Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Sheriff Nancy Adams
Voice of Jor-El
Professor Milton Fine / Brainiac
During the crater scene in the beginning of the episode, the police start firing at the Kryptonians with Lana right in the crossfire. In real life, policemen would secure civilians, or at least make sure they are out of their line of sight, and not take the risk of killing them via collateral damage.
Given that the entire town has been hit by a meteor shower causing major devastation and the deployment of the armed forces to try to evacuate, how is it that Martha manages to get a semi-private room at the hospital?
Right after Lana sees Lionel carving the floor up, he shows Lana the meteor rocks and they start glowing. They only glow when they are reacting with something i.e. Clark, or person being affected by it. When Lana had her necklace it wouldn't glow at random so why is it glowing now?
When Chloe is walking towards the Fortress she's seen with no coat and then two seconds later she has a coat on.
In a previous episode, Krypton is referred to as being a light that is 500 light years away that went out. Clark, however, says he wasn't born anywhere near this galaxy. Five hundred light years would not be close but still in the Milky Way galaxy.
The Kryptonians clearly are fully-powered (somehow), but as has been established, Kryptonians can fly. Clark can only do it when he's Kal-El, fully embracing his Kryptonian heritage. So...why don't the two newcomers ever fly? Instead, they just run real fast.
Trivia: After Lionel is "downloaded" with Kryptonian, his behavior mimics the actions and demeanor of Dr. Walden after he went through a similar situation in season two. They even have the same "white eyes."
Clark doesn't seem too concerned with how Chloe is going to get home. He doesn't have the power to bring her back any more and she probably doesn't have the money to pay for a plane ticket or a passport.
How did Lana know that Kal-El was male? She refers to the person the aliens are talking about as "him," but neither mentioned Kal-El's gender.
At the end Lana is reading a newspaper about Jason Teague being dead. Her boyfriend. Her loving boyfriend. They had a bit of an argument back in "Blank," but there's no major indication they broke up or anything. Not only does she seem remarkably unconcerned, but then she starts getting it on with Clark. Shouldn't she be a bit more upset? Or is she just immune to dead boyfriends by now?
When Lana goes to investigate Lionel sketching on the floor, she says "Mr. Luther." It's Luthor. In the past even Lana has said, "Luthor."
Where did all the police come from at the spaceship crater? The helicopter pilot is dead, and Lana doesn't have a cell phone (even if she wanted to call them). But suddenly in the middle of a major meteor strike, a town devastated, and all the police decide to show up and check out this crater. Why?
How does Lana know the two Kryptonians are at the hospital? With all the emergency and disaster relief teams and all, how could she find them so easily?
How did the windshield on the Kents' red truck that Jason shot out in "Commencement" get replaced? Jonathan would have been at the hospital with Martha the whole time and Clark was out saving the world. With the meteor shower and all, Jonathan would have been unlikely to find a repairman, even if he had the time or concern to make a call.
The Kryptonians arrivals have x-ray vision, as is shown when they see Lex palming the octagonal key. So why don't they use it to spot Lana hiding behind a bush 15' away from them, instead of just wondering "Where's the girl?"
Clark: Lana, before the meteor shower, you came by the barn. You said some things. And three words sorta stood out.
Lana: Clark, the sky was literally about to fall down on us. I never knew if I'd see you again.
Clark: Right. We were in the middle of a crisis. Sometimes people say things they don't mean.
Lana: Clark, I meant every word. The question is, did you?
Clark: My abilities are gone.
Clark: Jor-El took them, but I'm not sure it's such a bad thing. All I've ever wanted was to be normal. Now, finally, I am.
Jonathan: I don't think this adjustment is going to be quite as easy as you do, Clark.
Clark: But that's why I'm lucky to have parents like you. Every time I woke up and had a new ability, you were always there to help me adjust and this time is no different.
Nam-Ek: We want you to join us, Kal-El, and help us make this savage land our Utopia.
Clark: I saw what you did at the hospital. It's not Utopia, it's murder!
Nam-Ek: The few must be sacrificed for the sake of the many.
Clark: Then sacrifice me, 'cause I'm not going to let you kill anyone else.
Lois: Actually, um, we have another problem. Kind of a big problem, really. A happy loving couple came through here with super powers and a really bad attitude. Got pretty ugly.
Jonathan: Ah, Martha Kent! If you were trying to scare me, you did one heck of a job. For a minute there, I thought I lost you.
Martha: I guess I found my way back.
Clark: No more secrets. No more lies.
Lana: Clark I want to ask you something. Do you believe in life on other planets?
Clark: Actually... I do.
Lana: I saw something in that crater. It was a spaceship, Clark. It was unbelievable.
Lana: There's a man and a woman. They're right behind us. They... they came out of...
Lex: Out of what? What did they come out of?
Lana: A spaceship.
Nam-Ek: Where is Kal-El?
Jonathan: Who are you?
Aethyr: You know where he is?
Jonathan: I'm sorry, lady. I don't even know who you're talking about.
Martha: Has Clark come home?
Jonathan: Sweetheart, please, you need to use all of your energy just to get better. Not to worry about Clark. Our son can handle... anything that's thrown his way.
(after seeing the news)
Clark: They didn't get out. My parents didn't get out.
