Season 9 Episode 1


Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 2009 on The CW
out of 10
User Rating
646 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Clark decides that he is ready to start his training at the Fortress, but Jor-El insists that he return to Metropolis to cut his ties with Lois before he begins. Lois reappears in the city with no recollection of vanishing, and her investigation into a monorail crash brings her into contact with a new reporter named John Corben... who is opposed to the Red and Blue Blur. Meanwhile, Chloe's friendship with Clark deteriorates when he refuses to use the Legion ring to save Jimmy; Oliver turns down a dark path, and Zod makes his entrance at the Luthor mansion.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • dissapointing

    One thing really bothered me Lois ia all bout Lois and no one else. She cant take a moment for Chloe and we never see her offereing condolences for Jimmy dying. This is why i never liked her. she rambles and doesnt listen. I dont see what clark sees in her. for me Lana is the one for him. but besides that i liked it ok. I love oliver, clark and chole so hoepfully its a good season.moreless
  • Clark Kent is dead... Only Superman... I lOVE SMALLVILLE - CLARK AND LOIS/SUPERMAN AND LOIS

    A great start to the season... Clark beings his training again, putting his destiny in front of everything else, trying to escape his human side.

    Clark stops a train full of people, including Lois who has been missing for the last 3 weeks with a ninja girl on her back trying to kill her. Trouble arises as soon as clark sees lois, his human side starts to come back, as he cant seem to escape his feelings for her. This season starts exploring the life of Lois and Superman, Lois talking to Superman continuous on the phone, taking it in to her self that she is his number 1 source. Lois feelings for clark is also explored (LOVE IT)... We see her missing him, asking where he is and when he will be back...moreless
  • After disappearing with the Legion ring, Lois returns from the future, with no memory of the past 3 weeks. Clark, having been training in the FoS, saves her, bringing his feelings for her to the surface. Meanwhile, Lois meets new coworker John Corben.moreless

    Recap -- After mysteriously disappearing for three weeks (see DOOMSDAY), Lois returns from the future, bringing with her Alia, a mysterious ninja assassin with Kryptonian powers. When Clark learns Lois has returned, it immediately brings his feelings for her to the surface. Later, Lois, who doesn't remember her time in the future, tries to get in touch with the Red-Blue Blur, while Clark realizes he has to say goodbye to Lois in order to continue his training with Jor-El. Meanwhile, Chloe asks Clark to use the Legion ring to save Jimmy, and Clark refuses; Lois tracks down Oliver to an underground fight club; Major Zod and his army of powerless Kandorian soldiers, including Alia, take over the Luthor Mansion; and Lois meets new colleague John Corben, who seems to have a grudge against The Blur.

    My Review -- Those familiar with SMALLVILLE are also familiar with the show's habit of disappointing in the premieres, after building up excitement with awe-inspiring finales (though last season's DOOMSDAY had its disappointments as well). Thankfully, it seems the show has *finally* broken itself of that habit (for now, anyway, now that a tenth season has been confirmed). SAVIOR gives us plenty of stunning visuals, such as the Superman shield scorched onto a building or Clark nose-diving from atop the Statute of Liberty. Now, I didn't much care for the whole powerless Kandorian army storyline, nor did I care for John Corben, what few scenes he was featured in. Although, I'll admit, the Alia of the future piqued my interest in what was to come, and I loved the "Kneel before Zod" homage. And anyway, the Clois moments, including a few scenes not starring my favorite couple (i.e., Chloe confronting Clark over his feelings for Lois), more than made up for all of it, as did the stunning visuals, as I've already mentioned. All in all, I'd say not a bad start to the season, and give it nine Legion rings out of ten.

    Highlights -- Clark saving Lois and leaving his mark on a nearby building; Clark standing over Metropolis dressed completely in black; Clark training in the FoS; Clark trying to master flight from atop the Statue of Liberty; Lois undercover as a card girl; Clark vs. Alia; Lois getting a call from The Blur; and Lois's dream of the future.moreless
  • Season 9 Premiere

    Wow, this would have to be one of the worst premieres of Smallville, if not just the worst. I have never seen an episode so all over the place like I did here. None of the plots tied in in any way, and most were just plain uninteresting. Lois is really out of character here, where's the snarky remarks we always hear from this character?

    I have no idea if "John" is going to contribute to the story line in any way, but if he isn't, this would just be a big waste of time. I wouldn't say Smallville isn't good anymore, it just has lost it's way. And it remains a shadow of what it once was. The writing was pretty weak here too. The conversations between Chloe and one of Oliver's representatives were intolerable. Don't even get me started about the conversation between Lois and Oliver. What was the point of that scene, really? If someone asked me what this episode was about, I couldn't tell you much really. It couldn't find it's main focus.

