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Smallville: Legion

Three youthful heroes travel from the distant future to Clark's present to help him remove Brainiac's influence from Chloe.

Episode Info

Episode number: 8x11
Production Number: 3T7461
Airdate: Thursday January 15th, 2009

Director: Glen Winter
Writer: Geoff Johns


Special Guest Stars
Kristin KreukKristin Kreuk
As Lana Lang

Guest Stars
Ryan Kennedy (1)Ryan Kennedy (1)
As Cosmic Boy / Rokk
Alexz JohnsonAlexz Johnson
As Saturn Girl / Imra
Calum WorthyCalum Worthy
As Lightning Lad / Garth

Co-Guest Stars
Dario DelacioDario Delacio
As Doomsday

Fraser AitchesonFraser Aitcheson
As The Persuader
Main Cast
Tom WellingTom Welling
As Clark Kent / Kal-El
Allison MackAllison Mack
As Chloe Sullivan
Sam WitwerSam Witwer
As Davis Bloome


Lana is going over the wreckage inside the Kent barn left by the mysterious creature who abducted Chloe. Clark arrives to inform her he can’t find Chloe or the creature. He explains that the creature was a Kryptonian “ultimate destroyer” that Jor-El warned him about. Lana insists on going to the Isis Foundation to see if Chloe’s files hold anything of use. Clark doesn’t want to get her involved but she insists that Chloe needs both of them to do whatever they can...

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Episode Quotes
Clark: Look, let me do it, Lana.
Lana: Clark, I can help. I know I've only been gone seven months but I'm a different person now. Chloe needs us. She needs both of us.

Clark: Who are you? What's going on?
Cosmic Boy: Kal-El, it is an absolute honour and a privilege.
Clark: How do you know that name?
Saturn Girl: We are the Legion.
Cosmic Boy: We've come from the 31st century.
Lightning Lad: Hey, Kal, where’s your cape?
Clark: Cape?

Lightning Lad: (seeing Clark’s jacket) No way! I saw this in the Levitz Museum behind visoglass!
Cosmic Boy: Put that back!
Lightning Lad: Well get the magnet out of your ass, Rokk, I mean this is... it's unreal.
Cosmic Boy: You know the code. Don't touch... anything!

Clark: Why are you here?
Cosmic Boy: We're here to save you. And, now that you're okay, we're heading straight back.
Clark: Not before you tell me who that axe-wielding psycho was.
Cosmic Boy: It's against Legion code.
Clark: I don't care about your code! And, I don't care about your Legion! That's the second attack I've had in this barn tonight. My best friend is missing and I need to find her. You know anything, tell me.
Cosmic Boy: The guy with the axe, he goes by the name Persuader. He's part of the human supremacist movement.
Lightning Lad: A group of xenophobes who'd rather die than live in peace with aliens. And, they all... pretty much hate you. They stole one of our Legion rings and they broke into the Time Institute to come after you.
Clark: What does a 31st century terrorist want with me?
Cosmic Boy: Kal-El, your... your influence will reach far beyond Earth. It's because of you that the world learns to welcome alien immigrants with open arms.
Clark: What do you know about aliens?
Lightning Lad: Kal, I may have the smouldering good looks of a human but I'm actually from a hunk of mud called Winath. Rokk and Imra are from different planets, too.
Saturn Girl: (telepathically) We've come together from across the universe to form the Legion - to help others, as you do. Without you, none of that would have happened.

Brainiac: Your journey's just beginning. Now, it's time for you to incubate in your Kryptonian chrysalis. Once you emerge, there will be no more pain, no doubt. Only absolute rage and unparalleled power.
Davis: Stay the hell away.
Brainiac: You play a vital part in my directive. Once I get everything I need, you will eradicate the other Kryptonian and then the rest of the planet.
Davis: I am not going to hurt anyone.
Brainiac: You have no free will. Twelve days in your chrysalis and you're destined to become what you really are. Doomsday.

Lightning Lad: What's with the ground transpo? We should be having this conversation up in the sky.
Clark: I can't fly.
Lightning Lad: You can't fly? Rokk, what's up with that?
Cosmic Boy: He obviously hasn't learned yet, Garth.

