Smallville: Season 1, Episode 4

X-Ray (6 Nov. 2001)

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Tina Greer is a meteor-rock mutant teenage girl who has the power to transform into the shape and face of whoever she wants. She robs Smallville Bank pretending to be Lex Luthor, and ... See full summary »



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Tina Greer is a meteor-rock mutant teenage girl who has the power to transform into the shape and face of whoever she wants. She robs Smallville Bank pretending to be Lex Luthor, and accidentally kills her mother Rose. She becomes obsessed with Lana Lang's family, and decides to assume her identity. Meanwhile, Clark Kent finds that he has X-ray vision, and has trouble to control his new-found power, with the support of his stepparents, as well as trying to hide it from Pete, Chloe, and Lana. Lex Luthor is blackmailed by a dirty journalist, named Roger Nixon, who found some dirt on Lex's hidden obscure past. But Lex reverts the situation in the end by blackmailing the journalist to investigate Clark Kent. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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As the title might suggest, this is the first episode in the series to highlight Clark Kent's X-ray vision. See more »


When Clark is walking down the street and walks past the movie theater, the sign changes - the last line was in red letters, then suddenly isn't. See more »


Lex Luthor: If you walk out that door, I will make you disappear.
Roger Nixon: What're you gunna do? You gunna have me killed?
Lex Luthor: [laughs] No. You'll be very much alive. But there'll be no evidence of your existence.
Roger Nixon: What are you talking about?
Lex Luthor: Driver's license, passports, social security number, bank account, will all be erased. With one call, I can be sure that there will be no record that you actually walk this earth.
Roger Nixon: You're bluffing.
Lex Luthor: Call your bank, see if your account still exists. That is, if your cell phone hasn't ...
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Written by Dolores O'Riordan
Performed by The Cranberries
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9 August 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Perhaps one of the most defining episodes to come from the first season of Smallville is this one, X-Ray. It's story involves Tina Greer (Lizzy Caplan) who has the ability to shape shift due to her weak bones coming in contact with the meteor rocks. As the episode begins, Lex is seen robbing the bank of his own money. Clark gets a headache and we can see he has the ability to see beyond the skin and muscles of people. He sees the bone structure of Lex and see's there is green meteor rocks embedded in his skin. As Lex is proved innocent and has an alibi at the time of the robbery, Clark is convinced someone in Smallville can transform and take the appearance of anyone else they desire.

This pivotal episode is primarily about special effects. It shows all of Clark's previously shown talents (ie. super-speed, super-strength) but embarks on showing the audience his power of X-Ray ability. It's great to watch the X-Ray power being used and it's so cool how they show it. The action is not given a secondary backseat either and it never lets up after the cold opening. The climactic fight between Tina and Clark is one for the ages. It's powerful and intense. It's wicked to watch the tombstones break apart when each of their bodies hits them with such power.

Romance between Lana and Clark seems to blossom in this episode and I enjoy this episode as much as some of my favourites of the first season. As important as his other powers, Clark never stops using X-Ray power because it becomes as important as his super-strength in order to save the innocent lives of the people he loves and the people he's destined to save.

Visual effects, as much as special effects, stand out and when it comes to them both, they are both at the top of their potential in this episode. Even as mastered as they are now, they are great in Smallville's first season.

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