Smallville (season 4)
|Smallville Season 4|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original channel||The WB|
|Original run||September 22, 2004– May 18, 2005|
Season four of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on September 22, 2004. The series recounts the early adventures of Kryptonian Clark Kent as he adjusts to life in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas, during the years before he becomes Superman. The fourth season comprises 22 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 18, 2005. Regular cast members during season four include Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Jensen Ackles, Allison Mack, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider.
Season four chronicles Clark and his classmates' senior year of high school and centers on his attempt to unite the three stones of knowledge, and trying to cope with Lana's new relationship with Jason Teague. Clark's friendship with Lex becomes increasingly strained, as he begins to distrust Lex more and more. At the end of season 3, Sam Jones III left the series as Pete Ross, and Jensen Ackles was brought in as Jason Teague and given star billing. Erica Durance was cast as Lois Lane, and became a recurring character for 13 episodes. Writers also brought in other popular DC Comics characters, such as Bart Allen, Mister Mxyzptlk, and Sam and Lucy Lane.
Smallville's Season four slipped in the ratings, averaging at 4.4 million viewers a week.
|No.||#||Title||Directed by||Written by||U.S. air date||Production
|67||1||"Crusade"||Greg Beeman||Alfred Gough & Miles Millar||September 22, 2004||2T5201||6.07|
|Clark returns to Smallville as Kal-El; intent on fulfilling his destiny, Kal-El takes to the skies to steal a powerful Kryptonian stone which was in the possession of Lex Luthor. Dr. Swann's emissary, Bridgette Crosby (Margot Kidder), arrives to help Martha, who learns about a new form of kryptonite. Lois Lane comes to town to investigate the death of her cousin Chloe. Lana is shown in Paris with a new boyfriend, Jason (Jensen Ackles), and Jonathan Kent lies in a coma. Martha uses the Black kryptonite to help Clark retrieve his past self. Lana sees a symbol on her back which is similar to one on tombstone of Countess Isobel Thoreaux.|
|68||2||"Gone"||James Marshall||Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson||September 29, 2004||2T5202||5.66|
|Clark and Lois Lane investigate Chloe's apparent death, but are stopped by General Sam Lane, Lois' father. Lois suspects he knows more about Chloe's death than he is letting on, and tries to find out more. Discovering that Lex has been keeping her in hiding, Clark tries to find Chloe before Lionel's assassin can really kill her.|
|69||3||"Façade"||Pat Williams||Holly Harold||October 6, 2004||2T5203||5.45|
|Lana's boyfriend, Jason Teague, having followed her to Smallville, takes a position as the assistant football coach. The two try keeping their romance a secret from the school, and also Clark. Abby Fine, a student, turns to plastic surgery to enhance her looks and boost her popularity. Things go awry when she discovers that her kryptonite-enhanced beauty causes harm to anyone she kisses.|
|70||4||"Devoted"||David Carson||Luke Schelhaas||October 13, 2004||2T5204||6.20|
|The cheerleading squad spikes the football player's drinks with a kryptonite-enhanced love potion. The result allows Clark to become the starting quarterback for the school. It also causes Chloe to become devoted to Clark, and sends a jealous Jason after Clark. Clark and Lois investigate and uncover the truth, and the key to removing the trance.|
|71||5||"Run"||David Barrett||Steven S. DeKnight||October 20, 2004||2T5205||5.41|
|Clark attempts to track down Bart Allen, a thief who stole Jonathan's wallet, but he's faster than Clark. Later, Bart arrives at the farm to make amends. Lex buys a manuscript with Kryptonian symbols, and Clark discovers that it contains a hidden map to one of the Kryptonian stones. When Bart steals the manuscript, he inadvertently puts Clark's life in danger and must make the decision to save Clark or himself.|
|72||6||"Transference"||James Marshall||Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer||October 27, 2004||2T5206||5.69|
|One of the stones begins calling to Clark, who speeds to the prison where Lionel is held. When he sees Lionel attempt to stab Lex with the stone, Clark grabs for it, causing the two men to switch bodies. Learning his new body has super powers, Lionel immediately begins wreaking havoc in Smallville. Trapped behind bars without his powers, Clark tries to figure out a way to get his body and powers back in order to save his friends and family.|
|73||7||"Jinx"||Paul Shapiro||Mark Warshaw||November 3, 2004||2T5207||5.02|
|Foreign-exchange student Mikhail Mxyzptlk has the power of persuasion, and uses it to fix sporting events. Clark and Chloe try to figure out how he is controlling everyone. Mikhail makes a bet with Lex to keep his citizenship, but Clark and Chloe discover his weakness, preventing him from controlling the game. With his powers lost, Mikhail surrenders to Lex, but Lex decides to take him to a secret lab, 33.1, where he hopes Mikhail will regain his ability.|
