Smallville

Season 7 Episode 15

Veritas

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Mar 27, 2008 on The CW
9.0
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Clark may have to learn a new superpower as he and Kara join forces to take on Brainiac, putting the lives of their friends in danger.

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  • Up, Up, and A...Waste of Time!

    7.4
    Veritas-Clark may have to learn a new superpower as he and Kara join forces to take on Brainiac, putting the lives of their friends in danger.



    Well, isn't just like Smallville to have a great episode that builds up to what looks like an even greater episode, when it turns out, thanks to some fine acting in some scenes and impressive visuals, is only a slightly above average episode! "Veritas" was originally suppose to the season finale, but thanks to the abrupt end of the writers' strike, the Smallville writers had a chance to write more episodes for the season, revising the original script for this episode. All I can say is, thank god the writers' strike ended in time as this would have been the worst season finale of the series if it never ended! "Veritas" seemed like the episode where all our questions would be answered and shocking revelations would come to pass, but most of it just feels like yet ANOTHER "building up to something great" episode and wasting time trying to create yet AGAIN unneeded tension.



    First, I'll start with the good as the episode opens up with a wonderful teaser as Clark, Kara and Brainiac get into an tense confrontation. I especailly loved the sequence of Brainiac barging through Clark and Kara knocking them down as he flies away. James Masters is superb and he nails every scene his in, giving just the right amount of menace and mystery to Brainiac like he always done. The flashbacks were actually interesting and entertaining, I even liked little Oliver with his bow and arrow. John Glover is exceptional as always, even in his paranoid, stuttering state, Lionel is always interesting and his warning of something BIG coming leaves a lot ot be desired! And the best part of it all is...NO MORE LANA! Finally, after 7 years, the character is DEAD! Well, put into a catatonic state by Brainiac...close enough! This is Kristin Kreuk's last episode as a series regular and while she literally has only 2 lines, it's good to know that this could be finally the time where Clark moves on...for good! Also, Brainiac and Kara flying into the depths of space were one of the most epic sequences I've witnessed on Smallville. it's amazing what the producers of Smallville can achieve on such a small network.



    Now here are the flaws, the episode has 2 very exciting plot yet they both feel crammed into the episode making each plot weaker as they go along. The Brainiac plot got more confusing as the episode went on and the reasons for why he needed Kara were so vague. The Veritas plot while established on slightly, isn't living up to it's hype. It actually brings up more quetions than answers. Also, while it's great to have Lois back after a far to long hiatus between episodes, her sub-plot with Jimmy as they team up to find Patria Swann's murderer felt like just filler material. It sad considering that such a pivotal moment between them was made out to be just a wild goose chase which is never resolved. Then of course, there was the flying lesson scene with Kara and Clark...or should I say lack there of! It's not like we expected Clark to fly but the episode description said that Clark would at least "attempt" to fly. Another pivatol moment destoryed by unnecessary hype and promotional drivel from CW! All and All, "Vertias" is a decent episode on it's own, but as follow up to "Traveler" and once a possible season finale, it's very disappointing. I just hope "Descent" is better as it's about time Lex descended!moreless
  • Disappointing

    9.0
    Im in alliance with just about everybody reviewing this episode - it was a huge disappointment. Braniac is boring now. Kara is stupid and Lana is becoming a distraction for Clark. Although I was happy when they rekindled their relationship, anything that happens to her must become the first and upmost priority even if it means putting her before the world, Clark would do it! His decisions are irrational and although I sympathise with her being in excrutiating pain but why dedicate the last 5 minutes to her staring blankly into space. But if she is in pain, why is Clark holding her hand?moreless
  • Poor Lana.

    8.5
    "Did I mention that Lana is in excrutiating pain write now, she just can't express it" That was really sad what happened to Lana. It looks like this season is piecing itself together. Looks like Season 7 has finally a theme, "Veritas". Anyways Clark tries to learn how to fly. Kara leaves Smallville with Braniac. Lex's scavenger hunt for the two keys. To find out who is the traveler. The flashbacks were pretty creepy. Oliver Queen's parents, Jason Teague's parents, Patricia's parents, and Lex's parents. I loved all those flashback's about Lex's life. You really got to see more of Lex before he leaves in Season 8. Good episode. Kara's gone YEAH!moreless
  • Perfect! Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!

