Smallville (season 6)

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Smallville Season 6
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Original runSeptember 28, 2006 (2006-09-28) – May 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)
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Smallville Season 6
Smallville season 6 DVD.jpg
DVD box cover art
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Broadcast
Original channelThe CW
Original runSeptember 28, 2006 (2006-09-28) – May 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 5
Next →
Season 7

Season six of Smallville, an American television series, began airing on September 28, 2006. 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 sixth season comprises 22 episodes and concluded its initial airing on May 17, 2007,[1] marking the first season to air on the newly formed The CW television network. Regular cast members during season six include Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Annette O'Toole, John Glover, and Erica Durance.

Season six key story arcs involve Clark (Welling) trying to recapture several escaped criminals from the Phantom Zone, the destinies of Lionel (Glover) and Lex (Rosenbaum) following the aftermath of Lex's possession by Zod and Lionel's adoption as the emissary of Jor-El, and the introductions of DC Comics characters Jimmy Olsen, Oliver Queen and Martian Manhunter, played by Aaron Ashmore, Justin Hartley, and Phil Morris respectively. Other key storylines involve Lana and Lex's marriage, as well as Lex's secret 33.1 projects.

Smallville's Season six slipped in the ratings, averaging 4.1 million viewers weekly.[2] It was nominated for an Emmy Award, among other awards, in the category of Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series for the episode "Zod".[3]

Episodes[edit]

