Smallville (2001–2011)
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Despite his father's warning, Lex still finds himself in a power struggle from within over the secret to The Traveler...with some deadly results.


Ken Horton


Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang (credit only)
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore ... Jimmy Olsen
Laura Vandervoort ... Kara (credit only)
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Anna Galvin ... Gina
Connor Stanhope ... Young Lex Luthor
Jill Teed ... Maggie Sawyer
Don Broach Don Broach ... Mysterious Attacker (as Don Broatch)
Shaw Madson ... Lex's Henchman


Now Lex is about to discover the secret of the Veritas society that Lionel Luthor and Oliver's father founded, Lionel implores him no to go and tells his son that the traveler is none other than Lex. Lex wrestles the locket (with the second key for the strongbox in Zurich) from Lionel's neck and pushes him down the Luthorcorp skyscraper to his death. Clark believed Lionel protected the secret for his Kryptonian sake, and finds confirmation. There are more murderers at work, notably Lex's assistant Gina who is specifically after the secret. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

17 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Clark finds a message from Lionel in his LuthorCorp safe. There is a Kryptonian message on it that Clark translates out loud as, "For Kal-El in the event of my death." The actual written message in Kryptonian translates as, "For The Tarveler" (presumably, a misspelling of "Traveler"). See more »


While yelling at his younger self, Lex brakes glass with alcoholic drink in a fireplace, and fire burns bright with yellow flames, while it should be bursting with blue flames as alcohol burns blue. See more »


Clark Kent: Jor-El died getting me on that ship. My dad died of a heart attack from the powers he took on protecting me. And now Lionel's been murdered protecting my secret.
Chloe Sullivan: They did die for you, Clark. But ultimately, they died for all of us. There was a reason those men were in your life - each of them added something to the man that you are today.
Clark Kent: How could Lex have done it? How does a son murder his own father?
Chloe Sullivan: Total absence of love. Some say that's the definition of evil.
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20 April 2011 | by ColcatronSee all my reviews

As Michael Rosenbaum's final episodes as a regular cast member wind down, the show's main focus shifts to him in "Descent". The opening scene between Lex and Lionel is so strong, so powerful, so shocking that you'd think it would be impossible to keep the momentum going. The fact is despite "Descent" including possibly the greatest openings scene in Smallville history, the episode just keeps getting better as the story progresses. Lex continues his journey to the dark side, which includes it's most dramatic shift in this episode, and will come to it's climax in the season finale. I really have to give credit to Gough and Millar for making the choice to slowly and patiently build Lex's character instead of jumping into things too quickly. It's only because of the brilliant 7 year development off Lex's character that his story in Descent plays so well. If this episode doesn't convince anyone of Rosenbaum's unbelievable contribution to the show, the following season without him (season 8 with Davis Bloome and Tess Mercer as the main villains) definitely solidifies Rosenbaum's place as the one great villain of Smallville.

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