Oh how I love this comic...why is it when the show is OVER we get the awesomeness that we are getting NOW? Oh boy what an issue.
Sam Lane in "Smallville" isn't the diabolical hardlined general he was in the DCU comics prior to the relaunch. He seems to be a good man who just takes his duty very seriously and is in league with questionable people...Luthor? I believe the New 52 Sam Lane collaborated with Lex as well, as did the Secret Origin version. It was the DCU version that hated Superman with a passion and didn't like Clark. That doesn't seem to be the case with this version. I could hear Michael Ironside voicing this dialogue.
Lex and Tess...yeah Admiral James Kirk
I agree with regarding the memories. As you say, fantastic tying it in with the Summerholt plot. Oh and the end...with the drones...oh boy. BEST SEASON EVER!!!