Smallville

Season 10 Episode 5

Isis

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 22, 2010 on The CW
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Thanks to an Egyptian relic, Lois is possessed by an Egyptian goddess. Her activities bring her to the attention of Cat Grant, who assumes Lois is Blur. Meanwhile, Oliver and Clark have no choice but to turn to Tess for help when dealing with Lois when she gets in over her head.moreless

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  • What does Isis with Smallville?

    6.0
    This episode marks the fall of the tenth season of Smallville. It is absurd to insert Greek mythology in Smallville and treat it as if it is normal that there is. Ridiculous! For the rest of the episode is not bad.
  • Finally!

    9.0
    I'm so glad that Clark finally told Lois that he's the blur. I was counting down for that moment. I'm also happy than Lois didn't reveal that she knew first. Clark willingly told her first. That's the Superman that we all love and know. At first, I thought that he wasn't going to tell her. I would have been pissed off since Clark did tell her, but she was Iris and we all know that when people are possessed, they forget everything. I'm happy that he told Lois again. They make such a better couple than Clana. It's a more mature relationship.moreless
  • 1005

    9.0
    Another superb episode for Smallville, already things are looking better this season than season 9. I never really liked the interactions between Lois & Clark when they started to "fall in love" but I could actually say I liked them here. There's those little moments that make this couple likable, and the end of this episode was definitely one of them. Definitely a feel good ending, and in a way, it sets things in motion.



    We've got Tess officially taking Chloe's place at Watchtower, her looking after Alexander, Clark revealing his secret to Lois, and Oliver still trying to find out who he is. 4 main characters, and so far, it's proved good to this show. Smallville has always had a big cast, so when I heard there was only going to be four main characters this season, I was a bit disappointed, but so far this season has been just fine with only these four. Although I would be lying if I said I didn't miss Chloe.



    At first, this felt like a filler, but it shaped up to be a pivotal episode in the series, and I'm looking forward to see how things go from here. Is Clark's secret really a secret anymore? Everyone knows! Superb episode.moreless
  • Clark spills the beans to Lois...

    6.0
    Just when I had this episode pegged as just another typical, sloppy, ill-conceived, shallow possession episode of Smallville, it pulls the rug from under me and offers up one of the show's best endings. Ever. Now, don't get me wrong, this is still a sloppy, ill-conceived, shallow episode (it may go on and on about love and heart, but it's all too greeting-card for my tastes); but that ending...it was just perfect. It played out to my expectations of the will he/won't he ordeal as usual; I certainly expected for Lois to get on that elevator and for the doors to close and for Clark to release a sigh of regret once again, but when he actually spills the beans to Lois, and she pounces on him, then slaps one on him, and then asks what we've all been asking for so many years now: ''What took you so long?'' It was just perfect.



    It's a shame that my praise pretty much ends here. This wasn't a horrific episode by any means, there are snippets to enjoy, the odd one-liner that may have elicited a laugh or two, but the script is just too on-the-nose. Every single character tells us in the blandest way possible exactly how they're feeling (''you seem far away'' wins the ticket in this instance as Tess stumbles upon Oliver looking mournfully out a window); there's no pizazz, or subtlety, and the imagery and metaphors are thrown at us like boulders. I shouldn't be shocked by any of this, I have been watching the show for 10 years. But this season has been really rather good (especially so early into the year), so to see the show take such a U-turn, fan-pleasing finish withstanding, and fall back on such familiar plotting is a little worrying.



    Too many old Smallville habits pop up in this hour. This is a very big episode for Tess. Within one episode, despite her countless villainous actions in the past, her inherent duplicitous nature, and the many, many times she has tried to kill, frame, manipulate and sabotage Clark and his friends, she's accepted into his little league and is now replacing Chloe Sullivan as Watchtower. Uhm, no.



    On the one hand, I think it's a solid idea. It'll hopefully give Tess a steady arc for the season and allow for her character to develop in a way that feels natural (a hopeful first for the show and of the character). But on the other hand, this is Smallville we're watching, and her transition is all done and dusted within the space of one hour, so who are we kidding here? She'll either somehow use Watchtower for personal gain and stab Clark and Co. firmly in the back or else she will fall victim to Darkseid's possession and unwillingly stab Clark and Co. in the back. I also wish that the writers showed us little by little throughout the season how Tess can benefit the team instead of simply helping out in just one episode and, wehey, promotion! I'm still not quite sure whether I like her sub-plot with the mini-Lex clone or not...unless he grows into Michael Rosenbaum, I'm not all that interested.



    The necklace that Lois accidentally took home with her from her excursion to Egypt a couple of episodes back brings trouble to Metropolis. It belongs to Isis, whose soul is trapped within it, and I'm not entirely sure why at that particular moment on the rooftop it unleashed Isis' soul, but it certainly put a wedge in Clark's plans to tell Lois that he's the Blur. First off, did she have to fly off like that? I think every single character on this show has had the power of flight at this stage. Whereas poor, impotent Clark is forced to watch as his girlfriend jet-sets across the skies. One step at a time this season, I suppose.



