Smallville – S08E15 – Infamous

Tonight’s episode: Infamous

Well, it’s been six weeks since the last episode of Smallville. Think that’s gonna hurt the ratings? I think it will. I hate these idiotic television schedules.

At least they have counteracted any six week’s off fueled loss of excitement by bringing on Tori Spelling!

Hey! Doomsday and Lois are back! Remember them? Remember when Doomsday rampaged through Metropolis? Shouldn’t Clark be spending every waking moment trying to find the Kryptonian war beast? Well, at least they are back — when they left they took almost all of the good episodes with them.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts, opinions, gripes, live-blogging, etc.


  1. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Wake me up when Zatanna arrives.  

  2. I’ve almost forgotten how to watch this show.

  3. Ugh… I totally forgot about Linda Lake and her water-based powers.

  4. Does she have a computer in her underground lair?  And I guess her clothes and that paper can turn to water also.

  5. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Tori Spelling has really scary eyeballs.  

  6. The previews tonight show Clark revealing his powers to Lois.  Here are the options:

    1. Dream

    2. Fantasy

    3. Mind Wipe

    4. The show completely deviates from the standard Superman track (moreso than it already has)

    5. Head injury causing amnesia

    6. Alternate reality

    7. Drug-induced hallucination

  7. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Clark doesn’t have a family either, really…

  8. @Paul: She’s got really scary lots of things.

  9. I think it would be fantastic if, in this reality, there never is a Superman and he goes as the Red-Blue Blur.  There’s a RB inside his chest crest.

  10. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    If I were Doomsday, I’d be Doomsday all the time.  

  11. Being Doomsday doesn’t help you get ladies, though.

  12. Hmm…

  13. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    This is why you should have been wearing glasses, Clark.  You just pull them off and she knows.  

  14. Where ARE they going with this…?

  15. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    You know….why not, at this point?

  16. I agree.  They have gone so far off the traditional rails into their own reality at this point anything is possible.  They just need to lose the Red-Blue Blur nonsense.  Who writes the copy over at The Planet??

  17. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Still not convinced this is going to last.  

  18. It’s totally not.  I’m just trying to figure out how they are going to get out of this one.  Maybe Clark will punch reality and reshape it.

  19. Lois Lane… always the second bride’s maid.

  20. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Ultimate male fantasy?  Possibly.  

  21. She needs to name him Superman!

  22. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    How are they going to get out of this?!

  23. This is TOTALLY not going to last.

  24. This is going to end up being like "For The Man Who Has Everything" – he’s gonna be stuck in some sort of wish fulfillment fantasty trance.

  25. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    He might need to fly around the planet real fast for this one.  

  26. Not real ..any of it

  27. And then Clark went to prison.

  28. Clark could run and puch the bundaries if Hypertime, duh 🙂

  29. hey guys sorry for coming in late and so not going to last.

  30. Seriously, though, the underlying story here is that The Daily Planet has THE WORST headline writers EVER.


  31. he could use morrison’s thought machine

  32. Doomsday wants a stable relationship.

  33. What in the wide, wide worlda sports isa going on here?!

  34. Maybe Clark is already in a coma or something

  35. Yes, but this problem is compounded by Welling. He’s progressed, but he doesn’t have the grace or gravitas needed for the part. Or chariisma

  36. he’s in pop art?

  37. Hahaha – Obamaesque Clark face poster.  This is funny.

  38. more hits than the chicago mob?

  39. Hey, anguished mother? Shut up.

  40. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    "How To Serve Man"  It’s a cookbook!  It’s a coooookboook!!!!

  41. damn

  42. Man, I thought OUR 24-hour news cycle moved fast…

  43. I suspect Mongul and some Black Mercy flowers are involved in all of this… someone call in the Green Lantern Corps!

  44. Hammer!?

  45. Now Syler them.

  46. Without remorse! That’s the dagger in the back.

  47. Quick!  Fly around the world backwards!!!

  48. Aaah!  The Legion!

  49. Or go into the future…

  50. Deus ex machina

  51. Dammit, I didn’t have time travel on my list.  How could i not have had time travel on my list??

  52. She is annoying.

  53. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    This is like that Batman the Animated Series episode with Scarecrow and the manhunt for Bruce Wayne.  Just without the tension.  