Cosmic Boy: Kal-El, I have to tell you - we've heard of Lois Lane... Lana Lang... even Jimmy Olsen... but we have never heard a thing about any Chloe Sullivan.
Clark: Then you don't know me as well as you think.
Saturn Girl: Her name was probably just lost in the annals of history.
Lightning Lad: What she's trying to say is that Chloe Sullivan probably isn't in the history books because... she didn't survive.
Clark: Chloe Sullivan doesn't die. You hear me?
Cosmic Boy: Kal. (Clark disappears) Lightning Lad. You might want to take your AC foot out of your DC mouth before you short yourself out.
Lightning Lad: Grife, Rokk. I thought Kal-El was known for doing whatever it took to save the world. Are you sure we got the right guy?
Cosmic Boy: It's him.
Lightning Lad: I don't know - no glasses, no tights, no flights? So far, he's nothing like the Man of Steel.

Saturn Girl: Ever since I was little, I've read stories about you... about the hardships you've overcome and the incredible things you'll go on to do. You're part of the reason Kal-El becomes the hero we look up to. Lana... if Brainiac survives... billions will die. I came to you because you understand sacrifice more than anyone. You've sacrificed so much for Clark.
Lana: Sacrificing my friend's life isn't an option.
Saturn Girl: You still haven't told him the reasons why you disappeared and what you plan on doing next.
Lana: You're reading my thoughts.
Saturn Girl: If I know you... you'll eventually realise that taking Chloe's life is the only way to stop Brainiac.

Cosmic Boy: Right now, I want to find out more about this Chloe Sullivan so we can track her down.
Lightning Lad: Whoa, she has a lot of information about superhumans. Something called the Isis Foundation.
Cosmic Boy: The Isis Foundation?
Lightning Lad: Yeah. Lana Lang founded that organisation to help people embrace their powers.
If Chloe Sullivan was involved with them, maybe she was helping Kal-El to embrace his abilities.
Lightning Lad: Or maybe Kal-El wanted Chloe to go under a different name when he started flying - you know, to protect her.
Cosmic Boy: Maybe Chloe's death is what inspired him to take flight in the first place.

Lightning Lad: Grife. The air here's worse than the sulphur pits on Tharr.
Cosmic Boy: And, they won't be replacing carbon fuels for another 20 years.
Saturn Girl: These people - we need to protect them. Without the humans and their incredible spirit, Kal-El would have never become the hero he was. The world we know would never exist.
Lightning Lad: Rokk, think about it - everything we know about Kal-El - it's all through data files and holovids.
Saturn Girl: It's so far in the past.
Lightning Lad: Maybe the person we've always been looking up to is more legend than Legion.
Cosmic Boy: Look, he might not be everything we thought he would be but he is no fraud.
Saturn Girl: Rokk, we have to stop Brainiac... with or without Kal-El.
Lightning Lad: We're gonna have to kill Chloe Sullivan ourselves.

Clark: Lana, I have always put my loved ones before everything. But, this time, I'm putting Chloe's well-being before the lives of billions of people.
Lana: I may have been gone awhile but the Clark I know would never doubt himself.
Clark: Lana...
Lana: He would never waver. He would insist that he could save Chloe's life and the rest of the world.

Brainiac: Nice try, telepath.
Saturn Girl: Your sadism’s historic where I come from. But, so is your defeat.
Brainiac/Chloe: History’s about to get a rewrite.

Cosmic Boy: I'll do it.
Lightning Lad: No. When I joined the Legion, I pledged an oath to do whatever it took. And, I'm gonna honour that... for once.
Cosmic Boy: It's okay, Garth. Give me the knife.
Clark: What are you doing?
Cosmic Boy: We powered him down with an electromagnetic pulse but he will be back online within minutes. So, we need to...
Clark: Don't touch her.
Saturn Girl: Kal, whoever your friend was, she's not there anymore.
Clark: (looking at the people in the room) Did you power them down, too?
Lightning Lad: No, Brainiac can take credit for that.
Cosmic Boy: Kal-El, we need to shut Brainiac down and for that, the host has to die!
Clark: Does your Legion have any principles? You speak of a code but if it had anything to do with me, rule number one would be do not kill... ever!
Cosmic Boy: Kal-El...
Clark: If you ever believed in me - and even if you don't now - help me. There's a human being inside there. We need to help her. And, together, I think we can.

