Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Trivia: Sarah's uncle has a pendant of St. Christopher who is the Patron Saint of Travellers. St. Christopher is also, ironically, the Patron Saint against bad dreams.
In the opening sequence when Clark and "Lana" are skinny-dipping, when Lana hops out of the water a bit to splash Clark for scaring her, you can get a clear glimpse of the nude-colored body stocking she's wearing.
If you watch carefully when Nicholas tosses the lighter, it's not even lit when it leaves his hand.
Apparently Nicolas isn't too smart or at the very least doesn't think well under pressure - Clark stops him as he throws his lighter at the truck to set it on fire and make it look like an accident. Wouldn't the police find his lighter in the remains? Plus...would Lana's death really look like an accident? She's just sitting in a car, that wasn't moving, and it decided to leak gas and burst into flames.
Legally, Sarah is a minor - her uncle would have control of her money whether she was asleep or awake.
Isn't Clark immune to telepathy ("Ryan", "Hug")? Here Sarah seems to be...well, telepathically contacting him in their mutual dreams. And Chloe even talks about "telepathic receptivity" during REM sleep.
There are several potential goofs in the first 15 or so minutes of the episode, but given the nature of the show at that point, they can't really be considered goofs.
When Lionel sat up on the massage table, something was missing. Something like scars from two .40 caliber S&W bullets fired into him by Smallville's former sheriff.
For someone who claims not to have any knowledge of Japanese history/mythology, Clark sure seems to imagine/dream Lex giving him a remarkably detailed spiel on the samurai/bushido era of Nippon.
Clark super-speed grabs the lit lighter out of Nicolas' hand. Nicolas turns around to face Clark and the lighter is still lit - the windspeed would have put it out.
Didn't Lana find it the least bit weird that Clark's parents aren't calling an ambulance after his accident? Not to mention, Clark left unscratched.
Lana seems to have forgotten all the martial arts training that let her lay out Van McNulty (twice) in the previous episode, "Extinction."
So does Clark have telescopic vision? He not only scans the forest for Nicolas and Lana, but can make out that he has a lighter in his hand, from roughly a 1/4 mile away. He can also tell that Lana is unconscious rather then just laying back and gagged and bound, which would be good to know since he uses his superspeed.
Clark drives a truck from his house to the Conroy's and back - ummm, why? As they keep telling us, the Conroys are in Lana's old house, which was within handy across-the-street viewing distance.
When Clark and Chloe are talking in the office of the Torch, the clock on the wall reads 3:00, which is normally when school is let out, yet in the background there are still students heading to/from class. (editor's note: in "Crush," however, school was getting out at 4:30, so at least they're internally consistent... :) )
Sara Conroy: You're obviously a special guy. I saw some of the things you are able to do.
Clark: Well, in our dreams we're all super.
Lana: Mrs. Kent, do you know why Clark pushed me away?
Martha: Metropolis changed Clark. He is not the same boy he was when he left this spring. Jonathan and I are trying to figure it out too.
Lana: I guess I just (pause) I feel like if I stay in his orbit long enough he'll finally decide to open up.
Clark: You don't think I'm nuts?
Lana: Clark, I think you have a lot of issues, but I do not think you have lost your mind.
Clark: Pete, did you see that guy?
Pete: What guy?
Clark: How could you miss him? He had a big, red cape on...
Lana: Now I know why public files are public; they're incredibly boring.
Lana: Clark, want to go swimming at Crater Lake?
Clark: I don't think skinny dipping's a good idea.
Lana: Who said anything about skinny dipping? Maybe in your dreams...
Sarah: I may have been there (Clark), but Lana's the girl of your dreams.
Lionel: Lex – when you're rich, you're not crazy. You're eccentric.
Lex: That island didn't make me crazy, Dad.
Lionel: Oh, crazy? Of course not . . . but it'll be good to have that in writing. Won't it?
Lionel: What was it that made you change your mind?
Lex: Because I was dealing from a position of fear, and if there's one thing you can sniff out like a bloodhound, it's that.
Lionel: It's a gift, Lex, and it's useful.
Lex: Now you're saving people in your dreams too (Clark). Bet a shrink would have a field day with that scenario.
Deleted Scene: Nicolas asks Clark why he cut his visit with Sarah short and offers him a drink. Clark states that he'll be making more visits.
Music: "Imitation Of Life," "Everybody Hurts," "Losing My Religon," "At My Most Beautiful," and "Bad Day" by R.E.M
Guest star Katharine Isabelle is the daughter of Smallville production designer Graeme Murray.
In the school halls, there are several posters about the "Emerald Knights". In the comics, "Emerald Knights" refer to the now-defunct Green Lantern Corps.
Having the music of R.E.M. was intended as an in-joke - in medical terms, REM refers to rapid-eye-movement, which occurs when someone is dreaming. This in-joke was included to coincide with the release of In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003.
Chloe: I'm done chasing windmills...
Don Quixote, from the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, mistakes windmills for giants then chases and attacks them (to the chagrin of his men). From him we get the word 'quixotic' meaning to go headlong after idealistic goals and romantic deeds regardless of everything.
Lex: My favorite Kurosawa film, Throne of Blood.
This 1957 film (Kumonosu jo) is a partial remake of MacBeth starring famous Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, directed by Akiro Kurosawa. A mysterious oracle (Cassandra from "Hourglass"?) predicts that Lord Washizu (Lex?) will rise to power but his friend and associate Mizu (Clark?) will rise even higher. And Washizu plots against the Emperor (Lionel?).
Chloe: You're referring to your Blue Lagoon moment...
Referencing the famous/infamous 1980 movie starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins.
A Nightmare on Elm Street:
Katharine Isabelle's character is constantly in the dreamworld and parts of the episode prominently feature a lake. Katharine was also in this summer's Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy Krueger being a master of the dreamworld and the film also featuring key scenes that take place at a lake. In fact, the lake scenes appear to be filmed in the same location as the background looks identical. (editor's note - they both were filmed in Vancouver, and the same lake and dock were used in a recent Dead Like Me episode too)
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