Smallville (2001–2011): Season 9, Episode 1 - Savior - full transcript

Clark decides that he is ready to start his training at the Fortress of Solitude to become 'Superman'. However, the spirit of Jor-El insists that he return to Metropolis to cut his ties with the people he knows before he begins. Lois reappears in the city with no recollection of vanishing to the future. Her investigation into a monorail crash brings her into contact with a new reporter named John Corben. John is opposed to the "Red and Blue Blur", and has a secret power and identity himself. Meanwhile, Chloe's friendship with Clark deteriorates when he refuses to use the Legion ring to go back in time to save Jimmy. Elsewhere, Oliver turns down a dark path in his quest to rid the world of evil. General Zod makes his entrance at the Luthor mansion before Tess.

Previously on Smallville:

- What's with the wardrobe malfunction?
- What?

- Where you going all dressed up?
- When a guy likes a girl, he asks her out.

I'm a believer
in this red-and-blue superdude.

- Hello?
- Can you publish that letter...

...if anything happens.

I have to see you.

How do you feel about phone booths?
Say, midnight?

Tess Mercer,
acting CEO of LuthorCorp.

You're my boss?

Clark, if you don't want
to admit your identity, fine.

But we both know
that Davis Bloome isn't a man.

- He's a beast.

TESS: Lex knew that orb
wasn't from this Earth.

There's life inside it that can't be
released until the Traveler kills the beast.

Use the ring.
Send Doomsday to the future.

Oliver crossed the line.
He killed Lex Luthor.

You're making a big mistake.

You're not one of us anymore.

Say that Clark Kent buttoned up
in a starched shirt and tie...

...but then, when he's playing hero...

He steps out of the shadows in red and
blue, creating two separate identities?


I love you.

May Henry James Olsen rest in peace.

Jimmy wanted to know
that no matter where I was...

...I could look up here and see
this beacon, the Watchtower.

I'm the reason Jimmy's dead.

- What are you saying?
- Goodbye, Chloe.

Clark Kent is dead.

NARRATOR: And now,
the season premiere of Smallville.

Lois Lane. My cousin has been missing
for three weeks.


I'm the woman who called yesterday,
the day before that...

...and pretty much every day...

...because I have not been getting
any answers to my question....

Don't worry about
the second cursor on-screen.

I hacked into your system...

...because you have been
so completely unhelpful that I can't...


I wouldn't come further unless you're
interested in an impromptu nose job.

Dr. Hamilton.

If you would be so kind
as to lower the 9 mm Jericho 941.

I prefer Emil.

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to scare you.

I've just been haunted
by my own share of ghosts lately.

And the gun?

After everything,
it's the only way I can sleep.

Did Ollie send you?
I've been calling him nonstop lately.

I know.

I think you can stop calling.

Obviously he's not gonna answer.

They're gone, Chloe. All of them.

They're not gone.

Ollie, Dinah, Bart.
They're off the grid, but not...

They don't wanna be found.

Jimmy died because they turned on
each other. Now they live with guilt.

Jimmy's death is haunting Clark
every day...

...but he still does everything he can... make sure that Metropolis
is still protected.

And he seems to be doing
an adequate job without his sidekick.




What the hell?



Oh, my God.





Kal-El, my son, you are distracted.

When you decided to return
to your training...

...I assumed you were ready.

I've been coming here for weeks.

I've done everything you ask.
Why are you questioning me?

Until today, you had focus.

You had cleared
your mind and heart...

...of those who had kept you tethered
to the human realm.

If there's anything that's keeping me
tethered, it's that I still can't fly.

Have I not earned the powers
that Kara has?

Your powers lie within you, Kal-El.

Your physical composition
is no different than your cousin's.

You saying it's all in my head?

You still see yourself as a human.

You're wrong.

I gave up everyone I cared about.

I gave up everyone
who was important to me.

I wear the symbol of our family
to remind me that I have a destiny.

JOR-EL: Perhaps you've tried to
move on too quickly.

The test of a true hero
is to struggle with feelings of loss...

...and to overcome them,
not to avoid them.

Something or someone
is holding you back.


I've come this far,
and I'm not looking back.

I can do this.

Can I get a doctor over here?



Come on, I need some help here.



The desk nurse called me.
Where have you been?

What happened to you?

Um, Tess was rambling
about some alien orb...

...and then we threw down
in the middle of the Daily Planet...

...and I wake up in a monorail car
with some ninja chick after me.

