There is a monster spoiler related to Smallville below so if you don’t want to know about a big reveal coming up on the show, stop reading now.
As Friday’s episode of Smallville revealed, it’s going to take more than an elegantly-encased syringe of cyanide to kill the bipolar clone of Lex Luthor.
The reason for this – as many fans may have guessed – is because Alexander Luthor (Lucas Grabeel) is more than just a rapidly-growing Lex Luthor replicate, he’s actually a clone of Lex Luthor and Clark Kent (Tom Welling). This genetic creation also goes by the name Kon-El, Conner Kent and SUPERBOY!
While last week’s episode hinted that something is amiss with Tess Mercer’s (Cassidy Freeman) maternal experiment, Alexander Luthor’s true identity won’t be revealed until the March 4th episode of Smallville, entitled “Scion.” For those not familiar with Conner Kent, he is a genetic hybrid of Lex Luthor and Superman and possess all of Superman’s powers.
Of course, no respectable (alternative-world) father would simply let his (genetically created) son reveal himself to be the proverbial Clark Kent mimic, so you can bet that Lionel Luthor will be there – in one of his final Smallville appearances.
Unfortunately, Lionel isn’t going to be able to donate that much attention to the Clark/Lex hybrid, as “Scion” will also see Tess decide to take on her would-be father and battle it out for Luthor supremacy. On top of that, the episode will also see the return of the Swann family.
Even though it can be fun to wax poetic about episodic specifics, the revelation of Alexander Luthor being Conner Kent throws a few wrenches in what many fans expected as Smallville’s final season progressed. Given Alexander’s rapid growth and the announcement that Michael Rosenbaum will be returning to Smallville in the series finale, many expected to see the young Luthor’s evolution match-up perfectly with Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor persona.
Now that Alexander Luthor is Conner Kent, there doesn’t seem to be another way in which Lex Luthor’s return could be reasonably explained. Given the fact that Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders stated that Rosenbaum’s return as Lex Luthor would show that “…there [will] be no doubt about how Lex becomes the great rival in Clark Kent’s life. He is the villain of the story.”
What does that mean exactly? I’m not completely sure. So many generational variations of DC Comic’s history have been implemented throughout Smallville’s final season, I actually gave up trying to break down every element.
All I know is that with Michael Rosenbaum back, I can just kick back, relax, and watch this series go off into the sunset. I’d say, “fly off into the sunset,” but knowing Smallville, I don’t want to jinx it.