Smallville (2001–2011)
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Someone with Oliver's skills as an archer take aim at Lois and Chloe.



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Episode cast overview:
Chloe Sullivan
Tess Mercer (credit only)


Oliver is the first to realize that attacks on Lois and Chloe by a dark Archer, rather resembling him, are the work of his archery mentor, Vordigan. Chloe's research later puts Clark on his trace. As Oliver feared, the loner-rules of the ancient Cletic society they belong to make his disciple Mia the next target. Clark catches up during the archers' final duel. Meanwhile Zod is determined to use Tess's knowledge of Clark's secrets. Written by KGF Vissers

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archer | duel | maze | labyrinth | arrow | See All (6) »


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Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA)  »

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In the comics, the Dark Archer is the Green Arrow's archenemy. He was born Arthur King, and his alias is Malcolm Merlyn. He was a business man who owned the Merlyn Global Group, and he was a friend of the Queen Family. However, when his wife was killed by an unknown assailant, it destroyed his faith in humanity. He joined the League of Assassins, led by Ra's al Ghul, and ultimately became the Dark Archer. Vortigen is Smallville's incarnation of the same character. See more »


After Clark stops the three arrows from hitting Oliver, Oliver shoots Vortigan in his left shoulder. Directly after this, Vortigan is shown still having his bow drawn with his left arm pointing outwards, he then lowers his bow, to show the arrow in his left shoulder. From his previous position, Oliver's shot would have been impossible. See more »


Oliver Queen: Vordigan. Our paths split a long time ago.
Vordigan: You took your vows, Oliver. Now it's time to fulfill them.
Oliver Queen: You embraced me as your own son. I can't follow in your footsteps.
Vordigan: There comes a time where every master knows his best years are done. I was badly wounded for the first time, Oliver, because I wasn't fast enough, physically or mentally. I realized the process of decay has begun. Our tradition dictates the master must leave this world while he's still strong and respected. As my chosen ...
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References First Blood (1982) See more »


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Written and Performed by Linda Nygren
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Strange but predictable story, Oliver & Mia's inspiring relationship, some smart dialogs but Zod's unoriginal approach
3 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

Smallville was back with an other special episode dedicated to our favorite archer, Green Arrow. It started with the usual Clark & Lois moment but the events chain was quickly broken by a new enemy. Even if the story was split into two arcs the episode title and their development didn't leave much space for the viewer to hesitate between them. I think it would have been far much more interesting if the writer, Jordan Hawley, waited for the very last minutes to reveal what was really happening to Oliver, like Genevieve Sparling did it in Roulette for example. Instead all the suspense was ruined with most of his past character development. The dark place he lost himself in, his feelings for Lois… There was room for much much more.

Mia, played by Bambi eyed Elise Gaiten, was back and she brought some quite refreshing moments to the story. The chemistry between Gaiten and Justin Hartley is great and I really liked what Mia said to him about what should be done with lessons. It's not about what you learn, it's about what you do with them. So she's both cute, strong and smart. From now on she's definitely a secondary character we can count on. Chloe was also featured and I still wonder about the many screens in the Watch Tower. Where's the tech adviser when you need it ? It would be more believable and impressive if she used high-end gadgets like tactile interfaces to zoom in and out from the many photos she takes with her stalking cameras. About her Big Brother complex Clark said something quite smart about going out instead of looking outside. It would be logical to deeply cover her issues in an upcoming episode. A special Chloe ? I was surprised Clark hadn't his glasses considering Idol's ending. But it didn't really matter because he had to deal with Zod and his soldiers. Callum Blue did a decent job at portraying their leader but I was disappointed by his attitude towards Clark. After what happened in Pandora I was expecting him to behave like a wolf dressed as a sheep to manipulate Clark. Instead the writers chose the predictable way of using the force when he clearly doesn't stand a chance against The Blur. But there're still a few intriguing arcs opened so it could lead to some twisted events in the upcoming episodes. Kandor and Pandora succeeded in shaking most of us after all. They have their own agenda and Clark knows he has to think fast and act even faster to make sure the future won't collapse in his own bloody hands.

To sum things up it was a decent episode but nothing compared to gems like Metallo and Idol. Zod's attitude reminded me too much of Lex, Tess Mercer wasn't featured and I can now nearly foresee the patterns designed by the writers to pull the strings. Moreover the story itself was quite disappointing when it could have been one of the best and a great homage to R. L. Stevenson's works. Strange Case of Dr Queen and Mr Arrow ? It won't happen.

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