Season 6 Episode 1


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 28, 2006 on The CW
out of 10
User Rating
1,188 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

A powerless Clark is trapped in the "Phantom Zone" surrounded by the criminals his father imprisoned there. However, an unexpected ally comes to his aid. Meanwhile, Zod in Lex's body advances his plan to transform Earth into a new Krypton, while using Lana to produce an heir.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • How do I watch this

    How do I watch this
  • Zod vs. Clark

    Zod was a terrific and Lex was just perfect bringing the evil that Zod posses. This was one of the best season premiere's in a long time for Smallville. I was glued to the TV. Nothing about this episode was dull. I loved how Smallville took a page from the Superman movies when Zod said, "Kneel before Zod and I will allow the ones that you love the most to live."... "Kneel". I love the part where Clark was holding Lois' hand in the hospital and then quickly moved it away. They belong to each other and they both know it!moreless
  • read my review to find out what i did not like about this episode...

    episode zod : i thought it was very good with lots of action but proximal 35 min into the episode when Martha and clark a talking about how Loise and Chloe are i noticed Martha had a cut on the right side of her head then the cut disappeared and then appeared on the left side of her head i was disappointed of this error because it didn't make the episode look realistic and i hope it will not happen again. although it was a very good episode i had to give u a score of 3.5 because of this mistake.

    i hope you will send me an email so i can here from you thanksmoreless
  • This episode was not as good as I thought it would be.

    There were good and bad things about this episode. I liked how they showed what the Phantom Zone looked like. I was wondering how they would have it look since the Phantom Zone was shown in the "Supergirl" movie. The phantoms in the phantom zone were a nice touch. They also did a nice job introducing Jimmy Olsen and they had things happen at the end of the episode that will probably spill into upcoming episodes. I also liked the nod to Superman II in this episode. Now onto the bad things. Even though a great deal of action was in this episode I still felt like this episode was lacking something and I couldn't put my finger on it. When the plane crashed, why wasn't Martha Kent as messed up as Lois? They both were not buckled in their seatbeats when the plane went down. Clark kind of showed an interest of being more than friends with Chloe but she said what she said and Jimmy Olsen is in the picture that will not be explored. Hopefully I will like next week episode better.moreless
  • What If Zod Was One of Us?

    Zod-A powerless Clark is trapped in the "Phantom Zone" surrounded by the criminals his father imprisoned there. However, an unexpected ally comes to his aid. Meanwhile, Zod in Lex's body advances his plan to transform Earth into a new Krypton, while using Lana to produce an heir.

    A truly action-packed and thrilling premiere thats moves fast-paced yet finds the time to take advantage of the dilemmas at hand. The episode has an epic feel to it that made premieres like "Arrival" and "Crusade" memorable. The introduction of the Phantom Zone is undeniably awesome as Clark falls into a deserted wasteland after being trapped in the crystal prison by Zod. The direction is flawless during the Phantom Zone scenes, especially the stunning blue-ish bright lightning that overshadows the scenes. I also loved how the Phantoms themselves are portrayed like disfigured ghosts covered in black robs. Also, the introduction of Raya is done very well as she saves Clark with a House or El medallion which has the signature Superman symbol. Pascale Hutton does fine in the role and her scenes with Clark give amazing insight on the Phantom Zone as well as the House of El.

    Even in one episode, Zod proved to be a very effective villian. While the development of Lex being Zod's vessel seemed like just a cop-out on the writers behalf, it actually turned out very well. Micheal Rosenbaum gives one of his best performances of the series and conveys a brilliant sense of menace as the Kryptonian General. Zod's master plan also seemed well thought out with his kryptonian black box and attacking the Pentagon to gain Earth's satellites to create a new Krypton on Earth. The only downside to his plan was him wanting Lana to give him an heir. Lana was pretty useless throughout (as usual!) Her attempt at killing, not to mention trying to out smart Zod were laughable. Then there was Zod stabbing Lana's hand with a stake into the wall, which was just plain hilarious.

