You can go home again... but beware of hitchhikers.
While the Mother-Thrall, under Ma'alefa'ak's control, subdues Miss Martian, Orion, Black Lightning, Superman, Green Lantern Forager, J'emm J'axx and Phantom Girl, Lor-Zod approaches his parents, dragging an unconscious Kid Flash with him. Lor promises Dru-Zod and Ursa the galaxy, explaining that he is their son from the far future, and that he has made their freedom possible. Dru asks for the House of Zod's secret maxim as proof of his identity, which Lor readily recites. Lor wants to take them to a yellow sun so that they may gain superpowers and conquer the galaxy.
Dru sends Faora Hu-Ul back through the boom tube to the Phantom Zone to gather his army from the other forts and bring them through. Forager summons the willpower to break her ring hand free of the Thrall's fractalization, and blasts the Zods, but Ma'alefa'ak is able to brain blast her before she can hit him. Knowing they cannot keep the Lantern down long, Lor wants to evacuate his parents immediately.
Faora relays the General's orders to the rest of the House of Zod, when the boom tube suddenly closes behind her. Watching from nearby, hidden by a glamour, Zatanna, Nightwing, Rocket, Kaldur'ahm and Tigress are relieved they don't have to fight off the Kryptonians from the tube, and prepare to leave the Zone themselves.
On Trombus, the Thrall opens a new boom tube. Dru objects to leaving his army behind, but Lor wants to secure his parents first. Dru agrees, and picks up the injured and unconscious Superboy before heading through the tube.
The Zod's group emerges in the Fortress of Solitude; Lor wanted to take possession of his enemy's base. Lor notes that Superboy is alive, his injuries already healing under the yellow sun, and readies to kill him, but is stopped by Dru. Lor explains Superboy's connection to the Els, but Zod insists he has been turned. Lor backs down when Ursa asks if he is questioning the word of Zod. Ursa and Dru take a moment to enjoy being "real" again, and are already feeling the power of the yellow sun. Lor demonstrates his heat vision by destroying the Zeta-Tube, preventing any unwanted arrivals. Lor asks his parents to enter solar pods to accelerate their power growth, but Dru insists on bringing his army through first, and has the Mother-Thrall open another boom tube before entering the pod.
In the Zone, Zatanna is about to cast the spell to send them back, when the boom tube opens. They move to block any Kryptonians getting through, as Faora sends the others to gather the army.
On Trombus, the would-be rescue party recovers. Superman frees Kid Flash from his inhibitor collar and the speedster soon zooms off. Miss Martian is distraught at the condition she found Conner in; he has reverted to his base Cadmus programming. Phantom Girl surmises they went to Earth, as the closest world under a yellow sun. Orion notes that they have no Motherbox for a boom tube, and wonders if Green Lantern Forager could warp them through subspace, when Kid Flash returns, standing atop Bio-Ship's wing.
In the Zone, the Kryptonians begin to spread out, until they spot the Team near the boom tube; their glamour was warped by the tube. As the Kryptonians charge, the squad prepares for the attack, with Dick taking some dramatic license, but Kaldur calls them to focus; the Kryptonians beat them before, they must not do so again.
Forager leads the Bio-Ship while creating a warp field around them. Inside Bio-Ship, Bart remarks on the numerous technologies allowing them to move an incredible speed. M'gann is grateful to Bio-Ship for coming out of retirement to help Conner. Saturn Girl congratulates Phantom Girl on saving Conner. Phantom Girl notes he isn't really saved yet, but Saturn Girl is glad there is at least now hope. Chameleon Boy worries about the timestream after involving the other heroes, but Saturn Girl thinks stopping Zod is a higher priority. Black Lightning asks how Superman is handling the arrival of other Kryptonians. Clark is not sure what to feel given the circumstances, except that he is glad Conner is alive. He asks if Kid Flash had seen Nightwing or Zatanna, but Bart tells him they never found him.
In the Zone, the squad successfully holds off the Kryptonians, using the narrow passage of the boom tube to their advantage. Dick goes through the tube to see what is at the other end.
At the Fortress, Ursa and Dru enjoy the sense of power provided as they charge in the pods. Nightwing emerges and destroys the pods with a pair of batarangs. Lor attacks him in rage, and throws him into ice statues of Jor-El and Lara El, which crash down upon Nightwing, splitting his head open. Dru and Ursa emerge from the wreckage unscathed. Dru asks about their attacker, and Lor confirms Nightwing is dead. Ursa rages that the process was interrupted before finishing, becoming even angrier when Lor suggests patience since she will still gain power under natural sunlight. The rage awakens the Eye of Ekron Lor stole from the Infinity Vault, and it claims her as its new master.
