Smallville Review: Season 8, Episode 9 - Abyss

'Abyss' was an excellent installment of the 8th season of Smallville. In fact, I barely noticed the absence of Miss Lane it was THAT good. Not only was the episode pinnacle in terms of plot development but it was also extremely well put together.



The major point for me of this episode was Chloe now does not know Clark's secret. Chloe and Clark's interactions and how she has helped him with Krytonian related problems has been a massive part of Smallville for so long. So now she doesn't know, that is obviously going to seriously change. No more Chloe protecting Clark, and possibly biggest of all, no more Chloe for Clark to confide in. Personally, (and actually quite selfishly) I don't think it was needed to remove them memories from her. Then again, I also find it extremely annoying when the people closest to Clark don't know his secret. Lois is bad enough, but now Chloe is once again not in the loop, I can foresee myself getting quite irritated by it in the future.


Chloe losing her memories was very well done in my opinion. It was almost like some virtual tornado was sweeping through her brain and the special effects used were top notch. I also enjoyed the idea of Chloe pulling Clark from memory to memory trying to save him. And the scene with the younger versions of themselves was cute and a good insight into their friendship.


Davis' storyline also accelerated this week. And I loved that Chloe was seeing the symbol for Doom given that we know what is coming. Brainiac is also not far behind him either, with him even consuming and taking over the fortress right at the end there. I foresee a huge battle for Clark. One that is far more Superman than Smallville, especially with him now having to face it alone. I did agree aswell that Clark seemed much more mature when he was in the fortress. Effectively losing your friend to save them is something only a true hero could do.


The Davis/Chloe kiss was a bit of a shocker. And for a moment there Davis seemed quite angry and I was worried she would become a victim of his 'black outs'. It is interesting also that he feels that way about her and that, despite now being back to the old Chloe, not knowing Clark's secret and without Brainiac she is still central in the Doomsday storyline. He will either end up trying to hurt her, or she will be his only link to any form of humanity he has ever had.


In conclusion, this episode got me very excited about what is to come. It kept me enthralled all the way through and was great in terms of character and plot development. I have a fair idea of whats to come, and I have a lot of anticipation for it. I'm certain that the next few episodes will be Smallville back to its best - and on top form.

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Nov 15, 2008 10:00AM EST

Personally I saw Clark deliberately stopping Chloe from getting memories about his secret back as a way for the producers to diminsh Chloe's role and prepare to embrace Superman over Smallville. The ending disappointed me, Jor-El and Clark's whole "my father, my son" makes me cringe deeply but otherwise the episode was fantastic. I too selfishly wanted Chloe to keep his secret, all the lies get on my nerves to be honest. I was so irritated when he told Jor-El to take them away. Otherwise the episode was brilliant, the special effects realistic - I wonder did anyone else notice that the symbol of Doom being replaced by Davis was simply Doom taking over her mind which meant that ultimately she had lost the battle with her memories, because Doom which was the message or the symbol Brainiac was putting in her mind was Davis and now he was all she could remember. I like Davis. A lot, I almost don't want him to become evil. I don't think he will want to hurt Chloe though, think Lex and Lana - maybe he hurt Lana i.e. when he slapped her, made her believe she was pregnant, cloned her etc but in his own twisted way he loved her. I find it interesting that like Clark Davis is dark haired goodlooking and fearlessly heroic - Chloe has a type that she falls for, doesn't she? I hope that the other reviewers are wrong and that this isn't the final series. It has gone so fantastically that whilst ending on a high note would be brilliant they will leave all us Smallville fans clamoring for more.

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Nov 15, 2008 3:28PM EST

How many people know that Davis Bloom is Doomsday, who in the comics was never created by Zod (i think) also that in the comics, as far as i, or rather wikipedia knows, has never been killed by Superman, although was killed by Superwoman, and once sent to the End Of Time by some character or other? I think Doomsday will kill Chloe because she was never in the Comics, and im sort of undecided about her losing her memory about Clarks ability...also, Doomsday cant kill Maxima, the Red Haired Lady from this series, cant remember why, Force Field or something.

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Nov 15, 2008 7:36PM EST

I think all the superman fans know who doomsday is, and as for him killing chole, i do not think that will happen cause dc has actually introduced the chole sullivan character in todays superman comics. One thing I am happy about, if you see the previews for next week, the doomsday creature is in the episode, and he actually looks like doomsday, I am glad they are not just leaving him as the davis bloom character and calling him doomsday. The show seems to be getting better each week again, so if they do not continue into a 9th season, at least they will be able to end the series the right way.

