Determined to find out where he came from, Clark (Tom
Welling) travels to New York to meet Dr. Swann (guest star Christopher Reeve), a brilliant scientist
who holds a message for Clark from his home planet. Meanwhile Lana (Kristin
Kreuk) decides to move out of Chloe's (Allison Mack) house after the two girls
get into another argument about Clark.
Sam Jones III, John Glover, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star.
James Marshall directed the episode written by Al Gough & Miles
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Annette O'Toole costarred with Christopher Reeve in
Superman III as Lana Lang, although the two are not reunited on-screen
here. Given that Reeve's scene was filmed in New York, they may not have
This is the first time for a real city, New York, to be
used on "Smallville." Typically they refer to various DC Comic cities
such as Metropolis, Edge City, Gotham City, etc., although New York City
appears in the DC Comics too.
Little music clips from John Williams' "Superman: The
Movie" score are used during this episode during Christopher Reeves'
on-screen moments - including the main Superman theme, the Krypton theme,
and the Fortress of Solitude theme.
On the cave walls and in Swann's laboratory we see the
traditional Superman "S"-and-crest symbol that Superman wears on his
chest. There's an infinity symbol (rather then a "S") with the crest on
the key itself. Also, the opening that the beam fires out of is the same
five-sided crest shape.
Christopher Reeve played Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El in
four films during the 70's and 80's.
"A Rush of Blood to the Head" and "The Scientist" by
Coldplay was heard during the show.
Reeve's character's name is apparently a nod to artist
Curt Swan, who penned many Superman and Superboy comics in the 60's and
John Glover doesn't appear in this episode.
The description of Dr. Swann as "The Man of Tomorrow" is
another in-joke reference to a common nickname for Superman in the comics
(and one they used to describe Clark last year in "Drone").
For the first time we find out Clark's real/alien name
("Kal-El") and planet of origin ("Krypton") in this episode - both, of
course, are long-standing parts of the Superman mythos.
The "I will be with you all the days of your life"
message that Clark translates from his father echoes a line that Jor-El
(Marlon Brando) says in the Superman '78 movie. Purportedly it was a line
Brando wrote himself (according to the movie's DVD commentary).
In the initial airing and subsequent easy-view re-airing,
the show's creators air a brief ad promoting Christopher Reeve's
Paralysis Foundation and filmed with Tom Welling and Christopher Reeve
making a joint plea. URL:
When the key is placed in the cave wall, the symbols on
it glow in red, yellow and blue - the colors that comprise Superman's
The space ship opens up when Clark puts the key in...yet
every other time someone puts the key in, it powers up, turns white, and
does its healing thing (except in Tempest, where it did a great deal
more). Granted, it might only do that if people need healing are in the
proximity. Or it might have opened up instead of its healing mode because
of the key...but it seems inconsistent.
Where would Lana go if she left? Didn't her aunt move out
of town? Or is Lana planning on moving to Metropolis and abandoning The
In the opening sequence you can pretty clear see the
back-wire supporting Tom Welling in the air in the first shot where you
see his entire body from the side.
Where was Clark between when Lex found him in the middle
of Route 8 in near-pitch darkness and when he walks into the Kent
household in pretty broad daylight?
Swann speculates that "war, famine, disease" may have
made Krypton disappear - how do the latter two make a planet disappear?
Some thought that the ship's interior seemed a little
small for a 3-year old, which was Clark's age when he came out of it. If
he were in suspended animation in a fetal position it seems (just barely)
large enough, though.
Why does Swann send his initial e-mail for Clark to
Chloe? All she did was take the photos - why does he risk bringing her in
without knowing she may or may not know Clark personally? Clark has his
own e-mail address, you can look such things up on the Internet, and
Swann's had Clark investigated extensively anyway, so why didn't Swann
just contact Clark directly from the get go? (Chloe later gives Clark
Swann's history but she may have done it on her own without Clark telling
her he contacted Swann himself.)
The delivery boy's claim that Smallville is a "small
town" and Clark was easy to find is kinda goofy - it had a population of
45,000 according to the Smallville Soundtrack. You try finding someone in
a town of 45,000 people when they're just hanging out at a hospital
visiting someone with no indication that someone told anyone where they
From the first shot of Lex's car going at full speed, it
seems very unlikely he could have braked in time to stop just inches
short of Clark, as we see in the second shot.
In "Rush" Lex tells Dr. Walden
that Clark Kent is to be granted full access to the caves at all time. In
this episode, however, Walden is confused how Clark got around the guards
to get into the caves. Obviously, doc, they let him in like Lex asked.
How does Chloe know that the emails are for Clark, when
all she can see is Swann's name and urgent in the subject line. Nothing
indicates that it is for Clark, we only know this after opening the
email. But Chloe apparently hasn't opened it before, since she is
surprised to find it there ("what's this?").
When at the hospital Lex asks Clark whether he is going
to open the letter, I think that his answer, that it's probably junk mail
is really silly. Did he think Lex would believe such a thing? I never
heard of junk mail delivered personally!
The line when Pete says when he leaves the Torch office
is horribly dubbed. He says, "Is it? Later", as he turns around, and he's
not even moving his lips. Furthermore, his voice should be someone less
clear since he's not facing them and headed into a hallway with noisy
people getting out of class.
Why does Chloe have personal files on a computer that's
pretty much open for anyone to use? Even though she's editor of the
Torch, the computer in the office isn't for her sole use, so why would
she keep so many files on it?
Lana says that being abandoned is the story of her life.
Kinda self-centered attitude there. Not like her parents chose to abandon
her, and Lana refused to go with Nell. And she keeps shoving Clark away
as much as he keeps keeping himself from her. Only Whitney has really
"abandoned" her (to join the military), and she seemed to have second
thoughts about him throughout most of the first season.
The Title, Rosetta refers to the Rosetta Stone that was
instrumental in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics, by comparing that
long-lost script to the texts written in Greek and demotic (both of which
survived to modern times). Today, the term is a metaphor for unlocking
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