  54. He should kiss her before going back.

  55. Including the future. we all want to see it.

  56. Guess who will never want to become Superman now?

  57. that shit keeps poping up!

  58. Yay Legion flight ring!

  59. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I REALLY want a Legion ring.  

  60. @ Paul re: Cookbook. *slow clap* Very nice.

  61. For some reason I thought that Chloe knew about Davis being Doomsday.

  62. I smell cliffhanger!

  63. Oh, Clark – always the worst timing in the world.

  64. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    You can’t kill people!  Flight ring revoked!

  65. Kiss her, you moron.

  66. Aaaaah, boo!  Who would destroy a Legion ring!?

  67. "You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry!"

  68. OHMYGOD!

  69. well that solves that problem

  70. Yeah.. no more Tori

  71. That was fucked up.  I did not expect that.

  72. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I hate you, Clark.  

  73. Don’tbeanidiotClarkDon’tbeanidiotClarkDon’tbeanidiotClark

  74. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    What an asshole.  

  75. The writers on this show must be geniuses because it’s really hard to make Clark this unlikable.

  76. Can you get an emmy for making a hero a dipshit?

  77. what a tool

  78. @capfsu: I dunno, there ARE a lot of categories.

  79. They didn’t air Smallville on my CW…it says College Basketball on the schedule, but showing Seifeld. They are screwy.

  80. that was a good episode. I think Clark’s gonna be flying next episode. He pretty much has to. With that preview and all.

  81. What happened in the preview?  Mine got cut off.

  82. and geez, Clark was kinda a douche in this episode.

  83. it looked like he was in a plane about to go down.

  84. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Conor – Looks like an airplane rescue.  

  85. Hmmm…

  86. I havent seen tonight’s episode yet, but IDK what it is about Smallville, but I have been a fan of it since day one.  It has had it’s odd and sometimes even off putting stories, but in the end, smallville is an enjoyable show. I admit that the last season or two have had some not so fantastic episodes, and maybe it’s getting time to bury the hatchet, but it does still have a chance to surprise us. Hopfully the rest of this season will move up the ladder and lead to great things.

  87. @MasterXell: We’re all fans of SMALLVILLE here.

  88. @Conor: Well I know that. I just wonder if everyone really feels the same. That maybe it’s time to bury the hatchet, and move on. I would really love to see a Green Arrow spin off though, I really like what they have done with him thus far.

  89. @MasterXell: Oh, it’s been time to end the show for at least three years.

  90. @Conor: Yeah, I think your right. Though truth be told, it is rather funny to see what they are going to do next. I feel it’s like they are almost afraid to end Smallville because then they are going to be like "What now, what else do we have to do?"

     Also I want to thank you, Josh, and Ron because watching and listening to the Podcast pulled me back into reading comics, and every wednesday I’m like a kid in the candy store.

  91. This episode was SUPER fun.  In fact, this episode, more then many, felt like actually reading a Superman comic book.  It was pretty zany and fast paced and really enjoyable.  For the record, I think it proved one thing – Lana / Kristin Kreuk is pure poison to this show.  Add back Lois and it just becomes so much more enjoyable. 

    Great fun.  Here’s hoping for lots more like this over the rest of the year!

  92. Damn CW!!! I was told new eps wouldn’t air until March 19th so I miss it.  I’ll have to watch it later but it doesn’t sound I missed much.  I am curious about the Legion ring though.

    @Conor: I agree with you they should have ended this show a few seasons back.  After Pa Kent died they could have started the next season like they did this one and have Clark in Metropolis and had him become Superman after meeting Lois and the Legion.  Lex would have still been around and it would have been great.  Then the writers could’ve had an option to do Superman movies based from the Smallville continuity.

