Smallville

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Abandonment Issues

He rushes off to the Fortress. Lois is still hanging around in her tube of light. Clark demands that Jor-El let her go. "I may not have lived up to your expectations, but if you hurt her, you will have failed all of mine!" Lois drops from midair and Clark zips over to catch her. Lois resumes her attempts to get Jor-El talking to Clark again, but Clark is pissed at Jor-El for trapping Lois. Well, she was trespassing. Lois is insistent that they try one more time: "I love you too much to let you and your father give up on each other." She asks him to try one more time. Somehow, for some reason, a holographic playback is triggered. Clark is suddenly facing the image of his parents, Lara (Helen Slater) and and Jor-El (Julian Sands). As the recording plays, there are occasional interruptions in the playback and sounds of explosions in the background as Krypton is destroyed. Little Kal-El is just a few weeks old at the time of the recording, but Lara says she can already see he has his father's "independent spirit." Jor-El adds that he also has his mother's bravery and compassion. He was one hell of a precocious infant. Clark reaches out to touch her image. Lara, near tears, tries to talk up Earth as a pretty awesome place to send a baby in a spaceship. She wants him to live a full and wonderful life there. "But I need you to know," she says, "that you were born of a great love." Jor-El explains that they can't come with him because the ship only holds one Kryptonian. (Well, plus baby Doomsday.) Plus: "To do so would only burden your innocent soul with our frailties and failures." Dude, you should have left it at "your space crib was too small for us." Now you're just depressing him. Jor-El says Clark will have all his knowledge, without the ego or regrets. "Whatever trials I put you through, I will never lose faith in you," he says. Lara reminds him he needs to be wrapping this up. "We are confident you will become Earth's greatest savior, and never doubt that just as you are a part of us, we will always be a part of you." They say their farewells and the playback ends with a flash of light. Clark and Lois look at each other, stunned. Supermanly horns play us out of the scene.

St. Louise's. Granny has ditched her matronly outfit for fashionable all-black attire, including a spiffy leather vest. This is, after all, the CW, so even little old ladies gotta look hot. She walks through a darkened, empty room toward a door where a young man is just entering. She pauses, looking at him without recognition. "Hello, Granny," he says in a British accent. "DeSaad?" she asks. When he raises her hand to his lips for a kiss, she rolls her eyes, finally recognizing him. Joining them now is Godfrey, last seen barfing up smog birds in DeSaad's S&M club. "Our dark lord has anointed him," DeSaad explains, "made him like us -- a prophet." DeSaad is super cute. I feel cheated that we didn't get an intro episode for him. He calls Godfrey "Darkseid's third minion," which seems to come as a pleasant surprise to Godfrey. Granny is not impressed, and tells them so. "Our unholy trinity is complete," DeSaad says. "I bind their bodies, Godfrey breaks their spirit, and you, my beloved friend, you clear their minds, preparing the way for Lord Darkseid." They give each other knowing (but unholy) looks.

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