Clark accompanies Tess, who got childhood nightmares triggered by a mysteriously delivered music-box, to the orphanage where she was left behind by her parents. They find out the hard way '... See full summary »


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Oliver Queen (credit only)
Leigh Bourke ...
Young Tess Mercer (as Leigh Bourque)
Natasha (as Olivia Steele-Falconer)


Clark accompanies Tess, who got childhood nightmares triggered by a mysteriously delivered music-box, to the orphanage where she was left behind by her parents. They find out the hard way 'Granny', who runs it, far from her philanthropic image, in fact ruthlessly rules a brain-washed power girls ring. The general finally sent Lois the video made by her late mother when dying from cancer. Dealing with painful and sweet memories, she ends up digging in Clark's Kryptonian parental antecedents in the fortress. Written by KGF Vissers

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12 November 2010 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in 1986, 1990, 1996 and November 2010. See more »


Lara: My son, I only had the joy for knowing you a few weeks. I wish I could be with you always to guide you and protect you.
Jor-El: We don't have much time.
Lara: My dearest Kal-El, our love will always be with you. I can already see you carry within your father's independent spirit.
Jor-El: But more importantly, your mother's never-ending bravery and her compassionate heart.
Lara: Your father tells me the new world you're journeying to, Earth, is full of complicated beings capable of great emotion. My wish is for you to live...
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »


Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
from Nutcracker Suite
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Inspiring women driven stories, frightening Granny Goodness and impressive performance, heavenly Lois & Clark, delightful fan service and irresistible elements
13 November 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

We all have family issues and dealing with them is an impossible mission for some people. In this installment Clark, Lois and Tess finally decided to solve their problems to move forward and live at their full potential.

Now Miss Mercer has become part of the gang it was only a matter of time before she landed a cushy role. Abandoned was probably her moment and a pivotal episode to develop her story and unveil her troubled past. Who is Tess Mercer ? I enjoyed the puzzling way it was answered but wish her arc had been scarier. In the end the black and white scenes weren't immersive enough. They could have tricked us into believing in her nightmare for example. However one can only be impressed by the actress who portrayed the disturbing Granny Goodness. She actually reminded me of Kathy Bates in Misery so I really hope we'll see more of her in the upcoming episodes.

As for Lois & Clark I was glad the writers decided to split them up. That way we enjoy their reunions even more and it allows the characters to be autonomous and independent. I will never get tired of Lois heroic moments. Moreover Erica Durance makes you believe in love thanks to her moving talent. In fact their arc was covered with vivid roses and as a long time fan I was teleported right into Superman's wicked heaven. From the heartbreaking guest performance to the ethereal holograms it was definitely the boost season 10 needed.

Like if it wasn't enough there were also plenty of irresistible elements. First one dialog should make you tick if you have been watching Smallville from the very first time. It's funny because it actually triggered my memory and I instantly reminded one of the most beautiful scene ever. It leads us to super Clark as he had to deal with new enemies. His powers were well used, not too much and at the right time. The visual effects were as sweet as Saturday night popcorn and what I like to call the "whip whip" scene should definitely make you laugh. He is such a gentleman ! Last but not least a vital clue was revealed about what's going on between our favorite reporters. They're sister and brother ! Oh I should have said spoiler alert ! Seriously it was almost a flawless episode and even if I still don't know what to think of this season trinity of prophets plot Abandoned confirmed me that Smallville will have the ending it deserves !

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