What a strange episode! I'll be honest, I wasn't exactly thrilled when I discovered that this, the fifth episode of the ninth season, would be Olivercentric. After the awful episode with him and Tess last season, and with me quite frankly finding him uninteresting, I couldn't help but feel unenthusiastic. However, after making Oliver uber-depressed and not himself I suppose there had to be some fall out...
This to me, didn't even feel like a Smallville episode. There was no real plot, and we were just supposed to follow Oliver blindly chasing some mysterious 'game player'. In fact, it all seemed a bit silly to me. Also, I personally think the whole locked in a coffin scenario has been done to death, both in movies and TV, and that maybe they should have been a tad more creative there. Don't get me wrong, I like Oliver, at least the Oliver of previous seasons. But after killing Lex (which I am still not thrilled about the writers doing) he did just become the arrogant and overspoiled billionaire. So I suppose I should be happy that we now have him hopefully back to his former self.
I was quite suprised to see that Tess didn't make an appearance. And I am kind of glad. Lois always seems to lift an episode, whether it be through her hilarity or just plain sassiness. I much preferred seeing her reach out to Ollie, plus it seemed so much more sincere. I wasn't exactly shocked to see Chloe was behind the whole thing either. She has very much changed her tactics this season. While the Chloe were used to would probably have been much more absolute and cautious in her actions, like Clark, this season she seems much more independent, often ignoring his advice and opinions. She did take a risk trying to bring him back, but sometimes risks are necessary. Clark, apart from his many encounters with kryptonite, is essentially invincible. So for him to even contemplate the concept of risk is extremely difficult. So it is good in a way that Chloe is willing to go that extra step, even if he won't.
Overall, this wasn't the best episode. I think that perhaps it was spoiled by how much I have been enjoying this season. And so it stood alone, as worse than expected. Story arc wise, at least Clark and Chloe are finally aware that theres hundred of kryptonians on earth. I'm sure we'll see more on that next week. And please do better!