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  • Title: Smallville
  • Episode Title: Turbulence
  • Season: 8
  • Starring: Tom Welling, Allison Mack, Sam Witwer, Aaron Ashmore, and Cassidy Freeman
  • Written by: Turi Meyer and Al Septien
  • Directed by: Kevin Fair
  • Network: The CW
  • Series: Smallville

SMALLVILLE 8.16 - "Turbulence"

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By Rob Vaux     March 20, 2009
Source: Mania

Review: SMALLVILLE 8.16 - "Turbulence"
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Davis Bloome (Sam Witwer) has apparently been slaking his bloodlust by murdering drug dealers on the street, while Clark (Tom Welling) has embraced the notion of a dual identity in order to inspire the world. Still no cape and tights, though. Just the Red-Blue Blur, hurtling through Metropolis and righting various wrongs.

Jimmy (Aaron Ashmore) is overdosing on his meds at Metropolis General--still having flashbacks about the Doomsday attack, although Chloe (Allison Mack) assures him that all is well. He almost believes her until he wakes up in the middle of the night to witness Bloome strangling a man in the elevator. He tells the police, but they don't have enough to hold Bloome for more than a few hours. Bloome reassures Chloe that Jimmy is probably just responding poorly to his meds. The two embrace, not knowing that Jimmy is watching them through the window to his room

Tess (Cassidy Freeman) arrives at the Daily Planet and orders Clark to fly to LA with her on the corporate jet: she's making a major announcement and needs "a friendly reporter to lob softballs." During the flight, they discuss Lex's obsession with Clark and the bioware he installed in Tess, which she apparently removed courtesy of a Swiss plastic surgeon. After a few bottles of champagne, Tess reveals the particulars of her abusive childhood and the contents of Lex's files on Clark, which include pictures of various powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. She pushes him to reveal more, but he's not talking. A sudden mid-air emergency interrupts their chit-chat: a hole has been blown open in the cockpit and the pilot has vanished. Clark tells Tess to put on an oxygen mask, then cuts off the air supply until she passes out. His identity thus secured, he takes her in his arms and flies them both to safety.

Jimmy sneaks out of the hospital disguised as an EMT and finds a corpse in a body bag hidden in Bloome's ambulance. Bloome interrupts him and injects him with drugs before he can tell anyone, however. Jimmy wakes up in his bed, suffering from hallucinations and raving about Doomsday killing Chloe. Needless to say, no one believes him. He soon sneaks out of the hospital again and follows Bloome through the streets, then bonks him over the head and handcuffs him to a steam pipe. Jimmy then reveals what he knows about Bloome and Chloe. Bloome tries to warn him off as the Hulk rage swells within him, but Jimmy refuses to budge until Bloome confesses. Bloome responds by busting free the cuffs, and is presumably about to savage Jimmy for good when Chloe intervenes. She tasers her husband unconscious (?!) and her touch calms Bloome down before he can transform into Doomsday.

Clark arrives at Lex's estate to check on Tess: the official story is that he found a parachute on the plane. She's skeptical, as is he when she expresses ignorance about the fate of the pilot. He promises not to reveal anything she told him on the plane, however, which seems to seal a bond of trust between them. Back on the farm, Clark tells Chloe that Tess may suspect his true identity. Chloe leaves him to pick up Jimmy, who's being released from the hospital. Still loopy from the drugs, he tells her how much he resents her lack of trust and that marrying her was the biggest mistake of his life. He then heads straight for the Planet with a file on Bloome for Tess. In Lex's mansion, Tess pays off the airplane pilot, who's apparently alive and well.


The Good

Is it wrong to cackle gleefully at the sight of Jimmy Olsen hopped up on goofballs, screaming at his wife, and basically behaving like a misanthropic jackass to everyone he meets? Okay, sure, Chloe is getting cozy with an admitted serial killer who may or may not be destined to kill Clark Kent, but still. It's so cathartic watching such a squeaky-clean nice guy get all strung out and paranoid… especially after his wife hits him with a stun gun (one of Dr. Phil's Ten Signs Your Marriage May Be Dying A Slow And Hideous Death). Tess provides the episode's other high point: her exchanges with Clark strike the right balance between sincerity and duplicity.


The Bad

Though there was nothing truly dreadful about it, tonight's episode featured a lot of marking time. Clark's worried about his identity, Bloome wrestles with his dark side, Chloe and Clark get together for a late-inning bout of plot exposition… yawn. The identity issue was old when George Reeves wore the tights, and Smallville has enough good material to keep from harping on that old chestnut the way they do. The Red-Blue Blur thing has just about run its course as well, though that's not a huge complaint, since I'm betting they'll jettison it in favor of something else (either the costume or some as-yet unseen twist) before too much longer.


The Prognosis

Presumably, the big showdown with Doomsday is coming at the end of the season. The question is, what shape will it take--will Tess and LutherCorp be involved somehow?--and whether the confrontation will "kill" Clark as per canon. In the meantime, there's more DC guest stars next week, including Green Arrow and Zatanna… which almost lets me forgive the fact that they're giving us a body swap episode.


