Mikhail Mxyzptlk, a foreign exchange student and bookie, has the power to control others and uses it to sabotage football games, including the one Clark is quarterbacking. Clark and Chloe figure out his secret, but he threatens to kill Chloe unless Clark throws the next game. Mikhailcame to Smallville via LuthorCorp, and Lex will do almost anything to learn his secret.moreless
Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
In the opening scenes the blue team playing against the Smallville Crows is the Port Moody Blues, a Canadian high school football team.
When Clark and Chloe are discussing how to stop Mikhail, there is a partially-obscured poster on the wall behind Clark that reads in part "...favourite hot dogs". Although "favourite" is the correct spelling in most of the English-speaking world, in the United States the word is spelled "favorite".
When Clark is in the barn throwing footballs through a tire, there are four footballs. He throws two then goes over to get a piece of kryptonite. When Clark returns there is only one sitting there.
General Sam Lane gave his niece a signal jammer that's used on stealth fighters? Wouldn't that be considered a treasonous act since stealth fighters are still considered top secret by military standards? You can't just give away that type of technology without some form of repercussion.
The final Championship game is being played at Smallville. States 99.9% of the time have their championship games played at a neutral site.
When Chloe pulls out the wires from the back of the PA system, you can see that they are all sound connections (Line Out, PA1, PA2, etc...) Yet when Mikhail discovers Chloe in the sound room and yanks out the wires, there is a shower of sparks. There would not be sparks from sound feed wires.
When Clark leaves the locker room for the final game and him and Jonathan discuss his playing again, Clark refers to his conversation he had with Mikhail in the barn telling Jonathan, "You heard what [he] said..." When was Jonathan shown to be anywhere around the loft during that meeting?
Since when do Internet searches return a "Did you mean...?" message on the word spelled backwards? Try this with Google or a similar engine sometime.
When we see the player that Clark injured at the hospital, he doesn't look like he outweighs Clark by anywhere close to 100 lbs., despite Jason's claim that he does.
Why isn't there anyone in the sound room, at anytime throughout the last part of the episode? Someone typically monitors the sound systems or at least occasionally comes in and checks the sound levels during a game at a stadium that uses this kind of equipment.
When Clark is getting ready for the final game why is there no one else in the locker room. When he leaves the whole team leaves with him. How far apart are the lockers for us not to see another player getting ready?
Clark asks his dad "Have you ever seen me trip?" suggests that Clark has never tripped before or otherwise shown weakness or klutziness, to anything. But in the very first episode he trips when he was walking up to Lana, and he's also been sick from green-rock exposure prior to the first episode, as mentioned in episodes like "Metamorphosis." How do they know someone on the team didn't have a kryptonite necklace underneath their jersey?
Once again Clark's superspeed ability not only defies the laws of physics as we know them and are often portrayed on the show, but they are ignored to further the plot. Clark leaving the field at that speed (fast enough to depart and return between the "depth of perception" of the human brain) would generate a sonic boom and high-velocity winds.
When Mikhail pays up to Chloe for her first bet you can see through the doorway that there is a corkboard with pinned flyers and notices. The second time Mikhailvisits The Torch there are fake lockers on that same wall instead. This detail seems to change occasionally in other episodes but most of the time there are lockers.
As Clark's leaving the football field to save Chloe, we see #18 with his hands out and his whole body leaning forward, like he's about to catch the ball. But then when Clark resumes normal human speed, #18 is still running after the ball and it's a relatively long time before he catches it.
Right before Clark goes into superspeed mode, he completes his motion of passing the football. His hands have come back down below his head, and this is comfirmed in the instant he runs off to save Chloe. However, before resuming normal speed when #99 tackles him, Clark puts his hand back up like he's just released the ball and is in the middle of that motion.
Jonathan: A bunch of 250-pound guys banging into each other on a football field is one thing, but getting hit by you is like getting run over by a freight train. It's a big difference, son!
Chloe: So, are you the guy?
Mikhail: I guess that depends on what you're looking for.
Chloe: Uh, Mikhail Mc... Mixyl... put... lik?
Mikhail: Micks-ill-pittle-ick. Let me guess, you want to buy a vowel?
Clark: What I dont understand is how you get sucked into anything besides anonymous tips.
Chloe: Well, we all have our weaknesses I guess. Except for you, of course.
Lex: Mikhail, if there's one thing I've learned, it's that anything lost can be found again.
Mikhail: If you knew about my powers, why did you bet against me?
Lex: I didn't bet against you. I bet on Clark Kent.
Clark: No matter how hard you try, you can't understand that. That's why it's my decision, not yours.
Jonathan: You're starting to sound more and more like your father.
Clark: I hope so, Dad.
Lana: Clark's a big part of the reason why I took off for Paris in the first place.
Jason: Oh. Well, that must be from the book of things you never want to hear about your girlfriend's ex.
Chloe: As much as I hate to admit it, I never bet against Clark Kent.
Lex: I see. So today I'm taking the role of the despicable, untrustworthy friend and as usual our hero is making the fatal flaw of jumping to conclusions.
Old Spice Red Zone appears on this episode: in Clark's locker, on a banner in the stadium, and mentioned as a sponsor over the loudspeaker.
The Level 33.1 plotline was temporarily dropped after this episode by the producers because they felt that it didn't fit in with the show's targeted viewers, even though some scenes related to it were scripted and shot. It continued on in the Vengeance Chronicles - short episodes aired on the Internet and hosted by Chloe, and included on the season 5 DVD. Eventually it showed back up in Season 6.
In the comics, Mr. Mxyzptlk is an imp from the fifth dimension that likes to play practical jokes on Superman using magic. If Superman was able to trick the imp into saying or spelling his name backwards, Mr. Mxyzptlk would be banished back to his dimension. Mxyzptlk is, with Luthor and Metallo, one of the three comics foes to have appeared in Superboy, Lois & Clark, and Smallville.
Mxyzptlk is pronounced here as "micks-ill-pittle-ick", rather than the 'accepted' pronunciation of "micks-yez-pittle-ick", as it is pronounced in other series featuring the character (specifically Lois & Clark... and Superman: The Animated Series).
Music: "I'm All Gone" by Bosshouse, "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" by Green Day, "I Believe" by Shiloh, "Reach For The Sky" by Social Distortion, "Fall Behind Me" by The Donnas and "Walk Idiot Walk" by The Hives.
John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.
Lex: I didn't want Lana's relationship with Jason to earn her a scarlet letter around town.
The Scarlet Letter is a novel written by Nathaniel Hawthorne where an adultress is forced to wear a scarlet letter for the duration of her life as a symbol of her punishment.
Clark: I thought you'd be halfway back to the Village of the Damned by now...
Referencing the movie Village of the Damned, based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos, about an English village where the children gain mysterious powers of the mind. Not much of a reference here - presumably the in-joke is to the fact that Christopher Reeve starred in the 1995 remake by John Carpenter.
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