|Broadcast Date||December 10, 2010|
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The VRA is in full effect and things take an unfortunate turn of events after the Green Arrow tries to stop a mugging but is attacked by citizens for being a super hero. Clark discovers that the civilians who attacked Oliver were all marked with a darkness tattoo. Carter Hall and Stargirl return to help Clark deal with Slade's re-emergence after he kidnaps Lois.
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At the jewelry store, Clark waits for Lois and checks on the ring in his pocket, planning to propose over a romantic dinner. Lois shows up for the date a little late, but Clark tells her she's "right on time -- for you." He offers to take her to dinner at a fancy new restaurant. She tells him there's a six-month waiting list. He tries to usher her inside and she, not realizing he already has a table ready, resists the offer once she sees VRA propaganda all over the street. Wanting to get Clark away from anti-vigilante protesters, she suggests they head back home. Realizing how stubborn she can be, he pretends to have to run off for a situation that needs saving and calls Lois from the phone booth nearby, their special phone booth. Answering the phone, Lois asks him if he was able to save the day and he tells her to look up. The entire street begins raining white rose petals. She turns to see Clark walking toward her and he tells her that she doesn't make it easy to ask a simple question, but that's what he loves about her. Clark tells her she is the woman he loves and wants to spend the rest of his life with and, bending to one knee, asks her to marry him. She happily says yes without hesitation, and they share a passionate kiss.
At the Daily Planet, the VRA has tightened security and everyone is going through metal detectors and searches. After unsuccessfully trying to call Oliver to tell him her good news, Lois tries flashing her engagement ring to several people who do not notice. When she gets to her desk, Lois receives a letter from Chloe that congratulates her on the engagement, and a necklace to use as her "something borrowed".
She remembers a previous conversation she had with Chloe at the Talon before she left for Egypt and before Chloe disappeared, in which she asked Chloe how her and Oliver's relationship worked what with his heroic responsibilities considered. When Chloe asked what Lois really wanted to know, Lois asked her why Lana and Clark never really worked out. Chloe smiled and told her that it was because Lana wasn't the one fated to be in Clark's life.
As Lois gazes at Chloe's necklace, Cat walks up to Lois, spots the engagement ring, and assumes that Lois is pregnant. Lois tells her if she starts that rumor, she'll knock her out. Cat talks about how her marriage train-wrecked and undermines Lois by saying she'll need to work on her domestic skills. Tess walks in and Cat blurts out that Lois is going to be the new Mrs. Clark Kent. Tess tells her she hopes it won't interfere with her work and dismisses Cat. She tells Lois that since the VRA is boosting security, so is Watchtower, and that Lois needs to be there to upgrade her retinal scan clearance that night.
When Lois shows up at Watchtower, she finds Clark there, who is also surprised about the new security measures. When they walk through the doors, they are surprised to find that they're being thrown an engagement party by Tess, Oliver, Carter, Courtney, and Emil. During the party, Oliver says he won't be coming to the wedding, since the public looks down on him as a vigilante, but Clark asks Oliver to be his best man, which Oliver proudly accepts. Carter jokes to Clark that the only thing he has to do in planning the wedding is nod his head a lot. In a private moment between the two of them, Carter comforts Oliver and says he is sorry about the loss of Chloe and knows that losing her is hardest in moments like these, to which Oliver is appreciative. Oliver then proposes a toast and congratulates Clark and Lois, saying that he, along with everyone else in the room, knew even before they did that they were destined to be together.
On his way home, Oliver is attacked by civilians while trying to stop a mugger. They beat him until Carter and Courtney arrive and push Ollie's attackers off of him. Courtney calls the Cosmic Rod to her and she, Carter and Oliver disappear in a flash of light.
At the farm, Clark and Lois reminisce about their engagement party and Lois muses about whether or not she'll adopt the Kent name when they get married. She turns on the news and they learn about Oliver resisting a citizens' arrest and causing a riot, which the news reporter refers to as a terrorist attack from the vigilantes. Lois urges Clark to go help, handing him his Blur attire.
Meanwhile, Tess is confronted by Cat for not running the story about Oliver and the VRA, but Tess dismisses her. A government agent then arrives to bring Tess in for questioning.
Emil is at work when the government comes for him as well. A tactical squad then raids the Kent farm searching for Lois, but she is not there.
Clark meets Oliver, Courtney, and Carter at Watchtower and wonders why they didn't call him for help when things went badly. When a news broadcast shows Slade still alive and inciting public unrest by saying the vigilantes mutilated him, everyone realizes how bad it's about to get. Clark determines that they'll all have to go underground, with Courtney going back to school, Carter moving into retirement, and Clark and Oliver disappearing altogether. Clark decides that in order to protect what secrets they have left, they will have to shut down Watchtower until things are safe for the heroes.
