Smallville: Season 7, Episode 18

Apocalypse (1 May 2008)

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Clark is shown by Jor-El what life on Earth would have been like, had he not sent him there instead of facing the doom of his fellow Kryptonians.



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Episode cast overview:
Lana Lang (credit only)
Lionel Luthor (credit only)
Jor-El (voice)


In this darkly take on a Christmas Carol/It's a Wonderful Life, Clark begins to wonder with Lana still comatose and Kara held captive in the past by Braniac, if things would be better if he never arrived on Earth. The spirit of Jor-El then transports Clark to an alternate reality of what Smallville and the rest of the world would be like if he never existed; an alternate adoptive version of Clark Kent living at the Kent farm; Chloe is engaged to marry another guy, and Lex Luther is the ruthless President of the United States, with Kara as his right-hand person/assassin, and Milton Fine/Brainiac as Lex's chief adviser. Written by Anonymous

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Kara uses the alias Linda Danvers. In the original comic book storyline introduced in 1959, Linda Danvers was the name Superman's cousin took when living in the orphanage. In a later DC revision to the storyline, in 1996, Supergirl merged with a dying Linda Danvers, and gained a human soul. See more »


In the alternate time line shown to Clark, Lex has been elected President of the United States. Lex must have also amended the Constitution because a person has to be a minimum of 35 years old to hold that office. There is no possible way Lex is 35, that would make him 15 years older than Clark, which is clearly not the case. See more »


Jor-El: [voice-over] You disappoint me, my son. You cannot question your destiny on this planet.
Clark Kent: It was you! You wanted to show me what the world would be like if I wasn't here.
Jor-El: The disc in your hand revealed your misguided intentions. I was forced to show you the error of your ways. I sent you to Earth for a purpose, Kal-El. One that cannot be taken lightly.
Clark Kent: Send me back!
Jor-El: You must stop the Brain InterActive Construct from altering history and taking your life. You cannot fail. This time, there will be ...
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


Written by Michael Baiardi and Rudaina Haddad
Published by Soundfile Publishing (ASCAP)
Performed by Rudaina
Courtesy of Soundfile Records
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Time Travel is Risky Writing
6 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Clark Kent sees what the world would be like without him in a milestone of an episode, the 150th of "Smallville." Clark realizes that a lot of grief and sorrow has come through him. He is reluctant to go back in time to Krypton to save Kara, and himself, because of the bad that in his mind is all his fault. Because of this (constant) self-evaluation, he wishes he had never been born. Jor-El shows him how incorrect Clark is in making that wish.

Once he sees how much danger the world would be under without him, Clark decides to return back in time to Krypton.

While an interesting episode in a 'It's A Wonderful Life' sort of format, it's unfortunate to see Clark still blaming himself for everything that has gone wrong with events near him. However, after emerging from the alternate reality, at least he realizes how much good he has brought to the world, and how much worse it could be without him. However, scenes from Krypton at the end of the episode tamper with the previous episodes of the show and the very basis of the myth. Basically, the writers' decision to go with a back-in-time conflict infringes upon previous established and epic facts that will leave you loving or hating this episode. Fortunately, a lot of their fans liked it.

Nods to the classic Lois and Clark relationship from the Superman story and the Smallville Lois and Clark's future are touched on in the alternate reality, which is a welcome story.

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