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Smallville Episode: "Combat"

Season 6, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: A Zoner called Titan (Kane) turns up in a secret fight club that broadcasts its battles on the Internet. When Lois investigates, she's kidnapped and forced to participate, and Clark's attempt to save her sparks a surprising turnaround. Athena: Ashley.
Original Air Date: Mar 22, 2007
Guest Cast Kane Ashley
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Season 6, Episode 17
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Length: 40:26
Aired: 3/22/2007
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March 22, 2007: Combat Season 6, Episode 17

It's funny how from the previews of an episode, you think one thing, and then when you actually watch, you feel totally different. For some reason, I initially thought "Combat" was going to be a silly hour of television, but it turns out I rather enjoyed it. Probably because Clark was all business. He tried to stop feeling. Stopped trying to think about Lex and Lana getting married. Stopped thinking of the fact that he and Lana were thisclose to being reunited and then it didn't happen. He thought it would be easier to put the smackdown on his human side in order to get through losing his ex-girlfriend all over again. I, for one, was glad to see a Clark so focused on getting rid of the latest Zoner. And, really, if he had to go to a fight club to do that, I didn't mind. Because chances were, we'd actually get a fight worthy of the "Man of Steel." And I have to say that the Titan-Clark battle royale didn't disappoint like most of the other fights on this show the past couple of seasons. I even had to agree with Titan, whose last words were, "Good fight." Speaking of fights, the one between Lois and the blonde leather-clad chick was pretty fierce, too. That's two good girl fights this season, by the way. I dug the Chloe-Tori Spelling scuffle we got a few week's back. Although, one casualty of RoboClark was his sense of humor. Dude had no sense of humor in this episode. How about this whole fight-club business, anyway? It seems to be an oh so trendy device this season. It played a part on CBS' Without a Trace when Eriq LaSalle guest-starred. I believe The O.C.'s Ryan Atwood did his time on Fight Club Drive during the show's final season. And I also believe that Booth went undercover in a fight club this season on Fox's Bones. Do all these writers share a brain? Just askin'.... Just like that Zoner he met when the Martian Manhunter saved him, Clark got the pounding of his life. At least he was able to get a few good ones in. After all, he did end up killing the man, an occurrence that led to more Clark angst. Because you know, what's better than Clark fighting? Clark angsting. And Clark in black leather. I can't believe I haven't even started talking about Lana yet - she lost her baby. I pretty much figured she'd be losing the baby. And I know some people who were hoping she'd lose her baby. (I know that sounds insensitive, but we're only talking about a TV show here.) I just didn't think she'd lose it already. And I certainly didn't think it would just happen all of a sudden. Lex played the dutiful husband, comforting her after the loss. But you know he knew what was happening and why it was happening. And I loved the moment when he found out that Titan wasn't human. Michael Rosenbaum just has a subtle way of playing monumental events like this. Lex has got to be thinking that where there's one alien, there has to be others. He also could be thinking "meteor freaks shmeteor freaks - it's time to change focus and go after the big game." Meanwhile, Lana has to be feeling pretty alone. Not only does she no longer have Clark, she no longer has her mutant baby. Even though I think she must feel something for Lex, it's nothing like what she feels for Clark. The loss is now propelling her to try to find out why this happened. Hence Lex burning up her medical files. Have I said how much I love Lex being all devious and playing puppetmaster yet? No? Well, my bad. It was nice to see Lois back, even in journalist mode. I have a question: Did we see her quit working for Martha? I really can't remember. I just wish the whole Lois trying to be a crack reporter thing had been more natural. Now she's off chasing chupacabras and going through Chloe's trash looking for a real story. But I know the producers have to do something to put her on track for post- Smallville Lois, when she'll be the "Daily Planet"'s best (and pushiest) reporter. Again, loved how Lois took care of that fight-club girl. It's too bad she was conveniently unconscious when Clark went all superhero to battle Titan. However, what was the fight-club ringleader dude thinking when he pitted Clark against Lois? Not quite sure about that one. Other thoughts: - Clark's still referring to Oliver and getting tips from him. Plus, Lex is watching old footage of Oliver taking down a camera at the Luthor warehouse. Please keep referring to Oliver. Maybe that means he'll be coming back at some point this season. - The footage showing Titan kill that guy was pretty brutal. - I enjoyed Martha being the advisor and the sounding board for Clark in "Combat." Especially loved the part when she was all "time to let it go." - Love Clark questioning whether he needs to completely abandon his human side in order to play the world's rescuer. - In TV Guide's latest issue, Tom Welling won a poll for TV's Sexiest Crimefighter handily beating Kiefer Sutherland, Anthony LaPaglia and David Caruso. Uh, as much as I love me some Kiefer and Anthony, that sounds like a no-brainer to me. Meanwhile, Michael Rosenbaum beat out Tricia Helfer, Vanessa Willams, Zachary Quinto and Chad Lowe for TV's Sexiest Villain. Love it. show less
It's funny how from the previews of an episode, you think one thing, and then when you actually watch, you feel totally different. For some reason, I initially thought "Combat" was going to be a silly hour of television, but it turns out I rather enjoyed it. Probably because Clark was all business. He tried to stop feeling. Stopped trying to think about Lex and Lana getting married. Stopped thinking of the fact that he and Lana were thisclose to being reunited and then it didn't happen. He thought it would be easier to put the smackdown on his human side in order to get through losing his ex-girlfriend all over again. I, for one, was glad to see a Clark so focused on getting rid of the latest Zoner. And, really, if he had to go to a fight club to do that, I didn't mind. Because chances were, we'd actually get a fight worthy of the "Man of Steel." And I have to say that the Titan-Clark battle royale didn't disappoint like most of the other fights on this show the past couple of seaso... read more

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Premiered: September 21, 2006, on CW
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Premise: Superman's teen years as Clark Kent find him agonizing over his shy, uncertain persona while dealing with his evolving powers and an infatuation with classmate Lana Lang. Crisply paced and cast with appealing performers, `Smallville' is not at all campy and is often surprisingly moving as a conventional coming-of-age drama; it succeeds in adding creative twists to the young hero's life without compromising the adult pop icon's legend.

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