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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Three Evil Witches in Kansas

9/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
28 May 2006

In 1604, in France, three evil witches, one of them Lana Lang's ancestral Countess Margaret Isobel Tharow, are condemned to the pyre by Magistrate Wilkins, and Isabel spits blood on a symbol on a page of a book. In the present days, Lana buys the book, and when she touches the blood entwined with the symbol, her evil ancestor possesses her body. She makes a spell, bringing the other two witches to Chloe Sullivan and Lois Lane bodies. The powerful trio tries to seize the three Kryptonian stones to increase their power. Meanwhile, a surprise birthday party for Chloe in the barn of the Kent Farm becomes really hot, and the trio cast spells against Jason Teague, Lex Luthor and a powerless Clark Kent.

"Spell" is a great episode of "Smallville". The story is excellent, and Lex finally tells Lana that he was the one that fired Jason, and not Clark. It is very funny when one of the witches believes that she is in the woods of France, instead of in Kansas speaking in English. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Feitiço" ("Spell")

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Most Fun!

9/10
Author: ZTrainExpress from United States
29 September 2010

This was the most fun episode of Smallville to date. Almost every one has its playful side, but this season has been a bit more heavy handed, so this was really a breath of fresh air. It also gave several of the characters a chance to step out of their usual mannerisms. Kristen Kreuk stole the show by believably playing an ancestral witch with a grudge to settle. Allison Mack and Erica Durance, on the other hand, hammed it up too much, and were much less believable in their witch-possessed bodies. For instance, it's hard to believe that after 400 years, the witch in Lois Lane would be most enamored by her breasts. But still, the fish out of water humor was fun, too. Clark vs. the witches was also a good time. As an extra bonus, new glimpses of the caves and information about the stones was a good treat. Some fans might not like this playful departure, but I did (obviously)!

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Absolutely Dumb

3/10
Author: Rcwilkinson123 from United States
5 December 2007

This episode is way stupid. It goes like this: Lana has an ancient ancestor named Countess Margaret Isabel Thoreau who was burned at the stake, along with two other women, on the count of being witches in the 1200s. However, the evil Countess is not done wrecking havoc yet. She and the other two witches take over Lana, Chloe and Lois' bodies with the intent of partying, hurting Clark, and taking control of the town and beyond.

The only important thing to take out of this episode is that Lex tells Lana that it was him who got Jason Teague fired from the high school, not Clark. It is apparent that the real reason Lex got Jason fired is because he believes that Jason has ulterior motives for being around Lana and Clark, besides the fact that she has a relationship with a student.

This episode is ridiculous, inappropriate, and way lame. It is one of the worst episodes of an otherwise fantastic series.

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1 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Another dose of beefcake bondage

6/10
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis
15 May 2010

This marks the second time in the series in which Clark (Tom Welling) winds up bare-chested and in painful bondage. The first occurred in the opening episode when Clark, stripped to his undershorts, spends the night "crucified" in a cornfield as part of a "scarecrow" ritual. That bondage reeked of homoerotic undertones since fellow high-school males kidnapped Clark, removed nearly all of his clothes, and tied him in that torturous position. These acts aren't actually shown but one can easily imagine the groping and grabbing which must have gone on during the disrobing process, as well as the lewd comments which must have come from those excited males as more and more of Clark's bare flesh was revealed.

These homoerotic undertones are largely missing in "Spell" since it's three women -- the witch-possessed Lana, Chloe, and Lois -- who strip Clark of his shirt and tie him up in a barn, hands stretched above head. Unlike those high-school boys, they leave on Clark's pants, but there is a shot of Clark sprawled on the floor prior to his bondage, shirt ripped open, in which his legs are spread wide apart, thus emphasizing both his sexuality and his vulnerability. The women then look admiringly at Clark's torso after he's put into bondage, but no sexual byplay results, though Chloe does rake her long fingernails down the front of Clark's chest.

Tom Welling's hairy armpits are much on display in this scene. By now his Clark character is probably considered old enough to have such lush growths of hair whereas in the opening episode, in which Clark was still a mere high-school freshman, his "scarecrow" bondage tended to downplay any armpit exposure.

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