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  • Title: Smallville
  • Episode Title: Requiem
  • Season: 8
  • Starring: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk, Chris Gauthier, and Justin Hartley
  • Written by: Holly Henderson and Tom Whitehead
  • Directed by: Michael Rohl
  • Network: The CW Network
  • Series: Smallville

SMALLVILLE 8.14 - "Requiem"

Super-powered Lana is no match for Oliver Queen and his bedpan!

By Rob Vaux     February 06, 2009
Source: Mania


SMALLVILLE: "Requiem" (slideshow)
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The LuthorCorp bigwigs are getting ready to vote Tess (Cassidy Freeman) out on her ear when who should interrupt them but Oliver Queen (Justin Hartley)! Green Arrow has purchased controlling interest in the company and has plans for a serious house-cleaning… which are put on hold when a bomb goes off in the middle of his speech. Clark (Tom Welling) and Lana (Kristin Kreuk) take a break from their super-powered nookie to find out who's behind it.

A quick search of the blast site reveals fragments of kryptonite in the explosive, which Clark is affected by but Lana merely absorbs. Lex appears to be the obvious suspect--and he is--but since he's stuck in a coma he's had to outsource the project to a qualified representative. Enter Winslow Schott (Chris Gauthier), AKA The Toyman, who used to work for Oliver before he went crackers and started planting C-4 in teddy bears and things.

Oliver wants Lex out of the way for good, and he needs to keep Clark on the sidelines lest the Man of Steel harsh his mellow with some of that "killing is wrong" stuff. So he conscripts Chloe (Allison Mack) to pull Schott's file off the Queen Industries database. Clark catches her in the act, however, and the two trade ethical barbs until Chloe cracks and hands the file over to him.

Guest star Chris Gauthier as Winslow Schott in SMALLVILLE, on The CW Network. Photo: Marcel Williams/The CW

Schott shows up at the hospital and tries to kill Oliver with a wind-up monkey bomb, but Oliver turns the tables before beating Lex's location (an ever-moving big rig truck) out of him and heading off to snuff the Bald One's candle once and for all. Clark and Lana arrive at Schott's lair to discover Lex's next target: the Daily Planet. They find the bomb on the roof, wired to a BIG chunk of kryptonite. Lana can defuse it, but in the process she'll absorb enough radiation to kill Clark, which was apparently Lex's evil scheme all along.

Lana submits and sucks up the green stuff, ruining Clark's long-term booty call for good. In a fit of hormone-induced rage he flies off to the big rig to break Lex's neck. Lana interposes herself between them in order to keep Clark from taking a life. As they stand there arguing, the truck explodes… thanks, apparently, to the same monkey bomb that was supposed to kill Green Arrow. Clark thinks Schott did it, but Chloe learns the true culprit: Oliver, who casually blackmails her into keeping quiet.

As Oliver assumes control of LuthorCorp, the kryptonite-laced Lana flies away rather than risk Clark's safety any further.

 

Guest star Chris Gauthier as Winslow Schott and Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen in SMALLVILLE, on The CW Network. Photo: Marcel Williams/The CW

The Good

Oliver's back! Okay, he spends most of the episode in bed, but it's still great seeing Mr. Ends Justify The Means in action. Gauthier's super-creepy Toyman works wonders (Smallville always does well when it brings Superman's rogue's gallery into the mix), and the standard-issue combination of classic superhero tropes and soapy drama hits most of the right notes. "Requiem" also gets bonus points for that freaky last kiss between Clark and Lana.

 

Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang in SMALLVILLE, on The CW Network. Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW

The Bad

Super-powered Lana. Pillow talk with super-powered Lana. Patrolling with super-powered Lana. Clark mooning over super-powered Lana in that smoochie-boochie way that puts rational people off their lunch. And all the while we wait for the painfully obvious other shoe to drop. The ponderous speeches grate on the nerves, Chloe still acts as nothing more than walking exposition, and the so-good-when-she's-bad Tess Mercer is nowhere to be seen. Boo.

 

The Prognosis

Lana's out and Olivier's in… and that's more than enough to chalk this baby in the win column.

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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TriangleChoke 2/6/2009 9:49:43 AM

 I'm gonna miss Kristen Kreuk on this GODFORSAKEN SHOW. Her swan song, could have been handled a little bit better, where the hell has Lois been this whole time? Need more Erica Durance, for the love of god, bring her back! WE HAVE TO GO BAAAAAAAACK!

 

WAAAAAAAALT!  WAAAAAAAAALT!  WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT!

