want to see the good in people, Kara, but I think the Luthors are a lost cause.

    • Pierce: I've seen a lot of terrible things in your town. How could a place called Smallville be filled with such death and destruction? I think it has something to do with you.
      Clark: Maybe you want to reconsider keeping me in this cage. You work for the government?
      Pierce: I was head security for 33.1. I tracked a lot of meteor freaks, but you... you're in a category all to yourself. The government wouldn't know what to do with you. But I do.

    • Lex: What secret was so important that you and your friends built a group around it?
      Lionel: Oh, think about it, Lex. Skull & Bones, Scroll & Key, the Delphic. The rich have secret societies. The others have poker nights.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Monday, April 14, 2008 10.50 pm on TVNorge
      Denmark: Monday, June 2, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday, June 26, 2008 on TEN HD
      UK: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 on E4
      Sweden: Friday, August 29, 2008 on TV6
      Greece: Sunday, October 19, 2008 on Star
      Belgium: Saturday, November 8, 2008, 18.20 on 2BE
      New Zealand: Friday, May 1, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: March 4, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 20, 2010 on Markiza

    • In the opening scene, Lionel Luthor is listening to the Queen of the Night's aria from Mozart's "The Magic Flute." The Queen is singing about revenge against Sarastro, the high priest who kidnapped her daughter. Her anger is disingenuous, though, because she is actually the villainess of the opera, and she has an ulterior motive – she wants to have Sarastro killed so that she can gain ultimate power.

    • Aaron Douglas previously played Deputy Bertigo in the first season episode "Obscura."

    • Injoke: When it's revealed that Kara has her memory back, you can hear a small piece from the Superman theme song playing in the background.

    • Erica Durance is credited but does not appear. Aaron Ashmore appears but has no dialogue.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Chloe: Now, maybe we can Polar Express Kara there ourselves.
      The 3-D CGI movie The Polar Express (2004) is about a boy who doesn't believe in Santa Claus and then has an adventurous journey to the North Pole. The film stars Tom Hanks and was directed by Robert Zemeckis.

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