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Recap / Smallville S 09 E 07 Kandor

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Originally aired November 6, 2009

Written by Turi Meyer & Al Septien

Directed by Jeannot Szwarc

Clark learns that Jor-El is on Earth. Jor-El comes to the Kent Farm, where he meets Chloe who tells him about his son and what happened to Krypton. Zod, believing Jor-El to be The Blur, seeks to capture Jor-El so he can force him to reveal the secret to gaining his powers.


Tropes present in the episode:

  • Cloning Blues: Clone!Jor-El acknowledges that he, Zod, and the Kandorians are merely copies of their original selves.
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  • Create Your Own Villain: Jor-El's refusal to use his cloning technology to resurrect Zod's dead son causes Zod to end their friendship.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Moments after he and Clark finally met, a mortally wounded Clone!Jor-El dies in his son's arms.
  • Foe Yay: Major Zod flirts heavily with Tess through the episode.
  • Ignored Expert: In a flashback, while standing trial before the Ruling Council for interrupting the collection of blood on the battlefield, Jor-El expresses his concerns that the Kandorian clones having superpowers on Earth will spell doom for humanity, only to be brushed off by one Council member who tells him he should have more faith in his own race.
  • Man in White: Jor-El in flashbacks set on Krypton.
  • Neck Lift: Clark executes this on Tess while interrogating her about Jor-El's whereabouts.
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  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Clone!Jor-El tells Zod that they are clones of their original selves who remained behind on Krypton and went on to have children. This causes Zod to figure out The Blur's true identity.
  • Not So Different: When Tess reveals that she released the Kandorians from the Orb to save Earth and believes they'll all turn out like Clark, Clone!Jor-El tells her she's wrong to believe that Kryptonians are so different from humans.
    Clone!Jor-El: You are mistaken to believe that we are so different from humans. Our sacred Book of Rao teaches that where there is light, there is darkness.
  • The Paralyzer: Clone!Jor-El executes this on Chloe when he hears Tess' men in the barn.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: In a flashback set on Krypton years before its destruction, after Jor-El stops a medic from collecting blood samples from Zod's troops and Zod asks him if he's certain of his actions, Jor-El replies "The Council do what it will. I'll not allow my life's work to be used to commit an atrocity."
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  • So Proud of You: Clone!Jor-El tells Clark such as he lays dying in his son's arms.
  • Start of Darkness: Jor-El's refusal to use his cloning technology to bring back his son is what set Zod on the path to becoming Krypton's destroyer.
  • Take a Third Option: After being spared the death sentence and ordered to complete the Orb, Jor-El does as ordered...but makes sure to irradiate the Orb with Blue Kryptonite so the Kandorian clones won't have powers under a yellow sun.

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