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Finale, Part 2
S10e22-018
Series 10x22
Episode 218
Writer Brian Peterson & Kelly Souders
Director Greg Beeman
Broadcast Date May 13, 2011
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This episode is the second half of the full-length movie Smallville: Finale which aired on The CW on May 13, 2011 and was re-aired on May 19, 2011.

SummaryEdit

Tess is kidnapped by Lionel in the hopes to revive Lex, Oliver battles the prophets, and Jonathan helps Clark to embrace his destiny to fight Darkseid.

RecapEdit

→ see also Category:Screencaps from episode 10x21

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Lionel and Tess in the PreClox lab.
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Tess Mercer wakes up on a table inside of a laboratory. Lionel Luthor greets her as she awakens and tells her that he has underestimated her. After revealing that Lex Luthor had took his imperfect clones' best pieces and put them together to create a "masterwork", Lionel tells her that her ultimate purpose here is to give Lex that which he could not recreate: a working heart.

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Darkseid possesses Lionel.
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While Clark finds Tess’ phone in her car using his X-ray vision, Lionel tells Tess that she put herself in this position, and that Lex means everything to him. As they attempt to remove her heart, she escapes from captivity. But before she flees the lab, shoots Lionel in the chest. As Lionel drags himself towards Lex, Darkseid appears and Lionel offers him all that he has in order to save Lex. Darkseid declares that it will be done, in exchange for Lionel’s soul. Lionel is engulfed in a black smoke and as his eyes glow red, his heart is taken from his chest.
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Lex awakens.
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Lex suddenly wakes and removes the mask from his face.
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Lois and Clark share a kiss.
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In Metropolis, the people look in terror at the burning planet in the sky. At the Daily Planet, while Clark tells Lois about the message on Tess’ phone, they discuss the prophecies about this event in history and wonder how to lift the darkness from the infected world. In an attempt to locate Tess, Clark and Lois find the final point where they believe Tess’ kidnapper to be. After discovering the Luthor Mansion was the final location, Clark speeds off after he and Lois reaffirm their love for each other with a kiss. Lois attempts to tell the reporter set to interview the President that she needs to tell the President what is really going on. When she refuses and disapproves of the Blur, she is knocked unconscious by Lois and has her ID badge stolen.

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Lex meets Clark in the ruins of the Luthor mansion.
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At the mansion, Clark begins to look around when a voice from his past proclaims "Hello, Clark.". Lex reintroduces himself and somewhat explains his return. Lex then tells Clark that it is not family or friends that define who people become, but their enemies. Clark tries to tell Lex that he can change, but instead Lex says that they will both be great men in the world because of each other with Clark on the one side and Lex on the other. Clark tells Lex that he will always be there to stop Lex, and Lex says that he is counting on it and that their story hasn't been written yet. Calling Clark by his birth name Kal-El, Lex tells Clark that he himself can only be as great as Clark becomes. Lex tells him about what he learned in the Veritas journals about Darkseid. Lex tells Clark that they both know who can save the world. Clark apologizes for not being able to save Lex and then abruptly departs, leaving Lex with a sinister smile on his face.

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Oliver defeats Darkseid's prophets.
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Oliver enters Watchtower and activates all of the computers. He searches for where Darkseid’s trio are hiding and once locating them with his satellites, reclaims his Green Arrow uniform. As Granny Goodness, Desaad and Gordon Godfrey declare their victory, Oliver arrives without his Omega symbol to the surprise of the others. Amidst their condemnation and rebuke, he tells them about his belief in Clark and that he will save them. Raising his bow, he fires three arrows simultaneously and vanquishes the trio. They disintegrate into clouds of smoke.

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Lois aboard Air Force One.
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Aboard Air Force One, Lois attempts to get past security to speak with the President. She eventually manages to manipulate her way to the room with the Secretary. She tells him that the supposed meteor is really an entire planet and that their plan to stop it with nuclear weapons will result in the deaths of millions of people. Realizing that they know this already, she tells them that the heroes that they have tried to destroy can save them. They agree to give the heroes a chance, but limiting the time to five minutes.

