Smallville Review: Season 8, Episode 22 - Doomsday (Part 1) - Featured

Well, the day finally came and we were as promised given a finale filled with explosive fights, character development, a cliffhanger of sorts and even a death! But did the episode live up to the hype? It certainly wasn't the best Smallville finale ever and it was in no way the perfect episode but it did pretty much do everything it promised to do... and most of all by the end of it I was already looking forward to next season. Smallville most definitely has another season in it, and I think they proved that with the finale...



Unfortunately for Jimmy and Chloe enthusiasts, Jimmy didn't live to see the end of the episode. And rather ironically, I found myself sad to see him go. I think I may have even teared up at one point... It is no secret that I am not Jimmy Olsen's biggest fan. But I think the break the character had from Chloe did him good. It made me appreciate him in his own right and just when I was starting to see his potential in the series again... Davis stabbed him with a huge metal pole (apparently Davis is almost as strong as his kryptonian counterpart on that one...). It was true, someone had to go just to illustrate the fact that the human side of Davis was not the pure and innocent life Clark thought it was...


It was that moment that lead to Clark ultimately abandoning Chloe and all of his human connections. Clark in this episode switched to the polar opposite of where he has been all season. He went from believeing that it was the human side that was the good in him to thinking it was that part of him which made him make dangerously wrong decisions. Clark definitely needs to stop thinking in black and white. He needs to see that we all have light and dark in us and it is the choices we make that matter. He demands pefection in himself, and only once he realises that such a thing is impossible to obtain can he truly become Superman.


I will be honest, I was disappointed with the fight between Doomsday and Clark. I expected more, and I thought that there was definitely not enough time dedicated to it. Especially given the fact we have spent the majority of the season waiting for it to happen. That being said, it kind of felt like the writers knew we have all seen Clark face a major nemesis before, and so it was nothing new. Instead I think they wanted to face on the loss of Jimmy and Clark's guilt. I think they wanted us to understand that it was this that was going to be the major impact on next season, not killing doomsday. However, would it really have been that much more of an effort to squeeze an extra 5 minutes out of the showdown...?


Not surprisingly, I loved Lois in this episode. The fight between her and Tess was my favourite part of the finale. I like the obvious rivalry between the pair. I don't think Lois is unlike Tess in a way. Both of them are strong independent women who have their own agenders. The only thing that really parts them is the choices they have made due to the challenges the pair have faced. Tess chose a dark path that ensured the best protection for herself. She refuses to let people see the real her, and to let anyone in. Lois puts on a similar front, however she is firm in her morals and has a strong intuition that she often lets rule her, and often betrays her. I predicted that Lois would be in some sort of peril this episode, but I didn't forsee her accidently time traveling to god knows were. Hopefully next season we will get a Loiscentric episode with her in some alternate time.


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May 15, 2009 5:16PM EDT

"but I didn't forsee her accidently time traveling to god knows were"
you mean god knows WHEN!!!!!
lol i feel like back to the future now

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May 15, 2009 8:27PM EDT

Haha too true.

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May 15, 2009 9:11PM EDT

I just think that this fight built up to such an extent that it couldn't live up to expectations. Although i don't understand how jimmy could die????? He is in the legends for yrs yet. But with the time travel rings on the loose time will change everything yet again no doubt!!!! I am getting a bit fustrated at the fact that all the finalie just happened and we really didnt see anything..but i am glad that chloe didn't die :)

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May 15, 2009 10:14PM EDT

horrible episode.. the doomsday fight lasted all of 5 seconds... there was an explosion and that's it?
And the plot was so random... it made no sense...
I was really looking forward to this episode and it really didnt live up to expectations

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May 16, 2009 2:35AM EDT

from what i gather the jimmy that died wasnt the jimmy from the comics.. because when they had the funeral they called him henry " james" olsen. So im thinking that his younger brother also takes up the name jimmy and becomes the jimmy olsen from the comics

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May 16, 2009 11:56PM EDT

fantastic review, I can't wait for next season

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May 17, 2009 3:46AM EDT

im think you are right mister hitman.. i think they wanted us to know that,and i loved the episode. finally clark realized he is not human

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May 17, 2009 1:31PM EDT

everyone seems to have skipped over the fact that Zod, or someone that is affiliated with him turned up at the end. for a change of pace, i actually didn't see this one coming. Not that it wasn't expected at some point. Any one else notice that it looked a little like Davis?I did think that this would be Chloe's last series and that Jimmy would still be there for the next one.Has any one else been wondering when 'Mr White' will take over the Daily Planet?
All in all, i was bitterly disappointed at this finale, the worst so far, bar a street shoot!

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May 17, 2009 4:41PM EDT

I mention Zod in part 2 of the review ctrhoew.

