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Clark bathed in strange yellow light

First aired May 20, 2003

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The CW's Official Description:

A sense of foreboding surrounds Smallville as Clark (Tom Welling) must choose between staying with Lana (Kristin Kreuk) and his family or fulfilling his destiny to rule the Earth. Meanwhile, Lex (Michael Rosenbaum) and Helen (Emmanuelle Vaugier) plan their upcoming wedding, but outside forces may ultimately keep them apart. Also, a hurt Chloe (Allison Mack) considers Lionel's (John Glover) offer to investigate Clark.

Sam Jones III, Annette O'Toole and John Schneider also star. Greg Beeman directed the episode written by Al Gough & Miles Millar.

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Terence Stamp is billed up front this week and is identified by character.

On the first airing of this episode the WB featured ads for its new semi-"superhero" shows on its 2003 fall schedule - Tarzan and Fearless.

This is the first time characters Pete and Lionel meet on-screen - a scene possibly well overdue given how Lionel "ruined" the Ross family's creamed-corn business.

Besides the world domination part, most of Jor-El's speech to Clark about who he is was taken from the first Superman movie.

Once again the Danish word for "Sun" (Sol) is used to describe the star in which Clark is sent to the third planet off.

Actually, Nordic pride apart, "Sol" is the Latin personification of the sun as a god in the roman pantheon, similar to "Helios" in the Greek one. Thus it is often used to indicate our sun in particular as opposed to all other suns, since roman gods are used for the other major bodies in our solar system.

Solidifying it as a marker of insidious behavior, Chloe is dressed all in black when she meets with Lionel.

When Clark and Lana are in the meadow there are two horses - if one is Whitney's (and now Lana's), whose is the other one? We've only seen Clark ride a horse once before, more then a year ago.

Once again, Lana showed up at the Kents' barn all gussied up with no visible means of transportation - even after Clark announced that he had to pick her up! Then, she was able to leave and get to the wedding somehow. (We see the Kents leave without her.)

Why doesn't Clark use x-ray vision to find the ring in Chloe's office, rather then rummage through the drawers? Even if it's in lead, all Clark has to do is look for a box that he can't see through.

Lex said that his father had stepped up security at the caves, yet Clark and later Pete waltz right in.

Maybe they'll explain it down the road, but the key's function seems a bit confusing. At the caves it apparently activates the mechanism there (it has a keyhole that fits the key's inscriptions)...which seems to be some kind of anti-Clark programmed system that gives Walden the power and indirectly the motive to kill Clark. Yet it also activates the ship, which is a pro-Clark programmed system. Why does the same key serve two such diametrically opposite purposes? Or if they are two different machines, why do they have the exact same key?

Lex kicked Lionel out of the manor way back in "Red," and except for when Lex was temporarily ousted in "Prodigal," Lionel has only been a visitor. Yet here Lionel is using it as a business place of sorts to meet with Chloe when Lex is gone. Maybe Lionel knows Lex isn't coming back...?

It seems unusual that Lionel doesn't put two and two together and needs Pete to explain how he put the Ross family out of business. Lionel has a mind like a steel-trap, and even if it was just a standard business deal like hundreds of others from his perspective...well, it wasn't. Jonathan Kent and the deal he cut with Lionel about adopting Clark (see "Lineage") apparently played a big role in the creamed-corn buyout, and Lionel has a lot of interest in the Kents.

The "range" of red kryptonite seems to vary inconsistently. It works on Clark when he wears it as a ring on his finger, and when Pete puts it in his pocket, but not when he holds it in his hand.

Clark's theory is based on a seemingly false assumption that the ship neutralized Lana's necklace to protect itself. The necklace wasn't that close (in "Visage") and it wasn't moving toward the ship or anything. The ship was closer to kryptonite in "Duplicity." And when the ship came to Earth, it came through space in fairly close proximity to the kryptonite meteors - why didn't it neutralize those too to "protect" itself?

How dumb is Lionel? Come on, he doesn't know the meaning of backup? If he made one key why not two or three or a dozen? He has enough kryptonite to do so. (editor's note: just because he's pissed the first key was stolen doesn't mean he can't have others...)

Lex tells Clark that the wedding is off and yet still we see Clark and his parents make the usual preparations for the wedding not even the least bit troubled that it's all for nothing...
Why are there so many wedding gifts in Lex's office before the wedding takes place?

If Helen and Lionel are up to some secret plan and meeting, why are they meeting in the hallway right outside of Lex's office? For that matter, how did Lionel get into the manor past Lex's security for...oh, the 10th time or so in the last two years?

Clark has a pimple on his chin again - something that seems a bit difficult for someone with near-invulnerable skin. (Look for it when he and Lana are out with the horses.)

The position of the horses radically changes position depending on whether the camera is doing a close-up or wide angle shot of Lana and Clark.

The box with Lionel's key in it is gone from the little plinth in the long shot before the shot where blurred Clark comes and steals it.

When Clark gets up after the storm cellar is demolished from the explosion of the ship Clark's shirt is ripped down to where his S mark should be but it isn't there.

When Clark's parents crash the car cause of the shockwave the door is open when the car comes to a stop but when the Clark sees the car the door is closed and there are almost no damages to the except the smoking engine.

Helen had an odd look when she and Lex boarded the plane. She had an unheard conversation with Lionel Luther before the wedding. Could she (perhaps conspiring with Lionel) have engineered the plane crash? Might Lex's survival and subsequent discovery of this plot be the event that pushes him over the edge to evil?

Purely speculative, that the real Helen who marries Lex at the end, or a kryptonite-accelerated clone? Helen leaves, then comes back and gives a rather glib explanation for her return ("the mistakes I've made"). Lionel couldn't bribe Helen earlier in the season, so maybe he created his own. Then the question is, if "Helen" is a clone, is she trying to kill Lex on Lionel's orders, or on her own?

One thing the show has added to the Superman mythos is Clark being immune to human mind powers (Ryan, the salesmen in "Hug"). The ship says it can read Clark's thoughts - is it possible it's constant presence monitoring Clark's mind blocks other mental effects against him, rather then his mental resistance being a natural power?

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