Smallville: Season 9, Episode 12

Warrior (12 Feb. 2010)

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Clark meets the sorceress Zatanna (from episode 'Hex') at a comic book convention, where she tells him that her father charmed a copy of the comic book "Warrior Angel" and it holds magical ... See full summary »

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Clark meets the sorceress Zatanna (from episode 'Hex') at a comic book convention, where she tells him that her father charmed a copy of the comic book "Warrior Angel" and it holds magical powers. A young boy, named Alec, steals the comic book and develops super powers, transforming himself into Warrior Angel and saving Chloe from a horrible accident who doesn't know about Alec's true origins. Meanwhile, Lois becomes jealous of Clark's relationship with Zatanna. Written by matt-282

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Lois changes her costume in the men's bathroom. This is a possible reference to Kevin Smith, who is not only a fan of the show, but a big fan of comic books in general. At one point he was even hired by Warner Brothers to write a script for a Superman movie staring Nicholas Cage and directed by Tim Burton that eventually became Superman Returns. Women coming out of men's bathroom's is one of his trademarks. See more »

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Zatanna Zatara: Remember how you said magic wasn't an exact science? Well, there's a catch too. And my dad rally outdid himself on this one. There's a monster at the end of the book.
Clark Kent: Not surprised your dad's friend had trouble selling this. This isn't the origins of a superhero, it's the birth of a villain. In the original story, Warrior Angel becomes Devilicus.
Zatanna Zatara: And the moment our hero feels the slightest betrayed...
Clark Kent: He becomes a monster.
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Unique direction and writing, heavy character development, hot twisted story, fantastic guests, meaningful dialogs, sweet comics culture references but annoying subliminal ads
14 February 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Skipping Warrior and waiting for the next episode, Persuasion, to air ? It's what I was planning before reading some raving reviews about it. Now that I've seen it I realize that it would have been foolish to skip it because it was one of the best ever directed and written Smallville episode. I don't know who really made it so unique, poetic, smart and inspiring but it's obvious Allison Mack's sensitive direction and Bryan Miller's magic writing greatly contributed to it. In fact he already wrote Hex last season that also featured Zatanna. She came back and asked for Clark's help so it was really a sequel. No Zod sounded like a filler but let's not forget how strong past episodes like Idol were. Moreover these side stories always manage to bring things in a new light and develop characters in surprising ways.

Indeed as often Warrior was a lot about character development. First many fans disapproved how Chloe's role was anecdotic and messy in most season 9 episodes, specially in Echo. In this one she was a central character, like in season 8's Requiem, and not the usual sidegeek. Moreover for a change she wrapped up the episode as she was featured, with someone else, in the last scene. I would be lying if I said I didn't see it coming from miles away but I'm sure many viewers will be surprised and skeptical about its outcome in the upcoming episodes. Second Serinda Swan was fantastic as Zatanna. So she redeemed herself after what I consider a decent but overall disappointing performance in Hex. She definitely brought some depth and tension to the story. I specially how elaborate was the triangle between her, Clark and Lois. It could only happen considering she just fell in our favorite love birds nest. Their first encounter was quite funny as Lois wasn't prepared for it. Let's just say she could use some suit up lessons from How I Met Your Mother's Barney. The following events were unexpected and very well staged. But the one thing that really fascinated me were the dialogs. They were just brilliantly written. From the costume metaphora to the lines about fantasies it was by far one of the most appealing script.

But the great recipe I've just described is nothing compared to the exquisite taste of the whole meal. The actor who portrayed Stephen Swift aka Warrior Angel did a very agile job considering the number of profiles he had to act. However I'm slightly disappointed by how things turned out for him because I don't think he'll come back like Zatanna did. A sequel in season 10 would have been totally awesome ! As for the other great elements there were quite many. From references to the Red Blue Blur, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Superman, Doomsday and comics in general the fans should feel in heaven. There were also plenty of burning moments involving Zatanna, Clark and Lois. Let's just say they should change the way you feel about candles and what happened in the copy room in Crossfire.

Last but not least I would like to warn our younger viewers of the subliminal advertisements for the Xbox and Project Natal featured in this episode. These days they're so common, specially for the iPhone, but I can't help noticing them because I hate to be manipulated. We're not brainless puppets they can master ! It's specially annoying because you can't avoid them as they're part of the scenes or dialogs. Chloe mentioning Lois Xbox, again, was just pitiful. In fact that's the reason why I have decided not to give Warrior a perfect score. It's not entertaining anymore when real ads are mixed with the fiction ! Sorry for the digression but I thought it was important to highlight that dark matter.


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