Heh. Alien orb? Lo, I think maybe you just
bumped your head in the accident.

Wait. Where have I been?

You were the one playing
Thelma & Louise...

...with the creature
from the black lagoon.

How did you manage to ditch Davis?

I didn't exactly ditch Davis.

- Lo...
- It was the Red-Blue Blur, wasn't it?

I knew it.

He promised me he'd save you,
and he did.

That means he's still alive. The train.

He saved the train too, didn't he?

You've been talking to the Blur?

Yes, he sort of confides in me.

Of course he does.

Holy, it's almost midnight.
I promised I'd meet him. I'm late.

Lois, you are way beyond late, okay?
You just need to slow down.

There's something you need to know.

He's the one who can help me escape
from the jaws of crouching tigers.

I'm sorry, Chlo, whatever it is,
it'll have to wait.

No, Lois, you need to wait.

Okay? I've got kind of a big bomb
I need to drop on you.



You know what? You're right. I....

I probably just took one on the noggin,
and now I'm flipping out.

I think I could use a sedative.
It's been kind of a long day.

I'll get you two.



No, no, no.

Maybe you're not calling
because you're here.


Look, I know what you did for Chloe.
At least let me thank you.

Look, I'm sorry I'm late.

I promise you can trust me.


I know you're out there somewhere.

Where are you?

Isn?t it time to move beyond
these mental trials?

Your determination is strong, my son.

But just as your passion
will be your greatest strength... too will it be
your greatest obstacle.

Jimmy died because of me...

...and I can't afford
to let another mistake like that happen.

You sent me here to fulfill a destiny.

Tell me what you need from me.

JOR-EL: Kal-El, you do not need me
to tell you what is standing in your way.

You already know,
and you know what you need to do.

I have to say goodbye to her.

I lost their trail.


There must be more of us out there.

What about the woman?
Has she spoken yet?

No, sir.

Permission to speak freely.

Major, the woman isn't an ally.

She's hiding something.

And you think I am too.

Why don't we have the powers
we should under a yellow sun?

My authority is being questioned
by two budding cadets.

We deserve to know what happened
to us. How did we get here?

- That is enough.
- Does anybody know we're here?



Kneel before Zod.


Oliver, I don't know where you've
disappeared but I'm low one superhero.

Chloe thinks I'm crazy...

...and I'm low on clues
as to why some she-ninja is after me.

Call me.

Good find?

On a scale of 1 to 10 of illegal things
I've done, this doesn't hit the radar.

Okay, that didn't come out right.

You and your big boys in blue...

...have bigger fish to fry
than this little guppy, so I'm gonna...


How about a name?

Lois Lane, Daily Planet.


You're the reporter
that's been missing?


What the hell are you talking about?
What day is it?

It's Friday, the 25th.


Where the hell have I been
for three weeks?

Heh. I was hoping you'd tell me.

You were MIA until your name came up
on the list of crash victims.

Now, do you remember
anything last night...

...that would explain
how a seven-ton SkyTrain...

...belly flops onto Main Street
without a single fatality?

Guess we just need to chalk it up
to a modern-day miracle.

We could, or we could chalk it up
to a vigilante on an ego trip.

Oh, is that what we call "courage"
these days?


The infamous Blur.

You know,
the ends don't always justify the means.

You might wanna stick
to your night job.

Graffiti is not exactly
the Red-Blue Blur's style.

You're right.

Never used to be...

...back when the guy was happy
pulling off modest saves...

...but then suddenly,
there was no red or blue.

It was just the Blur.

Now he feels the need
to leave his mark...

...all over the city
to, I don't know, prove something.


Great, the rest of your posse
to interrogate me into...


You two want membership
in the mile-long club...

...try one that's still on the tracks.

So get out of here.

Okay, officer.

Not bad.



Oliver may be AWOL,
but his funds aren't.

Shouldn't you be mothballing a lab...

...or packing up
Oliver's pleather collection?

You made a solid argument earlier.

Sometimes we try to forget,
but there are things....

Well, there are people
worth fighting for.

I don't know what to say.

I'd be more comfortable
if we just got down to work.


My cousin Lois vanished for three weeks
and then suddenly appeared...

...claiming that she was being chased
by an assassin.

Where was she?

That she has no memory of...

...but luckily,
she did leave a souvenir from her trip.

Now, I know
this may sound crazy to you...

...but I think I know where she was.

The future.

Transversing chrono-anomalies.