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May 21, 2009 9:18PM EDT

i consider myself a big smallville fan. I didn't give up on the show when everybody else did, my friends think i'm an idiot- This episode sure did make me feel like one. the doomsday fight, a load a bull. That's what most viewers anticipated, gosh what do i have to look foward for next season? one thing they did do though was to make a good 5second copy of the real fight from the movie "superman vs doomsday"

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May 22, 2009 12:55AM EDT

I've followed Smallville for years and I've discovered a pattern. The season starts out great-- since for the most part we are left with jaw-dropping finales. The first few episodes are gripping, and they help set the mood for the season - they lay out the ground. A bunch of episodes into the season it turns into a snoozefest. I've watched for years, and every time, at mid season I let myself go...I think that I much rather be doing something other than watch smallville. Yet, I end up catching up. By last 5-6 episodes of each season my interest in the show starts to peak again, and the episodes lead to, usually, a very interesting finale that ensures that I'll be tuning in come next season.
This season was no different. Granted, Smallville is one big blur, I can't really remember what's been going on in the last few years. Storylines have gotten farfetched and there are so many secondary characters. Yet, I've watched this season enthusiastically.
I didn't quite understand the finale. I understood Clark's feelings and all... but I guess I need him to actually do as he said he would to see exactly what he means. I was diappointed in the last Clark/Chloe scene. I expected Clark to actually thank Chloe. Chloe is the character that has remained constant for me. She's been my favorite since season 1. I knew she had so much potential in her. And she's done so much for Clark... especially this season. I am glad that despite mythos, which in my opinion shouldn't be taken so literally, since this is not really superman, she's been given a central role... I would have tuned off if she'd been killed off.
I'm also glad this season wasn't as Lois centric. At one point she was really interesting- now she's become whiny and needy and I'm not so fond of her anymore...

Can't wait for next season!

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May 22, 2009 1:00AM EDT

Wait nobody feels like i do that we are going to see the fight next season, as clark's amnesia around the event is slowly lifted in a story ark next year.

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May 26, 2009 7:18AM EDT

Choloe just needs to die already. I thought that she would have died and left jimmy alive but i guess not so much... It seems that we are hitting alot of "superman affliated" material, such as the justice league and the legion of superheroes, but he still isn't superman! They need to stop these side stories bc the true "superman timeline" is thrown off by these.
He needs stop the bs and become a hero!
Also doomsday fight sucked. Doomsday isn't dead. So why put him in a hole? Guess we'll see.
I was really excited for this finally. Let me down.:-/

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May 27, 2009 5:51PM EDT

well....hmmmm ...i suppose as finallys go that wasn't all that bad. Yes the fight could have been longer, they kinda tanked that one...but all in all I guess it was, for lack of a better word, adequate. If nothings else they deff. left quite a few possiblities for next season. I just hope they stop injecting random things from the comics (I.E. DOOMSDAY) into this show. They could make this soooooo much better if they would just keep it simple, but i guess the lure of sensationalism is too appealing to be able to stick to a more believable timeline. Oh well....there's never really been an in-depth telling of Supermans backstory before, so i guess they can do whatever they want, and just string it together however, to make it fit the comics, but DAMN!! LOVE the show....it just pisses me off sometimes!!

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Jun 6, 2009 1:27PM EDT

i cant believe jimmy diedthat so should not have happenedlike everbad writers!
also omg lois?!clark and lois need to get together pretty soon, which im not really seein happening if shes off in another time being all like wtf?howdidthishappen?

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Jun 8, 2009 12:22PM EDT

I THINK EVERYTHNG WAS GREAT AND I CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT SEASON.

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Jun 10, 2009 5:47AM EDT

While, I really enjoyed this episode, the fight was a bit of an anti climax! A possible reason for them not showing us more of the fight could be that they are saving the details for next season, maybe there is a connection to Zod somehow, I mean, Clark's alive so how do we know that Doomsday really died and didn't just evolve into Zod?What happened to the Justice League? Where was Aquaman and Cyborg?Clark's gone all Kal Al on everyone again, only a grown up version not the teenage one we saw in series 3! He was never a middle ground guy, always an all or nothing type of man! He's lost his humanity due to his feeling so responsible for Jimmy's death and to regain that he needs an injection of serious faith and love, and this is way out of Lana's league!What of Lois? Could it be that the Legion will send her back in time to prevent Jimmy's death and save Clark's humanity? I mean what are the chances of two Jimmy Olsen's in one family? And it wouldn't be the first time that the Legion have interfered.Clark dissappearing at the end didn't mean he died, he just left Chloe's life, and as they've been pretty inseparable for most of the series, it should only be a temporary setback. Last time he left to embrace his destiny, he was brought back by his human connections to Smallville, and this time probably won't be any different, except that the save will come from Lois. And as she's coming from the future, it should be spectacular!
Roll on next season, long may Smallville grace our screens!!

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Jun 13, 2009 4:34PM EDT

ok im not sure if anyone has mentioned this or not.. but i still dont understand how all the characters on this show simply forget about all their own abilities... for example.. clark has heat vision, x-ray vision, and some powerful lungs.. we see these abilities in only 1 or 2 episodes out of the past 75... also chloe.. she can heal people.. and yet when the love of her life is lying dead in her arms she magically forgets that she can save him with a wave of her hand?? Jimmy never had to die...

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Jun 22, 2009 8:41AM EDT

Chloe lost her ability to heal once Brainiac zapped her in the head and started to take over he body - she never got them back

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Jun 23, 2009 7:12PM EDT

wat i know is that jimmy in the comics hooks up with lucy, louis' younger sister.so jimmy's little bro is then definately out of the picture coz in the past smallville seasons,we have seen lucy as a much older girl than this boy so yeah there are definately a few confusing elements about that last episode,hopefully they will clear it out for us next season.

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