Smallville

Season 8 Episode 7

Identity

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 30, 2008 on The CW
9.3
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Jimmy takes a picture of Clark saving Lois from danger but it comes out in a blur on film. Tess decides the story should make front page for the Daily Planet. Chloe refuses to help Clark.

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  • The Red Blue Blur is born

    9.0
    And so the Red Blue Blur is born. I will never concede, this is literally the worst superhero name in all existence. I would have been happy with Captain Patron, or even Red Man, because let's be honest, you can barely even see the blue in the original picture. That whole Jimmy finding out about Clark's powers for however briefly was pretty funny though, I do admit.
  • Clarks Identity in Trouble... The end is an amazing twist... Awesome adding to the brilliants of smallville...

    10
    Jimmy and lois are walking down the street when a man mugs them, with the flash of Jimmy's camera, clark super-speeds into the camera sight saving lois from a passing car. Later we see the picture printed with a red and blue blur in the focus, with lots of research Jimmy guesses that is clark when he sees a photo of him with his parents wearing red and blue... Clark denies it...



    Clark sets up a plan with chloe (awesome, pretty and smart), and Oliver to trick Jimmy in thinking it was a mask man aka oliver instead of clark... The next day the picture is published front page, Jimmy says to Clark that he wishes he was him cause he someone everyone can rely on... The whole time lois is on a date with sebastian (a meteor freak from black creek), who realises that lois knows about him, heading to her apartment he tries to kill her.



    In the hospital we see Sebastian in bed, and chloe standing watching, asking him how much of the man who stopped him story/life he got through. Admits alot, Chloe takes off her gloves. touches him cause his brain to overload and die. I can believe it, i remember it happening in another episode but i cant remember which one... The one with glove in the hospital.moreless
  • Look up in the sky!

    9.5
    I gotta say... My feelings on this episode are kinda conflicted. On the one hand, I really liked the idea of Jimmy finding out about Clark, and I really wish that Clark had admitted to being Superman. It would have made his life SO much easier, and Jimmy is so sweet. Ah well, just adds to the mystery of the show. I'm really glad Ollie has decided to resume his role as the Green Arrow. I missed him. He's another really sweet character, and you can always count on him being there for Clark and Chloe. Besides, Mr. Justin Hartely is one fine specimen of a man... :P

    What really unnerved me was the ending- Chloe essentially killing Sebastian. That's not the sweet Chloe we learned to love! But I did love that scene... It took me a few minutes to decide whether I liked it or not, and I decided that it was relatively... awesome... It really shook up her character, and it left the fans with their mouths gaping open. The final thing that made this episode so enjoyable were the not-so-subtle hints to Clark's future identity: the "Look! In the sky!" yelled by one of the bystanders, the headline "Faster than a speeding bullet!" and Clark's humorous statement "Never wear the red cape again. It looked ridiculous." (or something to that effect) All in all, an excellent episode, definitely worth more than one view :)moreless
  • And yet another great and amazing episode from Smallville,its very well written and well directed and the grahics were amazing. This is why Smallville is one of the Best TV-Shows on TV right now. I hope it continues that way.moreless

    10
    This episode is about revelling the secret identity of clark kent,and it well make clark think about creating his destined role in the future by becoming SUPERMAN,which will be in the future but first Clark has to FLY!!!!!!!!!! By the way Tom Welling is a Great actor and perfect for the role of Superman.



    In the episode Jimmy takes a photo of Clark using his super-speed in saving Lois from danger, but it comes out in a blur on film. Tess decides the story should make front page for the Daily Planet as the mysterious new 'superhero' that Metropolis has. But Chloe refuses to help Clark anymore to protect his secret, so Clark turns to Oliver for help when Jimmy gets too close to discovering Clark's secret. Meanwhile, Lois meets Sebastian Kane, a new reporter to the Daily Planet, who has the power to see peoples memories by mere touch and has been hired by Tess to find the missing alien crystal.moreless
  • And they say that a hero can save us...

    9.0
    It's hard to believe it has taken eight years for this show to finally tackle the issue of having a secret identity. But, sure, as they say, better late than never. I mean, Yes, they have skimmed upon the subject in previous seasons, but there has never been an entire episode dedicated to the serious matter. So props, once again, to S8!



    Continuing the season's trend of integrating as many of the main players as possible into the fold and allowing them a chance to shine, remains to be this season's strongest aspect in making a story successful - it finally feels like a natural ensemble. Mr. Ashmore is a likeable guy, but we've never really been given a reason to actually like Jimmy or acknowledge him as a serious main-casting character...until now. He has been generally perceived as Chloe's toy-boy, but season eight has proven he's more man than we give him credit for.



    His mission to find this mysterious hero surprisingly leads him to the man of steel, and it's reassuring to know that he'd willingly keep Clark's secret, even if it meant jeopardising any potential promotions with the new information uncovered. This reassures fans that there is more to Jimmy than meets his camera, and it also reassures Clark, thus nudging these two fellows towards the strong friendship we know they'll eventually have down the line.