I ran some scans
at the time of the monorail crash...

...and discovered two rips
in the temporal aperture continuum.

Okay, I've never said this before...

...but could you dumb that down
a little bit?

Two rips in the fabric of our universe.

Okay, well, Lois explains one of them,
but the other...

Maybe she's not delusional.

Maybe somebody came back
from the future with her.





Who the hell are you?

Major Zod.

I don't understand.

They talked about you
like you were their leader.

Before they lost their faith.

I ordered them
to find out what you know...

...about the circumstances
surrounding our arrival.

No wonder they weren't successful.
They took the wrong approach with you.

Let's leave
the getting-to-know-you part for later.

It's obvious you've become accustomed
to abuse over the years.

It only triggers an obstinate reaction.

A more emotional approach
would have been my preference.

Preying on your vulnerability.

You're not the same voice as the orb.

Who was that?

Oh, you don't know, do you?

And you expect me
to fill in the missing pieces?

I have no expectations of you.

I was told
that you would come here...

...and save this planet
from its own destruction...

...that you'd have certain abilities.

But you don't even know
what you're doing here, do you?

They think you're holding out.

But when they find that you're
just as confused as they are...

...they won't need you.

I think if we work together,
we can get past the guard, escape.

You'll be shot
before you reach the yard.

After the last few days...'d be a blessing
to be shot to death.

I never said they'd kill you.



I, on the other hand, will not hesitate.

I've been trying to track you down
and you're completely off the radar.

Lois shows up for one day,
and you're as predictable as clockwork.

It wasn't that I didn't wanna come by
and see that you were okay.

I know.

Leaving everyone behind....

It's not what I wanted.

It isn't about what we want.

It's about what the rest
of the world needs. I get it.

I was lucky to be a part
of your life for a while...

...but we both know
that you'd have to move on one day.

I started the training Jor-El
always planned for me.

With everything that I've learned
and he showed me... old life seems very far away.

You're doing the right thing, Clark.

You can't look back.

It's the only way I can stay focused,
stay objective... letting go everyone
that I care about...

...and cutting every attachment that may
influence the choices I have to make.

So, what part of that involves
skulking around a phone booth...

...looking for Lois?

It's not like that.

Yes, I came back to find her
but only to say goodbye.

Well, let's hope
you still have a chance.

I think Lois found your lucky charm
and hitchhiked to the future.

- Is she...?
- She's fine.

She doesn't remember anything,
but she didn't come back alone.

And it looks like her excess baggage
might be trying to kill her.



MAN 2: Come on.
MAN 3: Twenty, 40, 60, 80.

MAN 4:
Do it, let's go.

Hit him, hit him, hit him.

No, man. Get up.


Okay, just give me a second, all right?
I'll be back up.


MAN 5:
Nice legs!

Hello, legs.


"Legs," really? Is that a good idea?

You're drunk.

What are you doing here?
Where you been?

Didn't you get my messages?

Yeah, my phone's been kind of MIA
for a while now.

How'd you find me?

It wasn't difficult to track down
the Tabloid Prince Of Metropolis.

I just had to follow the paparazzi.

But your little lame, sexist boy club
wouldn't let me in... I had to improvise.

Well, I should forewarn you, Lois,
I'm not having my best round here.

This guy.

I noticed.

Look, you may be
on some death-wish fast track...

...but I could really use
a little dose of hero about now.

Hey, lady.

Listen to me.

I blacked out three weeks ago,
turned up in a monorail car...

...that's jumped off the tracks
and now some assassin is after me.

Can you repeat that?


Everybody, down.

I knew you'd be watching her.

I was never after Lois.

I want you.

You followed Lois from the future.

Because you betrayed us.


My father's watch.

The date is set one year in the future.

How'd you get this?

You gave it to me.

How do you know about...?

Blue Kryptonite
takes away my abilities too.

We're of the same world, Kal-El.

Why are you risking your life?

Because it's the only chance I have
to defeat you...

...before you destroy our world.




I'm so sorry.

- You're a mess.
- Yeah.

Look, why don't you
just come out with it, Lois?

I'm disappointed.

There you go. See?
Sound like every ex-girlfriend I ever had.

Yes, but I'm not like every other ex
you've had.

You're not. I can't seem
to get you back in my bed.


Look, you know what?
You can't fool me.

You risk your life to help strangers... you can plaster
that frat-boy grin across your face.

But I know
that you're a real hero underneath.