No.#TitleDirected byWritten byU.S. air dateProduction
code
U.S. viewers
(million)
1111"Zod"James MarshallSteven S. DeKnightSeptember 28, 2006 (2006-09-28)2T77014.96[4]
Clark, still stuck in the Phantom Zone, gets help from his father's assistant, Raya, in escaping. Chloe runs into former flame Jimmy Olsen, a new intern photographer at the Daily Planet. Clark returns from the Phantom Zone and confronts Zod. Using the House of El crystal Raya gave him, Clark defeats Zod. It also becomes apparent that other Phantom Zone criminals escaped with Clark.
1122"Sneeze"Paul ShapiroTodd Slavkin & Darren SwimmerOctober 5, 2006 (2006-10-05)2T77024.52[5]
Clark spends his nights helping the rebuilding effort of Metropolis. When Clark develops a cold, he discovers a new super power. An inadvertent sneeze blows the barn door off its hinges and across town, nearly striking Lois. While seeking the truth behind the falling door, Lois discovers a new love for investigative journalism. Oliver Queen, one of Lex's old classmates, moves to Metropolis. He has Lex captured to investigate Lex's powers.
1133"Wither"Whitney RansickTracy BellomoOctober 12, 2006 (2006-10-12)2T77034.88[6]
Lex throws a costume charity ball to help raise funds for the restoration process after "Dark Thursday". Lana has conflicting feelings about trusting Lex, and she confides in Chloe. Clark learns that others have escaped the Phantom Zone when he and Chloe discover Gloria, a park ranger, is kidnapping men to harbor her alien seeds.
1144"Arrow"Michael RohlBrian Peterson & Kelly SoudersOctober 19, 2006 (2006-10-19)2T77044.71[7]
A thief crashes Lionel's party for Martha's U.S. Senate bid, and steals a priceless necklace from Martha. Clark goes to Metropolis to find the necklace, and quickly discovers that Oliver is the thief. Lois believes she's landed a new front page story with the Inquisitor, calling the thief "Green Arrow", but her story is ruined when he steals her only evidence.
1155"Reunion"Jeannot SzwarcSteven S. DeKnightOctober 26, 2006 (2006-10-26)2T77054.79[8]
Lex and Oliver attend their 10 year reunion, where the animosity between them is obviously rising as talk of Lex's deceased best friend, Duncan, brings tension. When Oliver's old friends begin to die one by one, he starts an investigation into who is responsible. Oliver gives Clark the satellite images from "Dark Thursday", in exchange for helping him find out who is killing his friends.
1166"Fallout"Glen WinterHolly HaroldNovember 2, 2006 (2006-11-02)2T77065.01[9]
An escaped phantom, Baern, takes possession of a young boy's body (Bow Wow) and sets his sights on finding Kal-El. As Clark is studying the satellite images, he gets an unexpected visitor, Raya. The escaped "Zoner" locates Clark and arrives at the Kent Farm, but is forced to retreat. Baern returns with more power, and after Raya is fatally injured, Clark uses the House of El crystal to capture Baern.
1177"Rage"Whitney RansickTodd Slavkin & Darren SwimmerNovember 9, 2006 (2006-11-09)2T77074.46[10]
Oliver bails on Lois when a couple is being mugged at gunpoint. While attempting to stop the muggers, Oliver is shot. When Clark checks in on Oliver, Oliver has no visible signs of being shot. Clark and Chloe discover that Oliver's research facility is developing a drug that heals almost any wound instantly. Lana learns that she is pregnant.
1188"Static"James ConwayShintaro Shimosawa & James MorrisNovember 16, 2006 (2006-11-16)2T77084.70[11]
Level 33.1 patient Bronson breaches the mansion and kidnaps Lex, transporting him to another frequency plane. Clark learns of another escaped Phantom Zone criminal and heads to Seattle to find him. Bronson kidnaps Lana, in an effort to force Lex to reveal the new location of 33.1. Jimmy triangulates their positions to pull them out, but not before Lex kills Bronson. Clark has his first encounter with The Martian Manhunter. Lex proposes to Lana.
1199"Subterranean"Rick RosenthalCaroline DriesDecember 7, 2006 (2006-12-07)2T77094.31[12]
Jed McNally is forcing illegal immigrants to work on his farm in Smallville. Javier, who has come to Kansas to search for his mother, manages to escape, but his friend gets pulled into the ground during the attempt. McNally is arrested, but escapes by burrowing into the ground. Chloe and Jimmy locate Javier's mother. Lex has McNally imprisoned in the newly relocated 33.1.
12010"Hydro"Tom WellingBrian Peterson & Kelly SoudersJanuary 11, 2007 (2007-01-11)2T77104.68[13]
Linda Lake, a gossip columnist with the ability to morph into water, uses her ability to uncover incriminating stories, including one about Lana, Lex and Clark. Lois suspects that Oliver is actually the Green Arrow. She sets up an elaborate scheme to catch him, but Clark dresses up as Green Arrow and while in disguise, shares a passionate kiss with Lois, which both enjoy. Chloe and Linda get into a fight, when Chloe discovers Linda's new story about Clark. Clark learns about Lana's pregnancy, and she finally accepts Lex's proposal.
12111"Justice"Steven S. DeKnightSteven S. DeKnightJanuary 18, 2007 (2007-01-18)2T77115.26[14]
Bart, A.C., and Victor return to Smallville with Oliver. Oliver believes Lex is amassing an army of kryptonite-enhanced people in his level 33.1 projects. When Bart is captured, Clark and the others band together to rescue him and destroy Lex's facility. After completing their mission, Oliver says goodbye to Lois and leaves town with Bart, A.C., and Victor in search of Lex's other 33.1 facilities.