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Clark soars into Lionel/Darkseid.
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In the Kent barn, as Clark retrieves the console crystal, he is confronted by Darkseid possessing Lionel's body. Clark says that his destiny is to defeat Darkseid and refuses to submit to his temptations and power. Darkseid flings Clark across the barn, and while in mid-air, upon Clark remembering Jonathan Kent’s final words of guidance, Jor-El intervenes and shows Clark with images of his trials over the past 10 years that he has always had the power inside of him. Jor-El tells him that this is his final trial and that he is ready to seize his destiny. Clark reawakens in the present, floating in the barn staring down Darkseid. He finally embraces his powers and flies into Darkseid, casting him out of his vessel as well as destroying it in the process.

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Lex kills Tess.
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At LuthorCorp tower, Tess confronts Lex in the executive office. Lex reveals that he always knew that she was his sister and that he used her, but Lionel was the one to abuse her. Tess tells Lex that she only wanted what she could never have: redemption. Lex hugs her and tells her that he loves her as he stabs her in the abdomen. He tells her that he is saving her from turning into him, but Tess claims that Clark already did that. After touching Lex on the face with a poisoned glove, she reveals that she has infected Lex with a neurotoxin that he had been developing years earlier at Summerholt. He is told that it will erase all of his memories up until this moment; as she dies, Lex stands up and stands in solitude as all of the memories of his past are erased as the seconds pass by. As the final memory fades, he walks towards the window and stares out at the world. As the view pulls back from Lex standing looking out the window, an explosion "destroys" the LuthorCorp building, leaving behind the shattered framework which loosely spells "LexCorp".

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Jonathan presents Clark with his suit.
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At the Fortress of Solitude, Clark is embraced by Jor-El’s presence. Jor-El tells him that his journey has come to an end and that he is proud of him for embracing his heritage and who he is. He tells his son that he is the only one that can lift the darkness from the Earth. He returns the Superman suit to the surface and gives Clark his final words of wisdom, to not forget that even though he has Jor-El’s blood, he must remember his time in Smallville and his Earth parents and friends that made him a hero. Jonathan presents Clark the suit and tells him to always hold on to Smallville. Clark takes it and with a nod to Jonathan, soars into the sky with his suit on and his red cape blowing in the wind.

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Clark saves Air Force One.
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Clark arrives just in time to save the now out of control Air Force One from crashing. He appears to Lois and nods to her, telling her that everything is all right. As he flies off to stop Apokolips from crashing into Earth, Lois takes a camera and after introducing herself, begins to interview the President. Oliver watches on amidst the crowds of Metropolis as the red and blue blur from Clark’s cape flies into the sky and moves the planet away from Earth. Oliver smiles with pride as the people are freed from Darkseid's control thanks to the efforts of his friend. Clark throws the planet into space and faces the world as he embraces his destiny as Superman.

In 2018, Chloe Sullivan concludes her reading of the comic book, and departs from her boy’s room while receiving a call from Lois at the Daily Planet.

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Jimmy and Lois.
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Lois thanks her for the "something blue" that she needed as she approaches the office of Perry White. Jimmy Olsen (now working as a photographer) stops her and tells her that is a bad idea, after which she charges him to get better pictures of Superman, telling him that he has his brother's big shoes to fill but that she knows he can do it.
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Lex is elected President.
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On a TV broadcast, Lex has just been elected the President of the United States, wearing a white suit as he turns to embrace the nation and world that he now seemingly controls.
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Clark and Lois at the Daily Planet.
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Clark bumblingly runs into Lois and knocks her stuff out of her hands. She tells him that he can stop acting as no one is looking and asks if he has their wedding rings. She asks if he is ready and he says that he has been ready for seven years. Just then they are alerted to the fact that a bomb has been found in an elevator uptown. Clark tells Lois to tell the minister he'll be a few minutes late to their wedding ceremony. Lois says she'll be waiting for him as she encourages him to go off and save the day. Clark departs for the roof, and he looks around at the world and begins to open his shirt, revealing the red and yellow House of El family crest, as he goes off to save the day as Superman.

