Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
Sheriff Nancy Adams
In the close up of Lionel as he wakes up, there are certain Kryptonian symbols in the background. When he gets up a few shots later, the symbols behind him are not the same.
Most of the episode happens in the early morning. However, when Clark returns home after having stopped the nuclear missile and he hugs Jonathan, Jonathan's wristwatch shows that the time is approximately 3:30.
When Gabriel mentions that "when watching your father do the same drill for 10 years, you learn a thing or two", he couldn't possibly have watched. Because of the top secret files and activities ran by the US military, there is no possible way for family members, especially children, to watch a drill, let alone know about them.
When Chloe and Gabriel are struggling with the gun in front of the window, one can clearly see the slide is extended, indicating that the clip and chamber are both empty, yet somehow during the struggle Chloe shoots Gabriel with a non-existent bullet.
When Clark gets shot, the thin t-shirt doesn't hide the squib very well. You can easily see a square "something" under the shirt which has no reason to be there.
When Clark is bringing Lana out the door without being caught, they use the stairs by the kitchen. But if they didn't want to get caught, why not use the stairs that go to the front hallway?
How does Clark know how to disarm the missile? He doesn't pause to use his x-ray vision or poke holes in it to find what he's looking for. He heads right for the payload, a relatively small percentage of the entire top of the missile, and rips it out.
How did Lana get to the hospital so quick given the condensed timeframe? How did she even hear about Clark getting shot? Given how she left the Kents the last time she saw them, why would they even have called her?
Why can't the military locate Gabriel? Washington (through the President's "football") and the military all monitor nuclear weapons very carefully. If a silo is decommissioned, they'd know it, so they wouldn't go to the empty silo. Are we really supposed to believe they were unaware it was empty?? And they'd just call around to the staff at the other 15 active silos and see which ones don't report back.
Especially in the post-9/11 world, it's hard to believe that Gabriel can just gain access to a nuclear missile site and force them to launch a missile. The well-trained professional terrorists on 24 have a harder time then Gabriel does here!
Why is Sheriff Adams commanding a miltiary strike force? Or why are they even letting her come along with them?
Jor-El/Lionel is wearing a suit and long jacket but we know that he escaped from Belle Reve and transported Clark to the Fortress of Solitude...so where did he get the suit?
Most of this episode takes place within one hour, but somehow Lex manages to get from Lana's to his private labs to Belle Reve and back in minutes.
When Chloe calls Gabriel, there's 33 minutes left until the missile launches, which would be 6:57 a.m. since the missile launched at 6:30 and was on an hour timer. Clark is pronounced dead at 7:18 a.m. That's 21 minutes. Here's a breakdown of what happens in 21 minutes. 1) Gabriel drives from his hidden silo to meet Chloe. 2) Gabriel shoots Clark. 3) Clark is found shot on the side of the road and driven to the hospital. 4) Clark has complex surgery where he's operated on. 5) Surgery is over, Clark is cleaned up, transported to his own room and then concidered "stable enough" to be left alone. 6) Lana visits Clark for a solid two minutes. 7) Clark wakes up and dies. That's an awful lot of stuff to happen in 21 minutes. Surgery alone would've taken at least 45 minutes to an hour to stablize.
When Clark ends up in the Fortress of Solitude, he's wearing a red jacket, dark blue t-shirt, and jeans. How? Jor-El/Lionel took him straight from the hospital (where all he was wearing was hospital jammies) and brought him to the Fortress.
(after Clark gets his powers back and his gunshot wound heals)
Clark: I guess I never will be able to escape who I really am. Back to the lies and hoping no one will ever ask to see the scar.
Chloe: Namely Lana.
Chloe: I really liked being the only one who knew about, you know, you. For lack of a cheesier word, it just made it special, but if you honestly believe you can stay with Lana and not tell her, I think you're seriously kidding yourself.
Clark: I don't have a choice. I can't expect her to react like you did.
Chloe: But, don't you think you owe her the choice?
Clark: I can't take that risk. I've risked too much already and now someone else is going to have to pay for it.
Lex: I was told you were missing from Belle Reve. Man, I don't understand. You've been nearly catatonic for weeks.
Lionel: Didn't I just overhear you say you've been looking for miracles all day? Looks like I'm it.
Lex: Lana, I heard about Clark's resurrection. You know, I've never really believed in miracles, but I've certainly done my share of asking for them today.
(after Clark returns from the dead)
Jonathan: We heard about a missile malfunction. You stopped it, didn't you? It's not easy to sacrifice the things you want the most to save other people. We're so proud of you, Clark.
Clark: The sacrifice would've been not coming back at all.
Jonathan: (on the phone) The hospital lost our son! Look, if I had any idea what happened, I wouldn't have had to call the police, now would I?
Lana: You know, when you start rambling about spaceships and aliens, people kind of look at you funny.
Jonathan: Clark! There were a lot of conversations I didn't have with you because I didn't think I needed to have them.
