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Smallville: Salvation

As Zod and his Kandorians make their move, Clark must consider whether to use the Book of Rao despite the cost to himself. Chloe unites the other heroes of Earth to oppose the Kryptonians, while Tess seeks redemption and pays the price.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 9x21
Production Number: 3X5272
Airdate: Friday May 14th, 2010

Alternate Airdates:

UK (E4) Oct 12, 2010

Guest Stars
Adrian HolmesAdrian Holmes
As Basquat
Crystal LoweCrystal Lowe
As Vala

Co-Guest Stars
Evan C. SchulteEvan C. Schulte
As Daily Planet Worker
Richard KeatsRichard Keats
As Doctor
Michael Q. AdamsMichael Q. Adams
Nancy Bell (1)Nancy Bell (1)
As Elderly Woman at Hospital / Granny Goodness (as Nancy Amelia Bell)

Alaina HuffmanAlaina Huffman
As Black Canary
Brittney IrvinBrittney Irvin
As Stargirl
Lee Thompson YoungLee Thompson Young
As Cyborg
Michael ShanksMichael Shanks
As Hawkman
Phil MorrisPhil Morris
As John Jones
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Erica DuranceErica Durance
As Lois Lane
Cassidy FreemanCassidy Freeman
As Tess Mercer
Justin HartleyJustin Hartley
As Oliver Queen
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan
Callum BlueCallum Blue
As Major Zod


It’s the year 2013, and at the Daily Planet, head reporter Lois Lane reports to editor Perry White. As she goes to her office, she reads a newspaper story about Lex Luthor announcing his candidacy for President. Lois looks for Clark, who has gone AWOL again tracking down a story, and gets word that a news plane is going to crash into the building. She and the rest of the staff run to the window and look out as a heroic caped figure comes to the rescue… and Clark wakes up from his dream, remembering Fate's words that he would lead a new generation of heroes. Looking around, he discovers that his mother has left him a present: a costume with a bright red S on the chest...

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Episode Quotes
Chloe: You know, even though Watchtower's back in the game, I'm still coming up empty-handed on the Kandorian front. It's like they vanished into thin air.
Oliver: You know, that might have something to do with the fact that they can fly.
Chloe: Sarcasm noted.

Clark: Are you saying it's selfish for me to try to save people?
Chloe: You think I want you to go? Clark, I can't imagine being in this world without you. Look, you've inspired an entire team of heroes who will be here to protect us. And maybe your true purpose is to lead your own people.

Zod: How did you get here?
Tess: I flew.
Zod: Icarus flew to where he didn't belong. And he fell to his death from the heavens.
Tess: Icarus was on an ego trip. But I have a higher calling.

Clark: You want war, but it doesn't have to be like this.
Zod: Have you taken a look around you?!? It's always like this! Might makes right! Only the strong survive! Have you learned nothing from the natural world in which you love so much?
Clark: What I've learned is that no matter how much someone has hurt you or betrayed you or how much it seems that someone is evil, at their core, everyone is worth saving.

Hawkman: I've been around long enough to know the best way to win a war is to strike first.
Oliver: No, that's the best way to win a bowling tournament, Tweety. We're dealing with superpowered soldiers here.
Hawkman: Just as expected, Mr. Green Jeans has gone yellow.

Clark: This is the only peaceful way to eliminate the threat. Without a war, a war that no one will win... once the Kandorians are gone, there will be other threats to mankind. The world will need you. You'll have to work together to become the team that you were meant to be. I once believed that my destiny was here on Earth, but now you need to accept that destiny for me.
Black Canary: Clark's right.
Cyborg: We'll protect the world... as one.
Clark: It's been my honor to serve alongside each and everyone of you.
Hawkman: The honor was ours, Kal-El.

Chloe: Do me a favor, okay? Just keep a low profile.
Oliver: I'm wearing green leather, so I'll do my best.

Zod: My only regret is that I can see your heartbreak.
Lois: It's not broken. It's shattered.

Zod: I should've known better than to deceive the Blur's most devoted follower.
Lois: Just who the hell are you?
Zod: Unlike the Blur, I'm someone who doesn't care whether you live or die.

Zod: Unlike you, I will lead from a throne, not from the shadows. Every human, including the woman you love, will kneel before Zod!
Clark: You already destroyed my first home. I won't let you take this one.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerJoe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Kelly Souders  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Brian Peterson (1)
Co-Executive ProducerJae Marchant  |  Tom Welling  |  Tim Scanlan
Supervising ProducerJordan Hawley  |  Al Septien  |  Turi Meyer
ProducerAnne Cofell  |  Rob Maier (1)  |  Tom Flores
Co-ProducerDon Whitehead  |  Holly Henderson  |  Scott Graham (3)
Associate ProducerChristopher Petry  |  Cristina Verano
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorRon Spang
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Heike Brandstatter  |  Coreen Mayrs
First Assistant DirectorMairzee Almas  |  Ian Samoil
Second Assistant DirectorSteve Eathorne
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Location ManagerDavid Halifax
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Assistant EditorJames Pickel
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
OtherJerry Siegel (Superman Created By)  |  Joe Shuster (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyBarry Donlevy
Story EditorBryan Q. Miller
Stunt CoordinatorJacob Rupp
Production ManagerScott Graham (3)
Sound MixerRob Hanchar
Key Makeup ArtistTina Teoli
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Key HairstylistSarah Koppes
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
Special Effects Best BoyDavid Allinson
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