Smallville: Season 9 (Top 5 Episodes)

I keep abandoning this post, but I saw a video about Tom Welling talking about Erica Durance and now I want to watch season 9 all over again. Instead, I’m going to finish this post once and for all.

(All episode summaries are from IMDB.)


I did one season out of 10 and just stopped, lol, so I’m jumping to Season 9 (which weirdly enough is my favorite season).

1. Salvation

Zod unleashes his army upon the world, forcing Chloe to call in reinforcements from old friends. Zod tells Lois he is The Blur and asks her to steal the Book of Rao from Clark. Torn between Clark and The Blur, Lois asks Clark to come clean with her about everything but he refuses. Chloe and Oliver attempt to reconnect Watchtower’s satellite system in order to fight the Kandorians but to Chloe’s horror, Oliver gets caught on site and disappears. Tess attempts to stop Zod but he leaves her clinging to life. Clark and Zod battle for control of Earth.
—CW Publicity

This is one my favourite episodes of the entire series purely because Lois finds out Clark is the mysterious hero saving people in the city AKA ‘The Blur’ aka Almost Superman. Oh, and he super punches Zod into oblivion when he tries to kill (or at least injure) Lois. What more could a girl want?

Other than that, it’s a damn good season finale. The major villain this season is a watered down Zod, and while the plot was thin in some points, the writers did a great job with the overall story arc. Clark doesn’t necessarily ‘defeat’ Zod which I thought was interesting. He chooses to sacrifice his place on Earth for the sake of peace. Interestingly enough, we know that’s not his fate – and he ends up staying on Earth and sacrificing himself anyway. The writers call back to two different episodes – Saviour (Clark fights a Kryptonian from the future who renders him powerless through Blue Kryptonite) and Pandora (Clark is stabbed by Zod with a green Kryptonite blade) which I didn’t pick up on until after I’d seen them a few times.

2. Crossfire

Oliver tries to help a young street girl, Mia AKA Speedy, get out of her dangerous life by offering to train her, but Mia double crosses him. Lois asks Clark to help her land a job as an on-air television host, but the two are shocked when the station wants to hire them as a team.
—Anonymous

This is the episode with Lois and Clark’s first official kiss and it’s all sorts of adorable. The actual episode is all over the place thematically (Clark and Lois are doing morning television, Oliver plays Pretty Woman with a street girl and also tries to get back with Lois… even though he knows Clark likes her), but who cares? It’s Lois and Clark! LOIS AND CLARK! (Okay, I’ll calm down now).

3. Absolute Justice

A man named Sylvester Pemberton tracks down Chloe and tells her he knows about her team of superheroes and needs their help. However, before he can explain who he is, he is attacked and killed by Icicle. Clark and Chloe’s investigation leads Clark to the former headquarters of the Justice Society of America, an underground team of superheros, where he meets up with Nelson (AKA: Dr. Fate), Carter Hall (AKA: Hawkman) and Courtney (AKA: Star Girl). Courtney pleads with Hawkman and Dr. Fate to help her catch the killer that is targeting their group but they are reluctant to resume their duties as superheroes. Clark, John Jones, Green Arrow and Chloe team up to help the JSA stop Icicle before he murders another member of the group. Meanwhile, Lois receives a package from a mysterious agency called Checkmate, run by the shadowy Amanda Waller.
—CW Publicity

I was an hour into this before I realised it had been going for longer than usual. Admittedly, I wasn’t all that interested in the plot the first time, I enjoyed it much more the second time. I love the Justice Society of America characters and the eventual team-up. Oh, and Doctor Fate! I love Doctor Fate. Also, the second half has Lois in it which made it awesome by default.

4. Charade

Lois investigates the early prison release of ex-District Attorney Raymond Sacks but he threatens her with a gun when confronted. The Blur saves her, but is captured on film by a delivery guy who plans to sell the photo to Sacks. Lois and Clark each attempt to thwart the delivery of the photo and run into Maxwell Lord, a wealthy tycoon and Checkmate operative, who is trying to learn The Blur’s identity to eliminate him. Meanwhile, Chloe discovers Zod’s secret.
—CW Publicity

The infamous Superman/Lois/Clark triangle seems silly at times, but I liked Smallville’s take on it. Lois wasn’t necessarily in love with The Blur right off the bat, she was drawn in by the need to do something good in the world and with her life. Helping The Blur made everything else pale in comparison because it meant sacrificing parts of who she was for the greater good. When The Blur calls and asks for help after a lengthy hiatius, she rushes to his aid. Except at this point, Zod has figured out that Clark was in contact with Lois and he’s the one talking to her as The Blur! Poor Clark! It all comes to a head when Clark finds out and he has to call Lois as The Blur and tell her they can never speak again. Even though they’re together as Lois and Clark, it’s still bittersweet.

