Smallville: Season 10, Episode 2

Shield (1 Oct. 2010)

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Oliver tracks down his tormentor Rick Flag, learns he exchanged him for Chloe, who died poisoned, and informs Clark, who helps him work out Chloe actually staged her fake death. On her ... See full summary »

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Oliver tracks down his tormentor Rick Flag, learns he exchanged him for Chloe, who died poisoned, and informs Clark, who helps him work out Chloe actually staged her fake death. On her Daily Planet assignment in Egypt, Lois meets archaeologist Carter Hall ans soon suspects his story about a reincarnated Pharaonic prince is autobiographic. Clark dislikes her staff replacement Cat Grant, but saves her from never identified, yet infallible assassin Deadshot and learns he was the actual target, actually hired by Flag, knowing Superman's weakness is his noble need to protect. Written by KGF Vissers

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Michael Shanks, who plays Carter Hall (Hawkman) is no stranger to playing the role of an archaeologist. He portrayed Danniel Jackson in Stargate SG-1 (1997) throughout most of its 10 year run, as well as made guest appearances as that Character in the two spin-off series, Atlantis and Universe. See more »

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Cat Grant: Why are you doing this to me? I didn't do anything.
Deadshot: Funny thing about fate. You can't outrun it. Either it's your day or it's not, sweet pea.
Cat Grant: Please, no. My son... he's just two years old. I'm all he's got.
Deadshot: Trust me. He'll get over you. Three or four years, he won't even remember your face. People about to die always think that that special loved one won't be able to go on without ' em. But the truth is, that person just finds someone else to love. Everyone is replaceable.
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High and low guests, confusing but intriguing story, messy but interesting Clark arc, substantial contents, smart visual effects, inspiring Lois, flawed ending
2 October 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting Shield to outclass the astonishing Metallo but I never thought a season 10 episode would be so questionable. Indeed it was an awkward mix of dry and sweet sequences.

First two guests were featured. One was an absolute surprise, as much as Brian Austin Green in season 9, but the other was really annoying at the beginning. Second too many arcs were developed and I found the story quite confusing. I think it would have been wiser to focus on Lois or Clark for once. Or their respective adventures should have been blended in a creative way. However I think they all have potential and I can't wait for them to collide because I'm sure they're linked ! Third the mark of a disappointing installment is when you remember its inaccuracies. Clark's side was a bit messed up even if I enjoyed the role of Tess, respective of Cassidy Freeman's talent, and consider his friendship with Oliver is very inspiring. Fourth even if it wasn't flawless I have to admit that the episode was filled with bright ideas and memorable lines. From the mythology to the philosophical dialogs there were plenty of material to satisfy the audience. Fifth I don't know what happened to the budget cuts but the scenes were heavy on visual effects. Well rendered and even informative they magnified the exciting events and made the upcoming arcs even more intriguing.

In fact it's sort of frustrating, not to know what will happen next. I have no idea where the writers are heading and a few scenes puzzled me. What really happened to Chloe ? When will Lois come back to Smallville ? Indeed her story is probably the most inspiring so far because since Hostage she has become a role model, someone the viewers can really relate to. As for the end it was cut sharp and in my opinion a complete failure when it could have been as much as jaw dropping as Zod's cliffhanger in Conspiracy. Instead we had to digest the few seconds of a bizarre idea. The real issue was that it was actually inspired by the character who annoyed me the most, even if her chat with Clark at the Talon was touching.


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