Smallville Season 8 Finale Review & Discussion

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This season of Smallville was better than the last few – and yet the last few episodes were starting to force me to extend my patience bubble farther out than normal.  Stilletto?  It felt like it was trying to fall apart for me to some degree, yet I suppose what can you expect from a fantasy show that has inexplicable superpowered aliens?

This reflection on the Smallville season finale will have spoilers

The Smallville season finale brought closure to some story lines, had some oddball hanging logic at spots, fulfilled some past tidbits on who was going to die and set us up for the next season.

Though I’m not sure what they intend to do with next season or if after this episode, they’ll have viewers coming back.  I’ve already seen some comments about this finale and they haven’t been pretty.

Clark, You Are Going To Die

The episode starts out with Clark learning from Cosmic Boy that he’s going to die tomorrow.   Cosmis Boy also gives Clark another time travel ring, asking Clark that he send Doomsday to their time where they are prepared to deal with him.

Meanwhile, back at the super large mansion, Tess Mercer loses her Kandor Orb.  Here’s the issue with the Orb… if Doomsday dies, something worse is released from the Orb.

Clark’s big plan is to bury Doomsday but the Justice League double crosses Clark and dupes him into a trap where Green Arrow plugs Clark with a green arrow… really… a kyrptonite laced arrow.  It really was green.

The Justice League Thinks They Can Take Doomsday

Then the Justice League of mortals (Note the fragility of that word?) goes off to do kill the invincible Doomsday.  They walk away leaving Clark to lie in the street, subdued.  Nice, real nice, and real odd.

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The Justice League actually captures Davis but as they prepare to off him, Chloe gets in the way AGAIN and thrusts the black kryptonite at Davis, splitting him and Doomsday apart.  It’s amazing how stupid this girl acts, and I mean it with the best intentions.

At one point Lois is snooping around Mercer’s mansion.  How the hell do people keep getting in this place?  Later on Mercer confronts Lois at the Daily Planet and accuses Lois of stealing her Orb.

They get into a cat fight. (This was probably the best part of the episode folks.) Finally Lois clocks Tess out cold.  As this scuffle comes to an end, Clark’s time travel ring that he left on his desk, falls off his desk and as Lois picks it up, she vanishes in a flash.  Obviously to the future.

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The near iconic character of Jimmie Olsen finds Clark and pulls the arrow from his back.  Suddenly it all begins to make sense as he pulls the arrow out of his back and watches Clark heal.  Jimmie is cool with Clark’s secret.

Clark locates the Justice League battered and bruised by what was Doomsday, which really, they seemed less worse for wear considering they just went up against an unbridled, pissed off Kryptonian killing machine that had no human control.

It’s back to the original plan and Clark engages Doomsday.

As they come together, Doomsday clocks Clark, sending him flying through several buildings.  As Doomsday comes after him, Clark does a leaping tackle where they land at the refinery where Clark had left the Justice League.  As they land there, it would seem that Clark packed Doomsday in one of the tunnels that he had first planned to put him in, where then Black Canary would set off this multitude of explosions to bury Doomsday.  There are big explosions but in no way were we shown that they were set off by Canary.

The next morning, Jimmy and Chloe have taken the humanity known as Davis to this loft Jimmy bought as a wedding present way back when.  As Jimmy and Chloe start to make amends, the jealous Davis stabs Jimmy with a pipe.  As Davis goes after Chloe in a jealous angry rage, Jimmy uses his last bit of energy to shove Davis into more pipes, killing him.  Jimmy dies. JIMMY OLSEN DIES (what?). So the monster was Davis.  Great.

After the funeral Clark and Chloe talk.  Clark doesn’t know how he survived the explosion or seemingly what happened to Doomsday.  Clark is mad at himself for not seeing that Oliver was right about killing Doomsday.

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Clark said he tries to forget he’s an alien and yet, it’s his human side that makes poor decisions based on emotion.  He decides that he is no longer going to be Clark Kent and declares that Clark Kent is dead and walks away.

Meanwhile, back at the mansion the Kandor Orb shows up and hatches a man on the front lawn, carving out a big Z in the grass.  Zod, has returned.

Where Do I Begin?

This episode had so many oddball illogical scenes that happenstance seemed more like logic than the situations that took place here.

