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'Smallville' - 'Conspiracy' Recap

by Brad Trechak, posted Feb 27th 2010 1:18AM
Smallville(S01E15) Tonight's episode started with a callback to last week's destruction of the solar towers by Clark. Then it turned into your average 80's horror flick combined with one of the 'Saw' movies.

One of the rules of casting for this show must be that every male character must be able to look good without a shirt. Both Oliver and Zod did just that in this episode. Zod looked good for a soldier that has been in battle and taken shrapnel while leading his army of American Apparel models. Krypton must have a great H.M.O.

Who else predicted the ending other than me? More on that after the jump.

It was telegraphed that Clark's blood, once it healed him up instantly, would activate Zod's Kryptonian powers. Even worse, he's already figured out how to fly. Whatever is keeping Clark from flying is psychological. That settles who the opposing sides will be in the season's final showdown. The question is, what role will Checkmate play?

It was also set up in dialogue about the return of John Corben a.k.a. Metallo, a nice callback to that story from the season's beginning.

The "A" plot seemed kind of silly, like something out of a "B" movie from the 80's. Dr. Bernard Chisholm (the hipster scientist with the cracked head) must have been given E.S.P. from the Kandorian experiments because he went right to Lois before she even became a crack reporter. Or is she already? The career storylines of the main characters are a bit confusing.

When I first saw his mask, I thought they were bringing back The Sandman from the Justice Society. Sadly, they were only showing model Kandorians in their underwear while under a giant helping of Saran Wrap.

More interesting was the "B" plot with Tess, Oliver and Chloe. It shows that Chloe is getting even more ruthless and sinister in her attempts to benefit the world, and Oliver is right there beside her (seeming more like the Batman clone that his Green Arrow is intended to be). Still, either Clark or Tess helping the Kandorians seems like a stretch. This year's arc doesn't feel as interesting as last year's with Doomsday (even though the ending was kind of crap).

There were no comic book "in" references for this episode that weren't introduced before (Amanda Waller and Checkmate, for example). How disappointing.

It was amusing when Zod stole the Daily Planet IDs and glasses. He was doing his future Clark Kent impression. Were those prescription glasses? If so, how did they not mess up his vision?

Crisholm was a good villain. His quiet insanity and menace seemed pretty real. Sadly, he got the 80's monster movie ending and likely will not return (but Freddy and Jason both repeatedly returned, so who knows?).

Tonight's episode was better than average and moved along the important plotlines of the season, which will likely be a Clark/Zod confrontation with some Checkmate thrown in. If we're really lucky, they'll give Clark the cape and call it a series.

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why did Zod steal the cheap prescription designer glasses ?
anyone can buy them from www.idooptical.com/prescripiton_designer_glasses.php ,so cheap why steal?

October 25 2011 at 3:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

(S01E15) ?

April 17 2010 at 3:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There is no episode on tonight due to the Top Model estrogen circus show....
Smallville needs to let Clark fly. Everyone coming from Krypton automatically gets their power and immediately they fly...except for this Clark. Jimmy Olsen is dead, Lex is out of the picture and Clark meets every other Super hero b4 he wears the constume as Superman or the "glasses" as Clark. Let's fix it now or in the 10th season b4 it gets cancelled and we are all left hanging again. Which will make the reruns suck also. Reruns of LOST are bad enough.

March 19 2010 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I had the same thought about the glasses, so I took a second look. They don't have a prescription in them, they're just plain plastic lenses with no power. Theoretically, though, if he grabbed the glasses of somebody that was nearsighted, he could still see through them, his eyes would just have to work a little harder. Interestingly, "four eyes" also was wearing glasses with no power in them.

On another note, I find it interesting how Clark is always getting so lucky, having the bad guy kill themselves or otherwise become incapacitated, keeping him from having to get his hands dirty to keep his secret or risk them telling the world. Sure, if a "loony" like Chisholm told everyone about Clark, nobody would believe it, but after a few people say the same thing, people would start getting suspicious.

The thing I can't figure out is who is the Kandorian that was kidnapped. She knew Clark, and I'm not sure if it's from a previous episode or just something uncovered through the dialogue in this episode.

And yeah, I saw the ending a mile away. You'd think Clark would have thought of it as a possibility and kept a closer eye on Zod.

March 02 2010 at 8:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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March 01 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All guys must be cast to look good with their shirts off - amen to that! At the moment I watch the show just to catch a glimpse of Justin Hartley, I mean was it necessary that he did that scene with Tess shirtless? I doubt, it but hey I wasn't complaining!

February 27 2010 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This sets it up perfectly for a series finale. Clark needs to finally fly to beat Zod, and then he becomes Superman.

February 27 2010 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to st3v3n's comment

I totally agree, out of necessity Clark will start to fly. I dont mind it when the men decide to do a scene with out a shirt on

March 01 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I swear, all the knockouts, or concussions Lois has sustained so she didn't see Clark's powers is getting ridiculous. She should be showing early signs of dementia by now.

They are just rubbing it in our faces now that everybody flies except Clark.

February 27 2010 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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