Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Martha Clark Kent
Lionel Luthor (Recurring Season 1, Regular Season 2+)
Trivia: The code to unlock Victor's cage is 246 enter.
Lana stopped driving her Jeep Liberty earlier in the season, and hit Victor with a GMC Envoy. However, Clark refers to it as a Jeep.
When you look along the bottom of the screen at the beginning of the episode you see rail cars with Canada painted clearly on them.
Victor is portrayed throughout as a nice guy who has full control of his powers. But when Clark grabs him at the hospital, Victor throws him into a wall at full strength - if it had been anyone but Clark, that person would have been critically injured or killed.
Clark keeps calling Lana his girlfriend and acting like they're together, but they broke up in "Reckoning" three episodes earlier.
Last time, but...Martha basically says Lionel is her friend, and "I'm not the kind of person who turns her back on her friends because of what people think." Lionel tried to murder Chloe and his own son. Stole the cavern key. Fought with Jonathan. Threatened to expose Clark's illicit adoption. Convicted of the murder of his own parents. Put out a contract hit on Andrea's mother. All things she has to know. That Martha would consider Lionel her "friend" in any way, shape, or form - much less let him get within a mile of her - is just nuts.
Instead of using his super-hearing or x-ray vision or super-speed, Clark strolls up to Hong's house, knocks on the door, then strolls casually around to the garage and eventually finds Hong. it would have made sense and be consistent with other instances for Clark to scan the house, and at the very least he would have spotted Lex rather than his sneaking up on Clark.
The laptop Victor uses switches position without him even touching it when the camera angle changes.
When Clark went to the lab to rescue Victor he threw Dr. Alistair Craig at least 10' away which would knock someone out or at least injure them. Given that, it's impossible that he could have got outside in the brief period of time that Clark and Victor escaped and down to where they landed.
Clark: (while looking through his old football stuff) I guess Victor kind of reminded me of the glory days.
Lana: Why'd you quit, anyway? You, uh, you always seemed so at peace on that field, like everything that was weighing you down just evaporated.
Clark: It's just a game.
Lana: Clark, why do you do that?
Clark: Do what?
Lana: Hide what you're really feeling. Seeing Victor and Katherine together, how in love they are--it, uh, kind of reminded me of our glory days. You know how much I love you, Clark. But we seem to just keep going around and around. We can't move forward.
Dr. Krieg: (after capturing Victor) You were right. He came here like a fish to water.
Lex: Yeah, well, the heart has a way of clouding one's better judgment.
Victor: I need to see Katherine.
Lana: Victor, they're still searching for you. You can hardly walk.
Victor: I don't care. I'm gonna see her before I die.
Lana: Okay, let's just wait for Clark.
Victor: I'm not waiting for anybody. If you had one last chance to see the person you love, what would you do?
Clark: I got a friend of mine who works at the Daily Planet. She might be able to help find out more about these guys. Maybe get them off your back.
Victor: You'd do that for me?
Clark: I kind of got this thing about being experimented on in labs.
Lana: Who are you?
Victor: Nobody you want to know. Trust me.
Lana: Wait. At least tell me how you...
Victor: I'm sorry about your car, but I don't have time for 20 questions right now. I'm out of here.
Victor: Normal? Half my body is straight out of a Sharper Image catalog!
Chloe: So, on a scale from one to Taye Diggs, where exactly are we?
Lana: Um, he's definitely up there.
Chloe: Yeah. Tall, dark and bionic. You think he likes blondes?
Clark: His girlfriend's a brunette, sorry.
Lana: I hit you at 30 miles an hour – you should be dead.
Victor: Wouldn't be the first time.
Clark: She said she hit you full on and you're not even hurt. How'd you manage that?
Victor: Milk - does a body good.
Victor: What the hell are you made of?
Clark: I was just about to ask you that.
Victor: How do you know what's in me? What about that wall I tossed you into – how come you're not even hurt
Clark: You're not the only one who drinks a lot of milk.
Clark: (bursting in) We need to talk!
Lex: And you should work on your entrance, Clark. Bit abrupt, don't you think?
Clark: What do you know about Syntechnics?
