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Smallville

Season 4 Episode 1

Crusade

5
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 2004 on The CW
9.5
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Clark returns to Smallville as Kal-El - intent on fulfilling his destiny, he goes after a powerful Kryptonian crystal that Lex has obtained in Egypt. Meanwhile, newcomer Lois Lane arrives in Smallville to look into the death of her cousin Chloe, and Lana returns from Paris with a new boyfriend. Jonathan lies in a coma after the events of last year's season finale and Lionel must deal with his new life in prison.moreless

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  • Lois Lane comes to Smallville

    10
    Great episode and the introduction of Lois Lane !!
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the season premair of season 4 of smallville clark is returning ot smallville to forfill his destny about the stones and he goe must find and get the one from lex luthor and thers is a new person in town losie lane and she is tring to figure out what happen to her cousin cloye and how she died clarks dad is in a comer from what happened in the season 3 final and lana comes back from paris and she brings back a new boyfriend that she met there . this was a good way to start off season 4 of the showmoreless
  • Season 4 is off to a very sexy start....

    10
    The one thing that never changes about Smallville is it's hot cast. This episode shows Tom and Kristen naked which I deffinately loved and added two other hotties to the cast. Jensen Ackles and Lois Lane. Clark is found in the forest hit by lightning. Apparently he dosen't remember anything. Kal-el has taken his body. Mommy comes to the rescue with a black crystal and Clark is back. Lois visits Lionel to threaten him about Chloe's death. Lois wasn't the only person who visited Lionel in this episode. Lex also visited Lionel with alligations of a stolen crystal.Lana has a boyfriend and her art leads her to a sweaty break down. The episode ends with a funny but sweet conversation between Lois and Clark at Chloe's grave. Clark's x-ray vision shows that Chloe isn't dead. Interesting events in this episode. I liked how everything was set out. Smallville dosen't usually have this many events in one episode. Lana's mystery tattoo after the drawing's spirit went in her. Clark being Kal-el and getting saved by Martha. Kal-el stealing the crystal after flying to the plane. Excitement from the beggining of the episode to the end of it with a lot of skin shown by Clark,Lana and even Lex. The beggining of the season is off to a great start :D.moreless
  • With so many people dead, missing, moved, or just not what they used to be, the writers have really given themselves a story to resolve.

    6.0
    As clever as the writers are, I dislike the time skippings and character diss/appearances. A lot can happen in three months, and so naturally, I feel left out in that I haven't followed the lives of the characters. Although I have been tapping my foot and flicking through comics wandering why Lois isn't around, the actress they chose to play her was dissapointing. It also seems the 'no tights, no flights' rule has gone out the window with Tom Welling's modesty, but that's not so bad...he does have an awesome take off, and looks better in flight than Reeves (RIP) ever did. However, the enigma is still bothering me; Smallville isn't simply 'there's a problem, we're gonna solve it in 42 minutes' any more. Lex is also getting too close to the truth, while Clark's secret is being passed around a society of people under Dr. Swann, how can his secret be consealed within 100's, maybe 1000's of scientists that are out to make profit?!moreless
  • Comas, kidnappings, bombings, poisonings, abductions to distant planets - all these must be resolved from last season. And the big surprises involving a new character and Clark's abilities are also in the complicated plot of "Crusade."moreless

    8.5
    Season Four's premiere resolves some continuing crises, with others developing even further. Lana's departure for Paris last season appeared to be based on introducing Lois Lane to the cast, and giving room for her to develop relationships with the Smallville family. But Ms. Kreuk is featured again, with a new friend in the City of Lights, and a new mystery. His name is Jason, and they meet again on the streets, next to a SmartCar and a homely Audi TT. It does look like Paris, but that Eiffel Tower may be digital, transplanted to a Vancouver neighborhood.



    The scene is three months after the ending of "Covenant," in which Clark had disappeared into the ether, a virtual captive of Jor-El. The tragic death of Chloe has led her cousin Lois to Smallville to investigate, since the authorities have ended theirs. Chloe left a video for Clark, asking him to investigate - but Lois somehow gets into the Torch office to view it. In an incredible coincidence, Lois encounters lightning, a brilliant sphere, and and explosions, sending her GMC Envoy into a corn field - and there's Clark in the middle of the burn area, wearing very little. Still looks like a "Terminator" motif. Clark is a robot, remembering nothing of his life here or there, only that he can speak normal English. She's "Lois...Lois Lane," mimicking James Bond.