    10
    Lana is paralyzed, Lionel is trying to warn Clark about a great danger that's coming. Lois and Jimmy are connecting the dots to Patricia Swann's murder, Brainiac is back and captures Kara to God knows where. What more can you ask for? This episode shows the change from bad to good in Lionel. I hope Lionel gets through to Clark before the danger happens. But everyone sees Lionel as the boy who cried wolf and no one believes him, so Lionel has a great challenge in his hands to convince everyone around him to see the good in him before he dies.moreless
  • Brainiac is back with a vengeance.

    7.0
    This episode could have been better.For anyone that doesn't know it,this was supposed to be the Season 7 finale had the WGA strike not been over.Even though,the strike was finished and we got 5 more episoded,Veritas was hampered.The producers were forced to take some bery important material from the episode and insert it into the next ones.One of those scenes was Lionel's murder.Another is a shot we never saw:Lex walking towards the Fortress at daytime.With all this tinkering taking place,Veritas still had a good plot but it never climaxed as an episode.Despite that,we had some powerful scenes.Brainiac's attack on Lana was one such scene.It was also a realization of how much this show has changed since the first couple of seasons.Another good scene was the final one.Even though it might have dragged on for too long,it showcased how much Tom Welling has improved as an actor.Too bad his Clark character wasn't in form here.It was poor writing.They teased us that he would try to fly but his reaction to Kara's training was a majot turn off.I am really glad they have turned him around in season 8.Lana didn't perform much.It would be her last live appearance in an episode until Bride.This episode was about Lex and him searching for the Traveler.Even though his story was cut short due to the Lionel murder scene being moved,he still had a good episode.It was the final full episode for John Glover and he is dearly missed.I really liked his scene with Chloe.He played the nearly paranoid man briliantly.Him getting on his knees showed how much power he has lost in recent years.Check out all of his scenes with Chloe in season 3 to see what i am talking about.Chloe had a quite episode but she really brought it in her scene with Lionel.Kara had a good episode and i would have really appreciated it had they explained what is the significance of her bracelet.Jimmy and Lis were their usual selves.Finally,i liked James Masters' performance but what's new?After Christopher Reeve he is the best guest star the show has ever had.Overall it was a good episode,i just wish i could see it in it's original version.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Connor Stanhope

Connor Stanhope

Young Alexander "Lex" Luthor

Guest Star

Jonathan Scarfe

Jonathan Scarfe

Robert Queen

Guest Star

Rick Ravanello

Rick Ravanello

Edward Teague

Guest Star

James Marsters

James Marsters

Brainiac

Recurring Role

Anna Galvin

Anna Galvin

Doctor

Recurring Role

Bud the Dog

Bud the Dog

Shelby

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The headline for the article Clark reads about Patricia Swann's death says "Prominent Metropolis citizen dies a suspicious death." Besides being inaccurate (she was shot in the head, which would be murder, not a "suspicious death"), it was established in the preceding episode that she was just passing through Metropolis, then said she'd get an apartment to be near Clark. That would in no way qualify her as a "Metropolis citizen."

    • In the second flashback, Lionel says that Smallville is "just outside the city" of Metropolis. As previously established, it's about 180 miles/3 hours drive away.

    • Trivia: Young Lex can be seen playing with a Warrior Angel action figure.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Clark: What did you do to Lana?
      Brainiac: A little adjustment to her central nervous system. Absolutely irreversible by any human standards. Completely reversible by me.
      Kara: Whatever you want me to do, just don't let Lana suffer.
      Brainiac: I'm afraid that she is suffering. There's part of Lana that is completely aware of what's happening around her, but she has no control of her body. Her motor skills, her speech, every breath she takes is controlled by me.
      Clark: Leave Lana out of this.
      Brainiac: Did I mention that Lana is in excruciating pain? She just can't express it.

