Smallville: Season 8, Episode 6

Prey (23 Oct. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance
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A serial killer is on the loose in Metropolis, and Clark always seems to be one step behind him, while Chloe's paramedic friend seems to think he blacks out and performs the dirty deeds, himself.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lois Lane (credit only)
Tess Mercer (credit only)
Oliver Queen (credit only)
Anna Williams ...
Max Train ...
Travis Black (as Mitchell Duffield)
Jay-Nicolas Hackleman ...
Jewelry Store Owner


A serial killer with special powers is on the loose in Metropolis killing people. But Clark and Chloe find themselves on opposing sides when Clark believes that the EMT Davis Bloome is responsible, while the skeptic Chloe defends her new friend. John Jones, now working undercover as a Metropolis police investigator, returns to help Clark find out who or what is responsible. Jimmy attempts to find the killer on his own... with Davis' help. Although, the killer is revealed, Davis continues to hide his own mysterious powers from everyone. Written by Anonymous

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23 October 2008 (USA)  »

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When Jimmy met Davis looking to get more info on the killer, he said the best description a witness gave was that the killer was "a monster with bony eyelids." In the comics, Doomsday is exactly that. See more »


John Jones: Where'd you get this list?
Clark Kent: I memorized it off Chloe's desk.
John Jones: I didn't realize that photographic memory was among of your abilities.
Clark Kent: It's more like speed-reading, but let's not split hairs.
John Jones: She couldn't just *give* you a copy?
Clark Kent: Chloe and I don't always see eye to eye on this one.
John Jones: [refers to Lois] Well, what about your mouthy cohort? She hasn't poked her nose into this one, either.
Clark Kent: She's on assignment, which is code for "Monster Truck Rally in Lubbock."
John Jones: And I assume your emerald ally and his super ...
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References Superman III (1983) See more »

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All he needs now is the suit and the power of flight.
24 October 2008 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

I had a geekgasm watching this episode. While last week's trailer promised more Doomsday (did I miss the scene when Chloe discusses how this new creature can kill Clark?), the beginning moments of "Prey" arrived as the quiet fruition of seven seasons of solid character development.

A few stinker episodes and story arcs aside, this series has been built on a solid foundation of its characters, especially in the parallel evolution of Clark, Lex, and Chloe. Now that Lex, Lionel, the Kents, and Lana are gone, we see Clark more isolated and establishing himself as an adult. More and more, through costume choices, dialog, and Tom Welling's presence and delivery, he has become Superman. It's been a wonderfully slow and logical progression that simply can't be accomplished in any other media like it can in long-running serial television. There isn't a cheesy "moment" or "even" when he decides to become Superman. It's been built up with great skill and purpose from Season One through everything that has happened to him. His relationships, his decisions, and his mistakes have shaped him to be the hero we're expecting. I applaud the show.

These accolades come from watching Clark in the beginning of this episode. He's listening to the police scanner and responding to calls. We get an amazing downward aerial shot of the streets of Metropolis as his red and blue streak travels about the city. We're treated to a couple of Richard-Donner-Superman "first night" moments, when Clark is rescuing people not because they're tied to this episode's plot line, but because he's a hero and they need rescuing. I was giddy. Without fanfare or advertising, Smallville has introduced Superman in a very real way.

Chloe and Clark's relationship continues to sparkle. Allison Mack is a treasure, and I frankly can't wait to see where her career goes once she's free of the show. She brings so much depth and subtlety to her scenes that she often covers the writers' butts. She can make the cheesiest moments feel genuine.

My favorite dialog was between Clark and John Jones (sorry, I don't know the DC spelling) regarding keeping his identity secret. I'm very curious to see how the writers are going to handle the transition from anonymous hero to globally-known Superman without anyone realizing that it's Clark, especially now that he's established in Metropolis and *gasp!* without his glasses.

Of course, we all just sort of accept it in every other incarnation, so in a way we can't apply logic only to Smallville. Still, I have a feeling that they have something clever and deeply character-based up their sleeves, or at least some kind of gimmick we weren't expecting.

Great episode. And I didn't even talk about the plot.

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