Leaving a time travel ring on your desk at work.  Fine.  Clark has a lot on his mind.

A batch of humans with some powers, looking to take on Doomsday.  Fine.  They have to.  Right?

The fight between Clark and Doomsday was incredibly short and lame.  Two hits.  Three at the most?  This should have been the payoff for this whole season of waiting.  And it was two hits.  Gimme a break folks.

At Jimmy’s funeral, we find out that his middle name is Jimmy.  Jimmy is not his real name.  Chloe gives “Jimmies” camera to his younger brother.  Head slap. So Jimmy Olsen did not die.  Just a guy whose middle name was Jimmy.

Clark saying that Clark Kent is dead – Is this what the showrunners meant when they tried to tease the viewers into any sort of anticipation about character deaths and the season finale?  You’ve lost your credibility with this critic because that was a hollow lie.  On both counts.  If it’s not really Jimmy, then you’ve lied to us all along.  Clark “dies” by a decision.  I’m so over this it’s not even funny.

Zod is back. Cool.  Sure.  Why not bring Darkseid in the action as some sort of midget horticulturist while you’re at it.

Did I forget something?  I’m sure I did.  Are you as agitated as I am?  As a show goes and if you’ve put on a thick skin of anti-logic, the episode was fine but the convenient scenarios and situations that led to some of the story closures felt contrived.  Did someone quit and you had to get a fill-in writer?

I liked the premise that Jimmy found out Clark’s secret.  Learning that information made a lot of things make sense to Jimmy and why he could start to forgive Chloe.  In fact, the forgiving had started and bam!  OK, you had me there.  Watching someone in a passionate make up kiss and hearing the shthunk sound of pipe going through their torso sucked.

Smallville Season 9 Spoilers

Erica Durance will be back for Season 9.  Sam Witwer may be continuing with the show as he might be playing Zod.  It’s noted that Faora did say that Davis Bloome resembled his father.

Your Turn

Ok folks.  It’s your turn.  You can either back me up and show me more moments of “huh?” or tell me why you thought this was OK in your book.  I’m totally open to any thoughts.

Now gang, I’ve asked for opinions on both sides, so this is my fault if you see things you don’t like.  Don’t take it out on each other.  This is a safe place to express your thoughts.

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  1. Foopher,

    I realize that you are way more into this whole comic book/sci-fi/Superman/Smallville thing than I am. I wanted to thank you for letting me rant about my disappointments with season 8 back on June 24, 2009. Your opinion and views are valued since you are obviously such an intelligent man and never look past the obvious for the absurd. Your tolerance of other people’s views speak well to your humility, keeping in mind that your thoughts on any subject are perfect and with out contest, which all of us are keenly aware of. Yet you still let us speak without judgment or and without being condescending. How nice of you.

    I’m sorry for wanting something different than you from the series. How stupid of me to express free will and personal thought. My arrogance does get the best of me at times. I will be careful to keep my silence around such a great man like you, so perfect and sound in all things. Clearly, I was wrong for not only expressing that thought but for thinking it too. How foolish. I hope you can overlook my shame.

    I have to end this now. You see, I have a life. I wish I didn’t so that I could be more like you but I just can’t bring myself to to your level of existence. The thought alone is terrifying to say the least. I wish you well in your blogs and hope that you continue to enrich the rest of humanity with your deep insights. I will continue to read them for the same the reason that I read Far Side comics… They are just so amusing and delightful.

  2. ok- so I want this to make it to 500 comments, so let me share with y’all a dream I had inspired by the finale.

    I had a dream about the Doomsday/Superman fight, but Doomsday was a short dude who looked like a turkey and had little needly things protruding from his face. And he basically tried to slap Superman until Superman said “Stop It.”

    Digging Season 9 so far.

  3. Ok, first of all: THANK YOU! I agree wholeheartedly with you, man! 21 episodes waiting for the final epic fight between clark and davis aka doomsday (the only thing that's ever had the power to literally kill Superman) and it all ends in like 15 seconds?! Clark never hits him! Doomsday punches him 3 times in the stomach one slo-mo mega punch to the face and then Clark smashes him into the facility that magically explodes. Suddenly it's the next day and he can't explain how he's alive and if Doomsday's really gone? It's a friggin insult to fans! I think everthing was going great till then cause i loved the whole season. After I saw that final episode i just wanted to choke on something. Mark my words, everyone, when i get to Hollywood we'll finally get the Superman everyone's been waiting for… sorry for all the drama, still a little affected… oh and one last thing: i'm pretty sure the Jimmy that died (Henry James Olsen) is big bro to the Jimmy Olsen we all know to be the brat that always hangs with Lois and Clark. The little kid to whom Chloe gives the camera is this Jimmy. How do i know this? Well: the bowtie and freckels. Gotta be him.

