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Tess acquires a Kryptonian box that once belonged to Lionel Luthor. When Clark accidentally activates the box, he's transported to a parallel universe where Lionel found Clark in the ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent / Clark Luthor
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane
Cassidy Freeman ... Tess Mercer / Lutessa 'Tess' Lena Luthor
Justin Hartley ... Oliver Queen
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Linda Ko ... Luthor Lawyer
Lini Evans ... Reporter
Ilan Muallem ... Thief (as Ilan Srulovicz)
Peter New ... Coffee Shop Employee
Jesse Wheeler Jesse Wheeler ... Coffee Shop Customer
Joe Maffei Joe Maffei ... Newspaper Stand Worker


Tess acquires a Kryptonian box that once belonged to Lionel Luthor. When Clark accidentally activates the box, he's transported to a parallel universe where Lionel found Clark in the cornfields instead of the Kents. In this universe, Clark Luthor is a murderer and Lois is engaged to Oliver and both of them hate Clark. Clark must be careful not to tip off Lionel that he's not his son while trying to figure out how to get back to Earth where the monster Clark Luthor was transported in his place. Written by CW Publicity

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3 December 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Clark first puts on a short in the alternate universe it has the shield outline but with a U instead on an S. This is the symbol for the DC comics Earth 3 evil Superman called Ultraman. First seen in Justice League of America #29. See more »


In the alternate universe, the infant Kal-El was named Clark Luthor because it was Lionel Luthor who found the Kryptonian spaceship. However, there was no reason Lionel would have given him the name "Clark," as it was Martha Kent's maiden name. See more »


Lionel Luthor: Ah. Now is the moment for an apposite quote from one of my favorites - Marcus Aurelius. "When you arise in the morning, think what a privilege it is to be alive. To breathe, to enjoy, to love, to think."
Clark Kent: Lionel?
Lionel Luthor: Dress yourself. We Luthor men must seize our day. You only live once, son.
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The 10th season Pandora
4 December 2010 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

With such a title it didn't take long before I felt a cold chill in the air. Lionel, Lex and now Tess. Coining "Tex" in my Harvest review was probably my way to express a wish. Cassidy Freeman, would you read me ? I'm sure most fans still miss Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan but we have to admit that Freeman has become an irresistible figure on the show. Her wicked story has become captivating but Luthor should make you realize how much The Actress and the Character are a match. With the beast within fading in the beauty's shadow an inevitable question was asked. What if ? Season 9 had its Pandora, season 10 has Luthor. They could only have opened the mythological box but instead they decided to weave it like the most deadly and meticulous spider.

Lazarus was sensational when it came to Lois & Clark. Of course this time it wasn't about them nevertheless the writer still managed to develop their supernatural tale. I see you. me too !

Shield had its cons but somehow they turned into pros. Confusing story ? Two exciting arcs intertwined in a creative fashion and their dazzling dance was served by an immersive production. Visual effects were bloody good and a transition should even make you feel a little dizzy.

Supergirl intrigued us because of its black and white portrayal of Clark. Tom Welling's acting was impressive and I think his talent works like magic when it comes to duality. It's obvious he enjoys his darker scenes considering how much Clark Kent is a lot about being good. Cl mirrors D after all !

Isis was staged for the male audience. Erica Durance and Freeman were gorgeous in their respective roles. In this installment the first had a minor part but her scene with Oliver was touching and others were the occasion to see Lois like we never did before. As for the second she was a goddess among men. If you thought the actress was a libido magnet, well it's time to shake your body and soul because you'll be at the mercy of her drooling tex appeal. Sister Tess, we love you.

Harvest, angels and demons. Well balanced its writing should have been a model for Luthor. Indeed as much as I enjoyed it I think one arc overshadowed the other. Of course life is a shade of greys but you should be disappointed by the Watch Tower's incident ending. I was puzzled and starving for more. I thought I missed something but I didn't. A question of duration ? Obviously. Still the action was intense so maybe doubling it wasn't the solution. In fact it could even have a higher impact on you !

Ambush was anecdotic in my opinion and this tenth episode revealed its flaws even more. Indeed the identity handling was lazy because of Clark's careless excuses. Season 8 made us more careful about that specific element and in Luthor the Superman curse took a whole new meaning. It's not character development, it's persona quake. In the early beginning you should be as puzzled as some characters. I noticed a few glitches in the performances but overall they did a convincing job. But of course subjectively speaking Freeman and Welling's one was by far the most… dare I say it ? Non coco !

Abandoned and Patriot were lucky to have Granny Goodness, Aquaman & Mera as guests. But even their performers couldn't have prepared anyone to who appeared in Luthor. Harvest convinced me that anything can happen on the show, even the most inaccessible dreams. How can you resist the finale season of one of the most cult science-fiction TV production ? Nobody ! And like if it wasn't already enough the cliffhanger took things to a whole new level. The filming technique used was bold, modern and shattering. Uncle Sam wants you, and he's definitely not recruiting for the good of mankind !

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