    Lois gamely wraps him in a red blanket (or cape?) and gets him to the hospital, but of course we can't really allow a medical exam to take place. Jonathan is confined there, too, in a three-month-long coma, Martha vowing never to pull the plug on him. Martha is stunned and overjoyed to see Clark, even if he doesn't recognize her, and Lois is only too willing to hand off responsibility for him to her - until Lois hears his name. Erica Durance plays Lois as perky and abrasive, taking no sass from anyone.



    Seeing Lex on an Egyptian archeological foray is somewhat shocking, given his near-death experience via poisoning last season. And what is the source of this story? He finds an ancient statuette of the god Horus, son of Isis, but it's back is festooned with kryptonian symbols. We'll need some backstory to understand this development. Lex is suffering from the heat, or residual poison, and he leaves in the Luthorcorp jet, which appears to be a CG Gulfstream incongruously parked on the desert sands - ignoring the fact that business jets aren't suited to unpaved runways. On board a different jet (not the Hawker-Siddley HS-125 in an aerial clip), we at least find he's getting blood purification treatment, so the poison wasn't pointless. The statuette breaks on Lex's flight, revealing a crystal, which illuminates, simultaneously sounding a head-splitting alarm to Kal-El at the farm. Martha is terrified of losing him to Jor-El, but she cannot stop him from fulfilling his destiny, and at last, Clark flies! He soars to the jet, with some pretty great special effects as he yanks open the door, depressurizing the plane, and causing the crystal to come to his grasp. He then flies off, leaving Lex peering through a hole in the bulkhead.



    In a cathedral in Paris, ostensibly Notre Dame, Jason and Lana work on her art history project - she's to make a rubbing of the crypt of Contessa Margaret Isabel Thoreau. As Lana begins, totally unsupervised, she notices some strange symbols being revealed - as she touches it, she's bathed in intense light.



    Lois barges in to see Clark, wound up tight, explaining to Martha that she wants to see Clark about Chloe's death. "Give me a nerd with glasses any day of the week," she says, an amusing reference to her future with the man of steel. Martha advises staying away from Lionel Luthor, and Lois leaves. Then Margot Kidder makes an special appearance as Bridget Crosby, a staffer sent by Dr. Swann, but Martha is shocked by her knowledge of Clark, including his alias, Kal-El. In a different lifetime, she says, she had a relationship with Swann, an inside joke and allusion to their partnership and starring roles in the Superman movies. She explains the symbol in the yard was for "Crusade" in kryptonian symbology...how did she know about this? It's nice to see her as a guest star, but it's a bit contrived - she has brought Martha a chunk of black kryptonite, saying it's Clark's only hope. Don't think about this too much, or you'll ask questions: How did she and Swann know about Clark's disappearance? How did they know he was transformed by Jor-El? What is the source of black kryptonite? Oh well, it's just a cameo.



    Lex managed to make a successful emergency landing, and is back to visit Lionel, and the usual accusations ensue. He suspects Lionel of breaking into his jet - and grills him about the missing crystal, elaborating (to us) that three relics were hidden around the world by ancient cultures, and if they come together they're a treasure of knowledge. Lex has found that Lionel funded six expeditions to find these artifacts. Lionel claims ignorance, and takes no responsibility for Chloe's death. So that's a standoff.



    Clark/Kal-El returns to the cave and activates a kryptonian power panel in the wall, and a platform appears - he knows already that the crystal fits onto the top. One part of the puzzle, two more to go. So far Mr. Welling has maintained only a poker face, but Martha comes to the cave with the black kryptonite, forcing a violent split betwen Kal-El's essence and his as Clark. The Clark entity banishes Kal-El's force, in a burst of light sending Martha across the cave, and Clark is back as his old self - as this occurs, Jonathan is suddenly revived at the hospital - a miraculous recovery. Later, Clark remembers nothing of his time on a distant world with Jor-El, but he says he's still Earthbound, and cannot fly. He stlll has misgivings about his powers, and sees Martha as the hero in this challenge to the Kent family.



    Lana awakens is her Paris apartment with Jason pounding on the door, but she looks a fright, remembers nothing from the previous day, and discovers a tattoo on her back - in the shape of the symbol on the crypt rubbing, so we have a new storyline and the expectation that Lana will be a key player for some time.



