Smallville

Season 10 Episode 2

Shield

2
Aired Friday 8:00 PM Oct 01, 2010 on The CW
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Clark becomes involved in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse as he tries to protect Lois' replacement at the Daily Planet, who is being targeted by an assassin named Deadshot. Meanwhile, Hawkman introduces Lois, who currently resides in Egypt, to his wife, Shayera.

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  • Bullet for my co-worker

    8.5
    This was a really good episode! I feel like I should type that a few more times since I was expecting the premiere to be a fluke. Not only does "Shield" swagger with a sense of cool and style, there's also some fantastic character development on offer, with some really great material coming from the unusual pairing of Lois and Carter Hall (Michael Shanks). While Cat Grant may infuriate many viewers, that was pretty much the point of her character, but she also plays a pivotal role in developing this seeding distrust within Metropolis regarding costumed heroes, or serial killers as Cat would think of them (there's an hilarious scene when she thinks Green Arrow shows up to kill her). Clark learns quite a few lessons from Cat's bigoted perspective resulting in some spiffy new threads! Clark finally drops the Neo look -- yay!



    It was so refreshing to see a few decent looking sets on the show again. Smallville has had its budget hacked and slashed over the years, so I enjoyed Lois' little trip to Africa, and Deadshot (played by Bradley Stryker) hounding down Cat through a bus-station was a riveting piece of television by Smallville's standards. Even that same street -- you know, the one they use for every.single.outdoor shot on the show -- is tackled with more style, and that bullet-time FX sequence was pretty darn nifty!



    I think I would have lapped this episode up regardless of the main plot. Lois' conversation with Carter was just crowd-pleasingly geeky. I'm over the moon that Michael Shanks agreed to come back to the show, as he delivers great pathos to his character when discussing his love for Shayera (!!) and of their doomed love. It's also fantastic because there's no beating around the bush. Lois doesn't let on that she knows Clark's secret, trying to throw all sorts of hypothetical superhero-y questions Carter's way, to which he responds: ''Maybe you should ask Clark.'' There's no amnesia, people! No reset button! Lois has all of her memories intact. The writers are finally giving us what we want and it's about bloody time!



    The Suicide Squad is back in full swing but it's not made clear who exactly is pulling the strings. I'm guessing it's Checkmate, but is Amanda Waller still alive or is that organisation caput? Plastique, last seen in Season 8, makes a brief cameo, which is a nice touch, and the idea that they're branding superheroes can't mean anything good for our future Justice League. I'm really diggin' this whole humans Vs meta-humans subplot brewing and it's good to see the writers follow through from the destruction caused by Zod and his army last season. It makes sense, now more than ever, that the government would want to recruit super-powered individuals of their own to put a stop to the up-rise in vigilantism. I'm really curious to see where this is all going, especially in a season involving Darkseid. I just hope it doesn't become another case of villain overload like last year.



    Now, I guess I have to acknowledge it at some stage... Sigh.



    It's the first official episode without Allison Mack in the credits. It's good that she's being kept on the scene (via flashback, sure, but I'll take anything!), and it's a solid and logical arc for Oliver to find her by any means necessary. It's also only natural for Oliver to presume Tess had something to do with her disappearance since she was practically behind every single evil scheme last season, but the scene where she reads out Chloe's goodbye message to Oliver is an absolute cracker! Cassidy Freeman does a stunning job at relaying Chloe's message to Oliver, while trying her best to keep her own emotions at bay, as Chloe's words echo exactly how she feels for him too. Terrific stuff from Freeman!



    There's so much here that the viewers know but the characters do not: Clark has no idea Lois knows his secret; Lois has no idea Chloe is missing; Oliver has no idea that Chloe offered up her own life to save his; Clark, Carter and Oliver have no idea that they've been branded. And even though Clark saved the girl, he doesn't know that Deadshot has been released, which will surely come back to bite him in the ass. There's plenty of story elements just waiting to explode over the coming weeks.



    Again, I feel like I should type this over and over: I'm excited to see where Smallville takes us this year!moreless
  • 1002

    4.0
    The only way this episode contributed to the story line was explaining Chloe's departure, that somewhat salvaged the episode from me rating it a 1. The season premiere looked promising, but by the looks of this episode, it completely regressed. I thought I was watching a season 8/9 episode, it was just so bad. Not to mention, it was incredibly boring. Who cares about Cat Grant. Who cares about Carter Hall. Who cares about Lois in Egypt.



    The only thing Lois did was rant about Clark, and it was just incredibly annoying. I thought season 10 was supposed to redeem Lois' character, not tarnish it. The Egypt scenes were intolerable. Clark's scenes with Cat Grant were absolutely pointless. We have a new villain: Deadshot, yeah okay, why couldn't they have made his entrance exciting? The whole thing felt like an unresolved mess.



    You know it's a bad episode when the guest character, Cat Grant gets as much lines as Clark. Chloe's absence isn't going unnoticed. I think us fans will realize what a huge impact Chloe had on the show, now that she's gone, what's left? Clark, Lois, Tess, and Oliver? 4 Characters? I don't know about this season, the premiere was superb, this was bland, hopefully the rest of the season isn't like this.moreless
  • I don't know where all the good reviews are coming from.

