Smallville

Season 3 Episode 20

Talisman

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 05, 2004 on The CW

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  • Trivia

    • At 10:33 when Clark opens the door to Jeremiah's office, the reflection of the camera operator is very visible in the glass.

    • At 3:32 as the camera moves in on the symbol on the wall, a black format bar moves in and covers the left side of the shot.

    • At 12:54 the shadow of the light reflector mat is very visible, as it moves from the lower left to the right of the shot.

    • Lionel Luthor wants to obtain the Starblade in order to use its metal to create a duplicate octagonal key. Why doesn't he just forge one out of meteor rocks like he did in Season 2?

    • When we first see Lionel sitting in the exam room, the radiographs hanging on the view box behind patient and doctor are totally inappropriate to assess Lionel's injuries. The two films hanging to the viewers' left are chest x-rays - a woman's chest x-rays. The film to the far left is also placed backwards on the screen.

    • It took Clark some hard work and practice to master his heat vision, but Jeremiah seems to pick it up almost instantly.

    • Does no one in Smallville have any consideration to knock? Twice this episode, Lex and the Professor just entered the Kent farm and made their way into a room in the house and barn.

    • If the knife is supposed to crumble when it is in contact with Ziget, wouldn't this be a bad choice of weapon for Jeremiah (believing Lionel to be Ziget)?

    • Jeremiah has the world's largest private office for a teaching assistant you'll ever see on a campus, anywhere.

    • Given what Clark knows about what goes on at Belle Reve, and Lionel's connections there, he seems awfully complacent about the fact they've got a comatose Jeremiah on their hands.

    • The "prophecy" of the knife is kinda vague. Early in the episode Clark says "if the wrong person touches the knife." There could be millions of "wrong people" who aren't supposed to touch the knife, and only one or two "right people" (Clark and Jeremiah, presumably). But later in the wrap-up, Clark goes much further and says because the knife dissolved when Lex or Lionel touched it, that "proves" one of them is Ziget.

    • How did Lex find Lionel at the burial grounds? If Clark led him there, there's no mention of it. But if Lex were looking for his dad without Clark's help, wouldn't he have brought help with him? Security guards? Anybody?

    • When Jeremiah stabs Clark, it goes in low and left (camera-right) into Clark's stomach. But at the house, before Jonathan heals it and when we see the subsequent scar, the wound is almost dead-center and just below his sternum.

    • More of a directorial misstep then a goof, but when Clark, Martha, and Jonathan are discussing the myth, John Schneider brings over a cup for Martha, fumbles it a bit, and seriously interrupts the flow of the scene.

    • How did Jeremiah draw the symbol on the shades so smoothly? Try drawing something on venetian blinds sometime - they sway and bend at any kind of serious pressure. And the faster you draw, the worse it gets. But the symbol is drawn picture-perfect.

    • Where the heck were the Sullivans going to get the money to buy the Talon? Mr. Sullivan's out of work, and even if they had bought it, given that Chloe knows Lionel is going after her father, wouldn't they be worried that Lionel would somehow mess them up there too?

    • When Clark hits Jeremiah with the tree, Jeremiah lands clenching the dagger in his right hand (he doesn't drop it). Then in the next scene when he bounces to his feet, the dagger is clearly in his left hand. He then runs at Clark, and the dagger is back in his right hand.

    • Clark can't figure out if it's Lionel or Lex who is supposed to be Ziget, yet he should have noted that the blade was not glowing when Jeremiah was going to "sacrifice" Lionel, and it only started to glow after Lex arrived.

    • Lana - still not much of a businesswoman. When she sold off her share of the Talon to Lex, what did she expect him to do with it? If she cared, why didn't she ask? And if she did, did Lex lie to her? Or why is she surprised about Lex's plans now?

    • Why does Lionel go to Smallville Medical to get checked out? He's got millions and millions of dollars - can't he afford a personal physician? Particularly given all the other injuries he's got, being on death's door with his liver condition, etc.

