Smallville

Season 10 Episode 19

Dominion

4
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2011 on The CW
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Tess determines that a Phantom Zone prisoner has learned of the way to escape, and Clark resolves to investigate by going there. Oliver tricks Clark into taking him along, and they discover that the Zoners have a new leader: Zod. Meanwhile, Lois learns that Tess is aware of one of Clark's secrets and chose not to confide in her.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A baffling choice when the show is coming to an end

    2.5
    I am still baffled, a week later, by this episode.



    Smallville is finishing a TEN YEAR run. They have built up such a rich heritage for the show. They have just 135 minutes of episode time left after this episode to finish the legacy. And they create THIS. Why?



    It's just... baffling. It doesn't further the story. It doesn't fit with the arcs really. It doesn't close off any stories, or revisit any memorable moments. The style doesn't fit, it feels like a director having a laugh and emulating Spartacus. It's not interesting. The return of Zod just slows down the pace of the last season.



    All in all, Smallville season 10 has been (overall) one of the best. But this episode just smacks of filler until they get to the finale. It really adds nothing to finish this great show.moreless
  • Dominion

    9.5
    Dominion was a superb episode of Smallville and I really enjoyed watching this episode. It seems that perhaps some people are rating based on their feelings about the show ending. I admit that some of these episodes could have been better, however there were some great scenes in this episode, especially at the end. I think this episode had important relevance to the over all story but feel that there should have been more time for the last scenes to have gone further. There was plenty of action, intrigue, romance, drama, as well as character and plot development. I look forward to watching the next episode of Smallville!!!!!!!moreless
  • Smallville: Blood and Sand

    9.0
    Dominion-Tess determines that a Phantom Zone prisoner has learned of the way to escape, and Clark resolves to investigate by going there. Oliver tricks Clark into taking him along, and they discover that the Zoners have a new leader: Zod. Meanwhile, Lois learns that Tess is aware of one of Clark's secrets and chose not to confide in her. Well, we all know Smallville is well know for ripping off movies/TV shows and as far as rip-offs goes, I surprisingly still enjoyed the hell of of "Dominion". Sure, this episode screamed "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" to the point where I thought Rob Tapert would sue the writers but considering "Spartacus" is a self-proclaimed "300" rip-off by the producers themselves, you can't really blame Smallville for ripping off a rip-off can you? Anyway, "Dominion" still manages to deliver some fine action, some dark blood filled moments and...oh...ZOD!! Callum Blue returns as the menancing Kryptonian General and never misses a beat in his performance in this episode as if he never left the series to begin with. I'm glad the writers managed to do something that made sense for a change having Phantom Zod possess Clone Zod when he was put in the Zone by the Kandorians. Making both verisons of Clark's nemesis sharing the same body makes the perfect set up for his future with Clark and I really liked they managed to show Zod in the classic mirror version with Ursa and Non beside him. Zod scenes with Clark and Oliver were filled with tension and you could feel the animosity through the screen. Zod is a great manipulator, especially when Callum Blue is chewing up the screen with his immpeccable delivery. I loved how they established some genuine continuity with explaining how Zod could open the portal out of the Phantom Zone thanks to Clark giving him his blood last season. Sure it's a stretch but atleast the writers are attempting to create less plotholes. I also loved how they established that Darkseid is behind Zod's rule over the Phantom Zone and has been affecting other planets with his darkness besides Earth. I also loved the shot of the Omega Symbol on of the Skulls. Speaking of direction, Justin Hartley makes his directorial debut here and for the most part, it was decent. Sure the fight scenes screamed "Amateur, cliche slow mo fight scenes" but at least they were entertaining enough for me not to care. As stubborn as Olvier was to follow Clark into the Zone, it was great watching them work together and even fight each other. Although Clark having Oliver almost kill him just to get the crystal was a bit extreme, also, how would Clark know that Zod would manipulate Oliver to fight him not knowing Oliver was infected by the Omega Symbol? Anyway, it lead to a good bloody conclusion between the heroes and like a I said, Zod's last declaration of revenge as Clark and Oliver escape and he's floating away in the mirror Phantom Zone perfectly set up his return to fight Superman!



    The only downside of the episode was Tess and Lois part of the story. It desperately felt tacked on, especially considering how Lois' ends of reacting to Clark's plan. Tess was only doing what Clark asked of her and Clark is the leader, Lois should know this and should see the greater good in Clark's actions to sacrifice himself to stop other psychos like Slade from being released from the Phantom Zone yet she out of now where pulls a gun on Tess. WTF!? Not only was that out of character but comepletely unnecessary tension on the writers part. Not that I don't understand Lois' angst over the situation but get a grip woman! The writers tried to soften the blow when Lois and Clark reunite with Lois explaining her desperation and waiting for Clark to return, but I much rather would have liked Lois to apologize for Tess for her behavior. Anyway, the episode sets up a new mission for Oliver as his growing darkness will consume if he doesn't find the Bow of Orion...can you say Deus Ex Machina? Anyway, the episode ends with some bizarre flashs of Oliver's dark side starting to take over. All and All, "Dominion" is anything but original but it's extremely entertaining with a great return appearence from Zod and definitely adds some excitement toward the end of days of Smallville.moreless
  • Typical filler before the Big End. Not bad though.

