Smallville Season 9, Episode 9 - Pandora Review - Featured

Out of all the episodes this season Pandora was probably the most important story arc wise. I was surprised to see we were being shown Lois' memories of the future so early into the season. Yet at the same time, glad we didn't have to wait long.



We were treated to the 'bad Tess' this episode. This week she kidnapped a comatose Lois in aid to discover where Lois was for those three weeks. And even went so far as to synchronise her own brain waves with Lois' so as to see first hand what happened. I can't wait to see what Tess does with the information she found. Will she try to change things after all she saw that taking Zod's side was 'a risk'? Or will she continue on trying to make the future come true? Or maybe Tess will hone in on the fact that Chloe was the one who kills her - so kill her first. Tess is probably the most unpredictable character in Smallville. Her moral compass often flips a complete 180 degrees, meaning she has the potential be a perpetual spanner in the works. That being said, trying to wipe Lois' memories and then attempting to kill her hacker employee doesn't exactly fill me with confidence that she will go on to do the right thing...


Of course, this episode was a lot about Clois. I find it interesting that it was ultimately Lois' disappearance that created this apocalyptic world. Which really shows how much she means to Clark. I liked that the fact Clark saw them consummating their relationship made him accelerate his pursuit of her. In the past I have been irritated by how much Lois' feelings for Clark are shown yet Clark's are often implied but never shown. Yet with him sending a sick Lois roses, and him being so forward is the first time he has seem more interested than her.



By then end of the episode, Clark had effectively made sure the future we saw can never happen. I loved seeing him reveal himself to the Kandorians. Something tells me that his efforts to be diplomatic instead of having aggressive approach won't go to plan, after all this is Smallville. Yet I see his actions as those of Superman not Clark. He is beginning to understand that sometimes being on the offense isn't always the best solution.


In conclusion, this wasn't exactly my favourite episode although it was a good way of advancing the season. I liked seeing what could have been and given a sense that we now have no clue where this season is going. Clois is firmly on track (finally), and Tess will inevitably be causing some problems as the season goes on. I can't wait to see what is in store over the next few weeks, with Clois, the Kandorians and of course Tess.

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Nov 21, 2009 2:11PM EST

Good review :)but to be pedantic lol... Kandorians?

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Nov 21, 2009 4:00PM EST

kryptonite, , krypton, kandor, kal , kara

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Nov 21, 2009 4:46PM EST

I too agree this was a critical episode in this season's plot, and a definitely positive indicator of the things to come. Kal-El meeting with Zod and his minions should prove to be a pivotal point, and I'm hoping to see something good come from it before it turns to disaster. What worries me is that Clark has always been a bit naive and tunnel visioned. He always misses the traps that even we as viewers know are coming. After all, who didn't know almost in certainty that Zod would use the Kryptonite knife against Clark? It would be frustrating to see Clark put himself in needless risk by talking with the Kandorians. I'd be disappointed to see next week's episode focusing on Clark trying to escape their custody after getting ambushed.
I can see at least a couple of outcomes of this current situation. It is possible that by Clark's restoring relations with Zod, he will in effect save him as his father wanted. In that case they'd likely form a partnership of sorts and be somewhat allies till the end of the season. However, if that happens, I expect some type of mutiny from Zod's followers. One or several of them will turn on the Kal-El and Zod team, Kal will win, but Zod will be one of the casualties. I can see him dying in Clark's arms as a friend.
The other end I see would involve Zod keeping himself in the role as the Big Bad Guy. Whatever diplomatic relations he establishes with Clark will of course be a trap, used only to give Zod the power he always wanted. He'll betray Clark, possibly even robbing him of his powers, and Clark will have to rally with his human friends (and maybe even a wisened Kandorian or two) to save the day.
Tess has always been a wild card. I haven't really liked her from the beginning, since she just doesn't seem to be as strong a character as they script her to be; but ranting will do no good because she's still playing the role she's scripted for. There's very little question that she's a villain, though she may sincerely believe herself to be a savior of sorts. In the end there's no telling whether she'll side with the bad guys for her own reasons, join up to some degree with the good guys, or keep messing things up by doing everything her way. The writers have a lot of lee-way when it comes to Tess.
I was glad to see our hacker friend on Tess's payroll show some backbone and moral fiber. It's nice to see a henchman who's more than a yes-man for a change.
As for "Clois," I'll be honest that I've never ranked this relationship as even close to my primary reason for watching the show. Since the beginning I've always seen it as a necessary and important part of Clark/Superman's story, and even an essential part of his transformation as a character; but I'm watching this show for that transformation, not for the relationship that happens meanwhile. "The Adventures of Lois and Clark" has already been done, and done well enough. Keep Lois and Clark as a cornerstone of Smallville, but don't turn the show into a distracting soap opera or another thing for teenage girls to swoon for.
All in all, I'm impressed with this season. They're actually tackling the concerns the show I believe was built for, and they're keeping it paced well enough to last the season without introducing too much fluff. I look forward to seeing what else they have in store for us.

