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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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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Whitney Fordman: My father was the strongest man I ever knew. He lettered in three sports at State. When I see him there in the hospital so weak... it kills me because that's not my father. Whatever you do, for a long time to come, your father is gonna be there to support you. I'll only have a memory of my dad. And I don't want that memory to be of that sick man laying there in the hospital.
Clark Kent: Now I get it. It's just... I'd take the man over the memory any day of the week.
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An Almost Perfect Episode
2 April 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While visiting his sick mother Rose Randall (Retha Htton) in the hospital, Tyler Randall (Reynaldo Rosales) is requested to commit euthanasia with her. The nurse witness the attempt, the security guard tries to arrest Tyler, he falls from the sixth floor and dies. When the coroner removes a green stone from his wrist, Tyler returns to life with a lethal touch. He decides to help terminal people to die becoming "The Reaper".

"Reaper" is an excellent episode of "Smallville", with a discussion of father and son relationship: Clark and Jonathan, Lex and Lionel, Whitney and George, all of them facing and superseding somehow different situations. The difficulty of Clark and Jonathan to approach to each other after arguing is very human and real. Lex Luthor again is amazing, with his bitter relationship with his father, and trying to resolve the problems of his real friends, and Jonathan Kent finally shows some respect for him. The quote of Lex talking to Clark highlighted in IMDb ("When my father dies, kings will come to his funeral, but when your father dies, his friends will come") is one of the best moments of this episode. In my opinion, "Reaper" is not perfect because of the sad fate of the character of Tyler, who was pressed by his mother's request ("you will do it if you love me") and became "The Reaper". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Anjo da Morte" ("The Death Angel")


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