In the Zone, the squad continues to hold the tube, and Zatanna casts a spell to make her foes fight each other. Faora has the Kryptonians build their rage, only to calm themselves as they hear a Devourer approach. The Devourer charges at the squad, who move back into the tube, which the Devourer is too big to enter. Faora is able to move through the Devourer thanks to the Zone's intangibility, but returns to normal once part way through the tube. Kaldur realizes they can fight more effectively there, using their equipment and powers, and catches Faora with a water whip. Faora rages that she was only sentenced to five years but has served 40. Kaldur again offers parole, but Faora is impatient to hear him out. She is pushed near the Zone end of the tube and is bitten and dragged off by the Devourer.
In the Fortress, Lor explains that the Eye was a powerful mystic weapon, wielded in the 31st century by the Emerald Empress. Dru refuses to be distracted, even by good fortune, and guesses that Nightwing's companions are preventing his army from emerging. Lor volunteers to go through the tube, but Ma'alefa'ak warns him that a boom tube can only stay open so long; he may not have much time.
Forager and the Bio-Ship emerge from subspace. They detect a boom tube spike at the Fortress of Solitude. Superman worries that the Fortress's sensors will alert whoever is inside that they are coming, but M'gann has the Bio-Ship linked with the Kryptonian systems already to hide their approach.
In the Zone, the other Kryptonians charge into the tube, and Lor approaches from the other end. Rocket creates a force bubble around the squad, blocking the tube. The Zone Kryptonians pound on the bubble, strengthening it, even as Lor blasts it with his heat vision.
In the Fortress, the Eye attempts to communicate with Ursa, while Dru looks at a framed Daily Planet front-page story on Superman. Ma'alefa'ak warns that the tube is about to collapse, and Dru orders Lor back, as Conner begins to regain consciousness.
In the boom tube, the Kryptonians on both sides flee the failing tube, and Zatanna conjures a portal to get them back to the school bus.
Zatanna, Tigress and Kaldur emerge back on the bus, but Rocket doesn't make it.
The Bio-Ship approaches the Fortress, but the Emerald Empress is outside waiting. Saturn Girl spots her, but before she can warn anyone, the Eye blasts the Bio-Ship, destroying the forward section and sending it crashing to the ground. The Empress floats down to the rest of their group, looking upon the wreckage. All the occupants are unconscious, save Superman who prepares to fight. Dru tells him he would prefer not to fight him; despite being a son of El, he is a Kryptonian, a rare thing now. Zod offers to spare Kal-El if he will kneel and join his campaign of conquest. Superman refuses, but then Dru opens the Kryptonite he had taken from Nightwing and Ma'alefa'ak holds it against Superman's chest. Superman falls to his knees, turning green as he is poisoned. He asks Kon-El for help, but Conner says he cannot help him, because he is already dead. Lor takes this as further proof Superman and Superboy should be killed; they are both House of El and one does not even know his own mind. Dru has other ideas.
A boom tube opens in Planet Circle in Metropolis. The Zods and their group emerge, with Superboy carrying an unconscious Superman. They cause some general destruction, before Ma'alefa'ak points the cameras at them, and Dru announces to Earth that he claims it in the name of Krypton and the House of Zod. He tells the people not to look for help from terrestrial forces, pointing to Superman and Superboy. He says that Superman has already fallen, and that Superboy has wisely chosen to follow him, as the Emerald Empress changes the crest of El on Superboy's solar suit to the crest of Zod. As a demonstration, Dru will order Superboy to kill Superman. As Dru speaks, invoking the Cadmus programming that Superboy had told him about earlier, Superboy hallucinates that Lex Luthor is speaking to him. Superboy remembers what Dru and Ursa told him while they were in the Zone, and prepares to break Superman's neck on Dru's order.
Cast and characters
|Dee Bradley Baker||Chameleon Boy|
|Denise Boutte||Faora Hu-Ul|
|Jason Marsden||Kid Flash|
|Vanessa Marshall||Ursa Zod/Emerald Empress|
|Danica McKellar||Miss Martian|
|Kari Wahlgren||Phantom Girl|
|G. Gordon Godfrey (picture)|
|Green Lantern Forager|
|Lex Luthor (illusion)|
|Lois Lane (picture)|
|Marie Logan (picture)|
|Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl (picture)|
|Tod Donner (picture)|
- This episode picks up from the previous episode, repeating the last scene but with Ma'alefa'ak providing psychic translation for Lor-Zod's Kryptonian lines.