5. Idol & Pandora

Idol: Superhero twins Zan and Jayna (aka: the Wonder Twins) show up in Metropolis to help ‘The Blur’ fight crime with their combined shape-changing abilities. But the clumsy and naive teenagers end up botching several rescues, landing Clark in hot water with the District Attorney’s office. Clark decides to come forward as The Blur to clear his name despite Chloe’s protests. Meanwhile, Lois begins seeing a therapist to deal with her growing romantic feelings for Clark, and gets dangerously close to discovering his secret identity.
—matt-282

Pandora: 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.
—Anonymous

Yes, I listed two, but these two episodes are just wonderful. Some handwaving is necessary (lying is a currency on this show) but they’re just great. Idol in particular is a wonderful Lois Lane episode. At one point, Lois correctly deduces that Clark is The Blur and I basically squealed… and then they snatched it away from me. Luckily, Pandora takes place right afterwards and after figuring out Lois three week vanishing act, she and Clark finally become a couple (this is basically what I watched the show for, NGL).

Special Mentions

Metallo

After being hit by a truck, John Corben becomes a human guinea pig when his heart is replaced by a machine powered by meteor rocks, which, in turn, gives him extraordinary strength, and he realizes he can use it to catch his prey…the Red & Blue Blur.
—Moviedude1

I’m not the biggest Superman expert so I’d forgotten who Metallo was, but he’s a pretty epic villain. His origin here is iffy, but workable.

Initially, only put this here because of the scene were Clark comes back from his exile and Lois is super excited to see him. I know. This is supposed to be a snarky blog. What have I become? However, there are some really sweet Lois/The Blur moments here. Clark Kent is ‘dead’ after the events of season 8, but he can’t stay away from Lois so he calls her as The Blur. Lois being Lois gets herself in trouble when

Persuasion
It is Valentine’s Day and while Clark is out on a date with Lois, he unknowingly becomes infected by gemstone kryptonite, which has magical wish-fulfilling properties. Clark mentions to Lois that he wishes they had a more traditional relationship, so Lois quits the Daily Planet, moves in with Clark and starts planning their wedding. Still unaware of his new power, Clark also casually tells Chloe he wishes she would spend more time watching out for him, so an infected Chloe takes his wish to heart and sets her sights on a new target: Lois. Meanwhile, Zod quarrels with Tess as well as his wife, Faora, over the construction of the new solar tower which he hopes will restore his and the Kandorians super powers which will enable them to take over the Earth.
—matt-282

This is one of those Smallville episodes that has a subplot I’m meh about, but I’m all over the Lois and Clark scenes. And they didn’t disappoint! Watching Lois dance around in a wedding dress was pretty fun too.

The synopsis says Faora is Zod’s wife, but weirdly enough, it’s never really visibly apparent on the show. At one point she ends up pregnant and I was just like…’who’s the daddy… oh, wait, it’s Zod!’. I wish she was more of a badass – but I guess the point was that she hadn’t been completely corrupted by Zod at that point.

Escape
Clark and Lois head out of town for a quiet romantic getaway, but their plans are thwarted when they run into Chloe and Oliver at their Bed & Breakfast Inn. The couples’ awkward moment is interrupted by the arrival of the Silver Banshee, who sets her sights on Clark and Oliver. Meanwhile, Tess faces off with Zod with a surprising result.
—Anonymous

This episode is sooo awkward, but in a good way, lol. It’s a filler episode and dabbles in some Chloe/Oliver Queen (a pairing I will never be interested in) hence why it isn’t one of my hardcore faves, I just love the Lois and Clark scenes. I’m predictable.

Checkmate

Tess creates an elaborate hoax in order to kidnap Oliver/Green Arrow, and delivers him to the shady head of the secret society Checkmate, Amanda Waller, who tells him that that the government is recruiting him to serve his country. However, Green Arrow escapes before they can learn his identity. After Oliver brings Clark and Chloe up to speed on what happened to him, the three investigate and Clark is surprised to find John Jones investigating Oliver’s kidnapping too. Clark senses that John is keeping information from him. Oliver and Clark are shocked when Tess reveals that Amanda is after something called “Watchtower,” which is Chloe’s code name in the Justice League. When Chloe is captured by Checkmate agents, Waller threatens to kill Chloe unless Clark gives her the names and locations of the rest of the Justice League.
—matt-282

The Suicide Squad/Checkmate plot is sort of squashed into this season when it didn’t need to be, but upon rewatching and knowing more about the DC universe, I enjoyed it. There’s a pretty epic rescue in the episode that I blurred (ha!) past when I first saw it. The whole scene is shot in slow motion, with it being ‘still’ images almost like comic book panels (according to a comment I saw on YouTube anyway). Other than that, I quite enjoyed it.

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