Smallville (2001–2011)
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Clark and Lois discover Kara's spaceship but before they can open it, Kara appears and knocks Lois out. Clark is shocked after Kara tells him she is there to protect baby Kal-El. Despite ... See full summary »


James L. Conway


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Luthor
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore ... Jimmy Olsen (credit only)
Laura Vandervoort ... Kara
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Michael Cassidy ... Grant Gabriel
Kim Coates ... Special Agent Carter
Terence Stamp ... Jor-El (voice)
Tom McBeath ... Lex's Lawyer
Peter Bryant ... Lex's Assistant
Dean Redman ... Policeman
Dawson Dunbar Dawson Dunbar ... Playground Kid Cody


Clark and Lois discover Kara's spaceship but before they can open it, Kara appears and knocks Lois out. Clark is shocked after Kara tells him she is there to protect baby Kal-El. Despite Kara's appearance, a despondent Clark decides that without Lana there is nothing keeping him in Smallville, and heads to the Fortress of Solitude to begin his training as a superhero. However, Jor-El tells him Kara's father- Zor-El, who is Jor-El's brother- is evil and Kara is dangerous, therefore Clark must stay in Smallville to find out why she came to Earth. Lex makes a stunning discovery regarding Lana and Project 33.1. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

4 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stunt performer Larissa Stadnichuk doubled for Erica Durance in this episode. See more »


When Kara is floating in space toward the beginning of the episode, her hair should be floating weightlessly, but it is hanging down on her shoulders as if she's still on Earth. See more »


Grant Gabriel: Tell me about your close encounter.
Lois Lane: Can't share a trade secret. I work for your rival, The Inquisitor.
Grant Gabriel: Our rival? This is The Daily Planet, read in virtually every country across the globe. We have no rival.
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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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14 April 2011 | by ColcatronSee all my reviews

This is the first episode to feature Kara, Clark's cousin from Krypton, as a real key character on the show. It's always nice when Smallville changes just enough about a DC character to keep some surprise with the audience, and in the case of Kara, here she's the older cousin, and more experienced with her abilities. Some people are divided over Kara's involvement in the show, but I personally thought she was needed to save the show. Both of Clark's parents are gone, as is Pete, and Clark has been alienated from Lex and Lana. There was no way they could keep the show going with just Chloe for Clark to interact with. Kara's introduction also allowed for Clark to have a closer connection to his Kryptonian side.

The early action scenes between Clark and Kara were filmed well, and the effects were solid. Aside from the few action scenes early on, this is a mostly story driven episode, but that doesn't make it boring. Just enough seeds are planted by the end of this episode to keep you interested for the rest of the season. The only down side to this episode was the side plot involving Lois, Chloe and the new character of Grant Gabriel. His character is written well, and the actor does a good job, except he looks way too young to be believed as the editor of the Daily Planet. For such a key episode setting up the dynamic between Clark and Kara, I had a hard time keeping interest in a new character who shows up with no real intrigue.

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