Pete Ross returns to Smallville and finds a number of surprising changes since his departure four years earlier. Besides resolving his feelings toward Clark since he learned of his friend's... See full summary »

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Pete Ross returns to Smallville and finds a number of surprising changes since his departure four years earlier. Besides resolving his feelings toward Clark since he learned of his friend's secret, Pete has to deal with the acquisition of a superpower of his own: that of his ability to 'stretch' his body courtesy of kryptonite-laced gum he's been chewing and consuming for nearly a year. Meanwhile, Lex continues to sow seeds of anxiety into the amnesiac and powerless Kara over Clark as well as wanting to know about her past, as does Jimmy Olsen. Written by matt-282

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Lex inspects a small Roman soldier figure. This is the same figure the good side of Lex (Alexander) was playing with in Lex's mind in Fracture. This is the first time Lex has shown interest in his good side. See more »

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Towards the end when Jimmy, Pete and Chloe are talking at the Daily Planet, Pete puts a piece of gum in his mouth, alarming Chloe. But when she says 'Pete!', he laughs and replies ''It's kryptonite free'', and Jimmy laughs as if he knows what kryptonite is, but Jimmy knows nothing of Krypton or kryptonite. See more »

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Pete Ross: Whoo! Ha ha! I finally brought my game up to your level, Clark.
Clark Kent: What happened to you?
Pete Ross: It doesn't matter. The other night, I saved this girl and I finally got a taste of what it felt like to be you. To be a hero.
Clark Kent: Whatever it is, we need to find a way to reverse it.
Pete Ross: I should've known you couldn't be happy for me.
Clark Kent: I want you to be careful.
Pete Ross: And what? Hide like you?
Clark Kent: This isn't you, it's the kryptonite. You know what it does? It warps reality.
Pete Ross: The only thing warped is how many more people's lives ...
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Hero
20 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Pete Ross returns after nearly a 4 year absence, and unfortunate for him, it's in the weakest episode of the season.

There are so many minor problems with this episode that all add up. The biggest issue is that it's a lousy plot for an episode. Very cheesy plot and very cheesy powers (seriously, does ingested meteor rock now cause CLOTHES to develop super powers as well?). On top of that you have Kara's amnesia story, which just feels dragged out and repetitive at this point. The relationship between Kara and Jimmy always felt forced, but even more so in this episode. It doesn't make sense that they're apparently so tight when if you actually add up all the scenes they've had together, it's probably less than 10 minutes of screen time all season, and before now, they've never even mentioned spending any real time together outside of the handful of scenes earlier in the season.

Pete himself is a problem with this episode too. It's not completely the actor's fault, but some fault has to lie with the fact that he never gave that much personality to his character. "Hero" in a way is a reminder of how wasted Pete was as a character in the past. It also doesn't help that his absence was close to 4 years. If Pete was going to do a guest spot it should have been incorporated in season 4 or 5, or at least saved for something relevant, and not a cheesy filler episode. The single most annoying this in this episode is the overuse of product placement for Stride gum. All shows have product placement, and even Smallvile's product placement in the past has been worked in effectively (from an advertising POV) and subtly (so as not to feel forced and pull you out of the story). Here it is neither. Still to this day if I ever see Stride gum I laugh and remember how cheesy the placement was in Smallville. "Hero" is probably the worst example of product placement I've ever seen.

However the biggest problem with this episode is still that it's a weak story, and another poor portrayal of a pivotal character in Superman's comic history.


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