Smallville: Season 9, Episode 14

Conspiracy (26 Feb. 2010)

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Clark teams up with Zod's wife, Faora, to investigate the abduction of her sister, Vala, and several Kandorians whom have been experimenting with humans in order to find a way to claim ... See full summary »



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Clark teams up with Zod's wife, Faora, to investigate the abduction of her sister, Vala, and several Kandorians whom have been experimenting with humans in order to find a way to claim their super powers, while Lois herself is abducted by Bernard Chisholm, a former doctor the Kandorians experimented on, claiming that there are aliens on Earth and he wants the skeptic Lois to write an article about it. But when Zod goes off on his own and tries to stop Chisholm, without his super powers, Clark is conflicted whether to save the life of his enemy. Meanwhile, Oliver investigates the disappearance of money from Tess' company accounts and he discovers that Chloe is responsible and using the embezzled money to construction Kryptonite weapons for possible use against Zod and the Kandorians. Written by matt-282/moborisn

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In the newspaper article that Lois reads about romantic getaways, the byline says that the author is Joanne Totten. Joanne Totten was formerly an art assistant for "Smallville". See more »


Every employee at the Daily Planet has a press pass with their picture on it, except the one that Zod stole. See more »


Oliver Queen: A lot of women have used me for my money, I never expect it coming from you.
Chloe Sullivan: I wasn't stealing from you, Oliver. I was borrowing the cash. I'm buying insurance for the entire planet.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »


You're Stealing
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Jaw dropping Zod driven story, top notch production, cult references, masterful writing and direction, fascinating topics and twisted character development
28 February 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Even if Absolute Justice and Warrior were marvelous homages to comics they didn't cover the Zod arc. So beside a few random developments, specially Persuasion's ending, we didn't have much to chew since Kandor and Pandora. Although they were pivotal and received with good ratings some people complained about their lower entertainment appeal compared to the comics focused episodes. I appreciate both genres but admit that their criticism was pertinent, until Conspiracy. Al Septien and Turi Meyer from Kandor were back at their writing desks and the second even directed it. That's why it's not a surprise the story was so captivating and intriguing.

However the very first minutes worried me because they reminded me of Rabid. An other horror B movie spin-off ? Far from it ! First the production quality was excellent, from the surreal and industrial lighting to the new sets design. Second they were plenty of references to cult franchises like The X-Files and Hellraiser. The guest character itself was definitely inspired by Fox Mulder but its profile was darker and scarier. In fact the story could even be considered as a direct sequel to Metallo and John Corben was even mentioned by name. That's why I'm surprised Don Whitehead and Holly Henderson didn't write it and that Mairzee Almas wasn't its director. But it doesn't matter as the execution was masterful.

But Smallville wouldn't have reach its ninth season without its demanding followers. So we were also served with other tasteful elements. Big Sister Chloe did it again and this time there was even an explicit reference to George Orwell's 1984. Her intriguing relationship with Oliver developed further. Of course there were also some Lois & Clark moments but they were quite different from the previous ones. Mature and unpredictable could describe the character development in general. It seems some people have learned from their mistakes but others didn't. But like in Metallo things are not just red and blue. The super Warrior has to fight his inner daemons not to become a villain. It's also hard to trust anyone when you don't even believe in yourself and others only see you as an Idol. And even a Savior has to be rescued from time to time.

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