Smallville: Season 1, Episode 17

Reaper (23 Apr. 2002)

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While visiting his sick mother in the hospital, Tyler Randall is requested to commit euthanasia at her request. The nurse witness the attempt, and the security guard tries to arrest Tyler. ... See full summary »

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Mrs. Sikes
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While visiting his sick mother in the hospital, Tyler Randall is requested to commit euthanasia at her request. The nurse witness the attempt, and the security guard tries to arrest Tyler. He falls from the sixth floor and dies. When the pathologist removes a green stone from the meteor-rock bracelet from his wrist, Tyler returns to life, but he has a lethal touch, turning people to dust by mere touch. He decides to help terminal people to die, becoming "The Reaper". Tyler's path crosses with Clark's when he gets a job as a flower delivery person for invalid people on a 'good Samaritan' run that Clark is volunteering at, in which Tyler targets Whitney's father who's dying from a heart condition. Meanwhile, Lex gets a visit from Dominic Senatori, an associate of his father's, to investigate Lex's financial situation and learns about the investigation into Clark Kent, where he informs Jonathan about Lex's curiosity in Clark and his suspected 'abilities.' Also, Lex tries to help Clark ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Lana Lang: [watch Clark run out the door to save Whitney's dad from Tyler] Where are you going?
[turns questioningly to Chloe]
Chloe Sullivan: Don't look at me, he does that all the time.
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The "Gift" of Ending Pain
14 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Smallville' explores an interesting theory in this 17th episode.

A young man named Tyler is believed to be dead when he actually is well, alive, and with the ability to end others' lives. He does so with his sick, bed-ridden mother, since she asks for it. This event causes Tyler to believe that all sick, bed-ridden, and older people wish for the same fate. Clark is able to convince Tyler that everybody has their own opinion on how they want to die, and that choosing that fate for them is wrong.

This episode is also good since it hints in Clark's belief to let the natural way decide people's lives. As a superhero who doesn't force death on others, but lets other factors decide their fate, this was an interesting character aspect to feature for an episode.


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