After reading a government ad demanding information about the heroes, Lois walks into an elevator at the Daily Planet. Lt. Trotter confronts her and brings her in for questioning. While they are all sitting together briefly, Lois tries to text Clark, but Tess and Emil silently inform her that their phones have been bugged. Trotter interrogates Emil, Lois, and Tess separately at the Daily Planet, but none of them give her the answers she's looking for, much to her frustration. Lois, locked away in Tess' office, finds Tess' secret exit slide and begins to make her escape, while Emil and Tess are sent to a warehouse, presumably to be executed.
Clark heads to Slade's office with Oliver and Carter. They learn there that Slade has an operation codenamed Icarus, which has tapped video surveillance and phone lines in Metropolis and Smallville for the locations of all the superheroes, their associates, family members, friends, sidekicks, partners and allies to take them down. Oliver reveals that all the people, including Slade, the muggers, angry civilians, VRA agents and SWAT teams are controlled by Darkseid. Carter then says Darkseid has come to Earth before, but he managed to defeat him during the most horrific events in human history. Clark then says Darkseid has returned and that the heroes are the key to defeating him and they must start by taking down Slade.
Lois runs into Cat Grant while trying to escape and Cat, assuming Lois knows something, tries to drag her back to be interrogated. Lois pleads with Cat that the heroes are not the bad guys, to which Cat asks her why she should change her entire beliefs. Lois simply suggests that she re-evaluate her definition of a hero. She explains to her that she knows the Blur has saved Cat on two different occasions and begs her to think of her son, and what kind of hero she would want him to believe in. A soldier approaches and Lois hides, begging Cat to give her an opening to escape. Cat decides to lie to Sgt. Garcia by telling him she had not seen Lois, but she would tell him if she did. After he leaves, Lois thanks Cat, who tells her that Slade and his men are planning to attack the heroes by going through all of Oliver's files in his office.
At the warehouse, Clark arrives and saves Tess and Emil by defeating Garcia and Trotter in a brief battle. He asks them where Lois is, but their silence makes him realize they have no idea and she's still missing.
At LuthorCorp Tower, Lois sneaks in, but is attacked by Slade, who puts a pistol to her head. Lois says they can talk it out and Slade decides not to shoot her, but she smashes a glass on his head. He grabs her and throws her against a table, temporarily knocking her out. Carter crashes through the window in full Hawkman gear.
Slade shoots him, but the bullets deflect off his armor. As Lois wakes up, Slade takes out a sword and battles Carter, who is armed with a mace. Slade cuts through one of the gas pipes and the vented gas blinds Carter, which allows Slade to mortally wound him by stabbing him in the back.
The gas tanks explode, lighting Carter's wings on fire. He is protected although stunned and Slade disappears in the flames as the room explodes around them. Although he is unharmed by the flames, the concussion of the blast knocks Lois out of the window and seconds later, Carter leaps out the window after her, his wings engulfed in flames.
Outside in Metropolis, Clark encounters Slade and is surprised to see him alive. Slade says that he is beyond death's stroke now. Clark asks him where Carter and Lois are. Clark tries to reason with Slade, saying that he wonders how Slade went so wrong and that he knows Slade once had a family too. Slade counters that although a soldier might serve the people, he can never love them. Slade states that it is ironic how he named the operation Icarus and that he watched Carter fall from the sky with his wings in flames. Clark asks what happened to Lois and Slade says Carter and she are both dead. Clark gets angry and accuses him of lying, but Slade counters that he'd do whatever it takes. An infuriated Clark traps Slade in the Phantom Zone, using a new crystal of El.
Clark then heads to LuthorCorp Plaza where Carter lays dying on the ground. Carter jokes that he has something that belongs to Clark, and Clark discovers Lois alive, enveloped in Carter's wings. Lois is shaken by his sacrifice for her and tries to go for help, but he tells her that it is his time and dying means he can be with Shayera again. He consoles a grief-stricken Clark, saying that this is what heroes do. Carter says he is sorry he can't fight Darkseid along with Clark and the heroes, but after looking thoughtfully at Lois, says that he has all the help he needs. Carter also tells Clark to hold onto Lois, because he won't be able to do what's necessary if there's an emptiness in his heart.
