Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton
Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor
Martha Clark Kent
How can Milton/Brainiac access the ship storage room so easily? The room seems under-protected, given the importance of the spaceship for Lex. And nobody seems too worried about a guard missing.
At the very end of the episode, when Milton/Brainiac enters the ship room, the floor looks like flawless steel. This is confirmed by the sound of Brainiac's footsteps. However, the last shot shows the silver kryptonite lying on dirt.
At one point, when the black truck slams into Clark's truck, it bends the front fender on the driver's side. However, the last time it slams Clark's truck (just before he crashes), the fender is perfectly straight again.
Clark's truck rolls over and over and at the moment just before the angle changes when it settled, you can see the driver's window pane swinging in its frame in the driver's door like some plastic sheet. Next shot an instant later as Clark rises and gets out, the window's gone and there's no door.
The black-tinted truck scraps along the left side of Clark's truck, and his wing mirror gets bent sideways. The next shot inside the truck shows the wing mirror in perfect alignment.
Chloe seems surprised at the mention of red kryptonite, considering she was one of the first to discover it in "Red".
In the previous episode "Exposed," Chloe finds Mr. Lyon's apartment off of a license plate search that is almost instantaneous and the results appear on her computer screen, but in this episode it takes a few minutes and it is faxed to her.
Why does everyone buy Chloe's infection story about Clark, including the police who would have investigated all the assaults? To verify he was infected and assure he wasn't contagious, they would have...well, taken blood and skin sample and stuff. Even assuming they could, he'd show up as an alien.
Chloe says she heard the commotion with Clark, ran to the barn, got the kryptonite, and came back. Unless she thought Clark arguing with his parents meant she should grab the green-k, there was only about 5-10 seconds for her to get to the barn, find the kryptonite (in Clark's loft according to "Run"), and come back with it. That just doesn't work out unless she has superspeed.
Why are they holding a Senatorial election in...January? If Jennings dropped out, his party would probably appoint an interim successor.
Chloe tells Lana that the silver kryptonite infected Clark when he scratched himself on it. But neither Lana or Chloe seem concerned that Lana touched it.
When we first see Clark driving the truck, his seatbelt is on and highly visible. Then when it crashes there's no sign of it.
When Jonathan confronts Clark, Jonathan goes up a foot or so against the wall and then Clark grabs him. It would have to be the other way around.
As Lex says the spaceship surface is frictionless, he's leaning on the spaceship. If it were frictionless he'd slip off.
In the hospital, Clark tells Lana that he heard her and Lex talking about a spaceship when he was delusional, but they never said anything about the ship during the scene Clark was watching. Lex mentions "his big secret" but never said it was a spaceship.
If Metropolis is a three-hour drive from Smallville, how did Chloe manage to just miss Clark in Lana's dorm room as it is clear he's superspeeding back and forth?
Clark backhands Martha hard enough to send her 20 feet through the air and crashing into some furniture. A hit like that should've left some kind of mark on her at the very least, and left serious injuries at worst. However, when she gets up she's only mildly stunned and doesn't have a bruise or scratch on her.
Professor Fine: Brutus and Caesar. Jesus and Judas. They all started out as best friends. What happened? Well, if history teaches us one thing, it's that even the most powerful men can be betrayed by those they trust the most. The reason betrayal is such a predominant theme throughout history is really quite simple. Duplicity is human nature. (bell rings) Are these classes getting shorter or is it just me?
Lionel: It might be wise to avoid any more press conferences till your face has healed a bit.
Lex: I wasn't planning to. Not that it's any of your business.
Lionel: Fatherly advice. I can't help it. But a front page story that you were soundly beaten by a jealous young lover will hardly aid your bid for office.
Clark: Thanks for covering for me.
Chloe: Of course, Clark. You know, I have to admit, for once in my life, I was actually glad I wasn't the object of your desire. You know, you're lucky you just snapped out of it when you did.
Clark: If I'd killed Lana...
Chloe: But you didn't. So stop beating yourself up about it.