    1.0
    After Lois departs for Egypt, the Daily Planet hires a new reporter by the name of Cat Grant to take her place. An assassin named Deadshot takes aim at Cat but Clark learns the man has a dangerous agenda that involves the Blur. Carter Hall turns up in Egypt to keep an eye on Lois and he tells Lois about his wife Shayera Hall. This episode was terrible! I don't know where to start. The plot was bland, the characters were even blander, and am i the only one that hates Carter Hall. (probably the most annoying character on the show) It was a bad episode no doubt, but I wasn't surprised. I mean Smallville jumped the shark like 2 years ago.

    I just had such sort of high hopes for this season after i watched the premiere (Which was a pretty decent episode by the way). Now I'm not so sure.moreless
  • Decent

    7.0
    This episode was just that. Decent. It definitely didn't live p to the hype that was established in the first episode. Even that little segment in the end with Red/Blue suited Clark didn't shange my mind. The producers need to either decide to put him in that freakin' suit already, or just keep him dancing around the bush with costume changes. The fact that the assassin and the Suicide Squad are tracking the heroes is a reasonable backdrop but it still doesn't live up to the 'Dark Force' thing from the first episode. Finally, Cat Grant needs to either keep her prissy mouth away from the newsstand at the planet or drop dead. I can't believe that Clark and his friends tried to protect her life and all she had to say were negative, unsupported lies about vigilantes. So, like I said, good, but not ood enough.moreless
  • The time is getting close. When destiny, becomes legend. Carter helps Lois to understand. Oliver is trying to understand. And Clark is wondering about peoples understanding. And the Suicide Squad want everyone to understand that, they are in charge.moreless

    9.5
    The story is setting up, a lot of different things. The key word here is DIFFERENT. They seem to be give us answers, at the same time adding new questions. While leaving us to wonder about key matters: They are throwing the word vigilante around a lot and hiding in the shadows. Looks to me like they want to bring are hero's into the light. But that won't happen until you get the police and the government to start thanking them for their help. Lois is trying to do what she thinks is the right thing and stay away. Carter is trying to help her, but he thinks his time is coming to and end. Cat Grant! She is happy go luck but, you'll want to run when you see her coming. She gave Clark something to think about. Oliver, he is just plan pissed. He maybe planing something of his own. And the suicide squad, well that's your government in action. Set a bunch of killers free, to keep and eye on the people that are trying to help. Your tax dollar at work. Oh, lets not forget Tess. She was being helpful to Clark and to Oliver. She wants them to trust her. Make's you wonder why she hasn't told them about young Lex. Hmmm!!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)

    • The Daily Planet article "Lois Lane Joins Parry White on Planet's Foreign Desk" that Clark reads has Perry White's name spelled as "Parry."

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Oliver: Chloe's gone.
      Tess: Well, you've been with her for five months, right? Sounds like things are right on schedule.

    • (reading Chloe's letter)
      Tess: "Oliver. I never thought I'd have to tell you how I feel about us, because the smile on my lips when I looked at you pretty much said it all. But now that you won't be seeing it anymore, I'll have to use words to tell you. I never loved anyone the way I loved you. And I never will again. You will always be my brightest star, my knight in shining leather, my hero."

    • Lois: I know that Egyptians were big on the afterlife, but burying your pet bird? Someone needs therapy.
      Carter: That is the Sun God Ra, bringer of light and life. He was revered.
      Lois: He has the head of a parakeet.
      Carter: It's a falcon.
      Lois: Potato, Potahto.

    • Lois: I have to admit, this assignment... a little out of my strike zone. I mean, I was raised by a very grounded 4-star general who believed in what you can see, touch, blow up...
      Carter: Things that can be explained.
      Lois: It's just... you can live your whole live without any prove of something, like a god or whatever, and then one day you look up and realize the guy sitting across from you is... Ra.
      Carter: You think the guy sitting across from you is an ancient sun god?
      Lois: No, of course not. But what if he were? One minute you know you know what you know, and the next you realize you don't really know anything but you want to know everything. What is the world like for him? Does he feel pain? How does he heal? When does he sleep? Does he even sleep.
      Carter: This is going to require something stronger than tea.
      Lois: How can he stand driving in a car when they move so much slower than he does? That would drive me crazy.
      Carter: Maybe you should just ask Clark. Now, why don't you sit down before you drive me crazy.

    • Clark: You want to tell me what you got caught up in? Someone did just try to kill you.
      Cat: I was valedictorian. I mean, trust me, nobody wants to kill a valedictorian.

    • Rick Flag: You should be thanking me. I just handed you the hit of a lifetime.
      Deadshot: Why would I thank you for something fate gave me? Somewhere out there, we all got a bullet with our name on it.