12212"Labyrinth"Whitney RansickAl Septien & Turi MeyerJanuary 25, 2007 (2007-01-25)2T77125.00[15]
Clark is attacked by a "Zoner", but when he wakes up he finds himself in a sanitarium, and without his powers. He is informed that his entire life, as he believes it, has been nothing more than a fabrication he created to cope with his biological parents' death in the meteor shower. Another patient tries to help Clark, warning him that the phantom is actually attempting to take over Clark's body.
12313"Crimson"Glen WinterBrian Peterson & Kelly SoudersFebruary 1, 2007 (2007-02-01)2T77134.91[16]
During a Valentine's Day party, Lois is given a tube of lipstick laced with red kryptonite, designed to cause her to fall in love with the first person she sees. When Lois kisses Clark, he becomes immediately affected. Chloe and Martha quickly realize the truth and grab some green kryptonite to neutralize the effects. Before they can, a fight with Lex causes Lana to grow more suspicious about Clark's secret.
12414"Trespass"Michael RohlTracy A. BellomoFebruary 8, 2007 (2007-02-08)2T77144.74[17]
While Lana continues her investigation into Clark, someone else begins stalking her. No matter where she goes they continue to find her, leaving her gifts and death threats. Lana begins to fear for her safety. For safety, she stays with Martha, and uses the opportunity to learn more about Clark. When she returns to the mansion, Lana is surprised to learn the true identity of the stalker.
12515"Freak"Michael RosenbaumTodd Slavkin & Darren SwimmerFebruary 15, 2007 (2007-02-15)2T77154.76[18]
Tobias, a young man who was blinded in the last meteor shower, is being used to identify kryptonite-enhanced individuals so that LuthorCorp can place tracking devices in all of them. Unaware of what is really happening, he identifies Chloe as being kryptonite-infected. Fearing what she will become, Clark promises to look after her and any potential power she may develop.
12616"Promise"Rick RosenthalKelly Souders & Brian PetersonMarch 15, 2007 (2007-03-15)2T77164.69[19]
Lana begins having second thoughts about her marriage to Lex, and finally decides to find out the truth about Clark. After learning the truth, by way of deception, Lana promises Clark that she isn't going to marry Lex. Lionel realizes what is going on and forces Lana to walk down the aisle. Clark, unaware that Lana knows the truth, is stunned when she marries Lex.
12717"Combat"James MarshallTuri Meyer & Al SeptienMarch 22, 2007 (2007-03-22)2T77174.07[20]
Since Lana's wedding, Clark has devoted himself to bringing wanted criminals to justice, by any means necessary. Getting a tip from Oliver, Clark learns about an underground fighting ring where Titan, an escaped Phantom Zone criminal, has taken up fighting krypto-warriors. Clark joins the fighting ring to take on Titan. Lana suffers a miscarriage, and Lex destroys all evidence of her pregnancy.
12818"Progeny"Terrence O'HaraGenevieve SparlingApril 19, 2007 (2007-04-19)2T77183.98[21]
Chloe's mother wakes from her catatonic state with some help from Lex, who is interested in her ability to control meteor-enhanced people. Moira Sullivan quickly begins controlling Chloe in an effort to break out of Lex's facility. With some help from Clark, she is able to see her daughter again, but without Lex's drugs, she slips back into catatonia. Lana learns the truth about her pregnancy: she was never pregnant at all.
12919"Nemesis"Mairzee AlmasCaroline DriesApril 26, 2007 (2007-04-26)2T77193.88[22]
The wife of special forces soldier Wes Keenan kidnaps Lex in an effort to get her husband back from LuthorCorp and hides him in an abandoned tunnel system with bombs planted throughout. Lionel convinces Clark to go in after Lex. With the walls lined with kryptonite, and only a short time before everything collapses, Clark and Lex are forced to work together to escape the tunnels.
13020"Noir"Jeannot SzwarcBrian Peterson & Kelly SoudersMay 3, 2007 (2007-05-03)2T77203.59[23]
Jimmy is knocked unconscious and dreams he's a reporter for the Daily Planet in 1940. In the present, Chloe and Jimmy try to figure out who shot Lana, but it's Lois and Lionel who discover that Lex is working with Senator Burke on a project called "Ares". Chloe learns that Lionel forced Lana to marry Lex, and that he's using her to spy on Lex.
13121"Prototype"Mat BeckSteven S. DeKnightMay 10, 2007 (2007-05-10)2T77213.43[24]
Lex uses the DNA from meteor-infected individuals, and that of Titan, to turn Wes Keenan into a super soldier. Wes' first mission is to kill Senator Burke, who has threatened to expose Lex's operation. Clark battles Wes, and defeats him using his heat vision. Martha takes a job in Washington, D.C.
13222"Phantom"James MarshallTodd Slavkin & Darren SwimmerMay 17, 2007 (2007-05-17)2T77224.14[25]
Clark tells Lana the truth about his origins, and learns that Lionel forced her to marry Lex. Martian Manhunter reveals Lionel is working as an emissary for Jor-El. Lois discovers Lex's research facility. When she is fatally wounded, Chloe sacrifices herself to save Lois' life. Lana tries to leave Smallville, but is caught in a car bomb; Lex is arrested for her murder. The last phantom copies Clark's DNA, and becomes a "bizarre" version of Clark.

