Smallville

Season 9 Episode 14

Conspiracy

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 26, 2010 on The CW
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When a doctor that the Kandorians resurrected for experimentation becomes determined to prove that aliens have invaded Earth, he kidnaps several of Zod's people and Lois in the hopes of exposing the truth. Zod disguises himself as a Daily Planet reporter, but is shot during his efforts.moreless

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  • 914

    7.5
    A good episode of Smallville, and this show has just been good in general as of late, lets just hope they stay this way. The whole season so far has been a complete mess, and it looks like Smallville is picking up slack, but you never know with this season, things can go from good to horrendous in one episode, so you never know. What this episode lacked was development. Last time we saw Chloe & Oliver together, he was giving her a bow & arrow lesson, now their each others booty calls. It just didn't make sense, and I would have liked to know how a couple as random as this one got together. The writing, however, was tons better and I think that's why this episode was good.



    The writing all season has been lacking but this episode gave it some redemption from the conversations between Zod & Lois to the conversations between Clark & Zod. I'm really enjoying Callum Blue's stay on Smallville, he definitely stole the show here.



    Chloe's plan is interesting, but both relationships going on in this show just really... they really don't make sense. Clark & Lois: Destined to be together? Yeah they have no chemistry. Chloe & Oliver: Talk about Chloe being sloppy seconds to Lois. Oliver has more chemistry with Tess at this point, and Chloe needed to be with Jimmy, but I guess that's ruined too. Oh well, all relationships aside, this was a good episode.moreless
  • -The whole flying thing with Clark/Superman has really gotten on my nerves now! Plus I agree with -DeepSecret's post on Mar 27, 2010. -What's up with Lois constantly getting knocked out!?moreless

    7.5
    We've been following Clark for 9 years now as he discovers his powers and he still can't fly! Even after he met is cousin who can fly and was willing to help teach him, Clark brushed it off. Knowing that you might have the ability to fly, wouldn't you try to find out or be curious? I'd be out at my farm at night trying to figure it out.

    (WARNING SPOILER) So for now, Clark can't fly but he gives Zod a drop of his blood to save him and with in hours, Zod has the same powers and can fly!!! Are you kidding me!? For 7 years Clark has been going back and forth whith Lana (who by the way in my opinion is more appealing than Lois physically and mentally) but now he jumps into a relationship with Lois. What is up with Lois's head? That girl is always getting knocked out! She has more knockouts/concussions than a boxer or football player! It's getting a little crazy how much she gets knocked out, "Uh oh, Lois fell over a table and got knocked out", "Oh no, Lois combed her her wrong and got knocked out."moreless
  • smallville the show that keeps on going and getting better and better each episode

    10
    in this episode there was allot of action and suspense especially about the guy that captures the kandorians he was not that good of an actor but still he did his part in this episode and actually Loise was a bit mysterious in this episode working with checkmate and not telling Clark about it, it is fare by Clark doesn't tell Loise everything about himself where he is from and who Zod really is i think that she will discover that so soon maybe this season and maybe the next yes people Smallville has been renewed for a 10th season just about a week ago and i think it will beat Stargate's record and this is good news for Smallville is the best show airing now with supernatural and the vampire diaries of course i hate that vampire diaries took Smallville's spot but still have to admit it is a good show this episode ends with Zod flying it is cool that at least someone is flying nearly every episode of this season and the nextmoreless
  • The Kandorians are being kidnapped one by one, and when Faora's sister Vala is next, she enlists Clark's help to search for her. Meanwhile, a strange man approaches Lois, claiming to have proof that aliens are among them. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)moreless

    7.0
    OK, this episode has got to be one of the worst, if not *the* worst, ever made! And I'm not just talking about SMALLVILLE episodes; I mean every episode of every TV show ever made. For one thing, the whole there-are-aliens-among-us-and-I'll-stop-at-nothing-to-prove-it story has been done to death. And for another, Zod now has powers; not only that, but he flat-out lied to Clark about it. There might be a nice, heroic guy buried in there somewhere, but under no circumstances whatsoever would I ever want Zod to have powers, no matter what Faora says about him. Plus, he flew before Clark! Thirdly, nitpicking though it may be, 'The Wall' is a stupid, unimaginative nickname for Amanda Waller. Anyhow, now for the good news. I loved seeing Zod incognito as a mild-mannered Daily Planet reporter (hee! :D), though for a second when he was standing on the stairs, I thought he was going to do something evil, like blow up the basement or out Clark as The Blur or something. And speaking of Zod, I liked that Lois tried to save him, because as much as I don't like Zod, Lois helped restore *some* of Zod's faith in humans. That is, if Zod and what he told Clark at the end is to be believed at *all*. Anyway, I also liked that Lois tried to point out that Vala had actually saved Dr. What's-his-name, and speaking of, I was pleasantly suprised when, at the beginning of the episode, Vala seemed to understand that the Kandorians don't need powers with Clark around and that the humans need Clark as much as they do. As for Clois, I hate that they're back to keeping secrets from each other (and that Checkmate somehow made its way into the episode), but I'm more than willing to overlook it because of that first Clois scene. It was both hot and romantic, especially with the way Clark said "Hello" to Lois and got lost in her eyes. :D *However*, not even Tom Welling's hotness or the Clois moments were enough to save this fiasco of an episode, but they were enough for me to keep from giving this episode a rating of five. Instead, I'll give CONSPIRACY seven alien blood samples out of ten.