    8.0
    A prisoner from the Phantom Zone appears on this side, which makes Clark go over there to check out what's going on. And shortly after he arrives, he finds out that it was all set up by no other than Zod. Clark was supposed to go there himself, but Oliver makes a quick move in the last second and they both end up in the Phantom Zone where they find several skulls marked with the Omega symbol.



    Meanwhile, Lois finds out about the plan Clark and Tess made up just in case of trouble, and she doesn't like it so she decides to do something about that.



    All in all not a bad episode. And the chance to see Callum Blue / Zod again. Forget about the bad reviews, this is not a bad episode, and keep in mind that the good stuff is coming right after this one.moreless
  • 1019

    2.5
    How could have anyone liked this? If I wanted to watch 300, I would have rented it at the video store. Definitely not something I would have expected when I started watching tonight's episode of Smallville. I could go on and on about the flaws in this episode, but I'll just name a few.



    Lois acted like a psychopath half the time. Pointing a gun at Tess? Are you serious? Oliver and Clark pitted against each other for Zod's pleasure in the battle to the death was just incredibly ridiculous. At least we got some development with darkness possibly taking over Oliver.



    The three week jump didn't make sense. It just seemed like the Smallville writers are rushing to the end, all the while, the story lines are all over the place. We only have 3 episodes left including the 2 part finale and the plot seems to be going at the slowest pace imaginable. Is anyone actually intrigued by Oliver's story line this late in the game? I surely am not. Horrible episode that contained ridiculous story lines and not believable character decisions.moreless
Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

John DeSantis

John DeSantis

Zone Prisoner #1

Guest Star

Aliyah O'Brien

Aliyah O'Brien

Zone Prisoner #2

Guest Star

Revard Dufresne

Revard Dufresne

Zone Prisoner #3

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The guitarist depicted on Lois' Whitesnake shirt is Doug Aldrich. She claimed that the shirt was her 8th grade concert shirt. Doug Aldrich joined Whitesnake in 2003. Assuming that Lois attended the 8th grade at age 13 - 14 (usual age for that grade), and that the episode is supposed to take place around the time of airing (i.e., in 2011), this places Lois' age at about 21 - 22, at the oldest. Previous episodes, however, have placed Lois as being typically no more than a year older than Clark, which would make her 25 - 26.

    • After Clark loses his first shield, there are several others lying around the arena, including one leaning against Oliver's cage. Despite that, Oliver ignores that shield and gives Clark a much smaller helmet as a weapon instead.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Oliver: Listen, about this zone, Clark. You know, when you said Jor-El built a prison, I kind of pictured something a little more confined than a national park.
      Clark: He built this place so Krypton's worst criminals could have some kind of life.
      Oliver: Sounds like a real sweetheart.

    • Clark: Hey, Lois. Where can I put this box?
      Lois: Well, I don't think that requires any super-sleuthing. It does say "living room."
      Clark: No, I can decipher your scrawl. I'm just thinking it was mislabeled.
      Lois: If you're talking about my Whitesnake throw pillow, loving everything about me includes the sentimental. I made this for my 8th grade concert t-shirt. And I talked to Oliver, and he told me how smoothly he and Chloe fused their hero green and geek chic.
      Clark: Don't worry. My "for better or worse" will include your love of hair metal.

    • Lois: Part of us merging our lives together is taking the time to find the right spot for everything.
      Clark: All I know is my perfect spot is here with you.

    • Clark: We have nothing in common.
      Zod: We're from the same world. Do you really think that having powers is the only thing that makes you Kryptonian? it's not. We share the same instincts. We're decisive, single-minded, headstrong. No, we were meant to be leaders.
      Clark: Leaders? You're a tyrant who only believes in himself.
      Zod: Who else should I put my faith in?

    • Tess: Lois, I don't want to give up on Clark either. I don't, but we have a responsibility. To not put the world at risk for selfish reasons, which is what you're doing by wanting to see him again.
      Lois: I will not let you sacrifice him.
      Tess: Being with a hero means accepting that hero's sacrifices.
      Lois: That's where you're wrong. Being a hero's wife means never accepting defeat.

    • Oliver: I know exactly what you're doing.
      Zod: Yeah. But you know it's true, don't you? And it goes way back. After your parents were murdered, that anger, that desire for revenge, ah, you can feel it now, can't you? That darkness bubbling under the surface. Terrifies you.

    • Lois: I wish you could've had a little faith in me, too.
      Clark: Lois, I didn't want you to have to make that kind of choice. I was trying to...
      Lois: Protect me? I know. But you're part of me now, Clark. Half of a whole. So in the future, if there's even a chance that the mission might claim my better half, sign me up. Because I'd rather be in some sand-blown purgatory then in the hell of not knowing I'll ever see you again.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Oliver: We had a better chance of surviving your dad's desert than Zod's Thunderdome.
      Referencing the 1985 movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, the third in a trilogy of movies featuring Mel Gibson as "Max," a former policeman who wanders a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The Thunderdome is a huge gladiatorial cage-dome where parties in a disagreement fight to the death while suspended from bungee cords.

    • Oliver: If you release your pet monkey here, I'd be more than willing to give the Wicked Witch a personal demonstration.
      Referencing primarily the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, based on the novels by L. Frank Baum. Margaret Hamilton plays the Wicked Witch of the West, the main villainess of the movie. The flying monkeys are her personal servants.

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