Smallville: Season 9 (2009 - 2010)

Season 9

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Air date: Sep 25, 2009

Soaring into its ninth season, this modern retelling of the Superman legend and its classic characters continues to blend realism, action and emotional depth to reveal a new interpretation of the enduring mythology. This season, as Metropolis's clock tower tolls our characters' darkest hour, we find Clark Kent finally making his first attempts to embrace his calling as a superhero. In the season premiere, Clark tells Jor-El he's ready to start his training, but Jor-El sends him back to Metropolis to cut ties with Lois before he can begin. Chloe is shocked when Lois suddenly reappears after having been missing for weeks but Lois has no recollection of vanishing into thin air with the Legion ring. While investigating a monorail crash, Lois meets John Corben, a new reporter at The Daily Planet, with a negative attitude toward the Red-Blue Blur. Chloe begs Clark to use the Legion ring to go back in time to save Jimmy, but he refuses, driving a wedge into their friendship.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2009

After being struck by a truck, John Corben wakes up alone in an abandoned apartment as a man-machine with a Kryptonite heart. Realizing he now has superhuman strength, Corben sets out to exact revenge on the Red-Blue Blur, who he perceives to be an irresponsible vigilante. Against Clark's wishes, Lois involves herself in the Red-Blue Blur's investigation, and winds up getting kidnapped by Corben.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2009

Major Zod and his soldiers release a virus into Metropolis that turns humans into zombies. The only way to stop it is to make an antidote from the blood of another Kryptonian. After Lois is infected, Chloe pleads with Clark to donate his blood to stop the epidemic even though it risks outing him to Zod.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2009

The Toyman returns and takes Oliver hostage! Tess Mercer (series star CASSIDY FREEMAN) forces Oliver to come to a Queen Industries gala to put the Board at ease, but things go awry when the Toyman (guest star CHRIS GAUTHEIR) shows up with a bomb and a plan to take revenge on Oliver. The Toyman tells Oliver he must confess to murdering Lex or he will blow the place up. Meanwhile, as part of his training, Jor-El gives Clark the ability to hear other people's thoughts.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2009

Oliver is drugged and kidnapped by a woman named Victoria aka Roulette (guest star STEPH SONG), who tells Oliver that he's involved in a dangerous game and must fight for his life. After Victoria shows up dead and Oliver is arrested by the police, he turns to Chloe for help. Meanwhile, Lois berates Clark for not telling her about Oliver's suicide attempt.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2009

Oliver tries to help a young street girl, Mia AKA Speedy (guest star ELISE GATIEN), get out of her dangerous life by offering to train her, but Mia double crosses him. Lois asks Clark to help her land a job as an on-air television host, but the two are shocked when the station wants to hire them as a team.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2009

Jor-El (guest star JULIAN SANDS) mysteriously arrives at the Kent farm searching for his son, Kal-El but meets Chloe instead. Convinced the Blur is Jor-El, Zod enlists Tess's help in finding him, to force him to reveal the secret to his powers. When Clark realizes Jor-El is alive and on Earth, he races to find him before Zod does.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2009

Superhero twins Zan and Jayna (guest stars DAVID GALLAGHER and ALLISON SCAGLIOTTI) show up in Metropolis to help The Blur fight crime, but end up botching several rescues landing Clark (Tom Welling) in hot water with the District Attorney's office. Clark decides to come forward as the Blur to clear his name.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2009

Tess kidnaps Lois to find out where Lois went after she disappeared for weeks. Lois’s memory of the future depicts a Metropolis under Zod’s rule and Clark powerless under the red sun, while Chloe forms a resistance group with Oliver. After learning of these future events, Clark makes an important decision about Zod.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2010

No lovers, no allies, no disciples: introducing DC Comics character The Dark Archer! Oliver’s past comes back to haunt him in the form of The Dark Archer (guest star STEVE BACIC), Oliver’s former teacher, who seeks revenge on his student by taking aim at Lois and Chloe. Oliver faces down The Dark Archer after his former mentor kidnaps Mia AKA “Speedy” (guest star ELISE GATIEN) but is pushed to his limit and Clark races to stop him from making another deadly mistake.

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The world's greatest hero has risen. And he is not alone. With more heroes & villains from the DC Universe arriving in Metropolis, Clark will be tested as never before. Now, on the brink of destiny comes his darkest hour. Will he kneel before Zod?