  93. Why did Clark decide "I can’t tell Lois my secret."  I mean I have no idea.  She accepted it when he told her and also she wouldn’t tell the world.  I don’t understand it.  But all in all I did like the episode and it’s better than the last two lana-centric ones.  

  94. This was if not the worst episode then defenitily top10. I can’t get over how bad it was "the red`blue blur" are you fucking shitting me, I don’t know how they can even say that shit out loud without laughing hysterically. I know they said they would never call him superman but honestly that’s the best you could come up with? Then there’s tori spelling what the shit? In the future the editor just accepts the word of a complete lunatic without fact checking and then clark goes from hero to wanted in 30 seconds. the when he travels back from the future and destrys the leigon ring he goes to stop her then some how the police get hold of her and charge her with what? being ugly as shit isn’t a crime yet is it? Doomsday being held in check with anti psycotics? LAME! I could go on and on but I think I’ve made my point. 


  95. "Youre not getting away that easy dead horse!  C’mere!"

    This was awful.  I cannot think of another show that has literally angered me this much while watching.  Seriously, how many times can they use the same lazy and hackneyed time travel/amnesia (see conors list above) plot devices in this show?  At this point they would need to get the writers from Battlestar Galactica to have any chance of turning this train wreck into something sensible again.  I hate that I got so invested in this show.  If this were a comic, I would have dropped it long ago, but this has to end soon right?  Right??

    And lastly, how many groaners can they get from the Torre Spelling is made of water thing?  "Ive been Splashing around" blah blah.  Im glad schoolboy crush Doomsday killed her.  Only redeeming thing IMHO.  

  96. I really liked the episode itself – it was totally fun – I just don’t like Clark.

  97. @ Conor:  I liked the episode alot also,  I just find it increasingly hard to understand what Clark is thinking and doing as it sometimes makes no sense to me.

  98. Also and I’ve been thinking about it…. wasn’t Clark still in the past when he went back tot he past?  And if so are there now two Clarks?  

  99. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Nope.  That’s just bad writing.  

  100. The time travel in this episode is not adding up.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked the episode, and agree that Clark is an idiot for not meeting up with Lois, but the time travel?  He took the ring from the tainted future and goes back before the damage is done.  He shocks the &hit out of Linda Lake, she gets arrested.  Wouldn’t he have to go back to the time when he left?  It seems as though he stayed then just picked up Lois.  Ragu73 is right as far as i can tell, there would be 2 Clarks cuz the one that was already there would be late to pick up Lois while the time travelling clark got her.  smallville writers…. i know time travel is impossible, but wtf guys???

  101. Time Travel never makes sense.  I onve read an in-depth article that pulled apart BACK TO THE FUTURE.  At one point there are like four Martys running around in the past.  You can never make sense of something so illogical as time travel.

  102. I guess that this episode had to happen.  The time travelling capability of the ring is too strong and had to be disabled.

    I enjoyed the majority of the ideas in the episode, but some of the small points were problematic for me.  Publishing either of the stories (Lois or Linda) with no background checking seems more like tabloid than journalism.  Warrantless breaking into people’s houses and places of business in the name of national security….wait, that does happen.  Oh well, I still didn’t like the paper doing any background check on the story.

  103. captamerica101 (@Autobot_Hunter) says:

    talk about bad timing, clark. I mean, he left just before lois could tell him about doomsday so he now can’t stop him. speaking of doomsday, wasn’t the whole point of brainiac’s "ice chamber" to make him doomsday forever?

  104. The time travel ‘incongruities’ are no different then any of the usual time travel problems which show up in DC books.. oh, about every 3 or 4 issues.  I mean, we’re talking about Superman and the Legion.  This is a perfect 1970s Superman or Action Comics issue. 

  105. @ Crippler – I’ll agree, it had a very 70’s or even 60’s Superman/Superboy feel.

     I’m looking forward to next weeks!  Will we get to see Clark fly again??