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  • Season 4 Episode 22: Commencement

  • While everybody else is trying to escape or hide somewhere from the meteorites, someone thought that the safest place to be is their huge fuel truck on an open road under the falling rocks.

  • In the third "running clock stamp" Deep-Impact style during the episode, the clock is shown counting down from 02:21:03:83 to 02:21:01:37 which then jumps straight to 02:20:59:33, missing 02:21:00.

  • When the CGI LuthorCorp helicopter carrying Lana is dodging the falling meteors it is clearly empty. When the camera zooms in towards it Lana and the pilot fade in from nothing. This is presumably because they didn't have time, or enough money left, to add a CGI pilot or Lana into the cockpit.

  • Trivia: The astronomer at the research facility that spots the asteroid is reading Adbusters, a popular sub-culture magazine.

  • As Lana limps toward the crater, you can see flames over the edge. But when they cut to an overhead shot, there's no sign of flames.

  • Why does the soldier snap to attention when he realizes he's talking to General Lane's daughter? Regardless of the rank of her father, Lois has no authority whatsoever to warrant that kind of respect, especially in a crisis situation. Every military man knows from day one of boot camp, you give attention to officers (and their superiors) and the Medal of Honor and that's it.

  • When Lois gets out to talk to the soldier, there is a red Explorer directly next to Chloe's car. However, when Lois walks ahead of the car toward the soldier, the same Explorer is seen, about two or three car lengths in front of where Chloe is.

  • In the previous episode, "Forever," Lionel said he gave the stone to Lana. This episode establishes he's lying (since he still has the stone) but...why? By telling the Teagues that Lana has the stone, he endangered her, but again...why? There seems no reason he'd want her to be killed by the Teagues. And if he's doing it because she has the second stone, why not just get it himself?

  • Despite her kung fu skills that have allowed her to toss around grown men, Lana is unable to deal with a woman roughly three times her age, in hand-to-hand combat.

  • Why does the shrill "come get me" signal or whatever it is activate after Clark places the second key, but not after he places the first one?

  • The security guard comes in after Lex gets Lana settled and says that they have a situation. Ummm, what's the situation? They don't know about the meteors, and Lionel at the Talon is hardly a "situation." Also it's pretty clear Lex doesn't know Lionel is there when he goes back.

  • During the scene of the end of the commencement ceremony, Clark's shirt alternates between dry and dampened by raindrops from shot to shot.

  • Lana is freaked out about killing someone...but she impaled one of Morgan Edge's henchmen on a rake at the start of Season 3 and never seemed too concerned, then or now.

  • High schools almost always take role before graduation in order to prevent the speaker from calling the name of any students not present, such as when the speaker calls Lana's name several times. Clearly Lana wasn't there before the ceremony to take role then.

  • Why doesn't Clark use his x-ray vision to check out the vault for green kryptonite? It's not like Lex and others don't keep the stuff in storage for Clark to stumble across.

  • You would think by now Lex would be keen on security in the manor. Jason just broke in and darted him the previous week. And yet he still doesn't have any security cameras, which he could have used to see who broke in and stole the stone.

  • Why does Lana wait until she travels from her apartment to Lex's mansion to wash the blood off of her hands? And why does she use a pitcher and bowl of water, instead of a sink with running water? Doesn't Lex have indoor plumbing?

  • It's very dramatic, but is Isabelle really so lazy she just can't reach over three inches to grab the stone rather then use her vast magical powers to slide it those epic three inches into her hand?

  • Given everything she's been through, working at the Talon, going to Paris, assorted kidnappings, assaults, and wild sprees under the influence of mutated plants, even given a liberal interpretation it seems impossible that Lana has never missed a day of school or been late, as Clark claims at graduation.

  • Clark, Jonathan, and Martha are all at the graduation. The Army shows up and starts moving people out. Jonathan and Martha go back to pack and Clark goes to do...something. By the time Clark gets back to the farm (in the very next scene), his parents are already back there and are least halfway through packing. But...where has Clark been during the time it took them to pack? He has superspeed - he could have been all over Smallville (presumably looking for Lana) dozens of times before they even got back to the farm.

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