Tie-ins[edit]

In a promotional tie-in with Sprint, Smallville Legends: The Oliver Queen Chronicles was released. The six-episode CGI series chronicled the early life of Oliver Queen. According to Lisa Gregorian, Executive Vice President of worldwide marketing at Warner Bros. Television Group, these promotional tie-ins were ways to get fans more connected to the show.[26] On April 19, 2007, a tie-in with Toyota promoting their new Yaris featured an online comic strip as interstitial programs during new episodes of Smallville, titled Smallville Legends: Justice & Doom.[27] The interactive comic was based on the episode "Justice", which follows the adventures of Oliver Queen, Bart Allen, Victor Stone, and Arthur Curry—the initial members of the "Justice League" in Smallville—as they seek to destroy all of LuthorCorp's secret experimental labs. The online series allowed viewers to investigate alongside the fictional team, in an effort to win prizes. Stephan Nilson wrote all five of the episodes while working with a team of artists on the illustrations. The plot for each comic episode was given to Nilson as the production crew for Smallville was filming their current television episode. Artist Steve Scott drew comic book panels, which were then sent to a group called Motherland. That group reviewed the drawings and told Scott which images to draw on a separate overlay. This allowed for multiple objects to be moved in and out of the same frame.[28]

Awards[edit]

The sixth season was awarded Leo Awards in multiple categories. Make-up artist Natalie Cosco was awarded the Leo Award for Best Make-Up for her work on the episodes "Hydro" and "Wither".[29] The show itself won Best Dramatic Series; James Marshall won Best Direction for "Zod"; Caroline Cranston won Best Costume Design for her work on "Arrow", and James Philpott won Best Production Design for "Justice".[29] The American Society of Cinematographers honored the series with an award for the work done on "Arrow",[30] and with an award for Glen Winter for his work on "Noir".[31] Mack won Best Sidekick for the second year in a row when she took home the award in the 2007 Teen Choice Awards.[32] The series was recognized by the Visual Effects Society with a 2007 VES Award nomination for Outstanding Visual Effects in the episode "Zod".[33] The VES recognized the season in 2008, nominating "Justice" for Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program or Commercial.[34] In 2007, the sound effects and foley teams were nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing for their work on "Zod".[35][36] David Moxness won the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Award for his work on "Arrow".[37] In the 33rd Annual Saturn Awards, the show was nominated for Best Dramatic Television Series, as well as a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Allison Mack.[38]

Home media release[edit]

The complete sixth season of Smallville was released on September 18, 2007 in North America.[39] Additional releases in region 2 and region 4 took place on October 22, 2007 and March 5, 2008, respectively.[40][41] This was the first season to be released on Blu-Ray Disc. The Blu-Ray box set was released in the United States on September 18, 2007,[42] and in Canada on October 9, 2007.[43] Regions 2 and 4 received a release of October 13, 2008 and March 3, 2009, respectively.[44][45] The box set included various special features, including episode commentary, "Ultimate Fan" featurette, a Green Arrow documentary, as well as mobisodes for the Oliver Queen Chronicles and Justice & Doom.[46]

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