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Nov 21, 2009 5:00PM EST

maybe this is a stupid question but wasn't the woman assassin who came back with lois supposed to be kandorian?i mean, she was running superfast to get to lois when she was putting the ring on , even though there was a yellow sun again and she wasn't supposed to have powers..

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Nov 21, 2009 6:50PM EST

@ zepilas
Ye I noticed that too but i guess there is something (as always).

So far so good, I'm LOVING the new season and after last few seasons I just cant wait for the t episode o be out.. This seasons has been one of the best seasons so far. I don't know if i can make it until next week.
And great review n1 mate.

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Nov 21, 2009 10:35PM EST

I thought this episode was good and agree with a lot of the comments. This season has been soooo good compared to the last few.
Am I the only one that absolutely loved seeing warrior Chloe running and gunning in the future. I do have a feeling that Tess is going to focus on the fact that Chloe kills her rather than her bad choices which led to her death.
I know it's pretty out there since she is not a character on the show anymore but Lana could have seriously helped out in the future if I'm remembering right she left the scene as a super human powered by Kryptonite which harms the Kandorians. Just a thought.
I was a little bit surprised that the writers had Lois not remember anything after the hacker nearly dies protecting her memories from Tess
@Zepilas - I thought the same thing too

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Nov 22, 2009 1:23AM EST

I'm sorry to say that the more smallville keeps going the more it alters and distroys the original mythology of superman, a mythology that the produces of show claim to be keeping or trying to allign too eventually. None of the storylines help to advance clarck into his role or preseve the storylines that belong to superman once he becomes that symbol. None of it makes sense, not his relationship with Lois which should never take place to begin with and not his relationships wih Zod.If you want to create a new superman story fine but please dont BS us with the idea this story is alligned or has any ties to the original mythology. A mythology that gave this series its creditbility to begin with

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Nov 22, 2009 8:20AM EST

For the pedantic ones among us... I have changed the spelling of Candorians to Kandorians. My bad I guess :P

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Nov 22, 2009 11:58AM EST

I agree with Zepilas there is no way that she should have had super speed. Also remember the whole time while she was in the past with the yellow sun she had super powers when she was looking for Clark and then used the blue kryptonite to take away hers and his powers in an attempt to kill him. Unless some how she figured out how to harness the powers of the yellow sun for herself and didnt tell anyone else even Zod, which I highly doubt.

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Nov 22, 2009 12:54PM EST

@ alfredb15, Smallville is a 'reimagining' on the Superman mythology. They keep the main threads of his roots - Lois & Clark, The Daily Planet and bringing in other superheroes for example but are creating a different story leading up to his eventual path as Superman.
Yes the relationship with Lois is too soon if you go by the originals but this is the Smallville world, he needs to have a love interest but everyone would be fed up if he was still wanting Lana or annoyed if he was in a serious long term relationship with someone who wasn't Lois because we know he ends up with her and keeps the show along the right tracks with his life.
Plus you would have to not like characters like Chloe because she is completely pulled out of nowhere and is in no other Superman story anywhere but she is probably one of the most popular Smallville characters because she makes it original and creates different storyline possibilites.

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Nov 23, 2009 12:28PM EST

chloe is so popular that theyve actually been writing her into the comics now..........good job chloester

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Nov 25, 2009 3:04AM EST

yea, what the heck? that chick in the future is supposed to be powerless once the yellow sun came back, yet she had super speed.also, i agree with darynx. Lana could have prevented all of that. just her stepping foot within close proximity to those kandorians would have weakened or killed them so where the heck was she in Clark's time of need? Thought she was SOOO in love with him?
and this is an alternative version of superman. not the exact. it's not supposed to be so things will be different. so far, most of us like it. we love chloe and dont care if she's not one of the "originals".BUT with that said, i am rather disappointed that Lex is gone....they should have just had him vanish, not killed.

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Dec 1, 2009 8:58PM EST

KNEEEL before Kal-EL

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Dec 5, 2009 11:50AM EST

@kimly_101: Actually I think of Tess as Lex just with a sex change. If you watch each episode you really can see her mannerisms are exactly the same as Lex. The writers have Lex's character typecast into Tess.
I think that it's possible that the future girl's lasting ability will be explained later on but it doesn't hurt for us to theorize! Ok so everyone (due to general crappy tv realism) made a big assumption in that destroying the tower or flicking a switch would turn things around instantly. In this case the Kandorians we expect to lose their powers instantly and be like humans. I think that like every other life form on the planet the energy they have needs to be transferred in some way before it's gone.
If we treat Kandorian physiology similar to humans in terms of metabolism then we know it takes a few weeks before we die and possibly at least a few days before the effects of lack of food becomes significantly noticeable. My guess would be using superspeed continuously would drain them really quickly but the Kandorian who attacked Lois barely used any superabilities. Also she's the one who throws the blue kryptonite so that Clark couldn't use his abilities when presumably she was running low after being thrown through a roof into the barn (assuming Kandorian's have tough skin/bodies with enough sun energy - similar to shields).

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