Smallville

Season 9 Episode 7

Kandor

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

It's a race against time to find Jor-El when Clark realizes that he is on Earth and Zod realizes that he could hold the key to their powers. Chloe is the first to meet him, while Zod enlists Tess.

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  • 907

    7.3
    We do see an improvement but not a big one here. At least Smallville is having a successful arc and this wasn't some ridiculous filler episode. Everyone was upset that Lois wasn't in this episode but I was ecstatic. She's been out of character since "Bride" from season 8, and I don't think this episode would be that great with Clark & Lois banter wearing the episode down.



    Like I said before, Tom Welling and Erica Durance have no onscreen chemistry, and their relationship was so out of the blue, you can see why I'm not rooting for this couple. Watching Chloe say Clark has loved Lois since the 1930s was laughable, he fell in love with her like two episodes ago, Chloe.



    Now about the episode: It was a great concept but I don't think they handled it very well. Where's the enticing action we got from the earlier seasons? Some of the scenes here were uninteresting and boring as sin, regardless of development. Seeing Jor-El and Clark in a scene together is probably what every hardcore Smallville fan was waiting for, and it was enjoyable, regardless if he died in the one scene they were together in. The definite highlight though was Cassidy Freeman. Tess finding out Clark's secret was great, and it was a very intense scene between Tom Welling & Cassidy Freeman.



    Overall, a good episode of Smallville, and it's definitely better than what we've been getting as of late. I guess Lois being out of town is just what this show needed.moreless
  • Just when you really needed to see her the most - Lois goes out of town. And Clark is reunited with his Kryptonian father just in time for the old man to die in his arms. And just where is that ring that can turn back time and FIX everything?moreless

    1.0
    I make no apologies for rating this episode a 1 because after many days of thinking about it, it was just a completely uninspiring episode. A great adventure story should be fun and full of dangerous romance. And for whatever reason, the writers gave us a special-effects filled episode with no juicy energy. What happened to Lois and Clark? They kissed last week and now she's gone. And with so many Kryptonians running around on Earth without any powers, a question has to be asked regarding the validity of the yellow sun being the source that gives Kryptonian Clark Kent his super powers. However, it's a question that I suspect many don't care about because I don't think many of us are all that interested in yet another tired storyline involving ZOD.



    I think the problem with Smallville is that the writers and producers fail too often these days to have fun with the extraordinary opportunity they have been given. Yes, I'll go on watching out of obligation - but maybe not. Lately, I've been tuning into Legend of the Seeker - an excellent adventure story that reminds me of what Smallville used to be in the earlier seasons -- exciting!



    Peace Out!moreless
  • this episode is so so awesome it is one of the best

    10
    this episode showed us much about the past and krypton and how it got destroyed and the relationship between Jor-El and Zod and that was awesome and it gave Clark some hope of meeting his dad and he met him but only for a minute or 2 and maybe less but Chloe found him first and she talked to him and they bonded and even Tess spent more time with Jor-El than Clark did that sucks and the krypton scenes where so awesome and Zod was so great in them i was not a fan of Zod but Caluum Blue made me a fan of Zod the thing that was not great about this episode is that Loise wasn't in it and that sucked because the last episode was Clark and Loises first real kiss and that left me wanting to know what happened between them so when i saw that Lois wasn't in it i was disappointedmoreless
  • Mistaking Jor-El for The Blur, Zod tries to track down Jor-El and force him to reveal how he alone among the Kandorians has powers. Meanwhile, Clark, Chloe, and Oliver race to find Jor-El before Zod does. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)moreless

    9.5
    Despite this episode being *completely* Clois-less, it rocked. I loved the flashbacks to Kandor, and how so many questions I had regarding the Kandorians were finally answered (and I know I wasn't the only viewer with burning questions). I'm not sure how I felt about Zod and Jor-El being friends on Krypton, though Jor-El refusing Zod's request explained Zod's anger, especially toward the House of El. Plus, it was kinda cool how their relationship mirrored that of Clark and Lex. In any case, it seemed like Clark and Jor-El just kept missing each other throughout the episode, but the one scene they did have together was very emotional. So, kudos to Tom Welling and Julian Sands. Overall, I'd rate KANDOR nine-and-a-half Superman shields out of ten.



    Highlights -- Flashback to Krypton of Zod and his troops giving blood samples; Clark confessing he's the reason Lois "vanished from primetime"; Clark and Oliver wandering the desert, then finding the symbol left by Jor-El; Chloe meeting Jor-El; flashback of Jor-El's trial and Zod standing up for Jor-El; Chloe and Jor-El discussing the Kents; flashback of Jor-El finishing up the Orb, and Zod's special request; Jor-El and Zod discussing Krypton's destruction, while Jor-El protects Clark's secret; Clark finally getting to meet Jor-El; Clark and Oliver discussing Jor-El and bringing Jor-El's killer "to justice"; and Jor-El's 'funeral'.moreless
  • The sheer scale of this episode is something to behold.

    7.0
    The sheer scale of this episode is something to behold. And while a lot of the goings on in 'Kandor' impressed me, at least from a visual stand-point, typical of Smallville, there's no follow-through, brushing last week's kiss under the carpet with a few pithy lines. I'm not a massive Clois shipper, but I was glad that the show had taken that first step in paving the way to their relationship. I half expected Lois to be brushed to the sidelines, but to have no appearance whatsoever? Really? You may have gotten some of your budget back Smallville, but the show-runners are still pulling some cheap tricks.



