Smallville: Season 8, Episode 9

Abyss (13 Nov. 2008)

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When Chloe begins having memory loss when the essence of Brainac begins replacing her memories with Kryptonian codes, Clark decides to use the Cryrstal of Knowledge to reconstruct the ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Lois Lane (credit only)
Tess Mercer (credit only)
Oliver Queen (credit only)
Jor-El (voice)
Jackson Warris ...
Young Clark Kent (as Jackson Allan Warris)
Nicki Burke ...
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When Chloe begins having memory loss when the essence of Brainac begins replacing her memories with Kryptonian codes, Clark decides to use the Cryrstal of Knowledge to reconstruct the Fortress of Solitude and ask the spirit of Jor-El for help. Meanwhile, Jimmy begins to worry about Chloe's well being, while Davis, disturbed by knowledge that he may have alien origins, begins to become drawn to Chloe. Written by Anonymous

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Chloe calls Smallville "Norman Rockwell's neighborhood," a reference to the artist famous for depicting idyllic images of American family life, mostly on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post periodical throughout the Twentieth Century. Ironically, she also assumes that nothing strange will happen in the town. See more »


Just after Davis sedates Chloe and is rendered unconscious she is pictured slumped in a seat facing to her left. A few moments later she is seen slumped to her right and much lower in the seat. After a little more dialog she is seen more upright and leaning to her left again. See more »


Jor-El: Welcome home, my son.
Clark Kent: Home? I wanted to see it that way, Jor-El. I wanted to learn more about my family, about my destiny. And then you tore it all away.
Jor-El: I programmed the fortress to remove your powers and self-destruct if you became a danger to the planet.
Clark Kent: When you sent me here, you had no way of knowing how I would use my abilities. You trusted me. When I betrayed that trust, you were willing to sacrifice your only son to save this planet. But now I know what it truly means to protect people,...
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The drama builds
24 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

More despair as Chloe and Jimmy's wedding draws nearer. Chloe cannot elude the BrainIAC. Despite using the knowledge he had been encoding in her to the advantage of herself and Clark, BrainIAC begins to infuse her with Kryptonian knowledge and a loss of memory of those closest to her. When the memory is limited to Clark and then Davis Bloome, she wonders inside if each man means more to her than Jimmy, not realizing that it's because BrainIAC programmed it that way to confuse her. Clark has no option but to use the crystal he had mysteriously had re-sent to him to rebuild the Fortress of Solitude and plea for the help of Jor-El. For the first time in his life, Clark calls Jor-El his father, gains trust in him, and is grateful for the help Jor-El uses to pry the soul and essence of BrainIAC out of Chloe. However, Chloe cannot remember Clark's secret any longer. Only at the end, as the Fortress becomes infused with blackness, that BrainIAC's day may not yet be over. A great episode to establish the family relationship between Clark and Jor-El. This dynamic of the episode was by far the greatest aspect of the show for me. It would have been nice to see more of how the Fortress was re-built.

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