    Highlights -- Clark checking on Faora and his sister Vala (I especially liked Faora's remark to Vala about Clark being in love with a human); Clark and Lois flirting, and making plans to rendezvous later; Clark catching Zod's fist, and staring him down; Faora filling Clark in on her history with Zod; Zod donning glasses and charming information out of a woman; Lois trying to save Zod; Lois and Clark discussing Zod and "full disclosure," before having a Mexican standoff over their cell phones; and Zod flying (if only for the visuals).moreless
  • Aiming high, shooting low

    6.0
    This is another one of those episodes that doesn't seem to be going anywhere, but manages to sneak in a major plot development in the final moments. In this case, it was a bit predictable. Who didn't realize that Clark's blood was going to transfer power to Zod? I have no idea if that was something established in the DC canon as a possibility, but it just seemed like the obvious consequence.



    In fact, it could be said that this was a largely transitional episode designed to remind the audience of all the plot threads that are currently up in the air. The situation with the Kandorians is particularly complicated. Some of the Kandorians are eager to follow Clark's lead, while others are devoted to Zod. Some of the Kandorians are acting without Zod's permission, experimenting on humans, but somehow this is not to be taken as a lack of confidence in Zod's leadership. There are enough factions and subsets within the Kandorian camp to allow the writers to do pretty much anything without contradicting themselves.



    Unfortunately, it's a tangle that the writers are going to have to unravel if they want the season to succeed. There are already plenty of fans complaining about the Kandorians, so making them obtuse and fractious is one hell of a risk. It's already clear that Zod is manipulating Clark with half-truths and lies, so why not simply leave it to that?



    Zod's characterization is another issue. I still think it would have been more interesting to portray Zod in a more positive light, even if he was maintaining a certain degree of Kryptonian brutality. After all, the writers keep reminding the audience that Zod and Jor-El were friends and allies, even with the apparent betrayals that came towards the end. If the message is that Zod has a good and noble side, why do we only see the duplicitous part? It fits audience expectation, but it's also predictable as a result.



    The same complaint can be lodged against the current portrayal of Tess Mercer. In the eighth season, I thought the writers did a capable job of taking her from her Lex-clone origins to something a bit more substantial. Despite her actions and choices, she seemed to have a genuine desire to help Clark. The issue was less her design and more her method. Now, it's hard to fathom what her goals are.



    One bright spot was the revelation of Chloe's secret plan to defend against powered Kandorians. While the visions of the future may no longer apply, the end of this episode strongly suggests that at least some of the Kandorians will be regaining their powers and making trouble for Clark. Chloe and Oliver now have the weapons to help in that fight. (Of course, as the future vision aptly demonstrated, this could be just as easily used against Clark.)



    As far as the rest of the episode is concerned, it was nice to see Lois show off her fighting skills again. Her romance with Clark is coming along very well, even if it sometimes strays into overly sweet territory. The central villain wasn't particularly interesting, and his methods seemed a bit more gruesome than has been the standard for "Smallville". It felt like the writers were going for edgy, but settled on "shocking".moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Callum Blue

Callum Blue

Major Zod

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

J.R. Bourne

J.R. Bourne

Bernard Chisholm

Guest Star

Nicholas Carella

Nicholas Carella

Dr. Flores

Guest Star

Sean Rogerson

Sean Rogerson

Lenkov

Guest Star

Sharon Taylor (II)

Sharon Taylor (II)

Faora

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the doctor puts the gun to Lois's head, it sounds like he is cocking a pistol. However, when the shot moves over to his hand, he is obviously holding a revolver.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lois: Don't worry. I won't leave until your FBI backup gets here.
      Zod: Why would you do that? You don't know me.
      Lois: That's what Clark would do.

    • Chloe: Clark's in a Kandorian family now, and I don't want to let his loyalties lead us into another Doomsday scenario.
      Oliver: Neither do I.
      Chloe: So do you really think we should tell Clark everything?
      Oliver: Absolutely. But only when the time is right.

    • Lois: That's the thing about heroes. No matter how brightly you shine the light on them, they always want to stay in the shadows.

    • Clark: How're you feeling?
      Zod: Like a changed man. When your enemy becomes your savior, your paradigm shifts.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: August 31, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Sweden: September 10, 2010 on TV6
      Turkey: May 1, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Norway: May 15, 2011 on Max
      Czech Republic: October 14, 2011 on TV Nova

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Lois: Listen, Agent Mulder. I will write your X-Files exposé.
      Referencing the 1993-2002 series chronicling the adventures of two FBI agents, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, who investigate strange and inexplicable supernatural, genetic, and alien phenomena.

    • Molly: What can I do for you, Magoo?
      Referencing Mr. Magoo, a movie and TV cartoon character who was very near-sighted. He'd frequently get in near-disastrous situations but managed to get out of them without a scratch due to blind luck. He first appeared in 1949 and was voiced by Jim Backus.

    • Lois: How did you end up in my Nightmare on Psycho Street?
      Referencing the 1984 horror movie featuring Freddie Krueger, a child killer who is killed by angry parents and gains the ability to manifest in dreams. When he kills his victims in their dreams, they die in real life. The movie spawned a successful movie and TV franchise, and a theatrical remake was released some two months after this episode premiered.

    • Lois: I got Randall to let me pen my Silence of the Lambs remake.
      Referencing Thomas Harris' 1988 novel which chronicles serial killer "Buffalo Bill" and the hunt for him conducted by FBI agent Clarice Starling. Most famously, it served to introduce cannibal and serial killer Hannibal Lecter. The novel was subsequently made into a movie in 1991, and has spawned several sequels and prequels.

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