Smallville Season 9, Episode 8: "Idol" - Review


Smallville has been surprisingly consistent this season when it comes to dishing out quality episodes. Even at its weakest point it has still delivered an entertaining hour of television. "Idol" continues that trend with the introduction of the Wonder Twins who manage to cause quite a few problems for The Blur.


I was never a huge fan of the Wonder Twins growing up so I can't say I'm an expert on their body of work. However, they were a great addition to the story here -- although I think it was definitely a good thing that they weren't the focal point. A little too much of Jayna (Allison Scagliotti) and Zan's (David Gallagher) Blur worship would have been more of an annoyance. When they were on screen we did see them use their powers on more than one occasion and the effects work was pretty good. The image of Gleek on both their cell phones and the "Powers Activate" fist pump were great touches. Maybe we'll see the blundering duo again at some point in the future.


The Blur's speech to the Twins near the end of the episode struck me as a defining moment for the character. He's really taken on the role of being THE hero, not only for the public, but for other meta-humans as well. I'm even starting to notice a difference when Kal-El talks as Clark and when he speaks as The Blur. Not much of a tonal change but there is much more authority in his voice. Welling does have to work on the transformation a bit more and The Blur's outfit doesn't help matters much either. He's still got a ways to go until he can mimic the change that Christopher Reeves could do in a single scene from Clark Kent to Superman. For a good example of this watch Superman II - specifically the hotel scene in Niagra Falls - to see what I mean.


It was good to see that the importance of the usage of the House of El Shield was brought up this week. The S-Shield has evolved into a brand and I really liked that Clark was concerned with how it was being used and specifically stating at one point that it wasn't a brand. To counter this, we later see Chloe with an S-Shield branded mug. Clark is just going to have to realize that his father's symbol has grown into something larger than himself.


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LibrarianToBe
Nov 17, 2009 12:23AM EST

I totally agree with the transformation bit. When Tom Welling can do such a large change as that hotel scene, or even in Superman I in Lois's apartment when he's about to tell her, both great scenes. When he can do that big of a change, then I'll be in love.

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Nov 17, 2009 1:42PM EST

Lois kicking the stack of papers over to Clark at the end was amazing!

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Nov 19, 2009 12:43AM EST

While I usually just watch in mostly stoic silence, I'll admit that when Clark put on those glasses I loudly cheered "Yes!" and then proceeded to dance around my chair for the next minute. I've been wondering if they would actually make Smallville's Clark Kent THE Clark Kent we've always expected. They teased us with an episode in an earlier season, and now they're making the traditional CK image actually feasible. I really hope they can make the glasses stick this time.
This season, despite a few lulls, has taken many strides in the right direction. I'm hoping they actually make it happen.

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