Smallville Season 9, Episode 5: "Roulette" - Review

Oliver isn't afforded much time to feel sorry for himself this week as he's plunged into a twisted game. Smallville is known for pulling plotlines from movies and "Roulette" shares a lot in common with David Fincher's 1997 thriller The Game which featured a bored millionaire thrown into a similar situation as Oliver. While I don't usually like episodes that "borrow" premises from other sources, "Roulette" serves as a wake up call for Oliver Queen, something I've been waiting for.

Oliver is dragged through trial after trial by the mysterious game he is forced to play. Whether it be trapped in a coffin or locked in a car that is about to be hit by a train Ollie is given very little time to rest. Unlike his suicidal brush with death last week, Ollie starts to show a fighting spirit and finally rediscovers his passion for helping others. Despite being blatantly based on The Game, it's a good story and serves an important purpose.

What's most surprising about "Roulette" is what it does for the character of Chloe Sullivan. She's only featured in a handful of scenes this week but they reveal a lot about who she has become in the wake of Jimmy Olsen's death. Early in the episode I was hoping that Chloe might be revealed as the one who orchestrated The Game but figured it would turn out to be Tess Mercer given her history with Ollie. Thankfully, they went with Chloe, which says volumes about her current attitude. She refuses to be the passive sidekick that Clark wants her to be and takes an active role in helping Oliver discover himself.

Chloe was exuding a certain amount of confidence that I haven't seen from her in quite some time. I've been worried about the character ever since the conclusion of last season. Besides stuffing her in the watchtower it wasn't really clear what the writers had planned for her this season. Seeing her in action this week (despite the fact that visually she didn't do much of anything) is a great sign. I loved the fact that she managed to keep Clark completely oblivious to the whole plan.

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Oct 27, 2009 9:30AM EDT

Anyone who has seen the movie "The Game" could see that, although good for the storyline, this episode was not very original. The white suit was just one of many allusions to the incredibly brilliant Micheal Douglas film.

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