Clark: Because you guys always think I'm not normal.
Martha: No, no, no. It's just that...you're so much more vulnerable without your powers.
(while rushing to get dressed)
Lana: Pass me my shoe. "I won't fall asleep. I promise." What else are we going to do at three o'clock in the morning?
Clark: Look, you aren't mad, are you?
Lana: (sarcastically) I'm furious. (they kiss)
(Clark and Lana wake up in Clark's room)
Lana: That was the best night's sleep I have had in weeks.
Radio Announcer: Thanks for listening this morning. It's six-thirty on a--
Clark: Oh, God!
Lana: Oh my God!
Clark: How did we fall asleep?
Lana: I told you we shoulda gone to the Talon!
Lionel: Aren't you going to give your old dad a hug?
Lex: Look, I just want to talk about what you saw that day.
Lana: I'm sorry. Weren't you the person who told me I was hallucinating the last time I mentioned a spaceship?
Lex: Early morning or late night?
Lana: What the hell are you doing here?
Lex: I've been admiring your sketches. I didn't mean to pry.
Lana: No. Of course not. You were just going through my things to get better acquainted.
(to Jonathan and Martha)
Clark: Jus... just remember , I am 18. And I've been in love with Lana since I was like 7, so it's not like we rushed into something.
Martha: Please, tell me you were at least safe.
Clark: Yeah, Mom.
Chloe: Whoa. The Wall of Weird times a hundred.
Clark: Well, looks like Gabriel was giving you a run for your money.
Chloe: Uh, yeah. I'd say he lapped me a few times. Why would he be so obsessed with meteor freaks?
(Clark looks at Chloe)
Chloe:Oh, come on. Now journalistic curiosity is one thing but paper macheing your walls with them is another.
Jor-El: You're about to face your darkest hour, my son. But remember the lessons that we learn in pain are the ones that make us the strongest. (Jor-El-in-Lionel hugs Clark) Always know that I love you.
Clark: Am I dead?
Jor-El: Your mortal journey is over yes; but your eminent destiny is too important to be sacrificed. You will return with all your natural gifts.
Chloe: I know how much you've dreamt of having a bland, mundane, generic life, but being normal is highly overrated. Besides, it makes my whole sidekick role a lot easier if you can bring super-duper strength to the table.
Lana: When are you going to realize, Lex, that (Clark) is just like the rest of us?
Lex: Do you really believe that? Or is that what you have to tell yourself in order to stay in a relationship with him? You've had your doubts about him too, you can't deny it.
Lana: I was wrong. Believe me there's is nothing unusual about Clark. Except for his ability to see the good in people who don't deserve it.
Lex: I think you're forgetting something, Lana. Whatever new lie he told you, however he swept it under the rug, a normal person doesn't rise from the dead.
Clark: Okay, my parents won't be up for another fifteen minutes so we gotta get out of here...well you gotta get out of here.
Lana: Are you sure? Sticking around for breakfast sounds like fun.
Chloe: Knock knock. Hey, I just saw Lana flying out of here. What would she be doing here at 6:30 in the morning...oh.
Chloe: I mean, not that we didn't make a pretty good team out there today...minus the whole part where I was kidnapped and you were shot.
Clark: Looks like you're okay.
Chloe: You don't look to bad yourself...for a dead guy.
Lionel: (about the images on the floor) Looks like something from the cave.
Lex: I found you carving them with a corkscrew!
Lionel: Wasn't I creative!
Erica Durance doesn't appear in this episode.
Originally, Martha's line to Clark and Lana, "Please tell me you were at least safe," was supposed to be spoken by Jonathan. John Schneider objected to the scene as he felt that Jonathan would have been a lot harder on Clark. His reaction onscreen was the compromise between him and the producers.
Music by: Dishwalla (Collide - "Dishwalla"), Anna Nalick (Breathe (2AM) "Wreck of the Day"), David Gray (Disappearing World "Life in Slow Motion")
Australia: 05 December 2008 on Fox8
The following scenes didn't make it into the episode:
1. Jonathan, Martha and Lana are told about Clark's current condition and that the bullet was removed.
2. Lex is asking for the medical files on Clark.
3. It's revealed that Clark fell into the cornfield after stopping the missile.
Although he may not have technically flown, when Clark "leaps" to the rocket the same special effects are used as when he flew in "Crusade."
In Biblical tradition, Gabriel is sometimes regarded as the angel of death, performing a similar role of purification and judgement to that of Gabriel Duncan.
Lionel in the Fortress
When Lionel is talking to Clark as Jor-El, the manner in which he grabs the lapels of his coat while talking to Clark is spot on with the way Marlon Brando does it in Superman the Movie when addressing members of the Kryptonian council.
Lex: I heard about Clark's resurrection.
When Clark fell to the ground after being shot, his body's position is similar to that of Jesus' on the cross, who, according to the Bible, also died and was resurrected.
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