Season 10 Episode 21


Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 13, 2011 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • Trivia: The dates on Jonathan Kent's grave are September 1, 1954 to January 26, 2006. The date of death is the airdate of the episode "Reckoning" when he died.

    • The TV news shows a story that Lex was just elected President of the United States in 2018. The next presidential elections will be held in 2012, 2016, and 2020, not 2018.

    • When Chloe reads to her son at the beginning, she says that Clark believes he had to turn his back on both his parents. However, the comic book says, "he believed the only way to seize his destiny was to turn his back on both his fathers." The latter makes more sense, since Clark has three parents, but only two fathers.

    • When Tess attempts to call Clark to warn him about Apokolips, she has the phone to her face, indicating the intent to make a voice call. When Clark finds the phone later on, she appears to be holding the phone in front of her as a part of the video message.

    • Trivia: Clark says that Preclox was registered six weeks ago. The date on the registration is April 4, 2011, placing the events of this episode on or about May 16.

    • As Lionel talks to Tess about Connor's heart, his left hand jumps from her right side beneath her breast (as he says "no alternative"), and then jumps in the next shot to dead center on her sternum, and then jumps back down to her right side again. In the next shot he is cupping her jaw as he bends down and kisses her. Then he drops his head back and his hand is suddenly down near her waist. Throughout this his body doesn't shift at all to indicate any shoulder or arm motion.

    • Although Tess was clearly going to the wedding rather than watching over the city (note that she brings her fancy dress to Watchtower), and may have been a bridesmaid (as implied in "Fortune"), no one at the wedding notices or cares that she's absent. It's not until after Apokolips arrives that they try to contact Tess and discover she's MIA.

    • Clark tells Oliver that Oliver "knows gold kryptonite will take away my powers forever." Prior to this episode, neither Oliver or Clark have been shown to know anything about gold kryptonite. Emil and Tess know, but every indication was that they were keeping the information secret.

    • In "Masquerade," when the threat of Darkseid was no greater than seen in this episode, Lois had a diorama set up with the various vigilantes seated in the chapel. They are not at the wedding, supposedly out on patrol because of the threat of Darkseid. She also mentioned in that episode that her father's "hero-hating Army buddies" would be there, but there's no sign of any military personnel in the audience. And finally, the diorama seen there bears little resemblance to the actual chapel: the diorama is much smaller, and the windows in the diorama are pentagon shaped while the windows in the chapel are rectangular.

    • Lois' vows to Clark, and her voiceover reading of them, don't match what is on the page.

      - Stated: "But I guess life's meant..." Letter omits the "But."

      - Stated: "I think it's like my dad". Letter reads, "maybe its like my dad".

      - Stated: "Only sign up". Letter reads, "You only sign up".

      - Stated: "I can not imagine". Letter reads, "I can't imagine."

      - Stated: "So I promise that I will always have your back, as you will always have mine". Letter reads, "I promise to always have your back, as you'll always have mine."

    • Clark's voiceover as Lois reads his vows doesn't match what is on the page.

      - Stated: "and more pure heart". Letter reads "who is so pure of heart."

      - Stated: "always been there to bring me back". Letter reads, "you're always there to show me the way back."

      - Stated: "So on this day, at this moment". Letter reads, "So, today, at this moment."

      - Stated: "You've always believed in me, and I believe in you." Letter reads, "You've always told me you believe in me I want you to know--I believe in you too."

  • Quotes

    • Chloe: This is the story of an amazing boy, who grew up in the fields of Kansas. In a little town called Smallville. When he became a man, he believed the only way to seize his destiny was to turn his back on both his parents and refuse to see the darkness descending on Earth. But all that was about to change. He was about to face his greatest challenge.

    • Lois: I'm just in your way.
      Clark: You're not in my way, Lois, you're by my side.

    • Lois: You really don't see it, do you? You're a hero, and that's how it should be. It's just that you've gotten so used to the fact that you know you're gonna be able to fix everything and make everything right that you cut out any possibility that there are some things that you just... you can't fix.
      Clark: We don't need fixing.
      Lois: We don't. But we are in an impossible situation, one that you can't superspeed or superhear or superleap your way out of.

    • Granny Goodness: I want to give your soul eternal life! Please, Lutessa, let me save you!
      Tess: From what?
      Granny Goodness: Darkseid's Apokolips. Evil in its purest form--the heart of human nature, obscured over time as something to be cast away rather than embraced. Hades, Kali-- even the word "Lucifer" is an old Latin phrase meaning "morning star," "bringer of light." I'm afraid the centuries and translations have twisted Darkseid's true gifts. But before the end of days, his rapture will be the only salvation.
      Tess: I will never join you.
      Granny Goodness: Farewell, my child. Bless your soul.
      Tess: Wait. When? I mean, what you do mean, when? When is this hell coming?
      Granny Goodness: It's not coming, Lutessa. It's upon us.

