Smallville: Season 1, Episode 5

Cool (13 Nov. 2001)

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In a high school party nearby a frozen lake with kryptonite at the bottom, arrogant football player Sean Kelvin has an accident and drowns under the ice. However, he mysteriously survives ... See full summary »


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In a high school party nearby a frozen lake with kryptonite at the bottom, arrogant football player Sean Kelvin has an accident and drowns under the ice. However, he mysteriously survives with the power and need of taking the heat of other people and freezing things. Meanwhile, the Kents have financial difficulties and need a loan to save their farm, and Lex Luthor invites them for a meeting at his mansion and offers the necessary money in a lower interest rate to the reluctant Jonathan. Sean freezes and kills his girlfriend Jenna Barnum, and invites Chloe Sullivan to date him with the intention to use her body heat for his own survival. Clark, who is going to a Radiohead concert with Lana, quits the date to save his friend first, and his stepparents later, while the jilted and angry Lana returns to the arms of her boyfriend Whitney. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When Clark is about ask Lana to concert, Lana is seen reading a book at the coffee shop. The book was Doctor Zhivago written by the Russian author Boris Pasternak. One of the themes of the novel is loneliness, which aptly reflects the mood Lana was in, before Clark asked her out for the concert. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, Crater Lake is frozen over and Sean falls through the ice. Toward the end of the episode, when Sean and Clark are fighting on Lex Luthor's property, the pond is not frozen over. If the season is cold enough to freeze a lake, it should also freeze the pond. See more »


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Too Cool for School!
9 August 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Perhaps my most favourite episode from the entire series, or at least the first season, is Cool. Why? There's so much about it that is great. I love the villain of Sean who becomes a hypothermic homicidal maniac, when he can't stay warm and needs bodyheat from others to get his normal coloring back.

It shows off some really great visual effects for the most part, while still showing off some of the previously seen special effects, as well. I especially like the photography used in the scene where Sean passes by some lit candles and as soon as he passes, they become a solid piece of ice flame.

Lana's relationship with Clark develops a bit more while Lex's relationship with Jonathan Kent crumbles more so. It's great to watch the dramatic stuff in the episode as much as the thrilling action. I especially like the line of "a high school boyfriend is not a husband, he's an obstacle," from the voice of Lex.

As Lex tries to prove that he genuinely cares about the Kents, Jonathan and Martha continue to have their suspicions (mostly, Clark's dad). I do enjoy the rest of the episode's flawless acting, amazing special and visual effects, and awesome storyline.

I love this episode and it's my favourite episode from the first season, definitely. There's nothing bad about this episode. Perhaps the best part of the episode comes from watching Shawn change the pool into a lake of pure ice and then watching Clark, with ease, punch a hole into it. Great episode!

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