In Egypt, Clark, Lois, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Stargirl, Cyborg, Impulse, Aquaman, Zatanna, and John Jones attend Carter's funeral and bury him next to his wife Shayera. As the heroes stand over Carter and Shayera's graves in respect, a mysterious white pyramid object rises out of Carter's tomb and flashes a blinding light, which renders the entire team unconscious.
- Tom Welling as Clark Kent
- Erica Durance as Lois Lane
- Cassidy Freeman as Tess Mercer
- Justin Hartley as Oliver Queen
- Allison Mack as Chloe Sullivan (archive footage only)
- Carter Hall/Hawkman - Michael Shanks
- Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl - Britt Irvin
- Emil Hamilton - Alessandro Juliani
- Slade Wilson - Michael Hogan
- Dinah Lance/Black Canary - Alaina Huffman
- Cat Grant - Keri Lynn Pratt
- Lieutenant Trotter - Lori Ann Triolo
Although the following characters appeared, they were not portrayed by their regular actors nor were their faces shown.
- John Jones/Martian Manhunter
- Bart Allen/Impulse
- Arthur Curry/Aquaman
- Zatanna Zatara
- Victor Stone/Cyborg
- "City Lights" - Paul Taneja
- In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. The main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings constructed by his father out of wax and feathers. He ignored instructions not to fly too close to the sun, the wax holding the wings together melted, and he fell to his death. In this episode, as Hawkman is dying his wings are ignited in an explosion which knocks Lois out of a window and he dives to save her while aflame, effecting the myth almost fully.
- The title may refer to the cataclysmic fall of the heroes produced by public hostility.
- Slade named his vigilante witch hunt, "Operation Icarus".
- It refers also to the death of Hawkman who, like Icarus, had artificial wings that were on fire as he fell to his death while saving Lois.
- In Season Five's Fanatic, Lex told Clark that asking why he wants the Senate seat is "like Apollo asking Icarus why he's building wings."
- In Season Nine's Salvation, Zod told Tess that "Icarus flew to where he didn't belong. And he fell to his death from the heavens." Tess replied that Icarus was on an ego trip, but that she had a higher calling. He replied that, "You touched the sun when you freed me from the Orb, you're about to learn what it feels like to get burned." Before using his heat vision on her face.
- Antagonist: Slade Wilson
- This is the final mid-season finale.
- Lois and Clark become engaged in this episode.
- Clark asks Oliver to stand in as his best man at his wedding.
- Allison Mack appears in new footage for the first time since Supergirl in an unused scene from the Lazarus cutting room floor featuring Lois and Chloe. Mack is uncredited for the appearance.
- Chloe made her second communication since her departure after Lazarus by sending a letter to Lois.
- A scene from Beast is used when Clark crashes the door of the Daily Planet basement.
- Hawkman is killed by Slade Wilson in this episode. He is taken back to Egypt and buried alongside his wife Shayera.
- Carter reveals that Darkseid has been to Earth on multiple occasions in the past, most notably during The Spanish Inquisition and World War II. He also says that he was part of driving the darkness away every time.
- Carter's fight with Slade Wilson is reminiscent of the one they share during a battle in Identity Crisis.
- This is the third time that Clark has proposed to someone, the first being Alicia Baker in Unsafe, and the second being Lana Lang in Reckoning.
- Hawkman's funeral attendees are: Clark, Lois, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Stargirl, Cyborg, Impulse, Aquaman, Zatanna and John Jones.
- Clark transports Slade to the Phantom Zone using a new Crystal of El. The old Crystal of El was last seen and destroyed in Phantom by Bizarro. The new Crystal seems capable of transporting more than just escaped Phantom wraiths. Clark probably made this crystal during his training with Jor-El between Doomsday and Savior.
- Hawkman's wife, Shayera, had her helmet, staff, and casket placed beside Hawkman.
- After the explosion in LuthorCorp, Clark asks Slade how he survived the blast. Slade responds by saying "Survive? Lets just say the reaper can swing his sickle at me, but I'm beyond death's stroke now." Deathstroke is the name Slade Wilson is known by in the comic books.
- Carter Hall predicted that the time of his death was near to Lois Lane in the episode Shield.
- It is unknown as to whether Impulse, John Jones, Zatanna, Aquaman or Cyborg were played by their respective actors, but it is unlikely as none of them were credited for the episode, and no facial shots of them were seen. However counting the cameos as returning characters, its gives this episode the largest guest cast in the show's history.
- Although most of their faces were not seen, Icarus is the first episode since Justice to show the full Justice League at the same place at the same time.
- This episode hints that after becoming a pawn of Darkseid, Slade Wilson has acquired regenerative powers and possibly immortality itself. However, he also implies that military medicine and science helped him survive (indicated the metal eyepatch), which could indicate his regenerative abilities are a result of that.
