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Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
Dr. Virgil Swann
2nd FBI Agent
It's not revealed here or in the future why the key teleported itself to Swann at the end.
Trivia: Lex reveals that he speaks German.
At 0:55 as Jonathan falls, there is a wire visible that is keeping the weathervane from falling all the way off the roof.
When Clark moves in to kiss Lana his face is toward the right side of her face, but in between shots his face switches from left to right.
When Lana is about to leave Lex's office, she is holding her suitcase under her arm and up against her side, but when the shots change she is instantly holding it out.
During the struggle with Mr. Kent, Lionel reaches out for the key with left hand. Jonathan interlocks the fingers of his own right hand with Lionel's left hand to stop him. Then a close-up shot has Jonathan's right hand near Lionel's left shoulder. Then suddenly in the next shot, it's interlocked with Lionel's right hand.
Why does Clark lean out from behind the tree to use his X-ray vision to see into the FBI van? Surely he can look through the tree and thus stay completely hidden.
When Dr. Swann commands the screen to come up, it has already begun moving.
At this point it seems pretty definite that Clark has telescopic vision. He sees the small transmitter via x-ray vision on Lex's chest at some distance. But...the omission of this is rather odd. Telescopic vision is a fairly significant aspect of Clark's powers as Superman. When he's got new powers like heat vision and x-ray vision, there have been whole episodes devoted to them. But telescopic vision just seems to be...well, "there."
When Lionel is talking to Lex, he mentions Galileo and his theory about the earth revolving around the sun. In doing so he mentions that Galileo was sentenced to death for his ideas. That is not true, he was sentenced to house arrest after he renounced his theory before the church.
Last season finale, Lionel was about to open the caves using a kryptonite-made key. He never did it because Clark stole it and the wall sealed up. Well, if the wall is open again why doesn't Lionel pick up where he left off?
It seems odd that when Lionel recalls to Lex all the connections of Clark and the cave, he fails to mention Dr. Waldon and his message about "The day is coming" and Clark being the last son. After all both he and Lex met him together.
Once again we see the Kryptonian language displayed with alternating lines moving in opposite directions, yet Clark has no difficulty reading it. While we have no way of knowing exactly how an alien brain might perceive this text, this movement would seem to make the simple act of reading unnecessarily complex.
When Jonathan falls from the barn and Clark caught him, the weather vane hits the ground and gets bent. Then when Jonathan pick up the weather vane off the ground it is unbent.
Maybe we haven't noticed before, but when Lana pulls up in the last scene there's a fairly large mildly subsurbanish-looking house directly across from the Kent farm. It's not Lana's place (taken over by the Conroys in 'Slumber'). Who live there? And why have they apparently never seen any of Clark's super-shenanigans?
Where do the "FBI agents" go after Jonathan drives them out of the cave? They show up about five seconds after Clark super-speeds in and pulls Jonathan off of Lionel. And wouldn't they have seen Clark super-speeding?
The Kent farm has been visited by gangsters and Freaks of the Week, but the Kents continue to take absurdly minor efforts to hide the key. Clark locks it in a toolbox with a padlock, for Pete's sake.
Either the timeframe here is very odd, or there's some obtuse narrative toying at the beginning. The previous episode was 'Crisis', where (among other things) that episode ended with a big storm and Lex just starting to set up an arrangement with FBI Guy. And then that episode ended with Lionel with a gun in his mouth. Then this episode begins with Lionel with a gun in his mouth and the same opera in the background, implying it begins where 'Crisis' ended. But Smallville is now pretty dry and the FBI seem to have a rather elaborate surveillance operation set up. But unless Lionel likes to practice shooting himself there doesn't seem to have been enough time passing for various other events to happen.
When Lionel was about to commit suicide in his high rise office in Metropolis, he got a phone call from someone telling him that Clark was in the caves. But apparently, Clark was only down there for a few minutes to put the key in the wall. However, Lionel shows up immediately after his phone call, which is just after Clark had arrived. We learned that Metropolis is a 3 hour drive from Smallville in a previous episode. Even in the Luthor helicopter, it would have taken at least 20-30 minutes. There is no way he could have gotten there that fast unless he had Clark's speed, which he doesn't!!!
Once again, Clark acts absurdly obvious around Lex with his powers. Won't Lex wonder at all how Clark knows about the well-concealed wire beneath his jacket? Or doesn't Clark care?
It's only been two episodes (two months real time) since Jonathan's heart surgery in 'Resurrection' but Lionel kicks him here in the chest hard. Very hard. That kind of blow to someone recently recovered from a heart bypass surgery would be temporarily crippling at the very least. For that matter, Lionel's terminally ill. And yet they have an extended fight sequence.
