'Prey' was a lot different to the other episodes in season 8. For starters, I didn't laugh once - which probably had something to do with the absence of Lois. In fact, the whole episode was a lot darker than we have been used to this season. Not only was there no Lois but there was also no Tess and no Oliver which made the episode very central around the plot rather than the characters. That being said, the plot of this episode was basically the development of Doomsday.
While I, like most was apprehensive of the addition of Doomsday (who was in reality the replacement of Lex), I haven't exactly disliked his appearances so far. In fact I quite like his alter ego Davis, which considering he has killed dozens of people is quite impressive in terms of writing and acting. However, I can't help wondering if its a bad thing that I don't feel the same hatred towards Doomsday as I did Lex. When there is a central villain in a show like Smallville, we need to feel like we're fully involved in his or her destruction. At the moment I don't feel like that, and I am almost indifferent about what happens to him either way. I think this is something the writers need to address. Obviously it is good to feel empathy towards a character, even a bad character, but not to the extent that I am feeling it now.
Surprisingly, I didn't hate Jimmy in this episode. He was more photo journalist than annoying jealous boyfriend which is the Jimmy I want to see. Within the Superman franchise, Jimmy was a great character and I hope that they start to form him more into the classic Jimmy of other forms of Superman rather than the whiny loser I seem to see him as at the moment.
Unfortunately, I wasn't much of a Chloe fan this episode. I don't know why but the whole "I can't betray my kids" thing got old fast, and I still think it feels forced like it did in an earlier episode. I much more preferred Chloe as the fiesty journalist who stopped at nothing to get to the truth. Instead now she has been reduced to a mother hen figure who supposedly really cares... I just don't see it. She has always been caring but I feel like there slapping it on way too thick. I know she has changed since discovering her powers but does a person change that much that quickly? Maybe so, but either way it just doesn't fit right with me.
However, this episode wasn't all bad. Clark is FINALLY starting to follow his destiny. In fact when the martian cop was suggesting he should wear a mask when saving people, I found myself shouting (in my head...) "or a cape!". We know we get Clark wearing glasses at some point in the near future because its in the opening credits, so I'm hoping that coincides with him sporting the cape.
Overall, while I didn't love his episode I did feel it was necessary to the Doomsday plot. However, in terms of the season so far I wasn't greatly impressed. As much as I like darker episodes of Smallville, it has always been about balance. And if your going to do an episode like this, you do need a little light as well. Other wise by the end of it, you kind of feel a bit drained, or at least I know I did. Not the best, but still a good episode. Some Lois next week please... she always makes me smile.