    • Lois: Clark can hear the world's cries for help, and he's duty-bound to answer the call. I am not gonna stand in his way.
      Chloe: He can't listen all the time, Lois. He's not God. He can't be aware of every bird or blade of grass, okay? He's a man. And sometimes he needs to not listen. He needs to rest, to love, to laugh. And when he finally does decide to take to the skies, he's gonna need you to ground him.

    • Clark: I, Clark Kent, take you, Lois Lane, to be my companion... forever. With you by my side, I will never be alone. Though the world sees a strong and independent woman, I've never known someone with such gentle grace and more pure heart. When I've been lost, you've always been there to bring me back. So on this day, at this moment, I pledge the rest of my life to you. You've always believed in me, and I believe in you. And when you believe in someone, it's not for a minute or just for now. It's forever.

    • Lois: Well here's the thing about that. I can be loud. And at times I'm a little bossy. So someone might wonder why a person of your godlike caliber would be with a woman who is so imperfect. Well don't take this the wrong way, but you come with some baggage of your own. And it's made me a better person. Just like being with me will make you a greater man... and a superhero, I hope.

    • Lois: I wanted these vows to be perfect, but perfection's a hard thing to get your hands on. But life is meant to be a little messy. And when it comes to love, I think it's like my dad always said about the Army. "You only sign up if it's the only thing you could ever imagine doing." And, Clark, I can not imagine spending a moment of my life without you. So I promise that I will always have your back, as you will always have mine. You're my best friend, you're my home, and you're my true love. And I am yours and will be forever.

    • Clark: I'm not giving up on you, Oliver. You've a good heart, let it guide you. You and I, we have to save the world together. I need you to be a hero. I know you'll make the right choice. You know gold kryptonite will take away my powers forever. Listen, I believe in you.

    • Clark: Dad.
      Jonathan: I knew you'd see me again. When you were ready.
      Clark: I made a mistake, Dad. I thought I had to leave you behind. But it's you and Mom, everyone that I care about, that make this world worth saving.
      Jonathan: But you're worried you're going to fail this time. I know you're scared, Son.
      Clark: I faced Darkseid before. He knows my weakness. He almost defeated me. I need your help.
      Jonathan: But Son, he never saw the man who's standing before me now.

    • Martha: Don't doubt yourself, Clark. This has been coming for a long time. Before you arrived, we wanted a child so badly. The day you found us in that field, you were the miracle we prayed for. Now the world needs that same miracle.

    • Clark: Lois, no matter what happens...
      Lois: A person that I greatly admire once told me that when you believe in someone, it's not for a few minutes or some times, but just for now, but for forever. Now go save the world.

    • Lex: Hello, Clark. Can't say I love what you done with the place.
      Clark: Lex.
      Lex: You still say it the same way--astonishment mixed with a hint of dread, yet... with a hopeful finish.
      Clark: You're alive.
      Lex: Seems my father had a... a change of heart. And I got a second chance of life.

    • Clark: Where's Tess? What have you done with her?!
      Lex: She's fine. I wouldn't worry so much about my dear little sister. You know, I used to think it was our families who made us who we are. Then I hoped it was our friends. But if you look at history, the great men and women of the world have always been defined by their enemies.
      Clark: You have a second chance. You can change all that.
      Lex: But that's the thing about memories--you can't forget them. Like how you're always one step ahead of me, Clark. No matter how meticulously I prepared, no matter how strategic I was. If only I'd known I stood a chance.
      Clark: It wasn't a competition.
      Lex: Of course it wasn't. You were born to be the chosen one. You're simply better than us.
      Clark: And that always killed you.
      Lex: No. No, what killed me is that you didn't even want it. You fought it--you hid from it! I would have taken it and relished it, embraced it.
      Clark: My destiny wasn't yours to take!
      Lex: I get that now. Which is why I finally embraced my own. You and I... we will both be great men. Because of each other. We have a destiny together, Clark... only on different sides.
      Clark: And I'll always be there to stop you. Always.
      Lex: Oh, I'm counting on it.

    • Lex: Our story hasn't been written yet, Kal-El. And every villain is only as great as his hero. But, you see, that all relies on you saving us from the coming Apocalypse.
      Clark: You know about Darkseid?
      Lex: You really think I just read the Cliff Notes of the Veritas journals? They foretold of a chosen savior--the light that will inspire this world out of darkness. You are the light, Clark. Only you hold the power within you.
      Clark: I'm not so sure that Clark Kent can save the entire world on his own.
      Lex: He can't. But we both know who can.
      Clark: I'm sorry I couldn't save you, Lex.