|74||8||"Spell"||Jeannot Szwarc||Steven S. DeKnight||November 10, 2004||2T5208||5.51|
|After Lana reads from a spell book, she becomes possessed by the spirit of Isobel Thoreaux; Lois and Chloe also become possessed by witches that were burned at the stake in France during the 1600s. The three witches seek revenge for their burning, as well as the Kryptonian stones. Clark attempts to stop the witches, but they strip him of his powers, shackle and torture him, and force him to reveal the location of the stone he hid in the cave. Eventually, however, Clark is freed by Jason Teague and confronts the witches in the cave. There, he regains his powers and uses his heat-vision to destroy the spell book and free Lana, Lois, and Chloe from possession.|
|75||9||"Bound"||Terrence O'Hara||Luke Schelhaas||November 17, 2004||2T5209||5.06|
|Lex is accused of killing a young woman, and Clark sets out to prove his innocence. Swearing he is a changed man, Lionel offers Clark insight into the crime, but he asks for something in return. Meanwhile, Lana meets Jason's mother, Genevieve Teague, and has a vivid flashback of the incident in Paris, leading her to suspect that Jason's mother was there when she got her tattoo.|
|76||10||"Scare"||David Carson||Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson||December 1, 2004||2T5210||4.89|
|Lex's secret experiment at LuthorCorp goes awry and causes a dangerous toxin to be released into Smallville. Those infected by the toxin, including Clark, Lana, Chloe, Lex, and Jason, imagine their greatest fears come true and then fall into a coma. Desperate to find a cure, Clark heats up the vials containing a cure while Lex is not looking. With the cure heated to the correct temperature, Lex does something unexpected with the unproven antidote.|
|77||11||"Unsafe"||Greg Beeman||Steven S. DeKnight & Jeph Loeb||January 26, 2005||2T5211||4.21|
|Claiming to be cured, Alicia Baker is released from Belle Reve and returns to Smallville. Initially skeptical of Alicia, Clark finds himself enjoying a relationship with someone who knows his secret. When she pushes for more he hesitates, causing her to use red kryptonite on him. A morally challenged Clark emerges and whisks Alicia off to get married. Lana decides to have sex with Jason in an effort to win him back.|
|78||12||"Pariah"||Paul Shapiro||Holly Harold||February 2, 2005||2T5212||4.78|
|Clark has concerns after Alicia becomes the prime suspect in a brutal attack against Lana and Jason. Initially defending Alicia, Clark begins to think differently as the evidence begins to pile up. Hurt, Alicia forces Clark to unknowingly reveal his powers in front of Chloe. Afterward, she is killed by the person who was truly responsible for the attacks, Clark finds her and is deeply affected as he loved her. Jason's mother returns to town with an offer for Lex.|
|79||13||"Recruit"||Jeannot Szwarc||Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer||February 9, 2005||2T5213||4.91|
|In an effort to recruit Clark for their football team, Metropolis University sends their star player Geoff Johns to show Clark the perks of attending Met U. However, after one of Metropolis University's players dies under mysterious circumstances, and Lois is arrested for his murder, Clark discovers that Geoff has super powers and is using them to paralyze anyone who gets in his way, including Lois. Meanwhile, Chloe attempts to learn more about Clark's secret.|
|80||14||"Krypto"||James Marshall||Luke Schelhaas||February 16, 2005||2T5214||5.08|
|While driving, Lois accidentally hits a dog and brings it back to the farm. Clark realizes it's not an ordinary dog when it drags a tractor across the lawn. Clark and Lois learn the dog was stolen from an aborted LuthorCorp experiment, and was now being used to commit crimes. Lex lets Clark keep the dog, whom Martha named Shelby. Meanwhile, Lana questions Jason's involvement in his mother's schemes.|
|81||15||"Sacred"||Brad Turner||Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson||February 23, 2005||2T5215||5.26|
|After learning that Jason and Lex are in China searching for one of the Kryptonian stones, Clark and Lana follow in the hopes of finding it first. Clark finds an artifact that leads them to the stone, but he must battle Isobel Thoreaux, the witch who possessed Lana, who has returned to take the stone for herself. Lex has more information on the stones than he is letting on.|
|82||16||"Lucy"||David Barrett||Neil Sadhu & Daniel Sulzberg||March 2, 2005||2T5216||4.51|
|Lois' younger sister, Lucy, comes to town and charms everyone she meets. However, Clark discovers a darker side to Lucy, after he catches her stealing money from the Talon, and forces her to reveal the truth about her sudden appearance in Smallville. Meanwhile, the stone from Shanghai disappears from Lana's apartment and Jason accuses Lionel of stealing it.|
