Smallville Review; Season 8 Episode 6 - Prey

'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.

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Oct 24, 2008 6:27AM EDT

im sure that was took out of last season where he wears those glasses for cover. btw nice review

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Oct 24, 2008 12:37PM EDT

completely agree, way too dark and found myself slightly bored with chloe. Definatly needed lois to lighten the mood, which as I find chloe the better character of the two, leaves me feeling disappointed at her role. Hope next weeks is better, but then again ive heard that soon there is an episode where chloe remembers when she was younger, just her and clark, that will be good :)

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Oct 24, 2008 6:14PM EDT

Yeah the scene where he wore glasses was last season. Just to let you know

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Oct 24, 2008 7:03PM EDT

A gloomy episode indeed. Interesting to learn more about Davis.The relationship Clark-Chloe has changed drastically this season. Where is their sense of humor? I wish their characters evolve in the line of the previous seasons. I understand the actors have changed too, but I just don´t find their interpretations very convincing.

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Oct 25, 2008 3:06AM EDT

I actually quite enjoyed this episode. While I was miffed about the lack of Lois, as she is easily one of the best characters on the show, I thought they did a rather good job taking a darker stance for the episode.
I don't think it's a bad thing that you don't hate Doomsday quite yet. Lex spent seven years building up that hatred that you felt towards him, it'S going to be kind of hard for Doomsday to take that away when he hasn't even really made an appearance yet. All we've really had of him is Davis blacking out and and a bunch of brutal murders taking place, then Davis wakes up not knowing anything. I love Davis as a character, and I thought Sam Witwer did a really good job this episode, especially with his confusion and massive paranoid guilt trip.
It's good that they're having Chloe grow as a person and not be a doormat for Clark, but I have to agree on your remarks about her in this episode. She was too insistent on not betraying her "kids", that she refused to see the big picture that it the killer could have been, and was, one of those kids. The whole thing began to piss me off real quick.
As a side note, the shot of Clark with the glasses was from what I believe was episode 18 of season 7, Apocalypse.

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Oct 25, 2008 7:37AM EDT

Haha well to be fair, I hated last season... so thats why I didn't notice! But I am now proper let down, I want more Clark in glasses!

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Oct 25, 2008 2:48PM EDT

I actually loved that episode. I think it was the best of the season, I mean in the last episodes that aired. I think Davis Bloom is a great villain, and it's true I missed Lois a little, but I still loved Chloe and all the characters, and altough I usually kinda hate Jimmy, I didn't think he was annoying in that epi.

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Oct 31, 2008 3:24PM EDT

I have to say that I like the darkness that they're tapping into this season. I was getting really sick of some of the fluffier material they've done before. Though this may get me smallville shunned, I was getting really sick of hating Lex and needed a new villain to move on to. The whole time I remembered how I felt bad for Lex and it made me so sad to see him go so wrong; I think that also has to do with the fact that Michael Rosenbaum is such a lovable person to begin with. So some development of another of my favorite villains was just what I needed.
As far as Chloe goes, i can see where her character was coming from. She's one of this people now and feels the target on her back just like the rest of them. Making it easy for Clark to access those records would have made her a complete hypocrite for the job she was doing. I'm all about seeing the big picture, but I don't think Clark was seeing that too either well in this episode. I mean, Clark seemed out right obsessed, and that can cloud his judgment. They were both on a mission, and in that sense, it was very Clark and Chloe.

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