The new building/room/whatever that Swann occupies seems very big and not very private. And yet he has a big screen that flashes Kryptonian language messages on it that he presumably doesn't want folks to know about (he claims ignorance to Lionel).
Dr. Swann states that Clark's secret has never left "this building." However, "this building" is clearly different from the one in "Rosetta," where the promise was made.
Why does Jonathan say Clark is never going to have to face his own mortality? Clark's been aging normally so far - why would he think Clark is suddenly going to be ageless? And Clark has faced death by kryptonite several times - it seems like he's already faced his mortality.
Why don't the stairs in Swann's big foyer/office have a wheelchair lift?
In the fight scene in the cave, when Jonathan and Lionel are rolling around one of them hits a large stalagmite and wobbles like it was made of styrofoam or balsa wood.
If the FBI guys are undercover and in a disguised surveillance van...why are they having a public outdoor meeting with Lex right next to it, with Lex's car parked nearby.
We've seen in the past that Clark has a cell phone. So...why does he need to borrow Lana's phone at the Talon?
Clark talks to Lex and finds out that Lex isn't responsible for the fake FBI raid. But...later Jonathan gets Lionel to call off his men by threatening to reveal that Lionel was responsible for the raid. How did Jonathan find that out - he never met with Clark after the Lex/Clark confrontation. Why wouldn't he think Lex was responsible, for instance?
Clark says to Swann that his father is dying - since when? Didn't the heart bypass surgery take care of that? Jonathan's been a little weak since then, but there's been no indication since then that he's going to die.
Clark accuses Swann of betrayal, but then seems to accept the message Swann shows him at face value. Couldn't Swann have forged it? Swann doesn't seem to have a reason to forge it, but then again everything he does in this episode is rather oblique.
Clark: I didn't mean to unload on you like that.
Lana: No, you .. you never have to apologize for opening up to me.
Jonathan: This is your last warning - stay away from my son.
Lionel: If you'd raised your son the way I raised mine, maybe you wouldn't have to protect him. You know, weakness isn't something you're born with - you learn it. And Clark learned his from you.
Clark: Except I'm not human.
Swann: Humanity is not only about biology.
Lex: My father's methods are often questionable, but usually there's a germ of truth in his madness.
Lex: It's like the German poet Rilke said - a person isn't who they are during the last conversation you had with them - they're who they've been throughout your whole relationship.
Jonathan: (to Clark) And I see the way you and Jor-El fight, and I wonder if maybe fathers and sons were the same on Krypton.
Lionel: I believe we're put on this Earth for a reason, Clark. Our task in life is to find out what that reason is. Sometimes we can't do that alone.
Lex: It's probably coincidence.
Lionel: Oh, coincidence! That's an explanation used by fools and liars.
Lex: You know, Dad...they say mental illness is hereditary.
Lionel: A son's love for a father - there's nothing to compare it to.
The building used as the outside of the Conservatory is The Dakota. When it was built in the 19th century, many people thought it was going to be a financial failure. Because of that, it was nicknamed "Clark's Folly" (a reference to the developer Edward Clark who had it built).
Music: Once In A Blue Moon (Edie Brickell), Mona Lisa (Grant-Lee Phillips), Love's Divine (Seal)
In the German dubbed version Lex speaks French.
This was Christopher Reeve's final acting role.
Last appearance of Christopher Reeve as Dr. Swann.
The writing on the key when it activates is red, yellow, and blue - the colors of Clark Kent as Superman as an adult.
In this episode,one of the FBI officers, when talking to Lex about his security with Clark, refers to Clark as "a kid from Podunk." In Tom Welling's recent movie, Cheaper By The Dozen, "Podunk" is also used by a high school jock when talking about Welling's character.
Christopher Reeve is listed as "Special Apppearance by."
German translation: Lex says first, "We must reduce costs" and then "Gentlemen, it's late. I'm tired. We can speak tomorrow."
On the episode's first airing, Tom Welling and Christopher Reeve once again appear at the end of the episode in a repeat of the brief blurb for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation - 800-225-0292 - www.christopherreeve.org
This is also on the dvd episode.
Allison Mack and Sam Jones III don't appear in this episode.
The first airing of this episode was also the night the second season of the Smallville miniseries, "The Chloe Chronicles," premiered.
Lex: Where's the Inquisition when you need it?
The Inquisition was an institution in the Catholic Church charged with the eradication of heresies. Heretics were people who said something in opposition to the doctrine of the Church and usually executed.
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