Smallville: Season 3, Episode 20

Talisman (5 May 2004)

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Lionel calls Professor Joseph Willowbrook to the Kiwatche caves to show a recently found ancient object. Professor Willoebrook brings his assistant Jeremiah Holdsclaw, who takes the relic ... See full summary »



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Lionel calls Professor Joseph Willowbrook to the Kiwatche caves to show a recently found ancient object. Professor Willoebrook brings his assistant Jeremiah Holdsclaw, who takes the relic from the hands of Lionel. It transforms in a knife and makes Jeremiah as powerful as Clark. He runs away from Lionel's security men with the mythic knife. Professor Willowbrook insists that Clark is Namam, the man who fell from the stars, and in accordance with the Indian prophecy, that knife belongs to him and could be destroyed only by his greatest enemy. Jeremiah thinks that the enemy is Lionel and makes plans to kill him. Meanwhile, Lana decides to move to Paris to be away from Clark and make a fresh start. Also, a troubled Pete reveals to Chloe that his parents have decided to get a divorce. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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According to Kiwatche language, Naman means, "the man who fell from the stars." See more »


Lex Luthor: You know, I've been thinking a lot about this prophecy. I've got a new interpretation. Want to hear it?
Clark Kent: Sure.
Lex Luthor: This Naman guy is supposed to come from the stars, have the power of ten men, and shoot fire from his eyes, right?
Clark Kent: It's just an allegory, Lex.
Lex Luthor: I know. But if one person could do all that, he would be a formidable enemy. He could conquer the world. He could become a tyrant if nobody kept him in check. So I've been thinking. Anybody who'd be willing to fight him would have to be pretty ...
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The Protector becomes the Adversary
4 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The intended talisman of a Kryptonian weapon becomes the man that Clark must stop in this average episode of the season.

Lionel Luthor, Professor Willowbrook, and Willowbrook's special student Jeremiah Holdsclaw, the future chief of the Kawache tribe, are in the cave exploring what it can do when the cave produces a long Kryptonian knife. Winding in the hands of Jeremiah, Jeremiah acquires the abilities of a Kryptonian and sends Lionel crashing on the ground on his way to rule others and destroy the enemy that the blade is intended to kill. Professor Willowbrook tells Clark that Jeremiah was empowered because he is intended to be the protector of the weapon until Naman (Clark) can get it to destroy his nemesis. However, the new powers that he has corrupts Jeremiah. Jeremiah is convinced that the enemy is Lionel, that Clark is a false prophet, and a good finish to the episode is the result.

The story of this episode is really interesting, but the actor who plays Jeremiah is quite frankly a fairly awful actor. For that reason alone, the episode merits an "8" rating, rather than a "9."

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