Wallace85 2/6/2009 1:02:53 PM

Ding dong the bitch is gone the bitch is gone HOORAY God now the show can get back to the good stuff like it did in the beginning of the season.It was funny to see Supes breaking the bed in half while getting some super action ha ha ha ha.The best part of this episode was not just Ollie being back but THE TOYMAN wow that guy did a great job and the look they gave him with the dark purple leather jacket looked sharp.I like how he escaped and is still at large.If they do another season they need to change the name of the show to just Superman and have Clark be Superman once and for all.Cause I have to say whenever they bring in one of Superman's rogues they do an excellent job.Which is why I like to see them bring Metallo hell they can probably make Conduit look good.

Oh TriangleChoke Lois is in Star City with Jimmy since the Doomsday episode when Jimmy was hurt which I don't know why Chloe isn't with her husband but who knows.

mbeckham1 2/6/2009 2:02:22 PM

I DVRed   this ep so I could go see a movie, I'lldefinitewly be watching it soon.  think i'm gonna love where they're going with Ollie/  Can't wat to see the Toyman.

Definitely need more Lois and Tess Mercer. 

I have liked this show better this season than in  the early teen soap opera days.  I just kinda wish we could avethis live action setup and production values with Bruce Timm and Paul Dini witing the scripts or executive producing this series. Their Lana was written so much cooler than this Lana.  In fact the way they developed ach of the characters in the original series was billiant.  Lex, Lana, Lois, Mercy, Superman himself,  and whole rogues gallery were brilliantly.  I miss them having a weekly series.

That said thank God we can finally say goodbye to the sugar shock inducing puppy dog romantic chemistry between Kreuk and Welling and finally get back the workin chemistry between Welling and Durance, if the writers haven't completely forgotten she ever existed.

redhairs99 2/6/2009 5:47:14 PM

Decent episode, still I think they should have just left Lana where she was at the end of season 7 which was GONE!  Toyman was cool, though I think he had a green leather coat and purple glasses.  Hopefully we'll see him back again if there is a season 9 or the rumored spin-off should season 9 not happen. 

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Enough space?  Ok.  Lois returns (finally, I need a Durance fix about now) in the next episode on March 5th.  I'm not sure how they are going to pull it off but Lois "outs" the Red-Blue Blur's secret alien heritage and his secret identity apparently.  Should be interesting too bad Tori Spelling's character Linda Lake is also back.  I wasn't too fond of her first appearance, but I guess we'll jst have to wait and see.

celt_6@yahoo.com_home 2/6/2009 6:57:57 PM

Lana's gone.  HUZZAH!  Now, if only she'll STAY gone.  I'd pitch another fit about "Super-Lana," but seeing as how she's gone for the foreseeable future, I'll take what I can get.

Bring back the Justice League, bring back Doomsday (and maybe a couple other good baddies to get thumped) and for the love of God and all that is Holy, let Clark fucking FLY ALREADY!

 

ponyboy76 2/7/2009 3:23:29 AM

This epsiode was okay, but I don't like how they just tied up all those loose ends into a nice little bow.Lex is a mastermind and ends up being blown up by a stinking toy monkey in a truck? He evaded Clark and everyone else for that long and this is how he goes out?
I felt for the star crossed lovers and how Lex eluded to Shakespeare and all but they could have handled the Clark/Lana ending a lot better. What I think would have been cooler is if she absorbed the Kryptonite and it kills her. In a fit of utter despair and anger , Clark pushes off the Earth, causing him to fly into space in order to be alone with his sadness. Superman did it all the time in the movies. Having Lana live also screws up Lois and Clark, because if he wasn't pineing for Lana enough before, he'll be in super-pineing modeand won't even see Lois as his future, which messes with what the writers have already established. They are going backwards and we want Clark to move forward and become the Man of Steel.

redhairs99 2/7/2009 4:31:13 PM

ponyboy, I agree with you that Lana should have died when she absorbed the K-bomb, but at least she's off the show for the foreseeable future.  I really don't think they killed off Lex.  I'm sure they'll say he has multiple mobile bases and he can bounce his wi-fi signals or whatever from truck to truck and each truck has samples of Lex's DNA so if destroyed it will look like he was killed.

access 2/7/2009 10:52:48 PM

 Guys can you name all these heroes !

mbeckham1 2/8/2009 12:09:24 PM

Fantastic stuff, love their take on the Toyman and Gren Arrow is certaibnly going the way of Lex here.  Kind of makes me wonder if there's more going on here than we're seeing.  Wonder if Lex is controlling Queen and used him to fake his death?

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