    • Granny Goodness: The mark has been lifted.
      Gordon Godfrey: That's impossible.
      Green Arrow: I've got this friend, cool leather jacket, blurs faster than a speeding bullet. He's pretty good at impossible.

    • Darkseid: The lost son of Jor-El.
      Clark: Darkseid. My father sent me here to protect this planet. And I will fight you to my last breath.
      Darkseid: There must be a part of you that's disgusted by how easily your people fell to me.
      Clark: They may not be perfect, but I believe even in the darkest soul, there's always hope. People want to believe in something greater, and it may be easier to hate, but it's stronger to love.
      Darkseid: Is it? Eons have passed since I came face-to-face with a force that could possibly tip the balance to the light. You are the light! You cast out the darkness from Oliver Queen, and you will obliterate my darkness from the rest of the world if you are not stopped! You will surrender to me. You will lose your soul. I will annihilate you!

    • Clark: These were my trials.
      Jor-El: The final trial is upon you, my son. You are ready. Seize your destiny.

    • Tess: Something told me that I'd find you here. I combed the lab, and I saw what happened.
      Lex: Long time, Sis.
      Tess: Did you always know?
      Lex: Why do you think I recruited you and treated you as my own flesh and blood?
      Tess: You used me.
      Lex: Semantics. I'd say dear old Dad did most of the abusing. Wouldn't you? I guess the bullet in his chest answers that question, huh?
      Tess: He wanted nothing more then to have you back again.
      Lex: And what did you want, Tess?
      Tess: Something I'll never have.
      Lex: Clark?
      Tess: Redemption.

    • Jor-El: Your journey has come to an end, Kal-El.
      Clark: I shouldn't have tried to push away my Kryptonian side. My strength is accepting it--accepting you.
      Jor-El: You honor me. A father's pride cannot be measured in words, but know that I am proud of you, Son.
      Clark: You have no idea how long I've waited to hear you say that.
      Jor-El: We have been down our long road, Kal-El--one paved with difficult trials. Those trials are behind you now. Any father can only hope that he is one day humbled by the feats of his son. But it is your soul, Kal-El, of which I am most proud. You--and you alone--possess the courage, the determination, and the compassion that will be required of you to lift the darkness from the Earth. (returns the suit to Clark) I ask you to remember one thing. Your abilities may be of my blood, but it is your time in Smallville, with Jonathan and Martha Kent and all the people there, that made you a hero, Kal-El.
      Jonathan: Always hold onto Smallville.

    • Chloe: "And that was the day the boy turned into Superman."
      Chloe's Son: Wow. Read again, please.
      Chloe: Oh. There will always be more adventures for another day.

    • Lois: How many "Great Caesar's ghosts"?
      Jimmy Olsen: Four, before his coffee. But...did you get my shots?
      Lois: Love the framing, love the colors. Where's the drama?
      Jimmy Olsen: Um... um, did you see the one with the elephant?
      Lois: The Man of Steel deserves something better than a circus incident and a fender-bender. I want pecs, I want cape, I want pearly whites.
      Jimmy Olsen: Yes, Miss Lane.
      Lois: Great. Your brother left big shoes for you to fill, Olsen. I know you're up to the task.

  • Notes

    • Michael Rosenbaum, John Glover, John Schneider, Annette O'Toole, Aaron Ashmore, and Terence Stamp are billed as Special Guest Stars.

    • As confirmed by Michael McKean on his Twitter page, @MJMcKean, the actor provided an uncredited voice performance as Perry White in the final scenes.

    • Music: Breathe Again (Sara Bareilles)

    • The music score at the end of the finale is from John Williams's score for the last scene of the 1978 film, including Superman March and Can You Read My Mind? (Lois' Theme).

    • Rather than shave his head for his day of filming, as he did when he was a regular actor on the show, Michael Rosenbaum wore a bald cap for his scenes.

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: August 12/August 19, 2011 on TV6
      UK: October 25/November 1, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
      Norway: December 24/31, 2011 on Max
      Turkey: February 12, 2012 on CNBC-e

  • Allusions

    • Lois: Your Copperfield act's impressive.
      Referencing illusionist David Copperfield, who made a name for himself in the 80s and 90s by performing astounding feats of legerdemain such as making the Statue of Liberty disappear, and walking through the Great Wall of China.

    • Tess: Thank God for our favorite Martian.
      Referencing the 1963 sitcom My Favorite Martian, starring Ray Walston as a human-looking Martian stranded on Earth, who used his natural telepathic powers to comedic effect.

    • Oliver: Clark, I don't think taking a scalpel to your past is going to turn you into the caped Skywalker of your future.
      Referencing the character from the Star Wars franchise, Anakin Skywalker. Although trained to be a Jedi, Anakin refuses to embrace tumultuous feelings. As a result, he eventually gives in to his anger and embraces the Dark Side, becoming Darth Vader.