Recurring RolesEdit

Guest StarsEdit

  • Janet Dawson - Laura Mennell
  • Flustered Reporter - Sachin Sahel
  • Secret Service Agent - Tom Tasse
  • Air Force One General - Steve Adams
  • Presidential Advisor - Elizabeth Weinstein
  • PreClox Thug - Lee Tichon
  • Secretary of Defense - Todd Thomson
  • Military adviser - Dan Shea

TitleEdit

  • The word "Finale" refers to the end of a work.
  • The title refers to this episode being the final part of the last episode of Smallville.
  • The title mirrors the title of the first episode of the series: Pilot.

MusicEdit

  • John Williams - "Superman March (Main Theme)"
  • John Williams - "Love Theme From Superman"
  • John Williams - "The Prison Yard And End Title Alternate Version: Film Version"

NotesEdit

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  • Clark saving Air Force One combines elements of Superman: The Movie, in which Superman propped up the left wing of AF1, and Superman Returns, in which Superman saved a plane Lois was on. It also pays homage to the comics, where Superman's first public save was to catch the falling space plane where he first met Lois. It's also the third time in the series he's rescued her, and in this instance the White House cabinet, from an aircraft.
  • Superman throwing Apokolips back into space is similar to Superman Returns when Superman threw the mountain of kryptonite into space. Scene is also similar to Clark's actions in Season Ten's opener Lazarus when he runs in and leaps up to catch the Daily Planet globe.
  • Lionel interrupts Tess by saying "wrong" about Clark which pays homage to Superman Returns where Lex shouts that when Lois was talking about Superman.
  • As Chloe turns off her son's lamp, it's in the shape of Rao, Krypton's sun. It's the same sun from Superman: The Movie.
  • At the end of the episode someone warns about a bomb in an elevator. This is reminiscent of the opening sequence of Superman II where Superman saves Lois from an elevator bomb in the Eiffel Tower.
  • Similarly, when Lois runs past a secret service agent to speak with the cabinet, she runs in the same way that Lois ran past the Eiffel Tower security guard to get to the elevator in Superman II.
  • In the future of 2018, Lois and Clark bump into each other on the stairs knocking downing Clark's papers. It is similar to scenes in Superman: The Movie and Superman Returns.
  • The episode concludes with the famous "Superman March" (Main Theme), composed by John Williams. It also features "Lois Lane's Love Theme from Superman" by Williams in the final scene between Clark and Lois at the Daily Planet. A version of the "Love Theme," with lyrics read by actress Margot Kidder, would make up the famous "Can You Read My Mind?" scene from Superman: The Movie. Lastly, right when the camera backs out of the Smallville comic-book, with Superman looking down on Earth, "The Prison Yard And End Title", is also featured but in a slightly faster pace than the original from Superman: The Movie.
  • The ending credits are very similar to the end credits of Superman: The Movie and the opening credits of Superman II.
  • The Superman suit seen at the end of the episode is the costume worn by Brandon Routh in Superman Returns.[2] However, the Smallville universe's major difference is that the suit has the emblem of the House of El on both the chest and the cape, while the one seen in Superman Returns only has the symbol on the chest.
  • Lex being restored in his composite clone is a modified version of when Lex was in a younger clone of himself and posed as his own son in the comics.
  • Lionel's deal with Darkseid parallels two different events in the comics:
    • Lionel selling his soul to Darkseid in order to revitalize Lex within his composite clone parallels when Lex sold his soul rejuvenate himself within his younger clone from rapidly aging to Neron into something similar to a modified version of his original age was.
    • Lionel's heart being ripped out by Darkseid for Lex somewhat parallels Lex engineering his father's heart attack.
  • Clark finally learns how to fly in this episode, after several previously failed attempts.
  • Lex's breathing device looks exactly like the one he wore in Season Eight's Requiem.
  • Similarly, Lex loses his memories of his seven-year relationship with Clark, and so the story of Lex Luthor is aligned with comics where he does not know Clark until Lex becomes owner of the Daily Planet. However, recent publications have reflected the relationship between Clark and Lex and have made them the same age. In recent publications, specifically the "Origin of Lex Luthor" story, Lex moved to Smallville during his teens in order to clear his head and escape from his abusive father Lionel. While Clark, Lana and Pete all reached out to him, Lex chose not to show any form of friendship toward them, making himself an outsider.
