Smallville: Season 9, Episode 5

Roulette (23 Oct. 2009)

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A mysterious woman forces Oliver to play in a dangerous game of Russian Roulette and then turns up dead. The police believe Oliver is responsible and arrest him, while Clark reluctantly ... See full summary »


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A mysterious woman forces Oliver to play in a dangerous game of Russian Roulette and then turns up dead. The police believe Oliver is responsible and arrest him, while Clark reluctantly sets out to prove Oliver's innocence. Meanwhile, Lois angrily confronts Clark over his knowledge about Oliver's suicide attempt. Written by Anonymous

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Clark's reference to an "anti-life equation" refers to DC Comics' character Darkseid, a major enemy of Superman's who seeks the Anti-Life Equation, a key to universal domination and subversion of the will. See more »


When Oliver enters the club Roulette and sees the woman in the red dress at the bar, at first she's seated near the left hand side of the bar, then she's seated at the center of it. See more »


Chloe Sullivan: You were living like you had a death wish, Oliver. You had to face your demons if you were gonna make it out alive, and I had to push you over the ledge in order to pull you back.
Oliver Queen: Did you have to push with a 3-ton truck?
Chloe Sullivan: I didn't think a tricycle would be a strong enough point.
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28 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I'm a huge fan of what Justin Hartley brings to the show as Oliver Queen. He has a strong screen presence, and tons of natural charisma. What I'm not a fan of at all is him playing the drunken low life version of Oliver Queen. It may have worked if limited to 2 or 3 episodes, but the problem is the producers already used it in a handful of season 8 episodes, where it was poorly executed. Here in season 9 they're developing his character better, but the problem is it has already be done to death by now. The elaborate plot against Queen in this episode is a massive stretch in disbelief as well. I'm well aware this is a fantasy show, but sometimes you need to tone down the complexity in a plot to hold the audience.

This is my second time watching straight through season 9, and I'm kind of surprised how after an exciting opening to season with "Savior" and "Metallo" it so quickly lost focus in the following episodes. The excitement of season 9 for any Smallville fan is seeing Clark accepting his role as a hero, and furthering the relationship between Clark and Lois. As always the scenes between Clark and Lois in this episode are great, and even better are moments where Clark keeps excusing himself to pull Blur duty, while also cleverly hiding his actions from Lois. This is the 3rd episode in a row where that aspect of the show takes a back seat, and it's the second straight episode solely focused on Oliver.

To sum it up, there are great moments to this episode, and it is one of the better stories from the wildly unbalanced and poorly written Ollie-in-the-dumps story arc, but "Roulette" is far too complex for its own good, and pushes the better elements of the show on the back burner.

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