  4. lol thats just funny. the baby would be a bastard tho. Jimmy was in the Hospital the night of the wedding and then they broke up when the came out. but stilll maybes thats Jimmy Comedy Gold man

  5. I've seen the first 8 seasons and will watch season 9 when it's released on DVD. I've known since about the 3rd episode of season 1 that this show is mostly lame. So much filler and stupid motivations. How many times can we hear “I did it to protect you” or “I lied to protect you” or “I had no other choice” or “It was the only way to…(insert mundane goal here). All they do is stretch out boring plots for episodes on end and rarely ever give us mythology episodes which are the only good ones. But they've cheapened the whole Superman mythos by making their own stupid rules and changing core elements. Time travel that ruins most stories, powers being swapped person to person all over the place, long-winded end-of-episode filler conversations so they can hit the 44-minute running time. What a letdown the finale was. All season long I thought we were going to see a knockout drag-down brawl in the center of Metropolis between Doomsday and Clark and this is all we get??? And killing Jimmy and introducing the 'real' Jimmy?? What? The writers on this show must laugh at what they write because it's so unbelievably bad. I can't believe they just announced a season 10 renewal. I can't believe I'm still going to watch it. If only for the one or two episodes per season that has the Superman magic. So not worth it.

  6. oh man, oh man. okay so i have a few things to say:
    1) its awesome to see that people are still posting on this thread!
    2) so far, season 9 is pretty good. i LOOOOOVED the JLA episode. oh man the martian manhunter, hawkman, dr. fate telling clark and lois thier futures..but i digress. the episodes this season have yet to really disappoint and im grateful!
    3) im happy about a season 10 bc i honestly think tom welling is one of the better clark kent/superman actors (dont hate me please!)
    4) i believe that doomsday is still alive and of course clark didnt die bc he isnt superman yet. superman dies when he fights doomsday. plus in the comic, doomsday emerges from some place in a field…so maybe in the show thats where he is until he comes back stronger and ready to fight superman…its a thought
    5) im going to bring this idea to light (not sure if i have already but ill say it again if it helps!) bc its helped me deal with and accept some of the ideas and roads that the smallville team have taken these last ten years. i like to think that the world of smallville is an earth-3 or earth-4 like in the comics where on some earths, lois and clark are older, and on others where superman's suit is different, etc. this mentality has allowed me accept the differeences between smallville and the traditional comic story. this is just a different earth where everything thats happened in smallville is totally acceptable. hopefully that will help some of you!

  7. oh man, oh man. okay so i have a few things to say:
    1) its awesome to see that people are still posting on this thread!
    2) so far, season 9 is pretty good. i LOOOOOVED the JLA episode. oh man the martian manhunter, hawkman, dr. fate telling clark and lois thier futures..but i digress. the episodes this season have yet to really disappoint and im grateful!
    3) im happy about a season 10 bc i honestly think tom welling is one of the better clark kent/superman actors (dont hate me please!)
    4) i believe that doomsday is still alive and of course clark didnt die bc he isnt superman yet. superman dies when he fights doomsday. plus in the comic, doomsday emerges from some place in a field…so maybe in the show thats where he is until he comes back stronger and ready to fight superman…its a thought
    5) im going to bring this idea to light (not sure if i have already but ill say it again if it helps!) bc its helped me deal with and accept some of the ideas and roads that the smallville team have taken these last ten years. i like to think that the world of smallville is an earth-3 or earth-4 like in the comics where on some earths, lois and clark are older, and on others where superman's suit is different, etc. this mentality has allowed me accept the differeences between smallville and the traditional comic story. this is just a different earth where everything thats happened in smallville is totally acceptable. hopefully that will help some of you!

  8. Wow. Well, here I am, standing on two episodes of Season 10, having just finished the second half of Season 8 (which I missed during its run), and about to watch Season 9 to catch up before the series is over.