  • While Clark's dream of keeping Lex from becoming evil fails, it finds fullfilllent in Alexander Luthor becoming Conner Kent.
  • Aaron Ashmore returns to play the younger brother of his original character Henry James Olsen.
  • Tess does not share a scene with any of the current cast members in this episode.
  • Tess becomes the seventh and final main character and the first and last female main character to die on the series.
  • Michael Rosenbaum wore a bald cap in this episode.[3]
  • This is the second episode (after Season Eight's Eternal) that features all three CEOs of LuthorCorp: Lionel (the founder and (briefly) the fourth one), Tess (the acting third one and (briefly) the fifth one) and Lex (the second one).
  • After the President's report on the radio about the "meteor" when Lois and Clark were at the Daily Planet, Lois says mentions the "Anti-Life Equation" which refers to what Darkseid is often searching for in the DC comics.
  • Perry is heard in his Daily Planet office uttering his classic catch-phrase "Great Caesar's Ghost". Though seen unclearly, a figure is seen through the glass of his office door.
  • Lex becomes the President for the United States of America in the year 2018. His election that year indicates a change in the American election cycle, as the next presidential elections (following 2011) under the current system would be in 2012, 2016, and 2020.
  • Although the blonde haired boy that Chloe reads to is unnamed, he wants to be a superhero and the camera lingers momentarily on the red and yellow arrows, the colors of Green Arrow's sidekick Speedy. In the comics, Oliver has two sons: Roy Harper, his red-headed adopted son who took on the identities of Speedy, Arsenal and Red Arrow, and Connor Hawke, Oliver's blonde haired biological son who shared the identity of Green Arrow.
  • This is the second finale in a row (after Season Nine's Salvation) to feature Granny Goodness.
  • This is the third episode to depict a distant future in which Oliver is never shown and is the first episode to depict a distant future where Chloe is seen.
  • Chloe is the only person that says "Superman" in the finale. This is the something the producers meant when they said, "Chloe gets something that no one else got."
    • Although that something may also mean she was the one who saved Clark from the only usage of gold kryptonite, which would theoretically permanently remove his powers.
  • This is the only episode in which Darkseid speaks in his true form, however his voice actor is unknown.
  • After Tess died and Lex is infected with the neurotoxin, the latter looks outside the window of LuthorCorp Plaza's office. After the bolt of lightning strikes, LUTHORCORP's signs changes to "LXCORP".
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  • One of Lex's erased memories depicts an unaired scene from Season Seven's Arctic in which Lex appears outside of the Fortress of Solitude.
  • When the end shirt rip turns to a red "S" shield, this is not only an homage to the Superman. The Movie main title sequence, but this is the same exact shot that ended the Superman: The Animated Series title sequence.
  • In this episode, Chloe is the fourth main character to have actually said the full genuine word "Superman" after Lana in Pilot, Lex in Reaper and Lois in Shield. Also in Shield, Carter Hall told Lois about Nietzsche's Übermensch, which is German for Superman, technically making Lois the fifth person, although Chloe is the only character to say the word in reference to Clark.
  • The episode is the sixth episode (after Hourglass, Scare, Fracture, Apocalypse and Lazarus) that Lex appears in his white suit and is the fourth episode (after Hourglass, Scare and Apocalypse) that Lex is shown as President of the United States.
  • Clark's actions in the episode directly mirrors Superboy-Prime's of the comics. In Smallville, Clark became Superman after 10 years of trials which started during his first year of high school, where as in the comics Superboy-Prime completed his journey and became a superhero by the time he began high school. Clark pushing Apokolips away from Earth's orbit mirrors Superboy-Prime's act of pushing Thanagar into Rann in the comic books. Also, Clark pushing Apokolips away ended the JLA's war with Darkseid, where as Superboy-Prime began the Rann-Thanagar War.
  • This episode shows that Lex covered up his scarred right hand with his trademark black glove similar to ones showed in Hourglass, Scare, Void, Apocalypse and Arctic.
  • Although Lex and Lionel don't interact, they both appear in the same episode for the first time since Season Seven's Descent.