    All of this talk about love left me nauseous. The hour revolves around the idea of what one is willing to do to be with the person that they love. In this instance, Isis is willing to unleash hell on earth. The hour also explores Ollie's loneliness (get out there and find Chloe, you idiot!), Tess' loneliness (bored now), and Isis harping on and on about passion and a bond that has lasted lifetimes blah blah blah. The whole ordeal is wrapped up within 15 minutes, Isis wasn't really necessary at all. Either was Cat Grant, for that matter. I just wanted Clark to tell Lois. It all felt like one giant, filler-y distraction. We were being teased with Clark being proactive about his relationship with Lois only for it to back-fire with this Isis chick and I hate being teased.



    Still, I gotta admit that it was worth it all for those final few moments. I think I started to like the episode the second Lois tried to clock Cat in the face. I really have no idea where the show will take this version of Lois and Clark but I'm remaining hopeful that it's somewhere exciting. I really can't wait for next week now!moreless
  • After a minor delay, a major step forward

    7.0
    This entire episode felt like a way to delay the inevitable, so when the diversion turned out to be relatively short and mildly entertaining, I was quite pleased. It was a good way to follow up on the lessons that Clark had supposedly learned in "Homecoming", and it significantly alters the trajectory of the series for the rest of the season. (Assuming, of course, they don't end up wiping Lois' memory in some way.)



    Lois as Isis was, as I said, entertaining enough. It was a good way to follow up on everything that came up during her conversation with Carter, after all, and it gave Clark and Oliver a chance to work together. As I've said before, I've always liked the purpose of Oliver's character in context to Clark's journey, and it's good to see how that is finally playing out in the final season.



    The final scene between Clark and Lois was a long time coming, and even so, I had to appreciate how it would change the series on a fundamental level. If the writers adhere to what was given in the previous episode, there will be some tension, but Lois will stand by Clark in the end. And the writers have given her the right kind of characterization to make it believable. As much as the writers use Erica Durance as easy eye-candy, she really has owned the role of Lois Lane over the past few years.



    But that wasn't the only advancement of note in this episode. This also marked the moment when Clark and Oliver chose to trust Tess enough to bring her into the fold. That's good for two reasons. First, Tess has often stated that her primary goal is to protect the interests of the Traveler, as per the Veritas agenda, so this serves that purpose for her character.



    More importantly, however, it positions her to be the weak link if (or, more likely, when) the Lex clone grows up enough to start acting a lot more like the classic Lex Luthor. Tess will inevitably be conflicted, and this will force her to reveal her motivations plainly and make a choice. This can only be a benefit, and would certainly provide maximum drama should the Lex clone grow into the more familiar version we all know and love. (And wouldn't that be the perfect setup for a return by Michael Rosenbaum. Make it happen, folks!)



    If there is one weak link to this episode, it has to be Cat Grant. Her anti-superhero ranting is becoming more and more shrill, and while it serves a purpose within the story, I think we've all gotten the point. It's obvious that she is there to maintain the tension of secrecy that is now lessened with Clark's admission to Lois. But after she begged for Green Arrow to save her, I wonder if her demagoguery is going to change.



    In the end, while the episode represented a minor delaying tactic, it ended with a huge step forward and the promise that this is not going to be reversed. It's not the standard "Superman" myth, but it does continue the process of paying off the patience of the long-suffering "Smallville" fans.moreless
Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Tess Mercer

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Oliver: Take it from me, living without love is not really living. It's just sort of... existing.

    • Tess: What are you up to, Oliver?
      Oliver: This city has embraced me. I'm trying to give something back.
      Tess: Groupie love isn't real love, Oliver. You used to know that.
      Oliver: You even know what real love looks like anymore?

    • Oliver: That stern look. Stoic silence. What are you wearing, anyway?
      Clark: I'm telling Lois my secret.
      Oliver: Okay, that's officially the biggest news I've heard all day. Why now?
      Clark: I saw the future recently.
      Oliver: Okay, now that's officially the biggest news I've heard all day. You know, you sound crazy when you talk like that, right?

    • Cat: Wow. You Metropolis girls do have your own sense of... style, don't you?
      Lois: You should see what's on beneath the jacket.

    • Cat: Won't this be the greatest? Working together again? Our names look terrific side-by-side on that byline. It's like we were meant to be partners, Clark. You're the Popeye to my Olive. The Mickey to my Minnie.
      Lois: The sick to my stomach.

    • Tess: Are you here to pitch the follow-up to your last piece about the problematic squirrel population?
      Cat: They're rodents, and probably rabid. Whatever.

    • Tess: So let me get this straight. Lois finds a necklace, gets possessed by an Egyptian goddess, and now is flying around Metropolis like Amelia Earhart minus the plane.
      Oliver: Just another Friday night in Metropolis. Who's ready for the weekend?

