Smallville (2001–2011)
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Meteor fragments resurrect a young man with the ability to suck the life out of suffering people. He learns about Whitney's sick father and targets him for euthanasia.


Terrence O'Hara


Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Eric Johnson ... Whitney Fordman
Sam Jones III ... Pete Ross
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
John Schneider ... Jonathan Kent
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Reynaldo Rosales ... Tyler Randall
Jason Connery ... Dominic Senatori
Sheila Moore ... Mrs. Sikes
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight ... Nurse (as Tiffany Knight)
Brian Drummond ... Hospital Security Guard (voice)
Patrick Keating ... Coroner


While visiting his sick mother in the hospital, Tyler Randall is requested to commit euthanasia at her request. The nurse witness the attempt, and the security guard tries to arrest Tyler. He falls from the sixth floor and dies. When the pathologist removes a green stone from the meteor-rock bracelet from his wrist, Tyler returns to life, but he has a lethal touch, turning people to dust by mere touch. He decides to help terminal people to die, becoming "The Reaper". Tyler's path crosses with Clark's when he gets a job as a flower delivery person for invalid people on a 'good Samaritan' run that Clark is volunteering at, in which Tyler targets Whitney's father who's dying from a heart condition. Meanwhile, Lex gets a visit from Dominic Senatori, an associate of his father's, to investigate Lex's financial situation and learns about the investigation into Clark Kent, where he informs Jonathan about Lex's curiosity in Clark and his suspected 'abilities.' Also, Lex tries to help Clark ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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23 April 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum) uses the term "superman" but he is not referring by any means to Clark Kent and his iconic superhero persona that will develop in the future. Rather, he is referencing a quote from a book while speaking with Jason Connery's character. See more »


When the pathologists prepares to start to dissect Tyler's body, he picks up and activates a cranial saw. An autopsy would normally begin with a Y incision on the chest from shoulders to sternum with a scalpel. Even if the pathologist was going to start with the skull, they would first peel back the scalp, once again with a scalpel. See more »


Jonathan Kent: I thought we had an understanding. How am I supposed to protect you if you won't give me all the facts?
Clark Kent: I don't always need your protection.
Jonathan Kent: When it comes to your secret, you bet you do. And when you get a little older, you'll understand my... apprehension about the Luthor family.
Clark Kent: Stop treating me like a kid! I'm not seven years old anymore; I'm not casting lines in the paddock. I don't even like fishing! The only reason I do it is because it makes you happy!
[Clark realizes he's gone too far]
Clark Kent: ...
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The "Gift" of Ending Pain
14 September 2007 | by Rcwilkinson123See all my reviews

'Smallville' explores an interesting theory in this 17th episode.

A young man named Tyler is believed to be dead when he actually is well, alive, and with the ability to end others' lives. He does so with his sick, bed-ridden mother, since she asks for it. This event causes Tyler to believe that all sick, bed-ridden, and older people wish for the same fate. Clark is able to convince Tyler that everybody has their own opinion on how they want to die, and that choosing that fate for them is wrong.

This episode is also good since it hints in Clark's belief to let the natural way decide people's lives. As a superhero who doesn't force death on others, but lets other factors decide their fate, this was an interesting character aspect to feature for an episode.

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