Martha: The election is in January. Putting together a campaign in that amount of time... Who knows what the stress could do to your heart?
Jonathan: What about watching Lex Luthor get sworn in as state senator? That kind of stress could kill me.
Chloe: (to Clark) Hi!... and bye. (to Lana) Has my deodorant gone south? Why is he in such a hurry to bail?
Lana: I have no idea. I guess Clark's just not into geology.
Clark: You don't know anything about this race. Yeah, they can be petty, and dishonest and betray each other over nothing, but they can also be honest, and loyal, and they would give up everything to protect someone they love, even if they were from another planet.
Jonathon: You're not my son, You're just a thing I found in the cornfield.
Chloe: Look, Clark, I understand that you haven't been yourself, but you know that I would never tell Lionel your secret. I'd never tell anyone. I'd die before I'd ever betray you.
Lex: I don't want to hurt you, Clark...
(Clark punches Lex)
Clark: But I want to hurt you.
Lex: I have a team of political advisors, Dad. Last time I checked, you weren't on the payroll.
Lionel: Last time I checked, Lana Lang had a boyfriend, and I don't think she's in the market for a spare.
Lex: I think you know the way out.
Lionel: Those Kents...they pack quite a punch, don't they, son?
Lana: I should have known you'd do something like this. You can't stand to see us together, can you?
Lex: I think this is the part where I usually say, "Lana, what are you talking about?"
Lionel: Lex is an extraordinary young man – he's always had an extraordinary appetite for power. But if he succeeds in this first foray into the political arena, I'm afraid he'll develop such a fierce taste for it he'll go on to devour the whole world.
Jonathan: I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
Lana: Why is it different, Lex?
Lex: Because there are some doors that can't be closed once they're opened.
Lana: Thanks – did you get that from a fortune cookie?
Chloe: You know, the caffeine in my system is getting to a dangerously normal level.
Clark: I thought I was the last son of Krypton, but you people keep popping up.
Professor Fine: Well, a superior civilization is difficult to eradicate.
Lex: My security team's coordinating with Chloe and the Kents.
Lana: They're not gonna hurt him, are they?
Lex: If that happens, someone's getting transferred to Siberia.
This episode was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Direction in a Dramatic Series.
International Air Dates:
The Netherlands: March 24, 2007 on Veronica
New Zealand: March 16, 2007, TV2
This episode was advertised with choppy footage (on a screen) that actually never appears in the episode, and was advertised with the title "Splinter Smallville."
Chloe's Email address appeared in this episode as firstname.lastname@example.org. If you send an email to this address, "Chloe" responds with the following: Hi, Not sure how you got my e-mail, but thanks for saying hi. Can you believe Lex Luthor is actually running for State Senate??? Check this out, some students at CKU already put up a website supporting his campaign...
Scary if you ask me. Check back with me in a couple of weeks. I may have something else interesting for you. Have a great one.
Obituaries and Classifieds
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Music: "Forget It" by Breaking Benjamin (Smallville Vol. 2 Metropolis Mix), Stereophonics ("Superman" - Language, Sex, Violence, Other?), Moby (Hotel)
James Marsters is listed as Special Guest Star.
Silver Kryptonite was introduced in comics continuity in Jimmy Olsen #70 (1963). Just as in Smallville, the Silver-K in that story was also not real Kryptonite and was in fact a hoax.
Chloe: Lex comes more from the Rube Goldberg style of villainy.
Reuben Lucius Goldberg was a cartoonist and inventor of "Rube Goldbergs." These were complex devices that perform minor, arbitrary tasks in an extremely indirect and convoluted way. The cartooning equivalent of an "Oscar" is a "Goldberg" in his honor. The classic kid's game "Mousetrap" is a nod to his creations, as well.
Lex: ... strange visitor from another planet...
This is a line from the monologue that introduced The Adventures of Superman that started "Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound."
Clark: I thought I was the Last Son of Krypton....
Superman in the comics is often referred to as "The Last Son of Krypton."
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