Smallville: Season 2, Episode 12

Insurgence (21 Jan. 2003)

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When Lex Luthor loses a $150 million contract to Luthor Corp, he finds that his mansion was bugged by his father. He hires a team to bug the offices of Luthor Corp expecting to find the ... See full summary »



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When Lex Luthor loses a $150 million contract to Luthor Corp, he finds that his mansion was bugged by his father. He hires a team to bug the offices of Luthor Corp expecting to find the building empty since it is Sunday, but Lionel Luthor assigns Martha for work in his office with him. Jonathan becomes very upset, since it is their wedding anniversary, and he was planning a picnic with Martha. Lex calls off the action, but the leader of the group of industrial spies is killed by a member who wants to steal the contents of Lionel's safe. Martha and Lionel become hostages of the criminals, and when they open the safe, a great secret is disclosed. Meanwhile, Lana schedules a meeting with Mr. & Mrs. Small in The Talon to get to know Jennifer Small, who warns Lana about her husband. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Jonathan Kent: Were you just talking to those men up there?
Lex Luthor: Mr. Kent, whatever I'm doing is in the best interest of your wife and my father, believe me.
Jonathan Kent: I find out that you had anything to do with what's going on out here, you will pray to god you never set foot in Smallville. You believe me.
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Written and Performed by Ed Harcourt
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An INCREDIBLE TV episode on its own, let alone 'Smallville'
19 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

With possibly the exception of the Season 1 finale "Tempest," Insurgence is the best 'Smallville' episode up to this point.

Another exciting element of this episode was that this was the first to present Metropolis, Superman's turf, to the watching audience.

Th show begins with an enraged Lex Luthor, who rightfully should be after discovering that his father has placed hidden cameras throughout the house in order to spy on his son. In retaliation, Lex plans an interrogation on the LuthorCorp building in Metropolis, believing that no one will be there with the interrogation planned on a Sunday. Coincidentally, however, Martha was asked by Lionel to work that day, upsetting her husband, who was planning a special anniversary event that day. Lex has seconds thoughts after learning that Martha is in the building, but before Lex can stop his team, one of the members, obsessed with what is in Lionel's sealed vault, holds up the building. Extreme tension builds between Jonathan and Lex, Jonathan and Lionel, and Clark and Lex, for the responsibility that the Luthors have on their hands for putting Martha in danger. As the episode nears its climactic and riveting conclusion, something incredible is revealed to have been hiding in the vault, and Clark, desperate to save his mother, goes to a drastic measure pushing even the limits of his unique abilities...

Standing on its own, 'Insurrection' is a very special episode for its tension, conflict and excitement.

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