- Clark makes mention of Slade once having a family and losing them. This could be reference to his wife Adeline, and his children Joseph (AKA Jericho), Grant (AKA Ravager I) and Rose (AKA Ravager V).
- The way Hawkman uses his armored wristbands to deflect Slade's bullets is similar to how Wonder Woman does the same thing using her magic bracelets.
- The wanted sign that Lois looks at when she is at the Daily Planet reveals that Kara's hero alias is "Supergirl".
- This episode shows the unmasked faces of Impulse, Aquaman, Hawkman and Stargirl. This indicates that their super-hero identities are public knowledge now. Green Arrow has already gone public with his identity, while Supergirl's secret identity involves a disguise different from her natural look. Zatanna meanwhile is a performing magician, which could imply a lack of secret identity should she have used her powers for public heroics. Black Canary's picture meanwhile is only a sketch showing her with short hair and her mask-like face paint, implying that her secret identity remains secret. The Blur picture meanwhile is only the House of El symbol, which shows that Clark's identity remains a secret or that his enemies have opted not to reveal it yet, for unknown reasons. For some reason, Cyborg and John Jones are not listed.
- Clark and Chloe are the only main characters to appear in every mid-season finale.
- Oddly, although in Society, Carter claims that several of his old companions from the Justice Society of America are still alive and with children of their own, none of them attend his funeral, as one would expect. This leaves into question whether or not he managed to convince any of the old JSA members to rejoin.
- This episode marks the first time, the Daily Star has been mentioned. In the comics, the Earth-Two Clark Kent started working as a reporter for the Daily Star in 1938. He later became its Editor-In-Chief.
- In Season Eight's Committed, Lois and Clark posed as an engaged couple and now they really are engaged.
- Clark finally gets to give Lois the engagement ring he's had in his pocket since in Abandoned.
- Clark calls Lois from their special phone booth, which was last visited by Lois in Charade.
- The VRA, last referenced in Patriot, has been pushed into full effect.
- Cat Grant, last seen in Isis, returns and is finally convinced toward at least a more objective stance toward heroes.
- Carter Hall, who was last seen in Shield, and Courtney Whitmore, who was last seen during the video conference featured in Salvation, return.
- Aquaman, Zatanna, Impulse, John Jones and Cyborg all make brief cameos since their last appearances in Patriot, Warrior, Doomsday, and Salvation respectively. This is the final series appearance for all of them.
- This is the 13th and final appearance of John Jones. He is the 6th most frequently seen recurring character in the series after Jor-El, Nancy Adams, Brainiac, Emil Hamilton, and Ethan Miller. He also appeared in more episodes than series regular Davis Bloome.
- Lois gets a letter from Chloe congratulating her on her engagement to Clark which reminds her of a brief discussion she had with Chloe prior to Lois' departure to Egypt in a deleted scene from Lazarus.
- While being held captive by the VRA in Tess' office, Lois discovers Tess' secret passage exit that Tess herself used in Checkmate.
- This episode marks the second time the office in LuthorCorp has been destroyed; the first time was in Requiem.
- Lois works to convince Cat that heroes are good by explaining to her that the Blur has saved her life several times. The first two instances were in Shield when Clark saved her from Deadshot and the third was in Isis when he protected her from being vaporized by Lois who had been possessed by Isis at the time.
- Clark enlisted Carter's help in watching over Lois while she was in Egypt in Shield. His last act of saving her life fulfills that request.
- Chloe saw that Clark and Lois were going to become engaged when she put on the Helmet of Nabu back in Lazarus.
- This episode marks the 5th appearance of Clark's Red Leather Jacket/Blue T-Shirt Blur outfit. It was previously seen in Shield, Homecoming, Ambush, and Patriot.
- This is the 11th episode of the season and 5th and final of an annual/unofficial tradition where the 11th episode of each season introduces a new character(s), a new hero team, or has returning superhero guests. This episode only has a returning super guest cast consisting of Impulse, Aquaman, Cyborg, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, Hawkman, & Stargirl.
- This episode has the most active superheros Clark, Oliver, Chloe, Impulse, Aquaman, Cyborg, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, Hawkman, & Stargirl.
- Dinah Lance was last seen in Salvation.
