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Kinetic

Lana in "Kinetic"

First aired February 26, 2002

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The CW's Official Description:

Clark (Tom Welling) and Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) are stumped when the Luthor mansion is robbed by burglars who seem to have the ability to walk through walls. Lex's curiosity turns to desperation when he discovers the thieves have stolen evidence of his secret project and Clark wonders if his dad was right about Lex's deceit all along.

Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, Eric Johnson, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Robert Singer directed the episode written by Philip Levens.

Detailed Description:

By Nadine

Freak of the Week: We meet three former jocks from Smallville High six years ago. At the time, they lost their scholarships and hopes for the future, and started injecting themselves with Kryptonite in the form of green tattoos. This speeds up their metabolism and allows them to walk through matter, for example walking through walls. They attempted to rob the Smallville Savings and Loans, but didn't succeed. In fact, one of them lost his arm that was left in the safe.
They then rob the Luthor vault in the mansion, including a disk that shows that Lex has gained access to LuthorCorp's Intranet. In the process, they seriously injure Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack) who was at the mansion interviewing Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum). Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is curious as to why Lex did not report the robbery. A few days later, the jocks return to the mansion, and using the disk as collateral, they blackmail Lex for $1million. Lex promises them he will be in touch with the money.
Unfortunately, the jocks also realize that they are not as strong as they used to be, and that they need to add a new member to their gang. They recruit Whitney Fordman (Eric Johnson), who has just lost his scholarship and is destined to work in his father's store for the rest of his life. They invite him to a party, and then encourage him to get his first meteorite tattoo. Once he agrees, they take him out to show him his new power. They throw him onto the road in front of a moving truck, and the truck drives right through him.
Wearing face masks, they then take Whitney along to meet up with Lex, who claims to be bringing $1million, but is in fact carrying an empty case. The jocks get upset with him and start beating Lex up. Whitney complains that this is not what he signed on for. Clark who had begun to figure things out, interrupts and as the jocks quickly leave the scene through the walls, but Clark calls Whitney who turns around and is recognized despite his mask.
He finally admits everything to Lana Lang (Kristin Kreuk) and to Clark. He explains about Lex's disk. Both Clark and Whitney decide to go to the jock's hideout, while they are sleeping and recovering their strengths. In a final showdown, they find the disk at the same time as Lex arrives on the scene. The jocks show up, and, disappointed in Whitney, try to kill him, but Clark saves him. The cops finally show up, and while Lex explains the situation, he cleverly leaves out the fact that the boys could walk through walls. He then turns to the jocks as they are driven away and tells them that he will keep their secret as long as they keep his (his access to LuthorCorp's Intranet).

Character Development: Aunt Nell (Sarah-Jane Redmond) is packing up The Talon. Lana asks her aunt who has bought it, and Nell informs her it is Lex. Lana tries to reason with Lex and asks him not to transform The Talon (an old movie theatre where her parents first met, her father was working there, and her mother got bored with a movie and both started talking). He tells her that he sees no good business reason why he should not destroy The Talon and turn it into a huge parking lot.
Clark makes her realize that she just needs to give him a good business reason. So, a few days later, she hands Lex her business plan: he should register the building as a historic landmark, which will give his certain tax benefits. She then proposes to turn it into a café-bookstore that can also serve as a venue for local bands and art house movies. Lex is impressed and agrees to the new plan. He will be the new silent partner of the new Talon.

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Notes:

The physics of a hyper-accelerated metabolism letting you walk through solid objects is a bit unclear. In the comics various super-speedsters can vibrate through walls, but the jocks and Whitney don't display any ability to actually move really fast. And how do they vibrate their clothes (but not the one guy's prosthetic arm)?

Exactly how does Chloe end up grabbing the ledge when she gets pushed out by the one of the three phase-shifting guys? The way she was pushed out, she was in a semi-sitting position falling backwards. Barring a ridiculously perfect backflip, she wouldn't have been able to catch the ledge yet does so while she calls for Clark. Just a tad bit impossible...

The computer disk Clark is holding when he crushes it isn't a computer disk at all, its a MiniDisc. It shows the number 74 on it which indicates a 74 minute MiniDisc. Why do this? A normal computer disk would have worked just as well.

When the guys throw Whitney in front of the truck, the truck would have reached him WAY before he could have stood up.

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