Smallville: Season 7, Episode 15

Veritas (27 Mar. 2008)

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When Brainiac ends up in a confrontation with Clark after trying to coerce Kara into joining him, he takes it out on Lana.

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Lex becomes obsessed with learning about Veritas, the secret society his father Lionel and the Queen, Teague and Swann families founded to protect a secret called 'the Traveler' in which he sends his assistant to locate a safety deposit box containing information on the Traveler. Meanwhile Lois and Jimmy decide to team up to investigate the murder of Patricia Swann who was connected in some way with the Luthors. Elsewhere, the Kryptonian Brain Interactive Construct (Brainac), aka: professor Milton Fine, makes contact with Kara to offer her a chance to recreate her lost life on Krypton. Brianiac successfully attacks Lana and drains her mind making her his drone to force Clark to turn Kara over to him. Written by matt-282

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This flashback takes place in a Swann residence, as evinced by the armorial shield bearing three swans seen when young Patricia comes down the stairs. See more »

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Ms. Swan tells The Traveler that she will "take an apartment in Metropolis" and she tells Lex that she has been living in Europe. The headline of her death says "Prominent Metropolis Citizen...", implying that she was a full-time resident. See more »

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Clark Kent: What did you do to Lana?
Brainiac: A little adjustment to her central nervous system. Absolutely irreversible by any human standards. Completely reversible by me.
Kara: Whatever you want me to do, just don't let Lana suffer.
Brainiac: I'm afraid that she is suffering. There's part of Lana that is completely aware of what's happening around her, but she has no control of her body. Her motor skills, her speech, every breath she takes is controlled by me.
Clark Kent: Leave Lana out of this.
Brainiac: Did I mention that Lana is in excruciating ...
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Veritas
20 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The biggest story arc of season 7 is the history of the Veritas organization, and their connection to Clark's arrival on Earth 20 years earlier. Had the 2007 Writer's Guild strike not been resolved, "Veritas" would have been planned as the season finale. Obviously there were some minor changes made, but it's easy to see this living up to all of the great finale's from past seasons. This episode starts out with a bang with the return of Brainiac, and keeps the pace exciting all the way to the end. The main plot of the Veritas flashbacks could have easily come across as needlessly tacked on, like season 8 did with the Davis Bloome flashbacks, but instead it feels like a mysterious twist that the producers CHOSE not to reveal until now. Whether or not that's the case, i have no idea, but the way this episode writes and films the Veritas scenes flawlessly fits it in with the entire show's history. It's filmed in the same style as so many other flashbacks to the same time period. It's also interesting to see the season 1 pilot where Lionel is reading a newspaper with a front page story that ties directly into the events in this episode.

Besides the excellent Veritas story, there's a nice side adventure from Lois and Jimmy which seems straight from a comic book, and the show finally does something with Lana's character after a very uneventful season for her, even though technically all they did was remove her from the equation. With all that's going on, "Veritas" is essentially a Lionel Luthor episode. He's always been the most interesting and unpredictable character on the show. Although Smallville acting is passable, it has never really reached Emmy level, with the obvious exception of John Glover.

Although I was thrilled that the writers strike ended early enough to allow for 5 additional episodes to be filmed, in some ways I wish that "Veritas" could have been the finale. It would have been interesting to combine this with "Arctic", as the only thing really impressive about the "Arctic" finale was the final 10-15 minutes, and the only negative of "Veritas" is that the ending felt too open.


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