Cast & Crew

Tom Welling
Clark Kent
Allison Mack
Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance
Lois Lane
Justin Hartley
Oliver Queen
Cassidy Freeman
Tess Mercer
Pam Grier
Amanda Waller
Alessandro Juliani
Dr. Emil Hamilton
Stephen Lobo
Randall Brady
Dylan Neal
Ray Sacks
Ryan McDonell
Stuart Campbell
Sharon Taylor
Rikki Gagne
Daily Planet Zombie
Jason Cecchini
Kelly Souders
Executive Producer
Brian Peterson
Executive Producer
James Marshall
Executive Producer
Mike Tollin
Executive Producer
Brian Robbins
Executive Producer
Joe Davola
Executive Producer
Al Septien
Julia Swift
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  • Sep 01, 2020
    Utterly poor offering. Rubbish writing and plots, clearly slashed budget on special effects and casting. The actor they got to play Zod was dreadful. The character was sleazy, and spoke without swallowing. We spent the whole season saying about each guest star 'even HE could have made a better ZOD.'
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Some strong world building and the Arrival of Zod make this a season not to be missed.
  • May 15, 2020
    The acting of "zod" robed this season of its greatness, The most overrated, basic, nauseating actor I have ever seen. I had to skip most of the zod scenes.
  • Nov 23, 2018
    Season 9 of 'Smallville' proves another disappointing follow up for the Series packing some silly moments and villains such as Zod, Metallo and Silver Banshee but also some more changes to the Superman mythos. Although the JSA was handled rather well than i expected them to. (4/10)
  • Jul 13, 2017
    This was one of the best seasons Smallville ever had - Clark stepped up and finally grew as a character, Lois rose up to be a strong and enjoyable character, and Zod was a magnificent character who was played masterfully by Callum Blue. Overall, great buildup, good storyline, great acting (some of the best in the show since the veterans left).
  • Mar 05, 2017
    When the Eighth Season of Smallville concluded, I wondered how the show could sink any lower. The show's writers had drawn out the Doomsday plot arc all season, then blew it on an anti-climatic finale. Unfortunately, they didn't get back on the right track until very late in Season Nine...literally, the season finale. This season continued the pattern of featuring more obscure Superman comic book characters, including Metallo, The Dark Archer, Roulette, Toyman (a return appearance), and the Justice Society (in the seasons only other passable episode). Though I applaud the show for trying to feature more aspects of the Superman mythology in lieu of the "freak of the week" angle, the fact of the matter is that these character just don't resonate as much (and thus don't create as much drama) as the major villains of seasons past. When I think of Superman baddies, the hierarchy is Lex Luthor (done), Zod (don...twice, actually), Brainiac (done), Doomsday (done), and maybe Darkseid (hinted at as the Season Ten primary enemy to Clark). The other guys/gals, at least to me, are just fill-ins. The primary story arc of the season, though, focuses on the return of Zod (this time in body, not spirit, form) and his army of followers. Though the acting of Callum Blue is wonderful in channeling Terrance Stamp's movie Zod interpretation, ultimately his character's angle feels overly drawn-out (including a romance with Tess Mercer that is utterly ridiculous) and doesn't produce any real drama until the very end...once the fate of his character has already been decided. Plus, it wouldn't be Smallville (broadcast on the CW network) without the nauseating love triangles that only serve to create a little hollow drama or sexual tension. Oliver/Lois, Clark/Lois, Clark/Chloe, Oliver/Chloe, Tess/Zod, and Tess/Oliver are all covered this season, and none of them are likeable whatsoever, usually treading over already-covered ground or going in completely ridiculous, outrageous directions. In terms of acting, Tom Welling (Clark) and Allison Mack (Chloe) turn in solid efforts, but Erica Durance (Lois) is still sickening, as is Justin Hartley in portraying Oliver Queen. Blue, as mentioned, is a joy to watch, but his primary foil--Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer--pales in comparison (again) to Michael Rosenbaum's Lex Luthor. Thus, despite an incredible finale that came out of nowhere to actually whet my appetite for the 10th (and final) season, this installment in the series was another monumental disappointment. I can only hope that the writers/producers build on "Salvation" and deliver a more consistent final effort that will make we WANT to tune in ever Friday night, not doing so like a chore.
  • Sep 03, 2016
    This the best start of the series since been show on air, since on air.It excellent group of actors dedicate themselves, so yah there not too much other say the fact really I enjoyed. 10 out of 10 two thumbs up.
  • Jul 20, 2015
    Smallville : Season 9 Bad casting ruin everything..
  • Jan 05, 2014
    Fantastic season one of my favorites

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