    The flashbacks looked fantastic! Everything from the blue-screen wizardry, to the very cool, ominous courtroom scenes with Jor-El, they were some of the best moments of the episode. Unfortunately, I wasn't so invested in the character of Jor-El, as very little time is given to really flesh him out. I realize that Jor-El will never be Clark's actual father figure, Pa Kent will always fit that title, but, again, having Clark's first scene with his actual father a death scene felt like another cheap ring-round.



    The Tess/Zod stuff probably sounds good on paper; two evil masterminds with clashing interests, might as well throw in some sexual tension for good measure. I don't buy it. I love Tess, I really do, and she certainly has the stronger hand throughout the episode, but I'm not convinced by this season's big-bad. Zod is doing nothing for me; he's old hat already at this stage.



    Overall, this is certainly above-average viewing, but bucket loads of exposition, and far too little screen time on important characters, and far too MUCH screen time on conniving vendettas in the making, crib this episode of truly becoming a classic. The special effects were outstanding (Clark uses every power except his strength, for once!) and there are some nice moments between Clark and Ollie, too. But there are quite a few inconsistencies in this episode, not to mention an oddly placed cliff-hanger of sorts with regards to who stabbed Jor-El. Not quite what I was expecting. Props for effort, though.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The line that Zod says to Tess, "The wine cup is the little silver well, where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell", is actually not Shakespeare. It is a line from a translation of "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam", a Farsi work of poetry. The full line reads: "The wine-cup is the little silver well / Where Truth, if Truth there be, doth ever dwell / Death too is there,--and Death who would not seek? / And Love that in itself is Heaven and Hell."

    • The timing of the events on Krypton do not match up with what has been shown in previous episodes. If the Krypton scenes takes place 20 years before the destruction of Krypton, that would put them at around 1969. But in the episode "Relic," which was set in 1961, Jor-El appeared at least 20-30 years younger than the version seen here. Also, the Orb and the Fortress Crystals should have been on Earth long before 1969. The Crystals were said to have been hidden centuries ago by advanced civilizations, and the key to unlocking the Orb (and the clues to find it) had been in place since World War II.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Jor-El: I'll need all those blood samples. I can't let this project go on.
      Medic: My orders come from the ruling council itself. You have no authority here.
      Zod: Medic, when the most renowned scientist in Krypton tells you to stop, then you stop. If the ruling council wants my blood, let them find it on the battlefield!

    • Chloe: If you raced here to see me, it must mean the I Love Lois show was preempted this week.
      Clark: Come on, you know I always speed over when you call. Although I may be responsible for your cousin vanishing from prime time.
      Chloe: I was wondering why she skipped town without saying goodbye. What's up?
      Clark: I, uh... I kissed her.
      Chloe: Oh, yeah, that would definitely send her packing! I mean, no offense to you, Clark, it's just Lois' typical response to intimacy is usually to blow outta town.
      Clark: I just don't know what happened, I went over to talk to her and the next thing I know, I couldn't stop myself.
      Chloe: Yeah, I'm not surprised, Clark. You've had feelings for Lois since, like, the 1930s.

    • Oliver: You know, Clark, if you wanna bury me in the desert for going on that date with Lois... you could've at least taken me to Nevada.
      Clark: Oliver, let's not...
      Oliver: I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm still gonna put up a fight. But maybe we could've hit the Strip before the main event, you know what I mean? Maybe a little Blue Man Group... maybe a little Carrot Top. You know what I'm getting you next year for Christmas is a sense of humor.

    • Jor-El: I, Zod, am in your debt.
      Zod: Never forget that, my friend.

    • Tess: I don't expect you to believe me, but I had to take drastic measures to protect you, and Kal-El.
      Jor-El: How can you protect anyone when your only concern is yourself?
      Tess: Well, your Kryptonian instincts must be on the fritz, because I am not the enemy here.

    • Zod: This is my favorite discovery on your little planet. The wine cup is the little silver well where truth, if truth there be, doth dwell.
      Tess: See, now I'm impressed. You've read your Shakespeare.
      Zod: He's amusing, but I find the pleasure I get from wine much more satisfying. Every sip reveals a new riddle, a new truth. Just like you, Tess. Every time we're together, I discover something new. I can't wait to see what my next sip reveals.
      Tess: The bitter truth, that I'm not interested. We're keeping this partnership strictly professional.
      Zod: The lady doth protest too much.
      Tess: Whether she doth or not, I can guarantee she won't be revealing anymore... tonight.

    • Tess: Clark... I have waited so long for you to admit your true Kryptonian heritage. I always hoped you'd tell me because you trusted me. But I'll take what I can get.

    • Clark: I'll never be able to live up to everything (Jor-El) accomplished.
      Oliver: I don't think anyone wears that super-shield quite like you.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: July 6, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Sweden: July 16, 2010 on TV6
      Turkey: March 6, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Norway: March 20, 2011 on Max
      Czech Republic: October 4, 2011 on TV Nova

    • Julian Sands is credited as Special Guest Star.

    • Injoke: Chloe's line about Clark loving Lois since the 1930s alludes to the first time the two characters met in the comics, in Action Comics #1 (June 1938).

    • Erica Durance is credited but doesn't appear.

    • The group responsible for Kandor's destruction has several predecessors in the comics. Originally, Black Zero was a single man, an outer space saboteur who was responsible for the entire planet Krypton's destruction. The name was later given to a terrorist group fighting for clone-rights in Krypton's ancient history whose actions also eventually led to the planet's end. Most recently it has been used as the name of a military force led by Ursa, General Zod's faithful lieutenant, that was decimated trying to protect Kandor from Brainiac.

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