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Smallville: Requiem (2009)
Powerful episode with Minor setback
Anyone who is emotionally involved with the characters of this show will definitely feel those strings being pulled as they watch this episode of the eighth season. Clark and Lana both enjoy the opportunity to defend Metropolis together, as superpowered beings, one natural and the other surgical. At the same time, a surprising merger between LuthorCorp. led by Tess Mercer, and Queen Industries, headed by Oliver Queen, begins to be shaken from its outset by the mysterious Toyman. These developments lead to a confrontation of the two super-beings with the very villain behind the terrorist act itself, behind the Toyman's doings: Lex Luthor. As the episode's end proves, only Lex could pull a manueveur to separate Clark and Lana forever despite the fact that they share such a bond and secret with their abilities. Though many may have believe that the Clark/Lana relationship, something explored off-and-on with the show since season 2, ended fine at season 7's end, the way this separation developed is only more powerful, because it was severed by the very nemesis of not just Clark, but Lana as well, by this point. At the same time, the viewers can see the direction that Oliver Queen is going to, and probably already has, taken in his obsession with ensuring Lex's demise, especially since learning this season about the Luthors being behind the death of his parents. This is a shift, especially in the light of Tess Mercer lighting herself up since learning that she was a pawn in Lex's bloody hand. This episode acquires a 10 through its acting and emotional pull, but there should never be any way that any media whatsoever portrays Superman, or the one-to-be, as a fornicator, as he has been both on this episode, a season 5 episode, and a brief arc in season 4, not to mention Superman Returns with the hero's connection to the boy Jason. It's for this reason that a scene of that nature bumps the episode slightly lower than it might have been, not to mention the glaring question of why Chloe isn't more concerned about her fiancée, who has been in critical condition; lastly, who gave the Kryptonian knowledge crystal back to Clark, and how the sender was able to obtain it.
Smallville: Power (2009)
Re-exploring Lana and Clark relationship
From all of my readings on the fan message boards, this was an extremely controversial episode, due to the fact that the writers are once again exploring the Clark-Lana relationship. This time, it's being done through a portrayal of Lana's serach for Lex Luthor's and possible revenge, versus the truth that Lana wants to hold the same powers as Clark to do equally good in the world. I, myself, feel that though exploring that relationship is beating an old horse to death, there are some added interesting elements this time that didn't exist when Clark and Lana were portrayed in being together before- particularly the third point of the triange in Lois Lane. There's also the mystery of knowing if Lana truly did acquire these powers through "Project Promethus" only to improve herself invincible and save the world, or if she will use the powers to avenge Lex's wrongdoings. It's good to see that a particular season can't truly be judged on one episode however, because despite common dislike of the episode, the plot did reveal a side of Lana not yet seen that may have not been explored before.
Smallville: Bulletproof (2009)
View of superheroes from different perspective
Though critics are right in the fact that not much of the season plot moved forward in this episode, the show did serve to reveal more about the overall storyarc, and establish more of Clark's morals. Clark makes an investigation of who might of shot the Martian Manhunter by posing as a cop, only to learn that oftentime the police force has been jealous of the crimefighting pursuits of not just the Green Arrow, but the "red-blue" blur. Clark has the opportunity to see how outsiders occasionally view superheroes. Addiontionlly, Tess Mercer's heart is shattered when she has been used by Lex ever since her life had been spared by him in South America, probably not coincidentally around the first time BrainIAC surfaced on the Earth in a mortal body. The importance of the episode is for Clark to understands more what the world thinks of him and others who possess other meta-physical beings, and to establish the truth of what Lex is using Tess for.
Smallville: Legion (2009)
Get ready for techno-exorcism, Legion of Superheroes-style
Three popular DC Comics characters surface in an effort to save Clark as much as the world from BrainIAC in this tremendously fun episode of 'Smallville.' A villain from the future- in fact, the 31st century- emerges in an attempt to kill Clark and keep him from interrupting neither Doomsday nor the resurfacing essence of BrainIAC. However, that attempt is thrwarted when Cosmic Boy, Lightning Lad, and Saturn Girl arrive moments later. The three are part of a powerful group from the future known as the Legion of Superheroes, and they know the legend and force that Clark will be at that time. Clark learns that he will be fulfilling his calling centuries later, and that he has a significant role in inspiring other superpowered extra-terrestrials to come to earth and help protect it from the evils, crime and terrorism that takes place and will continue to take place here. The three, however, are convinced that they must kill Chloe's body in order to stop BrainIAC. But Clark, committed to saving lives in every event possible, is convinced that there can be another way to end BrainIAC, but preserve Chloe's life. This comes only after Davis, who has broken out as Doomsday, is used by BrainIAC to entrap his essence within Chloe's body. A wonderful episode that has that Superman feel. The only thing that holds it back is a tight Smallville budget that, while larger than other network shows, could sometimes be even larger to accamodate a superhero show. It will be intriguing to see how Doomsday will be stopped, when Clark realizes it's Davis, and if Doomsday is at all related to the insidious acts of the still-alive Lex Luthor, while at the same time Tess Mercer becomes a further threat to not only the Daily Planet, but to Clark, once she learns that he was the final person to see Lex before he disappeared.
