Smallville (2001–2011)
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With Clark banished to the Phantom Zone, Metropolis is in shambles as the city riots, and Chloe & Lionel plot to rid Lex of General way or another.


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Jerry Siegel (character created by: Superman), Joe Shuster (character created by: Superman) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Kristin Kreuk ... Lana Lang
Michael Rosenbaum ... Lex Luthor / Zod
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
John Glover ... Lionel Luthor
Annette O'Toole ... Martha Kent
Aaron Ashmore ... Jimmy Olsen
Leonard Roberts ... Nam-Ek
Pascale Hutton ... Raya
Terence Stamp ... Jor-El (voice)


Thrown into the hell-dimension of the Phantom Zone, a Kryptonian jail created by Jor-el, Clark finds himself without powers and surrounded by revenge-seeking criminals (both spirits and physical beings) sent away by his father. But Clark is rescued by a Kryptonian female warrior, named Raya, who claimed to have known Jor-El and offers to help him escape. Meanwhile, having taken over Lex's body, Zod keeps Lana captive with a demand to sire him an heir and begins his plans to turn Earth into a Krypton-like planet using the alien ship's hard drive. After Lois and Martha's plane crashes near the Fortress of Solitude, the spirit of Jor-El tells Martha how to kill Zod and teleports them both back to Smallville. Back at the Daily Planet in the ruins of Metrpolis, Chloe reunites with and old flame, the bumbling and socially awkward photographer Jimmy Olsen. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 September 2006 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


First episode without John Schneider in the opening credits. See more »


The last scene is captioned "Iguazú Falls, Patagonia, Argentina." Patagonia is the southernmost region of Argentina; the Iguazú forms part of Argentina's northern border. (The scene was really shot at Gullfoss in Iceland.) See more »


Raya: Zod is a soldier. He will kill you.
Clark Kent: If there is a way for you to save everyone you loved, wouldn't you risk dying?
Raya: You truly are your father's son.
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References Superman II (1980) See more »

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8 April 2011 | by ColcatronSee all my reviews

I have to admit that when I first saw this episode air in 2006 I was a little disappointed. Seeing it again years later I've come to realize that my original disappointment was a result of having too high expectations after the fantastic season 5. This season 6 premiere is a strong and exciting episode. The fight scene between Clark and the Zod possessed Lex is by far the best part of the episode, and maybe one of the best action scenes ever on Smallville. It's not often that Clark gets a real fight with someone of his strength, so it was a nice change of pace. I do have 2 small complaints that remain today. First off, I've never been a fan of how the Phantom Zone is portrayed. I think the look and feel of a post apocalyptic wasteland is all wrong. I would have rather seen the Phantom Zone as more of a nightmarish place. It would have benefited from being more surreal and frightening of an environment. The other minor complaint unfortunately comes from Rosenbaum's portrayal of Zod. He has some great scenes, but Zod should have been much more over the top.

Overall I only have the minor complaints. While "Zod" is not nearly as strong as some of the other premieres, it's still one of the better offerings in an otherwise weak season 6.

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