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Phantom 

When Clark finally discovers Lionel threatened to kill him unless Lana married Lex, he goes after Lionel to silence him once and for all. Meanwhile, Lana tells Lex she is leaving him, and ... See full summary »

Director:

James Marshall

Writers:

Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent / Bizarro
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Luthor
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
Phil Morris ... John Jones
Gerard Plunkett ... Dr. Donovan Jamison
Benjamin Ayres ... Jason Bartlett (as Ben Ayres)
Mylène Dinh-Robic ... Canadian Daughter (as Mylene Dinh-Robic)
John Hainsworth John Hainsworth ... Canadian Father
Quinn Lord ... Phillipe Lamont
Heather Doerksen ... Martha's Aide
Clint Carleton ... Security Guard
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When Clark finally discovers Lionel threatened to kill him unless Lana married Lex, he goes after Lionel to silence him once and for all. Meanwhile, Lana tells Lex she is leaving him, and John Jones, the Martian Manhunter, makes a return appearance to help Clark stop Lex, who has captured the last surviving phantom escapee from the Phantom Zone, having possessed a young boy, in order to use its DNA to power him army of super soldiers at his secret lab '33.1'. Clark bids goodbye to Martha as she prepares to leave Smallville for Washington D.C., and Clark finally reveals his secret to Lana to get her to stay in town. But when Lana mysteriously 'dies' in a car bombing, Clark thinks Lex was behind it and sets off to kill him, and has a fateful meeting with the last wraith of the Phantom Zone at Lex's 'Project 33.1' lab at Reeves Dam. Lois goes to Reeves Dam in search of information about Lex's secret lab and is brutally stabbed by a security guard. Chloe finds a piratically dead Lois at ... Written by Anonymous

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

It appeared that seven forms were released from the Phantom Zone in Zod. However, counting Clark, Raya, Gloria, Baern, Aldar, Dr. Hudson and Titan, Bizarro is the eighth Zoner released. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after their cell phone conversation, Lionel see Lana and gets out of his car. In one of the shots of Lionel, his car has disappeared from behind him. See more »

Quotes

Clark Kent: Chloe, I told Lana my secret. She knows everything. She knows that... I'm an alien.
Chloe Sullivan: Wow. So, I guess we have a new charter member of the Clark Kent secret-keeping club... What did she say?
Clark Kent: She kissed me.
Chloe Sullivan: That's fantastic. You've been wanting this forever. You just... you must be on Cloud 99.
Clark Kent: I will be as soon as I deal with this phantom.
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Connections

Featured in Smallville: Finale (2011) See more »

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You Could Be Happy
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Performed by Snow Patrol
Written by Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Tom Simpson, Paul Wilson and Johnny Quinn
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Phantom
13 April 2011 | by ColcatronSee all my reviews

While season 6 as a whole was disappointing, and ranks among my least favourite seasons, it was shocking to me how good the finale "Phantom" really was. Not only is this a great season finale, I'd say it's probably the 2nd best finale in Smallville history, behind only season 4's "Commencement, and probably also in my top 3 or 4 Smallville episodes of all time.

I thought the season made many mistakes, but what Phantom does is make all of those weak moments and dull episodes pay off big time. The Phantom Zone escapees had been incredibly mishandled all season, but here we get a fantastic payoff, which not only surprised me, but had me more excited about the season 7 premiere than I had been for any Smallville episode in years. The best thing about the final battle between Clark and the Phantom is that it provides a satisfying climax for Clark, who as a character had been on the sidelines for much of the season. The Lana/Lex marriage actually worked well throughout the season, in my opinion, and the way that story concludes here was dramatically powerful thanks to some good writing, good acting (for a change on Lana's part) and a solid cliffhanger. Finally there's the revelation for Chloe's power, which again was handled poorly throughout the season, with too little time spent mentioning it. It was too easy to forget she was supposed to have a power, but when it is revealed, it was surprising and dramatic.

Every Smallville finale is packed with cliffhangers for all of the characters. Some seasons handle it well, like season 2 and 4, where all of the characters are left in tight spot, but all still fit together as part of the overall story. Others seasons have multiple cliffhangers, yet it feels like the writers just came up with an idea off the top of their heads and never properly worked it into the story. Every cliffhanger in "Phantom" works well on it's own, and builds the drama on the other stories. This is as close to a perfect episode as you'll find in Smallville.


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