Smallville ‘Bulletproof’ Brings The Show Back To Form

Published 6 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2009 at 11:15 am,

smallville bulletproof Smallville Bulletproof Brings The Show Back To FormFollowing what I thought was a disappointing half-season opening episode of Smallville last week, Bulletproof (episode 8.12), brought the series back to the higher quality level it’s shown this season.

The episode opens with fan favorite (and one of mine as well) Detective John Jones (aka Martian Manhunter and played by Phil Morris) chasing down a murderer. He catches the perp and hands him off to an obviously unfriendly police officer when suddenly his car is peppered with shots from a sniper.

He does NOT get away.

John is rushed to the hospital with a critical chest wound, where Clark runs into Oliver Queen (aka The Green Arrow played by Justin Hartley). They butt heads a bit even though they’re both concerned about John, and decide to go their separate ways to try to track down the shooter.

Clark (Tom Welling) determines the shooter is a Metropolis cop and enlists Chloe (Allison Mack) with her amazing hacker/forgery skills [note slight sarcasm] to get him into the Metropolis PD as a transfer from another city. He is partnered up with a young police officer (Dan Turpin from the comics) and starts asking questions as nonchalantly as he can manage about John’s shooting.

He meets the young officer’s wife and son and the guy seems decent enough. However his two cop buddies are obviously much slipperier characters. They’re all called away and it turns out it’s to beat and murder the man who killed the officer Clark has replaced, who was released on a technicality.

Of course Clark is mentally scrambling trying to figure out how to stop this when The Green Arrow swoops in to stop the corrupt cops from carrying out their intended deed.

In the meantime Lana (Kristen Kreuk) confronts Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman) and surreptitiously steals some data via wi-fi (unsecured wi-fi? in the Luthor mansion?). The newer and tougher Lana doesn’t blink when Tess tries to intimidate her.

Eventually these two ladies come to a showdown and I have to admit it: I really enjoyed seeing Lana on the show for the first time in AGES in this hand to hand fight scene. It was a pretty serious beat-down on both sides until Lana got the upper hand (ie. the gun). Unfortunately after this cool scene the show veers off into the ridiculous with Lana having determined that there is some “nano technology implanted in your [Tess Mercer’s] visual cortex.” It seems Lex did it when he found her near death and has been watching EVERYTHING Tess has done through her eyes.

Clark keeps appealing to the good he sees in the one police officer and eventually of course, the guy rises to the expectation. He turns on his bad cop buddies and turns them in after a tense scene where he and The Green Arrow are trying to avoid sniper fire.

Tess figures out how to block the signal allowing Lex to spy on her, but not before she tells Lex (in the mirror) that she’s going to divest him of everything he owns. Cut to a newspaper with “Lex Luthor Confirmed Dead” as a huge headline in the Daily Planet.

I know this show isn’t Shakespeare… heck it’s not even close to the likes of Battlestar Galactica – but for what it is, when it’s at this level it’s pretty entertaining. I enjoyed this episode as much as I did the first half of Smallville‘s 8th season – which is to say: Quite a bit.

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  1. Well Dear Folks, Last Thursday 3/19/09 was quite interesting, even thou we have seeing it before the script was alter and they were scenes which we have not seen before. The next episode should prove more interesting and we might see TW fly. He flew with his Boss holding her in his arms as she remain unconscious when Green Arrow’s Jet malfunction. TW was asked by her Boss of the Daily Planet; where did he get the parachute and his answer was that it was locked in the Pilot closet and not revealing to her how she got to earth safely and sound. So, like I was saying, next episode should prove very interesting to say the least. Otho-3/20/09

  2. Hi again. I wonder if I missed an episode or 2. I’m certain it as infamous I seen but “bullit proof?”
    and how about “Hex?” I watched the trailer on my cell
    But perhaps I’ll google them again but on big screen.
    Unless it was “Hex” last night but no title where Chloe and Lois
    were magically swithed? Then Clark also had a wish.
    I thought the trailer I viewed was Hex where Doomsday told Clark
    He’s from Kripton an sent here to kill Korel.


  3. Richard,

    Hex means bad magic spell, so it must be the name of the switcheroo episode.

    You’re right, a week and a half ago they showed a trailer saying that the meteor shower brought 2 Kryptonians to earth. I suppose if you go back, it says “upcoming on smallville” rather than “next week.”

    I’m pissed about the Doomsday thing being dragged on for the whole season. After hundreds of useless meteor freaks, and her infamous Wall of Wierd, Chloe is clueless and skeptical.

  4. Dominick, you were correct, this last episode shows a switch between Chloe and Lois, but it was short lived. Clark flew at supper speed without the cape to stop what was going on to one of the tallest building in Metropolis at the request of Lois. Things are evolving as Vic predicted a while back. Stay in touch, you do not want to miss any more episode. Otho/3/29/09

  5. yeh please feel free to view my site I’m creative too…anyway, Clark doesn’t fly yet but finally confident to jump. Like to see him fly across city(s) and manuever etc.
    I still believe I missed 1 episode perhaps “bullit proof”

    Any1 know how i can watch online (U tube maybe?)