In a secret compartment of the Kryptonian ship – in which Superman arrived to Earth – Dr. Hamilton discovers a strange contraption: the Phantom Zone projector. The Phantom Zone: an alternate dimension for all that plagued Krypton, including criminals; this interstellar prison has presented Superman with a quandary: should he act as an extension of the Kryptonian justice system, and release Mala – who has served more than the duration of her sentence – from this Phantom Zone?
Episode number: 2x1 Production Number: 014 Airdate: Monday September 08th, 1997
Mala: I am Mala, Superman's second in command. I offer you my promise that to this world that I will follow in Superman's tradition of just rule with a fair hand. Lois: I thought I was career minded.
Superman:(to Mala) I care for everyone... though you're pushing it right now.
A continuity error can be seen when Mala is watching Lex Luthor on television. First we can see the TV is sitting atop a stand, but after she zaps it with her heat ray vision, the stand has disappeared.
In this episode, Jor-El suggested to the Council to put the entire population of Krypton into the Phantom Zone, then one person would use the ship to go to a new world and release the population. So, it makes sense that there was a Phantom Zone projector in Superman's ship.