    • Cat: His dad and I went out for almost two years. I thought I'd found my Prince Charming. Little did I know they don't exist.
      Clark: You just have to be patient. I thought I'd found somebody who could make me happy?
      Cat: Really? Think you'll get back together.
      Clark: I used to. But now I"m not sure. It's funny... when doing what you think is right for someone can feel so... wrong.

    • Carter: I'd like you to have something. It was given to me by my wife. It's a story, about two star-crossed lovers. Prince Khufu and Shayera were murdered by an evil man, but their love was so strong they were bonded for all eternity. Lifetime after lifetime they were reborn, to find their one true love. Only to lose each other in death again,.
      Lois: That's a terrible story.
      Carter: I like it.
      Lois: If you're into the whole Egyptian "Groundhog Day" thing.
      Carter: After many years, Khufu grew tired of always waiting to find his beloved. So he traveled the world, seeking other women, trying to forget Shayera. Unable to rid her from his heart, he returned home, resigned to his fate. No sooner did he arrive at the palace than he saw her. She was there all along but he didn't recognize her because the time wasn't right. He needed to wait, because it made their love stronger. And their kiss that much sweeter.

    • Cat: Why are you doing this to me? I didn't do anything.
      Deadshot: Funny thing about fate. You can't outrun it. Either it's your day or it's not, sweetpea.
      Cat: Please, no. My son... he's just two years old. I'm all he's got.
      Deadshot: Trust me. He'll get over you. Three or four years, he won't even remember your face. People about to die always think that that special loved one won't be able to go on without ' em. But the truth is, that person just finds someone else to love. Everyone is replaceable.
      Cat: I used to think everyone could be saved. Even those superhero freaks. But now I realize... some people are just born dead.

    • Cat: People need to see someone's heart to believe in them. We need to be inspired by people who stand out in the light. Not people who shrink into the shadows. We need a good old American hero, red, white, and blue. Or at least red and blue.

    • Deadshot: It's about time.
      Plastique: I'm sorry. What's redneck for "bite me"?

    • Carter: You know, the philosopher Nietzsche believed we shouldn't live for the future, but for the present. He thought that people who chased after some far-off future dream were actually running away from their true destiny.
      Lois: Yeah, well Nietzsche can call me a chicken if he wants, but he has never dated someone like Clark Kent.
      Carter: It wouldn't have mattered. To him, the true hero was the person who embraced the life that he or she was given and made it better. He called that person "ubermensch."
      Lois: A superman.
      Carter: Nietzsche believed that all of us could be one, in our own way.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Airdates:
      Sweden: March 11, 2011 on TV6
      UK: June 14, 2011 on E4/E4 HD
      Norway: August 6, 2011 on Max
      Czech Republic: October 27, 2011 on TV Nova
      Turkey: September 25, 2011 on CNBC-e

    • Deadshot
      In the comics, Deadshot (first appearance Batman #59 - June 1950) is Floyd Lawton, the scion of a rich family who turned to crime and mastered firearms out of boredom. He first tried to become Gotham City's new hero but was soon arrested and returned as a Silver Age villain 27 years later (in Detective Comics #474 - Dec. 1977) with a new costume and wrist-mounted magnums. He bounced around for a while as a third-tier Batman villain until John Ostrander made him a "permanent" member of the Suicide Squad (Suicide Squad Vol. 1 #1 - May 1987). Although he had a psychological block that prevented him from shooting Batman he had no such qualms against other opponents and brutally and directly took them out. Under Ostrander it was eventually revealed that Deadshot had a death wish and had pursued a criminal career from an early age: his father had unknowingly hired him to kill his mother, leading to the various psychological problems that haunt him to this day.

    • Michael Daingerfield has a brief uncredited "appearance" doing Gordon Godfrey's voice on the radio.

    • With this episode, Alison Mack is no longer credited as a show star. More show footage replaces the scenes of her accompanying her previous credit.

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Lois: I really hope this story is worth it, because so far my dream assignment is turning into a Thousand and One Arabian nightmares.
      Referencing A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights. The tales are a collection of works from Middle Eastern and Northern African writers and storytellers, framed by the story of Scheherazade telling a continuing series of stories each night to keep the king from killing her.

    • Lois: And I thought those Sex and the City girls had gaudy tastes.
      Referencing the HBO series of four women and their romantic and sexual adventures in New York City.

    • Lois: So you're a bona fide Indiana Jones?
      Referencing the famous fictional archaeologist portrayed by Harrison Ford in four feature movies. When not teaching college archaeology courses, the whip-wielding Indy travels the world seeking out relics and fighting bad guys in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.

    • Lois: If you're into the whole Egyptian "Groundhog Day" thing.
      Referencing the 1993 movie featuring Bill Murray as a weatherman who finds himself reliving the same day over... and over... and over again.

    • Tess: I guess our target was never after Hello Kitty.
      Referencing the Japanese cartoon cat with a bow of some sort on its left ear, and no mouth. Created by Yuko Shimizu in 1974, Hello Kitty has become wildly popular and serves as the UNICEF children's ambassador in the U.S. The cat's face adorns merchandise of all sorts, video games, and several anime series.

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