Look, Lois,
when are you gonna learn, okay?

I'm nothing more than
a shallow playboy.

I got the tabloid covers to prove it.

Then how do you explain
the whole Green Arrow thing?

You know, the hero thing
kind of distracted me for a little while.

So did you.

- Mm.
- Ow, ow. Ow!

- You're an obnoxious jackass.
- Ah!

There you go. See?
Now you're finally starting to catch on.

I'm sorry if you thought I was anything
more than that, but it's not my fault.

You know what? That's okay.

- Really?
- I guess you know yourself...

...better than anyone, right?

You know what?
Maybe I don't really need you, Ollie.

I've already found my real hero.


At what juncture
did you join forces with Major Zod?

I never met the major until today.

And what about the others?

There should be hundreds.
We've found dozens. Where are they?

I was taking orders,
just like all of you.

I thought that I was saving
your civilization.

Do you really think
that a civilian with no super abilities...

...would team up with one man
instead of an entire army?

If you want answers,
why don't you try asking the man...

...who has left you in the dark
this entire time?


Major, the last thing we remember... our blood being taken in camp
before the battle in Kandor.

How did we get here?

If we're here,
there can only be one explanation.

Our home has been destroyed.

You've taken it
upon yourself to betray us?

- Have you killed the others?
- What happened to our power?

You dare defy me?

I have saved the lives
of half of the soldiers in this room.

You know I have risked
more than any of you.

Not one of you has sacrificed
what I have for our survival.

And you?

Do you want a leader...

...who hides away in his mansion
for weeks on end and complains?


Or do you want a leader
who ventured out alone...

...scouring a hostile world
in search of your loved ones?

I have always been true to my word.

And I will find the answers
we are looking for...

...or I will die in the quest.

It's over.

Who was she?

I don't know.

I have a feeling I'm gonna find out.

She was from Krypton.


I don't understand.
What was she doing here?

What did she say?

She told me
that I would cause the end of the world.

It's like I have a ticking bomb on me...

...and only a year to figure out
how to stop it.

Well, you can't believe everything
an assassin tells you.

I mean, what does she know
anyway, right?

The future.


The future.

What is it, Chloe?

I want you to go back
and save Jimmy.

Take the ring
and stop him from being killed.

- You can't ask me to...
- Clark.

You said that your sole purpose
for giving everything up... so that you could dedicate your life
to helping people.

So help him, Clark. Save him.

That would be changing destiny.

Whose destiny?

Not Jimmy's. You and I both know that.
He didn't deserve to die.

He died
because you and I screwed up...

...because we made a mistake.
You have to fix it.

I'm not a god.

And the last time I tried to rewrite fate,
my own father died.

He died right here in my arms
because of me.

I've given up so much for you, Clark.

This is the only thing
I've ever asked from you.


Please do this for me.
Please save Jimmy.

I can't.


That's good. Ahem.

It's good that you're embracing
your Kryptonian side.

There isn't really anything human
left in you.

Miss Mercer?

How are you feeling?

You should know. You had
a front-row ticket to the entire thing.

How the hell can they just disappear?

Where's my video?

You told us not to interfere
when they came in and took you hostage.

I'm sure that you enjoyed it
every moment of it.

Just tell me that my plan paid off.


Where are they?

We recorded hundreds of hours
of security footage while they were here.

I've only been able to sift
through some of...

The feeds.

Oh, my God.

It's all gone.

There's not even a trace
of the video feed files.

They broke through
our highest-security software.

A few passwords won't stop someone
who traveled galaxies to get here.




There are laws about stalking people.
You should know.


I'm not a cop.

Detective, whatever.
You guys are so touchy.

I don't work for the force.

You jumped to that conclusion yourself,
which I hear you do a lot.

Who the hell are you, then?

I'm a field reporter.

I spent the last few years
in Afghanistan.

Hopefully that gave me enough training
to be your desk mate.

Don't bet on it.

And don't get comfortable in that chair.
Clark's coming back.


I heard
he was visiting family indefinitely.


No. The guy never takes any time off.

I'm sure he's just cashing in
on some overdue vacation time.

Well, supposedly you've been fired.

Minor technicality.

I hope so.

I'm John Corben.

I'll see you in the trenches.




- Hello?
- Lois.

Thank you for saving me out there.

I was afraid
you had disappeared for good.

I should have.

I'm supposed to.

But I can't.

Promise me this is just between us.

I promise.