Smallville (2001–2011): Season 6, Episode 1 - Zod - full transcript

With Clark banished to the Phantom Zone, Metropolis is in shambles as the city riots, and Chloe & Lionel plot to rid Lex of General way or another.

Previously on Smallville:

You must find the human vessel
and destroy it.

The cost of one life
is the price that must be paid.

Even if that life is your son?

I don't know how
I could have ever loved you.

I don't know
if I'm ever gonna see you again.

You need to know the truth about me.

I won't let you destroy this planet
like you did Krypton.

You don't have a choice.

Then it begins.

- What have I done?
- You've opened the portal for Zod.

Mr. Luthor!

And now, the season premiere
of Smallville.


Is anyone there?

Thank you.

Welcome to the Phantom Zone.

♪ Smallville: "Zod" ♪
Season 6 Episode 1

Original Airdate Sept. 28, 2006

Get her!

Mr. Luthor!

Mr. Luthor,
we need to get you off the street.

- Your son's already inside.
- Lex?

- Yes, sir.
- No! No!

Go. I'll get her.

The city's tearing itself apart.

All those people.

- We have to help them.
- Help them?

With the powers Fine gave you,
you could end the riots.

- You could save everyone, Lex.
- Lex Luthor is dead.

My name is Zod.

That was him, wasn't it?
That was Zod.

Clark must not have been able
to get to Lex in time...

to stop him.

Zod has taken over Lex.


You don't think Zod actually...?

It's the dagger.

The dagger that Jor-El gave to Clark
might still be at the farm.

We can use that to stop Zod.

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.

If I can match those symbols
to the ones that you were scribbling...

That won't help us. We...

- We need Clark to decipher them.
- But you're Jor-El's oracle.

Don't you have access to some sort
of Kryptonian-English dictionary?

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.

I can't make it back to Smallville
with my leg like this.


You take care, Miss Sullivan.

You too, Mr. Luthor.


Wherever you are,
I could really use your help right now.

Where are you from? Where?

I was born on Krypton,
I was raised on Earth.



How do you know my
Kryptonian name?

I knew your father.

Let go.

- Where are you taking me?
- Zod doesn't take orders, he gives them.

What is Zod?
What are you talking about?

Oh, God. You're one of those
things from that ship.

Aethyr and Nam-Ek?
Mere foot soldiers here at my command.

Whatever is happening, it's not you.
It's the ship.

It's Fine controlling you.
You have to fight it, Lex.

I already told you, Lex is gone.

I don't believe that.

Do you really think Zod cares
what a primitive like you believes?

If Lex is really dead...

then why waste your time
with a primitive like me?

To bear witness
to the end of the human era...

and the rebirth of Krypton.

- Krypton?
- A shining jewel in a vast, dark universe.

And you have the privilege
of playing a part in its resurrection.

There's no escaping
what's about to happen.





Oh, my God. Lois.


Oh, my God.


Everything's gonna be all right.
I'm gonna get us out of here.

Lois? Lois?

Mayday. Mayday. Our plane is down.

Can anyone hear me?

Lois. Lois.

Martha Kent.


This is the fortress
Clark told me about.

Why did you bring us here?
Why did you crash our plane?

You were taken as pawns
by the Brain InterActive Construct...

the being you know as Milton Fine.


I gave him a dagger
to kill the vessel of Zod.

Instead, he chose
to use it against Fine.

Where is he? Where...? Where is Clark?

The dagger is part of this fortress.

Plunging it into Fine
destroyed all copies of him...

but also damaged this structure
and released Zod.

What happened to my son, Jor-El?

Banished forever by Zod.

Bring him back.

You have to bring him home.

Not within my power.

His destiny...

is now his own.

I've lost my husband and now my son
because of your games.

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.

You want me to murder Lex?

Zod has taken over his body...

and given him all the powers
of a true Kryptonian.

How am I supposed to do that?

You must find a way...

or all is lost.

All right.

Send me back.

Everything you will have done
for Kal-El...

you have my deepest gratitude.

I could not have wished
for a brighter light to guide my son.

Farewell, Martha Kent.

Who are you?

Raya. Not that names matter here.

Where is here, exactly?

Jor-El created this place to hold criminals
from the 28 known inhabited galaxies.

So it's a prison?

That makes you an inmate.

I may be trapped here,
but I'm not one of the prisoners.

Am I supposed to just trust you?
I'm running a little low on that lately.


In the Zone, trust can get you killed.

Or worse.

Most vicious offenders
are condemned for eternity...

their corporeal bodies destroyed,
their essence haunting the wasteland.

The phantoms,
like the ones that attacked me.

The crystal your father gave me
is the only thing they fear.

How did you know Jor-El?

- I was one of his assistants.
- When you were 5?

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.

Why didn't he and my mother
come with you?

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.

I have to go. I have to stop Zod.

- Zod?
- 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?
- Zod is a soldier. He will kill you.

If there is a way
for you to save everyone you loved...

wouldn't you risk dying?

You truly are your father's son.

Hey, whoa, whoa, whoa, don't shoot.

Look, okay, I work here.
You don't have...



