Smallville Season Finale 8.22 Doomsday (2009, TV) – 1/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance: Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Sam Witwer: Davis Bloome
Justin Hartley: Oliver Queen
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Alaina Huffman: Dinah "Black Canary" Lance
Kyle Gallner: Bart "Impulse" Allen
Ari Cohen: Regan
Ryan Kennedy: Rokk
Executive Producer: James Marshall
Writer: Kelly Souders
Writer: Brian Peterson
Director: James Marshall

Smallville 8.22 Doomsday (2009)

Wanting to prove that the events of the previous months weren’t the stupidest, rubbishest things that could possibly happen, plans are made to ensure that every fan of Smallville everywhere will want to kill themselves.

1/10

This is an entirely remarkable episode. The writers have just thrown all the scripts for this series into the air and randomly pulled pages from the resulting pile. Continuity and character, sadly, weren’t salvaged. Smallville has been betrayed and horribly mutilated by those entrusted with its care and this episode is just horrific, it’s professionally incompetent. If it was a car, inserting the key into the ignition would castrate you and then mock you for trying to start it in the first place. And for having no bits. John Matta, Chief Operating Officer of The CW Television Network, also announced his intention to run for the title of the world’s stupidest person by allowing a ninth series. Though, to be fair, it’ll probably be revealed he’s actually working as a double-agent for a rival television network. “The name’s Matta, J…, er, I’ve forgotten my first name.”

This Smallville episode contains mild swear words and extreme fantasy violence, strong graphic violence, gory and extremely unpleasant scenes.

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Smallville 8.18 Eternal (2009, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Sam Witwer: Davis Bloome
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Executive Producer: James Marshall
Writer: Brian Peterson
Writer: Kelly Souders
Director: James Marshall

Smallville 8.18 Eternal (2009)

Clark is a little put-out when Tess Mercer pooh-pooh’s his story about a previously unknown serial killer. He doesn’t know it is Davis Bloome but, thanks to a journal she nicked from the Lionel Luthor estate, Tess Mercer does and knows he’ll be impossible to kill. So she blows Davis up just to check. Fortunately, the police don’t care. Nor do the writers. Nor do we.

2/10

While the addition of Davis Bloome into the last seven series of Smallville ends up being better integrated than expected it still doesn’t mitigate the absolute insult to the audience. To be fair, it ends up making you wonder whether this was always intended to be the Smallville end-game. However, we simply don’t care. This week’s story is about the conflict inside Davis Bloome but we don’t care, partially because he has a face like a bag of walnuts. Every so often, the writers remember that Clark is on this ‘talk people around’ initiative but it’s so half-hearted and never amounts to anything except Clark going "No!", that we really don’t care. When Lois isn’t around, Smallville isn’t fun or interesting. The production team simply has no more to give. They need a break. We need a break. Stop Smallville, please.

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Smallville 8.06 Prey (2008, TV) – 2/10 review

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Samuel Witwer: Davis Bloome
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Phil Morris: "Detective John Jones"
Tyler Johnston: Randy
Writer: Kelly Souders
Writer: Brian Peterson
Director: Michael Rohl

Smallville 8.06 Prey (2008)

Clark is now spending his nights rescuing everyone he can but arrives too late on a scene of intense supernatural violence. He finds an unconscious Davis Bloome but Bloome later confesses to Chloe that, during inexplicable blackouts, he thinks himself responsible.

2/10

This is an almost entirely broken episode with random scripting and an entirely non-sensical story. Chloe and Clark have an interesting trust issue which is the best thing about this episode but it’s so badly handled (Clark apologises then disses Chloe all in the same conversation) that it undermines what could have been a fascinatig dialogue. I hate to say it, thanks to her run of good episodes where she wasn’t being bolshy, I missed Lois this week.

This Smallville episode contains strong violence, inferred extreme violence, gory and unpleasant scenes and non-sexual nudity.

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Smallville 8.01 Odyssey (2008, TV) – 3/10

Tom Welling: Clark Kent
Allison Mack: Chloe Sullivan
Erica Durance: Lois Lane
Aaron Ashmore: Jimmy Olsen
Cassidy Freeman: Tess Mercer
Justin Hartley: Oliver Queen
Writer (Characters’ Creator) Superman: Jerry Siegel
Writer (Characters’ Creator): Joe Shuster
Developer for Television: Alfred Gough
Developer for Television: Miles Millar
Phil Morris: Martian Manhunter
Alaina Huffman: Dinah Lance / Black Canary
Alan Ritchson: Arthur Curry / Aquaman
Ari Cohen:
Writer (Screenplay): Todd Slavkin
Writer (Screenplay): Darren Swimmer
Writer (Story): Brian Peterson
Writer (Story): Kelly Souders
Director: Kevin G. Fair

Smallville 8.01 Odyssey (2008)

Lex, now power-less Clark and Chloe are all missing but all have teams looking for them. Lois is looking for Chloe, new LuthorCorp CEO Tess Mercer is looking for Lex and Oliver Queen, Black Canary and Aquaman are looking for Clark.

3/10

Typical for the opening show of a Smallville season, this resets everything back to normal inside forty minutes without much care or thought. The more you think about it, the worse it becomes. The producers tick off another sexy outfit for Erica Durance to wear (French maid) but it’s a lone high-, well, high-ish-point. Chloe’s new power (super-IQ) does make begrudging sense given the character’s history but that doesn’t stop it being indelicately dropped into the show. Surprisingly, Smallville bedrock Tom Welling looks entirely unconvinced throughout but let’s hope that, now he has his powers back, he starts to enjoy himself in what is reported to be the final season.

This Smallville episode contains strong violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

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