- Dru-Zod mentions the time the Phantom Zone Projector attempted to retrieve him in "Odyssey of Death!".
- Green Lantern Forager manages to break her hand free of the Thrall's Fractal beam, just as she did in "Odyssey of Death!".
- The Fortress of Solitude showcases Superman's costume from seasons one and two, Superboy's solar suit from "Independence Day" and "Fireworks", as well as his uniform from season two.
- Dru-Zod claims to have subverted Superboy's allegiance, which happened in "Forbidden Secrets of Civilizations Past!".
- Miss Martian tells Superman that Superboy regressed to his Cadmus programming, which he did in "Beyond the Grip of the Gods!".
- Miss Martian reunites with Bio-Ship, since leaving her to live out her retirement on Mars in "Involuntary".
- Black Lightning asks Superman how he is doing after learning of the other survivors from Krypton. This tallies with the priority on mental health established by Lightning during his term as the leader of the Justice League, first mentioned in "Inhospitable".
- The Zone prisoners manage to summon a Devourer by building up their rage. It was established in "Ebb Tide" that these creatures are drawn to anger and in "Forbidden Secrets of Civilizations Past!" Dru-Zod implied to had dealt with them previously.
- Lor-Zod explains the significance of the eyeball he retrieved from Metron's vault in "Forbidden Secrets of Civilizations Past!".
- Rocket knows Lor-Zod's heat vision is a problem to her force bubble, because in "Odyssey of Death!" he managed to burst through one. This time her bubble was being reinforced by the Zone prisoners punching it, something that has been established as far back as "Auld Acquaintance".
- Dru-Zod uses the Kryptonite he secured from Nightwing in the previous episode against Superman.
- Superboy proclaims Superman to be dead, because he hallucinated killing him in "Emergency Dive".
- During Dru-Zod's speech, Superboy flashes to assorted memories and hallucinations from "Forbidden Secrets of Civilizations Past!", "Ebb Tide", "Beyond the Grip of the Gods!", "Ego and Superego" and "Zenith and Abyss".
- Number 16: Zatanna, Tigress and Kaldur'ahm emerge from the Phantom Zone without Rocket at 00:16 EDT.
- There are a couple of recycled lines from Gargoyles, another show produced by Greg Weisman, who also wrote this episode:
- After quoting a movie, Nightwing follows it up with "I always wanted to say that", which is a line spoken by David Xanatos right after he iterated another famous movie quote in Gargoyles.
- When the Eye of Ekron transforms Ursa into the Emerald Empress, Dru-Zod asks "What sorcery is this?". This line was uttered four times on Gargoyles.
- With Ursa becoming the Emerald Empress, the evil quintet made up of herself, Dru-Zod, Lor, Ma'alefa'ak and Superboy pay homage to The Fatal Five, the primary antagonists of the Legion of Super-Heroes in the comics.
- In Planet Circle there are billboards advertising:
- 1K Wordsworth
- The Great Khan musical
- The Daily Planet
- Review of The Mysteries of Udolpho: The Movie
- The Metropolis Monarchs
- Galaxy Broadcasting System
- Sunglass Igloo
- The Wayne Foundation
- Goode World Studios' Stargirl
- Comedy Classic Network's reruns of Hello, Megan!
- Space Trek 3016
|Zatanna||Etativel yawa, Gib Yug!||Levitate away, Big Guy!|
|Seof, hcnup hcae rehto!||Foes, punch each other!|
|Mutrap a latrop!||Partum a portal! (Create a portal!)|
- Nightwing exclaims "You shall not pass!", a famous line from the 2001 film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
- Kaldur'ahm and Tigress compare themselves to Spartans warding off the outnumbering Phantom Zone prisoners, referring to the Battle of Thermopylae in which an army of 300 Spartans (plus some allies) managed to block the advance of the vast Persian army at the pass of Thermopylae.
- Lor-Zod blowing up cars with his heat vision is reminiscent to what General Zod did in Richard Donner's Superman II.
"Zenith and Abyss"
"Over and Out"
"Death and Rebirth"