|83||17||"Onyx"||Terrence O'Hara||Steven S. DeKnight||April 13, 2005||2T5217||3.85|
|A glimpse of the future Lex Luthor is revealed after a kryptonite explosion splits Lex in two, (Alexander) and his evil side – Lex – are released. Lex immediately imprisons Alexander in the mansion, and tries to kill Clark and Chloe. After discovering Clark's secret, he attempts to persuade Clark to join him. Clark uses black kryptonite to force the two Lexes back together.|
|84||18||"Spirit"||Whitney Ransick||Luke Schelhaas||April 20, 2005||2T5218||4.39|
|A stunned Chloe is nominated for Prom Queen, and tries to talk a reluctant Clark and Lana into attending the dance with her. However, after her rival Dawn crashes her car into a ravine filled with kryptonite, Dawn's spirit is released, allowing her to enter the bodies of anyone she wants. As a result, Lana asks Clark to be her date, Lois attends the Prom and Chloe attempts to set the school on fire.|
|85||19||"Blank"||Jeannot Szwarc||Kelly Souders & Brian Peterson||April 27, 2005||2T5219||4.59|
|Kevin, a boy who can cause people to temporarily lose their memory, turns his powers on Clark and causes him to have total amnesia. Chloe discovers what has happened and must teach Clark about his superpowers, while simultaneously trying to keep him from accidentally revealing them to others. Without his memory, Clark meets and falls in love with Lana again. Lex takes advantage and convinces Clark to reveal the cave secrets.|
|86||20||"Ageless"||Steven S. DeKnight||Steven S. DeKnight||May 4, 2005||2T5220||4.51|
|Clark and Lana discover an abandoned baby in the cornfield and take him back to the Kent farm. However, once the baby ages from a newborn to sixteen years old in a matter of days, the two realize he is aging at a rapid rate and frantically search for a cure before the disease kills him.|
|87||21||"Forever"||James Marshall||Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders||May 11, 2005||2T5221||3.96|
|Clark must stop the school photographer after he sets up a secret simulated high school and begins kidnapping students to keep the glory days of high school going forever. Lex and Lionel are kidnapped and tortured by the Teagues in an effort to find the Kryptonian stone. However, after Genevieve realizes Lana has it, she decides to put an end to the hunt once and for all.|
|88||22||"Commencement"||Greg Beeman||Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer||May 18, 2005||2T5222||5.47|
|Genevieve confronts Lana, but Isobel takes control and kills Genevieve, subsequently releasing Lana from possession. As a result of using a Kryptonian stone to kill a person, a menace comes to Smallville (under the guise of a second meteor shower that threatens the city), and Clark is forced to listen to Jor-El and retrieve all of the stones at once. Clark races across town to retrieve the Kryptonian stones, and puts them all together in the cave. Lex forces Chloe to accompany him to the caves, where they see Clark standing in a blinding light. Lana's helicopter crashes next to a newly arrived spaceship, and Clark is transported to the Arctic.|
The fourth season garnered Leo Awards. Make-up artist Natalie Cosco was awarded the Leo Award for Best Make-Up, for her work on the episode "Scare". In 2006, Barry Donlevy took home Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series for his work on "Spirit", while David Wilson won Best Production Design in a Dramatic Series for "Sacred". The series was recognized by the Visual Effects Society with a nomination in the 2005 VES Awards and 2006 VES Awards. The 2005 nomination was for Outstanding Created Environment for "Crusade", while the 2006 nomination was for Outstanding Visual Effects in the episode "Commencement". The show received Teen Choice Award nominations in 2005 for Choice TV Actor (Tom Welling), Choice Parental Units (John Schneider and Annette O'Toole), and Choice Sidekick (Allison Mack). In 2005, the show was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in "Scare". In 2005, "Commencement" was nominated for an Outstanding Sound Editing Emmy Award. Glen Winter's cinematography work was recognized with an American Society of Cinematographers Award for "Sacred". For the 31st Annual Saturn Awards, Tom Welling received a nomination for Best Actor, Michael Rosenbaum and Erica Durance received nominations for Best Supporting Actor/Actress, and the fourth season was nominated for Best Network Television Series.
Home media release
The complete fourth season of Smallville was released on September 13, 2005 in North America. Additional releases in region 2 and region 4 took place on October 10, 2005 and November 11, 2006, respectively. The DVD box set included various special features, including episode commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette on the writers, a featurette on the different actress to have portrayed Lois Lane over the years, and DVD-ROM linking to Smallville websites.
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