Smallville: Season 9, Episode 16

Checkmate (9 Apr. 2010)

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Tess creates an elaborate hoax in order to kidnap Oliver/Green Arrow, and delivers him to the shady head of the secret society Checkmate, Amanda Waller, who tells him that that the ... See full summary »



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Lois Lane (credit only)
Zod (credit only)
Paul Brenner (as Jonathan Lloyd Walker)
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Tess creates an elaborate hoax in order to kidnap Oliver/Green Arrow, and delivers him to the shady head of the secret society Checkmate, Amanda Waller, who tells him that that the government is recruiting him to serve his country. However, Green Arrow escapes before they can learn his identity. After Oliver brings Clark and Chloe up to speed on what happened to him, the three investigate and Clark is surprised to find John Jones investigating Oliver's kidnapping too. Clark senses that John is keeping information from him. Oliver and Clark are shocked when Tess reveals that Amanda is after something called "Watchtower," which is Chloe's code name in the Justice League. When Chloe is captured by Checkmate agents, Waller threatens to kill Chloe unless Clark gives her the names and locations of the rest of the Justice League. Written by matt-282

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When the Checkmate agent commits suicide, there is a great deal of blue foam all around his mouth as he is dying. Then, after he is dead, there is only a small trickle of blue foam from the corner of his mouth. See more »


John Jones: [Whooshing] John Jones: Your identity's safe, for now.
Clark Kent: Clark Kent: She's not wrong, you know? Waller.
John Jones: John Jones: How so?
Clark Kent: Clark Kent: When I saw the future, Zod and his people had already started World War III, and we weren't winning. She was right about being prepared. Because, as much as I want to believe that I've stopped that day from happening, it still might.
John Jones: John Jones: You don't have to join her.
Clark Kent: Clark Kent: No. But like she said, eventually, I'll have to choose sides.
John Jones: John Jones: You ...
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4 May 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a tricky episode to review, as I thought the writing was decent, the direction wasn't all bad (minus the slow-mo stuff) and the performances were solid. I think my issue is partly with the story, and partly with the execution. The simplest way to put it is that "Checkmate" is kind of boring. I was never a fan of the Checkmate story, and this episode may be the main reason why. If you're going to escalate a storyline this late in the season, and place the kind of stakes on it as they write here, the introductory episode needs to have an enormous hook to it. It needs to be kicked off with a bang. "Checkmate" just kind of drags. The pacing for a story like this should be much more exciting. There are moments in the story that demand more impact, but every major scene just falls flat. Maybe it is a direction issue, but the editing doesn't help matters either. Not the best of season 9, that's for sure.

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