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Smallville Episode: "Descent"

Season 7, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: The secret of the Veritas society leads Lex into a collision course with Clark; and a death rocks Smallville.
Original Air Date: Apr 17, 2008
Guest Cast Connor Stanhope Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen Jill Teed Anna Galvin
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Season 7, Episode 16
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Length: 42:20
Aired: 4/17/2008
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Episode Recap "Descent" Season 7, Episode 16

"How does a son murder his own father?" "Total absence of love. Some say that's the very definition of evil." Satisfying as it may be to have the show finally acknowledge Lex' conversion to the dark side, I think the phrase Chloe was looking for was "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Considering what a backseat Clark's taken to the wicked machinations of the Luthor family, it's a much more suitable cliché. That being said, if Al & Miles (while they're still around) wanted to brand Lex as a wholly unredeemable villain, what better way to do it than having him murder his own father? "I was raised in your shadow. Now you're going to die in mine." Over at the Daily Planet, Clark & Chloe are hard at work tracking down Kara and Brainiac when they're rudely interrupted by the rest of the staff exploding into action over the fact that someone's leapt to their death out of the Luthor building, which, conveniently, is right across the street. Before Clark gets a chance to stare down Lex with knowing eyes, the ghost of Lex' conscience past, last seen in "Fracture," appears in the ghostly form of a pre-adolescent, pre-meteor shower version of Lex. "You killed him? You killed dad?" The apparition shows up a few more times throughout the episode, trying to convince Lex he doesn't have to be a bad person, but, gruesome as it was, seeing Lex toss him into the fire was something of a relief. It's already been established that Lex is mad as a hatter and rotten to the core; a physical manifestation of his inner turmoil was wholly unnecessary. Speaking of Lex, his personal assistant/right-hand woman Gina soon realizes he's responsible for Lionel's death, but promises to keep it to herself. I understand she's got some weird thing for Lex, but considering his predilection for murdering those who stand in his way, couldn't she have just kept that to herself? Regardless, they head off to the Daily Planet in search of the second Veritas key. Lionel, predictably dropped it in Chloe's desk. Confronted by Lex, she pretends she has no idea what he's talking about, but once he opens her drawer and finds the key, she's fired and swiftly escorted out of the building sans any of her personal belongings. This conveniently allows Gina access to Chloe's cell phone, and, in turn, the knowledge that Jimmy and Lois have discovered proof that Lionel was murdered. She tracks them down, shoots Lois and locks them both in a walk-in a freezer before heading off to the Isis foundation, where the only remaining copy of the photo implicating Lex in Lionel's murder remains. She also manages to overhear Clark and Chloe discussing his status as "The Traveler," which leads to her predictable death at the hands of an unknown assailiant. My best guess is that it was Jason Teague's father, but it seems that if anyone was going to have her killed, it would be Lex. Clark, meanwhile, is scouring the Luthor mansion for the locket Lionel tried to pass off on him before dying. Instead, he finds a bizarre flashlight/projector covered in Kryptonian symbols warning him that if someone should come into possession of the box Lex is hours away from obtaining, they will have complete control over him. After thawing out Jimmy and Lois, Clark heads off to Lionel's grave site, where, conveniently, he and Lex are the only mourners. Sure, Lex made it a closed funeral, but wouldn't there be a few intrepid paparazzi covering the burial? Lex struts off, and Clark tosses the symbolic handful of dirt onto Lionel's grave as the credits begin to roll. Solid as this episode was, I hated to see Lionel go. Considering Michael Rosenbaum will only appear as a guest star next season, it's going to be weird to see how Smallville operates without the Luthor family in a significant role. Then again, there's always the chance that Lionel didn't die, considering that Lex also killed off the younger version of himself, who was also a character since season one, and the fact that we never actually saw Lionel's dead body. For more on Smallville, check out our Online Video Guide. show less
“How does a son murder his own father?”“Total absence of love. Some say that’s the very definition of evil.”Satisfying as it may be to have the show finally acknowledge Lex’ conversion to the dark side, I think the phrase Chloe was looking for was “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Considering what a backseat Clark’s taken to the wicked machinations of the Luthor family, it’s a much more suitable cliché. That being said, if Al & Miles (while they’re still around) wanted to brand Lex as a wholly unredeemable villain, what better way to do it than having him murder his own father?“I was raised in your shadow. Now you’re going to die in mine.” Over at the Daily Planet, Clark & Chloe are hard at work tracking down Kara and Brainiac when they’re rudely interrupted by the rest of the staff exploding into action over the fact that someone’s leapt to their dea... read more

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