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Nemesis 

After Jodi Keenan, the wife of a Special Forces soldier, sets off a pipe bomb in one of Lex's secret labs, Lionel is severely injured and Lex is taken hostage by the enraged spouse. ... See full summary »

Director:

Mairzee Almas

Writers:

Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Luthor
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane (credit only)
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
Emily Holmes ... Jodi Keenan
Tahmoh Penikett ... Wes Keenan
Richard Keats ... Doctor
Benjamin Ayres ... Jason Bartlett (as Ben Ayres)
Dean Redman ... Police Officer
Michelle Brezinski ... Tourist in Video
J. Douglas Stewart ... Police Chief
Noah Beggs ... Bomb Squad Leader
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Storyline

After Jodi Keenan, the wife of a Special Forces soldier, sets off a pipe bomb in one of Lex's secret labs, Lionel is severely injured and Lex is taken hostage by the enraged spouse. Claiming Lex kidnapped her missing husband, Jodi threatens to blow up the entire lab with Lex inside unless he tells her where her husband is. Lex naturally denies knowing Jodi's husband, Wes, Clark sets off to rescue Lex, but is immediately felled by the kryptonite lining the earthen walls. Lex and Clark realize the only way they will make it out alive is by helping each other before the bomb detonates. Meanwhile, Lionel reveals to Lana why he forced her into marrying Lex, which leads her to investigate Lex's secret research of his 'Project 33.1' research as well as his work in tracking down the Phantom Zone escapees to capture and use one as part to create his army of 'super-human' soldiers. Written by Anonymous

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The book Lionel is reading in the hospital while recovering from his injuries is A Guest of Honour by Nadine Gordimer. See more »

Goofs

During Clark and Lex's conversation in the tunnel, the gate, chain and padlock are all intact. After the cave-in that buries Clark (which from Lex's perspective should have killed him, yet Lex says nothing), the gate is completely bent and deformed, allowing Lex to escape. But the explosion that caused the cave-in appeared to be localized to the area around Clark, quite far from the gate. See more »

Quotes

Clark Kent: I saw Lana the day of the wedding and she was gonna leave you. What did you do her?
Lex Luthor: I don't know. The answer must have gotten lost in that dark abyss we call my soul.
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Connections

References MacGyver (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Tanhauser Overture
(uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner
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Nemesis
13 April 2011 | by ColcatronSee all my reviews

We've seen so many episodes over the years where Lex is kidnapped and held hostage, but in "Nemesis" we receive a nice change in pace, as the kidnapping only sets the stage for a much more interesting story.

"Nemesis" is told mostly in real time, and is action packed almost start to finish. Although the action side of the episode is focused on Clark and Lex trapped in underground tunnels with explosions about to go off, the real core of the episode is Clark and Lex confronting each other one on one after 2 straight seasons of being at odds. Their interactions both increase the tensions in their feud and give way to some surprising actions on Lex's part.

My only complaint with Nemesis is that the scenes between Clark and Lex trapped together were so good, that every time it cut away to Lionel, Lana or Chloe on the outside, it killed a bit of the excitement. That and the action ends far too early. Don't get me wrong, seeing a darker side of Lana and the first hint at Project Ares was great, it just have fit better in another episode, or tagged onto the end. Minor complaint from an excellent season 6 episode.


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