Bloodline was by far my favourite episode of season 8 so far. It had lots of Lois, some slightly old school (yet supercharged) Chloe and even the Phantom zone. In fact, throughout this whole season I have found myself thinking, "Lex, what Lex?". I'm starting to believe there isn't any void left by him anymore.
I don't think it is any secret now that I love Lois. She is strong, funny and excellently played. And so as usual I loved seeing any Clark/Lois interactions. I loved how she actually handled being in the Phantom zone (far better than I would have) and that even though she was understandably terrified she still wouldn't leave without Clark until forced by Kara. Actually, Lois was the star of this episode for me. I enjoyed her being big and bad as Zod's wife. And I laughed out loud when she told Chloe who she was and Chloe actually tried to run off! It always amazes me that people try to do that (Lana was awful for it), running from a kryptonian really doesn't do much good...
Anyway, back to the episode itself. As I mentioned before, I felt like we had a lot more of the old Chloe back this episode. Which seems strange to me considering how she went all Braniac and hacked into a Kryptonian super computer while simultaneously knocking Oliver unconscious. However, there did seem an air of the old Chloe. Maybe it was because she wasn't attached to some pityful meteor freak and Jimmy had gone off somewhere... Still, I have found myself enjoying her as a bit of a superchick. Chloe always managed to be a fascinating character without any of that but its nice to see her doing some of the rescuing for a change. And like Oliver said, Clark and Kara really wouldn't of got out of the Phantom zone without her. I can't help thinking though that it will all go wrong at some stage... its all a matter of time.
Tess seemed less evil than last week and I thought her attempt at forming an alliance with Zod's wife was a bit poor. Despite how Oliver seemed over joyed at the chance of robbing her, you could tell by how gently he lay her down that he still cares for her. I can't see how that possibly could work though, Oliver is too good, while Tess' moral compass seems a bit broken at the moment. Unless something drastic happened to changed her, I can't see her coming back to the good side any time soon.
We also had some great development to the Doomsday storyline. Not only is Davis now indestructible but he also now knows a little more about his heritage. Which means were getting ever closer to seeing some proper Doomsday action.
I suppose I can't go without mentioning Kara's reappearance either, which despite me hating her originally on the show was enjoyable. In fact, I even found myself wanting her to grab Clark's hand so she would come back from the phantom zone with him! That being said, no tears were shed when she flew off again... But it was enjoyable none the less (Did anyone else think Laura really suited being a Xenaesque warrior girl...?).
Despite this being superman's early years, I haven't actually got that much to say about Clark this episode. I loved how he was trying to protect Lois but his whole family speech with Kara was way too mushy for my liking. It is odd though how Tom Welling always looks so much nicer when he looks a bit rough round the edges...
Overall, I really enjoyed this episode. I felt entertained from start to finish, and I am seriously excited about the next installment. Smallville season eight is really shaping up to be a great season. And I have now found myself hoping that it won't be the last. I thought Smallville had had its day, but this season has really surprised me. Is Season 9 really too much to ask?