First aired November
Proofread by Jeff
Previously on 'Smallville'
Jor-El: You must find the human vessel and destroy it.
Lionel: The cost of one life is the price that must be paid.
Clark: Even if that life is your son?
Lana: I don't know how I could have ever loved you.
Chloe: I don't know if I'm ever gonna see you again.
Lex: You need to know the truth about me.
Lana: [ Gasps ]
Clark: I won't let you destroy this planet like you did Krypton.
Zod: You don't have a choice.
Milton Fine: Then it begins.
Clark: What have I done?
Milton Fine: You've opened the portal for Zod!
[ Indistinct shouting ]
Chloe: Mr. Luthor! Aah!
And now the season premiere of 'Smallville.'
Clark: Hello! [ Echoing ] Is anyone there?!
Clark: [ Coughs ] Thank you.
Raya: Welcome to the Phantom Zone.
[ Indistinct shouting ]
Chloe: No! No! Mr. Luthor!
Security Guard: Mr. Luthor, we need to get you off the street. Your son's already inside.
Lionel: Lex is... no!
Security Guard: Go. I'll get her.
Lana: The city's tearing itself apart. All those people, we have to help them.
Zod: Help them?
Lana: With the powers Fine gave you, you could end the riots. You could save everyone, Lex.
Zod: Lex Luthor is dead. My name is Zod.
Chloe: That was him, wasn't it? That was Zod. Clark must not have been able to get to Lex in time to... to... stop him.
Lionel: Zod has taken over Lex.
Chloe: Clark. You don't think Zod actually...
Lionel: It's the dagger. The dagger that Jor-El gave to Clark -- it might still be there at the farm. We can use that to stop Zod.
Chloe: You mean kill him? Kill Lex? I'll make my way to the Daily Planet and see if I can learn anything else about this Kryptonian virus that's shutting everything down. I mean maybe if I can match those symbols to the ones that you were scribbling...
Lionel: That won't help us. We... we need Clark to decipher them.
Chloe: But you're Jor-El's Oracle. I mean, don't you have access to some sort of Kryptonian/English dictionary?
Lionel: The connection that I felt with Jor-El and the Fortress... it's gone. I can't feel his presence anymore. But if we can get to that dagger, we can stop Zod. We can stop all of this.
Chloe: I can't make it back to Smallville with my leg like this!
Lionel: Here. You take care, Miss Sullivan.
Chloe: You too, Mr. Luthor. [ Sighs ] Clark... wherever you are, I could really use your help right now.
Clark: [ Sighs ] Raya: Where are you from?! Where?!
Raya: Where are you from?! Where?!
Clark: I was born on Krypton. I was raised on Earth.
Raya: Earth? Kal-El?
Clark: How do you know my Kryptonian name?
Raya: I knew your father.
Lana: Let go! Where are you taking me?
Zod: Zod doesn't take orders, he gives them.
Lana: What is Zod? What are you talking about? Oh, God. You're one of those things from that ship.
Zod: Aethyr and Nam-Ek? Mere foot soldiers here at my command.
Lana: Whatever is happening,it's not you. It's the ship. It's Fine controlling you. You have to fight it, Lex.
Zod: I already told you, Lex is gone.
Lana: I don't believe that.
Zod: 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: To bear witness to the end of the human era and the rebirth of Krypton.
Zod: A shining jewel in a vast, dark universe. And you have the privilege of playing a part in its resurrection.
Lana: [ Gasps ] Zod: There's no escaping what's about to happen.
Zod: There's no escaping what's about to happen.
Martha: Lois? Lois? Lois? Lois. [ Breathing heavily ] Oh, my God! Lois! Lois! Oh, my God. Sweetie. [ Coughs ] Everything is gonna be all right. I'm gonna get us out of here. Lois. Lois!
[ Static ]
Martha: Mayday. Mayday! Our plane is down! Can anyone hear me? Lois. Lois.
Jor-El: Martha Kent.
Martha: Jor-El. This is the Fortress Clark told me about. Why did you bring us here? Why did you crash our plane?
Jor-El: You were taken as pawns by the Brain Interactive Construct, the being you know as Milton Fine.
Jor-El: I gave him a dagger to kill the vessel of Zod. Instead, he chose to use it against Fine.
Martha: Where is he? Where...where is Clark?
Jor-El: The dagger is part of this Fortress. Plunging it into Fine destroyed all copies of him but also damaged this structure and released Zod.
Martha: What happened to my son, Jor-El?
Jor-El: Banished forever by Zod.
Martha: Bring him back. You have to bring him home.
Jor-El: Not within my power. His destiny is now his own.
Martha: I've lost my husband and now my son because of your games!
Jor-El: We have both lost much, Martha Kent. But you must put aside your anguish if you wish to save your world. Kal-El's mission must be completed. Retrieve the dagger and kill Zod's vessel -- Lex Luthor.
