Smallville: Season 5, Episode 12

Reckoning (26 Jan. 2006)

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Clark reveals his secret to Lana, Jonathan and Lex learn the results of the senatorial election, and there is a tragic car accident on the highway that takes the life of someone Clark loves, forcing Clark to appeal to Jor-El for help.



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Clark discloses the Fortress of Solitude, his origin and abilities to Lana and proposes her. Clark tells Chloe that he has revealed his secret to Lana and Jonathan Kent wins the election to the Senate. But the happiest day of Clark ends when Lana dies in a car accident, and he summons the spirit of Jor-El and forces him to revert time. The unexpected price Clark pays to restore Lana's life is a complete new tragedy for his family when Jonathan takes her place after he has a meeting with Lionel over his campaign, and that Lionel knows more about Clark then he claims to. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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When meeting with Chloe after going back in time, and Clark tells her that he has done so, Chloe says, "What did you do? Spin the earth backwards on its axis?" This is a reference to Superman (1978) when Superman flies around the earth to reverse it's direction and time to save Lois Lane from being killed in an earthquake. See more »


Both times (before and after Clark reverses time) Lex throws his alcoholic beverage and glass into the fire in his mansion, there is a burst of flames that just appear to be larger. This burst should be blue as alcohol burns blue. See more »


Clark: [Inside the Fortress of Solitude with tears in his eyes standing there as a broken man because of the loss of his true love, Lana] HOW COULD YOU TAKE HER AWAY FROM ME!
Jor-El: Human life is fragile, my son. You knew a life would be exchanged for yours.
Clark: Don't make her pay for my mistake. If I hadn't told her the truth about me she'd still be alive! You have to let me fix it.
Jor-El: Your powers on earth may seem extraordinary Kal-El, but we are not gods.
Clark: This was not HER DESTINY, AND YOU KNOW THAT! There has to ...
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Best episode ever?
8 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This may quite possibly be the best Smallville episode of the entire epic series. The writers and director really went for broke with cinematography, the score, and the soundtrack. The twist within the episode is quite compelling as well.

The entire episode is so intensely dramatic, that one finds themselves gasping for air at several points during the episode, particularly during the last sequence when that heart-wrenching Peter Gabriel song is playing. A song originally from the soundtrack of City of Angels, a movie I didn't enjoy with a soundtrack that is phenomenal.

Also, I really like Lana in most of this episode, which is more than I can say for most of the series...personal bias I suppose. Everyone is great in this episode. If you want to get someone into this show without starting from the beginning, this would be a great episode to introduce anybody to this high quality television show.

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