Smallville

Season 9 Episode 8

Idol

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Nov 13, 2009 on The CW
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Zan and Jayna come to Metropolis and assist the Blur with his fight to take down crime but several of their rescue attempts fail, which leads Clark in trouble with the District Attorney.

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  • I saw Smallville's dignity being shred to pieces

    6.0
    Smallville

    Season 9

    Episode 8: Idol

    Clark discovers someone is saving people and posing as the blur, but in his way creates a mess. It is later revealed that they are no less than the awful, suckish, crappy super twins!



    Smallville was good at a time, now its just being lame. I've seen a couple of good episodes this season, and I was beginning to think that it could rerise again, BUT! (oh yeah, the big BUT) this episode! The damage was already done, and to recover from a bunch of failures in the last couple of seasons isnt easy, and they were kind of doing it, but then the super twins arrive and trying to save us all, they completely pulled the show's improvement down! The show couldnt have a good superhero, they had to have the sh***est that have ever existed! (no offense to any fan, but its true!)

    This episode wasnt completely bad, the last part was quiet entertainning, but the rest of the episode was just lame!moreless
  • 908

    9.5
    I can finally say Smallville is back on track with the first superb episode of the season. Anyone that classifies this as a filler is dead wrong; We got so much development for one episode and we got such a great cliffhanger at the very end. But who knows? This show may very well go downhill again, but I hope this isn't the best episode of the season. Hopefully we'll see more episodes with high octane action like this one. From the mayor and his men throwing Lois off of the Daily Planet as if it were sport to the very intense and intriguing ledge scene with the underlying tension of the phone call.



    Every DC Universe fan will love this epsiode, guaranteed. We have very important DC characters here: Come on, it's the Wonder Twins. They definitely worked great together, and I loved all their scenes with Chloe. The phone call was so intense, Lois hearing Clark's voice on the other line, you'd think there would be no escaping that, but somehow they manage to throw Lois off the tracks.



    I also liked how this episode wasn't the "aftermath" of Clark & Lois kissing, their lines about the kiss were kept to a minimum which is always great. Now lets talk about the cliffhanger. Now I'm not a huge Clark/Lois fan but we got a great scene here! Clark & glasses, great Superman reference. Lois kicking the stack on newspapers to reach and kiss Clark, great direction here! Then Lois has her visions and passes out. Something tells me we're getting closer to these visions coming true. Just a superb episode of Smallville with finally great writing and eventful scenes.moreless
  • Terrible casting and acting, this might be the worst episode of the series.

    1.0
    The people responsible for casting have always done a great job. This episode makes me wonder if it's still those same individuals. The writing and acting of our new Super-Duo was painful to watch. Their choice of actress for the psychiatrist was another blunder. It felt like watching an actress act ; rather than, a psychiatrist in a session. It would be apt to say basically the same thing about the Super-Duo.



    While this episode can be thrown into the "filler" category, it was a rather disappointing break from the surprisingly good momentum they had built with the last few episodes.moreless
  • Wonder Twins Zan and Jayna try to help their idol, The Blur, fight crime, but instead land him in hot water with D.A. Raymond Sacks. Meanwhile, Lois suspects Clark is The Blur, and sees a shrink about her "NC-17" dreams. (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD)moreless

    9.0
    OK, even not knowing that much about the Wonder Twins (well, beyond their infamous catchphrase and Gleek the space monkey), when I heard they were coming to the SMALLVILLE universe, I had my doubts. However, the characters, for the most part, were done justice. In fact, I liked how they were reimagined as "misguided fans" of The Blur, and how their pet monkey became monkey-themed cell phones. I also liked how they stepped in and provided cover so that Clark could save Lois and keep his secret at the same time. And speaking of Clois, I was, of course, riveted during their scenes, as Clois is my main reason for being (not really, but it's my caffeine: it keeps me going). The afterglow scene was especially hot (shirtless Clark = yummy!), as was that last scene, from Clark in glasses (**drool** :P) to Lois just up and planting one on him. (Now, if only we could get Tom Welling to take off his shirt *while* wearing glasses. ;D) Anyway, moving on. The shrink Lois kept seeing seemed unnecessary (and has yet to be heard from again), and other than Lois confessing that Clark and The Blur were one and the same, I didn't see why Lois couldn't be let in on Clark's secret. Oh, well. All things considered, including Dylan Neal, who made an excellent villian you just love to hate, I would rate IDOL nine thick-rimmed glasses out of ten.



    Highlights -- Flashback (or flashforward) to Lois and Clark's afterglow; Clark trying to get Lois to talk about 'the kiss'; Clark helping Lois open the crate full of undercover cops, then he and Lois discovering The Blur's shield on a nearby building; Lois discussing her dream with a shrink (and Lois's ringtone for The Blur); Chloe pulling up "The Blur's" blog and Facebook account; Clark using Jayna's phone to track her and Zan, then stopping them from "activating" their powers; Wonder Twins waking up in Watchtower and getting a lecture from Chloe; Lois trying to lecture The Blur, before getting to hear his real voice; Lois trying to hint to Clark that she knows he's The Blur; Lois standing up for The Blur at the D.A.'s press conference; Wonder Twins helping Clark keep his secret while he saves Lois; Lois receiving a call from "The Blur" with Clark standing nearby; Zan and Jayna finally getting to meet The Blur; Lois discussing her feelings for Clark and The Blur with her shrink; Chloe and Clark praising the Wonder Twins, before Chloe reveals how she impersonated The Blur; Clark wearing glasses; and Lois kissing Clark.moreless
  • What a spectacle!

