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Arctic 

"Arctic" is an episode of Smallville starring Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, and Kristin Kreuk. Clark feels that Kara is under the effects of red kryptonite when he discovers that she is the reason for the plane containing the last member of the Veritas exploding. Lex is directed to ... See full summary »

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... Clark Kent
... Lex Luthor
... Lana Lang
... Chloe Sullivan
... Lois Lane
... Jimmy Olsen
... Kara / Brainiac
... Lionel Luthor (credit only)
... Brainiac
... Edward Teague
... Regan Matthews
... DDS Agent
... Nurse (as Julia Anderson)
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Clark feels that Kara is under the effects of red kryptonite when he discovers that she is the reason for the plane containing the last member of the Veritas exploding. Lex is directed to look for answers surrounding the traveler in the Arctic Circle, where Clark's Fortress of Solitude rests. Written by Moviedude1

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15 May 2008 (USA)  »

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This is Michael Rosenbaum and Kristin Kreuk's final appearances as regular cast members. See more »

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On the plane, Edward Teague has an Argentinian passport. The birth day reads "16th JULIO 1952". The day should be only "16", since "16th" is short for "sixteenth" in English. Also, where it reads "SOLO" it should be "SOLTERO" (single). See more »

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Kara: I'd always thought the Traveler was meant for good. Even he thinks he is. When I went home to Krypton, I learned the truth about his fate. He won't save mankind. He'll destroy it.
Lex Luthor: Who is it?
Kara: Don't you already know?
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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Written by Michelle Featherstone
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Not the best Season Finale, but Epic in parts
19 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

'Arctic' does not represent the finest Smallville finale the show and its fans have ever seen, but it does enough to leave viewers intrigued as to how Season 8 will conclude what has been left in this episode.

Kara suspiciously persuades Lex to travel to the Arctic with the knowledge that the cube-like object created by Kryptonians will protect him. Clark discovers that BrainIAC was in fact personifying his cousin, and Kara is really trapped in the Phantom Zone, a place where he once occupied for a short while. Once BrainIAC sends his best friend Chloe into a comatose state, he makes a confrontation with perhaps his most difficult foe. However, a quickly-becoming greater foe in his former friend, Lex, discovers that the Traveler is in fact Clark.

Lex discovering that much of his father's love was diverted for Clark's sake, is an epic moment that comes at the end of the show. For the character's sake, it was good to see important elements come into play, story-wise: Lana's break up with him, once she has been freed from her comatose state; Lois' increased affections for him; and his willingness to step up for his friends who have been potentially ruined by one of his foe's actions.

The episode is full of special effects; it's obvious that the Smallville creative team saved much of their budget for this episode. However, it lacks the fire that all of the other Smallville finales have had, especially with the prior knowledge that Lex's portayer Michael Rosenbaum will not be around for the show's final season. That potentially causes some big problems, as far as the story resolution goes with regard to Clark and Lex's confrontation in the Fortress of Solitude.


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