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Friday, February 26, 2010

Smallville 9x15 - "Conspiracy"



ROLL CALL:

SUPERMAN! CHLOE SULLIVAN! LOIS LANE! TESS MERCER! ZOD! THE GREEN ARROW!
Special DC Universe Mentions:
METALLO: THE MAN WITH THE KRYPTONITE HEART!
CHECKMATE! (via chess piece in Lois' desk)
and
AMANDA WALLER! (via text message to Lois: "THE WALL")

The big news: Zod has his powers, thanks to Clark, who stabbed his hand with Kryptonite and bled his K-blood into Zod's gunshot wound to heal him. Zod lied to Clark about having powers and feigned friendship with Clark (though no doubt, he was grateful for his life being saved and its Superpower side effects). Then Zod soaked up the sun Sheryl Crow-style, jumped off the Daily Planet roof Peter Petrelli-style, and flew around Metropolis Terrance Stamp General Zod-style. You Will Believe Zod Can Fly!


Zod: "How did you know your blood would heal me?"
Clark: "I didn't."
Smallville Writers: "We're making that up."

Works for me. Once again, Clark Kent's goodness and decency proves to be his undoing.

Of course, Chloe saw it coming. Well, not that, specifically, but that Clark's do-goodery would probably lead to "another Doomsday scenario". (Boy, is she bitter about David Bloome and Henry James "Jimmy" Olsen, RIP.)

Chloe has been embezzling funds from a subdivision of Oliver Queen Industries. Tess, who's in charge of Luthorcorp, another subdivision of Queen Industries, brought this to Oliver's attention after fuming over her Solar Tower coming down. (I'm so unclear about what Tess wants anymore. She knew if the Tower got built, it would be the Kryptonian Armageddon, but she's still pissed Clark torched it with Heat Vision.)

Oliver makes a "booty call" reference to Chloe that implies their booties have been calling in between episodes before grilling her about why she's been "borrowing" money behind his back. Chloe's reveal: She's been buying Kryptonite and stockpiling K-weapons if the Kryptonian Armageddon goes down anyway, Solar Tower or no. And Oliver shows he's no dummy himself by having the stockpile transported out of Chloe's hands because Tess was onto both of them.

Then Oliver and Chloe agree Clark doesn't need to know any of this. Secrets and lies. It's all secrets and lies on Smallville!

The A-story of the medical examiner who died and was brought back to life by Kandorian cybernetic engineers, who then went insane, captured and cut up said cybernetic engineers after freezing them cryogenically... I'm bored just trying to describe that. Lois got kidnapped as well to write the page one scoop of Crazy Undead M.E. With Carved Up Head Freezing and Harvesting Aliens Wearing Dog Tags With Funny Looking Symbols.

The important stuff from that plot was the reveal that one of the bodies - now gone missing - that the Kandorians were experimenting on was John Corben. Metallo. The Man With The Kryptonite Heart! Also, Lois absconded with a Kandorian blood sample that she sent to the Daily Planet's lab to analyze (a newspaper has a lab for this stuff?) but somehow ended up in the hands of Checkmate and a grateful Amanda Waller (THE WALL).

Zod did try to save Lois after tracking down the crazy medical examiner's lair via detective work, and he pretended to be an FBI agent to Lois (which Clark "verified". Secrets and lies!)

Smallville has certainly done a surprising and pleasing amount of filling in shades of gray with their version of Zod. This Zod is a clone who has not yet reached the point of total evil shown by General Zod in Superman II. He's well on the way, but he's not there yet. The female Kandorians have a lot of stories that Zod is actually a great and noble man who sacrifices everything for his Kandorian soldiers. They see him in a completely different way.

A big difference from Superman II's Zod is that Smallville's Zod has come to respect Lois for being so straight up in trying to save his life after he got shot. Superman II's Zod always saw Lois as a dog, at best. And again, he at least respects Clark for caring about the Kandorians and for saving his life, even if he foolishly gave him all his powers in doing so. They shook hands, but poor naive Clark will find out pretty soon he and Zod still aren't Superfriends.

Perhaps the most important new facet to Smallville's Zod is his John Morrison Slow Motion (TM) ability to pick people's pockets. But now that he has all of Superman's powers, he probably won't be doing the Slow Motion too much anymore. Who needs Slo-Mo when you have Superspeed?

5 long weeks until the next new Smallville.

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