Smallville

Season 10 Episode 14

Masquerade

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Feb 18, 2011 on The CW
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Desaad's minions abduct Chloe and Oliver, mistaking them for FBI agents investigating their master's recent series of murders. Once he realizes who he has captive, Desaad attempts to sway Chloe to the darkside. Meanwhile, Lois gives Clark tips on how to disguise his heroic identity as the Blur.moreless

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  • A clever title goes here!

    10
    the overall review is wrong desaads minions don't abduct oliver and chloe fbi do
  • The countdown truly begins...

    7.0
    Hidden within this episode is the evolution of Clark Kent from his current ridiculously recognizable incarnation to his more iconic dweeb with glasses. The writers do everything possible to sell the concept, for which they deserve some credit. Yet I still find it hard to believe that the thousands of people who have encountered Clark over the years wouldn't recognize him when he finally becomes Superman. This is something they should have established several seasons ago to make it viable.



    The more meaningful transition is his realization that the Blur (and ostensibly, his soon-to-be-revealed Superman persona) is his true identity, and Clark Kent is the disguise he wears for the world. It's taken quite some time to get to this point, but it's a giant leap for Clark as an individual. It's really the end of the journey that started back when Oliver first challenged Clark to look beyond his personal attachments in Smallville to the needs of the world.



    The upshot is that Clark has gained the confidence that he was missing most of the season, and that effectively resolves the question of whether or not he will be tempted and controlled by Darkseid. It renders a few elements from earlier in the season somewhat moot, however, and given how Clark's personal hangups were a huge part of the series, it would have made sense for him to overcome Darkseid more directly as a metaphor for his final transformation.



    On the other hand, Oliver's issues have always been the one thing holding him back, and has always been a point of contention between Oliver and Clark. His anger has been his Achilles heel, and it makes sense that Desaad would be able to exploit that and brand Oliver as a result. Granted, portraying Chloe as incorruptible is a bit of a stretch, given her decision to work with the Suicide Squad as a means to an end, but the writers have also placed Lois on the same pedestal, so it's not the first time. But wasn't Chloe a good match for Oliver because they both were more willing to play the moral relativity game?



    A lot of time is spent on Chloe looking back on her former life and realizing that she's not the same person anymore. That much is true, and the fact that she is essentially "dead" raises an interesting possibility. Is there any reason for her to keep the identity of Chloe Sullivan? Or could she choose to forge a new identity in the wake of whatever semi-apocalyptic events are coming at the end of the series? I could easily see them resolving the continuity issues by having her take on the name of someone already in the DC canon.moreless
  • Desaad's minions abduct Chloe and Oliver, mistaking them for FBI agents investigating their master's recent series of murders.

    10
    this episode is the best episode i have ever watched of this show and it just keeps getting better and better. dessad is the most interesting villain this season cant wait to see more of him i hope darkseid come soon cant wait to see his real face not just a smoke going through i hope they cast the best actor possible or make darkseid vissually created. not more episodes of smallville is left hope it ends with a bang. i think the series finale will be legendary especially that lex is comeing back in the finale the real lex luthor not these fake clones i want to see how they will bring him back to life i think darkseid will be a part of lex comeing back to life.moreless
  • I will forever defend this episode for the pure amazingness that it is.

    10
    C'mon guys, how can you not love this? Just like "Beacon", there's just so much to love this time around. It didn't really borrow me that the Chloe/Oliver plot borrowed from "Date Night" because that wasn't really the main focus of the episode (coughcough"Collateral"coughcough). I like the Chlollie stuff, I think it's cute and it's a nice break from the dark stuff. But I absolutely adore the Clois plot. I think it was necessary to have a story devoted to one of the biggest elements of the Superman mythos: the glasses. I liked how they explained how the disguise works, because if you look, you'll find that it's the same thing in the comics. And I loved the microvision! It's a cool addition to his arsenal of powers and I'm glad they didn't do an "X-Ray" or "Heat" type of power episode devoted to him getting a new power. I think the writers are doing a great job of pushing Clark closer and closer to being the super guy we all know he's going to be. Desaad calling Clark incorruptible put a smile on my face. He's grown so much since "Supergirl" and it's great they're acknowledging that. Overall, another great episode :)moreless
  • Masquerade

    9.0
    Masquerade was a superb and interesting episode of Smallville. I enjoyed watching this episode because Clark comes to the realization that Lois is right about him being too close to certain stories and being more careful with his cover, Chloe looked really smashing in that red dress, and Desaad's minions have begun their work for the Darkness. I thought the story was great and the cinematography was stunning. Desaad was truely dark as were his plans. This all added to the tone of the episode. I liked the way the episode ended and I look forward to watching the next one!!!!!!!moreless
Erica Durance

Erica Durance

Lois Lane

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Oliver Queen/Green Arrow

Allison Mack

Allison Mack

Chloe Sullivan

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Clark Kent/Kal-El of Krypton

Viv Leacock

Viv Leacock

Head FBI Agent

Guest Star

Marina Eva

Marina Eva

Hostess

Guest Star

Kristen Ross

Kristen Ross

Mrs. Jones/Agent Bowman

Guest Star

Evan C. Schulte

Evan C. Schulte

Jeff Hage

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Although the title of the Lois's article spans four columns, only the first two have anything to do with the capture of Desaad. The other two are just random babble (about policy and industry) to fill up the space.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Bert: (to Clark) You talk like a cop, you walk like a fireman. Heck, you beat us to most of our own crime scenes. You might as well put an "S" on your chest.

    • Clark: I really should get to work.
      Lois: Oh, no, you do not get to whoosh your way out of this one. Why don't I just save you the trouble and I'll just superspeed off all on my own, okay? (walks away) Whoosh!

    • Lois: It's only a fraction of a centimeter. How'd you be able to see that?
      Clark: Microvision.
      Lois: Micro... vision?
      Clark: Well, it's my power, I can call it whatever I want.

    • Chloe: Get out of my head!
      Desaad: It's the heart, actually. The window into the soul. Both mankind's greatest asset and his weakness.

    • Chloe: Go to hell.
      Desaad: No. It'll be here soon enough.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Cassidy Freeman is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Injoke: Lois' proposed costume for Clark of a hoodie and shades is a reference to Superman: Earth One, created in 2010 by J. Michael Straczynski. Fans and news outlets complained about the new "edgy" look, some arguing that it was an appeal to fans of the Twilight series.

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: June 24, 2011 on TV6
      UK: September 6, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
      Norway: November 5, 2011 on Max
      Turkey: December 25, 2011 on CNBC-e

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