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Tess kidnaps Lois to find out where Lois went after she disappeared for weeks. Lois's memory of the future depicts a Metropolis under Zod's rule and Clark powerless under the red sun, while... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Tom Welling ... Clark Kent
Allison Mack ... Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance ... Lois Lane
Cassidy Freeman ... Tess Mercer
Callum Blue ... Zod
Justin Hartley ... Oliver Queen
Alessandro Juliani ... Dr. Emil Hamilton
Monique Ganderton ... Alia
Adrian Holmes ... Basqat
Sharon Taylor ... Faora
Ryan McDonell ... Stuart Campbell
Meghan Gardiner ... Woman Prisoner


Tess kidnaps Lois to find out where Lois went after she disappeared for weeks. Lois's memory of the future depicts a Metropolis under Zod's rule and Clark powerless under the red sun, while Chloe forms a resistance group with Oliver. After learning of these future events, Clark makes an important decision about Zod. Written by Anonymous

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The image that Lois sees in the future of Clark's shirt with the Superman logo on it, torn and blowing like a flag in the wind, is a reference to the Death of Superman comic, in which his torn cape is displayed the same way after having been killed by Doomsday. See more »


in the flash forward scene where Lois sees "The Blurs" torn shirt, Lois would not have known about the black shirt with the Superman crest on it. She did not learn about the blurs new look until she arrived back in the past. See more »


Chloe Sullivan: The towers are the key to the Kandorians' power. They collect all the sun's radiation, turn it red, and then beam it back to the LuthorCorp satellites.
Oliver Queen: Those satellites take the radiation, they beam it back down to Earth. Giving those alien SOBs all their superhuman strength. Now, we take the tower down, we shut them down.
Lois Lane: Guys, I've seen Zod's troops. We are seriously outnumbered. We'd never reach it.
Chloe Sullivan: We don't have to. We have a secret weapon. Watchtower. I powered down Watchtower so the ...
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References TRON (1982) See more »

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29 April 2011 | by ColcatronSee all my reviews

The Zod/ Kandorians on Earth story arc, Tess' solar tower, and Lois' trip to and dreams of the future all come together in "Pandora". All of these story arcs were too scattered and under developed in the first half of the season, yet the show recovers from these mis steps with an epic episode.

This is post apocalyptic Smallville. Partly because of the poor build up, I had low expectations for where they were taking these stories, but this episode had a huge pay off that I wasn't expecting. This is Zod's chance to shine. As frustrating as it was to watch at times, in theory it was necessary to have Zod on the back burner for the first 8 episodes. Limiting his interactions with all characters except for Tess made for a more dramatic episode here. I'm still shocked that some people weren't wowed by Callum Blue as Zod. This guy gives a mesmerizing performance.

"Pandora" steps away from typical Smallville formula, even more so than similar episodes like "Lexmas", "Labyrinth", or "Apocalypse". This is about as dark as Smallville has ever gone, and I loved it. The plot and writing is excellent. It's not easy to hold the attention of an audience with such long dialogue scenes. But it's the performances, particularly from Callum Blue, that really sets this episode apart.

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20 November 2009 (USA) See more »

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