This isn't because I didn't
call you back, is it?

Jimmy Olsen.

How did you know to come here?
This is Lex's home.

If there wasn't part of him still alive inside
you, how did you remember this place?

You had feelings for this human.


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.

- You got rid of the virus.
- I need it to acquire information.

The power.

It would take days for your people
to restore it.

If they had that much time.

- The Pentagon.
- There's something there I need.

- What are you going to do?
- Finish what I've started.

The black ship would have sent a pulse
around the world, reshaping its crust.

Into what?

My home.

That planet you were talking about.

Only this time it will be perfect.
The start of an empire...

ruled by the bloodline of Zod.

I thought you needed the black ship.

Its hard drive can
still initiate the pulse.

But I need access to your military
satellites to broadcast it.

I'm not gonna let you do this.

There's nothing to be afraid of.

The fate of your race will not be yours
if you give me what I want.


An heir.

We'll discuss this further
when I return from your Pentagon.

Why haven't you used
the gateway yourself?

It won't open for anyone
except the House of El.

Your father kept it a secret...

a back door in case anyone tried
to imprison his family here.

- Why would he have to worry about that?
- Jor-El was a great man.

And like all great men,
there were those who wished him ill.


Nam-Ek, wait. Don't kill him.

Why should I spare his life?

- The one who sent me here.
- He can open the gateway.

I was bringing him to you.

He can free us all.

Martha. Martha.

You're all right.

- Your son, Lex, I...
- I know, I know.

I know what I have to do.


Where's Clark?


I don't know where Clark is.

I heard him talking to Chloe
about killing Lex.

- I didn't understand what was happening.
- Lana, where's Lex? We have to find him.

It's too late.

The things he can do now, I don't think
there's anyone who can stop him.

There might be.

I have to kill him with this.

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.

That's all it takes to end the world?

And begin a new one.

You freed yourself but didn't run.


I realized there was nothing to run to.


to survive, you have to give up
the things that you care about...

and just give in to your fate.

You would give me an heir?


The first of many.

Perhaps I have underestimated
the females of your species.

Or maybe you just underestimated me.

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.

I was in the basement
scanning photos into the database...

when everything went screwy.

First official day at the Daily Planet,
and the world decides to end, you know?

God, I can't believe
you actually work here.

What is that?


Since when are there earthquakes
in Metropolis?

The others will be here soon.

- Open the gateway.
- He doesn't know how.

But I do. Give me the knife.


His blood, the blood of the House of El,
is the key to open the gateway.

I trusted you.

Trust is for the weak.

You're right.


The gateway! Go, Kal-El!


What's happening?


Where is he?

You could have been at my side
as Krypton is reborn.

Now you'll die with all the rest.

Let her go.



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.

So easily beaten.


I won't let you destroy Earth...

like you did Krypton.

Jor-El couldn't stop me
and neither will his son.

- Then I'll die trying.
- 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.


My father sends his regards.



- All right. Keep it steady.
- It just hurts so much.

If you could just give me something
for the pain...

Hey, Smallville.

Hey, how you feeling?

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,
I was gasping for breath...

and then I was in this palace of ice.

And 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.

Lois, you were hurt pretty badly.

- Maybe you were hallucinating.
- No, it was real.

I think I died and went to heaven.

Well, then I'm glad you're back.

All right.

All right.

Thank you.

Lana. Are you all right?

What happened?

- You don't remember?
- I was in the field with you.

Then 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?

Lex, you weren't yourself.

The things you did,
it wasn't your fault.

I tried to stop it.

Lex, I almost killed you.

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.

That might not be easy.

Well, nothing worth it ever is.

Clark. Oh, my God.
I thought you were dead.


So did I for a while there.

What happened? Where did you go?

A place I never wanna go again.
Are you okay?

Yeah, everything's great
now that you're here.


Before I left...

there was this moment that we...

You mean when I laid one on you?

Don't worry, it was the end of the world.
It's not like I'm expecting us to hook up.

Yeah. Me neither.

- Hey, bright eyes.
- Hey.

Oh, bad time?


I was just talking to a friend.

- Grow them big in Kansas, don't they?
- I'm sorry.

Jimmy Olsen, this is Clark Kent.

Actually, it's...

James Olsen.

Really? Since when?

Oh, since...


You wanna grab some dinner
at the vending machine?

Love to, James.

Clark, are you hungry?

Me? No. I'm okay. You guys go ahead.

Catch you later, C.K.

Clark. How are Lois and Chloe?

- Fine. They're both gonna be fine.
- Good.

Lionel told me
his connection to Jor-El is gone.

Along with any influence
he had over him.

Maybe we're all better off
without Jor-El in our lives.

I took Raya's crystal to the fortress
for safekeeping.

I tried to talk to Jor-El,
but he wouldn't...

Wouldn't answer.

The fortress is dead.

Everything's changing.

Dad's gone.

I can't talk to Lex.


I don't know where to go from here.

I didn't either when I was your age.

Just follow your heart...

and you'll always do the right thing.

Maybe some Kryptonians
believed the same thing.

Jor-El sacrificed himself
trying to save Krypton.

Raya died saving me.

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.