    • Clark: Even if his body was there, you can't risk hell on Earth. Not just for love.
      Isis: Then you do not know love.
      Clark: I do. The woman I love is the vessel you took over, and I want her back.
      Isis: You would not risk the world for her?
      Clark: Not for such a selfish reason.
      Isis: Then do not pretend what you feel is love. For thousands of years, my heart beat only for one. What you know of these things is but the wisdom of a child.

    • Isis: As once you lived, Osiris, so shall you live again. Through the Ritual of Life, I shall restore your heart and claim your body for your soul.
      Cat: (overhearing) I will never understand liberals.

    • Oliver: There's got to be an easier way for a girl to get a date in this town.
      Isis: Your heart is brave. But I can see it belongs to a lonely soul. A warrior with a vacant heart. You try to fill it, but the harder you try, the emptier it becomes.
      Oliver: Yeah, well, I may be lonely, but I'm still going to kick your Egyptian ass.

    • Tess: You seem far away.
      Oliver: Sometimes you have to watch things from a distance to see them more clearly.

    • Oliver: (about Chloe) God, I miss her. I miss her laugh, and, uh, her strength. The way her eyes lit up when I entered the room. She really loved me. I gave her a secret that was too hard to hold on to. She paid the price for keeping it.
      Tess: Oliver, when it comes to you, no price was too high for Chloe.
      Oliver: I guess you can still spot real love. I'm sorry for what I said.
      Tess: Don't be. It's the truth. And there hasn't been a lot of that in my life. Just like there hasn't been a lot of love.

    • Tess: Alexander's staying with me.
      Psychologist: With all due respect, you flew me here to observe the boy.
      Tess: He doesn't need to be watched, doctor. He needs to be loved.
      Psychologist: And you think you can do that? The boy's stability is in question. Ultimately he may prove dangerous. Why would you risk your safety? What do you see that I don't?
      Tess: His heart.

    • Lois: What I'm really trying to say to you is that I know you.
      Clark: But you don't know the Blur. He's probably keeping it a secret for a reason.
      Lois: He's never going to tell me, is he?
      Clark: Not if it means putting your life at risk.
      Lois: I wish he knew that I was willing to take that risk.

    • Clark: All my life I've been afraid, Lois. Afraid of people knowing the truth about me. Afraid of them rejecting me. And even if they didn't, still losing them. I've been afraid of everything I can't control. But when I was faced with the idea of losing you forever, it made me realize there's something I would regret more than anything else. And that's not telling you the truth about me. I guess that's the only way we could share a life together. I know the odds are stacked against us, and we'd be risking everything. But if you're ready to take that leap, there's no one else that I want to take that leap with. Lois, you've had a lot of questions about the Blur. It's me. I'm the Blur.
      Lois: What took you so long?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Isis
      Isis first appeared in the live-action TV series Isis, where she was Andrea Thomas, a high school science teacher who gained the powers of the Egyptian gods from an amulet she found on a dig. She teamed up with Captain Marvel on several occasions, and had her own spinoff comic. She was later introduced into the comics as a Goddess of the Egyptian pantheon, and then an Egyptian women named Adrianna Tomaz who sought refuge in Kahndaq. She and Black Adam (see below) eventually fell in love, and he arranged for her to receive powers granted by the Amulet of Isis.

    • Injoke: The dagger that Isis uses belongs to Teth-Adam of Kahndaq. In the comics, Teth-Adam is Black Adam, a villain who battles Captain Marvel. In the modern day he becomes the ruler of Khandaq and takes the heroine Isis as his lover and queen.

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: April 1, 2011 on TV6
      UK: July 5, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
      Norway: September 10, 2011 on Max
      Turkey: October 16, 2011 on CNBC-e

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Cat: You're the Popeye to my Olive.
      Referencing Popeye the Sailor Man, the cartoon sailor who gains strength by eating spinach. His girlfriend and sometimes wife is Olive Oyl, who spends much of her time arguing with Popeye until eventually coming around. Both characters have appeared in cartoon, newspaper strips, theatrical shorts, television shows, and a feature live-action movie.

    • Cat: The Mickey to my Minnie.
      Referencing Disney icon Mickey Mouse, created by Walt Disney in 1928 for the animated short, Steamboat Willie. Minerva "Minnie" Mouse first appeared in Steamboat Willie as well, although her first appearance in production order was Plane Crazy. Throughout the years she has been Mickey's girlfriend.

    • Cat: You're on America's Unfunniest Home Videos.
      Referencing ,America's Funniest Home Videos (1989), a reality show of sorts that primarily features viewers filming humorous scenes (sometimes authentic, sometimes not) and sending them in. During the course of the episode, the host shows them and ultimately the winner gets a prize.

    • Tess: It's the story of Peter Pan and his friend Wendy.
      Referencing the characters that first appeared in author J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy (1911), and subsequently rose to prominence in the 1953 animated Disney film. Peter comes from Neverland to bring Wendy Darling into his world, where she has a number of adventures.

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