In Other Media
- Carter talks of personally battling the Darkness as it rose within the Spanish Inquisition and the Third Reich. The latter is of special significance to Hawkman and comic book superheroes in general. The rise of comic book superheroes began in the late 1930s, many of these heroes inspired by the success of Superman, who made his debut in 1938. Hawkman made his debut in Flash Comics # 1 (1940). Nearly all of the superheroes created during this time would battle the Third Reich in comics of the period, including Superman, Hawkman, and the JSA. As time went on, the need to keep Superman relatively young retconned his exploits against the Third Reich as happening only to a parallel universe version of Superman, but Hawkman and the JSA's wartime adventures remained intact. In the Smallville universe, Hawkman and the JSA debuted much more recently than they did in the comics (while still being much earlier than Clark's generation of superheroes). Carter Hall, however, still battled the Third Reich in a past life, making him the only DC superhero who fought the Nazis in the comics to have also fought them in the Smallville universe.
Homage To Previous Seasons
- Clark meets Lois in front of the wedding jewelry store that they had pretended to be shopping for wedding ring to catch a stalker who was preying upon happily engaged couples in Season Eight's Committed.
- Clark proposes to Lois in front of their special Phone Booth that Lois first developed a relationship with The Blur in Season Eight's Stiletto.
- Lois being held for questioning by the government about her relationship with the Blur is similar to Season Eight's Infamous.
- Hawkman is stabbed in the back by a sword from Slade much like Dr. Fate was killed by Icicle in Season Nine's Absolute Justice, Part 2.
- Before suggesting they pose as an engaged couple in Committed, Lois jokingly proposed to Clark. Their positions and motives have changed since then.
- Clark attends Carter's funeral, as Carter was someone he considered to be a father figure who helped him move closer towards fulfilling his destiny; first it was Jonathan Kent in Season Five's Reckoning then Lionel Luthor in Season Seven's Descent and Jor-El in Season Nine's Kandor.
- Clark: (nervously to Lois) Listen, why don't we go get something to eat at the new place?
- Lois: You mean the place that requires reservations six months in advance? That's a nice thought Romeo but we will never get a table
- Clark: We will never know unless we ask and I hope the answer is yes.
- Tess: You couldn't stare at me in my office?
- Lois: I've got to get the name of her customer closet guy!
- Clark: (proposing marriage to Lois) You don't make it easy to ask a simple question. But that's what makes you...you. The woman I want to spend my life with. The woman that I love. Lois Lane, will you marry me?
- Lois: (After a long pause) Yes.
- Cat: (upon seeing Lois' engagement ring) Oh, my God. Lois Lane. Are you expecting?
- Lois: Spread that rumor, and you can expect my fist in your face.
- Oliver: Clark, come on. Now the whole world thinks I'm a terrorist. I mean, that's not exactly something you want on your Fortune 500 bio or at your wedding, so...
- Clark: Well, that's too bad, 'cause I was just about to invite you to be my best man. You're the guy who stands next to me on the worst days of my life. And I want you there for the best one, too.
- Oliver: Hey, I -- you kidding? Absolutely. Thank you. (shakes Clark's hand)
- Carter: All I can say is when it comes to planning the wedding, just nod. A lot.
- Oliver: Well, you would know, right? I mean, you married Shayera, what, a hundred times now?
- Emil: Well, I've heard of relationships that withstand the test of time, but that's remarkable. Oh, or not, I suppose. For you.
- Carter: Even though I married Shayera a hundred times, I had to lose her that many, as well. Now, I know I don't usually get all warm and fuzzy, but I am sorry. About Chloe.
- Oliver: You're not gonna hug me now, are you?
- Slade Wilson: I was wonder how long you'd hide and let your friends take the fall.
- Clark: I heard the explosion. You were in it. How did you...
- Slade Wilson: Survive? Let's just say the reaper can swing his sickle at me, but I'm beyond death's stroke now.
- Lois: I'll get you help. Okay?
- Carter: No. It's too late. Hey. I'm a pro at dying, remember?
- Clark: I should have been there, Carter. I'm sorry.
- Carter: Can't always be you, Clark. This is all our fight. Listen. Listen! This is what we do. And my passing means I'll be with Shayera again.
- Clark: I owe you so much, I don't even know how to begin to thank you.
- Carter: You just did. You hold on to her. Because there has to be a balance, Clark. We can't do what we have to do if there's an emptiness in our hearts. Remember that.
- Clark: I will. I promise.
- Carter: Oh, I am sorry I won't be able to help you fight the darkness. (looks at Lois) But you have all the help that you need.
- Lois: And for better or worse, I am standing by the Blur!
- Slade Wilson: (raises a gun to her forehead) But he's not here to stand between you and a bullet.
- Lois: No, no wait. You win.
- Slade Wilson: That's my girl. (lowers the gun)
- Lois: I'm not your girl. I'm his. (smashes a glass in his face)
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