    Lionel has another visitor, Lois, whom he knows as Chloe's cousin. But Lois does not suspect him of the crime, which she calls thuggish and born of desperation. but she still believes he's the reason Chloe's gone. He claims to have nothing to do with her death, but Lois suggests he's being set up on the murder rap...he pauses. So the writers have created some doubt about who is behind all these crimes and thefts and plots, but have given no clues to the origin - we don't suspect Dr. Swann is capable of this conspiracy, so who is it? Lois visits Chloe's grave marker, Ms. Durance portraying grief with some skill and vowing to find out who did this to her. Clark comes by; she does not seem very surprised that he has regained his memory. He offers to help her investigation, and the Kent home for a place to stay. This sets up a way for Lois and Clark to become well acquainted, and maybe this will be fun to watch. As Lois gives Clark a few moments at the grave, he decides to check the coffin - x-ray vision reveals...no corpse! "Lois! Chloe's still alive!" Now that's a surprise - and a good one. Chloe has been such a key player in this series that no one wants to see her written out.



    "Crusade" has a number of interesting surprises in storylines, resolving some of last season's cliffhangers almost too easily and quickly, and introducing the crystal quest rather abruptly. It's adventurous, though, and the scene of Clark flying becomes part of the opening credits. Maybe the producers thought it's just too early for Clark to fly regularly - he has decisions on his true destiny to make - and he has in this episode stepped away from Jor-El's influence once more and returned to farm-boy Clark. A couple good conflicts are coming up, and the mystery of Chloe and the development of the crystal story and Lana's new love interest are a good start on the new season. Re-run rating B.moreless
Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Jensen Ackles

Jensen Ackles

Jason Teague

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder

Bridgette Crosby

Guest Star

Ona Grauer

Ona Grauer

Dr. Gabrielle Vaughn

Guest Star

Dan Joffre

Dan Joffre

Hospital Receptionist

Guest Star

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Recurring Role

Rekha Sharma

Rekha Sharma

Dr. Harden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (20)

    • When Lana is in the French cathedral, she uses a pencil and a large sheet to make her drawing on the sculpture. It is highly unlikely for nuns or the curator of the place to allow such a thing, since it can badly deteriorate the piece of art.

    • When Jason starts knocking on Lana's door, the clasp from the door chain is all the way to the left. The camera cuts to Lana in bed. When it cuts back to the door, the clasp is now all the way to the right.

    • Chloe left the message for Clark on her computer in case she was murdered... in the middle of her high school, in the Torch office, where she is known to spend a great deal of time. If someone wanted her dead, the first thing they would do is get rid of any evidence, so wouldn't she try and be a bit more discreet, seeing how it doesn't seem she was in a hurry to record the message?

    • There is a snow pattern on the Quicktime player after Chloe's message to Clark finishes. She would have recorded in on a camcorder, so there wouldn't be any snow pattern, it would be a blue or black screen. The only way there could have been is if she recorded it, put it on VHS, then copied it back onto a DV tape, then transferred it back onto her computer, but there's no reason for her to do this.

    • Lex had two security guards in black suits with him in the tomb at the beginning of the episode. However, they weren't in the truck with him later, nor on the jet.

    • Trivia: According to Chloe's gravestone, she was 17. (1987-2004).

    • When Clark is finally free from Kal-El, Jonathan immediately jumps into an upright sitting position. This is obviously unexpected for the hospital staff, as Jonathan is most definitely brain-dead. So how come the nurse runs into the room, and is there before Jonathan is even completely upright? I mean, she would have to be standing directly outside the door, simply waiting for any sign of movement, and prepared to just dash right in.

    • At 20,000 ft. in the air, why would a pilot assume that a blip on the radar (that's apparently traveling faster than Lex's jet), is first a bird and a plane second?

    • The recorded message that Chloe left on her computer shows the Apple Quicktime player running on a Mac OS X system, the only problem being that the "green" computer she uses is in fact an Alienware system. Even if it's not an Alienware, no Apple manufactured computer looks like that.

    • This episode claims that Lana's birthday is in August. But in "Craving" her birthday was later in the fall during football season.

    • If Kal-El is a full Kryptonian with all the powers his father can give him, shouldn't he have the power to fire disintegration beams from his hands? Kara (in the previous episode, last season) displayed that ability, along with flight. It seems that it would have been a good idea for Kal to disintegrate part of the plane, or fry Martha when she shows up in the cave, or some time throughout the episode.

