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Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Oliver Queen/Green Arrow
The Brotherhood were supposed to be of Irish origin (as shown on the data Chloe pulled up on screen), but the Celtic inscription looked more like Welsh or Breton, which is a different type of Celtic language from the Irish language. Welsh, Breton and Cornish are p-Celtic, Irish, Manx and Scottish are q-Celtic.
The view used to show the street outside Oliver's training place is shown twice. even though it's clearly not the same time. The same cars can be seen passing by. The first time is before Oliver is seen meditating, and the second one is before Lois and him talk in the alley.
In the previous episode, Tess said the plans for Zod's tower hasn't even gone public yet. But in this episode, at the end, at least half the tower is complete.
When Chloe is showing Oliver the x-rays, she tells him "the arrow went in under her right shoulder." Lois was shot under the left shoulder.
Oliver: Lois! What are you doing here?
Lois: Well, someone planted an arrow pretty damn close to my heart and I don't think it's Cupid.
Clark: You know, Lois, we could go back to the farm and take a walk. I could give you Clark Kent's tour of the galaxy.
Lois: Smallville... the only planet you know about is the one you read at the breakfast table.
Lois: I'm a little nervous. It was our first public outing as kind of like a couple.
Clark: Emphasis on "kind of." You wouldn't even let me help you with your coat.
Lois: I held your hand.
Clark: Only when you were taking hors d'oeuvres out of it.
Lois: Well, it is a lot to wrap your head around--Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Who knew?
Clark: I did.
Zod: The apple is such a plain yet fascinating fruit.
Clark: What are you doing here?
Zod: You know, it was the apple that launched the Trojan War, one of the great epic battles of all time. And, in many religions here, it's the apple's fall from the Tree of Knowledge that represents the fall of Man. Now, I found that story quite interesting because it so aptly illustrates how humans hoard knowledge. Whereas our own Kryptonian religion... now, that teaches knowledge should be shared... by all.
Clark: I'm sure you didn't come here for a Sunday school lesson. What do you want?
Zod: Look, Clark must have mentioned me. I'm Zod.
Lois: Can't say that he has. And being a championship-wrestling fan, I'd definitely remember a name like that.
Chloe: Any time you have to pull the trigger on making a difficult decision, you always just walk away.
Clark: I do what's right.
Chloe: You're not willing to do what's necessary.
Clark: Pulling the trigger on Oliver--was that necessary?
Chloe: Not if it really shattered him. Where are you going?
Clark: To pick up the pieces.
Clark: It's okay, Lois. He's just a truck.
Lois: Oh, Clark, come on. That's like saying Tommy Lee's just a drummer. Sometimes I worry there is no poetry in you.
Clark: You just have to look deeper.
UK: July 27, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
Sweden: August 6, 2010 on TV6
Turkey: March 27, 2011 on CNBC-e
Norway: April 10, 2011 on Max
Czech Republic: October 7, 2011 on TV Nova
The Dark Archer is loosely based on the character of Merlyn from the comics. In the comics, a young Oliver Queen was inspired by Merlyn - who was a performing archer - to take up archery. Around the time Oliver became the Green Arrow, Merlyn began his crime career as well and the two frequently clashed, with Oliver repeatedly proving himself to be the better archer.
Cassidy Freeman is credited but doesn't appear.
Episode pre-empted due to Hope for Haiti marathon on 1/22 and shifted to 1/29, pre-empting "Warrior."
Oliver: I came here for a training session, Mia, not an audition for Kill Bill 3.
Referencing Quentin Tarentino's two-part movie series, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004). The martial art flicks chronicle the adventures of the Bride, who seeks revenge on her former team of assassins, including Bill, who turned against her when she tried to escape her life as a killer.
Oliver: Not a real great time to dress up in black and go Steven Seagal on me.
Referencing actor Steven Seagal, a martial artist who has parleyed his abilities into a movie career. As of the time this episode premiered, he has his own TV reality series, Steven Seagal: Lawman, where he works as a deputy for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
Chloe: And how many arrow-toting Rambos out there know about Watchtower?
Referencing the character created by David Morrell for his novel First Blood (1972). Rambo is John Rambo, a Vietnam vet who returns from the war but is unable to reenter normal society. The novel was subsequently made into a movie in 1982, and several sequels followed, with Sylvester Stallone as Rambo. Rambo, a Green Beret, is an expert archer.
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