    What a show. Seriously. What they have done with Smallville is an unprecedented character study of one of the world’s best-known, iconic, and beloved characters, and for that alone it has been a brilliant ride. When I strip everything away and look at the core, the steps that take a boy on a Kansas farm to being a man in Metropolis, it has been a remarkable achievement. Each episode was a baby step for Clark, just like every day is a step in our own personal development, and suddenly you turn to find ten years have got behind you, and those baby steps have accumulated into miles from where you began.

    Maybe it’s because LOST left a bad taste in my mouth, but I find myself wanting to yell on the street corner for more people to watch Smallville. “Wow, that’s STILL ON?!” is a common response. Yes. Yes it is.

    I came into watching the second half of Season 8 with good memories of the first half but spoiler knowledge that the end battle between Clark and Doomsday was a horrible letdown. Up through the final act of the finale, I thought, “Wow, this is an amazing season.” Now that I’m finished, here are my thoughts.

    1) Clark, for all intents and purposes, IS Superman already. I love that. I love the foreknowledge that Season 10 will be about him casting out doubt and pride to fully become the icon, but the groundwork laid back here in Season 8 feels natural, purposeful, and revealing. Like I said, this is the core of the show, and it’s brilliant in this season.

    2) Chloe’s decisions bothered me several times, like they did for many people. Once I understood her purpose, then I relaxed my criticism. She has always been an anchor for Clark’s analytical yet compassionate side. Here she is playing the antithesis to Oliver’s philosophies. Clark is stuck between them, because the world is gray and there are pros and cons to both of their sides.

    3) For high drama, Clark essentially lost this round. Even if Doomsday is gone or never returns to the series (doubtful at this point), Clark ultimately made the wrong choices in a field of no right choices. The important part as that he stayed true to his ideals, come what may. There I suppose was a victory, but the cost was dire.

    4) I wasn’t keen on Erica Durance when they first introduced Lois. She has transformed into one of the best incarnations of the character. Lovely, ballsy, determined, and fantastically in love with Superman already. I loved her in this season, and I didn’t even blink at the “filler” episode Stiletto.

    5) A new boy carring on the mantel of Jimmy Olsen felt pitch perfect to me. The Jimmy they gave us was a great character, and you can imagine the little brother carrying his mantel.

    6) The final battle between Clark and Doomsday. It started with gusto! That car hurtling from around the corner at Clark and him catching it was amazing. As they started to trade blows, I thought, “Wow, what’s everyone talking about?! This is great!” But as soon as they started, it was over. It was like we could hear a giant ka-ching, and their budget ran out. Or time. Or… something. “Annnnd it’s over. Cue explosion.” Wait, what?! What just happened?

    7) THE redeption of this season was Clark and Lana’s tragic end. I wondered if they were going to kill her off to make room for a Lana-less Superman. The solution of having them unable to touch, of Lana literally being poisonous to him, was tragically poetic. Their love will never die.

    I was thinking, though, couldn’t he wear a lead suit to at least get close to her? lol

    I’m a fan of Season 8. Yes, the ending was sloppy, but it was one heluva ride.

  9. :\

    • I remember this used to be a popular thread. haha

  10. Okay… This is about 2 years after this review was originally written, but just in case anyone happens to see this…

    THIS was not the ULTIMATE/EPIC battle between Doomsday and Superman.
    Clark Kent, in Smallville, is NOT Superman YET.
    So obviously, this is not gonna be the whole “Clark Kent ‘dies’ and then comes back to life” scenario like in the comics.

    AND when people complain about Gough & Miler’s intentions…
    They left the show after season 7.
    With new chiefs comes new ideas.

    I am just now catching up to Smallville, so when I read this review I had to give my two cents at least just to give me some peace.

    Everyone is so worried about the “lame” battle between DD/SM that they didn’t bother to watch the rest. This is not their last battle, IMO, so why should it be amazing? Granted, the previous episodes built it up, but that’s what Smallville has a habit of doing…

  11. I agree the showdown battle between Clark and Doomsday was disappointing. More lame was its finale: how did Clark get out alive and Doomsday remain trapped? It doesn’t seem that a mere mile of rock would be enough to contain him for very long. The writers seemed perplexed by this resolution, as the best they could come up with is that Clark doesn’t remember.