Lex: See, now that's exactly what I mean. No small talk, no pleasantries. Just straight to the accusations.
Clark: I haven't accused you of anything.
Lex: You don't have to. Your righteous tone says it all. So what am I have supposed to done this time?
Victor: Only I didn't have a choice.
Lana: Well, now you do.
Victor: Between what? Being a can opener or a Cuisinart?
Victor: How'd you do that, Kent?
Clark: I can do a lot of things.
Lex: Clark. Going to try some small talk this time. Like how Victor Stone escaped from the lab? (Clark glares) I guess not.
Lex: Victor was under heavy anesthesia. He must have misconstrued my intentions.
Clark: That seems to happen to you a lot…doesn't it?
Victor: I'd say thank you, but... the words seem just too small.
Clark: And completely unnecessary.
Victor: Your mom raised you modest, didn't she?
Clark: Is everything working alright?
Victor: I feel like a billion dollars. Which probably isn't too far off.
Deleted Scene: Lex is locating Victor's whereabouts on his computer.
In-Joke: Besides the blatant allusion that Lex makes (see below), this episode contains several unstated references to the 1970s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man.
1) Lex says "I have the technology," echoing one of the famous lines from the series' title sequence.
2) As Clark and Victor are escaping the lab, a graphic on the wall in the background shows a male silhouette, one half normal and the other half in X-ray. A graphic like this was also in the opening credits.
3) When Dr Kreig is prepping Victor for the implant, the background music reprises the sound effect heard when the Six Million Dollar Man used his bionic arm.
4) Dr. Kreig's comment, "Your arm is even better than before," alludes to the line in the opening credits "Better than he was before. Better…stronger…faster"
When Clark is using his x-ray vision on Victor in the last shot before returning to normal vision, he looks at his head where you can see what Cyborg's head looks like in the comics.
During the filming of this episode Tom Welling fell sick, for the first time in his five years of acting on Smallville, and they had to postpone shooting for four days.
When this episode played on Access TV network in Alberta, Victor's "Your mom raised you modest, didn't she?" quote was cut out but the subtitle was not.
Featured music: Life After Love by Colored Shadows
Christie Laing (Katherine) previously played a nurse in the third season episode "Truth."
Erica Durance and John Schneider don't appear in this episode.
In the comics, Cyborg first appeared in DC Comics Presents #26 (Oct. 1980) and was created by George Perez and Marv Wolfman. Victor Stone was a talented athlete and scholar and stopped to visit his parents when they were experimenting on a dimensional gateway device. An acidic blob came through, killing Victor's mother and crippling him. His father Silas was forced to put him in an experimental military suit and replace a number of his crushed and missing body parts. Victor woke up to find himself a disfigured half-human freak. Hating his father, he left and eventually linked up with the newest incarnation of the Teen Titans, where he has been a member in good standing (for the most part) for many years. As of the time this episode premiered he was a member in good standing.
Cyborg was also one of the members of the Teen Titans in their animated series where he was played by Khary Payton. However, he first made the TV/cartoon scene in 1985 with The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians where he was voiced by Ernie Hudson.
In all versions Cyborg has superhuman strength, an infrared eye, extendible limbs, and carries a variety of weapons such as a blaster that projects "a million decibels of white sounds." As with Smallville's other adaptations of existing comic book characters, Victor's powers and origin here are somewhat different from that in the comic books.
Victor: Instead I've got a bunch of Sintechnik'' scientists playing Frankenstein.
This is reference to a book by Mary Shelley Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. The story is about Doctor Frankenstein who creates a living being out of the parts of dead people.
Victor: Half my body's straight out of the Sharper Image catalogue.
The Sharper Image chain of stores and catalogue are renowned for finding and selling the very latest gadgetry.
Lex: At a price a lot steeper than six million dollars.
Alluding to the TV series The Six Million Dollar Man, with the first mainstream cyborg, Steve Austin.
Clark: How about turning Victor Stone into a tin man...
In the comics, Vic is often referred to as "Tin Man," referring to the character L. Frank Baum created in his novel The Wizard of Oz, Human woodsman Nick Chopper magically replaced a series of limbs and body parts until he was completely metallic.
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