Smallville: Season 10, Episode 5

Isis (22 Oct. 2010)

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Oliver enjoys his new, public role since he outed himself as super-hero, yet misses Chloe desperately and feeling guilty. His example further inspires Clark to tell at least Lois, but just ... See full summary »

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Oliver enjoys his new, public role since he outed himself as super-hero, yet misses Chloe desperately and feeling guilty. His example further inspires Clark to tell at least Lois, but just when they meet to that end an Egyptian jewel allows the Pharaonic goddess Isis to take possession of her body, eager to resuscitate her beloved Osiris, all required being at hand from a major exposition in Metropolis, but that would also revive his realm, hell, on earth. Tess, who is otherwise preoccupied with Lex's boy-clone Alexander, joins Oliver and Clark at Watchtower, where she proves herself able to fill in for Chloe IT-wise. Even with that invaluable research, Clark nearly perishes in his supernatural duel with Isis. Cat get caught in the fight and mistakenly believes Lois is the evil Blur. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Isis confronted Clark in the Egyptian exhibit, she picked up the "Dagger of Teth Adam." Teth Adam is the alter ego of Black Adam, Isis' husband in the DC comics and a villain whose power rivals Superman. See more »

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Clark Kent: All my life I've been afraid, Lois. Afraid of people knowing the truth about me. Afraid of them rejecting me, and even if they didn't, still losing them. I've been afraid of everything I can't control. But when I was faced with the idea of losing you forever, it made me realize there's something I'd regret more than anything else, and that's not telling you the truth about me. 'Cause that's the only way we could share a life together. I know the odds are stacked against us and we'd be risking ...
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Redeeming writing, overwhelming love story, almighty character development, irresistible female acting, inspiring dialogs, hilarious moments
29 October 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

When it comes to Smallville some fans expectation is high and the airing of a questionable installment is always a harsh tempest to endure. Surviving the deception that follows is even harder and only time can heal the wounds of the ones who feel betrayed. My last major crisis with the show happened with Upgrade because it was just a terrible sequel to the astonishing Metallo, one of my favorite season 9 episode. Homecoming nearly had the same destructive impact on my mind because I just couldn't accept the fact that Clark Kent's destiny was dependent of the future. So in my opinion it's still rotten but now that I've seen Isis I think the few casualties have found an episode to make their bitter sorrow feel better.

I hesitated nearly a week before giving Smallville an other chance. A story written by Genevieve Sparling just didn't seem worthwhile enough. She's responsible of the controversial Roulette after all and even if I enjoyed Escape I still had doubts about her capacity to make me forget about the 200th episode of the death. […] Indeed the story wasn't spectacular, because the characters have already been possessed a dozen of times, but it was just overwhelmed by love. Your session should feel like a fresh and fantastic vacation in Ancient Egypt. Otherwise it was more than a sequel to Shield. Isis can be considered as one of the most pivotal episodes ever. It should also remind you of epic adventures like The Mummy. From the visual effects to the intensity of the scenes it's not an odyssey you'll forget before a long time. […]

Beside its exciting story Isis was also heavy on character development. Season 8 and 9 were a journey between heaven and hell for psychology hobbyists and so far the 10th had only left a few breadcrumbs for us. The real 200th episode of Smallville has finally put an end to our misery. For some of us the void left by Chloe's evaporation is just impossible to stand. I thought the only solution would be to give more importance to other characters and it's exactly what the writers have decided to do. Tess ? Oliver ? Sexy Cassidy Freeman and Justin Hartley finally had an installment respectful of their talent. Of course they let them express it from time to time but it never sparkled as much as in this episode. Some key scenes featured Tess and Freeman's acting was both skilled and touching. A reluctant Oliver was the perfect match to our favorite wicked pawn. Black or white ? She's Lex, on heels. An other element I found interesting was the teamwork. The last time I was so inspired by it was probably after watching Absolute Justice and learning from its mature superguests. Last but not least a guest was also part of the ride and at first I worried but that little surprise quickly turned into a pleasant experience. The character greatly contributed to the overall entertainment appeal of the episode. From hilarity to annoyance the palette of emotions it should make you feel is quite promising. Yes because it would be a shame if it didn't become a recurring guilty pleasure !

Lois and Clark ! Clark and Lois ? I still remember Erica Durance toying with these names in an episode. However I had to admit that their neverending teasing in Supergirl frustrated me. That's why a step forward of their timeless love story always feel like breathing fresh air in the morning. We already tasted these sweet moments in Crossfire and Charade for example. Each time the writers developed their relationship further and further, leaving us speechless and starving for more. That heartbreaking quest will never end but Isis managed to move me even more. It wasn't just an other jaw dropping cliffhanger or random two minutes scene. Even if the final round should knocked you out for good, at least until Harvest, the episode was filled with Lois & Clark dual moments. Durance made you laugh out loud in Persuasion, well you better consider checking your fun factor because her performance was just hilarious. What a brilliant way to introduce this memorable installment ! Her lines were just irresistible and I instantly wanted to hug Lois. Girls are crazy and that's why I love them ! Let's also not forget to mention how sexy she was in her outfit. Remember Warrior and its Amazon ? Well the actress and her fashion designer gave birth to an angelic and terrible creature. Goddess may have mercy on our mere mortal souls ! And the best part is that Durance doesn't need to lose her top like Justin Hartley. Did I hear one of the Green Arrow groupies screaming ? On both sides, we're hopeless !

What happened, happened. […] Homecoming aired, some people were devastated when others were thrilled. It's not a question of right or wrong. It's about embracing Smallville for what it is, the matter how flawed it can be at times. Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders decided to develop Clark Kent in a way that didn't appeal to some of us, well they're the executive producers and I'm just a lonesome reviewer. That's why I found it so relieving that they questioned their own decision in Isis. Of course they had planned it right from the start but how were we supposed to know it ? So in a way I was right to compare the episode to Lost's Across the Sea. I still believe that Clark learning to become Superman from the future was insulting but Isis proved that a cause doesn't necessarily have only one effect. His friendly scenes with Oliver were also enlightening, even if it awkwardly reminded me of Ghost Whisperer for some reason. Was it just a dream ? Maybe but obviously not one you'll ever want to wake up from !


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