Jor-El mysteriously arrives at the Kent farm to hide the Book of Rao, but meets Chloe instead. She tells him that his son, Kal-El is on Earth and lives at the farm. Convinced the Blur is ... See full summary »



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Lois Lane (credit only)
Council Member #1
Council Member #2
John Treleaven ...
Council Member #3
John Gagné ...
Council Member #4 (as John Gagne)


Jor-El mysteriously arrives at the Kent farm to hide the Book of Rao, but meets Chloe instead. She tells him that his son, Kal-El is on Earth and lives at the farm. Convinced the Blur is Jor-El, Zod enlists Tess's help in finding him to force him to reveal the secret to his powers. Clark realizes Jor-El is alive and on Earth and races to find him before Zod does. Written by Anonymous

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

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Zod refers to the bottled-up hopes and dreams of the people of Kandor. In the comics, Kandor was shrunken down by Braniac and kept in a bottle. See more »


Zod: [punches Jor-El] Defend yourself!
Jor-El: I have no powers. I used the blue Kryptonite to take them away, the same way I corrupted the Orb so none of you could rule this planet as gods.
Zod: But you did have it. You came with us in the orb, yet you harnessed the powers of the yellow sun for yourself. How?
Jor-El: I shall never tell you.
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Major Zod driven captivating, twisted and well written story ; smart direction and great production ; convincing acting, exciting character development and Mercy beaucoup
8 November 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Considering its title Kandor sounded like a very special episode. Indeed it was and I think it'll be remembered as one of the strongest Smallville episodes. Now that I've checked it's not a surprise because they had the brilliant idea to reunite the people behind Bride, season 8 10th episode and probably my all time favorite. So Al Septien & Turi Meyer were back at their writer's desks and Jeannot Szwarc directed it. Moreover it's not everyday that the visual effects impress me so…

When Crossfire was about Clois and Oliver this one was entirely devoted to the Zod arc. To tell the truth I have never been a fan of it since it was introduced in Doomsday. Moreover Callum Blue never convinced me as the Major and I always found his acting over the top. However Kandor entirely changed my mind. The story was well written, captivating, quite entertaining, full of unexpected developments and even a new character was introduced. Its relationship with other characters brought a deeper and new layer to the existing connections. Moreover the performer did a great job and even Callum Blue grew on me.

Like if it wasn't enough most characters were involved. The only one missing was Lois but it was a wise decision to exclude her as it allowed the writers to focus more on Chloe. It has been a while since last time we saw her having so many scenes. It reminded of the good old days when it used to be all about Clark & Chloe. Of course Oliver was featured too but this time he only worked as Clark's sidekick. However their scenes and dialogs were quite inspiring as their friendship was strengthened now Oliver's wounds are apparently healed.

Last but not least, Tess Mercer. Woody Allen described Scarlett Johansson as "a sexually overwhelming, beautiful young woman" (Wikipedia). Well after Cassidy Freeman's performance in Kandor you'll definitely agree that these words perfectly describe her too. Her talent and gorgeous assets are so well used ! I really liked how some of her scenes with Zod were directed, revealing two sides of the same coin. So congratulations to the people who gave birth to such a wonderful creature.

As the episode ended on a cliffhanger I can't wait to know what will happen next. Watching Smallville has never been so exciting !

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