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Smallville Episode: "Lara"

Season 7, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: In the process of trying to get the crystal back, Kara is captured and sedated with a kryptonite serum; Clark follows and tries to release her, but not before the serum has caused both to have a vision of Clark's mother (Helen Slater).
Original Air Date: Nov 1, 2007
Guest Cast Kim Coates: Carter Christopher Heyerdahl: Zor-El Laura Vandervoort: Kara Helen Slater: Lara
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Season 7, Episode 6
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Length: 41:41
Aired: 11/1/2007
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"Lara" Season 7, Episode 6

A few weeks ago, I griped that the "Kara" episode reminded me too much of Season 1 and was worried the overarching plot this year would amount to nothing more than Kara getting acclimated to her powers and life on Earth. At times like this, I don't mind being wrong. While Kara's fevered search for her crystal was a bit derivative of Clark's obsession with finding the crystals in Season 4, it did a great job of tying together a number of storylines, a feat the show hasn't pulled off so well since, uh... Season 4. In one fell swoop, Kara's search stabilized her rocky relationship with Clark, fleshed out the government's involvement by introducing Operation Starhawk, brought Lionel back into the fold as a father figure to Clark, and utilized one of the most bizarrely satisfying methods to justify a flashback I've ever seen. We've had glimpses of Starhawk and its perpetrators, dubiously dubbed the Department of Domestic Security, in past episodes, but it's nice to learn a bit more about its purpose - to analyze and deal with threats from "the heavens." I love Lionel's way with words, even if most of his speeches seem borrowed from Robert Greene's 48 Laws of Power. As for Lionel, I can't say it any better than Lex did: "You spend as much time protecting Clark as you do pushing me away.... Whose father are you?" Burn! "I wish," Lionel responded, "I could say yours, and be proud of you, but your treatment of Lana..." Lex went on all indignant; I learned it from you, Dad, that was my brain on Luthor, etc., but I'm not that person anymore. Of course not. Lionel doesn't buy it either, and I was oddly reminded of the way Lionel was transformed after he switched bodies with Clark, only to return to his nefarious ways after a chiding from Lex. It's not just that they enable the worst part of each other's personalities, they encourage it. Kara's flashbacks, induced by a steady drip of krypto-liquid and a machine developed by Summerholt (nice) revealed she's been to earth before, which might sort of explain how she learned to fly, hack into government computers, seduce men for information, and get a cell phone in such a short period of time. Also, her dad really was the monster Martian Manhunter made him out to be, and she's the one who came up with the name Kal-El. After last week's episode, I told myself I wouldn't gripe too much about the show's interpretation of the mythology, but that last part was a completely arbitrary deviation. Speaking of the mythology, Lana was supposed to end up married to Pete. Remember him? Clark's best friend who was awkwardly written out of the show in Season 3? Now they've got her divorced from Lex and running some bizarre clinic designed to "help" the meteor freaks from Lex' 33.1 program. I'm glad they brought 33.1 back, but did it have to involve Lana? Besides, does she honestly think Chloe is going to keep it a secret from Clark? Keeping Clark in the dark never works out on this show. And poor Chloe. Burdened with everyone's secrets, she's now repeatedly scorned by Jimmy, of all people (does he own any shirts that he didn't pick up at the bowling alley?). The writers seem to use every bit of Chloe's screen time as an excuse to belittle, embarrass or humiliate her. If she's not being set up as an eventual villain, this is just pure sadism. At least they were kind enough to reveal two crucial bits of information in the closing minutes of the show: First, Clark snagged Kara's crystal (probably right before he met up with her at the bar). Second: Clark's the only character gullible enough to still trust Lana. To see more about Smallville, including videos and potential spoilers, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
A few weeks ago, I griped that the "Kara" episode reminded me too much of Season 1 and was worried the overarching plot this year would amount to nothing more than Kara getting acclimated to her powers and life on Earth. At times like this, I don't mind being wrong.While Kara's fevered search for her crystal was a bit derivative of Clark's obsession with finding the crystals in Season 4, it did a great job of tying together a number of storylines, a feat the show hasn't pulled off so well since, uh... Season 4. In one fell swoop, Kara's search stabilized her rocky relationship with Clark, fleshed out the government's involvement by introducing Operation Starhawk, brought Lionel back into the fold as a father figure to Clark, and utilized one of the most bizarrely satisfying methods to justify a flashback I've ever seen.We've had glimpses of Starhawk and its perpetrators, dubiously dubbed the Department of Domestic Security, in past episodes, but it's nice to learn a bit more about i... read more

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Premiered: September 21, 2006, on CW
Rating: TV-PG
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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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