AppearancesEdit

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  • Clark Kent is the only character who appears in all 218 episodes, making Tom Welling the only actor to appear in every episode of the series.
  • Clark Kent and Chloe Sullivan are the only main characters to appear in every single season premiere and final episode of the series.
  • This is Season Ten's sixth (and final) episode after Lazarus, Icarus, Beacon, Fortune and Finale, Part 1 to feature Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Tess Mercer, Oliver Queen and Chloe Sullivan.
  • Clark Kent, Chloe Sullivan, Lex Luthor, Jonathan Kent, and Lionel Luthor (with Lionel Luthor of Earth-2 serving as a placeholder) are the only main characters who appear in both the first and last episodes of the show.
  • The second part of the finale is Lois Lane's 103rd appearance in the series.
  • The second part of the finale is Oliver Queen's 56th appearance in the series.
  • The second part of the finale is Tess Mercer's 47th appearance in the series.
  • The second part of the finale is Chloe Sullivan's 200th appearance in the series, which means that Allison Mack has joined Tom Welling as the only two actors to make it to 200 or more episodes of Smallville.
  • The second part of the finale is Lex Luthor's 158th appearance and Michael Rosenbaum's 153rd appearance as the character. This is also the character's first appearance in a finale since Season Seven's Arctic.
  • The second part of the finale is Jonathan Kent's 101st appearance. This is also his first appearance in a finale since Season Four's Commencement.
  • The second part of the finale is Lionel Luthor's 91st appearance, Lionel Luthor of Earth-2's 4th appearance and John Glover's 93rd appearance as both characters. This is also his first appearance in a finale since Season Six's Phantom.
  • The second part of the finale is the 24th appearance of the Jor-El AI computer, and the 22nd episode where he's voiced by Terence Stamp. Jor-El (AI) is the single most frequently seen recurring character in the series and is in more episodes than series regulars Whitney Fordman, Jason Teague, Kara Kent, Zod and Davis Bloome.
  • The second part of the finale is James Bartholomew Olsen's 2nd appearance and Aaron Ashmore's first (and only) appearance as the character. This is also the third finale in a row to feature and/or mention Olsen after Season Eight's Doomsday and Season Nine's Salvation.
  • Kristin Kreuk appears as Lana Lang in both flashbacks of Clark's 10 year trials and Lex's erased memories.
  • Sam Jones III appears as Pete Ross in one of Clark's 10 year trials.
  • Christopher Reeve is shown as Dr. Virgil Swann during the sequences of Clark's 10 year trials.
  • This is Darkseid's fifth and final appearance.
  • Chloe Sullivan is the only original character from the main cast to survive the entire series as Whitney Fordman, Jason Teague, Davis Bloome and Tess Mercer all died.