Clark: Hey, it’s nice to see the kinder, gentler Chloe.
Chloe: Nothing like having a binary bad guy cleansed from your system to put a spring back in your step.

Clark: You don't remember anything unusual about me?
Chloe: Are we talking about your secret? Clark, what in the world would make me forget that?
Clark: Chloe, you've been through a lot lately.
Chloe: It would take a lot more than Brainiac to wipe that from my memory. Thanks for not giving up on me.
Clark: I'd never give up on you, Chloe, you know that.
Chloe: I just hope that if it turned out that there was no other choice, you would choose to do the right thing.
Clark: What choice would that be?
Chloe: To do what's best for the world... and not for me. Know that I'd understand.
Clark: Well, as long as I'm around, that's never gonna happen.

Saturn Girl: We were willing to take the easy way out. But Kal-El... he never gave up. You know, it's... it's true what history says about him. He really does bring out the best in people. You're very lucky.
Lana: I probably shouldn't be asking this, but...
Saturn Girl: You're curious about you and Clark.
Lana: I couldn't help but wonder about us, about where we go from here.
Saturn Girl: Well, that's for you two to discover yourselves. But, I will tell you this, Lana - you're remembered for a lot more than just your relationship with Kal-El. You have a destiny on your own. But, don't worry. Your secret's safe with me.

Clark: You sure you want to take that with you?
Cosmic Boy: I'm sure we'll be able to reprogram what's left of Brainiac into something useful.
Saturn Girl: Let's hope Brainiac 5 is a little more friendly.
Cosmic Boy: I'm sorry I doubted you, Kal. You did stop Brainiac and without taking a life.
Clark: There's always a way, Rokk. If it ever seems like there isn't, just remember what we accomplished here today.
Cosmic Boy: Preserve life at all costs. That will be the number one rule in Legion code from now on. It truly was an honour. And, if you ever want to meet the rest of the Legion, just put this ring on. I've reprogrammed it for time travel only. No flights. Not yet.
Lightning Lad: So, looks like you'll have to learn to fly without training wheels.

Cosmic Boy: Long live the Legion.

Clark: With everything I've learned, everything I've been through, apparently, I'm just getting started. According to the Legion, I will accomplish things so legendary, I'll be known throughout the galaxy.
Lana: And, you're not sure that you'll be able to live up to that. Clark... there is no doubt in my mind that you will. Just do it on your schedule, not theirs.
Clark: Well, did they happen to mention anything about your place in history?
Lana: A little. But, the way I see it, it doesn't really matter. Our destiny is not written in some book in the future. We write it ourselves, every day. And, the question is - what do we write next?

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperAlfred Gough  |  Miles Millar
Executive ProducerJoe Davola  |  Mike Tollin  |  Brian Robbins  |  Brian Peterson (1)  |  Todd Slavkin  |  Darren Swimmer  |  James Marshall (3)  |  Kelly Souders
Supervising ProducerTim Scanlan
ProducerRob Maier (1)  |  Jae Marchant  |  Turi Meyer  |  Al Septien
Co-ProducerTom Flores
Production DesignerJames Philpott
EditorDebby Germino
CastingDeedee Bradley  |  Coreen Mayrs  |  Heike Brandstatter
First Assistant DirectorMairzee Almas
Second Assistant DirectorChristopher Lamb
MusicLouis Febre
Music EditorChris McGeary
Costume DesignerMelanie Williams
Camera OperatorChris McMullin (2)
Set DecoratorAndrea French
Property MasterAleya Naiman
Construction CoordinatorTom Hunt (2)
Assistant EditorMatt Pevic
Supervising Sound EditorMichael E. Lawshe
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
OtherJoe Shuster (Superman Created By)  |  Jerry Siegel (Superman Created By)
Director of PhotographyGordon Verheul
Story EditorDon Whitehead  |  Holly Henderson
Stunt CoordinatorJacob Rupp
Production ManagerScott Graham (3)
Sound MixerRob Hanchar
Executive Story EditorCaroline Dries
Key Makeup ArtistNatalie Cosco
Main Title ThemeRemy Zero
Key HairstylistSarah Koppes
Special Effects SupervisorMike Walls
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