Smallville: Season 2, Episode 23

Exodus (20 May 2003)

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As Clark has finally begun dating Lana, Helen Bryce cancels her wedding to Lex after being told to by Lionel. But later, Helen realizes that she loves Lex and they finally get married. ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jor-El (voice)
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As Clark has finally begun dating Lana, Helen Bryce cancels her wedding to Lex after being told to by Lionel. But later, Helen realizes that she loves Lex and they finally get married. Meanwhile, Jonathan and Martha are thrilled to learn Martha is pregnant. The memory/spirit of Jor-El speaks to Clark via the spaceship, telling him he must leave Smallville, his parents and friends to fulfill his destiny. Clark decides to destroy the spacecraft, and the spirit of Jor-El with it, by using Lionel's kryptonite-made hexagon key that he made a copy of off the late Dr. Walden, in order to use it on the cave wall to learn the kryptonian markings. Clark, with Pete's help, steals the key and uses it to activate the spaceship, knowing the kryptonian radiation will destroy the ship. The ship does explode, but the shock wave injures Jonathan and Martha, causing her to miscarry. Chloe, jealous of Clark and Lana's blossoming romance, accepts Lionel's proposal to investigate Clark and gets the job at ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Terence Stamp the voice of Jor-El played general Zod in Superman (1978) and Superman 2 (1980) See more »


Lana Lang: Clark, where are you going?
Clark Kent: Away from here.
Lana Lang: The Clark Kent I know wouldn't run away from his problems.
Clark Kent: The Clark Kent you know is a LIE.
Lana Lang: Why won't you let me in?
Clark Kent: Because Lana, you won't like what you see.
Lana Lang: [In tears] I am not giving up on you. Your parents need you. I NEED you... I love you Clark.
Clark Kent: I love you too... more than you'll ever know. That's why I have to leave.
Clark Kent: [Clark puts on the Red Kryptonite ring as the energy pulsates from his arm to his eyes and they glow red and turns to Lana] Come ...
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Featured in Smallville: Blank (2005) See more »


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Written by John Williams
Performed by Mark Snow
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9 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This finale of the second season of "Smallville" lives up to its billing; a finale that is the second-best overall, after Season 4's "Commencement" So much happens, and so much is yet to happen, in this classic Smallville-cliffhanger style episode.

Clark has finally won over Lana Lang. His life is perfect. However, it is anything but. What he wants- and has- now (Lana) tears at him with the responsibilities and call that his ship beckons. Meanwhile, Jonathan and Martha have miraculously learned that she is pregnant. Lex and Helen Bryce hold their marriage and take off on their honeymoon. However, the plane flight- well, it doesn't go quite as planned. Clark, wanting to forget his destiny, makes a drastic choice with regards to the ship that feeds terrible repercussions on his family. Feeling tragic from his fatal decision, he leaves Smallville, and most importantly, tries to flee his destiny, after exposing his alter-self by choosing to use the alien red substance that erases his true character.

What an amazing episode. Falls right in line with the intriguing development of the favorite American superhero, but shows that this hero struggled so much before he fulfills his destiny. And destiny is anything but what is on Clark's mind as the episode causes you to yearn for the next season.

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