    • Near the end of the episode, when Pete and Chloe are hugging, Pete's left arm is under Chloe's right arm when his back is facing the camera. But when Chloe's back is facing the camera, Pete's left arm is over Chloe's right shoulder instead of under her right arm.

    • Why did Jeremiah wait what appears to be several hours to kill Lionel? It's clearly nighttime when he stops the limo, but he doesn't do anything until the next morning. There's no mention made that the ritual kill has to be made at sunrise or anything goofy like that.

    • Lionel says that the key and the dagger could be made from the same metal. Then why is it that the key does not shine like the dagger?

  • Quotes

    • Clark: Who do you think I'll become?
      Jonathan: I don't know. You can be the world's greatest hero, or its most mild-mannered citizen.

    • Willowbrook: (to Clark) Jeremiah is desperate to be someone he's not, and you're desperate not to be someone you are.

    • Willowbrook: One who denies his destiny can bring about as much pain and suffering as his greatest enemy.

    • Lex: (to Clark) I'm surprised. Usually you keep such a close eye on everything that happens in the caves. For those term papers you're always writing.

    • Lex: I've been thinking a lot about this prophecy. I've got a new interpretation. Want to hear it?
      Clark: Sure.
      Lex: May I? (takes Clark's book) This Naman guy is supposed to come from the stars, have the power of ten men, and shoot fire from his eyes, right?
      Clark: It's just an allegory, Lex.
      Lex: I know. But if one person could do all that, he'd be a formidable enemy. He could conquer the world. He could become a tyrant if nobody kept him in check. So I've been thinking...anybody who'd be willing to fight him would have to be pretty brave. Clark, did it ever occur to you that maybe the hero of the story...is Ziget?

    • Lex: I like to keep my mind open to extreme possibilities.
      Clark: You're starting to sound like your father.

    • Chloe: Did you pull an all-nighter? Or do you just find changing clothes every day a little too cliché?

    • Lex: I spend so much time swimming with Wall Street sharks and boardroom barracudas, that it's been nice to come up for air every so often with someone as honest and pure-hearted as you. In some ways, you're the best partner I ever had.
      Lana: Thank you, Lex...
      Lex: But you're leaving. And you're irreplaceable. So why hang on to something that's over?

    • Chloe: What good are extracurriculars if you can't milk them for office supplies?

    • Clark: Mr. Luthor, those caves may not belong to my family, but this barn does. So get out.

    • Lex: I don't live in the past anymore, Dad -- someone told me it was a weakness. Given your recent mishaps in the cave, maybe you should start following your own advice.

    • Pete: (on the phone) Why won't you listen to me? I told you I don't want to talk about it!
      Chloe: Note to self: forward all telemarketing calls to Pete.

  • Notes

    • Another scene that was cut from the episode had Chloe talking to Lana about Pete's behavior and offering to run the Talon with her dad (with the intent of preserving the building as is).

    • In the DVD subtitles, the name of Naman's enemy is spelled "Sageeth" rather than "Ziget."

    • Bits of the John Williams/Superman main theme, and the "Fortress of Solitude" theme, are used throughout, albeit a little garbled.

    • According to kryptonsite.com, there was initially an extended scene at Lex's manor where he throws a surprise birthday party, and Jeremiah attacks Lana. Presumably the scene was cut due to length, although you can still see people setting up for the (unexplained) party in the background when Lana confronts Lex over the sale of the Talon.

    • Many references to Clark's (presumed) future clothing and accessory choices. When Clark's parents find him on the stairs bleeding, Jonathan rips open Clark's button shirt to reveal a blue undershirt, just as the future Clark wears his blue supersuit under his reporter garb. Clark once again has a red blanket over his shoulders, resembling a cape. And Jeremiah has glasses in his "mild-mannered" identity until he gets superpowers, and then gets rid of them.

    • When Chloe and Pete are discussing Pete's family situation, you can see a picture of Clark on the Wall of Weird.

    • Music: "Chase Me" by Katie Herzig. "Reason Why" by Rachael Yamagata. and "From Afar" by Red Letter Day.

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