    • Brainiac: Quiet morning. It's cold, still... bleak. Almost reminds you of Krypton, doesn't it?
      Kara: Who are you?
      Brainiac: The answer to many of your unanswered questions.

    • (as Jimmy sees the high-tech Isis Foundation)
      Jimmy: I am sorry, but this is really...
      Lois: Creepy.
      Jimmy: Sexy.

    • Lionel: (to Lois and Jimmy) Now if that is all from the dynamic duo, security will be happy to help you find your way out.

    • Clark: Then why has (Brainiac) turned his attention toward you?
      Kara: I don't know. But when we go up against him, it would be helpful if we're on the same playing field. Or should I say "sky"?

    • Clark: Not helping.
      Kara: I'm sorry, Yeah, I know. It… but it's just really easy. Up, up and away.

    • Clark: (to Lionel) You already destroyed the life of one son. You don't get a second chance. The only real son you have hates you just as much as I do.

    • Lex: If someone's holding out, pay them whatever they're asking.
      Doctor: Sir, this bank held off the Third Reich, the Sicilian Mafia, and Al-Queda. With all due respect, I'm fairly certain they won't bow to you.

    • Lionel: No, I've repented!
      Chloe: That's right, you're an intensely spiritual man. You amassed all the power a human could until you found out about Clark. Befriending him is the closest thing you'll ever get to seeing God.

    • Lois: Okay. Better make sure that camera is loaded with ammo because I got tomorrow's headline. "Daughter of Nobel-Winning Astronomer Murdered."
      Jimmy: That Swann woman they fished out of the lake last night?
      Lois: Yeah.
      Jimmy: I thought that she drowned.
      Lois: More like sank. Kind of hard to swim after you've been shot.

    • Lionel: If we don't open that envelope, Dr. Swann's conclusions could be mythical as the gods of Mt. Olympus.
      Robert Queen: Virgil's going to be here in any minute. I suggest you don't refer to his life's work as mythology.
      Edward Teague: Veritas...it's the greatest secret the world will ever know.
      Robert Queen: We formed this group to use our wealth and power to protect that secret. Not expose it.
      Lionel: Is that Robert Queen talking, or is that Virgil Swann? You're sounding more like him every day.

    • Jimmy: This is your chance to tell the truth.
      Lionel: The truth?
      Lois: Before you're hauled away for murder.
      Lionel: (laughs) I can't decide. Is it boundless courage you have, or is it incorrigible stupidity?
      Lois: Po-ta-to, po-tah-to.

    • Clark: (to Lionel) I should have listened to my father. I was stupid to think that you care about anyone other than yourself. You're less human than I am.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Had this been the season finale, the episode would have ended with Lionel's death as seen in the opening of "Descent."

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Monday, April 21, 2008 10.50 pm on TVNorge
      Denmark: Monday, June 9, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: Thursday, July 3, 2008 on TEN HD
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, August 26, 2008, 10.00pm on E4
      Sweden: Friday, September 5, 2008 on TV6
      Greece: Sunday, October 26, 2008 on Star
      Czech Republic: March 5, 2010 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: August 23, 2010 on Markiza

    • Injoke: Kara says to Clark "up up and away" while trying to teach him to fly early in the episode. Actor Bud Collyer used the phrase "Up, up, and away!" in the 1940s on the radio. He voiced both Clark Kent and Superman.

    • Music: One More Day (Vast, April)

    • James Marsters is listed as Special Guest Star.

    • This episode marks the first time, this season, that all eight season regulars appear in one episode.

    • Due to the writers' strike, this was going to be the seventh season Season Finale, but the writers' strike was settled and more episodes were written.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Chloe: But now you have cried wolf one too many times.
      Referencing Aesop's fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, about a shepherd boy who kept warning of false alarm, and then when the real danger came no one would believe him.

    • Lionel: (to Lois and Jimmy) Now, if that is all from the dynamic duo...
      The Dynamic Duo is the name commonly used for the superhero team of Batman and Robin.

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