ContinuityEdit

  • Lex was last seen alive in Requiem (portrayed with Kevin Miller's body and Matt Adler's voice).
  • Lionel was last seen in Scion.
  • Darkseid was last seen in his true form in Scion.
  • Lex and Lionel last interacted with each other in Descent.
  • Clark embraces his destiny.
  • Lex finally embraces his destiny with his single black glove on his right hand as a reference to where Lex in the Oval Office of the White House wearing a white suit and a single black glove on his right hand like it was shown in Cassandra Carver's vision shown in Hourglass, Lex's hallucination in Scare, and the alternate universe in Apocalypse. In this episode, Lex wears a single black glove on his right hand to hide the severe scars shown earlier and is also elected President of the United States at the end of the episode.
  • Clark is able to fly in this episode.
  • Oliver was last seen in his Green Arrow costume in Collateral.
  • This is the fourth time (after Pandora, Sacrifice and Salvation) that Tess has died.
  • Perry White's last full screen appearance was in Hostage (though here his voice is only heard).
  • Booster Gold implies in Booster that an article by Lois made Superman a star, but this episode showed that first Superman saved the world from Apokolips. Of course, it could be Lois' later article about Superman saving the world, that properly introduces him to Earth, thus making him a star.
  • The Wall of Weird was mentioned by Lois. It was first seen in Pilot. It was last seen in Forever and Homecoming.
  • Summerholt Institute was mentioned by Tess. It was first seen in Ryan and last seen in Delete, Memoria and Blank.
  • Conner Kent was mentioned by Lionel. He was last seen in Scion.
  • Jor-El was last heard in Prophecy.

DiscontinuityEdit

  • When Lex's memories are being erased by Tess's neurotoxin, his time in Belle Reeve after discovering his grandparents' murder by Lionel in Season Three's Shattered and there's Lex/Zod kissing Lana in Season Five's Vessel. With Lex forceably electroshocked by Lionel and those seven weeks lost to Lex in Season Three's Asylum, and Lex remembering being possessed by Zod in Season Six's Zod, this is either an error in the continuity or the toxin was able to erase even Lex's dormant memories.
  • When Clark returns from finding Tess' car, Lois informs him that "all satellite and internet connections just went down" so all connection to any external database (the police database, Watchtower, etc.) were, for all purposes, also unavailable. Despite the internet being down, Clark and Lois are still able to look up the license plate number and info on a car, are able to check the bank accounts and company info of PreClox, and are also able to access the old GPS data. Although it is possible that Clark would have the GPS software on his computer where he could access the tracking data, no newspaper computer would have access to police data outside of the internet and they could not have found out information on PreClox without access to an internet research database.

Homage To Previous SeasonsEdit

  • This episode has many parallels to Season One's Pilot:
    • Lionel having the first words interacting with his daughter Tess parallels his doppelanger having the first words interacting with his son Lex.
    • Lex looking at Apokolips in astonishment (after losing all of memories thanks to Tess) parallels Lex holding his first piece of Kryptonite.
    • At the end of each episode, Clark and Lois interact and Clark and Lana interact.
    • Clark's last scene of the Finale in which he says he's going to be "a few minutes late" mirrors his first scene in the Pilot in which he is being admonished by Martha that he will be "late for school."
  • Lionel interrupting Tess when talking about Clark then Lex is similar to where his doppelanganger shouts when Clark was talking about Lex in Season Three's Shattered.
  • Lionel being shot by Tess parallels when his doppelganger was shot by Ethan Miller in Season Two's Suspect.
  • This episode has many similarities with Season Five's Vessel and Season Six's Zod:
    • The world being once again in a "end of the world" scenario just on a larger scale.
    • Clark and Lois's kiss is similar to that of Clark and Chloe's.
    • Clark faces Darkseid using Lionel's corpse to when Zod possessed Lex to confront Clark.
    • Apokolips getting closer the planet causes atmospheric changes as well as earthquakes just like to Zod's plan to recreate Krypton on Earth.
    • Lois on board the Air Force One which would have crashed if not for Clark re-stabilizing the plane is just like when Martha and Lois are on board LuthorCorp Jet's when Brainiac crashes the plane.
    • Clark once again stopping Earth from being destroyed.
  • The recurring concept of a Luthor killing another Luthor as a form of survival of the fittest is continued once again:
  • Lionel selling his own soul to Darkseid to restore Lex parallels when Jonathan makes a deal with Jor-El to save Clark in Season Two's Exile.
  • Darkseid refers to Clark as "the lost son of Jor-El" with disrespect towards Clark, a contrast to when many persons honored Clark by calling him "the last son of Krypton" in Season Two's Rosetta.
  • Lois and Olsen's acquaintance is similar to Lois and Jimmy.