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ponyboy76 3/20/2009 7:21:24 AM

Is anyone else hoping that is the last we see of Jimmy Olsen? He`s kind of a boring character. Besides him trying to find out who the red-blue blur is, and being Chloe`s husband, he`s not there for much else. Although, I did like him tearing a Chloe a new one, because he was kind of right.  She always rather believe everyone else aprt from her husband.

And really, "The Red-Blue Blur"?  That is a ridiculous name by anyone`s standards.

Bryzarro 3/20/2009 8:10:35 AM

Pony I too enjoyed Jimmy ripping out Chloe.  I mean come on the guy has a freak out about seeing Davis murder someone then i'm going to walk out the room and hug his accuser and just assume my husband isn't going to look to his freaking left!!!!!!  COME ON WRITERS!!!!  Thats the best you could do to set them down this path!! 

Looking at next weeks promo i saw a few flashes of Clarke flying and Zatana can be heard saying "Up, up, and away!!" So my hope is that he finally gets this flying thing and that it's not a dream.  I just want to fastforward to the season finale and see the main event.  But they continue to have some great tunes for this show since the begining. 

Rob:  I think they will definatley move away from canon and not have Clarke die.  Since there is a season 9 they will tease it and have him finish off doomsday for the primere of the next season.

fft5305 3/20/2009 10:01:46 AM

I thought the only major flaw of the episode was having Chloe hug Davis right outside Jimmy's room. Come on.  That was pretty stupid. The rest was pretty good.

I disagree with Bryzarro. I think they will have Doomsday kill Clark in the season finale. The only way I can see for the series to make any kind of sense with established canon is for Clark to get killed, then somehow a reconstructed Jor-El brings him back, but alters things so that everyone remembers Clark as the goofy nerd with glasses. That's the only way I can think of that he can establish his secret identity of Clark with his public identity of Superman. As it stands now, if he were to show up as Superman, everyone and their grandmother would immediately recognize him as Clark.

monkeyfoot 3/20/2009 1:00:06 PM

Fft5305, that is an excellent scenario for setting things right with the whole glasses thing. That's always been one of my major points of contention with the show. Yes, the show plays wide and fast with every bit of Superman mythos but the glasses are an imperative and your ideas makes sense to bring them in.  There has to be some time travel/manipulation either by Jor-El or the Legion to set things right.

Jimmy Olsen on drugs? I joked with friends after Warner Bros. made the announcement that they wanted the next Superman movie to be "darker" that they'll probably have Olsen be a crack addict and Lois Lane be a former hooker to make everything more gritty. Now it looks like they're going that route for Smallville. Episodes seem to be getting darker and darker.

ThanagarianSnareBeast 3/20/2009 4:54:28 PM

fft5305, the producers of smallville (and wb) should send you a check - you've given them a perfect out for correctly (almost) the continuity issues of smallville.  from the clues/spoilers that have been leaking out, i think chloe and tess will be killed at season's end.  tess is getting tiresome.  also, chloe does not belong in the dc universe and at this point, after tom welling got the big bucks, they need to cut their costs and allison mack's salary going away makes perfect sense.  next season, they should center the show on ck and ll - they make the show (and have done so since season 4).


stupidmania 3/21/2009 5:24:53 AM

another ep. i did a lot of fast forwarding. I don't care about the davis, jimmy, chole threesome. Mercy was setting up clark the whole time so i'm not going to watch an hour of her spouting off grabage when we knew what the end of the ep. would be.


make clark fly, fight doomsday, kill chole and mercy. too bad Micheal is set up on another series now. Get him flying and for the last season have him be superman and luthor back in town and running for office of some sort. and he just holds clark's secert over his head the entire time. no mind washing or passing out crap. use good wriiting not cop outs.

Moz72 3/21/2009 6:36:07 AM

I agree that the moniker of "Red Blue Blur" is getting stupid.

Second, since Kryptonsite has included in their spoilers that two of the show's characters will die, it's a good bet that it will be Bloom and Chloe.

Third, can't wait to see the "Injustice" episode w/ Tess' Injustice Gang. Hoping it's a fight between the Injustice Gang and the Justice League!

And Zatanna is a HOTTIE!!

LionKing 3/21/2009 12:44:26 PM

This show is getting to be a bore… the same thing over and over again… First Clark and Lana and Clark not wanting to let her know the secret because of the consequences and no the shame Fcuk AGAIN with Lois. First Lex is obsessed with Clarks secrets now Tess. E-Fcukin-nuff already. And this show was renewed for a 9th season? Enuff Chloe, Jimmy and Davis. Have Clark fly already. Have him focus on more villains and enuff of the damn soap oprea.


redhairs99 3/23/2009 1:01:26 PM

Bryzarro, the "Up, Up and Away" line is actually spoken by Chloe.  I know the preview after last week's Smallville doesn't show who says the line, but I saw a preview earlier last week that showed snippets from several upcoming episodes.  In that video, you see Chloe and Clark standing on the sidewalk and she tells him "It's just Up, Up and Away!" and Clark takes to air.



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