    • Kristin Kreuk's body double in the shower scene is noticeably... larger then the actress herself. They must have hired the same one they had on "Nicodemus".

    • Shouldn't the archaeologists, or tomb thieves, or whatever the guys at the beginning are, be a lot more careful about pulling an ancient relic out of a wall? Lex probably wouldn't be happy if they broke it with their rough handling.

    • Supposing this occurred at 20,000+ feet, when Kal-El rips open Lex's plane, the depressurization would have suffocated anyone aboard in a matter of seconds.

    • At the hospital, Clark is standing in the doorway with people walking by during the "you can fly" conversation with his dad. Isn't this a very odd place to be talking about this - especially with how dead-set on secrecy Jonathan Kent has always been.

    • There wouldn't be anything left of Chloe to bury so why is Clark surprised that there is nothing in the grave? And why does he blurt it out to Lois standing 8' away (apparently he's going to have to explain it to her in the next episode, but it still seems like a dumb thing to do).

    • Lois doesn't seem to care about Chloe's father - isn't he someone to care about as well? She doesn't even put flowers on his grave.

    • During the French scenes, we see a sign that says, "Grocerie." It should say, "Epicerie."

    • During the French scenes, the street sign that reads, "3e arrondissement - Rue du Bastille" should say, "4e arondissement - Rue de la Bastille."

    • When Lana is in the shower, you can see steam billowing up around her just as she turns it on. Water can't get that hot, that fast.

  • QUOTES (16)

  • NOTES (12)

    • This episode was nominated for a 2005 VES Award for Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Broadcast Program.

    • The exterior footage of church shown where Lana and Jason enter is the famous cathedral Notre Dame although it is not named and the internal scenes are filmed elsewhere.

    • For those wondering if that is really Tom Welling's naked body during the opening "born from the lightning" scene. Erica Durance makes it fairly obvious that it really is him in the DVD commentary.

    • In the comics Dr. Bridgette Crosby is a scientist at S.T.A.R. Laboratories who works with kryptonite.

    • You can see Lana's tattoo on the cave wall. Martha gets thrown at it when Clark defeats Kal-El.

    • Five Superman references: When the lightning is dissipating in the corn field, there is the image (albeit crude) of an "S" inside the familiar pentagon of Superman's chest shield; the colors that light up the cave wall are red, blue, and yellow; the blanket that Lois gives Clark is the exact color of red of the Superman cape; and the Superman "S" can clearly be seen on the Sphinx-ish figurine that Lex finds underground; When Lana does the charcoal rubbing of the "Warrior Woman" in the church, the shield the warrior is carrying is in the shape of Superman's famous chest-emblem - the symbol inside the shield (which becomes the mysterious tattoo on Lana's back) is a stylized "S."

    • Allison Mack does not appear in the opening credits or is credited at all (presumably to keep the audience believing she's dead and won't be showing up again), and only appears in the episode itself via a pre-recorded tape.

    • Music: "Better Days Will Come" by Tahiti 80, "Plus Pres De Moi" by san.drine.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Black Kryptonite, not only in this series but in the entire Superman universe as well.

    • Margot Kidder of course played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the four Superman movies. Her "in another lifetime" comment alludes to the fact the characters were lovers.

    • Erica Durance is listed as "Special Guest Star" for her first appearance here, and will continue to be in her future appearances.

    • Sam Jones III no longer appears in the opening credits. Jensen Ackles is now listed fourth as a regular. Updated credits include new and additional footage, primarily from the previous season.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Lois: Give me a geek with glasses any day.
      This is an allusion to the role Lois has played in all of the previous incarnations of the Superman stories as Clark Kent's love interest after he arrives in Metropolis as "mild mannered Clark Kent," reporter for the Daily Planet.

    • Kal-El: Arriving in lightning
      Clark-as-Kal-El arrives naked in a bolt(s) of lighting and talks and walks robotically.
      This is an reference to the first and third Terminator movies.

    • Pilot: What is it? A bird? A plane?
      A reference to the famous line used by earthbound citizens when trying to identify Superman up above.

    • Clark: Flying
      In one of the scenes, Clark ducks down for a second, and then jumps up flying into the air, arms thrown back. Anyone who has watched The Matrix: Reloaded knows this reference. Neo does the exact same thing when he's about to take off.

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