LocationsEdit

QuotesEdit

Tess: Looks like my purpose in your life has changed. (shoots Lionel)

Darkseid: You refused me once, but this may be the moment when you'll reconsider my offer.
Lionel: I never intended to live forever. There's only one life I care about. Let my son live.
Darkseid: In exchange for your soul. (rips out Lionel's heart)

Lois: You think those three prophets, or whatever you call them, took Tess?
Clark: We're about to find out. She left her cellphone underneath the car seat with a video message for one of us to find.
Lois: One of us with X-ray vision, maybe.

Clark: Lois, we know the prophets use the people's darkness to mark them with an Omega. What we don't know is why. And Tess quoted one of the prophecies as saying that the markings weren't just spiritual. There's some sort of anti-life dark force that could bring about the Apokolips.
Lois: You mean like bringing a giant planet crashing into ours?
Clark: Exactly like that. Maybe the marking has some sort of unexplainable gravitational pull.
Lois: Too bad anti-life equations aren't covered in Physics 101.
Clark: I need to figure out a way to lift the darkness and break whatever's binding these people to that planet.
Lois: Today definitely tops Chloe's Wall of Weird. Exactly how many are marked?
Clark: (scans the people in the room with his x-ray vision, they are marked with the Omega) More than you want to know.

Lois: (knocks out Janet) I'm sorry. I wouldn't would have had to do that if the world wasn't in jeopardy and you weren't such a bitch.

Lex: Hello, Clark. Can't say I love what you've done with the place.
Clark: Lex.
Lex: You still say it the same way -- astonishment mixed with a hint of dread, yet... with a hopeful finish.
Clark: You're alive.
Lex: Seems my father had a... a change of heart. And I got a second chance of life.
Clark: Where's Tess? What have you done with her?!
Lex: She's fine. I wouldn't worry so much about my dear little sister. You know, I used to think it was our families who made us who we are. Then I hoped it was our friends. But if you look at history, the great men and women of the world have always been defined by their enemies.
Clark: You have a second chance. You can change all that.
Lex: But that's the thing about memories -- you can't forget them. Like how you're always one step ahead of me, Clark. No matter how meticulously I prepared, no matter how strategic I was, if only I'd known I never stood a chance.
Clark: It wasn't a competition.
Lex: Of course it wasn't. You were born to be the chosen one. You're simply better than us.
Clark: And that always killed you.
Lex: No. No, what killed me is that you didn't even want it. You fought it -- you hid from it! I would have taken it and relished it, embraced it.
Clark: My destiny wasn't yours to take!
Lex: I get that now. Which is why I finally embraced my own. You and I... we will both be great men. Because of each other, we have a destiny together, Clark... only on different sides.
Clark: I'll always be there to stop you. Always.
Lex: Oh, I'm counting on it.

Lex: Our story hasn't been written yet, Kal-El. And every villain is only as great as his hero. But, you see, that all relies on you saving us from the coming Apokolips.
Clark: You know about Darkseid?
Lex: You really thought I just read the cliff notes of the Veritas journals? They foretold of a chosen savior -- the light that will inspire this world out of darkness. You are the light, Clark. Only you have the power within.
Clark: I'm not so sure that Clark Kent can save the entire world on his own.
Lex: He can't. But we both know who can.
Clark: I'm sorry I couldn't save you, Lex.