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Nov 16, 2008 2:13AM EST

Generally with this season, I like the whole JLA/Superman Comics theme, I am so glad that the show has took a vehement turn away from the simple "Smallville" aspect of things, it was becoming tiresome and now is the right time to shake things up. It is a shame that others have at first been skeptical from the start of this season, judging the absence of Lex and Lana as a bad thing...I personally couldn't think of anyhting better, those two characters had gotten tired long ago and realistically it wouldn't make sense for them to be in the show any longer, given that even the most naive of us know Clark's future (in which he is no longer in contact with Lana, or at all friendly with Lex). Maybe I am alone in this, but I hope Lana and Lex never return...and am welcome to the idea of new characters.
I love that Oliver is now a semi-permanent character and I can only hope that if Smallville continues he becomes even more regular on the show...his focus episode "Toxic" being so great and naturally relative. I also hope that if there is another season, the JLA route will be even more focussed upon.
I am in two minds about Chloe being made to forget Clark's secret at the moment. I think it has always been important for him to have a trustee to his secret and for it to be Chloe, who has previously been in contrast to him very vulnerable, but if her forgetfulness means more interaction/development with Oliver and the JLA, then I will be very happy or at the very least satisfied...so here's hoping. On the other hand, if this is some bland plot device, I will stop watching because such would be beyond pointless. It would be very interesting though if Chloe was in on Clark's wishes and was simply pretending not to know about his secret (which I hope is a possibility), perhaps due to Jor-El's hidden doing...
I am not missing Lex or Lana, I am not missing Smallvile or Kent Farm, not in the slightest...I like that we now have focus on Clark and Lois, and that the writers are teazing us with obscure snippets of their mutual development...but it COULD get boring, I am already on the verge of being bored to be honest, so I will remain hopefull a LITTLE bit longer.
So far so good, and I am mad at the unqualified critics right now, for not giving the new Smallvile attitude a chance, it is definitely deserving!

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Nov 16, 2008 12:31PM EST

I think this episode was great, the sacrifice that Clark makes is truly great to give away his relationship with Chloe was serious business. I do agree however with the previous comment that really he needs Chloe to be his trustee and i hope they bring her memories back soon. Just having her be his Best friend again like in early seasons i don't know how that would play out. I think that being Chloe she would start wanting to know his secret again, plus to be fair it might make Clark a bit of a dull boy not having someone like her to share with. Ofcoarse not ignoring the league or Lois just Chloe and him got history which i think would fit in great wit the way the show is moving. Can you say Lois jealous of Chloe and the time Clark spends with her, and the meetings :) i think it would add some funny moments to what might be a pretty serious story direction. Still the upcoming episodes look great, and the emergence of doomsday does make me anticipate a growth in Clark and i guess i am alone i don't mind him not becoming the finished article, superman in the show, because its about his journey to being Superman when he does become him then i think it should be the end of smallville. Also glad to know they have bought Chloe into the comic book, i think she is a intergral part of who Clark is and as much as his future will bewith Lois why not have her there too, to give him that human perspective. Still things looking up and getting more interesting from episode to episode, thought the idea of Chloe marrying Jimmy is a bit far fetched maybe Doomsday does us all a favour?

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May 11, 2016 2:42PM EDT

i havent yet watched this episode but iv read the spoilers and reviews,
i hate the fact that theyv stolen chloes memories and transformed her character so much! its like stealing robin form batman!!!
if they've taken chloes memories away, it means she no longer remembers her romantic feelings for clark and therfore doesnt remember getting over clark, so does that naturally mean that chloe will inevitably fall in love with him again?and get the obsession with trying to find out his secret!!
i love chloe and i really hope this transformation doesnt ruin her character!interestingly, for some reason, even though there is a chloe davis jimmy love triangle brewing, i would like to see green arrow be the unlikely prince that gets with chloe in the end!
who agrees??

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Nov 17, 2008 6:17AM EST

It would be fun to have Oliver snaking everyone and getting together with Chloe maybe due to some heroic Clark saving moment that bonds them both. Saying that i think Clark might object seeing as he does not like to put Chloe in harms way could lead to some heated moments!However i think she has not lost her romantic feelings for Clark only her memories of his powers or him showing her his powers. Which does lead to the question what exactly has she lost does she remember her mother? i mean she got saved due to Clark and his powers does she forget all that? What about the other instances where it involves people she knows and his Clark doing something to save them that she sees but no one else? Makes you wonder what and how the gaps will be filled and if she will start digging to find out?.

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Nov 17, 2008 7:02AM EST

All I can really say is that by the way these Smallville episodes are turning out, and by the positive feedback and reviews that they are receiving from fans, that this season of Smallville is definitely one of the best, and in its final season I think that Smallville one of the best Television series to ever come out on T.v is going to make its exist from T.V with a climactic BANG!

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