Chloe: Smallville needs you more than I do, Clark. Go. Go!
Chloe: Well, I want you to know, I'll never be the iceberg to your Titanic, and your secret will never ever leave my lips. No matter what.
Clark: I appreciate that.
Chloe: But you look so, so...
Lois: Mrs. Kent, I'd have to say you look a whole lot better without a china cabinet on your back.
Lex: I'm beginning to get the impression that lying is an unshakable habit of yours.
Chloe: Hey. I think it's time you switch into Super Clark mode now.
Clark: Super Clark?
Chloe: I know you run faster than a speeding bullet, Clark. Take me along for the ride.
Clark: How did you get that frog in your throat?
Lois: That's what happens when you get a neck massage from Barbie the Barbarian.
Lois: You guys put a roof over my head. Least I could do was help out when it came crashing down.
Jor-El: Kal-El, you have come far. One journey has ended. A new journey is about to begin. Welcome, my son.
(Clark brings flowers for Lana)
Lois: Clark, really, you shouldn't have!
Clark: Actually, I didn't.
Lois: Doctor says I shouldn't talk too much.
Clark: That's too bad.
Lois: Don't get your hopes up, Smallville – it's not permanent.
Martha: But you can be hurt now – you're vulnerable.
Clark: Isn't that what it means to be human?
Jonathan: It doesn't hurt to have a one-man construction team as a son.
Nam-Ek: Lying is their way.
Aethyr: Not for long.
Chloe: I can't blame you, Clark – loose lips sink ships, and I've sunk my share of flotillas.
Nam-Ek: Are you Kal-El?
Lex: Who wants to know?
Lois: Look, super freak, if you want to find your Kal-El buddy, you better start working on your communication skills.
Chloe: I wonder who's more freaked out right now: me, knowing I'm in a hospital where they get their medicine via dogsled, or you, finally finding out I know your secret.
Clark: I wasn't born anywhere near Smallville. In fact I wasn't born anywhere near this galaxy.
Chloe: Okay, okay, so that would then make you like an...
Clark: (to Chloe about his powers) How long have you known?
Chloe: I guess on some level I've always had my suspicions. The sudden disappearances, the miraculous recoveries, the lame excuses, but when I saw you catch a car like it was a beach ball, that kind of clarified everything.
Chloe: I think you're so amazing. You save people's lives and take zero credit for it. To me you're more than just a hero... you're a superhero.
Lionel: The disciples of Zod...they must be stopped!
Lana: You're talking about the people from the ship.
Lionel: Their home is their only poison.
Music: Depeche Mode ("Precious" from Playing the Angels)
Erica Durance is now listed in the opening credits as a regular.
At the end, there is a "In Memory Of" to Sam Loeb (1988-2005) – "A True Superboy." Sam, series writer and consulting producer Jeph Lobe's son, passed away on June 16, 2005, after a battle with cancer.
James Marsters and Terence Stamp are billed as Special Guest Stars.
Kristin Kreuk's name is misspelled as Kristen Kreuk in the new opening credits. This is fixed in the DVD credits.
This episode marks the beginning of the new opening credits, with "Smallville" in red instead of orange, additional footage primarily from Season 4, and each of the stars' hair blowing in the wind.
At least five brief snippets of footage from Superman: The Movie are used during the Jor-El projected "training sequence." Glimpses can be seen of 1) an overhead shot of the Kryptonian city, 2) the red sun flaring, 3) Kryptonians highlighted in red fleeing the destruction, 4) the ship lifting off from Krypton and 5) the Kryptonians falling into the planet's core.
Although James Marsters is credited at the beginning, he only appears in the last few seconds of the episode and has no dialogue.
This episode won an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. This episode was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Costume Design in a Dramatic Series.
The two unnamed Kryptonians are referred to in the script as Nam-Ek and Aethyr. In the comics, these are the names of two Phantom Zone prisoners from the Silver Age Superman era. Nam-Ek was a scientist who killed a sacred beast with a horn reputed to have healing powers. He grafted the horn onto himself and gained immortality but transformed into half-man/half-beast. Aethyr is a godlike being whose physical/spiritual presence makes up the Phantom Zone.
On the initial airing of this episode, Smallville won its timeslot in the adult demographics, going up against Alias, Survivor, and Joey. This is the first time this has occurred for any episode of the series.
The Fortress of Solitude appears for the first time, located in what Lex said to be the Yukon. It has had varying locations in the comics and other media adaptations of the Superman character.
Chloe: I know you're faster than a speeding bullet, Clark - mind taking me along for the ride?
Superman in the comics and movies is described as stronger than a locomotive and faster than a speeding bullet.
This episode contains several allusions to the first two Superman movies made by Richard Donner: the Fortress of Solitude's formation and Jor-El's attempts at educating Clark are done very similarly in Superman: The Movie, and the arrival of seemingly evil Kryptonians on Earth, the method of Phantom Zone imprisonment used on them, and Clark's powers being drained by Jor-El's spirit in the Fortress of Solitude are all reminiscent of events from Superman II. The Kryptonians in both are fascinated by Earth insignia and uniforms. And Clark finds out about their devastation via a newscast when he's been out of touch, just as in Superman II Clark does at the diner.
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