Granny Goodness: Your mark has been lifted.
Desaad: That's impossible.
Green Arrow: I got this friend -- cool leather jacket, blurs faster than a speeding bullet. He's pretty good at impossible.
Desaad: You were so close to experiencing the rapture, known only to those who will be serving our lord for eternity while all the others perish. Do you really think you possess the power to vanquish our lord from the souls that he saved?
Green Arrow: No. But I have friends in high places. (fires arrows vanquishing the trio)

Darkseid (in Earth-2 Lionel Luthor's body): The lost son of Jor-El.
Clark: Darkseid. My father sent me to protect this planet. And will fight you to my last breath.
Darkseid: There must be a part of you that's disgusted by how easily your people fell to me.
Clark: They may not be perfect, but I believe even in the darkest soul, there's always hope. People want to believe in something greater, and it may be easier to hate, but it's stronger to love.
Darkseid: Is it? Eons have passed since I came face-to-face with a force that could possibly tip the balance to the light. You are the light! You cast out the darkness from Oliver Queen, and you will obliterate my darkness from the rest of the world if you are not stopped! You will surrender to me. You will lose your soul. I will annihilate you!

Clark: These were my trials.
Jor-El: Your final trial is upon you, my son. You are ready. Seize your destiny.

Tess: Something told me that I'd find you here. I combed the lab, and I saw what happened.
Lex: Long time, sis.
Tess: Did you always know?
Lex: Why do you think I recruited you and treated you as my own flesh and blood.
Tess: You used me.
Lex: Semantics. I'd say dear old dad did most of the abusing. Wouldn't you? I guess the bullet in his chest answered that question, huh?
Tess: He wanted nothing more than to have you back again.
Lex: And what did you want, Tess?
Tess: Something I'll never have.
Lex: Clark?
Tess: Redemption.
Lex: I love you, sis. (stabs Tess in her gut) You know I'm actually saving you.
Tess: From what?
Lex: From turning into me.
Tess: (touches Lex's face with poisoned glove) It's too late. Clark already did that. It's the neurotoxin that you started at Summerholt It penetrates--
Lex: Dermal tissue.
Tess: Paralyzing all cognitive recognition.
Lex: How long?
Tess: 30 seconds.
Lex: What will I remember?
Tess: Nothing. The world before this moment won't exist to you. (Tess dies)

Jor-El: Your journey has come to an end, Kal-El.
Clark: I shouldn't have tried to push away my Kryptonian side. My strength is accepting it -- accepting you.
Jor-El: You honor me. A father's pride cannot be measured in words, but know that I'm proud of you, son.
Clark: You have no idea how long I've waited to hear you say that.
Jor-El: We have been down our long road, Kal-El -- one paved with difficult trials. Those trials are behind you now. Any father can only hope that he is one day humbled by the feats of his son. But it is your soul, Kal-El, of which I am most proud. You -- and you alone -- possess the courage, the determination, and the compassion that will be required of you to lift the darkness from the Earth. (returns the suit to Clark) I ask you to remember one thing. Your abilities may be of my blood, but it is your time in Smallville, with Jonathan and Martha Kent and all the people there, that made you a hero, Kal-El.
Jonathan: Always hold on to Smallville. (hands the suit over to Clark)

Chloe: "And that was the day the boy turned into Superman."
Chloe's son: Wow. Read it again, please.
Chloe: Oh. There will always be more adventures for another day.

Lois: How many "Great Caesar's ghosts"?
Jimmy: Four, before his coffee. But...did you get my shots?
Lois: Love the framing, love the colors. Where's the drama?
Jimmy: Um... Um, did you see the one with the elephant?
Lois: The Man of Steel deserves something better than a circus incident and a fender-bender. I want pecs, I want cape, I want pearly whites.
Jimmy: Yes, Miss Lane.
Lois: Great. Your brother left big shoes for you to fill, Olsen. I know you're up to the task.

Clark: (The last line of the series, to Lois) Just tell the minister I'm gonna be a few minutes late.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://twitter.com/#!/MJMcKean/status/69498159352651776
  2. http://www.kryptonsite.com/cc10-brianpeterson.htm
  3. http://www.courierpress.com/news/2011/feb/13/rosenbaum-returns-smallville-series-finale/


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