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Descent 

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.

Director:

Ken Horton

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Clark sees an original copy of Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil in Lionel's safe. This is the third appearance of Nietzsche in the series. Clark was holding "The Portable Nietzsche" in Pilot, shortly before Lana asks him, "So what are you: Man or Superman?". In Suspect, Lionel is shown reading the same copy of Beyond Good and Evil. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Lex Luthor, the Legend
21 April 2008 | by Rcwilkinson123See all my reviews

Lex Luthor makes decisions that uncover his dark side completely in a long-awaited episode of the series that discloses the inevitable with respect to Lex's decisions towards complete evil.

Lex is desperate to answer questions that have eluded him ever since the town of Smallville became part of his life seven years ago. He knows that the answer to these questions is within his grasp if he can get hold of a key that he believes to be around the neck of his own father. Feeling insulted and unloved by his father over the years, the final straw is drawn when Lex realizes that much of his own life was sacrificed for the future of this Traveler. After making a climactic decision, the good in him begs to not search out the secrets that may be in Zurich. Meanwhile, Clark learns the atrocity that Lex committed and the tragedy which he has brought to others, understanding that he and his former best friend have become mortal enemies.

Every scene in 'Descent' is dynamite, from the final Lex-Lionel confrontation at LuthorCorp to the first full-fledged meeting of animosity at the Luthor mansion that now pits the true antagonist and protagonist of the show. These scenes had so much impact involved due to superb acting and an element of the story that has been foreseen since the show's early years. 'Descent' is perhaps the darkest, and one of the most emotionally impactful episodes of the series.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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