Smallville: Bride (2008)
Of course, there can't be a normal wedding on this show
A surprise visitor comes to the wedding of Chloe and Jimmy in this past-paced, tremendous 'Smallville' episode. Chloe can no longer remember Clark's secret, but Clark is fine with that as he no longer has to be concerned that knowledge of it will hurt her or cause her to leave his life as it has for Pete Ross, Ma and Pa Kent, Lionel Luthor, Lana Lang, and even his one-time friend, now-nemesis Lex Luthor. As the wedding reaches its happy day, Chloe cannot ignore the incessant attention of Davis Bloome, who now understands fairly well who he is, but that he feels drawn to her as well. This episode is shocking in the storm that brews up to the wedding, and surprising to see the twists at the end, especially with regards to Jimmy's future, who Davis is, and a familiar face that arises as the Green Arrow just about intercepts Lex Luthor himself.
Smallville: Abyss (2008)
The drama builds
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.
Smallville: Bloodline (2008)
Welcome back Kara
The return of Kara Zor-El is welcome in a very good episode of the eight season. Clark mysteriously re-obtains the Kryptonian crystal that created the Fortress of Solitude nearly four years earlier, having been sent in the mail after Maxima had obtained it in a previous episode. This crystal, however, sends both he and Lois to the Phantom Zone, an unwelcome return for Clark until he finds his cousin Kara there, still alive after being completely taken over by BrainIAC and sent there months earlier. In valiant attempts to free her, the wife of Zod, Faora, escapes and comes to Earth, using Lois' body to find her creation, Davis Bloome. Faora's character and visit helped Davis to further realize that he was designed to be a monster and a killer, and that with correct mindset he is invulnerable to earthly things. Through this he becomes more convinced that Lois really was possessing the soul of someone else, and that the someone else was speaking truth to him about being a creation meant to bring doom to others, on many worlds, but particularly Earth. It's also good to see Kara freed, but to also understand her need to remain connected to the still-alive city of Kandor, from Krypton, a city that has multiple connections to BrainIAC as its conqueror in comic canon. At the same time, Clark is at full understanding that although it would be great to help Kara reclaim Kandor, his calling, as he had told the alien goddess Maxima, is to remain on Earth and inspire hope in others, as he had stated in the previous episode.
Smallville: Identity (2008)
Wonderful episode to establish further the purposes of Clark
The seventh episode of this season brought a major Superman feel to a great season thus far. When Jimmy Olsen takes a picture that captures the "red-blue blur" in action, he begins to increasingly realize that Clark fills the description, though Lois still doesn't know. It's for this reason that Clark reaches out to Oliver Queen, the partying Oliver Queen who tries to shirk from his Green Arrow calling a bit, to help him protect his identity. The way in which Green Arrow is portrayed in protecting Clark's identity is thrilling. A great way to help the audience see how Clark is realizing how he must dress and act in Metropolis in order to keep his heroism acts continuing. There was also wonderful connections to past seasons in this episode, tying in great continuity to the earlier seasons of this series when Clark was still with his mortal parents, not really knowing yet who he was or what his calling would be. Perhaps the only personal disappointment in the episode was Chloe being written to do something that is completely out of her character. It ended an otherwise fun episode on a low note.
Smallville: Prey (2008)
Moving closer to Davis Bloome's true identity
The character of Davis Bloome is further explained and explored in this engaging sixth episode of the series. A series of attacks is occurring within Metropolis, and Clark remains on the watch during the night at the Daily Planet to make the necessary rescues, whenever possible. However, he has difficulty keeping up with the attacks and murders, and believes that it may be a result of the meteor "freaks" who have been taking therapy at Chloe Sullivan's Isis Foundation for those who deal with an acquired supernatural power. At the same time, Davis Bloome, the new paramedic in the city, begins to point the finger at himself, but Chloe, whom he increasingly spends time with, refuses to accept that it might be him. Only when Clark has a showdown with both a meteor freak and Bloome himself does he come to a realization of whom he thinks is the murderer. A wonderful episode to establish the need to be wary of not only Bloome but also those who have been taking therapy with Chloe, and also to see how the show's main characters, Clark most importantly, would be diverted from realizing that Bloome, though not responsible for all the murders, has still played a direct role several times. And then, of course, it's chilling to know that Tess Mercer knew of the meteor freaks' murderous doings.
Smallville: Committed (2008)
Hilarious and Revealing at the same time
Both relationships and references to the future are made in this creative episode. Soon before Chloe and Jimmy's wedding, they are abducted by a jeweler whose own marriage had gone sour years earlier. He uses a kryptonite-induced machine to be a tool to forth the truth out of one member of the couple, or the other suffers. In this episode we learn that Chloe really is completely committed to Jimmy, that she really doesn't have romantic relationships to Clark any longer, and that she is focused on her upcoming marriage. Clark and Lois, then, in an attempt to save the other couple from despair, pose as an engaged couple in order to meet the jeweler, only to find themselves in the same predicament of the truth machine. Lois, in this case, is forced to admit her love for Clark- though of course she brushes it off in the Daily Planet when they both escape. Hilarious to see Clark and Lois act married, and also to see that Chloe always remains truthful to her word, whether it be protecting Clark's secret and being his ally, to her relationship with Jimmy Olsen.