    Martha also gets some time in the spotlight and her scene in the Fortress was epic and very moving. Annette O' Toole shows much courage in Martha, especially after losing Jonathan. I love how she should her ground when talking to Zor-El as it shows her strength and compassion as a mother. The special effects and action are also an incredbile highlight. The best of the bunch is the fight scene between Clark and Zod. While Zod pretty much beats the crap out of Clark, the whole sequence is breath-taking and look darn good for a series on virtually a small network. The climax of the fight is bit anti-climatic but Micheal's delivery of the classic line "Kneel before Zod!" and Clark outsmarting Zod back into the Phantom Zone were more than satisfying. Another great development is the Phantoms who escape with Clark out of the Zone. It's an ingenius plot that becomes the running storyline of the season. The only downside of the premiere is the introduction of Jimmy Olsen. While Aaron Ashmore seems perfect as the young photographer, he doesn't enter the series strong and it's unrealistic during all the chaos of Dark Thursday that he would randomly reunite with Chloe. "Zod" is one hell of an episode that uses the Phantom Zone well and quickly develops a great storyline to start the season off high!moreless
Annette O'Toole

Annette O'Toole

Martha Clark Kent

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

John Glover

John Glover

Lionel Luthor

Kristin Kreuk

Kristin Kreuk

Lana Lang

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Alexander ('Lex') Joseph Luthor

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Pascale Hutton

Pascale Hutton


Guest Star

Leonard Roberts

Leonard Roberts


Guest Star

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

Recurring Role

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

Voice of Jor-El

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • While in the Phantom Zone, Raya is seen using a baby blue/white crystal with the House of El crest. She shows it to Clark (we see it's large, taking up most of the hand), giving it to him before he escapes the Zone. When he battles Zod in the field and subsequently kneels before him, Clark uses a crystal, and when Lex/Zod opens his hands, this crystal is black and much smaller than the one Raya gives Clark. Yet in later episodes, we see the larger white crystal.

    • At 28:30 Martha and Lionel are in the barn. The camera shot changes from them to a boat falling from the rafters. As it falls there is a visible production crewmember hiding next to the window, holding a hay bale.

    • After the fight between Zod and Clark, when Zod left Lex's body and supposedly took away the powers that Lex possessed for a while (as we find out later), the mark of Jor-El's crystal that was burned on Lex's hand still managed to heal like he still had the powers.

    • With their superhuman strength that can lift a ton of ceiling and break boulders, Clark's red jacket must be really strong to stay in one piece throughout the fight with Zod.

    • When Clark and Chloe are reunited at the end of the episode and Chloe goes to hug Clark, she has nothing in her hands, but while hugging Clark, when the angle changes for a quick second to Clark's back, you can see she is holding a piece of paper.

    • When Lana reaches up to grab the poker and pull it from her hand, it's several feet long and she reaches for the tail end. But when the camera cuts to a close shot she's holding it much closer to where it's in her hand.

    • As Lex/Zod is piercing Lana's hand, we can see that the weapon is black and less reflective as it pierces her hand. But in the immediate following camera angle, the weapon is now more metallic in color and lustre.

    • When Zod/Lex pierces Lana's hand, he pierces it at the same level as Lana's head. But in the camera angle immediately following, Lana's head slide downs the wall and draws level with her hand.

    • Chloe says her leg is injured, but we don't really see it being significantly injured during the mob attack, right after the supposed injury she runs into the LexCorp building without any sign of damage, and throughout the rest of the episode she doesn't limp or otherwise display any distress over her leg.

    • Zod asks Lana, "You had feelings for this human?" After he possessed Lex, they kissed, she declared her affection for Lex, she swore to remain at his side, etc. Apparently Zod doesn't recognize any of this as "feelings" and has to ask her again.

    • Lana has seen Zod/Lex display invulnerability by stopping a bullet with his hand. Why does she think hitting him with a sword will do anything? She might be desperate, but not stupid.

    • Iguazu Falls is in Argentina, near the border of Brazil... over a thousand miles north of Patagonia.

    • Trivia: At the end of the episode, Lionel is found writing Kryptonian. Using a Kryptonian dictionary, most of the letters are translatable and spell (in order from right to left, reading down columns): POWER, LOOK, TRUTH, SEEK, GREAT

    • While Clark and Zod/Lex are fighting in the field, the blood on Clark's right cheek changes throughout the scene, from disappearing, to smudging, to thick blots.

    • At the end of the episode when Clark is talking to Martha in the barn, the cut on her forehead moves from over her right eye to over her left eye. The mistake can be seen at the moment when she tells Clark that Lionel can no longer sense Jor-El's presence.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Clark: The Fortress is dead. Everything's changing. Dad's gone. I can't talk to Lex. Lana's... I don't know where to go from here.
      Martha: I didn't either when I was your age. Just follow your heart, and you'll always do the right thing.
      Clark: Maybe some Kryptonians believed the same thing. Jor-El sacrificed himself trying to save Krypton. Raya died saving me.
      Martha: Every world needs its heroes, Clark. They inspire us to be better than we are. And they protect us from the darkness that's just around the corner.