    I'll give this episode points for Lois's intriguing dream at the very end, but other than that, this premiere was pretty muddy. Not the best episode of Smallville.moreless
  • Actually kept my attention throughout...

    You know, it has been a long time since I enjoyed Smallville completely. This episode didnt break that routine, however, it did keep my attention. And that, is why I rated it so high.

    It seems like this is going to be an interesting season. They set up quite a few storylines with this episode. I just hope they remember to finish all of them this time. Lois and Clark's dynamic is full circle. She likes him, you could see it when she picked up his desk plaque. And for once, I think she realized that she needs him. That was a good moment for me in this episode. I went into some more detail on my forum post.

    Overall, this episode was forgettable. It was nice to see the symbol, though, and his attempting to find out why he cant fly. He finally realizes he needs to use his powers, and use them well. I think this episode showed us that he is, in fact, on his way to Superman. Here's to hoping for a good run this season!moreless
Monique Ganderton

Monique Ganderton


Guest Star

Adrian Holmes

Adrian Holmes


Guest Star

Mike Dupud

Mike Dupud

Tess' Assistant

Guest Star

Alessandro Juliani

Alessandro Juliani

Dr. Emil Hamilton

Recurring Role

Sharon Taylor (II)

Sharon Taylor (II)


Recurring Role

Terence Stamp

Terence Stamp

Voice of Jor-El

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Previous appearances of blue kryptonite, such as Lara's ring and Dax-Ur's bracelet, have suggested that it must be in contact with a Kryptonian's skin before it will take away their powers. Yet the chunk Alia uses here removes both her and Clark's powers while laying on the floor, several feet away at any given time during the fight.

    • When John Corben meets Lois in the wreckage of the train, he asks her where she's been for three weeks. Confused, Lois picks up a tattered newspaper from the train to find out the date was Friday, September 25. However, the train crashed the previous night, so the date should have read Thursday, September 24.

    • When Alia is mortally wounded, Clark should have tried to get rid of the blue Kryptonite, as her returning superpowers would probably have healed her.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Lois: You might want to stick with your night job, detective. Graffiti's not exactly the Red-Blue Blur's style.
      John Corben: You're right. It never used to be, back when the guy was happy pulling off a few modest saves. But then suddenly there was no red or blue. It was just the Blur. Now he feels he needs to leave his mark all over the city to--I don't know--to prove something.

    • Chloe: Dr. Hamilton.
      Dr. Hamilton: If you would be so kind as to lower the 9mm Jericho 941. I prefer "Emil."

    • Clark: Isn't it time we moved beyond these mental trials?
      Jor-El: Your determination is strong, Son, but just as your passion will be your greatest strength, so, too, will it be your greatest obstacle.

    • John Corben: Good find?
      Lois: Look, on a scale of 1 to 10 of illegal things I've done in my life, this doesn't even hit the radar. Okay, that didn't exactly come out right.

    • Dr. Hamilton: I ran some scans at the time of the monorail crash and discovered two rips in the temporal aperture continuum.
      Chloe: Okay, I've never actually said this before, but could you dumb that down just a little bit?

    • Chloe: I've given up so much for you, Clark. This is the only thing I've ever asked from you. Please? Please do this for me. Please save Jimmy.
      Clark: I can't.
      Chloe: That's good that you're embracing your Kryptonian side. There isn't really anything human left in you.

    • Lois: Who the hell are you, then?
      John Corben: I'm a field reporter. I spent the last few years in Afghanistan. hopefully that gave me enough training to be your desk mate.
      Lois: Don't bet on it.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: June 1, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Sweden: June 11, 2010 on TV6
      Turkey: January 16, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Norway: February 6, 2011 on Max
      Czech Republic: September 23, 2011 on TV Nova

    • Brian Austin Green and Terence Stamp are billed as special guest stars.

    • With this episode, Tom Welling receives co-executive producer status.

    • The new season credits feature Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Erica Durance, Cassidy Freeman, new show star Callum Blue, and Justin Hartley. Footage from several season 9 episodes is included.

    • Metallo
      In the comics, Metallo first appeared Action Comics #252 (May 1959). As with several Superman villains, there have been several different versions. Pre-Crisis, was crook John Corben rebuilt by an elderly scientist who used experimental techniques to put Corben's brain in a robot body powered by radiation. Corben killed the scientist and figured out he could use green kryptonite to power his body and pose a threat to Superman on that and many other occasions. Post-Crisis, John Corben was a small-time conman made into a cyborg by a xenophobic scientist who had acquired a bit of kryptonite and used it to power Corben's body. Corben fought Superman but his kryptonite was stolen by Lex Luthor. He has since found other power sources and acquired greater power by making a deal with the demonic Neron. In all of his incarnations, Metallo possesses superhuman strength, a robot body capable of absorbing damage, and occasionally the ability to extend and to some degree modify his limbs. He can also fire blasts of kryptonite radiation.