    9.5
    Duck! Now jump! Now-quick-duck! C'mon, keep up! Coz yup, it's a Lois Lane episode.



    Who'd've thought Smallville would reach the Daily Planet? But it has. And it's fantastic.



    Lois (Erica Durance) is like a six year old who won't stop talking. (Clark to Lois: "You tell me the color of your underwear every day.") But she's as selfless as she is selfish; there's no hesitation-not for a picosecond-when offering to sacrfice her life to protect Clark's secret. And that's powerful. That's a huge beating heart. And it truer that most Smallville angst-fests.



    Beyond the characterisation, the plotting is strung together as beautifully as a bead necklace, although every bead is a cliché. Metropolis again feels like Gotham – not that I'm complaining; nothing else on TV has that texture. And we get to see why proto-Superman "The Blur" must emerge from the shadows, without it being explained to Clark WITH THE CAPSLOCK KEY STUCK ON.



    Now if Clark's new-found short-sightedness means he must permanently wear specs, then it will crown the blast of an episode. And that's because Lois Lane: she's dynamite.moreless
Allison Scagliotti

Allison Scagliotti

Jayna

Guest Star

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal

D.A. Ray Sacks

Guest Star

Anita Torrance

Anita Torrance

Dr. Evans

Guest Star

Stephen Lobo

Stephen Lobo

Randall Brady

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When the power comes back on in the Daily Planet, Lois is able to immediately see her desktop. But the computer should have had to reboot first, since it was powered off.

    • Chloe informs Clark that the Blur has a Twitter account and a Facebook account with 10,000 friends. However, the maximum friends one can have in a Facebook account is 5,000 friends.

    • Trivia: Lois' ringtone for the Blur is Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Dr. Evans: So it's a sex dream with the co-worker you mentioned before? Clark Kent.
      Lois: What is this, Nightline? All right, yes, I'm doing the virtual Kama Sutra with Clark Kent. My desk... is soft-core central!

    • Lois: Did I ever tell you that, before Christmas, I used to unwrap all my presents and then rewrap them while my parents were still sleeping?
      Clark: No, Lois, that doesn't surprise me at all.

    • Jayna: And the Blur trusts you, right? And how do you always know the right thing to do?
      Chloe: You don't. And neither does he. But you stick around a hero long enough and you get your share of saving him. Sometimes even from himself.

    • Chloe: So how did you guys live on the street?
      Jayna: Oh, for a long time now we've only had each other
      Zan: Nobody really bought us as transfer students from Sweden.

    • Lois: I thought, you know, the ride would give us a chance to get past the whole kiss-and-run of it all and get to know each other better.
      Clark: Better? You tell me the color of your underwear every day. What else is there to know?

    • Lois: I'm Lois Lane from the Daily Planet, and I'm here to tell you that I know the Blur. The DA says that a true hero would come forward. Well, the Blur can't. It's because he knows that the best way to protect you and me is to steer clear of all this political hoopla, and remain the one thing that you and I need most. A light in the darkness. A symbol for us to believe in when all other hope is lost. I've looked into the Blur's heart and I can tell you that his intentions are good. Let the Blur be the hero he needs to be.

    • Clark: Is this your long-winded way of saying that you hate these (glasses)?
      Lois: Personally, I don't mind the bump in your geek factor. But professionally, there are these newfangled things you can try. They're called "contacts."

  • NOTES (4)

    • The Wonder Twins

      The Wonder Twins first appeared on The All-New Super Friends Hour cartoon series, and went on to appear in several subsequent shows featuring the Super Friends. Zan and Jayne are humanoid aliens from the planet Exxor/Exor, and were the Justice League's teen sidekicks. Unlike their predecessor, Wendy and Marvin, Zan and Jayne had actual superpowers. They were subsequently incorporated into the comic books where they received more detailed origins and enhanced powers.

    • International Airdates:
      UK: July 13, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Sweden: July 23, 2010 on TV6
      Turkey: March 13, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Norway: March 27, 2011 on Max
      Czech Republic: October 5, 2011 on TV Nova

    • Cassidy Freeman, Callum Blue, and Justin Hartley are credited but don't appear.

    • Injoke: Jayna's cell phone has a picture of Gleek, the Wonder Twins' blue space monkey from the Superfriends animated series. The ringtone is Gleek's chuckling noise. The reference to the twins being Swedish transfer students refer to their cover in that series. Later, Chloe refers to the "Hall of Justice," another Superfriends reference.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Chloe: Pay no attention to the blonde behind the curtain.
      This is a reference to the book series The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and the subsequent 1939 adaptation. In it, the Wizard projects a huge image to frighten Dorothy and her friends, unaware that Toto has found him hiding behind a nearby curtain.

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