    • Clark: Before I left... there was this moment that we, um...
      Chloe: You mean when I laid one on you? Don't worry, Clark. It was the end of the world. It's not like I'm expecting us to hook up.

    • Zod/Lex: Zod doesn't take orders, he gives them.

    • Raya: Zod is a soldier. He will kill you.
      Clark: If there was a way for you to save everyone you loved, wouldn't you risk dying?
      Raya: You truly are your father's son.

    • Lex: Look, I can never make up for what happened. All I can do is move forward and rebuild everything I've damaged.
      Lana: That might not be easy.
      Lex: Well, nothing worth it ever is.

    • Zod/Lex: You freed yourself but didn't run. Why?
      Lana: I realized there was nothing to run to. Sometimes... to survive, you have to give up the things that you care about... and just give into your fate.
      Zod/Lex: You would give me an heir...willingly?
      Lana: The first of many.

    • Jor-El: Everything that you have done for Kal-El, you have my deepest gratitude. I could not have wished for a brighter light to guide my son. Farewell, Martha Kent.

    • Zod/Lex: Perhaps I've underestimated the females of your species.
      Lana: Maybe you just underestimated me.

    • Chloe: Clark, I thought you were dead.
      Clark: Hi. Ummm, so did I. For a while there.

    • Zod/Lex: Do you really think Zod cares what a primitive like you believes?
      Lana: If Lex is really dead, then why waste your time with a primitive like me?
      Zod/Lex: To bear witness to the end of the human era and the rebirth of Krypton.
      Lana: Krypton?
      Zod/Lex: A shining jewel in a vast, dark universe. And you have the privilege of playing a part in its resurrection.

    • Clark: I won't let you destroy Earth... like you did Krypton.
      Zod/Lex: Jor-El couldn't stop me, and neither will his son.
      Clark: Then I'll die trying.
      Zod/Lex: But you won't be the only one. These humans you care so much about... Swear your allegiance to me, and I will allow the ones you love the most to live. Kneel before Zod. Kneel.

  • NOTES (14)

    • There was talk of of including Brainiac in the story, but James Marsters was unavailable.

    • This episode won a Leo Award for Best Direction in Dramatic Series. This episode was nominated for a 2007 VES Award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series. This episode was nominated for a 2007 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Sound Effects and Foley for Television - Short Form. This episode was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. This episode was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Cinematography in a Dramatic Series.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: February 25, 2007 on TVNorge
      Belgium: October 6, 2007 on KanaalTwee
      Czech Republic: April 30, 2008 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: June 21, 2009 on Markiza

    • Raya states at one point that the Phantom Zone contains prisoners from the twenty-eight known inhabited galaxies. This echoes a line in the Superman films where Jor-El states in the ship when Clark is still a baby that the crystals have the total accumulation of all knowledge spanning the twenty-eight known galaxies.

    • The House of El "S" symbol has been subtly redesigned since its last appearance to match the updated symbol from Superman Returns.

    • Leonard Roberts reprises his role as Nam-Ek from the fifth season premiere "Arrival." Presumably the other woman is his partner from that episode, Aethyr, but her name is not mentioned on-screen and the actress playing her is uncredited. Alana De La Garza, the actress who played Aethyr in "Arrival," was unavailable.

    • Jimmy calling Clark "C.K." echoes the nickname used in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman by the Jimmy Olsen on that show.

    • Terence Stamp is billed as "Special Guest Star."

    • New season credits include new footage from late Season 5 and early Season 6 episodes.

    • Several of Zod's lines during his final confrontation with Clark, and the image of Clark kneeling before him, are lifted out of Superman II. The final image of the "real" Zod is that of Terence Stamp, who played Zod in the Christopher Reeve movies.

    • The shots of the military satellites are taken from Batman and Robin, another Warner Bros. project.

    • This is the first episode to air after Smallville made the switch to the newly-formed CW network. The show had run on the WB for its first five seasons.

    • Pascale Hutton previously appeared as a different character, Susan Gallagher, in the season 4 episode "Ageless".

    • Aaron Ashmore's twin brother Shawn also had a role in Smallville. He played Eric Summers in the episodes "Leech" (season 1, episode 12) and "Asylum" (season 3, episode 9).


  • 9:00 pm
    What Would You Do?
  • 10:00 pm