    There hasn't been an episode so far in season eight that has felt as though it was pure filler. The consistency of the season is giving each episode some much needed gravitas, playing a pivotal role in one way or another in finally getting to the stage where the people won't need to ask if it's a blur who saved that plane? No. It's Superman!



    Even Lois' subplot managed to have some payoff for the shippers, as we get a blink and you'll miss it smirk when we get a flashback to Clark zipping her up. It's moments like these that are fleshing out these characters in ways the show would have tripped over a few seasons ago.



    Kudos to the writers for having Clark take a moment to slap some sense into Ollie. Oliver has been big with the lectures this year, and some of them were needed, but it just goes to show how much Clark is growing as a character to finally stand up to one of his guides into super-hero hood. I'm loving the fact there's confrontation this year that doesn't end with tears. Chloe verbally power-slammed Clark last week, and Clark reignites Ollie's passion for his work. Again, it feels that tiny bit more natural.



    As for the ending? This season is promising quite a bit with so many villains on the cards. I've been wondering to myself if the SFX have been used sparingly so far so that the visual effects team can really sell the blows Clark will most certainly receive by Doomsday, Brainiac and Tess' gang of super freaks. Who knows? But Chloe's little stunt was magnificent. Brainiac has started to influence her it seems, more so than before, and since Chloe isn't exactly part of the Superman mythos, a Brainiac invasion of her body would be the perfect way to discard of the character, as much as it pains me to say.



    Great episode!moreless
Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Jimmy Olsen

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Kyle Schmid

Kyle Schmid

Sebastian Kane

Guest Star

Max Train

Max Train

Jesse

Guest Star

Sarah Penikett

Sarah Penikett

Girl on Oliver's Plane

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The three-hour travel problem arises again. Sebastian gets out of the car and Tess calls her operatives to put the "attack Jimmy" plan in motion. They immediate go to work. However, it takes Sebastian three hours to take Lois back to her apartment above the Talon in Smallville. There's no indication what the muggers were doing in those three hours when the previous scene established they were going right after Jimmy.

    • In the picture that Jimmy takes Clark is nothing but a blur while Lois can be made out clearly, but at this point both Clark and Lois would have been moving at superspeed, so it is inconsistent that they should appear so differently in the photo.

    • In the opening scene, we see a visual effect of Jimmy's camera flash light moving slowly, much slower than Clark himself. This seems to indicate that when Clark superspeeds he moves faster than light, which he clearly wouldn't be doing.

    • As previously established, Smallville is three hour away from Metropolis. If Clark superspeeded to Isis from the Kent farm as soon as Jimmy left, Jimmy couldn't have arrived at Isis less than a minute later.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Chloe: (to Clark) Writers have been writing under pen names since the invention of the alphabet. Oliver Queen has the Green Arrow. I think it's time for you to have one of your own.

    • Lois: The only stealth crimefighter I know about wears green leather and plays with arrows, and I think he's hung up his bow.

    • Lois: Well, if you like covering robbery and homicide, you've come to the right place. The crime rate's so high there's actually a "no vacancy sign" in front of county jail.
      Sebastian: Really? Metropolis seems like a safe haven compared to some of the places I've covered.
      Lois: Really? Like where, the gates of Hell?

    • Clark: So where you going all dressed up?
      Lois: A little thing called a date. I know you're fresh off the farm, but sometimes, when a guy likes a girl, he asks her out.
      Clark: I know what a date is. So who's the unlucky guy?

    • Sebastian: You want to hear about the last time I was in a big government facility? I think I was in high school. That's about as close to prison as it gets.

    • Clark: Tell me you're sober.
      Oliver: Let me tell you something--I wish I wasn't sober. I can be in a cabana in Aruba right now. Instead, I'm in the middle of downtown on a rooftop with you guys.
      Clark: You didn't hear me complain when I had to put on green leather to protect your identity.
      Oliver: Clark, you made out with my girlfriend, man. What did you have to complain about?

    • Jimmy: Well, you might not be superhuman, Clark, but there's a reason that I thought you were the Good Samaritan.
      Clark: Why's that, 'cause I buy Girl Scout cookies twice a year?

    • Lois: I wasn't on a date, Smallville. I was deep undercover on a dinner with a psychopath.
      Clark: Sounds like your type.

    • Oliver: (to Clark) Nice press. I got to tell you, I never realized how photogenic you were, as long as no one sees your face.

    • Clark: Oliver, I have no doubt that your parents would be proud of the person you've become. Except for one thing, and it's just a piece of friendly advice. Don't even wear that cape again. It looked ridiculous.
      Oliver: Really? I kind of liked it. Sure helped with the aerodynamics. You should give it a try.
      Clark: Not in this lifetime.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Injoke: The phrase "Faster than a speeding bullet" at the Daily Planet headline in the article about the picture Jimmy took is an allusion to the 50s TV show The Adventures of Superman, where the Announcer said at the beginning of each episode: "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!"

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Saturday, February 14, 2009 on TVNorge
      Sweden: Friday, July 3, 2009 on TV6
      Czech Republic: March 23, 2010 on TV Nova
      Turkey: April 18, 2010 on CNBC-e
      Slovakia: May 25, 2012 on Markiza

    • Sam Witwer is credited but doesn't appear.

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