Martha: You want me to murder Lex?
Jor-El: Zod has taken over his body and given him all the powers of a true Kryptonian.
Martha: How am I supposed to do that?
Jor-El: You must find a way or all is lost.
Martha: All right. Send me back.
Jor-El: Everything you've done for Kal-El -- you have my deepest gratitude. I couldn't have wished for a brighter light to guide my son. Farewell, Martha Kent.
Clark: Who are you?
Raya: Raya. Not that names matter here.
Clark: Where is 'here,' exactly?
Raya: Jor-El created this place to hold criminals from the 28 known inhabited galaxies.
Clark: So, it's a prison? That makes you... an inmate. [ Grunts ]
Raya: I may be trapped here, but I'm not one of the prisoners.
Clark: What, am I supposed to just trust you? I'm running a little low on that lately.
Raya: Good. In the Zone, trust can get you killed... or worse. The most vicious offenders are condemned for eternity, their corporeal bodies destroyed, their essence haunting the wasteland.
Clark: The Phantoms, like the ones that attacked me.
Raya: The crystal your father gave me is the only thing they fear.
Clark: How did you know Jor-El?
Raya: I was one of his assistants.
Clark: When you were 5?
Raya: Time is meaningless here. I wanted to stay with Jor-El in the final hours. But he wouldn't hear of it. He thought I'd have a better chance in the Phantom Zone.
Clark: Why didn't he and my mother come with you?
Raya: Because he wouldn't stop trying to save Krypton, and your mother wouldn't leave his side. This is all I have left of your father. Every day, he still saves my life.
Clark: I have to go. I...have to stop Zod.
Clark: He's on Earth because of me. Raya, you were my father's assistant. You helped him create this place. Is there a way out?
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.
[ Fire crackng ]
[ Indistinct shouting, glass shattering ]
[ Floor boards creaking ]
[ Foot steps approaching ]
Jimmy: Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa! Don't shoot! Okay? I work here. You don't have -- chloe? Hey. [ Chuckles ] This isn't 'cause I didn't call you back, is it?
Chloe: Jimmy Olsen.
Lana: How did you know to come here? This is Lex's home. If there wasn't some part of him still alive inside you, how did you remember this place?
Zod: You had feelings for this human.
Zod: His feelings for you were also strong. They left an unpleasant taste when I consumed his essence. This virus crippling your technology can only be stopped at the original point of infection. It's the only reason I'm here.
[ Beeping ]
Lana: You got rid of the virus.
Zod: I needed to acquire information.
Lana: The power.
Zod: It would take days for your people to restore it... if they had that much time.
Lana: The Pentagon?
Zod: There's something there I need.
Lana: What are you going to do?
Zod: Finish what I've started. The black ship would have sent the pulse around the world, reshaping its crust.
Lana: Into what?
Zod: My home.
Lana: The planet you were talking about -- Krypton.
Zod: Only this time it will be perfect -- the start of an empire, ruled by the bloodline of Zod.
Lana: I thought you needed the black ship.
Zod: [ Sighs ] Its hard drive can still initiate the pulse, but I need access to your military satellites to broadcast it.
Lana: I'm not gonna let you do this.
Zod: There's nothing to be afraid of. The fate of your race will not be yours if you give me what I want.
Zod: An heir.
Zod: We'll discuss this further when I return from your Pentagon.
[ Whimpering ]
[ Grunting ]
[ Creaking ]
Lana: Aah! Aah!
[ Panting ]
Clark: Why haven't you used the gateway yourself?
Raya: It won't open for anyone except the House of El. Your father kept ita secret, a back door in case anyone tried to imprison his family here.
Clark: Why would he have to worry about that?
Raya: Jor-El was a great man, and like all great men, there were those that wished him ill. Aah!
Raya: Nam-Ek! Wait! Don't kill him.
Nam-Ek: Why should I spare his life -- the one who sent me here?
Raya: He can open the gateway. I was bringing him to you. He can free us all.
Lionel: Martha. Martha. [ Panting ] You're all right.
Martha: Your son... Lex --
Lionel: I know, I know. I know what I have to do. I...
Lana: where's Clark?
Martha: Lana. I don't know where Clark is.
Lana: I heard him talking to Chloe about killing Lex. I didn't understand what was happening.
Lionel: Lana, where's Lex? We have to find him.
Lana: It's too late. The things he can do now --I don't think there's anyone on Earth who can stop him.
Martha: There might be. I have to kill him with this.
Lana: You would never get close enough to even use that. But I can. A lot of people are going to die if you don't let me do this. It's the only way.
[ Panting ]
Lana: That's all it takes to end the world?
Zod: And begin a new one. 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: You would give me an heir, willingly?
Lana: The first of many.
Zod: Perhaps I've underestimated the females of your species.
Lana: Maybe you just underestimated me.
Zod: You shouldn't play with things you don't understand. Did you really think you could make a difference? Nothing can change the fate of your world.
[ Beeping ]
[ Pulsing ]
Jimmy: So, I was down in the basement, scanning archive photos into the database, when everything went screwy. First official day at the Daily Planet, and the world decides to end.
Chloe: I can't believe you actually work here.
[ Rumbling ]
[ Pulsing ]
Jimmy: What is that?!
Jimmy: Since when are there Earthquakes in Metropolis?
Nam-Ek: The others will be here soon. Open the gateway.
Raya: He doesn't know how. But I do. Give me the knife.
Raya: His blood, the blood of the House of El -- it's the key to open the gateway.
Clark: I trusted you.
Nam-Ek: Trust is for the weak.
Raya: You're right.
Raya: The gateway! Go Kal-El!
Martha: Aah! What's happening?!
Clark: Where is he?
Zod: You could've been by my side as Krypton is reborn. Now you'll die with all the rest.
Clark: Let her go!
Zod: I don't know how you escaped the Zone, but you were safer where you were. Did you really think you could win, Kal-El? You're an idealistic fool, just like your father.
Zod: So easily beaten. Disappointing.
Clark: I won't let you destroy Earth, like you did Krypton.
Zod: Jor-El couldn't stop me, and neither will his son.
Clark: Then I'll die trying.
Zod: But you won't be the only one. These humans you care so much about... swear your allegiance to me, and I'll allow the ones you love the most to live. Kneel before Zod. Kneel.
Clark: [ Grunting ] My father sends his regards.
Zod: Jor-El. Aah!
Lois: Hey, Smallville.
Clark: Hey, how are you feeling?
Lois: [ Chuckles ] Bad enough to know I'm still alive. Guess I have your mom to thank for that. You know, honestly... I don't even remember the plane going down. The cabin lost pressure and I was gasping for breath and then I was in this palace of ice. It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. I was bathed in this warm light, and I knew everything was gonna be okay.
Clark: Lois, you were, uh, hurt pretty badly. Maybe you were hallucinating.
Lois: No. It was real. I think I died and went to heaven.
Clark: Then I'm glad you're back.
Lex: Lana! Are you all right? What happened?
Lana: You don't remember?
Lex: I was in the field with you... and everything went white. Next thing I know, I woke up here. Is that why you're afraid of me? Is all this because of me?
Lana: Lex, you weren't yourself. The things you did -- it wasn't your fault. I tried to stop it. Lex, I almost killed you.
Lex: Lana... hey. I would have done the same thing. Look, I can never make up for what happened. All I can do is move forward and try to rebuild everything I've damaged.
Lana: That might not be easy.
Lex: Well, nothing worth it ever is.
Chloe: Clark. Oh my God. I thought were dead.
Clark: Hi. Um...so did I... for a while there.
Chloe: What happened? Where did you go?
Clark: A place I never want to go again. Are you okay?
Chloe: Yeah. Everything's great now that you're here. [ Sighs ] Clark: Um... Chloe... before I left... there was this moment that we, um...
Clark: Um... Chloe... 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.
Clark: Um... yeah, me -- me neither.
Jimmy: Hey, bright eyes.
Jimmy: Oh, bad time?
Chloe: No, uh... I was just talking to a friend.
Jimmy: Whoa. [ Chuckles ] Grow 'em big in Kansas, don't they?
Chloe: I'm sorry. Jimmy Olsen, this is Clark Kent.
Jimmy: Actually, it's, uh... James Olsen.
Chloe: Really? Since when?
Jimmy: Since... now-ish. [ Chuckles ]
Chloe: [ Chuckles ]
Jimmy: You want to grab some dinner at the vending machine?
Chloe: Love to...James. Uh, Clark, are you hungry?
Clark: Me? No. I'm -- I'm okay. You guys go ahead.
Jimmy: Catch ya later, C.K.
Martha: Clark! How are Lois and Chloe?
Clark: Fine. Both are gonna be fine.
Martha: Good. Lionel told me his connectionto Jor-El is gone.
Clark: Along with any influence he had over him.
Martha: Maybe we're all better off without Jor-El in our lives.
Clark: I took Raya's crystal to the Fortress for safe keeping. I tried to talk to Jor-El, but he wouldn't -- he wouldn't answer. 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.
[In his Luthorcorp Headquarters office, Lionel is frantically scribbling Kryptonian symbols, apparently from memory. He makes a final symbol, considers, then writes 'Power' beneath it, apparently having deciphered it.]
[In the Mansion, Lex is sitting at his desk. He picks up the damaged piece that Zod used to control Lex's computer, now broken nearly in half, and examines it carefully. ]
[Overlooking a spectacular waterfall in Argentina, we hear and then see the spectral image of a Phantom, released from the Phantom Zone when Clark escaped. It moves quickly and silently, moving towards the camera, ending the episode.]
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